Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Win Your Battle Against Dry Skin!

During the winter, for a lot of people, it is a constant battle with dry and/or itchy skin. Many people may normally not have dry skin, but are now temporarily plagued with it. I am one of these people.

When it comes to the winter, I was lost for many years as to how to get the dry and itchy skin under control. I  have found two lines of products from Bioelements and Avene that have helped to overcome dry skin.

I would suggest to start off with a kit. Kits are a great way to give a whole, basic regimen of skincare products for your needs. It can be challenging to figure out which products work best with each other and can get very overwhelming.

The Bioelements Great Skin in a Box Starter Kit - Very Dry and Dry Skin includes  Moisture Positive Cleanser, Power Peptide Revitalizing Toner Spray, Crucial Moisture, and  Measured Micrograins (a gentle cleanser, spritz of moisture, creamy moisturizer and an excellent exfoliate). The combination of products in this kit gently removes dead skin cells while hydrating and relieving skin from irritation. It also smooths skin by reducing fine lines.

Another great kit to kick the dry out of your skin is the Avene Revitalizing Hydration Kit. This kit is great for dry skin along with very sensitive skin. This kit includes Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream, Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum, and Avene Thermal Spring Water (a moisturizing cream, hydrating serum, and a spritz of moisture). This kit delivers long-lasting hydration while it reduces redness and unmistakable signs of early aging.

Both of these kits are wonderful with clearing up the winter drought and to end the season with a little holiday hydration. If you have dry to severely dry skin, take a look at these kits, along with the individual products.


See more tips and information in Beauty 101.

What skin concerns do you encounter in the winter and spring?  Let us know how we can help!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Gift Guide 2014: For the Woman that Has Everything

We've all got that friend or family member that really just seems to have everything... but does she really?  With our list of innovative beauty products and tools, you're sure to find a gift that will wow her.

Gifts for the Woman that Has Everything

If she has "everything," she probably appreciates products that deliver instant satisfaction.  The G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch provides results in just 20 minutes and is definitely a hot new beauty innovation.  This 5-pair pack will smooth any eye concerns and save her a trip to the dermatologist.

Speaking of eyes... She may already have an eyelash curler and a favorite mascara, but does she have a heated lash curler?  The Blinc Heated Lash Curler is sleek, compact and heat-controlled for the perfect curl every time.

Airbrush technology has been utilized in makeup for awhile now.  For an easier, everyday version, give her Pur Minerals Liquid Veil 4-in-1 Spray Foundation.  It's easy to choose the right color with 4 available shades.  She'll love the unique formula (with Liquid Crystals and Ceretin Complex) and the extraordinary look it provides!  Pair it with the Liquid Chisel Brush for the perfect gift set.

A definite innovation in health and beauty is Osmosis Harmonized Water.  There are a variety of options to treat different ailments from the inside out.  The most popular options we see are Natural Defense, Digestive Health, UV Protection, and Hangover.  We can guarantee that she doesn't have any of these in her "everything."

Another unique product she isn't likely to have yet is the brand new iS Clinical Youth Serum.  The woman that has everything will appreciate its immediate and long-term results with patented technology and highly advanced growth factors.  This pretty little bottle will definitely wow her!

For an all-in-one skincare gift set, choose Sircuit Skin The 7 Essentials Sample Collection.  Though she may already have some travel products, she will absolutely love the beautiful and innovative product packaging, not to mention the incredible results of these all natural products!

Spoil her gift:  The woman that has everything is probably always trying the latest and greatest gadget.  For the mani/pedi lover, spoil her with the Clarisonic Pedi.  If she's more into skincare and loves a clean, chic design, she'll be thrilled to receive the NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device.  It's an at-home 5 minute facelift in an updated, smaller design.

Follow our blog for more helpful gift guides and exclusive details on our Winning Wonderland 2014 Holiday Giveaways!  Enter to win our $2000+ Holiday Glow exclusive giveaway now through December 31!!!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Glow: Top Tips for Glowing Skin

The holidays are always a whirlwind time.  They bring about gatherings and gifts, food and fun, and oftentimes a whole lot of stress!  The last thing you want to worry about is how you look.  Leave that stress to us and follow our tips on achieving the perfect Holiday Glow.

Top Tips for Glowing Skin this Holiday Season

Start with a clean canvas:
Every now and then, we'll admit that even we get a little lazy with our skincare.  What helps us stay on track is a multi-tasking, and skin correcting cleanser like iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.  This handy face wash will remove your makeup (even tough eye makeup!), deep cleans pores, acts a toner and exfoliant all in one!!  It makes your morning and night routine so much easier!

Scrub away dead skin cells and unclog pores:
Once a week or every other week, incorporate a mask or peel into your routine.  A favorite of ours, especially around the fall and winter seasons is SIRCUIT Skin Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.  First off, it smells divine!  But what really counts is it's amazing benefits - improves skin tone and texture, fights blackheads/blemishes, increases collagen and elastin, improves hyperpigmentation and improves skin health.  Using once a week for 10-15 minutes will definitely get your skin a-glowing!

Other faves are Bioelements Pumice Peel, which utilizes pumice crystals and Vitamin C and Cellex-C Speed Peel Facial Gel, with natural exfoliants of bamboo extract, fig extract and bitter orange peel granules.

Target trouble areas:
If we told you that you could firm, lift, tighten and plump your skin in as little as 5 minutes a day, would you be interested??  We thought so!  Our go-to anti-aging tool is the NuFACE Trinity (and when traveling, the NuFACE Mini).  Both devices also stimulate collagen and give your skin a fresh, youthful glow.  (Check out our exclusive experience with the Mini)

If you're more troubled with age spots, dark spots, acne or scarring, your key to glowing skin is the PMD Personal Microderm Device.  This handy tool gives you professional results in the comfort of your own home, how awesome is that?!  Add iS Clinical Active Serum to your regimen to further promote a healthy glow and smooth, clear skin.

Replenish and reinforce skin:
Once you've got a clean canvas, the best way to promote an overall glow is with your treatment serums.  By thoroughly cleansing your skin and using additional treatments like a peel or skincare device, you will increase the penetration of your other skincare products, thus increasing results!

Our two favorite skin-strengthening serums are Osmosis Skincare Replenish and SIRCUIT Skin O.M.G.+.  It's fair to say that you can imagine the results of these products based off their names.  Replenish is packed full of antioxidants to repair your skin and protect against further damage.  It's also a great alternative for clients sensitive to Vitamin A.  O.M.G.+ also utilizes antioxidants plus Epidermal Growth Factors to supercharge your results to give you healthier and more radiant skin than you've ever had!  We hear from EVERY client that uses this serum how much of a difference it has made in their skin.

Dry skin = dull skin.  Complete your Holiday Glow with a rejuvenating moisturizer like our favorites, Osmosis Quench and SIRCUIT Skin Cloud 9+

Now that we've given you our tips, would you like a chance to win ALL of these incredible products and MORE, valued at over $2000?!?!  Enter our Winning Wonderland - Holiday Glow Giveaway between now and December 31!  Visit beautystoredepot.com for full giveaway details and to see all the amazing prizes!  Good luck!!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gift Guide 2014: For the Groomed Guy

Don't forget the men when beauty gift-shopping this year!  True, it may not be your first thought, but pampering him will definitely show that you care.  If you're shopping for a well-groomed guy who likes to take that extra step in perfecting his appearance, check out this week's gift guide.

Gift Guide for the Groomed Guy

If he's a multi-tasker, Tao of Man Daily Skin Defense is his all-in-one cleanser, aftershave and moisturizer.  It's also all natural and the glass bottle will certainly look chic on his sink.

If he enjoys the occasional mani/pedi, treat him to Pevonia Botanica Multi-Active Hand Cream and Foot Cream.  These spa products will pamper him without seeming too "girly."

To help buff away the daily grit and grime, Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub is the perfect gift!  It's a creamy, foaming and super polishing scrub with the great natural scents of Sandalwood and Patchouli.  Just be forewarned, you'll probably find yourself stealing it from him!

Is your guy "beardiful" or clean-shaven?  For the beardiful beau, keep him looking great with Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit.  This 3-piece set cleanses, tames and smooths facial hair.  For the clean-shaven man, he'll love getting pampered with Billy Jealousy Whipped Cream Traditional Shave Lather.  Pair it with an old-fashioned razor for the perfect gift set.

To keep his skin looking and feeling great, Sircuit Skin Immaculate Mist controls oil without drying skin, helps blocks UVB rays, while providing anti-aging and anti-acneic benefits.  Its spray formula is also super convenient and fits easily into a gym bag.

Spoil him gift: Clarisonic Mia.  This device will improve his grooming routine and he'll love how great his skin looks and feels!  Its compact size and one button feature also make it easy to use.

Follow our blog for more helpful gift guides and exclusive details on our Winning Wonderland 2014 Holiday Giveaways!  Enter to win our $1800+ His & Her exclusive giveaway now through December 14!!!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

His & Her: Skincare You Can Share

I don't know about you, but my hubby isn't always that concerned with what grooming products he uses.  I can't help but laugh when I see him sneaking into some of my products.  While some beauty products may be geared for just men OR women, most skincare can be enjoyed by everyone.

His & Her Skincare Tips

Facial Skincare Essentials:
For a solid skincare regimen, you need a few key products - a cleanser, treatment serum, and moisturizer:
  • A great all around facial cleanser, like Brave Soldier Clean Skin, will gently remove dirt, sunscreen, and makeup.  We keep a bottle of it in our shower because it's a great body lather too!  I recently was able to get my husband to try my Clarisonic.  Your hubby may be hesitant at first too, but with customizable brush heads, you can both have the ultimate cleansing experience!  The Clarisonic will also prep his skin for shaving and helps prevent any ingrown hairs or razor bumps.  (I currently use the Luxe Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head, while his go-to is the Deep Pore.)
  • Even though we're both still in our late 20's, we know we've gotta take care of the skin we have now to help prevent future lines and wrinkles.  While he doesn't always stick to a regimen, we both love the super effective SIRCUIT Skin Sircuit Addict+.  This firming serum gives incredible antioxidant protection and plumps the skin.  Even though I have dry sensitive skin and he has more oily, rough skin, we both still benefit from this potent and pure product.
  • My favorite daily moisturizer is CosMedix Hydrate.  It's lightweight but nourishing and contains natural SPF protection.  Hubby uses it sometimes during the winter when his skin is drier from the cold air.

Body Essentials:
Many of us tend to neglect the skin on our body, but our bodies can also experience common skin issues like clogged pores, bumps, or dryness.  You'll find the G.M. Collin Citrus Fresh Shower Gel and Billy Jealousy Illicit Pearlized Body Wash in our shower.  Both are a treat for the skin and smell great!  After showering, I have to apply body lotion or my skin gets so dry!  My favorite right now is G.M. Collin Body Hydrating Cream because it's super creamy and fragrance-free.

Shaving Essentials:
Whether it's shaving your face or your legs, we all know the importance of a good quality shave product.  Though my hubby is hooked on the Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit right now, he prefers Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream when he feels the urge to shave.  I secretly borrowed it once and now I'm hooked too!  It's a great smooth shave for face or body.

Extra, but Must-Have:
One product that is ALWAYS in our medicine cabinet is Brave Soldier First Aid Antiseptic Healing Ointment.  It heals cuts, scrapes and burns so much faster and its ingredient list gives me peace of mind.

Now that we've given you our tips, would you like a chance to win ALL of these incredible products and MORE, valued at over $1800?!?!  Enter our Winning Wonderland - His & Her Giveaway between now and December 14!  Visit beautystoredepot.com for full giveaway details and to see all the amazing prizes!  Good luck!!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gift Guide 2014: For the DIY Lady

We all know at least one woman who prefers to DIY than buy.  She might also think that beauty products are too extravagant.  Show her how to treat herself and inspire that DIY attitude with these handpicked items from this week's gift guide.

Gift Guide for the DIY Lady

Why go to the nail salon when you can get the perfect manicure at home?  One Minute Manicure exfoliates, nourishes and moisturizes hands & nails and sure beats having to sit in a stuffy salon.  It comes in a variety of fragrances and also makes an awesome foot and body scrub!

Speaking of scrubs, she'll need a great exfoliant for her face too.  Since the DIY gal usually likes putting forth that extra step to get things done, she'll appreciate the unique formulation of G.M. Collin Active Exfoliant Powder.  After mixing with a little water, she can build this exfoliant into a luxurious mousse.  She'll love the DIY aspect and the incredible results she'll see with her skin!

She can also customize her beauty routine with Cosmedix Pure C.  She'll love the benefits of this pure antioxidant product (especially if she's working in the sun a lot), and she can mix the crystals into any other skincare product for a truly DIY approach.

Use a tanning bed?  Not for the DIY-er!  A great self tanner will keep her skin glowing year-round.  Create a gift set for her with Xen-Tan Perfect Blend, Body Sponge and Deluxe Tanning Mitt.  The Body Sponge is great for prepping/priming skin before tanning, while the mitt helps give an even application.  The Perfect Blend also features a customizable dial so she can increase her tan however she wants, the perfect DIY!

Would the DIY-er pay for expensive lash extensions or never-ending supplies of mascara?  We doubt it.  All it takes to get luscious lashes at home in as little as 4 weeks is GrandeLASH, a top rated product because it works!

With perfect lashes, she'll also want sculpted brows.  The gloMinerals gloBrow Collection includes all the tools she'll need to create the look herself, in a convenient zippered bag.

If she's been tackling lots of projects, her hands might really be feeling it.  Give her hands, cuticles and any other area needing nourishment the special treat of Sircuit Skin Sircurity Repair and Recovery Balm.

Spoil her gift:  The DIY-er will love any skincare device!  For the ultimate cleansing at home, go for a Clarisonic.  To keep the delicate eye area smooth and wrinkle-free, she'll love the Clarisonic Opal.  For microdermabrasion at home, the PMD is the ultimate in DIY!

Follow our blog for more helpful gift guides and exclusive details on our Winning Wonderland 2014 Holiday Giveaways!  Enter to win our $1500+ All Eyes on You exclusive giveaway now through November 30!!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All Eyes on You: 3 Steps to Radiant Eyes

We've all heard the saying that the eyes are the window to the soul... whether you agree with the sentiment or not, you probably spend quite a bit of your beauty routine focusing on your eyes.  To keep your peepers in tip-top shape, follow our 3 easy steps.

Top Tips for Flawless, Radiant Eyes

Everyday we put our eyes through a lot of strain and exercise.  Couple that with issues like allergies, surgery or swelling, and your eyes really need some relief!  Our go-to for pampering the eye area is TheraPearl Eye-ssential Mask.  It can be frozen or heated to provide incredible relief.  Say goodbye to puffiness, dryness, swelling or inflammation.  They also make a great stocking stuffer!

A fave among men AND women is SIRCUIT Cosmeceuticals I.Cee.U.  After being featured in GQ Magazine, this eye gel quickly became a favorite for its intense plumping and firming benefits.  Some clients even noticed results in just a few days!

When we need a super quick fix, we turn to G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch.  In just 20 minutes, this handy little pack reduces pesky fine lines, crow's feet and dark circles.  It's perfect when you need to really wow the crowd at a holiday event or family pictures!

If you're also battling lines around your mouth, G.M. Collin Eye Contour Corrector is a great two-in-one for the difficult eye and lip area.

Most people prefer to emphasize either their lips or their eyes with makeup.  We love emphasizing the eyes because there are so many different techniques you can use!

Right now we are so in love with the holiday kits from Pur Minerals!  The perfect little set to get "all eyes on you" is the Deck the Eyes Eye Defining Duo.  This must-have set includes the customer favorite Big Look Mascara and the foolproof Liquid Precision Eyeliner.  Be sure to check out all of their kits for your holiday shopping (and for yourself!!)

Of course we love to emphasize the eyes with eyeshadow!  There are SO many incredible colors and formulas these days, it's hard to choose a favorite.  To cut down on products, we like using palettes or sets, like gloMinerals Alloy Eye Collection.  This eight-color palette has beautiful shimmer and matte shades that are perfect for winter!  Create endless looks for day or night with this fabulous set!

For a smaller palette, check out Osmosis Colour Eye Shadow Trio.  Each set contains three colors to easily create a complete look.

Now that we've given you our tips, would you like a chance to win ALL of these incredible products and MORE, valued at over $1500?!?!  Enter our Winning Wonderland - All Eyes on You Holiday Giveaway between now and November 30!  Visit beautystoredepot.com for full giveaway details and to see all the amazing prizes!  Good luck!!

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Gift Guide 2014: For the Jetsetting Lady

For those us that are lucky enough to get to travel for our jobs or just for fun, keeping up with a beauty regimen while on-the-go can be a hassle.  If you've got a Jetsetting Lady on your gift list, show her how thoughtful you are with this week's gift guide.

Spending hours on a plane or traveling to a different climate can really dry out her skin.  Avene Thermal Spring Water is an instant refreshment for face and body, comes in three convenient sizes and also soothes sunburns and sets makeup!  Dry cuticles can be treated with a compact cuticle stick.  We love the rich, 24-hour time released formula of Cuccio Naturale Cuticle Conditioning Butter Stick Milk And Honey.  It's also small enough for her carry-on.

Lugging around your full skincare regimen can be a pain.  Make it easier for her with one of Bioelements Travel Light Kits.  With four different varieties and flight-friendly sizes, it makes her trip just a little bit easier and helps her keep up with her skincare while on the go.

Condense her routine even further with Sircuit Skin Lavish.  This multi-use dry oil absorbs quickly to deeply nourish dry skin and hair.  The packaging is so cute and definitely gift-worthy.

Makeup can be made more efficient too with multi-tasking products.  She will love Pur Minerals Wake Up Brow Pencil, which is a foolproof brow pencil on one end and eye brightening pencil on the other.  The 5-piece Pur Minerals Start Now Kit is also perfect for travel with compact sizes of pressed foundation, neutral primer, Mineral Glow bronzer, mascara and (full-size) Chisel Brush.

When traveling from one spot to the next, who has time to wash your hair?  Not to mention, if she's on the road, she may not have access to a full shower.  The simple and quick solution is dry shampoo!  GloEssentials Re-Energize Dry Shampoo is a favorite around our office for its effectiveness, ease of use and great scent.

Whether she needs the extra pampering after a long trip or while settling in at her hotel, she'll love the Therapearl Eye-ssential Mask.  It helps treat puffy eyes, allergies, headaches and so much more!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Gift Guide 2014: For the Outdoorsman

When you're shopping for the rugged Outdoorsman, you probably don't think about beauty products.  Believe it or not, his skin definitely needs some real pampering!  For products that fit his needs without going out of his comfort zone, check out this week's gift guide.

Gift Guide 2014:  For the Outdoorsman

To help deal with scratches and cuts while on-the-go, Brave Soldier Crash Paks are a must-have and make a great stocking stuffer.  This handy little kit has everything he'll need for his next outing, all in a waterproof bag.  (A favorite around our office!)

You may have to remind him to use his sunscreen.  EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 is the perfect solution to keep his skin protected in an 80 minute water and sweat resistant formula.  It can also be applied to wet or dry skin, so it's the ideal sunscreen for all outdoor activities.

To wash away the sunscreen, dirt and grime, he'll need a good face wash.  Swap out his usual bar of soap for Grooming Lounge Mug Cleaner Face Wash.  This award-winning cleanser also preps the skin for shaving.  He may not know the benefits of a good face scrub, but he'll certainly feel it after using Billy Jealousy Adrenaline Junkie Energizing Scrub.  It will definitely scrub away any outdoor remnants, smells like peppermint, and the name is right up his alley!

A good body scrub goes a long way too!  To treat his rough and weathered skin, Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub is a great choice.  It scrubs away his daily adventures, tackling rough or calloused areas and reduces signs of sun damage. 

With so much time spent outside, it's likely that his hands are needing some special care too.  Instantly smooth cracked, chapped hands with Billy Jealousy Golden Gloves.

Spoil him gift: Brave Soldier Ultimate Shaving Set.  This four piece set includes a full size shaving cream, face & body wash, aftershave, and SPF lip protectant.  A great gift set for any man!

Follow our blog for more helpful gift guides, and exclusive details on our Winning Wonderland 2014 Holiday Giveaway!!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Masks that Scare Away Imperfections

Looking to send blemishes, dark spots and wrinkles running? There’s a mask for that! Whatever your skin concern, the right corrective formula can put your complexion back on the path to perfection.

Concern: Blemishes and Breakouts
Correcting acne-prone, oily and combination skin requires careful balance and exfoliation to keep pores clean and trouble free. Clear by CosMedix targets pore-clogging debris with a concentrated mix of salicylic acid—a known blemish-fighting beta hydroxy acid—purifying sulfur, and highly absorbent minerals. Used weekly (more frequently for excessively oily skin), this detoxifying mask can help you achieve the dramatic results you want sooner.

Concern: Dull Skin
As we age, our skin takes longer to turn over. As dead cells build up, they can create a dull, lifeless looking complexion. Using an exfoliating mask, such as CosMedix Pure Enzymes, regularly can help. Packed with natural cranberry enzymes and lactic acid—an alpha hydroxy acid commonly found in milk—Pure Enzymes gently melts away dead skin buildup and enhances turnover to help all types of aging skin regain their youthful glow.

Concern: Clogged Pores
While deep cleaning is the best way to combat clogged pores, it’s important not to dehydrate the skin in the process. Plant-based cleansers, like Purity Clean, offer a gentle yet highly effective alternative to harsh, moisture-robbing cleansers. Combining lactic acid, tea tree oil, lavender and peppermint, Purity Clean even works as a clarifying mask when applied at full strength for one to three minutes before rinsing.

Concern: Irritation
Irritated skin is exceptionally vulnerable to damage and requires a delicate approach to keep things from worsening. Rescue, by CosMedix, offers just the solution. Formulated with shea butter, willow herb and cherry extracts, this all-natural mask works to immediately calm visible signs of irritation—whether from aggressive topical treatments or everyday stress.

Which CosMedix mask is your go-to?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Make-Up, Not Just a One Time Use!

Every year we purchase over priced face paint and hair products, which we only use for the one day and discard. Well I have found a few great products that can help you get the look that you want, but can still use after Halloween!

Eye Shadow:

gloMinerals gloEye Shadow comes in several shades for every look. They are rich hues, go on smooth and will not create that annoying crease line on your eye lid. You will have those great colorful eyes all night long either for a casual day, a day at work, a night out or Halloween!

Osmosis Colour Water Resistant Eye Pencil is perfect for everyday use, but is a purrrrfect face paint for all of those intricate cat costumes or anything that you need to have a good thick or thin line on your face. This Eye pencil comes in Black, Charcoal, Navy, Plum and Brown.



Diva Chics Be Glitzy Glitter Spray for Hair and Body is great if you need that touch of shine! This hair and body glitter spray can be applied to hair, body and clothes. It sprays on smooth so that you can get great coverage  for a night out on the town, just a little sparkle pick me up or for that angelic Halloween costume that just needs that extra touch! ** This is also a great product for children, either for dress up or dance sports!**


Hair Spray: 

Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray will lock in the volume that you desire, while also keeping out all the humidity. This hair spray will hold your look all day, but still gives you a workable style. So whether you are going out or dressing up for Halloween, get the volume you want without hair feeling like a wig that will only frustrate you all day/night long!


For more tips, tricks and advice visit Beauty 101.

Hopefully these product tips can help you have a great Halloween and continue to enjoy after!  Be safe and rock your costumes!

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

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Go Flake-Free This Fall

With the change of seasons, you're likely to see a change in your hair and skin.  One of the most common hair concerns that we receive questions about is dandruff.  Dandruff can be very annoying and sometimes embarrassing, but if you learn how to treat it, you can be flake- and worry-free!

A flaky scalp isn't necessarily dandruff.  Several scalp conditions like eczema or psoriasis can give the appearance of dandruff.  If you're suffering from severe, scaly plaque-like flaking, or see some of these patches on other areas of your body, you may want to consult a dermatologist for proper diagnosis.

It's a common misconception that dandruff is caused by a dry scalp.  While it can be, dandruff appears most frequently with an oily, irritated scalp.  Due to the changes in weather, you could experience either.  Luckily, there are several treatments that address both issues and help to prevent future dandruff.

Since dandruff occurs on the scalp, it only makes sense to use a scalp treatment.  No matter the cause of your flakiness, or even if you just want to promote a healthy scalp, you can benefit from Phytopolleine Scalp Stimulant Elixir.  It's potent botanicals will purify and balance your scalp.  It can be used prior to shampooing or as an intense overnight treatment.

The next step is cleansing.  When choosing an anti-dandruff shampoo, look for one with Salicylic Acid.  This ingredient exfoliates the scalp, removing built-up dead skin cells or flakes.  Popular shampoos include Glytone by Ducray Kertyol P.S.O. Scaly Scalp Shampoo, which also calms redness and itching, and Phytheol Intense Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, a botanical shampoo with clinical studies of 100% effectiveness.

To effectively treat your dandruff, follow your product instructions precisely.  Since you are essentially treating a condition, you'll need to lather, rinse and repeat.  The first washing preps your scalp for treatment, while the second wash gets left on 2-4 minutes to do its magic.  Different formulas will provide different instructions on the frequency of use, but be sure to follow these guidelines as well for optimum results.

A few other factors to keep in mind:
  • Are your styling products flaking off in your hair?  If so, your solution could be as simple as finding a new styling product.
  • Are you washing your hair enough... or too much?  If you aren't washing enough - oil, dirt, styling products and skin cells can build up, causing dandruff.  If you wash too much - you can strip your hair of its natural oils, actually causing your scalp to create more oil.  If built up, this excess oil production can cause dandruff.
  • Is your water too hot?  We all know a hot shower can be very relaxing, but if it's too hot, you can damage your scalp or dry it out, causing dandruff.

See more tips and information in Beauty 101:  Dandruff: Causes and Treatments.

What hair concerns do you encounter in the fall and winter?  Let us know how we can help!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

iS Clinical Pro-Heal

We all have different skin types, concerns and certain beauty preferences.  What works for one person won't necessarily work for the next.  Because I have tried so many products and have finally reached the point where I appreciate what I see in the mirror, I wanted to tell you my personal skin story.  (Jump to the end for an incredible discount too!)

For the past few years I have struggled with acne along my chin and jawline.  It wasn't until I started working with beautystoredepot and began learning about beauty conditions that I figured out I was fighting hormonal acne.  Not only was I suffering from hormonal acne, but I would constantly pick at these blemishes.  I couldn't stand having a pus-filled pimple or dry, flaky scab on my face.  Constantly picking at these places wasn't helping them heal or go away (of course!) and was actually spreading bacteria.

About five months ago, I wasn't doing anything particularly different with my skincare, but I did notice that my skin was clearing up.  A short time later, I realized it was because I'm pregnant!  My skin went through the original "glow," then a bit later, started breaking out again.  I was also planning our upcoming wedding and like all brides, wanted my skin to be absolutely perfect - but now I had to be especially careful about ingredients and side effects.

Recalling the training we had with iS Clinical, I remembered that all of their products are chemical-free and pregnancy safe.  Their products are also pharmaceutical grade, so they multi-task and provide many benefits in one product.  The product that stuck out in my mind was iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance.  Recommended for cystic acne, rosacea, inflamed skin, and even insect bites, this potent Vitamin C serum packs a mega dose of skin healing ingredients.  Since I knew it would be safe for my skin and also provide the antioxidant protection of Vitamin C, I thought, why not?

Since I was determined to get clear, glowing skin before my wedding, I started using Pro-Heal all over my face, morning and night.  Instantly I noticed that my skin was smoother and softer, almost glassy feeling.  My typically dry skin, which became even drier with pregnancy, was instantly hydrated - a great benefit of Vitamin C.  I can't remember exactly how long it took to notice my skin clearing up, but I would definitely say within a couple of weeks.  The blemishes I had were going away, while my newly clear skin stayed clear!  Since I was a picker, I also had some residual marks which became darker with my pregnancy hormone changes.  Pro-Heal also helped fade these spots.

I continue to use this serum every morning to keep my skin clear and provide antioxidant protection.  If I feel or see a blemish coming up, I'll use a little extra to spot treat that area.  I am completely thrilled with my results and would definitely recommend Pro-Heal to anyone with similar skin issues.  Months later, my skin is softer, smoother, clearer and back to its natural glow.

TODAY ONLY - OCTOBER 6!!!! Save 20% on Pro-Heal Serum Advance and ALL iS Clinical products!!  Plus receive double samples, free gifts and be entered to win a full size iS Clinical Active Serum!  Hurry and take advantage of this incredible deal.

If you have any questions about Sara's experience or any other skin issues, feel free to comment below.

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

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Falling for Pumpkin Products

Now that it's officially fall and getting closer to Halloween, we've got pumpkin on our minds!  Pumpkin isn't just for recipes or decorations, it provides great skincare benefits too!

Some of these benefits include:

  • Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients
  • Contains natural enzymes that break down and remove dead skin cells
  • Aids in exfoliation and deep cleansing

If you're noticing increased oil, pigmentation, uneven skin tone or texture, just add a pumpkin product to your routine!

For a good, deep clean feeling, especially for combination skin, Bioelements Flash Foam Cleanser instantly dissolves makeup and dead skin cells.  It provides gentle exfoliation and an awesome foaming lather, not to mention, it smells incredible!

Are you an exfoliant junkie like me?  Get your hands on glotherapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub!  This client favorite utilizes a combination of natural exfoliants (pumpkin enzymes, rice extract, date seeds) to give you instantly smoother and softer skin.  It makes for a great gift this time of year!

For a truly pampering at-home spa treatment, your pumpkin product is Sircuit Skin Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.  Its all natural, potent anti-aging ingredients will not only rid your skin of dead skin cells, but also minimize sun damage, wrinkles, blackheads and blemishes.  Since a little goes a long way, this treatment can be your little secret all year round!

Don't forget to pamper your body too!  For new and expecting moms (or anyone really!), your body will love Mama Mio Megamama Super-Rich Omega Body Lotion.  Its pumpkin seed oil relieves tense muscles, normalizes oil and improves skin strength.  It's full of so many other beneficial and organic ingredients that your skin will love as it goes through its 9 month stretch!  (Also makes a great gift!)

What are your favorite pumpkin products, recipes or crafts?  Share them with us on Pinterest with #beautystoredepot

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

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Classy Effects for Your Specks: Makeup Tips for Glasses

Applying and wearing the correct type of makeup is hard enough, but if you are a fellow glasses wearer, now that's a whole other story! It is hard to achieve the perfect makeup look when you have an object going right over the center of your face. With our special tips, you can achieve a comfortable and classy look with your specks!


Does your makeup always manage to make its way to the under side of your glasses? When you use liquid or cream base it sticks to the bottom side of your glasses and can create a line of make up build-up on your nose. The best type of base for glasses wearers out there is mineral or powder foundation to give you flawless, smooth skin.
Dermablend Intense Powder Camo

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo, with its high level of pigments and ultra-plush powder formulation, goes beyond coverage to camouflage for natural looking, flawless skin!


Do your eyelashes rub against your glasses? If you are having trouble with your eyelashes getting in the way, you need to curl your lashes and use a volumizing (**NOT lengthening**) mascara. Volumizing mascara will thicken them up and they will curl better and stay longer.  Also, thick eyelashes look great with almost any style of glasses and will help frame your eyes along with your eye liner.

gloMinerals gloVolumizing Mascara utilizes natural fibers and an expertly designed brush to add volume and separate lashes.  It's also clump and flake free!


Do your eyes seem to get lost behind your glasses? You need to line your eyes with soft liner on bottom and a bit thicker on top. Also, you can add a tad bit of white on the inner corner of your eye to help brighten the eye area and give the contour a little pop.

Colorescience Pro Eye PencilColorescience Pro Eye Pencil, is enriched with moisturizing plant extracts, features a soft tip and smooth texture that glides along your lid without pulling. High pigment adds major definition and contour to your lash line.


When wearing glasses, your lips are the prefect place to have some fun! If you want to add a pop of color, this is where you can rock it. You take the traditional pop of the eye shade and move it down to the lips. This maybe a little scary for some, but bring out your pop. Every one has a little sassy in them, somewhere!

Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss hydrates and plumps lips, and even reverses the signs of aging.  The luscious formula is never sticky or tacky, and comes in all the perfect shades of POP!

Have any makeup questions for Elizabeth?  Feel free to ask in the comments section!

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

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spotlight on: Dermablend

Many of our products make us all oooh and aaah, but we are especially excited to now carry Dermablend!  If you haven't heard of this amazing makeup line, let us introduce you!

Brief Background:
  • Created in 1981 by an American dermatologist
  • Allergy tested, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, fragrance free
  • Water-resistant, smudge-resistant and offers up to 16 hours of wear when combined with Setting Powder!

AMAZING Before & Afters:
Dermablend Before & After

Products we can't wait to try:

The Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30 has really caught our eyes.  The fact that it features a high UV protection of SPF 30 is amazing.  Combine that with the creamy, full coverage formula that covers any discoloration or imperfection, and it sounds like a dream come true!  If you've been searching for the product to cover up your pigmentation concerns, rosacea, burns, post-op bruising or scars without caking on heavy foundation - you gotta try this!

If you're looking for that must-have concealer, check out Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer SPF 30.  It has the same great SPF strength and full coverage plus it blends really well so you can camouflage those undereye circles, blemishes or freckles without emphasizing pores or wrinkles.

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Most makeup lines usually offer different foundation formulas, some powder and concealers...but what about body makeup?  Dermablend offers the Leg and Body Cover SPF 15 and the Quick-Fix Body.  Both offer coverage of tattoos, varicose veins, spider veins, stretch marks, scars and more!  Choose the Leg and Body Cover if you need to conceal large areas of the body or the Quick-Fix Body for smaller areas.

Need help color-matching or figuring out if Dermablend can help conceal your concerns?  Let us know or contact our Beauty Experts at beautystoredepot.com!

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

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

After Summer Hair Care Tips

Last week we discussed skincare tips to get your glow back after the summer.  If you spent a lot of time in the sun or slacked off on your hair care routine over the summer, chances are you're left with dry, dull hair.  Follow our tips to replenish hair with moisture and shine.
After Summer Hair Care Tips

First things first...when is the last time you got a haircut?  If you can't remember and your split ends are out of control, then it's time to book an appointment!  While you're there, ask your stylist about a deep conditioning treatment.  If you have color treated hair, you may want to think about darkening the color for fall or getting a gloss treatment to restore shine.

Add moisture:
  • If your hair is super dry, you may want to switch over to a moisturizing shampoo and a deeper moisturizing conditioner until you see improvement.  When applying conditioner, focus on mid-shaft to the ends.  Your roots already get moisture from your natural oils.
  • A hair mask, like Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Reparative Mask, provides intense moisture to rebuild and strengthen hair.
  • Another option is a hair oil or serum.  The key is to find something that won't weigh your hair down but still provides enough nourishment.  For ultra dry hair, we recommend Phyto Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine Oil.  When used before shampooing your hair, this weekly treatment restores shine and softness.  A great lightweight treatment for all hair types is Rock Your Hair Moringa Dry Oil Mist.  Apply it to damp or dry hair to repair split ends, restore shine and smooth your hair.

Treat with care:
  • Besides dry ends, my main hair issue right now is the forever-long process of brushing!  Cut down on brush time, making it easier on you AND your hair, with a detangler.  Phyto PhytoSpecific Integral Hydrating Mist is a great multi-tasker that detangles, protects against heat damage and preps hair for styling.  Pair that with the goKnots Detangle Brush and you're sure to cut down on your getting ready time and ease a little stress. :)
  • Ease up on the heat.  Rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle, helping hair look healthier.  Watch the heat dial on your styling products too.  Use just enough heat to for your hair type, not the highest setting available.
Replenishing your hair after the summer is easy with moisturizing treatments, detanglers and cutting down on heat treatments.

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

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Friday, August 29, 2014

After Summer Skincare Tips

As summer winds down, your skincare concerns might shift direction, especially if you spent a lot of time in the sun.  Your post-summer skin might be dry, dull, damaged or show signs of hyperpigmentation.  Check out our tips for rejuvenating skin and getting your "glow" back.

An easy start to getting your glow back is by exfoliation.  There are many different types of exfoliation from gentle to intensive.  Over-exfoliation can increase damage and sensitivity.  Always look for an exfoliant specifically for your skin type and remember to follow its directions:
  • For mild exfoliation, try an exfoliating cleanser like Jan Marini Clean Zyme Face Cleanser.  Its incredibly effective formula utilizes papaya enzymes to naturally exfoliate, and it's gentle enough for sensitive and post-procedure skin!  
  • For more intense exfoliation, try an exfoliating mask or peel like Sircuit Skin Double Trouble.  A favorite among clients, this potent 5% L-lactic acid at-home peel is full of antioxidants and vitamins to treat fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and uneven skin tone.. not to mention, it smells divine!  
  • For no-fuss everyday exfoliation, don't forget your Clarisonic!

Struggling with dark spots after too much summer sun?  If exfoliation isn't enough to even your skin tone, check out our Skin Lightening products.  Some will provide all over brightening, while others are intense spot treatments.  Popular ingredients may include hydroquinone, kojic acid or arbutin.  There are also many other lightening formulas that are more gentle and still effective.  For customized advice on lightening products, please leave us a comment and we'll find the right products just for you!

Struggling with dry skin?  You may need to switch over to a heavier moisturizer.  There are so many options available, we'll help break it down:
  • Serum Moisturizers, like Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum, will deeply penetrate skin and aid in healing as well.  Great for all skin types, serum moisturizers help enhance the moisturizing power of any additional moisturizer you apply.
  • Gel Moisturizers, like GlyMed Plus Ultra Hydro Gel, provide lightweight hydration and are usually recommended for oily or acneic skin types.
  • Lotion Moisturizers fall somewhere in the middle as far as moisturizing strength and consistency.  However, there are so many different varieties, that there's an option for every skin type.
  • Cream Moisturizers, like G.M. Collin Nutrivital Cream, are heavier in consistency and offer deep moisturization that comforts skin while replenishing lost moisture.  

With summer coming to an end, you might become lazy about applying your sunscreen.  Applying your sunscreen EVERYDAY will reinforce protection, improving your damaged skin and protecting it from further damage.  If you're not using a Vitamin C product everyday, this is also a great time to start!  Vitamin C replenishes skin, lightens dark spots, brightens overall skin tone, aids in treating and preventing fine lines and wrinkles, and protects skin from environmental damage... really, what doesn't it do?!

Getting your glow back after the summer is easy with exfoliation, brightening, moisturizing and protection!

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

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spotlight on: Rock Your Hair

All the ladies around the office have fine hair, so we're always looking for ways to pump up the volume.  It's hard to find a product that's easy to use, provides long-lasting results AND enhances the health of hair.  We think we've found the one with Rock Your Hair!

Brief Background:
  • Designed by the founder of Big Sexy Hair, LA celebrity stylist Michael O’Rourke
  • All products are sulfate and paraben free and safe for all hair types.
  • Products are the choice of many celebs and are featured at many award shows.

Products we can't wait to try:

If it's award-winning, it's gotta be good!  Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray gives you bigger, thicker hair with long-lasting workable hold.  It also adds shine to your hair and won't flake.

Living in Central Texas, we're always fighting humidity and frizz.  Rock Your Hair 3 Day Blow Out Blow Dry Extender fights humidity and frizz, protects your color against thermal damage, adds shine, and smooths the hair cuticle for softer hair.  Of course, it also extends the look of your blowout with its unique memory system, keeping hair looking fresh.

Often when we want to smooth hair or add shine, we go for a hair serum.  These can sometimes leave the hair feeling too greasy or heavy.  The solution?  Rock Your Hair Moringa Dry Oil Mist.  The Moringa oil is full of antioxidants and nutrients, and has shown greater benefits than Argan Oil.  Not only will it tame frizz and add shine, it also repairs split ends, protects against thermal damage and color fading.  It's spray formula is lightweight and super nourishing.

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Rock Your Hair Hard Gel is a favorite among men for its flake-free, super firm hold formula.  It's perfect for spiking the hair or slicking it back.

For long hair or kids hair, the Leave-In Conditioner Weightless Detangler will make your haircare routine so much easier!  It strengthens hair while repairing damage, adding shine and easing tangles.

Which Rock Your Hair product are you most excited to try?  Let us know!

FREE GIFT OFFER: Receive a free travel size Spray It Hair Hairspray with $40+ purchase of Rock Your Hair products.

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

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