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Win a Full Set of ‘Insanity: The Asylum’ Workout DVDs!

Aug 16 2012 | Categories: Announcements, Featured Posts, Gift Ideas

And… here is another awesome giveaway for you. If you’re wanting to tone up a bit, but don’t have time to make it to the gym, try giving ‘Insanity’ a try. You can do these workouts at home, and they’re actually faster to complete than the P90X workouts you’ve probably heard of.

And we all know, when you feel fit, you feel more positive and confident – the key to true beauty.

You can enter any number of ways. Just use the form below! Best of luck to you all! xoxo

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Get a $10 Credit from Groupon – Limited Time Only

Jan 13 2011 | Categories: Beauty News, Deals & Discounts, Featured Posts, Free Offers, Gift Ideas, Health Tips, Sales, Spa, Spa & Salon Reviews

If you haven’t tried Groupon yet, now is definitely the time to check it out. For a limited time only, they are giving brand new customers a $10 credit after their first purchase.

If you love finding good deals on Spa treatments like facials, microdermabrasion, massages and other beauty treatments, you don’t want to miss out: so be sure to sign up today. Groupon sends out daily offers from local Spas, skincare centers, laser centers as well as other types of businesses that are 50% off (or even more) compared to regular price. Each deal is from a business that is located in your area (You’ll set your location preferences when you sign up). It doesn’t cost a thing to sign up and you can also unsubscribe to the emails at any time. The special offer ends January 18, so the first purchase must be made by the 18th to qualify for the $10 credit.

We’ve found so many of our fav spa locations, beauty treatments, health clubs and restaurants this way. Most of us wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to go very often. With Groupon’s unbeatable specials, you get a chance to test out a few new spots, or to simply pamper yourself when a deal comes along that you simply can’t pass up.

Smashbox: Free Waterproof Eye Shadow Palette and Free Express Shipping!

Dec 08 2010 | Categories: Coupon, Promo & Discount Codes, Deals & Discounts, Eye Makeup, Eyeshadow Palettes, Eyeshadow | Reviews & Makeup Tips, Featured Posts, Free Beauty Samples, Free Makeup Samples, Free Makeup Samples without Surveys or Participation, Free Offers, Free Shipping Coupon Codes, Gift Ideas, Smashbox Cosmetics
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Smashbox is running a couple of splendid limited time makeup offers. The first is a FREE Waterproof Eye Shadow Palette ($40 value) with any $25 purchase. This offer is valid 12/12-12/19 or while supplies last. Also, if you end up spending $50 or more, you will receive FREE Express Shipping with your order. This offer is good from 12/12-12/19. Simply enter coupon code SHIPFAST at checkout!

Makeup Brushes: What to Know Before You Buy

Jul 29 2010 | Categories: Beauty Tips, Featured Posts, Gift Ideas, MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brushes, Makeup Brushes | Reviews & Makeup Tips, Makeup Tips

You already know that you need to use a brush to properly apply makeup but not just any brush will do. If you have ever tried to use those sad little brushes that come inside of eye shadow or brush compacts, then you know that some brushes are better than others. Buying a cosmetics brush is not just a matter of running to the drugstore and grabbing a brush that looks like it is the right size. You need to put a bit of thought into your selection or you can end up wasting a lot of money. Here are some helpful tips for choosing cosmetics brushes.

• You should always buy the best quality makeup brushes you can afford. Yes, they can be pricey but this is one case where you really do get what you pay for. Good makeup brushes are an investment. Bad brushes need to be replaced more often and can irritate your skin.

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• Natural bristles are generally better than synthetic ones. They also cost a lot more. Natural bristles are a must for large areas of the face but if you need to save some money, you can get away with synthetic fibers for any brushes that will be used with liquids.

• Pay attention to the material of the handle. Plastic is very easy to clean, which is important when you are working with liquids. Wooden handles, on the other hand, are more elegant and traditional but it can be very difficult to get stains out and these require extra drying time after washing. It’s really a matter of personal preference.

• Consider the density of the bristles in relation to the intended purpose of the brush. Stiff, tightly-packed bristles are a must for an eyebrow shading brush but softer bristles work better for applying loose powder all over the face.

• Look at handle length. Longer handles are easier to work with whereas shorter handles travel better.

• Concealer brushes can be synthetic if you are using them for liquid or cream concealer. Look for a small brush with a tapered round tip for covering blemishes and a flat, tapered square head for covering dark circles under the eyes.

• A good blush brush will be significantly larger than those that are usually included in the packaging of most blushes, yet not quite as big as a powder brush. Look for soft, natural bristles with a tapered head.

• If you are new to brushes, you might want to purchase a brush set from a reputable brand. Brands like MAC and Shu Uemura are considered some of the best. If your budget is smaller, you might want to try Sonia Kashuk or Essence of Beauty. Brush sets take some of the guesswork out of brush selection and are a great way to get a collection of useful brushes together. This often works out to be cheaper than buying them individually as well.

Laser Skin Treatments – An Overview

Jan 06 2010 | Categories: Beauty Tips, Gift Ideas, Health Tips, Makeup Tips for Face, Skin Care, Spa

Laser skin treatments can produce some truly amazing results. During these various types of treatments, a skilled professional applies laser light to the skin to produce various results and benefits to the skin. Laser light has become an increasingly popular method of treating a variety of skin conditions and providing benefits ranging from scar removal to skin regeneration. A laser skin treatment can provide excellent results with less bleeding, bruising and post-operative pain than any other treatment method available. Depending upon the desired results, there is a laser skin treatment whose procedures can provide an effective remedy.

Laser skin treatments are very effective when it comes to correcting scars, blemishes and other skin problems. These include scarring from acne, brown discoloration from aging, and skin conditions such as rosacea. Laser treatment works over a number of visits to break down the discoloration and help to regenerate new skin growth.

LASER SCAR REMOVAL
CO2 and ERYag lasers are two types of lasers used in the treatment of acne scarring or other scars appearing on the skin caused by inflammation. Both ERYag and CO2 laser skin treatments are known to be effective. Laser skin treatment to remove scarring is performed under general anesthesia as well as local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, depending upon the extent of damage that needs to be corrected.

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LASER SKIN RESURFACING
The laser skin resurfacing treatment is another very popular laser skin procedure for skin. This procedure is mainly used to help eliminate the wrinkles, scarring and discoloration of the skin that often occurs due to the aging process. Ablative lasers used in this procedure actually vaporize the top layer of the skin in order to promote the eventual appearance of a new fresher looking skin layer. Treatments using this type of laser require a period of conditioning the skin prior to treatment, as well as a certain amount of downtime while healing takes place. Laser skin resurfacing can also be achieved using no-ablative lasers which rather than vaporize the skin, penetrate to the dermis underneath to stimulate the production of collagen in order to tighten the skin into a more youthful appearance. Side effects for any resurfacing procedures can include swelling, redness and discomfort which can be aided by over the counter pain relief medication and topical medications. By using light from lasers, laser skin resurfacing reaches much deeper layers of your skin than microdermabrasion. The procedure tends to be more comfortable and the results tend to be much longer lasting than other types of skin resurfacing treatments.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Many patients seek out laser skin treatments in order to remove a tattoo from their skin which may now be discolored or no longer wanted for a variety of social or personal reasons. In this treatment, laser pulses are applied in order to break down the ink pigments which are eventually absorbed back into the body. Tattoo removal via laser skin treatment occurs over a period of time, with short sessions held every few weeks as the tattoo’s colors become lighter and less apparent with each treatment.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Permanent hair removal using laser treatment is another effective therapy which offers excellent results but usually takes more than one session to complete. Avoiding direct sunlight and treating the area with antibiotic ointment are just a few of the post-procedure steps which must be taken.

No laser skin treatment is a spur of the moment decision. And all laser skin treatments require an initial consultation with a specialist skilled in laser procedures as most require a period of preparation as well as downtime and post-procedure aftercare to avoid any unpleasant side effects such as infection.

Nine Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You

Oct 09 2009 | Categories: Beauty Tips, Fitness Tips, Gift Ideas, Health Tips, Skin Care

We just adore Dr. Amy Wechsler’s book, The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You. As a dermatologist AND psychiatrist, Dr. Wechsler understands the connection between our stress levels and our skin. Her book shows you how to minimize stress, simplify your life and look younger. Excessive stress literally causes you to age more quickly. It has an immediate effect on the condition of your skin and over time, will actually cause you to look older than other women your age.

In her book, Dr. Wechsler discusses how to reverse stress aging. She explains the importance of managing and reducing cortisol, a substance in your body that breaks down collagen and causes wrinkles. She shows you a simple nine-step plan: Simplify (simplifying your skin care regimen and other parts of your life), Relax, Go Green (the cortisol reducing benefits of nature), Eat Clean (eliminating some of the junk), Make a Move (exercise), Foster Friendships (the importance of emotional care and healing), Pamper Yourself (my favorite), Sleep In Beauty (getting your beauty sleep and letting your wrinkles heal), and Reflection (a before and after skin age test). She discusses why each step is important, helps you to understand the benefits, and explains the parameters of each (how much sleep or exercise you need, etc). She also shows you the different ways you can incorporate each one into your busy life. Here’s to better skin and less stress!!

Here is a clip of The Today Show’s feature of Dr. Wechsler and The Mind-Body Connection:

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Benefit Decked Out Dandelion Palette

Dec 07 2008 | Categories: Benefit Cosmetics, Gift Ideas

Benefit’s Decked Out Dandelion Palette is the perfect bring-along for your next outing. It contains eye, lip and cheek colors as well as brushes. On the left side, the compact has two eye shadows in the shades Mr. Right Now and Dear John. A dual brush (one end for eyeshadow and the other for lip color), is located in the middle. The compact also includes a miniature version of Benefit’s signature Dandelion brush in the bottom right corner of the compact. A pan lipstick in Flirt and face-illuminating powder in Dandelion round off the palette. This little compact makes a great gift for your favorite fashionista… or for yourself. :)

Benefit Chickster Maybe Baby Powder Perfume and Garter

Nov 03 2008 | Categories: Benefit Cosmetics, Gift Ideas, Makeup for Holidays, Wedding & Bridal Makeup Tips

This chic little powder perfume comes with an absolutely ah-dor-able garter attached to a pouch (perfume scent is Maybe Baby). You wear the garter underneath your party ensemble, and voila! You have the perfect place to stash a lipstick, gloss, extra cash or anything else without having to carry a purse. I can’t tell you how many times I could’ve used something like this when going out dancing. You never want to leave your bag at a table, but any bag (even a small one) just gets in the way when you’re on the dance floor. Well, problem solved! This sexy little accessory is the perfect gift for any of your party-going fashionista friends.

Benefit Chickster Powder Perfume in Maybe Baby with Garter:



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