Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to Wear Shimmer Makeup

So many makeup products these days give your skin a shimmery glow.  You might be thinking why would I want shimmer, I'm not ten years old!  Well, a little shimmer and sparkle isn't just for kids.  Follow these tips on how to use shimmer to your advantage.

  • Look for sheer options.  Opt for lightweight shimmer products, not heavy opaque "frosty" makeup.
  • Focus on one feature.  You'll surely look like you got into mommy's makeup if you have heavy shimmer and shine on your eyes, cheeks AND lips.  Pick one feature to shine.
  • Go light-handed with application.  Unless you're going for a costume look, apply products lightly.  If you are going for a natural shimmering glow, then here is where you can add a little to the cheeks and the eyes - just don't overdo it!
  • Try a multi-use highlighter.  Yes, it can be daunting at first, but one great highlighter can do so many jobs.  gloMinerals GloHighlighter can be applied before or after your foundation depending on how subtle you want your glow.  Apply it to cheekbones, the brow bone, inner corner of eye or the center of lips for a hint of shine.
  • Avoid shimmer on certain areas.  Applying shimmer products to fine lines, wrinkles or blemishes will of course only highlight them, and that's definitely not the goal here.  However, a lightweight powder like Pur Minerals Afterglow Illuminating Powder contains the natural shimmer of Mica to actually reflect light away from your imperfections.
  • Always blend!  This is the key to making your shimmer look natural.  Use a gloMinerals gloTools Cream Blush Brush for creamy or liquid products and a gloMinerals gloTools Fan Brush for powder formulas.  And be sure to only use this brush for your sparkling products, otherwise you'll end up with shimmer everywhere, all the time.

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How do you wear shimmer makeup?  We'd love to hear your ideas!  Let us know in the comments or pin your favorite look on Pinterest with #beautystoredepot #shimmer

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

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to Treat Blackheads

Blackheads...nobody wants them but everybody has them.  They can be super annoying and hard to get rid of but with our tips and tricks, you'll clear up those spots and prevent future ones.

Before we treat blackheads, we need to learn what they are.  Blackheads are caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil which in turn, clog pores.  If the pore has an opening, it lets air inside, turning the clogged pore black.  (If it doesn't have an opening, it turns into a whitehead.)

So to clear up these clogged pores, you want a product that will exfoliate away dead skin cells and go deep down into pores to clear up buildup.  When choosing a product, look for something with chemical exfoliants like Salicylic or Lactic Acid, or physical exfoliants like microbeads.  Don't pick at your blackheads!  This can damage your skin and allow more bacteria into your pores.

Recommended Products:

When using a product with potent or skin scrubbing ingredients, it's important to follow the product's directions.  Overuse can further irritate your skin or cause sensitivity issues.  Also, since you have scrubbed away dead skin cells on the surface, it's essential that you protect your skin with a sunscreen everyday!  Look for oil-free formulas like EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 to keep skin clear.

What skin issues are you struggling with?  We'd love to help!

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

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meet the Staff: Renee

Name: Renee

Department: General Manager and Buyer

About Me:  I am 35 years young :) I have a son who just started his first year in college....Go Raiders!!!! I have my B.S. in  Family and Consumer Science with a major in Fashion Merchandising and my Associates in Psychology. I love to follow current trends and to stay in the know about all the latest beauty products and fashion trends. I love to research new products and bring them on board at BSD.

Personal beauty motto or beliefs: Beauty is not flawless; it shines through your flaws…..   Whenever you are feeling down just put on your favorite heels and red lipstick and it is sure to turn your day around :)

Skin type: Oily and beginning to get wrinkles :(

Hair type: Oily hair but very dry scalp. Color treated hair that is fine.

Beauty concerns: The occasional breakouts and earlier aging skin

What's in your makeup (or beauty) bag?: Pur Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Foundation, Big Look Mascara, Chateau de Vine Lipstick (I have several shades and LOVE them all!), Mineral Glow, Jupiter Palette, Dermalogica AGE Smart Renewal Lip Complex

What's in your shower?: Phyto Phytocedrat Sebo-Regulating Shampoo to balance my oily hair, Phytobaume Color Protect Conditioner, Sircuit Savior Problem Skin Cleanser, Clarisonic Mia 2, Clarisonic Skin Renewing Peel Wash for night time use. Cuccio Naturale Milk and Honey Body Butter Wash.

Can't live without product(s): Dry Shampoo, Phytodefrisant and Phyto 7 for my everyday hair care and ALL OF MY PUR MAKE UP and of course my Mia 2!!!!

Are you a product junkie?:  The best part of my job is all the samples I get to try!!! I love to try new things and I love even more to write reviews on everything I try. I am honest on how it works for me so if you ever read a review from Renee on a product you can be sure I am giving my honest advice!

Favorite Brand(s): Sircuit, Pur Minerals, Phyto and NuFACE

Favorite Celeb Beauty: Scarlett Johansson. Scarlett Johansson is one of Hollywood’s most famous and talented young actresses, but there’s more to this beauty than just good looks. She also contributes her time to many different charities and causes. In this day and time it is crucial for public figures to give back. I love that she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

Product(s) you want to try next: Dying to try my new PMD Personal Microderm Device

Since working at beautystoredepot, I've learned...: a lot about my skin and how important it is to wash off your make up. I also learned that it can take up to 90 days of using a new product continuously to actually see results as you have to give your skin enough time for cell growth to turn over.

If you have any beauty questions for Renee, feel free to ask in the comments below!

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

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meet the Staff: Kimberly

Name: Kimberly

Department: Customer Service

About Me: I'm a Northern California native that loves exploring, reading, and trying new things. I enjoy going on hikes with my big mutt, as well as cuddling up on the couch with my kitty, a book, and a tasty craft brew.

Personal beauty motto or beliefs:
It's not how you look, it's how you feel.

Skin type: Acne Prone, Oily

Hair type: Dry, straight hair...Previously fried!

Beauty concerns: Hyperpigmentation, Adult Acne, and Lackluster Hair. 

What's in your shower?: Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless 6-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner 8 oz, Jellua Squid Ink Active Shampoo 8.5 oz, Hempz Original Sugar Body Scrub 7.3 oz, bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 6.7 oz

Can’t live without product(s): EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 1.7 oz, This has done wonders for my skin! Also, I love this for my weekly mask: GlyMed Plus Serious Action Sulfur Masque 4 oz

Are you a product junkie?: I have very acne-prone skin so I'm constantly checking ingredients before trying products out. I try to stick to products that are more on the natural side and products that I know won't break me out. When I find a line that works for me, I tend to buy almost everything they make. So, in that sense, yes!

Favorite Brand(s): Pur Minerals, GloMinerals, GloTherapeutics, EltaMD

Favorite Celeb Beauty: I find the natural, effortless look to be the best. Gwenyth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Aniston are a few celebs that come to mind when I think of this look. It's like Calvin Klein says, "The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural."


Since working at beautystoredepot, I've learned...: Through our product knowledge classes, I have learned a lot about the benefits and uses of some of the products and brands that we carry. I now feel confident that I can help our customers choose the best product for their needs! 

If you have any beauty questions for Kimberly, feel free to ask in the comments below!

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

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Meet the Staff: Elizabeth

Name: Elizabeth

Department:  Customer Service, Product and Graphics Specialist

About Me: I love to go on adventures and travel where ever I can. I am also, very involved in the music scene. I am fan of live music and love helping local bands with flyers and screen printing shirts.

Personal beauty motto or beliefs:  Keep it simple.

Skin type: Oily, mild blemishes ( Spring and summer) & Dry,  medium blemishes (Fall and Winter)

Hair type: Thin, color treated (from time to time), Dry (Fall and Winter), Oily (Spring and Summer)

Beauty concerns:  Blemishes, Premature Aging

Can’t live without product(s): Clarisonic, Glytone Acne Treatment Facial Cleanser

Are you a product junkie?: I love trying new products. I have a very simple short skincare and makeup routine, but I love trying new products and seeing if they result in quick application and better results!

Favorite Brand(s): Pur Minerals, G.M. Collin

Favorite Celeb Beauty: Jennifer Lawerence is very pretty! She does not have to over power with make up to look pretty, if she does not want to!

Since working at beautystoredepot, I've learned...: That your skin is not something to take lightly. I have a new look on my skincare regimen and want to keep my skin healthy and happy as long as possible.

If you have any beauty questions for Elizabeth, feel free to ask in the comments below!

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

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