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Monday, June 30, 2014

Beauty Flashback: Hair Icons for the Ages

Clothing trends may come and go. But good hair is timeless.

We've collected a few of our favorite hair icons from past decades. These inspiring celebrities will be remembered for their work, their style, and their personal lives. But let's not forget their great hair! Read on to see why we love them, and how we can all channel their best styles today. 

Jayne Mansfield, among her many charms, boasted a voluptuous, radiant mane of platinum blonde hair. Not bad for a natural brunette! Key components of her look were soft, touchable locks, and incredible shine and polish. Is this 50s pin-up style high maintenance? A bit. Timeless and Awesome? Absolutely.

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Jean Shrimpton shows how it’s done. This look is all about volume and bounce! This bouffant style can be modified for an updo, or worn loose- just tease hair like crazy at the crown of your head, and either let the rest fall straight and soft, or sweep it back in a simple ponytail or bun. Smooth bangs parted deeply to the side complete the look.

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Farrah Fawcett's hair is perhaps the greatest achievement of the 1970s. Texture AND volume are crucial for this look, and it will require rollers or a curling iron. Use these tools as directed to achieve giant, face-framing waves. Finish with a high-hold texturizing spray to prevent wilting throughout the day. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant before styling!

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Let's go ahead and skip the 80s. Sorry, Madonna.

Flat Hair, Don't Care! Kate Moss obviously has cooler things to do than spend an hour every morning setting her hair in curlers. For a smooth, flat, look that's conducive to your rock and roll lifestyle, you may still have to put in just a little work to defrizz and straighten. But once you've achieved this limp, tousled look, it can last for days with almost no further styling! You'll be free to party like it's 1999. 

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Family Favorites

Now that I've been working at beautystoredepot for over two years now, not only am I hooked on all of our products, but so is my family!  Today I wanted to share with you my family's favorite beauty products.

My mom is usually looking for products to target fine lines, wrinkles, and oily skin.  She's also a big fan of hand and nail care products.  Her go-to anti-aging products are iS Clinical Youth Complex, Dermalogica AgeSmart Skin Perfect Primer and her Clarisonic.  She's been using Youth Complex and Skin Perfect Primer for over a year now, and always has some extra as her backup stock.  I just recently introduced her to Clarisonic.  After trying her Mia 2 for just a few days, she called to tell me that her pores haven't looked so small in over 20 years!!!  Not only did it make me happy that I could give her that incredible gift, but I always love to hear success stories of our products.

Some of her other new favorites are gloMinerals gloPressed Base and One Minute Manicure.  My mom has always struggled with oily skin and hates that middle of the day "oil slick."  She had been using a loose powder foundation, but after trying a sample of the gloPressed Base, there's no turning back!  She loves the coverage it gives her while it helps control excess oil.  Since she loves nail care products, I just had to get her some One Minute Manicure.  It exfoliates, moisturizes and nourishes nails, all in one, so it really takes the place of a handful of other products.

My sister is always looking for products to control her curly, frizzy, damaged hair.  From the first time she got her hands on Phytodefrisant, it has been her #1 product.  She says it's a miracle that it keeps her curly hair under control even in Texas humidity.  Her ends are also pretty damaged since she blow drys and straightens her hair so often.  She recently started using Phyto 9 and has seen a big improvement in her hair's overall health and texture.

My sister and I both suffer from two frustrating skin issues - sensitive skin and hormonal acne.  Often if she's having a skin issue, I'll let her borrow whatever I'm using and voila!, all better.  One of her favorites is Avene TriAcneal.  It helps keep hormonal acne under control while preventing new blemishes.  It also has anti-aging benefits, and who doesn't want that?  Not too long ago, she had told me her face was kinda breaking out but also just seemed really irritated.  I had leant her my Avene Hydrance Optimale Light just because she had also mentioned she needed a new moisturizer.  Overnight, it cleared whatever was bothering her skin and is now her go-to daily moisturizer.

I love passing on beauty tips and recommendations to all my friends and family.  Do you need any product recommendations?  We're always here to help - just leave a comment on this blog!

Besides tips, you know we love to pass on savings!!!  For a limited time, enjoy our Friends and Family Sale!  Save $10 on any order $49 or more.  Just use code FRIEND in your shopping cart!

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Beauty and the Beach

It’s officially summer! An exciting time, especially for those of us whose favorite activity is napping on warm sand. (So good, right?) The beach is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and let your hair down.

Unfortunately, the beach is also a minefield for beauty blunders. Pinterest and Instagram have taught us that perfect beach waves and a sun kissed tan come naturally to everyone, but sadly, this is not the case. It does take effort. Effort and a handful of key products. Thankfully, we’ve got the hookup on everything you need be as beautiful on the beach in reality as you are in your expectations!

Beachy waves are a timeless look that positively screams "summer." Saltwater and a light breeze can help you achieve this style, but they can also turn your hair into a dry, tangled mess. (Trust us, we've been there.) The solution? A styling product to add definition and moisture, a great detangling tool, and a protective spray that nourishes as it blocks UV rays. With these in your beach bag, you'll be Pinterest ready all summer long!
MOP C-System C-Curl Curl Defining Cream, Macadamia Oil No Tangle BrushPhyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil 

One of my favorite beach looks this year is pin-up inspired glam. An even complexion and a killer cat eye are really all you need to channel your inner Marilyn. With the wrong products, though, you may end up looking more like a raccoon than a glamour girl. To beach-proof your entire look, invest in a water-resistant mineral foundation, like this one by Colorescience with SPF 30 Protection. (The built in brush makes touch-ups a breeze.) Waterproof eyeliner and mascara are a must, as well. This one by Blinc is perfect for dark, defined lines that last all day, even if you take a dip!
Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30 Powder Brush - Tan MatteBlinc Eyeliner - BlackPur Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara
As proponents of proper skin care, it is our duty to advise you to TAN RESPONSIBLY. Baking in the sun can be damaging and dangerous. But we're sure you already know that, which is why you love sunless tanners, right? One of our favorites is this one by Fake Bake, which is perfect for a natural, even tan, without those tell-tale streaks. (Check out our tips for a flawless self tan!) For moments when you're in the sun, a physical sunscreen like eltaMD is ideal for maximizing sun protection, while minimizing exposure to harsh chemicals. And if you do end up overdoing it in the sun, a remedial gel can soothe your pain.
Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion - Fair 6 OzEltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 6 Oz, Dermalogica After Sun Repair 3.4 Oz 

We're sure you'll have a great time (and a great look) on the beach this summer.  Stock up your beach bag this week with 15% off orders $25+.  Use code: BEACHBAG at checkout.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Obsession: Body Oils

Living in central Texas often means drastic and sudden weather changes.  Of course these changes wreak havoc on our skin!  Whether it's icy cold or a blazing 100 degress, we're always looking for that special body product that keeps our arms and legs hydrated and soft.  This brings us to our newest obsession, body oils!

Body Oils have been around, but are recently gaining attention as the word gets out on their multi-use awesomeness.  If you have oily skin, you're probably already thinking, No, Thanks!  But forget what you think about oil!  These innovative products are hydrating and silky - not greasy or sticky.

Body Oils at beautystoredepot.com
You know we love Avene for all our sensitive skin concerns, so of course we're loving their new Body Oil!  Rich in Avene Thermal Spring Water, Vitamins A and E, and Avocado Oil, your skin is in for a treat!  It also absorbs quickly to restore your hydrolipidic barrier, which means it will treat current concerns while preventing future dryness.

If you're a fan of Sircuit, (let's face it, who isn't?) you HAVE to try Lavish!  This dry oil is the epitome of multi-use!  Packed full of 9 precious oils, Lavish treats dryness on your face, body, and hair.  You can use it to treat stretch marks, scars, split ends AND encourage healthy collagen!  Keep it handy this summer if you'll be out in the sun a lot.  It will soothe after-sun irritation and restore moisture loss.

Another great option is Baobab Oil for Hair and Body from PhytoSpecific.  With 8 lush oils, combined with Shea butter, this oil hydrates, softens and strengthens skin and hair.  It also helps smoothe frizz and protects hair from harmful UV rays.

What product are you currently obsessed with?  Pin it from beautystoredepot.com with #obsessed #beautystoredepot!  We'd love to see it!

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