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b-glowing 2013 CEW Insiders' Beauty Award Winners

Posted on 06/03/2013

Congratulations to our 2013 Cosmetic Executive Women Insiders' Beauty Award winners!

Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. is a nonprofit professional organization made up of over 5,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetic, fragrance, and related industries. Each year they test, vote, and announce their top picks in various beauty categories. We were thrilled to see three b-glowing favorites recognized this year!

BATH AND BODY

bliss Fatgirlsixpack: Winning the award for 'Best Bath and Body Prestige' product, Fatgirlsixpack by bliss is a tummy-toning gel with 6 active ingredients and an innovative ab-activating applicator. Paired with healthy eating and exercise, this product was designed to assist you in your quest for defined stomach muscles.  

SKINCARE

GlamGlow Super-mud Clearing Treatment: Winner of the 'Best Acne Treatment' award, this miracle mask by GlamGlow was scientifically developed to help fight all common skin concerns. It's ACNECIDIC-6 technology contains a six acid blend that is perfectly PH balanced for rapid results. From relieving problem skin and minimizing pores, to stimulating collagen production and reducing the appearance of fine lines, this mask does it all, and is a must-have for all skin types!

MEN'S GROOMING

Jack Black Dry Erase Ultra-calming Face Cream: Winning the title of 'Best Men's Grooming' product is a pretty big deal! But we understand why this skincare solution from Jack Black took the prize. This skin-calming lotion provides long-lasting moisturization throughout the day, reducing redness and irritation. We love its non-greasy formula, as well as the calming properties it offers post-shave. A great gift for Father's Day!

Check out these products and much more on b-glowing.com.

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Suitcase Space Savers

Posted on 05/31/2013

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Traveling this summer? Whether you are going cross country for a wedding, or making a trek up north for business, you will probably be packing for one reason or another in the months to come. Making the best use of your suitcase space is somewhat of an art form, or maybe puzzle is a better word.

Here are five tips to keep your 'case in place:

1. Plan ahead. The week leading up to your travels, look-up the weather in your destination, then pack your outfits accordingly. Shirts take up less space than pants, so try to plan ensembles based on your bottoms. Shoes also take up a lot of space, so pick your favorite pair to wear on the plane, and pack one alternative. If it's not raining where you are going, leave your umbrella at home. If it's going to be 90 degrees, don't bring a heavy jacket.

2. Pack outfits. How many times have we packed 12 shirts for a 3-day trip? Save space and time by packing complete looks (including jewelry, undergarments, and PJs), and nothing extra. If it helps, you can write down the pieces you need to pack on paper, and cross items off as you pack. Not only does this save you space in your case, but it will save you time on vacation. With each outfit planned in advance, you can be ready and out the door with ease.

3. Get help from your host. Take the time to call your hotel and ask them what kind of toiletries and appliances are available in your room or are accessible at the front desk. A lot of hotels have additional products available for guests, that aren't necessarily listed on their website. For example, travel toothbrushes, toothpaste, aspirin, etc. If you are staying with friends or relatives, the same advice is applicable.

4. Mind your makeup. Beauty products can take up more space than clothing for some travelers. Here's a trick to ensure you are only bringing the necessities: When getting ready the day of your trip, take a makeup bag and set it next to you. As you are getting ready, place the items you use for your go-to look in the bag after you are finished using them. When you are done getting ready, you will have everything you need in the bag, and nothing extra. Throw in a bright lipstick or alternate eyeshadow if you have a special event planned.

5. Leave room to grow. Utilizing all these tips will leave your suitcase looking svelte. Avoid the temptation to throw in items and fill it up! This extra room gives you the opportunity to do some shopping while you are away and bring home souvenirs.

Now that your bags are packed, it's time to go! Whether you are leaving on a jet plane or hopping in the ol' station wagon, make sure you remember to pack the most important thing … a smile!

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Introducing Jonathan Product

Posted on 05/30/2013

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b-glowing.com is excited to announce the latest addition to our haircare family, Jonathan Product. Described as "a harmonious fusion of nature and technology," Jonathan Product uses only the highest quality ingredients. We love this luxurious line of 100% vegan products, designed to give your hair everything it needs, and nothing it doesn't.

Jonathan Products' DIRT collection is a unique line of products that offers amazing texture and shine, without creating build-up or weighing down hair. Craving that second-day texture right out of the shower? Both DIRT Texturizing Paste and DIRT Texture Spray can be used to achieve that day-after manageability. 

Whether you are looking for volumetexture or even root touch-up, Jonathan Product has the haircare solution for you!

Browse other haircare products available at b-glowing.com.

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White Out Nail Trend

Posted on 05/29/2013

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InStyle magazine lists white nails as the summer trend in their June issue for multiple reasons. It's on-trend with the black and white phenomenon we are seeing in fashion this season, white goes with everything as it's the ultimate neutral, and it's edgy, while still maintaining a more friendly look than black.

Ready to rock a 'white out' mani? Try one of these fun, snow-inspired shades:

The New Black 'Solid White' - Part of the new Strip Club Collection, 'Solid White' offers you white polish with a thin brush for precise application. This is a nail art junky must-have. Perfect for an all-over white look, or a decorative pattern.

LVX 'Fantom' - This runway-inspired shade is as white as you can get. Formulated 5-free and cruelty free, 'Fantom' is the ideal shade to get that white wash of "color" this trend calls for.

Deborah Lippmann 'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' - Looking to rock this trend with a twist? 'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' gives you a white base with fun black specs to add a a touch of whimsy to your mani. Part of the Staccato Collection, this polish has already made quite an impression!

For the perfect white mani, make sure to use a base coat, as well as a top coat for a long-wearing look, and to prevent chipping! InStyle magazine suggests taking your prep a step further by applying a matte coat before the final layer of polish and top coat.

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skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit Giveaway

Posted on 05/28/2013

Enter now for your chance to win!

As we enter the summer season, stress from vacation planning, family gatherings, and even changes in climate can take their toll on our skin. That's where skyn ICELAND comes in. Their line of skincare products is specifically formulated to treat the effects of stress on your skin, using only pure and potent natural ingredients from Iceland.

You've read about our EXCLUSIVE skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit, and now we are giving you a chance to win one for FREE! Three lucky winners will receive this amazing set of skyn ICELAND's five top-selling products, valued at $87.50. Whether you are discovering the brand for the first time, or replenishing your stock, the skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit is a must-have for summer.

The skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit includes:

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (2 pairs) - Bring the spa to your home! As seen on the Today Show, these award-winning under-eye gel patches work miracles in only 10 minutes. You'll love the instant results including a decrease in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, as well as the improved tone and firmness of the area.

Glacial Face Wash - Purify stressed skin with this creamy, foaming cleanser. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters, this mild cleanser detoxifies and purifies the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Balancing and restorative, this face wash helps to relieve any stress-related bumps, breakouts, or irritation you may be experiencing.

Nordic Skin Peel - Uncover amazing, translucent, and glowing skin with this gentle, yet effective, treatment. Ingredients like lactic acid, papaya fruit extract, witch hazel, and green tea extract work together to dissolve dead skin, restore elasticity, and reduce pore size for an improvement to your skin's overall appearance.

Icelandic Relief Eye Pen - Perfect for minimizing puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles on the go, this portable product is perfect for travel or even your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. The lightweight contouring eye cream contains cotton powder to fill fine lines, and orange peel to reduce puffiness. This is a suitcase must-have!

the ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion - Perfect red and irritated skin with this hydrating, daily moisturizer. This product contains a mint derivative, providing a delightfully refreshing, cooling burst upon application. With Icelandic kelp working to fight inflammation, and meadow sweet extract for controlling oiliness throughout the day, this lotion is great for all skin types.

Ready for your chance to win this skin-saving kit for FREE? Click here to enter our giveaway! Compatible for desktop, mobile, and tablet.

Get to know the woman behind the brand, read our exclusive interview with skyn ICELAND founder, Sarah Kugleman, here.

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Behind the Brand: skyn ICELAND

Posted on 05/24/2013

Get the b-glowing EXCLUSIVE skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit, containing the brand's five top-selling products!

When chronic stress landed Sarah Kugleman in the hospital, she took action. Forced to re-evaluate her hectic lifestyle, Sarah embarked on a journey that would change her life. During a three month leave of absence, she traveled to Iceland as part of her healing process. Surrounded by the natural oasis of pure, unspoiled waters, air, and plants, Sarah drew inspiration for what would later become skyn ICELAND.

As devoted fans of this therapeutic skincare line, b-glowing brings you an insider look at the woman behind the brand. Learn more about skyn ICELAND founder Sarah Kugleman, her tips for a stress-free lifestyle, beauty must-haves, and personal skincare routine.

Shop Sarah's beauty must-haves here.

Stress has played a large role in your life, and the development of your brand. What do you do to relieve stress?

It has to be a holistic approach. 8 hours of sleep a night, a healthy and nutrient-rich diet, 64 ounces of water a day, a good exercise program and BREATHE! It's the simple things that really help us alleviate stress … and it's how we take care of the inside that shows on the outside. When I slip into a period of extreme stress, I know I have to get more sleep (when you get less is when you get sick!), cut out the refined sugar and white flour and load up on Omega-rich foods (to decrease internal inflammation such as salmon and avocado), antioxidants (lots of berries), magnesium (sweet potatoes) and vitamin B complex (broccoli) and vitamin D (supplement), try to get some cardio or yoga into my week and get a massage!

You are a mother, have you taught your daughter about stress management? What advice do you have for parents that want to educate their children about stress?

My daughter has a severe nut allergy, and that's very stressful.  Also girls, even at that age, can bully a bit. That's also stressful. I have helped her manage her stress by teaching her how to breath (sometimes we take deep breaths together!), the importance of sleep, the importance of eating organic and healthy foods (NO soda, NO candy, NO processed foods, LOW chemicals
), as well as exercise (she does ballet, gymnastics and tennis) and drinking lots of water. Stress is mental too - being able to manage what goes on in your head. I always tell her, "No one can make you feel badly about yourself. You are in control of your own feelings. Tell yourself 'I am a nice person, I am a good friend, and no one can make me feel badly.'"

Iceland has provided much inspiration to you in the development of your brand, how often do you travel there? What are your favorite things to do while visiting?

I travel back to Iceland usually once a year. Some of my favorite things to do are climb to the top of a glacier, walk on the black sand beaches at sunset and soak in a thermal bath. I also love hopping in a car with an Icelander and just driving wherever our whim takes us … you can discover the most otherworldly places there. Favorite food? I love lamb and yogurt. Iceland has unbelievable organic, locally-raised lamb and also locally-cultivated skyr, which is like the best yogurt you've ever had! Favorite place? That's so hard to say!! There are really so many incredible places - Eyrarbakki, Southern Iceland, which has these incredible black sand beaches and blue-green waters, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is a huge waterfall you can walk under.   

You started gloss.com, what is one of your most memorable moments from your time there?

There were so many moments where I had total out of body experiences with gloss. A few that come to mind … Finding out that I had closed a round of $5 million in financing and had to quit my job! Sitting in a meeting with Sara Jessica Parker, and her agent Kevin Euvaine, and negotiating a joint partnership. Being at a press event and having Victoria Principal teach me how/what to do when having your picture taken by a group of paparazzi. Having Jennifer Aniston introduce me to her fiancé Brad Pitt. Having lunch with Michael Keaton. Sitting in the Estee Lauder company headquarters on a Saturday, in hiding, while they discussed buying my company! Crazy …

You've attended, prepped and primed the models at New York Fashion Week for 8 years now. How would you describe your personal style?

Urban Chic - modern but comfortable.

What are some of your favorite pieces in your closet?

My black Chanel clutch, my snakeskin Givenchy bag, my blue patent Gucci platform pumps, my Rachel Zoe camel coat with faux fur collar, Tahari sequin dress, and a beaded mini skirt I bought years ago in St. Tropez.    

What is your go-to makeup look?

Black eyeliner, black mascara, pink lip gloss and a little bronzer!

What is your daily skincare regime?

Glacial Face Wash, Pure Cloud Cream, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream and at night Oxygen Infusion Night Cream.

How does your daily skincare regime change with the seasons?

In the winter I use the Arctic Hydrating Balm either instead of the Pure Cloud Cream or sometimes in addition to the Cloud Cream - my skin is super dry in the winter. In the summer sometimes I use the ANTIDOTE instead of the Pure Cloud Cream - I love the cooling sensation when it's hot and humid. Also, when my skin is winter dry or summer parched, I'll switch to the Pure Cloud Cleanser.     

What advice do you have for people that want to develop a skincare routine, but don't know where to start?

Keep it simple. Cleanse, moisturize and treat your eyes. When you're stressed it shows up first in the delicate eye area - this is where we see stress, aging, exhaustion, poor diet etc. So an eye cream is critical for overall skin health. Also, you have to cleanse your face (never go to sleep with makeup on!) and even if your skin is oily or combination, it needs moisture. I'd say start with a good daily cleanser (like skyn's Glacial Face Wash, which is gentle enough for all skin types, but really deep cleans without drying), a great moisturizer for your skin type (like skyn's Pure Cloud Cream) and an intensive eye cream (like our Icelandic Relief Eye Cream). Then when you get used to your routine and find the products that are right for you, you can add to it and layer on products to enhance, such as a serum, skin peel, SPF, etc.

What's next for skyn ICELAND?

Global expansion, exciting new partnerships, and fantastic, ground-breaking new products for inside and out.  

What can we expect to see in the next year or two?

We have an amazing serum and mask coming for fall, and next spring we're releasing a totally revolutionary new eye product. I'm also really excited to bring more information and education to our customers about stress management, research in the area of stress, relaxation techniques, fitness and nutrition tips and inspiration as well.

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NEW BECCA Cosmetics Ever-Matte Skin Collection

Posted on 05/23/2013

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Just in time for summer! We are LOVING the new shine-proof products from BECCA Cosmetics. In addition to a new eye primer and blotting powder, the collection includes a foundation our staff can't stop raving about. All three of these products are must-haves for an oil-free look that lasts all day.

Blotting Powder Perfector (2 shades): Whether you are setting your foundation in the AM or touching up your makeup in the PM, the BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector will remove shine and keep it at bay throughout the day. Available in Transparent and Sheer Tan shades, the silky formula controls shine and minimizes pores, without looking cakey.

Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation (18 shades): "My new favorite foundation!" 21-year-old b-glowing staff member, Kayla, has already declared this product her "Holy Grail" foundation. Great for all skin-types, this formula is ideal for oily skin, and controls shine throughout the day without touch-ups. And with 18 different shades, there is an option for everyone!

Eye Priming Perfector: Create a smooth, perfected canvas for your eye makeup with this new eye-priming product. This water-resistant, melt-proof formula will make eye looks pop and last all day without creasing. It's like underwear for your eyeshadow!

Ready to shop? Click here to view the new Ever-Matte Skin Collection. Click here for the entire range of BECCA Cosmetics products.

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NEW Gift with Purchase Offers

Posted on 05/21/2013

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We've got some fantastic NEW gift with purchase opportunities we are excited to share with you! Some of our favorite brands are offering you FREE goodies, just for shopping at b-glowing.com. We LOVE gift with purchase offers because they allow you to try a brand you might not know about, or discover a new product from a brand you already love, for FREE.

Check out these three NEW gift with purchase offerings and make sure to enter the corresponding code at check out when you place your order!

Freeze 24/7 Eye Serum: Receive a FREE .25oz Eye Serum with any $75+ Freeze 24/7 purchase. Valued at $57.50, this deluxe sample is a great way to try one of Freeze 24/7's top-selling products. Instantly firm, tone, and lift the under-eye area with this lightweight, fast-absorbing miracle product. Great for crow's feet and dark circles, you'll love the instant results! Use promo code FREEZE at checkout.

Skyn ICELAND ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion: Receive a .5oz ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion with any $50+ skyn ICELAND purchase. This deluxe sample is great for your purse or beach bag! Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids help preserve skin's natural moisture, while a mint derivative provides a burst of cooling tingle upon application. Great for waking up your skin (and you) in the morning! Use promo code COOLING at checkout.

Sekkisei Tote Bag + Deluxe Gift Set: Receive a FREE Kose Sekkisei tote bag and deluxe sample set of the brand's best sellers with any $75+ storewide purchase. What a great way to discover Kose Sekkisei! This amazing kit is perfect for travel, giving you TSA-approved sizes of your favorite skincare essentials. This gift with purchase includes a 1.3 oz Perfect Cleansing Oil, a .81 oz Brightening Lotion, a .67 oz Emulsion Excellent, and a .21 oz Eye Cream - all conveniently stored in a reusable canvas tote in Sekkisei blue. Use promo code KOSEGIFT at checkout.

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Blushing Bride Beauty Giveaway

Posted on 05/20/2013

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Bridal season is HERE! Whether you are walking down the aisle, giving the bride away, or stuffing down mini quiche as a guest, our 'Blushing Bride Beauty' giveaway will get you prepped and ready for all the wedding-related festivities ahead.

Valued at $269, we're giving ONE lucky winner four of our top beauty picks from b-glowing.com brands GlamGlow, He-Shi, Kevyn Aucoin, and Vapour Organic Beauty. These 'get ready' essentials  will have you looking fabulous for any special occasion you have coming up.

GlamGlow Mud Mask: Perfect your skin for all the photo-ops to come! This gentle exfoliant, developed for the Hollywood's elite, softens wrinkles and fine lines, while leaving skin smooth, supple, and bright.

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan + Mitt: Give yourself an instant, natural-looking, streak-free tan with the #1 selling self tanner in the UK. This quick-drying, buildable formula is perfect for achieving that sun-kissed glow quickly, and safely. The accompanying mitt is the best way to apply this product evenly, while keeping your hands protected from the product.

Kevyn Aucoin Candle Light Kit: This makeup kit gives you four Kevyn Aucoin makeup must-haves all in one convenient case! This kit includes Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Essential Eye Shadow Set Palette #8, Eye Pencil Primatiff in Basic White, and Precision Liquid Liner in Basic Black, as well as a mini candle to set the mood while you get ready.

Vapour Organic Beauty Vernissage 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Virtue: This natural pale pink color goes with any outfit, and is perfect for fingers and toes. This color transitions through all the wedding-related events - from rehearsal dinner to honeymoon. Simplify your mani/pedi with this sweet, 3-free shade.

Ready for your chance to win these products for FREE? Click here to enter our giveaway! Compatible for desktop, mobile, and tablet.

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b-glowing EXCLUSIVE: skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit

Posted on 05/17/2013

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Treat yourself to calmer, clearer and radiant skin! A b-glowing.com EXCLUSIVE, the skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit is valued at $87.50, and available for a limited time for only $50! This collection of products is the perfect way to discover skyn ICELAND if you haven't already, or add to your supply if you are already a skyn ICELAND fan.

Balance and soothe your skin with the brand's five top-selling products, all formulated to improve your skin and provide relief from stress.

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (2 pairs) - Bring the spa to your home! As seen on the Today Show, these award-winning under-eye gel patches work miracles in only 10 minutes. You'll love the instant results including a decrease in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, as well as the improved tone and firmness of the area.

Glacial Face Wash - Purify stressed skin with this creamy, foaming cleanser. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters, this mild cleanser detoxifies and purifies the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Balancing and restorative, this face wash helps to relieve any stress-related bumps, breakouts, or irritation you may be experiencing.

Nordic Skin Peel - Uncover amazing, translucent, and glowing skin with this gentle, yet effective, treatment. Ingredients like lactic acid, papaya fruit extract, witch hazel, and green tea extract work together to dissolve dead skin, restore elasticity, and reduce pore size for an improvement to your skin's overall appearance.

Icelandic Relief Eye Pen - Perfect for minimizing puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles on the go, this portable product is perfect for travel or even your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. The lightweight contouring eye cream contains cotton powder to fill fine lines, and orange peel to reduce puffiness. This is a suitcase must-have!

the ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion - Perfect red and irritated skin with this hydrating, daily moisturizer. This product contains a mint derivative, providing a delightfully refreshing, cooling burst upon application. With Icelandic kelp working to fight inflammation, and meadow sweet extract for controlling oiliness throughout the day, this lotion is great for all skin types.

Ready to take the skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit home? Click here to add it to your cart and for a limited time use promo code 20SS13 to save an additional 20% off on this kit!

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