Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Achieving the "Wet-Look" Hair!

You see top models and celebs with these fabulous slicked-back wet-look styles.  So you think, I love that look and I'm going to try it.  Yet, you end up with a yucky, sticky mess!  You've tried your gel and hairspray and even a little hair oil, but can never quite pull it together.  Well, we're going to tell you how...a nd it is so simple.  Reach to the other side of the hair product aisle, to the traditionally men's grooming and grab the pomade.  Yup...that's it!

"Layrite is seriously phenomenal. It’s this old-school men’s pomade that slicks hair down beautifully without any flakes or crunch, and it washes out really easily,” says Kristin Ess, celebrity stylist.  The styling tip: dip a tint brush into the pomade and, section by section, painted it over the hair, making sure each strand of hair is totally saturated, so it will lay flat. That's it, nothing more. The pomade keeps everything in place until you wash it out; it’s amazing.

Have curly hair and want the look.  No problem, the coolest thing about pomade is it straightens your curls as you comb through it. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Be as great as DaVinci when you contour!

Chiaroscuro is an Italian word used to describe the use of light and dark in a way that creates a three-dimensional effect.  DaVinci's Mona Lisa uses this technique to bring her face to life.  He also used a technique called sfumato which means blurring of lines - a softening with no sharp edges and a complete inability to tell where colors begin and end.  When you follow the techniques of DaVinci, your face will always be ready for a "selfie" or the flash from some else's camera. 

Slapping on a little bronzer in the wrong color can make you look clownish.  So what are the right colors?  Choose a color that's a couple of shades darker than you skin tone for contour.  Shimmery pearls in gold, pink, beige or peach work best for highlighting.

You are working to achieve facial definition by following the premise that dark colors recede and light colors stand out. 

First apply your foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB cream, but not your concealer.  (You may not need much if you are contouring correctly.)

Now, depending on your face shape, brush your bronzer onto the areas like under the cheekbones, chin and jaw line, down the sides of your nose if you want a narrowing effect, temples and where the brow bone meets the hair line. 

Next use your highlighter from the last third of the brow bone to the top of the cheek bone.  Apply it on the bridge of the nose, but not quite to the tip.  You can also apply it in the corners of the mouth to achieve lift and on the bow of the lips to achieve a pout.  Put it in the corner of each eye to brighten and widen eyes.

Finally, and this is the most important...the true artistic touch...Blend, Blend, Blend.  Think you've blended enough...blend some more!  Sfumato (blur)  those lines!

Monday, September 26, 2016

We are very Proud and thank our great staff & loyal customers!

We just were notified we have earned the Circle of Excellence Platinum Award for the third year in a row!  Beauty Care Choices strives always to provide quality customer service, top quality professional s products and to make sure you receive your products on-time and packaged with care.  It's a team effort by all of our wonderful staff!

We are thrilled to announce that Beauty Care Choices has earned the 2016 Bizrate® Circle of Excellence® Platinum Award. For seventeen years, we have had the honor of recognizing the very best in internet retail. We’re excited to have you as part of this exclusive club!

The Bizrate Circle of Excellence Platinum Award recognizes those online retailers that have provided outstanding online customer experiences throughout the previous twelve months. This year, 97 online retailers received this award, representing the top 2.7% of our North American Retailer Network. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Every girl wants to be a princess at least once!

Beauty Care Choices is not just an online retailer.  We are also a salon in Redding, California.  We love being involved in community events such as Think Pink (which started in Redding by the way), Locks of Love and our local Women's Health programs.  This, however, is one of our favorite events!  It's a little girls' Princess Tea!  This annual event raises funds for the Youth Caring for Youth charity.  Our "real" princesses and princes are all local volunteer teens.  Beauty Care Choices salon staff do their hair and make-up and then spend the rest of the day with the young attendees in the "Bibbity Bobbity" salon.

Your little lady will meet some of her favorite Storybook Princess Characters as she walks down an enchanted pathway into the Grand Ballroom. It’s a Fairy Tale come true as your little princess feasts on the “Happily Ever After” Dessert Tower. She will get the "royal" treatment as she receives a light dusting of makeup in the “Bibbity Bobbity” Salon. There will be a “Wonderland Craft” area and afterwards, she is invited to glide in the Princess Parade to kick off the start of the ball. Also, she will have an opportunity to sing along with the princesses and have her picture taken with her favorite princess.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Everything you want in a polish...and NOTHING else!

We have it!  LVX - the award winning one-coat and gel-like formula nail polish is 7 toxin free and socially responsible. It is formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene & Parabens. LVX is TPHP free and Gluten Free. LVX is luxury and eco-friendly products that do not compromise quality or finish. All LVX products are produced in USA.

Check out their gorgeous colors - all 99 of them! Here are just 4...we love them all!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

You'll love how AG leaves your hair "High & Dry"

AG's High & Dry - get amazing lift and volume in just a couple of minutes of spray and crunch as you lift the hair!  AG shows you how!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Beauty products for ageless beauty!

Achieving timeless beauty takes a little time and effort and quality products that protect. Don't wait for the first wrinkle to appear before your start. Don't wait for hair to appear thin, lifeless and dull. If its already happened, then you need products that help to reduce or minimize the damage and to protect going forward. It is never too late. Today's anti-aging technologies and recent skincare and hair care breakthroughs means you have some powerful weapons for timeless beauty defense.

What should you look for in an anti-aging skin and hair care products? Surprisingly, some of the same ingredients used in skin care anti-aging products are also the essential anti-aging hair care ingredients. Beauty Care Choices makes it easy to know before you buy...product ingredients are listed right on the product web page.

Alterna's Caviar products are anti-aging hair care at its best. The Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction is a miracle for repairing damage and adding smoothness and moisture to hair. To keep hair supercharged daily you can't beat Caviar Anti-aging Rapid Repair Spray. Get gloriously gorgeous shine and moisture easily. TIP: blow-dry hair...when hair is nearly dry, spritz a little and brush as you finish drying or styling. You won't see flyaways or frizz, just beautiful hair.
Take care of your face during the day using Robanda Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 30 (the level of protection recommended by dermatologists). The luxuriously lightweight creme replenishes moisture and enhances cell renewal as it protects. At night, cleanse face thoroghly and apply the Intensive Night Cream. It beautifully moisturizes and provides powerful anti-aging benefits. Robanda is all about anti-aging skin care prevention and repair.   Need immediate repair?  Instantly Ageless is a facelift in a bottle.  It works to instantly reverse signs of aging and lasts up to 8 hours.

Bad night's sleep? Feeling droopy and your face shows it? Extreme Lift Face by Kinerase is your anti-aging and repair best friend. It immediately reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After cleansing skin, smooth it on (a little goes a long way) and wait 5 minutes before applying moisturizers and make-up. You will see and love the results.

Key Anti-aging Ingredients:
  • Retinol - a derivative of vitamin A, making it a milder version of retinoids (a prescription-only wrinkle fighter). While it takes several weeks to see results, retinol is the most effective over-the-counter anti-aging ingredient. Apply retinol-based products at night on dry skin to avoid sensitivity and be sure to apply a moisturizer with SPF every morning.
  • Ceramides (Skin and Hair) - the "glue" that holds out skin together and will help to mend broken hair fibers and reinforce the hair's structure. Niacinamide - lightens dark spots caused from acne scars, sun damage or old age with a vitamin B3 derivative that prevents pigmentation from rushing to the surface.
  • Hyaluronic Acid (Skin and Hair)- a humectant, meaning that it draws out water from the air and dermis (the skin that lies below the surface). It even spurs new collagen production.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids - exfoliators that gently dissolve the "glue" that holds surface skin cells together, letting the dead ones slough away to reveal youthful looking skin. This process encourages cell turnover, which typically slows with age. Getting rid of dead skin also lets moisturizers, serums, and skin treatments penetrate the skin and work more effectively.
  • L-ascorbic acid - is stable Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps build collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote elasticity to plump up skin.
  • Avobenzone - protection against UVA rays paired with benzophenone-3 or oxybenzone to shield against UVB rays. For maximum protection, apply a chemical sunscreen directly on skin before serum, lotion, or makeup.
  • Antioxidants (Skin and Hair) - slow down the clock and help prevent and repair damage to your body tissue by encouraging cell growth, neutralize free radicals (unstable, damaging molecules in your body caused by elements such as sunlight, smoke, and pollution). The most popular antioxidants include vitamins C and E, pomegranate, green tea, and coffeeberry extracts.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Design.ME...Puff Spray is styling magic!

Want amazing volume without teasing? want "Puff Me"  Simply lift hair, spray and scrunch as you lift. Want even bigger volume?  Do it again.  

P.S.  Beauty Care Choices also has the AG Dry Wax Finishing Mist used in the video.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Viral - Extreme Color Wash! It's amazing!

The Original Colorwash with patent-pending advance Colorposit technology. This amazing bold color adds color to your hair while cleansing to stop fade and wash out! With Colorwash it's Easy to keep your brilliant vibrant color treatment till your next visit with your stylist.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fabulous, sexy eyes from Mirabella

Define your eyes! Go black and bold.  The look is definitely now, fabulously sexy and very easy.  Mirabella shows you how!  and BCC has all the products used, plus FREE shipping on cosmetics!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The best hair brush bristle type for your hair.

Investing in a good brush or two can be worth the money, especially if you like to change up your style often.  We've discussed before the types of brushes (round barrel, paddle, teasing, etc.) and the shape of the brush(es) you need depends on your style.  The bristles on the brush are just as important. 

Bristle type: Boar
True boar bristle brushes are made from 100% natural (humanely cultivated) wild boar hair. They should be tightly packed together and feel stiff, but with some flexibility. These bristles distribute oils evenly throughout strands and are great for achieving a smooth, shiny blowout. If you have thick course hair that requires tug to achieve fullness, boar bristle brushes are worth the investment. They make styling easier and promote shine and smoothness—benefits almost everyone wants. If you have fine hair and own one of these brushes, your investment isn’t lost; boar bristles can add volume to fine and normal hair types—as long as your brush has a nice natural give.

Bristle type: Nylon
Nylon bristles are less expensive than boar brushes, but still effective. The bristles are usually spaced farther apart than boar and achieve a medium to strong grip on all hair types, especially those with medium density or finer strands. The better the grip, the smoother and straighter your style will be.  If brushes tend to get stuck in your hair mid-twirl or you suffer from serious static issues try a brush that combines nylon and boar bristles.

Bristle type: Plastic
Plastic and synthetic bristles are your general, all-purpose brushes. The bristles are incredibly strong, made for working through larger areas of medium to thick hair.  These are a “first step” kind of brush, best for detangling and preliminary blow-drying. When you’ve removed most of the excess water, switch to a round boar or nylon brush for styling, smoothing, and adding shine.

This week all Olivia Garden Brushes are on sale - 20% off!  It's a great time to upgrade your brush!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hair loss and coloring your hair

Ready to hit the bottle? With a few precautions, coloring thinning hair can be safe -- and may even protect the hair shaft from breaking.  There's a myth that permanent hair-color is damaging, but that's only true if you bleach your hair or if you use the color incorrectly.   Meanwhile, semi-permanent colors that are acid-based may protect around the hair cuticle, and acid-based colors may coat -- and protect -- the hair. Follow these tips to give thinning locks a healthy new hue.

Skip the Bleach.  You're most likely to damage your hair if you make a drastic color change requiring bleach, such as going from jet black to blonde. If it's properly applied, regular hair color shouldn't be a problem.

Check the Contrast.  Choose a hue that's close to the color of your scalp. It will draw less attention to thin tresses. There’s less contrast between skin and hair tones to draw the eye. Also, as you ages, having lighter hair around your face makes you look younger and softens your features.

Consider Salon Color.  Professionals will have more access to a variety of options and higher-end coloring agents. Your stylist’s experience with color is important, too.  Ask about vegetable-based dyes, cellophanes, and hennas, all of which are gentle options for thinning hair. Also, ask your stylist about products that are ammonia- and peroxide-free. And avoid bleach.

Rules for Do-It-Yourselfers
  • Check the label: Choose brands with less than 20% peroxide, and don't bleach thinning hair.
  • Think temporary: Use semi-permanent color, if you can. If it doesn’t cover your stubborn greys, apply permanent color at the roots and semi-permanent on the rest.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

True or False...Facts about hair loss.

Our new giveaway is from Bosley Professional.  Bosley is an expert in hair restoration, but they also make great products for those with thinning and thin hair that help keep your hair and scalp healthy and styling products that give your hair extra care while adding volume.  If you have thinning hair, test yourself below...true or false...thinning hair facts.

Styling Products like hair spray and dye can make you lose your hair forever.

False:  If you overdo it with products or don't use them right, hair can get brittle. That could cause the shaft to break. But any hair loss should be temporary. Permanent loss comes when the root of your hair is hurt.
To keep your hair healthy, stagger appointments so you get a perm one time and color the next. See if you can go a little longer between touchups than your stylist recommends -- maybe 10 weeks instead of 8. Skip "long-lasting" sprays. While you're at it, let your hair air dry when you can to give it a break from harmful heat.

Brushing your hair 100 strokes a night helps it grow.

False:  It's OK to put down that hairbrush! Brushing that much can cause split ends and breakage. Also, use a wide-toothed comb. It keeps you from tugging at tangles and will do less damage.
Your best bet is to use conditioner first. Comb curly hair while it's damp and let straight hair dry a little first.

Stress can make your hair fall out.

True:  Dealing with drama takes energy away from hair growth and redirects it to more important body needs.  
About 6 weeks to 3 months after stress starts, you may notice hair loss. It could take a while, but hair starts growing back once things are under control. If you know something hard is coming up, find ways now to ease your worries.

Your diet affects your hair.

True:  When you don't get enough iron or protein -- or you get too much vitamin A -- your hair can fall out. Get protein from meat, eggs, and beans. Get iron from fortified cereal, spinach, and clams. You can use supplements, but it's better to get your vitamin A from food so you don't overdo it.
Some people notice hair loss when they lose more than 15 pounds. The hair loss usually starts about 3 to 6 months later, but the hair will grow back on its own.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Go bold for fall with Jane Iredale's new Collection

Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics is in salons, spas and even medical clinics throughout the world!  Why?...because they are based on micronized minerals and made without fillers like talc or mineral oils and free of chemical dyes or preservatives! 

The fall collection is here now!  It's
BOLD. Beautifully sculpted brows, Cream to Powder Eye Shadows and the new "Cindy" (Classic Red) PureMoist Lipstick all to create a timeless, classic look!