Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter...make some little changes to your beauty routine.

Winter can be a glorious, festive time of the year.  Snuggling on the couch in a cozy blanket with a warm cocoa or hot toddy and a great movie is just one of the wonderful perks of the cold season.  But, winter can bring challenges to your beauty care routine to keep your hair, skin and nails looking their best.  Take a few moments to read these tips...small changes that bring beautiful results.

Everyone's scalp dries out in the winter.  If you're finding flakes this time of the year, a weekly (or more often) dandruff shampoo should be your first change.  Be sure you get a quality shampoo that treats your hair kindly as it tackles the dry scalp.  Matrix Biolage ScalpSync is a great one.  If you like a sulfate-free shampoo, try Thermafuse Thermadan Sulfate-free Dandruff Relief.

Use a heavy-duty moisturizer from head-to-toe.  Apply it right after your shower or bath, while your skin is still damp to increase your moisture retention.  Even if your skin is normally fine, the dry, cold air of winter can have it feeling tight and itchy, so apply it every day.  Hempz Pure Hemp Ultra-hydrating Herbal Body Moisturizer or Cuccio Butter Blends (comes in 7 delightful scents).

Don't forget your lips.  The sensitive skin of your lip area needs extra protection at this time of year to avoid chapping and cracking.  If you already can feel it, it may be time for Qtica Intense Lip Repair Balm.  If you want prevention, then LaLicious' Lip Butter is perfect!

Fight the frizz and fly-away strands.  Keeping your hair soft and silky during this time of year can be a little challenging, so applying an anti-frizz lotion or spray to your hair is essential.    Redken Frizz Dismiss Lotion Spray or OSIS+ Tame Wild Smoothing Anti-Frizz cream are both great!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Take a little ME time!


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!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Parabens???

Beauty Care Choices has licensed cosmetologists as our customer service staff.  They get asked all types of questions each day, but one of the most common is, "What is Paraben?" or "Does it matter if it is paraben free?"

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.

Now you know!  If you ever have a question on a product we sell, how to use a product or ingredient, just call us.  (866) 409-7227.  Se habla espanol!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Dark Rimmed Eyes made simple!

Fall is the time when we change up our make-up routine from the fresh, bright colors of summer to the more sultry and warm looks so right for the season.  Jane Iredale helps you get the look of Dark Rimmed Eyes for fall with this simply techniques video. 


Friday, November 11, 2016

Dry Brush Nail Art

Gorgeously simple or dramatically fun, Essie shows you how to do Fall Diagonal Dry Brush Nail Art.  They've chosen a dramatic background with soft dry brush highlights, but let your imagination take flight if you dare!  The technique is the same no matter what three colors you choose!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall /Winter hair care tips!

The winter months are approaching us and the days are much colder; it’s time to start thinking about ways to protect your hair from the damage that the winter elements and indoor heating can cause.

During the winter months, it’s a great idea to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to replenish the moisture, which tends to get depleted from things such as the dry heat in your home and the cold winter air.  You can find just what you need by clicking here!


If you can keep washing your hair to a minimum, say two to three times a week, this will prevent your hair from drying out too much. And always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house.  The moisture in your hair combined with the cold air, will add further damage to your hair by making it more brittle and dry.

Fly-away hair is arguably the most annoying property of winter hair. It is caused by heated interior air and the contact of hair fibers with other fibers such as the fabric fibers of hats, headbands, and clothing. The movement of these fibers against hair produces static electricity, which makes hair stand on end. Use styling products that help to prevent fly-away hair. Among them are styling mousse, extra-gloss wax, and hair oil.

A final, very simple tip is to wear a hat when out as it keeps your hair covered from the wind, rain and snow. But as we all know, no woman wants the “dreaded hat hair.” A great way to avoid this is to wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your cozy, wool beanie. This helps to protect your hair from damage caused by the hat rubbing against your hair and it also cuts down on the static.  You can also use a volumizing spray or salt spray before you blow-dry your hair while hanging your head upside down. Carry the spray with you to refresh your hairstyle after taking off your hat.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

We've got a new Nail Polish!

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LVX products are formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene & Parabens. LVX is TPHP free and Gluten Free. Plus it's made in the USA!  There are 102 fab shades! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Time to amp up the Moisturizer!

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.  You can see all of our great body moisturizers by clicking here.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nine little secrets that make a difference!

Eye Cream Is Great For Cuticles
Instead of spending money on cuticle cream, you can use extra-moisturizing and hydrating eye cream to cure dry cuticles.

Nix Flaky Mascara
One of the main reasons mascara will flake onto your face after you apply it is because it's old. Opt for a new container and always remember to keep your mascara tube tightly sealed.

You Can Use Exfoliator Daily
Exfoliation is an important and easy way to buff away the dead skin cells that cover up your skin's natural glow. Use a light exfoliator, like the Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica, to freshen your face daily.

Lock It In
When using cream-based beauty products -- like lipstick or foundation -- apply a dry face powder on top to seal in your look. This also works for blush (apply a cream blush to cheeks, then top with a dry blush).

Clarify Your Hair
In order to remove product build-up from locks, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will also help prevent dandruff and other annoying hair/scalp conditions.  No matter your favorite brand of shampoo, they will likely have a clarifying shampoo as well. 

Replace Old Products Regularly
The effectiveness of products -- not to mention the amount of bacteria they breed -- wares after only a few months. Ditch old items and replace them with new ones.

Nix Post-Shaving Redness
Shave your face, legs or underarms in the shower after standing under warm water for a few minutes. This will help open up hair follicles and will soften hairs so they're less coarse to shave.

Clean Your Makeup Tools
Whether you use a razor, a Q-tip or a powder brush, make sure to clean your beauty tools. After even a couple uses, they become breeding grounds for bacteria, which can cause breakouts, eczema and many other skin conditions.  You can get a professional brush cleaner for less than $20.  These products, like TIGI's Pro Brush Cleaner, not only clean, but condition the brush.  Quality cosmetic brushes are a worthwhile investment and worth protecting.