Thursday, December 22, 2011

BioElements: Unlike Ordinary Skincare

Specialists have been using Bioelements highly individualized formulas to treat the skin, target complexion concerns and discourage skin aging for years. And, unlike ordinary skin care, each Bioelements product is a professionally created treatment designed to make a major difference in the appearance of your skin.

Bioelements sunscreen, facial cleansers, treatment creams, skin lightening or anti-aging skin care products used to maintain your skin at home are highly active, professional formulas that target your complexion concerns and discourage skin aging. The scientifically advanced products you can use at home are formulated with the most potent natural botanical extracts, pure essential oils and advanced cosmeceutical ingredients available. Whether you are looking for an essential everyday product like a foaming cleanser or a targeted product such as an anti-aging serum, Bioelements at-home products will treat your skin without leaving damage and dryness.

Each Bioelements formula is developed and bioengineered for optimum performance. Their approach is integrated, responsible, and utilizes the best that scientific research can deliver. Every ingredient must meet the highest of standards, from organic botanicals and powerful antioxidant vitamins to lab-engineered probiotic actives and time-released retinol. However, Bioelements’ products will never contain artificial dyes, perfumes or parabens.

All “cleansers” claim to do just that, clean your skin but Bioelements has products to address your specific concerns. Oily, dry, acne prone, sensitive and even combination skin has a cleanser specially formulated to help. My favorite happens to be the BioElements Moisture Positive Cleanser it is a rich, creamy cleanser that gently washes away impurities and removes all traces of makeup.

Do you know what a Peptide is? I didn’t until I was told what it can do for my skin! Bioelements uses PALMITOYL TRI-PEPTIDE 3, a group of firming proteins that help smooth lines and wrinkles. The Peptide Power Tonic makes my skin so bright a youthful almost immediately.

Many beauty products are designed to try and turn back the clock on our already aged skin but why not stop aging in its tracks! Bioelements Urban Detox is a moisturizing antioxidant serum that protects your skin from damaging environmental pollutants and fights free radical damage that causes visible aging while hydrating and smoothing skin.

Bioelements is not only sensitive to the needs of your skin but the environments as well. Their goal is quality and effectiveness in their products and practices. They choose eco-friendly packaging that helps maintain and enhance product performance as well. Over 80% of Bioelements products are packaged in eco-friendly glass. Bioelements box packaging and support materials are printed with vegetable/soy-based inks and are 100% recyclable.

It's our LAST brand in our 12 Brands of Christmas!  Wow....this 6 weeks has flown by and I am so ecstatic that we have been able to give away so many amazing products and samples!  For our final GRAND prize we will be giving one lucky winner their choice of 1 of 4 BioElements Great Skin in a Box!  These boxes are a $100 value and there's a choice for EVERY skin type!  You just can't go wrong!  The lucky winner will be announced over the weekend.
Oh yeah, and we are also doing our ALL DAY CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY on Facebook!  We will be giving away 2 OPI nail polishes and several of our ULTIMATE SWAG BAGS which include samples from several of our brands!  You will definitely find a new favorite product in these bags!
Until next time.....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Brand 11: blinc Mascara Best Waterproof Mascara...EVER!

With so many holiday obligations and parties...many of us our constantly on the search for the perfect waterproof mascara.  Ladies...your search is over!  Our blinc representative recently came into the office with a bag of samples.  We were introduced and she asked if I had used blinc and what I thought of the product.  Fortunately, before I answered she also explained how many people fail to use the product properly and are then, "turned off".  I had used the Kiss Me Mascara years previously and didn't have the best results.  So, after her explaining the proper use of the product I took a sample and used it again this weekend.

Our weekend plans consisted of rain, rain, and more rain...and of course throw in a ton of errands right before the holidays too!  I woke up and decided with all of the rain, this was a perfect opportunity to try the mascara.  I have to be honest, I still had some difficulty with the application.  It is just completely different from the mascaras that I tend to use.  I did get some on my eyelid and under my eye, but the good thing is it removes very easily and doesn't leave any black smear marks due to its unique formula. Thank goodness because since I was running late, there was no time left to fix it!  My day continued with rain, tantrums, shopping, more rain...and the results?  Not one smear and it lasted for days!

If you haven't used blinc before, then I will tell you the trick to applying it properly is to work on only one eye at a time.  DO NOT LET IT DRY!  Keep applying until you get your lashes the way you prefer...then just leave it and move on to the next eye.  I still haven't quite mastered it, but by using this new application method, I have now found my perfect lake, pool, water, outdoor mascara!  blinc Kiss Me Mascara will come off in tubes which can fool you to think it is your lashes if you are not prepared.  The first time I used the mascara no one had told me and I kind of freaked for a moment thinking I had lost all my eyelashes.  Rest assured, they were all still there!

blinc FLIES off our shelves!  My mother-in-law ONLY uses blinc and has for years.  Once you start, most never return to typical mascara.  Wanna try it?  Then make sure you are following us on Facebook.  I have 8 samples to giveaway to a few lucky gals!

It's our final week of our 12 Brands of Christmas!  Don't worry though....we are going to continue giving away fabulous freebies year around!  This week we will be giving away 2 blinc GRAND prizes that include: blinc Long Lash Eyelash Enhancer and a blinc Heated Lash Curler valued at $50! 

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

SkinMedica: Skin Rejuvenation at Its Best!!!

SkinMedica believes that everyone deserves to have beautiful, radiant skin and have spent years of research to formulate the absolute best products.  SkinMedica's entire line is based upon the science of our skin's natural ability to heal.  They have taken the science even further so that their products not only enhance our skin's natural abilities, but also penetrate below the skin's surface for even better results. 

SkinMedica's scientifically proven compounds include essential ingredients ranging from vitamins C and E to retinol to TNS®, our patented blend of growth factors, soluble collagen, antioxidants and matrix proteins. The impact is clear - fine lines are reduced, age spots and discoloration fade, and skin texture and elasticity is improved.  They have developed formulations that work on even the most sensitive skin and is clinically PROVEN to restore skin to its youthful glow.

With a new year right around the corner, it's the perfect time to rejuvenate your skin with SkinMedica 90 Day Challenge.  Are you ready to breathe new life into your skin for a more youthful, revitalized you?  If so, then you gotta check it out.  The system includes enough products for 90 days and includes the AWARD-WINNING TNS Essential Serum (x2!), Tri-Retinol Complex Cream, and Environmental Defense SPF30+, and special headband. You receive the Tri-Retinol Complex and the Environmental SPF 30+ for free with this package.  The system works together to drastically improve your skin.  TNS Essential Serum is an unparalleled anti-aging product that once you try WILL become an essential part of your beauty regimen.  The serum improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone, and texture of your skin while also smoothing and tightening your skin...but, that's not all!  TNS Essential Serum also strengthens your skin's ability to heal itself, fights against environmental damage, and brightens and lightens age spots.  It is simply an AMAZING product! 

This week we will be giving away 12 Facial Cleansers valued at $30 AND a 90 Day Challenge which includes 2 TNS Essential Serums, Tri-Retinol, SPF 30, Facial Cleanser, and Rejuvenative Toner valued at $615! AMAZING!  Due to the value of this prize, we will be doing a separate drawing.  In order to be entered into the drawing you MUST agree to take photos throughout the 90 days and keep in contact with us throughout the duration so we can keep track of the results and share with our followers.  If you agree to this and want to be entered into this can simply reply to this blog saying yes and supply your email.  We will also have posts on Facebook for you to reply to and enter.  I can't wait to hear the results from this lucky winner!

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

ColoreScience Pro: A Powder that Doesn't Set in My Wrinkles...FINALLY!

ColoreScience Pro is a simply fabulous makeup line that was designed with the health and beauty of your skin solely in mind.  ColoreScience Pro is so incredibly light, that you can even forget that you're wearing it...BIG bonus points in my book since I absolutely can't stand to "feel" makeup on my face throughout the day.  Their products are recommended around the world by physicians with patients who either have difficult skin conditions or who may be in the recovery process of various skin treatments.  It's highly recommended for a reason.....very works!

I was given a sample of the ColoreScience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30 Powder Brush and began using it (initially randomly) several months ago.  I was reluctant since I typically can't stand powders because they tend to set in my wrinkles and make me appear even older.  I generally use a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen as a foundation.  My initial use of the product was just using it as a powder to limit or decrease the oils on my face as the day progressed.  It worked perfectly!  I was still hesitant to just use it by itself thinking that my moisturizer was offsetting the wrinkle setting so if I just used it solely, that I would have the same old problem (most especially around my mouth). 

One sunny day, my hubs and I were taking our little girl to the zoo.  She typically has no issue with sunscreen, but for whatever reason that particular day she wasn't having ANY of it!  I was in the process of putting my sunscreen on when I stumbled across the ColoreScience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30 Powder Brush.  I grabbed it and started using it on my face and then told her it was sunscreen.  She was intrigued since it wasn't the typical cream and asked for some.  I put it on her face and the application was so incredibly easy.  She was happy....thus making my husband and I happy....and we were on our way to start our day.  Since we were just going to the zoo (and running late with the sunscreen drama) I left the house with just the powder sunscreen on.  MUCH to my surprise, the product didn't set in my wrinkles AND even without reapplying the product, my face was protected and I didn't even get the slightest bit of red to my face.  SUCCESS!!!  Do keep in mind that the instructions on this product are to reapply every two hours when in direct sun exposure, so I may have just lucked out.  Now, needless to say, I put it on my daughter on a regular basis AND myself.  I still tend to use it more as a powder since my tinted moisturizer evens my skin out a bit more, but there are days that I just throw this product on and go about my business. 

This is one product that you can literally just grab and dab!  I LOVE the fact that it's a brush and so incredibly easy to carry.  It's small enough to even put in a small clutch and it takes seconds to put on.  Even more surprisingly, even since I started using this product on an almost daily basis...I STILL have a decent amount left in the bottle (and there's really two of us using it).  Try not to be too scared of the price since the product lasts forever! 

Bottom line is that if their powders are this good.....then I can't wait to try even more of their products and I am a difficult gal to please in that department! 

It's week 5!!!  We are having a ton of fun educating you guys on just a handful of our amazing brands and I LOVE being able to giveaway such amazing prizes!  This week we will be giving away 2 kits that include Face Primer SPF 20, Mineral Powder SPF 30, Mineral Foundation SPF 20, Setting Mist, and a Colorescience PRO Mini Kabuki Brush valued at $60.  These 2 lucky winners are gonna LOVE this gift! 

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Dermalogica: A Lesson in Skin Health

It's time to be truthful about our skin and become friends with the most popular line of skin health products. Dermalogica classifies skin care as a health issue as opposed to a cosmetic concern. Their products are exclusively manufactured in the USA, and have never taken part in animal testing. Dermalogica, now in it’s 25th year has become the number one choice of skin care professionals worldwide, sold in over 80 countries and prescribed more often than any other product available.

We can treat break outs and wrinkles from dawn 'till dusk but making your skin healthy from within is Dermalogica's goal. First you must understand your skin then begin treating it. Dermalogica has a product system for a wide range of skin issues. They inlcude UltraCalming, AGE Smart, ChromaWhite TRx, mediBac Clearing, Daylight Defense, Body Therapy, overall Skin Health and even Shaving.
Do you have sensitive skin that breaks out easily from irritants? Try the Dermalogica UltraCalming line to combat multiple triggers behind your sensitivity, before you get a breakout.

Dermalogica AGE Smart can control aging triggers before they start! This is not about hiding wrinkles, it's about treating them and preventing any new ones from forming.

The Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx system rapidly delivers visible brightening and improved skin tone while improving skin health. ChromaWhite TRx® ensures you can treat your hyperpigmentation safely, without worrying about suffering from irritation or damage that can lead to premature aging.

The Dermalogica MediBac Clearing system works to treat, clear and prevent adult acne while addressing the needs of adult skin.
Dermalogica’s Daylight Defense protects your skin from its worst enemy, the sun. Designed to be worn day and night for enhanced protection against environmental assaults all while nourishing, hydrating, brightening and minimizing the appearance of dark circles and fine dryness lines.

Body Therapy systems help you create aromatherapeutic, completely customized and healthy spa experiences in the comfort of your own home, nourishing your body from head to toe.

The Shave treatments by Dermalogica provide a three step defense against the rigors of shaving, leaving a close shave and soft, nourished skin.

My personal favorite in the Dermalogica line and an overall highly demanded pick is part of the Skin Health line that includes the Daily Microfoliant and Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I can use the Microfoliant every day without fear of over-drying. It really improves the look and texture of my skin immediately. The powder formula seems to last forever, making it a great value too! Once a week I step up to the Gentle Cream Exfoliant to remove dulling surface debris and improve cell renewal for a totally refreshed feeling. Then I follow with the intensive moisture balance to combat dry skin and fight premature aging.
Many thanks again to Kelly for this blog!  We are in week 4...I know, it's hard to believe!  We will be giving away 2 Dermalogica AGE Smart kits valued at $250!!  These kits include: AGE Smart Renewal Lip Complex, AGE Smart Overnight Repair Serum, AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery, AGE Smart Age Reversal Eye Complex, AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, AND 2-in-1 Travel bag (bag inside a bag).  I have a TON of samples!  If you have a skin's probable that I have a Dermalogica sample for you!!  Just respond to this blog with your concern and email address and I will get in touch with you.  (Please do be patient with me as it will probably be middle of next week before I can get in touch with you...I am home with a sick little one). 
Don't forget...we are also giving away 3 Clarisonics too! and if you sign up to receive our blog AND verify the email, you are automatically entered into winning one. 
Until next time.....stay tuned and stay beautiful!!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

RxSystems...The Magic of Glypoic Complex !!

A very smart physician, Dr. Samuels, saw the need for skin and hair care products that are easy to use, affordable and effective. In 1996, he launched the company, Rx Systems, a unique line of glycolic acid based skin and hair care. These products match with almost every skin and hair issue in the form of a simple and effective course of therapy you can perform at home.

With Rx System’s products for Anti-Aging, Hydrating, Oil Balancing and Hair Repair, you can get dramatic results in a small amount of time. If you struggle with any of the following concerns, Rx Systems has a treatment program for you:









RxSystems Anti-Aging System is based on the Glypoic Complex that combines glycolic acid and alpha lipoic acid. In the anti-aging line there are three areas of care: rejuvenating, reparative and body care. These systems are designed to meet your individual needs.

The luxurious RxSystems Hydrating Treatments are designed to soften and refresh dry skin with a gentle regimen that produces a healthy, radiant complexion.

The RxSystems Oil Balancing System includes proven acne-fighting ingredients to keep your skin blemish free, while managing your skin’s oil production. These products not only help you attain clear skin but also maintain a great complexion through routine care.

Rx System’s approach to Hair Repair comes from the understanding that healthy hair begins inside the body. Vitamins work to nourish hair with essential nutrients, while shampoos and conditioners treat the steal the moisture and vitality of your hair, restoring body, shine and volume.

Being an individual who is adverse to the scalpel yet fearful of the looming age of forty, I can tell you that an individualized skin care regimen such as Rx System’s is exactly how to avoid going under the knife for younger skin!

It's week four of our 12 Brands of Christmas and we will be giving away 2 RxSystems Anti-Aging Kits which include a Reparative Cleanser, Reparative Cream, and a Facial Moisturizer valued at $50!  In addition we are also giving away our daily prizes AND don't forget our Christmas Clarisonic Giveaway!  We will be giving away 3 Clarisonics.  One from THIS blog (so sign up to receive it NOW and you will automatically be MUST verify the email) one from Facebook and the last from Twitter. 

Many thanks to Kelly Schmitz who has provided the last several blogs!  :)

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

iS Clinical...the Best Active Ingredients to Create the Perfect Products

I have been an iS Clinical gal for years now!  If you have followed my blog, you already know how much I absolutely LOVE iS Clinical Youth Complex.  I was hooked in the first two weeks because it delivered such amazing and visible results quickly.  In addition, my husband and I both constantly use the iS Clinical Active Serum. 

iS Clinical Active Serum is simply an awesome product.  It is anti-aging, smoothing, lightening, and anti-acneic.  It's like a little miracle bottle!  I use it for my "whopper" pimples and it cuts the time that the unwanted guests takes residence on my face by literally days!  Active Serum is used by many respected skincare professionals throughout the world.  These same professionals have called Active Serum: remarkable, amazing, and even gone as far to say miraculous!  I couldn't agree more. 

I also recently snagged a sample of iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum Advance.  I must say...I was impressed!  They recently reformulated this serum to make it even better.  Although I never had the opportunity to try the previous formula, this one ROCKS!  Since, I most unfortunately, am a picker...I had done a REAL number on my cheek a few weeks back.  So bad, that all the concealer in the world wasn't hiding this bad boy.  My husband had brought a sample home and I figured it couldn't hurt...after all the title of the product literally says HEAL!  I noticed a difference literally within hours and by the end of the next day...gone...that's right...GONE!! 

Bottom line?  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this brand!  We are proud to carry iS Clinical most especially because we share the same vision of utilizing today's technology and needs to perpetually redevelop which is exactly what great skincare should be. Try these great products by iS Skincare today, you won't be disappointed. When you do, please let us know if there is another product that you would like to try and we will be happy to send complementary samples with every order. No sure what product is right for you? Contact us anytime and one of our licensed aestheticians will help guide you.  Remember, these products are formulated to be sold in conjunction with professional skin care direction and consultation and that's what we're here for!

It's our 3rd week in our 12 Brands of Christmas campaign and man are we having fun!  I LOVE giving away all of these amazing products, samples, and gifts and just think...there is SO much MORE!!!  We will be giving away 2 iS Clinical kits.  The first kit is the iS Clinical Acne kit which includes Acne Cleansing Complex, Active Serum, Hydra-cool Serum, SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen and valued at $292. The second is the iS Clinical Anti Aging kit which includes Anti Aging Cleansing Complex, Youth Complex, Active Serum, and SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen valued at $350.  For all the details go to:!/BeautyStoreDepot?sk=app_160430850678443

And don't forget about our Christmas Clarisonic Giveaway!  We will be giving away 3 and 1 for this blog, so if you aren't following us yet...then DO SO NOW and you will automatically be entered into the drawing.  You MUST verify the email for the entry to count.  For more info go to:

Until next time.....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Pevonia Botanica World Renown for a Reason!

Pevonia Botanica is not only a prestigious natural skincare brand found in spas worldwide; their at-home products can help you maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin as well. These products create an ideal home regimen customized for your convenience. Proven effective around the world and chosen by the finest spas, Pevonia Botanica Skincare delivers outstanding skin health to all skin types, ages and ethnicity. Pevonia products have received numerous awards such as Best Skincare System, Most Popular Brand of the Year & Best Spa Product Line. 

Dedicated to protecting the earth and maintaining an affinity with nature and its precious resources, their products are never tested on animals and they insure the least impact possible on the environment including fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging. Pevonia Botanica’s green skincare products unite the finest natural marine & botanical for truly phenomenal results.

The Pevonia Botanica Phyto-Gel Cleanser has natural foaming agents, neutralizes the effect of calcareous water and controls oily skin. It uses key ingredients such as saponaria, burdock, rosemary, lemon, sage that rid your skin of impurities and surface toxins as well as leaving a wonderful scent. This gel is suited for all skin types as it is Non-alkaline and non-drying.

Pevonia Botanica Preserve Body Moisturizer combats dryness and promotes velvety-soft, smooth skin with the use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and repairing Vitamins B, and E. This moisturizer absorbs quickly and leaves skin instantly soft and toned. You can smell a hint of the natural ingredients that make this product so effective such as rosemary and safflower oil.

With award-winning skin care lines and a wide range of prices to fit any skin type and budget, Pevonia can provide the perfect holiday gift for yourself or someone special!

It's hard to believe....but we are on week 3 and brand 5 of our 12 Brands of Christmas.  We will be giving away 2 Pevonia kits that include: Power Repair Hydrating Cleanser, Power Repair Hydrating Lotion, Collagen Cream, and Collagen Concentrate valued at $200 and of course a TON of free samples.  Just follow us on Facebook for your chance to win! 

Don't forget....we are also giving away 3 Clarisonics.  Just sign up for this blog, follow us on Twitter, and "like" us on Facebook for your entries.  Winners will be announced after the first of the year.

Until next time, stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

gloTherapeutics...the PERFECT ingredients for the PERFECT products!

This is another fantastic blog by one of our new bloggers, Kelly! 

All gloTherapeutic’s products are mineral formulations that nurture, protect and heal the skin while providing faultless coverage and a variety of color palettes. They use only pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and are entirely talc-free. gloTherapeutic’s skincare products are intricate formulations that work to support skin health and treat skin concerns. They offer a full range of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums and specialty treatment formulations based on recognized research and cutting-edge science. Utilizing innovative technology, their advanced formulations are created with potent concentrations of active ingredients to clinically transform the skin but are free of parabens and dyes.

Winter weather can do a number on your skin with its bitter winds and freezing temperatures.  gloTherapeutics uses pumpkin, the perfect representation of the season, to help nourish your skin, marvelously sloughing off dead cells to reveal your fresh new skin underneath. Pumpkin is naturally rich in antioxidant bioflavonoids and vitamin A that assist in breaking down dead and irregular cellular buildup that can leave your skin looking dull and aged.  gloTherapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub skillfully removes dead skin cell build up and stimulates cell regeneration with granules and enzymes that exfoliate without stress or irritation to the skin.  This scrub is ideal for all skin types and conditions, except for incredibly sensitive skin. 

For a milder, all day exfoliation, after cleansing, use the gloTherapeutics Renew Serum that stimulates cell renewal to smooth skin and improve texture and tone. The serum is blended with antibacterial and oil control agents for problem skin.

Following any exfoliation, a moisturizer should be used to limit over-drying of skin.  gloTherapeutics Cyto-lux Face Cream improves aged skin with the ultimate combination of advanced ingredients and increases production of collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to counteract the effects of time.  Or choose gloTherapeutics B5 Hydration with hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 that naturally provide nourishment and hydration to the skin while ingredients such as Cromoist CM Glucan protect skin from environmental hazards and oxidative stress in addition to aiding in cell renewal.  Either moisturizer you choose will provide the right amount of hydration while improving skins look and feel. You just can't go wrong with gloTherapeutics!

This week in our 12 Brands of Christmas we will be giving away 3 gloMinerals makeup kits valued at $200. The kits include 2 glosses, lip liner, eyeliner, 2 shadow compacts with four colors per compact, bronzer, blush duo, lid primer, and 3 makeup brushes.  In addition, we are also giving away a total of 12 Pumpkin Enzyme Scrubs.  All you have to do is follow us on Facebook!  On top of that....we also have daily games and giveaways!  6 weeks....12 brands and THOUSANDS in giveaways! 

And let's not forget about our Christmas Clarisonic Giveaway!

Until next time.....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

gloMinerals Makeup....simply the BEST!

I'm not a huge foundation girl, but when I am wanting to put my best foot forward I ALWAYS use gloMinerals Makeup.  Why you may ask?  Because it's simply the BEST!  The coverage is amazing, but the "feel" is still light and above all it doesn't set in my wrinkles like many other foundations tend to do.  It lasts all day long and it's actually good for your skin.  Mmm, maybe I should be wearing this daily?

If you're curious how makeup can actually be good for your skin, then please allow me to enlighten you.  gloMinerals is packed full of advanced antioxidant complex of Vitamins A, C, and E and green tea extract.  gloMinerals also provides broad-spectrum UV protection and helps to defend against free radical damage, to deliver a radiant, healthy complexion.  This remarkable product does all of this while making you look and feel beautiful.  You simply can't go wrong!

It is gloMinerals' belief is that good-for-you beauty doesn't have to be basic. Innovative eye, cheek, and lip products are offered in a rich color palette of fashion-forward shades and timeless color classics designed to enhance every complexion. gloMinerals' five foundation formula options offer the most comprehensive shade range available, allowing every skin tone to find a perfect match and all of us know how difficult finding the perfect shade can be. 

I also have to mention that if you are in the market for any makeup tools or brushes then definitely check out gloMinerals.  I absolutely LOVE mine and will never go back to another brand.  I've had my blush brush for several years now and it is STILL in perfect condition. 

Don't forget our 12 Brands of Christmas just kicked off and gloMinerals is one of our featured brands this week.  We will be giving away 3 gloMinerals makeup kits packed full with brushes, blush, shadows, glosses, liners, and primers valued at $200.  All you need to do is follow us on Facebook for your chance to win!  And if you're checking our blog out for the first time, then sign up to receive it and you will automatically be entered into winning a Clarisonic.  You MUST verify your email for the entry to be valid. 

Until next time, stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

12 Brands of Christmas Brand 2 PHYTO...PHYTO to the rescue!

I would like to introduce a second blogger we have recently added to our team.  Her name is Kelly Schmitz and she is a dear friend of mine, mother of two, and an overall fabulous gal!  Thanks again Kelly for your help and here is her very first blog.

Cooler weather got you dry and frizzed? Or maybe your daily routine leaves your hair a little parched and over processed. I recently tried the line from Phyto designed to combat just these kinds of problems. I used the Phytonectar Oil treatment, the Phytonectar Shampoo and Phytodefrisant the botanical hair relaxing balm on my dull,frizzy hair last week and it did wonders. Now my hair is incredibly soft with none of the dryness I usually get this time of year. This line is also a must have for color treated hair that struggles to remain supple and moisturized. These products are effective and very easy to use.

First, I covered my hair root to tip with the oil and combed it through.  I let it soak in for about twenty minutes then proceeded to wash with the restructuring shampoo and finally finished with the smoothing hair balm.  The oil conditions without leaving a sticky or greasy feeling after washing like some similar products. Although pricey, it is a great value since a little goes a long ways. The shampoo has a wonderful herbal scent that left my hair feeling clean and not weighed down. It doesn't have many of the chemicals that other shampoos have. While it doesn't lather much, it still cleans effectively. It is also so nourishing, a separate conditioner is not necessary.  Phyto’s relaxing balm tamed all the remaining fly aways and smoothed the curls for a perfect and highly manageable look.  These products are made for people with dry or over processed hair, not for fine or oily hair types.
This is a real triple play that I will be adding as part of my normal routine. I also look forward to using the oil treatment before I have my hair colored next time to assure it will remain soft and less damaged from the chemicals.

If you're not already following us on Facebook, then do so now! This is our first week of our 12 Brands of Christmas holiday promotion and we are giving away thousands of dollars in kits, packets, products, and so much more! We will be giving away 2 Phytokeratine kits over the next few days that include a shampoo, conditioner, and treatment.  Don't forget in addition we also have our Clarisonic Christmas Giveaway and will be giving away 3 Clarisonic Systems.  For more information visit our contest page at:!/BeautyStoreDepot?sk=app_201742856511228.

I also have FREE samples of any of these products.  If you would like some, please just respond with your email address and I will get it contact with you. 

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Week 1 of our 12 Brands of Christmas: LEROSETT....Acne Beware

I'm 34 years old and have recently just finished a series of hormone treatments. Even without the hormones, I struggle with the "Mr. Monthly" and occasional outbreaks, but let's just say that with the addition of these fabulous hormones, my face has been a wreck!

Ladies and word....LEROSETT! I have been using the LEROSETT Acne Kit Plus for several weeks now and it has made a TON of difference on my face. The great thing about it is that even if you're pregnant, interested in organic/natural, or simply want an effective product these products will be perfect for you. My face has dramatically cleared up. My husband is even stealing the face wash from me! The LEROSETT Purifying Acne Toner is incredibly refreshing and the Organic Acne Clay is my little miracle. It's perfect for spot treating or for an overall face mask. Since I've been a "wee bit" hormonal lately, I've had to deal with the "whoppers" (as I call them) or, basically, very large and painful pimples. The LEROSETT Clay Treatment cuts the healing time to a few days and immediately eases any discomfort. I have fallen in love! Speaking of the discomfort, the LEROSETT Moisture Matte is an acne moisturizer that contains potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents and is loaded with vitamins to speed up the healing process even more.

Thank you LEROSETT for helping me with my not so fabulous hormonal acne!

If you're not already following us on Facebook, then do so now! This is our first week of our 12 Brands of Christmas holiday promotion and we are giving away thousands of dollars in kits, packets, products, and so much more! This week Lerosett and Phyto are our featured brands and we have two kits to give away along with FREE samples of the LEROSETT Acne Clay Mask. If you would like to try some, just respond to this blog with your email address and I will contact you for your shipping address. If you have acne at all, I HIGHLY recommend trying this sample. LOVE IT! Don't forget in addition we also have our Clarisonic Christmas Giveaway and will be giving away 2 Clarisonic Systems. For more information visit our contest page at:!/BeautyStoreDepot?sk=app_201742856511228.

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

BeautyStoreDepot's 12 Brands of Christmas Promotion

I have been working on this promotion for weeks and can't even begin to tell you how incredibly excited I am!  We have thousands of dollars of kits, gifts, packages, and samples from our top brands to give away to YOU!  Most of these gifts are several $100's of dollars in value including Clarisonic Systems, 2 LEROSETT 3 part kits, gift baskets, and MUCH, MUCH more!  All you have to do to win, is follow us on Facebook.  If only certain brands interest you, then take a look below for a quick glance of each week's brands and prizes.

  1. LEROSETT and Phyto - giveaways include 2 LEROSETT kits, a Phytokeratine gift basket, gift with purchase, and FREE samples of these amazing products!
  2. gloMinerals and gloTherapeutics - giveaways include 3 complete makeup kits and 12 Full Size Pumpkin Masks...and of course, samples!
  3. Pevonia and iS Clinical - 2 Pevonia kits, 2 iS Clinical kits, and samples
  4. RxSystems and Dermalogica - 2 Rx kits and 2 Dermalogica kits
  5. Colorescience and SkinMedica - 2 Colorescience kits, 2 SkinMedica kits, and samples
  6. Blinc/Cellex-C and BioElements - Heated lash curlers, mascaras, travel kits, samples, and more to come!
This is just a summary of our giveaways.  There's more rolling in EVERYday!

We are proud of the brands we carry, our high customer satisfaction ratings and are ecstatic that we have put together such an astonishing promotion for all of our wonderful clients and friends.  Each week there will also be two blogs highlighting each of the brands featured in that particular week, so make sure to keep an eye out for those as well.  Bottom line?  If you aren't following us on Facebook yet, then I would definitely start!  There will be winning opportunities practically daily all in our own, uniquely fabulous BSD fashion!

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Phyto does it again with Petit Phyto Hair and Body Shampoo!

For an's picture of my skin after the peel and I am VERY proud to say that this is no makeup ladies AND taken outside!  VERY pleased with the end result and may even due it again soon!  I'm also on week two of using the Clarisonic Opal and am VERY impressed with the puffiness of my eyes decreasing AND the softness of the skin in general underneath my eyes!  I will blog on that sometime soon!

I've been using Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Body Wash for my daughter since she was born.  I haven't been displeased, but it really has no aroma and since I hadn't tried anything different I decided to give Petit Phyto Hair and Body Shampoo a whirl.  We have been using it for the last several bubble baths and I must say it's been a smash hit!  The smell is light, fresh, and clean but it actually does have an aroma and one that my daughter LOVES!  To top it off it lathers MUCH better than Johnson's and her hair was noticeably shinier!  I definitely recommend this product for your little ones and it's also hypoallergenic which is another big kuddos for so many.

If you aren't already following us on Facebook and Twitter you may definitely want to start!  We will be giving away a TON of AMAZING beauty packets, kits, sample, gifts with purchases....the list goes on and on!  Our company reps are coming through ridiculously on amazing gifts for our clients.  All you have to do is follow us to win!  We've also started Fan Fridays on Facebook where are most active Facebooker of the week wins a beauty gift as many ways to win with us.  I warned you I would shamelessly give things away and boy and am starting to deliver!

Until next time...stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

One Minute Manicure....seriously AMAZING!

A quick update on the breakout is clearing up and the results are fabulous!  My skin has tightened up, pore size reduced, and the lines around my mouth have visibly diminished.  Remember, it is the perfect time to do a peel and we offer the products you need for before and after care.  I'll post a pic of my skin on the next blog.  I've also started using the Clarisonic Opal this week and am already noticing a difference around my eyes...most especially with the puffiness.  I will blog more on that in another week or two. 

My baby girl just got over a nasty stomach bug that lasted for over a week.  We are already a wee bit nutty about washing our hands in my household, but when anyone is sick....we wash even more!  Add on top of the even more frequent hand washings...was the use of sanitation wipes throughout the house attempting to prevent anyone else in the house from getting sick.  The result?  Incredibly jacked up hands! 

I had used One Minute Manicure years before at a nail salon where I use to get my manicures.  I always loved the end result, but had assumed it had more to do with getting a manicure than the actual product.  Boy, was I wrong!  I grabbed some off the shelf today and after only one treatment my hands feeling a 100x better and feel surprisingly soft.  This is definitely a product I am now hooked on and I'm ecstatic that I discovered it before Winter!  Maybe I can save my hands from the painful cracking and bleeding that I unfortunately typically deal with.  Woo-hoo!  Take a look at the photos...they aren't the best, but take my word for it...this stuff rocks!

Our holiday promotions are about to begin and we have lines up some AMAZING prizes.  Continue to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more opportunities to win.  Don't forget about DIVA DOLLARS!  Just have a friend sign up to follow this blog and after verifying we will send you free money!  Just shoot me an email to: 

Until next time, stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Farouk CHI Flat Iron....Straighten me right on up!

For a quick update, my face is looking AOK after the Cosmedix Timeless Peel with Jesner.  I do have some breakouts, which isn't uncommon, so I will post a picture of my face after the breakout clears up.  I am VERY happy with the results though.  The wrinkles around my mouth have obviously reduced...which was my main goal...and now onto the next.

Since I haven't been able to use much of anything on my peeling face, I decided to blog about the Farouk CHI Flat Iron.  My hair...well, it's bleached, fine (but a lot of it), and has some wave to it.  On a normal day, my hair is typically pulled back with as little effort as possible.  I will fully admit that I am one of those gals that has long hair, but you will probably only see it down a few times a year.  That being said, when I do wear my hair down, I ALWAYS flat iron it.  I had used the over the counter models for a few years and never been very impressed...they helped, but never gave me the look I was attempting to achieve.  Then...along came the career change and when you work at a salon you have to put your best foot forward so I shelled out the money for my Farouk CHI Flat Iron. 

The results....AMAZING!  The difference was literally like night and day.  My hair goes straight with one...or maybe two passes and stays flat all day.  The only creases I get are from when I pull my hair up at night to go to sleep.  Good news is that it's an easy fix the next morning with even less effort...HUGE kuddos in my book.  Want even better news?  My original CHI iron is still working today (6 years later).  I passed mine along to my Mums and bought a new one with more heat control.  If you're anything like me, it was incredibly difficult for me to shell out over $100 for a flat iron but I can honestly say it was a fabulous investment and I more than got my money's worth out of the deal.  Good news for you is that we have the Farouk CHI Flat Iron for the low price of $175.97 which is $44 less than retail. 

Deal time!  My new favorite product to use on my hair before flat ironing is Phyto Phytodefrisant and I have samples!  Just respond to this blog with your email address and I will contact your for your shipping information.  And, no worries...we pay for the shipping too since some of you have asked.  Don't forget about our DIVA DOLLARS!  Refer a friend to sign up for our blog and once verified, I will send you a $5 gift certificate.  There's absolutely no limit.  Just email me your friend's email to:

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Thank you Cosmedix for peeling the years off my face!

Several years ago while managing a salon, I had a Cosmedix Timeless Peel done.  It was more for being a practice dummy for the aestheticians than my actually wanting or probably needing it done at that time, but since many years have passed and I now have fine lines, wrinkles, and larger pores I decided to do it all over again.  I had my consultation about two weeks before I had the peel so that I could voice any and all concerns to my medical aesthetician.  She had me prep my skin by using Cosmedix Define daily or every other day until a few days before my appointment for the peel.  I had already noticed a difference just from using the Define and I went in last Friday for my appointment (make sure if you decide to do this, that you go to a reputable day spa or dermatologist...if the peel isn't done properly, it can cause serious damage to your skin). 

Since it had been so many years, I had forgotten the process.  The appointment didn't take long at all.  She basically cleansed my face and put a jesner peel on, then after several minutes, the second Timeless Peel on.  It does sting a bit, but nothing terrible by any means.  I left the salon with the peel still on my face and was oh so SHINY, but was able to go out to dinner that evening for a friend's birthday.  During dinner my face began to get red and of course, still shiny.  When I got home that evening I washed my face and could immediately begin to feel the tightening of my skin.  By the time I woke up Saturday morning, the shine and redness had drastically reduced.  I gently washed my face again and put my sunscreen on and we traveled to my hometown to visit friends and family.  (another note...if you plan on doing this you have GOT to use sunscreen daily to prevent the new skin from damage as it peels)  By the end of the evening my forehead and chin were starting to peel, again...nothing too terrible, but the process had began!!!

Saturday morning I woke up and was one peeling Mama!  I gently washed my face again and put on my sunscreen.  Since I had forgotten to grab Cosmedix Reflect on Friday before leaving town, I used my regular sunscreen.  I had to be careful to just press the product in and since it's a white lotion, it made my already peeling face look even more put it simply, I was VERY happy to grab the Reflect this morning since it is a spray and MUCH easier to apply.  Much thanks to my medical aesthetician Alana for the product recommendation!

The first thing one of my best gals asked me was if it hurt...and it doesn't, or at least not in my opinion.  It just feels a little tight..nothing like a sunburn where when warm water hits it for the first day or two it burns like crazy.  My skin beneath the already peeled areas looks amazing!  I can't wait to see the finished product.  My main concerns were some larger pores located under my eyes by my nose, a few wrinkles on my forehead, but mainly the lines around my mouth which I have been annoyed with for the last several years and am trying alternatives to fillers.  The lines on my forehead are no longer noticeable and the pores around my nose have drastically reduced.  Since my mouth is still peeling and some of the areas under my eyes are still peeling, I can't exactly tell how everything is going to look....but seriously CAN'T WAIT!!

If you have any questions regarding the peel process, the down time, what to expect, etc...feel free to just post something below.  I am more than happy to answer any questions and if I don't have the answer, then I can ask one of our medical aestheticians.  We are always happy to help and advise you on all of your beauty needs.

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Light/Medium Daily Self Tan...saved my white bum for a recent wedding!

Two weeks ago a dear friend of mine was married and I had the honor of being a bridesmaid.  With being a busy working often times seems impossible to do much beautifying on most days and I found myself a few days before her wedding being oh so very white.  Thank goodness I work for an online beauty store!  I rushed over and started searching through the Xen-Tan products to try and solve my dilemma.  I ended up grabbing the Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Light/Medium Daily Self Tan. 

The product is a daily sunless tanner that you use until you achieve your desired color and then as needed.  I took a shower on Thursday and applied the lotion immediately afterward making certain it was blended into my skin and absorbed.  The color isn't immediate, but I did still wash my hands as instructed.  It is a time release lotion which I had never used, initially, I was hesitant thinking that it wasn't going to work. Much to my surprise within a few hours I saw a measurable difference.  With the wedding being on Saturday, I decided to repeat the same steps on Friday.  The results?  Fabulous!  Two of my best friends were so impressed with my color that they have since bought the product. 

I only have two suggestions.  First, you may want to have a friend or hubby apply the lotion to your back.  One of the other bridesmaids did notice early on Saturday that there was a streak on my back where I had missed applying the lotion.  Since I had brought it with me, I had her place lotion just in the streaked area and by that evening, the streak was gone.  Second suggestion is that if you don't care for the sunless lotion smell...then you might opt to put it on a few hours before bedtime (making certain you do not have light color sheets).  The only reason I suggest this is I had my first MOPS meeting on Friday and about half way through I started noticing the aroma...hence the time release I suppose...but I didn't smell the vanilla that it advertises just the typical sunless lotion smell, although not quite as powerful. 

I didn't have to reapply the lotion for an entire week and maintained my color.  This is why I have seriously fallen in love with Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Daily Self Tan.  I reapplied the lotion about a week ago and I still have great the $30 bottle, should last me forever and the extra color makes me feel less insecure about some of my problem areas from having a little one.  I never thought I would be one of those gals that tried to have color year around, but after finding this product and it being so incredibly new plan is to be TAN!

I wish I had samples of this stuff, but unfortunately we do not.  I do, however, still have samples of Dermalogica's Eye-Make-up Remover so if you're interested, just reply to the blog with your email and I will get some to you.  Don't forget about our DIVA DOLLARS!  Refer a friend to this blog and email me their email to: and once verified I will send you $5 gift card.  There is no limit to how many DIVA DOLLARS you can receive, so try and get your friends and family to follow today! 

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up's the ABSOLUTE best!

So...I honestly can't believe that I haven't already chatted about Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover.  When I first started writing for this blog, I instantly talked about the products that I use daily or on a semi-regular I am amazed that I overlooked this ABSOLUTELY amazing eye make-up remover. 

I have been using this for at least seven years now and seriously refuse to try anything different.  There has only been one time that I strayed...and boy, was I disappointed!!  Even though I do not wear make-up daily, if I am wearing any...I WILL be wearing my mascara.  I am by far....a Mascara Mama!  Before discovering this little beauty, I had struggled to find an eye make-up remover that didn't irritate my already allergy stricken eyes.  It really is a constant struggle with my eyes due to allergies, contacts, and choosing to live in the middle of Texas where there's practically every allergen imaginable year around!  Finding this...literally soothing...eye make-up remover brought much relief to my poor little ol' eyes.

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover is alcohol free AND oil free which are both HUGE pluses in my book.  Any oily product will lead to an unwanted visitor taking residence on my face for...oh, about a week... and any alcohol (around my eyes) irritate them and cause them to puff up a bit.  This eye make-up remover also takes very little product and COMPLETELY removes all of my eye make-up including my black mascara. 

Bottom line?  Try it!  I would be shocked if you didn't love it as much as I do. 

It's that time again....shameless bribing!  I have FREE SAMPLES ladies!  Just respond to this blog with your email address so that I can contact you for your shipping address. 

Also, don't forget about DIVA DOLLARS!  Any friend you refer to follow this blog you will receive $5 FREE!  Just email me your friend's email address to: and once verified I will forward you the money!!

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

VITAPHENOL Skincare....results seen DAILY!!

I am blogging about VITAPHENOL Skincare this week and am super excited since the entire line is going to be included in the Emmy bags this Sunday....AND...guess who almost exclusively offers this product online?  That's right...WE DO and are VERY proud to do so!

VITAPHENOL Skincare System is a new, revolutionary anti-aging system that also nourishes your skin.  Until recently it was only available through dermatologist or plastic surgeons, but lucky can now order it online here at 

There are several things I love about this line.  First, is it's simplicity.  The entire line is only 7 products and they stick to the basics to purify, tone, repair, and hydrate your skin.  It is also ideal for all skin types and is packed FULL of antioxidants: mangosteen, pomegranate, green tea....just to name a few.  The VITAPHENOL Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser is my new favorite cleanser.  It is incredibly gentle and leaves my skin feeling softer and looking smoother than prior to washing it.  Powered by the antioxidant-rich Vitaphenol Complex, this unique cleanser rejuvenates dull skin and visibly firms and perfects the skin. It's loaded with calming and desensitizing ingredients to provide a truly clean feeling.  Bottom line...I likey! 

DEAL TIME!  When you purchase $50 of VITAPHENOL we will GIVE you a FREE toner!  All you have to do is add it to your cart.  Can't get much better than that!  It's the perfect way to try two products from this AMAZING line.  And...don't forget about our DIVA DOLLARS!  Refer a friend to this blog and you will receive a FREE $5.  Just forward your friend's email address to: and once verified, I will send you your free money!

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Friday, September 2, 2011

iS Clincal YOUTH... It's hydration in a so much more!

I've been using iS Clincal YOUTH for years now and love the results it has on my skin.  If you read information on the product, you will see that SOME people experience results within a few hours, while others it may take a week to see any noticeable difference.  I am one of the fortunate people that see results within a few days due to the skin hydration qualities of the product. 

I have to be careful when selecting moisturizers since I have oily skin and am, most unfortunately, acne prone.  The fabulous thing about Youth, is that it has NEVER caused me to break out and definitely gives my skin that "healthy glow" that so many of us are trying to achieve.

iS Clinical YOUTH immediately increases hydration within the skin to plump fine lines and wrinkles, promotes controlled exfoliation to smooth and refine skin, while encouraging the production of the skins key support structures like collagen and elastin.  The longer you use the product, the better results you will get!

A downside is that upon stopping the use of product, the effects will lessen.  So, once you start, you most likely will NOT want to stop!  When I started using the product several years ago, I was working at a salon and ALL of us gals decided we just HAD to start using this product.  Next thing you know....we had stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists all buying this product in back bar sizes for their own personal use!  Most of us STILL use the product today.

So.....I am still trying to find creative ways to continue to bribe everyone to following my blog...and, more importantly...suckering your friends to as well!  My solution?  I am introducing DIVA DOLLARS!  For EVERY person you refer to this blog AND signs up to follow, I will GIVE you $5!  That's right...FREE MONEY PEOPLE!  All you have to do is email your friend's name and email address to me at: .  Once verified I will email you a gift certificate for your FREE $5!  There is NO limit as to how many DIVA DOLLARS you can receive.  You keep sending your friends and I will keep on sending you the money, honey!

Until next time...stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Instant Facelift....still a little in shock about how well this product works!!

The same evening that my hubby and I ventured downtown, I also tried Instantly Ageless Instant Facelift.  Since I am a 30 something year old and...most a part time smoker...I have those lovely lines around my mouth.  (Just FYI  I WILL be quitting for good this month!)  I've tried several products that make a small difference, but nothing like this stuff. 

The product reads to use a small amount and massage it into the areas of concern.  Then, you allow the product to set for a minute of two.  You can feel the skin tighten up a bit, but actually the "feel" was far less than other products I have used and that failed to deliver near as good results.  After letting it set, the difference is noticeable and remarkable!  I took some before and afters with my husband's iPhone and will load those pics as soon as I can.  I did apply too much leaving a whitened area where I had used the product.  With a little bit of water on a towel I was able to remove the residue.  It did seem to lessen the effects though. 

The next time I used less product and didn't have the white residue.  The results lasted all day!!  I still need to "tweek" when I put the product on during my morning ritual.  I will get with one of our medical aestheticians and ask their opinion and let you know!

Overall.....I REALLY recommend this product.  I had actually been contemplating doing Juvederm or some sort of "filler" for the first time because I can't stand how deep my lines have become.  With Instantly Ageless Facelift in a bottle, I feel like I can hold off on doing anything more drastic.  Phew!!....because I REALLY HATE needles and at only $59.95 AND FREE SHIPPING this is a FAR cheaper alternative!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Phyto Defrisant...Flyaways and Frizzies BE GONE! greasiness!

So, it's been awhile.  My apologies...hubby went on a staycation and I just never found the time to work.  I did, however, try several new products and have discovered some new faves!

It was a dear friend's birthday so we ventured downtown for dinner and drinks.  It has literally been years since my husband and I have gone downtown to "go out" and since I am a girl who LOVES an excuse to dress up...I did my very best. 

I have ALWAYS had issues with the "flyaways and frizzies" in regards to my hair.  I had grabbed a sample of Phyto Defrisant while I was at the office and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  Since I pretty much hang out with my daughter all day, run errands, and the heat is absolutely insane here in hair has constantly been pulled up and out of my face.  I had washed my hair earlier in the day and allowed it to dry naturally.  I put a small amount of the Defrisant into my palm and worked it into my hair.  Much to my surprise the product worked immediately.  It actually worked so well, that I almost didn't even flat iron my hair because just the addition of the product made it look 1000 times better.  I did, however, go ahead and flat iron my hair.  After I was finished ironing, I reapplied the product closer to my scalp (usually I do NOT do this with anti frizz products because my hair immediately gets that lovely greasy look to it).  Much to my surprise, the product didn't leave my hair heavy or greasy.  My flyaways and frizzies disappeared without the oily feel and grease.

Simply said....this product WORKS!  Even better, we have samples people!  If you want one all you have to do is comment on this blog.  I'll send the first 5 people a free sample.  Trust me, you will LOVE this product!

Stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Dermalogica Sheer Tint many answers all in 1 AMAZING product!!

This week I'm going to chat about Dermalogica's Sheer Tint Moisturizer.  I have been using this product for about 4 years now and absolutely love it!  I previously used a mineral foundation which was great for my skin, but as I began to age and....most unfortunately...wrinkle I found that the mineral foundations and powder seemed to actually set in my wrinkles drawing ENTIRELY too much attention to the aging areas and making them appear far worse.  The salon I was working out carried the entire Dermalogica line with samples, so I ended up taking a few of the samples home and the rest is history!

Since it is a moisturizer and has just a dash of color, I found it was the perfect solution for me.  It hydrates my skin, evens out my color, and even has an SPF 15!  I still use sunscreen prior to putting on the moisturizer for additional protection and also still have to use a concealer afterwards for any acne or darkened areas under my eyes.  The end result, one that I adore!  I have more people comment on how wonderful my skin looks when I am actually wearing the Sheer Tint Moisturizer.  I even recently had a friend ask if I had any work done! 

Moisturizer is one of the most important products you can use on your face to both prevent premature aging and improve the overall look of your skin.  Even if you have oily and or acne prone skin, a moisturizer should still be used daily.  If you aren't currently using one...give this one a try.  Heck, I'll send you a free sample!  All you have to do is comment on the blog which color you prefer....light, medium, or dark. 

As always, any suggestions or ideas are appreciated and if you have a product you would like me to try, just let me know!  All you have to do is comment. 

I'm also working on my next big beauty package that will be given away on the blog tuned and stay beautiful!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

My Two Year Olds Tub Tantrums Have Disappeared!

My daughter absolutely refuses for me to brush or comb her hair.  When I put her hair up, I can only use my hands.  If she even SEES a comb or brush, the breakdown begins!  It's been somewhat of a nightmare, so for a long time she just ran around with the "crazy baby hair" as I call it.  It's especially difficult because she has curly hair ontop of it.  Luckily for my husband and I the battle of the hair has finally come to an end!

My hubby brought home MOP Pear Detangler a few weeks ago.  My first attempt (very much to my surprise) was a complete success!  We were having our bath time and after washing her hair I reached for the spray.  I allowed her to play with the bottle for a little bit and then let her smell the product.  Her response was "Yummy".  So good.  Then, I started to spray her hair with absolutely no tears or tantrums.  Okay, again...looking good, but now for the true test of breaking out the big ol' comb.  She did begin to meltdown, but when I explained that this was spray that takes the hurt away, she allowed me to continue and ladies and gentlement.....SUCCESS! 

The product smells so good that I started using it too.   The detangler works fabulously and to top it off it doesn't leave my hair feeling or looking greasy! 

Thank you MOP for making this Mommy's life a little less stressful. 

And the shameless bribing continues!  The person who is able to get the most NEW people to follow this blog will win a beauty package valued at over $100!  You have to comment on the blog with the person's name that you referred.  Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  We give away freebies several times a week!

Stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Got Brassy Hair? I got a remedy...

My hair color tends to change colors...or at least shades...with the season.  This Summer I went much blonder that what I have in past years.  Unfortunately, my hair tends to "pull brassy" as EVERY stylist I have EVER had has advised me.  Since I went even lighter, my a** has been fighting the brass! 

I've tried several purple shampoos and all of them have been somewhat beneficial.  However, I recently started using Phyto Phytargent Whitening Shampoo and much to my surprise, it is working FAR better than previous products.  Since my hair is now so light and my natural hair color is so NOT...I tend to book an appointment with my stylist every few weeks.  The in between appointment is usually just an all over color on the roots to "break the base".  I have NO idea if it's the previous hormones or just my fabulous brassy hair, but the last two times I have gone in..I end up having to do a redo because my hair ends up looking incredibly orange.  Fortunately, I can eliminate some of the orangeness by using Phytargent which is a wonderful thing since I am now having to wait a few more weeks before I can rebleach thus fix.

The even better news is that the rest of my hair looks extraordinary!  The blond radiates and my hair actually has shine to it (despite all the bleaching!).  If you have been searching for a new blond shampoo, then definitely give this one a shot!

Now...more shameless bribing!  If you write a review on ANY shampoo carries and comment that you have on this blog, then you will automatically enter yourself into winning an awesome beauty package valued at over $150!  Don't forget to tell your friends too!

As always, I appreciate any feedback and will try or "dummy" any of our products you suggest.  Heck, I'll even try products we don't carry! 

Stay tuned and stay beautiful!!

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Fourth of July! ....and don't forget your sunscreen!

With so many plans for the Fourth being centered around outdoor activities, I thought this would be a great opportunity to remind everyone how vitally important sunscreen really is.  We've all read the articles and know that we should be wearing sunscreen....but here are a few quick reminders WHY it is so very important.

  • The number one cause of both skin damage and aging is sun exposure
  • Skin damage from sun exposure continues to build up over time...even without an actual sunburn
  • You don't have to be lounging or sunbathing in the sun to have or develop sun damage on your skin
Bottome line ladies....use it or loose it (that youthful glow at least)!  Use sunscreen everyday.  Make it part of your daily routine and do your research to find the best suited sunscreen for both your lifestyle and skin type.  It may take a few tries before you find that perfect sunscreen for you, so don't get frustrated.  It's the BEST thing you can do to prevent skin cancer, wrinkles, and sun spots.

Here are a few of my favorite sunscreens that we carry at BeautyStoreDepot:
  1. Skin Medica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 - This is what my husband uses on a daily basis and loves! 
  2.  Skin Medica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 - I recently used this while we were on vacation and hanging out by the pool all day long.  Typically, I would need to reapply sunscreen after water exposure, sweat, etc...but much to my surprise not with this sunscreen
  3. Dermologica Super Sensitive Sunblock SPF 30 - If you have incredibly sensitive skin...then look no further!
  4. Obagi-C RX System Sungard SPF 30 - This is my personal fave!  I use this everyday and LOVE it!  It's the only sunscreen I have found that doesn't break me out with daily use.  LOVE THIS SUNSCREEN!!!
There are so many to choose from on the market today, so do your research.  A block IS better than a screen, the recent hype about the potential hazards of use are FAR lower than NOT using, READ THE DIRECTIONS on your product (often times you should reapply thoughout the day or the sunscreen should actually go on after NOT before makeup on many products)...these are just a few tidbits that may help you in selecting your perfect sunscreen!

So, back to my shameless giveaways....if you write a review on your favorite sunscreen at BeautyStoreDepot and let me know by commenting on this blog then I will give you a free $20 BeautyStoreDepot gift card! 

Don't forget that we are also running our Fourth of July Special.  Simply enter the code: USABDAY at checkout and save 20% PLUS free shipping on orders over $49. 

Until next time....stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


We just got back home from a VERY long 10 day business trip to San Diego and Vegas.  The San Diego show was an intense crash course for me on the back end...ins and outs...of our website.  Interesting, yet exhausting!  The Vegas show was all about bringing on the newest and best products for you to BeautyStoreDepot.  We did our research before going to a select few booths to discuss their products more in depth and face to face.  The result?  Well, we are definitely bringing on some new and AWESOME product stay tuned! 

While on the trip I started to use RX Systems Reparative Eye Gel.  It's only been a week, but I must say that I have noticed a difference in the color of the skin beneathe my eye.  I don't have incredibly dark circles, but have developed a darker tone beneathe my eyes over the past few years.  Since we were on the biz trip and I had to wear makeup daily, I noticed that by the end of the week...despite being completely exhausted from the walking, crash course learning....and well, we managed to play one day in Vegas...I didn't require near the amount of concealer under my eyes as I usually do.  Pretty impressive for less than a week!  I have, however, developed a few clog pores around the same areas as well.  I will have to wait and see if it's the gel, or possibly just coincidence since I was wearing makeup daily and a heavier sunscreen.  Time will tell and so will I!!

Remember if you have a favorite product that you would like me to review or something you have wanted to try, but didn't want to spring the money on it quite yet...let me do the testing for you!  All suggestions and comments are ALWAYS appreciated!  Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Top 5 Picks for Your Hero on Father's Day

I know I can't be the only woman who has GREAT difficulty purchasing the men in my life gifts....especially my Pops!  Every year I have the same issue of attempting to find ANYTHING for him.  He and my father-in-law are notorious for simply going out and buying things as they need them.  So, what I've done the last several years is gone for a practical gift.  Since my father is an awesome and simple man, I've found that giving him "fancy" (as he would call it) shaving creams, kits, etc. have ended up being fantastic gifts!  It's something he would NEVER buy himself, but when he has them he ends up using it and... most importantly, enjoying them!  Practical and perfect!

With that being said, I browsed our site and found products that I have either given for gifts or that my husband uses and loves on a daily basis.  Hopefully, this may help anyone out there who struggles with the "Daddy gift buying", as much as I do. 

  1. d:fi d:struct - My hubby uses this product everyday for his hair and has for years!  d:struct is a styling product that makes their hair pliable to get that absolute perfect "do", but also moisturizes at the same time.  The great thing I LOVE about d:struct is that it doesn't leave his hair of my personal pet peeves.  And at only $22.50, it's affordable too!
  2. Woody's On-The-Go Travel Trio - At the INCREDIBLY AWESOME price of only $11.50, you simply can't go wrong with this gift.  It's the perfect gift for the Daddy in your life who travels with work, or is..."on-the-go".  Trio includes Daily Shampoo, Daily Conditioner, and Mega Firm gel all fitting into a travel bag making it easy to pack and go!
  3. iS Clinical for Men Kit - This kit...I would personally love!  I already use many of the products on a daily basis.  This is the ONLY gift for the Daddy who is concerned with having a perfect complexion or would simply prefer to take a few years off his face.  Normally valued at around $300, the iS Clinical for Men Kit includes full size products of Cleansing ComplexActive Serum , Hydra Cool, and SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen.  ALL THIS for the marked down price of $265.
  4. Beauty Store Depot Gift Certifcate - If you have a more particular Dad who has any skin concerns or simply LOVES any of our many amazing products....then you will hit a home run with a Beauty Store Depot Gift Certificate
  5. American Crew Daily Shampoo and/or American Crew Moisturing Shave Cream - This is my personal pick.  You can purchase BOTH of the products for under $20...or purchase just one of the two for around $10.  BOTH of these products are again used by my husband on a regular basis...and have been for years!  He refuses to use any other shampoo or shaving cream.  We are actually on a business trip as I speak and he forgot his American Crew Moisturizing Shaving Cream so he had to call the office and have them overnight one to us.  LOL...isn't that usually something you would think of one of us gals doing?
To make your "Daddy gift buying" process even easier AND cheaper...we have our Father's Day Special for an additional 15% off, plus FREE shipping, gifts, and samples for orders $49 or more.  Just use the CODE: MY HERO at checkout.  Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fake Bake....this stuff ACTUALLY works!

We are heading to the beach people!  My family and a few dear friends are venturing to the beach for the holiday weekend.  It will be the first time our two year old has ever been to the beach and we are all oh so very excited!  I'm even MORE excited now that I am taking this adventure with some COLOR!

Yesterday, I tried the Fake Bake Instant Self Tanning Spray since we leave for the beach tomorrow.  The application was definitely mess free, which was a nice surprise.  You simply spray on long streaks and then use your hands (with the gloves provided) to rub in the product.  The instructions SPECIFICALLY warn you about doing thick applications and advise to do light applications ontop of each other...after it has dried completely.  The great news is that the spray pretty much dries instantly.  If you just move around from one spot to another, by the time you come back around, you're ready for the next application.  I ended up doing three total.  I've used several at home tanning sprays and lotions and must say, this is the best so far.  I don't have any orange tint at ALL and although I didn't use their recommended products, which probably would have produced even better results, I did take their advice and applied lotion on my knees, elbows, and feet.  This definitely worked!  I don't have any streaks or discolorations on these areas which I usually always do!

I did have difficulties with the spray toward the end.  I admit I am not the strongest of ladies, but after hauling around my two year old everywhere, I have definitely developed some muscle!  I had a horrible time getting the spray to come out.  I'm uncertain if I shook the product too much or what, but was literally just using my entire hand and spraying the product into the palm of my hand and applying it.  This was the only issue I had with the product and there's still a TON left so I plan on trying it again without shaking the product to see if this eliminates the issue.

I would DEFINITELY recommend this Fake Bake Instant Self Tanning Spray!  I should get at least three applications from the bottle and at only $27.85, it's a remarkable deal.  I've paid $60 for an individual to spray tan and have to say, this is almost as good!  I totally think that after figuring out the application process the outcome will be even better and for a fraction of the cost!

Take a look at the before, immediately after, and a few hours after application to see for yourself!  These aren't even the best pictures since I used my cell phone!!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Gone in 60 Seconds cont...

As promised, I did try Gone in 60 Seconds again this morning.  I applied more product on the wrinkles around my mouth and made more of an effort to massage the product into my skin.  Then, as directed, I applied a hairdryer for approximately 45 seconds.  The result?  The wrinkles around my mouth did diminish much more with the additional product.  The problem I had this time was, however, that it was too much product for my forehead and the product actually flaked a bit after applying my tinted sunscreen.

I've decided it's all in the application of Gone in 60 Seconds.  You just may have to "play with it" a few times to find the exact amount of product to work for your specific concerns.  There is still plenty of the product remaining in my tube....even after a VERY generous application this morning.  So, at $'s still a STEAL and I would definitely recommend this product.

Stay tuned.....I will be trying a Fake Bake product this week in hopes of achieving some sort of color on my pale self before the beach this weekend!  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fine lines? GONE in 60 Seconds!

We had a huge demand for this product so, after seeing our shipping department sending so many out...I decided it was something I needed to try.  The application of this Gone in 60 Seconds is very unique.  You start squeezing the tube to begin the product to flow and then apply liberally to the desired wrinkles/areas.  Then you smooth in the product and apply a blow dryer for 45 seconds.  A little strange, huh? but you can actually feel your skin begin to tighten.  It worked VERY well on my forehead wrinkles and I saw a small difference in the wrinkles around my mouth.  I was initially concerned as well that it would show through after I put my tinted sunscreen on, but much to my surprise it blended easily and there were no issues. 

I am going to use the product again and try to apply more product around my mouth to see if it improves the end result.  The forehead wrinkles, however, did almost completely disappear for me.  All and all, I would recommend Gone in 60 Seconds especially for the low price of $19.95!

Next week I am going to try a Fake Bake product since we are venturing to the beach for the holiday weekend and I am oh so very pale!  Don't forget to also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  If you would like a chance to win FREE beauty products, then simply like or NEW Facebook page to automatically enter into winning an AWESOME beauty product package with over $150 in products.  FOUR packages will be given away.  Package includes an ENTIRE hair care line, anti-aging products, sunscreens and MUCH more!

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