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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kimberly's Top Ten

Hello beautiful people! As you know, beautystoredepot.com is all about getting the lowest price and the best advice on some of the greatest beauty and skincare products out there. I've learned quite a bit about skincare and beauty from my time at beautystoredepot.com and today I would love to share my top ten products with you. 

1. EltaMD UV Clear (Untinted)
If you've spoken with me on the phone, there is a good chance that I've recommended this product to you. I'm in my late twenties and have struggled with adult acne since my late teens. This daily facial sunscreen is not only safe for sensitive and acne prone skin, but it also contains ingredients that address uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. It's fragrance free, lightweight, and leaves no residue.  

2. gloTherapeutics Renew Serum
I was introduced to this serum during one of my first product knowledge classes, where I expressed my skin concerns to our gloTherapeutics representative. This serum packs a triple threat! The retinol (vitamin A) addresses my sun damage and anti-aging needs, the glycolic acid helps exfoliate my skin and improve my skin texture, and the salicylic acid clears my pores and fights acne breakouts. I use it about three times a week at night before I go to bed.  

3. Obagi Professional C Serum 15%
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that brightens the skin, stimulates collagen production, and protects against environmental skin cell damage. This is unlike any Vitamin C serum I've used before. It's got a slick feel to it, glides on very smooth, and has a pleasant scent that I like to describe as "tropical". When I first used it, I was worried it would be too oily on my already oily skin, but after using it for a while I've noticed great improvements in my skin's tone and texture.

4. Pur Minerals Miracle Mist
Despite the bulkiness, I carry this mist with me almost everywhere I go. I use it in the morning to set my makeup and then spritz it on throughout the day as a refreshing hydrator. It's great for those hot summer days when you need a pick-me-up. Last weekend I even put it in my backpack to accompany me on a particularly warm, mid-day hike. It's main ingredients are citrus oils and fulvic acid. The citrus oils refresh the skin's appearance while the fulvic acid nourishes the skin with over 70 minerals and amino acids.  

5. Osmosis Colour Blush - Spring Crush
Blush is fairly new to me. In fact, I had NEVER worn it until a few months ago. I'm now slowly building up a collection of blushes and perfecting the art. One thing I have noticed is that I get the most compliments on my skin when I am wearing "Spring Crush". It's a very soft, bronzed pink that gives just the slightest boost of color to my cheeks. Since Osmosis is first and foremost a skincare line, it feels as good as it looks and there are no harmful ingredients.  

6. gloMinerals Pressed Base - Golden Dark
I learned about gloMinerals from my esthetician about a year before working at beautystoredepot. I'd come in to see her with my face all caked up, trying to camouflage all my blemishes. My skin was very inflamed and my makeup at the time was only making it worse. She gave me a list of makeup that would benefit my skin, rather than just cover it up and irritate it further. This pressed base was one of the items on that list and I've been using it ever since. It's formulated with an exclusive blend of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract to provide nutrients that are vital to maintaining the skin's healthy radiance. Along with my skincare regimen, it's made a drastic improvement on my skin's appearance and well-being.

7. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
As I've mentioned previously, I'm acne prone. I am very particular when it comes to cleansers, because having clean skin is a huge part of keeping acne in check. I was very happy to find this cleansing gel because it is rich in healing and exfoliating ingredients like sugar cane extract, white willow bark extract and chamomile flower extract. I find this to be a highly effective cleanser that purifies and deeply cleans without stripping or drying my skin.

8. gloMinerals Body Glisten
Glitter. What can I say? I'm a sucker for glitter. Because of this, I have gloMinerals Body Glisten. It's a buildable shimmer lotion that contains natural ingredients that gently hydrate the skin while leaving a pleasant aroma behind. I use this pretty much daily on my legs. One thing that I will have to warn you about; if you don't wash your hands after application, you will have an insane amount of glitter on your palms.  

9. Osmosis Colour Lip Gloss - Bare
I'm a huge fan of the Osmosis Colour line. The ingredients are always well thought out and I think the colors are just fantastic! Lately I've been hooked on their "Bare" lip gloss. It's a beautiful shade that's high shine, yet still natural looking on my skin. One of the main ingredients is sunflower seed oil, which helps prevent moisture loss, promotes softer skin, and provides anti-inflammatory properties.  

10. Uniq-One Coconut All In One Hair Treatment
I love the way this smells! I have a lot of wavy, thin hair that gets tangled very easily. I bought this product without knowing much about it, solely because it was coconut scented. After I started using it, I realized that it was so much more than just a delicious smelling detangler. It's called an "all-in-one" because it repairs damaged hair, adds shine, controls frizz, protects against styling heat, protects from UVA and UVB filters that can fade hair color, detangles, and prevents split ends. It's like a panacea for most hair troubles. 

I could go on, but I did promise to only brag about my ten favorites! Thank you so much for reading!

Until Next Time, 
♥ Kimberly

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The PMD: Your Passport to Beautiful Skin

If you're a savvy skincare shopper, you've heard of exfoliation. In fact, if you're like me, you have a bathroom cabinet full of scrubs, creams, and peels geared towards shedding away the lifeless layers of your skin. For those of you that are new to the game, exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the surface of your skin. The skin’s natural exfoliating ability weakens with age and products are often needed to provide results. Chemical exfoliants, like peels or gels, utilize acids or enzymes to loosen and dissolve. Manual exfoliants, like scrubs or microdermabrasion, use friction to rid the skin of dead skin cells and unclog pores. Today, I'm going to delve into microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing that removes dead skin cells from the stratum corneum. Basically, with microdermabrasion, your imperfections are broken apart in the outermost layer and your skin thinks it's sustained an injury. Your skin then uses it's defense mechanisms and begins to toss out the old, rebuild, and reveal younger, healthier skin. After it's all done, your skin is more radiant, your makeup goes on smoother, and your skincare products are able to penetrate up to twenty times deeper than with untreated skin.

There are a lot of at-home microdermabrasion products on the market right now, and there is one product that we feel lives up to the hype: The PMD. PMD stands for Personal Microderm and is an at-home microdermabrasion device that uses Aluminum Oxide Crystals and a vacuum suction to smooth away dead skin cells and literally uncover younger skin. When used just once a week, the PMD will minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, tone, texture and blemishes for a vibrant, youthful complexion. It's simple to use and highly effective.

The PMD has a few different discs that you can use. First of all, there is the white disc. That is the training disc and is recommended for all first time users. When you get comfortable with this one, you can move on to the blue disc, which is recommended for sensitive skin. If you feel that this is not providing you with the results you desire, you can move on up to the green disc. This is a bit more abrasive and is suitable for most skin types. If you're still not achieving your goals, move on to the red disc, which is only meant for the most resilient skin. Each color/strength of disc has a small and a large disc. The larger disc is meant for the body and the smaller disc is meant for the face. Once you've chosen the disc for you, it's time to begin.

1. Cleanse your skin and pat dry. Make sure the skin is completely dry before you begin your treatment.

2. There's no battery to worry about. Just plug it in, pick your disc, and it's ready to go.

3. Begin on the arm, then move to the neck, then finally to the face. Pull the skin taut and use upward motions. Don't press down too hard and never hover in one spot. Once the device is suctioned to the skin, you'll want to maintain the bond. Make one pass over each area and never more than two passes. DO NOT treat above the cheekbones and into the eye area. The skin in this area is very thin and particularly sensitive.

4. You're done and on your way to perfection! We recommend you follow each treatment with a toner to balance your skins pH and follow that up with a moisturizer. In about 6-7 days you can repeat the process.

The key to at-home microdermabrasion is to be gentle. As a beginner, you must start slowly and see how your skin reacts. If you're not sure microdermabrasion is right for you, talk to your dermatologist.

Until Next Time,
♥ Kimberly

Have you tried the PMD? Tell us how it's impacted your skin! If you have any questions or comments about the PMD, contact us at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Cleaning


Hey, lovelies!

You know how most people have some sort of fabulous Spring Cleaning routine? Something about shaking out the mothballs and closed doors of winter and instead welcoming the wonder of spring? Well, I don't really get it. Possibly because spring is the season I respond to the least, or maybe because I'm always a little sad winter is over (seriously: candles, snow, gifts, candy?!). Either way, the whole "spring cleaning" thing never really does anything for me. This time of year, however, when the heat has settled nice and heavy into all the crevasses of life, when taking a deep breath feels more like inhaling scalding soup, when malls are packed with back to school shoppers and sales saturate every type of media imaginable, that's when I want to shed some of the excesses in my life.

I took a moment this weekend to look at my shelves, feeling inundated with products. I examined my bedroom and nearly drowned in the mess. My walls left me uninspired and my kitchen? Less than functional. What's a girl to do?

Well, to begin with, having a bathroom overrun with products makes me infinitely less likely to follow any decent skincare regimen. If I can't find something or don't know how long I've had it, it's hardly functional. And that's what practical skincare is about. So I began.

I’m loath to discard things I'll use or things that I might need (hail, packrats!), but sunscreen expires for a reason. A very practical reason. Its efficacy really does decrease over time and I had a range of sunscreens, from physical to chemical, drugstore variety to high-end, face, body, lips, shoulders, base coat, reapply, half-empty, nearly full, insanity! 90% or more were expired.

I discarded them.

Of my four moisturizers, two had been opened for more than a year.

I discarded them.

Dried up mascara (or mascara open for more than three months), lipsticks that just didn't look good, cleanser, exfoliators, toners: if it was expired or smelled wrong, if I'd had it for longer than the recommended shelf life, if I'd never liked it and doubted I ever would, it's gone.*

And I feel better.

Not to mention that my bathroom is organized, my products are safe and fresh, and I stand a real chance of using my nighttime moisturizer at night since I can always reach it after washing my face. I now also have a real idea of what I actually use and what I need to replace.

My bedroom took less time, washing all the bedding, spoiling myself with brand new (teal!) pillowcases, hanging some of the gorgeous artwork from my travels. I know that, going home tonight, out of the chaos of summer activities and back to school madness, I have an established retreat, a safe calm space to retire to every evening and launch from every day. It is clean and organized and when the holidays get started, it will still be clean and organized.

My kitchen? Well, it's not perfect yet. But there's always next weekend!

*How long should your products last? How long are they good for? For hair and skincare products, look for a symbol that looks like this:

“12 M” indicates that the product is good for twelve months after the date you open it. Most skin and hair products will probably say either 12 M or 24 M. For makeup, take a look at the chart below:

3 months
1 – 2 years
Liquid/cream foundations
3 – 6 months
Pressed powder foundations
1+ years
Loose powder foundations
1+ years
Powder eyeshadow and blush
1+ years
Cream eyeshadow and blush
3 – 6 months
Eye and lip pencils
1+ years

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