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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on 11/28/2013

From all of us here at b-glowing to all of you, our devotees, we’d like to say: Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re so very thankful for every single one of you, and we love to Make Beauty with you each day. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

To help make sure you do, we're offering 10% off your order and FREE shipping, today only!

And once you’ve reached your filling on stuffing, don’t forget to get a head start on holiday shopping with our edited gift guides. No matter who’s on your list, we can help you check them off.

 

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Relax with an At-Home Spa Day

Posted on 11/25/2013

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The holidays are a marathon, not a sprint. You’re going here, there, everywhere, and keeping plenty busy while at your destinations. You’re catching up with family and saying hello to old your friends. You’re cooking feasts, pulling together fabulous outfits, and creating beautiful looks. But these all have on thing in common: work!

The most wonderful time of year is the most exhausting, too. So when you’re in need of an hour of downtime, create a relaxing atmosphere with an at-home spa (or a wherever-you-happen-to-be spa). We’ve selected five items that will soothe and rejuvenate. Plus, all five would make an amazing, luxurious gift set.

Tokyo Milk Parfumarie CuriositeEiffel Tower No. 15 Bon Bon Bubbling Bath: You can’t fully relax without the perfect bubble bath; and this choice is sure to satisfy with a beautiful scent and plenty of bubbles. Because the rule is that you can’t leave the tub until the last bubble pops, right?

WeiGolden Root Purifying Mud Mask: While you’re soaking, detoxify your skin and hydrate with an ultra-soft mud mask. It boasts anti-aging benefits, and leaves skin smooth and brighter.

SachajuanIntensive Hair Oil: Use as a hair mask on damp hair by wrapping a towel around your head to lock in the heat and open up the cuticle. Hair will be strengthened and easier to style.

BlissMicrowaveable Poetic Waxing Kit: Easy to use and gentle enough for sensitive skin. The stripless, low-heat, hard-wax hair removal system "shrink-wraps" hair without adhering to skin. Use on face or body for results without the long-lasting, tell-tale signs.

 

And for Ambiance…

Illume Balsam and Cedar Demi Mercury Candle: Beautiful to look at with a scent just as nice. The fragrance is a charming mix of balsam, oak moss, cedarwood, cinnamon and eucalyptus.

For more gift ideas, shop our gift guide here.

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Shop b-glowing Gift Guides

Posted on 11/22/2013

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Shopping for others can sometimes prove to be a bit…challenging. Your girlfriends’ tastes vary; your coworkers have different interests; your mom is traditional, whereas your sister is trendy.

With so many personalities, you may feel forced to run from store to store, spending more time on the hunt than actually enjoying this magical time of year.

Well, we may not be elves, but b-glowing staff has worked hard so you don’t have to. We’ve curated charming gift guides for absolutely everyone on your list—yes, including your man—and we’ve made shopping as easy as possible with price points, personality types, and product types, and even created exclusive holiday edits by beauty editors and industry trendsetters (Refinery29, Pretty Connected, and b-glowing).

We’ve done the hard part so you can do the fun part—spoil friends and family! Ready to shop without the hassle? Browse our gift guides here.

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Cult Classic Beauty: Gloss Moderne

Posted on 11/19/2013

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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.

To treat hair with better care, we’re loving Gloss Moderne’s High-Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner. It makes hair smooth and treats it so gently that it improves, and maintains, your hair’s health. It can be hard to find a shampoos and conditioners that are moisturizing but also paraben, sulfate, and sodium chloride free. But Gloss has it all.

Plus, if you love locks that smell delish all day, Gloss is reminiscent of coconut and caramel, which makes showering more like dessert.

Our editor had this to say: “I recently started using this duo after having a keratin straightening treatment, and it has made my hair feel wonderful. The best thing is it’s obviously Keratin safe, but I don’t notice frizz or ‘crunchiness’ with my hair anymore, which is saying a lot since it’s gone through several chemical treatments. I’ve also heard that this will extend the life of my Keratin treatment.”

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

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The Holiday Edit

Posted on 11/17/2013

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We’ve curated gift guides from industry beauty experts, tastemakers that we follow from Pretty Connected and Refinery29. Pretty Connected is the creation of beauty veteran Lara Eurodolian—the heart of all things beauty, fashion, and lifestyle—that focuses on the latest trends and timeless favorites. Refinery29 is the largest independent fashion and style website in the U.S. The inspiring platform hails as the discovery agent for the best shopping and products, with experts that devote their lives to finding the best beauty out there. These trendsetters have scoured b-glowing.com and selected their absolute must-haves.

Lisa James

Owner/Founder, b-glowing.com

Must-Haves:

Anna Sui Limited Edition Minnie Mouse Lip Balm

By Terry Ombre Blackstar- Cream Eyeshadow, Blue Obsession

Illume Gilded Amberleaf 3-Wick Mercury Glass Candle

BECCA Limited Edition Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

tenoverten Worth Nail Lacquer

Paul & Joe Beaute Body Milk

Paul & Joe Beaute Treatment Balm, Original scent, Rose scent and Violet scent

Ineke Scent Library

Clarisonic LUXE Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head

L’Artisan Discovery Gift Set

 

Lara Eurodolian

Founder, Pretty Connected

Must-Haves:

Beautyblender Sponge

BECCA Eye Tint, Romanticism

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

Bliss, a Tan for All Seasons

By Terry Mascara Terrybly - Growth Booster Mascara

By Terry Ombre Blackstar- Cream Eyeshadow

Clarisonic Mia

IT Cosmetics IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

 

Megan McIntyre

Senior Beauty Editor, Refinery29

Must-Haves:

Bliss “A Citrus Carol”

By Terry Ombre Blackstar- Cream Eyeshadow

Compagnie De Provence Fig of Provence Liquid Marseille Hand Soap

Deborah Lippman Big Bang- Holiday 2013

Ilia Lipstick Crayon

Illume Mediterranean Boho Candle – Large

Kahina Giving Beauty FEZ Body Serum

Paul & Joe Beaute Limited Edition Kitty Eye & Cheek Color Set

Sachajuan Over Night Hair Repair

T3 BodyWaver

TOCCA Viaggio Holiday 2013 Eau de Parfum Trio

WEI Gingko Leaf Repairing Decolletage Treatment Pads

 

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Behind the Scenes with Sarah Potempa

Posted on 11/15/2013

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We’re so excited to add Sarah Potempa to our b-glowing brands, and we love hair made easy even more!

This celebrity hair stylist is the creator of amazing hair tools that make morning routines much more bearable. The cordless, rechargeable Jet-Setter styling iron is perfect for the gal on the go, while the Wrap Up is all about achieving stylish up-dos without the work.

The innovative Beachwaver (2013 Allure’s Best of Beauty Winner) curling iron rotates in both directions, and we recently took advantage of this innovation at a b-glowing photo shoot.

While getting hair photo-ready, our b-glowing stylist loved this curling iron to achieve quick, beautiful hair.

“Having the motor in this curling iron makes it so much more efficient than a standard curling iron. You wouldn’t think much of this at first, but it saves your arms so much strain from having to roll the curling iron on every section of hair.

“I loved using it on the photo shoot because I was doing so many heads of hair that it made things go much faster than if I was using a regular clamp curling iron. I definitely recommend it for home use as well for the girl who likes to speed up her routine any way she can. Lastly, it produced wonderful uniform waves and curls!”

You can see it in action in the video below, and to shop it, click here. For all Sarah Potempa, click here.

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Top Picks: Lipstick Queen

Posted on 11/13/2013

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We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Lipstick Queen to b-glowing! Lipstick Queen reigns in the lipstick category with its unparalleled luxury across its entire kingdom of products. We’re loyal followers of this incredible brand, which is a crown royal of lipstick lavishness.

Lorde says we’ll never be royals, but with products developed by creator Poppy King to fire up confidence, we’re left with the feeling that we can conquer the world.

Our staff loves the vast array of colors to match any skin tone or personality. Once you’ve attended your coronation, you’ll discover wearable and durable shades. Here’s what the b-glowing staff is saying:

 

“I love the Chinatown Gloss. It’s so easy to apply and perfect for me because I'm still a little scared of bold lips.” –Elizabeth, Marketing Assistant

“I love Medieval since it's so hydrating and matches any skin tone. It really feels like no other lipstick I've tried before!”–Erika, Creative Director

“I like the Chinatown Gloss Cameo color because it goes with every outfit and any makeup. It’s a great natural looking color that adds moisture and shine to the lips. LOVE IT!” –Kayla, Brand Assistant

“I love 'Hello Sailor' because it gives me a complexion-complementing berry tint that is perfect for fall!” –Holly, Brand Manager

“I like the Sinner lipstick in Bright Rose. It’s a full-coverage pigment with punchy neon pinky coral tone to it. It’s flattering on almost anyone, including on my fair skin and darker hair, because of all of the undertones. They seem to neutralize nicely while still being electrifying.” –Katelyn, Customer Service Director

 

To shop these picks, and all Lipstick Queen, click here.

Psst…For a limited time, receive a FREE Lipstick Queen Pink Poppy cosmetic pouch with any $20+ Lipstick Queen purchase. Code: QUEEN

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Cult Classic Beauty: ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Bar

Posted on 11/11/2013

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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.

For delicious cleansing, we love Arcona’s Raspberry Clarifying Bar. It’s great for acne-prone skin, but it won’t dry you out (thank goodness, as winter is upon us!), and it decongests skin gently.

You’ll soon see a reduction in both inflammation and skin irritation, courtesy of the raspberry antibacterial properties and the wine extracts. Plus, acne scars will be diminished with the powerful combination of vitamin E, aloe, and green tea extract.

We love keeping the bar in the shower as an easy way to remove makeup, too, as it can penetrate deep layers without irritating sensitive areas. Although the bar is not a soap, it leaves skin cleansed and toned, without the use of chemicals.

One very important note: the Clarifying Bar smells incredible, and as much as you might want to, we recommend sticking to cleansing with it, not eating it.

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

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Jack Black Brings Sexy Back to Women

Posted on 11/08/2013

 
Jack Black is all about uncomplicated skincare. It’s always been known for its dermatologist-tested products which are made with real ingredients like plant extracts, herbs and healing botanicals -- ingredients that come from time-tested natural remedies.

 Jack Black is bringing sexy back…to you! Once the top pick for fellas, Jack Black is also designed for you. It’s time to get even more intimate with your man and take advantage of sharing this amazing line—so you can get even closer to him. Here are our top picks that already work for your guy and can work for you, too.

DIY Power Peel - 40 Pads: These pads make for great daily exfoliation for refreshed, smooth skin. Our editor also recommends using them after waxing to prevent ingrown hairs.

Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant: The gentle formula protects against irritation and perspiration with a clean, refreshing fragrance. When shared with your man, you can breathe in his scent all day, keeping him close even when you’re far apart.

Protein Booster Skin Serum: Collagen boosting peptides help diminish wrinkles by 45% in less than two months, while anti-aging ingredients even skin tone by getting rid of 56% more spots. Now you can both stay young forever…or at least look that way!

All-Over Wash - 33oz: This body wash, face cleanser, and shampoo will save plenty of room in the shower.  It gets rid of dirt and sweat without stripping, providing thick, rich lather with special botanicals for a fresh scent.  It's simply an exhilerating experience!

Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil: If you want it all, this has it all. This oil is great for skin and hair, infusing both with intensive moisture plus potent antioxidants. It’s lightweight, quick absorbing, and, of course, gender neutral.

If you’re ready to share your care with your man, start shopping Jack Black now.

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Stress Tips from skyn ICELAND Founder Sarah Kugleman

Posted on 11/06/2013

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In honor of National Stress Awareness Day, b-glowing spoke with skyn ICELAND Founder Sarah Kugleman about her favorite ways to relieve stress, plus the products she uses to relax her skin.

SLEEP TIGHT TO RISE AND SHINE

1. Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to relieve anxiety and ward off illness. Sleep helps lower cortisol (stress) levels. When cortisol is too high it has a negative impact on our body and skin. When we sleep, our body releases human growth hormone, which helps to repair tissue and increase circulation, resulting in a healthier and happier you!

At the start or end of a long day, I like to use our Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels to smooth fine lines, diminish dark circles, reduce bags and to just sit back and relax. 

 

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

2. Pamper yourself. You only need 10 minutes before bed to rejuvenate with our new Fresh Start Face Mask to clear your pores, smooth and revive your skin, and feel refreshed and relaxed. Follow up with our new Arctic Elixir Serum with Raspberry Stem Cell Complex to repair, restore and recharge your skin. Taking good care of your skin now protects it against stress in the future.

 

ACT NATURAL

3. Develop a routine. When you’re stressed, it’s important to take care of your physical health. I try to work out three times a week and splurge on regular massages to relieve the tension that builds up from stress. It’s important for your mental well being to take care of your body. I work with a cardiologist who just wrote a book about self care. It is important to take the time each day to care for oneself; it’s the little things that can help to make us look and feel our best.

 

FIND THAT FEELING

4. Practicing yoga is an incredible way to release tension. It forces you to take a breather from life’s stresses and focus on inner balance and peace. When we are calm on the inside, it has been proven to show on our skin on the outside. Even simple stretching and meditation at home can work wonders for your body—both inside and out.

 

BOTTOMS UP

5. Drink plenty of water! I aim for 32 ounces per day to stay hydrated. Omega-rich foods such as salmon and avocado can also help to decrease internal inflammation.

 

You can shop skyn ICELAND here, and shop all b-glowing here.

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