September 2014

The Hottest Fall Beauty Trends

It's officially the beginning of fall, which means it's time to experiment with new beauty trends. This season, I invite you to break out of your shell and try a daring new look. There has been so much beauty inspiration on the runway that isn't reserved for just models. Some of these trends may even surprise you. Either way, take a look at the list trends and must-haves for fall 2014.

Glowing skin will never go out of style, but the models on the runway wore minimalist face makeup, flaunting healthy, glowing skin. Prep your skin with one of our classic go-to exfoliating products. Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant can be used every day in order to achieve a healthy-looking complexion. This powder formula activates with water and releases Papain, Rice Enzymes and Salicylic Acid to micro-exfoliate your skin. Brightening ingredients like Green Tea, Ginkgo and Collodial Oatmeal give your skin that envious glow. If you don't need a lot of coverage, follow up with Dr. Perricone's No Foundation. For a little more coverage, try bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation. 

It's also the season for liner definition and exaggerated cat eyes. Get the look with jane iredale's Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, which comes in four shades. Use with the angled eyeliner brush for the best result. You can also get an amazing cat eye using Smashbox's Limitless Liquid Liner pen. The precision tip pen helps control your application each time. For a softer cat eye, you can always use an eyeshadow powder with an angled brush. (We're loving the powder-to-liner shades in Too Faced's Cat Eyes Palette.) When it comes to liner, don't be afraid of bold color, but remember, black is classic.

Enjoy Haircare Exclusively for Men

Enjoy Haircare has launched an entire line for men and we couldn't be more excited! With seven new products, there is virtually a product for every kind of guy and style preference. If you're one of the many guys whose hooked on Dry Wax and Texture Cream for years, maybe it's time for a little change. Check out what Enjoy has to offer.

All Purpose Shampoo: Guys, we know you don't mind using your wife or girlfriend's shampoo, but we also know you don't mind having something tailor-made for you. This gentle-cleansing and pH balanced shampoo is great for removing product buildup and dirt. Give your hair some moisturizing benefits while you prep it for ultimate texture.

Build Up Remover: If you're a guy who goes a little heavy on the hair product, you will definitely need this clarifying treatment in your shower. No one likes the feeling of grime and waxiness on their hair after shampooing. Pair this spray with the All Purpose Shampoo for a deeper cleanse. If you have thicker hair, you will love this spray.


Hold: 2 Shine: 1

Watch out, surfer dudes! Get killer texture and hold your style in place with sand and clay. This low-shine styling product gives you that sexy just-got-out-of-bed-look.

Get Glammed Up with Glamolash

Rodial Skincare's makeup range never ceases to impress us, so when they release new products, we are always excited to get our hands on it. Two new mascara products have been recently introduced and they are simply marvelous. Intense lashes are a going to be a beauty focus this fall, so if you're looking to make a statement, you have to try one of these two rich and creamy formulas. 

If you love a mascara wand that is simple and more traditional, you will love the GLAMOLASH mascara in SKINNY. Enhance your natural lashes with this soft-black mascara. The thin brush and soft bristles allow for an easy application, coating each lash evenly for beautiful length and thickness. This smaller wand also makes it easy for bottom lash application. The water-resistant formula makes it stay in place all day, but doesn't give you much hassle at night when you need to remove it.

If your lashes need a little pick-me-up, pump up the volume on your lashes with GLAMOLASH mascara in XXL. This extreme black mascara does't hold back at all. The textured brush design coats every lash for intense volume and thickening. Take a break from false lashes and use this mascara as a great alternative. For best results, make sure you wiggle the wand from the base of your lashes up. The creamy formulation keeps your mascara from drying up and clumping, so apply away!

Survive a Heat Wave With Our Cooling Must-Haves

Living in California has so many wonderful benefits, but sometimes, it has unexpected surprises, like this September heat wave we've been experiencing. I don't know about you, but I've been feeling mighty icky this entire week. When it's 90 degrees plus outside, our entire body feels it. Getting adequate hydration and SPF is vital, but you may also be in need of a cooling pick-me-up in your beauty routine. If your hair and skin has been suffering through this heat, check out some of our favorite refreshing beauty products.

The mixture of heat and humidity can make your face feel totally gross and sticky, and if you have combination/oily skin, you tend to be more prone to breakouts, too. Nothing says ahhhh like a cooling cleanser to remove makeup and impurities during hot days. Dr. Perricone's Citrus Facial Wash gently cleanses skin and offers anti-aging support with DMAE. The refreshing scent of citrus is so refreshing, your skin will feel instantly cooler after use. 

Caudalie's Beauty Elixir can be used in the morning to set your makeup, during the day as a refresher and at night as your toner. Infused with ingredients like Rosemary, Peppermint, Rose and Grapefruit oils, this wonderfully refreshing spray instantly cools your skin upon contact and invigorates your senses. You'll never want to go through another heatwave without it.

Nourishing Shampoo to the Rescue

Keeping hair looking healthy and feeling can be a trial sometimes, especially if you tend to color every 4-6 weeks and use heat styling tools more than three times a week. Most of us look to treatment oils to help keep our hair shiny and ends from drying and splitting, but now some professional haircare lines are offering us another remedy: shampoos with oils. If your hair feels particularly brittle lately, maybe it's time to give one of these shampoos a try. 

1. Pureology's Precious Oil Shamp'oil: Give your hair an intense boost of softness with this gentle, sulfate-free shamp'oil. Infused with Sunflower Seed and Coconut Oil, this shampoo lightly conditions hair and smoothes out brittle ends, while intensifying shine and color vibrancy. Follow up with the conditioner and oil for beautiful results. If your hair is thick, you can use this daily to smooth out frizzy, dry hair. If your hair is on the finer side, use this system once or twice a week as a treatment.

2. Ouidad's Curl Recovery Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil: For our curly-haired gals, Ouidad offers a wonderful remedy to frizzy and unruly hair with their water-activated, sulfate and paraben-free shampoo. Ouidad's proprietary CR-4 Repair Complex is compiled of Mafura Butter and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, which help create a cushion-like coating of essential fatty acids around the hair. This nutrient-rich complex helps strengthen, nourish and protect hair from dryness and breakage. Silk proteins and Coconut oils bind to the cuticle of the hair, improving hydration and protecting from damage, leaving hair soft and silky.

Glamour Magazine's 2014 Glammy Winners

Glamour Magazine has listed its 2014 Glammy Winners and we are proud to see some of Planet Beauty's own favorites and top-sellers on the list! Check out some of the winners and see if any of your must-have products made the cut. 

Best Foundation: A 10th time Glammy winner, it's no surprise that Bare Minerals foundation takes the prize yet again. A favorite among women of all ages, this foundation feels light, offers great coverage and looks beautiful on virtually all skin types.

Best Facial Cleanser: Philosophy Purity Cleanser effectively removes makeup and tightens pores while keeping skin balanced and fresh. Ingredients like Sage, Chamomile and Carrot invigorate your senses and soothe your skin. 

Best Gadget Tool or Innovation: Ladies, if you don't already own a Clarisonic Mia 2, put it on your wish list this holiday season. You will never cleanse with your hands again once you've felt the power of Clarisonic on your skin. 

Best Fragrance: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy takes the cake for fragrance because it's a fresh, fun and sexy perfume you can wear all year long. The scent of berries, warm Vanilla and Jasmine never gets old.

Best Bronzer or Self-Tanner: Summer may be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean your tan has to. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse gives you a beautiful, sun-kissed glow that will have you turning heads year-round.

Best Nail Polish: OPI, OPI, OPI we love you. OPI Polish never disappoints us with their gorgeous new shades and endless creative and fun names.

Hot Fall Looks with Smashbox's Cherry Smoke Palette

Smashbox has released their new Cherry Smoke Palette just in time for fall and it is absolutely stunning. This season, Smashbox is all about being bold, bold, bold. From your eyebrows to lips, it's the season for making a smoky statement.

Start your signature look by tending to your brows. For natural-looking brows that still stand out, simply shade them in with one of Smashbox's Brow Tech Trios. If you have thinner brows or want more definition, start with Smashbox's Brow-Tech To-Go. Shading in and defining brows makes a huge difference when you're attempting a smoky eyeshadow look, as it will draw more attention to your eyes. 

To ensure that your shadow looks its best and stays in place, always prime. For all day wear, use Smashbox's new Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer. Whether you want office-appropriate makeup or are looking to shake things up during the weekend, the Cherry Smoke Palette will come in handy, with 8 different shades to play with. 

Finally, don't forget to flaunt your pretty pout. Go for a subtle touch of fall with Cherry Copper, a pinky nude with copper pearl shade. This lipstick is great for daytime and doesn't require a liner, which is always a plus. If you're feeling a little more seductive, Bing might be the winning lipstick shade for you. A classic red, you'll want this in your makeup bag for all those upcoming holiday parties. 

Are you excited for this palette? Our employees Sam and Colleen from our Ontario location are! Here are the beautiful looks they came up with. 

NYFW: Natural Runway Beauty

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and we are loving all the gorgeous looks on and off the runway! Nothing makes you crave retail therapy more than seeing beautiful designs and collections from some of the hottest designers around the world. Working in the beauty aspect of it, I'm always checking out the latest makeup and hair looks on the runway. While I'm in awe over some of the makeup trends, one thing I can't help but notice is how all these models seem to have naturally-glowing skin and shiny hair. Now, I'm well-aware that there are tips and tricks for achieving that natural-looking beauty and I'm here to share it with you. Maybe we can't all be runway models at Fashion week, but we can definitely steal their beauty secrets. Check out some of my favorite skin, makeup and hair products to get that glow from head to toe.

Time for Beards and Football

Sunday, September 6th was World Beard Day and the official start of the NFL season. If you've been contemplating growing a beard or if yours never seems to look quite right, check out our beard-growing tips to get your facial hair on point this football season.

What you'll need:

  • Exfoliating product
  • Shaving product of choice                                                       
  • Moisturizer
  • A solid razor
  • A quality trimmer

In order to get your facial hair to grow properly, I suggest taking a few weeks to get your skin in shape first. Exfoliating your face will help remove dry, flaky skin and stimulate healthy hair growth. Jack Black's Face Buff Energizing Scrub exfoliates gently to remove dead skin and clear pores to allow for a close shave. Ingredients like Vitamin C and Licorice help brighten and keep skin youthful while Menthol cools and eliminates bacteria. If you tend to be prone to ingrown hairs, using a scrub will really help prevent painful bumps and congestion. If you have acne prone skin in general, treat your skin to a cleanser with Salicylic Acid. Making sure your skin is smooth will ease discomfort that comes with growing a beard.

A New Brightening Trio Has Arrived

If your skin needs a brightening boost, Dermalogica has a new trio system to give you a healthy, gorgeous glow. The new Powerbright TRX system replaces the previous ChromaWhite regimen and is a condensed, improved and is easier to incorporate into your skincare routine. These three new products are the perfect solution for Dermalogica fans whose main concern is hyperpigmentation and discoloration of the skin.

C-12 PureBright Serum is a light-weight, powerful and active topical treatment that fights hyperpigmentation all day long. This advanced formula absorbs effortlessly into the skin, working quickly to increase skin luminosity. Dermalogica's exclusive blend of oligopeptides, rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate and Red and Brown Algae work together to regulate the overproduction of melanin, while treating hyperpigmentation. Over time, skin looks brighter and smoother. 

Follow with Dermalogica's Pure Light SPF 50. This medium-weight moisturizer is ideal before makeup application. This new daytime SPF contains Oleosome technology, which uses natural plant spheres filled with sunscreen to boost performance. A powerful peptide helps regulate melanin, while a potent blend of Red and Brown Algae and botanical extracts help balance uneven and discolored skin tone. Hyaluronic acid strengthens skin's natural moisture barrier, reducing the appearance of fine lines.