Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Toes using one of the Essie Spring 2016 colors!

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. We rush to the nearest gym to get swim suit ready, but what about sandal ready? Our feet hide all winter long in the warmth of wool socks and boots. The sun comes out and so do those toes! So break out the polish girls...we're getting sandal ready!

Okay, first's things first, how's your skin doing? Little rough around the edges? Maybe dull and in need of some rejuvenation? It's time for a pedicure! Play your favorite music, gather up some comfy pillows and find a calming place to relax.

Fill a bucket or tub with warm (not hot) water and add a few drops of lavender or your favorite essential oil to get that aromatherapy working. Placing some flowers into the water will add to your experience. Relax and soak your feet for about fifteen minutes.

Next, grab your favorite foot scrub to remove dull and rough skin. Message into your feet, concentrating on the roughest spots to break down dead skin cells. Then rinse off the scrub well.

Trim and shape your nails. It's important to shape the nails to get a spa-worthy finished look. Get out a fresh emery board, choose either round or square and stick with that shape for every nail. For at home petties, I recommend pushing your cuticles back with a cuticle stick as opposed to cutting them. Trimming them can just cause me problems in the future.

Now that all your toes are all in a row here’s  my favorite part! Moisturize with a deep hydrating lotion. Massage into your feet and up your calves. Feel free to take your time with this. It's not very often we have the time to feel this great!

Finish with a beautiful polish of your choice.  I'm choosing the beautiful "Off Tropic" green color from Essie's Spring Collection for my nails because I love anything green!) I'm in love with all the colors from Essie though, so it can be hard to pick a color! You can get the whole Spring Collection at Beauty Care Choices and it includes the top/base coat & a free mani-pedi disposable kit!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Introducing Two New Brands! Flora-py & St. Tropez

Beauty Care Choices has added two skin care brands and, as usual, we want to share them with you.  Finding new products that meet your beauty care needs, that work well and that you love is always fun and exciting.  So take a look at these!

Flora-py is skin care masks with amazing botanicals in formulas that meet every need.  Each mask is individually packaged. 

The masks are made from 100% coconut fiber so they maximize the moisture penetration.  Masks include Stress Relief, Anti-aging, Sweet Dreams, Clear Complexion, Even Skin Tone, Detox and Deep Hydration.  So, pick one, put on some favorite soft music, close your eyes and relax for 15-20 minutes while a Flora-py mask performs its task! Tropez, the UK's top tanning brand is here for you.  No need to cover those wintery white legs when your first springtime shorts day arrives!  These tanning and self-tanning products are really the best!  No streaks.  Gone are the orange-y days of self-tanning.  There are formulas for light to medium bronzing and for medium to dark.  They come in lotions and foams and even an in-shower gradual tan lotion.  Shop St. Tropez!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Make-up tips for every decade!

Your 20s and 30s are the decades to let your natural beauty shine! The biggest mistake women in this age group make: trying too many trends at once.  These are still the years when women want to look trendy and modern, but too often they try too many trends all at the same time.
To stay on-trend but not overdone, pick one item from a particular trend -- say, metallic eye shadow or glitzy lips -- and never wear more than one trend on your face at a time.

In your 40's, toss away your cakey face powder. This is the decade when skin is really dry and most powders will dry it further and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.  If you must use powder to tame oily areas, choose one that is finely milled and apply it sparingly, using a brush instead of a puff.

For women in their 50s, less is definitely more. You want to minimize the amount of product you put on your face.  Foundations should be lighter and applied only where you need it; avoid powders; and don't overdo it on the eye makeup.  Bypass heavy eye shadow altogether. Instead, smudge a soft pencil liner in charcoal gray or soft brown close to the edge of your upper lid. Then use mascara only on the upper lashes. For the biggest boost, use an eyelash curler. It's like giving yourself a temporary eye lift. If you haven't used one since your 20s or 30s, now is time to use it again.

Makeup tips for the 60 + : If you're not ready to go under the knife, or simply want to accept the aging process with grace, makeup can help. The key is to keep your look simple. The biggest makeup mistake older women make is wearing too much eye make-up -- and still trying to find and darken the crease in the eye socket. By the time you reach 60, the only way you're going to find that crease is with the help of a good surgeon. So instead, just use a soft pencil to smudge some color near the lid and leave the crease alone.  Go easy on foundation and wear a pink-toned blush and moisturizing lipstick. If you want to color your hair, go lighter, not darker. And never darken your brows.
Going darker with hair or brow color is a big mistake. It creates a harsh look that emphasizes lines and wrinkles.

The best advice for all women is to let your natural beauty shine and "be strong and be confident!"

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Rainbow of new colors from OPI

OPI - a favorite of salons and DIY Nailistas - has just released their Spring/Summer "New Orleans" collection of colors.  Are they not great!  You can shop OPI's huge selection of colors, including the new ones at Beauty Care Choices!

This video will give you a great technique for using lots of these great colors all at once...or any other group of your favorites!  Totally fun!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Vitamin C and your skin.

It's been centuries since British sailors discovered the key to avoiding scurvy: vitamin C. You probably grew up being told that getting enough vitamin C would ward off colds and other ailments, but now the word is out that vitamin C may not play a big part in staving off the sniffles. However, it does have a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.

While ingesting vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

Look for Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in your skin care products to help combat the signs of aging.  Brands such as Cellex C, Clinical Care and Yonka all have creams, serums & lotions that contain C.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Full coverage for skin issues you want to hide!

If you need full coverage of a blemish, birthmark or tattoo, watch this video to see why L'Oreal's Dermablend is the perfect product for you. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Blonde Hair Care & tips for keeping it looking healthy & full of vitality!

Whether you were born with blonde hair or you’ve decided to lighten up your look at the salon, blonde locks require a pretty specific maintenance routine. From keeping the color from turning brassy, making sure your ends don’t get dried out and protecting your hair from UV rays, there are some very important things to take into consideration when you’re a blonde or planning to go blonde.  Even blonde highlights need extra care.
  • Use a UV protective spray. Especially in the summer but also year round, make sure you’re guarding your hair against harmful UV rays that can change the color and dry out strands.
  • Get purple shampoo. Strange as it may sound, purple shampoo keeps your hair color from turning brassy, which can happen with other shampoos that aren’t specifically formulated for blonde hair. Try Joico Endure Violet Sulfate Free Shampoo.
  • Deep condition often. If you’ve bleached your hair to be a blonde, you’ve already stripped it of some color and moisture. To avoid looking like you’ve got straw for hair, use a deep conditioning treatment, and use it often.  Malibu C Blondes Natural Wellness Treatment brightens blondes and removes & prevents hard water mineral build-up.  It's great because it is both fragrance and sulfate free!
  • Find a dry shampoo that works for you, and make sure it’s for blonde hair (not brunette).  AG|Hair Dry Shampoo for Blondes is great! Refreshing your hair without shampooing will help keep the color vibrant for longer.
  • Before going into a pool, use bottled water to get your hair wet. If your hair is already soaking wet when you go into a pool, it won’t soak up the chlorine in the water, which is what can turn blonde hair green.
  • Use hair oil for fine hair (which is also great for light hair). Just from the mid-lengths to the ends, a serum for light hair will help to keep your strands moisturized. Schwarzkopf's BlondeMe Shine Enhancing Spray Conditioner is a great one.
  • Make sure there’s not copper in your water supply, which can turn hair green. Combat this with an acidic hair rinse (like an aspirin dissolved in water).
  • Instead of a towel, use a t-shirt to dry your hair after the shower. Friction with a towel can cause frizz and unnecessary dryness, but the soft cotton of a t-shirt will keep natural moisture in your hair.
Beauty Care Choices sells top professional hair care products specifically formulated for blonde hair.  If you need help choosing a product, our licensed cosmetologist customer service staff will help.  Just give them a call: (866) 409-7227.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Introducing new products from Glamglow!

It started as Hollywood's go to repair product - GLAMGLOW Powermud Dual Cleanse Treatment.  But they've now added ThirstyMud Hydrating, YouthMud Tingle Exfoliate, FlashMud Brightening Treatment, plus super cleansers and eye treatments.  Using the right treatment weekly will keep your face radiant!  We love all the new formulas!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Nails - using up the last of the bottle!

It's always fun to get new nail polish colors (and spring 2016 collections are coming) but if you are like most nail addicts, you have various half-used or nearly empty bottles with varying shades of the same color family.  Look at a great idea for a fantastic look!  Vary the shades of blue or red from the darkest on the thumb to the lightest on the pinkie. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Give your face a natural glow!

Can you go natural and get a great looking glow? You can if you follow these five simple tips for creating the gentlest beauty regimen ever.

Unlike your pots and pans, your skin needn’t be scrubbed or squeaky to be clean. So don’t overdo it. Mild, non-detergent cleansers—milks, gels, foams, or cloths—are your best bet. Scan the ingredient labels of products to see if they contain gentle, plant-derived surfactants (the prefix coco- equals coconut, for example; gluco- equals fruit sugars).

Unless you have especially oily skin, there is no need for a toner. These were originally invented to restore the natural pH of skin after it had been washed with an alkaline-detergent soap.  If you’re using a good pH-balanced cleanser, there’s no need for toner.  It’ll only dry your skin.

Make sure acid-laced products are pH-balanced. This means their pH is in sync with skin, so they gently remove sebum (an oily substance secreted by the skin) and makeup without stripping natural oils.  Look for the words “pH-balanced” on cleansers that contain glycolic or lactic acids and on exfoliators because some have a low pH, which can cause dryness.

If your skin is especially sensitive, opt for fragrance free.  Fragrance is the most common cause of skin-care-related allergic reactions.  The ones that are marked “unscented” typically contain small amounts of fragrance to help mask the odors of active ingredients.

Choose multi-tasking moisturizers.  A good day cream juggles two jobs—hydration and protection. Pick one that has plant-based moisturizers (natural oils, butters, and essential fatty acids penetrate skin better than man-made emollients like petroleum) and antioxidants (those from natural sources may also contain bioflavonoids and other beneficial compounds not found in synthetic versions) plus nonirritating physical sunblocks, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Get the "Gilded Goddess" look!

Jane Iredale's new spring color collection of make-up is here and ready for you.  The video below will show you how to apply for a "Gilded Goddess" gorgeous look!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring and Sandals are just around the corner! Get your feet ready!

Spring & Summer.  Time for open toes, strappy sandals & bare feet.  If you are saying "Yikes!" while looking at your feet, then you need Baby Foot.  This amazing product will gently peel away dead skin in just one treatment and leave your feet feeling and looking soft as a baby's.  It's easy to use.
Each treatment kit comes with a bootie for each foot.  Simply cut along the dotted line at the top of each bootie and secure with the tape.  Now relax for one hour!  (P.S. It might be a good time to deep condition your hair as long as you are doing beauty treatments.)  After the hour, remove bootie and simply rinse off.  That's it.  Dead skin cells will start to peel within 3-7 days after your initial application.  The exfoliation occurs gently and naturally.  Do not forcibly remove the dead skin cells when peeling begins.  The results...beautifully soft, sandal worthy feet!   Order now!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hand Care for those who use their hands!

I'm a gardener!  I hate wearing gardening gloves!  Those two facts combine to make spring one of the hardest times of the year on my hands.  It means I have to wash my hands frequently, often scrubbing to get all of the dirt off!  If you are like me or have another pastime or occupation where frequent hand washing is necessary, you know what soap can do to your hands.  What is best?
Use a moisturizing liquid cleanser to wash hands.  I love Hempz Ginger & Amber Moisturizing Herbal Hand Sanitizer.  It's 100% vegan and gluten free, too!  If you prefer bar soap, look for moisturizing soap made with ingredients such as glycerin, petrolatum, sunflower oil, and soybean oil.

One of the best things you can do for your hands, especially as you get older, is to moisturize them throughout the day and before you go to bed. Any cream or lotion will do, but creams made for the hands have some advantages.One of the major ones is that they are usually non-greasy and quick absorbing.  My favorites - I have two - one for day and one for night.  During the day, I love Jane Iredale's HandDrink because it has an SPF 15 as well as being a great moisturizer.  At night - I smear on Robanda's Anti-Aging Hand Treatment because...well let's just say "anti-aging" is now a catch phrase I watch for in all my products.

Moisturizing creams can, at least temporarily, make your hands look plumper and more youthful by drawing water into the skin. Depending on your needs, here's some things to look for when selecting a good one.  

  • For plumping, look for hand creams containing hyaluronic acid, which gives skin support and body.
  • To moisturize the skin of your hands, look for hand creams with petrolatum, glycerin, shea butter, or safflower seed oil. 
  • Be sure to buy hand cream with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your hands from sun damage. 
  • To whiten age spots, look for lightening hand creams containing kojic acid or licorice extract.
I just started Miniature Gardening...created a small village!
I love this new hobby...but that's a story for a different type of blog!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Keeping your nails healthy!

Like a great new haircut or a terrific skin care regimen, healthy, well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance - one that can work as an asset in both the social and the business world.  Caring for nails takes a bit of work, but it is worth it!  Below are some tips for keeping your nails healthy and strong.

Don't cut or manipulate cuticles.  Whether you have your nails professionally groomed or do them yourself, the No. 1 recommendation is leave your cuticles alone. The cuticle is the natural barrier to fungus and bacteria -- and once you breach that, protection is lost. This will not only make cuticles look worse -- red, swollen, and ragged -- but may also land you a nasty infection that harms the nail bed and leads to permanent nail damage. And while cutting cuticles holds the most potential for harm, pushing them back too hard can cause problems as well.

Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle.  While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture -- and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting.  Recommended:  Nailtiques Cuticle Care Oil, OPI AvoPlex Nail & Cuticle Oil or SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail.

Avoid acetone-based polish removers. The one product that all dermatologists agree you should avoid if you have brittle nails is acetone nail polish remover. It has been documented time and again that it strips the nails, causing them to become brittle.

Avoid rough emery boards. Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears. Instead, file nails with a smooth, fine file and don't saw back and forth.  File in one direction only and do it slowly and evenly to reduce risk of breakage. Recommended for thin, weak and natural nails: Flowery Fresh Picked Files.

Change shampoos.  While most women know when a shampoo doesn't agree with their hair, many don't realize it may not agree with their nails -- even if their hair looks great. This, say experts, is particularly true of detergent shampoos, or those for oily hair, which are designed to strip lipids and other natural oils from the scalp. If your nails are very dry and you are using any soap product that strips the oils, there is the potential to dry the nails.

Important warning:
The use of a liquid acrylic nail compound known as MMA (methyl methacrylate) has been banned in many states and has been the subject of an FDA hazard warning, due mostly to high allergic sensitivity and serious nail damage. However, because it is an inexpensive ingredient, some manufacturers are still using it, sometimes in the form of black market products. How can you tell for sure? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if your nail products have a strong, noxious odor; if nail enhancements are difficult to file; or they don't soak off easily, they could contain MMA.

Watch your nails for signs of health problems.  Most of the time, nail problems can be traced to environmental assaults -- exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, use of drying nail products, or just general physical abuse, such as typing or excessive use of fingertips. That said, the American Academy of Dermatology advises that the condition of your nails can sometimes reflect a problem in your overall health. Here's what they say to look out for:
  • White nails -- liver condition
  • Half pink/half white nails -- kidney disease
  • Yellowing and thickening of the nail, slowed growth rate -- lung disease
  • Pale nail beds -- anemia
  • Yellow-tinged nails with a slight blush at the base -- diabetes has over 600 nail polish colors by Nailtiques, Venique, Zoya, Essie, OPI, Morgan Taylor and SpaRitual.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Keratin Rich Kerasilk is on Sale now!

Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins. Keratin is the protein that protects epithelial cells from damage or stress that has potential to kill the cell.  It is the key structural component of hair and nails, as well as skin.  Using a shampoo, conditioner or treatment that contains keratin with help strengthen and smooth hair.  It also helps to soften coarse hair.

Goldwell Kerasilk products are rich in keratin proteins and silk protein.  That's why we love it,; especially when a client has coarse or frizzy hair or when it is especially damaged.  We recommend it for anyone with chemically relaxed hair.  If you are looking for the right product to help your hair maintain a soft, silky texture, with a strengthening resilience, this might be just right for you. 
Right now, has all Kerasilk products on sale at 20% off!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Perfect for Kids - the Rockee toothbrush!

Want the perfect "Easter Basket" goodie!  After a bunch of jelly beans and some chocolate, your favorite kid is going to need to brush.  The "rockee" toothbrush will make it fun and is just perfect for matter how they set it down, it will wobble to an upright position!  We love it and our customers give it 5 stars! Rockee's come in both solid colors and characters. 

Rockee uses one AAA battery which is included.  Batteries last approximately 3 months with normal use.  It also comes with 2 extra brush heads so you have a toothbrush that lasts!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wavy or Curly to Silky Straight with One Pass.

Our customer service staff get asked frequently about flat iron use and heat protection.  One of our favorites is Thermafuse F450 One Pass.  The reason:  your straight, silky ironed straight hair lasts!  A single pass also makes styling faster and smoother.  Take a look!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dot...Dot...Dot - Nail Art

Picnic in the park or champagne brunch? classy is your middle name in this matte metallic nail art design by Essie.
step 1: hydrate with apricot cuticle oil.
step 2: clean then prep nails with an essie base coat.
step 3: apply 2 coats of lilacism. let dry.
step 4: apply 1 coat of matte about you. let dry.
step 5: using a toothpick, bobby pin, or dotting tool dipped in nothing else metals, add dots in an asymmetrical pattern. let dry.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Nexxus Professional Hair Care is being discontinued!

 We have lots of customers who are loyal Nexxus VitaTress and Nexxus Phyto Organics users.  Both of these product lines are being discontinued by Nexxus.  So if you are one of our Nexxus fans, we stocked up on all we could get of both of these great brand lines and have put them on sale so you can stock up too.  You can save 20% on all Nexxus Products right now if your order is over $100, plus you can save an additional 20% more on all Phyto Organics because they are already 20% off on the site.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hairspray - what to use and how! 5 best tips!

Most people have hair spray in their bathroom cabinet. Should you just spray it on top of your hair to give it the desired hold or can you also apply it close to the hair roots? Which of the many hair sprays should you use for different purposes?

There is a broad spectrum of hair nurturing sprays for certain hair structures (e. g. curly or color-treated and therefore dry hair); there are also hair sprays, which protect against the effects of intense sun exposure. Perfume-free hair sprays are available for people who are sensitive to fragrances.

You should select hair spray according to its purpose. Use hair spray for light hold if you like your hair to still move naturally. Hair spray for strong hold keeps your hair in place in storm and most weather. You may have spent much effort on an elaborate hair style and would like to keep it intact for a while. In such a case, hair spray with ultra-strong hold serves your purpose.  Some hair varnishes are suitable for styling individual strands of your hair or very short hair styles.

Tip 1:
Innovative hair sprays prevent hair strands from sticking together. To take advantage of these formulations you must however hold the spray nozzle at least 30 centimetres (almost 12") away from your hair and keep the spray can in constant motion
Tip 2:
Before using the hair spray, make sure that the spray nozzle is not gummed up. Otherwise, the hair spray will not leave the can as a fine mist but rather in sticky spurts.
Tip 3:
Apply hair spray as follows if you want to give your hair more volume: Shake your hair while holding your head upside down. Then throw your hair back again without too much force. Lift individual strands of hair, and from a shorter distance apply a little hair spray underneath the strands. Allow the hair spray to dry before moving to the next strand.
Tip 4:
Tip for women with bob haircuts: Slightly lift the covering hair and apply the hair spray at an angle from below toward the hair ends. This provides marvellous hold to bevelled side hair.
Tip 5:
You can give hair a lot of hold and bounce by spraying it liberally over your hair and then either put heated rollers into your hair, use a curling iron or pull the hair ends through a flat iron. Then apply some more hair spray to give your hairdo hold. This is how it is done backstage for the big fashion events