Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kristen's Top 10 (Part Two)

Hey guys, it’s Kristen again, back with part two of my beautystoredepot top 10 products I’d like to recommend to y’all today! I hope you all had a chance to read part one of my top 10 beautystoredepot products, if not be sure and check it out! Here are my remaining five favorite products.

6) Enjoy Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner: Obsessed! Not only is the shampoo sulfate-free and color safe, but these products combined truly leave my hair feeling luxurious. The shampoo has a pH level of 5.0-6.0 and can be used in addition to shampoo, as a skin wash. The conditioner's pH level is 4.5-5.5 and can also be used as a shave cream or moisturizer. Finish your clean hair off with the ENJOY Conditioning Spray or ENJOY Leave in Conditioner while still damp, and your hair will thank you in return with gorgeous, healthy, and luxurious locks.

7) EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 - Tinted: Considering I am a fair-skinned, natural red head, you'd think I would have been the type to already have been using a sunscreen on a regular basis. However, it wasn't until I started working here that I realized how crucial it really is to be wearing a sunscreen at the very least on your face, EVERY day. In fact, I feel guilty on the days I forget to apply it on myself or my son now. This sunscreen protects from both UVA & UVB (hence broad-spectrum) sun rays and is very lightweight. I use it every morning after washing my face and still apply my makeup over it with no issues. The tint is subtle and evens out your skin tone while bringing out your natural color. As with most Elta products, this sunscreen is fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic. If you aren't interested in the tinted version, there are non-tinted versions as well! You can view all of our Elta products to find the best fit for you.

8) Jan Marini Eyelash Conditioner: I have been using this product every night for about a month now. I was initially skeptical considering I've tried similar products in the past without any real results. However I am now a true believer! My lashes have definitely grown and not only has it added length to them, but I see that there is new growth as well. I had a lash curling incident several years ago that pulled out a patch of lashes that never fully returned. Now I see the space that was there filling in and my little bald spot is now covered with new lashes! When all of my eye makeup is off and prior to curling, is when I can really see the results best as my bare lashes now reach almost up to my brow bone. Worth the splurge!

9) Avene Thermal Spring Water: "Magic Water" as my 4 year old refers to it.. and that it is. The Saint Odile spring this water is derived from in Avene, France, was originally discovered back in 1736. The history of this spring water and how it became such a pivotal product for those with sensitive skin is truly fascinating! There are countless uses this product can help with including, but not limited to the following:

  • diaper rash
  • sun burn
  • post shaving/waxing
  • post cleansing
  • face spritz for after exercising/applying makeup/refresher
  • post surgery/procedure work
  • redness/inflammation of the face
  • Eczema/atopic dermatitis and keratosis- prone skin
  • allergic reactions/skin irritations
  • burning/stinging/itching/tingling
  • bug bites/stings
  • cuts/scrapes

I actually used this product to successfully cure an injury on my cat's tail in the past. My cat came home one day with a large open wound on his tail that he would not leave alone. He was over grooming it which in return was making it harder for the injury to heal. I started spraying the Thermal Water directly on the wound and within about a week the injury was nearly entirely healed. The product is straight water so there was no irritation, burning or side effects of using it on him (or anyone). I carry the small version of this in my car for on the go and find myself using it far more often than I would have imagined.

10) TheraPearl Pals: Featuring Ribbit The Frog, Ping The Panda, Buddy The Puppy, and Pearl The Pig, this is a must-have for all parents/grandparents/nannies or caretakers! It is the ultimate drug-free and fast solution to your children's booboo's, cuts/scrapes, bug bites, fever, or tummy aches! They can be used frozen, or heat it in a microwave to be used warm for up to 20 minutes. TheraPearl Pals won a Parent Tested-Parent Approved Award for quality and appeal for these products. There are no heavy metals, VOCs or BPAs. They're safe, hypoallergenic, reusable, and wont drip or leak.

There you have it, my top ten beautystoredepot products!  Working at beautystoredepot, we frequently get to try new products and I still have several I’d like to recommend. So if any of you ever have any questions regarding the products mentioned, or if you are in need of any suggestions in general I am more than happy to help!
Contact us via email at or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST. 

Hope y'all have a beautiful day!

<3 Kristen

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kristen's Top 10 (Part One)

Hey y'all!

My name is Kristen and I started working at beautystoredepot about seven months ago. Although I may be the newbie here, I have been fortunate enough to try a variety of products that we carry. Here is part one of my top 10 beautystoredepot products I'd like to recommend to you!

1) Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil: Not only am I a beauty guru in training, but off the clock I am a mommy to a sweet four year old boy. Ever since my son was born we have struggled with his eczema and sensitive skin. He tends to have it around his eyes, in the nook of his inner elbow, and behind his knees. After trying every drugstore brand cream/cleanser/topical solution on the market without any success, I finally caved and asked his pediatrician for help. He was prescribed a steroid that I was super hesitant about using on him, especially near his eyes. So, Imagine my relief when I finally found a product that was safe, gentle, and ACTUALLY worked! I am extremely impressed with all of the Avene products and the amazing results that these products provide for sensitive skin. The key ingredient in all of their products is the spring derived Thermal Water.

This oil has not only helped alleviate his eczema break outs, but seems to be preventing them from reoccurring at all. We use it about every other day either in his bath tub as a bubble bath, or while washing him in the shower. Paired with the Avene XeraCalm A.D. Replenishing Cream, we seem to have finally gotten his eczema under control after four years. I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone who suffers from eczema or who has sensitive skin! If you or someone you know is suffering from eczema or a variety of other skin conditions, please, please consider finding out more about how Avene products can help you. This video which is initially heartbreaking really convinced me of how profound this water truly is.

2) iS Clinical Cleansing Complex: This cleanser provides a thorough, gentle, and deep cleanse. It completely removes all makeup and leaves your face feeling fresh and soft. This cleanser is ideal for both men and women, of all skin types. And men, I've heard it’s great for shaving! I've come to realize that, just like Avene, I LOVE everything iS Clinical carries that I've been able to try. This is another great brand that provides phenomenal results and benefits. Did I mention it is paraben free? Also it pairs perfectly with my Foreo LUNA.

3) Speaking of the Foreo LUNA Device... This device has completely transformed my skin since I started using it. What is it exactly? It is a personalized facial-cleansing & anti-aging device that works by using T-Sonic pulsation technology, providing up to 8,000 pulsations per minute. It has two different modes with their own separate benefits. The first mode is to be used for deep cleansing with your favorite cleanser* while rotating the front side of the silicone brush on your face in little circles. According to Foreo it removes 99.5% of dirt and oil while improving the absorption of your favorite skincare products. The second mode and backside has a lower frequency pulsation that is used for anti-aging and is known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while also firming and lifting the skin. Since this device uses silicone brushes it is super easy to clean with your favorite cleanser or gentle soap. The silicone will never have to be replaced unlike a lot of similar devices which require you to replace the brush heads every so often. The product is small enough for easy transportation and a full charge will last you about 450 uses. There is also a two year warranty on each device and a 10 year quality guarantee. This device has four different versions to fit every skin type and if you are unsure which would be the best fit for you, we can do a quick consultation with you to determine which type you are. You can view all of these devices here.
*please note, do not use an oil-based or exfoliating cleanser with this device as it could damage the silicone!

4) blinc Liquid Eyeliner: I have tried my fair share of different liquid eyeliners, trying to perfect my winged eye look over the past several years, but it seems that each had their own issue that turned me away from them. It wasn't until I started working here that I came across this brand of liner, and I have never turned back! It's a water resistant eyeliner and actually stays on all day without fading, smearing, clumping, flaking, or rubbing off. Also the brush is a perfect width for achieving the desired winged eyeliner look. Several colors are available including dark blue, grey, black, or medium brown.

5) gloMinerals Suede Matte Crayon: When I was initially introduced to the gloMinerals crayon lipsticks I wasn't really much of a lipstick wearer. Ever since using this, though, that has changed. I found that it not only lasted all day, but it does not smear or fade nearly as much as other comparable lipsticks. This crayon comes in 6 different shades for whatever mood you're in and several options to find a color that will pair well with your skin tone. Plus there is a built-in sharpener within the cap, so no need to go out and buy an extra-large sharpener for this crayon. The crayon also has a subtle minty scent to it, which I've grown to love. If you're looking for more of a high shine/glossy finish, you should check out the gloMinerals Cream Glaze Crayon, also with 6 beautiful shades.

If you took the time to read through the lengthy part one of my top 10 beautystoredepot products, thank you! It was tough trying to decide on just 10 products to recommend, and I definitely have a lot to say about each. Stay tuned for part two and my five remaining favorite products, to be posted in two weeks. If you have any questions regarding any of the first five products I mentioned, or if I can assist you with any of your beauty concerns, please let me know and I would be happy to help!  

Contact us via email at or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST. 

Hope y'all have a beautiful day!
<3 Kristen

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NuFACE Spring Makeover!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

We’ve got some exciting new shades of anti-aging goodness in bloom this season! The NuFACE devices are getting a spring makeover with the Trinity, now available in “Lilac Bloom”, and the Mini, now available in “Petal Pink”.  These swoon worthy devices will take your skincare routine to the next level.

NuFACE is the leader of innovative, anti-aging devices that deliver visible results for beautiful skin. Whether you’re in your 20s, 40s, 60s or any age in between, NuFACE Trinity & Mini can help improve facial contour, skin tone and wrinkle reduction in as little as 5 minutes a day! Don’t believe us? See what other people are saying about NuFACE…

“…after one five-minute session, our tester’s eyes appeared lifted, and her cheekbones were suddenly visible. Though the device sends electricity into the skin, it’s not painful in the slightest.” – Judith Newman, Allure Magazine Writer

“It’s simple to use and easy to stick with. I do it every morning and it makes my face look toned and refreshed –even after a night of soy-sauced tuna rolls.” – InStyle Magazine

I was lucky enough to give the NuFACE Mini a spin. After about a week and a half of use, I’m sold! I first thought it was some sort of shock-therapy, and was a little hesitant. I didn’t know if the primer was going to break me out, and I was not sure it was going to do anything for me. I don’t have many concerning wrinkles yet (good genes, oily skin, and a strict skincare regimen have all played their part in keeping me youthful), but I definitely felt more toned and could see more definition in my cheekbones and jawline. My cheeks were less saggy and I felt an all-over healthy glow. I’m happy to report that everything went smoothly and I can definitely see myself using this device daily, as a preventative and rejuvenating anti-aging tool.

Perhaps you are already a NuFACE fan? You should DEFINITELY check out the newest primers that they have! The 24k Gold Gel Primers from NuFACE are extremely luxurious and feel amazing. They help you really experience the gold standard in facial rejuvenation and are an essential first step to your NuFACE microcurrent treatment. With two anti-aging formulas to choose from, Brighten or Firm, both gold gel primers are infused with hyaluronic acid, algae and peptides. Both leave-on formulas are lightweight and come with a mess-free applicator. Do yourself (and your skin) a favor this spring by incorporating NuFACE into your daily routine!

 Want more information about NuFACE? Contact us via email at or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST.

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