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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Must Haves

As we make our way through the first week of summer (officially), I wanted to share my favorite summer essential products with y’all. Being from central Texas, summer is sometimes the only season we can actually count on to happen in a year, so it’s safe to say I have my summer beauty regimen down. Read on for a list of essential summer-time products!

1) Sun Protection (obviously)
It doesn’t matter if you have scorching hot summers like us in Texas, or if you barely have a summer season at all. Regardless, the sun is out longer each day and slowly but surely causing damage to your skin. It is so important to find a good daily sunscreen to prevent any future, or further, sun damage to your skin. We have a variety of amazing sun care products to fit each and every skin type or condition. We have them tinted, we have them for oily/dry/sensitive skin, and we even have them DRINKABLE. Yes, drinkable. I have listed my favorite three below, but you can view a list of all of our sun care products here.
  • Osmosis Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer: Yes, this is the drinkable sunscreen. This is actually water that's harmonized at specific frequencies to deter the UV Rays, so you won’t actually be drinking sunscreen. Available in No Tan, and Tan Enhancing versions. Perfect for throwing in your purse or backpack while on the go and last for about 3 hours of being in the sun before you will need another dose.

2) Mosquito Protection
Speaking of the harmonized H2O water for sunscreen listed above, I have to recommend the Harmonized Mosquito Water as well. Here in Texas, with all of the rain and flooding we had the past several months you already know the mosquitos are BAD, and only going to get worse over the summer. Protect yourself, and your children or pets, with a simple, mess-free, scent-free, and hassle-free mosquito harmonized water. I use this for myself and my 4 year old and as long as you take it as directed, it actually works.

3) Lip Care
Something you may not even consider is protecting your lips from the sun as well. Swap your lip gloss for a chap stick (at least underneath the color) to keep your lips soft and hydrated during this season. I have listed my favorites that contain a bit of sunscreen perfect for summer.
  • EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31: This chap stick is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and long lasting. Super inexpensive so worth buying a few to keep in your pool bag or car for on the go!
  • gloMinerals The Mint Balm: Provides a SPF of 15, with a rosemary and mint scent that is so refreshing! This is much larger than your typical chap stick and will last you forever. It’s also available in a cherry version.

4) Hair Care
Have you ever even considered that the UV rays from the sun could be damaging your hair? It makes sense right? Thankfully we have a product that actually protects the hair from the sun, salt water and pool water. This will keep your summer hair from being damaged by the effects of our favorite summer activities, as well as help preserve your color if your hair is dyed.

5) After-Sun Care
We even carry a product perfect for all over the body, and hair, after a long day in the sun. This hair and body oil is a necessity for any and every one this summer. It’s a lightweight oil that can be applied all over from head to toe. The scent is refreshing, yet subtle, and the oil will not leave you feeling greasy once applied. Also it actually helps enhance your tan for 6-8 hours after being in the sun.

Do you have your own Summer Essentials routine you follow? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! If you’re interested in any of these Summer Essentials products, use code SUMMER16 for 15% off* of these products through July 22nd. Don’t forget to protect your skin, stay hydrated, and stay beautiful this summer!

<3 Kristen

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Dad's Emergency: Hair

My father had no idea what to do with my hair.

Wild curls, fluffy and almost alive with their unruliness, my hair would have taken a very, very trained hand to manage. Of course, neither one of my parents qualified. My poor father, however, had even less of a chance than my mother with his military-style high and tight. He had no chance at all.

It didn't help that I was tender-headed. For those of you who don't wrangle coarse, curly hair every day, "tender-headed" is the label cast onto girls who can't manage to handle the ripping, scraping, and pulling necessary with aplomb. I was definitely, thoroughly one of those girls. I would cry and pull away and wince and declaim whomever had the nerve to try to make me look presentable. For my mother, there was an acceptable solution; cut it off. Short hair for days (T-Boz, I still love you!). My father, on the other hand, wanted me to be acceptable above all else. Beautiful, even, if it was possible.

Most days he left my wild hair alone. Come pictures or a family event, though, everything changed. He would sit me down on the floor in front of the couch, put something distracting on T.V. He hoped for the best. Brushes, combs, oils, creams, hair ties, rubber bands - every weapon he could find was appropriated and scattered around me on the floor. I remember him pulling my hair taut, smearing some oily, scented product around my hairline, scraping a stiff boar-bristled brush along my skull, my whining hopefully drowned out by the cheerful singing of a candy-coated cartoon.

It rarely worked.

The end result was, perhaps, predictable. My skin pulled taut, my eyes narrowed, my hair so far gone as to be nearly non-existent. The pictures were awful. No, truly. Awful. I don't think even my father approved of the final result. It wasn't pretty, or acceptable. But it also wasn't a curly, fluffy, rat's nest of a disaster.

When I sat down to write this blog, this Father's Day blog, this is what came to mind. This image of my classically masculine father sitting down and teaching himself to do something completely outside of his experience or knowledge-base. This image of him looking through shelves and shelves of mystery products, lost in the labels and descriptions and selling points. I see him talking to various sales people, to hair dressers, to anyone who might be able to help him navigate the strange world of his daughter's hair.

This is what it means to be a father, I think. And this is why we say thank you.

So thank you, dad, and Happy Father's Day!


For all of you fathers that sympathize with this and understand the struggle, there a few products that can actually help combat unruly hair! Phyto Petit Detangling Spray for Children is a wonderful dangler that will not have your child's hair experience ending in tears (hopefully), but detangled , shiny and smooth. You can even use a brush that is made to be gentle and still fight those tangles. The Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Brush has a unique "flex bristle" design that gently diffuses tangles and knots, painlessly and safely detangling hair. The Curlisto Natural Curls Leave-In Treatment is a good leave-in treatment that will help to keep the frizz and puff gone all day after the groundwork has been laid.

These are just a few beginner tips and products, but there are so many more! We can set you up with a whole hair regimen for any type of hair, yours or your child's. We can help you  make that special little lady in your life not shed a tear for good hair care.

Contact us via email at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Brand Spotlight: iS Clinical

Hey beauty lovers! I hope you all enjoyed my Top 10 BSD Products blog I previously posted! For today’s blog I wanted to feature a brand that has always stood out to me, and that nearly anyone would benefit from.

iS Clinical by INNOVATIVE SKINCARE products target a variety of skin concerns such as anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, as well as acne. This brand carries top quality cleansers, treatment serums, moisturizers, as well and sun care products.

iS Clinical uses the most innovative ingredients on the market and the products are each formulated by a world-class team of in-house experts including pharmacologists, geneticists, biologists, and physicians. The results from these products are truly phenomenal, and have more than a decade’s worth of backing in clinical studies and articles proving the brand to be superior and highly successful in today’s skincare and anti-aging industry. Not only do the products provide long-term, permanent results, but one of their products is also known to provide results within as little as ONE HOUR. Seriously. PS: although it is always recommended to speak with your practitioner/obgyn first, iS clinical products are pregnancy/nursing safe!

CLEANSE.        TREAT.        HYDRATE.       PROTECT.

This is the daily beauty regimen suggested by INNOVATIVE SKINCARE to achieve healthy, beautiful, and flawless skin.

The iS Clinical cleansing products are great for both men and women, of all skin types and provide 5-in-1 benefits in each of the cleansers such as:

  • Make up Removal
  • Eye makeup removal
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Exfoliation

The second step is to treat your skin by targeting your specific skin concerns and conditions. Whether that be anti-aging, acne, dehydration, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, etc., there is something for everyone in the treatment line that can drastically improve the quality of your skin. Clinically powerful, yet gentle, the treatment products are proven to be highly successful in treating and addressing any of your skin concerns! If you’re unsure which of the treatment products would be the best fit for you, you can always give us a call and one of our beauty experts can assist you in finding the right products for your skincare needs.

The INNOVATIVE SKINCARE moisturizers are known to dramatically improve your skin’s texture and hydration. These products provide both immediate and permanent results. Keeping your skin hydrated is vital to maintaining firmness, as well as preventing aging, resulting in healthy, beautiful skin.

The final step for healthy skin is to protect, protect, protect! It is so important to be using a daily sunscreen for everyone! Regardless if you prefer the sun in efforts to obtain a nice summery glow, or if you unaware that you are actually doing significant damage to your skin by not applying a sunscreen in the A.M., it is absolutely crucial to protect your skin DAILY and iS Clinical has some great products to offer you for this. 


The Youth line by INNOVATIVE SKINCARE cannot go unmentioned. These products are absolutely phenomenal and well worth splurging over to improve aging skin with permanent and immediate results! These products increase the production of collagen and elastin, and provide skin protecting antioxidants resulting in healthy, more youthful skin!


The **LIMITED EDITION** Simple Summer Skin Kit is an exclusive two-step kit that covers the entire four-step beauty regimen recommended by iS Clinical. The two-product kit CLEANSES, HYDRATES, TREATS, and PROTECTS your skin, while only using two of the INNOVATIVE SKINCARE products! The products in this kit include a iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, as well as the iS Cosmeceuticals Extreme Protect SPF 30 Sunscreen. The Cleansing Complex is beneficial for both men and women of all skin types.
  • This cleanser is formulated with healing ingredients and antioxidants that provide a deep, yet gentle cleanse while maintaining your skin’s natural essential oils, that are necessary for great skin. It can also be used as a conditioning treatment for your face by massaging it into your skin for several minutes.
  • The iS Cosmeceuticals Extreme Protect SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA/UVB protection. This sunscreen repairs & protects collagen and cell DNA with their extremozyme technology. This sunscreen is also great as a daily moisturizer as it hydrates the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provides antioxidants that continually shield and protect your skin from sun and environmental damage.
Save time and money (serious savings here) with this Simple Summer Skin Kit and achieve a healthier, more youthful, and beautiful complexion this summer.
**Can only be purchased by email or phone at this time**

That’s a wrap! Although I wish I could go into greater depth and detail for each of the iS Clinical products, that would require several blogs to cover the numerous benefits and specially formulated ingredients for each of their products. So please, please, get in touch with us for more details, recommendations, or any questions you may have regarding the iS Clinical line and one of our beauty experts is always more than happy to assist you in finding the right product or regimen to address your skin concerns!

Contact us via email at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST. 

Until next time, take care and stay beautiful y’all!
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