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Top 10 reasons to attend BeautyPalooza at Blush Beauty Bar

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 Come celebrate BeautyPalooza, Friday through Sunday, May 13-15 at Blush Beauty Bar!

Come celebrate BeautyPalooza, Friday through Sunday, May 13-15 at Blush Beauty Bar!

Do you BeautyPalooza? If you like sales, free things, ice cream and all things beauty, you will definitely want to! BeautyPalooza is Blush Beauty Bar's annual Customer Appreciation/Birthday Celebration, and this year we are turning 12 years old! Yes, we are almost a teen-ager, and we're pulling out all the stops to show our loyal customers just how much they mean to us. So here are the top 10 reasons you'll want to mark you calendar and be sure to attend BeautyPalooza, May 13, 14 and 15!

Reason #10 - Markdowns Galore, including $5 and $10 Bins! We've gone a little mark-down crazy! We marked down some brands that we're clearing out to make room for exciting new brands. We marked down some products that brands have discontinued to make room for new products. So when you see a markdown, think happy! It means two things, you score a great deal and something new is on the way! Inside the $5, $10 and $15 bins, you will see that we've pulled out the stops and marked some things way-way-WAY down! There are some exceptional values hiding in these bins of treasure, we promise!

Reason #9 - Enter our raffles. We've gone raffle-crazy this year, and are doing five drawings per day. You can win product or services, but there will be at least 5 winners per day. How do you score a raffle ticket? That's the best part, we have three ways to score raffle tickets. Whisper the secret word in the ear of a Blushie. (The word is "Foxy.") Instagram a selfie taken in our Social Media Lounge, tag us and show it to a Blushie. Or make a purchase over $25 to earn one ticket. There is no limit to how many times you can enter!

Reason #8 - Free Makeup Applications. You can sit down with a makeup artist for an application of that look you've been dying to try, no charge! Makeup Applications are first-come, first-served, so please stop by early and let one of our talented artists help you create a new look.

Reason #7 - Free Ice Cream. You heard that right, our friends at Umpqua Bank love to help us celebrate, so they will be serving up some free ice cream right in the store, everyday. Hours will vary by day.

Reason #6 - Free Mini Facials. No, seriously. Always wanted to indulge in a facial, but haven't wanted to spend the time or money? Now you can get a taste of the service, fast and free. As with other free services, these are first-come, first-served.

 Come in and have Karly do your brows...FREE! (During BeautyPalooza, first come, first served.)

Come in and have Karly do your brows...FREE! (During BeautyPalooza, first come, first served.)

Reason #5 - Free Brows with Karly. WHAT? Free brow waxing or threading? Absolutely. Karly is our newest Brow Expert and to give you a chance to meet her, you can hop up in her chair for FREE during BeautyPalooza. Again, first-come, first-served. We will have a waiting list, so stop in in the morning, get on the list, go have lunch, come back to shop and get your brows did!

Reason #4 - Treat Receipts. Your receipt from your BeautyPalooza purchase will be pink. Why pink? It is our favorite color, and it will remind you to hang on to it for a discount on your next visit, or a visit to our website! The Treat Receipt offers are good through the end of June.

Reason #3 - GWPs and Expert Advice from Your Favorite Brands! Many of our brands will have special offers during BeautyPalooza, and they will also have Brand Experts in the store to answer any questions you have. Brands like NARS, LORAC, stila, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, ARCONA and Dermalogica will have a gift for you with any 2-item purchase during BeautyPalooza only!

Reason #2 - New Products and Lines. Through the 12 years Blush Beauty Bar has been a part of Portland, customers have come to depend on us for new product and new lines. (Did you know that we were the first store in Portland to carry NARS? Yep, we've been here longer than that big chain store--and we are locally owned!) So we have some new things in-store for you! Looking for  the NARS Summer Collection? We've got it, and it is HOT. Think you'd like to try a Hemp lip balm? You can find one here, and they are smooth as silk. Wondering what's new on the local cosmetics scene? How about a new brand that makes both body fragrance AND cleaning products? Have you heard a rumor that Schmid'ts Natural Deodorant has a new stick deodorant for sensitive skin? They do, and let us tell you...you won't want to be without it this summer. 

 Every purchase earns you a Gift with Purchase!

Every purchase earns you a Gift with Purchase!

Reason #1 - A Gift with EVERY Purchase. Are you just coming to scoop that last discontinued favorite out of a $5 bin? That's fine, you will still receive a Gift with Purchase! Every purchase gets to select a gift from our Gift Bins. The more you purchase, the bigger the gift you can select, ranging all the way up to some gorgeous full-size products!

We look forward to seeing you at BeautyPalooza, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Spring Beauty Picks from Blushie Experts

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 Spring Trends for makeup include bronzed, glowy skin, bold lips and a pop of bright eyeliner.

Spring Trends for makeup include bronzed, glowy skin, bold lips and a pop of bright eyeliner.

Spring must be right around the corner. In Portland, the weather has been alternating rapidly between pouring rain and brilliant sunshine, with a little hail thrown in for good measure. The changes in the weather seem to trigger the desire for a little change in our makeup bags as well, so we asked two Blushie Experts, Chad and Karly, to give us their top picks for Spring 2016.

Chad is a long-time Blushie who recently celebrated six years with the store. You don't spend six years in a store without learning what some of the best and most innovative products are, and Chad is always happy to share his knowledge.

Karly is a Blushie Makeup Artist extraordinaire. Known to staff and customers for her precisely lined lips and beautifully blended shadows, she is a skilled artist who also tests every product on herself.

Without being asked about Spring Trends, both of these expert Blushies picked products that are perfect for the three biggest trends we see for spring, so you'll be getting a sneak peek at those now, with more to come in an upcoming blog post. Also, watch for an in-store event focused on them. The spring trends they identified with their picks are perfected, glowy skin; bold lips and colorful eye liner. Here's how they did it!

Chad's top pick for spring was the brand new NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. This new foundation product provides a soft-matte finish with optical blurring powders that diffuse imperfections. In the same vein, Chad also loves Dermalogica's Hydrablur Primer, another product designed to blur imperfections so that skin looks perfect, or at least nearly so.

Once your skin is perfected, you can make it glow by adding one or two simple products. Both Chad and Karly are huge fans of RMS Beauty, and RMS has three great products to give you glow. The line's star product, Living Luminizer, is Karly's favorite because it works for any skin tone or condition, can be worn very sparingly or heavier, depending on how luminous you want to be. And it certainly doesn't hurt that it contains raw, organic coconut oil to nourish your skin as well as luminize it! Chad is all over the newest addition to the RMS Beauty line, the Master Mixer. Similar to Living Luminizer, Master Mixer is a rose-gold hue that can be worn in place of Living Luminizer, or blended with any other RMS product to give them a subtle glow. 

Spring just doesn't feel like spring until someone brings out a bronzer though, and Karly was first to jump on that with her pick of RMS Beauty's Buriti Bronzer. This amazing little pot of color is loaded with antioxidants, and is a subtle shade that gives a realistic bronzed glow to the skin without a hint of sparkle. In fact, all three of these RMS products have "glow," but not shimmer. They bring light to the skin without any shiny particles to give themselves away.

The final glowy skin pick was Chad's pick of NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving. This wet-dry blush is a two-fer, because it contains a seashell-pink highlighter and a shimmering beachy-bronze tone so that you can contour as you glow.

Bright eyeliner is a definite spring trend, and the picks of our experts certainly reflected that! Chad loves Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow because you can use these brilliant, buildable creams to both shadow and line. Layering them on the lid gives you a look that can range from subtle to bold, and then using the accompanying primer and lining with them gives you a bold and monochromatic look that is very current. Chad also loves Stila Cushion Ink Eyeliners both for tight-lining the lashes and for a bold cat-eye look. Karly's two favorite liners for spring are NARS Larger Than Life pencil in Khao San Road, a metallic aquamarine, and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Paradise Pink. Used as an upper lid or lower lid liner, these shades will really up your eyeliner game!

Bold lips are huge this spring, and something Karly loves to wear. Her top picks are FACE Stockholm Look, a bright licorice red that really will make people look; and NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette, a rich bordeaux that seems wintry until you combine it with that glowy skin look which makes it perfect for this transitional time of year. Chad also appreciates a bold lip, picking Lipstick Queen Silver Screen collection's iconic scarlet, Have Paris as a favorite. Those NARS Audacious lipsticks are definitely bold, so Chad also picked Lana, a punchy orange-red that he swears will give you an immediate confidence boost!

Karly, ever the makeup junkie, pointed out that no spring makeup-bag update would be complete without a new shade for your tips and toes. Her favorite for spring is Zoya's Marley, a softly shimmering lavender that looks great with your winter-pale skin and with a tan!

Why we can't wait for you to meet Rose-Marie Swift

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 Green Beauty Expert Kristen Arnett, RMS Beauty Creator Rose-Marie Swift with Frankie, Blush Beauty Bar owner Deborah Haynes.

Green Beauty Expert Kristen Arnett, RMS Beauty Creator Rose-Marie Swift with Frankie, Blush Beauty Bar owner Deborah Haynes.

Are you wondering, who is Rose-Marie Swift and how or why will I be meeting her? Read on!

Rose-Marie Swift is the creator of RMS Beauty, one of the most popular brands at Blush Beauty Bar, and also one of the most eco-friendly! How are you going to meet her? Give us a call to reserve your spot on Saturday, March 5 at 4 pm, as Rose-Marie works with the Blush Makeup Artists to create an individualized look for you, using RMS products, and with Rose-Marie's expert input. More details at the end of the post!

There are several reasons we really want you to meet Rose-Marie. The first is the advice you'll get, and the way you'll get it. Rose-Marie is known for her straight-to-the-point style. She is kind and generous with her time, and will tell you exactly how it is...why you should wear a certain shade and not another, and why making green beauty choices is definitely the way to go. Once you meet this dynamo, you'll know that you can trust any advice she gives you.

Next, if you are thinking that you want to make more healthier decisions about your beauty products, both for your personal health and also for the health of the planet, Rose-Marie is someone you want to talk to. A maverick in the beauty industry, Rose-Marie created products that not only enhance a woman's beauty, but are free of chemicals and unnecessary additives that can harm your skin and the rest of your body. Instead, RMS uses raw, organic coconut oil and other ingredients like wild crafted Buriti oil, so your color products can actually nourish your skin. And the products are packaged in glass rather than plastic, whenever possible, so they are easily recyclable, rather than throw-it-in-a-landfill-able.

You may want to ask Rose-Marie exactly how she managed to create a cosmetics line that is both a favorite of celebrities and their makeup artists, while at the same time being so completely wearable that you can put on a full face and never feel overdone as you run your daily errands. Along with explaining how natural and organic ingredients can help your skin as well as make you look good, she can give you the best advice on how to wear them...after all, the woman who is makeup artist to Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr must have a few red-carpet  tricks up her sleeves!

And speaking of Miranda Kerr, one last reason you'll want to meet Rose-Marie is that you will also get to meet Frankie, the adorable Yorkshire Terrier that she shares with Miranda. Frankie is used to hanging backstage with models and celebrities, but you'll find her very down-to-earth!

To reserve your spot for our RMS Beauty event, give us a call at 503-227-3390. The $25 charge to hold your spot is fully refundable in product at the event, and purchases of $100 or more during the event receive their choice of a full size Lip Shine in Bloom or Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Cocoa. Rose-Marie, Frankie, straight-up beauty advice, gift with purchase...what are you waiting for? Space is very limited!

Take a Do-Over on your Resolutions

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How are your 2016 Resolutions coming along? If you are like most people, almost all have gone by the wayside. We start the year with highest hopes for making dramatic changes in our lives, and then falter as real-life takes over and we slip back into old patterns.

Luckily, it is never to late to make a resolution to do better, and we have come up with a few things that we hear our customers say over and over again that they know they should do. You can resolve to do them, and we have suggestions that make them so easy, that they will become habit in no time. 

"I really need to wean myself off of acrylics/gels/nail biting." 

Resolution #1 - Take better care of your nails.

 Zoya Naked Manicure Perfectors in Buff, Lavender, Mauve, Nude and Pink.

Zoya Naked Manicure Perfectors in Buff, Lavender, Mauve, Nude and Pink.

This problem got a lot easier to solve last summer, when Zoya introduced the Naked Manicure. This great system was designed for people who have damaged their nails by using harsh products, who have naturally weak nails, or have yellowed nails from constant polish and polish remover use. The system, when applied in the suggested order, not only goes to work to strengthen and condition your nails, but it looks so beautiful that you see instant improvement. Even better, like all Zoya polishes, the Naked Manicure system is 5-free.

The system starts with the Naked Base, a nutrient-rich formula that treats the nail with a potent mixture of vitamins, proteins and botanicals. Over the top of that, you apply two coats of your choice of tinted Perfector. These tints are designed to look like your nails, but better, and also contain optical diffusers and keratin fillers to enhance, rather than hide, the natural nail. You can layer shades, or just choose one--Buff, Nude, Pink, Mauve or Lavender. Lavender is especially good for neutralizing yellow tones. If you like the look of a French Manicure, you can then add some Naked White Tip Perfector to the free edge of your nail, but this step is totally optional. Once the Perfectors are dry, apply a layer of Naked Manicure Satin Seal Top Coat. This matte coat will take away any shine from the previous layers, making it look as if your nails are just naturally this nice. Containing UV filters to protect the nail from environmental damage, it provides a nice alternative to a shiny nail if you stop with this step. Finally, if you do prefer shine, finish with a coat of Glossy Seal Top Coat.

Blushies have been raving about this system, as well as experimenting with it. If you aren't ready to go for the Naked look, you can apply the Base, Perfector and then a coat or two of a colored polish and finish with the Seals to experience most of the benefits of Zoya's Naked Manicure. Your nails will thank you--they will look better than they have in ages, and because all of the layers dry quite quickly, you will be done in the amount of time you would regularly spend polishing your nails!

"I really should exfoliate more often."

Resolution #2 - Exfoliate twice a week, no excuses.

 Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel and ARCONA Gentle Solution + Cranberry Gommage.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel and ARCONA Gentle Solution + Cranberry Gommage.

If we had a dollar for every time we've heard people say they forget to exfoliate...well, we would have quite a few dollars. But exfoliation doesn't need to be a long, complicated thing! We can offer two suggestions that will make it easy to work exfoliation into your skin care routine.

First, consider Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha-Beta Peels. Available in three different strengths (Ultra Gentle, Original and Extra-Strength), these two-step pads take under three minutes from start to finish, and leave your skin glowing. Easy to use day or night, all you need to do is wipe Step 1 across your face, neck and décolleté, wait about 2 minutes and repeat the process with Step 2. Done!

Second, you can exfoliate the Arcona way--overnight and in the shower! When you are using the Arcona Basic 5, several nights a week you skip your hydration step and use a treatment step, either The Solution or Gentle Solution. These gentle serums help to resurface your skin while you sleep by stimulating rapid cell renewal and deep exfoliation. In the morning, in the shower, you rinse the skin and then apply one of Arcona's exfoliators like Cranberry Gommage or Golden Grain Gommage. You emerge from the shower with a glow!

"I know I should wear sunscreen more regularly, but I don't like the feel/look/smell or I forget about it."

Resolution #3 - Wear your sunscreen daily and reapply when you are outdoors.

 Brush On Block SPF 30 is easy to reapply.

Brush On Block SPF 30 is easy to reapply.

We all know that we need to wear sunscreen. We also know, if we have ever read the back of a sunscreen tube, that it needs to be reapplied to be effective. If you wear makeup, have oily skin or are sweaty from being in the sun, you know how difficult it can be to reapply. Most of us can remember to apply sunscreen once a day, because so many moisturizers and foundations contain sunscreen. But we have to reapply it? Oh no! If you're wearing makeup, that will completely mess it up. If you have oily skin or are sweating,  it can be difficult to keep it from sliding right off your face.

Brush On Block to the rescue! This pure mineral sunscreen comes packaged in a handy brush, and is invisible once applied. With an SPF 30, it allows you to be out in the sun for 30 times longer than you could without it, before you begin to burn. So if you are fair and freckled, and can only take about 5 minutes of sun exposure, a generous dusting of Brush On Block will extend that time to about 150 minutes, or 2 1/2 hours. But after that, all you need to do is brush on another layer and you're protected again!

Do you want to revisit those resolutions now? We won't tell anyone if you go for the do-over and come up with a list that you can really stick to!

 

 

Blushie Crushes for the long winter

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Portland had a long, hot summer, a very wet December, and 2016 is shaping up to be a typical Portland winter...a little snow, a little ice and a lot of rain. With at least a couple of chilly months in front of us, here are some things that Blushies are crushing on that will help you weather the weather beautifully.

 Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion

We all know that cold and dry weather can really play havoc on your skin. Keep your face comfortable and hydrated with a rich moisturizer like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. This oil-free gel-cream provides time-release moisturization so you don't feel overly moisturized in the morning and tight and dry by afternoon.

 Acure Organics Root & Hair Deep Repair

Acure Organics Root & Hair Deep Repair

Is you hair feeling brittle and straw-like? Give it some love and attention with a five-minute deep conditioning treatment. Only five minutes, you ask? That's all it takes for Acure Organics Moisturizing Root Repair to return shine and moisture to your tresses. 

 Three Custom Color Creme Concealer/Foundation

Three Custom Color Creme Concealer/Foundation

Winter looks can mean smoky eyes and darker lips, which tend to emphasize under-eye circles if you have them. To help create a clean canvas for your cold-weather looks, Blushies love Three Custom Color Concealer. These little pots are highly pigmented, and just a touch goes a long way, hiding imperfections as it goes. And if you are one of those "I only wear foundation on special occasions" types, this product can do double duty! Just thin the concealer out with a facial oil or moisturizer, and it becomes a foundation. Available in ten shades, there's a match for everyone. Or if you like to do makeup for others or experiment with contouring and highlighting, check out the artist's palette that contains small squares of all ten shades.

 Ilia Multi-Stick Cream Blush.

Ilia Multi-Stick Cream Blush.

In the winter-time, powder blushes can sometimes appear to just "sit" on top of the skin, looking dry. Even if you're spending all day in an office, you can look like you just came in from the cold with Ilia Multi-Sticks Cream Blushes. With organic ingredients and natural colors, these beauties are as good for you as they are pretty.

 sans[ceuticals] Activator 7 Body, Hair and Face Oil.

sans[ceuticals] Activator 7 Body, Hair and Face Oil.

Speaking of skin and cooler weather, you can just never tell where that dry, itchiness caused by cooler weather and indoor heating will pop up. Sans[ceuticals] Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil is your new best friend. This genius blend of oils from New Zealand stimulates cell repair and collagen production, leaving your skin (and hair) stronger and more resilient. It is ideal for treating sun damage and stretch marks, or just helping you survive the winter!

 Blinc Amplified mascara.as

Blinc Amplified mascara.as

Blinc Amplified has been a favorite of Blushies for a long time. The brush is designed to tease out length while still providing volume. Removal is easy, just use water and light pressure and the little tubes slide right off your lashes, leaving no raccoon eyes behind. But without the pressure, Blinc Amplified is water-resistant.

 Portland Black Lipstick Co. Lipsticks in Thee Psychic Berry, Black and Artificial Amethyst.

Portland Black Lipstick Co. Lipsticks in Thee Psychic Berry, Black and Artificial Amethyst.

Looking for a bold lip color that won't dry your lips? Look no further than local brand Portland Black Lipstick Company. Packed with natural oils and butters, and tinted with natural pigments, these edgy colors really pack a punch. Black is a best-seller, but if you prefer something a little more office-friendly, check out Blushie favorite, Thee Psychic Berry. We love this gorgeous burgundy shade so much that we all wore it at our Holiday Hottie party, and it looked beautiful on everyone!

 Baggu Large Flat Pouch in Black Leather.

Baggu Large Flat Pouch in Black Leather.

Now that you have stocked your makeup bag for fall, maybe it's time for a new bag! Baggu leather bags are a huge favorite at Blush Beauty Bar. The leather is dreamy-soft, and with shades ranging from Black to a frosty pale Lavender and even a gorgeous metallic, there is something to go with every winter look. We have to confess, we use the larger sizes as a clutch, and put a smaller one inside for our makeup. We might have a slight problem with wanting every color and shape...