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Friday, October 20, 2017

Tales From Behind The Makeup Chair: Make-up Hacks - The Mascara Edition

Hack #1 

So, you have somewhere special to go – A special date, wedding, portraits, or an awesome party…you know what I mean. Or you just simply are getting ready for your daily grind. Either way, there is the occasional dreaded threat of the unintentional mascara smear. Getting rid of it quickly without having to start all over IS possible. It’s amazing so get ready….you simply wait for the mascara to dry. Once the mascara is COMPLETELY dry, you should be able to take a clean makeup brush and simply brush it or Q-tip it away! That’s it. This also works with waterproof versions of products, but may require a little more Q-tip power. Occasionally you might need to put a little more eye shadow or powder on once you’ve brushed it away, but that’s about the extent of work that needs to go into this correction. No need to start over and do massive reapplications! This trick also works with liquid eye liners.

Hack #2

You’ve finally found a mascara that is absolutely perfect (I adore the PUR Big Look Mascara as well as Revitalash Volumizing Mascara) and does everything you want it to do. Before you know it, it’s drying up well before its expiration time. Here’s something you may not realize and a possible hack to solve your problem. Every time the mascara wand is put back into the tube it brings in some air, which over time can dry your mascara out prematurely. As long as the mascara is NOT past its healthy use by time, you can add a drop or two of sterile eye saline solution to bring your mascara back to life. Voila!

Hack #3

This last mascara hack is a very old trick among many a make-up artist. If you are looking to had a bit more volume to your lashes, try applying baby powder to them - In moderation of course. After applying one layer of mascara, gently apply a slight amount of baby powder using either a Q tip or a clean eye shadow brush. I prefer the latter due to the risk of getting Q tip fibers in your eyes.  Afterwards, since your eyelashes will look pale, apply additional coats of mascara. If you aren’t a fan of using this technique there are a few wonderful mascara primers to help boost volume and length to your lashes. Not only do they help amplify your lashes, but they also help keep mascaras from flaking. I love the Revitalash Volumizing Primer, Blinc Black Eyelash Primer in Black, and Glo Skin Beauty Lash Thickener and Conditioner.

If you feel like your lashes are just lackluster and you would love to longer fuller lashes, I have had wonderful results with the Revitalash Advanced. I cannot speak highly enough of this product. I’ve never had lashes so long in my life. GrandeLASH is also very effective in helping eyelash growth and enhancement. 

Stay tuned for foundation and powder hacks in the next edition of “Tales From Behind the Make-Up Chair”. Until then – Happy Beautifying! 


Who’s Jenna anyway?? 

Jenna is a Professional Makeup Artist with over 28 years doing every kind of makeup there is for television, film, stage and print. She learned everything she knows about Makeup, Special Effects Makeup from books, the Internet, and trial and error. This self-taught makeup artist was also a competitor on Season 4 of the Syfy Channel’s Special Effects Make Up Competition, “Face Off”. Her work has been seen in many films, television shows,  magazines and stage productions. She aspires to learn something new about beauty and makeup products each and every day. Aside from her makeup jobs she also works as a customer service representative/beauty makeup expert for Beautystoredepot.com!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Osmosis Skincare: A Holistic Protocol for Dark Circles and Puffiness

This week's blog is courtesy of Osmosis Skincare.

Back-to-school season is upon us which means early alarm clocks, fast-paced mornings, and long, jam-packed days. We live for the hustle too, but sometimes the delicate skin under our eyes just can't keep up (we're all guilty of rocking the "indoor sunglasses" look). Luckily, we have just the tools you need to combat those dark circles and puffy eyes! Read on to discover the causes behind your "raccoon eyes" and which Osmosis products can help you can tackle mornings like a boss and go confidently without those shades all day long.

There are many more causes of dark circles and puffiness than just lack of sleep, and contrary to what you may think, excess caffeine can actually make it worse! So even though you may need multiple cups of coffee to make you feel more awake, it won't necessarily make you look as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This common skin condition can also be caused by kidney strain, use of NSAIDs (a.k.a. aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.), anxiety, or heavy stress. So how in the world do we get rid of these pesky "bags"? Our super-simple protocol will do the trick!

Choose a Vitamin A Serum for your skin type.
Vitamin A will help firm and tighten loose or "puffy" skin and is gentle enough to use on the delicate skin around your eye. It increases nutrients, collagen production, and elasticity for overall healthier skin.

Reinforce with a specialty Eye Serum.
Refresh or Refresh PM will serve as back-up to your vitamin A, helping to firm and effectively reduce puffiness, lines, and dark circles. Refresh PM provides an intensely-moisturizing affect to help restore a healthy barrier to the skin around the eye.

Go Internal.
The next step to gaining long-term results and change with your dark circles and puffy eyes is to target the internal source. Inner Harmony helps to harmonize toxins in the organs, such as the kidneys, as well as brings balance to your overall internal functionality. Restore is another excellent tool targeting internal wellness that will repair and replace lost oxygen over time which contributes to those pesky dark circles and other signs of aging in the skin.

Pair these products with a mega increase in your water intake and watch those dark circles fade and the puff deflate! Shop your protocol HERE.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day 2017 Gift Ideas

Father's Day is here and we want to wish all you fellas out there a VERY Happy Father's Day!

If you're anything like me, I TRULY struggle to find a gift for my husband and father.  It seems like everytime they want or need something, they just go out and get it themselves leaving me with the constant struggle of WHAT DO I GET THEM?  I have found that practical gifts are the ones that my husband and father both appreciate the most, so below is a list of some amazing, yet very practical gift options for those special men in your life!


  • Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Beard Refining Kit - This kit is a complete package for softening and grooming your beard, a complete package to achieve the beard style you want!  Kit includes wash, brush, and beard control to keep those hairs in check!
  • Billy Jealousy Tin Man No. 1 Beard Wax -  Tame your snarling beard with Billy Jealousy's Tin Man No. !!  Conditions, Controls, and provides you with that perfect look that's just his style.
For other amazing products for bearded men CLICK HERE


For additional options for your clean shaven man CLICK HERE



Still haven't found that perfect gift?  Don't fret.....THERE'S MORE!  Just click HERE for all of our men products.  

Always remember our friendly customer service staff is just a click or phone call away to help you with any of your concerns or questions.

Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's Time to Tan!

Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner!  As soon as the temperature starts to rise, I begin staring at my white legs and arms realizing it's TIME TO TAN!

Here at beautystoredepot we are advocates for healthy skin and do not recommend sunbathing or tanning beds, but .... no worries because there are a ton of safe options that actually work.  Here is a list of a few of my favorites!

For a full list of all of our self tanning products click HERE

A few quick reminders to achieve your perfect at home tan:

  • Always exfoliate before tanning!
  • Remember to apply a small amount of lotion to elbow and knees prior to applying self tan products
  • Be cautious of over applying around knees, elbows, and ankles
  • Always apply INSTANT tanners in small amounts and areas so you can be mindful of possible streaking
Until next time....stay beautiful!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hello Lashes!

Have you ever wanted to wake up and have amazing lashes without any makeup?  Me too!!....but, I was always hesitant to purchase any product that I had to place anywhere close to my eyes.  With allergies and contacts, it can often be difficult just to get my contacts in much less add some mascara ontop of already red, dry, agitated eyes.  I did FINALLY give it a try and I am SO happy that I did!

I started using GrandeLASH about 2.5 months ago.  The application is incredibly easy!  You literally just take the brush out and apply it directly to your upper lash line once or twice a day.  Even better?  I haven't had any discomfort or additional eye issues with use....thank goodness!  I try to apply GrandeLASH everyday, but there have been a few times that I wasn't able to. Good news is that I am still seeing drastic results. Results will vary and I am a few months from 40, so it did take me longer to see results than what a younger gal may see (this is also advised in the product information).  I am thankful I didn't just give up on the product because I am very pleased with the results.

GrandLASH is now a permanent part of my daily regiment and I hope to continue to see more length and fullness.

Until next time....stay beautiful!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fancy Feet Without The Salon Cost

Before I had my beautiful kiddos, I was able to manage to get either a bi-weekly or at least monthly manicure and pedicure.  Now, however, the time just doesn't seem to be there and I can find much better ways to spend my $50-75 than on a single nail service for myself.

Time, however, is still an issue and I know every busy Mama can relate!  Fortunately, I have discovered a few products that have made my feet much more happy and presentable....even better? Cost effective too!

I had been eyeing the Footlogix Double Sided File for a few weeks and dropped the hint to my husband for a stocking stuffer.  He delivered and I couldn't be happier!  This is my first stainless steel file and they are ah-mazing!  It leaves my feet smooth and it's so much easier to clean.  I am now making it a priority to use the file once or twice a week and the results have been fantastic!

After my first use I remembered I also had One Minute Manicure under my bathroom sink and thought "Why not?"  I used a little on both feet before I went to bed and then applied Cuccio Naturale Vanilla Bean and Sugar Blend.  This lotion is fantastic for your feet since it's fast drying but incredibly hydrating.  The results?  My calluses are vastly improved and no more cracks anywhere! Now if I could just manage to polish straight!

You can purchase all three of these products for under $65!  That's the average price of a spa pedicure with a salt or sugar scrub, but you will have enough product for multiple pedicures and the foot file should last a very long time!  It only takes a small amount of the One Minute Manicure AND don't forget to use it on your hands too!  This stuff is magical and has been one of my all time faves for years!  I even caught my husband using it the other day.

Until next time, stay beautiful!

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