Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time to change your skin care routine!

SPF is your BFF!  At least it should be.  Most of us don't really think about it during the winter months, but as we move our activities outdoors, we need to insure our skin is protected.  Even in the spring, when the sun is weaker than the hot summer months, it can still damage skin. 

An easy way to get this done is to change your foundation or BB cream to one that has an SPF of 15 or higher.  gloMinerals Tinted Primer has a SPF of 30.  Jane Iredale has a translucent Powder-Me Dry Sunscreen that also has an SPF of 30.  If you like something lighter, theBalm's BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer has an SPF of 18. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Make a Spring change!

Spring is a time of renewal.  Nature burst forth a kaleidoscope of color that has us feeling both joyful and restless.  It's also a great time to make a change in our beauty style...it doesn't have to be dramatic (although that's always fun), but even a subtle change can have you feeling great and chase away the winter doldrums! 

The fashion runaways this year displayed 80's throwbacks, sweet romance and glitter filled party style.  Can you believe there were even shoulder pads and ruffles!  Here are some trending changes you can easily do.
  • Change your hair part.  This spring's style is a deep side part.  It implies boldness and strength. 
  • Go bold with one element of your make-up and keep the rest clean and minimal.  A Slash of yellow, red or green on the eyes.  A bright fuchsia or coral on the lips. 
  • Tighten up the braids.  Keep them sharp and precise.  Rub a bit of styling cream or a pomade/gel on your palms before braiding to keep strands together and add grip. 
  • Going partying!  Break of the lash glue, hair baubles and glitter.  Go a little wild with the style. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pomade - a styling product you can love!

Pomade is a hair styling product that has been used for decades to achieve many different hairstyles. Traditional pomades are oil based and very slick, but the more modern pomades are water based. It's easier to wash out and gives the hair a lighter hold.  They are slightly more expensive than oil based ones but allow you to restyle throughout the day.  Whether you have long or short hair,  want slick backed hair, shiny hair, messy but styled hair, or spiked up hair, pomade is a great styling product to achieve the look and have it last all day long.

  • A matte pomade has less shine and is best for hair that tends to get greasy quickly with pomade.
  • A sheen pomade has much more shine and would be good for someone with dry hair.
  • You can mix a matte pomade with a sheen pomade to create your own perfect balance.
More Choices:
If you’re new to using pomade, start with one that has a light hold. This will allow you to get a feel for how to style your hair and still allow you to change the style throughout the day.
  • Pomades that give a light hold are soft, and pomades that give a stronger hold are harder.
  • If you have thicker hair, you might want to opt for a medium or strong hold.
  • Try buying several different kinds of pomade to find the one that works best for your hair.
Applying Pomade

Wash your hair first; pomades adhere best to clean hair.  Apply pomade to towel dried but damp hair. This allows it to mix easily into your hair and looks much better when it dries.

A little pomade goes a long way, so start with a small amount.  Use your fingers to remove the pomade from the jar, then rub your fingers together to get it on all of your fingertips.  Run your fingers through your hair where you want the pomade.  Apply it evenly from just near the root to tips or just to the tips if that is where you need it.  Do not get the pomade on your scalp.  This makes it look greasy and is bad for the natural oils on your scalp.

Short hair spikes are achieved by applying pomade to the tips and using your thumb and fingers to gently pull the tips of your hair in the direction you want to spike it.  Just repeat this process until you've achieved the spiked look you want.

A messy look is perfected using pomade.  Apply using your fingertips, starting near the roots and pulling fingers to the tips of your hair; moving in an upward direction.  Then gently tousle your hair , move side to side and front to back. 

Create a slick backed look by combing hair first to remove all tangles.  Work the pomade into your hair and use your fingertips to move hair to wards the back of your head.  Repeat until all you hair is pointing to the back of your head.  Then use the palm of your hand to smooth you hair back, starting from near your hairline.

Use pomade on long hair to create lift and separate layers from others.  After separating the layers, apply the pomade to the underside of one layer, starting near the root and going down about 1 - 2 inches.  Carefully let your hair fall back down on your head and it should be a little lifted off of the layer beneath.

Pomade is also perfect for taming a ponytail or braid and keeping it neat throughout the day.  Stray hairs and fly-away frizz disappears.  You can also apply it lightly to the ends of your hair to hide split ends.

Find your perfect Pomade!  Click here.  Most professional hair care brands have a pomade in their styling line so you can find your pomade from your favorite brand.

Friday, March 17, 2017

And the winners are...

Ever wonder what products someone else uses to achieve a look you admire?  Looking for a new product to try for skin care or a new concealer?  What a great dry shampoo?  Well, BCC will  help you find just what you need.  The new "Reader's Choice 2016" Award Winners list is here.  How are these winners determined?  By sales and reviews.  Now you can see them all on the same page. Click here!  Some may already be your favorite and some may be new to you, but we guarantee you'll love them!

Beauty Care Choices has been selling the best professional beauty products on line since 2005.  We purchase our products direct from the manufacturer or authorized distributor (never "grey market") so our products are always fresh. Our customer service staff are all licensed cosmetologists, so you can get professional answers to any of your product questions.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring is coming...time to get those sandal-worth feet ready!

Don't you love it when spring arrives, when there are more sunny days than cloudy ones.  You just feel the re-birth all around you!  Of course, those means it's also time for boots and heavy footwear to move to the back of the closet and those lovely strappy and open-toe favorites to take center stage.  So let's get those feet ready!

Calluses on your feet form because of dry skin or too much friction on one area of the skin. They can cause discomfort and misery in addition to just being downright annoying and ugly . Here is how to get your skin soft and smooth again.

Soak your feet in warm/hot water for ten minutes. The skin should start to soften. You may add Epsom salts, bath oils, or even tea if you
like, but they're not necessary. 

Using a pumice stone or foot file, scrub your calluses. Be sure to periodically clean the stone or file. Do not overly scrub your feet/hands. 5 minutes is enough time. You want to slowly take down the callus over a month or so. If you begin to feel pain after you have removed a couple layers of skin, stop.  A good, gentle foot file is worth the investment...they last forever!

Wash your feet. Make sure that you clean off all of the dead skin.

Pat dry and rub lotion on your feet.  Use a thick foot lotion to hold in extra moisture. Lotions with Urea in them are particularly good.  If you are about to go to bed (which is a great time to do this), put on socks to hold in the moisture and lotion.

Repeat this entire process at the end of every week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fade out those dark spots!

Looking to fade dark spots, zap sun damage and even out the color of your skin overall?  Skin lightening creams do help.  Most products work in the same manner. They stop the enzyme that makes the cells that generate the color in your skin -- otherwise known as melanin. A few key ingredients can accomplish this: hydroquinone, arbutin, and kojic acid. Both YonKa Essential White Dark Spot Correcteur Cible and gloTherapeutics Lightening Serum work well.

Patience is key if you decide to try one of these products. They can be a bit pricey, so once you make the investment, stick with it!  Because of the life cycle of skin cells and the color-making process, you'll wait about 8 to 12 weeks before you begin to see a real difference.   Some doctors suggest using a retinoid product (such as Retin-A) along with the lightener to help speed things up.

The dark side, so to speak, to slathering on these creams -- particularly the strongest ones -- can be skin irritation and a greater risk of sunburn. So  use sunscreen (SPF 30) every day, even when it rains. Steroid creams such as hydrocortisone reduce inflammation and creams rich in antioxidants can help with irritation and protect your skin from further damage.