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 Skincare, Makeup, Fragrance, Hair Care, Bath + 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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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.Read More »
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!Read More »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!Read More »
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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