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Do my lips look good in this? I.d. bareMinerals lipgloss

We all have our staple products and ‘desert island wish lists’ – what’s on yours?

One thing that’s definitely becoming a sought-after item here at boutique skin store is Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals lipgloss in Sugar Cookie. Even the shade just sounds delicious!

We’ve always been a fan of Bare Escentuals, not only because of their fabulously fantastic products, but also because of their brand values. They define themselves as a brand that’s based on a feeling: “Love. Understanding. Community.”  And that sounds pretty sweet to us.

And so what makes bareMinerals so different?

Good question. They use only the finest quality ingredients in their products to give you everything you want without anything your skin doesn’t need. Sounds great, right? Less is more!

They pride themselves on the fact that their makeup is so pure that you could sleep in it. (Maybe we should give that a go next Saturday night?)

We have it on good authority that we’ll never find anything that’s not healthy, natural or good for you in their products. So that’s surely got to be good for our faces!

And so, back to the lipgloss.

Sugar Cookie is a pink, peachy shade, which explains its popularity. Flattering for most skin tones and a perfect staple for every girl’s handbag, I’d be lost without mine!

Amazingly, a lot of lipgloss brands nowadays are still struggling to figure out the right consistency – not too sticky, and definitely not too drying. There’s nothing worse than walking around all day with your hair sticking to your lipgloss with every gust of wind. And don’t even get me started on flaky, bitty glosses!

Perhaps it’s because bareMinerals use such pure, fine ingredients – they don’t use preservatives, parabens nor artificial dyes – that their gloss is so, well, glossy.

Their all-natural lip polish combines 100% pure bareMinerals with delectable ingredients such as Pomegranate Seed Oil and Honeysuckle Flower Extract. So delicious you won’t be able to stop yourself from licking your own lips!

They also add Vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection, Honeysuckle Flower Extract to condition your lips and Cupuacu Butter to soften and hydrate.

And so to prevent yourself from the sticky-hair-gloss nightmare in the future, chuck your old glosses away and join the bareMinerals revolution today!


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Post Xmas Detox

New Year Face Detox

So the New Year has arrived and we’re swiftly moving into 2011. After indulging over the festive period, many people will now be turning a new leaf and re-starting their healthy living regimes. Some of us will have chucked away the chocolates and chips and hidden the key to the liquor cabinet in the attempt to rid ourselves of the after effects of the Christmas season binge.

Your cozzie may be tighter and your jeans a bit snugger. But something else that gives away the fact that you’ve spent the last few weeks indulging is your face!

Naughty, naughty alcohol

You may or may not be aware that alcohol can actually make you look older. Everyone knows that alcohol abuse damages your health, but excessive drinking can ruin your looks too and make you look much older than you actually are. And so if you have had more beers than usual in the last few weeks, your face could well be showing tell-tale signs.

A badly behaved diet

There’s no question that what you eat affects your health – including the overall health of your skin, explains Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence Gibson on If your diet is unbalanced or heavy in unhealthy foods, your skin could end up paying the price. All of the festive treats you’ve indulged yourself with can leave you looking less than dazzling.

Party season face recovery

Many people think of their weight as the main purpose for a January detox, but it’s important to remember to pamper your face at the same time. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ and is vital to maintaining a healthy body.

Here are some handy hints to detox your face:

  • Drink plenty of water (2.5 litres daily is recommended for adults).
  • Cleanse daily morning and evening. When cleansing, rub the cleansing crème or lotion gently over your face in an upward motion. To remove it, use a cotton pad to wipe it away, beginning under the chin and working up to the forehead. Be careful not to drag or pull your skin as this can actually stretch the skin, especially around the delicate eye area.
  • Gently exfoliate daily using a micro-scrub. Some scrubs, such as True Solutions Face & Body Scrub are suitable for both the face and body, so you can fully get your scrub on!

  • Use a regular cleansing and regenerating masque such as Decleor Excellence De L’Age Devine Regenerating Mask to remove all impurities and restore skin balance.
  • Moisturise well and protect your skin with an added SPF if your moisturiser doesn’t have one. After all of your scrubbing, your face will be extra-sensitive to the sun and so you should be even more careful than usual.

They do say that prevention is better than cure, but how many people will resist those cocktails and canapés next Christmas?

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Sexy Summer Feet? Yes Please…..

Get sexy feet in time for summer with a DIY pedicure!

The summer holidays are nearly upon us and so there’s no better time to start preparing to bare those heels before it’s too late. Soon you’ll be rushed off your feet with Christmas present buying, office parties and dinners. And so it’s better to get those feet into shape now, before you end up at a Christmas soiree, enjoying a glass of bubbles, and look down to see feet so crusty that even your nana wouldn’t bare them in a pair of wedges! (That is, if your nana could still wear wedges of course.)

So here’s a surefire way of getting your feet looking sexy in no time – then there’ll be no stopping you at those Christmas soirees!

Step one: Find yourself a big bucket or bowl and fill it with warm water. Add foot salts or Epsom salts if you have some, otherwise bubble bath or shower creme is just as good. Relax and let your feet soak in the water for 10-15 minutes, softening the skin. It’s a good idea to keep a towel handy, because once your feet are wet, it could get messy!

Step two: Using a foot file or pumice stone, scrub away the dead skin on your feet. Concentrate on the heels and balls of your feet. This should remove the tougher, harder skin on the surface. Be careful when scrubbing the top of your feet and your toes, because you don’t want to be causing yourself unnecessary pain!

Step three: Next, use a foot scrub to remove the remaining hard skin. One of the best foot scrubs on the market is MD Formulations Pedicreme. This intensive exfoliating crème is so effective that people have been known to use it on other parts of their body needing a good scrubbing too, including hands, elbows and knees! Massage the scrub into your feet, rubbing it all over and concentrating on the roughest, driest parts of your feet.

Step four: Rinse your feet and dry them in a soft towel. When they are completely dry, apply a thick moisturising cream to your feet and put on a pair of socks to incubate the cream (and stop you from slipping over on your slippery feet).

Step five: When the cream has fully soaked into your feet, remove your socks and paint your toenails. Whether you opt for a bright, summery hue or a natural nude colour, painting your toenails instantly gives your feet a facelift and if nothing else, makes them look pretty! Applying a base coat will protect your toenails from staining and discolouration, whilst using a topcoat will ensure your pedicure lasts longer.

So there you have it – a quick and simple DIY pedicure. There’s no excuse for ugly feet this summer!

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What is Bergman Beauty?

Bergman Beauty – Helping to erase all signs of a shiny, saggy complexion!

With a slogan like ‘Bergman. Quality that shows’, you’re going to expect good things, right? You may be expecting pretty amazing things, or even expect the best. So to make such a confident statement, Bergman need to provide the beauty goods to back it up. And they do!

I don’t know one single person who wants a shiny, saggy-looking face. And so it is of no surprise that one of Bergman’s most popular skincare products is their Invisible Pores serum. This treatment is a nifty little number that dramatically reduces the size of pores and blackheads.

“How does it do this?” I hear you ask. Well, the clever specialists at Bergman laboratories have come up with a special formula that absorbs sebum secretions (the oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that helps prevent our hair and skin from drying out).

By absorbing the sebum, the serum leaves you with the appearance of minimised pores, looking fresh faced and chipper. With regular use, it improves the elasticity of your skin, and so there are long-term benefits on top of the immediate benefit of brightening your complexion!

Bergman Clinics is one of the most renowned private clinics for cosmetic surgery and skin treatments in The Netherlands, and so they certainly have experience with treating skin ailments. Back in the day, Bergman Clinics used creams from a number of leading brands but they were not satisfied with the quality of the results these brands were achieving.

Specialists at the clinic put their heads and expertise together to develop their own skin care creams, using a formula with a scientific foundation that they tested over a long period of time to make sure it was safe as well as super-effective.

The key active ingredient in their skincare products is Beta Glucan, and when they began using their new products in Bergman clinics, the results were extraordinary and word spread like wildfire.

An increasing number of clients began requesting to use the creams at home and introduce them to their own beauticians. As a result, beauticians wanted to get their mitts on the products developed in the Bergman Clinic to use them in their treatments. This resulted in an increased demand for the development of other Bergman skin care products with the same high quality level.

This quick popularity led to the development of a complete, compact skincare line in which Beta Glucan is still one of the most important active ingredients.  Bergman Beauty Care is now available in 30 countries around the world, clear proof that they do indeed provide the top quality to back up their claims!

Snap up some super-bargainous Bergman skincare products at Boutique Skin Care today and see what the fuss is all about!

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St Tropez This Summer

St Tropez

A healthy, bronzed glow can’t help but to boost our spirits. Not only do you feel sexier, slimmer and better about yourself with a tan, but I’m sure envious friends have complimented you in the past on your great tan. Clothes look better against a bronzed body, especially when you see dreadful photos of yourself on Facebook looking pale and deathly next to some bronzed god or goddess!

Natural suntan = bad news for your body

And so it’s slightly ironic that having a so-called ‘healthy tan’ and looking bronzed is constantly so popular, when sunbathing itself is so darned dangerous for our skin. We’re constantly warned about the effects of ultraviolet light from the sun – it can have some hideous effects such as premature skin aging, coarse wrinkles, easy bruising, brown spots and sunburn. Then of course, there’s skin cancer! UV radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, and UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful.

So how do you achieve a golden tan without increasing your risk of cancer, or ending up like a shrivelled, saggy prune? The answer is easy – fake it!

The St Tropez way to a golden glow

One of the world’s most famous sunless tanning brands, St Tropez is a safe, reliable, mess-free way of tanning. St Tropez has been the market leader in sunless tanning for over a decade and is Europe’s number one tanning brand.

An iconic world leader in sunless tanning, St Tropez has also provided the highest quality sunless tanning products and equipment to the professional marketplace for over ten years. So if it’s good enough for the professionals, you know it will be good enough for you!

Tan without the sun, like the stars

Used by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Cat Deeley and Anastasia, it’s easy to see why the brand is so popular. Their products contain an aloe vera base to soothe, hydrate and nourish the skin for a healthy, sun kissed glow, quickly and inexpensively without the worries of premature aging or skin cancer.

Still as popular as ever, the original tinted self tanning lotion can be used alone to give a deep, luxurious tan, or mixed with St Tropez body moisturiser for a lighter golden look. It deepens within just three hours, is streak-free and lasts for days.

For those of you who want a speedier tan, Whipped Bronze Mousse is now the best-selling product in the range. Drying in only 60 seconds, it’s quick and easy to apply, with the tan deepening in three hours.

Another popular product is St Tropez Everyday. A personal favourite, this product is great for maintaining a constant tan. Used daily, it will give a subtle, sun kissed glow while helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles through its advanced high performance formulation. Tanning AND wrinkle fighting? What more could you ask for!

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Sircuit Skin 7 Essentials Package

You’ve always wondered why Hollywood stars have such amazing skin, right? Well you shall now wonder no longer! Regularly used by hot celebrities over in Los Angeles, SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals has been keeping our beauty icons beautiful for the last eight years.

In 2009 SIRCUIT® launched itself onto the global skincare market and now you can get your little mitts on their fabulous lotions and potions right here. Oh, and did we mention that not only are their products super-effective, they’re also fresh, pure and ‘green’. So you can look beautiful guilt-free!

Seven Essentials – Great for Beauty Beginners

Amongst SIRCUIT®’s best-selling products are their Seven Essentials – seven products that will help you well on your way to a beautiful complexion. SIRCUIT® advises anyone new to using their products to start out with the Seven Essentials package.

These essentials include:

  • ‘X-trap’ – a daily gentle facial wash
  • ‘Molecular Mist’ – hydrating moisture care
  • ‘SIRCUIT® Addict’ – firming anti-aging serum
  • ‘Day Care’ – protective day moisturiser
  • ‘Cloud 9′ – intensely protective moisture crème
  • ‘White Out+’ – supercharged daily under eye care
  • ‘Sir Active’ – zeolite invigorating scrub.

Expert Advice

Your new morning routine

The beauty boffins at SIRCUIT® recommend using ‘X-trap’ facial wash as the first part of your daily ritual to wash away the night’s woes.

Spritzing your face with ‘Molecular Mist’ will then prepare your skin. This fabulous little product can be used not only just after cleansing, but anytime you need to refresh, protect and restore the moisture balance of your skin. Perfect!

Next, ‘White Out’ will work towards wiping out any signs of puffiness and bags under your eye area. It contains light-dispersing, colour-correcting diamond core particles, so will definitely add ‘zing’ to your morning.

Finally, use ‘Day Care’ over your entire face to complete your morning skin preparation. This little beauty is suitable for all skin types and non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores – yay!).

Your new bedtime routine

Again cleanse your face using ‘X-Trap’.

Next use the bestselling, powerful anti-aging serum ‘SIRCUIT® Addict’ to fight against the ongoing effects of aging.

Again spritz with ‘Molecular Mist’ to refresh and balance your skin.

Finish off with ‘Cloud 9′, a luxurious moisture crème developed to restore moisture, nourish and protect your skin.

Special treatment

For days when your skin is looking dull and lacklustre, SIRCUIT® has come up with a lifesaver – ‘Sir Activ’. An invigorating, deep cleansing scrub that adds vitality and radiance to dull and lifeless skin, this can be used either morning or night and 2-4 times a week depending on skin condition.

And so, voilà! That’s how easy it is to maintain a beautiful, healthy, Hollywood complexion!

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