PTR Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

We love this fabulous, oil-free, all-purpose antiaging exfoliating cleanser! Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash contains a gentle form of glycolic acid along with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to help soften and exfoliate the skin. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging while clarifying the skin and smoothing out rough texture. It is especially helpful as an aid in ridding your skin of those pesky white bumps!

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If that’s not enough proof as to why you should try this face wash in your skincare routine, then check out the research results. In a four-week consumer efficacy study of 25 women:

  • 88% agreed that they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • 88% agreed their skin felt exfoliated
  • 88% agreed their skin felt softer

Give this face wash a try – available now at Skin Resolutions.

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Sunless Tanning Tips for New Year’s Eve

Don’t let New Years Eve sneak up on you! Be sure to get your bronze on, before the clock strikes midnight with the help of sunless tanners. But before you get started, follow our step-by-step guide to ensure you have a flawless faux glow!

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Step 1: Exfoliate

Before you apply your self-tanner or head for a spray tan, make sure to exfoliate your skin to ensure an even tan. Avoid oil-based scrubs, since these leave a barrier on your skin that can prevent self-tanner from developing evenly.

Step 2: Lightly Moisturize

Lightly apply a sheer layer of oil-free body lotion or moisturizer to areas that pick up more colors, such as your feet, ankles, knees, hands, and elbows.

Step 3: Apply Tanner

Take your time to make sure you apply an even layer and go light on areas that tend to pick up more color.

Step 4: Air Dry

Allow tanner to dry completely before getting dressed, and opt for loose clothes for the rest of the day to prevent streaks, smears, and sweating. Avoid showering or working out for six to eight hours, when possible, as this allows the tan to set in.

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Need help selecting a sunless tanner? We like the subtle-glow we get with the TanTowel Full Body towelettes (above), which are infused with a clear self-tanning formula. This formula works with proteins and amino acids in your skin to produce a healthy and natural sunless tan in just a few hours. It makes tanning easy without all the fuss, and is great for tossing in your gym bag or for traveling! Follow steps 1 and 2, and for step 3 gently rub the TanTowel towelette over your body working from head to toe, then finish with step 4. Available at Skin Resolutions, for various skin tones – mild to medium, and medium to dark.

Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting

Most Christmas mornings result in pajamas, bed head, and impromptu photo ops with the family and what feels like every single present you unwrap! This year, be sure to prepare yourself for these holiday moments with a fresh face, complete with eyelash and brow tinting.

How It Works: Brow Tinting

During an eyebrow tinting service, an aesthetician first applies Vaseline to the skin surrounding the hair. This protects the skin and prevents the dye from bleeding onto it. Then the tint is painted directly onto the brows. The dye is left to penetrate the hair for up to 10 minutes, and any residue is gently removed with a cool, wet cloth.

For the eyebrows, the dye semi-permanently darkens the brows, and gives fast, effective results in just minutes. There are a variety of dye-colors to best match your skin tone and hair color. Similar to dying your head of hair, these dyes are semi-permanent and can last up to four-six weeks. Tinting gives fast, effective results in just minutes, and replaces the need to pencil in brows while applying makeup. It helps fair-haired brows appear fuller and more defined, while also adding definition to your face. Tinting also works great on dark colored brows, especially for helping to match light colored or highlighted hair. It’s an easy way to enhance your natural beauty.

For those of us with thin brows, we love to combine this service with the RevitaBrow strengthening eyebrow conditioner. Check out our review of this product.

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How It Works: Eyelash Tinting

Similar to eyebrow tinting, lash tinting takes a little bit longer to absorb all of the color from the vegetable-based dye. In addition to applying Vaseline to the skin area around each eye, a protective cotton pad is placed beneath the lower lashes to cover the skin below from absorbing the dye. The dye is applied to the bottom lashes, and then to the top lashes. The aesthetician will apply a few coats to the lashes, and then the lashes are left to absorb the color. After about five to ten minutes, the cotton pad beneath the eye is removed, and the eyes are gently wiped clean with a cool, wet cotton pad. Should any eye irritation arise from the dye, the eye area is rinsed with cool water or a saline solution.

Eyelash tinting allows you to get away with skipping mascara – this is extremely helpful when you’re on the go, traveling, and even during those sweaty gym sessions. Lash tinting is especially helpful for defining light-colored lashes, and making dark-colored lashes appear more full. To make the most of your dark lashes, we suggest using RevitaLash’s Eyelash Conditioner. Learn more about this amazing product here.

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We love the au natural look it gives – and really love the fact that it replaces the need for makeup! And the brow tinting is ideal for those of us with blonde or light eyebrows. Be sure to schedule your appointment with Skin Resolutions in time to enjoy the beauty benefits before the holidays!

Revitabrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

If you have naturally thin eyebrows, or even got a bit too ambitious with over tweezing, then this product is sure to be your best friend!

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This eye-conditioning serum helps to strengthen your brow hairs to promote growth. Key ingredients include calendula extract which is a shine enhancer, wheat protein and Biotinyl tripeptide-1 which helps to condition and thicken the brows, and biotin which promotes hair growth. Conveniently packaged in a tube, this clear liquid comes with a doe-foot shaped applicator making it easy to apply. Just apply this lightweight serum once a day for several weeks to rehabilitate brows, thicken individual hairs, and promote growth with conditioning oils and biotin.

We’re not the only one that loves this eyebrow conditioning treatment! Allure Magazine named this product as a “Best of Beauty” 2013 Award Winner. Still not sure if this serum is right for you? Swing by Skin Resolutions, or give us a call to learn more.

Our Holiday Wish List

Sure, this time of year is about being thankful, and giving gifts to others. But its okay to have your own little list of “must haves” to share with your loved ones too! We’ve put together a few of our favorite treats that we know we’d love to find under the tree come Christmas morning.

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Clockwise from top right: 1. Epicuren Anti-Aging Lip Balm SPF 15 tube / 2. Epicuren Handbag Essential Trio – 2 oz. After Bath Moisturizer (in your choice of Coconut, Lavender, or Orange Fragrances), 2 oz. Protein Mist, and 1 tube of Anti-aging Lip Balm SPF 15  / 3. ColoreScience Pep Up Gel / 4. ColoreScience Lip Pencil /  5. Epicuren 6-Step Facial System – 2.5 oz. Apricot Cream Cleanser, 2 oz. Skin Conditioner Enzyme Toner, 2 oz. Enzyme Concentrate Vitamin Protein Complex, 2 oz. Gel Plus Enzyme Protein, 2 oz. Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer, and 2.5 oz. Apricot Facial Scrub / 6. Clarisonic Mia 2 / 7. Epicuren Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer / 8. Votivo Holiday Collection Candle in Red Currant / 9. Decleor Hydration Starter Kit – Aroma Cleansing Milk for Face & Eyes, Aroma Cleanse Tonifying Lotion, Hydra Floral Moisturizing Cream, Aroma Neroli Essential Night Balm, and Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum / 10. ColoreScience Lip Restoration Kit – Mineral Lip Polish in Red, Mineral Lip Exfoliator, and Mineral Lip Serum.

Get A Little Cheeky

Blush is an instant pick me up, and an easy way to define the cheekbones while adding contour to your face. With the models on the fashion runways (á la Chanel and Derek Lam below) flaunting their strategically contoured cheekbones, we realized how important a touch of color on one’s cheeks can make every skin tone look fresh and pretty.

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For day-to-day makeup, the minimalist, romantic style is perfect. Adding warmth to the face with earthy, natural tones. We were inspired by the gals backstage at Carolina Herrera’s Fall show, who successfully played up the elegant, classic, and ladylike trends from their cheeks to their hair.

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While on the subject, blush is one of those makeup essentials that is easily overlooked by some, and over used by others! We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you find your best color, and how to apply it correctly, as to best accentuate and soften your cheekbones.

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Using blush can be a daunting thing for us ladies, since it’s so easy to over do it! Since no one likes to look like a clown (well maybe only at Halloween!), we’ve put together some tricks to help you find the right shade of blush for your skin tone, and tips for applying it correctly to your cheeks.

Skin Tone

There are two major types of skin tones, warm and cool. It is important to identify which skin tone you have because this will help determine which cheek tints you should use, as well as help you with selecting the correct foundations and powders. Here are some helpful pointers to keep in mind when searching for your shade:

  • Peach Blushes – using blushes in this color, think goldy-peach,  is ideal for warm undertones. We love the ColoreScience pressed blush powder in Coral. Read our review on all of these blushes here.
  • Pink Blushes – pinky colors are great for skin with cooler understones. These pink tones are more on the silvery side. Try ColoreScience’s blush powder in Pink Lotus.
  • Brown Blushes – Tans, bronzes, and browns are wonderful for either cool or warm undertones. Plus, these brown shades are ideal for contouring cheekbones. We suggest using Sun Baked blush powder by ColoreScience, as it provides pretty color for either type of skin tone.

Something important to consider when you are looking for the right shade of blush for your beauty arsenal is to try to find a natural color that matches the shade of your cheeks when you exercise. Check out this super helpful cheet sheet from The Beauty Department blog.

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How to Apply Blush

  • With a rounded blush brush, apply it to the apple of your cheeks when you smile (try smiling at yourself in the mirror while dusting your cheeks – it really helps!).
  • Next, lightly go up into the hair line towards your temples, creating a sheer tear drop shape, and then gently blend the color downwards.