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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!


Children and grandchildren, be prepared! Mother's Day is upon us. It's time to let that special woman in your life know just how much they mean to you, and it's time to make them feel beautiful!

Mothers go through a lot, and the older you are, the more you appreciate what they do and have done for you. Personally, I don't know where I'd be without my mother, as she is one of my best friends and has always been there for me! They deserve to feel just as beautiful as they are!

This year, step your Mother's Day game up and skip the flowers...or accompany them with the gift that keeps on giving: skincare. At this point, you may be thinking, "Skincare?! I know my mom would be a little upset if I bought her a face wash and called it a "gift". Skincare incorporates a lot of different things. Here at beautystoredepot, we have makeup that is actually good for your skin.

With well-known skincare brands like Osmosis Skincare and gloTherapeutics branching out into the makeup world, we've got some pretty awesome options out there that are not only prettily pigmented, but also take care of your skin with antioxidants and built-in skincare necessities. Who out there can tell me that their mother wouldn't love a luxurious Osmosis mask and a beautiful lipstick from the same brand that they will learn to know and love?!

Same thing goes for gloMinerals and gloTherapeutics. gloProfessional has come out with a fantastic, luxury anti-aging line called Cyto-Luxe. This line incorporates the power of plant stem cells in every product. Pair one of gloTherapeurtics effective serums with gloMinerals fantastic pressed base (my personal favorite foundation!), and you have a gift that will have your mother bragging about you for years to come!

Just be sure to match whatever gifts, candies, or flowers with a heartfelt card that reminds your mother just how beautiful, fabulous, and amazing she is! If your mom is anything like mine, she'll love words straight from the heart, no matter how excessively sweet they may feel to you.

To all you Mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day!

Have any questions? We're here to help!
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♥ Kimberly

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Complete the Look with Lip Color!


It seems like a simple proposition, doesn’t it? You see someone, maybe a celebrity, maybe your best friend, maybe a random woman on the street, who has IT. The look. The look you’ve always loved and wanted to pull off but could never quite manage. The look you aspire to when flipping through fashion magazines or websites, the look your lady-crush has pulled off effortlessly. And you notice something: the lips make it. Yes, it’s the accessories and the clothes and the hair and the rest of the makeup, but it’s all pulled together by the right lipstick.

So here’s the proposition: you’ve spotted the look, you’ve registered the importance of the lip product, you’ve committed yourself to finding it, trying it. It’s easy; all you have to do is buy it, right? But then you get online or to the store and see the endless options. Not only are there approximately a billion colors (nude? Nude on whom? What is the right red for my skin tone?), but there are half a billion different types of products as well! Lip Glazes, lacquers, sticks, glosses, creams, stains…Where do you begin?!

I recently felt this way. I looked through our lip products on our site and in our warehouse and didn’t know where to begin. And that’s where this blog comes in. It’s not just an excuse for me to purchase one of each of our lip products, I promise. But I was curious. What are the differences? What do they do? Here's a brief answer for at least five of these products. If you want more, let me know. I really tried everything I could get my hands on! ;)

1.    Pur Minerals Lip Lure – Fancy
Alright. This is all about honesty. I like Pur and I'm hesitant to say anything counter to that affection, but I have to remain honest. This product freaks me out.

Now, this could all just be that I'm inexperienced (still) when it comes to makeup, or that I (still) feel like a little girl playing in her mother's makeup every time I wear dark lipstick, or that, really, my logic is somewhat lacking when it comes to applicators, but...this freaked me out! There's a sponge, and a twisty bit, and the product is all thick and dark and, and...and I'm a wimp, because it actually goes on really smoothly and easily. I may not be a biggest fan of the shade I chose, and I really think a lip liner is necessary with the lack of accuracy of the sponge-tip, but it's actually a kind of cool lip lacquer. And it is a lacquer rather than a gloss or a stick. It doesn't have the shininess of a gloss or the thickness, really, and it isn't a cream like a lipstick. Instead, it goes on in a solid gel-like layer that lacks any pretense of liquidity.  It dries quickly (not as in being drying to your lips, but sets) to a non-sticky, not particularly glossy finish. Honestly, ten minutes later and I can barely feel it on my lips at all, a godsend to those of us who obsessively pick at anything on our lips. After wearing this for hours, I still received compliments on the saturated color.

2.    Pur Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss - Tickled
Age-defying is the name of this game, even though the packaging and names are youthful. It boasts Resveratrol from Bordeaux, and a lovely, light vanilla-esque scent. Nothing too heavy, for which I am grateful. I'm also absurdly pleased with the fact that it doesn't taste like anything! Not being much of a lipstick wearer, I need very little incentive to gnaw colors off of my lips, and a yummy flavor is more than incentive enough. This product comes with your standard gloss applicator, though it is angled, and that's nice. My lips were very chapped when I put it on, but the gloss soaked in nicely and lightly stained them a pretty pink. It isn't sticky (which is wonderful) or thick and mucous-y, and my lips don't stick together when I make funny faces at the mirror. All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this gloss! And it did stain my lips, in all fairness. Of all the products I tried in this go-round, this Gloss lasted the longest, making it seem more like a tint than a gloss.

3.    Luna Star Klee Girls All-Natural Mineral Flavored Lip Gloss - Brighton Ensemble
If you've ever had your makeup stash ransacked by little fingers, Luna Star Naturals has the answer. This brand specializes in all natural, harmful chemical-free makeup for kids. It may be silly for me to have added this to the list of lip products to try, but we've gotten questions about what these lip glosses are like and I wanted to be able to answer them. The answer is simple. They smell delicious. They taste good. They are definitely NOT highly pigmented. I'll repeat that: these lip glosses are not highly colored. I chose Brighton Ensemble to test thinking that, even if the color was garish, at least it’s a subtle pink. I was not disappointed. What your kids (or you) will find is high shine and that's about it. Which is perfect for what it is. Your kid loves red? You can safely buy Sequoia Beat and not fear that your child will be plastered in fire-engine-red. Kid-safe and parent approved!

4.    gloMinerals Perfect Lip Duo - Royal
Oh, my goodness. This product. I bought the color Royal, thinking to step up my romance game (dark rosy colors and plums seem romantic to me), and this delivered. On one end is a fairly standard lipstick, creamy and dark (and obviously moisturizing). On the other end, a gloss that perfectly complements the first side! I love the combination! I find the lipstick a bit dark on its own, but the gloss lightens it up beautifully. This combination has a bit thicker, stickier texture than the GloMinerals Lip Gloss that I’ve tried, but I don't find this a negative. This is meant to be a bolder look, and it succeeds. I like it, especially for nights out.

5.    gloMinerals Suede Matte Stick - Pinup
Pinup is the reason I have invested in a lip liner. Obviously, red lips aren't my go-to, but it is an essential look for any woman to have in her toolbox. Every now and then you just need the drama and confidence a red lip inspires. I have tried this staple in a number of different products, and I have to say the Suede Matte Stick takes the cake without question. Glo dropped this stick and their crayons last year and everyone in our office was smitten. Of the new Glo lip products, this one lasts the longest. Through coffee and lunch, it will stay, and stay gorgeous. You might need to reapply before drinks with the ladies, but it's worth it!

So there you have it, a brief overview of five of our more unusual lip products. There are many, many more, a type for every desire. And we’re happy to talk about them! Really, our entire office has makeup for days. If you want to chat or have a question, that’s what we’re here for. Let us share our obsession with you! ;)


‘Til next time, stay classic…
♥Brienz

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kristen's Top 10 (Part Two)


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Hey guys, it’s Kristen again, back with part two of my beautystoredepot top 10 products I’d like to recommend to y’all today! I hope you all had a chance to read part one of my top 10 beautystoredepot products, if not be sure and check it out! Here are my remaining five favorite products.



6) Enjoy Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner: Obsessed! Not only is the shampoo sulfate-free and color safe, but these products combined truly leave my hair feeling luxurious. The shampoo has a pH level of 5.0-6.0 and can be used in addition to shampoo, as a skin wash. The conditioner's pH level is 4.5-5.5 and can also be used as a shave cream or moisturizer. Finish your clean hair off with the ENJOY Conditioning Spray or ENJOY Leave in Conditioner while still damp, and your hair will thank you in return with gorgeous, healthy, and luxurious locks.



7) EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 - Tinted: Considering I am a fair-skinned, natural red head, you'd think I would have been the type to already have been using a sunscreen on a regular basis. However, it wasn't until I started working here that I realized how crucial it really is to be wearing a sunscreen at the very least on your face, EVERY day. In fact, I feel guilty on the days I forget to apply it on myself or my son now. This sunscreen protects from both UVA & UVB (hence broad-spectrum) sun rays and is very lightweight. I use it every morning after washing my face and still apply my makeup over it with no issues. The tint is subtle and evens out your skin tone while bringing out your natural color. As with most Elta products, this sunscreen is fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic. If you aren't interested in the tinted version, there are non-tinted versions as well! You can view all of our Elta products to find the best fit for you.



8) Jan Marini Eyelash Conditioner: I have been using this product every night for about a month now. I was initially skeptical considering I've tried similar products in the past without any real results. However I am now a true believer! My lashes have definitely grown and not only has it added length to them, but I see that there is new growth as well. I had a lash curling incident several years ago that pulled out a patch of lashes that never fully returned. Now I see the space that was there filling in and my little bald spot is now covered with new lashes! When all of my eye makeup is off and prior to curling, is when I can really see the results best as my bare lashes now reach almost up to my brow bone. Worth the splurge!



9) Avene Thermal Spring Water: "Magic Water" as my 4 year old refers to it.. and that it is. The Saint Odile spring this water is derived from in Avene, France, was originally discovered back in 1736. The history of this spring water and how it became such a pivotal product for those with sensitive skin is truly fascinating! There are countless uses this product can help with including, but not limited to the following:

  • diaper rash
  • sun burn
  • post shaving/waxing
  • post cleansing
  • face spritz for after exercising/applying makeup/refresher
  • post surgery/procedure work
  • redness/inflammation of the face
  • Eczema/atopic dermatitis and keratosis- prone skin
  • allergic reactions/skin irritations
  • burning/stinging/itching/tingling
  • bug bites/stings
  • cuts/scrapes

I actually used this product to successfully cure an injury on my cat's tail in the past. My cat came home one day with a large open wound on his tail that he would not leave alone. He was over grooming it which in return was making it harder for the injury to heal. I started spraying the Thermal Water directly on the wound and within about a week the injury was nearly entirely healed. The product is straight water so there was no irritation, burning or side effects of using it on him (or anyone). I carry the small version of this in my car for on the go and find myself using it far more often than I would have imagined.



10) TheraPearl Pals: Featuring Ribbit The Frog, Ping The Panda, Buddy The Puppy, and Pearl The Pig, this is a must-have for all parents/grandparents/nannies or caretakers! It is the ultimate drug-free and fast solution to your children's booboo's, cuts/scrapes, bug bites, fever, or tummy aches! They can be used frozen, or heat it in a microwave to be used warm for up to 20 minutes. TheraPearl Pals won a Parent Tested-Parent Approved Award for quality and appeal for these products. There are no heavy metals, VOCs or BPAs. They're safe, hypoallergenic, reusable, and wont drip or leak.


There you have it, my top ten beautystoredepot products!  Working at beautystoredepot, we frequently get to try new products and I still have several I’d like to recommend. So if any of you ever have any questions regarding the products mentioned, or if you are in need of any suggestions in general I am more than happy to help!
Contact us via email at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST. 


Hope y'all have a beautiful day!

<3 Kristen
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