Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Her

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and TheBeautyPlace.com is jam-packed with hot holiday finds for everyone on your list. Here are our top picks of the season—they’re sure to delight your loved ones. And who knows? You might find a little something for yourself, too!christmasgiftguide_forher

What to get the woman who has everything? Try a gorgeous candle from NEST ($37.99). This one features the classic Holiday scent blend, which blends notes of pomegranate and mandarin orange with pine, cinnamon, and cloves. Set in a sleek, decorative glass jar, it looks elegant whether it’s casting a pretty glow over the room or just brightening up a mantle or table.

For the makeup fiend, a cute palette is always a welcome surprise. bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 ($37.99) contains eight deeply pigmented colors that actually last—so perfect for a New Year’s Eve party, when the last thing anyone wants to do is worry about touching up makeup! This palette makes it easy, because it’s so sleek and portable. Most importantly, it’s available in three flattering varieties: The Power Neutrals, The Sexy Neutrals, and The Posh Neutrals.

The quest for perfect skin is something all of us can relate to, so you can pretty much count on being her BFF after you surprise her with this Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing System Kit ($149.99). In addition to the renowned cleansing brush, it also contains an additional sensitive brush head and a bonus Keith Haring travel bag.

Pucker up to this beautiful set from Youngblood! The Holiday Starter Kit for Lips ($47.99) contains everything she needs to achieve a flawless pout. We all know how important a long-lasting lip color is (who wants to spend all night checking her mirror?), and this set presents the perfect solution. The four-piece kit includes a lip brush, a hydrating lip crème enriched with SPF 15, a sexy red lipstick, and a hyper-moisturizing lip gloss.

Often, the best gift to buy the guy in your life is something he would never think to buy for himself. This Anthony Logistics Essential Traveler Kit ($46.99) is a must whether or not he has a severe case of wanderlust. With a glycolic facial cleanser, a facial moisturizer, a shave cream, and a hair and body wash, plus a refreshing mint/white tea lip balm, the set has everything he needs to establish an excellent routine at home or on the road.

Even the busiest person on your list will want to take a little time out to enjoy Karin Herzog’s The 7 Creams of the Week set ($98.99). Inside are seven tubes—one for each day of the hectic week. Each product is formulated to do something special for skin, from Monday’s hydrating Rose to Tuesday’s exfoliating AHA to Friday’s Oxgenating. On the weekend, boost skin with Saturday’s nourishing mask. In all, it’s seven days that add up to flawless, stress-free skin!


Don’t miss our Holiday Gift Guide sale, starting this Saturday, December 3! Save 10% Off Guide Guide Orders $70+| Use Code: GIFTS4 ALL at checkout| Exclusions May Apply*  It’s a great time to stock up on the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list!

How To Get The Ultimate Holiday Look

glitter-2We can finally say that the winter is here, and with it, comes the holiday season!! This time of year is full of festivities and events; there is always some family dinner to attend or some holiday party organized by our friends. As women, we always have our outfits ready in advanced for those dates, but we also know that no outfit is complete without a good hair and make up look that goes in tune with the trends of the season. We want to share with you some our top tips and a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve soft waves and a trendy make up look perfect for the season.

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Lets start with the hair!

Soft waves have become a very trendy hairstyle along the last years; it creates a very sophisticated yet effortless look. First, it is recommended that you wait at least a day after you have washed your hair to make them last longer.

Then, start doing your waves with the Bio Ionic GoldPro Curling Iron 1.25″ ($85.99). This iron contains 24-carat gold barrel smoothest and curls hair leaving it feeling soft to the touch.  The 24-carat gold barrel help distribute heat evenly through hair while the mineral complex seals moisture in.  The digital temperature control makes it easy to regulate to desired heat levels.

If you want to give a more daring touch to your waves, try spraying some Big Sexy Hair Flip It Over Full & Wild Hairspray 4.4 oz ($15.89) this product is designed to give volume and texture to your hair, without leaving it stiff, heavy or sticky.

Now that the hair is done, lets do our make up!

First, the primer: it is important to always remember all the benefits of the primer as it helps to cover the pores and it gives a good texture to the skin. We recommend using the bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer ($19.99). This product prepares skin for flawless coverage and adds luminous glow. Conceal enlarged pores, uneven texture, and dryness while creating a silky, smooth canvas.

Then, lets apply some foundation: when shopping for foundation, always make sure that the shade is very similar or almost the same as the skin tone of your neck. If you are looking for a product that not only serves as a foundation, but it also cares for your skin, check out the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation ($30.99) which contains ingredients specially designed to minimize lines of expression, pores and more! In addition, they have a great variety of tones so you can find the perfect one for you. For a more professional and complete coverage, use a special brush like bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush ($24.99) and apply the base evenly.

Say good-bye the dark circles! If you want full coverage of those dark circles, but at the same time you don’t want it to look heavy, don’t doubt on wearing the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Concealer ($20.99) trust me, it looks natural on the skin! This product not only covers the imperfections but also promotes clearer, healthier-looking skin.
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Now, the powder! A good powder is the key to make your makeup stays in place. It also removes all that oily appearance of the face. It is important that when choosing a powder we can evaluate if it is going to stay in our face for long time. That’s why we recommend the Dermablend Setting Powder 1 oz ($22.99) that guarantees that the effect will last for 16 hours without staining your clothes and it will stay with you from the morning until you get home.

eyebrowaDefine your eyebrows: Unfortunately, not everyone has hairy and perfect eyebrows, but don’t worry, we got you! The Tigi Cosmetics Brow Sculpting Duo-Brunette ($13.99) serves to fill those blank spaces. In addition, this mineral makeup comes with two tones that can be combined so you can get the perfect tone for your eyebrows. Don’t forget that you’ll need an angular brush like the Jane Iredale Angle Liner Brow Brush ($12.99) to achieve a more accurate way to have your eyebrows on fleek!

It is time for some contour! The Youngblood Mineral Radiance – Sunshine ($28.99) is a bronzer that will help you to make yourself look like you were touched by the sun this winter season. Now, lets apply some pink touches to our cheeks! For this, we love to use the Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush – Awaken ($15.99) They have great slip, are silky smooth, and can be used wet or dry!

Then, lets wear the eye shadows of the season! Because it is a makeup for the Christmas season, we recommend using darker shades. The Jane Iredale Eyeshadow Kit ($36.99) comes in different shades and brings colors like brown and black that will help you create a perfect winter look. Mix colors and apply shadows to your crest and eyelids. Plus, if you use different brushes you can create different styles, some brushes that will facilitate the process of makeup are the Glo Minerals Brush – Eye Definer ($7.49)TIGI Cosmetics Brush – Blending Brush ($10.99) and TIGI Cosmetics Brush – Shading Brush ($10.99). Play with them and create your own style!

Eyeliner: This step is crucial to enhance your look. With the idea of the holidays in mind, we think that the TIGI Cosmetics Precision Black Eyeliner ($12.99) is the perfect option since it’s a waterproof long-wearing formula.

The last step to finish our eyes makeup is some mascara. We chose the Glo Minerals Volumizing Mascara – Black ($13.99), since it gives a lot of volume to our eyelashes while it nourish them at the same time.

Now that our hair looks perfect and our skin and eyes are ready, it is time for the lipstick! Don’t doubt on wearing red! It is definitely the color of the season. The “Live It Up” tone from bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($16.99) goes perfect with the Holiday Look we have shown you!

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Now that you’re all ready, you’ll start catching everyone’s attention! Remember to always wear the shades that go best with your skin. Happy Holidays!
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How To Create A Spa Day At Home

fbc09721fcc7a425c63a956faeadd663As modern women, we are in a constant hustle! There’s always a thing to do (sometimes a thousand), a meeting to attend or something new to solve. Anyways, we’re always in heavy motion! However, we never loose our women instinct, as we constantly want to keep our nails neat, our hair shiny and our clothes on point. But unfortunately, with all those things in our mind, sometimes we might forget to take care of our skin, which deteriorates with constant exposure to the sun, pollution and the inappropriate use of make up.

We understand that with a very busy agenda, it results almost impossible to schedule a monthly visit to the spa, but we’re here to help! We’ll show you a series of steps and recommendations so that you can easily enjoy a spa day at home –yes, it is a good as it sounds!

The first step to any relaxing spa day is setting the mood. Tuning into your favorite relaxing Spotify music station and lighting your must have candle, is key. A Nest Classic Candle will transform your bathroom into a relaxing haven.

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Properly remove your entire make up: This is the first step and one of the most important to maintain a healthy skin and of course, we couldn’t exclude it from our spa day! The skin on our face is extremely sensitive, which is why we must remove our makeup with products that also eliminate all impurities and don’t mistreat our skin. If you’re looking for the right product, Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt ($13.99) is an excellent choice; it is the kind of make-up remover that doesn’t require the use of any other additional products. With the Magic Mitt, we’ll only need to rub the cloth with kindness on our face and Voila! Magic Mitt not only cleans our skin, but also makes a subtle exfoliation.

 

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Wash your face: After removing all of our make-up, it is essential to use a good cleanser to make our face look and feel 100% clean. However, we must select a product that will ensure it will remove any makeup residue and that is appropriate for our skin type. By applying the SkinMedica Facial Cleanser ($23.99) in our face, we’ll achieve a much more moisturized, smoother and cleaner skin. This soap is recommended for any type of complexion. In addition, its formula contains green tea that gives an air of freshness to our skin.

Now, it is time for a facemask! No spa day is complete without masks since we love the fact that right after applying them, we can see immediate positive results on our skin face. For a rejuvenating and revitalizing effect on our skin, we recommend the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Sheet Mask Mask ($49.59). This mask has become very famous because of the fact that in only 15 minutes, it gives a more youthful appearance to our face. Moreover, it is specially designed to conceal lines of expression and bring shine and softness to the skin.  If you want another option, the Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask ($47.99) offers a different kind of results since it focuses on helping our skin to absorb the oxygen better, purifies the face by eliminating toxins and it protects you from those agents that can contaminate your skin. Sounds great right? Trust us, it is amazing!    tonico-2

Apply some toner: Many people think that applying toner to our face is not very important, However, it turns our that applying toner is one of the most important steps in order to get a healthy skin. Toners revitalize and rejuvenate our faces while it closes the pores, restores the pH, moisturizes and refreshes the skin. Don’t worry if you ever though toner wasn’t important, that’s why we want to recommend the Bliss Steep Clean Pore Mattifying Toner Pads ($27.99) for this important step on our home spa day. These easy-to-use pads purify the skin, remove dead skin cells and reduce pore size thanks to the combination of enzymes and acids contained on its formula. They are recommended for any type of complexion!

Lets moisturize! Last but not least, let finish our home spa day session by applying a good moisturizer. Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream ($18.99) will nourish your skin to the fullest without leaving a greasy appearance. This product prevents the dehydration of your skin and eliminates excess glitter and oil. It’s just what we need to pamper our skin!

Having a spa treatment has never been so easy! Remember to follow each of these steps to get magnificent results on your face. You’ll see how your friends will want to join you on your spa days at home after they see your skin looking bright and vibrant!

Hair Care That Smells Amazing

7a1d0d6229ae7e72f4cf5ecdf82cc21bFall is prime time to up your fragrance game. With scents like pumpkin and cinnamon wafting through the air pretty much anywhere you go, you can’t help but be inspired by the sudden shift into warmer aromas. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we’ve stocked an amazing selection of indulgent hair care products that are both effective and aromatic—meaning after they’ve done the job of making your hair look fabulous, they’ll leave behind a scent that lasts and lasts. Here are some of our favorites:

john-masters-organics-texturizerWe all tend to get a little caught up in the vanilla thing at this time of year. It gets really popular around the holidays, but right now you can work the John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Hair Texturizer ($16.79) into your routine and reap the rewards of 1) more controlled hair, 2) softer hair, and 3) better smelling hair. The creamy emulsion not only contains smoothing castor oil and glycerin, but also organic oils that leave hair with a fun, creamsicle-like scent.

Run, do not walk, to order this TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Holiday Gift Set ($38). The scent is out-of-this-world amazing—it’s not quite what you’d expect, either. No, it doesn’t smell like breakfast. It’s more like dessert: slightly cinnamon-like, with a hint of brown sugar, finished with a kiss of sweet honey. That alone is phenomenal, but the products you receive, including shampoo, conditioner, and a nourishing hair mask, all work in tandem to leave your hair softer and in better shape. The extra moisture it gives is essential throughout winter!

Another scent we usually stumble across during the holidays is berry. Whether it’s a brambleberry, a cranberry, a boysenberry, or a run-of-the-mill other berry, it’s somewhere out there, adding a little extra festivity to our senses. This Rusk Healthy Blackberry & Bergamot Strengthening Shampoo ($9.99) is one to add to the mix. It’s sweet, but not overly so thanks to the crisp addition of bergamot. It smells holiday appropriate, too, and leaves hair shinier with regular use.

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If you’re one of those who prefers the crisp, cool scents of summer, you’ll be able to get on board with the Rusk Sensories Calm Guarana & Ginger Nourishing Conditioner ($11.99). The scent is warm, yet isn’t overwhelmingly spicy or heady. In fact, this product earned its name for a reason: it’s quite relaxing, and you know you’ll feel better when you look in the mirror and see that your hair looks less coarse and more like a magazine cover.

Damaged hair can be a pain to manage, mainly because you spend half the time being told you can’t heat style your mane and the other half spending way too much on products that you aren’t even sure will work. Enter John Masters Organics Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor ($25.99). Enriched with healing soy and wheat proteins, it works to rebuild hair that’s in need of some extra TLC, while 14 organic extracts and plant oils drench even the driest hair with moisture and leave behind a sweet floral scent.

It’s time to stock up on your favorite hair care products! Our hair care sale starts this Saturday, October 29. It’s a great time to load up on your favorite products, try a few new ones, and get started on your holiday shopping.

Who else is ready for some fabulous Halloween make up?

 

cleopatra-halloween-make-upThis is definitely the best time of the year! Who doesn’t love having some fun and transforming yourself into whoever (or whatever) you want to be? Don’t worry if you’re not a make up expert, we’re here to save the day! Just follow the step-by-step tutorials and you’ll see how easy it will be for you to create this amazing make up ideas.

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Step 1: Prepare your skin

In order to make your make up last, it is important that you clean it deeply. For this, we recommend our PCA Skin Facial Wash to remove impurities, balance your skin and hydrate it. Then, you can also use our Dr. Brandt Pore No More Pore Refiner to minimize and refine pores and make your skin look flawless!

Step 2:

Start by applying some foundation all over your face and a good concealer to hide dark circles under your eyes and nose area. Our Tigi Cosmetics Satin Liquid Foundation is a great idea! If you have oily skin, don’t forget to add a face powder to keep your face looking great for hours.

Set 3: The Eyes

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Cleopatra’s dramatic and magical eyes are her key feature. Start it by dabbing cream eye shadow or a shimmery gold base on the eyelid area and then highlight the eyes with stronger colors such as gold, green or blue. Don’t forget to contour your lids to give the eye extra dimension. For the final touches, don’t be afraid of using some glitter!

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You want to know the key to this look? Eyeliner! A cat eye is a must. Our TIGI Cosmetics Precision Black Eyeliner will help you to get the look. Follow your lashes and apply a thick amount on your upper and lower eyelashes. Continue drawing the line on the upper eyelid without stopping at the outer corner of the eye. The cat eye at the end is a must! You can even get creative and draw some figures instead of the typical cat eye. Complete the look with lashes full of volume using our Glo Minerals Lash Lengthening Mascara.

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At this point, your make up is almost done. But now, is time for some contour! Begin at your ear using a contouring brush and follow your cheekbone down toward your lips to create a shadow. Add some pink blush on your cheeks and tons of highlighter.

Step 6: Lips

For this step, you can get a little creative and wear from a cream to a burgundy color. However, we do recommend using a warm natural shade like a nude, rose or peach. Don’t doubt on wearing our Bareminerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss, they’re all perfect for this make up!

Now that you have that flawless skin and those glamorous eyes, you’re more than ready to be the center of attention.

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Are you ready to boo the world around you? Just in time for Halloween we our having our Makeup Sale. It’s the perfect time to pick up everything you need to complete your look

The SPF Products You Need Now

Sunscreen is the most important ingredient you can add to your skin care routine. This potent product protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UVA rays: UVA and UVB. UVA skins penetrate the skin deeply, and leave it susceptible to premature lines and wrinkles. Skin may appear leathery and droopy with repeated sun exposure. UVB rays, meanwhile, are the key cause of sunburns.

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At TheBeautyPlace.com, we recognize that there’s more to your beauty routine than simply looking great—it’s also about adding effective products to the mix that actually make a long-term difference in the condition of your skin. We carry an extensive range of products loaded with SPF, including makeup and skin care products. Here, the ones we suggest to help protect your skin from those dangerous UV rays.

Dry skin benefits from ultra-hydrating moisturizers that drench skin with much-needed emollients. One to try: PCA Skin Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99). This enriching moisturizer is loaded with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking healthier over time.

If you wear makeup every day, you may as well choose a formula that offers more than just the standard coverage. bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25 ($17.99) is perfect for completing your look. It gives skin a natural, practically flawless finish, and it’s ideal to use on oily skin because it soaks up the sebum to prevent that telltale shiny gleam.

coola-eco-lux-sport-continuous-spray-spf50-unscented-8-oz-bfRain or shine, it’s smart to wear sunscreen year round. One of the easiest to use is COOLA ECO-LUX Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 ($30.99). The spray-on formula is quick and easy to use, and it provides continuous, water-resistant coverage for up to 80 minutes. As it blocks those harmful UV rays, it also kisses skin with a fresh, fruity guava mango fragrance. It’s perfect for summer—but during those cooler months, it will remind you of the warmer months to come!

 

If you’re at all familiar with the no-makeup movement, you probably wish you could get on board with it. Try a tinted moisturizer, like Quitessence Sunshade SPF 30 Tinted ($22.99), which contains green tea and vitamins D and E to help repair existing damage while preventing further problems. It’s available in light, medium, and dark skin tones, so there’s one for everyone.

 

uvlipbalmtube_mediumDon’t forget your lips! Smooth and creamy, Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($9.99) is a water-resistant formula that combats the harsh effects of dry air. Your lips will feel softer for longer, and over time you’ll notice a visible improvement in the condition of your pout. Feel free to wear this over your favorite lipstick—it’s lightweight and colorless, so it’s perfect for adding a much-needed layer of protection.

 

What’s your SPF quotient? Make sure your beauty collection is loaded with the SPF-infused products you need for your skin and body. Don’t miss our SPF sale, beginning this Saturday, October 15, at TheBeautyPlace.com!

 

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Fall Getaway: 5 Essential On-the-Go Products

Part of planning your fall vacation is stocking up on the essential beauty products you’ll need while you’re on the road. It’s true that hotels provide some limited items, like shampoo and conditioner, but you’re usually on your own when it comes to other things. Fortunately, theBeautyPlace.com is stocked with everything you need to look glamorous on the go. Here are five essential products for your next getaway.

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Take your dermatologist’s best tools on the road! The Dr. Brandt Glow Travel Kit ($42.99) is a two-piece set that includes pump bottles of Overnight Resurfacing Serum and Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme. Apply the cream to cleansed skin in the AM, making sure to follow with sunscreen (retinol can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn). Before bed, apply the serum to your skin and wake up to smoother, deeply hydrated skin in the morning.

There’s no guarantee your brows won’t go astray even during a short weekend trip. Keep them in perfect control with some help from Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit ($20.99), which is packed with everything you need to achieve picture-perfect arches on the go. Use the tweezers to pluck pesky strays, the Browmousse to keep brows in place, and the Eyenhance pencil to highlight the brow bone for an eye-opening finish. There’s also a shaping brush to help control thicker brows.

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Lip moisturizer is a must, especially if you’re flying and exposed to dry cabin air. Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm ($12.99) works instantly to hydrate parched lips. It even soothes the pain of chapped lips. Its formula is a revitalizing cocktail of vitamins E and F, plus Avene thermal spring water. The combination imparts long-lasting moisture while keeping lips healthier and smoother in the long run.

fb_fallskincareSince most hotels don’t offer toothpaste, you may as well pack the best of the best. The Supersmile Pro Whitening System ($2.99) includes tubes of whitening toothpaste and whitening accelerator. To use, apply a drop of each onto a dry toothbrush and gently brush. This tiny duo will last you a month—or several trips!

Why lug around a heavy bottle of foundation when you could slip a tube of La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Cream SPF 30 ($1.99) into your cosmetic bag or purse? It evens out your skin tone and is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. It also hydrates dry skin and contains sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays.

Stock up on your fall skincare essentials this weekend during our Falling for Skincare Sale! Get $10 off skincare orders over $99.

Quench Yourself from Head to Toe with These Hydrating Products

Summer, we hardly knew ya’. You’ll be back, obviously, but until then we need to bid farewell to one of the things we love most about you—supple, baby-soft skin. When weather turns cooler, our skin responds negatively. The result is rough, dry, sometimes scaly skin that just doesn’t seem to cooperate.

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At TheBeautyPlace.com, we have the answer—the antithesis to the cold-weather doldrums that threaten to wreak havoc on your skin. Here are several of our best moisturizing products, formulated to keep your skin soft all season long.

File this under Just-Can’t-Live-Without-It: Avene Cold Cream Nourishing Body Lotion ($25.99) is like the holy grail of moisturizers. Made with nourishing thermal spring water, it’s a potent lotion that sinks in deep to heal even the driest, most stubborn spots—think bumpy upper arms and rough hands. There’s no greasy finish, either; just smooth it on and go.

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Another reason this time of year is sort of a drag: it gets dark way too early. For that, we suggest combating your AM sluggishness with a hyper-moisturizing soap like this one from John Masters Organics ($7.89). Infused with rose geranium, lavender, and ylang ylang essential oils, it releases an intoxicating fragrance while delivering intensive moisture to your skin via palm oil, coconut oil, and cupuacu seed butter. The latter is derived from the Amazon rainforest, where it grows in abundance and is known for its healing properties (and some even think it might prevent wrinkles!).

If there’s one thing that really takes a beating at this time of year, it’s our hands. Due primarily to dry hair (and, yes, hand washing), it can transform your once totally healthy hands into a ravaged mess. You may even notice that your knuckles bleed from time to time. In an effort to avoid this once and for all, it’s time to get acquainted with Glo Minerals Luxury Hand Cream ($8.99). The soothing emulsion contains shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil, which collaborate to form an almost unstoppable shield that protects skin from damage while locking in moisture. Bonus points for the purse-friendly size—you can take this everywhere you go.

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Fall is not the time to stick with your tried-and-true, lightweight lotions. They work like a charm when it’s warm outside, but during these cooler months your skin likely demands something more luxurious. Enter Dr. Gross Hydra Pure Intense Moisture Cream ($73.29), a decadent treatment that’s known for its anti-aging properties and its ability to retain moisture. The Hydra-Pure Chelating Complex ™ is designed to prevent irritation and even breakouts, while vitamin C combats harmful free radicals and gives skin a firmer look while improving its elasticity. Soft, smooth, and line-free? You can’t ask for much more than that.

From your complexion to your feet, TheBeautyPlace.com has the products you need to keep you soft, supple, and gorgeous! And don’t miss our special event starting this Saturday, September 17. With any Skinmedica order of $180 or more, you’ll receive a Skinmedica gift with purchase!

Your Iron Can Do More Than Just Straighten

Flat Iron Styling Tricks

My flat iron won my personal VIP beauty award the day I first used it. In just minutes, it took my thick, wavy, sometimes uncontrollable hair under its wing and transformed it into the smooth, silky, straight hair of my dreams. And for years, I used it solely for that purpose—to combat my hair’s natural texture and give it a sleeker appearance.

 

But did you know that flat irons are capable of doing so much more? At the time, I didn’t, and now that I do I regret wasting so much valuable flat iron time using it only to achieve one style! Here are several fun, chic styles you can achieve using your flat iron.

 

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Get Cool, Beachy Waves

 Who knew? It turns out a flat iron can give you those beachy waves all of us covet throughout summer. The easiest way to achieve the look is to begin by braiding your hair. My preference is to create three or four braids, but this is dependent on your hair’s volume. (Even one braid works if your hair is on the fine side.) Follow by running your flat iron over each braid, slowly working down and applying gentle pressure. When you’re done, undo each braid and run your fingers through your hair for an effortless, tousled look. Finish with a spritz of TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($13.99) to increase the textured finish and combat humidity.

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Curl Your Hair

You can also use your flat iron just like a traditional curling iron—and in many cases, you might even achieve a more natural looking curl with your flat iron. To get a tight coil with heavy bounce, grip your hair between the iron’s plates just as you would if you were straightening. As you slide the iron down, slowly twist the iron in your hand so that your hair wraps around the barrel of the iron. It should wrap in a complete rotation. Hold this for a moment before gently releasing the hair. It should fall into a bold curl. If you want to loosen the curls up, run a comb or your fingers through your hair and shake it out. For great results, try FHI HEAT Eps Black Diamond Digital Hair Iron ($168.89). Its one-inch size makes it easy to achieve many different looks.

 

flat-iron-s-waveCreate a Vintage “S” Wave

Ever wish you could emulate the glamorous look of your favorite old-world screen stars? I do, too—and if only it was as easy as waking up in the morning and being as naturally elegant as Hollywood’s most classic sirens. But a flat iron can do at least a portion of the job just as well. The vintage “S” wave is one you’ll recognize immediately. It’s associated with the Roaring Twenties, a look that’s just so iconic you can’t help but appreciate its beauty. The easiest way to get the look is to push a section of hair into an “S” shape (best achieved by pushing it upward), clamping down on this section with your flat iron, and holding to set the wave. Then repeat, working your way down until your entire mane is complete. Hold the waves with a setting product, like Big Sexy Hair Spritz & Stay Intense Hold Fast Drying Hair Spray ($14.99).

 

 

Treat Yourself: It’s Christmas in July!

There are 155 days left until Christmas. It’s a countdown you usually see thrown around at this time of year, but not one you really get excited about because…well, summer. What we can tolerate is a fabulous Christmas in July sale! Ours starts on July 23rd, and it’s a great time to stock up on some of your favorites. Here are a few items from TheBeautyPlace.com that we can’t resist at any time of the year.21430a9ae13625a1ed250d8461f41c3d

 

Give your skin an instant boost with Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray ($25.99). During the summer, it cools skin down, but it also drenches your skin with much-needed moisture when temperatures drop. By balancing your skin, it may even help reduce the frequency of breakouts.

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A natural glow is welcome whether it’s 100 degrees or 10degrees (brrrr). Dust Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush in Brilliance ($15.99) onto cheekbones to achieve an effortlessly healthy look. It’s heavily pigmented, and can be used as eye shadow in a pinch, too.

 

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Refreshment is welcome at any time of the year. We love Bliss Super Minty Soap ‘n’ Scrub ($23.99) for its crisp, cool peppermint fragrance and invigorating exfoliating powers. During summer, it will keep you cool—and you’ll even appreciate it at the end of the year, when the smoothing jojoba beads slough off dead skin cells to keep skin smooth and soft.

 

From dry cuticles to flyaway hairs to chapped lips, Egyptian Magic Natural All Purpose Skin Cream ($26.99) works on everything. This iconic beauty product has long been a favorite of makeup artists all over the world. It can even be dabbed onto cheekbones or eyelids for a hint of flattering sheen. It also soothes sunburns and cuts in a pinch, and leaves even the driest spots more supple.

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Give your color-treated hair the special attention it deserves! Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Shampoo and Conditioner ($28.99) work together to protect your hair’s fresh color, increase its shine factor, and maintain hydration. Your hair will look smoother and healthier with regular use, and you’ll notice that your color lasts longer, too. This is key during summer, when chlorine can strip hair of color, and winter, when dry air saps moisture from your strands.tigi-bedhead-shampoo

 

When your lips are on point, everything somehow looks better. During summer, we love Youngblood Mighty Shiny Lip Gel in Revealed ($17.99) for its light, flattering kiss of color. Infused with hydrating oils, it also works like a charm during winter to prevent typical dryness and soften your pout.youngblood-revealedShop the Christmas in July sale and stock up on your favorite year-round beauty products—or some gifts for the lucky men and women in your life.

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