Friday, December 29, 2017

BIGGEST Product Launches of 2017

Many, many new beauty products are introduced each year.  So how do you know which ones are really something new you might want to try?  We've got the 411 on the new innovative and top selling products of 2017. These are the BIGGEST product launches of 2017 that the beauty world can't stop talking about. After all, it's a beautiful occurrence when a product works exactly as it should; but, when a product blows all your expectations out of the water, it can change the game completely. 'Tis the season to try new trends to see what can enrich your life. So, indulge with these HOT products!


Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

Experience immunity from humidity with this guard serum that sheathes every strand in a lightweight "raincoat" to repel moisture. The heat activated polymer works to compress, seal & tighten, leaving your hair sleek, smooth and touch-ably silky. With effects lasting 2-3 shampoos, it won't build up or become greasy. Featured on the Today Show, Dream Coat has been an instant success and everyone who tries it is blown away by the literal supernatural ability this product possesses to defy humidity and keep your locks seriously smooth for days. 
DIRECTIONS: Dream Coat is heat activated, so spray each section of hair to completely saturate. Comb product through, then blow dry in sections.


Dermalogica AGE Smart Daily Superfoliant

This re-surfacer transforms your skin into the softest, smoothest yet. It fights the biochemical and environmental triggers proven to accelerate aging. Featuring an advanced formula that is H2o activated to release powerful enzymes that work to smooth with alpha hydroxy acids & anti-pollution technology. Formulated with Active Binchotan Charcoal to purify the skin to absorb and remove toxins from deep within the pores. Also includes Niacinamide, Red Algae & Tara Fruit Extract to protect against further environmental damage.
DIRECTIONS: After cleansing, dispense a half- teaspoon into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.



Earthly Body CBD Daily Intensive Cream

Infused with a signature blend of essential oils this daily intensive cream provides instant, long
lasting pain relief to areas of distress & soreness. Rave reviews have been poring in about this product not just from customers, but from our beauty staffers as well. We highly recommend giving this cream a try if you suffer with chronic pain. CBD or Cannabidiol is the primary ingredient, which is a NON-PSYCHOACTIVE Cannibis compound ingredient with absolutely no THC and a long list of health benefits that include relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms and so much more. DIRECTIONS: Massage a small amount directly onto areas of soreness 3-5 times daily.

K-Beauty Charcoal Mask

This carbon black mask is designed to remove blackheads, whiteheads & fine hairs on the forehead, nose & chin area (keep off your eyebrows). Clears up clogged pores to ensure your face is left purified and fresh, your skin tighter and brighter than ever before. This Mask works exceptionally well but when you pull it off you will discover it's not for the faint of heart, as it is designed to remove fine hairs and genuinely feels a lot like waxing your face. 
DIRECTIONS: After cleansing, open pores with a steamed towel, then take the proper amount of product and apply on dry skin. After 15-20 minutes and product is completely dried, peel off slowly starting at the edge.



Kenra Snail Anti-Aging Hair Products

Designed with Snail essence to infuse your hair with natural proteins that restore radiance to your locks. As it smooths, softens & fills in cracks of hair to restore & prolong youth. This particular ingredient has the power to fight numerous problems such as breakage, dryness, frizz, scalp irritation, thinning and manageability. No snails were harmed in the making of these products.   

DIRECTIONS: See individual product directions - For the Snail CC Creme - Apply evenly through damp or dry hair then style as desired.



Tried any of these products? Tell us all about it in the comments down below. May your eyes be bright, your skin glow and your hair stay gorgeous - From all of us here at Beauty Care Choices have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Did you save a little for the after Christmas sales?

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

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dewy Skin DIY


Dermalogica is bringing you the dewy skin day and night! Facial oils have not only the ability to smooth fine lines but they also boost radiance and help to maintain your fountain of youth by restoring your skin's natural protective barrier. 




Look dewy throughout your busy day. 
Phyto Replenish Oil is a feather-light treatment oil. It contains Camellia and Tamanu oils that rapidly absorbs and strengthens skin. It can be worn alone or even mixed in with your foundation.




Stay glowing all night.
Overnight Repair Serum. This powerful, age-fighting peptide serum uses Argan and Rose oils to reduce fine lines and give you luminous skin overnight.




dewy skin DIY
Step-by-Step Massage Instructions


Gently press 4-6 drops of Phyto Replenish Oil or Overnight Repair Serum onto your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and last (but not least) neck. Then, using a bit of firm pressure, perform the following movements three times each.

Forehead Wrinkle Release. Using your fingertips, lightly press into the forehead and glide toward your temples. Firmly press then release.

Revitalize Eyes. Press between brows. Then, slide your index fingers around the brow bone and under eyes making an "S" shape between the brows. Firmly press bridge of nose and release.

Glow Point Detox. Press and glide between points at sides of nostrils, under cheekbones and front of ears. Make sure to stop and press at each of these pressure points.

Jawline Stress Release. Using small, upward circles massage your jawline beginning at the chin. Make sure to press at points below the ears, then glide down to the neck and collarbone. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

HAIRtamin, Feel The Power

Hair is a powerful part of our self-image. We may realize how much until something starts to go wrong. Whether it be balding, thinning or excess shedding, there are few experiences more discouraging than losing your hair. So, let us help you with that!

Beauty Care Choices is proud to introduce HAIRtamin, a superior hair nourishing supplement with clinically studied all natural ingredients designed to support longer, stronger, thicker hair. 100% drug free, HAIRtamin works as a dietary supplement that delivers crucial nutrition without compromising the rest of the body in trade for growing healthy hair. 

Ingredients focus on Vitamin B-Complex, Biotin & other organics that enhance and support healthy hair growth. Real people have seen real results with HAIRtamin, so we highly recommend that you give it a chance if this is happening to you or someone you love. Don't suffer and agonize over something that might be out of your control, particularly when you have the option to inspire yourself to live the healthiest lifestyle possible by taking action. Here are some very real results from people who took fate into their own hands:


















First, let's talk about hair growth.  Our hair has three phases in its cycle: The Anagen Phase, when your hair grows an average of half an inch a month. The Catagen Phase, a short transitional phase that lasts about 10 days which signals the end of the active growth of a hair. Then the Telogen Phase, the resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. The hair follicles then remain inactive for 3 months before starting the whole process over again. However, each hair follicle is independent; going through these phases at different times. Otherwise all your hair would fall out at once!  Instead you get maybe 80 hairs shedding a day on a healthy head of hair. But don't go counting every strand that falls to the ground just yet! Let's go over some of the most common & not so common reasons why you could be seeing less hair on your head with research from the American Academy of Dermatology:

Diet

Not getting enough protein in your diet can cause your body to ration protein by shutting down hair growth.  Also, a Vitamin B deficiency, which can be corrected by supplements and eating a more balanced diet with fruits & veggies plus all the "good" fats such as avocado or nuts.

Illness

Anemia can contribute to hair loss. The most common type of anemia is an iron deficiency, which most commonly effects women between the ages of 20 through 49. Hypothyroidism is also a condition that contributes to hair loss because your thyroid glands not producing enough hormones, which throws your metabolism, growth & development out of whack. Autoimmune related hair loss happens when the immune system is overactive.  The body gets confused as the immune system identifies the hair as foreign and targets it for elimination by mistake. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an imbalance in male & female sex hormones where an excess of Androgens can cause numerous effects including hair thinning. And last but not least, Chemotherapy, although life saving, it acts like a nuclear bomb in the body; destroying rapidly dividing cancer cells along with rapidly dividing cells like hair too. 

Heredity

Androgenic or Androgenic Alopecia is basically the female version of male pattern baldness. Meaning if women in your family started to notice hair loss at a certain age then you may be more likely to have this problem. 

Male Pattern Baldness

Roughly two out of three men experience hair loss by age 60. This type of hair loss is usually caused by a combination of genes & male sex hormones in which a classic M shaped receding from the temples occurs. 

Medications

Certain medications can promote hair loss as a side effect, such as Beta Blockers or Blood Thinners and Blood-Pressure drugs. Antidepressants, NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Methotrexate or Lithium as well can have this effect. 

Overstyling

Harsh chemicals, high heat styling, over zealous styling can literally cause your hair to fall out because these practices can have major impact on the hair roots. To avoid this problem, try these supplements, use conditioner after every shampoo, utilize thermal protectant products, let your hair air dry and really limit your heat styling time. When you do heat style blow dry on cool and set your irons to the lowest effective settings.

Physical Stress

Any kind of physical trauma can cause temporary or even permanent hair loss.  Events such as surgery, car accident, severe illnesses, even the flu can have these results. This type of hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium, so when you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, pushing you more towards your Telogen (shedding phase) for longer than normal. Sometimes pregnancy can also result in longer telogen periods. So it's not uncommon to see hair loss after your baby is delivered. Severe emotional stress can also exacerbate an existing hair loss problem. The great news about these types of hair loss is as your body heals, your hair will begin to regrow, but it can take a while in some cases.

Age, hormonal changes, stress, environmental factors or whatever the cause may be will play their parts in this all too common problem leading to damaged hair with any variation or combination of the problems highlighted above.


Follow along as I break down these superior ingredients featured in HAIRtamin to build a better understanding of what each of them does for your hair:

Aloe Vera: Contains Proteolytic Enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp.

Biotin:  Is part of the B Complex Vitamins which are water-soluble, meaning your body excretes what it doesn't need and it doesn't have any side effects. Biotin is a vital nutrient in improving hair health

Black Seed Extract:  Known as "black gold", Black Seed Extract is a super antioxidant ingredient with antibacterial & immune-boosting properties. Piperine, the active compound of Black Pepper Seed optimizes all the other ingredients by increasing blood flow & energy.



Brahmi Extract:  Strengthens hair roots while reducing breakage & scalp damage. 

Green Tea Leaf Extract:  (Only featured in the HAIRtamin MAN Formula)  Stimulates testosterone, with healthy levels of testosterone comes encouraging hair regrowth.



Horsetail Extract:  A very advantageous ingredient that contains Silica & Selenium, minerals that improve hair growth. Silica works to strengthen hair while increasing shine. Selenium improves production of Iodine to regulate hair growth.



Japanese Knotweed Root Extract: (Only featured in HAIRtamin MAN Formula)  Has been identified as a potent flavonoid in high concentrations from the root of Japanese Knotweed and has a number of beneficial effects including anticancer, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial.



Lutein:  Boosts Glutathione, which is vital to protecting the scalp & hair follicles from oxidative stress.



Rosemary:  Boosts cell division in hair follicles while stimulating them to produce new hair, literally an ingredient that works from the inside out.


Selenium:  Enhances the immune system as it reduces free radical damage that effects hair growth.

Stinging Nettle:  Anti-inflammatory, plus balancing hormones. Both of which encourage hair growth.



Turmeric Root Extract:  Turmeric is beneficial in the treatment of various scalp conditions such as Dermatitis, Dandruff & Eczema.  Cur cumin, an active ingredient in Turmeric is effective against these ailments due to its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic & antibacterial properties.

Vitamin A:  Allows your cells to mature and repair scalp damage, which can often be a cause of hair thinning and hair loss.
Vitamin B:  Responsible for the metabolism of macro-nutrients, making use of the food you eat. HAIRtamin uses a combination of B Vitamins that play a vital role in healthy hair growth by nourishing you from the inside out.

Vitamin C:  Boosts your own natural production of Collagen, which is essential connective tissue found in hair follicles.

Vitamin D: Wakes up dormant hair follicles while allowing them to produce new hair.

Zinc:  An essential trace mineral that is key in maintaining healthy hair, nails & skin. Aides many of the body's processes & functions, such as cell production,  hormonal balance,  normal immune function, proper absorption of vitamins and protein synthesis.

All of these ingredients work to support healthy hair transformation.  Now is the time to get started letting HAIRtamins bring hope to the emotionally damaging process of hair loss. Planning to ring in the New Year with a New You? Let's start a  conversation about it.   Love them, shop them, take them, and then tell us all about it in the comments down below.  Remember, there is no hair loss cure.  It take time to restore healthy hair, just as it takes time to make any change.  But the sooner you start, the sooner the results.  Take the first step now! 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Little tips for Perfect Polish!

We all love beautifully polished nails...especially for holiday events.  They give your look an elegant touch.  If you're doing you manicure yourself, here are some tips to help you achieve a beautiful polish.

Painting your OTHER hand:  This is always the tough one.  We'll here's the trick...don't move the brush...move your hand.  Holding the brush still, move each finger, gliding on the polish down the center of the nail, then rolling the finger to the left and then right to complete the sides.

Removing Dark Polish:  It always seems to leave color on the sides and in the cuticle and leaves color on the skin.  So, before you apply the remover, apply a lotion/cream to the finger tip; the cuticle and skin, covering completely.  Now, remove the polish gently.  Wow! Clean skin & cuticle!

Less is better when applying polish.  We all know a big glob of polish runs - it's liquid after all.  First, run the brush stick along the bottle edge to remove any excess (especially when the bottle is full).  Then run one side of the brush along the bottle's edge about half-way down the bristles.  Turn the brush, and run this side of the bristles all the way down.  This creates a perfect polish bubble on the brush with just the right amount of polish.

Never try to "fix" the first coat of polish while it is still wet.  Let the polish dry completely before apply the second coat.

Finally, always apply a thin line of the base coat, polish and top coat to the free edge of the nail.  This "capping" will help keep polish from chipping.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Take a little "me" time..you are worth it!

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!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brrrrrrrr! Cold Weather changes you need to make 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!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Protect yourself & your hair!


How can you make sure you're not purchasing outdated, expired product? Here are some things to watch out for the next time you're looking for your favorite hair care product:

  • Differences in ingredients, instructions, and logo. No explanation needed. If you see anything questionable, or changes in ingredients, check with the manufacturer directly. They will advise you on any recent repackaging or reformulations. 
  • A barcode sticker. Counterfeited products will  have a stickered bar code  over the original barcode printed on the bottle. 

  • Dirty, dented, or sticky. More than likely, this little guy fell off a truck somewhere during shipment.
  • Missing batch code. If you see batch codes missing on the bottom, that’s another red flag.
  • Higher price or significantly reduced. We can understand why they would be marked down. However, you can bet if the price is 10x higher than what your salon sells it for then the product has recently been discontinued. 
  • Doesn’t work as well. If the product you bought doesn't smell or make your hair feel like it did when your stylist used it on your hair, then it's probably not the real deal.
You can always count on BeautyCareChoices to deliver quality, authentic products backed and guaranteed by the manufacturer.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Want to feel a little Royal?

Ballet Slippers (a pale pink) by Essie is your ticket to royalty perfection when it comes to your nail color.  It's the only color choice of Queen Elizabeth II of England.  When she takes off the white gloves, on her nails, this timeless pale pink color is seen each time her job requires hand waving and hand shaking!   The stylish and always appropriate color has been around since 1982 and is delivered directly to Buckingham Palace!

Here in the good, ole USA, this color is so popular, 30 bottles are sold every hour (according to Essie).  This iconic color has been seen on the red carpet hands of stars, including Barbara Streisand, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez.  Back in England, as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, her nails were also a very subtle pink (no need for flashy nails with that engagement ring!).

Click here to get your own bottle, then...ready, set, paint ...
and begin to  practice your own Royal Wave!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This History of Lipstick

Almost all of us have one. Most of us have 12, or at least here at Beauty Care Choices, we do. It goes from place to place with us, ready to help out any time of the day. It's our BFF, "best face fix". It's about three and a half inches long and comes in every color of the rainbow. Do you know what we are thinking of? It's LIPSTICK!! Do you know the history though? Where did this little bestie come from? Well, we have the answers!

Lipstick has been around since 2500 BC! The first know wearing of lipstick was by the men and women of ancient Mesopotamia. They would use precious gemstones on their lips, but not in the way we do today. The gemstones weren't adhered to their lips like jewelry but more used as an epidermis scratcher to cause bleeding. Then the gemstones would get lodged in the small scapes to reflect drying blood. Say hello to our first red lipstick.

Cleopatra brought more suitable lipstick into high society in her days as Queen, 51 - 30 BC. This Egyptian lipstick was made out of crushed bugs, dried clay, and seaweed. Occasionally, they added fish scales for a shimmery gloss.


Fast forward to the European Dark and Middle Ages, when lipstick enters its own dark age. The Catholic church had banned the use of lipstick due to thoughts of it being related to satanic rituals. This lead to lipstick only being worn by harlots. It wasn't until Queen Elizabeth I brought lipstick back into the hands of the rich and powerful. Her powder white face and stark red lips were admired by nobles everywhere. Though it didn't last and with the end of Queen Elizabeth I's reign, lipstick went back to being a signal of women of the night.

Fun Fact: This didn't mean that women didn't want 'naturally' bold lips. To get the color without the use of lipstick women were known to bite their own lips or rub them against anything bright in color.

In 1884, lipstick got its big break. A French cosmetic company called Guerlain started producing the first commercially sold lipstick. It was formulated with deer tallow, castor oil, and beeswax. They would wrap it in silk and it was to be applied with a brush. It wasn't until 1915 when Maurice Levy introduced the cylindrical tube that women really started snapping them up.

By the roaring 20's lipstick was here to stay for women of all classes. The actresses of silent films were what everyone wanted to look like. Actresses tended to wear dark color lipstick like brown, plums and deep reds, that stood out in the black and white films.  They focused on making a prominent cupid's bow, often with the use of stencils.

As the depression hit in the 1930s, lipstick was one of the few items women simply refused to give up. While the color schemes of deep plum and burgundy were still everywhere, the finish changed to matte for a more sophisticated look.
The 1940s are remembered by the wartime efforts of World War II. The war made many things scarce, or even unavailable, but lipstick was not one of them. The metal tubes had to be replaced with plastic or paper tubes but they were still in every woman's household. The color or the era was bright beautiful red. The government even backed the color because they thought it boosted morale.

By the 50s war was over and the lipstick industry was still growing. In fact, lipstick was gaining, even more popularity because style icons were starting to cross lines from films into magazines and back. People were drawn to emulate their signature looks.

1960 era was marked by a changing society. The world looked to Mother Earth for trends and out went bright red lips, despite red coming from bright clay and bugs in the beginning. In came browns, neutrals and the first popularization of lip gloss. Despite the trends being all about breaking the norms and away from traditional roles, lipstick was still a necessity.  Much the same can be said about the 70s. Lip Smackers were released in 1973 and was the first big step towards pushing makeup to the teen girl market.

Woman in the work force was the tone of the 1980s. This era shifted back into big and bold lips (and everything else). Makeup was often seen as war paint women wore into the office to let men know they are just as big of the working class and meant business.  The color schemes often matched with whatever outfit they were wearing to enhance the power dressing trends.

By 1990 the subculture of gothic and punk was making its way main stream. The bold of the 80s were out and the conservative style was in. These subcultures created a time of very interesting lip trends. Things like dark lip liner with lighter lipstick or matte browns and black was highly sought after. The 90s also brought along the first consumer need for natural and chemical free lipsticks.


Shimmery, glossy, shiny was all about the 2000's. Skin went from being pale and ghostly to spray tans galore. Glossy lips helped bring the beach casual look together so cosmetic makers listened. Every girl of every age carried lip gloss with them at all times. As the 00s turned into the 10s lipstick moved to be more self expressive than world-wide trends. Of course trends still arise like the Merlot trend or the matte trend but thanks to social media they change faster and more often.

We love our lipsticks, they are a part of our everyday life. They express our moods, conveying times of sultriness or sadness. They can provide a level of confidence to any woman. So here's to another wonderful 4000 years of lipstick!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Why Be a 10 When You Can Be a 15?!

The Super Heroes line from Schwarzkopf's Osis+ is beyond super-natural! Now, we remember when we had to have the "Ten" benefits in all our hair care products, well that's just so yesterday. The future is here and we've found a new favorite product with super-human hair power magic! The Super Versatile Miracle 15 can definitely perform up to any critic's standards. This unique styling balm is made with Silk Extract; giving it 15 magnificent benefits for preparation, styling and finishing for all hair types.

Super Versatile Miracle 15
Here are the 15 advantages to using this AMAZING product: 
1. Optimal care balance.
2. Moisturized hair feel
3. Helps prevent hair breakage
4. Instantly detangles
5. Sensational structure equalization
6. Delivers anti-static discipline
7. Heat protection (230°- 450°)
8. Mechanical damage protection
9. Helps to protect against UV exposure
10. Improves manageability
11. Light styling control
12. Creates silkiness
13. Up to 96 hours of anti-frizz control
14. Adds light texture
15. Adds shine


Just imagine how much money you're saving by switching to Miracle 15. As great as those "10" products were, you still had to purchase a few other items for results you get with this one! The Miracle 15 is one out of several other outstanding products in the new Osis+ Super Heroes line. They all deliver outlasting results when it comes to shape, hold, volume and jaw dropping transformations. To check out these other SUPER products click here.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gorgeous AND Easy Holiday Nails!

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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Little Tweaks for Professional Hair Styling Results

When your hair needs to look fresh and you need to get it done fast, here are some tiny changes to make to 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. 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 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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shine this Holiday season with Gold!

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

Add radiance to your eyes.  Jane Iredale's PurePressed Eyeshadow in Rose Gold.  Use it as the lid color or the under the brow gold, depending on how many shades you use to create your eyeshadow look.

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

Finish your lips with a touch of Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick - Gold Digger.  Just a touch in the cupid's bow will provide your high-powered pouty lips with just the come hither festive look you want!

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

An easy Autumn Nail Art that's fun to do!

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! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Perfect Gift Exchange

The holiday season is full of parties, dinners, and gift exchanges. Gift exchanges can be so much fun with all of your friends but they can also be very hard to shop for. After all, there is usually a low spending limit that seems to buy less and less each year, the possible gift receivers range in taste, needs, and everything else in between and it's never any fun to end up the buyer of the gift people are begging to steal. Most gift exchanges end up being full of gift cards, while extremely practical, also how boring! No panic attacks though because Beauty Care Choices is here to take the stress of buying your next Secret Santa gift! We have tons of amazing gifts at all price ranges!
Only $24

We have lots of great hair care, skin care and nail sets priced under $25. One of our favorites for gift exchanges is the Paul Mitchell Love is Original kit. This set includes an original Awapuhi Shampoo, The Detangler, and a Flexible Style Sculpting Foam. This kit is perfect because after all everyone washes their hair (at least we hope they do) and Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner systems are ideal for both men and women. The moisture balancing formulas work wonders on hair types from thin to thick. These products hydrate lightly, tame fly-aways and detangle with no added weight. Plus this set come in a gorgeous, sleek and easy to wrap box!

Only $18
Gifts under $20 are a plenty this year. Whether your group needs beard stuff,nail stuff, hair stuff or skin stuff, there is a perfect gift for anyone! A top selling, and crowd favorite, set this year is Dermalogica's Double Cleanse Duo. Dermalogica is an industry standard when it comes to skin care. Their products are used, and beloved, in salons and spas world-wide including our own here in California! The Double Cleanse Duo makes a perfect gift because the products are great for every skin type! The duo contains a Special Cleansing Gel and a new Precleanse Balm. The Special Cleansing Gel has been a top product from Dermalogica for years proving that it is sure to never let your gift receiver down. The new Precleanse Balm is Dermalogica's most recent launch. It is a balm to oil precleanser to remove all topical impurities for a deeper, more through facial cleansing. This amazing duo is very limited though and sure to sell out fast!

Only $11.75
For those needing a gift under $15 we suggest checking out the MaskerAide WashBeautyCo Konjac Sponge in Bamboo Charcoal. At first glance this product may not look like much, but these amazing sponges have appeared in Allure, NewBeauty, BuzzFeed and so many other places. They are the perfect addition to the skin care addicts daily routine or a great single step cleansing for people with on the go constantly. People every where love them because they are just like skin care devices, the electronic cleaners, but with some added bonuses:
1) 100% Natural
2) Cost much less than traditional cleansing devices
3) Biodegradable, in fact, we recommend when you are done using it to throw it in your garden for nutrient rich compost.
4) Gentle on your skin while still being just as effective cleansers
5)Travel Ready with no tangling of cords or the need for adapters

Monday, November 20, 2017

Big, Beautiful Bombshell Hair : Leyla Milani Hair Care Product Review

 Follow along on my adventure to discover the secret hair weapons for big, beautiful bombshell hair created by Leyla Milani. From the Triple Threat Interchangeable Ceramic Curling Iron & Give It To Me Straight Flat Iron to the Hair Perfector Brushes, luxurious Hair Extensions & hair nourishing vitamins. Leyla Milani has the golden ticket to keep you feeling your most beautiful from the inside out. Her revolutionary hair products like Glossilocks Brilliant Shine Thermal Spray, Rescue Me Hair Mask & Big Hair Don't Care Boosting Powder are sure to elevate your senses, confidence and hair game. As a top beauty industry influencer, Philanthropist, Creator & Founder Leyla Milani has given women around the world the ability to achieve her signature bombshell hair at home. Here are the products I personally tested:

 Leyla Milani Beachy Volume & Texture Spray

  • A sea salt infused spray for mega volume & sexy texture, with a fresh ocean air scent & a unique formula that will give you that effortless Beachy look. 
  • DIRECTIONS: Spray on damp or dry hair, finger dry or let dry naturally, For more fullneness-defuse with heat. Works on wet hair to create volume, and dry hair for piecey texture.

Leyla Milani No H2o Volumizing Dry Shampoo


  • A unique dry powder spray that is the perfect solution to extend the life of your style with a tremendous renewing & refreshing effect that adds volume with a fresh scent & no white residue or heavy buildup.
  • DIRECTIONS: Start by brushing hair thoroughly, spray product evenly throughout hair. If you have greasy hair, apply more. Let the dry shampoo set in your hair for a few minutes to absorb the sebum, if hair is greasy may take a bit longer to set. Towel your hair until all the dry shampoo is absorbed. Brush again for beautifully de-greased hair then style as desired.


Leyla Milani Rescue Me Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask


  • Infused with Shea Butter & softening Argan Oil, this intense mask is packed with everything you need to transform your tresses into lusciously luminous, silky smooth, touchable locks. 
  • DIRECTIONS: Apply a generous amount to towel dried, shampooed hair and comb the product through. Allow it to penetrate your hair for 5-10 minutes then rinse out. Use once weekly for best results and less frequently as your hair improves.


The Experience:

I'm always researching for the perfect product combinations to serve all my Beauty Warrior needs, from everyday to date nights, vacations and beyond. However, I go into these experiments with a healthy amount of skepticism, knowing that if I'm wrong then I genuinely have something to shout from the rooftops. So, imagine my awe the first time I saw Leyla Milani's real hair, in my wildest dreams I would never have thought my hair could become that luxurious. Even on my wedding day when I had a beautiful, vintage finger wave style professionally done it fell out and flattened long before pictures could be taken. That was a common occurrence with styling my hair and it was tragic, so I swore never again to go through those horrible hair blues.
I'm absolutely thrilled to report that no one has to go through that ever again! As I have achieved my best hair yet with Leyla Milani Hair products, let me walk you through my experience so you can understand how I changed styling my hair and why I chose to test those specific products.

My hair is a lot of work all the time, I have said it before and it's no less true now. If I don't heat style or plan to wear my natural curls with a bucket of products then it doesn't play nice.
So I began with the Rescue Me Hair Mask, after shampooing my hair I squeezed the excess water out and generously applied the baby pink cream, finger combing the product through to the ends. The smell was light and floral, much like fresh roses and the professional glide of the product was thorough. I could feel the Mask being absorbed by my hair as it swelled with the intense hydration, I left it in for 10 minutes on my first attempt. Immediately upon rinsing it out I noticed that the product had sealed itself around my hair, with the texture becoming extremely smooth down to the very tips. It actually felt like I had a protective barrier on my hair before I even stepped out of the shower. Which the tips of my hair tend to take the worst beating and products usually don't effect the way they look or feel, but this Mask really healed & sealed them for days on end. While my hair was damp I sprayed the Beachy Volume & Texture Spray all over then brushed it through. The spray had a wonderful ocean scent I noted before moving on to finger drying my waves-to-curls hair and the shine alone was incredible. My bangs dried flat for the first time since I cut them instead of their usual frizz ball. Normally I have to straighten excessively to tame this problem. Yet, I wore my hair down all day in those Beachy curls, during a rain storm and my hair never frizzed once. Not once! And by the way, I got my husband to try the Mask as well and he also loved it! It made his chest length, thick curly locks smooth & manageable like never before.
The next day I brushed my hair thoroughly then used the No H20 Volumizing Dry Shampoo to freshin up my roots and bangs, which this product had such a light & refreshing feeling. There was no residue at all, I let it sit for about 2 minutes to absorb excess oils then gave my natural curls a bigger boost by curling my hair with a 1" curling wand to go on a date with my husband. Each ringlet was voluminous and touchably soft, my hair had great bounce and looked healthy, shiny & voluptuous. I found that all night I couldn't stop touching my hair. Ladies stopped me in the restaurant and at the movie theater to ask about my hair. And I'm generally not the girl this happens to, it was incredible, so I told them the secret - Leyla Milani, ladies!
So I'm paying forward these fantastic beauty secrets because women should empower each other to feel their best. Stop stressing over your hair - Shop it & Love it, you know your a bombshell too. And lets start a beautiful conversation about this, comment down below.