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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!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

San Diego + Vegas = NEW AMAZING BRANDS COMING TO YOU SOON!

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 lines.....so 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 hard...one 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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