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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jump Start Your Skin With Bioelements Kerafole!

Many thanks to Ms. Andrea for this week's blog. She LOVED her results from the Kerafole Purge and I seriously can't wait to try it myself!


Many of our followers may be familiar with the trend of body cleansing, and detoxing, but did you know you can detox your skin? The top layer of your skin is made up of both living and dead cells, and they’re always growing and dividing. When this happens, cells are pushed up to the top layers of your skin, where they eventually die and flake off. As you age, your ability to shed these dead skin cells decreases which can lead to clogged pores and an overall dull tone. Exfoliating your skin is the key to maintaining healthy and glowing skin. Mildly exfoliating your skin daily will also enable it to better absorb the serums and moisturizers that you are applying!

Bioelements Kerafole



The BioElements Kerafole Purge is a seven day long treatment recommended for dry, combination, oily skin. If you don’t want to commit to all seven days, it even works great for a weekend skin rescue. The jar comes with a small spoon to help scoop out the right amount of product and prevent contamination of your jar from bacteria. This exfoliating mask has two alpha hydroxy acids among other ingredients for stimulating and brightening like ginko biloba, lavender oil, and clove. Apply this mask to clean skin and leave it on for up to 10 minutes.


After the first day my skin already appeared smoother and brighter. By the second day I could see that my blemishes had reduced in size and the redness had disappeared. After each removal it is recommended to follow with Bioelements Stress Solution. I would definitely recommend the Stress Solution for more sensitive skin types as it will help calm and soothe your skin. Both products smell great and leave your skin feeling amazing. I personally love the stress solution because it smells minty with hints of lavender. If you are a fan of natural perfumes this will be your match! After completing the purge you can use Kerafole twice a week to maintain your youthful glow!


It's everyone's favorite time....FREEBIE TIME! I have samples of the Kerafole! Who wants one? Just respond with your email address and I will give away samples to the first three people who respond. Don't forget, if you have won in the past 6 weeks, let's give other's a chance to win.


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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our Top 10 Products for Summer!!!

Summer is officially here! We have your Top 10 List of MUST HAVES for this summer. This is a group effort from everyone on our team and some of our staff faves.

Best Products for the Face - Summer 2012


1. iS Cosmeceuticals Extreme Protect SPF 30
Extreme Protect SPF 30 shelters healthy collagen from sun exposure and aging. It contains powerful DNA protectants that combat the tendency toward skin cancer caused by sun damage. It maintains and preserves healthy skin even during environmental exposure and aging. Extreme Protect SPF 30 Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for the ultimate in protection and is proven to help protect against skin damage. This elegant, moisturizing sunscreen also helps repair solar damage by reducing redness and inflammation associated with sunburn. Microfine zinc oxide and micro-encapsulated sunscreens are combined with powerful botanical Extremozyme antioxidants to offer the most advanced protection available. A must-have for everyone’s summer list!

BENEFITS:
• Protects & repairs collagen & cell DNA with NEW Extremozyme technology
• Daily broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
• Hydrates, smoothes& softens
• Reduces the appearance of erythema
• Offers antioxidant rich protective seal
• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles

2. gloMineralsgloBronze - Sunkiss
Don't compromise the beauty and health of your skin with the scorching sun. Unlike the unforgiving rays of the sun, glomineralsgloBronze - Sunkiss nourishes your delicate skin with Green Tea and Vitamin C while providing you with a gorgeous, natural looking tan. Bronzing skin the healthy way is always in season. Sunkiss is for light to medium complexions, or for those who wish to create or enhance a light tan.

3. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 50 Powder Brush - Tan
This lightweight mineral powder doesn't feel heavy as it blocks UVA and UVB rays with micronized titanium dioxide. The Sunforgettable SPF 50 Powder Brush is easy to carry and easy to apply, thanks to the self-dispensing brush that makes re-application throughout the day simple. I personally love this product and carry one in my purse constantly. I even use it on my daughter when we end up out and about unexpectedly.

4. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50
Love the moisturizer you're already using? Then there's no need to switch... just mix a little or a lot of sunscreen protection right into your moisturizer or foundation. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50 is a broad spectrum sunscreen with added anti-aging antioxidants that can be applied alone or added to your favorite products. This product is perfect for those who can't commit to a regular sunscreen, but are already seeing the damaging effects of the sun such as wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and uneven skin tone. Botanical extracts of Grape Seed and Green Tea soothe and help defend against free radicals that cause premature aging. In addition, Vitamin C and E improve skin smoothness and softness. This is one incredible product!

Best Products for Hair - Summer 2012


5. Kusco-Murphy Beach Hair
Kusco-Murphy Beach Hair is the next best thing to a day at the beach! Beach Hair gives you that tousled, textured, bed-head look so many of us try to achieve. The product allows you to separate and define curls AND gives body and texture to straight hair. Created by Kevin Murphy for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot, this product will give you model-sexy beach hair.

6. PhytoPlage Protective Beach Spray
A protective moisturizing spray for restoring the skin after going to the beach or pool or simply spending a day out in the sun. PhytoPlage Protective Beach Spray acts as a guard for the hair AND skin, protecting against the adverse effects of the sun, salt, wind and chlorine. Infused with sunflower extract, olive wax, calendula and rosemary extracts, it prevents oxidation and keeps skin soft, supple and youthful.

Summer Skin Essentials


7. Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System - Mango
Mia 2 is an extension of our popular Mia family that gives you all the benefits of sonic cleansing in a compact, easy-to-use style. Mia 2 features two speeds, a one-minute pulsing T-Timer and a protective travel case for on-the-go sonic cleansing. Now you have more choices for beautiful skin.
Traditional methods of cleansing will never get your skin as clean as you would prefer. Fortunately, the lead inventor of Sonicare discovered a breakthrough in how we cleanse. Using Sonic Technology, Clarisonic's patented micro-massage motion works within skin's natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind- leaving skin softer, smoother and more beautiful. There's a reason why so many celebrities have fallen in love with this product...and so have I!

8. Body Buddy- Walnut The award-winning lotion applicator "band" provides the extra reach we all need to apply skincare products to one's own back and any other hard-to-reach area. Use the non-absorbent lotion applicator to apply sunscreen, apply aloe to soothe sunburned skin, or even apply sunless tanner effortlessly to your back. Unlike a sponge on a stick, it will not absorb product and has no replacement parts or pads. My favorite aspect is that it is machine washable so you can use it with several different products and repeatedly over and over again.

9. Xen-Tan E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend
This product is a shimmer bronzer, plus self-tan for face and body!
Control the depth of your tan with the twist of a dial every time you apply. The realistic olive undertone works well with all skin tones to give a natural bronze instead of the orange color that so many of us have experience and try to avoid. It also includes a Skin Firming Complex for a smooth, toned feel & appearance. The New Scent Secure ingredient locks out self-tan odor for a delicious scent while tanning....finally!

10. Relax & Wax Get the Bump Outta Here!
Get the Bump Outta Here is a treatment for ingrown hairs, and it helps with bumps as well. Formulated for sensitive skin, it is highly effective, yet gentle on the skin. This product does not burn or irritate your skin and provides soothing and cooling relief. It helps prevent ingrown hair(s), wax and razor rash, skin irritation, and bumping associated with hair removal (i.e., waxing, tweezing, shaving, sugaring, and electrolysis). It's packaged as an easy-to-use 4 oz. roll on so it won't end up on your hands, in your eyes, or somewhere else you don't want it to be.... AND it can't spill. Since there is no waste, it will also last about twice as long.


FREEBIE TIME! Who wants a colorescience travel puff makeup sample AND a Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster Sample? All you have to do is respond to this email with your email address and I will pick two, heck maybe even 3 lucky winners. If you have won in the past 6 weeks, let's give others a chance to win. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter for more winning opportunities.

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Brave Soldier: A REAL Man's Skincare Line

Looking for skincare products for your active man? Then your search is over!! My hubby LOVES this stuff and is an active mountain bike rider, recently getting into rebel races, etc.

Brave Soldier began with a simple idea: The need for a product that would speed the healing and jagged scarring of road rash. Their product line now includes Protection, First Aid, Basics and Combination Kits.

For the Active Men - Happy Father's Day!



Protecting the skin should be the first thing any athlete or outdoor enthusiast considers before venturing out. Brave Soldier has developed three specific defenders of outdoor dangers.

Friction Zone has superior anti-chafing and it is cold water and sweat resistant as well. Occlusive silicone/botanical barrier protects and conditions skin for hours. Helps prevent blisters and reduce rash irritations without the use of petrolatum making it safe for wet suits. Friction Zone provides long lasting protection from any sports activity where gear chafing of your skin is a problem.

Solar Shield is a remarkable hypoallergenic moisturizing sunscreen specifically formulated to provide broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection. Non-irritating, non-whiting and non-greasy, Solar Shield is water resistant and contains the powerful sun block, micronized zinc oxide. For a bonus, it also Includes anti-oxidants to fight the aging effects of the sun

Lip Defender is a formulation with SPF 15 that prevents chapping, sunburn, windburn and leaves lips soft, never sticky. Lip Defender comes in a tasty and refreshing Citrus Mint flavor.



If you do happen to hit the pavement or receive a skin injury, Brave Soldier’s First Aid products help heal wounds faster, with less pain, and reduced keloid scarring.


The First Defense - Antiseptic Healing Ointment which was the original Brave Soldier product, formulated specifically to speed the healing of road rash. A unique blend of healing botanicals and powerful pharmaceuticals helps wounds heal up to 40% faster and greatly reduces the chance of scarring. Great for sports injuries as well as everyday cuts, scrapes and abrasions.


The best time to treat skin abrasion injuries is immediately after they happen. Uniquely designed to be stashed in a backpack for immediate attention to wounded areas, First Defense cleanses away debris with a powerful yet soothing antiseptic wash that doesn't sting and helps to reduce scabbing.

The Crash Pak kit contains everything you need to effectively treat a common road rash injury immediately after crashing and an absolute MUST for my husband while bike riding. Proper use of this kit helps prevent abrasions from healing with dirt and debris embedded in the wound. Compact packaging stows away perfectly in any jersey pocket or backpack.

With all of their knowledge of skin healing, the creators of Brave Soldier decided to go a step further and create a line of everyday use products: Brave Shave is a luxurious formula for men and women, Shower Shave for the closest possible shave, Clean Skin for deep cleaning pores and Code Blue to reduce skin irritations.

Friday, June 8, 2012

CLEAN, HEALTHY SKIN FOR MEN IS IN! Our Daddy Day MUST HAVES!

Clean and healthy skin for me is definitely "in"! And proving not all beauty products are made for women, Clarisonic has introduced the Mia in multiple stylish colors including gray! The Clarisonic Mia Skin Care Brush System Kit in Gray was developed with men in mind and comes standard with the Normal Brush Head, which has shorter bristles that work well on men's tougher, oilier skin.

Traditional manual cleansing can leave behind dirt and oil trapped in pores, which contributes to shaving irritation. The Mia sonic cleanser uses a patented frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently yet thoroughly remove these impurities. Sonic cleansing is also a great prep for shaving, by lifting the facial hair so men can experience a closer shave. When used for cleansing and applying shaving cream, men experience increased comfort, less irritation, and a closer shave.

For the Gentlemen - Happy Father's Day!



What’s better than a smooth face on a man? A man that doesn’t complain about shaving irritation! Make it easy for him with one of our shave kits!

The Dermalogica Shave System Kit features five specially formulated products to protect the skin while shaving and promote a smooth, comfortable finish. Designed with nourishing botanicals, free of artificial colorants and fragrances, and suitable for all skin and hair types, the Shave System Kit is perfect for anyone.

The kit includes the Daily Clean Scrub (1.5 fl. oz.), Pre-Shave Guard (0.75 fl. oz.), Soothing Shave Cream (2.5 fl. oz.), Post-Shave Balm (0.33 fl. oz.), Daily Defense Block SPF 15 (0.75 fl. oz.), and a sample of the Invigorating Shave Gel.

This month-long supply of products is perfectly sized for travel, gym or home. Great for any man who likes his skin care simple and organized and especially convenient! All for the amazing low price of $35.00.

Billy Jealousy Shave3Some kit is a unique shave system featured in 3oz, airline-approved bottles and includes a clear zipper carry bag.

This kit includes:

Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatment: Heats, softens & conditions beard for a smoother, more comfortable shave

Hydroplane Shave Cream: Protects skin while yielding extraordinary razor glide

Shaved Ice After-Shave Balm: Cools, soothes and hydrates skin. Blocks pain.

Need more great ideas? Then check out Brave Soldier, d:fi, and Woody's Quality Grooming.

Our Daddy's Day sale starts today!! Just use code DADDY20 at checkout and you will receive 20% off ALL men products AND FREE shipping!

Who wants a freebie? This week's blog freebie is a cool little book titled "STUFF Every Man Should Know", a Dermalogica Soothing Shave Cream Sample, and an American Crew Daily Shampoo. If you have previously won in the past 6 weeks, then let's give others a chance to win. All you have to do is respond with your email address and I will ship these perfect Daddy's Day gifts to you.

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Braids Are In! Learn How to Do a One Sided Braid

Many thanks to Ms. Sara for this week's "How To" blog. I can't wait to try this myself! The fact that it can be a little messy, fun, and not so perfect...equals PERFECT for me!

Even though I have worked in the beauty and fashion industry for years, I still feel clueless when it comes to styling my own hair. I’ve got the basics down, but am pretty helpless past that. So of course I was excited to find a cute AND easy hairstyle to try. Braids are a classic, easy style, especially during the summer. The One Sided Braid is an update to the basic braid and works on any hair length or texture. This hairstyle features the perfection of a French braid, but with half the effort.

One-Sided Braid How-To



Before you can attempt the One Sided Braid, you need the right tools and products. We carry many fabulous hair-care products, but today I want to focus on Macadamia Natural Oil Hair Products and Rusk. These lines offer great multi-tasking products that actually improve your hair, so they’ll definitely be going on my summer hair wish-list!

To begin, you need tangle-free hair, and that starts with a quality brush. What’s the point of nourishing your hair with products if you’re using a brush that causes damage? The Macadamia Natural Oil Boar/Nylon Paddle Brush is perfect for long or thick hair. It stimulates your scalp and detangles, creating a naturally smooth finish. It’s also anti-static, anti-bacterial and high heat resistant. Another great tool is the Macadamia Natural Oil Infused Comb. It evenly distributes the Healing Oil Treatment to your hair, providing hassle-free nourishment.

To keep your braid in place, you’ll need a dependable styling agent. I personally prefer styling creams because I feel they provide better, more even coverage. The Macadamia Natural Oil Leave-In Cream provides texture, softness and shine. More importantly, it will protect your hair from UV rays, so you don’t have to worry about your new color treatment being damaged in the hot, summer sun. Another great option is the Rusk Deepshine Color Hydrate Styling Cream. It is for all hair types, especially dry, damaged, chemically or color-treated. This cream hydrates, controls frizz, shields hair from UV rays and helps hair resist humidity – a must have for summer!

Now to the styling… Apply your styling cream to damp hair and comb/brush through. (You can apply it to dry hair if you need to rehydrate it or control frizz.) If you prefer to set your style with hairspray, skip the styling cream. You can leave your hair damp, let it air dry or blow dry it. This step will depend more on your personal preference and hair type.

This braid works best with hair parted a little off-center. On the side that has more hair, grab a section at the hairline, and divide it into three smaller sections. Start braiding as if you are doing a French braid, and as you go, keep adding in a piece from the top. Continue this process, only adding new pieces from the top (not from the top and bottom like in regular French braiding). Keep braiding until you’ve added about 5-7 new pieces or the braid reaches past your ear. Then, you can stop adding new pieces and finish off the ponytail with a regular braid. Secure with a ponytail holder. I recommend using a clear one or one that matches your hair color. If you prefer hairspray over styling cream, you can set your style with Rusk Deepshine Oil Finishing Hairspray. Its quick-drying formula provides extra-strong hold that’s workable and weightless. Just like the styling cream, it will prevent and tame your frizz and flyaways while protecting against humidity. With marine nutrients and pure argan oil, it will provide shine and even improve the condition of your hair…how many hairsprays can do that? If you are a mousse gal, then check out Design Pulse by Vavoom Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse.

So now you’re set with the tools and tips you need to try the One Sided Braid. It might take you a few attempts to get it just right, but remember that this style is meant to be fun and carefree, so it’s okay if it’s not perfect.

FREEBIE TIME! Who wants a 1.5 oz Go Big Mousse AND a Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque Sample? The first two people to respond to this blog with their email....will be my winners! Don't forget that if you have won in the past month to give others a chance to win.

Father's Day is right around the corner...so keep an eye out for our Father's Day blog, freebies, and more!

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