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The Gloss-ary: T is for Twinkle

 

 The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have!

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Tartaric Acid: a type of glycolic acid (fruit acid) derived from apples. Use to treat the skin to improve its texture and tone.

Tea Tree Oil: a natural preservative with antiseptic and germicidal properties used in soaps, shampoos, and skin-care products.
Thyme: botanical properties are antiseptic, tonic, antibacterial and deodorizing. Often used in toothpaste, mouthwashes, perfumes and soap.
Titanium Dioxide: a non-chemical, common agent used in sunscreen products that works by physically blocking the sun. It may be used alone or in combination with other agents.

Tocopherol: vitamin E, used as an antioxidant in cosmetics.

Toner: product used after cleansing to help return skin to its natural pH. Removes any remaining trace of dirt or debris.
Tretinoin: a derivative of vitamin A.
Tyrosine: amino acid from proteins that is converted through several metabolic steps to melanin. It is added to tanning accelerator products to supplement the body's normal level of tyrosine at the skin's pigment cell level thereby speeding the tanning process. 

 

January 10, 2017

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Holiday Store Sale 2017!

The holidays have passed, and at BeautyOfASite that means some of our most popular remaining holiday products are going on SALE!! Top holiday products are up to 20% off, so make sure to stop by our holiday page to stock up on your favorite holiday brands.




Some of Our Holiday Favorites:

Swedish Dream Christmas Soap $10.00 was $12.00

The soap features a festive potpourri of lavender, apple spice, and cinnamon that is sure to inspire cheer!

Mud Pie Christmas List Plaques $7.00 was $8.00

Mud Pie's Christmas List Plaques are a perfect way to display your child's Christmas list.

Thymes Frasier Fir Candle Tin $15.00 was $19.00

Thymes Frasier Fir Candle Tin features rich, woodsy tones with key ingredients like Siberian Fir needles, cedarwood, and sandalwood.

Mud Pie Tartan Christmas Pillow Wraps $12.00 was $14.00

Mud Pie Tartan Christmas Pillow Wraps are linen pillow wraps with blanket stitch trim. They feature embroidered "HO HO HO" or "FA LA LA" sentiments and Santa or reindeer appliques with tartan accents.

Thymes Frasier Fir Hand Wash $12.00 was $15.00

Thymes Frasier Fir Hand Wash cleanses and perfumes your hands with forest fresh fragrances, and is infused with glycerin for lather and moisturization.

English Soap Company Large Soaps $10.00 was $12.00

A large 260 gram bar, merrily packaged. A beautifully crafted Christmas scent packed with traditional festive fragrance!
January 06, 2017

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How-tology: The Bold & the Beautiful (Eyebrows!)

Brooke Shields may have turned heads with her bushy brows back in the '80s, but impeccable eyebrows have become big business in recent years. "Eyebrows frame your face like a beautiful painting," explains celebrity makeup artist Rochelle Weithorn. "If they're shaped to compliment your eyes and face, you will always look well groomed."

You've got two choices when it comes to eyebrow grooming: to wax, or to tweeze. While waxing can be less painful, it's often difficult to do at home. Plus, tweezing gives you more control, since you pluck just one hair at a time. Below, tips for getting the perfect arch.

 

For starters, you need to use the right tool. Weithorn suggests using a tweezer you are comfortable holding, and one that grabs hair securely. Her favorite is made by TweezerMan. Before tweezing, apply some ice to the brow to numb the nerve endings so there will be less pain. To determine where to tweeze, use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the shape you want, then tweeze any hair outside the lines.

If you're not sure where your brows should begin and end, place an eyeliner pencil along the side of your nose, then tweeze any hairs that extend inward past the pencil toward your other brow.  Next, angle the pencil outward toward the outside corner of your eye and tweeze any hairs that extend outside the pencil toward your ear.

If you have a low hairline and high, stray eyebrow hairs that merge into it, tweeze those away, too.  Finally, tweeze any stray hairs beneath the brow.

 

Now that you've cleaned up your brows, you'll want to make sure they match. According to Laura Gellar, of Laura Gellar Makeup Studios in New York City, you should start with the arch -- or highest point of the brow -- which should peak over the outside corner of the iris, not the pupil. Adjust arches by tweezing out unwanted hairs and filling in gaps with an eyebrow pencil or powder.

 If you have a round face, you can add angularity with well-arched, defined brows. If your face is more angular, go for a softer brow with a less dramatic arch. Either way, remember to go slowly. "A lot of people harm their brows by over-tweezing," says Geller. "Try to refrain from that kind of determination and be more conservative. You don't want to walk away with a surprised look."

Overly plucky? If you do accidentally remove most of your brow, use a brow pencil to fill in the missing hairs and consider going to a professional for some tips. "We can show you how to make your brows look even with powder and brow stencils (a brow cut-out that you place over yours and use as a guide)," says Geller.

 

Color is critical when using artificial eyebrow enhancers. "Unless you are seeking a dramatic effect," says Weithorn, "the color of your brows should never be darker than the color of your hair." The more natural the color tone, the more real your brows will look. Redheads and brunettes should try an auburn pencil or powder to add color, while blonds should stick with blond or light brown. Dark brown pencil should be reserved for dark brunettes.

 

January 04, 2017

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Q&A: Tidal Wave


How do I get that great wavy hair look?



 It's all about the irons. Unlike a crimping iron, which gives hair a V-shaped wave, a waving iron creates a softer S-shaped curl that is more reminiscent of the forties. Prior to blow drying, apply a texturizing styling product, then divide hair into two-inch sections. Starting at the nape of her neck, clamp the iron at the root, hold it for 3-5 seconds, then released it and moved down the hair shaft, continuing all around the head.

 

 

The Gloss-ary: S is for Superstar

 

 The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S

Sage: a general effect attributed to this herb is the promotion of wound healing. Has stimulating, rejuvenating and antiseptic properties.

Salicylic acids: an antiseptic that helps dissolve the top layers of the skin.
Sea Kelp: the ashes of seaweeds, from which iodine is obtained; a large, coarse seaweed or wrack. Skin soother.
Sea Wrack: seaweed cast ashore.

Sesame Oil: a light, emollient oil obtained from sesame seeds.

Selenium: an oral, plant-derived preparation used for its antifungal properties.
Shea butter: an excellent emollient for use in creams, lotions. Alleviates dry skin.
Shiatsu: a Japanese method of massage that uses acupressure.
Slippery Elm Bark: the dried inner bark of ulmus fulva Used for its soothing and softening properties. A product of the North American elm tree.
SPF: Sun Protection Factor. A higher SPF means more protection from the sun.
Sun screen: any substance applied to the skin which screens or protects it from the sun.
Sunblock: a physical sunscreen or a barrier against the sun's ultraviolet rays. Available in creams or ointments.
Superoxide Dismutase: a naturally occurring enzyme that can protect the skin from free radicals, which can cause skin damage.
Surfactants: active agent which allows oil to mix with water.

How-tology: Mix It Up

Rather than trying to source out the perfect styling aid for your hair, we suggest taking a few of your tried and true favorites to custom-blend your own formulation.

 

Moisturizing Gel: for light, natural hold
  • Leave In Conditioner (half-dollar-sized dollop)
  • Gel  (quarter-sized dollop) 
Frizz Tamerto fight flyaways
  • Silicone serum (half-dollar-sized dollop)
  •  Leave-in conditioner (dime-sized dollop)
Styling Creamfor volume and hold
  • Leave-in conditioner (half-dollar-sized dollop)  
  • Gel (quarter-sized dollop)
  • Silicone Serum (dime-sized dollop)
Blow-Dry Lotionfor smooth, shiny looks
  • Silicone Serum
  • Leave-in conditioner (in equal parts) 
Pomadeto define ends and control short pieces
  • Gel
  • Silicone serum (in equal parts) 
Texturizerto pump up hair
  • Gel (half-dollar-sized dollop)
  • Leave-in conditioner (quarter-sized dollop)
  • Silicone serum (dime-sized dollop)

 

December 21, 2016

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Q&A: Funky Fungus 911


What causes fungal infection in nail beds? What can you do if you have an infection?



What is it? 

The nails of our fingers and toes are tremendously effective barriers. This barrier makes it quite difficult for a superficial infection to invade the nail. Once an infection has set up residence, the same barrier that was so effective in protecting us against infection now works against us, making it difficult to treat the infection.

Fungus rarely invades an intact nail. Usually there is some kind of trauma. Prolonged wetness can also allow the barrier to be breached. Sometimes a prolonged athlete's foot condition can even breach an intact nail. Usually it is some combination of these methods. Fungal infections can also be a problem for people wearing acrylic nails. This happens because the fungus becomes trapped next to the natural nail in a warm, dark, moist environment for a prolonged period of time. Long-term bandages over the nails can have the same effect.

Fungal nails usually begin with an opaque white or silvery area at the distal (outside) edge of a nail. The fungus gradually works its way inward. As the fungus grows, the nail thickens and can become quite painful.

Treatment

A promising solution, a natural remedy called Tea Tree Oil. It is a naturally occurring anti-fungal compound that can penetrate the nails. We also suggest Varsari Formula.  This treatment contains Tolnaftate, a highly effective medication that is widely recommended by doctors for the treatment and prevention of fungus and mold.

 

The Gloss-ary: R is for Rosebud

 

 The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R

Resin: substance formed from the secretions of plants.

Resorcinol: in mild solutions, used as an antiseptic and as a soothing preparation for itchy skin.
Retin-A: derived from vitamin A, it is used in the treatment of acne.
Retinol: a vitamin A acid. The main ingredient in Retin-A and Renova. These products are used to treat fine wrinkles and acne.

Riboflavin: Vitamin B2. Believed to accelerate tyrosine in tanning products. Produces a characteristic yellow color in lotions.

Rosacea: a skin condition characterized by inflammed, red, oily, acne-prone areas.
Rose Hips: extract of various species of wild roses, rich in vitamin C.
Rosemary: a general effect attributed to this herb is the promotion of wound healing. Has stimulating, rejuvenating and antiseptic properties.
Royal Jelly: stimulates the renewal of healthier skin.

 

How-tology: Pumping Iron

While waves and curls were very big in 2001, both sleek, straight styles and crimped hair (hello 90s) is back with a vengeance. We’ll tell you how you can crimp, wave, and straighten-shine to perfection:

 

To hold your crimp, apply styling mouse if you have super straight hair. Divide your hair into small sections (about ½ to 1 inch) and make tight braids. You can either leave them overnight, or run them over with a straightener (use a heat protectant spray). Undo the braids once they have cooled, run your fingers through your hair if the curls need loosening. Finish with some hairspray to hold the curls in place.

To wave, you can get beautiful, shiny locks with a straightener. First spray your hair with heat protecting spray (and brush through). Section your hair in 1-1 ½ in sections, adjust according to your hair thickness. Take a section, with the straightener facing down, and straighten as normal. When you reach around halfway down your face, twist the hair and iron once, and continue to iron to the end of your section. You should get a beautiful wave curl, repeat and enjoy!

To straighten, it’s so simple. Get your hands on a good straightening iron, and of course some hair protecting spray. Straighten in 1in sections for an a sleek, chic look. Want a great shine? Do that before you style, use argan oil based hair products to boost shine. 

 

 


December 12, 2016

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Q&A: Easy Tips for Beautiful Lashes

What are some of your tips for applying mascara and curling lashes?


 

1. First, curl lashes with one firm squeeze of a lash curler.

2. Dip the mascara wand into the tube just once for both upper and lower lashes. More, and you'll load too much mascara onto the wand. Note: If your lashes always look gloppy, use a tissue to wipe excess mascara from the brush before applying.

3. Working from the outer corner inward, place the brush at the lash base and sweep upward to the tips. To minimize clumping, use as few strokes as possible. (It's unnecessary to do the topside of lashes.)

4. For lower lashes, hold the wand vertically and sweep lashes from side to side with the tip of the brush. Or for a face-brightening look, skip lower lashes altogether.

You can create an eye-widening effect by applying a second coat of mascara to upper lashes' outer corners.

 

 

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