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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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Top Picks: Protection for Your Tresses

Posted on 10/10/2013

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It takes a lot of heat for your hair to look flawless—from drying to styling. But when you jump right in, you’re not giving your delicate hair follicles a fighting chance.

To prevent damage, and for a better overall look, use a heat protectant. When heat is applied directly to the hair, the hair shaft opens, making it vulnerable to damage or even color loss. But protectants cover the follicle so it stays sealed and the shaft maintains moisture, so your hair’s texture, shine, and fluidity will stay gorgeous (plus your heating tools will work better!).

With cold mornings coming, there will be less air drying and more blow drying. Can your strands take the heat? We’ve gathered our favorite b-glowing Heat Protectants, and all of them will help safeguard your locks while you have fun playing with different looks!

Sachajuan, Straight and Shine Spray: From the beloved brand known for its simple but effective hair care, we love this spray because it cares for you hair in the best ways: heat protection, added shine, touchable texture, and it’s easy to rinse out.

Shea Terra Organics, Argan Face and Body Oil: Hailing from Morocco, this specialized treatment is made from the Argania Spinosa tree, which produces oil that has twice as much Vitamin E as olive oil. You’ll reap reparative benefits, and it’s 100% natural. While you can use it everywhere on your body (score!), it also helps moisturize dry hair.

Oscar Blandi, Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray: This dry spray is packing keratin proteins that nourish and strengthen, so you’re fully covered. We love it because it’s also great for restyling, so you can reshape your look throughout the day with added shine and stronger hold.

Rare E’l’ements, Marula Cocktail: No, it’s not for drinking, but it is a great mix of nutrient-rich oils. You can use it as a leave-in conditioner for instant shine, added moisture, breakage prevention, shaping, styling, and flyaway and frizz control. It made our list because it’s lightweight and silicone free.

Leonor Greyl, Huile de Palme: This treatment can be used as a pre-shampoo or on its own, and it’s natural oils work to soften hair. It’ll detangle, as well as protect, with gentle, environmentally friendly ingredients.

Ready to protect your hair? Shop Styling Products here.

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Make Over with BY TERRY Graphism

Posted on 10/07/2013

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BY TERRY just debuted its new Graphism makeup collection, and our staff had a great time testing these amazing products. They not only create a beautiful, sophisticated look, but they also feel even better on your skin.

We were lucky enough to have four Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge to experiment with, and the pigments and consistency left us completely blown away. This lipstick will give you a punch of color, while maintaining a super-rich moisturizing feel.

We really love them all, but two of our favorites are the Be Red and the Plum Plump Girl. One is a vibrant red with a neutral base that will look good on all skin tones. It can sometimes be hard to find a good red with so many different shades from which to choose, but we are confident anyone can pull this shade off.

Plum Plump Girl is a daring, violet fuchsia that is great for fall. While it might not be your every-day, go-to color, it is perfect for an evening out or when you’re feeling especially bold.

BY TERRY is known for its Ombre Blackstar Cream eye shadow, and this product always gets rave reviews. What we’re most excited for is the two new matte colors: Black Matte and Brown Perfection. You get the creaminess of cream shimmer shadow but with a demure finish, plus each color can be layered for the desired effect and shade. We were able to get a light contour with the Brown Perfection, but also amp it up for a smokier look.

Then we tried the new Crayon Khol Terrybly additions in two truly pigment-packed colors: Royal Navy and Emerald Evasion. Here you can see just how bright and high voltage the Royal Navy shade is. It’s an easy way to make a statement without having to do a lot of work. With just a little mascara and liner, the look was totally eye catching. We couldn’t stop staring at it! The green is equally as beautiful, but dialed down a notch, so it can absolutely be worn to a more conservative occasion.

Remember, to MAKE BEAUTY. ® is to Make Creativity! Shop these picks and all BY TERRY.

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Q&A with BY TERRY National Makeup Artist

Posted on 10/07/2013

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It's no secret that we're big fans of BY TERRY's, well, everything! So in honor of her new Graphism makeup collection, we spoke with Brian Bracero, a BY TERRY National Makeup Artist.

See what makes these luxury products so cherished and learn why their speciality treatments will have you looking and feeling better

What do you love most about working with BY TERRY products?
I love that all the products, right down to our nail laquers, are infused treatments. The products are developed to moisturize and hydrate the area they're being applied to.

What is your favorite BY TERRY product for Fall 2013 and why? 
My favorite new product from the Fall 2013 collection is the new Ombre Blackstar #12 & #13. I love a smooth, matte cream shadow. You get a gorgeous smokey eye. 

What is your best trick for achieving a bold brow look? 
Using the new Eyebrow Mascara and combing the brows up and brushing the Touch-Expert Advanced above and below the brows to highlight. 

What can women do with their makeup to look younger?  
Skincare ritual is key. Also Hyaluronic Hydra Primer is perfect to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to achieve a youthful complexion. 

Tell us your favorite Fall 2013 makeup trend. 
A bold eye with a deep berry lip is gorgeous for this fall.

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Behind the Brand: Tammy Fender

Posted on 10/04/2013

We’re devoted fans of Tammy Fender’s holistic skincare line—a natural force to be reckoned with. b-glowing brings you an insider look at Tammy—both the woman and the brand—as she shares her inspiration, her favorite products, and her personal skincare routine.

Shop Tammy's beauty must-haves here.

What are your favorite b-glowing.com brand products?

My favorite b-glowing products are Plus Clarisonic, Eve Lom Muslin Cloths, Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, Kai Parfum, and Ilia Lipstick Crayon.

Although I love all of the formulations, there’s a quick, five-minute fix that does wonders for the skin, using my Epi-Peel and Quintessential Serum. First, The Epi-Peel reinvigorates the skin, increasing circulation and bringing oxygen to the surface, while sloughing off dead cells. Then the Quintessential Serum provides instant nourishment and leaves skin with a luminous glow—a little lipstick and mascara and off you go!

What inspired you to create your own skincare line?

My collection was born in the treatment room, though it expresses my lifelong passion for holistic living. I trained as an aesthetician, but also studied botany, aromatherapy, and holistic chemistry. I began blending my own custom formulas in my kitchen to suit my clients' needs.

Once they experienced good results, word spread—friends told friends, and, happily, the line grew from there.

What one product would you recommend to someone who has never tried Tammy Fender and why?

People go wild for our Quintessential Serum, which is super concentrated, deeply moisturizing, and provides rich replenishment and nourishment for the skin. This includes a powerful dose of the fatty acids, gamma linolenic acids, and antioxidants skin craves.

The serum penetrates skin at the cellular level and, thanks to its purity, is easily absorbed by the body. It both strengthens and soothes skin, while bringing the body, mind, and spirit into holistic balance. It's really an all-in-one. I use it as a moisturizer on my face, hands, and elbows, but also several times a day on my lips, around my eyes, and at the tips of my hair to encourage a healthy shine.

What is your personal skincare routine?

One of the amazing things about skin is that it is constantly under transformation and actually wholly regenerates itself approximately every 27 days. My skincare routine shifts as I sense changes in what my skin needs.

Right now, before sleeping, I like to wash away the day's pollutants with Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk. I follow with Chamomile Tonic, which supports the vascular system wonderfully and has such a heavenly scent. I use a bit of Capillary Strengthening Blend, which is full of carrot seed extract—an excellent, natural source of Vitamin A.

I don't always re-cleanse in the mornings, as it's nice to let the natural oils be. So I begin early in the day with energizing Essential C Tonic and finish with a bit of Quintessential Serum to rejuvenate and protect the skin.

What is your go-to makeup look?

My makeup look is super simple. If I do wear any makeup at all, I use a little mascara and Afterglow Lipstick in "Secret."

Favorite fashion piece in your closet?

The looks that I love best are always simple white clothes that are feminine and beautiful. I like to wear those with jeweled sandals, though I can't get along without a pair of go-with-everything heels. Bohemian tunics are another favorite, and I have a real weakness for beaded jewelry.

How did you develop your brand's philosophy of Pure Living Energy, and how do you implement that philosophy within your company?

My beauty philosophy is rooted in ancient holistic medicine, which emphasizes that overall health is achieved by treating each person holistically, on the spiritual, emotional, and physical levels.

When I meet with a client, I take into account the whole person, addressing imbalances on every plane. In the same way, Pure Living Energy underlines the interconnectedness and the synergy between our lives and the world around us. The energy of plants and flowers harnessed by my formulas is tremendously healing, and that life force can be transmitted to every cell of our being.

All of us working together harmoniously at Tammy Fender have made it our mission to support our clients in achieving healthful lifestyles as we all find our way to a natural state. We love to share in the beauty, radiance, and joy that can only come from within.

Tell us what to expect from Tammy Fender in the near future.

Tammy Fender is growing as a luxury brand. We're slowly expanding into new global markets, and we always have exciting new products in the works.

We recently introduced our Cellulite & Stretch Mark Smoothing Solution, which is remarkable, effective, and uniquely healing. We've got many more revolutionary ideas to come!

Shop Tammy's beauty must-haves here, and all Tammy Fender products here.

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Allure's Best of Beauty: Avène Cleansing Foam, Mattifying Fluid, T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i

Posted on 10/02/2013

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Each year, Allure honors the “Best of Beauty,” naming the 14 most innovative products of the year. b-glowing brands have graced the list yet again for 2013 with two products in the top 14 and two more receiving honors for hair. Read all about the products, and learn what makes them rank among the best!

Eau Thermale Avène Cleansing Foam and Mattifying Fluid: The formula is loved for its ability to cut down on oil production without leaving skin dry. Instead, it helps users achieve a matte finish. Although each can be used separately, using them together creates the best results. Both are paraben-free and leave the T-zone looking T-errific.

 

 T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i: The original T3 Featherweight is winner of four Allure “Best of Beauty” picks. The Luxe 2i model has been optimized for speed, drying medium-textured hair in only 7 minutes (faster than the original)! The innovative tool evaporates the water on the hair fast enough that the mois

ture in the strands isn’t stolen—so your hair is never damaged. It also reduces frizz and increases both body and shine. Talk about Featherweight Champion.

“Best of Beauty” Hair honor for Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray: Help your hair before styling by protecting it against heat damage. This dry-spray uses keratin proteins to nourish hair while defending it, too. You can use before styling, to reshape, or on wet hair before blow drying.

“Best of Beauty” Hair Honor for Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Conditioner: Honey nectar and ginseng control frizz often associated with naturally curly hair, while leaving the hair gorgeously vivid. Its moisture boost works to define and control curls, plus detangles without adding weight.

You can read more about b-glowing brands’ hot press here, and shop all products here.

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Hot off the Press: Celebs Love b-glowing Products!

Posted on 10/01/2013

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Celebrities have the best access to the best brands. But here’s a secret: so do you! 

She Finds is dishing on the “50 Beauty Products Celebrities Can’t Live Without,” and b-glowing brands are among the chosen ones. 

LaLicious Sugar Kiss Scrub, picked by Emma Roberts: It’s a b-glowing staff favorite, too! A perfect combination of citrus, rose, and vanilla is an absolute treat for your senses. Plus, it’s a moisturizing exfoliator that you can simply rub on then rinse before stepping out of the shower. It’s natural and hydrating, so you can even skip your post-shower lotion application (you’ll smell amazing). 

Editor’s Note: After rinsing the scrub away, you can achieve a close shave for silky smooth results.

Rosebud Salve, picked by Selena Gomez: It does everything you’d expect from a great lip balm: moisturizes and calms for more kissable lips. But what makes it special is its ability to heal skin irritation and sooth minor burns. It’s not pucker exclusive; you can use it on dry elbows, nail cuticles, knees, or even for diaper rash! Which begs the question, would a Rose by any other name smell as sweet (or do as much)? 

St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Gel, picked by Carrie Underwood: Streaking is a verb—not an adjective to describe your tan. With St. Tropez’s Self-Tan Bronzing Gel, this holds true, as you’ll achieve the perfect glow for days, without leaving behind any evidence.

WEI Gingko Leaf Repairing Face Treatment Pads, picked by Demi Moore: Demi makes aging look easy (and practically nonexistent). With Wei’s Gingko Leaf Repairing Face Treatment Pads, you, too, can tackle dehydration, sagginess, dullness, redness, and loss of elasticity. The travel friendly pads are suitable for even the most-sensitive skin, and you’ll see results in just 10 minutes.

You can read more about b-glowing brands’ hot press here, and shop all products here.

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Cult Classic Beauty: Etat Libre D’Orange “Tilda Swinton Like This” Fragrance

Posted on 09/27/2013

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At b-glowing.com, we pride ourselves on introducing beauty devotees to new, innovative brands. But how do you know which products to try within a new brand you've only just discovered? In our Cult Classic Beauty Picks boutiques (say that five times fast), we've taken the guesswork out of trying new lines by hand-selecting our favorite products in SkincareMakeupFragranceHair CareBath + Body, and Men's.

In fragrances, we’re currently all a flutter for Etat Libre D’Orange’s “Tilda Swinton Like This.” Named for the Hollywood actress who’s known to make a striking presence on screen (the White Witch, anyone?) “Like This” is just as bold as Ms. Swinton.

At the Fragrance Foundation’s 2011 FIFI’s awards, the scent won the Specialist Prize. It’s especially perfect for fall, since its top notes include tangerine, ginger, immortal flower, and pumpkin.

We especially love it because the scent boasts its own personality, which will only help yours shine through. It’s spicy and strong—perfect for our creative beauties, or anyone wanting to try something a little daring.

Want to feel Like This? Then shop it now!

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

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NEW Products from Heir Atelier, Ursa Major, and Deitanseku

Posted on 09/26/2013

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Face these facts: some of our newest arrivals in skincare are making a serious difference for both men and women. From media darling Heir Atelier to shaving king Ursa Major to Mother Nature-made Deitanseki, learn about b-glowing’s latest additions!

For Her

HEIR ATELIER, Ultimate Makeup Prep: Crave a simple morning routine? This serum is for you then, since it not only hydrates, but it also creates the perfect canvas so your makeup will look better throughout the day. Use on freshly cleansed skin before makeup application for a romantic, dewy complexion that never looks greasy. It also boasts anti-aging elements, Vitamins C and E and zero parabens or silicone. It’s kind of an overachiever.

Oh, and some of its biggest fans include Vogue, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Allure, Daily Candy, Zoe Report, and GenLux magazine.

For Him

URSA MAJOR, Stellar Shave Cream: There’s no reason to dread your morning shave when you’re armed with nourishing shave cream, especially when it protects against razor burn. Ursa Major’s shave cream is concentrated, so it softens your whiskers, plus one bottle lasts 3-9 months, for most shavers. With it, you’ll ditch the toxins and chemicals (it’s 98.6% natural), and since it’s non-foaming, you can clearly see every spot you need to shave—and those you don’t—meaning, no accidents. Apply it by hand, and for best results, combine use with other Ursa Major shaving products.

For Them

DEITANSEKU, Charcoal Soap: Great for both guys and gals, charcoal works as a natural purifier, which means it’s also an amazingly effective cleanser. Charcoal latches onto dirt, impurities, and even makeup, leaving with you with a deep-clean, while still maintaining moisture-rich skin. Don’t let the appearance fool you; your skin will be left with a cypress scent after each use.

Editor's Tip: As with any soap be sure to rinse well. And due to its color, this one will even let you know where you missed!

Ready to make these newbies your new favorites? Shop Heir Atelier, Deitanseku, and Ursa Major.

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Top Picks for Your Lips

Posted on 09/25/2013

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Fall is famous for color, which makes it the perfect time to adopt a new one yourself. Lipstick is a great accessory that can be bold, complementary or even work as a natural enhancement. Pucker up for this week’s top picks; b-glowing staff adores these lipsticks for the fall season.  

BY TERRY Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge, Fatal Shot: It plumps, moisturizes, disguises wrinkles and fine lines and finishes with a subtle gloss. Available in 15 colors, you can switch up your look daily, or stick to one hue for the season. For fall, our staff loves Fatal Shot: It’s a great berry color that looks playful without being too pinky.

ELLIS FAAS Creamy Lips, Blood Red: An easy, smooth application stains lips without the sticky feeling. You’ll get full coverage with a creamy finish, courtesy of a spongy applicator. We love the Blood Red color because it helps make a seductive statement without going overboard. It’s a good red for fall because it has a touch of brown, which tones it down for the perfect shade.

ILIA LIPSTICK, Funnel of Love: ILIA shades are beautifully modern with organic ingredients. The tones are generally more subtle, with a few pops of bold color, but they can all be layered so you can create your personal shade. Funnel of Love is a warm, nude shade for when you want some color that won’t clash with a smokey eye; or it’s great just for a natural palate.

KEVYN AUCOIN The Matte Lipsticks, Persistence: The color and the moisture last all day. Plus, the formula contains ingredients that minimize wrinkles over time, guaranteed. We love Persistence because it’s a fun, bold color that’ll turn heads! The more edgy violet color is perfect for the girl who likes to shake it up a bit.

To find these brands, and to browse all of our smooch-worthy lipsticks, shop here.

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