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Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Beauty, Nails |

Wisconsin Tonight: Dry Skin Remedies

Interested in learning more about the products featured on Wisconsin Tonight?  Please check out the following links:

Amarte Aqua Veil Hydrator
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Aqua Veil® Hydrator is a pure hydration serum that boasts deep, cucumber-infused hydration to optimize your skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, bestowing a veil of toned, youthful, healthy skin that is provocatively touchable. Any skin type can soak up the love with Aqua Veil® Hydrator and relish the smoothing benefits of this ultra light gel.

Repechage Hydra 4 Day Protection Cream
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Specifically formulated for sensitive skin types to calm and protect stressed out skin. Olive Oil and Olive Leaf extracts combined with 4 select Seaweeds help to soothe and hydrate the skin while Oxysome and Thiotaine provide anti-oxidant protection against environmental aggressors and other free radical damage.


Sebamed Dermasoft Wash Emulsion

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100% soap and alkali free Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion provides reliable skin protection against irritation and dryness through lipid erosion; safeguards and conserves the skin’s moisture balance * Supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle * With the pH value of 5.5 of healthy skin

* Mild wash active substances combined with skin-related amino acids * 100% soap and alkali free * Protects against dryness and irritation during cleansing * For face and body * Protects against lipid erosion * pH 5.5 * Panthenol regenerates and balances the moisture content of the skin * Makes the skin soft and supple.

Sebamed Hydrating Body Lotion
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Phytosteroles, shea butter and other plant-derived lipids as well as a moisturizing complex with polysaccharides extracted from potato starch care for, smooth and soothe the skin. The lotion is absorbed quickly and completely, leaving no trace of stickiness. The pH value of 5.5 protects the skin�s natural protective acid mantle against dehydration and irritants. In a three-week dermatological test, the care lotion improved the moisture content of dry skin by 26% even 10 hours after the last application and despite interim washing.

Uni K Wax Dry Oil

For skin as smooth as silk, Uni K Wax launches Body Perfect Dry Oil Spray, a quick absorbing body treatment that glides on easily to hydrate the body by enveloping it in a veil of nourishment.

Spray on damp skin after showering for total skin hydration and absorption.

Like second skin, this unique combination of rejuvenating oils includes apricot, peach and squalene that work to rapidly soothe dry, tired skin.

The orchid flower extract found in Body Perfect is rich in polyphenols, which fight free radicals and alkaloids and have astringent properties to balance skin by relieving inflammation. Geranium flower oil contains phenolic compounds, which has astringent and antiseptic properties to reduce bacteria while chamomile and sweet violet extract will reduce inflammation and soothe sensitive skin.


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Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Beauty, Nails | 0 comments

Interview with a hand model

Nice work if you can get it

Hand models are a mysterious lot.  They are everywhere at once, and yet nowhere. A Siri like existence people rarely think about. I’m heading into a weekend of a fun photo shoot involving two hand models, then hopping a plane to work New York Fashion Week, and this five year old video is going viral.  Enjoy a peek into what it takes to give a great hand job. Mary Beth and Erica, take note!

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

Renee Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 20%

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is a little miracle worker, chemically exfoliating the piles of dead skin cells you’ve been collecting without shedding, and breaks up the sebaceous mess that congests your pretty little pores. AHA is so effective, people sometimes do odd things, like order it off of eBay and burn themselves past recognition with enthusiastic application.  AHA is generally best applied in a pure form by a professional.

Enter the layman’s version.

Renee Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum (in varying percentages) puts control in the power of the product.  This product is to be used overnight, 2-3 times a week without fear of dosage damage.  Blended in a clear gel, it has a pleasing viscosity, allowing a pump to fully cover the face and jawline.  It also manages to stay on while you sleep, penetrating and working away to clearing up the most congested of skin.

I have thicker skin that easily congests, and the 20% blend was perfect for me.  A slight tingling occurred during initial applications, but has since subsided.  Tingling is no indication of a product working, and if the irritation is too great you should go down in formulation.  Also, if you experience no tingling at all, it is not an indication of efficacy. What you’ll find, if you’re at the right dosage, is an easy maintenance program that leads to incredibly improved texture, tone and color.

AHA can increase your sensitivity to the sun. It is very important to wear a high dose sunscreen and effective moisturizer to protect the new skin from sun damage.

Renee Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum is available in different concentrations.  Find out your recommendations from Renee Rouleau.

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Beauty, Nails | 4 comments

CND – 2014 Discontinued Product

Read it and weep.

The list for CND discontinued products for 2014 has surfaced, and the whittling down of Shellac colors have begun.  The strangest choice?  Silver VIP, used almost daily by every tech I know, and loved by clients.  I can’t even wrap my head around how the chunky, multi-colored Zillionaire is a suitable replacement.

Moonlight & Roses and Iced Coral were both great for layering, but I’ve seen this color phased out in other lines and wonder if it is a situation with the materials needed for these types of colors.

Mother of Pearl gave a nice, small grade, multi color glitter effect.  You can find a dup in Glitter by Gel II.

Go out and grab your favorites before they are all gone.  You can see that many were phased out beginning last October, and have hit sold out status.Whatever you find at the distributor will be the dregs of the barrel.

What will you miss most?


CND Brisa Gel

  • Pure Pink Sheer 4oz
  • Soft White Opaque .5oz

CND Liquid & Powder (Acrylic)

  • Perfect Color Pure White Opaque 16oz
  • Perfect Color Powder Clear 16oz
  • Perfect Color Powder Soft White Opaque .8oz and 32oz
  • Perfect Color Powder Neutral Pink Opaque 3.7oz
  • Retention + Powder Bright White Opaque

CND Scent

  • Citrus & Green Tea 2oz
  • Lavender & Jojoba 2oz
  • Mango & Coconut 2oz
  • Tangerine & Lemongrass 2oz
  • Birch & Mint 2oz
  • Vanilla Shimmer 2oz

CND Shellac

  •  Moonlight & Roses
  • Iced Coral
  • Mother of Pearl
  • Silver VIP Status

CND Shellac Remover Wraps

  • New Design coming

CND Spa Manicure

  • Citrus Soothing Creme 2.6
  • Almond Soothing Creme 2.6
  • Cucumber Heel Therapy Display


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