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The Gentlemen of Blind Barber

Posted on 04/07/2014

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The men of Blind Barber have always been about community. With their shops in New York and California, they’ve become a place for guys to gather and groom. It’s where men kick back, grab a shave over a cocktail, and connect.

Blind Barber is a lifestyle, where individuality is expressed through creativity. The coolest, most kind guys of the barbershop world are experts in grooming, of course; but beyond that, they’re also advocates for the community.

They've turned facial hair into a way to show they care through such organizations as Mustaches for Kids (they grow, as does support for children's charities) and No Shave November. They've also partnered with the likes of Terrell Owens to raise research funds for Alzheimer's Association, and worked to gather toiletries for Culver City's local non-profit, Beauty Bus.

For these reasons and more, we’re honoring Blind Barber as our first Man Crush Monday brand. Not only do they create superior grooming products that help save time and frustration (we especially love Regimen’s easy three-step system) but they also give back to the community they’ve worked so hard to create.

Ready to spoil your your own Monday Man Crush? Shop Blind Barber now.

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Friday Five Beauty Essentials

Posted on 04/04/2014

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We’re ready for the weekend. Are you? For us, the weekend is always the perfect time to be spoiled a little bit, in the form of pampering, relaxation, and makeover fun. In this spirit, we’ve gathered five products that will make your weekend extra special, so you’re refreshed and feeling beautiful come Monday. But let’s not talk about Monday quite yet...

 

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How to Prep, Apply and Maintain a High Pigment Lip

Posted on 04/02/2014

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Everyone is getting in the swing of spring and summer with pretty pastels and bright pops of color. One of the best ways to display your bright side is with an eye-catching lipstick, packed full of pigment. It will brighten up your face is ways you wouldn't imagine, and give off a fun and flirty vibe. Here are some tips to make sure your bold lip looks its best!

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On the Bright Side

Posted on 04/01/2014

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We’re always thrilled to covet butter LONDON’s newest collection, and the newest—Lolly Brights—is bold and playful! The lacquers, Lippy’s, WINK eye pencils, CHEEKY cream blush, and WINK mascaras are tinted for more than a pop of color, but rather for a burst of color.

You can mix and match shades, or go full-on colorful, for a dynamic look that’s sure to turn heads. The brand’s obsession with color and passion for creativity is never in short supply, and we were feeling truly inspired when we put our own Lolly Brights look together.

 

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Living Luminizer - Where to Wear

Posted on 03/31/2014

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We’re starting to think there isn’t a place you can’t wear Living Luminzer by rms beauty, but of course there are the best places to optimize the illumination and highlighting power of this wondrous product. When applying, we consider all the angles your face will catch natural light—this will create that illusion and enhance the effect. 

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Cult Classic Beauty: 100 Percent Pure

Posted on 03/27/2014

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At b-glowing.com, we pride ourselves on introducing beauty devotees to new, innovative brands. But how do you know which products to try within a new brand you've only just discovered? In our Cult Classic Beauty Picks boutiques (say that five times fast), we've taken the guesswork out of trying new lines by hand-selecting our favorite products in SkincareMakeupFragranceHair CareBath + Body, and Men's.

One of the newest brands to b-glowing is 100% Pure. As you may have guessed, all of the brand’s products are made using only all-natural, organic, and vegan ingredients, and everything is toxin-free.

What especially makes this brand unique is how it’s created and how it’s colored. The makeup is all fruit-dyed, bath + body and hair products come in scents reminiscent of the farmers market, and the skincare line uses super foods for a luminous glow.

Some of our favorites include the Argan Oil Hydration SPF 30, which protects against skin cancer, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark sun/age spots by using 100% natural, 100% vegan, and gluten-free ingredients. As spring begins to shine, this product will be an absolute necessity for healthy skin!

 

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Perfect Powder from Anna Sui

Posted on 03/25/2014

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We have a bunch of fabulous new arrivals, especially great for spring, and one of our current favorites is the Loose Compact Powder from Anna Sui. This limited-edition compact is charming and almost regal in its design (an Anna Sui signature), but besides looking great on a vanity, it goes on effortlessly to your skin.

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New from L'Artisan Parfumeur

Posted on 03/21/2014

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L'Artisan Parfumeur just released new luxurious, unisex perfumes that encapsulate French charm, beauty and romanticism. Amour Nocturne, Déliria, and Skin on Skin are the latest, unique creations from Bertrand Duchaufour that are both sensual and sexy.


Bertrand has worked with L'Artisan Parfumeur for more than 10 years, creating beautiful scents that play on natural compositions and connect some of nature’s most incredible fragrances. Working on two basic fundamentals, Bertrand finds balance in opposites (when opposites attract). Secondly, everything is transformed, not lost or created. By distorting and dissecting nature, he’s been able to compose more than a dozen scents for L'Artisan Parfumeur.

 

Every one is the business nose Bertrand for his attention to detail, which is now easily recognized in his three latest creations. Déliria’s exquisiteness is found in its contrast between metallic, rhum and gourmand notes of toffee apple and candy floss. It’s perfect for a sense of intrigue and excitement. Amour Nocturne has notes of cedar, surrounded by soothing notes of hot milk and caramel that give way to a powerful burst of gun powder and orchid. Warm and mysterious, it wears like a second skin. Skin on Skin merges a sensual iris with a suede, velvet leather. Saffron, whisky, lavender and rose also intertwine for a musk effect.

These unisex scents are available now, and for a limited time, you can try two free at checkout!

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Take Your Hair to New Lengths

Posted on 03/19/2014

A guide to longer and healthier hair

You know your hair is growing, but does it seem like it isn’t getting any longer? You may be right, and the answer could lay in your hair care routine. Excessive heat styling, friction styling, and your nutrition can all be factors in causing brittle, damaged hair that is prone to breakage. Here are some pro-tips to maintain your length. 

Your Hair’s Integrity
It’s important to know how much your hair can handle and how you can give back to your locks. If you have chemically treated hair, especially if it has been lightened with bleach, its integrity is already compromised. If you are also doing a lot of heat styling (i.e. round brush blowouts, flat irons, curling irons) you need to be careful about how often you are doing this. Firstly, use a heat protectant whenever heat is applied to the hair. Try to limit blowouts and heat styling to no more than twice a week (ideally only once a week). You should also be doing a weekly hair mask to strengthen and maintain protein levels.  

 

Friction/Styling    
A lot of breakage can occur during regular styling (like pony tails or buns and braids) because the hair is being pulled and manipulated by elastic bands and hair pins. Try switching your style, and don’t wear your pony tail or buns in the same place all the time. This will avoid stressing the same hairs over and over, which can lead to, you guessed it, breakage. 

Plus, tossing and turning in your sleep against cotton pillowcases can cause your hair to get stuck and snap off, so we also recommend a silk pillowcase.

Washing
Too many washes can dry your hair, making it brittle and frizzy, which typically drives people to more heat styling. Everyone’s hair is different, but we suggest no more than three washes in a 7-day period (two is ideal for most hair types). We know it can be tough, but with a good dry shampoo by your side, you can keep your hair looking refreshed rather than oily. 

Nutrition
Your diet affects your overall health, including the health of your hair and nails. Once you have a routine to keep your ends happy, it’s smart to maintain healthy hair growth. Vitamin- and iron-rich foods, such as blueberries, spinach, and salmon can aide in the regulation of your hair cycles. Adding a supplement with biotin can also give hair growth a boost.

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Instant Nail Relief

Posted on 03/18/2014

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Forget 911. If you have a nail emergency, dial 999.

New from butter LONDON is Nail 999 Rescue System—a protein-powered savior for damaged or weakened nails. Complete with the Nail 999 Rescue basecoat and topcoat, the duo work to promote nail strength and growth and offer instant relief for brittle nails.

If you’re just coming off of acrylics, gels, or have simply had one too many manicures and your nails now need a break, this system repairs damage and adds a beautiful shine. You’ll instantly see brighter nails, and ridges will be filled in for a smoother look.

It’s a great option if you never like going without polish, but your nails still need relief from too many coats. The shine prevents any dullness, and nails come to life in their natural color. The powerful mix of Horsetail extract, soy, wheat, keratin proteins, calcium minerals, biotin vitamins, and vitamin B work quickly.

Don’t play the waiting game between polishes and manicures; you can have healthier nails instantly. Just call 999. Shop now!

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