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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Beauty

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Fall is officially here. The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, and the air is becoming a bit more dry. With this transition, you may need to switch up your routine, if not to protect your skin, then to at least stay up to date with the current beauty trends! Read on for tips on how to keep your skin stylish and supple all season long.


Lock in the Moisture


As the air becomes more dry, so does your skin. It is crucial that you moisturize daily, even if you are oily. You may want to even switch from a lotion to a cream in order to maximize effectiveness and combat dryness. The best time to apply a moisturizer is right after you shower or wash your face. And it’s not just your face that could be drying out! During fall and winter, most people tend to experience cracked or dry hands. Try a hand cream like Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream or gloMinerals Luxury Hand Cream to deeply moisturize your mitts.


Deep Colors


Out with the pastels and pinks, in with the deep reds and plums. When it comes to your nails, try a deep shade like OPI Muppets Collection Pepe's Purple Passion Nail Polish or OPI Nail Polish - Got The Blues For Red. As far as lips go, think 90's: vampy, dark, and daring. For a really bold fall lip, try Pur Minerals Chateau De Vine Lipstick in Jezebel or GloMinerals GloLip Stick in Bordeaux. In addition to the deep shades for nails and lips, we're seeing a lot of flushed cheeks on the runway. Blush is making a huge comeback...as if it ever left the spotlight!


Soap-Free


Since fall and dry skin go hand in hand, try to avoid soap. This DOES NOT mean you get a free pass on washing your face. It simply means that you have to be more thoughtful about what you put on your face. Soap can be very drying. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a perfect soap-free cleanser that soothes even the most sensitive skin, while gently removing oil, buildup, and debris from your pores.


Line 'em Up


Eyeliner is not just for one dainty line across your lash line anymore. This season that is made quite clear as we begin to see very creative eyeliner designs on the runway. From stripes and dots to angles and exaggerations, we are seeing a lot of inventive ways to use the traditional black eyeliner. Tap into your inner artist and see what you come up with. We recommend Blinc Eyeliner for its staying power. Or, if you are more used to a pen, try the Osmosis Colour Liquid Eye Definer.


Now that you know the best ways to hydrate your skin and enhance your look for fall, you're ready to enjoy the best things about this lovely season: Halloween, pumpkin flavored everything, the magnificent leaves, Oktoberfest, and getting cozy by the fireplace with your loved ones. 


Until Next Time!

Kimberly


What are your favorite things about Fall? We'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments please contact us at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Letter From the Founder


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A letter from our founder:

We're turning 10 this month and wanted to say thank you to all our wonderful and loyal customers like you. Over the past 10 years we have had the pleasure of serving so many customers. Some of you we get to talk to on the phone or emails and some we even get to meet in person at our events or shows. Either way it has been a pleasure for our entire team.

A decade is a long time. Few things in our lives or in the world last that long--the average online startup doesn't quite make it two years. I'm honored and humbled that you've stuck with us all this time, and I promise that in the decade ahead, beautystoredepot will continue to deliver the best products, at the best prices, and with the best service.

To the next 10 years and beyond...

Mike Andrews 
President
beautystoredepot.com

And in case you missed the invite last week, don't forget to join us Thursday to celebrate our anniversary! Not only are we celebrating a decade of decadence, but we are also going to be giving 100% of the proceeds from our silent auction to Dress for Success Austin! See our last blog post for details about the event or check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! 

If you have any questions please call us at 800-926-5219 or email us at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celebrating a Decade of Decadence

Hey Beautiful!

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary as the enthusiastic, quality driven beauty retailer you have come to know and love and we couldn't be more thrilled or more honored.

You've seen the sales around the site (and our Instagram feed, Twitter account and Facebook page), but did you know we are also throwing a party?

WE ARE! And you're invited!

If you are going to be in or around Austin, Texas on September 24th (or if you want to fly out especially for us), please join us at Cielo on South Lamar for an evening celebrating a Decade of Decadence. We are thrilled to have partnered with Dress for Success to bring you an event that highlights our local presence, the excellent work that Dress for Success does, and you, our lovely customers. Please consider bringing new or lightly used business attire for donations to Dress for Success.

Please join us for drinks, treats, a live DJ, giveaways, a silent auction, free skincare consultations, free facial scans and MORE! We want to spoil you!

Beautystoredepot is celebrating, and we want you to come play with us!

If you have any questions, give us a shout at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Brienz's Top Ten






Shhhh...
We have a secret.
Okay, it's not so much a secret as A CELEBRATION!
beautystoredepot.com is celebrating 10 years as the enthusiastic, quality driven beauty retailer you have come to know and love. And we are celebrating all month with deals, specials - even an event right here in Austin!
Kimberly started us off last week with her awesome blog about her TEN favorite products and I'm going to continue this week with mine. Keep an eye not just on our blog, but also on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for special links, deals, and codes. We're Easter egg-ing them everywhere so that you, our beloved customers, can celebrate this huge anniversary with us. After all, we wouldn't be here without you!
Without further ado, here are my ten favorite products, selected carefully after a year of sampling and buying and falling in love. One year for me, ten for beautystoredepot! Happy birthday, BSD!
1.    SircuitX-Trap Gentle Cleanser - So, my coworkers (and even my family members) are sick of hearing how much I love this cleanser. What can I say? This is the product that converted me from a drugstore skincare shopper to someone who can pick up a packet of face wipes and read through the ingredients, understanding what will and won't work for my skin. This is the product that introduced me to the idea that skincare, my skincare, matters. Details like 'chirally correct' and 'all natural' aren't just a sales pitch, they are features that tell us a ton about not only what we're using, but who we're buying from. And yes, it is a gentle cleanser, one that foams up beautifully, leaves my skin feeling truly clean, and one that I feel good about using. I love this cleanser!!
2.    RXSystems Maximum Strength Moisturizer - Those of you who have been paying attention know that I have ridiculously sensitive skin. Like, embarrassingly sensitive skin. Like, when I switched desks at work, because the new phone hit my face in a different place, I broke out immediately that night. And only in the place where that new (and newly cleaned) phone touched me. It's pathetic. As you can imagine, every single time I switch products or try a new product, I also break out immediately. I usually have to use a product for about a week before even the gentle, sensitive skin specific items stop making my face breakout. That didn't happen with this moisturizer. I ran out of my drugstore moisturizer, bought this on a whim, and was blown away by the clean scent, the light feel, and the completely awesome way it did not turn my face into a miniature mountain range. Because of my experience with this moisturizer, I trust that RX Systems is a safe brand for me to experiment with and I’ve done so happily!
3.    GloTherapeutics Eye Restore - As my bio at the bottom of the page mentions, I'm not a huge fan of multi-step programs. Asking me to cleanse, tone, treat, protect, moisturize, exfoliate, AND mask my face on a regular basis is like asking a polar bear to hang out here in Texas - it just isn't going to end well. For some reason, the exception that proves the rule is my deep, deep love of eye products. I really have no idea what this is about, but it's true! I will actually go out of my way to use an eye product. Thus far, my favorite has been this one. I love how silky and hydrating it is, I love the ease of distributing a very small amount to my finger and applying it without feeling like I'm going to accidentally tear what I know to be very sensitive skin. Does it help? I think so. The skin under my eyes looks brighter, the dark circles less noticeable. It's definitely worth putting on every night before I go to bed!
4.    CurlistoNatural Curls Conditioner - When I was very young, my mother would express concern about my ‘rat's nest hair.’ In all fairness, at that age it did look that way and I couldn't have cared less. As you might imagine, now I care a bit more. Proper care (and effort) has turned the rat's nest into a nightmarish mane of curls instead. And I have learned to love them. Part of learning to love them, though, was finding what works and what doesn't, which can be tricky for everyone. It has been one of my projects here at beautystoredepot to test the curl products and find out how all of them work. My favorite, my absolute favorite, has been the Curlisto Natural Curls Conditioner. It smells amazing, for one thing, but it also hydrates my hair so thoroughly that I can comb through it easily the next day. I use a small amount every day, even between shampoos, to keep the curls hydrated, tamed(-ish) and happy.
5.    GloMinerals Jeweled Eye Pencil - Remember the bit about being pretty low maintenance about skincare? Well, makeup is basically the same for me, and that means these eye pencils are the BEST THING EVER! Seriously, I have one on me all the time. Currently I'm carrying Antique, which is a beautiful coppery brown with gold flakes. This time of year it's perfect for my skin tone - it doesn't feel or look like a shadow so much as a hint of sunshine on my eyelids. Yeah, that was pretty corny, but you don't understand how strongly I feel about this product! I have three of these pencils (in Fizz and Bark, too) and I've bought and given them to a number of friends and family members. Not does one application last all day, but the saturation depends completely on you! At work, I use a light line, blended with just my hands. After work? I darken the outer corners of my eye with a more saturated application, maybe throw a lighter shade along the inner corner, and throw on some mascara. In thirty seconds I’ve made a striking 'smoky eye' without leaving my desk, without needing brushes or sponges and without making a mess. I really think you can't ask for more from an eye shadow.
6.    EltaMDUV Lip Balm - I like lip balms, though before working here I was all about my go-to drugstore brand. Listening to my Elta rep talk about her experience working in an oncologist's office changed everything for me. The horror stories about cancer on people’s lips were unbelievable. And once she broke it down, it seemed ridiculously simple. Oils on your lips capture sunlight, focusing UV rays on your mouth. Hopefully you all wear sunblock daily to protect your beautiful skin, but any lip balm that doesn't play by those same rules is a gamble with your health. I don't have Angelina Jolie lips, but I'd like to keep what I do have for a very long time! So I started using this UV Lip Balm. It keeps me safe.
7.    CuccioBody Butter - When I ran out of lotion at work one day, I bought the Cuccio Milk and Honey Body Butter and was shocked to find that this worked, not only just as well, but better than my formerly-favorite brand. Now that I use it regularly, I know that my legs are remaining hydrated and protected for a solid 24 hours. Gotta love that!
8.    G.M.Collin Vitamin C - If you're reading a beauty blog, chances are you know all of the wonderful, amazing, incredible things that Vitamin C does for your skin - brightens, lightens and tightens, right? Right. Well, here's the trick. Not all vitamin C is created equal, and that matters when it comes to your skincare. Rubbing a grapefruit along your face is not going to do a whole lot of good for your skin (you'd be better off eating it, please). Topical vitamin C does work, but it has to be applied in a form your skin can actually work with. There are a number of brands who specialize in serums and whose delivery system is excellent and does work - G.M. Collin is one of those. I plan on looking like I'm in my twenties for at least another decade. This is how I'll make that happen.
9.    AveneOil-Free Gentle Cleanser - Avene is one of those brands that focuses on doing a few things very well. Their thing is sensitive skin, be it from rosacea, hyperpigmentation, illness, procedure or birth. Even more so than RX Systems, this is a brand that I know without a doubt I can use. I tried a concealer once that immediately broke me out into huge welts of irritated skin. Stubbornly, I waited it out a couple of days to see if it would change. Giving up, I put an Avene serum on it and within a day the swelling had gone down. I trust Avene to soothe and to heal. I chose their Gentle Cleanser for this particular list because I cannot emphasize enough the importance of removing impurities from your skin every single day, morning and night. Don't forget (as our Instagram reminded you last week) you're supposed to change your pillowcases every three days because we spend eight hours mashing dead skin cells, oil, dirt and impurities into our skin every single night. I leave this cleanser in my shower as a wonderful, bubbly way to wash my face in the morning as I get ready for work. Start off every day clean and end it the same way!
10.  Lerosett Acne Clay Mask - I don't have terribly acneic skin, but with all of the ridiculous sensitivities I have, I do break out fairly often. This is the answer. Either as a full mask or as a spot treatment, using this product repeatedly clears up my little blemishes almost right away - especially if I can convince myself to leave them alone otherwise! It is a little pricey, so I prefer to use it as a spot treatment, but nothing feels cleaner to me, once a month, than a full face mask. For days afterwards, my skin feels brand new and pore-less. I'm a believer.
Alright, ten products it is, one for every year beautystoredepot.com has been saving you money while delivering fantastic products and service. Stay tuned for deals and sales all month long!
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What are your top ten products? Let me know at customerservice@beautystoredepot.com!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kimberly's Top Ten


Hello beautiful people! As you know, beautystoredepot.com is all about getting the lowest price and the best advice on some of the greatest beauty and skincare products out there. I've learned quite a bit about skincare and beauty from my time at beautystoredepot.com and today I would love to share my top ten products with you. 

1. EltaMD UV Clear (Untinted)
If you've spoken with me on the phone, there is a good chance that I've recommended this product to you. I'm in my late twenties and have struggled with adult acne since my late teens. This daily facial sunscreen is not only safe for sensitive and acne prone skin, but it also contains ingredients that address uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. It's fragrance free, lightweight, and leaves no residue.  

2. gloTherapeutics Renew Serum
I was introduced to this serum during one of my first product knowledge classes, where I expressed my skin concerns to our gloTherapeutics representative. This serum packs a triple threat! The retinol (vitamin A) addresses my sun damage and anti-aging needs, the glycolic acid helps exfoliate my skin and improve my skin texture, and the salicylic acid clears my pores and fights acne breakouts. I use it about three times a week at night before I go to bed.  

3. Obagi Professional C Serum 15%
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that brightens the skin, stimulates collagen production, and protects against environmental skin cell damage. This is unlike any Vitamin C serum I've used before. It's got a slick feel to it, glides on very smooth, and has a pleasant scent that I like to describe as "tropical". When I first used it, I was worried it would be too oily on my already oily skin, but after using it for a while I've noticed great improvements in my skin's tone and texture.

4. Pur Minerals Miracle Mist
Despite the bulkiness, I carry this mist with me almost everywhere I go. I use it in the morning to set my makeup and then spritz it on throughout the day as a refreshing hydrator. It's great for those hot summer days when you need a pick-me-up. Last weekend I even put it in my backpack to accompany me on a particularly warm, mid-day hike. It's main ingredients are citrus oils and fulvic acid. The citrus oils refresh the skin's appearance while the fulvic acid nourishes the skin with over 70 minerals and amino acids.  

5. Osmosis Colour Blush - Spring Crush
Blush is fairly new to me. In fact, I had NEVER worn it until a few months ago. I'm now slowly building up a collection of blushes and perfecting the art. One thing I have noticed is that I get the most compliments on my skin when I am wearing "Spring Crush". It's a very soft, bronzed pink that gives just the slightest boost of color to my cheeks. Since Osmosis is first and foremost a skincare line, it feels as good as it looks and there are no harmful ingredients.  

6. gloMinerals Pressed Base - Golden Dark
I learned about gloMinerals from my esthetician about a year before working at beautystoredepot. I'd come in to see her with my face all caked up, trying to camouflage all my blemishes. My skin was very inflamed and my makeup at the time was only making it worse. She gave me a list of makeup that would benefit my skin, rather than just cover it up and irritate it further. This pressed base was one of the items on that list and I've been using it ever since. It's formulated with an exclusive blend of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract to provide nutrients that are vital to maintaining the skin's healthy radiance. Along with my skincare regimen, it's made a drastic improvement on my skin's appearance and well-being.

7. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
As I've mentioned previously, I'm acne prone. I am very particular when it comes to cleansers, because having clean skin is a huge part of keeping acne in check. I was very happy to find this cleansing gel because it is rich in healing and exfoliating ingredients like sugar cane extract, white willow bark extract and chamomile flower extract. I find this to be a highly effective cleanser that purifies and deeply cleans without stripping or drying my skin.

8. gloMinerals Body Glisten
Glitter. What can I say? I'm a sucker for glitter. Because of this, I have gloMinerals Body Glisten. It's a buildable shimmer lotion that contains natural ingredients that gently hydrate the skin while leaving a pleasant aroma behind. I use this pretty much daily on my legs. One thing that I will have to warn you about; if you don't wash your hands after application, you will have an insane amount of glitter on your palms.  

9. Osmosis Colour Lip Gloss - Bare
I'm a huge fan of the Osmosis Colour line. The ingredients are always well thought out and I think the colors are just fantastic! Lately I've been hooked on their "Bare" lip gloss. It's a beautiful shade that's high shine, yet still natural looking on my skin. One of the main ingredients is sunflower seed oil, which helps prevent moisture loss, promotes softer skin, and provides anti-inflammatory properties.  

10. Uniq-One Coconut All In One Hair Treatment
I love the way this smells! I have a lot of wavy, thin hair that gets tangled very easily. I bought this product without knowing much about it, solely because it was coconut scented. After I started using it, I realized that it was so much more than just a delicious smelling detangler. It's called an "all-in-one" because it repairs damaged hair, adds shine, controls frizz, protects against styling heat, protects from UVA and UVB filters that can fade hair color, detangles, and prevents split ends. It's like a panacea for most hair troubles. 

I could go on, but I did promise to only brag about my ten favorites! Thank you so much for reading!

Until Next Time, 
♥ Kimberly

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