Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunscreen Safety Tips + Freebies!

Click HERE to find safe sunscreen and review the tips below to make sure you are keeping your family safe in the sun this summer! Thinking about trying this great, safe, sunscreen out? Anyone who places an order $100 or over with me by July 28th will get two freebies - a free lipgloss and a free 2oz. sample of sunscreen! Click HERE to order!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lip Shades for Every Day of the Week

The right lip color can make or break your look, which is why everyone should consider building a complete lipstick wardrobe. Our nine universally flattering Lip Sheers are designed to complement every skin tone—so we’ve got you covered for any occasion, whether you’re at the office or out on the town. Find them all HERE.
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Friday, June 19, 2015

When to Swap Out Old Beauty Products


I love this guide by Beautycounter on when to throw out your beauty products - posting here so I can keep this for the future!


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Although most of us throw out milk when it’s past its prime and swap an out-of-season bag for a new style, when it comes to skin care and cosmetics, many of us hold onto products for far too long. To help you figure out when products have expired—potentially losing their efficacy or becoming contaminated—check out our suggested dos and don’ts, as well as a convenient guide, below.
DON’T store a product for a significant period of time before opening it. Depending on how and where it’s stored, the clock starts ticking on the shelf life of the product once it is purchased.
DON’T keep a product for longer than two years from the purchase date, whether opened or unopened. When a product is opened and air hits the formula, certain ingredients start to oxidize and degrade.
DO remember to keep your hands clean before applying anything. Each time you touch your makeup or skin care products, your hands transfer germs to them—and, subsequently, to your face.
DO store products in a cool, dry place, like your linen closet. Heat and humidity promote the growth of mold and yeast—a major reason the bathroom, though convenient, isn’t the most ideal place to store cosmetics.
DO check for expiration dates. Every one of our products notes the number of months that you can expect it to be safe for use. Look for a tiny period-after-opening (PAO) symbol of an open lid pot with a note like “12M,” which means the product’s lifespan is about 12 months from the time you open it if it’s been stored and used properly.
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SKIN CARE

WHEN TO REPLACE: six months to one year
Products that contain water (or aloe) need to contain preservatives to prevent microbial growth. (Some companies claim not to use preservatives, even in water-based products, which is likely untrue.) Even with preservatives and especially without them, we recommend that you toss skin care products that are approaching a year on your shelf. The best way to dispose of unused product is to empty it into the garbage (not down the drain) and recycle the container.

SUNSCREEN

WHEN TO REPLACE: one to two years
Most sunscreen products will have an expiration date printed on the packaging. Just remember that bringing your sunscreen along to the beach or pool, where it’s exposed to the sun for long periods of time, may shorten its shelf life.

FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER

WHEN TO REPLACE: six to 18 months
Toss liquid and cream formulas six months after opening, especially if you use your fingers to apply. Powder formulas last longer, around 18 months. If you notice your liquid foundation or concealer separating or changing color or your powder formula turning dry and chalky, ditch them.

BLUSH AND BRONZER

WHEN TO REPLACE: one to two years
Cream formulas are past their prime after one year, and powder formulas, which contain zero or very little water, expire after two. If you use a brush to apply, make sure you clean it at least once a week. Oils from your face can cling to bristles and transfer to the product. (See our instructions for cleaning below.)

EYE SHADOW

WHEN TO REPLACE: one to two years
Follow the same guidelines for blush and bronzer, but pay close attention to eye shadows since they come into daily contact with a mucus membrane—where there’s more opportunity for bacteria to contaminate the product. If you’ve had an eye infection, like pinkeye, germs may have contaminated your products before you even noticed any symptoms. You may want to be extra vigilant to avoid developing another infection.

EYELINER AND BROW PENCILS

WHEN TO REPLACE: one to two years
Because you must regularly sharpen wax-based eyeliners and brow pencils—revealing a fresh, new surface every time—they tend to last longer. Though liquid eyeliners and mascara aren’t part of our cosmetics collection, if you have them, consider tossing after two to three months. Why? They contain water, which makes them more prone to bacteria, and even with preservation, this is a concern because of the extremely sensitive nature of the eye.

LIPSTICK, LIP BALM, AND LIP GLOSS

WHEN TO REPLACE: one to two years
Keep an eye on your lip gloss and any lip product in jars—both of which are exposed to the elements more often than lipstick in a tube. Avoid spreading bacteria by not sharing lipstick with your friends, as tempting as it may be to have them try your favorite shade.

BRUSHES

WHEN TO REPLACE: two to five years
If cleaned regularly and stored properly—propped upright so bristles aren’t flattened or distorted—brushes can last for years. But once you notice bristles fraying or falling out, it’s time to invest in a new set. To wash, pour some Clean Everyday Shampoo into the palm of your hand. Dampen the brush and then rub it in the shampoo using circular motions. Rinse and repeat until the brush is clean. Finally, blot with a towel and leave it lying flat and uncovered to dry.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Neutral Knockouts from Stella & Dot

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Whether you're wearing a soft white dress to a summer evening cocktail party or a red tank and navy blue shorts for a July 4th barbecue, the subtle versatility of neutral jewelry can perfectly complement your look. 

Take Stella & Dot's Birdie Necklace. Featuring chic leather and sweet chiffon petals, this summer must-have creates a versatile botanical inspired silhouette. You could wear it as a statement necklace, detach the petals for a stand alone sparkle strand, or reverse it for a solid gold strand. 

Another subtle-but-spectacular piece is their Colorblock Cuff. This bracelet will never go out of style and will look perfect with practically anything. Hand-wrapped threads are accented with metal studs on this stackable cuff to add some sparkle to your arm. 

Here are the above-mentioned pieces, along with Stella & Dot's stunningly fabulous flora chandelier earrings. 
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

New, Safe Lipgloss from Beautycounter!

Check out the new, safe lipgloss by Beautycounter, which comes in three flattering shades that work with all skin tones! Does not contain BHT or other toxic ingredients, and it's perfect for summer! Find it HERE!