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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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Deborah Lippman St. Patricks Ombre Mani

Posted on 03/15/2014

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If you like the idea of participating in this green holiday, but your “kiss me, I’m Irish” shirt has seen better days, we have a more subtle and fashion-forward answer for you: a St. Patties manicure, of course! We wanted to give you something that was festive without being too kitschy, so we decided to go with a fun but sleek glitter ombre nail. Wear this mani to your four-leaf themed events tonight!

  • By now, you know that every manicure must start with clean, buffed and filed nails. If your cuticles need a little love, we suggest using the Cuticle Remover from Deborah Lippmann. Once your nails have been cleaned and shaped, apply a thin, even base coat. With all the manicures we’ve been doing here at b-glowing HQ we opted for the Rehydrating Base Coat to give some moisture back to our dry nails.
  • The first color you will want use is Deborah Lippmann’s Spring Buds from her new spring line. Its nice pale chartreuse will give some depth to the manicure and complete the color gradient you want to achieve. You only need one even coat of this color, as you don’t want too much polish build up.
  • Next, start with your darker glitter polish; we used Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe because it is almost a teal with a blue base and green glitter. You want to start at the tip of your nail and drag the brush down with an uneven line so you are able to blend the two glitter polishes. Try to keep a majority of the darker glitter toward the tip and only pull the base color down. You can see in our picture how we applied this color. Let this dry for a few minutes
  • Once your first glitter color has dried a little, take your lighter and preferably greener glitter color to finish the ombre effect. We used Deborah Lippmann’s Shake Your Money Maker because it has a green base with green and gold glitter. Start from the bottom of the nail with a light hand and brush up over the first color. You want to make sure to build the glitter as you go up towards the tip of the nail to leave the area near your cuticle lighter in color. We suggest two coats of your second glitter color. Once this has dried (give extra time since there’s a lot of glitter!), finish with a glossy topcoat and cuticle oil.

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Make Beauty. Empowered

Posted on 03/08/2014

Today is International Women’s Day, and nothing makes us happier than recognizing strong, powerful women!

First celebrated in parts of Europe in 1911, International Women’s Day is about making a difference by thinking both locally and globally. It helps to ensure a bigger, brighter, and balanced future for all women.

Our founder Lisa paved her own future and began the company after years of digging through her mother’s makeup drawers. Using beauty products as a way of emotional expression through her life’s highs and lows, she decided to create a place that would allow her to share that passion with a wide range of dynamic and gorgeous women.

The name became a call to action. First, from the action of “being”— “Be the best you can be”, “be you”, “be truthful”, “just be!” Secondly, "glowing" came from reflecting the radiance we all deserve to have inside and out! Keeping with her original passion, Lisa decided to curate brands that operate with an independent spirit, those with an honest passion which reach out to the consumer.

To read Lisa’s full story, go here!

In honor of strong women everywhere, empower yourself with the words of those who’ve paved the way. We’ve created Pinterest pins, so that when you pin these inspirational quotes to your Pinterest board, you’ll share the message that together, women are unstoppable.

Happy International Women’s Day, ladies!

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Get the Look: Oscar-Worthy Hair

Posted on 03/06/2014

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Looking for Oscar-worthy locks? Now you can recreate Lisa's 1940's-inspired classic Hollywood hair at home, using this step-by-step tutorial direct from T3 stylist, Linda Zirkus!

PREP
After shampooing with Sachajuan's Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, I sprayed Lisa's clean, damp hair with Sachajuan's Ocean Mist. This product is great for adding volume and texture, and creating long-lasting curls.

Next I used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i and Vent Brush to dry her hair. I love the the Featherweight Luxe 2i because it dries hair fast and healthy, while reducing frizz and creating lots of volume and body. 

STYLING
After parting Lisa's hair into four sections, I sprayed it with Sachajuan's Volume Powder to give the curls I would be creating something to hold on to, and add even more volume.
 
Using the T3 SinglePass Whirl Wand around her face, I created soft, natural-looking, S-shaped curls, setting them with Sachajuan Medium Hair Spray. Next, I used the T3 SinglePass Twirl 1.25" Curling Iron to twist the pieces in the back, creating more traditional red carpet curls. To ensure the look would last all night, I pinned the curls to her head to set them, and sprayed her entire head with Medium Hair Spray again as the curls cooled.
 
FINAL STEPS
After Lisa got dressed in her beautiful, deep orchid gown, I let down the curls, and gently brushed them out. Then more hair spray!
 
To create shine and luster, I finished the ends of the hair with Sachjuan's Intensive Hair Oil and gently swept the hair to one side. Securing the hair with pins, we topped-off the look with a beautiful gold hair comb, complementing Lisa's other accessories.
 
Finally, I sprayed the entire 'do with the Sachajuan Strong Hair Spray and added a few curl clips to hold the S-shaped pieces around the face in place until Lisa was ready to leave for the event.

Ready to rock this red carpet look? Shop our Hair products to find all the tools you'll need and more!

Want to know what happened after the hair? Read all about Lisa's big night at the Oscars here.

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Transform with Erno Laszlo Transphuse

Posted on 03/06/2014

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Erno Laszlo's Transphuse Rapid Renewal Cell Protocol is the best anti-aging skincare you can get, without a face lift! Break through the effects of aging with a momentous shift in anti-aging skincare. Based on cellular science, Transphuse Rapid Renewal is a 4-week treatment that works with your skin’s own renewal cycle.

THE POWER OF THREE

Bio complexes accumulate skin benefits over time!

• Age-toxin inhibitor blocks toxins that cause accelerated aging

• Stem-cell activator repairs and activates collagen production

• Bio-mimetic protector contours, renews, and re-texturizes skin

MIRACLE WORKERS

Achieve visible, rejuvenating results!

• Dual stem cell technology

• Formulated with award-winning anti-aging complex

• 28-day treatment, using 1 vial per week

• Works on face, neck, and décolletage—where aging first shows

• Immediately disrupts formation of lines and wrinkles

• Complete the regime seasonally, or every three months

FIND YOUR RESTORATION

The Transphuse collection works at the source of bio-aging.

Restorative Line Refining Cream

Rejuvenating Age-defying Mask

Skin Perfecting Day Serum

Replenishing Night Serum

Smoothing Eye-Refiner

Plus, for a limited time, receive a FREE Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Repair Cream with a $125+ Erno Laszlo purchase (a $78 value!). Code: LASZLOLOVE

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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.

 

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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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