Her story inspired extensive research into the effects of bee venom, which has lead to the creation of BeeVinty, LLC beauty products . Spa Examiner: I sampled the product and I have to say, I love it, my skin felt amazing. I noticed a tightening and smoothing of the pores. So, you are the mastermind behind BeeVinity? Ellie Lobel: Yes, I am, it is my creation. I spent a year in the lab to perfect the cream. I wanted to keep it all natural with all plant-derived ingredients. I also wanted to utilize a really wonderful fruit citrus-honey-blend that I discovered from a beekeeper in Southern California. Youll notice it is not greasy and absorbs within a few minutes and keeps the skin hydrated. I wanted something for all women with any skin condition issue. I implemented some marshmallow extract to help with puffiness. BeeVinity is made with healing honey for blemishes and the bee venom stimulates circulation as it turns the cells over rapidly, simulating collagen and elastin. I wanted these products to work synergistically so anyone could use it for any reason. I was on tetracycline for years due to my Lyme disease and the sun doesnt mix well with the medicine, leaving dark pigmentation spots and scars on my face. BeeVinity dissipated my scars and the test subjects reported faded age spots among other anti-aging benefits. Spa Examiner: Do you have a background in the beauty industry? Ellie Lobel: No, I do not, except for as a consumer of beauty products. I had chronic Lyme disease for 15 years. My skin was very sensitive and I was on so many medications that I could never use Botox; it would make me very ill. I wanted a product to combat the aging process without making myself sick. Spa Examiner: BeeVinity uses actual bee venom? Ellie Lobel: Yes, it contains only one percent bee venom, because this is going to be used as a daily, twice-a-day moisturizer, the first of many products I am working on. This is going to keep your skin very hydrated, especially if you use a generous amount at bedtime. Spa Examiner: What other products are you creating? Ellie Lobel: An eye cream and an upper lip cream that contain a higher dose of bee venom to be used only at night. A facial mask, a lip plumper and a mens line called Sting. Spa Examiner: What will the mens line include? Ellie Lobel: A daily moisturizer that will use oil of Bergamot, which will fit right in line with the all-natural feel of the company. Spa Examiner: Where will the products be sold? Ellie Lobel: For now, on my website, BeeVinity.com , direct to consumer. A new website is under construction. Spa Examiner: How are you saving the bees? <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.examiner.com/article/bee-venom-face-cream-is-the-latest-buzz-anti-aging-skincare
Gross profit increased 13.1% to $293.56 million and the gross margin took a slight hit, declining 40 basis points to 33.8%. Ulta opened 11 new stores during the quarter to bring its total store count to 675, with all of its stores located in the United States. The stock reacted to these results by rising more than 6% in the next trading session that followed the release and it has continued rallying in the weeks since then. Source: Fool Flickr On Feb. 6, Sally released its first-quarter report for fiscal 2014 and the results were mixed in comparison with expectations; here's a breakdown and a year-over-year comparison: Metric $934.26 million Source: Benzinga Sally's earnings per share increased 9.4% and revenue increased 3.9% year-over-year, driven by comparable-store sales growth of 2.2%. Gross profit increased 3.6% to $460.53 million and the gross margin took a small hit, declining 10 basis points to 49%. Sally opened 24 new stores during the quarter, bringing its total store count to 4,693 worldwide. The stock reacted to these earnings results by jumping more than 7% higher in the trading session, but it has been all downhill since then as the stock has given back nearly all of its gains. Outlook on the quarters ahead Source: Ulta In its report, Ulta also provided its guidance for fiscal 2014; here's what the company expects the year will hold: Earnings per share growth in the mid-teens percentage range Revenue growth in the mid-teens percentage range Comparable-store sales growth in the range of 4%-6% The openings of 100 net new locations Ulta added that it expects to generate free cash flow in excess of $100 million, which will allow it to accomplish its expansion plans. The projected openings of 100 new stores would bring its count to approximately 775 and the company also noted that it believes it can build out its supply chain to support 1,200 stores in the United States; this would result in a 77.8% increase in its store count from today. Although we had become accustomed to seeing Ulta show growth of 20% each quarter, its outlook would still result in a solid year and its expansion plans set it up for continued success. Source: Sally Beauty Sally Beauty does not participate in the practice of providing an outlook, so we will use the consensus analyst estimates for the second quarter for argument's sake; here are those estimates: Metric $898.24 million Source: Estimize These expectations would result in earnings per share increasing 8.3% and revenue increasing 3.8% year-over-year; if these were to come true, the results would look very similar to the results we saw in the first quarter. Sally does plan to continue its share repurchases over the next several quarters and this will help drive its earnings-per-share growth to achieve analysts' expectations. Also, the company will likely continue to expand its store base to help drive revenue higher and give itself greater exposure to the world's beauty market. The French powerhouse we can't forget Source: Sephora's Instagram Before we choose a winner, we must also shed light on how a very large competitor in the industry performed in its most recent quarter and fiscal year. Sephora, which is owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (NASDAQOTH: LVMUY ) , is the largest beauty retailer in France, Italy, and Russia and it also has growing presences in the United States, Latin America, Middle East, and China. The company reported its earnings results on Jan. 30, so let's take a look at how its selective retail segment, which includes Sephora, performed: Time Frame & Metric 7.879 billion Euros Source: Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy The segment's revenue increased 8% in the fourth-quarter and 13.4% for the full-year of 2013 in comparison with 2012. The company noted that Sephora achieved sales growth and market share gains in all of its regions and it has been innovating to keep this trend going. Sephora now has over 1,300 locations worldwide and it has an expanding base of over 300 locations in North America. If Louis Vuitton were to spin Sephora off into a separately traded public company, it might become the company to own in the industry. However, until that time, there can only be one pure-play champion in the beauty industry... Source: Ulta And the winner is... After reviewing the quarterly results and outlooks on the quarters ahead, Ulta wins this match-up. The company reported substantial gains in the fourth quarter and I think the 9.2% comparable-store sales growth with a small margin hit was very impressive given the highly promotional holiday season that Ulta faced. Also, Ulta's expansion plans would allow for immense growth in the years ahead. Sally Beauty had a good quarter, but its growth has slowed quite a bit over the last few quarters and I do not feel it will provide a long-term return close to that of Ulta. Foolish investors who seek an investment in the beauty industry should dig deeper into Ulta, because the rally is potentially just getting started. Ulta represents a very good opportunity today, but still, there's a huge difference between a good stock and a stock that can make you rich. The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has selected his No. 1 stock for 2014, and it's one of those stocks that could make you rich. You can find out which stock it is in the special free report " The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014 ." Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company. Joseph Solitro has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days . We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/28/ulta-or-sally-beauty-which-retailer-posted-the-pre.aspx
<br/>In the past, beauty tips were geared towards only women of a certain age. Nowadays, both men and women of all ages know how helpful beauty advice can be. Consider that appearing beautiful means more than just have good genes. Putting in some effort, like with these tips, can help make great improvements.<br/>Use Vaseline for your eyebrows prior to slumber. This will nourish your hair and lead to shiny, healthy-looking brows. Be certain not to get vaseline on any other part of your face, since it might cause your skin to break out.Consider That Appearing Beautiful Means More Than Just Have Good Genes. <br/>Prior to using a fake tan, you should ensure any unwanted hair is removed 24 hours beforehand. Whether shaving or waxing, you'll need to wait 24 hours so you can get the best tan results. This keeps your tan looking its best.<br/>You should moisturize your face. This holds true for even the oiliest or greasiest of skin. Make sure that any moisturizer that you use contains SPF.Use A Highlighter Or Moisturizer With Warm Gold Or Pink Undertones To Add Some Life Back To Dull Wintery Skin.<br/>Use a highlighter or moisturizer with warm gold or pink undertones to add some life back to dull wintery skin. When applying these products, make sure to do so with a cosmetic sponge. If you are aiming for a radiant look that leaves you glowing, apply it along your cheekbones and your brow bones. Applied moderately, this undertone will blend in and look natural. If it looks shiny you have overdone it.<br/>Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler prior to applying mascara. Doing so will open the appearance of your eyes, and make your lashes look longer. Squeeze your lashes at the base and keep the curler there for a second. Then, you want to move the curler gently in the direction of the ends of your lashes, where you will squeeze it again. Working in an upward motion will give your lashes a nice natural curve.<br/>Exercise daily. Daily exercise will keep you feeling young and healthy. It is definitely essential for personal beauty. You should work out for at least 15 minutes daily. Be it spiffing up your flat or walking the dog; keep your body in motion.<br/>Do you have trouble with your nailpolish getting chipped? A top coat can help the look last as long as a week. Be aware that a top coat is not the same thing as clear nail polish. Don't buy clear polish. You need the top coat.<br/>Add milk to your beauty regimen. Drinking at least one glass of milk a day will help your bones, body and skin. Its protein content is great for building muscle. It helps you to lose weight, too. Milk is an easy solution to help you with beauty.<br/>Beauty is dependent upon a number of factors. With a bit of effort, you can greatly improve your own beauty. Working to improve your appearance can work wonders, as long as you are utilizing excellent tips. Hopefully, the ideas here can help you make the most of your effort and time spent on your looks.
Neuropathy can also cause dry skin on your feet and legs. Skin problems from dry skin include cracking, itching and infection. The following are tips to help keep your skin healthy when you have diabetes: Use a moisturizer every day. Keeping your skin moisturized is the simplest way to prevent skin problems. Apply moisturizer after bathing when your skin is damp. Avoid using moisturizer between your toes. Treat cuts immediately. Wash the area with soap and water and cover if necessary. If you have neuropathy pay careful attention to your legs and feets as you can have a cut or scratch and not know it is there because your nerves arent sending messages of pain to your brain. Avoid scratching cuts or scratches as this can increase the chance for infection. Apply a moisturizer instead. Keep baths and showers warm, but not hot. Hot water washes away the natural oils on your skin and increases dryness. Use a moisturizing cleanser. Pat your skin dry after showering or bathing. Be conscious of areas where water can accumulate, such as between toes and your armpits. Make sure these areas are dry. Use talcum powder in areas such as armpits, between the toes. the groin and other places where skin touches skin. Do a visual inspection of your skin. Look for red spots, dry or cracked skin, blisters or sores that can lead to infection. Treat any areas immediately and see your doctor if a sore does not heal. Make sure your doctor checks your feet during your office visits. Drink plenty of fluids. Your skin is moisturized from the inside. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated helps keep your skin healthy. Use lip balm to keep your lips moisturized. Avoid products with perfumes or other chemicals that can dry your skin. Use mild skin care products. Avoid using any products that arent essential to your skin care. Use a humidifier in your house to raise the moisture in the air. Always use a sunscreen when going outside. Wear all-cotton underwear. When outside in the cold or wind, always wear a hat that covers your ears. Wear gloves and boots. Use extra moisturizer during the cold winter months. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.healthcentral.com/skin-care/c/1443/168292/skin-care-people-diabetes
Photograph: Ji Yeo The photographer Ji Yeo had two dreams as an adolescent. One was to attend a prestigious college. The other was to have a full body transformation, top to toe, through cosmetic surgery. She spent her school years moving between the US and South Korea, and when she had achieved her first ambition, starting university in Seoul, she began pursuing her second. In her late teens she saw several cosmetic surgeons, more than 12 in all. Now 29, she says of that time: "I didn't like myself at all. I had very low self esteem. I even hated my toenails! I didn't like my hair. I didn't like my eyebrows." But the consultations failed to clear up her concerns about surgery. "The more I did," she says, "the more I questioned plastic surgery , because none of the doctors clearly explained how the surgeries would go, or the possible side effects. Not knowing every detail, I felt I just couldn't do it ... I had wanted plastic surgery my entire life, but I realised maybe something outside of me was almost forcing me to want it." To test this theory, she stopped the consultations, and embarked on her Beauty Recovery Room project. She contacted women through an online cosmetic surgery forum in South Korea, and asked whether they'd agree to have their picture taken in the days after surgery, when they were still bandaged. In return, in some cases, she helped look after them. Around 10 women said yes, and the results are extraordinary. The images show women at their most vulnerable: bandaged, bruised and scarred, in some cases with weeping wounds. In a culture where women are heavily criticised for looking old, out of shape or tired but also for any obvious signs of cosmetic surgery - the photos show a part of the process that's rarely seen, a moment when a woman is very clearly, unequivocally, a surgical subject. A shot from Ji Yeo's Beauty Recovery Room series. Photograph: Ji Yeo The photos have exerted such a fascination, that they keep on circulating both online, where they were most recently covered by Wired magazine and on the gallery circuit. Ji was shortlisted for the 2013 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize, which led to an image of a woman in surgical stockings and head bandage appearing in the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has been exhibited in Brighton, is currently on show at three galleries in the US, and has just been part of a two-person show in South Korea. In her series Somewhere on the Path, I See You, she took portraits of women in an eating-disorder support group, and is currently at work on a project depicting cosmetic-surgery facilities in South Korea. "Plastic surgery clinics are huge here," she says. "It's almost a hospital, not just a clinic. It's a 14-floor building, with entertainment rooms, everything ... <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Ji Yeo: dispatches from cosmetic surgery's frontline