Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Look Fabulous For Your Valentine!

We decided to write a few separate Valentine's day blogs.....this one which will focus on that beautiful face of yours and next week's which will cover some really easy and SUPER CUTE hairdos.  And off we go....

Look Fabulous for Your Valentine!

To have the perfect pallete to apply your Valentine's date makeup, you need to start with smooth, glowing skin.  I would recommend doing some sort of exfoliation now and then, a few days before your big date.  My all time favorite, gentle, and super yummy smelling exfoliant is glotherapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub.

Now that you have removed those lovely dead skin cells, you can reveal smoother skin that is perfect for applying your makeup!  I always prefer to wash my face and moisturize before putting my makeup on, although if you are working the day of your big date night, you can simply get your base makeup and then add some pizazz later.  If you are needing to cover a few fine lines, wrinkles, or blemishes, then I would recommend a primer. Primers can make a significant difference in coverage. My favorite is the gloMinerals gloFace primer. This should be used before your regular foundation.  Now onto foundation!  I use the Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisture as my SPF, moisturizer, and light tint (foundation).  If you prefer a compact or liquid then we have several options...you can check them out here.  (Quick side note...I recently read an article stating that applying with a sponge is the way to go by gently pressing the foundation onto your skin.)  Now I would use my concealer to hide any blemishes that need some extra attention.  It has only been the last few years that I started to apply my concealer after the foundation and I love it. It blends in so naturally and provides better coverage. 

Once you have your foundation perfected, then you can start with blush.  I am a firm believer in just a little bit of blush.  It gives your cheek bones just enough definition and allows for a more finished look.  The proper way to apply blush is to begin at the apple of your cheek and work your way upward towards your temple.  We have a ton of blushes to choose from.  My personal favorite is anything from gloMinerals.  Check out their selection here.  If you are a bronzer girl, then this would be the time to apply your bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.  A great, compact bronzer is the Xen-Tan Perfect Bronzer.

Now for the eyes.  I use a little concealer on my lids for an even application and definitely would recommend it to anyone.  It provides better application and for the eye shadow to last much longer.  This is when I would also put on my under eye concealer.  The gloMinerals gloUnder Eye Concealer is a great option.  This will act as both your lid and under eye coverage in one convenient compact.  Eyes are such a personal thing...some ladies love to go all out with amazingly bold colors...others prefer a more natural look.  Regardless of what your preference is...we offer a wide range of shadows from natural to bold and everywhere between.  I go the more natural route throughout the week and then darker when I am venturing out.  A great idea is to get a compact that offers neutral and a darker color so you can have all of your shadow in one compact.  If you're wanting a good smoky eye, then check out our previous Fall Smoky Eye blog with step by step instructions.  Moving on to eye liner.  I use to be a devout black eye liner pencil girl, but recently I started using a brown eye shadow as my liner and I love it!  It's much more subtle.  Now it's mascara time!  I am a mascara Mama.  If I am wearing makeup, then I have some sort of mascara on at all times.  If you're not a curler, then you may want to give it a whirl.  I don't curl my lashes everyday, but for a big date night I always do!  I have fallen in love with the blinc Heated Lash Curler

Finally, the lips.  My Mums feels the way about lips that I feel about mascara.....it's a must!  She lines her lips with a pencil and then uses a lipstick.  She's incredibly impressive with her application as well....she doesn't even need a mirror!  I however, am a gloss girl.  I just prefer the look of a shiny lip with just a hint of color. 

And presto you're done! 

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day and until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top 5 Moisturizers Under $50

Winter can reap havoc on our skin.  The cold temperature and wind can not only dry out our skin, but also chap and/or even cause flaking.  Coming right out of the holiday season, I know my pocket book has definitely tightened up a bit so I am focusing on FANTASTIC moisturizers for under $50.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask by commenting on the blog.  We are happy to help with product selection and suggestions.

Top 5 Moisturizers Under $50 from beautystoredepot.com

1.  Osmosis Skincare Immerse ($44): Immerse is an intense hydrator that can be used for light dry skin all the way to severely dry skin.  For regular use, simply take two drops (it takes very little, so this should last awhile) and apply to your cleansed face.  For individuals with extreme dryness, you can add the two drops to your current moisturizer for even more hydration.  This is the perfect product for someone who has dry skin year around, but possibly it worsens during the winter months.

2.  Cosmedix Rescue ($42): This is the perfect product for individuals who suffer with severe dry/eczema or irritated skin and for those who have recently undergone laser treatments.  My favorite thing about this moisturizer is that you can use it as your daily moisturizer AND a mask.  To use it as a mask, simply apply all over your face and leave it on for several minutes or even overnight.  The reviews on our site are excellent for this product with one of our users stating that they loved this moisturizer because it didn't break them out.  Always a plus in my book!

3.  Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer ($45): If you are a guy or gal who struggles with keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day...then this is your moisturizer!  This moisturizer is unique since it contains Hydromanil, a technologically advanced ingredient, which retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. So not only does it provide immediate moisturization, it also continues to hold water in the layers of your skin over time.....8 hours to be exact based on a recent study.

4.  glotherapeutics SPF 40-Facial Moisturizer ($30.60): If you're a simple guy or gal who wants to use minimal products, then this is a fantastic option!  This moisturizer not only delivers moisture to your skin, but it also provides you with your daily SPF of 40...AND has peptides with anti-aging benefits!

5.  Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 - Light ($44):  If you have followed our blog for long, you already know how much I love this product.  I am a simple gal and a busy, working Mom...so I need as few of steps in the morning as possible.  This amazing product provides me with my tinted base, daily SPF, AND moisture.  You really can't go wrong.  This is definitely a Jade fave!

If you have any questions, concerns, or how to's you would like us to cover, please do not hesitate to respond by commenting below.  We always LOVE feedback!

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

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2012 Recap: Our Top 10 Products

We're back!  I am sure you guys may have appreciated the short little break after two blogs a week for 7 weeks.  :)  What better way to ring in the new year, than with summing up our TOP TEN of 2012.  If you have a beauty New Year's resolution...remember that our courteous staff is always available for any questions you may have.  Just give us a call at: 1-800-926-5219. 

2012 Recap: Our Top 10 Products!

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System:  Of course this amazing skin cleansing device is on our top products list – and should be on yours too!  Not only does it provide unmatchable levels of cleansing, it actually helps reduce pores, provide smoother and younger looking skin, and creates a smooth surface for your skin care products to be better absorbed.  This investment will save you more in the long run as it increases the effectiveness of your skin care products!

Lerosett Acne Clay Treatment: We have featured this product many times due to its incredible results.  It can be used as either an all-over mask or a spot treatment for troublesome blemishes.  It also helps reduce excess oil.  Another benefit – it’s all natural!  The reviews of this product from satisfied customer speak for itself!

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant:  Dermalogica has many top selling products from all of their skin care regimens.  This one continues to fly off the shelves!  Great for all skin types, this rice-based powder exfoliates dull skin, brightens and unclogs pores when activated.  It’s even been shown to lighten pigmentation and age spots.  Don’t just take our word for it… Daily Microfoliant was also recently featured as one of Oprah’s Top Picks!

Cosmedix Opti Crystal:  This hot product is an anti-aging double threat, repairing fine lines around your eyes AND lips.  As we age, this delicate area can become thinner, creating fine lines and dark under-eye circles.   With Alpha Lipoic Acid, Copper Complex and liquid crystals, this serum fights aging, while brightening and protecting against further DNA damage!

iS Clinical Active Serum:  We include this powerful serum in all of our must-have top product lists – because we truly believe in it!  We see the results from targeting acne, aging and hyperpigmentation.  A total 3-in-1 serum, it works within the dermal layers right at a cellular level.  Check out the reviews on Active Serum to see what others are saying about this “miracle” serum!

Sircuit I.Cee.U.:  This remarkable eye product began flying off the shelves after being featured in GQ Magazine as an instant fix for “hangover eyes.”  With all natural ingredients, you can expect refreshed, younger looking eyes, decreased puffiness and reduced fine lines and wrinkles.  It also stimulates collagen production so you’ll see immediate and long-term results.

Phytodefrisant:  Frizz can be a constant struggle for many of us.  Whether from natural unruly hair, or due to weather conditions, we fight our frizz battles with Phytodefrisant.  This heat-activated balm softens and protects hair, providing the ultimate sleek blow-out.  Our customers are constantly raving about this amazing product, check out their reviews to learn more!

d:fi d:struct: This top rated hair cream provides moisture, control, softness and a flexible hold.  Whether looking to tame dry, unmanageable hair or add style to a short haircut, customers of all hair lengths can’t seem to get enough of this moldable styling cream!

PMD Personal Microderm Device:  For more serious skin concerns, this is the ultimate skin device!  Your own at-home microdermabrasion device will provide better skin tone and texture, combatting dark spots, acne scarring and large pores.  With customizable applicator tips, you’re sure to get the treatment your skin deserves!  Reveal better, healthier, more beautiful skin!  Is the PMD right for you?  Find out and get your perfect skin.

Osmosis Catalyst with SRGF-7:  The science behind this amazing product for hyperpigmentation shows that its combination of essential amino acids and minerals works to actually repair DNA damage, while aiding in the production of proteins and antioxidants.  What does this mean for you?  With potent ingredients like L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), you will see a visible improvement in your skin tone and texture as Catalyst works to reduce pigmentation and capillaries.  It also aids in anti-aging by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.  It’s so amazing that Les Nouvelles Esthetiques has awarded it 2013’s Best Product for Hyperpigmentation!

We LOVE suggestions!  Please feel free to respond with any blog topics you would like us to specifically cover in 2013.  How to's, specific skin conditions, etc...

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

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