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Award Show Glow

Posted on 03/04/2014

My husband and I were invited to attend Elton John’s 22nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, a well-known charity event benefiting his AIDS Foundation. Over the past week I’ve shared my countdown to the event with you, including my skin prep and travel tips, and am excited to relive the day with you now in this Oscar recap!

10 AM: In addition to my skin prep essentials I shared with you last week, I popped on skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels to combat any puffiness and stress around my eyes. Although I’m not sure why James Franco looks so much sexier than me in his patches. :)

12PM: Lori Young from Koh Gen Do arrives at my hotel room to get me glowing. Priming with Hollywood set staple, Macro Vintage Royal Massage Milk, Lori used my makeup must-haves Bye Bye Redness and Undereye by it Cosmetics, before applying Koh Gen Do hero products Moisture and Aqua Foundation for a fabulously radiant and natural look.

1:30PM: Time for hair! T3 stylist Linda Zirkus arrives with an arsenal of hair tools to give me the 1940’s Classic Hollywood side-swept locks to complement my one-shouldered gown. Starting with several sprays of refreshing and volumizing Ocean Mist by Sachajuan, Linda utilized both the award-winning SinglePass Whirl Curling Wand and pin curls to build volume and create my red carpet ‘do. LEARN HOW TO GET THE LOOK HERE!

2PM: Lori is finishing my makeup for the evening. We agreed on a medium smoky eye using the Anna Sui Eyeshadow Palette in Rock Me and a strong cat eye effect created with Kevyn Aucoin Precision Liquid Liner. I insist on Ellis Faas Mascara to compete any eye look; it is pitch black, ultra creamy and easily builds upon itself to create mega long lashes. BY TERRY’s new Cellurose Blush Glace in Flower Sorbet provided a soft coral glow to my St. Tropez tan.

2:45PM:  Linda sets my hair with Sachajuan Volume Powder and Strong Hair Spray to keep the curls polished and long-lasting. I apply some Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting to my neck and decollate to add a subtle glow that catches the light beautifully. Lori pairs my rose gold butter LONDON Goss nail lacquer with a metallic nude lipstick from The Metals collection by Lipstick Queen – aptly named Metal Nude. I toss the tube in my clutch for touch-ups post-dinner.

3PM: The car arrives on time! One quick look in the mirror before we head down to meet the driver. I love how my deep orchid gown, gold accessories, and classic Hollywood glam makeup and hair are all playing off each other. My husband and I pose for pics – and off we go!

3:30PM: We’ve cruised the red carpet and hit the step-and-repeat. Now for the fun stuff! Who did we see? Everyone! Hosts Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish were seated with Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, the gorgeous and timeless Jane Fonda, Ed Sheeran (who later performed), David Foster and his wife Yolanda (from Beverly Hills Housewives). 

4PM: We were seated with several familiar faces - The Kardashians! Kim and Khloe were simply stunning in dramatic red, while Kourtney sported a classic tuxedo-inspired suit by Saint Laurent. Other guests included Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Petra Nemcová, Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Tommy Hilfiger, Eric McCormack, and Russell Simmons. My vote for best dressed? Wearing a backless black silk gown, it would have to be, hands down, Kelly Rowland. She looked absolutely stunning and turned heads throughout the evening.

The event raised nearly $5 million for AIDS education, prevention, and research, and you can still donate to the cause here. We were so thrilled to be a part of this memorable night and, as a movie buff, it was a very special treat for me to be a part of it.

Thank you for sharing my journey to the Oscars with me. Be sure to visit the b-glowing Magazine for all things beauty.

XOXO,

Lisa

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Get Glowing with St. Tropez

Posted on 03/03/2014

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For more than 10 years, St. Tropez has been iconic for its professional results achieved with natural, safe ingredients that nourish skin—allowing a bright future for every beauty. Add a little color with beautiful bronzing products by taking the sunshine with you.

Step 1: Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Start with an all-over look! This super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse delivers the ultra-even, all-over tan you’ve always wanted. Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting color, you’ll have a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that dries in an instant. 

Step 2: Self Tan Bronzing Face Lotion

To complete your new look, don’t forget your face. Get ready for a kiss from the sun without blocking your pores with this fast-absorbing lotion specially designed for this area’s sensitive skin. It works double-duty as a moisturizer and natural bronzer, too.

Step 3: Tan Optimiser Tan Remover

After applying your tan, hands can be unsightly! But this is a fast and easy way to remove the color from your palms. Now you can look beautifully bronzed without any evidence that you created it yourself.

ENHANCE YOUR TAN

Nuxe Paris

Spray on shimmer with a multi-purpose golden dry oil that brings radiance to the skin and glossy shine to the hair. It immediately absorbs for a beautiful addition to your all-over tan.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

Add shine with this cult favorite, which has ultra-fine, luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect and refract light so your natural glow is never lost.

Prtty Peaushun

The famous skin tightening body lotion is renowned for its gorgeous, flattering glow. It helps conceal minor imperfections and enhance definition to create a sexy, slimmer silhouette.

 

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Oscar Weekend: Travel Day

Posted on 02/28/2014

Saturday we fly to LA.  For flights I love to be casual, super comfy and of course a little stylish. 

My J Crew leggings are a must for me when flying.  I also make sure I wear shoes I can easily slip on and off like these super cute ballet shoes.  I’m not a big fan of wearing makeup while I’m flying.  The air is so dry that it just leaves my skin and eyes feeling dehydrated and itchy.  I prefer to not wear mascara or any makeup for that matter. That being said, I still like to try and look my best. 

One of the easiest ways to make myself look more “finished” in a natural way is with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness.  I have a ton of redness in my face and this instantly removes it!  It’s similar to a foundation, but much lighter and can actually be worn under a foundation.  To achieve a natural, hydrated glowy look I moisturize with my Erno Laszlo Hydraphel SPF 15 and finish with a bit of Bye Bye Redness.  I finish with some RMS Living Luminizer for a youthful radiance around my cheek bones, chin, forehead, the inner corner of my eyes and the bridge of my nose.  This 3 step gives me the hydration, coverage and glow I love. 

Since the brow frames the face I don’t leave the house without my Anastasia Brow Wiz to define the shape of my brow and her amazing Dip Brow Pomade to fill in and cover any stray grays.  For my lips I smudge on a bit of the Original Rosebud Salve to hydrate and heal my lips.  This is a great item to keep in your purse for any kind of instant hydration whether it is for cuticles, elbows, lips and more. 

Last but not least my trip wouldn’t be complete without lots of water!  Once I’m passed security I fill up my bkr with water to stay hydrated through the flight – especially if I have a glass of wine on board! 

Sunday morning a T3 Stylist and Koh Gen Do makeup artist will be helping me get ready for Elton John’s Oscar party!  I’ll be sure to share with you all their tips and tricks to achieve my updated 1940’s look!

Xoxo

Lisa

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Tips for Healthy Nails

Posted on 02/28/2014

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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.

 

2. Cuticles

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.

Right now, you can get a FREE box of butter LONDON Scrubbers with a butter LONDON purchase of $30+. Code: POLISHPREP

You can also get your hands on a FREE RGB Cobalt nail polish with a $36+ RGB Cosmetics purchase. An $18 value! Code: COBALT

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Skin Prep for The Oscars

Posted on 02/27/2014

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!

xoxo

Lisa

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Travel Friendly, Tan Ready

Posted on 02/27/2014

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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.

Shop PRTTY PEAUSHUN now!

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Spring Fling with Paul & Joe

Posted on 02/25/2014

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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.

Shop the collection. Pictured above, the Cherry Blossom trio. Lips by Ellis Faas- Hot Lips in 405

 

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Oscar Countdown

Posted on 02/24/2014

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!

xoxo Lisa

 

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Make Beauty. Social

Posted on 02/21/2014

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Did you know that beyond shopping for faboulous beauty finds on our site, you can also find us on popular social media sites? That's right! You can follow us on Instagram to see everything that we're up to and currently obsessing over; like us on Facebook to enter the latest giveaways and catch up on all b-glowing news; follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for all-things beauty; watch exclusive videos and tutorials on our YouTube channel; and join our innermost circle on Google+.

So let's Make Beauty. Together

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Koh Gen Do Primer

Posted on 02/17/2014

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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.

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