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LET THERE BE LIGHT Facebook Giveaway

Posted on 11/04/2013

Enter our Let There Be Light giveaway here!

We’re giving FIVE lucky Facebook fans an Illume limited edition Gilded Amberleaf Metallic Knob Tin, valued at $23.50 (and perfect for the holidays). This Metallic Knob Tin makes a fashion statement in any home! Featuring an embossed geo-glam medallion and knob lid, the Amberleaf scent is a seasonal favorite, with notes of rich cedarwood and golden amber, infused with mandarin, vetiver, vanilla and tobacco.

Known for style just as much as scent, Illume candles are top-quality and fashion forward. The designs make perfect additions to the home, especially the limited-edition holiday collection, and with scents from full and warm to light and fruity, you’ll find the perfect fit.

Choose from colorful tins, sophisticated glassware, boho chic, and holiday favorites. The mini tins also make for perfect gift giving and stocking stuffing!

This week, FIVE Facebook fans will win an Illume limited edition Gilded Amberleaf Metallic Knob Tin—a $23.50 value!

Ready for your chance to win? Enter here.

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Hot off the Press: Koh Gen Do, St. Tropez, Adara, and Etat Libre d’Orange

Posted on 11/01/2013

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It’s certainly been quite the month for b-glowing brands! We’re thrilled to announce that many of our brands have been getting media attention. From head to scent, magazines have been name dropping, and these are the products they want you to get your hands on.

Koh Gen Do- Macro Vintage Mask: Mentioned in the October issue of Health magazine, the Macro Vintage Mask was chosen as one of Jessica Alba’s “Top 5 good, gentle products”. It increases immunity, while regenerating ingredients empower the skin, creating hydration that lasts for hours.

St. Tropez- Self Tan Bronzing Mousse: Winner of Allure’s 2013 Best of Beauty for Body Bronzer/Best Traditional Self-Tanner, Cosmopolitan’s “Best Self-Tanner” for the Global Beauty Awards, and Glamour’s "Best Body Bronzer or Self-Tanner: From Department/Specialty Stores" in their 2013 Glamour Glammy Awards. So…what are you waiting for?

Adara- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: InStyle magazine chose this nourishing body oil (great for the hair, too!) as one of its Best of Digital Beauty picks in the November issue, even calling b-glowing.com “Rad, Emerging Talent”.  While we’re honored on both accounts, we’re also excited for Adara’s well-deserved attention, as it’s one of our staff’s favorite products!

Etat Libre d’Orange- Archives 69: Also chosen in InStyle’s November issue, this inviting fragrance was another Best of Digital Beauty pick. With top notes of tangerine, pink berries CO2, and pepper leaf, we love the scent for its versatility and sense of freedom.

You can grab all of these products now, read more Hot Press here, and shop all b-glowing here.

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Behind the Brand with Francesco Clark of Clark’s Botanicals

Posted on 10/28/2013

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A b-glowing.com brand favorite—Clark’s Botanicals—keeps its natural products in the family. Started by father-son duo Harold and Francesco Clark, the skincare line covers you from head to toe with plant-based products that are soothing, healing, and protecting. Right now, you can also receive Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask ($22 value) free with any $80+ storewide purchase!

We spoke with Francesco about achieving beautiful skin and got an inside peek at his personal routine. He also told us all about his favorite b-glowing brands, and you can shop his picks here.

What is your daily skincare routine, and how do you adjust it seasonally or as your skin changes over time?

My daily skincare routine is always changing. I swear, I think my skin has ADD! One day it's really oily, and the next it can react so quickly to changing weather and ingredients - it'll feel like the desert. I do have constants that keep my skin in check, though.

For shaving, or when my skin is really sensitive, I use our Soothing Herbal Face Wash instead of shaving cream because it's moisturizing and doesn't leave me with redness. A lot of makeup artists love this to gently remove makeup, especially mascara, without being overly stripping. To get an added, subtle glow, I use it with my Clarisonic in the shower.

After cleansing, I use our Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist as a toner because it helps to prep the skin. This mist is not a toner, but I don't always use products in the way they're supposed to be used. It has botanical ingredients that are naturally antibacterial, so it's a good product if you're breaking out or oily, and it leaves your skin with this lifted look, so … why not? Plus, it's alcohol-free, which means it's never too much, even when my skin is being sensitive. 

My third step is the Nourishing Youth Serum, but only two pumps of it - a little goes a long way. It brings back that rosy glow that might have been lost in the winter, and it has two neuropeptides that help to soften the look of wrinkles. I use this every day, no matter what.

I found that consistency makes for the best skincare routine. I immediately follow this with Anti-Puff Eye Cream, which I keep in the fridge, because the bags under my eyes come out fighting every morning!

A dab of the Smoothing Marine Cream helps to keep my skin smooth, clear, and fresh. Again, you only need very little, and the tingling means the ingredients are working!

Your products focus on rebalancing the skin, and are especially effective for acneic skin types. What are your top tips for someone trying to clear his/her skin and keep it balanced?

The trick to keeping your skin clear and balanced is consistently using a good regime. Your skin needs time to re-balance. The Skin-Clearing Face and Body Wash is something customers use in the shower to ensure they use it every day, and it makes it easy. The Intense Radiance Mask was formulated to make your skin look like you went to a spa, and you can use it as a spot treatment wherever you might have a breakout. Finally, using the Smoothing Marine Cream every day will help keep your pores clear and your skin luminous. 

You used to work for Harper's Bazaar, what did you do there, and has that experience played a role in the development of your brand?

I loved working at Harper’s Bazaar. It felt like one of those moments where you were suddenly working in an incubator where all of these super-creative people got to do what they are passionate about every day.

I was a fashion assistant, and I'd say my top lessons learned there were how important it is to pay attention to detail and to follow through. If you say you'll do something, you' better do it, and do it well. I thrive in a challenging environment because it pushes you to that next level of growth. That's important to me now, too.

Also, there's something to be said about breaking the mold and taking a risk on something. In fashion and beauty, it's important not to just be another something, and confidence really becomes your parachute in that process.

Your dad helped in the development of the initial Clark's Botanicals line. Does he still contribute to new product development?

Yes, my father is very involved in the Clark's Botanicals process. This is a family business and we all help in our own ways. My father is a walking encyclopedia of homeopathy, traditional medicine, and botanicals - so family dinners jump from talking about my eight-year-old nephew's birthday party to how Ginseng combined with peptides can enhance anti-aging properties in skincare. 

You are a National Ambassador for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. How has this experience changed you? What is your favorite part about being involved in this organization?

Working with the Reeve Foundation is a dream come true. Christopher Reeve was my hero before I sustained my injury, and afterwards, he was my beacon of hope. He was articulate and could challenge any scientist, but explain a research study to anyone in a way you could understand in the blink of an eye. My passion in helping find a cure means so much to me, especially with a foundation that can communicate a message and medical funding so effectively. I still get goose bumps meeting other people who sustained, or know someone with, a spinal cord injury and establish a sense of support and hope. It is life changing. 

You are a business owner, an author, AND a spokesman for spinal cord injury survivors. How do you make time for yourself, and what do you do in the spare time that you have?

Time for myself. Tell me what that means? Ha! There are certain parts of my week that are non-negotiable. We have family dinners on Thursdays and Sundays. My mom pretty much cooks a Thanksgiving dinner on those days, and we're from Bologna, so if you love pasta … This is a time for us to regroup and catch up. I have an older brother and younger sister, who are both married, so the dinner table has grown. It's my favorite part of the week.

Finally, tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know.

Would you be surprised to know I would wear Lederhosen, growing up in Italy? Would you also be surprised I used to Yodel? Ricola!

Shop Francesco’s Top Picks here, and Clark’s Botanicals here.

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MAKE BEAUTY. ICONIC: Linda Rodin

Posted on 10/25/2013

Our BEAUTY ICON, Rodin Olio Lusso’s Linda Rodin is a natural—both at what she does and how she does it. She craves simple skincare with natural ingredients that fight impurities while recovering genuine beauty.

Coming from a style background, we were eager to learn about how the two worlds collide and how they can work together, especially when it comes to b-glowing brands Linda loves!

Describe the perfect Saturday in NYC. 
Waking up late, having a cappuccino and going with Winky to the flea market. And having nothing else to do the rest of the day. 

As someone who's worked both actively in fashion and now beauty, how important is it that these two styles complement each other?
Well, I think I was very lucky to have been first in the fashion business. It enabled me to have access to the best models, makeup and hair stylists in the world, so I could let them try my products. That's how the buzz happened. Word of mouth 

What is the best beauty advice you've ever received? 
Always keep your skin clean and fresh

If you were stuck with one piece of makeup what would it be?
Lipstick, for sure

From one woman to the next, whom do you admire? 
I admire women who juggle careers with their families, women who make a difference in the world by helping other people, and women who allow themselves to not be too affected by how they "should" look or feel. It's all right to be yourself. 

Linda’s b-glowing Product Picks:

Art of Shaving, Ocean Kelp—for the men in my life
butter London—love the colours!
BY TERRY—so creamy, especially the new moisturizing #301 lipstick
Japonesque, Manicure Set and Artisan Tweezer-Slant. I love japonesque sets of all kinds
Paul & Joe, eye colors CS. I adore Paul & Joe packaging 
Peter Thomas Roth, Ultra-Lite, Oil-Free Sunblock. Keeps my skin protected but not greasy
RGB—hip and gorgeous
Deborah Lippman—wonderful colors. 
Mason Pearson, Pocket Boar Bristle Brush.

For all Rodin Ollio Lusso products, shop here.

 

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butter London Illusionist Collection Mani

Posted on 10/24/2013

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Our Shadow Illusions mani is a super sleek and easy way to use this new collection to create a look with depth and a little mystery. These colors are great for fall, and add a vampy futuristic look to your nails. The deep purple of the bramble really complements the almost holographic oil spill that is petrol, creating an indigo-violet effect. With a quick glance at the nails, they even appear 3D. How cool is that?

  • For this simple mani, all you need is base/top coat and the new Illusionist collection. We used the color bramble and the top coat petrol.
  • Always start with clean, buffed and filed nails, and to ensure your mani lasts, don’t forget to push those cuticles back.
  • First apply a thin even base coat to each nail and let set to achieve a smooth base.
  • Next apply 1 coat of bramble to each nail. You can do two coats if there are spots, but because you are going to layer, you don’t want too much lacquer buildup. This is a very opaque color so one coat should suffice.
  • Wait for your first coat of bramble to dry before applying the sheer purple topcoat petrol.
  • For this mani, we want to give the illusion of a shadow to give depth to the iridescence of the petrol lacquer. To achieve this, start very carefully toward the bottom of the nail near the cuticle and leave ¼ inch strip of bramble. This will be your shadow. You can use tape to mark this off if you do not feel comfortable free-handing it.
  • You want to pull directly up from the line you have created to the free edge of the nail. Make sure to do two coats and to start your second coat from the same line.
  • Once both coats of petrol have dried, add a shiny top coat to seal in your new look!

Anxious to get the look? Shop butter London now.

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NEW Arrivals from IT Cosmetics, Ilia, and Peter Thomas Roth

Posted on 10/21/2013

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Don’t you just love something new? Well, how about new products—and new colors—from three beloved brands? Talk about a great way to start your Monday.

 

Perfect timing goes to IT Cosmetics. Just as we’re on the brink of a sure-to-be-busy holiday season, IT unveils the Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector. Soon, you’ll most likely be running around gathering supplies for holiday parties, or even traveling to your relatives, and, chances are, you won’t be getting as much sleep as you’d like.

For those mornings you wake in a borrowed bed, or on borrowed time, grab the Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector—your full night’s rest in a creamy concealer. The jar packs a lot of magic, as it brightens under your eyes while battling dark circles. It’s lightweight and delicate—everything you need after having a night that was anything but that.

To make those eyes pop, Ilia just released a new mascara in four beautiful shades. Your lashes will be strengthened (and lengthened) thanks to this natural mascara. It’s long-lasting, flake-free, and conditioning, to boot.

Ilia also revamped its wildly popular Lip Conditioners and Lipsticks by adding new shades. You can now grab Lust for Life—a fall limited edition mulberry color—in a Lip Conditioner, and Perfect Day—a fall limited edition toned-down coral color—in a Lipstick.

Peter Thomas Roth is also contributing to a beautiful month with its Neuroliquid Volufill Youth Moisturizing Hydra-Gel. Amino acids stimulate collagen to restore the appearance of fullness and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Long-term, you’re looking at improved moisture and visibly firmer skin. Immediately, you can expect luminosity and smoothness.

So what are you waiting for? Shop New Arrivals now.

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FREE Fall Beauty Bag

Posted on 10/18/2013

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Our coveted beauty bags are back! Starting now and for a limited time only (these bags will be gone fast!) you can snag a FREE fall beauty bag filled with $210 worth of incredible products with any $125+ storewide purchase.

You’ll love everything in the bag, including the bag itself. Echo is a brand known for quality, and this year, it's celebrating it's 90th anniversary! Although the company began with scarves, it now includes even more accessories. These three coveted designs are Echo's special anniversary patterns, continuing its tradition of bold, gorgeous colors. You’ll receive one of three stylish designs and be anxious to refill it with even more b-glowing brands (a coupon for $20 off your next $100+ purchase is included).

Get ready for a fall frenzy!

In the bag:

A coupon for $20 off your next order of $100+
Anastasia Brow Gel -deluxe sample
Aromachology Duo Roller Ball, featuring Sophisticated & Sensual and Bold & Brisk
Avene Body Oil, 50ml -travel-size
Beauty Blender Black Pro in mini box
b-glowing Echo bag
butter London Wine Gums LIPPY -full-size
Ellis Faas Mascara -full-size
EVE LOM TLC Radiance Cream -deluxe sample
Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer -deluxe sample
Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eye Shadow, Single Platinum- full-size
Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp, 100ml -deluxe sample
Skyn Iceland 1oz Glacial Wash -deluxe sample

Total Value: $210!

Want yours? Of course you do! Shop b-glowing now.

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Top Picks for Blushing Beauties

Posted on 10/16/2013

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Adding a little color to your cheeks help define cheekbones and can even make your eyes pop. Blushes—from neutral to daring—can really awaken your look.

We’ve come a long way since the days of having to pinch our cheeks to achieve that flushed color, and besides being thankful for now having beautiful options to replace that particular technique, we’re especially excited for the five following brands.

RMS Lip2Cheek in modest: This is a great color for fall, especially because berry cheeks are on trend at the moment. It adds a nice, natural pop of color to the apples of the cheek, and, bonus, it can be used on lips for too!

IT Cosmetics - Airbrush Blush Stain - Sweet Cheeks: This product works on everyone and gives the look of healthy, flushed cheeks. Designed by plastic surgeons with anti-aging benefits, this is another double-duty product.

Paul & Joe Cheek Color Refill in Cinema 04: This blush is a must-have for those who love a punchy coral blush. It’s easily blendable and can also be used to slightly contour. A little shimmer gives a radiant finish.

BY TERRY Blush Terrybly in Erotic Pink: When you want something a little less natural, this blush will definitely make a statement. Nothing too over the top, but this bubble gum pink is very feminine and always playful.

Ilia Multi-Stick in Cheek to Cheek: This blush has a few more brown undertones that look great on very pale skin or olive complexions. You can adjust the coverage and intensity of the color with the easy-to-apply stick design.

Ready to add some color? Shop blushes here!

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EASY ON THE EYES Facebook Giveaway

Posted on 10/14/2013

Enter our Easy on the Eyes giveaway!

All eyes are on our latest giveaway! We're giving FOUR lucky Facebook fans an Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair Cream, formulated to improve, protect, and strengthen, so fine lines and wrinkles are dramatically diminished.

Erno Laszlo is one of the most respected names in skincare. We especially love the Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair Cream because it works deep to repair damage and protect from future factors. The lavish gel cream counteracts the loss of elasticity and fights deepening wrinkles.

With its nourishing formula, it also reduces puffiness while brightening the eye area, giving you a youthful glow! You’ll love the innovative active ingredients as they target various signs of aging, but leave you with long-lasting moisture.

This week, we are giving FOUR lucky Facebook fans an eye cream, valued at $175, for 360° coverage and protection, while restoring your skin’s elasticity for an overall more youthful appearance. 

Ready for your chance to win? Click here to enter.

Can’t wait. Shop Erno Laszlo now.

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Cult Classic Beauty: Le Couvent des Minimes Good Night Pillow Mist

Posted on 10/11/2013

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We love introducing devotees to new brands and products, especially those that have a strong cult following. In our Cult Classic Beauty Picks boutiques, we've taken the guesswork out of trying new lines by hand-selecting our favorite products in SkincareMakeupFragranceHair CareBath + Body, and Men's.

Right now, we’re obsessed with the Le Couvent des Minimes Good Night Pillow Mist—Lavender & Acacia. Not only is the bottle totally beautiful (and completely worthy of prime real estate on your bedside table), but the scent is also calming. Going into winter, it’s easy to get wrapped up in daily obligations that’ll only feel more demanding with the cold weather and darkening skies (sometimes before you even get off work!). So when you finally get to rest your pretty head on your pillow, you’re craving utter relaxation.

Just a few sprays of this mist on your pillow or sheets will fill the room with a subtle lavender scent. It’s made with purifying essential oils of lavender, mandarin, Ravensera, and Tea Tree, which all help produce serotoin—that wonderful chemical your brain releases that helps you feel sleepy. Both your mind and body will feel relaxed, carrying you into a restorative sleep. Who doesn’t need more beauty sleep anyway?

Unwinding at night is an important step in not only your beauty routine, but in your health and wellness routine, too. Sleep tight, so you wake up ready to conquer your day.

Ready for a great night’s sleep? Shop Le Couvent des Minimes Good Night Pillow Mist here.

For this and more Cult Classic Beauty Picks, shop our boutiques at b-glowing.com.

Editor’s Note: The spray is affordable and luxurious, and most of all, it seriously chills me out on nights that I’m anxious for whatever reason, or having a hard time sleeping due to a busy brain. I don’t know what I ever did without it!

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