Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Brunette to Blonde...what to consider.

Thinking of going from brunette to blonde...here are some tips to help you decide.  After all, brunette it beautiful...so you want to consider carefully before taking the step. 
1. Is blonde complementary to your eye color and skin tone?
The truest test is looking at childhood photos to see if you had any natural blonde in your hair when you were young—but if you didn't, that doesn't mean you can't try it now. Ultimately you're looking for a shade that will complement your coloring, keeping in mind that non-brassy, ashier blondes complement cool skin tones, while golden shades work better on warmer ones. It's also worth nothing that blonde can have an especially washed-out effect on yellow undertones.
2. Can you dedicate time and money to multiple appointments and at-home treatments?
Simply put: a transformation isn't going to happen overnight. Natural looking blonde hair may take several steps:  ​going from ​sombré ​to babylights to a whole head of highlights to the whole head.
Furthermore, ensuring your hair is healthy enough to keeping going lighter and lighter is another task in and of itself. ​"You need lots of moisturizing treatments in-between each service to help maintain healthy hair.  Hair masks are a non-negotiable part of the process.
3. Is your hair in healthy shape? Coloring damaged hair is about much more than just split ends or straw-like strands, it can affect the color itself and how it is absorbed in the hair. As a rule of thumb, you should always proceed with caution, but if your hair is in particularly bad shape (color, sun, or heat damage), perhaps wait until it's in better health to begin a blonde transformation.
4. Are you willing to cut down on hot tools? If we can't pry a 1-inch curling iron from your dead, cold hands, you're not the best candidate for a drastic color change. Because your hair is inherently suffering damage from going lighter, you're going to need to cut back on hot styling tools as they cause internal damage that weakens the protein cross-links. To use them wisely, keep them on lower temperature settings and always use a heat protectant to minimize damage/keep your color looking fresh.
5.  Are you prepared to also change some or all of your cosmetics?  The big change will also affect how your skin tone appears, the best color for your eyebrows, cheeks and lips.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A case of the frizzies?

Frizz comes from damaged hair ends, dried out hair, or static charge. Regardless of the cause, frizz happens when the cuticle layer of your hair is being raised instead of smoothed and sealed. Products labeled as anti-frizz contain waxes and oils that are specifically designed to coat the
hair shaft, allowing it to smooth out and seal, rather than fly up like a loose wire.

Anti-frizz products often contain silicones, which can be drying. The silicones allow the products to really stick to your hair and block external moisture from undoing what your anti-frizz did in the first place. So, if you use an anti-frizz product regularly, you may want to choose a shampoo that is more hydrating.

You can choose a variety of different kinds of anti-frizz products. They come in sprays, leave-in treatments, oils, and more. If you want some hold and styling boost, use an anti-frizz spray. Leave-in treatments are perfect if your hair already starts the day extremely dry. Oils are the best option if you want no added styling benefits and work best for coarse hair.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Make-up Removers

Last week we did an article on skin preparation and what order to apply your skin care products.  What we didn't talk about, was removing the make-up first.  Whether your beauty routine involves layers of primer, foundation and colors or it just a little mascara and lip gloss, when your day is done you need to remove the make-up.

First, you need to know that a make-up remover is essential.  Most cleansers won't remove the make-up thoroughly.  Make-up removers are made to break down the cosmetics, even those deep in the pores.  Second:  sleeping with makeup on can lead to acne breakouts, accelerate the aging process and make the skin look dull.

Choose the right type of make-up remover for your skin.  If you have rosacea or eczema, use a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover. Cream or liquid cleansers work well for individuals with sensitive skin. And if your skin is more tolerant, you will be better able to handle makeup remover cleansing cloths.  The most important thing when choosing the perfect makeup remover? Avoid those that contain alcohol, fragrances and preservatives whenever possible.

Eye makeup such as mascara is more stubborn to remove, especially when it’s waterproof.  It is very important to take all of your eye makeup off with a remover targeted for that area. Leftover mascara can lead to eye infections, discoloration and puffy eyes in the morning. Don’t just swipe on your eye makeup remover in haste. Place a cotton ball with remover over your lids, hold it for a minute to dissolve the product, and then wipe away. Do not rub the delicate under-eye area. Once the mascara comes off, face cleanser can be used in the next step.

Cleanse your face after using the make-up remover.  If you have oily or combination skin, use a cleanser or face wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For dry skin, use a creamy, gentle cleanser or a foaming face wash that will not dry out the skin too much.

Massage gently with your fingertips in circular movements, and use lukewarm water and a facial sponge to deep cleanse.  Then RINSE, RINSE, RINSE.  Make sure you have rinsed away all traces of the remover and cleanser.  Leaving it one your face can clog pores and lead to dull skin and acne breakouts.

Beauty Care Choices has some of the very best removers.  Click here to find the right one for you.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Essie...turning corners & heads!

It's nail art time again.  This one is super easy and the look can be endlessly changed, depending on the two colors you choose!  Don't you just love Essie!



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prep your skin...it's your canvas for flawless make-up application

As the holiday's approach, and especially around Halloween, our face can take a beating from extra make-up, greasepaint from character creating and even from being just too dang tired to do a proper removal and wash as we fall into bed after a great party.  So, this seems the perfect time to do a reminder and education about face care.

What's the best way to avoid break-outs and create a smooth canvas for your make-up application?  It's preparing your skin correctly.  Preparing your skin means it is clean, pores are closed, dead skin is removed and new skin is moisturized.  It also means applying skin care products in the correct order to maximize the benefits of the products you are using.
  • Cleanse your skin.  Use a quality facial cleanser that won't strip your skin of its natural oils, but will clean deep down into the pores.  You don't need to scrub...a mild non-detergent cleanser with plant-derived surfactant will clean without harsh scrubbing that can irritate the sensitive skin of the face.   Malibu C Purifi Perfection or Clinical Care Green Stuff Facial Cleansing Gel are two good cleansers to try if you don't have one you are using.
  • Exfoliate. If you skin is looking tired and lackluster, it's time to also exfoliate!  A gentle facial exfoliator like BioElements Measured Micrograins or MaskerAid Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal will get the job done; removing dead skin cells and leaving you with a bright, healthy glow.  Dry skin build-up on the surface of the skin can prevent moisturizers from penetrating.
  • Apply a toner.  A good toner will balance the natural pH of your skin and tighten pores.
  • The next step depends on the other product you use.  Apply in the following order:
    • Serums - apply anti-aging, wrinkle reducing or other serum.
    • Facial Oil - apply after the serum.
  • Apply your Moisturizer.  A rich moisturizer with the appropriate balance of ingredients that add and lock moisture in the winter will help to better retain your skin’s moisture and make it feel soft.  Apply moisturizer liberally to your skin. Do this in circular motion to encourage blood flow.  Need a good moisturizer?  Try Fruitique Coconut Water Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer or DermOrganics Daily Moisture Renewal.
  • Apply any skin treatment you are using (like acne products)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New to BCC - Glo Skin Beauty

We've got a new skin and make-up brand in our great brand line-up:  Glo Skin Beauty!  Their concept is that make-up is an extension of skin care...it's all going on your face after all.  All of their products are skin nourishing (using hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and other moisturizing, anti-aging ingredients) and free from talc and PETA approved cruelty free.  They have an amazing rich color palette that you are sure to love!




Vogue named Glo Skin Beauty's Daily Power C+ one of their top 10 skin care products.
With summer in the rearview mirror, the question of how to maintain a post-vacation glow - while fading any residual sun damage or spots - is top of mind.  Enter the skin-boosting benefits of vitamin C, which are just as powerful in your morning juice as they are in an evening moisturizer....
Be sure to check out these great new products!  Click here.