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Take a Do-Over on your Resolutions

MAKEUP, SKIN CARETerresa ClarkComment

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

SKIN CARE, MAKEUP, BLUSHIE CRUSHESTerresa ClarkComment

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...