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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 »
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b-glowing.com brands got a lot of love last week. We get so excited when we stumble upon our favorite products in the press and pages of our beloved beauty mags. Find out what has been making headlines here!
The Zoe Report featured three b-glowing summer season staples last week:
People magazine included Julianne Hough in their 'Summer Beauty Watch' segment earlier this month:
Prtty Peaushun: Hough's go-to faux glow for sunny weather is Prtty Peaushun in Medium. This illuminating tinted lotion uses light-reflecting technology to hide minor imperfections and give definition to your body.
InStyle magazine gave their recommendations on how to achieve this season's 'bare' look in :
Kevyn Aucoin: The Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multipurpose primer, foundation, and concealer all-in-one. Used first as an allover base, then again to cover dark circles, blemishes and age spots, this redness-reducing must-have perfects skin without looking cakey.
Stay in-the-know on what's 'Hot Off the Press' by following our Pinterest board.Read More »
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Just in time for summer! Our office is buzzing with excitement from the NEW, limited edition butter LONDON Pop Art Trio!
These fashion-inspired shades are perfect for embracing the neon nail trend that is making headlines this season. Whether you are rocking a monochromatic mani with one shade, or mixing and matching the three in an art deco pattern, these electric lacquers are sure to turn heads.
The Pop Art Trio includes three opaque shades of blue, yellow, and pink that will quickly become your go-to colors for fingers and toes. Keks is an aqua blue that will perfectly highlight your favorite pair of flip flops. Cheeky Chops is a burst of yellow that will dazzle against neutral shades like black or white. And finally our staff favorite, Primrose Hill Picnic, is a timeless bright Barbie pink that complements all skin tones.
We are so thrilled about this fabulous NEW collection that, for a limited time, we are including a full size Alcopop Lippy FREE with the purchase of this trio.
Ready to show-off these hot, hot shades? Check out this fun and easy 3D Pop Art nail tutorial!Read More »
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And the award goes to … CONGRATULATIONS It Cosmetics! Their Bye Bye Redness product won a 2013 Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors (ICMAD) Cosmetic Innovator of the Year Award! We love to see our favorite brands and products recognized as leaders in the beauty industry.
Bye Bye Redness is a color-correcting cream that acts as an anti-aging treatment, in addition to camouflaging redness. Our staff loves this product because the creamy texture lasts all day, while hiding imperfections, and revealing a radiant glow.
You can use Bye Bye Redness as a primer, concealer or foundation, and mute redness caused by skin concerns like rosacea, broken capillaries, blemished skin, irritated skin, sun damage, scars, and age spots.Read More »
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Friday marks the first day of summer! To celebrate the new season, we'll be paying homage to some of our tried-and-true beauty favorites for summer weather.
Hazy, hot and humid weather can lead to an increase in oil production. To combat changes in our skin, we add Erno Laszlo Shake-It Tinted Treatment to our morning routine.
The 4th step in Dr. Erno Laszlo's renowned skincare ritual, the Shake-It Tinted Treatment was designed to treat the skin, and offer minimal coverage. Described as "80% treatment - 20% finish", Shake-It is similar to a toner - controlling surface oils and tightening pores - but also provides a sheer, matte finish that allows your natural glow to shine through.
Whether you are using Shake-It as a base for a very natural look, or applying it as a primer for heavier foundation, this treatment will even your skin tone, reduce redness, minimize pores, and keep you oil-free throughout the day. Perfect for summer weather!
Shake-It is ideal for normal to extremely oily skin and is best applied after moisturizer with a cotton ball. We recommend Erno Laszlo Finish Foundation SPF 15 as an alternative for ladies with dry skin, or as additional coverage on top of the Shake-It Tinted Treatment.
Win a personalized skincare treatment at the Erno Laszlo Institute in New York by entering our MAKE BEAUTY. ESCAPE sweepstakes on Facebook!Read More »
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Finally, the in-demand brand that has been flying off beauty shelves, is available now at b-glowing.com! We couldn't wait to get our hands on this delicious, uniquely-scented body and fragrance collection.
Inspired by her passion for vanilla and love of the beauty industry, Danielle Raynor founded LaVanila with the intention to create 100% healthy, yet luxurious, products. She succeeded! Recognized by publications like Lucky and TIME magazine for her efforts, Raynor has established herself as a leader in the all-natural beauty effort.
In addition to providing harsh chemical-free products, LaVanila delivers a range of intoxicating smells, infused with the most universally-loved fragrance in the world, vanilla. b-glowing staff has already added the renowned LaVanila Healthy Deodorant to their personal medicine cabinets, with the scent of Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Coconut wafting through our offices.
Discover this and more new additions to the b-glowing brand family by visiting our New Arrivals page.Read More »
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We are so excited to offer these new Lipstick Crayons from all-natural brand favorite, ILIA!
Available in six flattering shades, these moisturizing lip treats are packed with healing sesame, rose hip, and papaya oils, providing a perfectly smooth application you'll love!
What sets this product apart? Here are our TOP 5 REASONS to rock ILIA Lipstick Crayons:
The convenient twist-up design eliminates the need for messy sharpeners, making them a breeze to travel with, throw in your purse, and re-apply.
The six available shades are complexion-complementing, and look fabulous on all skin tones.
ILIA Lipstick Crayons are made with certified organic ingredients and are both gluten and dairy free.
You will love how these feel on the lips. The hydrating ingredients help the color glide-on smooth, filling-in fine lines and providing a natural-looking, semi-matte finish.
And #5: Fun
Each crayon is named after a popular song from either the 80's or early 90's!
99 Red Balloons (red) - 1983 hit from German band, Nena
Call Me (pink) - 1980 chart-topper by Blondie
Come Undone (nude) - 1993 sultry tune by Duran Duran
Dress You Up (berry) - 1985 Madonna classic
Iko Iko (sheer bronze) - 1982 cover by The Belle Stars, later featured in Oscar-winning Rain Man
Karma Chameleon (coral) - 1984 Billboard #1 from Culture Club
Pick your favorite shade, or song, and see for yourself why these crayons have made it on to our must-have makeup list!
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New from First Aid Beauty! We are loving this convenient new product from one of our favorite skincare brands. Gentle Cleansing Wipes easily remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities from the skin in a travel-friendly wipe!
Whether you are throwing these in your suitcase to save space, or adding them to your gym bag for post-workout refreshing, these wipes will keep you clean on-the-go! These time-savers are great for mornings when your alarm doesn't go off, or nights when you just can't seem to make it to the sink to wash your face.
Other uses? Keep a pack in the car for quick clean-up, or toss them in your beach bag to stay cool and de-sand feet.
Want to know what else is new? Check out our New Arrivals page for the latest and greatest!Read More »
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Summer is HERE! And with the sunny weather comes a flourish of flip flops and new nails trends. The Zoe Report shared their top nail trends for this season, and we weren't surprised to see some of our favorite b-glowing brand shades featured in their list! Learn why these shades are receiving the spotlight and get the tools for the trends below.
Replace your hot pinks and peachy corals this summer with a bold orange! RGB Cosmetics 'Monarch' shade embodies this summer nail trend like no other. This brilliant, creamy, opaque polish is both five-free and cruelty free, making it as fun to wear as it is to look at. Bold orange fingers and toes are a great way to accessorize a neutral outfit in black or beige, or play-off a fun print.
Bold Orange Alternative: 'Citrine' by LVX
Looking to transition your spring pastels into summer? Then you'll love this next trend! Keep your mani/pedi relaxing and sweet with a soft lavender lacquer like Deborah Lippmann's 'Do The Mermaid'. This fun combination of lilac base and lavender glitter complements any LWD (little white dress) you might be sporting this season!
Bright Lavender Alternative: 'The Royals Collection' by butter LONDON
Mimic the summer-popular oceans and pools with your polish! RGB Cosmetics 'Cerulean' is a beautiful blue opalescent shade that goes well with denim and looks great at the beach. These magically mirroring shades look perfect when paired with gold rings and jewel-toned bracelets.
Mermaid Metallics Alternative: 'Waves' by The New Black
Looking for a more luxurious way to rock glitter this summer? butter LONDON 'Bit Faker' is a mahogany-toned polish from their Summer 2013 collection, made-up of gold and copper sparkles. This glamorous mani looks great against sun-kissed skin, and will easily transition into the fall season.
Copper Glitter Alternative: 'Scuppered' by butter LONDON
Check out our post on 'white out' nails for more summer trends to try!Read More »