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Specific Beauty Consumer Study

Between January and March of 2013, a consumer study was conducted to gage the results of the Specific Beauty Skincare line. The study was conducted by a colleague at the University of Miami, board certified dermatologist, Dr. Delilah Alonso.

In this study, 20 participants were asked to use the following Specific Beauty products:

  • Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths
  • Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30
  • Professional Moisture Complex
  • Night Treatment Complex

After using each product, the participant was asked to respond to a few statements meant to summarize their experience with the product. The participants were able to respond; Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree.

Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

First the 20 participants were asked to use Specific Beauty’s Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths. Then they were asked to what degree they agreed with the following statements:

  • After using the Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths my skin felt clean, refreshed, and toned.
  • The Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths provided gentle and effective exfoliation.
  • The Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths effectively removed makeup.

The results from the questionnaire were that over 98% of participants agreed or strongly agreed with the above statements. For more details on the responses to individual questions, take a look at the graphic below.

Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30

The same 20 participants were next asked to use Specific Beauty’s Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30. They were once again asked to what degree (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree) they felt the following statements were true:

  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 spreads easily and dries with a clear finish.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 did not leave a white residue.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 worked well with makeup.
  • After using the Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30, my skin had a glow.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 is lightweight and non-greasy.

This series of statements resulted in 84% of the participants answering agreed or strongly agreed. Take a look at the graphic below for more details on the questionnaire.

Professional Moisture Complex

The next product to be put to the test was Specific Beauty’s Professional Moisture Complex. Participants were then asked for their responses to the following statements:

  • The Professional Moisture Complex absorbs easily.
  • The Professional Moisture Complex is soothing.
  • After using the Professional Moisture Complex, my skin is hydrated.

In this part of the study, 100% of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed to the statements above. Check out the graphic below for a more in depth look at each statement.

Night Treatment Complex

Specific Beauty’s Night Treatment Complex was the final product tested in this consumer study. The participants were asked how they felt about the following statements:

  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin texture improved.
  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin is brighter.
  • After using the Night treatment Complex, my skin clarity is improved.
  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin hydration is improved.

In this study, 77.5% of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed to the statements above. Take a look at the graphic below to see the results from each statement.

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd Talks Specific Beauty on HSN

In case you missed it, Specific Beauty was featured on HSN during the Beauty Hour from 8pm until 9pm on June 13, 2013. Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd explained the simplicity and effectiveness of her skincare line, Specific Beauty. Check out the entire Skin Brightening 4-piece Beauty Regimen, a Customer Pick on HSN!

Check out Heather getting ready for her segment on HSN!
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd backstage at HSN

What Is A BB Cream?

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a recent increase in a new skin care “must have” called the BB cream. Although new to us here in the US, BB creams have existed for decades in Europe and Asia. So what exactly what is a BB cream? BB cream stands for a variety of things.

Blemish Balm, Beauty Balm, and Blemish Base are some of the more common terms. The BB cream was actually developed over 50 years ago by German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek. The cream was used to protect the skin after procedures while at the same time providing light makeup coverage. So basically a BB cream is an all in one type cosmetic-with moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sun block all in one cream.

In the 1980’s BB creams gained popularity in Asia for their multitasking properties. In South Korea, many BB creams were endorsed by celebrities as the “secret of Korean actresses”. The term BB cream came out of Asia likely due to a copyright on the word “blemish” in Korea. In Asia, skin whitening and lightening properties are a common selling point of BB creams. However, in the US, BB creams are known for their nourishing and soothing properties.

BB creams in Asia usually come in just two shades which make them limited for the wide range of hues we have in the United States, but manufacturers in the US have taken that into account and have added more shades to cover darker skin types. I do think that BB creams are here to stay. As our days get busier and busier, it is not surprising that this all in one product has gained popularity. Just be careful with sunscreen because the pea sized amount recommended to cover the entire face will not provide any significant sun protection. So definitely add a sunscreen to your BB cream to make sure you are getting the protection you need.

Lipstick Tips for Multi-hued Skin Tones

I LOVE lipstick. It is my absolute favorite makeup item. So I consulted again with my friend and very talented makeup artist, Candy Hannan, for tips on wearing lipstick for multi-hued skin tones.  She and Marietta Carter-Narcisse, an international celebrity makeup artist, gave me some useful tips to pull off the ultimate lip color–RED.

Anyone can wear red lipstick.  You just have to find the right shade of red to complement your individual complexion and personality.  First, check to see if it is sheer, matte, or creamy. Choose a matte or sheer color if you want a more subtle look.  I happen to love sheer color.  One of my personal favorites is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Cranberry Crush.  It won Allure’s Best Sheer Lipstick last year and it lives up to expectations. It stays on all day and you never have to reapply; I usually add a lip liner and blend to get better definition.

So when choosing a lip color, it is all about choosing the most flattering color as well as the right formulation for your needs.  Below are some more tips on choosing the best red lip for your skin type. The next time you go shopping for red lipstick, follow these simple steps to help you find the right red for your skin tone.

  • Take a few sheets of plain white paper or some unlined white index cards with you, even white tissues will suffice.
  • Apply the colors that you like to the white paper.
  • Check to see if there is an underlying color (this is the color that you usually see when you smear the lipstick).
  • If the underlying color is blue, then the lipstick is in the blue-red family and will look good on you if your color palette is cool.
  • If the underlying color is orange, the lipstick is in the orange-red family and will be great if your color palette is warm.
  • If there is no underlying color, then the lipstick is a true red and voila anyone can wear it and look good.

Natural Makeup Tips for Multi-hued Skin Tones

Makeup is one of my favorite topics but I am definitely not an authority–just give me some lipstick and I am ready to go!  I really wanted to write a blog on makeup for multi-hued skin tones, so I decided to consult the experts.  One of my friends, Candy Hannan, also happens to be a phenomenal makeup artist and she, along with international celebrity makeup artist Marietta Carter-Narcisse, gave me great some tips that I wanted to share with you all.  I especially wanted to know how to achieve that effortless natural look that we see in all of the magazines. Here is what the experts said:

  • Always match your skin tone as close as possible when choosing your foundation.
  • If you have different colors in your face you might have to invest in more than one foundation.
  • Get a foundation to match the darkest that you become in the summer and the lightest that you become in the winter.
  • Apply the darker shade to the darker areas and the lighter shade to the lighter areas, and then blend.
  • Once foundation is blended properly, it is going to look as though you applied one shade of foundation.
  • Use cream blush to create a very natural glow; then powder with a loose powder to set your makeup and leave the compact for quick touch ups.
  • Choose eye shadows that are close to your complexion.
  • If your skin tone is very dark, choose warm chocolate brown colors, eggplants, or aubergines to create a beautiful natural look.
  • Choose a sheer lipstick or lip gloss that is similar to the natural color of your lips; And, most importantly, blend, blend and then blend some more.