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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2013 Top Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day is right around the corner!  Being a MaMa myself, I decided to blog about some of my favorite products and products on my Must Have list.


Mother's Day Top Gifts!

  • Clarisonic - If your Mom doesn't already have a Clarisonic, then definitely get her one!  I have yet to talk to one single woman who doesn't fall in love with this device.  There are a variety of different kinds and colors to choose from...so she can show a little of her personality too! 
  • PMD Personal Microderm Device - I only recently started using mine and am already in love!  It's fantastic knowing that I can have a microderm whenever I want from the comfort of my own home.
  • NuFace Facial Toning Device - This is on my Must Have List!  The Nuface Toning Device is considered the absolute best product on the market.  By using microcurrent technology, NuFace will tighten your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, decrease puffiness, firm droopy areas, shrink pores, reduce acne, and even more,  It is safe for all skin types and all ages, so you can't go wrong!
  • LipToxyl Sheer Lip Plumper and GrandeLASH - LipToxyl Sheer Lip Plumper is an awesome plumper AND it comes in a ton of colors!  It's definitely a high seller and is only $18.75!  GrandeLASH is the perfect gift for the woman who wants thicker, stronger, and longer lashes.  (What women doesn't!)  With breakthrough technology you will see results between 4-6 weeks.  It can also be used for eyebrows.  Already a fan of GrandeLASH?  Check out the new lash boosting Grande Mascara!
  • Basq Diaper Bag Gift Set - Do you know a Mom-to-be?  Then this could be the perfect gift for them!  The diaper bag has two large pockets on the front, plus a zippered area inside, and a cute striped changing pad.  In addition, it comes with two amazing Basq products, the Basq Energizing Body Lotion and Basq Resilient Body Toning & Hydrating Oil.  The wonderful things about all Basq products is that they are safe for both Mommy and baby!
  • Avene Sweet Essentials Gift Set - If your Mom has sensitive skin, nothing is sweeter than this gift set!  Featuring a mix of full and travel size products, this set will treat eyes, lips and face.  It also comes in a convenient gift box!
  • TheraPearl Home Spa Experience! -  This pack provides an at home spa experience including a Neck Wrap, Eye-ssential Mask, Soy Candle, and Hand Made Soap.  This is the perfect way for any Mom to sit back and relax!
On a budget?  No worries!  You can always get her a gift certificate so she can choose whatever she prefers!

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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day with All Natural Products

What you put on your skin and hair can be just as important as what you put in your mouth.  Many of us today have incorporated only natural and organic products into our diets for healthier living.  You can also use natural or organic beauty products to address your beauty concerns.  Many clients with specific skin allergies trust their beauty to natural products.  Just beware… when looking for natural products, be sure to do your research and look at the ingredients!  Some products may falsely claim to be all natural.

We carry many all natural products at beautystoredepot.com.  Today I would like to tell you about some of my favorite ones for hair and skin.


Earth Day - Shop All Natural Products

Let’s start with hair!  Phyto has been a trusted botanical hair care line for over 50 years.  Not only are products formulated with 95% botanicals, but they are packaged in eco-friendly aluminum and glass containers that also minimize the use of preservatives.  Phyto products are also made so that you can alternate use to achieve your best results, like rotating between Phytovolume Shampoo and Phytocitrus Shampoo if your concerns are fine, color treated hair.  My absolute favorite Phyto product is Phyto 7 Daily Hydrating Botanical Cream.  I have long, fine hair, and lots of it!  It can be so hard to keep it tangle-free, healthy, shiny and soft.  This is where Phyto 7 does its magic!  After showering, with my hair still damp, I apply a small amount from roots to ends then brush through.  (Helpful hint: when hair is wet, it is more prone to breakage, so only use a brush suitable for wet hair, like Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Brush – another great all natural hair care brand)  This cream hydrates my hair while detangling, and minimizing frizz.  I also love that it’s lightweight so it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair.  After blow-drying, my hair is soft and smooth! 

For an extra treat, I apply a pea-size amount of Phyto 7 on the ends of my hair right before bed.  This helps prevent split ends and breakage.  Though I got my hair cut over a month ago, my ends still have that fresh cut feel to them that I love!  Also, if you have ultra-dry medium or coarse hair, you can get the same benefits from Phyto 9.  You treat your skin to a night cream, so why not your hair?


My favorite all natural skin care products are from Sircuit Skin.  I suffer from dry, sensitive skin, with occasional break outs along my chin and jaw (hormonal acne).  These next products help target my concerns while improving my overall skin tone and texture.  They’re so amazing that I actually get excited about using them!

My skin care regimen with Sircuit starts with the Supermild Sensitive Skin Cleansing Crème.  This cleanser is so luxurious!  I feel like some cream cleansers just sit on my skin and don’t really clean.  But with Supermild, it foams up nicely so you get that good deep down clean without irritating your skin.  It’s fragrance, paraben, sulfate and gluten free and is gentle enough for post treatment, rosacea, and inflamed acne.  On a weekly basis, my skin needs a hydrating mask.  I am so excited that we are now carrying Sircuit Skin Cool Lychee Wa+.  I have never used a facial mask that is this rich, creamy and even yummy looking!  Did you know that dry skin tends to show wrinkles and fine lines at an earlier stage than oily skin?  This hydrating mask will plump and firm skin, providing an overall radiance.  The mask won’t feel dry or cracked on your skin either – just a cool, refreshing feeling. 

For extra moisture, I follow with Sircuit Skin Cloud 9+.  This is another dreamy, creamy treat for my skin – it even smells a bit like cinnamon!  This intense moisturizer will also calm skin, while encouraging cell renewal.  I mostly use this at night, unless my skin needs the extra moisture during the day or winter time.  I get occasional breakouts that turn dry and flaky and are incredibly annoying.  Using this moisturizer at night (following cleansing and treatments), putting a little extra on these flaky spots, really helps soothe and heal them so much quicker!  My skin is instantly soft and moisturized.  Cloud 9 can be used as a nighttime moisturizer or cocktail with your favorite Sircuit Serum for additional anti-aging and hydrating benefits.  Because Sircuit products are highly concentrated and contain no fillers, you will truly get your money’s worth.  A little bit really goes a long way too.  Out of a 4ml sample size, I got 5 uses out of a Cool Lychee Wa sample; the full size is 40ml!  Sircuit’s all natural products treat my dry skin concerns, and with targeted treatments for every skin type, you’re sure to find the right regimen too!

These are just a few of the all natural brands we carry.  Phyto and Sircuit offer products for all beauty concerns, no matter your hair or skin type.  Need a product recommendation?  Let us know in the comments section of this blog.

Celebrate Earth Day and save 20% on orders over $50 with code NATURAL now through April 30!!!

Until next time…. stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Perfect Products for Rosacea: Avene AntiRougeurs

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month and we here at beautystoredepot want to provide our followers with the latest information regarding this skin condition.  Many of you may be asking what exactly is rosacea?  Rosacea is a common, but poorly misunderstood skin disorder that affects over 16 million Americans and MOST of them do not even know it!  Rosacea most commonly occurs after the age of 30 as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead and in some cases can also appear on the chest, neck, scalp, and even ears.  If left untreated, the redness will worsen, blood vessels can begin to appear, and bumps and/or pimples may even develop.  Often times the redness will come and go over periods of time.  In severe cases, the nose can become swollen and bumpy due to excess tissue and eyes can also become affected with redness and irritation.  Fairer complected individuals seem to be at higher risk with primarily women being diagnosed with the condition.  Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but there are treatment options available.

Early detection and treatment can make a great deal of difference.  If you are fairer complected and have times of redness or flushing that come and go, I would recommend starting to treat these issues and/or consult a dermatologist or medical aesthetician.  Rosacea typically begins with these symptoms and then worsens over time.  With a daily regime in place, you can help prevent the symptoms from worsening and also alleviate any discomfort, minimize redness and swelling, and soothe heat sensations.

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

One of our absolute favorite "go to" brands for redness and rosacea products is Avene. Avene offers a fabulous skin regime including a cleanser, sunscreen, mask, and concentrate specifically formulated for redness prone skin.  The Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief Dermo-Cleansing Milk is formulated to directly address the sensitivities of redness prone skin.  The unique combination of ingredients (including the exclusive Avene Thermal Water) work together to gently remove impurities and makeup while also providing comfort, improvements in overall vein health, and helps to minimize the appearance of redness and heat sensations.  There's a reason why Allure magazine voted this a Best of Beauty Award winner in 2010!

We all know that sun protection is an absolute must, but it is even more so for those with redness prone skin.  The Avene Antirougeurs Day Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 25 will not only provide you broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, but will also neutralize and minimize redness while improving circulation AND is clinically proven to reduce the amount of recurrences of flushing and blushing.  Remember, as with any sunblock or suncreen, make sure to reapply this product every two hours when in direct sun exposure.

An absolute must-have product to treat redness directly is the Avene Antirougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate for Chronic Redness.   This concentrate is an intense treatment that increases microcirculation which is important because rosacea is believed to be a microcirculatory disturbance of facial veins.  In addition, this product will decrease the skin's reaction to triggers (spicy foods, hot liquids, etc are often triggers for flushing) while also reducing the appearance of current redness on your skin.  This product is also an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner of 2012, has been featured on the Today Show and is a HOT PRODUCT on our site and for a slew of our clients. 

Many times redness and/or rosacea come with mild to severe discomfort.  Avene Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Repair Mask is an ultra-soothing mask that provides immediate relief.  The mask will not only cool and calm irritated skin, but will also begin to restore and repair the skin.  Even better?  The incredibly soft texture provides easy and a non-irritating application.

Our Medical Aesthetician/Laser Specialist recommends these products regularly.  For severe cases FotoFacials can also be incredibly helpful.  Remember, our helpful and professional staff is always available to assist you with product recommendations and answer any of your skincare questions.

The Antirougeurs products were also featured on the Today Show last year.  Check it out here.

If you or a friend struggle with rosacea or redness...then this is your lucky day!  We are giving away an AMAZING Avene Antirougeurs kit that includes a FULL size of EACH of these amazing products!  The kit is valued at $142!!!  Wanna win?  Simply follow the instructions below and one lucky winner will be randomly selected.  (I also have lots of samples....so almost EVERYONE who replies will be a winner!)

If you would like another chance to win one of these awesome kits, checkout out our Facebook page.

Comment below with the following information:
  • Which product you are most interested in trying
  • What skin concern you are wanting to specifically address
  • Your email address
Until next time.....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Monday, April 8, 2013

iS Clinical Does It Again! Featured in Marie Claire

If you have been following this blog for awhile, you already know how much I love iS Clinical.  The word simply continues to spread as they were recently featured in Marie Claire magazine.   And which three products were featured?  Only my three absolute favorites that we have blogged about probably at least three times: Active Serum, Pro Heal Serum Advance+, and Hydra Cool Serum.  



In the above edition, Marie Claire interviews aesthetician and spa owner, Mamie McDonald.  Mamie has been working on a slew of celebrities skin for almost twenty years.  A listers such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Eva Mendes (just to name a few) have entrusted Mamie with their skincare regime and often frequent her NYC spa.  During the interview, Mamie raves about iS Clinical and states why she suggests these products to many of her clients: "I don't like anything heavy on my face, especially at night because I want my face to breathe.  I interchange three iS Clinical serums, depending on how my skin is feeling.  Pro Heal Serum Advance+ to heal inflammation; Hydra Cool Serum with hyaluronic acid for dehydration; and Active Serum with glycolic, kojic, and salicylic acids, to exfoliate and boost radiance."

I have to say that I am patting myself on the back (just a little bit) for having recommended these products to so many of our clients.  The results simply speak for themselves!  I mean, who doesn't want skin like the absolutely gorgeous Beyonce and Eva Mendes?

I know some of you may be checking out the price and thinking that these three amazing products are out of your price range....but, hear me out for just a second.  If you haven't used any serums before, then do keep in mind that the products will quickly absorb into your skin and with iS Clinical products, it takes only a VERY small amount.  My husband and I share these products and we have had the same bottle of Active Serum for almost six weeks now with a little over 1/3 of the bottle remaining.  In addition, you really gotta try these products for yourself.  The results are amazing and I would be shocked if you weren't hooked with your very first purchase.

If I had to suggest at least one of these products to try (which is difficult since I love them all), it would have to be Active Serum.  This product literally is a 3-in-1 since you can use it for acne, anti-aging, and hyperpigmentation.  I have been a Active Serum guru for over five years now and I can't say enough great things about it.  I use it weekly to keep my pores small, my skin tight, and for the occasional blemish.

Hydra Cool is a fantastic option for oily prone skin, that still needs moisture, but not the clogged pores that so often come along with your traditional moisturizers.  I love the serum because it is light weight, absorbs quickly, DOES NOT break me out, and rehydrates my skin perfectly. 

And.. you can't forget about the Pro Heal Advance+.  This product is my saving grace for when I go a wee bit pickin' crazy on my face.  Note here:  picking is never recommended and I know I shouldn't, but we are honest around here, so I gotta be truthful!  It almost seems like once I start trying to extract that I simply can't stop and go overboard.  This leaves me with not only a ton of red marks, but often times even scabbing as well.  The Pro Heal Advance + reduces the healing time by at least half.  I honestly think even less in most instances.  I have done some doozies on my face in an evening, realized my mistake and run to grab the Pro Heal, put it on and typically by morning several of the irritated areas are gone or pretty darn close. 

Again....the results of these products speak for themselves!  That being said, I have THREE FREE SAMPLES OF EACH PRODUCT TO GIVE AWAY!

Wanna have one?  Just comment below on our blog with the following information:
  1. Which product you most would like to try
  2. Why you want to try the product
  3. Your email address
We will randomly draw winners within a week of this blog posting.  Winners will be contacted via email and will also be announced below once selected.

Remember too, that if you order $75 or more of iS Clinical products and use code: SOCLEAN you will receive a FREE travel size iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.

As always, if you have any skincare, haircare, or nail care questions....would like us to do a specific how to, or product review...just respond below and we will be happy to write about it.

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





Monday, April 1, 2013

Protect Your Skin (and win!!) with Dermalogica

As we are all aware, whether we like it or not, our skin ages as we age.  Since I'm getting closer to 30 than 20, I’m definitely more concerned about anti-aging products and preventative treatments.  I was recently reading an article from Dermalogica about the best skin care regimens per age group.  The most recommended product to use during your 20s (and recommended for all ages) is sunblock!  During this time, it is important to prevent and protect against external factors that cause aging, making it extremely important to protect against harmful UV rays.


With summer coming up and most of us being outside more often, we wanted to tell you a little more about the amazing sunscreens available from Dermalogica (and give you a chance to win one!).

Dermalogica Sun Protection

For skin too sensitive for most sunscreens, you need Dermalogica UltraCalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30.  This sunscreen uses minerals to fight UVA/UVB rays, while calming redness, reducing sensitivity and providing ultimate hydration with Hyaluronic Acid.


We often get comments from clients with oily or blemish-prone skin that they avoid using sunscreens because they’re afraid of making their skin even oilier or causing breakouts.  With the right sunscreen, you can protect skin while actually decreasing oil.  Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF 30 provides UVA/UVB protection, while microsponges absorb and regulate oil.  It also helps soothe inflammation for blemish-prone skin.


If you don’t have any specific skin concerns, but want a great sunscreen to add to your regimen, go for Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50.  This UVA/UVB sunscreen can be used to protect against future damage, while smoothing and softening wrinkles and fine lines.  Antioxidants also target sun spots and uneven skin tone.


What is so incredible about each of these sunscreens is that they all provide broad spectrum protection, and enhanced UV protection with Vitamin C.  Also, they can either be applied directly to skin or you can conveniently mix them with your moisturizer or foundation.  These are just a few sunscreen options from Dermalogica.  Check out more of their sun protection products, including tinted options and sunscreens from every product system.  My favorite option is the Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30.  It evens my skin tone while providing my everyday sun protection, preventing future damage.


We love these sunscreens so much that we want you to try them!  We’re giving away one FULL SIZE of each:  Oil Free Matte SPF 30, Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30, Solar Defense Booster SPF 50.  Each is valued at $48!!!  For your chance to win, follow the steps from our rafflecopter below, and comment to let us know which sunscreen you want most!     

Feel free to comment with any other questions or feedback!

Until next time…stay tuned, stay protected and stay beautiful!!!



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