Hot Picks for the Month of February

Our February beauty picks are in and this month, it's all about fighting the signs of aging and getting your skin and lips in the perfect shape for 2015. Many of you are currently working on New Year's Resolutions, but if you are still scrambling for some improvements to make this year, then I invite you to try these two new and exciting skin care products.

Don't let winter get the best of your lips and take back your pretty pout with Murad's Rapid Collagen Infusion For Lips. This clear and lightweight lip serum should be in everyone's beauty regimen this year. Lips are one of those often neglected areas on our bodies that could use an anti-aging boost. This serum contains Murad's Collagen Support Complex which helps to reduce those pesky vertical lip lines and wrinkles that make wearing lipstick a nightmare. It also has Mustard Sprout, which works to boost microcirculation for fuller, plumped lips. Hyaluronic Acid, Phospholipids and Shea Butter help balance and retain healthy moisture levels, so your lips maintain their natural softness. The perfect product to wear under lipstick, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it. Use in conjuction with Murad's Soothing Skin and Lip Care for optimal hydration.

5 Products with Hyaluronic Acid That Work Wonders

There are many ingredients people look for when they're on the hunt for a great skincare product to try. Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin E and Shea Butter are just a few of the ingredients that seem to be popular with skin care customers. Lately, Hyaluronic Acid has been on top of the list and it really doesn't come as a surprise. With the shift in weather during this time of year, skin can feel a little dry and lifeless. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that draws water to skin and helps prevent moisture loss, helping skin feel smooth and hydrated. Products that contain Hyaluronic Acid can also help hydrate exisiting fine lines to make them look less noticeable. One of the most appealing things about this wonderful ingredient is that it doesn't feel heavy on the skin, so even those with oily skin types can benefit from it. If you've been looking for products that contain Hyaluronic Acid, check out some of our favorites.

1. Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream: Part of the Dragon's Blood range, this night cream works diligently to target visible signs of aging while you sleep. Microinjected Hyaluronic Acid smoothes and hydrates the skin, restoring radiancy and youthfulness. Brightening Retinol Technology works to improve skin tone for a healthy, even complexion.

2. Perricone M.D Hyalo Plasma: Anyone seeking an alternative to injectible treatments will appreciate Dr. Perricone's Hyalo Plasma. The first dermatologist grade Hyaluronic Acid treatment, this oil-free product contains 3 unique forms of Hyaluronic Acid that instantly hydrates, firms and leaves skin looking glass-like. Fans of his other Plasma products will love this perfect addition to the line.

Golden Globe Beauty From Home

The fashion trends on the Red Carpet last Sunday at the Golden Globes were nothing but sexy, glamourous and eye-catching. From gorgeously fitted metallic dresses to clean, white sexy gowns, everyone looked stunning head to toe. Loose, vintage hair waves seemed to dominate, as well as soft, smokey eyes and bronzed, glowing skin. Red lips were also traditionally present on Sunday, as well. Glamour isn't just for movie stars and celebrities, though. To get Red-Carpet gorgeous any time, check out some of our beauty picks to help you achieve a winning look. 

To recreate those famous vintage waves, it's never a bad idea to have second-day hair. If your hair is fine, applying a volume spray like Pureology's Volume Instant Levitation Mist will give you the lift and fullness for beautiful waves. You can then choose to curl your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers. Typically, you'll want to use a one inch barrel. To get the perfect vintage curl, use a medium hold spray after you're done curling for slight hold. Then, gently brush your curl down until you get the desired wave. For any curling job, I love Alterna's Working Hairspray since it's a crushable hold that can also be used as a finishing hairspray. If you need more hold, you can't go wrong with Enjoy's Super Hold Hairpsray.

Tips for Picture Perfect Skin

Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means it's time to prep your skin for pictures! Nothing is worse than shying away from a family photo because you don't like the way your skin looks or feels. Everyone should feel beautiful in their skin, so here are some great tips on how to achieve a gorgeous glow.

Tip 1: Don't go to bed without washing your face. Ladies, I know this time of the year can be pretty hectic, but the last thing your skin needs is a night's sleep with a full face of makeup on. Removing your makeup completely will not only keep your skin from potential breakouts, but it will also keep your pores small and clean. Also, don't be tempted to resort to lazy-girl habits by using makeup wipes only. You'll be surprised at how much better your skin will look if you take the time to properly cleanse. If you really want to take an extra step, use a Clarisonic device. Using one will really take your skin to the next level.

Tip 2: Tone it up. If you're not currently using a toner, then I suggest starting right away. A toner can do wonders for your skin, plus it helps your treatments and moisturizers go on with ease. If you have naturally dry skin or are just experiencing dehydrated skin due to the weather, a toner can help re-hydrate and rebalance your skin. One of my favorites is Dermalogica's Age Smart Hydramist. It's light and can be used to set your makeup, as well.

December Must-Haves

If you’re looking for products to help you look fabulous for all those holiday parties, then you’re going to love our hot December picks. Before you avoid the camera, check out these amazing products that will have you jumping into selfies.

Maintain radiant-looking skin this holiday season with Rodial’s Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads. These effective cleansing pads are formulated with apple amino acids, olive oil and salicylic acids to remove makeup and give your skin a deep cleanse. Rodial’s probiotic technology helps strengthen skin and boost hydration. Skin is left looking radiant and pores appear significantly smaller. Anyone with oily skin will love how these pads control sebum flow. If you’re a fan of cleansing pads, you’ll love Rodial’s. Makeup application is going to be so much smoother this month.

If you’re learning how to contour but still haven’t perfected the art, then you need to try Beautyblender’s newest sponge. This mini applicator works beautifully on the smaller areas of the face. An Allure Best of Beauty winner, this is a definite must-have for all our makeup mavens. Well-known makeup artists and Youtube stars can’t stop talking about the because of how seamless makeup applies with it. Highlight and contour with ease with this amazing beauty sponge. Once you use Beautyblender, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. You’ll also want to stuff every stocking with this must-have beauty tool.

Allure Magazine 2014 Beauty Winners

The 2014 Allure Beauty Winner have been announced and we're excited to see some of our own favorites and top-sellers on the list, once again! Check out some of the award-winning products you can find at your local Planet Beauty boutique.

Category: Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer                                    

bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Aging Multi-Action Face

Category: Body

Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub

St. Tropez Self-Tan Express

Category: Hair

Wella Professional Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner

Fekkai PrX Repairative Shampoo and Conditioner

Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil

Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Hairspray

Redken Move Ability Lightweight Defining Paste

Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo                                                                       

Color Wow Root Cover Up

Category: Eyes

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra

Revitabrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

Category: Men

Clarisonic Mia (In any masculine color)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month and this year, some of our favorite beauty lines are teaming up with great organizations to spread awareness, support and education for women across the country. As we know, breast cancer affects millions of women every day. The fight against this potentially deadly cancer is awareness and preventative health. Join the fight and check out just some of the products you can feel really good about purchasing this month. 

1. Kenra Hair Care: This year, Kenra has teamed up with The Rapunzel Project, a non-profit organization who has dedicated their time and energy into helping chemotherapy patients keep their hair during treatment. Both of its founders are breast cancer survivors whose experiences led them to starting this noble cause. This month, when you purchase PINK Kenra Volume Spray 25 and Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray, a donation will be made to The Rapunzel Project. To learn more, check out their website. 

2. Murad Skin Care: Quench your skin AND help fight breast cancer with Murad's Hydrate for Hope Hydro-Dynamic Moisturizer. Murad's been working closely with City of Hope to educate and raise awareness for years now. Like previous years, ten percent of the sales will benefit the Women's Cancers Program. Murad has already donated over $200,000 to City of Hope with the Hydrate for Hope program. This year, the specially marked moisturizer will come in a pink bag featuring fabric print with Dr. Howard Murad's original art work. 

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.

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.

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.

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