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Monday, February 20, 2012

Sircuit Skin Cosmeceuticals: Mangilla Lip Balm....Tasty AND Effective!!

Sircuit Skin Mangilla Lip Balm is a wonderful Mango-Vanilla Moisturizing Lip Balm that seals, heals and protects. Not only does this delightful lip balm smell and feel fabulous, it offers effective protection against environmental stressors and damage in addition to healing and preventing dry, chapped lips. With just seven ingredients, this balm is simple, natural and luxuriously soft on the lips. Sunflower oil, a rich source of lecithin and vitamins A, D, and E, retain and prevent loss of skin's natural moisture. Beeswax hydrates and retains natural skin moisture. Coconut oil hydrates lips and locks in moisture  while the Aloe vera soothes and moisturizes skin. Vitamin E (tocopherol), a protective antioxidant, shields against free radical damage. The intoxicating scent of natural mango and vanilla is added to invigorate you as the balm works its magic. Mangilla’s super creamy formula lasts for hours and smoothly glides over lips.

As with all Sircut Cosmeceuticals products, Mangilla is cruelty-free and free of all artificial color, fragrance, or preservatives. The SIRCUIT® brand represents the power of ‘new’ with the simple, universal appeal of their products and technologies. SIRCUIT®Cosmeceuticals products are effective, dynamic, inspirational, fun and always evolving with a boutique philosophy: cold processed and formulated in small batches that are designed to work with the body, not against it. They believe in truth in marketing so you can believe in their products!
Thanks again to Ms. Kelly for this week's blog!  It is also our FIRST EVER Everything Lips Week on Facebook.  We will be giving away 1 Mangilla per day along with Dermalogica Samples of Renewal Lip Complex.  Just respond to the appropriate games and posts for your chance to win!
Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

SkinMedica: YOUR New Skincare Line!!

A quick congratulations to our Facebook GRAND prize winner Marcie Clark!  She won a gloMinerals Make Up Kit AND a blinc Mascara Heated Lash Curler!  YOU COULD BE NEXT!  GRAND prizes every month. This week's blog is written by Kelly Schmitz.  Thank you Kell!

SkinMedica products contain restorative ingredients that work below the skin's surface to regenerate the health of the skin.  SkinMedica TNS Illuminating Eye Cream is a lightweight formula with the patented growth factor blend TNS, peptides and chrysin that help brighten the skin around the eyes and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.  What is TNS? TNS is a physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized combination of multiple human growth factors, cytokines and natural proteins responsible for the production of collagen and other extracellular matrix proteins. This eye cream really illuminates the eye area, removes the wrinkles under the eye (and those nasty crow’s feet) and decreases the puffiness from lack of sleep, stress and/or allergies.  You only use a tiny drop twice a day, making this an affordable answer to damaged, aging skin around the eyes.

SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex ES contains three forms of vitamin A in a micro-particle delivery system to enhance skin texture through exfoliation and skin rejuvenation. The first thing I noticed was more even tone and softness.  It quickly improves the appearance of fine lines, aging and sun-damaged skin while enhancing skin texture to renew and revitalize.  Unlike many other retinol products I’ve tried, SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex  is not irritation and does not cause skin peeling.

SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer is a clarifying moisturizer that provides protection against environmental aggressors while conditioning and firming the skin and balancing oil secretions. This product provides a lot of moisture and doesn't cause break-outs. It is light in feel but still has a creamy texture and is perfect for this time of year when humidity is lower and winds are whipping.  My skin feels perfectly balanced after using this product.


March's GRAND prize on Facebook will be a ColoreScience Best of Beauty Kit.  This kit includes: Skin Brightening Primer, Sunforgettable SPF 50 Loose Mineral Powder, Pressed Mineral Foundation, Mineral Powder Eyeshadow, and an ultra-soft Retractable Brush that provides sheer to full coverage with optimal control.  This prize is valued at $135!  All you have to do to win, is follow us on Facebook and respond to the post asking you to enter.  GOOD LUCK!!

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

Monday, February 6, 2012

BeautyStoreDepot's TOP 5 Valentine's Gift Ideas for Under $50!

It's hard to believe that January is already gone and Valentine's Day is almost here!  GEEZ!!  Where is this year going?  Since Valentine's is only days away...I thought I would share with everyone my favorite gift ideas.  So....here we go!!

Let's start off with us gals!  I decided to go less expensive with these top 5's simply because practically everyone is still trying to recoup expenses from Christmas...and, if you are anything like my husband and I, we really don't even exchange Valentine's gifts...we just spring for a dinner and hope for a sitter!!  Here are the LADIES TOP 5!!

  1. My first suggestion is a BeautyStoreDepot gift card.  You just CAN'T go wrong!  EVERY gal I know can find something (usually entirely too many somethings) to purchase on our site!!  
  2. Next, I would suggest ANY of our OPI Minis collections.  This is the perfect way to get to try some fabulous new nail polish all for under $20!  Check out the OPI Burlesque Minis for only $11.70!
  3. Valentine's is kind of tricky...so, I would only recommend you fellas buying this next gift for your beauty...if you know she wants it.  Otherwise, anti-aging gifts can be rather insulting...and that's the LAST way you want to start your lovely day!  That being said....you gotta check out the Dermalogica AGE Smart Starter Kit!  After our 12 Brands of Christmas promo I have had a TON of you guys tell me how incredibly amazing these products are....and for only $45, it's the perfect way to give it a try!
  4. Spring is right around the corner and so many of us ladies have spent YEARS searching for a good self tanner...ladies, I have found it!  Xen-Tan!  There is only one product that is just over $50, but the rest are all under.  My personal recommendation is the Xen-Tan Transform Luxe.  Just check out my last blog for more info!!
  5. Lastly....it's a tie!  I couldn't decide between the Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit or the Dermalogica UltraCalming Sensitized Skin Treatment Kit.  I have heard nothing but fabulous things of BOTH kits, so you can't go wrong.  Check out ALL the Dermalogica Kits for under $50.
 We NEVER forget about all you fellas here at BeautyStoreDepot....so here's YOUR TOP 5!!

  1. You would want to make certain that the fella in your life will not be offended by this gift....but if your man has a receding hairline...then you gotta take a look at these two products!  The CHI 44 Ionic Power Plus or ANY of the American Crew Trichology Line.
  2. Next is the Dermalogica Shave System Kit.  This little beauty has EVERYTHING your man needs for the perfect shave!
  3. We all LOVE our men to smell amazing....and you can have it all for only $16.16!  Check out American Crew Classic Fragrance.
  4. Create an AMAZING gift basket using all WOODY'S products.  The price on these products is PERFECT to create your own MANLY basket.  Just buy a few things that cater to your man and throw in his favorite six pack or bottle of wine!  
  5. And for our last pick...you just can't go wrong with ANY of the Dermalogica Kits.  Just select the one that's perfect for your man!!
February is here and our GRAND prize monthly drawing on Facebook will be on Valentine's Day.  This month we are giving away a gloMinerals Makeup Kit and a blinc Mascara Heated Lash Curler.  All you have to do to win is follow us on Facebook and watch for the posts.  Don't forget....we will be giving away 1 GRAND prize per month on Facebook!!


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

Friday, February 3, 2012

Xen-Tan Does It Again!

Tonight my hubby and I will be attending the Beauty Goes Red event here in Austin.  In preparation for the event, I busted out my Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Daily Self Tan.  In a previous blog I had vowed that my new plan...was to be tan...but, reality of being a working mother and the constant chasing around of my almost three year old daughter has prevented me from being tan.

It has been since mid September since I used the self tanner for a wedding, but my results were so incredibly awesome (and the application so easy) that I applied it again yesterday and a second time this morning.  Results?  AMAZING, as always!  So amazing that I am sitting here looking at my arms questioning myself as to why I don't just use this stuff daily.  It honestly doesn't take that long....maybe an extra 5 minutes after the shower, but (and all of you Mommys out there will understand) that sometimes finding even a second for yourself can be difficult!  The $30 bottle lasts a heck of a lot longer than I had anticipated too.  I purchased mine for the wedding and have used it a total of 7-8 times and there is still a ton left.  DEFINITELY money well spent!  A decent spray tan costs $45-60 and is typically gone within a week and, well....we won't even discuss tanning beds since here at BeautyStoreDepot we advise against those nasty little guys!

Another fabulous coo is that I don't have to use the Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Self Tanner daily either.  Every time I have used the product, I use it two days back to back to achieve my desired color and then just wait until it fades (usually it lasts close to a week for me).  Your personal results may vary especially if you use any sort of exfoliating body washes, etc.  One suggestion is to have someone assist you with the application on your back.  The first time I had missed a spot and it wasn't noticed until a fellow bridesmaid let me know the morning of the wedding.  Since I had brought the product with me, she just put some on the missed area.  Hours later at the wedding, you couldn't even tell!!

I feel so much better about myself today too just by having a little more color.  I have no idea what it is, but anytime I have color I feel like I look smaller, sexier, and younger.  Maybe it's my heart craving my younger, carefree, sun loving years, but I honestly don't care WHAT it is, it's just nice to have a little more bounce in my step today.

Bottom line?  Get some bounce back in your step and put some color back in your life!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and our GRAND prize winner will be announced!  This lucky gal will receive a gloMinerals Makeup Kit and a blinc Mascara Heated Lash Curler.  Remember to keep an eye out next week on Facebook to see how you can double  your entries into February's drawing.

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