GS The Beauty Authority

A beauty focused how-to blog featuring makeup how-to's, plus modern skin care tips, reviews of beauty devices, our current obsessions, what inspires us, plus countless quick tips and tutorials from industry make-up artists and beauty insiders.

How to Contour with Biofond

How to Contour with Biofond

Contouring with makeup gives you the artistic ability to create dimension through highlighting and shadowing the face for a more complimentary appearance.  You can make your nose or chin appear smaller, your cheek bones more defined, or hide an uneven complexion due to skin damage or illness.   Makeup artist have been contouring faces for decades, it's not a new trend, but has gained a lot of traction in social media...

The best Essential Oil blend for All Skin Types

The best Essential Oil blend for All Skin Types

In my house, we refer to the Renaissance Active Oil as 'Magic Oil'.  We have literally used this super elixir on everything! Sunburns, Eczema, dry skin from Chemotherapy, 3rd degree burns, dry skin, acne, and diaper rashes.  RAO is a blend of 100% pharmaceutical grade essential oils (see our previous post on why that's important). The intrinsic and carefully cultivated formula helps to...

6 Makeup Steps for women 40+

6 Makeup Steps for women 40+

While watching some YouTube videos with self-proclaimed Beauty Artists and realized that women of all ages were trying to look like Kylie K., Mermaids or Mimi (from that tv show!).  That time has passed for me and I have no interest in attempting eyeliner to the sky or neon-pink lipstick, and that's okay.  So here are my best 6 Makeup tips for women 40+ ...

What does Pharmaceutical Grade mean?

What does Pharmaceutical Grade mean?

All of Gerda Spillmann’s skin care and cosmetic products are made with 100% Pharmaceutical Grade Ingredients. Why the fuss over such a title on ingredients? Pharmaceutical Grade – subject to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Regulation and must meet their requirement that products are 99.9% pure ingredients. This high quality level of ingredients must contain 0.1%, or...

Do I really need a skin care toner?

Do I really need a skin care toner?

Skincare Toner is one of the beauty products that has been constantly debated by experts and gurus - do you really need one?   First, lets define what a toner is and its primary purpose.  Toner is a light liquid that helps to cleanse and remove excess oil from the skin.  A quality toner will be alcohol free so that it doesn't overdry the skin but dissolves stubborn oil and bacteria...

6 Steps for Flawless Foundation Makeup

6 Steps for Flawless Foundation Makeup

Getting the magazine worthy flawless foundation is easy when you know the right steps.  We will walk you through 6 easy steps to improve your selfies and your beauty confidence! Great makeup always starts with great skincare.   1. Skincare Clean and...

5 Spring Makeup Trends for Anyone

5 Spring Makeup Trends for Anyone

It's finally Spring! For me it felt like the winter was never-ending.  Even now the wind is cold coming off the snowy mountains but I am relishing in the sunshine!  All this Vitamin D has me excited about the Spring Trends in Makeup happening right now. The great thing about these 5 trends is...

How stress effects your skin

How stress effects your skin

"The mind and skin are connected on many different levels; A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety, or hypertension."  -  Karen Mallin, PsyD, an instructor in the departments of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and dermatology & cutaneous...

DIY Skincare Myths

DIY Skincare Myths

DIY skin care tricks are abundant, but are they actually good for your skin? Whether you’re looking at basic baking soda, a dab of toothpaste or rubbing that lemon slice all over your face, here are 3 reasons DIY remedies aren’t all they seem. Chances are you’ve heard many DIY ideas that involve applying toothpaste to an unfriendly zit. Don’t do it. If you’re still tempted remember this: ...

Guest Blog: My Skincare & Beauty experience with Gerda Spillmann

Guest Blog: My Skincare & Beauty experience with Gerda Spillmann

My skincare and beauty experience with Gerda Spillmann At some point in every woman’s life, the feeling of aging tends to become more of a reality than we want to believe. Starting a proper skincare regimen and taking care of our skin becomes much more important. Until recently, I was never...

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