As the temperature increases outside, so does the amount of oil and sweat our bodies produce during the day. We've polled our b-glowing.com beauty experts to provide you with their top tips and tricks to control shine this season.
Adjust Your Face Wash:
If you are noticing an oilier complexion, we recommend changing up your skincare routine, starting with your daily wash. Creamier cleansers, formulated for hydration, are great for dryer winter months, but in the summertime switch to something more lightweight with oil-controlling ingredients. We recommend Erno Laszlo Oil-Control Cleansing Bar to balance your skin and keep oil at bay.
Don't Skimp on the Moisturizer:
Even if you are feeling oily, it's still important to moisturize after cleansing your face. Moisturizers act as a barrier between your pores and your makeup, and can also provide SPF protection and other skincare benefits like anti-aging treatment and, in this case, oil-control. Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel absorbs shine and controls excess oil and sweat throughout the day, without over-drying the skin. We love this as a primer for makeup. Great for men too!
Lighten Your Makeup Load:
In hotter temps, heavy foundation can melt into pores, increasing oil production and causing breakouts. In the summer season, reach for lightweight makeup formulas like tinted moisturizers or sunscreens. One of our favorites is Jouer Cosmetics Matte Moisture Tint. Available in multiple shades, this oil-free, water resistant, mattifying tinted moisturizer controls shine, and contains SPF 15 protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Tempted to touch-up? Beware! Piling on additional layers of powder not only looks cakey, but can contribute to even more oil production, and clogged pores. Before you reach for that compact, try a disposable blotting paper instead. One of our favorites is the Evening Aburatorigami Blotting Papers by Tatcha. These all-natural, charcoal-infused papers leave no residue on the skin, and won't disturb your makeup. With 40 sheets per pack, you can touch-up-and-trash, without spreading oil or bacteria around.Read More »
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The beauty industry is buzzing about some of our favorite b-glowing brand products for the month of July. We have such a wide variety of summer must-haves, it's no surprise to us to see these beloved beauty essentials hailed as top picks from the editors. Find out what's been making headlines here!
Lucky magazine showed us how to achieve a summer glow using recently-released beauty products, new to the market.
BY TERRY: The Hyaluronic Summer Bronzing Hydra-Veil is designed to provide you with a long-lasting glow, while evening skin tone, reducing pores, and minimizing wrinkles and imperfections. We love the nourishing moisture and freshness our skin receives when we use this product, along with a bronzed, sun-kissed tint.
ELLE magazine announced their 2013 'Green Star' award-winners, honoring top eco-friendly products from the past year.
ILIA: Winner of the 'Megabright Mouth' award, ILIA's Lipsticks and Lip Conditioners pack a punch of color, while nourishing your lips with all-natural ingredients like sesame, sunflower, and grape seed oils.
Vapour Organic Beauty: Winner of the 'Flushed Cheeks' award, Vapour Organic Beauty's Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks provide buildable color for cheeks, lips, and even eyes. Packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients like frankincense and lotus flower, these sticks are easy to apply and blend seamlessly into your skin.
InStyle magazine gave their 'Top 10 Ways to Look Amazing at the Beach' this month.
St. Tropez: the St. Tropez Tan Optimiser Tan Remover helps you perfect your sunless tan and correct any mishaps. We love to use this salon-inspired product on our palms, fingers and feet after product application to ensure a natural, sun-kissed look.Read More »
A lot of products slip under the radar in the beauty industry, which is why we are launching our new 'Hidden Gems' segment here at the b-glowing.com Magazine. We are excited to recognize our staff favorites, and give them the attention they deserve!
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This week's hidden gem is RGB Cosmetics Nail Color Remover Pads. This soy-based product gently removes your nail polish without the use of acetone or acetate - some of the most toxic chemicals in the cosmetic industry. The pre-moistened pads are non-hazardous, almost odorless, and leave nails looking nourished and healthy.
Why We're Pushing These Pads:
"I love the RGB Cosmetics Nail Color Remover Pads because they work, and are travel-friendly. I have them at my desk, in my purse, in my car, and in my bathroom. One pad takes care of all 10 nails, and leaves them looking shiny too. One quick tip: Make sure to wash your hands between using these pads and applying new nail lacquer, the oil-based formula can make polish application difficult if left on the nail." - b-glowing.com Social Media Administrator, HollyRead More »
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New at b-glowing! Shaveworks The Cool Fix Rollerball by Anthony Logistics is the perfect companion for lip and brow waxing. Now available in a convenient roll-on dispenser, The Cool Fix Rollerball fits easily in your purse for your next salon appointment.
We love how the cooling and soothing gel feels on the skin post-strip rip. Not only does The Cool Fix Rollerball calm redness and irritation - reducing those telling pink patches above the lip and brow - it also helps to prevent breakouts and ingrown hairs during hair regrowth.
For larger areas like underarms, legs, and the bikini area, try The Cool Fix in the 5.3 oz bottle for shaving and waxing relief!
Stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest products and brands at b-glowing by browsing our New Arrivals!Read More »
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You may have come across terms like 3-Free, 4-Free, or 5-Free in the past when shopping for nail polish. But what does that mean? b-glowing.com is here to give you the 411 on what your lacquer is leaving out!
3-Free: When you see 3-Free on a nail polish, it means it is made without the use of: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), or Formaldehyde.
4-Free: When you see 5-Free on a nail polish, it means it is made without the use of: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Camphor.
5-Free: When you see 5-Free on a nail polish, it means it is made without the use of: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor.
What are these ingredients? Why are they used in the first place?
Toluene: Helps polish go on smoothly. Also found in gasoline, rubber cement, and shoe polish. Inhaling products containing toluene causes light-headedness, nausea and even unconsciousness and sometimes death. It's also linked to developmental damage for pregnant women.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): Prevents your polish from chipping and cracking. Also found in adhesives, printing ink, and plastics. It's been designated a reproductive and developmental toxin.
Formaldehyde: Makes polish tough and resistant. Most commonly found in nail strengtheners, not polish. It's also directly linked to nasal sinus cancer and the development of leukemia.
Formaldehyde Resin: A less toxic version of formaldehyde, this ingredient is still considered a skin allergen that can cause dermatitis.
Camphor: Helps polish adhere to your nails. Also used as a moth repellent, used in the embalming process, and found in fireworks. While it is less hazardous than the "Toxic 3", it does cause skin irritation and is poisonous when ingested in large doses. Nail biters beware!
b-glowing.com is proud to carry a wide range of 3-Free, 4-Free, and 5-Free nail polish brands that we love. You will easily find bright, bold, beautiful colors that are long-lasting and SAFE! Here is a list, start shopping now!
- The New Black
We're celebrating Independence Day week by recognizing some of our favorite products made in the Land of the Stars and Stripes.
ARCONA Magic White Ice: Part of ARCONA's signature Basic Five routine, Magic White Ice is a daily hydrating moisturizer that works to balance the skin as well as clarify the complexion. We love how the gel consistency leaves a dewy finish that feels light and refreshing. For dryer skin, try Magic Dry Ice.
PRTTY PEAUSHUN: Created by makeup artist Bethany Karlyn, PRTTY PEAUSHUN is an all-over body perfecter that uses light-reflecting pigments to even out skin tone, enhance muscle tone, and give the skin a radiant glow. This is a celebrity favorite, and a b-glowing staff must-have for short weather!
Jack Black All Day Oil-Contol Lotion: A Men's Health Award winner, this product absorbs oil throughout the day, keeping the skin shine-free. The lightweight formula gives you a matte look from AM to PM, and works to minimize the appearance of pores. This multipurpose skincare is a great gift for the guy-on-the-go, providing protection from the elements, keeping his skin clear, and oil under control.
rms beauty Cream Eyeshadow: Great for all ages, these nourishing cream shadows moisturize the eye, minimizing the appearance of lines. The sheer pigments are easy to apply, and instantly create an illuminating effect that brightens the eye, and creates a natural contour. These shadows look amazing all on their own, and look best when applied to the lid and crease using your fingertip.
These top picks aren't the only products waving Old Glory, all of these featured brands make 100% of their products in the U.S. of A.Read More »
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July has arrived! As the temperatures heat up, we are seeing more and more b-glowing.com brands and products featured as summer beauty must-haves in the press. Find out what has been making headlines here!
Both Malibu magazine and Vogue Japan highlighted kai fragrance in their July editions:
kai fragrance: A full line of luxurious bath + body and fragrance products, kai's signature scent of exotic white flowers and gardenia is synonymous with the summer season. Whether you are exfoliating with Oprah's favorite, Body Buffer, or spritzing on Body Glow to give your skin a healthy, sexy radiance - you'll love the floral fun kai fragrance provides.
Coastal Life sheds some light on Soleil Organique founder, Valerie McMurray, and the brains behind the brand:
Soleil Organique: Suncare that is all-natural, but still luxurious! This brand offers a wide range of SPF products that keep you protected, while feeling great on the skin. We love the easy-to-apply, mineral-infused Sun Stick, containing SPF 30 and certified organic, hydrating ingredients like jojoba and avocado oil.
InStyle magazine editors gave their tips on how to look amazing at the beach:
Beautyblender: Use a Pure Beautyblender to apply sunscreen to your face. It provides a thorough and even application that won't look thick or miss spots, protecting your entire face! Check out the Beautyblender Pure Kit that includes 1 Beautyblender applicator, solid-form cleanser, and a case, perfect for travel!
The Zoe Report declared 'Less is More' and gave their top 10 picks for a natural look:
Keep up on what's 'Hot Off the Press' by checking back here every Monday!Read More »
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The b-glowing office is bustling with excitement over the latest and greatest hair tool release from T3. The BODYWAVER HAS ARRIVED!
Using brand new SinglePass Radial Technology, the T3 BodyWaver provides completely consistent heat throughout the 1.75" barrel to deliver fast, healthy results that last.
We love the BodyWaver for big bouncy curls, beautiful beachy waves, or simple polished styles. Whether you are adding texture or volume, the BodyWaver streamlines your tresses, providing you with smooth, frizz-free locks that look and feel professionally styled. This is a blowout in a box!
Styling Tip: Hotter is not always better! Curls and waves set when they cool. If you find your locks aren't maintaining their shape, turn town the temp. You can also cuddle curls in your hand while they cool to keep the lock intact, or roll and pin the section to your head while styling the remaining tresses.
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It's summer! As you swap-out pants and sweaters for more skin-baring apparel, you will probably be reaching for that self-tanner bottle as well! Before you go to town with sunless tanning products, check out our top tips for a natural, streak-free application that will have you beautifully bronzed in no time.
Prepping your face and body for self-tanning is just as, if not more, important than the actual application itself.
Exfoliate: Tanning solution appears darker on dry, rough patches because those areas soak-in more product. Exfoliating your entire body prior to application, paying special attention to elbows and knees, will yield an overall even result. Try (1) He-Shi Exfoliating Body Wash to remove dead skin cells from face and body.
Shave: Make sure to do any shaving prior to applying self-tanners, as razors are a form of exfoliation, shaving can fade your tan faster. We recommend (2) Shaveworks Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream from Anthony Logistics for a close shave that slows hair growth and reduces ingrown hairs.
Staff Tip: Use Rosebud Salve on cuticles, nails, and toes to protect them from the tanning solution. It gives the overall tan a more natural appearance.
Now that you are prepped, you are ready to apply your sunless tanning solution of choice. Our staff favorite is (3) St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. Winner of the 2013 Allure Magazine Readers' Choice Award for prestige self-tanner, the golden color appears instantly, and doesn't have that tell-tale "tanning" smell. Using a Tanning Mitt for application will ensure a streak-free tan, and prevent product-soaked palms that look less than natural.
Apply: Using long, even strokes, apply the product starting with your legs. Work from thigh to knee to calf, blending into the ankle, then slightly onto the top of the foot and toes. Once the legs are perfected, move to hips, stomach, and chest, blending into neck. Finish the process with the shoulders, moving down the arm, into the wrist, and blending onto the top of the hand and fingers.
Staff Tip: When applying self-tanner, complete each body part thoroughly before moving to the next. Skipping around will lead to missed areas and light spots. If you notice any streaks or dark spots, a small amount of water can be used to even-out the product.
Once your product application is complete, wait 4-6 hours before sweating, showering, or swimming. We recommend self-tanning at night before bed so your tan can develop overnight, and you can shower off the excess product in the morning.
Maintain: You can always add more layers of solution to get a darker tone, touch-up spots you missed, or create definition. Keeping your skin moisturized is key to prolonging the look of your sunless tan. Dry skin can cause the color to slough off, creating a "crackled" effect, and looking less natural.
Staff Tip: Use (4) Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse shimmer oil to keep skin hydrated and golden. It smells delicious and the shimmer sparkles in the sun, great for skirts and shorts!
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Developed to relieve weighed-down hair of accumulated oil between washes, dry shampoo has become almost as popular as it's water-activated cousin, and for some, used more often. As more and more men and women opt to cleanse their locks less frequently - a practice that protects the hair's natural, conditioning oils - dry shampoos are quickly becoming top-sellers for haircare lines.
b-glowing.com offers a wide range of dry shampoos from the top names in the beauty industry. We've picked four of our favorites to help you navigate the world of shampoo substitutes!
Styling Tip: Although dry shampoo was formulated to extend hair-cleansing intervals, it also works wonders on freshly-washed locks to add volume and texture. These powders and sprays add great grip for styling limp locks, especially for more complicated looks like updos and braids.Read More »