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New Brand Spotlight: DDF Skincare

In 1991, renowned New York dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel founded DDF (Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula) to enable his patients to care for their skin at home. The DDF skin care system is designed with advance protocols targeting one or more of the specific skin concerns. DDF targets root causes with antioxidants to help neutralize surface-free radicals, cleaning formulations to help remove excess sebum, and surface-penetrating hydration to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.

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For over 20 years, DDF has brought the inspiration of dermatologic methods to skin care. DDF’s focus is on personalization and matching the latest dermatological technology to the individual’s personal skin needs. In Dr. Sobel’s words, “One size most certainly does not fit all.” This is why they’ve developed DermCode™ Skin Analysis, a dermatologist-inspired tool which helps us tailor a “protocol” of products to your particular skin issues.

By combining DermCode technology with leading-edge, dermatologist-approved ingredients such as turmeric, DDF can decode and understand your skin in greater depth. With this knowledge and understanding, you can take your skin to a whole new level. Just as if, in fact, you had your own personal dermatologist.

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At-Home Spa Day

A spa day may seem indulgent to some, but did you know that the benefits of pampering yourself to this relaxing respite from our busy lives goes far beyond the surface?

Spa treatments like hydrotherapy, foot massages and body treatments (like a full body scrub) can help improve blood circulation and regulate blood pressure, not to mention, they feel sublime!  The much-needed mental break from a spa day can also do wonders psychologically, helping to increase feelings of confidence, well-being and boosting self-esteem.

Even if you’re too busy to schedule an appointment at your local spa, you can still reap the benefits of a relaxing spa day (or evening) right in your very own bathroom. Take a look at a few of our favorite spa indulgences and leave those worries at the door! :

 

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1. philosophy Granny's Homemade Apple Pie Shower/Bath Gel

2. philosophy The Microdelivery Peel Kit

3. Archipelago Botanicals Sugar Cane & Coconut Sugar Scrub

4. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

5. Archipelago Botanicals Excursion Artisan Candle

6. philosophy Soul Ownder Exfoliating Foot Cream

7. Bliss Glamour Gloves

8. Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream

9. Tweezerman Pedro® Callus Stone


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New Brand Spotlight: CHI

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CHI (“Cationic Hydration Interlink.”) is best known for technologically-advanced line of flat irons as well as their ionic hair dryers which cut down styling time significantly while keeping hair healthy and shiny.

CHI merchandise is produced and sold by the Farouk Systems Group, a company based in Houston, TX, which is unique in that it is owned and operated by hair stylists. This means that a great deal of expert knowledge is used in the development and production of all CHI Home products.

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Time for a Fall Beauty Revamp!

With the start of a new season comes a great opportunity to freshen up your beauty routine. It’s a great time to try a new skincare product, change up your signature scent for fall, and give your makeup a little shake up with new fall colors.

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1. POPbeauty "Smoking Hot" Eyeshadow Palette

2. Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Toilette

3. philosophy Hope Day & Night Moisturizer Duo

4. Tweezerman Slant® Tweezer

5. purminerals Brow Perfection Trio

6. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel

7. Butter London Lippy in Wine Gums

8. LORAC Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen

First thing we love to focus on is our skincare routine. Start with a fresh fall complexion by making regular exfoliation a part of your regimen. Another important step to keeping your skin beautiful, no matter what your skin type, is moisturizing. For bedtime, opt for a richer night cream with anti-aging ingredients to help combat the stress and damage your skin has gone through during the day.

Now that you have a flawless canvas, it’s time to update your makeup! The best way to freshen up your overall look is with perfect brows. The trend is definitely towards a fuller brow. Fill in sparse or uneven brows using a brow powder for the most natural look.

Transition into fall using darker, more saturated hues like a sheer wine lipgloss or a smoky eye in a deep, rich shade of navy, grey or bronze.

Finish off your fall beauty revamp by swapping out your summer scent to something with warmer base notes like oriental, woodsy or vanilla-based fragrances.

Now you’re ready for a gorgeous season ahead!

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Fall Nail Trends to Wear Now

As we quickly approach the fall season, we want to talk digits. No, not your phone number! We’re talking stylishly decked-out fingers thanks to some of fall’s hottest trends in nail polish!

Let's face it, texting, typing, and cocktail hours are just more stylish with pretty polished nails looking back at you! But before you get to painting, start with the healthiest canvas imaginable with the Nail Recovery System from Dermelect Cosmeceuticals. This amazing kit helps resurrect thin, damaged nails to grow strong and beautiful.

Check out just a few of our favorite nail colors below to get you up to speed for fall.

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-Milky White: dreamy and ethereal white looks super angelic.

Try: Butter London “Cream Tea”

-Rich Metallic: adds an opulent and multi-dimensional finish.  

Try: Essie “For the Twill of It”

-New Navy: the deep midnight hue is less harsh than black but equally as dramatic.

Try: SpaRitual “Midnight Stroll”

-Chic Grey: edgy yet super versatile.  

Try: Deborah Lippmann “Pretty Vacant”

-Pop of Color: worn solo or in fun designs, these are total eye catchers!

Try: Butter London The POP! Art Trio

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Summer-proof Makeup

The idea of “less is more” certainly applies to our summer makeup routine. Heat and humidity happen to be two of makeup’s biggest nemesis, so it’s best to keep your makeup on the lighter side.

The right products + the right application can really mean the difference between looking fresh-faced throughout the day versus a mid-day makeup meltdown (that’s never good!).

Below are some summer makeup essentials that leave you looking fabulous without looking too made up:  

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1. LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer - minimizes the appearance of pores and creates a perfect matte canvas for the rest of your makeup.

2. Cargo SPF 20 Tinted Moisturizer-an oil-free formula loaded with skin-loving minerals and light-diffusing pigments to blur imperfections.

3. Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal- covers stubborn spots and dark circles with a smooth, airbrushed finish that's super blendable.

4. Stila Liquid All Over Shimmer- adds a soft, ethereal glow on the cheekbones and browbone.

5. POPbeauty No Show/No Shine Powder- a light-as-air powder that undetectably sets your makeup with a natural matte finish.

6. LORAC Tantalizer Highlighter + Matte Bronzer Duo- gives the face gorgeous contour for that coveted back-from-the-beach glow (minus the harmful rays!)

7. theBalm Instain Blush in Petal Pink - a long-lasting blush that withstands humid conditions...in the prettiest shade of pink!

8. Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Shadow/Liner in Smoke- the easiest way to achieve an effortless smoky eye that stays put way past dinnertime!

9. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Teal- creates a pop of sea-inspired color without being overdone. Perfect for pool days! TIP: Draw a thick line along your top lashes and smudge lightly.

10. Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara- won't run, smudge or flake off--even through the most humid summer days.

11. philosophy Kiss Me Color Lipgloss in Coral- finishes off your lips with a beautifully tinted shine that's never sticky. A real makeup bag essential!

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Summer Skincare Picks

Just like our wardrobes, our skincare needs tend to change seasonally. In the heat and humidity of summer, pores look larger and tend to produce more sebum (oil) which leads to unsightly shine. This is why exfoliation is all the more important to maintain clear, smooth skin.

Another very important step is sun protection, although this is something your skin needs year round, not just in the summer. Skip the super damaging sun tanning sessions and opt for a natural-looking at-home faux tan.

Don’t just stop at your face. Keep your body looking youthful and hydrated by slathering on lotion before bedtime and, of course, be generous with the sunscreen to prevent premature aging. Nobody wants that!

Check out some of our summer skincare faves below!

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1. philosophy Purity Cleansing Gel

2. theBalm Cucumber Face Toner

3. philosophy Eyes Wide Open eye gel

4. philosophy Take a Deep Breath SPF 30 Moisturizer

5. COOLA Suncare ER Plus Fresh Relief Face Serum

6. philosophy Falling in Love Summer Firming Body Emulsion

7. GLAMGLOW Youth Mud

8. SuperGoop SPF Daily Correct CC Cream

9. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

10. COOLA SPF 30 Body Moisturizer (Unscented)

11. Fusion Beauty Lipfusion Conditioning Balm SPF 15

For our full selection of beauty products from philosophy, Stila, Bliss & more, visit our Beauty page!

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DIY: Bridal Beauty

Every DIY bride knows that it’s all in the details, right down to your wedding-day beauty regimen. Your wedding will be one of the most photographed events of your life, so getting ready for those close-up moments is definitely worth the extra effort!

Here are some tips for putting your best face forward on the big day:

Practice makes perfect: Just like if you were to go to a makeup artist, it’s important to do a “trial run” for your day-of makeup look. You want to make sure everything looks natural and flawless, and that your makeup can withstand the entire day!

Skin Prep: To get the perfect canvas, great skincare is key. Treat yourself to weekly at-home facials prior to the wedding. Stress can cause flair ups, so make sure to take extra good care of your skin during the hectic planning phase- exfoliate daily, eat a nutrient-rich diet of fruits and veggies, get plenty of sleep, and drink LOTS of water!

More is NOT more! : Keep your makeup simple and natural. You want to enhance your natural beauty, not mask it behind layers of makeup. The key is to look like you, but better.

Don’t overdo the powder or you’ll risk looking lackluster. With a big powder brush, lightly dust  a sheer finishing powder to seal your foundation.

A few strategic strokes of highlighter/luminizer in the inner corners of your eyes, brow bone and along the cheekbones goes a long way in making you look fresh and glowing. Don’t go shimmer-crazy or you could end up looking like a disco ball in your photos!

Check out some of our bridal beauty picks below to help you look picture-perfect on the big day:

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1. philosophy The Microdelivery Peel an at-home microdermabrasion treatment that reveals smooth, glowing skin for your big day.

2. Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara- big, flirty lashes minus the smudging! This will last through wedding-vow tears!

3. philosophy The Present Invisable Skin Protector/Makeup Primer- a multitasking primer that gives a flawless, airbrushed canvas for foundation.

4. Deborah Lippmann "Shape of My Heart" Nail Polish- a pretty pale pink that’s perfect for the blushing bride.

5. Vera Wang Classic Fragrance Set-leave it to the queen of bridal gowns to come up with the perfect wedding-day scent—a modern, elegant and sensual floral that stands the test of time.

6. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish- this brown eyeliner with a slight shimmer gives a more natural look than black liner.

7. purminerals Eyeshadow Trio in Classic Beauty- a trio of easy-to-wear neutrals to accent the eyes.

8. Cargo Lip Gloss in Fresno- the perfect creamy pink pout that stays on with a high-shine finish.

9. LORAC Natural Performance Foundation- its gentle, paraben-free formula goes on smooth and lasts all day.

10. Cargo blu-ray Blush/Highlighter- a natural peachy-pink blush that brings out your cheek’s radiance.

11. LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer- keeps your eye shadow from fading and creasing halfway through the reception!