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  • Makeup Tips for the Pool

    There are some easy ways to make sure your makeup stays beautiful and your skin stays protected, even while enjoying a summer afternoon by the pool.

    Start with a waterproof and tinted moisturizer, with built-in sunscreen, for both the face and body. Here at SkinDirect we recommend our EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41. This will help protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. At the same time, it will give your skin a natural looking color without the worries of it streaking in the water.

    Pay special attention to your lips, which can burn easily. Pick a tinted lip gloss with built-in SPF for extra protection. Selecting a gloss with plumper included will also add volume, like City Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper, that holds up well in the water. This will keep your lips healthy, conditioned and plump, while giving them a smooth texture.

    The most challenging part of poolside makeup is mascara because even waterproof mascara starts smudging after an afternoon in the heat and water. Use instead a Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara. SkinDirect offers blinc Mascara in black, dark brown and medium brown. Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara, with its unique formula, puts tubes around your lashes so that you can wear it without worrying about flakes or smears, even while swimming. It is easily removed by wetting the lashes and sliding the tubes off.

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  • GloMinerals: Making the Amateur You a Makeup Professional!

    80% of the most famous celebrities are proven to feel incapable of appearing without their makeup. However, there are a few that have now chosen to appear unenhanced and bare of makeup within the pages of popular glossy magazines or fancy commercials. For the handful that are willing to appear “bare” of makeup, there are 50 more that won’t and, let’s face it; how many normal people would? If you were going to be in a popular media outlet, wouldn’t you want to look good?

    Well, the good news is that you can look good no matter where you go. You can now have some of the very same makeup products that are now being called face architects. Why face architects? Because these are makeup products that can do magic! They practically design and structure your face into perfection.

    Glominerals are one of the many products that can do this. These products are sure to be adored by women who are up for some innovation. Say goodbye to makeup disasters, despite how expensive the brands are. Then, smile, and say hello to easy makeup steps. Easy steps means as easy as one, two, three. Rich colors, easy-to-match and complimentary color combinations and exciting brushes will definitely make a novice a sure makeup professional in no time.

    Glominerals Globlush will do magic in enhancing any set of cheekbones. It is perfect for highlighting cheekbones and illuminating its natural color. You will be surprised how one little thing can do magic in making a more beautiful you!

    Glominerals Glolip Sheer is the answer to a long lasting lip care that will make any lips gorgeous in full and sultry pout. No need for an extra lip liner. For this sheer gives a pretty lip line that is sure to transform any lip shape into a more luscious one.

  • Non-Comedogenic Products Defined

    It can be a daunting task to try to understand all of the different terms that are used with skin care and cosmetic products. One word that we hear a lot in regards to skin care and cosmetics that is often the most confusing is non-comedogenic.

    Simply put, this fancy word means that a product won’t clog pores or cause you to break out. Most products that claim to be non-comedogenic are foundations, moisturizers and powders. There are oils in these products oftentimes that do cause breakouts, especially if skin is oily or prone to acne to begin with.

    Non-comedogenic products, like NeoStrata’s Daytime Protection Cream, most often use alternative agents for moisturizing instead of oils. Many non-comedogenic products use natural oils that are quickly absorbed and do not just sit on the surface of the skin and clog your pores. There are some products, such as TAHERI  Moisture Therapy, that simply eliminate oils completely.

    The problem with products for skin and cosmetics that use the term non-comedogenic is that there is no guarantee that you will not break out if use them. Every person has skin as unique as they are. There are many reasons that skin inflammation and irritation can occur. Despite any type of product that is used, there is always a chance that bacteria can get into the pores and create irritation or breakouts.

    Keep in mind that even if a product claims to be non-comedogenic, you could still end up with breakouts. However, these products are definitely worth trying and are worth the effort in trying to prevent or lessen breakouts. They are also better for your skin than products that contain oils that can cause more damage.

  • 5 of the Most Popular and Completely Unconventional Ingredients for Skin Care Products

    Changes in the beauty care industry have led to new ingredients and technology being constantly introduced. Research has brought about natural solutions and advancements. It has also uncovered some unconventional and seemingly off the wall ingredients such as those below.

    5) Gold
    Gold is a versatile substance. While it can be used as money, it has been used since ancient times for jewelry, medicine, food and drink, decorations, electronics, industrial purposes, etc. Today, gold is found in cosmetics, self tanning products, and anti aging remedies.

    4) Emu Oil
    For thousands of years Emu oil has been used in the treatment of arthritis, insect bites, burns and other itches or pains. DrEmu Deception Cream can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as treating the above mentioned conditions. It is a multipurpose cream to meet your needs.

    3) Osmotic Mineral Infusions
    While this is not a technical ingredient, it is definitely worthy of mention. Gold, silver, germanium and platinum minerals are thought to charge products designed for the skin when combined. They increase productivity of cells and help them perform better.

    2) Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media
    HFCM is a byproduct of tissue engineering. It features growth factors that are all natural, collagen that is soluble, antioxidants and matrix proteins. These benefits all combine to combat the signs of aging including wrinkles which leaves you with skin that looks and feels healthier. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is the first product of its kind to combine growth factor serum with corrective complex to give you the most youthful looking skin possible.

    1) Synthetic Snake Venom
    Synthetic snake venom has been used for anti aging products to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It is a topical alternative to traditional Botox. Muscles are relaxed and frozen.

  • Beauty Basics for Fall

    Finally, fall has returned. While many of us long for the cooler days and the beautiful colors that come with fall, this time of year can wreak havoc on our skin. Let’s look at some tips to help keep skin healthy, hair strong and adjust makeup colors to coincide with changes in the weather.

    Beyond Pumpkin Pie

    With cooler temperatures, skin is likely to become damaged and chapped from the wind. This leaves skin feeling uncomfortable and dry. One of the best remedies for dry skin is also something quite popular in fall: pumpkin. Like many effective moisturizers, it is high in Vitamins A and C, which help nourish, protect and condition skin.

    If you want to make your own mask, mix two tablespoons of cooked pumpkin with a tablespoon of honey. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes and rinse with warm water.

    If you’d rather purchase products, M2 Skin Care Skin Recovery Moisturizer is a great option. It contains pumpkin along with essential ingredients to keep skin hydrated and looking beautiful.

    Seasonal Shedding

    Animals shed their coat in the fall to get ready for winter coats to grow in. Humans also shed in fall due to weather changes and the pattern of the sun. Exquisite hair care is important to ensure that new hair that grows in is healthy and strong.

    Shampoo and condition your hair only two to three times a week. This prevents drying out of the scalp. Use a dry shampoo between washings if hair appears oily. Treatments containing coconut oil can help with dry, brittle hair.

    Makeup colors should be changed to accommodate the new season. Try warm colors such as mossy greens, rich browns, deep purples, or gold to keep your fall look glamorous and fit with the season.

  • A New Look for the New Year is Available at SkinDirect.com!

    A new year is the perfect time to make yourself over, and SkinDirect.com has everything you need to make your dreams of a fresh, new you a reality. We offer quality lines of skin care products that treat everything from acne and fine lines to dry skin and under eye problems.

    This may be the year you decide to rid your face of those unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. You can cleanse your skin completely to give it a vibrant appearance with the right product for your specific skin type. SkinDirect.com offers a full line of proven, quality products that can help you reach these goals and can give you better results than you may have thought possible.

    Getting rid of dry skin or starting an exfoliation plan to rid your skin of old, dead cells should be on everyone’s list. We offer exquisite creams, treatments, and serums from around the world that have given our customers smoother, healthier skin.

    If your skin is already in the best possible shape, we have moisturizers, cleansers, and toners that will help you maintain its look. We also carry a great mineral makeup line to accentuate your features and make your eyes, lips, or cheeks really stand out.

    It’s time to show the world a new you, and SkinDirect.com is your first step in achieving your new look!

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  • Winter Weather and Your Skin

    Winter weather treats our skin harshly, but there’s no need for your skin to suffer its effects. We have many products available to combat the cold, dry conditions that this time of year can bring, and now is the perfect opportunity for you to begin a skin regimen that will have you looking your best.

    Just because the sun isn’t shining brightly every day now, that’s no reason to ignore your skin. We have a full line of products designed specifically to relieve the effects of aging, to help remove dark circles and wrinkles, and to answer every need your skin has. This may be a great time to treat yourself and your skin to the luxurious benefits our creams, lotions, and cleansers will produce, and our full line of high quality products will have you looking your best for the holiday parties!

    Our products will be the best hostess gift you can give, or even an indulgence for yourself. You will be delighted with our eye and lip treatments, antioxidant filled products, and our skin care products formulated to treat acne, rosacea, or other unsightly conditions. We carry numerous products for dry, sensitive, and intolerant skin so you can have soft, silky skin during this cold, dry season.  

    Your skin doesn’t take the winter off, and neither should your caring for it. This is the best time to prepare your skin for the any type of weather to come. Start 2010 right with fabulous skin!

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  • Summer Time and Mineral Makeup

    Summer starts this weekend and so should a new makeup regimen. Mineral makeup is definitely in this summer because of all the skin benefits and natural properties formulated within the products. GloMinerals offers a wide variety of mineral makeup such as eyeliner, blush, bronzers, eyeshadow, and an invigorating mister to keep your skin hydrated all day.

    To begin your mineral makeup regimen, start with the gloPressed Base. This base protects your face from sun damage while it gives you a beautiful, matte finish. The rest of your makeup will look even and natural over this base without that caked-on look. It’s great for day time and evening wear. For your cheeks, you don’t have to stick to either a blush or a bronzer. Mixing a small amount of both will give your cheeks a rosy glow. Sweep the gloDust or gloBronze over the bottom of your cheek bones and add some blush over the round part of your cheeks. Add a little more of the bronzer in the evening to bring out your cheek bones even more.

    In the day time, some light mascara will do the trick for your eyes. Whether you need to lengthen or volumize, gloMinerals has both kinds of mascara. For a more subtle pop, use the lengthening mascara on only the outside of your eye. This will lengthen your eyes, too, and won’t be over dramatic for the day time. In the evening, use the gloCream Eyeliner with a fine tip, slanted applicator brush. Start making a thin line on the inside of your eyes, widening as you get closer to the outside. It might be tricky at first, but you will master it over time. Follow with the volumizing mascara. It will make your eyes sultry and sexy, ready for a romantic dinner or night on the town.

    For your lips, there are many options to choose from depending on what kind of formula you like best. GloMinerals makes long lasting lipstick, glosses, and plumpers in any shade you prefer, as well as lip treatments and balms to keep your lips smooth and hydrated underneath a gloss or lipstick.

    GloMinerals Makeup has your face and lips covered this summer. Most of their products contain natural UV protection to shield your skin from harmful rays and sun damage. Sun protection while looking great- what more could you ask for from makeup?

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  • Summer Skin Care Regimen

    Summer is right around the corner and the same skin care products you’ve been using all year might not be the best choices for June. This summer, the best makeup picks are lighter and softer colors. A natural glow will be perfect for those warm summer days no matter where you go. Keep your skin hydrated and clean throughout the day to prevent oil build up and break outs. And always remember, less is more!

    Summer or not, you should always make sure to apply sunscreen before you leave your home. A moisturizing sunscreen, or a moisturizer with a good SPF, is your best option for the harsh summer sun. Apply it after you shower or cleanse your face in the morning. Hydrating your skin will keep it looking youthful and firm, and can later help in the prevention of aging symptoms.

    If you can’t take your sunscreen or moisturizer with you when you leave, or you don’t want to apply it over makeup, many skin care companies have your solution. They have created great spritzers and misters that you can take with you anywhere you go. Not only will they keep your skin moist and soft during the day, they’re safe to use over makeup. They won’t wear your skin or makeup down and they’re a great alternative to washing your face in the middle of the day. Just apply whenever your skin needs a quick mist of hydration.

    When it comes to cosmetics, it might be time to toss out some of the makeup you’ve been using during winter and spring. Read about makeup expiration so you’ll know which products you can keep or which ones you should throw away. Soft colored eye liners and eye shadows will give your eyes a natural pop. Be careful with choosing some of these colors because you don’t want to choose something with too big of a contrast. A subtle, light shade will accent your eyes naturally and enhance their size and beauty.

    Don’t neglect your lips when you’re applying sunscreen or moisturizers to your face. Your lips are still skin, too, and need hydration just as much as the rest of your body does. Wear a protective spf lip balm or lip moisturizer before you apply lipstick or gloss. This will keep your lips soft and fresh underneath the color. Pinks and nudes are great color choices for the summer because they’ll bring out your lips natural tones. Darker shades will work great for the evening, but nudes will still keep your lips fabulous, too.

    Be careful not to fall asleep with your makeup on. Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and toner before bed. This will keep your pores unclogged and oil free. If your skin gets dry during the night, a night creme will work great but make sure to choose the right one for your type of skin.  SkinDirect.com carries all of the types of products mentioned above, so browse through the site to choose the best kinds for you and your skin.

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  • Featured Product – OC Eight Mattifying Gel

    Finally! No more oily and shiny skin that fades our fresh makeup and makes us look like we just went jogging- even if we haven’t moved! OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel gives you 8 hours of solid coverage and protection from oily looking skin.

    OC Eight contains ACRYSORB® micro-particles that trap oils continuously for 8 hours. They can hold oils up to 6x their own volume. This leaves you with matte, even-toned skin throughout the day.

    American Idol Makeup artist, Mezhgan, uses OC Eight on all of the contestants before applying the rest of their makeup. She loves the results and says it’s nothing like any product she has ever used before.

    The reason OC Eight is different from powders and blotting papers is because it works continuously and mechanically to trap the oils rather than wiping them off temporarily. The results are immediate because of how it holds your makeup in place, giving you the “just applied” look all day.

    OC Eight is safe to use on acne and rosacea as it won’t irritate your skin. It actually controls redness and reduces the appearance of blemishes. You can even use OC Eight before you work out to reduce that greasy appearance after sweating. People with dry skin can use OC Eight because it does not dry your skin, it simply traps oils. So use OC Eight no matter what type of skin you have if you want to get that beautiful matte finish.

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