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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NuFACE Mini: We tried it...and loved it!

Recently, we were given the incredible chance to try the NuFACE Mini at our office.  This week, our General Manager shares her thoughts on this breakthrough device.
Using the NuFACE Mini

I am a single mom in my mid-thirties and I have spent most of my life fascinated by the new and upcoming beauty products and devices. I live a very active and busy lifestyle. I am always on the go and don’t have a lot of time or extra money to spend on luxurious spa treatments.

I think most women have something they would like to improve in regards to their skin. I heard about the NuFACE Mini and although I was intrigued at first I was also very skeptical. Will this really work? After doing my research and reading other reviews online I decided to give it a try!!!

I will be honest when I opened the package… I was nervous and unsure if I really wanted to try it. The first thing I noticed is that I had to let it charge over night before I could actually use it. It turned out to be a good idea because I was able to read all the directions thoroughly.

The next day I pulled it off the charger and was ready to attack and tone my face! I applied the NuFACE Gel Primer all over my face and began using the device as the directions instructed. At first I didn't feel anything and wasn't sure it was working. All I heard were beeps but didn't actually feel anything happening. Until a few minutes later I felt a small shocking sensation! It didn't hurt but scared me enough to stop using it for a moment. I realized that I had lathered my entire face with the gel primer in the beginning and by the time I finished my first section of treatment the rest of the gel primer had already dried. Note to self…apply NuFACE Gel Primer only on the sections you are treating at the moment and when you move on to another section, apply again. I only felt the shocking sensations when the primer was dry.

It was easy to use and I felt really good about my results. I could literally see the difference in my cheeks immediately. Similar to the effects you get when using highlighters and bronzers except way better!

I continued to use it for about 5-10 min a day for a few weeks and every time my results were more and more noticeable. After the first week I decided to try one of the serums to see if they added any other positive benefits. To my surprise the NuFACE Nourisher Superfruit Stem Cell Serum is like magic in a bottle. After only one use my skin felt amazing!  You know that glow you get when you’re expecting? That is how my skin looks every time I used this serum!

Overall I would highly recommend investing in the NuFACE Mini! The device is small and easy to take with you when you’re on the go. It only takes about 5-10 minutes a day to see instant changes and it’s way more affordable than Botox!

FREE GIFT OFFER!  Receive a free NuFACE Creme Primer ($20 Value) when you purchase a NuFACE Mini Device!

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

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beat the Heat with Cooling Beauty Products

This Texas summer heat can be really brutal!  With temperatures in the hundreds everyday, we're always trying to keep cool.  Add some cooling products to your beauty routine to beat the summer heat!
Cooling Beauty Products for Summer

Sometimes when it gets so hot, you don't want to do much of anything.  On those lazy days, treat yourself to an at-home spa day with iS Cosmeceuticals CoolMint Revitalizing Masque.  This hydrating, refreshing masque will keep you cool with Green Tea and Aloe Vera.  It's also great for treating a sunburn or inflammation.

If your summer skin issue is acne, banish blemishes and cool off with Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque.  Potent ingredients tackle acne, while cooling camphor provides relief.

After your masque treatment or anytime your eyes need special attention, apply Basq Cucumber Tea Soothing Eye Gel.  It provides soothing and cooling relief to tired, puffy eyes and is pregnancy safe!  Some of our clients even like to keep this one in the fridge to provide extra cooling relief.

Don't forget your hair!  Summer sun and heat can dull your locks.  Purify your scalp and boost its health with Phyto Phytopolleine Scalp Stimulant Elixir.  Packed full of essential oils, this potent elixir is sure to cool and invigorate your scalp and your senses!

If you've spent your day outdoors, you probably want to cool off quick!  Keep your Therapearl Neck Wrap in your freezer and you're all set!  You'll cool off and help ease achy muscles.  Be sure to check out Therapearl's other products like the face mask and eye mask for extra comfort!

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

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Spotlight on: G.M. Collin

It always feels like Christmas at beautystoredepot when we bring on a new line.  We are super excited to now be carrying G.M. Collin skincare and want to introduce you to this amazing brand.

Brief Background:

  • Derived from plant and marine extracts
  • Not tested on animals
  • Provide instant and long-term results for healthier, younger-looking skin
  • Simplified color-coded product systems for every skin type

Products we can't wait to try:

Some of us are really into our exfoliants, so we're dying to try G.M. Collin Active Exfoliant Powder.  It's full of beneficial ingredients to purify and soften skin.  If you're a fan of Dermalogica Microfoliant, you'll probably want to check this one out too!

Many of us around the office battle with oily skin, especially during the summer.  We think the G.M. Collin Oxygen Puractive+ Cream sounds like a great solution at fighting oil, while tightening pores and refining skin texture.

I personally struggle with dry skin no matter the season so as soon as we got it, I tried the G.M. Collin Lipiad Advanced Complex.  I'm sometimes hesitant to put an oil on my face, but this little elixir feels so good on my skin!  It's full of so many good-for-skin oils like Jojoba, Olive, Vitamin E, and Moroccan Argan.  A little goes a long way, it smooths on nicely, and won't leave your skin feeling oily or greasy.

We all battle those pesky little lines around the eyes.  Though it may sound funny, the G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch looks foolproof and makes a perfect little at-home spa treat.  Leave these one for just 20 minutes (or overnight) to treat lines, wrinkles, puffiness and fatigue.

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If you're always searching for that perfect anti-aging product, you may have heard of some products using stem cells.  G.M. Collin utilizes Plant Stem Cells in their Phyto Stem Cell line to reverse the signs of aging.  Not only will you see results, but you can choose a customized approach specifically for your skin type.

If you're going through the hormonal changes of menopause, you're probably really frustrated with the changes in your skin too.  The H50 line from G.M. Collin is specially formulated to help target your concerns of skin aging, while balancing and strengthening skin.

Treat your body to luxurious products too!  Specialized products target your trouble spots.  G.M. Collin Body Firming Cream reduces existing stretch marks while preventing new ones, and the Lipo-Fitness Serum effectively minimizes cellulite... sounds good to us!

Which G.M. Collin product are you most excited to try?  Let us know!

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

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