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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 »
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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Our first hidden gem is Belmacz Glow in Madder. This blood orange, gold leaf lip gloss was created by Belmacz founder, Julia Muggenburg, as an extension of her jewelry designs and fine art collection. Inspired by Renaissance master painter pigments, Madder is composed of 24-carat gold leaf, ground minerals, and holistic organic oils. The Belmacz Glow line gives your lips color and a natural luster, while feeling smooth and hydrating.
Why We're 'Mad' About Madder:
“I love Madder because it looks so luxurious and works really well to hydrate the lips and give them shine. The entire Belmacz Glow line is packed with pigment, so the shades can be worn alone, or on top of complementing lipsticks. Madder's bright red/orange color is almost neon, so it's on-trend for summer. When I want an effortless look, that is still fun and eye-catching, I dab Madder on my lips and I am out the door. I just love it!” - b-glowing.com Resident Beauty Expert, KatelynRead 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.
Shop this and other innovative styling tools from T3 here.Read More »
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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 »