‘Tis the season of giving! Show your wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, girlfriend, friend and even a special little girl how much you care for her. The women in your life do a lot for you so we think it’s sweet of you to do something nice in return for them. Here’s a list of our top 10 girly faves for this year’s gift-giving.
Clarisonic Skin Care System in Pinkis always a top seller for holidays. The Clarisonic system is 2x more effective than manual cleansing, and removes 6x more makeup. Clarisonic will help to remove dead skin cells therefore increasing treatment product absorption, it helps to reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes.
Pevonia Luxurious Gift Boxis a gift for the most chic and luxury-loving lady in your life. Pamper her with a caviar-enriched cleanser, toner, serum and cream that’ll ensure a healthy glow in elegant packaging. High concentration of caviar and escutox improve the skin’s texture and elasticity, resulting in a tighter, finer, resurfaced skin with an undeniable youthful radiance.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance and Lotion Gift Setis a fragrant gift for the amazing gal who loves to smell like a slice of heaven. This infinitely feminine set includes a two ounce Amazing Grace fragrance and an eight ounce multi-tasking Amazing Grace perfumed body emulsion that are perfect for layering.
StriVectin SD Gift of Results Kit is a lovely gift for a woman that loves results. A new and improved Strivectin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while the retexturizing scrub brightens dull skin. The Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles is the cherry on top that visibly diminish lines, creases, dark circles and puffiness.
L’Occitane Almond Enchantment Gift Setis a lovely choice for the naturalist. Gift her with softening, firming and smoothing properties of almond. The shower oil, milk concentrate, exfoliating paste, and almond soap transform any bathroom into the south of France with their indulgent fragrance and feel.
Frederic Fekkai Shine Shine Shine Gift Setis THE kit for a girl that loves her luscious locks. Fekkai’s legendary shine collection infuses encapsulated shine-release complex in its winning olive oil formula to renew the hair and boost shine, bounce and manageability.
Harajuku Lovers – G Eau de Toilette! is the perfect gift for the little cutie in your life. This little fragrance is quirky, unique and undeniably cool. Plus! It smells like the tropics- a great little getaway in the middle of winter!
Elemis Everyday Beauty Essentialsis a great gift for the girl that loves a bit of everything. Creamy, nourishing and luxurious face, body and hand products in a smart clutch that she’ll enjoy now and in the warmer months too!
Laura Geller Baked and Beautiful Kitis a marvelous kit for the makeup maven. Five gorgeous pieces to take anyone from drab to fab in minutes! Fantastic for natural beauties and daring divas alike!
Here at SkinStore, we believe knowledge is key when it comes to skincare and beauty! That’s why we have created Product Talk, an interactive Q&A feature for our customers. It’s a powerful, yet simple tool!
Here’s how it works: While on SkinStore, find a product that you would like to learn more about. Click the “Product Talk” tab under the product photo to access the tool. To ask a question, click the “Ask a New Question” button. To answer, click the question to open it, and click the “Answer this Question” button. You can even also vote for the best answers to questions. It’s your community.
Now is your chance to help us build the beauty community and to be a voice! We pulled a few unanswered questions from community members who would love to hear about your beauty experience and get your feedback on some products that you may have already tried. We encourage you to share your knowledge and experience. Click on the questions below to answer them (you may be asked to log in or register).
How do we know when our “look” is outdated? If you’ve had the same look for the last 10 or 20 years, it’s definitely time to move on! Holding on to those styles from your teens and twenties doesn’t keep you suspended in your youth. In fact it can make you look VERY outdated! It’s time to take some risks! Go down to the bookstore and take a glance at some fashion magazines (for both men and women.) Get a feel for which looks are in style that best reflect who you are and your personality.
Ladies start with a new hair cut, color and or style. If you’re not sure what to do, tell your hairstylist you’re updating your look and need some suggestions. Consider something short and sassy like a bob or pixie cut! Losing the high school hair can make you look much more sexy, sophisticated and empowered!
Gentlemen lose the bleach blond (Guy Fieri) or overly dark, dyed hair. Go for something more trimmed and clean around the sides and back and a hint of spikes on top. If you’re balding or thinning on top, the best way to go about updating your look is to go short! Shorter hair creates less contrast between the fuller and thinner areas on your scalp. Also, consider updating your sideburns, goatee and/or beard. Sometimes facial hair may be very sexy on the right guy; sometimes it can make a man look downright ridiculous. If you’re graying, a little bit of gray can be sexy but, do-it-yourself dye kits for hair and beards can end up WAY too dark and look obvious.
Buying the same old style turtle neck sweater in a different color doesn’t qualify as updating your look. You need to take some risks and try something new that you wouldn’t normally buy. Take a younger niece or nephew out with you when you go shopping. Ask them to give you their honest opinion on whether the clothes you’ve picked out are the same old same old, way too trendy, or just hip and trendy enough.
Finally is the all important skin care and make-up. Ladies (and gentlemen) if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start considering a regular regimen of skincare products to undo any damage and aging to your skin and help prevent future damage and aging. Find a good cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF and use them on a regular basis! Taking better care of your skin will result in healthier more vibrant skin with less fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and dark circles; and less need for heavy makeup and concealers.
When choosing makeup, remember to go classic with a little bit of flair. Avoid the use of metallic’s, heavy bronzers, and glitter. These accentuate lines and wrinkles. Consult with a make-up artist and/or esthetician on designing your eyebrows and eye shadow. Eye shadow contouring and highlighting and color choice can make all the difference in whether your eyes look bright and inviting or dull and sagging.
Correctly designed eyebrows can accentuate your eyes best features and minimize flaws. The wrong eyebrow design can also send the wrong message. And gentlemen, remember the object is to “groom” your brows so you don’t have a unibrow or a couple of caterpillars on your forehead. Don’t go overboard and lose your handsome masculinity.
Keep all of these things in mind while you have fun designing the new you! Now go forward and conquer that mid life crisis!
Hollywood starlets always seem to be tan and glowy. Hit the streets of Los Angeles and you’ll be surrounded by the tanned California girls. But while many take the sun-worshipping route (hello, prune!), others are much more sun-savvy and fake their way to the bronzed glow. Now you too, can look like a real California girl with our amazing bronzing products.
Best loose bronzer: bareMinerals Faux Tan All Over Face Color
Even the pale girls can enjoy a radiant tan year-round as this bronzing powder brings a boost of the tropics to the skin. And it’s great for all skin types.
Best pressed bronzer (matte): Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder. This chocolate scented matte bronzing powder gives skin a natural healthy sun kissed glow. Great for those with oily skin, or someone that does not like iridescence.
Best cream bronzer: DuWop Doubleglow7 Deep luminous face balm gives instant radiance and clarity to the skin whether worn under, over or instead of foundation. Great for all skin types that love the dewy, luminous look of bronzed skin.
From the ingenious minds of leading cosmetic and skincare specialists, Cover FX was born. Conceived with the intention of becoming the foundation authority, Lee Graff, the co-creator and President of Cover FX developed a makeup that effectively camouflages major skin imperfections with added therapeutic benefits.
Graff has been a corrective makeup specialist for over 20 years at a leading Canadian CosMedic Clinic, working exclusively with rosacea, acne, scars, and vitiligo patients. Cover FX was created to match a variety of skin tones, be tolerated by even the most sensitive skin, affordable to the everyday consumer, and have a beautiful naturally looking finish.
Makeup experts agree that every foundation application should start with a great primer. Skin Prep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum is a smoothing, hydrating foundation primer that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores. It is enriched with peptides, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid to help combat the signs of aging.
One of the biggest dilemmas we face with foundation is finding the perfect color. Whose skin really matches a pre-made color straight from the bottle? It’s either too light or too dark or the wrong tone. Or when you’ve finally found the perfect shade, it’s soon to be discontinued entirely. Cover FX addresses this issue, The Big Cover Up kit includes 3 coordinating shades to blend together for the perfect match.
Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation is a 2-in-1 concealer and foundation. It provides full coverage for hard to conceal imperfections like sun damage, acne, and redness. The foundation is suitable for all skin types and imparts a natural dewy finish. It’s also non-comedogenic and has a zero skin irritancy score for skin sensitivity.
The finishing touch of the 3 step essentials is Cover FX Loose Mineral Setting Powder. To set your makeup, simply dust on a touch of translucent setting powder. This imparts a flawless finish with light defusing pigments. Your skin will appear smoother and more radiant. It also helps to prevent color and foundation transfer. A setting powder extends the wear of your makeup and locks makeup in place all day.
If you’ve struggled to find the perfect foundation for years to no avail, your search is over! Cover FX will give you the confidence of a beautiful even complexion.
Ahhh… the warm weather is here. Break out the sandals and sunscreen. Lose the heavy foundation and lighten up with these warm weather tricks:
Opt for tinted moisturizer instead of traditional foundation. Sheer, see-through coverage with a hint of hydration is the ultimate product for hot weather. Most tinted moisturizers not only offer tint and moisture but also pack antioxidants, minerals and sunscreen. I’m in love with Somme Institute Treat and Tint. It contains ingredients that repair sun damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat and prevent moderate to severe acne and rosacea, as well as significantly improve skin discoloration, tone, texture and clarity.
Those of you that read the blog know that I love lip and cheek stains. They’re super versatile, flattering, easy to use and can provide either a very natural effect or a very dramatic one. Use a liquid or gel lip/cheek stain on the inner rim of your lips for that ‘just-ate-a-cherry-popsicle’ look. It’s simple and sexy. For a classic red fool-proof lip outline your lip line with the stain and fill in the volume of the entire lip for old Hollywood glamour. Finish it off with a clear gloss for some extra va-va-voom. Giddy red cheeks courtesy of a stain outlast humidity, sweat and water and unlike traditional blushes that streak, stain will stay on until it’s washed off with a facial cleanser. Don’t wear dramatic cheeks with dramatic lips (unless you’re into the clown trend). Do wear sheer lips and sheer cheeks together for an effortless summer cool.
Stay away from excessively dark eye color in the warm weather- especially in the day. Try beiges, champagnes, light pinks and nudes. Iridescent shadows are fresh and bring out the natural beauty of the eye with a pop. We’re obsessed with Stila’s best selling Kitten shade, it’s a shimmering nude pink that’s flattering to ALL skin tones- and if you’re not a eyeshadow powder fan it also comes in a creamy silk shadow wash formula (which I love to also use on the cheekbones for gorgeous highlight).
To tame the shine on your t-zone skip the cakey powder and opt for bareEscentuals mineral veil instead. The new(ish) bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil is a winner… instead of making skin look matte and dull, it brightens (I swear I have a halo around my face when I wear this stuff) AND hydrates – what’s not to love?!
These days finding skin in perfect condition is almost impossible. We weren’t created that way but there are solutions to achieve that perfect skin tone. Depending on environmental damage your skin has been affected by, different skin conditions you may have or skin concerns passed on by heredity; there is a way to help achieve perfection, at least temporarily. Dermablend has different products for many different concerns and offers amazing results.
The products have been featured on different television shows, worn by different actors, and raved about by makeup artists around the world as well. I cannot count how many times I have personally been asked about the products or asked to help assist someone with the products. There are basically 4 different categories that most all skin concerns can be addressed by.
The first is the Dermablend Cover Creme. It can provide long lasting full coverage of vitilligo, birthmarks, rosacea, redness, scars, bruises, and pigmentation disorders. The Dermablend Leg & Body Cover can provide long lasting full coverage of tattoos, stretch marks, varicose veins, spider veins, bruises, scars, and burns. The Quick Fix Concealer can provide long lasting full coverage of dark under eye circles, blemishes, age spots, freckles, scars and bruises. Lastly the Smooth Indulgence Foundation offers coverage of rosacea, redness, minor acne scars and uneven skin tone.
Depending on your concerns, you’d want to appropriately match up the product with your skin. There are numerous options which cover a wide range of colors or shades. The most common question when looking towards Dermablend products is, “How do I know what color to get?” It is pretty difficult to try and consult for a color over the phone, since we can’t see you. We do suggest however that you either find a local store to do a color test against your skin or you can view the color chart online.
Among finding the right shade, inquiries on application are sought out frequently. Suggestion of application on the Cover Crème Foundation includes, removing a small amount from your jar, warming it on the back of your hand using small circular motions to soften the product, apply over the area of concern using short tapping motions to ensure full coverage, and then blend outward. If you desire extra coverage on the area, then tap on more cream. To ensure wear and to waterproof the coverage, make sure to use the setting powder. You’d want to wait to apply the setting powder until the crème is completely dry on the skin. Powder on your covered areas and wait two minutes. You may then dust off any excess powder with a makeup brush. Application for the Leg & Body Cover include, applying product with your fingertip to the specific area of concern using up and down motions. Make sure you work quickly to avoid any harsh color lines and make sure you blend out the edges of the select area. Before you apply the setting powder to the area, make sure you allow 3-5 minutes for the area to dry. After you pat on the setting powder, wait 2 minutes and then brush off the excess powder.
The Quick- Fix Concealer would need to be applied with your fingertips after warming the product to soften the texture. Apply it to your area of concern and remember to blend out to avoid lines or unevenness in product. Don’t forget to use the setting powder for long wear and durability. Lastly, application for the Smooth Indulgence Foundation includes using the Dermablend foundation brush. It is suggested you work from the inner face, outward in light stokes. You can dab on more product if needed in concern areas. Make sure to blend product down the neck, around the ears and into the forehead area until the maximum coverage is achieved. Don’t forget the setting powder!
The brand is amazing as are the results. If you have a concern or condition that you need assistance with, you should definitely give these products a try. You will be happy with what you receive! Smiles are ahead of you!
You can find more information about Dermablend at SkinStore.
Flowers are blooming and the sun is shining! Warmer weather is on the horizon and it’s time to break out the sundresses and sandals again! Here are a few of our spring season cosmetic must haves available at SkinStore.com!
Skindinavia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish - Sunny days can wreak havoc on your makeup. But have no fear; Skindinavia Makeup Finish can save you from a major makeup meltdown! This innovative spray acts as a makeup primer, chilling the surface and hydrating your skin for all day perfection. Pore size is reduced, fewer touch ups are needed throughout the day, fine lines and wrinkles are diminished. This spray also helps for your makeup to go longer- use up to 50% less makeup than before. Our SkinStore.com staff love this stuff.
Stila Smudge Pot Set is the perfect addition to your cosmetic wardrobe. This set includes four of their famous gel liners in fashion forward colors for spring: Black, Kitten, Starry Night, and Violet. Stila’s smudge pots not only perfectly define your eyes, they also multi-task as an eye shadow. Our Director of Customer Support swears by these.
Stila Mini Lip Glaze Collection includes four of their newest and four of the top selling glaze shades, we are so happy to have these at SkinStore.com! No matter what your mood or the occasion you will have a color to match! It’s an easy way to add shine to any spring ensemble.
RapidLash – Bambi won’t be the only big doe eyed beauty this season! Rapidlash contains a potent polypeptide complex, proteins, vitamins, and moisturizers to stimulate and condition lashes. Your lashes will be longer, stronger, and more voluminous with continued use. FYI you can also apply to sparse eyebrows to help stubborn hairs fill in.
bareMinerals Faux Tan All Over Face Color is the ideal golden tan in a jar! We all know how damaging UV rays can be, but can’t help adore beautiful bronzed skin. Why not have the best of both worlds! bareMinerals Faux Tan is a gorgeous, natural, healthy looking tan without the fear of pre-mature aging. Simply apply on the areas of the face, neck and decollate that the sun would naturally touch (forehead, checks, and bridge of nose).
bareMinerals Blush – Laughter - An easy way to brighten any look is to add a touch of blush to the apples of your cheeks. The bronzer trend has left many women neglecting their need for a bit of rouge. While bronzer adds depth and deepens skin color, blush is used as a pop of color to liven up and refresh your complexion. Blush is one of the simpler ways to regain a more youthful glow.
What makes the face stunning or captivating? Facial features are what set us apart from each other. Although we may all have our differences that make us unique, there are always ways to highlight or bring out our naturally beautiful attributes.
According to research done at Face Research Org., the most attractive or appealing feminine facial features are big eyes, big lips, a youthful appearance, and symmetry. In my own personal opinion and research, I have found that it extends a little past the most obvious features. In addition to the above opinions listed, I believe it is the attributes of big flirty lashes, big lips with a bright smile, flushed contoured cheeks, a defined facial structure, and radiant skin that are amongst the top contenders for appealing facial qualities. Even though we all try for that supermodel face, we know it isn’t as easy as they make it appear. Luckily, women have acquired many different beauty secrets over the years that they tuck away into their little mental notepads made available to pull out for future reference. The secrets are ways to achieve the results we are searching for and ways to deceive the eyes of the beholder. So, from me to you… here is a list of areas on the face that can be easily enhanced to achieve an attractive, stunning, admired face.
Area # 1: Face structure- Will add definition and contour your facial structure. You’ll want to contour your jaw line and the hollows or cylinders of the cheeks. The cylinder of the cheek is the area below the cheek bone diagonal to the tops of your ear. This will slim down areas of the face and create a nice facial structure. Use a foundation or matte bronzer 1-2 shades darker than your regular foundation.
Area # 2: The eyes- The bigger you can make them, the better! Use any tools you have access to. Usually your two best cosmetic friends for this job are eyeliner and most of all, GREAT mascara! The longer or fuller your lashes appear, the more it opens up the eye area and makes them pop. If you have the time to play around and learn how to contour the eye with different eye shadow shades, then you can also apply those techniques. Remember, men love those big puppy dog eyes that they can get lost in!
Area # 3: The cheeks- In addition to contouring the hollows of the cheeks, which adds definition; apply blush to the apples of the cheeks to create a naturally flush look. Applying that little bit of color to your cheeks, instantly adds appeal to your face. If you are unsure of blush shades to use, usually different shades of coral varying from light to dark will work universally.
Area # 4: The lips-(Keyword = Luscious!) The more you can plump those bad boys up, the better. Lip plumpers if you can handle them, or any regular shiny lip gloss makes the area appear more attractive and alluring. Lips are one of the most sensual parts of the body. Why wouldn’t you want to highlight them? In addition to lips themselves, an inviting smile is always sexy. So make sure that you treat and maintain that bright smile. If you need a little extra help in that department, you can use tooth whitening treatments every so often to get those pearly whites. The whiter the teeth are, the more your other features stand out. Smiles portray confidence and happiness. That fact alone is attractive!
Area # 5: Skin- One of the most important factors to a stunning face is your complexion. A clear, smooth, radiant complexion is PRICELESS! No matter how many beauty tips and tricks you know, it is important to take care of your skin. Make sure you find a skin care regimen that specifically suite your skin type and conditions. The more consistent and committed you are to your regimen, the more youthful and appealing your face will be. Your skin will always be the canvas of your face. If your skin is beautiful, you won’t even need to utilize half of the treasured beauty secrets we keep to try and lure the attention of the opposite sex or obtain the admiration of a fellow woman. Lastly…Don’t forget that beauty also stems from within. This internal beauty will always top what makes an individual attractive!
Planning a wedding isn’t a walk in the park. It’s difficult to remember to make time to stop and smell the roses. Especially when the roses are priced with more zeros than you’ve seen in your life…. between addressing invitations and attending last minute appointments, things can tend to get a bit chaotic, but don’t forget to take care of your grooming needs. Stay on top of your beauty regimen to ensure a bright complexion on your wedding day. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you right on track toward wedding day bliss.
Find a Good Skin Care Routine.
6 months before the big day, meet with a skin care professional to get you started on the proper products for your skin. Make-up looks best on healthy skin, so start taking care of it well in advance to achieve the priceless look of a beautiful, blushing bride. At SkinStore.com we love talking to brides to be! We even offer complimentary skin care consultations to make your life easier.
Pick Your Look
Take time to ponder what type of look you want to go for. Going for a timeless, classic look is always error proof, but don’t be afraid to embrace who you are. There are no rules stating how you should look for your wedding day. If you are having trouble picking just one style, like myself, you can do two different looks. I’m a girl who likes her options so I’ve decided to choose a more chic, timeless look for the ceremony and to vamp it up for the reception! Some brides purchase two different wedding gowns and change into a party style dress for the reception. But for those of us that don’t have money growing on trees, consider changing smaller pieces for the transition. For example, change from your veil into a fascinator head piece that’s fun and flirty, or maybe apply a darker sexy lip color that makes a statement! Browse through over 100 different looks at the Makeup and BeautyBlog for some inspiration.
Lashes to Die For
Fuller lashes instantly create a more glamorous look; find a lash enhancer to start using a few months before the wedding. Hydropeptide just came out with their Lash Longer Fuller Lusher. This will enhance the appearance of you lashes to look longer and thicker. Also use the TALIKA Lash Extender the day of your wedding; this will instantly make your lashes appear more than 80% fuller. This is a pure fiber extender that you apply over your mascara before it’s dried and it extends your lashes to the high heavens! No need for falsies! If you do go with fake eyelashes the day of, I suggest using individual falsies. They don’t look overdone, and give you more leverage on how much or how little you want to apply.
You Better Stay Put!
Superstition says its good luck for it to rain on your wedding day, but we all hope the only water we encounter is tears of joy. To avoid any Marilyn Manson moments, waterproofing your wedding day make-up is a good idea. Here are a few products to consider:
Water-resistant mascara is a given. This is an absolute staple in any bride’s make-up kit. On any other day I can’t stand the stuff, but it’s a wedding day must!
Lip Stains will ensure that your lip color stays through the ceremony kiss, drinks during cocktail hour and cake during the reception. A great one is the Duwop Pure Venom Lip Stain.
Using make-up primers will help create a smooth canvas and guarantee the wear for your make-up. Foundation primers will even out your skin tone allowing your foundation to apply easier and also help absorb any excess oil. Shadow primers prevent any creasing or fading to give your eye-shadow the ultimate staying power. Colorescience has some great foundation primers and Elizabeth Arden makes a fantastic eye shadow primer.
You will want to top it all off with a Finishing spray. This will seal the deal and extend your make-up for hours and resist any melting in hot or humid weather.
The most important thing above all is to relax and be you. This is a day to celebrate a marriage and enjoy being with your closest family and friends, you have nothing you need to prove to anyone. You can always take your queue from that fantastic couple on YouTube…remember this one?
Try to keep the day in perspective and have a sense a humor about whatever might go wrong, just laugh it off! So take a deep breath, it’s all going to go by faster than you can imagine.