Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener and NEW Smooth Affair for Oily Skin

If you’ve tried our Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, you know how truly amazing it is. Smooth Affair is a skin-quenching primer that prepares your skin so that makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer. The green and white tea leaf extracts help promote anti-aging benefits and work to soothe and calm the skin, while the apple extract works as a skin-smoothing antioxidant that helps maintain the skin’s youthful elasticity. The grapefruit extract promotes luminosity and radiance. All of the amazing ingredients work together to smooth, brighten and nourish your skin while minimizing pores and visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

It’s no wonder that Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener won the ALLURE Best of Beauty Award in 2014 and has become one of our top selling products. However, we heard feedback that it wasn’t always the best primer for oily skin, and we love hearing your feedback and helping to create better makeup solutions that work for you, which is why we’re so excited to introduce the all NEW Smooth Affair for Oily Skin in addition to the original Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener.

Smooth Affair for Oily Skin uses revolutionary PoreAway technology along with state-of-the-art mineral science that visibly reduces shine and the appearance of pores to create an ideal makeup canvas. The titanium dioxides and iron oxides color spheres are color capsules that adjust to your skins color. Like the original, Smooth Affair for Oily Skin contains grapefruit extract to promote your skins natural radiance and luminosity and apple extract as a skin-smoothing antioxidant to help maintain skin’s youthful elasticity. Together the ingredients help to create a smooth, matte finish for an even skin tone without any added oiliness to your skin.

Combating problem and acne skin, naturally.

Two years ago, we began carrying a nutritional supplement called Skin Accumax.  Since then we’ve seen women and men with acne have life-changing experiences.  People who’ve struggled with acne for years are now free of the beast.Acne is caused by a number of different conditions.  It can range from the occasional breakout to full-blown cystic acne.  No matter what its degree, it causes physical and emotional pain.  There are all kinds of topical products that can have a positive effect but more and more I’ve come to realize that tackling the problem from the inside has substantially more dramatic and long-term effects.  In fact, I believe we can improve all skin types, with or without acne, by nurturing the skin from the inside with the right supplement.

How can a nutritional supplement like Skin Accumax have such profound effects?

It’s all about feeding the skin.  Although it is our body’s largest organ, it’s also the last to get the nutrition we ingest every day because the body, in its wisdom, feeds the essential organs first – the heart, the kidneys, the liver and the lungs, for example.  The skin gets what’s left over.  But Skin Accumax is exceptional because it targets the skin.  It isn’t a drug; it’s nutrition so it takes time to work.  We recommend four tablets a day (two in the morning and two at night) for at least 14 weeks before you see optimum results.  But your patience will be rewarded with vibrant, healthy skin.

The next step is to cleanse and hydrate the skin.  In other words fortify it for the assaults to come  – pollution, heat, cold, lack of sleep.  Our BeautyPrep line makes this easy and efficient.  With its cleansing water, its pH adjusted toner and stem cell moisturizer, it’s all you need to continue the work of Skin Accumax.  Here is my routine.  At night I use my Magic Mitt to remove makeup and all the environmental pollutants my skin has collected throughout the day.  Its micro fiber just uses water to lift and expel the debris so I don’t strip my skin of its beneficial acid mantel.  (The acid mantel protects the skin from invasive bacteria).  Then I soak a cotton ball with BeautyPrep Cleanser to take off any residue.  Since the cleanser is full of liposomes that hydrate the skin, the cleanser doesn’t have to be rinsed off.  If my skin feels moist enough, I don’t do anything else.  If it still feels as if it could take more moisture, I use some BeautyPrep Moisturizer.  Its Eye Bright ingredient is especially beneficial around the eyes.

In the morning, I use the Magic Mitt in the shower and then soak a cotton ball with BeautyPrep Toner.  I feel that it wakes my skin up and prepares it for BeautyPrep moisturizer as well as tightening my pores.  You really can’t hydrate the skin enough and our moisturizer does that without leaving a sticky residue.  So much over-oil production is caused because the skin is actually dehydrated.  Producing oil is the only way for the skin to hydrate itself.  So now the skin is fortified.  What’s next?

Well, the finish, of course.  Especially while you’re waiting for your skin to clear, you will need coverage.  This is where makeup can make or break you.  Yes, it can block your pores and make things worse so it’s important to look for that magic phrase “non comedogenic.”  Our Disappear concealer has been especially designed not only to cover blemishes but to help the condition.  It has green tea extract in it which has been shown at levels of 3% to have measurable effects on blemishes. Cover any redness with Disappear and then apply one of our mineral bases.

We make it easy for you to find the right base by using one of our Starter Kits that contains all the products you need to introduce you to the essentials of our line.

So that’s it – Feed, Fortify and Finish.  Our answer to sending you on your way to a blemish-free, healthy, vibrant skin.  Feed it with Skin Accumax; fortify it with Beauty Prep and finish it with Disappear and our Starter Kit.  The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin!


How to Make Safe Beauty Purchases Online

Online shopping has been growing in popularity ever since it became possible to purchase things over the internet. Of course, at first, many people were skeptical and didn’t trust the technology at all! But as consumers have become more comfortable with the idea of online shopping, the volume of internet sales have skyrocketed. Unfortunately, where there’s money to be made, there are scam artists waiting in the wings as.

And while this isn’t as big of a problem as some people might fear, there are a few things you still need to know and be aware of before making purchases over the internet. With this being said, let’s look at some of the different aspects you should keep in mind as far as online shopping safety goes.

Website Security

The idea of having your identity stolen or money taken from you can be scary to think about, so it’s important to always use websites with a good reputation. The brand name websites are usually good in regards to account security because of all the money they can dump into tech support. Of course, many smaller websites are also adopting advanced methods to protect consumer credit card information, thus making it safe for consumers to order items from the large majority of beauty websites.

How to Identify Secure Websites

To ensure that you are using a secure website, use these tips to help guide you. First, depending on your chosen internet browser, it may display an icon to make you aware of secure websites and non-secure websites. Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers both have an icon displayed that says “locked” to alert you to when you’re on a secure website or server. Another small detail worth paying attention to is the website URL. Typically the website address starts with http://; however, secure websites start with https://. The ‘s’ lets you know that it is a secure server. If you’re not seeing these secure signs, be cautious when buying from these sites.

Payment Methods

The most common way to make online purchases is by using a credit card – despite the constant worry about credit card fraud. However, you can ease these fears by realizing that using a credit card to make online purchases is safe due to advanced encryption technologies made available throughout the years. Another payment option for online shoppers is the eWallet, which is a category that includes sites like PayPal and Moneybookers. With an eWallet, you transfer money from your bank account or credit card onto a website, then you use the website account to make purchases.

You also have the option of getting a one-time use or substitute credit card number for online shopping. Many of these expire quickly, and are good for only one purchase; the latter is so you won’t be a credit card fraud victim since the card will be automatically deactivated once you make the purchase. To find out if you qualify for a one-time use or substitute card number, call your credit card provider.

Transaction Records

Just like a bank, you’ll want to keep a log of all of your internet purchases and transactions for your credit card. Keeping a log is wise because it makes your purchases visible, and allows you to keep an eye on shipping dates easily without having to log onto a computer, or try and sift through your internet history or emails. It’s fairly easy to keep a log; what you need to do is print off the summary page each time you make a purchase online to put into a file, or download the page onto your computer as well.

Shop Smart

It isn’t hard to lose track of your budget when you’re shopping online, but it’s still important to practice good shopping habits! Just as with shopping in a mall or another physical store, you’ll want to look around for the best deals before settling on a purchase. Looking around and comparing prices is easier online since it only takes seconds to go from web-store to web-store; with physical shops, you have to walk or drive to other stores, which can be tough if you’re in a time crunch. It’s also convenient to shop online because they are open at all hours of the day or night, and even open on holidays. So it doesn’t matter if you make it to the store before they close, or have to wait for them to open in the morning.

Auction websites like eBay have grown in popularity, and they are fine for purchasing books or house ware items. However, it isn’t a good idea to purchase beauty products off of auction websites because of the potential imitation products being sold, and most of these sellers don’t offer return or exchange policies. In short, don’t let cheaper prices on auction websites trick you into taking a risk on potentially used and/or fake products.

What to Buy and what not to Buy

Ordering makeup online is okay assuming you’re not ordering a foundation or concealer that you’ve never used before. These items are very important, and should match your skin perfectly so you do not look weird in public! Only buy foundation and concealer off of the internet if you know your number and have used it before.

Eye shadows are easy to buy since they don’t need to match skin tone, as well as blush, bronzer, lipsticks, nail polish, shampoos, conditioners, other hair products and skin products. Tinted moisturizers are sometimes tricky, so the suggested method of purchasing items like this is to only purchase them in a store – unless of course you are familiar with the product already!

Looking at things from a broad perspective, online purchases can be intimidating at first, but once you become an experienced online shopper, you’ll instantly feel empowered. Even if you don’t feel empowered, perhaps you’ll love saving gas money and time with online shopping!

8 Super Quick & Easy 2-Minute Hairstyles

So, you've almost made it through the first month of back-to-school. Are you waking up early, packing a home-made lunch, or getting in that morning exercise like you promised yourself? If you resonate more with this duck - we're here to help. Waking up early to make yourself look presentable can be hard, despite the promises you make to yourself the night before. In this week's tutorial, we've teamed up with Alexandra Beuter to bring you 8 super quick and easy 2-minute (no, we're not kidding) hairstyles. Sit back and enjoy the video below, or keep scrolling down for a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve each hairstyle.  

#1: Half Updo Bun 


  1. Part a section of hair towards the top of your head and gather it back and secure into a ponytail with a hair elastic. Optional: For additional volume in this Half Updo Bun, clip in two stacked 1-clip wefts in the area you will be gathering into a ponytail. 
  2. Wrap the ponytail around in a bun, and while doing so loosely spin the hair to give the bun more texture. 
  3. Secure bun with bobby pins.

#2: Reverse Dutch Side Braid

  1. Take a section of hair towards one side of your face and begin braiding this section into a reverse dutch braid. Optional: For additional volume in the braid, you can stack two 1-clip wefts in the same section of hair prior to braiding. 
  2. Secure the braid at the end with a hair elastic. Pull on the braid to fan it out and voluminize the look.

#3: Dutch Side Braid Ponytail

  1. Using the same Reverse Side Dutch Braid, simply pull the rest of your hair and the braid to one side, and secure in a low ponytail. 
  2. For a more tousled look, you can take out a few face framing hair pieces. 

#4: Fishtail Pigtails

  1. Part your hair down the middle and section your hair off into two. Secure both sections of hair into low pigtails.
  2. Fishtail braid each section of hair and secure with an elastic.
  3. Fan out the braid to make it more full and voluminous.

#5: Three-Strand Braid Pigtails


  1. Part your hair down the middle and section your hair off into two. Secure both sections of hair into low pigtails.
  2. Create a regular three strand braid on each section of hair, and secure with an elastic. 
  3. Fan out the braid to make the hairstyle more full and voluminous.

#6: Three-Strand Braid High Ponytail


  1. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail.
  2. Braid your hair in a simple three strand braid, and secure with a hair elastic.
  3. Fan out the braid to make the look more full and voluminous.
  4. Pull face framing pieces/baby hairs for a more natural look. 

#7: Three-Strand Braid Bun


  1. Pull your hair back in a high ponytail.
  2. Braid your hair in a simple three strand braid.
  3. Instead of securing at the ends, wrap your hair around in a bun and secure with an elastic.
  4. To ensure the braid does not unravel, secure bobby pins in bun. 
  5. Pull out face framing pieces/baby hairs for a more casual look. 

#8: Twist-Through Ponytail Braid

  1. Secure your hair in a low side ponytail.
  2. Add in another hair elastic about a quarter of the way down from the first hair elastic.
  3. Create a hole through the section of hair in-between the two elastics,  and wrap the rest of your hair through that hole and downwards. Continue this step with another section of hair in the ponytail - you can leave it at two or continue all the way down.
  4. Secure with a hair elastic at the bottom.

Which hairstyle was your favorite? Do you have any go-to quick and easy hairstyles? Share them in the comments below!

Castor Oil for Hair Growth & Other Benefits

Castor oil is used for everything from making food to pain relief, and the amazing thing is that the benefits don’t stop here. Castor oil can also be used to remedy a variety of hair problems that may occur due to age or poor health such as hair loss. There are even a few myths regarding this oil in that it causes women to grow a beard when applied to their face. We’ll get to the bottom of this myth, and cover some other important things that you should know about castor in this article.

Castor Oil for Increasing Hair Growth

Castor oil is an inexpensive solution for eyebrows that refuse to grow, lashes that are sparse, or hairlines that seem to be moving back each year. Some people will notice an improvement within weeks, but it can take up to 2 months for others to see hair growth.

Castor oil is also good to use for eyebrows that are too light;
just apply the oil to your eyebrows with a disposable mascara wand each night before retiring to bed, and you’ll notice thicker and darker eyebrows in a few months. Another tip is to use an angled eyeliner makeup brush to apply the oil to your lash line for an improvement in both length and growth of lashes.

It’s unfortunate for those who were born with too few eyebrow hairs since the probability of growing hair that was never there before is low. But castor oil will still darken the hair, and encourage growth if you’ve over tweezed the area. It should also be mentioned that laser hair removal will be reversed if castor is applied to the area of the removal.

This oil is also used to promote hair re-growth after an injury that caused the hair to be removed like burns or deep cuts. If you’ve had surgery on an area that should normally be full of hair, then, once you’re able to do so, apply castor oil each night before bed to encourage speedy re-growth of your hair.

If you’ve noticed your strands being slightly thinner than they were before, it’s best to begin using castor oil to stop any more hair loss, and to encourage your hair follicles to regenerate more locks.

Other Castor Oil Benefits

To keep the gunk from building up and clogging your hair’s ability to grow, use castor oil on your scalp a few times a week and your problems will be solved! You’ll also have a healthier glow about your locks that makes styling more manageable. Castor oil makes a great scalp treatment, but adding coconut oil to the mix will greatly enhance your hair’s health as well. Both oils are known for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, which keeps the scalp clean and hydrated. This inevitably gives your hair the chance to shine and grow – and with the coconut oil coating your strands – it reduces the amount of breakage you see due to everyday styling.

Men who notice their hair becoming thinner more quickly than they’d prefer can use castor oil to reduce hair loss, and encourage the strands they’ve lost to grow back. Use castor each night before bed by giving your scalp a good rubdown with the oil. It will cause some mess on your pillow case, so be sure to wear a shower cap or be okay with the oil stain on your pillow. Also be ready for more hair trims because the results can happen in as fast as a month when you’re applying the oil regularly.