Here at b-glowing we are total advocates for at-home manicures, but making sure your hard work lasts begins with your nail health.
1. Your Nail Bed
This is the canvas for your polish and lacquer, so it is important that it is smooth and strong. We love these Give Me Strength Supplements from Bliss because they help maintain your nail and hair integrity… and they taste amazing! These are especially important to use if you are a nail biter or are experiencing nail damage from previous nail enhancements. We also recommend a topical nail strengthener like butter LONDON’s Horse Power. Not only will this give you added shine between manicures, but your nails will be extra durable.
You’ve heard time and time again how important well-managed cuticles are. Managed cuticles not only boost the lifetime of your manicure, but taking care keeps your fingers feeling and looking better without cracked cuticles. Pushing your cuticles down allows a cleaner surface for your polish because when you paint on top of your cuticles, the polish will lift and pull away from your nail bed. You don’t want that! Also, cuticles that are left to overgrow can become irritated and cracked by weather conditions, and get snagged on a sweater or your hair. Ouch! We suggest using a gentle and effective cuticle remover like this one from Deborah Lippman. Don’t forget to keep a good cuticle oil on hand to make sure they stay moisturized. We like Butter LONDON’s Handbag Holiday.
3. Your Hands
The skin around your nails, your perionychium to be exact, needs just as much care as the rest of your nail. Think of it as the frame to your manicure. Plus, keeping this area moisturized prevents painful hangnails and cracks in the skin. It’s always a good idea to have a rich hand moisturizer around or in your purse for when your hands are feeling dry, and we like Goldfadden MD’s Hands To Heart - Anti-Aging + Brightening Hand Treatment because it keeps your hands healthy and has anti-aging qualities. Just remember to remove any lotion/oils from nails prior to lacquer application, as the oils can prevent your polish from adhering.
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All week long I’ve been focused on prepping my skin so that it looks the absolute best it can. Erno Laszlo said “Beautiful skin requires a commitment, not a miracle” and boy was he right! I’ve noticed throughout my life that when I commit to a regime my skin looks radiant and beautiful, but when I get lazy – it shows. Some of you may have that perfect skin that still looks perfect even when you wash it with Zest, but that is not the case with mine.
So what am I doing this week in preparation for Elton John’s Oscar Party this Sunday? It all starts with my Clarisonic two times a day. I discovered Clarisonic about 6 years ago and it simply has been a game changer with my skin. Regular use of it makes my skin look smoother, less red, more even and just simply more glowy.
I follow with Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Day Cream with SPF 15. This gives my sensitive skin the extra hydration it needs this time of year and the SPF 15 protects it from the harmful UVA/UVB rays. We should all know by now that 80% of wrinkles and pigmentation are from daily exposure to the sun. Whether it’s rain or shine including a broad spectrum in your daily face moisturizer is the best anti-aging treatment you can do for yourself. For my eyes the Erno Laszlo Luminous Eye Complex brightens, de-puffs and hydrates. With my crazy schedule these days I sure need all of that for my eyes.
Since I’ll be wearing a sleeveless dress my 47 year old arms need a little extra attention. I’m using Mio’s Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother two times a day on my upper arms just to tighten them up a smidge. I’m already pretty toned from lifting our 9 month old baby around, but the skin needs just a little extra attention.
Last, but certainly not least, St. Tropez is my best friend this week. I’ve exfoliated and have been using the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse every other day in the AM before I get dressed. By the time I’m done with my makeup it’s completely dry to the touch.
I’ll touch base before my flight this weekend to share with you my essential beauty travel tips!
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Created by makeup artist Bethany Karlyn, PRTTY PEAUSHUNis an all-over body perfector that uses light-reflecting pigments to even 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 the upcoming short-shorts weather!
Now, PRTTY PEAUSHUNis available in an all-new travel size, so you can easily grab it and go wherever your spring plans take you. The convenient, smaller size offers everything that’s revolutionary about the product, but it’s now easier to maintain the gorgeous look while jet-setting, since it’s carry-on friendly.
Available in five golden-tinted shades, from Light to Deep, it contains light-reflecting particles to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and varicose veins. Its impressive list of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, including calendula flower, green tea extract, arnica, and rosemary extract, paired with moisturizing avocado oil, avocado butter, and jojoba, keep skin nourished and protected. Best of all, it's paraben-free, 100 percent vegan, and contains 92 percent natural raw ingredients.
We collaborated with three of our favorite YouTube beauty gurus to bring you tips and tricks on how to use this summer favorite all year long. Watch the video below for a tutorial on flawless application.
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As we (excitedly) welcome spring back into our lives, we also welcome beautiful spring collections to b-glowing!
Never a stranger to pretty palettes, Paul & Joe Beaute have unveiled their spring 2014 eye color trios! With eight new spring blossom colors, your eyes will sparkle with the splendor of the season. Each trio has a combination of three differently textured shades to give added depth, plus you can layer and mix to create personal looks.
You can personalize with your style further by grabbing the perfect Classic Compact Case or the Limited Edition Compact Case to store your refill trios! The sparkly shades make such a great addition to spring, and this cult-favorite brand always makes a point to touch on the fun and creativity makeup can add to every-day life.
Things are always better in threes, so bring in spring and welcome it with open eyes that are as bright as the days ahead.
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I’m so excited to share that my husband and I were invited to Elton John’s Academy Awards viewing party to benefit his AIDS Foundation. His party last year raised $6 million dollars for the foundation providing critical services to help the HIV/AIDS community.
We’ll be flying down to LA Saturday night. Plans are to have dinner at Villa Blanca and then rest up for Sunday! At 47 years old, running a business, managing our household and taking care of our 9 month old girl Ella, I definitely need my beauty sleep!!
I’m already planning my beauty ritual. Before I get to that I want to give you a sneak peak of my dress and accessories. Here is a swatch for the dress I’m going to wear.
I usually go for black, but when I tried this plum number on it looked great with my hair color. I’ve ordered 2 statement bracelet choices from Rent The Runway and a modern jeweled hair comb to sweep my hair to one side.
I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on what I decide to do with my hair and makeup and what b-glowing products I use to achieve the look. For this event I’m going for Classic 1940’s Hollywood with a modern refresh. I’ll be sure to post lots of pics!
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Primer is such an important step in makeup application…which is why it’s the first! It helps set the skin for flawless application, and it can even start the process of evening and correcting skin tone, before your foundation.
Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Makeup Color Base is one of our favorites because it’s available in pearl white, yellow, lavender pink, and green—each color specifically suited to individual skin types.
It moisturizes and protects skin with SPF 16 while concealing trouble spots and dark circles, and diffusing redness. Plus, it minimizes the appearance of pores for a smooth, glowing look. Rich, botanical extracts create flawless translucency.
The pink adds a healthy tint and lavender counteracts a yellow cast, while the classic pearl white creates a fine pearl layer for silky sheen. No matter which you and your skin choose, rest assured that you’ll be getting the best with Koh Gen Do’s exquisite products and unparalleled ingredients.Read More »
Happy Valentine's Day!
Since today is all about spreading the love, we wanted to make sure you, our beauty devotees, knew just how much we appreciate having you around. With happy hearts comes happy hour, so from 3:30-8:30 p.m. CST take 20% off sitewide! Ready to shop? Of course you are. Get going here!Read More »
The 2014 Winter Games are in full swing, and to celebrate, we’ve gathered a team of products so you can…TAKE HOME THE GOLD! With these gorgeous products, you can stand on any podium proudly (and look great doing it).
Leave your makeup alone as you gently remove excess oil and sweat with this 300-year-old Japanese beauty secret. Your makeup will last longer, courtesy of this powder and prime alternative, so you can look fresh even if you don’t quite feel it. Plus, it’s fragrance-free, powder-free, oil-free, all-natural and biodegradable.
For first-place nails, this gold metallic nail polish will turn heads. Tenoverten is a polish that’s good for the long-term health of your nails, but still has lasting power.
For the blondes (or the brunettes with highlights) this shampoo glorifies beautiful blonde hair, so take home the glory! Blonde pigments enhance hair color as a refresher and aid in the prevention of color fading. While it works great for natural or color-treated hair, it’s not recommended for pale or platinum blondes unless golden tones are desired.
This easy-to-apply eye shadow feels as great going on as it looks after application. The sheer formula goes on smooth and is easily layered for deeper intensity, allowing you to create your own customized look. The shadow is soft and velvety, easy to blend and does not crease.
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We are so excited for the Sochi Olympics and have started gearing up with a festive and easy-to-achieve, Olympic- themed mani. Here’s how we did it.
You will need:
• Nail base/Top coat
• Nail Lacquers
• A Sharpie
Step 1: Before you do any designing make sure your nails are clean, buffed, filed and that you’ve applied your base coat. Start with your gold polish and paint two even coats. We really liked using Deborah Lippmann’s Fake It Till You Make It because the glitter suspended in the gold polish is actually green, red and blue, so it ties in with the other polish colors perfectly.
Step 2: After your gold base has dried for a few minutes you’re ready to apply the multi-colored tips that coincide with the colors of the Olympic Rings. We applied these tips manually but if you want a guide, you can use some Scotch tape as a stencil; however, if you are using tape make sure your nails are completely dry.
Starting at the left corner of your nail, carefully drag the polish brush in an arch to the right side of your nail. Try starting very thin with this line, as you may need to go back and straighten it. You can do the tips in any color order you want as long each finger gets a different color. We recommend placing the green and red colors away from each other to avoid any Christmas vibes. We used our Sharpie to do a black tip on the thumb, but you can also use polish or leave it gold.
Step 3: Add your USA pride! This is the easiest part of the mani, as you can draw this on with a Sharpie. Black polish can be used, but using a black marker will make crisper lines. We chose to add our USA to the middle finger to balance the manicure, but you can really do what you like with the pattern. Just make sure your nails are completely dry before drawing any characters. Once you are pleased with your results, lock in your hard (well, this is actually pretty easy) work with a glossy topcoat.
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