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September Products of the Month

The post Labor Day slump isn't always fun to deal with. Between going back to work after a long weekend or prepping your kids for back to school, life can feel just a tad draining. All the summer fun may have caught up to you, leaving you feeling sluggish and unmotivated. If you're experiencing a case of the lazies, then I invite you to try our beauty picks for a sensational September. As most of you know, summertime fun can cause our skin and hair to look a little dull. What better way to ease into fall than to give your hair and skin a boost of radiance?

Invigorate your senses and treat your skin to a luxurious facial at home with Tata Harper's Purely Powerful four-step kit. Whether you're concerned with discoloration, enlarged pores, lack of moisture or wrinkles in general, then this kit is a must-have. The Regenerating Cleanser not only gently exfoliates, but treats your skin as well, acting as a 4-in-1 product. Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates skin, while Pomegranate enzymes work to dissolve debris, eliminating blackheads and reducing the size of pores. Willow Bark combats breakouts, reducing redness and inflammation present in the skin while French Pink Clay detoxifies, stimulating circulation and keeping pores tight and small. Free of alcohol, soaps and detergents, this cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean, hydrated and smooth. 

Beverly Hills VIP Grand Opening

On July 30th, the red carpet was rolled out and Planet Beauty opened it's newest location in Beverly Hills, California. The 36th store is located on Beverly Drive and is sure to live up to expectations. Its gorgeous interior will feature new vanities, marble floors and eye-catching wall lighting that will be unique to the location.

In attendance for the VIP event was Brandi Glanville from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". The reality star, who has always given Planet Beauty plenty of love through social media, was also signing copies of her new book, "Drinking and Dating." Also in attendance was the beautiful Leyla Milani of Milani Hair Extensions, who was there to celebrate the new location and promote her amazing line.

Guests in attendance were also treated to makeovers by none other than Cory Bishop from Gorgeous Cosmetics, as well as some of Planet Beauty's own talented makeup artists. Pink Champagne and cupcakes were served to celebrate the grand opening.

For more pictures from the grand opening, visit our Facebook page. The Los Angeles Times also featured the grand opening in their Fashion/All The Rage section. Read their recap here.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you have to stop by and check out our beautiful new location

Featured Makeup Artist: Casie Cushing

Doing a job well is important, but when there's passion behind your work, it really stands out to the world. Some people are born with an inherent talent for something special, but when you add practice and determination to that, it's amazing what people can accomplish. This month, I'd like to give a kudos to Casie Cushing. When it comes to talent, drive and motivation, this girl has it all. 

By now, we've seen campaigns that salute the healing power of makeup. Yes, makeup can be the fun item we buy for those nights on the town, but for many of us, wearing makeup is therapeutic. Part of my own passion for skincare stemmed from the fact that I saw the need for people to be comfortable in their bare, makeup-less skin. After all, the first thing most people notice about us is our face. 

Casie understands the importance in having that personal comfort, as well. Having the condition Vitiligo, she became motivated from her own experience, figuring out how to properly conceal with makeup in a way that still looked natural. Casie not only went to school to perfect her methods, but is now one of the top makeup artists in all of Planet Beauty. Whether it's bruising or pigmentation, Casie has you covered--literally! Check out some of her amazing work, and her go-to products and tips. 

Thank you for sharing your passion and talent, Casie!

Covering Hyperpigmentation

-Apply a brightening primer or correcting primer such as Jane Iredale Smooth Affair or Smashbox Blend

Smooth out frizz with Moroccanoil

Moroccanoil has finally launched a smoothing line and it is finally available to purchase at our Planet Beauty stores! If you're in love with everything about Moroccanoil and have been dealing with summer humidity, then you have to check out their newest products.

To prep your hair for ultimate smoothness and shine, start with the new Smoothing Shampoo. With its signature scent, this sulfate-free shampoo keeps color looking vibrant, works to improve and strengthen hair's natural keratin structure, while repairing dry, damaged strands. Follow up with the conditioner to keep hair visibly softer and more manageable for up to 3 days. 

Another new product being introduced with the Smooth line is the Smoothing Lotion. Apply on damp hair, comb through, and style as normal. This lightweight formula works well with most hair types, helps to keep moisture and humidity out of hair and allows you style with ease. For a little body, I suggest using a large, round brush. Moroccanoil's collection of brushes are worth every penny and give you salon-worthy style. Finish your style with a spritz or two of Moroccanoil's Frizz Control for extra protection and shine. Whether your hair is prone to frizz or is just naturally dry, this amazing spray will eliminate frizz while controlling static electricity from building up in your hair. This weightless formula is weather-resistant against all types of climates and conditions to keep your hair looking beautiful and frizz-free all year long. 

New from Bare Escentuals

This week, Planet Beauty launched some exciting items from Bare Escentuals that are bound to sell out quickly. If you have been using Bare Escentuals and are a dedicated fan, then you're going to need more vanity space. 

The new 5IN1 BB Cream Eyeshadow is unlike any cream shadow on the market. This innovative product comes with 5 benefits: 

1. It's a 12-hr long-wearing color                                                                           

2. It works as an amazing primer for other shadows to stand out like never before     

3. It has brightening benefits

4. It helps to smooth out the appearance of fine lines (Eyelids age too!)

5. It contains a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (SPF for the eyelids? Yes, please!)

The soft applicator wand makes it easy and effortless to apply, which will help shorten your morning routine, while giving you a beautiful application every time. With 6 gorgeous, neutral shades to choose from, you won't have any trouble finding the right fit.

If you're looking for a great neutral eye look, then you have to check out Bare Tutorials Neutral Eyes. This 4-piece collection comes with a mini BB Cream Eyeshadow in Soft Linen, a Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 called The Overachiever, a Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Lasting Brown and a mini blend and contour brush. This easy-to-use kit is made for everyone. If you're just starting to wear eyeshadow, then this is the perfect kit to get you into the groove.

O.M.Gorgeous Ultimate BFF Giveaway

If you love a great giveaway, then you have to stop by Planet Beauty's Official Facebook page and become a fan today! Planet Beauty and Gorgeous Cosmetics have teamed up to offer their fans an amazing opportunity to win some awesome prizes!

Gorgeous Cosmetics is quickly becoming a fan favorite among makeup artists and beauty lovers from Australia all the way to the US. With a passion for creating beautiful, effortless looks, founder David Mc Connell is leading the way for women everywhere to gain confidence like never before. 

If you've been wanting to try this high-quality artistry brand, now is your chance! Simply go to Planet Beauty's Official Facebook page and hit 'like' to become a fan. Once you become a fan, sign up for a chance to win a Gorgeous Cosmetics Beauty basket, valued at over $350. If you want to win the prize of a lifetime, simply refer two of your friends to sign up for the basket giveaway. By referring them, you will be entered to win a YEAR'S WORTH of Gorgeous Cosmetics for both YOU and THEM. 

Give your summer a beauty boost and become a fan today!

Featured July Must-Haves

It's a new month and that means trying new beauty must-haves. Our team at Planet Beauty is excited to share their July picks for every beauty loving' junkie. If you've been itching to try a new product this month, then we welcome you stop in and check one of these out.

A few posts ago, I mentioned some of our top favorite products for minimizing pores and refining skin. Murad's Skin Smoothing Polish can be added to that list, as well. This face cleanser and treatment works to clear blackheads and clogged pores using micro-polishing beads. Witch Hazel and Cinnamon Extract help restore balance in the oil production in your skin while tightening pores. Starflower Extract leaves skin feeling softer than ever. This is the perfect treatment for anyone who loves the feeling of a powerful grainy scrub. Use 2-3 times a week and see your skin's glow improve significantly. 

We're always big fans of products that help prevent and reverse the signs of aging. If you're still in search of the right sunscreen, maybe it's time to try Sonya Dakar's MicroVenom Daily Defense with SPF 30. This ultra lightweight sunscreen pairs synthetic snake venom (Syn-ake) with the micro-delivery power of Apple Stem Cell Technology to give you an anti-aging sunscreen unlike any other. Skin is left feeling beautifully supple, looking radiant and younger than before. This month, Planet Beauty will also offer a special 25% discount. You have to try it.

Too Faced Tutorial Event

On Saturday, June 14th, our Planet Beauty location in Santa Ana held their first Too Faced Tutorial event with Makeup Artist David Dorris. It was an honor to have David share his amazing talent with our guests and show them how to bring out their beauty with Too Faced Cosmetics. With 26 years of experience under his belt, David has worked on television shows such RuPaul's Drag Race and Shear Genius. His love and passion for makeup keeps him busy in the beauty industry, so we were delighted to host an event with one of the best Makeup Artists in Los Angeles. 

The event consisted of day-to-night makeover transformations, summer eyeshadow looks featuring the new Bonjour palette and customized bronzer and lipstick-matching for summer. For one hour, guests were shown how to maximize their beauty palettes and create gorgeous looks under 20 minutes. David also showcased Too Faced's brow kit, giving quick tips on how to achieve perfect eyebrows for every face shape. Makeup Department Lead/Makeup Artist Samantha Gunderson was present as well, offering personalized tips and how-tos after the class was over. The one-on-one consultations allowed each guest to get hands on with Too Faced and find a personalized makeup regimen. Everyone who attended received a gift upon arrival, which included some of Too Faced's top-sellers. Mimosas, strawberries and croissants were enjoyed by all and everyone who purchased any of Too Faced Cosmetics received a special discount and an additional gift. There is already buzz about a potential fall season tutorial class!

A special thanks to David Dorris and Samantha Gunderson for creating such a fun and successful event. 

Hello Gorgeous Cosmetics

Planet Beauty is excited to announce the arrival of Gorgeous Cosmetics! The newest addition to our makeup department is sure to please long-time Planet Beauty fans everywhere. Gorgeous Cosmetics was founded in 1999 in Melbourne, Australia by award-winning Makeup Artist, David McConnell. His philosophy is to help women embrace and enhance their natural beauty in a seamless fashion. Gorgeous Cosmetics uses nothing but superior ingredients, high-performance pigments and innovative technology so that women everywhere can achieve a professional makeup application from the comfort of their homes. 

  

  

This past Thursday, we had the pleasure of attending a training at Planet Beauty's headquarters with the Director of Pro Artistry/National Artist Cory Bishop. Having been in the business for many years, Cory has worked with some of the leading industry brands and celebrities. The training consisted of Cory's hands-on makeover on one of our own beauty advisors, using step-by-step techniques to show how top-sellers work together for a Gorgeous transformation.  Advisors were also able to get hands-on with product, as well.

Planet Beauty Favorites in Social Media

Social media has made connecting with our favorite celebrities and beauty bloggers easier than ever, so when they share their go-to beauty products, all eyes are on them. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our favorite celebs rave about  a product we love and carry. A few of our favorite lines and products have been circling the internet recently, creating a huge buzz for the season's top beauty picks and must-haves. 

Kendall Jenner recently shared her love for The Wet Brush on her Instagram account. It's no surprise she loves this brush as much as we do. It detangles hair with ease, eliminating breakage caused by pulling on hair with a regular comb or brush. You'll definitely need one this summer if you plan on spending time by the pool or beach. 

Best Coast's lead singer Bethany Cosentino recently raved about Maui Babe Browning Lotion on her Instagram page, as well. Maui Babe will help you avoid long hours sunbathing and gives a beautiful tan with a boost of rich antioxidants, Kukui Nut Oils and Aloe. The beautiful Hawaiian-inspired fragrance will make you feel like you're on vacation all summer long. Our favorite Best Coast album while you lay out? The Only Place. 

Beauty Editor for Greer's OC, Lori Bystan, mentioned Planet Beauty in her Summer Beauty Picks Blog. Some of her favorite products include Smashbox's Full Exposure palette, Essie's Polish in Cobalt Aqua and GLAMGLOW'S THIRSTYMUD. We agree with her list, as these three products are on our top summer picks, as well!

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