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Rilastil Training

       
Friday, June 6th, 2014

A Guide to Beauty SupplementsThis past week the Beauty Bridge team was lucky enough to undergo product training with Rilastil. Rilastil is an Italian brand that is a household name across Europe. We were all thrilled to learn more about a brand we love using and that is reputable around the globe. Our trainer was extremely well versed on everything Rilastil; we learned everything from the brand’s roots to their upcoming products! Some general Rilastil knowledge – their namesake comes from the company’s commitment to increasing the skin’s elasticity. The brand’s first product was their famous Stretch Marks Cream; this product, and the entire brand, is centered on elasticity concerns.

Rilastil takes its products seriously. With their roots in the pharmaceutical industry, all the products are developed, tested and packaged in state-of-the-art facility. Team member Maggie is “impressed with the amount, duration and quality of the testing they do on their products to ensure that they are completely safe for everybody. It really shows how much they value their customers.”

We began our product training with skincare. As many companies do, Rilastil has many products for different complexions. I, for one, loved the way the products were organized.  Rilastil has a skincare line for every skin type, each with its own name and line description. This makes it so easy for customers to find the product that is right for them. To make things easier, team member Zoukhra compiled a quick reference guide for all the different product lines.

Daily Care: Daily care products such as cleanser, toner and makeup remover types.

Aqua: Designed for those with dehydrated skin.

Micro: To combat the first signs of aging. Ideal for those with the skin of someone in their twenties

Hydrotenseur: For aging that has progressed. Ideal for those with the skin of someone in their thirties.

Progression HD: Ideal for those with advanced signs of aging (deep wrinkles, extreme loss of collagen and elasticity). These signs usually appear after fifty.

A-Lipik: Designed for sensitive, weakened skin. This line doesn’t contain any fragrance.

Deliskin: Designed for skin that has redness and irritation.

Multirepair: For very dry and aged skin.

Of course, we got to play with all of the products! Everything smelled fresh and felt incredibly luxurious on the skin. My personal favorite products were from the Aqua line. They were extremely soothing, and my skin immediately felt nourished. I can’t go without mentioning Rilastil’s Micellar Solution. This makeup remover is a must for every beauty-maven. Our trainer demonstrated this product; she put some lipstick on her hand and entirely removed it with one swipe of the remover! We were all awestruck. Gone are the days of pulling at tugging at the skin to remove all traces of makeup – this product is the biggest time saver.

The company has a makeup line as well. In fact, the Make Up Volume Mascara is one of Rilastil’s bestsellers. It provides intense volume without any clumping or smudging; we were told that it’s a favorite amongst celebrities! Another product we loved was the bronzer (Make Up Color Corrector). We’re always looking to maintain summery glows here at Beauty Bridge; this product gives complexion the perfect glow! Team member Olcay (and bronzer connoisseur) loves how it looks very natural.

We had so much fun with our trainer that we were disappointed when our time came to an end! However, we were lucky enough to get a few samples! It is extremely helpful for us to try the products, since we can now give accurate recommendations to customers. Zoukhra “can certainly suggest the products costumers and give [her] personal feedback. She now will be able to say with confidence that Rilastil Mascara and High Definition Eye Pencil are great quality and stay on without smudging for a very long time.”

All in all, the Beauty Bridge team loved everything about our product training, and is well-equipped to answer any questions you may have!

Endless Beauty Rewards in 2014

       
Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Borghese Brightening Moments Gift Set

As the holiday season comes to an end we have been reflecting on how lucky we are to have such wonderful customers supporting and believing in our business. This year has been super successful for Beauty Bridge and we have our customers to thank for it.

We believe that our customers should know how much we appreciate them and so we have multiple gift programs that reward our customers for shopping with us throughout the whole year. We always send three free samples no matter what amount you purchase. Also you get to choose from makeup, skincare, bodycare or haircare samples. We also offer different gifts with purchase of a specific brand. For example, currently if you purchase $100 worth of Borghese products you receive the Brightening Moments Gift Set with your purchase and that is in addition to your three free samples.

Too Faced Love Lisa Beauty Battle Box
Can it get any better than that? Actually yes! If your order is $50 or more you get to choose from 3 standard BBGift items or if your order is $100 or more you get to choose from 3 premium BBGift items. In addition to all of these wonderful perks, if your order is $150 or more you receive a full sized item which is currently the Too Faced Love Lisa Beauty Battle Box. It is the most beautiful set of eye shadow, lip gloss and blush and it supports a good cause.

So you can see how being a Beauty Bridge customer has its perks and why so many of you choose to come to us time and time again. We hope to continue this wonderful relationship with our customers for many years to come and wish all of you a successful new year filled with love and happiness. Till next time!

XOXOXO,

Maggie D.

The 6 Days of Beauty

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

The 6 Days of Beauty

Of course you’re focusing on buying for your loved ones this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little reward, too. In fact, all the stress of the holiday season means you need some TLC now more than ever. While perusing the seemingly endless amount of hair and makeup products out there, how do you know which ones are best for you? Picking out a gift for yourself can be just as difficult as choosing one for someone else in your life. The fact is, the world of beauty is a complex one, and when you’re more educated about what different products can do, you can better harness the power they provide. You may need a few lessons before you buy new items.

Enter: The 6 Days of Beauty. Beginning this week, Beauty Bridge will begin sending out a series of emails with informative tips and tricks from head to toe. Worried that all your heat hair styling will cause frazzled ends? Wondering how to perfect a smoldering smoky eye? Curious about what bath elixirs will put you in a more tranquil state? Each one of these emails will provide you with advice and helpful recommendations so that not only can you choose ideal products for your needs, but you can use them to their maximum advantage.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll learn about:

Day 1: Perfect Winter Hair Products
Wintertime doesn’t just mean inclement weather – the frigid temperatures and dry air can cause a host of problems for your hair. That means that it’s time to switch up your hair products when the seasons change. Still, what kind of conditioner will give your tresses the moisture they so desperately need? What hair sprays can eliminate flyaways from your static-provoking hats? How do you protect your locks from damage when you’re flat ironing them into a sleek ‘do for a holiday soirée? It’s nearly impossible to navigate the world of winter hair products without a little assistance, which is why the first series is focused on this subject.

Every day should be a good hair day. Armed with some new knowledge about which solutions can best protect your hair through the coldest season, your strands are sure to shine.

Day 2: Dreamy, Sultry, Sparkling Eyes
With the shimmering snowfall outside and sequined party dresses all around, it’s natural to gravitate toward more sparkly makeup. However, glittery eyes require the right tools and tactics to work. If you’re aiming to amp up the glitz factor this season, the second installment of the 6 Days of Beauty is made for you. The key to getting an eye-catching look is to combine hues that complement one another, and apply them with precise techniques. It may not sound easy, but with the information provided in the 2nd Day of Beauty, achieving this kind of dramatic impact with your eye makeup will become second nature.

This series will equip you with the information you need to achieve anything from a subtle shimmery eye to a dramatic metallic smoky eye in mere minutes. That means it’s definitely a must for all your upcoming holiday bashes and events.

Day 3: Winter Skin Care Products
Just as you change up your wardrobe during the winter, you need to do the same for your skincare regimen. The proper combination of skincare products is crucial for protecting your skin from the harsh winter air. After all, flakes may be pretty during a snowfall, but they’re not so attractive on your skin. Whether you have dry skin or an oily complexion, picking ideal products for your type can ensure you don’t run into problems that wreak havoc on your appearance. In fact, some skincare products are specifically designed to alleviate the issues that inevitably arise during the winter.

This installment is designed to aid you in both selecting solutions that will address your specific concerns, as well as advise you about when and how to apply them. There’s no reason to forfeit your glow just because it’s no longer summer.

Day 4: Irresistible, Sensual Scents
Scent is a powerful sense: It has the ability to make you instantly more magnetic, even in a crowded room, and also make you far more memorable, even long after you’ve met someone. Are you looking to switch your scent for something a little more alluring this season? The realm of fragrances isn’t always easy to navigate. With so many different combinations of notes, it can be difficult to choose one. That’s why on the 4th Day of Beauty, we decided to give you a lesson on aromas. From feminine floral fragrances with passionate fruity undertones to woodsy scents with seductive amber and vanilla, there are a vast array of options at your disposal.

Maybe you want a rollerball to tote with you on the go, or perhaps you want to take the plunge with a full sized bottle of a new fragrance. If you find a scent you like, you may even consider going all out with a gift package that contains a lotion and a body wash in your preferred aroma. Either way, with our help, you’ll find a scent that keeps you smelling heavenly all through the season.

Day 5: Men Need Grooming
It’s time to face facts: men need to invest in certain beauty products, too. Of course, most guys will spend far less time in front of the mirror than girls do, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be mindful of the skincare and shaving products they use. In fact, men often face a lot more issues with their skin due to a higher testosterone level, meaning they’re more likely to battle blackheads and breakouts. Plus, shaving ushers in a host of other concerns, such as razor bumps. Fortunately, no man has to suffer through these issues. With the right products and practices, any guy can make sure their complexion is clear. Additionally, as men grow older, they may begin to notice a few wrinkles and fine lines begin to form. While this is an inevitable part of aging, there are particular products that can help to reverse these effects to help you restore your youth.

If you’re a guy who takes pride in the way you look, you’ll definitely benefit from the 5th Day of Beauty. Whether it’s softer, fuller hair you’re seeking or a smoother shave, there is a wealth of information in this installment to help you achieve your ideal appearance.

Day 6: Soothing and Relaxing Bath Products
Between running around from store to store for all your holiday shopping to hosting festive events, things can certainly get a little hectic during this season. That’s why it’s more important than ever to set aside a little “me time.” There’s something to be said for indulging in a relaxing bath after a long, stressful day. Not only can you alleviate some of the built up tension that negatively impacts your health, but you can also recharge your perspective so you’re in a better mood.

So which bath products will most help to calm your mind and body? Wait for the 6th and final Day of Beauty email to find out.

New holiday colors from Pixi Cosmetics

       
Friday, November 29th, 2013

New holiday colors from Pixi Cosmetics

Now that you’re getting in the holiday spirit and dusting off your glitziest party dresses, it’s time to upgrade your cosmetics for something a little more shimmery. After all, you want to sparkle from start to finish at all those upcoming soirées. The perfect party makeup is eye-catching as well as long-lasting – which is why the new products from Pixi Cosmetics are ideal for any occasion this season. Ready to get glowing?

Here are a few holiday looks that will make you the life of the party:

Glowing goddess
With glitter all around, how can you still manage to stay in the spotlight? Draw light to your eyes with the Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake, a combo of matte nude and gleaming gold infused with caffeine to instantly make you look awake and alert. Or, glide on the Pixi Crayon Combo in Super Natural for soft-focused definition. The matte charcoal brown and glowing tan pencils work together to define your peepers so they really stand out. For a bolder look, reach for The Pixi Crayon Combo in Softly Smoky, which provides a powerful duo of matte dark chocolate and a shimmering bronze for an effortlessly enchanting effect.

Just because you’re not getting as much sunlight these days doesn’t mean you have to forfeit a radiant complexion. The Pixi Bronze Bloom Trio comes with three shades that work together for instant illumination. The neutral bronzer complements any skin tone for a sun-kissed glow, while the pink and peach blush give your cheeks the perfect burst of color.

Blazing bombshell
A cream eyeshadow glides on smoothly, but can tend to crease – unless it’s the Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen, which transforms from a cream to a powder so your peepers glisten all night long. Light-reflecting shades like Shell Sheen pair well with a more demure outfit, while Bronze Brilliance and Graphite Glint are just sultry enough to create a subtle smoky eye. If you’re going for a brightening effect, simply sweep the pencil over your eyelids and blend. Or, you can amp up the drama by reaching for a darker shade and tracing your lashlines, then slightly smudging.

Don’t forget to give your lip some luster. The Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm is an ultra nourishing gloss that hydrates and repairs your lips with vitamin E, Jojoba oil and Shea butter, while also softly infusing them with vibrant color. As the balm slowly fades over time, you’re left with a stain that’s completely customized to your unique chemistry, as the intensity will depend on the pH level of your lips. Baby bare is a muted pinky nude that’s flattering on any complexion, Rosy Red has a retro sophistication and Bitten Berry is a must when you want a bolder pout.

Divine diva
It’s hard to choose an eyeliner hue, and why should you? The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Kit comes with five different stunning shades that offer a variety of looks. From Deep Plum and Black Cocoa to Sage Gold, you have endless possibilities for glamming up your eyes. Black Noir gives you the option of a classic cat-eye, while Oyster Glow offers a surefire way to brighten up your peepers. Simply glide the pencil from the inner corner of your eye outward. You always have the option of blending the pigment to create an alluring smoky effect.

Since your calendar is full of festivities, you might just need the Pixi Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely. With 16 eyeshadow colors, three cheek powders, a highlighter and a bronzer, you’re armed with all the essentials to contour your face, enhance your features and ultimately, draw some major attention.

Spice up your look this holiday season

       
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Spice up your look this holiday season

As the holiday season draws near, you’re likely looking for a way to shake up your makeup. Something about the first sparkly snowfall, twinkling lights and glitzy attire makes you want to experiment with a more festive look – and with good reason. Considering you’ll soon be getting invitations to countless family gatherings and fun soirées, you definitely want to stand out.

If you’re bent on breaking out of your everyday beauty routine for something a tad more dazzling, there are many routes you can take. The key is to choose a feature you want to focus on, as playing up all of them can look over the top.

Here are three different alluring looks to try out:

Sugarplum fairy
The smoky eye may already be your go-to look for going out, but this season, opt for a subtler version that’s just as captivating. You can still play up your peepers without going to the dark side, and black can look harsh under the bright lighting at a holiday bash.

Consider a brown smoky eye in a spicy copper palette that mimics pumpkin and gingerbread. Start with a sweep of champagne shadow on your lids, then brush a darker bronze from the middle of the crease the edge of your eye and blend. Dust a pale golden glimmer on the inner corners of your eyes to really illuminate them. Glide a dark espresso liner across your upper lashline and finish with two coats of curling mascara.

As far as your face goes, you want to enhance your natural glow without drawing attention away from your eyes. Starting at your temples, brush bronzer along the top of your cheekbones and down to your chin in a number three shape. Keep lips soft and shimmery with GloMinerals gloGloss in Naked.

Va va vixen
You can’t get more festive for the holidays than a vibrant red lip – it’s eye-catching and innately emotive. You’re bound to be the life of the party with such a powerful pout.

The focus for your peepers should be long lashes, which add to the alluring look of your lips. Start by applying a sheer shimmery wash of color to your eyelids, like a pale silver or pearly beige. Use black liquid liner to carefully trace your upper lash line, flicking out just slightly at the outer corners. Brush on two coats of Too Faced Lash Injection mascara and you’ll be batting your lashes left and right.

Try a cream blush in a muted rosy hue use your fingers to dab it onto the apples of your cheeks, blending in a circular motion. Finally, apply the Under A Spell Lipstick by the Lippmann Collection in the center of your pout, working your way to the edges. This universally flattering shade is easily buildable to any intensity you desire. Consider layering it over a lip primer so that it lasts, even if you’re sipping some bubbly or smooching someone under the mistletoe.

Glowing goddess
Nothing is more flirty than a radiant flush. The key with this look is monochromatic balance so that you enhance your skin’s illumination without appearing overdone.

After applying primer and foundation for an airbrushed finish, sweep bronzer with substantial warmth along your cheekbones. Then, swirl your brush into a bright shimmery blush that’s just a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone and dust it onto the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced look.

Opt for a neutral eyeshadow with pink undertones to keep consistent with the overall palette. No need for eyeliner, as the idea is to make your eyes look wide and awake, not dramatically defined. One or two coats of POP Beauty No Clump Comb Mascara will curl, separate and extend your lashes to make your peepers really pop.

Line your pout in a soft peachy nude and then layer on a sheer lipstick in a matching shade for a subtly plumped-up effect.

Favorite New Gift Sets from BORGHESE

       
Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Favorite New Gift Sets from BORGHESE

Choosing the right gift for someone you care about can be a daunting task. Still, the idea behind a present is ultimately to let them know you care and to give them something that will make life more enjoyable.

For all of those instances when you have no idea what to get, Borghese Gift Sets are a perfect solution. With a variety of options ranging from aromatherapy to skincare, you can choose one that’s tailored to the recipient’s needs, tastes and preferences.

Leisure
Have a friend who could use some relaxation in their lives? The Tuscan Home Candle Collection is an ideal gift. Each of the three Italian-inspired aromatic blends is formulated to give off a subtle scent to promote tranquility in the home.

The Bagno Beautiful Gift Set is another fitting option for a stressed-out friend. While lounging in the tub, the Borghese Bagno di Vita Body Soak with Italian minerals and botanical oils will alleviate tension and soothe sore muscles. After a bath, the Borghese Tono Body Crème will seal in moisture so skin feels buttery soft.

Lure
If you have a lady in your life that’s always on-the-go, go for the Tuscan Beauty Set, which comes with a bright rose-printed travel cosmetics bag and a multitude of skin products for a flawless complexion. The Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme will gently wash away impurities, while the ultra-luxurious Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask for Face and Body has a transformative effect. Meanwhile, the Curaforte Moisture Intensifier boosts the skin’s ability to hold on to hydration.

An aging friend will delight in the ReaFIRMing Beauty Gift Set. Every product, from the Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer to the Crema Intensiva Intensive Firming Creme, is formulated to smooth out fine lines, enhance the skin’s elasticity and promote a youthful glow.

If you know someone who’s especially romantic – or could use a little love in their lives – send them the Lucky in Love Gift Set. The Satin Shadow Milani Trio and best-selling State-of-the-Art Mascara will make her eyes wink-ready, and the B Gloss Lip Gloss in Red Lustro is perfect for a kissable pout. One spritz and she’ll instantly fall for the feminine floral Il Bacio Eau De Parfum Spray.

Luxury
Instead of sending them to the spa, give loved ones the gift of a comparable experience in their own home with the Tuscan Secret Gift Set. The Botanico Eye Compresses rejuvenate the eye area, and the Sali Esfoliante Salt Scrub will buff off dead skin, revealing a brighter, smoother layer beneath.

For your beauty-savvy friend, nothing compares to the Effortlessly Extraordinary Gift Set. A powerful cleanser, toner and moisturizer formulated with a combination of technologically-optimized ingredients fuel the skin’s cell regeneration and help reverse the signs of aging.

Get ahead on your holiday shopping

       
Friday, November 1st, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

It’s that time of year when holiday cheer is about to set in, meaning you’ll soon be buying gifts for all your loved ones. Though it may be tempting to put off your shopping, doing so usually just promotes unnecessary stress and prevents you from picking out the perfect present.

Black Friday used to be the day when everyone brought out their wallets and wishlists, but all of that is changing now. Smart shoppers are starting to look a lot earlier in order to take advantage of the best promotions and discounts and find the ultimate present. In fact, people who wait until after Thanksgiving to buy presents may actually miss out on some major deals. Not only that - items on their list may sell out by then.

Shopping made simple
Even if you’re organized enough to start early, shopping can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re shopping for your mom or your BFF, Beauty Bridge can help to make the process more fun. No matter your budget, our Holiday Gift Guide has a suggestion for anyone you want to buy for.

You can search by product type, price range or recipient. Even if you’re just looking for a few stocking stuffers, we have a variety of options that any girl would love to get. Consider the Murad Cleanser On The Go for a busy sister, and the Lippmann Collection’s Best of Both Worlds Rock & Roll Mini Duet is essential for making mani-pedis last through all of your holiday parties.

Endless ideas
If you’re really not sure what your recipient will like, you can look through our guide’s top selling gifts section. The Too Faced Jingle All the Way palette comes with 11 day-to-night shadows, a bronzer and blush that are flattering on any complexion, as well as a limited edition iPhone 5 case designed by celebrity decorator Mary McDonald. Don’t forget the spa-worthy Borghese Bagno Beautiful Gift Set, which is sure to please anyone on your list. For a kissable pout beneath the mistletoe, pick up a Philosophy Have a Cherry Christmas High-Gloss, which gives lips a white cherry taste and a high-gloss shine.

Of course, you can never go wrong with a Beauty Bridge gift card. The only problem with browsing our guide is that you may be tempted to pick out a few treats for yourself.

Plenty of perks
Don’t forget the benefits that come with shopping at Beauty Bridge, like the BB Free Gift Program. Once you fill up your cart with $50 worth of goodies – and it won’t be difficult to do so – you’ll be presented with three different choices for a free item. For example, the Babor Lifting Extra Firming Eye Cream, which nourishes and firms up your skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. If your order exceeds $100, you’ll be presented with premium options, like the Le Couvent des Minimes Beneficial Rose Skincare Gift Set, which can make any complexion more radiant, regardless of skin type.

If “free” is your favorite word, you still have more to get excited about when you do your holiday shopping at Beauty Bridge. Some items even qualify for a gift with purchase.

Plus, when you check out, you can pick three free samples from a variety of categories, including skincare, makeup and hair care – no strings attached. This is an ideal opportunity to try out some new products that you wouldn’t normally buy. Who knows? You may even end up finding your new must-have mascara or go-to moisturizer. Rest assured that the items we send you will be our newest and most popular samples, which change on a weekly basis. So every time you shop with us, you’ll get new goodies to test out.

Why you should buy cosmetics from an authorized retailer

       
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Buy Cosmetics from an Authorized Retailer
Consumers today are constantly on the hunt for a better bargain. The proliferation of online shopping has made it convenient to compare prices and find products for far cheaper than what they would cost in stores. However, if these deals seem to good to be true, it’s because they are. When it comes to buying discount beauty products, there’s often a huge hidden cost: your health.

How customers become victims
Increasingly, shoppers eager to get their favorite skincare, makeup and hair products are scouring the Internet to find them at a significantly lower price, especially on Amazon and eBay. Karen Monterichard of the Makeup And Beauty Blog told Buzzfeed that the pricetags are so tempting on these products that shoppers simply can’t turn them down. According to the news source, though, many of them are a counterfeit version of the real thing. The majority are made in China, sent to the U.S. in bulk quantities and then bought through online wholesale marketplaces, where they are re-distributed to unreliable sites. Because they’re manufactured outside of registered channels of distribution, the laws differ between countries and there is such a high frequency of trading, it has become nearly impossible for the government to keep track of these instances.

While it may be easy for you to spot a fake designer handbag, it’s not so easy to determine when cosmetics aren’t authentic. Since you’re purchasing the item online and the packaging is typically identical to the real thing, you have no way of knowing that you bought an imposter product – until you use it and realize the difference in quality firsthand.

Christine Mielke, head of the popular makeup blog Temptalia, explained to the source that it’s also damaging to a brand when a customer isn’t aware they bought a fake. These imitation products are usually not as effective, so the buyer may begin to lose respect for the company if they have a negative experience.

PopSugar referred to this problem as the “grey market.” One of the major issues with buying products from unauthorized retailers is that you don’t know how old the product is or if it has been stored properly. Erica Moore, fragrance evaluator at Fragrances of the World, told the news source that as a result, you could be purchasing an item that is already expired.

The dangers that come with a deal
What’s the big deal? Much like consuming food past its expiration date, there are serious risks that come with using beauty products that shouldn’t be on the shelves anymore.

Kate Morris, founder of Adore Beauty, told PopSugar that you could actually have an allergic reaction if the item is no longer good. Because the product was bought on the grey market, the manufacturer can’t compensate you or assist you in any way.

“When you buy grey market products you are not protected by the cosmetics company or brand if the product is faulty, expired, if you develop any type of reaction or if the products never arrive,” Alice Hampton, Estée Lauder’s communications manager in Australia, told the source.

On the other hand, if you bought a new face cream or eyeshadow from an authorized retailer, the customer service department would no doubt reimburse you or swap it out for something else that works better.

While one potential outcome of buying counterfeit cosmetics might be that you’re simply disappointed, the Daily Mail reported that some aren’t so lucky. Mandy Lanham is one customer who fell victim to these scams when she found her go-to foundation online at a much lower price on eBay. When she woke up the next morning after using the product for the first time, her face was puffy, inflamed and sore. She got in touch with trading standards officers, and it became clear that she had unknowingly purchased an imitation of the item. Because the compact was indistinguishable from the real foundation, she had no way of knowing when it arrived that she had been tricked.

The beauty brands that you trust put their products through considerable testing to ensure that they’re safe for your skin. U.S. regulations require that companies have a series of processes and procedures that they need to abide by for the safety of not only consumers, but also of employees that are involved in the manufacturing process. However, Daily Mail explained that counterfeit products haven’t gone through the same kind of standards evaluations, and many of them contain ingredients that are not only irritating but could be extremely dangerous.

To assess the severity of the situation, the news source ordered 10 designer makeup products from an online store that wasn’t authorized, and determined that eight of them were imitations. Then, the Daily Mail contacted Staffordshire Scientific Services and had them test the products, employing the same measures as trading standards officers. The result? Every one of the illegitimate items was found to have a combination of damaging metals and other substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and even arsenic. In fact, a fake MAC eyeliner was packed with 46 times the legal level of copper. It’s no wonder dermatologists are seeing a huge swell in patients with skin problems that were caused by counterfeit cosmetics. Some have merely reported blemishes and breakouts, while others have suffered psoriasis and other more concerning conditions.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt,” said Christine Heemskerk of the Trading Standards Institute, as quoted by Daily Mail. “These counterfeit cosmetic products may not have been made in a sterile environment. They may contain carcinogenic ingredients that are banned from use in cosmetics and could cause long-term harm. They may trigger rashes and eye infections as well as more serious conditions such as lead poisoning, which can affect major organs, causing problems for the heart, kidneys and nervous system.”

Self magazine noted that the U.S. has a list of what ingredients are permissible and in what amounts. However, some countries haven’t established these guidelines. So if you’re purchasing a product from a retailer that isn’t authorized, there’s a good chance it was manufactured in a country where potentially toxic contents are allowed.

Telling the difference
So how do you know if you’re buying the real thing?

Self magazine asserted that it’s best to only shop for beauty products from a trusted source. If you’re unsure of whether the retailer is legitimate, look for a seal somewhere on the site that indicates it’s an authorized retailer, or a sticker that says authenticity is guaranteed. If you’re seeing prices that are dramatically lower that the typical value, that’s usually a dead giveaway that the products are fake.

Kate Morris told Pop Sugar that there are other signs that the stockist isn’t trustworthy. If there are no brand logos, the products are sold without boxes or an irregular array of items, you should be wary of buying off the site. Additionally, she noted that if that packaging doesn’t look current, or the products are from a line that you know has been discontinued, you’re better off avoiding making a purchase.

When cosmetics cost less than you’re used to paying for them, it can seem irresistible to take advantage of the deal. Still, a few saved dollars are not worth risking your skin, beauty or your health. The point of these products is to make you look and feel your best, and a counterfeit simply can’t guarantee that.

 

Sources:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsberg/buying-makeup-online-exercise-caution

http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/fashion/beauty-bytes-buying-makeup-online-proceed-at-your-own-risk/article_a0805292-b570-11e1-ba4d-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.bellasugar.com.au/Grey-Area-Dangers-Buying-Cut-Priced-Cosmetics-18580748

http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/01/the-dangers-of-counterfeit-bea.html

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Sothys Paraben-Free Cleansers and Lotions

       
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Sothys Paraben-Free Cleansers and Lotions
Every day, skin cells die and build up on top of new ones, masking a radiant complexion. By wiping this dead skin away with paraben-free cleansers and lotions by Sothys, you can reveal healthier skin beneath.

Sothys solutions not only prepare the skin to better absorb active ingredients, but they’re also formulated without alcohol, fragrances, parabens and other preservatives, making them ideal for any skin type.

Every effective skincare routine starts with a strong makeup remover. The Eye and Lip Makeup Removing Fluid uses poppy extract to wash away even waterproof cosmetics, and has been tested to safely work for those with sensitive eyes and contact lenses. Best of all, there’s no pesky

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Sensitive skin should start the next phase of their regimen with the hypoallergenic Comfort Cleansing Milk, which is formulated with cotton extract to calm and comfort while removing makeup, oil or other impurities. Follow with Comfort Lotion every morning and night to restore moisture and normalize pH levels, or throughout the day when your skin feels dry.

Normal to combination skin can use the Vitality Cleansing Milk to rid the T-zone of oiliness with invigorating grapefruit extract while maintaining balance in dry areas. The Vitality Lotion is an essential toner for a squeaky-clean appearance and breakout prevention.

Battling an extra oily complexion? You’ll benefit from the Purity Cleansing Milk, which is powerful enough to deep cleanse and balance the skin while also gently hydrating it. The bi-phased Purifying Lotion can further clarify the skin with iris extract while reducing redness, irritation or inflammation.

Delicate skin types require the Clarity Cleansing Milk, which can gently remove daily grime while strengthening capillaries with witch hazel astringent. The Clarity Lotion uses the same extract to facilitate microcirculation, alleviate tension in the capillaries and tone the blood vessels to reduce potential redness.

Anyone can have beautiful skin – but discovering your complexion at its best depends on a cleansing system as dynamic as the Sothys paraben-free collection.

How BBVIP Rewards Program works

       
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

BBVIP Rewards Program
When you sign up for the BBVIP Rewards Program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn points for every dollar you spend on your favorite makeup, skincare solutions and hair products. As a token of our appreciation, we’ll grant you 50 points just for registering. Log in to your BBVIP member account page to keep track of your rewards points. The “My Rewards” tab will let you know when enough have piled up for a prize. Just 30 days after your order ships you can click “Redeem” and start reaping the benefits of being a VIP member.

There’s plenty of ways to rack up points toward your favorite products. Because we value your opinions, you can also generate 5 points by writing a review of a product you use. Other customers might have specific questions about a product that you’ve used. By offering your insight to answer visitors’ inquiries, you’ll earn 5 more points.

The more you spend, the more you ultimately end up saving, too. Once you have 250 points, you reach Silver status, which means $10 off your next order and 4 percent savings. By 500 points you’re a Gold member, which grants you $25 off and 5 percent savings. Earn 750 points to get a $50 credit toward your next purchase and a 6.6 percent discount as a Platinum member. Finally, 1,000 points raises you to the Diamond level, which translates to $100 off and a considerable 10 percent savings. That adds up to a lot of free beauty booty. And since you have a full year to redeem your points, there’s no rush. We want you to use them on something you’re going to love.