Match your makeup from MUA Dawn Mattocks

The ability to create a makeup base as, innovative, and refreshing as Gerda Spillmann has, with Bio-fond foundation, is in itself a genius aspect of color and design.

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As a Makeup Artist, I am expected to concern myself with the needs of my client… Choices, Choice, Choices…

Blending bases is an ART~

What does it take to match a skin tone to the perfect foundation base? First and foremost, we are looking for the UNDERTONE of the natural skin… Whether a base is considered COOL or WARM or even Neutral, all bases range from Light to Dark.

Gerda Spillmann prides themselves in creating a wide range of colors in their Swiss Formulation, that leaves a silk finish. Blending is the secret to a flawless finish and one must know how to add the right tones in order to balance the look from the base of the skin to the neckline.

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I have found the easiest test would be to simply swipe a couple of tones into little stripes near the jawline… Look to see whether the tone turns pink, or yellow… Choose the tone that doest not CHANGE… That will be the tone that does not appear to oxidize or affect the finish. You will find it to be the easiest method to find the perfect tone.

However, I myself, have been contouring and highlighting the face in order to achieve the optimum results required for a natural finish… When you learn the bone structure and look at the great masters you will see how they use the contours of the face to bring out light and shadowing. You too, can achieve that perfect symmetry by using bases.

dawnmattocks2.jpgSahara, is the newest Bio Fond Foundation base to be added to the collection, and it can be used by itself for women of color, or as a contour for a lighter skin tone. If you consider the face sculptural, and use Sahara to contour the sides of the nose, inside the orbit of the eye, around the temples and in the contour of the cheek, you will be a able to see the face come alive once you blend the edges out.

 

The natural light falls into shadow at these points and the overall face will appear perfected. Try it and see how it works for you. My next article will teach you how to blend tones together to get the perfect color tone for clients who have discoloration in their skin…

 

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Dawn Mattocks

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Dual Action cleanser for soft, gorgeous skin

What is the hallmark of well cared for skin?  When your skin is freshly cleansed and bare, does it radiate health and beauty?

When you wash your face it’s incredibly important to use a product that cleanses deeply woman wash face-even the pores, won’t over dry, irritate problem skin or cause micro-abrasions with harsh exfoliation.

Deep cleansing ensures that bacteria and environmental irritants cannot be harbored and allowed to cause issues with your skin.  Exfoliation is a key to deep cleansing, forcing away the impurities and sloughing dead skin cells trapped by oil and dirt, even your makeup.

Excessive drying of the skin is a common problem with over-the-counter cleansers.  Your face should not feel tight and dry when you wash but you don’t want a heavy, slick feeling afterwards either that can come with some cleansers that use added fillers or silicone that don’t really clean the skin.  Over-drying the skin can lead to exacerbation of problem skin, further irritate sensitive skin and over time can teach the skin to produce excess oil (it produces more oil to compensate for the dry skin feeling).

And those face washes with crushed nuts or plastic beads… throw them away!  Did you know that these ingredients can have very fine, sharp edges that can cause micro-abrasions on the skin?  Tiny cuts that can become infected and may even lead breakouts.

The Peau de Fleurs from GS Products is formulated with the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients to allow you to have confidence in your beauty.  Peau de Fleurs is formulated with only pharmaceutical grade ingredients that are extracts from natural sources such as the Comfrey Plant and Tamarind Seed, which is highly regarding for significantly improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness.

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Beautiful Boudoir Makeup Tutorial

Mallory Villagomez is a talented makeup artist that is sought after because of her creativity and skill that shows not only your glamorous side but enhances the beauty you already have. She is sharing with us some of her recent work and why she loves what she does.

I love being a makeup artist because I can express my creativity and I love seeing the joy it can bring to my clients. I am really passionate about the idea of Boudoir. I love helping women feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin.

3 reasons to get boudoir pictures
1. You get to be all dolled up
It’s great being dolled up because makeup highlights and brings out your already amazing features and who doesn’t want that? Plus you also get to add a little color to add some definition, which helps especially in pictures taken in giving you a slightly more bold look

2. You get to burst out of your comfort zone
When you take the leap into deciding to do boudoir pictures it’s huge! But you get there and it’s such a care free environment that you forget every insecurity you’ve ever had and it’s just fun.

3. You’re worth it
You deserve to feel beautiful and confident!

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Eyes: primed with Urban Decay eye primer, highlighted with a shimmer white eyeshadow, used a light brown on the lid towards the nose and on the outer edge of the eye lid and half the crease I used a almost back shadow for the smokey eye effect.
I used a gel eyeliner by Crown to create the winged look.
Eyebrows: I love using eyeshadow for brows because you don’t get the harsh line. I used a medium brown color on her eyebrows.
Lips: I used N.Y.X. Lip liner Hot Red with a clear gloss over top.
Foundation: Bio Fond Bijou, highlighter, and bronze special. Using highlighter to highlight jaw bones, cheek bones, bridge if nose and chin. Contour with bronze special just under cheek bones and just under jaw bones. Topped it off with the base color as Bijou.
I love that I don’t need to use any powder to set anything when using Bio Fond.

Previous work: InspHAIRation- a competition with avant garde hair and makeup
Multiple photo shoots including inspirations from Gatsby, rocker, gothic, Tim Burton, Post apocalypse, vintage, classic, Victoria Secret, and glamour.

Photographer http://www.jaymorr.com
My Instagram is @malloryv_hmua
Facebook is facebook.com/sheargeniusdesigns

Is it bad to sleep in your makeup?

It’s been a long day and you decide to just go to bed – without washing off your makeup from the day.  If this only happens once in a while, well, we’ve been there too and you’re probably okay.  However, if this becomes a habit you should really rethink your bedtime routine. makeupsleep

Did you know our skin has its own schedule?  During the day – when our skin is exposed to environmental pollutants, irritants and UVA/UVB rays – the skin is working diligently to provide a moisture barrier and produce sebum as a defensive layer.  At night our skin allows all those defensive systems to shut down, bringing more oxygen to the surface of the skin and renewing our appearance (that’s real beauty sleep!).

One of these night-time routines for our skin is called transepidermal water loss.

 Transepidermal Water Loss is defined as the measurement of the quantity of water that passes from inside a body (animal or plant) through the epidermal layer (skin) to the surrounding atmosphere via diffusion and evaporation processes.  -wikipedia

This process allows our skin to purge the particles, bacteria and miscellany that collects on the surface of the skin throughout the day.  Wearing your makeup to bed prevents this process from working efficiently by blocking the skin and interrupting the body’s natural routine.  wash-your-face

Additionally, makeup can harbor bacteria and grime – keeping these nasty germs close to your skin. When your makeup starts to breakdown these germs can cause stress on the skin, cause damage and may lead to premature aging with fine lines and wrinkles, sensitive skin, dry skin or even a breakout!

Need a good cleanser to wash away all that grime and grit?  We recommend the Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Mousse – This Advanced Dual Action Cleanser thoroughly washes away impurities and exfoliates while maintaining critical moisture content with natural moisturizers, allowing for radiant, glowing skin. Formulated with pharmaceutical grade ingredients that are extracts from natural sources such as the Comfrey Plant and Tamarind Seed, which is highly regarded for significantly improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness.

Have questions about creating your own skin care routine?  Read this to get started! Or call us – we are happy to help you find the products that are right for your individual skin type needs 1-800-282-3223. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our website too.

3 Botanical Anti-Aging Ingredients

3 Amazing, Botanical based Anti-Aging ingredients for healthy, youthful skin

Gerda Spillmann uses pharmaceutical grade ingredients because this level of quality is par with medical grade products but doesn’t require a license to use, making it powerful, effective and user-friendly.  GS has been devoted to using natural, botanical ingredients since the company was started in 1944. These three ingredients can be found in our line of Anti-Aging products that will help to renew the appearance of your skin, allowing for a healthy and more youthful appearance.

edelweissOne of our favorite ingredients is Swiss Edelweiss for its powerful anti-oxidant, free radical reducing powers.  Growing naturally at high altitude this iconic Swiss flower has adapted over thousands of years to thrive against the punishing, harsh rays of the sun and little oxygen.

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Have you tried one of our anti-aging products with Proline Amino Acids?  This patented blend of Amino Acids, the building blocks of cells, helps to strengthen, renew and revitalize the skin’s appearance in a natural, healthy way – with long-term benefits and results.

tamarindseedextractTamarind Seed Extract is becoming more popular in the skin care industry and GS Products was one of the first to begin using this amazing ingredient!  More hydrating than Hyaluronic Acid and 4 (four!) times more effective than Vitamin C.  Tamarind Seed Extract has been found to include many important anti-aging factors including Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Sugar Enzymes, Citric Bitartrate and Collagen Fibers.  Tamarind Seed extract in the GS formulas has been proven to be hypoallergenic and ideal for all skin types.

Tamarind Seed Extract has been found to include many important anti-aging factors including Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Sugar Enzymes, Citric Bitartrate and Collagen Fibers.

Visit our website to try your new favorite Swiss Skincare products at www.GerdaSpillmann.com, call us for free samples at 1-800-282-3223 or join us on Facebook & Twitter.

Natural and beautiful skin by Valentines

There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman.  When I have a great hair day, nothing can stop me! Hair can be styled and fixed though… what about my skin?  Cause nothing ruins my day faster than a big scary blemish.  Come Valentines day I want to exude confidence and own the day with great hair and great skin!

Great skin comes from being healthy on the inside and also by having a skin care regiment with a cleanser, moisturizer and protector.

The Gerda Spillmann line of Swiss Skincare products gives you all of that!

Cleanser – Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Mousse

This Advanced Dual Action Cleanser thoroughly washes away impurities and exfoliatesPDF Dual Action Cleanser Small while maintaining critical moisture content with natural moisturizers, allowing for radiant, glowing skin.

Formulated with only pharmaceutical grade ingredients that are extracts from natural sources such as the Comfrey Plant and Tamarind Seed, which is highly regarding for significantly improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness.

The evanesce exfoliating beads work to dissolve make-up, oil or clogged pores, skin contaminants and wash away dead skin cells leaving you feeling refreshed with glowing radiance.

Moisturizer – Skinfood Ultra Vital

This silky anti-aging moisturizer helps restore vitality and youthful elasticity to the skin Skinfood_Ultra_Vitalwith botanical ingredients including Tamarind Seed Extract, Swiss Edelweiss, Wheat Germ Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil. Tamarind Seed Extract  is an antiseptic herb that is rich in citric nutrients, malic acid and potassium. Combined with organic Swiss Edelweiss, used for its natural anti-oxidant and free-radical eliminators, this unique blend of ingredients work synergistically to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin while stimulating the collagen to fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Need something for dry skin?  Try the Skinfood Extra Riche?  Anti-Aging try the Prestige Cell.  For damaged or aging skin use the Renaissance Pro Age.

Finally use a Protecting Finishing product – BioFond Foundation Makeup

Bio-Fond gives you a flawless appearance as a lightweight foundation makeup and a sun Bio-Fond Deluxeprotectant.  Twice Voted Foundation of the Year this mineral cream-to-powder foundation makeup has been the choice of professionals for the last 30 years.  Pharmaceutical grade Swiss ingredients allow the skin to breathe, helps to heal problem skin and will never clog your pores. Designed to suit all skin types including sensitive and problem skin. The velvety smooth feel is buildable allowing you to have a sheer or a full coverage application. Helps to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, environmental irritants and pollutants. Worn by the most famous faces in the world!

Hypo-Allergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Animal Cruelty Free.

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Find out more about all of the wonderful GS Products on our website at http://www.GerdaSpillmann.com, email our staff at Info@GSskincare.com or call us at 1-800-282-3223.

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Celebrate our 70 year Anniversary!

Madame Spillmann created her skincare company 70 years ago and to celebrate we are offering a blowout sale on some of her favorite products!

Read more about Madame Spillmann and her extraordinary journey here.  GS is one of the oldest skincare companies because we use the highest quality, best ingredients found in nature and refined into a pure state with advanced technology.  These are not your fad products that come and go, GS products have a proven history and are loved worldwide.

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Skinfood Ultra Vital – This silky anti-aging moisturizer helps restore vitality and youthful elasticity to the skin with botanical ingredients including Tamarind Seed Extract, Swiss Edelweiss, Wheat Germ Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil.

Skinfood Extra Riche is a highly concentrated moisturizer that feeds the skin with essential nourishing ingredients, invigorating dry, mature or damaged skin while fighting back the signs of aging. Rich with nutrients and malic acid, the Tamarind Seed Extract combined with organic, free-radical reducing Swiss Edelweiss, gives the skin exceptional moisture content. Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) allows for increased absorption, helping the skin cells several layers deep.

R.A.O. Essential Oil – A unique blend of 100% highly refined essential oils and a refreshing, natural citrus scent. Formulated with Sesame Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citrus Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E.

Anti-Aging Eye Region Cream – A specialized, active, and concentrated blend of Avocado, Marigold, Beet Root Extract, Shea Butter, Vitamin B3 and the highly effective Tamarind Seed Extract are synergistically formulated to protect against moisture loss, improve the skin elasticity while also aiding in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.

Deo Cream Deodorant – Natural cream deodorant that contains Farnesol, which was chosen for the natural protection against perspiration and body odor. Great for sensitive skin and carries a fresh, clean scent. Ideal for use after laser treatments or waxing.

For more information visit our website at http://www.GerdaSpillmann.com, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

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Bio-Blends Palettes for Makeup Artists and Salon Professionals

New Bio-Blends Palettes offer Bio-Fond Foundation solution for Makeup Artists & Salon Professionals

GS Products, home of Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skincare & Cosmetics, is thrilled to introduce the new Bio-Blends Palettes. A customizable and practical approach for make-up artists who use Bio-Fond Foundation in their kits. Now makeup artists and professionals can have an easy to use solution for makeovers, not only on set or in the salon, but anywhere!

Bio-Blends Palette GSBio-Fond Foundation makeup has been a staple not only in Hollywood but worldwide. Our 70 year history has allowed us to develop a formula that is not only beautiful, but good for you. This amazing skincare makeup is pharmaceutical grade, animal cruelty free and offers physical sun protection – all while being high definition ready. Available in 20 colors plus blush, concealers and contouring.

The Bio-Blends Palettes are sleek and compact, a slim 8” L x 5” W, by 0.5” D that will fit into anyone’s makeup kit. Individual pans are 9grams and each Bio-Blends Palette will fit 6 colors. GS Products has no minimum order requirements, making it convenient to purchase not only the most popular colors but the hard to match skin tones as well.Bio-Blends Palette Upclose INTRO

The individual Bio-Fond Foundation Pans magnetically attach to the bottom of the Bio-Blends Palette ensuring that they will stay safely in place while being stored and while traveling. The lid of the palette folds completely behind the base allowing for easy access and grip. When closed, the lid magnetically snaps shut providing assurance that the product remains protected.

Bio-Blends Palettes are a Professional Only product and will not be sold to the general public. To order your Bio-Blends Palette call us at 1-800-282-3223 or if you have questions send us an email at Info@GSskincare.com.

Bio-Blush, one color for everyone

Almost 20 years ago, Harry Blake, one of the most amazing and prominent make-up artists of his time, came to GS Products.  He asked us to develop a blush he could use on all of his clients, instead of having 40 different ones in his professional kit.   We delivered to him Gerda Spillmann’s Bio-Blush.  He loved it!

This concentrated, highly pigmented color blends effortlessly with the Bio-Fond Foundation and is best applied with a brush.  Bio-Blush works with your own natural undertones to perfectly compliment your skin, no matter what shade you are.Bio Blush

Formulated with the same quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients, spf protection and organic sources Bio-Blush not only enhances the skin but helps to keep it healthy and protected.  As always our products are hypoallergenic, animal cruelty free, and non-comedogenic. 

For more information visit www.GerdaSpillmann.com, find a salon near you, or call us at 1-800-282-3223.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter!  Have a beautiful day!

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Happy Birthday Madame Spillmann, 1st lady of Swiss Skin Care is 93 years young

Happy Birthday Madame Spillmann!

Extremely talented, youthfully beautiful both inside and out and still lending her expertise to create and develop new skin care products, she is amazing!  Madame Spillmann has been the leader in quality Swiss Skin Care & Cosmetics for over 60 years.

We are celebrating this milestone with $0.93 shipping! 

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1-Day Sale on Bio-Fond Foundation Makeup.

Simply use the Shipping Option “Happy Birthday” on our website at www.GerdaSpillmann.com.

Learn more about Madame Spillmann here or here.

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Applies to all orders over $15.00.  This shipping option is US Postal only and does not apply to expedited services.  US, APO/FPO and PR addresses only.