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Tips & Tricks: What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Posted on 08/08/2013

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Hyaluronic acid. It's the ingredient you've heard about, but may not really know. In this week's 'Tips & Tricks', b-glowing.com put on a lab coat and gives you the lowdown on this commonly-used anti-aging miracle ingredient.

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan or HA, occurs naturally in our bodies, but decreases as we get older. It enables our bodies to retain moisture, keeps our joints lubricated, and keeps our skin smooth, elastic, and full.

In 2003, the FDA approved the use of HA as an injectable to fill wrinkles, remove scars, and plump lips - also known as Restylane injections. HA is also commonly used to replace fluid in joints, treat eczema, and heal tissue post eye surgery.

Because of its multiple cosmetic benefits, HA has gradually made its way into the beauty industry as a topical treatment for anti-aging and skin restoration. Hyaluronic acid's ability to bind moisture to the surface of the skin, while still allowing oxygen through, makes it a perfect addition to hydrating creams, serums and liquid makeup.

Several b-glowing.com brands have incorporated HA into their product formulas, like BY TERRY, Peter Thomas Roth, and Goldfaden MD. We continue to see this effective ingredient in anti-aging skincare brands and products we bring on.

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Top Picks: Cult Classic Beauty

Posted on 08/07/2013

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At b-glowing.com, we pride ourselves on introducing beauty junkies to new, innovative brands they may not have ever heard of. But how do you know what products to try within a new brand you've just discovered? In our new Cult Classic Beauty Picks boutiques, we've taken the guesswork out of trying new lines by hand-selecting our favorite products in Skincare, Makeup, Fragrance, Hair Care, Bath + Body, and Men's.

Here are just a handful of our favorites:

Le Couvent Des Minimes Face Polishing Cream: This gentle and creamy exfoliator leaves skin noticeably smoother and soft, without drying out the skin or causing irritation. The infusion of damask rose, musk rose, and wild rose ingredients stimulate cell renewal, and protect your skin against free radicals - leaving you with a healthy glow you'll love!

RMS Beauty "un" powder: This translucent setting powder is the perfect final touch to any beauty routine. Formulated with the purest silica, this makeup essential works to soften the skin, minimize the appearance of pores, as well as minimize shine and keep your makeup look perfect throughout the day!

Honoré des Prés Love Coconut (We Love NY Collection): Fresh coconut milk mixes with gently-spiced coriander, vanilla, and tonka bean to give you a sweet, but not too sweet fragrance that is easy to wear, and 100% natural and organic. We love that this perfume is packaged in a coffee to-go cup as part of the 'We Love NY Collection'. So fun and so New York!

Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer: "I love volume because it gives a thickness and richness to hair, " Serge Normant tells ELLE magazine in this month's issue. It's no wonder why we love this product so much to give our locks a healthy boost. Great for every hair type, this product gives you height, without weighing down your hair.

Earth Tu Face Salt Scrub: Made with 100% plant-based, food grade ingredients, this pure sea salt scrub stimulates circulation, and even combats cellulite! We love the smell of the organic bergamot, lemon, and basil oils that are known to invigorate the immune system and uplift your mood. In addition to exfoliating and detoxifying your body, this scrub is a great hydrator, leaving your skin soft and smooth after the bath or shower. You don't even need a moisturizer after!

Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash: This staff and customer favorite combines powerful skin-clearing salicylic acid with hydrating ingredients to clear his skin without drying it out. Perfect for all skin types, this cleanser is especially effective on acneic skin types. Great for guys and gals!

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

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Hot Off the Press: Tammy Fender, Oscar Blandi, bliss

Posted on 08/06/2013

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August is here! Where did the summer go? As we enter the final month of the season, beauty mags are hanging on to the sunshine with self-tanner reviews and short hair styling tips. Find out what b-glowing.com brands have been making headlines here!

ELLE magazine Executive Beauty Editor, April Long, shared her passion for luxe skin serums with a review of Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water.

" … when I discovered Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water, it was love at first sniff. So far, I've splashed it on as a toner, decanted some into a spray bottle for on-the-go complexion revival, and doused cotton pads with it to soothe puffy eyelids. With 7,000 petals in every drop, rose essence doesn't come cheap, but maybe that's a good thing. Otherwise, I'd probably bathe in the stuff."

Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water: This pampering skincare product strengthens and tones the delicate tissues of your skin, balancing and restoring energy, and leaving the complexion supple and revitalized.

Allure magazine reports on repairing your hair from post-summer sun damage.

Oscar Blandi At Home Salon Glaze: Restore chlorine-stripped hair back to a rich, shiny hue. This rich, color-preserving glaze prevents fading, adds moisture, brightens your hair, and protects from heat damage. We love how this simple and convenient treatment transforms our dull locks in the comfort of our own home!

InStyle magazine helps you fight cellulite with at-home treatments based on your age.

bliss Fat Girl Slimulator: This rubber massage tool is perfect for stimulating the skin, prepping it for follow-up cellulite-reducing products like FatGirlSlim. It can also be used as an applicator for these products. Purchase the FatGirlSlim Treatment Set to receive the Slimulator, and introductory-sized FatGirlSlim, FatGirlSleep, and FatGirlScrub.

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NEW Gift with Purchase: Erno Laszlo

Posted on 08/01/2013

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Who doesn't love a little something extra just for shopping? b-glowing.com is proud to offer a new and exciting gift with purchase opportunity from top-selling skincare brand, Erno Laszlo.

Erno Laszlo's cleansing routine is the key to achieving the famed 'Laszlo Glow' synonymous with their followers, including celebrity devotees like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. This personalized system for balanced skin starts with a dynamic duo - PHELITYL Pre-Cleansing Oil, paired with renowned SEA MUD Deep Cleansing Bar.

This power couple attacks grime, pollution, and makeup on the outside, and detoxifies your pores and cells of perspiration and oils on the inside. These partners work together to remove impurities without stripping the skin, exfoliate and promote cellular regeneration, and prime the skin for hydrators, serums, and makeup.

Now you can try both of these best sellers FREE! Simply enter promo code ELCLEANSE at checkout with any b-glowing.com storewide purchase of $75 or more.

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Tips & Tricks: Paul & Joe Beaute Fall 2013 Fairytale Collection

Posted on 07/31/2013

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It's here! The much-anticipated Paul & Joe Beaute Fall 2013 Fairytale Collection launches TODAY, August 1st. We are so excited to introduce this romantic, limited edition collection of fairytale-inspired eye and lip products.

We had the exclusive opportunity to preview the collection earlier this summer, and jumped at the chance to film this gorgeous tutorial using the new products. This simple, yet sophisticated look is glowing and youthful, and transitions perfectly from day to night.

Products Use in this Tutorial:

- Eye Color Set in La Belle Époque 087
- Liquid Eye Liner in True Black
- Loose Face Powder in Transparent
- Cheek Color Refill in Prima Donna 07
- Lipstick in Happily Ever After
- Lipstick Case 011

Visit b-glowing.com NOW to purchase products from this exciting new Paul & Joe Beaute collection.

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AVAILABLE NOW: Paul & Joe Beaute Fall 2013 Fairytale Collection

Posted on 07/30/2013

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Available NOW at b-glowing.com! The NEW Paul & Joe Beaute Fall 2013 Fairytale Collection is here and it is gorgeous!

We previewed this amazing collection earlier this summer and fell in love with the romantic packaging and illuminating products - perfect for creating both smokey looks for evening and lighter, glowing effects for day.

The Paul & Joe Beaute Fall 2013 Fairytale Collection takes inspiration from the innocence and timeless mystery of childhood fables, and uses textures and tones to mix-in a classic elegance you'll appreciate for fall.

The Paul & Joe Fall 2013 Fairytale Collection includes:

3 Eye Color Sets
- Princess
- Fairytale
- La Belle Époque

2 Liquid Eye Liners
- True Black
- Sepia

3 Lipsticks
- Once Upon A Time
- Far, Far Away
- Happily Ever After

3 Collectable Lipstick Cases

Watch this exclusive sneak peek video, then check back tomorrow for a b-glowing tutorial, using products from the new collection! Get your Wish List ready for Thursday!

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Hot Off the Press: By Terry, Jouer, Erno Laszlo, bliss

Posted on 07/29/2013

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As the summer season continues, more and more beauty editors are discovering b-glowing brand products and featuring them as the season's must-haves! Find out what they're loving in this week's 'Hot Off the Press'.

OK! Magazine reported back to readers on the celebrity makeup looks seen at Paris Fashion Week in 'The Makeup Stole the Show'.

By Terry Crayon Levres Terrybly in Perfect Nude: Rihanna traded-in her signature red lip for something a little more neutral at this star-studded event. The renowned pop diva rocked this non-drying, waterproof liner to create a softer, more natural look. You'll love the long-lasting, creamy formula, perfect for lining and priming lips, or worn alone under your favorite gloss.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: Get a perfected, shine-free finish this summer with this light, sheer, tinted moisturizer. The mattified finish is great for all skin types, and will be appreciated by those looking to control increased oil production during the hotter season. You'll love the water-resistant formula this coverage provides, in addition to the SPF 15 protection.

NEWBEAUTY magazine dazzled readers with tales from the Erno Laszlo Institute in New York, a members-only club that offers completely customized skincare treatments for each client, in 'The Luxury Report'.

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Neck Cream: When compiling an anti-aging routine, don't neglect your neck! The Skincare Master offers this toning and firming treatment specifically formulated to target the skin on the neck and chin. This lightweight lotion can be used daily to restore collagen and elastin - giving you more youthful-looking skin.

Luckymag.com shared their emergency cures to common summer woes in 'The Panic-Free Guide to Surviving Summer's Biggest Beauty Emergencies'.

bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads: These individually-soaked exfoliating pads are rich in alpha and beta hydroxy acids and botanical soothers to calm irritated skin post shaving or waxing, and help to prevent ingrown hairs. Perfect for swimsuit season!

For more headlining products, check out our other 'Hot Off the Press' posts of the past here.

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NEW BRAND: Z Palette

Posted on 07/25/2013

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b-glowing.com is excited to announce the addition of Z Palette to our brand family! This online phenomena quickly rose to the top of every YouTube vlogger's must-have list upon it's debut, and has developed a huge following in a short period of time.

We are thrilled to offer our customers a unique way to customize their own makeup palettes and store their favorite eyeshadows, blushes, lip products, face powders and more together, in a travel-friendly, space-saving manner.

From the clear lid that allows you to find what you are looking for quickly, to the magnetic base that keeps products from slipping and sliding around during travel, these palettes are a slam dunk in the beauty industry! Innovative, simple, sleek, and personalized, they also make a great gift for any makeup lover.

Staff Pick: "I love the Large Z Palette because it fits the most! I cleared out multiple makeup drawers after consolidating my one-off eyeshadow singles and duos into this palette. I love the space it saves, and how easy it is to rearrange my products in the palettes for trips, special occasions, seasons, etc." - Social Media Administrator, Holly

See what else is new at b-glowing.com by browsing our New Arrivals page!

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Tips & Tricks: LVX 2013 Summer Collection Nail Tutorial

Posted on 07/24/2013

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For this week's 'Tips & Tricks' we're bringing you a fun and easy nail look, using shades from the vegan and 5-free LVX 2013 Summer Collection.

We love all six of these runway-inspired shades because they are unique, and will transition easily from summer to fall. For this fan brush manicure tutorial we chose to highlight a few of our personal favorites: Celeste, Deco, and Mynt. These colors together have a bright, tropical feel that is classic enough to wear out or to the office.

TOOLS:
- 3 nail polish colors of your choice (Celeste, Deco, & Mynt shown)
- Fan brush (available at beauty or supply stores)
- Nail lacquer remover
- Palette for mixing polish (nonporous surface you don't mind putting polish on)

HOW-TO:
1.       Always start with clean, buffed, and filed nails. In order to ensure a smooth application, remove excess cuticles and apply your favorite base coat. We used butter LONDON’s Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
 
2.       Next, apply one even coat of Polish #1 (Celeste) to all ten nails. Because you are going to be designing on top of this color with your other two shades, you don’t want too much polish build-up. One coat is sufficient for a mani like this, especially when using opaque colors.

3.       Let your nails dry for at least 15 minutes before doing any designing. We let our nails dry for an hour to ensure the first layer was set.

4.       Now that your nails are dry, you can start designing with the fan brush tool. Dab out a generous amount of Polish #2 (Deco) and Polish #3 (Mynt) onto your palette. Staff Tip: After a little experimenting we found it was easier to apply one color at a time, but if you feel like mixing, go for it!

5.       Make sure your fan brush has enough space between the bristles to create a feathered effect. We suggest getting it wet before using in order to separate the bristles. Carefully dip the center bristles into Polish #2 (Deco), making sure to only pick up polish on the tips of the bristles. Next, gently drag the brush across your nail from one side to the other. We did horizontal lines, but vertical looks great too!

6.       Repeat this step with your Polish #3 (Mynt). This is when you will truly see the wispy design begin to appear! Continue dipping and dragging until you achieve your desired design. Staff Tip: It is handy to keep a dish of nail lacquer remover to cleanse the brush of polish before re-dipping to avoid buildup. We used Deborah Lippmann The Stripper Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover.

7.       Once all three layers have dried, make sure to finish-off the nails with a glossy top coat. You want all that work to last as long as possible! We used butter LONDON’s Hardware PD Quick Topcoat to prevent chipping and protect our design.

Ready to rock this look? Shop our wide range of available nail lacquers to get started!

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Top Picks: Men's Skincare

Posted on 07/23/2013

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You prep, polish, and pamper your skin with more beauty products than can fit in your vanity; you load your kids up with SPF every day before they head out to conquer the world; even the family dog takes a trip to the groomer once a month … forgetting anyone?

Men might be the last people you think of when it comes to primping and priming, but sometimes they need it more than anyone else! From shaving their face every morning, to working in the yard on weekends - their skin takes a beating and rarely gets relief! This week's 'Top Picks' post is dedicated to Men's skincare products your guy will love, and his skin will thank you for.

Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit: A perfect place to start, this all-in-one kit includes travel sizes of top-selling Art of Shaving must-haves: Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm, and Shaving Brush. Known to provide optimal shaving results and help to prevent ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks, your man can sample these selections before purchasing the full-size versions. We love the Lemon or Lavender for summertime.

Blind Barber Watermint Gin Facial Cleanser: NEW to b-glowing.com, this multipurpose cleanser smells delicious and fresh, but not overpowering. Gentle enough for twice-daily use, this cleanser flights acne, hydrates, and leaves the skin feeling cool and fresh. Great for hot, sunny days!

J Paul Guard - Face & Body Lotion: A moisturizer and SPF for face and body all-in-one! We love this multipurpose, non-greasy formula that protects your man all over in one simple step. This water-resistant skin-saver packs-in SPF 20 AND nourishing ingredients to keep his skin supple and smooth - which you'll both appreciate.

Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil: Women have recognized the benefits of facial and hair oils for years. Here's the Men's option! Formulated with 10 natural oils, this lightweight, fast-absorbing product both hydrates the skin, protects from harsh environmental elements, and improves the skin's overall appearance. Great for soothing the skin post-shave, and for taming crazy hair days!

For more product recommendations, stay tuned to the b-glowing Magazine's 'Top Pick' posts!

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