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?

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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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