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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Autumn Nail Design

Autumn is full of the bright hues of red, orange, gold and brown.  Twilight comes early, apples are crisp and leaves shimmer in the morning light.  Give your nails a touch of the fall season with this easy-to-do nail design.

1.  Paint nails a matte shade of white or ivory.  Let dry.  (Hint: using quick dry drops like Essie Quick-E or Zoya Fast Drops can really speed up the time you spend on manicures.)

2.  Using a black polish (or black nail pen), paint tree "branches" on a couple of nails of each hand.

3.  Pick out your best autumn color polishes...golds, browns, oranges, yellows or corals...and add dots (leaves) in various sizes in each color you've selected to each nail.  Make sure your brush has only a minimum amount of polish at the tip so colors don't run.  It's better to add a few at a time until you achieve the look you want.  (Hint:  a small, inexpensive paint brush, like from a child's watercolor set, makes great dots!  Just clean between colors.)

4.  Apply a clear top coat to seal! 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ally Answers: What are parabens?

I see the words "paraben free" on most of your cosmetics and skin care products.  Exactly what is "paraben" and why do I care?  Madison K., Nashville TN

Ally:  Paraben is the most commonly used preservative in the world of cosmetics and personal care products as well as in the food and drug categories.  Paraben is an inexpensive mix of acid and alcohol of p-hydroxybenzoic acid that effectively extends the shelf life of a product by preventing bacteria growth.  You can find them everywhere in your daily life; in soap, face and body moisturizers, deodorant, hair styling products, and even shaving cream.

While the FDA still approves the use of Paraben (with an advisory note to use as small a quantity as possible), it does not mean that you have to use it.  First, be sure to look at the ingredient list of any beauty or personal care products that you purchase.  Parabens are usually easy to spot as it includes “Paraben” at the end of the ingredient name.  Many beauty product companies are now using the extracts and oils of select plants and flowers known to have anti-bacterial properties.  The one caution...since these are organic products, be sure to check the expiration date.

Just an FYI:  Beauty Care Choices just added Hynt Beauty to it's brands.  It's one of the top sellers in Europe because it's paraben-free and has exceptionally pure ingredients.  I've been trying them and I love how they feel and perform. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"No Shave" November (or Movember)

Are you running for president of the United States? You may not want to participate in this year's No Shave November!  You may laugh, but only 12 of our 44 presidents have had any facial hair and only seven - William Taft, Benjamin Harrison, James Garfield, Rutherford B Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant John Quincy Adams and, of course, Abraham Lincoln had a beard.  The others sported only a moustache.

The rest of us can either participate or show our support for those participating.  This annual event's goal is to raise awareness for men's health issues...including prostrate cancer.  The "Movember" movement started in Australia ("Mo" is the Aussie's term for a moustache) in 2003 and has since moved throughout the counties of United States,  Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa and Taiwan.  The Movember Foundation has raised over $650 million since it's inception.

The "Moscars" began in 2010.  It's an online global user-submitted video contest that helps Movember participants showcase their involvement in the movement. Submissions cannot be longer than 4 minutes each, and prizes can be won in several categories.The International Man of Movember is chosen from 21 national winners all over the world to wear the crown and be the face of Movember for a whole year.

(Growing a beard or moustache?  Visit our Men's page for the best beard oils!)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Congrats to Gabriela!

Gabriela, Chicago IL, was the winner of the "My Style" Box of Beauty.  She says, "Oh thank you very much and God bless you."  We say, "You are so welcome and thank you!"

Wearable Make-up for Fall

It can be daunting to keep up with trends and not make mistakes when purchasing fall make-up colors.  Below we've made it easy...a simple pallet with a fresh, fall look!
Select a violet eye shadow.  The best thing about purple, is there is a shade that works on every skin tone.  The trick is to avoid going too light - find one that pops!  How to: Prep lids with concealer to even out any discoloration and give shadow a base to stick to, then sweep a wash of purple from lash line to crease.  Create definition with a soft gray liner (trace across the upper lid as close to lashes as possible) and two coats of mascara.  
Go with "near nude" for the lips.  Try a blend of pink and it's subtle but not flat! How to: Line lips with a light-pink pencil to define, then shade in with lipstick. (If you haven't got a brown/pink, check out Youngblood's "Smolder" or  "Barely Nude") Top it off with a clear gloss at your cupid's bow and on the center of your bottom lip to make your lips appear fuller. 
Add a natural flush to your cheeks.  Match pink cheeks to your natural flush.  TIP: To find your exact-right hue, pinch skin—the color your cheek turns is your best blush.  How to: First, use one finger to trace down from the center of your eye and another to trace out from the tip of your nose. Starting where they intersect (the highest point of your cheek), gently apply blush, using a soft X-shaped motion.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekly Giveaway!

Hi Everyone...the flu caught us napping!  Our  NEW weekly giveaway will be posted later today.  PLEASE come back. - BCC