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Introducing LaVanila

Posted on 06/17/2013

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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.

Do you know a vanilla-lover? The 'I Love Lavanila Gift Set' in Pure Vanilla or Vanilla Grapefruit contains a Healthy Body Butter, Fragrance, and Deodorant, and makes a great gift!

Discover this and more new additions to the b-glowing brand family by visiting our New Arrivals page.

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NEW ILIA Lipstick Crayons

Posted on 06/14/2013

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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:

#1: Design
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.

#2: Color
The six available shades are complexion-complementing, and look fabulous on all skin tones.

#3: Ingredients
ILIA Lipstick Crayons are made with certified organic ingredients and are both gluten and dairy free.

#4: Texture
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! First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes

Posted on 06/12/2013

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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!

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2013 Summer Nail Trends

Posted on 06/10/2013

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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.

BOLD ORANGE

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

BRIGHT LAVENDER

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

MERMAID METALLICS

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

COPPER GLITTER

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!

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Introducing Earth Tu Face

Posted on 06/06/2013

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When Sarah Busco and Marina Storm started making skincare products in their kitchen for personal use, they probably didn't anticipate their tinkering would go any further than their own home. However, shortly after their initial experiments, these two herbalists from California turned their recipes into a full-range of 100% natural skincare products. Having just launched in 2012, Earth tu Face has already received high praise from Marie Claire, Vogue.com, and Harpers Bazarre, as well as other top authorities in the biz.

Free from toxins and synthetic compounds, Earth tu Face believes you should never put on your skin what you wouldn't put in your mouth. With products designed to restore and rejuvenate skin cells, Earth tu Face is free from fragrances, fillers, preservatives, and chemicals, and uses reusable, compostable, and recyclable containers. Mother Earth approves!

We love their Face Serum, made with blue chamomile and carrot seed. This organic facial oil is great for all skin types, and can be used as a daily moisturizer in the morning or a hydrating night treatment, or both!

Check out more new brands and products on our New Arrivals page!

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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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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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