Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Marbled Nail effects made easy.

You are not going to believe how easy this is! 

1.  Using a Q-tip, apply a thin layer of Vaseline on skin around nail.  This is not essential, but it does make it easier to clear away unwanted polish.

2.  Fill a small cup with cold water.  Add a few drops of each color polish you want in your marbling.  The polish will float on top, creating swirls.

3.  Dip each finger and make sure the polish sticks to your nail. Let dry, then clean edges.  Finish with clear top coat.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Six tips for healthy hair!

Beautiful hair does not come naturally.  Unless you're seven or amazingly lucky, hair needs care and attention.  Fortunately, most of the best ways for keeping hair looking youthful and healthy cost you nothing.

Avoid heat tools whenever you can.  If your style allows, shampoo hair at night and let it dry naturally.  If you need heat to style, be sure to use a heat protector.  Remember, heat always leaves a little damage behind.

Trim you hair regularly.  Ends of hair get dry and brittle over time.  Trimming just 1/4 inch each month will reduce the chances of split ends.

Moisturize...and use a deep conditioner once every week.  Oils are also essential for a healthy hair and scalp. 

Eat right!  Limp and weak hair is a sign of a poor diet.  Fish (especially salmon), avocados, nuts and leafy dark greens are essential for healthy hair.

Treat wet hair as gently as possible. Use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet.  Wood combs are best.  Wet hair is more prone to breakage.  When shampooing, don't rub the roots of your hair...it will weaken the hair.  Instead, gently massage your scalp to promote good circulation.  When toweling wet hair, gently squeeze, never rub.  If you don't have a good wide-tooth wood comb, BCC has the Olivia Garden Eco-Friendly Bamboo Comb collection...only $7.50 each.

Use "hair-safe" accessories.  Avoid sharp pins or ties with metal connectors.  They tend to get tangled in the hair and cause more breakage.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Did you save a little for the after Christmas sales???

I did.  So yesterday I cleaned the chaos of the holidays and put my house in some kind of order.  Today, I'm heading for the stores one more time.  I love the post-holiday sales.  Certain things are on my list every year...next year's wrapping paper, ribbons & bows, light sets and really pretty bulbs for the tree that are too expensive before, but perfect at 75% off!  Then there is the special "me" presents...it's that time of year after all.  I am always surprised by the "me" gifts, but I always love them!  If you are looking for "me" sales, check out our 30% off After Christmas SaleHair, skin nail and cosmetic products all at 30% off or more, plus many brands come with a FREE extra item.  When you get to the page you can view everything on sale, or look to the left and click on the type of "me" items you want! 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Whew!

I feel great!  I may look a little haggard, my house may be in chaos, the tree is definitely drooping, but I still feel great!  In fact, my heart is full.  Family, friends and the already cherished memories of the past few days have made this a wonderful end to 2015.  I hope you are blessed with the same feelings.

This week our Box of Beauty giveaway started today and will run through January 3.  Two of my favorite products are included in this box...Pravana Nevo Intense Leave-In Therapy and Thermafuse f450 One Pass (both full size by the way!).  The Pravana is 100% Vegan and 100% Gluten Free.  This is my go-to product during the holiday season when my hair is tortured into submission for various styles and sprayed into submission so the style holds longer than its usual half hour!  I spray it on after every shampoo. (be sure to shake it first to mix the 2 phases.)   It detangles, moisturizes, protects from the heat and leaves my hair shining!  The other favorite, f450 from Thermafuse is vital year round!  This Hot Iron Activated Smoothing Crème keeps the frizz away, smells great and makes using a flat iron much easier.  Plus, the straightening with last for 2 days!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

From all of us at BCC


We'll be back with more exciting giveaways, beauty news and information on Saturday, Dec. 26.  We wish all of our readers a very safe and happy holiday and hope it is filled with joy!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Caring for a child's hair - Simple Do's and Don'ts

Ever wondered what the difference is between regular and baby shampoo.  Adult shampoos contain chemicals called anionics (like ammonium laurel sulfate) that create the lather most people want when they shampoo.  This can be very drying, but since most adults use conditioner and other styling products and have oilier skin than kids, it's not an issue. 

Be shampoo savvy when it comes to caring for infant and toddlers hair washing. 
Babies only need to have hair washed once or twice a week.   If your baby has cradle cap, which (despite the flakes) is an oily-skin condition, wash with a dandruff shampoo two or three times a week after massaging a little olive or baby oil onto his scalp to loosen the flakes.
Toddlers: Three times a week is fine (more often if he's got a penchant for mashing bananas on his head).
Preschoolers and up: As your child's hair gets longer, wash it every other day (less often for very curly, dry, or African-American hair; in these cases, you can use conditioner once a week, too).
At any age: Always shampoo at the end of the bath so your child's not sitting in the sudsy water, which could irritate sensitive skin.

The best way to comb painlessly after shampooing:

  • DO use a wide-tooth comb, or a boar-bristle or paddle brush, on dry hair. Avoid using your vent brush, which has tiny teeth that can snag.
  • DON'T start at the top; you'll just make tangles worse. Instead, begin at the ends and slowly work your way up the hair shaft, gently pulling apart knots with your fingers.
  • DO the hair at the nape of the neck first, which tends to get most tangled.
  • DON'T wet bad snarls. They'll only get more matted. Work in some regular hair conditioner or spray detangler, and hold the hair at the scalp while you gently comb out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's time for a Bath!

If you're like me, holiday preparations can leave you feeling a little Grinch-y!  Between shopping, decorating, baking, kids out of school, the job and the extra social events, you have very little "me" time...and that's NOT good.  So...get out the fragrant bath salts and scrubs and a deliciously scented candle and fill the tub with steaming, soothing water.  Today, give yourself a treat!  You've earned it!  Don't tell yourself you don't have time.  Don't let anything interfere.  Set aside an hour tonight.  Then relax away the season's stress.  It's my plan for tonight and I promise you it will be worth it!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Schwarzkopf Age of Beauty

Schwarzkoph Professional's Autumn/Winter 2015/16 Essential Looks video shows your three distinct, but flexible trends to fire your imagination...multi-tonal shade of Silver Glory, the loose texture of Layered Chico and the tousled shapes of Heritage Blend.  We love them and wanted to share with you.  It's perfect for today, since this week's giveaway is all about Schwarzkopf products!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Hair!

Okay...this holiday hairdo might be a bit much for you to tackle (although if you do, please send me a pix), but hair accessories add a festive touch to your style that is just right for the season. 

Any up-do needs a little touch - from a poinsettia pinned to the bun to a few jewels tucked in strategic places.  You can make your style fun or elegant just by the accessory you chose to add.  Even braiding a red or green ribbon through your tresses will add a little joy to your day!

 So, on your next trip to the dollar store, pick up a few holiday trinkets to glam up your style.  Beauty Care Choices has also added Pink Pewter White Label Headbands to their products.  These jeweled beauties are perfect for this season!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The secret to easy ribbon nails is out!

Ribbon nails are easy if you know the trick!  Simply paint your nails green.  Once the polish dries...here comes the trick part...use scotch tape to cover parts of your nails, leaving stripe shapes uncovered.  Now paint the nail all over with red.  when the red dries, remove the tape!  Cover with a clear top coat to seal!  These are Christmas nails, but you can use this trick with any two colors!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gift ideas for Men

This great BaByliss 10-in-1 pivotal grooming set is just perfect for any man.  Ten tools - 5 interchangeable cutting heads, including a precision trimmer, body groomer, detail trimmer, shaver, and nose & ear trimmer.  Also includes 2 comb guides, 3 hawline blending combs, a styling comb, cleaning brush and oil.  He'll love it!  $43.50

Goldwell's Dualsenses for Men Travel Bag has everything for the man on the go!  It includes 5 sachets of For Men Shampoo and For Men Power Gel, a 1.5 oz Big Finish Volume Hair Spray,  a .6 oz Rough Man No 4 and a .5 oz Mellogoo!  He has 5 days of looking his best in a convenient travel size bag.


Get him an assortment of Woody's Quality Grooming products.  For example, how abut the Hair & Body Wash, a Shave Relief Balm and Just4Play or Love Grenade Body & Laundry Spray. 

Beauty Care Choices has many more Men's Professiona & Quality grooming brand lines including American Crew, Bosley, Clubman, HeadBlade, Johnny B and Suavecito!  Click here to starting shopping for the man in your life!

Remember, you save $20, when you spend $100 and shipping is free!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ultra Smooth, Shiny Hair

Love the look of sleek, shiny hair.  Follow the expert tips below for achieving ultra-smooth tresses.

PREP: The sleek look begins with your preparation.  Brush your dry hair before you shower, from the ends up.  Wet hair breaks more easily, leading to broken strands and flyaways in the shower.  Then shampoo only from the scalp to the mid-length of the hair to prevent over drying the ends.  Apply a smoothing conditioner (CHI Enviro Smoothing Conditioner is a great one) and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly through the hair.  Towel dry your hair by squeezing out the water...don't rub hair with a towel as it creates frizz. 

Apply a golf ball size heat-protecting mousse and layer in a shine oil.  If you don't have one, try Alfaparf's Semi di Lino Eco-Mousse.

BLOW DRY.  Using a nylon-bristle brush, wrap your hair flat to your head, going right to left and drag the bristles for tension as you dry.  Then go from left to right.  Once roots to mid-length are dry, pull the ends straight down with the brush and dry with a blast of cold for added shine.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fun Reindeer Nails!


These may look very complicated, but they are really very easy to do.

- Start by painting your nails white and letting them dry.
- Next, paint the semi-circle round head of the reindeer. (If you have them, use your French nail guides.)
- Once the brown color is dry, use the tip of a brush to make the face features.  Round drops form the nose and eyes.  Small round black drops complete the eye.
- Finally, use a thin brush and deeper brown for the antlers. 
- Finish with a clear top coat to seal.  Remember, these are fun...they don't al have to be perfect! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How to Wear Gold!

You want a little extra oomph to your make-up for holiday parties.  Nothing shines the gold! The key is to add the touches in just the right places so your radiance is subtle, but stunning. 

Adding gold dust on your cheekbones, temples and nose will provide a glowing complexion.  As a finishing touch, dust it lightly.  Jane Iredale's 24K Gold Dust Mini's (in gold or rose gold) are just perfect and it's real gold!

Baring your shoulder's or your décolleté?  Spritz on Brocato's Shimmer Gold Spray.  The gold flecks ad a sexy shimmer.  Best of all, this spray won't hurt clothes (you can actually spray it on them!). 

Finish your lips with a touch of gloMinerals Rose Gold lip gloss.  Just a touch in the cupid's bow will provide your high-powered pouty lips with just the come hither festive look you want!

Finally your nails!  OPI's Rose Gold Nail Lacquer "Worth a Pretty Penne" looks festive, yet understated. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Shop now and save BIG!

Whew!  After a weekend spent shopping and decking the halls, coming back to work almost feels like a vacation!  I've made a big dent in my gift list and now I'm checking it twice...okay maybe for like the 25th time, but I have a very large family, so I need all the help I can get.  Once I get my newly checked list in order, I'm heading for my computer...internet shopping is my biggest time saver, especially when I find FREE shipping. 

If you're working on your list, BeautyCareChoices.com can help you finish too!  Their current sale is $20 off orders over $100....that's saving 20%!  Just click the little red stocking at the top of the page and you'll find all sorts of wonderful ideas - from stocking stuffers to deluxe gift sets that are already up to 40% off.  One other great time saver - they will ship your gift to whomever you wish and include a personalized gift card from you for free!  Time to get shopping...have a great day!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fade away 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 DermaE Skin Lighten and Clinical Care (Skin)Solutions Go Spot Go work well.

Patience is key if you decide to try one of these products. 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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Secret changes to your Make-up Routine to make you look younger!

Make-up was easy in our teens and 20's, but as laugh lines start to appear, using the same make-up routine may make you look older.  Just as your skin care routine must change as you age, so should your make-up.  Time dries and thins our facial skin, so the products you used five years ago could look matronly now. 

Start your new make-up routine with a high-quality skin primer.  It fills in small wrinkles, making them less visible.  If you haven't ever used one, you will notice the difference right away.  Try Veil Foundation Primer by Bodyography

Change your foundation.  Instead of the thick foundation slathered on the skin - which tends to break into deep cracks - apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation.  Tap it on with a sponge rather than rubbing it in.  Jane Iredale's Glow time BB Cream is perfect!

Apply make-up using a good magnifying mirror.  Our eyesight tends to decline as we age and applying flattering make-up takes precision.  Just because you can't see the wiggly eye liner doesn't mean everyone else can't.

As we age, the eyelids tend to droop, so the goal is to draw attention away from the lid and toward the actual eye. Eyeliner is the key. Apply it in a thin streak along the line where the lashes begin, top and bottom. This will enhance the shape of your eye and create the illusion of thicker lashes. Use soft shades and a light touch when applying eye shadow.

Put back your eyebrows. Eyebrows are extremely important because they frame the face.  Brows tend to grow thinner and grayer with age. Use an eyebrow pencil that complements your hair color. Placing powder over the pencil will help it stay put.

Keep lips plump and moisturized. Few things draw attention to wrinkles like bleeding lip color. This happens because lipstick is a cream and it tends to slip into any low spaces -- including the lines around your lips. To keep color from traveling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation before applying lipstick.  HINT: keep lips supple with LaLicious Lip Butter - apply at night and in the morning.  It's a little jar, but a lasts a long time!

There is free shipping on all cosmetics at beautycarechoices.com!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Skin care ingredients and what they do!

Choosing a skin care product that will accomplish what you want it to can be a little overwhelming...especially when you look at the ingredients list.  Below is a list of the most common ingredient      

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) 

Alpha-hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic, and citric acids. They have become increasingly popular over the last 20 years. In the U.S. alone, there are over 200 makers of skin care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids.  Creams and lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids may help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and age spots. Side effects of alpha-hydroxy acids include mild irritation and sun sensitivity.

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid)

Salicylic acid exfoliates skin and can improve its texture and color. It also helps with acne.
Many skin care products contain salicylic acid. Some are available over-the-counter and others require a doctor's prescription. Studies have shown that salicylic acid is less irritating than skin care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids but has similar results in improving skin texture and color.
Warning: People who are allergic to salycylates (found in aspirin) should not use products containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid can be absorbed into the bloodstream and may cause an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. Pregnant or nursing women should not use products containing salicylic acid.

Hydroquinone

Skin care products containing hydroquinone are often called bleaching creams or lightening agents. These skin care products are used to lighten hyperpigmentation, such as age spots and dark spots related to pregnancy or hormone therapy (also called melasma).  Some over-the-counter skin care products contain hydroquinone. Your doctor can also prescribe a product with a higher concentration of hydroquinone if your skin doesn't respond to over-the-counter treatments. If you are allergic to hydroquinones, you can use products containing kojic acid instead. Pregnant women cannot use hydroquinone.

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is a more recent remedy for treating pigment problems and age spots. First developed in 1989, kojic acid has a similar effect as hydroquinone. Kojic acid is made from a fungus, and studies have shown that it is effective at lightening skin.

Retinol

Retinol is made from vitamin A, and it's in many non-prescription skin care products. Retinol's stronger counterpart is tretinoin, which is the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova, available by prescription only.  If your skin is too sensitive to use Retin-A, retinol is an alternative, although the effects are less impressive. Retinol may improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, and skin tone and color.

You may also hear about retinyl palmitate. This is in the same family as retinol, but if the skin care product you choose contains retinyl palmitate, you will need to use more of this product than one that contains retinol to get the same effect. Pregnant women or nursing mothers cannot use retinol.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps to minimize fine lines, scars, and wrinkles. It's the only antioxidant that is proven to boost production of collagen, which is a key part of skin's structure.  Be choosy when selecting a vitamin C product. Vitamin C in its most commonly found forms is highly unstable when exposed to oxygen, making it useless. Choose one in a tube or a pump. Also, many topical vitamin C preparations do not penetrate the skin enough to make a difference.
 

Hyaluronic Acid

Skin care products containing hyaluronic acid are often used with vitamin C products to assist in effective penetration.  Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally (and quite abundantly) in people and animals and is found in young skin, other tissues, and joint fluid.  Hyaluronic acid is part of the body's connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate. Aging destroys hyaluronic acid. Diet and smoking can also affect your body's level of hyaluronic acid over time.  Skin care products with hyaluronic acid are most frequently used to treat wrinkled skin although they don't replace anything the body has naturally lost. These are very effective moisturizers.

Copper Peptide

Studies have shown that copper peptide promotes the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. It also acts as an antioxidant and promotes production of glycosaminoglycans (such as hyaluronic acid).  Studies have also shown that copper-dependent enzymes help firm, smooth, and soften the skin quicker than most other anti-aging skin care products. In addition, copper peptides have been shown to remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue.
 

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid diminishes fine lines, gives skin a healthy glow, and boosts levels of other antioxidants, such as vitamin C.   Alpha-lipoic acid can enter all parts of a skin cell. Due to this quality, it is believed that alpha-lipoic acid can provide more protection than other antioxidants against so-called free radicals that can damage skin.

DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol)

The brain makes DMAE. DMAE in skin care products shows minimal effects at best when applied on skin for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tricks to Upgrade your style FAST!

When your hair need to look fresh and you need to get it done fast, here are some tiny changes to make your styling routine for professional-level results!

Control Your Frizz - Whether you're wearing your curls down, up, pinned, braided, natural, or set, nothing puts the damper on a look more than an out-of-control frizzy hairline. Once you've arranged your ringlets exactly how you like them, don't forget to smooth your edges with a thick, matte pomade for a polished look.  Joico Matte Grip Texture Crème is perfect for this!

Prevent Creasing - Flatiron creases at the roots are the visible panty lines of hair. (Shudder.) Avoid the hot-tool giveaway by clamping the iron in short sections near the scalp, and then running it continuously toward the ends.  Gently stretch a piece of hair so it's taut near the roots, start the flatiron as close to the scalp as possible, and work in quick, short clamps for a few inches until you can pull it to the ends in one shot. If there are any indents, lots of small presses will smooth them out better than one line.

Smooth out your Bangs - If you take a brush underneath your bangs and scoop them out and down, you'll get too much volume away from your head. Instead, to brush bangs down from the front while rolling them up to get a smooth blowout. This technique is also perfect for knocking out cowlicks.

Alternate Twists - Real talk for a minute: We all know at this point that no one actually wakes up with sexy, imperfect waves. The trick to getting that messy model-off-duty look is easier than you might think: When curling a piece of hair, wrap only the midsection around the iron. This is something the pros all do, but at-home-curling-iron-wielders often forget. Leaving out the roots and ends (and therefore keeping them straight) looks cooler and (score!) also takes way less time. Also, wrap the iron in different directions so hair goes toward and away from your face in a staggered pattern.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Moisturize More! Winter Skin Care

As soon as the cold weather hits and the heat gets turned on, skin gets drier more quickly!  You may have a moisturizer that works well for spring and summer, but as the cold temperatures bring on the indoor heat (whether it's wood, oil or gas) the moisture content in the air drops.  During the winter use an oil-based (rather than water based) oil.  It will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.  Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face.  Look for non-clogging oils like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil or almond oil.  Find a moisturizer that contains a humectant (like glycerine, sorbitol and/or alpha-hydroxyl acids) because they attract moisture to your skin.  A couple of great ones - Hempz Hydrating Bath & Body Oil or The Oil by LaLicious.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Make your Holiday Style more exciting...Temporary Color Tips


Temporary Hair Colors are fun and easy. Today, there are so many options available to add spark, interest and/or glamour to your style. Whether you want bright neon or subtle highlights, you can apply these temporary colors yourself and they will last until your next shampoo. Choose the right color and method of application for you. We'll give you tips you need to make it effortless.
The color generally will only last one shampoo; however, if the hair is more porous, such as color-treated blonde hair, it can last a couple shampoos. You can use a clarifying shampoo, such as   Kenra Clarifying Shampoo or Tressa's Remove All Plus Shampoo to remove the color more quickly.
  
COLOR SPRAYS/FOAM
  • Start with washed and dried hair. Style the hair as you wish.
  • Wear a clean towel and hold the bottle about 12 to 18 inches from the strands you want to coat.
  • Isolate the hair you want to color and shake the can well and spray hair. Hold the can further away if you want to coat the entire head. It can be easy to overdo color, so don't over spray. Try to apply in very short bursts; it's always easier to add more product than to remove it later. Have a friend spray hard to reach areas.
  • To create streaky effect, take an old, but tight fitting plastic shower cap and poke small holes into it, where you want to color your head. Section out your hair into the holes, piece by piece and spray each chunk separately. After color dries, touch up the top roots or any other areas you might have missed.
  • A good color spray foam: Goldwell Soft Color or Redken Color Rebel
COLOR CHALK
  • Prep your hair. Make sure to wet the hair first so the color will attach to it. However if you’re blonde, do not wet the hair before chalking unless you want the color to stay in longer.
  • Apply the chalk to the strand of hair in a downward motion, twist the hair as you chalk. You can try for a fun hombre look, or just do a couple strands.
  • Let it dry. You can blow-dry your hair, but we recommend air drying so that you don't blow off the chalk.
  • Seal the color in with a flat iron or a curling iron to add waves. Apply hair spray as a final step.
  • A good chair chalk with vivid colors: Babe Hair Chalk.
COLOR WAX
  • Recommend you wear gloves with application.
  • Wax gels are water based and come with an applicator brush. Squeeze a small amount of wax onto finger tip and run application brush through product.
  • Apply to hair using narrow or wide strokes, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Let dry.
  • A good color gel wax:   Zach's Wax.

Friday, November 20, 2015

New Brands and Products

White Label Headbands are stretch headbands bedecked with jewels that can add sparkle and glitz to your hairstyle.  Available in six styles, these high-quality, beautiful bands can be worn in your hair or as a headband.  Get yours today - $15 to $18.



 
 
Say good-bye to grey roots with Rusk's new Root Touch Up!  This water-resistant powder is a great camouflage for both men and women...the grey just disappears.  You can also get the compact so you can carry it anywhere!

Elegance by Sada Pack is perfect for men who want to spend as little time as possible in front of a mirror.  These pomades, gels and shave products will leave him looking like a million!
 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Your guide to styling products!

On bad hair days or busy mornings, we suggest channeling Audrey Hepburn or a quick braid, but when you need to style your hair, having the right products makes it much easier. We just shared with you information on how to choose the styling products that work for your hair.  Below is a guide to help you know what each product does. 
Hats! Scarves!  They can be a girl's best friend!


  • Anti-Frizz products contain waxes and oils that are specifically designed to coat the hair shaft, allowing it to straighten out and lay flat rather than kink up like a loose wire.
  • Gel is considered one of the most versatile styling products. It can range from light to strong in hold and can be used on a variety of different types of hair from coarse to curly. Those with dry hair will want to avoid gels that contain alcohol since it can cause undue stress on the hair shaft. Spray on gel works best for light holding hairstyles. On the other hand, hand applied gel is perfect for overall distribution, for spot styling and to achieve a medium to strong hold.
  • Hairspray is designed to hold a finished hairstyle in place. It comes in a wide variety of different types of holds that range from light and flexible to extreme. Most hairsprays allow the hair to move but also bounce back into place, keeping the style intact for a long period of time. Most sprays contain some form of plastic polymer in liquid form.
  • Mousse, or foam, is the lightest form of styling product and, therefore, the most versatile. It gives light to medium hold, providing some definition, volume and thickness. Most individuals will want to steer clear of mousse that contains alcohol since it can dry out the hair and cause it stress.
  • Pastes are a lighter version of wax and are meant to give hair texture and flexibility as well as shine. The nice thing about pastes is that they can be often to reworked as the day wears on to give you multiple styling options from day to night.
  • Pomades tend to be thick and are usually more natural that pastes, glues, or waxes. They are great for achieving a classy slicked back chignon or an unusual sculpted style. It also often leaves behind a healthy-looking sheen that can't quite be imitated by other styling products. Be aware, though, that pomades can be difficult to wash out of the hair and may require multiple shampoos for that purpose.
  • Root lifts are relatively new styling products that are specifically designed to give support to the hair root. They can be sprayed in or applied by hand just at root level. Once dry, these lifts provide a based upon which any hairstyle can be built.
  • Shines and glosses are sometimes also marked as an "anti-frizz" serum. These are generally silicone-based and are specifically designed to reduce frizz and flyaway hair. Use them cautiously, since too much of a good thing could leave you with oily tresses.
  • Spiking glue is exactly what it sounds like. It glues strands of hair together to create those outrageous punk rock styles that are often popular among the young. But they dry hard and can damage the hair if used too often or for too long a time.
  • Wax is great for doing spot styling. It is usually applied to hair to add texture and separation. It can be used either at the roots or the ends but usually is not applied throughout the entire head of hair. The finish is still stiff and can cause hair breakage and long-term damage if used incorrectly.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Your Thanksgiving Day Nails!

Whether you're cooking or simply eating, Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and for counting our many blessings!  Whether your family traditions include games, football, helping out at a local charity or just good conversation, we hope you all enjoy every minute of the day.  To add a little touch of the day, we found this great "how to" video for Thanksgiving nails that is sure to get noticed!  And, best of all, they are simple to do.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Alfaparf Milano has added Precious Nature to their Brand Lines!

Alfaparf Milano International is couture for your hair. They already had Precious Oil Tradition hair products to provide immediate healthy, long lasting results,  Semi di Lino styling products for fabulous shine and color protection, the power of S4U styling and the no fuss of Uomo for Men.  They also have Active Hair Power kits for men and women to combat hair loss.  Now there's Precious Nature...all natural...with formulas for colored hair, curly & wavy, long and straight...take a look!
  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Which hair styling product is right for you?

There are lots of different hairstyling products. The first thing you must know when looking for a styling product is what type of hair you have. Is it fine or coarse? Is it thick or thin? Does it have texture and body or tend to lie flat and lifeless?

The next thing you must do is look at your hairstyle. Is it short or long? Is it curly, wavy or straight?  Finally, identify the style you want to achieve. Do you want volume or texture? Do you want to increase shine? Do you want to enhance your hair's color? All of these questions must be answered in order to help you identify the perfect styling product.

When it comes to fine hair, styling really begins with the shampoo and conditioner. Fine, limp hair cannot tolerate heavy products that will further weigh it down. Instead, always look for products that are weightless or light in nature. Many will be specifically labeled "for fine or limp hair", and an oil-free variety often works best. Pay attention while shampooing. Apply the cleanser to the roots of the hair and work outward to the ends. In conditioning, go the opposite direction. Apply the condition to the ends only. Applying it at the roots will simply weigh down the hair.

Mousse is a great styling option for fine hair. It comes in various lightweight formulations that can thicken or volumize. Because it is less likely to weigh it down, hair will automatically look like it has more bounce and volume. Best of all, mousse can be applied either wet or dry with equally good results. To complete the style perfectly, finish it with a volumizing hairspray.


Coarse or thick hair often feels rough or looks frizzy or wiry in nature. Look for hair products that contain moisturizing or hydrating properties as well as "anti-frizz" ingredients. Be sure to always shampoo hair thoroughly and use a rinse-out condition with long-lasting hydration properties.

When it comes to styling coarse or thick hair, balms, pastes, pomades and waxes often due the best job. They work beautifully to help tame out of control hair texture as well as provide a semblance of manageability. Most of them can also be applied while the hair is dry or wet. As a bonus, many of these types of styling products help block humidity to keep the hair from frizzing more when the weather or environmental conditions are less that stellar. Use a hairspray with anti-humidity properties to keep the style looking fresh all day. Short hair can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the haircut and the type of hair involved.

For medium short hair, texture is often important, which is why pomades, creams, waxes, and balms can come in handy. Use a root-lifting product to add volume and achieve a polished final look with a good finishing spray. Very short hair can be more difficult. It may take more time to style than long hair because it takes a lot of hair styling product to get it right; this is where freezing sprays and spiking glues can come in handy. They literally allow one to place the hair as desired and "glue" it into place.

Curly or wavy hair offers its own unique challenges. Like coarse hair, it can frizz easily or become wiry. The key here is to use styling products that help define the positive aspects of the hair while minimizing the negative. Always begin with a shampoo and conditioner made especially for curly/wavy hair; those that contain sebum or other natural fatty acids add the extra nourishment needed for African-American hair of this texture. Often a leave-in conditioner works better than one that you wash away. If the hair is also very thick, a good detangler can ensure the hair is easier to comb.

If you like your natural waves or curls, a scrunching cream, lotion or gel may prove to be the perfect styling product. For the wet look, apply the gel or lotion while the hair is wet and allow it to dry naturally without additional styling. If you want to work against Mother Nature, choose a straightening gel. Applied to hair while dry, it can help tame the most serious kinks and soften the overall look to give you a movie star finish.

Styling long hair depends a great deal on the type of hair involved. For example, straight hair often requires some additional body or volume. To achieve that, begin with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. When it comes to styling products, generally a styling gel, lotion or mousse works best. Those styling products provide control without further weighing down the hair.

Chemically treated, colored, or excessively dry hair can also be a challenge. Choose shampoos that claim to "deposit" or "save" colored treated hair. These will help retain the color longer and keep the color as bright as possible instead of allowing it to fade. Hair that has a lot of split ends or breakage can often be saved with a good repair treatment that both strengthens and hydrates the damaged hair. In particular, look for shampoos, conditioners and styling products that contain keratin. Even an occasional hot-oil treatment could prove beneficial to dry, brittle locks.

No matter the type of hair, however, a couple of drops of silk shine serum or a glossing spray can add just the perfect finishing touch to virtually any hairstyle. These contain shine enhancers that also seal the hair cuticle to prevent static electricity and keep the hair shaft from easy breakage. This type of product is particularly beneficial for hair that has been chemically treated.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pre-Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Take the time to view all of our custom Pre-stuffed Stockings!  There are 10 to chose from so you are sure to find the perfect one for everyone on your list! 
Little Girls Dream - Perfect for ages 6 -12



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Perfect gift for any Man...and only $10



It doesn't have to be expensive to be cool!  It will fit in his pocket and have all his friends asking "where did you get that?"  Don't you love the "click" sound.  Suavecito Swtchblade Comb.  P.S. There is also a  Mustache Switchblade Comb for those men with more hair on their face than on their head! It even has a ring so he can attach it to his keys!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Easy Holiday Nails that look Goregous!

Need a simple, but beautiful idea for your holiday nails.  This one is great!  Although it is shown in green and red, you could do yellow and brown for thanksgiving or do a silver and gold effect for any occasion.  We used Zoya Nail Polish in Ivanka (green) and Pixie Dust Oswin (red) and white.

Begin with a clear coat (or any very pale nude color) and paint the nail.  Let dry.

At the tip, paint on the red in a triangular shape with the base of the triangle being at the side of the nail.  Let dry.

Paint the green next, starting at the opposite side to where you started your red color.  Paint so it starts wide and narrows as it moves across the tip.  It should be very narrow at the far side from where you started.

Clean up the top edge by adding a stripe of white.  Then add a clear top coat to seal it all.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

N.4 (Number Four) & So You Think You Can Dance

When you're watching your favorite TV show, do you ever wonder who does the hair and makeup and what they use.  The stylists on the so "So you think you can Dance" use N.4 exclusively!  Their lead stylist, Sallie Hotch, says "They are truly incredible products." 

This may not be a brand your familiar with.  They have four brand lines.
  • Fleurs de Temps to add volume and hydration and a very rich skin moisturizer.
  • Jour d'automne is styling products from blow dry spray to hair spray and mousse.
  • L'eau de Mare is intense hydration for your hair and body!  Perfect daily use!
  • Lumiere d'hiver deliver product to restore hair balance and incredible shine.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day

Beauty Care Choices supports our Veterans through Eagle's Healing Nest.  In their words,

Eagle’s Healing Nest’s mission is to provide assistance with the healing of the invisible wounds of war carried by our service men and women…past, present, and future. Many of our military are struggling and need programs with a caring hand to assist them. Eagle's Healing Nest will help foster purpose and direction.Our service member's families, who also serve our Country, deserve the resources, support, and best treatment available. Eagle's Healing Nest provides this. Our Team at Eagle’s Healing Nest is here to ensure we do not lose another generation of veterans to homelessness, broken family units, or suicide. Our education on suicide prevention, substance abuse, dependency and treatment of PTSD, TBI and other disorders will only be the best.

This non-profit was started by one Mom who couldn't find help for her own returning-from-war son, Melony Butler.  It's amazing what a mother's desperation can accomplish.  Eagle's Healing Nest provides services, love and a "home" where they can heal with honor.  We are proud to support this organization.  Today, find a way to show your support for our veterans...then continue throughout the year.





Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hair Styling Products for Men (and how to use them).

Men's hairstyles continually evolve with new trends, and with each trend comes a slew of new hair products. Just like the shoes and clothes you wear, the way you style your hair says a lot about your sense of fashion and personality.

Before you decide on your styling product, read on to find out what  hair products can do for you. The products each form distinct textures and styles for various hair types, which might be overwhelming if you don't know exactly what you need.

Wax
This versatile product can help you achieve great hairstyles, from relaxed bed-head to more controlled looks. Good for short to mid-length hair, wax can deliver long-holding style without adding grease or looking shiny. As your day progresses, hair wax will allow you to reshape and restyle accordingly without getting your hands sticky. As long as it is evenly distributed, wax can lend you an effortlessly roguish look.
How To Use: Shake the bottle. Dispense a small amount in one hand and apply to your hair with both hands. Style your hair to your liking and blow dry for maximum hold

Putties and Clay
Wax’s hardcore cousins, putties and clay, can be used in much the same way as any strong-holding matte product. These are great for accomplishing the messiest-looking hairdos with pretty much any hair type, and can even help add thickness to naturally thin manes. Clays and company will create defined strands and a pliable texture that won’t give itself away with any shine.
How To Use: Like wax, use your fingers to texture and tousle the areas that you want to style. Clay isn’t sticky, but it can leave a gummy residue on your fingers if you use too much.

Pomade
A clever blend of wax and oil, a good pomade will help you achieve the classic look made popular by Leonardo DiCaprio (think The Great Gatsby) and Mad Men’s Don Draper. Pomades are primarily used to bless hair with extra shine and softer texture, which makes them especially great for curly hair. When choosing a pomade, look for one that’s water-based so it's easy to wash out.
How To Use: Using your fingers, spread a small amount of pomade to the areas that need a little extra shaping or texture. Be careful not to use too much to avoid your hair looking greasy.

Cream
For the most natural look, a quality cream will simply add a touch of shine and luster for a healthy-looking head of hair. Perfect for wavy, curly, and longer locks, cream is a great grooming product that can help eradicate frizziness when used on wet hair. Compared to stiff wax or heavy gel, creams offer a light texture, which can also help soften coarse hair.
How To Use: Creams can be used as a main or finishing product. Start by distributing a small amount from your hands to your hair, and reapply as needed. For those with longer hair, you can concentrate on treating the ends to help diminish dead-end frizziness.

Gel
Good for thick hair, gel’s primary function is to keep hair in place. Hair gel can be used to attain some of the most old-school looks, like the ones sported by Elvis, or John Travolta in Grease. Slick and stiff, it can be applied to wet or dry hair for different effects. Gel tends to make hair shiny, which is probably what has earned its reputation as the modern day hair grease. If you’re happy with keeping the same look from dawn until dusk, gel will deliver exactly that. That said, you might want to consider a different option if you’re prone to running your fingers through your hair. Once dried in position, gel can break from its shape, or flake, if meddled with.
How To UseStart with a small coin-sized portion of gel in your hands. Apply to wet or dry hair, and style as usual. You can use a blow dryer for maximum hold or let it dry naturally (it will look shinier). As previously mentioned, refrain from retouching once the gel is dry to avoid flaking.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sharon won!

Congratulation to Sharon, Fallsington, PA.  She was the winner of the Pick a Trio Box of Beauty.  Sharon picked Scruples High Definition Hair Spray and says she can't wait to try it.  We know you'll love it Sharon. 

Box of Beauty giveaway is now on it's own page!

Just click the Box of Beauty Giveaway tab!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Skin Care at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60+. Skin's aging process!

The tipping point for most women - if you're talking about aging - is when they first see in the mirror, but it's not always easy to pinpoint when it began.  For me,  the moment came at 34 when I went to blend in some excess foundation between my brows, only to realize it wasn't a dark smudge of makeup. The infamous "11" lines had taken anchor, and there was no rubbing them away. A friend told me it happened a few months after she turned 36. She arrived at her office one morning, looked in a mirror and realized that the sleep wrinkles she had awoken with an hour and a half earlier were still embarrassingly visible on the side of her face.
 
Getting older—it's inevitable. But when exactly does that notice-it-in-the-mirror, complain-about-it-to-friends type of skin aging start? And can anything be done to delay it? These questions were the focus of a new skin care research study in conjunction with personal genetics company. The goal was to discover what's happening below the surface level of the complexion in hopes of unlocking the golden secret of how to affect, delay, and perhaps even reverse those first signs of aging.
Skin's Big Changes
We used to think everything was great until about age 35, when all the skin processes started to slow down at once, but that's not what was found. In reality, different cell processes change at each decade, until you start seeing the cumulative effects all together. The best time to start using products with antioxidants such as stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract, and fruit acids is right around college graduation.  The study was able to pinpoint five different cell processes that slow or decline at five different landmark ages. 
 
  • The first process to decline is natural antioxidant production, and that happens in your 20s. It was always thought that you just need to moisturize and use sunscreen in your 20s, but this new data shows that skin is already susceptible to oxidative stressors and damage, so the best time to start using products with antioxidants such as stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract, and fruit acids is in your early 20's.  (Try Malibu C Original Serum or TimeBalm White Tea Hazelnut Vitamin E Face Cream.)
  • When your body's metabolism starts slowing in your 30s, so, too, does the bioenergy of skin cells, which powers the creation of collagen, activates repair processes, and even helps absorb and process ingredients applied to your complexion.  When bioenergy drops, it's like your skin is getting tired and no longer firing on all cylinders. The key ingredient for revving up the cell metabolic engine is niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, which has been shown to raise skin's bioenergy levels.  (Try DermaE's Evenly Radiant.)
  • Around 40, cellular "senescence" kicks in. It's a complicated process in which the natural life cycle of skin cells is arrested, and it could affect your complexion in many ways. At this point, skincare ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, and peptides become important, because they help jump-start the cell processes that are starting to lag. (Try Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment or Cellex C Betaplex Line Smoother.)
  • As you transition into menopause (average age: 51), skin barrier function weakens, which makes skin dry and unable to retain enough hydration on its own. Experts say that rich  moisturizers like oils and petrolatum can help counteract the process. (Try YonKa Age Defense Cream or BioElements Moisture 10X.)
  • Then, in your 60s, all the aging processes mentioned here dramatically accelerate. But there's good news, according to researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario: Aerobic exercise (like jogging or cycling) twice a week has the ability to transform the protein structure of skin in those 65 and older so it more closely resembles the skin of those 20 to 40.  In addition to the face cream you've been using, add Tech's Energy Water System to your routine!  It feels great at any age!
 
The Moment You Look Old:  When exactly these internal changes become visible? Experts say that depends on your race and, possibly, your lifestyle. For Caucasian women, it's typically around the late 30s.  This is when fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes, less-elastic skin, and brown spots and broken capillaries from accumulated sun damage crop up. If you're a woman of color, the tipping point is more likely in your 40s.  African-American women aged, on average, 10 years more slowly than Caucasians.  It's thought that darker skin provides more UV protection, but data suggest that can't be the only reason for the difference; researchers believe more antioxidant protection and higher skin bioenergy levels may also be at play. (So far, only Caucasian and African-American women have been analyzed in the study; data on Asians and Hispanics should be finished by January 2016.)
 
Exceptional Agers: Researchers found a group of women who defied the so-called tipping point—genetic overachievers, if you will. These women all appeared at least 10 years younger than their true age.  Researchers weren't surprised to find women who looked younger than their actual age (after all, we all know people who inspire envy by defying nature's clock), but they were intrigued to learn that these particular women showed similar gene expression. Their skin was somehow able to robustly renew itself through the decades so that, for example, the antioxidant decline typically seen in the 20s still hadn't happened by their 50s. 
Do these women have nature (DNA) or nurture (lifestyle) to thank? Scientists believe the answer is likely a bit of both and determining exactly how much of it is related to factors like UV exposure, nutrition and skincare will be questions leading future studies.  Many of these researchers believe that up to 80 percent of aging is due to lifestyle choices. They suggest sleeping seven to eight hours a night, following a lean-protein-rich diet that gives skin the building blocks it needs to renew, and glugging lots of water to stay hydrated from the inside out.
 
Summary:  Keeping your skin in good shape with a regular routine and the right products can also help you defy your age, even if it can't necessarily alter your DNA and turn you into an exceptional ager. A 60-year-old who has never done anything and buys a $200 antiaging cream just isn't going to see the same results as someone who has been taking care of her skin throughout earlier aging stages.
 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Stocking stuffers!

We've added a new page to our blog...just for the Holiday season.  It's a great way to get ideas and find fun items to stuff the stockings.  They also make great gift ideas for "Secret Santa" and others you want to give a small token of your love or friendship.  Click on  the Stocking Stuffer Ideas tab or shop "Stocking Stuffers" on our site!

BCC wins Online Retailer 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Platinum Award


Yes, this is bragging, but to be one of only 84 on-line retailers in North America to receive the Platinum Award for Excellence, makes us very proud and we want to thank all of our customers for allowing us to serve you and we will continue to strive for excellence in all 7 categories!


THE PRESS RELEASE
Los Angeles (September 28,2015) Bizrate Insights one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the United States, today announced the winners of the 16th annual Bizrate Circle of Excellent Awards.  The Awards recognize retailers that received outstanding online customer satisfaction scores in the past year as rated by millions of verified online buyers.

The 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award was earned by only 187 online retailers, representing the top 4.6% of retailers in Bizrate's North American Network.  Among the factors to determine winners is that satisfaction scores for the Award year must be significantly higher than the program average for all seven key satisfaction indicators.  Among the Award winners, 84 retailers received the highest distinction, the Platinum Award which is conferred on retailed that earned a score of at least 9.0 out of 10.0 in all seven key satisfactory indicators.

The seven indicators include Overall Satisfaction, Product Selection, On-Time Delivery, Ease of Finding, Repurchase Intent, Product Met Expectations and Customer Support.