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Clear Skin Starts from Within


A few months ago, my skin had taken a turn for the worse—blame that on sugar, hormones and working at a beauty company. Fortunately, there’s another side of working at a company that specializes in skin care: realizing the importance of finding products that suit my skin. At first I was embarrassed and self-conscious about the adult acne that sprouted all over my chin and the white bumps that were all over my forehead. I never struggled with acne as a teen, so why now? When I went to a dermatologist, I was told that I could take a medication that might help clear up my skin, but she warned me that the side effects could be severe. So I was determined to find a more natural and lasting way to clear up and clear out the toxins that were being expressed through my pores.

The moment I put my embarrassment aside (and realized that the people around me have a vast knowledge of skin care I can use), I started sharing my skin concerns and problem areas with some of the women I work with. Through vocalizing my concerns about my skin—and with the help of my colleagues’ recommendations—I was able to create an effective skin care regimen that really worked for me. It’s amazing how simple things—like cleaning my makeup brushes at least every three days with Eminence’s Natural Brush Cleaner and incorporating a potent mask like Eminence Probiotic Masque once a week—was able to soothe my inflamed skin and really keep my skin clean and clear.

The Sulfur Mask by Dr. Dennis Gross became a new “must-have” in my medicine cabinet. I use this every morning and night over problem areas and it helped decrease oil production in those areas without leaving my skin dry and irritated. The Eminence Probiotic Face Cleanser was also a true lifesaver for my complexion. It contains tea tree oil, one of my favorite natural ingredients, so not only does it leave my face feeling tingly fresh, it also helps absorb some of that excess oil.

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Eminence became my go-to skin care brand. The natural ingredients in the products have really inspired me to take a closer look at just exactly what I am putting on my skin, and made me realize how important it is to treat my skin with the same respect I treat my body. And not only that: switching to all-natural skin care products has also motivated me to do the same to my diet (I used to eat a lot of candy and sweets), which has also helped my complexion clear up. It has been a journey of trial and error, but seeing all these positive results makes everything really worth it!



Want to feel as good as you look this summer? Take these 4 beauty tips from skyn ICELAND into consideration—radiance and happiness will be yours.


Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is critical for keeping skin protected from both kinds of UV rays: UVA (aging) and UVB (burning). skyn ICELAND’s new Icelandic Moisture with Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 offers healthy, hi-tech UVA/UVB protection, plus the added benefits of intense hydration and age-fighting antioxidants. We’re obsessed with the velvety smooth texture that instantly soaks into skin—with zero residue.


Lack of sleep triggers the body to produce excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which can break down skin collagen and cause inflammation that creates dark under-eye circles. Studies show that a slightly lower body temperature can result in a deeper, more restful night’s sleep. So tonight, try turning up the air conditioning in your bedroom a couple of degrees. Your complexion will thank you for it.


More Vitamin d = a better night’s sleep. Low levels of vitamin D can cause inflammation and physical discomfort that may disrupt your sleep cycles and leave you feeling sluggish during the day. Just 15-20 minutes of sun daily (yoga on the beach, anyone?) can make you feel more alert, more energized, and more likely to get a good night’s rest.


Summer heat and humidity coupled with seasonal allergies can leave you with seriously swollen lids. Our favorite de-puffing pick-me-up? Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels help firm, tone and deflate delicate under-eye skin within ten minutes. Also, try stashing your eye cream in the fridge for an added burst of soothing comfort.

About the Author:

7-16-2014 11-48-33 AMSarah Kugelman founded skynICELAND, LLC in 2004 and serves as its President. Ms. Kugelman has worked for more than 20 years creating, developing and launching skin care products for beauty’s biggest names. She revolutionized the beauty industry in 1999 by creating, then worked in senior management positions with The Estée Lauder Companies. Ms. Kugelman has also held senior marketing positions at prominent companies such as Banana Republic (fragrance), Bath & Body Works, L’Oréal and Bloomingdale’s.

Skin Care Essentials to Keep in Your Travel Bag

Travel Skin Care Essentials

It’s that time of the year when we are traveling for events such as vacations, graduations, weddings, parties and even work. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, you’ve probably run into a packing dilemma. You only have room for so many items and you want to make sure you look your best. Fortunately, beauty companies understand your plight and now provide travel-sized items for your trip to ensure everything you need fits in your carry-on. Here are a few of the top mini items to pack for your upcoming trip:

Cleanser and Sunscreen Towelettes
Flight safety laws mandate that you can only have up to a 1-quart bag of liquids in your carry-on bag, which can be difficult for those who like to take their skin care system with them. If you run out of space in your 1-quart bag, trade some of those mini bottles for towelettes. Cleanser and sunscreen wipes are perfect when you’re traveling. They offer the cleansing or broad spectrum protection you need in a convenient towelette form.

Refillable Perfume Bottles
Most people have a favorite perfume or cologne. Since you can’t bring the whole bottle of perfume in your carry-on bag, transfer a bit of your signature scent to a refillable bottle. Most refillable perfume bottles come in 4 milliliters, which are perfect because the U.S. Transportation Security Administration only allows 3.4-ounce (or 100-milliliter) bottles.

Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos work by absorbing dirt, oil and product buildup from your hair so you can easily brush them away. Bringing a dry shampoo with you will not only reduce the number of times you have to wash your hair, it will also save you some space in your liquid bag.

Your Favorite Anti-Aging Beauty Gadget
Yes, you can now bring your favorite anti-aging beauty gadget with you wherever you go! At NuFACE, we have just launched a new anti-aging device every traveler will love: the NuFACE mini, a petite and portable version of the popular NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device. But don’t let the size fool you. This FDA-cleared device emits the same microcurrent output as the Trinity Facial Toning Device, just in a travel-friendly size. This microcurrent technology—a soft-wave technology that targets the core of the aging-process—improves facial contour, skin tone and reduce wrinkles. It also gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face such as the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline, which is pretty much like getting a 5-minute facial and lift! With a full charge, the NuFACE mini will give you 2 weeks of daily 5-minute treatments, but don’t worry if your trip is extended. It has a rechargeable battery and includes a compact power adapter that is super easy to pack.

So wherever you go this summer, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, NuFACE mini ensures you’ll look your absolute best!

About the Author:

Tera-headshot-highresTera Valdez-Peterson has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2014.  Prior to this role, Ms. Valdez managed the business as Chief Operating Officer from April 2011 and previously, held the VP of Sales role since May 2005. In this capacity, Ms. Valdez headed the launch and sales of NuFACE to both the professional and retail channels. Ms. Valdez returned to school in 2002 to receive her license in aesthetics, and she worked as a licensed aesthetician for 3 years specializing in professional microcurrent technology. Having a clear insight into the NuFACE consumer, Tera co-invented the NuFACE Trinity. Ms. Valdez received a degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Hair Miracle Alert: Macadamia Oil


Oils have incorporated their way into each and every one of our beauty regimens and they aren’t slowing down any time soon. From argan, jojoba, olive, and avocado, to coconut, emu, rose hip and squalane, oils provide many different beauty benefits to our skin and hair. My current oil obsession stems from one of DermStore’s newest brands, Macadamia Natural Oil.

Macadamia oil offers more Omega 7 than any other nut oil. Why do we care about Omega 7, you ask? In a nutshell (pun intended), Omega 7 provides exceptional nourishment, repair and moisturization to our hair while fostering a lightweight and non-greasy feel across each strand. Instead of just conditioning the surface area of your locks like most hair products on the market, Macadamia Oil’s rich Omegas and fatty acids deeply repair strands from the inside out. What are we left with? Shinier, stronger hair that is much easier to manage!

Flawless Cleansing Conditioner is definitely my #1 pick from Macadamia Natural Oil’s lineup. An all-in-one product to cleanse, condition, style and reduce blow try time? Sold. It smells amazing and dispenses into the palm of your hand with a decadent frosting finish. I use it 2-3 times per week and it’s already an award winner in my book. Speaking of award winners, here are some Macadamia products that have national recognition for their fabulousness:

Deep Repair Mask – 2014 Elle Beauty Grand Prix Award

Healing Oil Spray – 2013 Launchpad Reader’s Choice Award

Healing Oil Treatment – 2013 SheKnows Beauty Award

Happy hair oiling!

How to Look Your Best in Pictures


From cocktail party poses to candid videos to the #nomakeup selfie…the pervasiveness of social media can make you feel like you have to be camera-ready, all the time! That’s enough to make anyone anxious, especially if – like most people – you don’t love the way you look in pictures. But being self-conscious shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the moment, even when the cameras start clicking. If a camera coming out at the park makes you want to duck behind the nearest tree…there is something you can do!

The very nature of photography – reducing something three-dimensional into a two-dimensional image – can make things look very different in pictures than they do in real life. (So you can take comfort in the fact that, NO, you DON’T really look like that!) If you ever watch video footage of red carpet events, you’ll notice that stars often strike practiced poses that look absolutely ridiculous from the side…but they look great from the angle of the still cameras. Their publicists and handlers have taught them tricks to use the principles of optics to their advantage. Learn some of the same tricks, and some day you can stop untagging yourself in your friends’ Facebook pics!

  • The Key to it All:  Your Smile
    • As silly as it may feel, practice smiling in front of the mirror, and take selfies to test out different expressions. Work on making your most flattering smile come naturally when the cameras come out. If you can, “warm up” your smile BEFORE the shot is taken, so your cheeks don’t feel stiff and your lips don’t stick to your teeth.
    • If you want to look younger, fresher, and more beautiful – in pictures and in everyday life – whiten your teeth. This time of year, a white smile looks especially great against a summer tan (wear SPF!). Today, people are so used to seeing PhotoShopped magazine images and veneer-filled celebrity smiles that the bar is raised for all of us…perfectly normal, slightly yellow teeth now look “abnormal!” Luckily, most people can whiten their teeth quickly and successfully with over-the-counter whiteners, like those from GO SMiLE. It’s a great investment – a few days of whitening can make your smile brighter for months.
    • To make your teeth look straighter and more perfect, try smiling with the edges of your upper front teeth gently touching your lower lip, and push your tongue right up behind them for the shot. This will show as much tooth as possible, visually “smooth out” rough edges, and prevent darkness from showing in the “empty space” behind them, so your teeth will look bigger and brighter! It also can make your lips look fuller.
    • Even if you’re proud of your teeth, keep in mind that most people don’t show their bottom teeth when they smile. So don’t force that bottom lip down to show off all your choppers…you’re more likely to look like you’re grimacing than happy.
    • If you know you’re going to have a lot of pictures taken over a few hours, take a (slightly gross) tip from the beauty pageant world: a little slick of Vaseline on the front of your teeth will makes your teeth look more reflective and whiter. It also keeps your lips from sticking to your teeth when you smile, and keeps dark lipstick from transferring to them. (Or for a couple pictures here and there, just lick your teeth before a shot.)
  • Camera-Friendly Makeup
    • Don’t despair if you’re not one of the few people blessed with flawless, natural beauty from the moment you wake up. Because guess what – 99% of the most beautiful women in the world aren’t, either. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with putting in a little work to look your best, and embracing – not resenting – the power of makeup!
    • Coral or orange-red is a trendy lip color this season, but it can make your teeth look more yellow. Typically, blue-based or cool-toned lip colors make teeth look whiter, and gives a nice rosiness to the face. Experiment and learn what looks best on you. Trends and tips aside, if something doesn’t work for you, don’t do it.
    • If your face tends to look fuller than you like in pictures, learn to contour and highlight – subtly! Contouring means using matte colors darker than your skin to add “shadows” to make parts of the face look more defined or slimmer, and highlighting is using lighter or slightly reflective colors to make other areas (cheekbones, browbones) look more prominent. There are dozens of YouTube videos on how to do it properly. Hint: Practice at home, before you go out in public, to find a technique that is effective and flattering on your facial structure, but doesn’t look too obvious in real life.
    • Cameras pick up light in a way that emphasizes skin texture issues, so prep your complexion to reflect light in a pretty way. Use a smoothing anti-shine primer with silicone – under makeup or alone – if you have oily skin or if your skin texture is uneven. Use a good moisturizer if you’re dry and tend to look flaky or ashy.
    • Do your makeup for “film,” not “stage.” If you’re in a play, you need dramatic makeup to be seen by the audience. But in close-up pictures, eye makeup may look brighter, darker, or more garish than in real life, especially in daylight. So unless you’re going for that look, err on the side of subtle. And don’t overdo the glitter – its effect is magnified on camera!
    • If you use “high definition” face powder that is designed to reflect light in a flattering way, apply it lightly, and blend blend blend! Even if you can’t see it with the naked eye, flashbulbs can make the powder look like a thick, white layer of flour (or worse!) on your face in pictures. Even the most beautiful celebs in the world have fallen victim to this – most recently Angelina Jolie…you can Google it.
    • If it’s dark enough for flash photography, and the sun isn’t out, consider using a foundation without sunscreen. The light-screening nature of certain SPF ingredients can reflect the flash, leaving your face looking pale or chalky.
  • Avoiding the “Extra Ten”
    • It’s true and maddening – the camera can make us look 10 pounds heavier as it “flattens” our 3D bodies into 2D images. (Again, don’t worry – you DON’T really look like that!) Angling one side of your body slightly away from the camera is more flattering than facing it squarely. Standing with your legs crossed at the knees or keeping your knees together and one heel off the ground can make your legs look slimmer and longer. Practice in advance!
    • To avoid the dreaded double chin, push your tongue against the roof of your mouth to tighten the area under your jawline during a shot. Don’t slouch or pull your face back – in fact, jut your chin out, toward the camera a bit. This also helps your body look smaller, relatively, because what’s farther away always looks smaller. It may looks weird in real life – but it’s great through the lens! For the same reason, you can emphasize your eyes rather than your chin by slightly tilting your head down, with eyes aiming up towards the camera.

Perhaps the best tip – and it’s not a trick – is to be confident and have fun! It will come through in pictures, and that’s what people will notice…not whether you look less than perfect. We tend to be far more critical of ourselves than others are. And it’s far better to be caught looking ridiculous while having a great time, than looking great while sitting on the sidelines! It’s important that we learn to appreciate ourselves and our lives, exactly as they are, so that our smiles are plentiful and genuine. But all that said…it certainly doesn’t hurt to look as beautiful in pictures as we truly are!

About the Author:

jen pic 2GO SMiLE Communications Manager Jennifer Mathias has been working in the beauty industry for over 10 years, developing and marketing skincare, cosmetics, and now oral care – “smile beauty” – products. She’s a self-professed beauty product junkie and science geek whose favorite hobby is to find and evangelize products that are based on solid technology and that really work! She is responsible for communicating the benefits of GO SMiLE products and teeth whitening in general, to help women make smart choices about their beauty investments.


Dos and Don’ts of Finding the Right Foundation


Locating that perfect foundation has always been difficult for me. I blame that on my dry Asian skin, which tends to change in shade and texture along with the seasons. I’m sure most of you have certain issues that are unique to your skin type and tone, so to help you navigate the seemingly arduous task of finding the perfect foundation, here are some nuggets of expert information I’ve culled over the years. Some of them are utterly basic, but trust me, even the most adept of us need some reminding sometimes.

  1. Foundation is supposed to create an illusion of near-perfect skin, which means for it to be believable, it needs to be undetectable, so finding the shade closest to your skin tone and undertone is the most crucial.
  2. Always have 2 shades of foundation on hand: a lighter one you’ll use most of the year, and a darker one for the warmer months when you’re likely more tan.
  3. Your skin type matters. If you have dry skin, choose a liquid, cream or stick foundation, and if you have oily skin, reach for an oil-free liquid or powder foundation. Some foundation formulas now incorporate skin care ingredients like salicylic acid for acne-prone skin, collagen and antioxidants for mature skin, and calming botanicals for redness-prone skin—take advantage of these extra benefits!
  4. When it comes to finishes, semi-matte tends to look the most natural. But then again, consider your skin type. If you’re oily, choose matte; if you have dry or mature skin, dewy finishes will enliven your complexion.
  5. If you have oily skin, opt for foundations slightly lighter than your complexion. This is advised because oil can cause your foundation to oxidize and appear darker.

I hope this helps, but if you’re still unsure about what foundation to get for you—or if you just want to find new favorites, or look for a more affordable version of your designer foundation—here’s something you might want to try: DermStore’s Foundation Finder! This new feature is almost the same as getting professional help from the department store—but way better, because you can do this without getting off your comfy couch. Plus, the process is really simple: you can either enter your current foundation product and it will find all the similar products for you, or you can choose a model that closely resembles your skin tone and it will provide you with a list of options perfect for you. Not sure what your skin’s undertone is? Not a problem—there’s a video tutorial for that, too! So go ahead, try it, I’m sure your perfect foundation match is just a few clicks away!

Summertime Skin Serums

Summertime Skin Serum2

It is true that it’s far easier to prevent sun damage than it is to repair it, but that doesn’t mean you should slack on maintenance. After all, sun damage is insidious and can take years to rear its ugly head and good age defense is essential. Other than always wearing a good mineral-based SPF when you step out your door, you can keep damage at a minimum by incorporating a great serum or two into your daily skin care routine.


For daytime use, a serum rich in antioxidants is your best bet. Wear it under a daily moisturizer or sunscreen to help it to neutralize any free radicals caused by environmental damage that may have slipped through your UV armor.

For normal skin types, I’d recommend the Eminence Organic Skin Care Grape Antioxidant Serum. For drier skin, the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is great for energizing, protecting and brightening the complexion throughout the day. If you’re already suffering from some skin damage like sun spots or have melasma, the Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% is great for fading hyperpigmentation naturally while supporting collagen. Combination to oily skin types should check out the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner- it mattifies, purifies and protects your skin as it minimizes the look of large pores and controls oil production.


Serums truly shine when your skin is undergoing its natural repair cycle while you’re sleeping. A good all-around serum for all skin types is the DHC Resveratrol Essence. Contrary to popular belief, it’s best to save your resveratrol products for evening use as it does make your skin more susceptible to sun damage due to its ability to boost cell regeneration (like retinol or glycolic acid). Sensitive skin types need very special care and are often intolerant of products with less natural ingredients. The Eminence Oranics Couperose-C Serum not only fights aging, it repairs and fortifies sensitive skin against the environmental aggressors that trigger redness and inflammation.

Murad’s Environmental Shield Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum targets and treats hyperpigmentation while you sleep with hydroquinone, glycolic acid and amino acids, making it ideal for normal to oily skin. Darphin’s Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum replenishes dry to very dry skin with moisture-binding hyaluronic acid and PCA humectants while pomegranate extracts neutralize environmental damage before it can gain a foothold in your skin.

Depending on your skin type, you can always follow any of these serums for a lotion, cream or balm as the skin is always in need of moisture. Just remember to be regular and consistent and your skin will thank you for years to come.

Have you tried what everyone’s talking about?

wet brush

The Wet Brush phenomenon started over a year ago and has taken the hair industry by storm! This tool is so unique and effective, it has put competitors to shame and has caused men and women alike to fall in love.

Here is what you need to know:

-          It is a detangling miracle for all ages and hair types; including wigs and extensions

-          Bristles are flexible and glide through hair to eliminate knots for a pain- free experience

-          There is no tugging or pulling through tangles like traditional brushes

-          Use on wet hair to detangle and dry hair to style

-          Comes in multiple sizes to meet everyone’s needs; even a “squirt” size for children

-          Perfect for in the shower/bath use

-          Features a rubber handle for a no slip grip


Check out the different colors they come in here (purple is my favorite).

Until next time,

Grazie Belle Donne!


If the popularity of the hashtag #nomakeupselfie is any indication, now is the time to focus on a flawless natural face. Drinking plenty of water and getting tons of rest are key to rocking the “no foundation” look. But what about products? Here are some of my favorite essentials for that.

FOR BREAKOUTS: I recommend using EVE LOM’s Dynaspot, which contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients to reduce swelling and redness quickly.

FOR AN EVEN-TONED COMPLEXION: Sunscreen is an every-day must. Why not choose one that helps correct skin issues without looking like makeup? CoTZ offers a fantastic SPF that leaves skin matte and protected, without anything we tend to hate about SPF products—like white residue and odd chemical scents.

FOR NATURALLY GORGEOUS EYES: Put down the black mascara and reach for jane iredale’s Longest Lash Mascara in brown—this will create a perfectly natural look and give you the instant eye-opening effect you’re after. This is a step I never skip—sorry, #nomakeupselfie movement. The secret’s out!


10 Minutes to Bright Eyes!


It feels like life keeps getting busier and busier as we try to squeeze in one more meeting, one more soccer game, or one more dinner with friends. Whether you work long hours, are busy running around with your kids, don’t get enough Zzzs, or all of the above, everyone can use a little pick-me-up now and then. Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift is the perfect product to use day or night to combat dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines & wrinkles so that you look bright-eyed, refreshed, and revitalized… even if you don’t feel that way.

The Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift is an easy to use, two step process that lifts, contours, plumps, and hydrates the under eye area in just 10 minutes. All you have to do is pour the Stem Cellular Activator Fluid on the pure marine algae Eye Mask, and apply to the under eye area. Leave the Mask on for 10 minutes before removing. You’ll see instant results!

Here’s how it works:

  • Algae delivers calcium ions to help rejuvenate skin.
  • A blend of Vitamin C and fruit stem cells infused into organic resveratrol-rich grapeseed base radically firms and helps prevent wrinkles.
  • Increases cellular osmotic stimulation to improve skin hydration.

Instant benefits:

  • Encourages cell renewal with concentrated algae biomatrix technology.
  • Reduces the appearance of puffiness around eyes with organic cucumber, white tea, and arnica extracts.
  • Brightens with Vitamin C
  • Firms the delicate eye area and fights free radicals with a proprietary blend of apple, grape, and lemon fruit stem cells infused into a resveratrol-rich grapeseed.
  • Hydrates and refreshes with organic aloe and algae.
  • Encourages supple skin texture with hyaluronic acid and chamomile.

Clinically Validated Results:

A Clinically Validated Study showed immediate visible results after one application (conducted by an independent European Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Laboratory):

Clinically reported:

  • 80% marked plumping & smoothing of the skin
  •  70% visible wrinkle reduction
  • 85% revitalized feeling

Clinically instrument measured results: (by optical measuring instrument PRIMOS):

  • 60% increased skin hydration
  • 27% reduction in wrinkle & line depth

So give yourself a 10 minute break. Great to use before Girls Night Out or that big meeting. Perfect for date night, an in-home spa day, or anywhere, anytime. It’s the perfect pick-me-up!

About the Author:

bio picSocial Media Coordinator Molly Barnes has been at Juice Beauty for over a year. She contributes to their blog Freshly Squeezed and creates content and promotions for their social media channels. In her free time she enjoys live music, dancing, and a good book!


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