Pool Party Prep

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Pool Party Prep

BBQ’s and pool parties go hand in hand during these summer months. While most men don’t even flinch about summer time, women tend to go into full detox mode. All we need is a little bit of preparation tips & tricks to get the ball rolling and come prepared when that pool party arrives. So instead of biting your finger nails and becoming a detox princess, follow these guidelines…

After you’ve marked your special date on your calendar, the preparation can begin. You know you will be in a bikini soon, so what immediately comes to mind? Maybe we need a little bit of color, or spot treatments to concern areas? With the few weeks leading up to the event, we can exfoliate our body  just like our faces a few times a week. This will get rid of all of the dead skin on the surface so that when we are ready to reveal our skin it will look healthy and smooth. In between exfoliation sessions, don’t forget about shaving. I know I am probably not the only one who likes to borrow good men’s shaving products. Grab some Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather. I say if it’s strong and comfortable enough for a man, then it would be bliss for a woman. After you shave, don’t forget to prevent and protect your freshly shaved areas with some ingrown hair/ bump fighters! For a suggestion, try Whish Flawless Bump Fighter.

The next prep step would be to pick out and apply a self tanner. We want to look golden and sun kissed at our events but without harm from the sun! We suggest that you take a look at the following self tan products:

- Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

- Decleor Aroma Sun SPF 8 Hydrating Self- Tanning Milk

- Pevonia Self- Tanning Emulsion

- TanTowel Plus Full Body Self- Tanning Towelettes

They are all different options for different types of needs. They range from creams, to lotion/milk textures and even gel textures. These will get you glowing quickly and what a way to help slim up your figure too! Now that you are pretty much ready to flaunt your pool party body and smile, there are a few other items you should remember to stay flawless. Be sure you remember to always wear your preferred SPF products for the face and the body! If you need, there are always some relaxing and soothing after sun products as well.

You can also protect your hair during these weekend water & sun celebrations with products like:

- Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Shampoo

- Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid

- Phyto Protective Sun Veil

Well I think we’ve pretty much covered as much as possible on how to prepare from head to toe. You should feel tan, toned, smooth and fit to stun when you arrive at your summer soiree. Oh, and don’t forget those designer shades!




Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts

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Still scratching your head trying to decide what to get dad for Father’s Day? Here’s a list of our top 5 picks that wondreamstime_5930594‘t disappoint!

1. Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System- Graphite Gray: It’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level. Traditional methods of cleansing don’t get your skin as clean as you’d think. Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind—cleansing 6X better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, the sonic action removes impurities from pores so creams, serums and moisturizers absorb better. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas and blemishes.

 

2. Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit: Billy Jealousy’s unique Beard Envy Kit inBIL043-billy-jealousy-beard-envy-kitcludes a hydrating beard wash with Aloe and Soy Protein, an extra-firm, boar bristle brush and a styling beard control product with Jojoba Oil. This set is guaranteed to make you look like you’re cut from royalty in no time. Refine the rugged.

 

3. The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit- Unscented: The Art of Shaving products are aromatherapy-based, scented with 100% pure essential oils selected for their therapeutic skin properties and specifically blended for a variety of skin types.

This elegant kit includes four of The Art of Shaving’s high-quality products to provide optimal shaving results while protecting against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts.

 

4. AHAVA Men’s Travel Kit: A great way to take your travel essentials with you when you’re on the go. The Men’s Travel Kit includes trial sizes of AHAVA’s Exfoliating Cleansing Gel and Foam Free Shaving Cream, with a travel size Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer. A practical travel bag keeps you organized wherever travels take you!

 

5. L’Occitane Eau de Toilette for Men: Lavender from Haute-Provence is blended with the peppery, nutmeg scent of toasted LO445-loccitane-loccitan-eau-de-toilette-for-men wood. A panoramic and complex fragrance, redolent with rich scents of Provence, in all their ruggedness and mystery. Skin is left fragranced with the aromatic and spicy L’Occitane scent.

 

You can find all of these amazing gifts on SkinStore.com! Dad will be the best groomed man on the block!

 

 



How to Treat Pesky Ingrown Hair!

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Many of us ladies love to shave. Nothing beats the feeling of soft, smooth, newly shaved skin, but we all know the down side of shaving… INGROWN HAIR! Those pesky hairs are almost impossible to get rid of… well so it seems! The best way to get rid of them and prevent future ingrown hair is to exfoliate. Both chemical and physical exfoliation are needed to achieve silky smooth, ingrown free skin.

Chemical exfoliation is a great way of exfoliating because it uses active ingredients like Retinol, Glycolic or Lactic acid to eat away dead skin. It works like little pacmen eating away dead skin build up and calms existing breakouts. Physical exfoliation is great because it gives you an instant soft feeling and buffs away dead skin cells to reveal fresh new skin. It also helps to lift up embedded hairs that are trapped beneath inflamed skin. When both exfoliation methods are combined, viola you have the cure to ingrown hair! Now don’t get discouraged if you do not see a change overnight! If you stay consistent you will see great improvement within about a month when exfoliating 3-4 times a week.

Here are my top picks for pesky ingrown hair!

1. Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel: FirmX Peeling Gel visibly rolls, lifts and sweeps away dead skin cells when massaged into skin. Multi-action enzymes (Pineapple, Pomegranate and Keratinase) and Cellulose effectively peel and help uncover a smooth, fresh, new complexion without drying, irritating or causing undue stress to skin.

2. Juara Rice Facial Scrub: This softening facial scrub cleanses and exfoliates in one convenient application. Perfectly round, fine exfoliating beads gently free skin from dead surface cells, revealing fresh, radiant skin, while mild, natural cleansing agents remove dirt and make-up without drying out the skin.

3. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub: Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub offers superb retexturizing benefits for all body skin types. This scrub combines Glycolic Acid and polished granules to provide an exception level of body skin rejuvenation. Experience immediate and unparalleled softness and tone.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com! Happy Shaving!



5 Beauty Tricks for Better Looking Skin this Summer

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1. Don’t forget to exfoliate…properly!

As we move into summer, our skin needs a good cleanse to remove the dead skin we have accumulated through the winter months. But remember, there is too much of a good thing! Don’t over exfoliate in your haste for fresher looking skin. Mechanical exfoliants like scrubs with nuts, ground coffee or gritty materials as well as chemical exfoliants should only be used 2-3 times a week. If you are looking for a gentle exfoliant, we recommend the Nuxe Fondant Gentle Body Scrub.

2. Wash your pillowcases!

Make the most out of your beauty sleep! Since the summer heat brings perspiration and in turn, more oil production for most people we recommend changing your pillowcase every 3 days or so to ensure they aren’t harboring any pimple causing bacteria or irritants.

*Bonus tip: Try a satin pillowcase to ensure your blowout lasts longer! No one likes blow drying in the summer!

3. Clean your cellphone!

Ever wonder why one side of your face is breaking out? Clean that cell phone! This should be done all year round but especially in the summer time, we suggest carrying some wipes in your purse to give your cellphone a good cleanse and prevent breakouts.

4. Hydrate throughout the day!

Even if you are an oilier skin type, it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. A small bottle of hydrating mist is great to look fresh when the temperature rises. We suggest the Avene Thermal Spring Water in the 1.7 oz size which is perfect for the office, gym bag or purse.

5. Wash your hair often!

Most women know the benefit of a good blow out and if you color your hair, you may be less inclined to wash every day. Washing more often in the summer can prevent breakouts where your hair may be touching your skin like neck, back and forehead. Hair products and perspiration don’t always mix so consider amping up your shampoos to every other day. For a squeaky clean finish, try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo.

You can find all of these amazing products on SkinStore.com!

 



June Jacobs Cooling Cucumber [GIVEAWAY]

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Beat the heat this summer with June Jacobs Cooling Cucumber Cleanser and Cucumber Green Tea Toner. The Cooling Cucumber Cleanser is calming and refreshing, just perfect for warmer weather. It gently sweeps away dirt and oil with cucumber extract, which is a natural astringent. It also helps to neutralize free radicals with a powerful antioxidant blend, combat the visible signs of premature aging, and helps regenerate dry, damaged skin.

Don’t forget to follow up your cleansing routine with Cucumber Green Tea Toner. This toner is formulated with natural astringents, cucumber and goldenseal extracts to remove residue and maintain the skin’s natural pH. You’ll feel refreshed and clean all summer long! Sound great?! Enter our Facebook Giveaway for a chance to win both products! Click HERE to enter!



Hot Ingredient! Resveratrol

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Resveratrol is the hot new ingredient in the beauty world! Lately, the skin scene is a buzz with new treatments using the powerful phenol. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes among other fruits. The content of resveratrol is increased when fermented which causes red wine to be the most potent source. Although, there is no documented proof that Resveratrol has any effect on cardiovascular disease, cancer or metabolism; it has been proven that Resveratrol can aid with skin protection. Since oxidative stress caused by multiple factors is a major factor in aging, Resveratrol is widely sought after for its antioxidant properties. Although this is no fountain of youth, if you are looking to try this new ingredient, here are a few of our favorites:

1. Topix Replenix Power of Three Cream: Replenix Power of Three Cream and Serum contain 90% Green Tea Polyphenols, Resveratrol and Caffeine U.S.P.

Replenix Power of Three Cream is an emollient with a soy phospholipid and hyaluronic acid base, while the Power of Three Serum is a lightweight, fast-absorbing formulation in a hyaluronic acid (humectant) base. Patients can choose the formulation based on their own skin type and preferences.

The majority of patients can experience the benefits of green tea, making this a welcome addition to the practice. Oily skinned and acne patients tend to prefer the serum, while dry skinned and more mature patients prefer the cream.

2. SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E: With age and ongoing aggression, skin accumulates excessive free radical damage and loses its efficiency to effectively repair at night. This compounded effect leads to accelerated signs of damage such of loss of radiance, elasticity, and density.

This antioxidant night concentrate with a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable Resveratrol, synergistically enhanced with 0.5% Baicalin and 1% Alpha Tocopherol (vitamin E) boosts skin’s own antioxidant defense system to promote its natural nightly repair for improved radiance, elasticity, and density.

3. Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask: This moisture binding mask helps to nourish skin while stimulating cellular renewal, reducing wrinkles, firming and smoothing. Leaves skin feeling supple, soothed and balanced.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!



Get Your Summer Glow with Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glotion for Body

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 Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glotion for BodySpring has officially arrived — it actually hit the 70° mark the other day! I was excited to finally wear a dress without stockings…until I realized how unprepared my skin was. Thanks to being totally bundled up all winter, my skin looked pasty, sallow, and dull.

Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. Their Alpha Beta Glow Pads are my go-to in the summer, but for now, I wanted something a little less pigment-packed and a little more gradual. The brand new Alpha Beta Glotion for Body fit the bill. NYC dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this lightweight, oil-free body moisturizer for his patients who wanted healthy, glowing skin that was also refreshed and hydrated. Not only does Glotion for Body provide natural, time-released color with Encapsulated DHA, but it provides anti-aging, exfoliating benefits with Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid. These two acids help resurface the skin for more youthful texture and tone while improving absorption of Hyaluronic Acid, locking in moisture. The formula even contains Caffeine, which is known to help firm and tone the appearance of skin. All these benefits combined will ensure skin perfectly prepared for warmer weather and higher hemlines.

Want a deeper sun-kissed glow? Layer Alpha Beta Glotion for Body over Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body!

What do you plan on wearing this spring with your Alpha Beta Glotion for Body glow?



How to Determine Your Skin Tone

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Determining your skin tone is essential when color matching foundation and selecting your most flattering makeup shades. Similar to selecting colors in clothing, the right hue can make you sparkle and shine. Complimentary colors enhance and brighten your complexion, while the wrong one makes you look drab and washed out.

Skin tones are separated into three general categories warm, cool and neutral. Keep in mind, within each skin tone there are different undertones or subtle hues in the skin. There are four basic undertones: yellow/orange, red/orange, blue/red and red. Warm skin tones have yellow/orange or red/orange undertones. While women with cool skin tones have blue/red or red undertones.

Use these helpful tips to determine your skin tone and better understand what colors best suit you.

Warm Skin Tone:
The majority of the population has a warm golden skin tone. Generally, people who have black, brown, blond, or red hair with brown, black or hazel eyes fall into this category. Women who have an olive complexion and tan easily also fall into this group. An easy way to determine your skin tone is by a simple vein test. If you look at the inside of your wrist (in natural light) and your veins look slightly green, then you have a warm skin tone.

The most flattering and natural makeup shades for warm skin tones are warm, earthy colors. Hues of brown, gold, bronze, olive, beige, champagne, sage green, cream, mocha, rust, and apricot are complimentary. Try to find foundations that are yellow or peach based and avoid foundations that have a pink or red base.

Cool Skin Tone:
Women with a cool skin tone have a pink, rosy undertone with subtle hints of blue. People with very fair skin, fine blond, black or brown hair with blue, green, or grey eyes most often fall into this category. A good indicator of a cooler complexion is if your skin is thinner, translucent, and sensitive or burns easily. If you look at the inside of your wrist and your veins appear to look slightly blue, then you have a cool under tone.

Cool skin tones most flattering and natural makeup shades are rich vibrant colors. Hues like navy, red, bright pink, raspberry, emerald green, plum, black, violet, turquoise and silver are complimentary. Look for foundations that are pink based and stay away from ones that have a yellow or orange base.

A common misconception for cool skin tones is to counteract redness by using a yellow based foundation. Using a foundation different from your natural skin tone masks your natural beauty. The wrong shade is often noticeable, leaving an orange or yellow ring around the jaw line. While the correct shade blends seamlessly, enhancing your natural skin tone.

Neutral Skin Tone:
If you find yourself not fitting into either the warm or cool category you may have a neutral skin tone. Luckily for neutral ladies, they look great in any color, warm or cool. Experimenting with a wide variety of colors will help determine what best suits you.
Look for foundations that are neutral in color, neither too yellow nor pink.

The right color choices for your skin tone will enhance and enliven your appearance. Simply put these helpful hints to use and be prepared for glowing compliments!

You can find a plethora of cosmetics and beauty products at SkinStore.com.



Bridal Boot Camp

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shutterstock_19241341Wedding season is here. Even if you are not the bride chances are you are attending a wedding in the near future. Weddings are great, but they are even better when you show up looking superhot! Everyone puts their best foot forward for these events so it’s time to step up your game. That means beautiful hair, nails, teeth and skin. Luckily for you we have put together a to do list so your wedding look doesn‘t disappoint.

Weeks before the wedding you need to address your skin and teeth. I would start bleaching your teeth as soon as you mail in your wedding RSVP reply card. There are plenty of ways to achieve a pearly white smile. You may use toothpaste that whitens or even teeth bleaching gizmos, whatever you choose start working on a whiter smile as soon as possible. Teeth whitening is a process and the longer you treat your teeth the better the results. We suggest Supersmile Professional Whitening System.  Simply brush your teeth for 2 minutes a day for dramatically whiter teeth without messy trays!

When it comes to perfecting your skin a great way to clear up any skin concerns is by starting some glycolic treatments. Glycolic is a fantastic way to clear up skin without having to go through a lengthy peeling process. Plus glycolic gives your skin a healthy looking glow! One of the best go to glycolic treatments on the market is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. For best results use consistently 2-3 times a week for one month. Your skin will look A-MAZING!

Another way to obtain a beautiful glow is with nice self-tanner. One BIG reason I love self-tanners is you look instantly thinner when your skin is tan. Let’s be honest tan legs look much more toned than pasty legs. Self-tanners are super simple to use too. Get in the shower, exfoliate the skin, shave, get out and apply moisturizer. Next, apply the self-tanner, I prefer spray on tanners for hard to reach areas like the back, and then wash your hands after. Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush is my go to product!  Just remember to do all your waxing and shaving BEFORE applying self-tanner. There is nothing worse than a beautifully bronzed face with a white upper lip and brows!

Now that your teeth and skin are a vision of glowing perfection it’s time to address the hair and nails. When it comes to hair and nails anything goes. Nail art is all the rage right now. The things people are doing with their nails today is nothing short of amazing. One look that isn’t amazing is dirty and chipped nails. Don’t show up to a wedding looking like you just spent the day digging in the garden. The same goes for your hair. Keep in mind the type of wedding you are attending when choosing a hair style, elegant, beachy or casual, show up looking like you belong and not out of place. Once your look is on point you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that you look your very best!

You can find the products mentioned in the article at SkinStore.com.



Summer’s Must Have Primer

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Summer is almost here! It’s the perfect time to soak up the sun and live care free. But we all know the major draw backs that come with theMurad Hybrids Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control blazing sun: sweat, an uneven tan, and breakouts to name a few. Even though we are living care free, it’s the most important time to care for our skin. What if I told you that there was only one product that you needed to: eliminate shine, reduce breakout activity, leave the skin with a smooth and even finish and it is suitable for most skin types? Yes, I said one and that product is Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control Hybrid. Not only does this product treat these conditions it also adds a visible coverage to the skin. With 0.5% Salicylic Acid this product also helps to minimize pores, keep the breakouts away, and give the skin a luminous matte finish.  You can wear it under make up or alone, either way your skin is being treated and kept looking marvelous all day. No heaviness, greasy feeling or residue is left behind. This product also contains Dimethicone which helps it glide on as smooth as butter and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. Ladies, this is the product is a summer must have and it won’t break the bank!




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