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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SAVE Money With At Home Manis and Pedis

Almost every woman I know prefers to have pretty nails, but when times get tight it's little luxuries such as going to the nail salon that are the first to go from the budget.  We are going to show you some fantastic products and tips to aid you in not only saving money, but giving yourself a fabulous at home mani and pedi.

The process for both is essentially the same, so I will break it down in easy, bullet steps with some helpful hints along the way.  Remember to find a proper work area.  I typically place a towel on my floor and have all of my mani/pedi supplies in a tub so I can simply grab them when I need to.

At Home Mani Pedi
  • REMOVE OLD POLISH:  Start with removing any old polish you may already have on your nails.  I use a generic version at my local grocery store and it works perfectly for my needs.  TIP: If you have old polish gathered along your cuticles, you can use an orangestick with tissue at the end to help get into the groove to remove.
  • CUT AND FILE NAILS: Fairly self explanatory here, but for a quick tip use your shortest nail as a guide for cutting.  This will make your hands look more uniformed.  As far as filing and shaping....I feel like it's a personal preference.  If you like your nails squared, then square them, if you prefer oval then simply follow/duplicate the curve of your nail base.
  • DEAL WITH THE CUTICLES:  This is a must for me, but not for everyone.  I personally use the OPI Mini Cuticle Nipper.  It's been one of my favorite purchases and prevents me from my old method of biting and ripping (I know...terrible and disgusting way to deal with them so you understand why I appreciate the purchase).  My cuticles are also typically dry, so I use CND Solar Oil because it's the best...and not just because I think so, it was ranked #1 by InStyle Magazine too.  I allow mine to set absorb for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.  Another method for cuticles is to soak and push them back.  You can create a soak with warm water and really any sort of oil although jojoba or almond is most commonly used.
  • EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE:  You can do both of these in one amazing step with One Minute Manicure.  You simply grab a small amount and rub on your hands and feet and then rinse off.  It's AMAZING ladies and gents!  One Minute Manicure is the original and still the best in my opinion.  The bottle will last you for a bit as well and is awesome for cracking heels!
  • CLEAN NAILS:  After applying all of those lovely moisturizers to your nails, you MUST remove them to have a better polish application AND so the polish will also last longer.  Simply take your polish remover and clean the nails prior to beginning the polishing process.
  • APPLY BASE COAT:  Not everyone does this, but they should!  I have found this one simple process will help my polish to last for DAYS longer!  I use OPI Start to Finish - Regular Formula because we all know how I love those 3-in-1 products!  This gem will act as your base coat, top coat, AND is a nail strengthener. 
  • APPLY POLISH:  Again, rather self explanatory here.  One tip is to do several thin coats instead one thick.  This will help your polish to last longer and be less likely to chip.  Wait two minutes between each coat.  Looking for a new color?  Check out some here.
  • CLEAN UP:  I seriously am awful at applying polish.  I just do not possess the patience I guess so there is always a mess to be cleaned.  I simply have Q-Tips in my bucket that I dip in polish remover to clean up.
  • APPLY TOP COAT:  Apply the top coat of the OPI Start to finish - Regular Formula.
  • GIVE TIME TO DRY:  I set my timer for 15 minutes before starting to cook, clean, or put on my shoes for a pedicure.  This is important because why waste all of the time you spent by being too impatient to wait a few minutes to ensure proper drying.
And you're done!  A few other quick tips to remember is that anytime you tear a nail...ALWAYS cut it!  If you have any nail fungal issues check out Dr. G's Clear Nail Antifungal Treatment.  For specific foot concerns check out Footlogix for some amazing options and treatments. 

What are the savings?  Well, depends on what type of salon you go to and what type of manicure or pedicure you typically pay for....but these products last me for several months and I use to go twice a month to the tune of about $100 including tip saving me $100's each year!

Don't forget...you can save 15% on all of these amazing products and plenty of our others by using code: BEACH at checkout.

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Beach Bag Beauty Essentials

I don't know about you, but this hot summer weather has me ready for a trip to the beach!  Before you hit the beach this summer, check out our list of must have products to have in your beach bag... and don't forget your sunglasses and sun hat!

BEFORE & DURING SUN EXPOSURE:

Beach Bag Beauty Essentials: Before & During Sun Exposure


Of course our top recommendation is sunscreen!  Protect your skin now, and it will thank you later.  We carry a wide variety of sunscreens for all skin concerns.  Glytone Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40 has recently been flying off the shelves!  This oil-free, mineral based formula is also lightweight, non-whitening and fragrance free.  It is recommended for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  If you prefer a spray formula, you have to try Cosmedix Reflect SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen!  With peptides and antioxidants, you’ll get superior sun protection in an oil-free, non-chemical formula.  It also provides a matte finish, great for all skin types including oily and sensitive skin.  We're also really excited to have recently brought on EltaMD.  We can't wait to try their amazing sunscreens!

Did you know that UV rays can damage your hair too?  Keep your hair protected and extend its color during a long day in the sun.  Phytoplage Protective Beach Spray locks in moisture and prevents oxidation for both skin and hair.  Want to fight frizz and humidity too?  Keep your hair sleek and protected from UV damage with Keratin Complex Straight Day Spray.  In two convenient sizes, you can have one for home and travel.

If you feel like applying sunscreen is a hassle, work it into your beauty regimen with good-for-you mineral makeup that utilizes sun protectors.  gloMinerals makes it easy and chic with their Protecting Lip Treatment SPF 15.  In three cute summer shades, you’ll protect lips with an added sheer tint.  My favorite is Cosmo, a perfect sheer coral.  And don’t forget your Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Powder Brush!  This convenient pre-filled applicator brush comes in SPF 30 or SPF 50 so you can protect your skin and look flawless for your beach trip.

AFTER SUN EXPOSURE:

Beach Bag Beauty Essentials: After Sun Exposure

Whether you’ve got plans after the beach or you just need a little pick-me-up, Pevonia Botanica Phyto-Aromatic Mist provides instant hydration, while calming skin.  It’s also great to set your makeup so you’ll be ready for after-beach fun in no time! 

Sometimes you need a quick and easy way to freshen up your skin.  Cut through the grit of the day while clearing pores of any excess oil and bacteria with Dermalogica mediBac Skin Purifying Wipes.  The convenient formula can be applied to face and body.  *However – if your skin suffers from a sunburn or you will continue to be in the sun, skip this product for now because it will only cause further sensitivity due to its Salicylic Acid. 

After soaking in the sun and sand, your hair probably needs refreshing too.  A dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to soak up excess oil and give your roots a little more volume.  If you keep up with our blog, you know how much we love the convenience of a dry shampoo – especially Keratin  Complex Volumizing Dry Shampoo Lift Powder.  It’s a pre-filled applicator brush and comes in regular, blonde or brunette.  It's no wonder that it's a hot product!  A new favorite is gloessentials Re-Energize Dry Shampoo.  This aerosol formula applies easily and is my new favorite hair product!  I’ve been using the Brunette as a refresher during the week, and I definitely want to try the Colorless too.  Check out all of our dry shampoo options to see which one is best for you.

Do you have exciting plans this summer?  What are your essential beach bag products?  We want to hear from you!  Leave us a comment or share our blog on Facebook. 

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 Top Father’s Day Gifts

If your dad is anything like mine, he probably cares more about providing to others than pampering himself or really keeping up with a “beauty” regimen.  This Father’s Day, show him that you care about his needs too, and that taking care of beauty needs isn’t just for the ladies.

We have many brands dedicated to providing excellent products just for men:  American Crew, Brave Soldier, Billy Jealousy, d:fi, Grooming Lounge… just to name a few.  When choosing a product for your dad, you’ll choose the best gift if you keep in mind his schedule and activities.

Here is our list of the Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

MUST-HAVES:

Father's Day Gift Ideas: Must-Haves

  • Grooming Lounge Razor & Stand Set:  He’ll love this “fancy” razor for its form and function.  Featuring a polished chrome stand and bone-colored handle, this razor uses convenient Gillette Mach 3 blades for a close shave and easy replacement.
  • American Crew Classic Fragrance:  This popular fragrance utilizing spice and citrus, is a step up from his “old man cologne,” and comes in two sizes – a convenient travel size aluminum bottle and sleek full size glass bottle.  If he travels or visits the gym a lot, go for the travel size.
  • Tend Skin Air Shave Gel:  It may not look like much, but this unique shaving gel is a favorite among men and women.  This gel doesn’t foam up, so you’ll be able to see wear you shave.  It also provides an unbeatable glide, soothes and moisturizes skin, while decreasing the chance of painful nicks, ingrown hairs and razor bumps. 
  • Billy Jealousy Combat Lines Face Moisturizer SPF 30:  As the name suggests, this oil-free moisturizer will fight lines and harmful UVA/UVB rays.  He’ll protect his skin with a refreshing, clean Green Tea scent.   
  • Dermalogica Clean Bar:  If he’s still using bar soap (and chances are he is), introduce him to this soap-free, balanced formula.  It will comfort skin, giving him a deep down clean without stripping skin of essential oils.

MULTI-USE:

Father's Day Gift Ideas: Multi-Use

  • Tao of Man:  For the ultimate convenience, treat your dad to Tao of Man Daily Skin Defense.  This 3-in-1 product is a cleanser, aftershave and moisturizer, giving dad a no-fuss routine.  Its herbal formulation deep cleans to rid skin of dead skin cells and reduce ingrown hairs and redness associated with shaving.  
  • American Crew 3-In-1:  As its name states, it has many uses.  This huge bottle is a great value too as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash.  So it’s perfect for the man who needs a quick morning routine.
  • Billy Jealousy Triple Crown 3-In-1 Body Wash:  This triple threat is a foaming body wash, moisturizer and great shave formula with beneficial antiseptic and antioxidant properties.  After all, no king should be without his crown.

SPOIL HIM:
Father's Day Gift Ideas: Spoil Him

  • Billy Jealousy Golden Gloves:  If your dad works with his hands, give him this reparative and moisturizing hand cream to treat rough, dry hands.  It absorbs quickly and with Tamanu Oil, it provides anti-microbial and anti-viral benefits.
  • Therapearl Heat and Cooling Packs:  If he's an athlete or suffers from aches and pains, treat him to a Neck, Back, or Knee Wrap.  Therapeal even makes a Koozie!
  • Men’s Hair Products:  We carry a wide variety of top selling hair products for men too.  From energizing shampoos to best-selling hair pomades and creams – check out our selection to find his favorite.
  • If you really want to spoil him, treat him to a skincare device to target his concerns or a complete shaving kit.

Do you have any plans for Father’s Day this year or a special memory you'd like to share?  We can also recommend products for the dad in your life.  Leave us a comment – we love your feedback!

Until next time… stay tuned and stay beautiful!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Staff Favorite Products

It's been a while since we did a staff favorite blog and since our staff has doubled over the last two years, we thought this would be a fantastic time to share with all of you some of our absolute favorite products.

Let's start with......

HAIR PRODUCTS

beautystoredepot Staff Favorites: Hair Products
  • Phyto Phyto 7- This is one of Sara's all time favorites and she's definitely not alone!  Phyto 7 is a HOT item and flies off our shelves.  This leave in cream is perfect for long and/or damaged hair.  Sara has seen a dramatic difference in her hair which has kept her hooked!
  • OSiS+ by Schwarzkopf Dust It - If you want some serious volume or BIG Texas hair, then you have got to get this product!  AND....all with no teasing necessary which means less damage to your hair.  This is a fantastic styling product for fine hair.
  • d:fi d:struct - This is one of my husband's all time favorite products!  He loves it because it "gets the job done no matter how long or short my hair is."  When I asked what he meant by this, he explained that when his hair is recently cut, d:struct works perfectly, but that it also works just as well when his hair has grown out and needs to be "patted down" to look decent.  I can attest that when he has "crazy man hair" after he uses d:struct, he really can manipulate the longer hairs and make his hair presentable.  He has been using this product for years now and that definitely says something about this product!
  • GoKnots Detangle Brush - This is a MUST have in our household.  My baby girl has incredibly fine, curly hair that tangles...literally if you touch it!  We use to have complete meltdowns over the simply task of brushing her hair.  Not anymore!  We've been using the GoKnots Detangle Brush with the Petit Phyto Detangling Spray for Children for almost two  years now and having a MUCH happier household. 

FACE AND BODY WASHES
beautystoredepot Staff Favorites: Face and Body Washes
  • Sircuit Skin Savior+ Problem Skin Cleanser - This is a favorite of several of our staff members.  The Skin Savior+ is an ideal cleanser for acne prone skin.  It's gentle enough for daily use, will prevent breakouts, and if you leave it on a little longer it will also provide exfoliation.  Our staff loves how amazingly fresh and clean it leaves your face and the aroma.
  • Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel #1 - This is a favorite in our household.  My husband loves the fact that it lathers so well to penetrate through his beard and I simply love the foam and how smooth and clean my face feels after each use.  This is another incredibly popular product and is often purchased with the Obagi Nu-Derm Toner #2
  • Pevonia Botanica Clarigel Exfoliating Cleanser - This is a brand new staff fave!  One of our inventory assistants recently tried it and has completely fallen in love!  She has always been a fan of exfoliating cleansers, but after she started using her Clarisonic Mia 2, she had to stop using an over powering exfoliating cleanser due to it being just too much and damaging her skin.  She is so excited to have discovered this cleanser as it still contains beads for exfoliation, but they are smaller and less abrasive to her skin.  Her words?  "Perfect Match"!
  • Dermalogica Chroma White TRx Tri-Active Cleanse - If you have been searching for a cleanser that will smooth, cleanse, and help reduce hyperpigmentation, then your search is over!  
  • American Crew Classic Body Wash - Another hubby fave!  He use to only use Irish Springs bar soap, but once I turned him onto this body wash, he has never gone back.  I love the smell too!
  • Glytone Retexturize Exfoliating Body Wash - This is Jade fave.  I use this body wash in conjunction with another to target my lovely body bumps on my upper arms and legs.  It's AMAZING!  Several other staff members use it as well and just love the way it smooths your entire body.

ALL TIME FAVES
beautystoredepot Staff ALL-TIME Favorites
  •  iS Clinical Active Serum -  If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you already know how much we love Active Serum.  It's a true 3-in1 product that helps combat acne, hyperpigmentation, and aging.  
  •  Sircuit Cloud 9 + - This is an absolute must have for those with sensitive skin, but need intense hydration.  The reviews on this product are amazing....with people even stating that they can't live without it and notice a difference in the dryness and depth of wrinkles in their skin when they go only a few days without the product. 
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - Do you love to exfoliate?  Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is an all time favorite for not only our staff, but numerous clients.  It's gentle enough to not irritate sensitive skin while still removing those unwanted dead skin cells to reveal brighter, smoother, and younger looking skin.
  • GrandeLASH -Longing for longer lashes?  Then look no further.  As one of our CSR's simply stated.....IT WORKS!
  • iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex -  Another staff fave for years now!  The results are immediate and just keep getting better.  Helps with every main eye concern of puffiness, hydration, wrinkles, and darkened areas.  Check out the reviews on this spectacular product.
  • Dermalogica mediBAC Oil Control Lotion - Our GM cannot live without her Oil Control Lotion.  She began using it about a month ago and was so incredibly excited.  She has struggled with oily skin for years and couldn't be more excited about finally finding a product that works and leaves her shine free throughout the day.
  • iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum Advance+ - If you have acne, or tend to be a picker, or just have a small blemish....then you gotta try this stuff!  Pro heal is simply amazing and will cut healing down by days and often times even more so for me.

    We want to know - what's YOUR favorite product?  Let us know!  We love any feedback and ideas.  Just respond below in the comments section.

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

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