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Friday, April 27, 2012

Learn How to Get YOUR Perfect Doll Face!

Today's blog is contributed by one of our newest members to the BeautyStoreDepot family, Ms. Sara!  Sara is a wonderful addition to our team and we are thrilled to have her aboard...ESPECIALLY me!  She's got a fresh, young, hip...yet classic style that this Mama needs on our social team for all of you younger ladies.  Thank you Sara!

Many different makeup trends are popping up this Spring and Summer.  One trend that is flattering and easy for everyone to try is the Doll Face.  This look seems to stand the test of time, so you can try it any season.

The Doll Face look is fresh and simple.  The key areas are:  glowing skin, big eyelashes, and baby pink lips.

Doll Face

Doll Face by beautystoredepot featuring products from BeautyStoreDepot.com



For glowing skin, you first need to choose the right foundation for your skin type.  If you have normal to dry skin, I suggest using loose mineral powder.  It provides medium to full coverage with a dewy finish.  For oily or combination skin, try a pressed powder foundation to control oiliness and provide a semi-matte finish.  Colorescience Pro and gloMinerals offer amazing formulas in loose and pressed foundations with a wide variety of shades.  As an added benefit, mineral makeup protects and nourishes your skin.
To get a natural glow, use gloMinerals gloHighlighter.  This illuminating cream gives skin a “lit-from-within” shimmer.  Dab the highlighter onto cheek and brow bones, using a little at a time.  If you’re afraid this creamy product will only add to your oiliness, try gloBlushDuo in Petunia.  It will give you a fresh, natural flush.

Now for eyelashes -- the bigger, the better!  Our inspiration here is classic Twiggy.  While most of us don’t have perfect lashes, we’ll need the tools and techniques to create them.  The first step is using an eyelash curler.  The thought might be intimidating if you’ve never used one, but this tool will quickly become your best beauty friend.  I suggest using the gloMinerals gloLash Curler which is specially designed to prevent lash tear out.  Because of my stubborn lashes, I typically press and hold the curler at the lash base for 10-15 seconds.  For mascara, use RevitaLash Volumizing Mascara in Raven .  This fabulous clump-free mascara provides thicker, fuller lashes for an eye-popping finish.  With dramatic lashes, keep the rest of your eye makeup simple.

For the final touch, you need pink lips.  If you favor lip gloss, try Colorescience Pro Lip Polish in Tickled Pink.  This long lasting formula colors, plumps and shines all in one gloss.  Another great multi use lip product is gloMinerals Perfect Lip Duo in Pink .  This duo contains a lipstick on one end with a gloss on the other.  Wear the gloss over the lipstick for extra dimension and shine or try each separately.  I recommend applying the lipstick, then just a dab of gloss to the center of lips for the perfect pout.
So remember:  the keys to achieving a fresh and flawless Doll Face are mineral powder foundation, highlighting cream or light blush, big beautiful eyelashes and soft pink lips.  

Many thanks again to Ms. Sara for this wonderful "how to" blog!  I know this Mama is going to try some of these tips for myself!  LOVE Twiggy!  :)  Don't forget about our Color Your World sale going on RIGHT NOW!  Just use code COLOR20 at checkout and you will receive 20% off!!!  You can't beat that!  And now......FREEBIE TIME!!  For the first three people who respond to this blog, I will give some ColoreScience Pro Travel Puff Makeup Samples.  Simply respond with your email address and I will contact you for your shipping info.  
Until next time.....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day with BeautyStoreDepot!

With it being Earth month, I thought it was the perfect time to address the question....what REALLY is the difference between natural and organic products?

I figured the first thing to start off with is the actual definition of natural and organic.  Natural is defined as existing in or formed by nature.  Organic is defined as a substance of animal or vegetable origin.  The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) National Organic Program's definition of organic is "a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.”

So, it's all perfectly clear now, right?  :)  Everyone is going to have their own preferences, opinions, and needs when deciding how far to go with natural and organic products.  The FIRST thing I would advise....ALWAYS READ THE INGREDIENT LABELS!  If you are truly wanting to go all natural, then you will need to do your research.  Many brands that claim to be natural in fact only use some plant extracts and other natural ingredients so you always want to read your labels.  If you prefer the organic route, then look for an organic seal or if the product is actually certified as organic.  The USDA Organic Seal indicates that the product contains at least 95% organic ingredients.  There is also a secondary seal indicating the product contains at least 70% of organic ingredients.  It typically reads "Made with Certified Organic Ingredients.

Many organic cosmetic brands offer an assortment of different levels of organic certification and individual products are labeled according to their percentage of certified organic ingredients. Different countries and continents have their own organic certification programs and seals, so if purchasing over seas...you will want to do your research as to what their standards are and any differences there may be from your preferences.

We have several natural and organic brands for you to choose from and our courteous staff is always available to offer you assistance with any of your concerns.  Check out our brands below!


Celebrate Earth Day!





HAIR

  • Kusco-Murphy - never tested on animals, are 100% vegetarian, and all of their packaging is recyclable
  • MOP (Modern Organic Products) -simple, natural, organic, and an easy hair care line
  • ABBA - all natural, environmentally friendly, and a 100% vegan product line
  • Phytologie  - most effective active ingredients available in the botanical world to maintain and achieve healthy-looking hair and reveal its natural beauty with earth friendly packaging
  • Macadamia Natural - combines two of the world's most valuable and beneficial oils, Macadamia and Argan, to provide the ultimate in hair rejuvenation and maintenance
SKIN

  • BioElements - no harsh chemicals, ingredients derived from nature, and never tested on animals
  • Cosmedix - unique blend of natural, yet powerful, ingredients protects already-damaged skin from the harshness of artificial chemicals and are Paraben free: Using only holistic, plant-based ingredients, like witch hazel, vitamins A and C or jasmine to protect its natural, paraben-free formulas
  • Gunila of Sweden AKTA  - offers the highest in nutrients, minerals and antioxidants while also never basing their products with water, oil, or chemicals. The result is an amazingly effective product.
  • Elaine Gregg  - All natural, nourishing, and age reversal products
  • gloMinerals Makeup  - finest pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, triple-milled high-pigment minerals, and an advanced antioxidant complex of Vitamins A, C, and E and green tea extract
BODY

  • Hempz Body Care - contains pure organic hemp seed oil rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins E, C, B1, B2, and B6
  • CUCCIO Naturale - natural product line who never tests on animals and is actively involved to end animal testing
Celebrate Earth Day with BeautyStoreDepot!  Save 20% on all of the brands listed above.  Simply input code EARTH20 at checkout!  AND....I got freebies!  For the first two people who respond with their email address to this blog, I will give you some freebies from some of the brands listed above.  

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Amazing Color Without the Damage!!

No time to sit in the sun for hours while damaging your skin?  Then do we have some remedies for you!

An amazing tan without the Damage!




Fake Bake Instant Self-Tanning Spray is definitely an answer for a safer, flawless, do-it-yourself tan.  The spray can provides a mist with easy application and quick drying with no nasty smell.  I use it in the shower to avoid mess.  Be sure to spray from at least twelve inches away and spray in long, even strokes for a perfect golden bronze tan.  I have very fair skin and the color from Fake Bake was beautiful and even.  The spray works upside down, right side up, and at any other angle to get the hard-to-reach places.  Since the formula is instant, you know exactly where it’s going to be sure you don’t miss spots.   Shave and exfoliate your skin right before you spray it on - this will help the tan become deeper and last 7 days!  This is the best spray tanner I have found and is a much better alternative to the damages associated with sun tanning or tanning beds.  It is well worth the money and the can provides multiple applications.  This is the product that Ms. Kelly recently used during her family beach vacation.

I have said it before....and I will say it again!  Xen-Tan is my new favorite for all of my self tanning needs.  I just used it again over this past weekend when my family ventured to a lake house.  LOVE it!  One application...and I was good for the weekend.  Everything I have tried from Xen-Tan has been amazing!

One issue that I constantly have with ANY self tanner is reaching the area in the middle of my back.  We just recently added another new product just for this problem....it's the Body Buddy!  This is an award winning lotion applicator "band" that helps provide that extra reach we all need in order to apply skin care products to the middle of our backs or other hard to reach areas.  The great thing about it is that it is machine washable and because of it's unique material it doesn't absorb...so you don't have to buy any replacement pads or sponges.

FREEBIE TIME!!  I wish we had some tanning samples, but unfortunately we never receive those...what I DO have are samples of Tend Skin and Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash.  Tend Skin is a MUST HAVE for any guy or gal who struggles with razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs, etc. and Dermalogica's Conditioning Body Wash is an amazing body wash that will help keep your skin moist and beautiful even with the summer's sun and heat!  I will give out three samples for the first three people who respond to this blog with their email address.  :)

Don't forget to keep checking out our Facebook page for freebies, trends, and our Monthly GRAND Prize.  If you haven't already.....follow us on our brand new Google+ page!  Word is that we will be giving away a Clarisonic soon.....

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Summer's Hottest Color - Mango!

Designers are pushing Mango for this summer's hottest color. The best way to wear Mango? Accessorize!!! It doesn't have to all be in the clothes or on the runway. Check out these mango inspired nail, lip and eye colors to ensure you're still in style. Best of all... the new Clarisonic Mia 2 in Mango!
Summer's Hottest Color - Mango!


Monday, April 2, 2012

RxSystems Facial Moisturizer: LOVIN' IT!!!

So....it's been awhile since I blogged.  My hubby has had me doing a lot of HR stuff along with interviewing and hiring two new team members.  A BIG welcome to Tabitha and Sara!

It was last Wednesday or Thursday and I looked in the mirror and realized that I have seriously been neglecting moisturizing my skin.  Since I am still acne prone and in my 30's, I often times prefer to just let my skin get a wee bit dry instead of using a moisturizer.  It seems like anytime I use one on a regular basis I end up breaking out.  I was running so incredibly late that I didn't have enough time to search for a moisturizer.  Later that evening when I was getting ready for bed, I noticed that my hubby had a new product on his bathroom counter.  I reached for it hoping it was a moisturizer and much to my surprise...it was an RxSystems Facial Moisturizer SPF35.  SCORE!

I washed my face and had full intentions on using the moisturizer, but my three year old woke up screaming so I ran upstairs to tend to her and ended up forgetting to use it until the following morning.  After washing my face in the morning I applied the moisturizer and went about my day.  It was later on that afternoon when I was picking my daughter up from school that I got a good look at my skin in the car.  WOW!  My skin looked 100x better!  I was impressed, but not overly because my skin always looks better a day when I use a moisturizer.  The true test would be how my skin reacted to it over several days of use.

Results?  Only one little unwanted visitor on my face and I honestly can't even blame that on the moisturizer since it is that glorious time of the month.  I have been continuing to use it and so far...so good.  I think I may switch it to every other day because I definitely need to be using a moisturizer more frequently but my skin looks a little too shiny today.  I will keep you guys posted.

Another fabulous thing about the RxSystems Facial Moisturizer is it has an SPF35 WITH zinc oxide so it provides complete Broad Spectrum coverage.  HUGE plus since it's a 2 in 1 product....my FAVES!

FREEBIE TIME!  It's been awhile so I am going to give away 2 Black Currant Phyto Candles to the first two people who respond to this blog with their email addresses.  :)  Also, don't forget about our Monthly GRAND prize on Facebook.   April's GRAND prize will be a SkinMedica 90 Day Challenge!  This prize is valued at $615!!  Keep an eye out for the posts on Facebook to respond YES to be entered into the drawing. 

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