Shop the full By Terry collection here!
Summer is my favorite makeup season of the year. Not only does it mean cutting back on a few extra makeup products but also introducing pastel eyeshadows, romantic pink glosses and my personal favorite, bronzing creams and powders. European luxury brand By Terry's new products have really caught my eye this season for their amazing formulations and gorgeous shades. Here are the ones I'll be getting to create my summer makeup look for 2012.
I'm really picky about self tanners but have found a lot of luck with facial moisturizers that work to nourish the skin as well as build a safe and natural looking tan. The one I have my eye on this summer is By Terry's Serum Terrybly Sunbooster. Active ingredients work together to create a luminous tan 365 days a year, without DHA or sun exposure. Simply apply morning and evening onto cleansed skin.
Now that my tan is in check I want to enhance my cheekbones with a sexy shade and my favorite of the moment is By Terry's Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in Beach Bomb, a deep pinky coral with iridescent particles. The silver compact it comes in is so gorgeous but best of all is the lasting power. Blush typically tends to wear off after a long day but this highly pigmented yet sheer blush keeps a freshly applied appearance all day.Read More »
Shop the full Erno Laszlo collection here!
To many choices can be nice for those who navigate the beauty sections like it's their own backyard but for those who tend to shy away from the smorgasbord of products available it can be quite intimidating. For some, and even myself, it's a lot easier to cut to the chase and narrow it down to the product that can multi-task and target my concern, not tap dance around it.
I think it's safe to say that one of women's biggest concern is the aging appearance around the eye area. There are lot of quick acting products on the market to address this issue, however Erno Laszlo's Instant Eye Repair has been give the stamp of approval by Harpers Bazaar for it's ability to hold off eye surgery. Key hydrators like Glycerin and Vitamin E work together to eliminate puffiness, bags, sagging lids and give an immediate plumping effect!
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Shop the full Ellis Faas collection here!
If you love Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes as much as we do you'll be pleased to know that seven new shades of this cult favorite formulation have just landed at b-glowing! These inspiring and colorful shades are perfect for summer as they come in pastel colors as well as darker hues like red and navy blue for those who like a little more drama.
If you haven't tried Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes and struggle with eye lid creasing or color fading then you will find this product a beauty miracle. Upon application, it transforms from a liquid to dry, velvety texture and can be used as an all over shadow or an eyeliner. I love that it has a weightless feel and manages to stay crease free all day long. Totally serious. No budging.
From left to right: E113 (navy blue), E114 (bordeaux red), E115 (Purple), E116 (Lilac), E117 (Mint Green), E118 (Light Blue), and E119 (Ochre).
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Shop the full Tatcha Aburatorigami collection here!
It's the season for sweating and shiny looking complexions. There's not anything you can do about it except stay indoors within the safety of air conditioning but that's not really anyway to enjoy your summer. There's glow and then there's shine and only one of those is beauty approved.
Say farewell to shine with Tatcha Japanase Beauty Papers as seen in Vogue Australia. They're amazing purse size mattifying blotting papers that soak up oily shine instantly. Tatcha papers have actually been the geishas secret weapon for years! Each of these hand made papers contain charcoal that is impregnated into the lattice work of the high grade abaca fibers so the paper is still powder free and won't disturb makeup or leave any residue on the skin. Say no to unwanted shine this summer with Tatcha!
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Shop the full Etat Libre d'Orange fragrance collection here!
Can you imagine if a group of the most talented 'noses' in the fragrance industry got together and created scents without the shackles of brand approval or conforming to the demands of the marketplace? Just pure genius aromatic minds breaking the boundaries of traditional restrictions of the perfume industry and creating amazing scents based on their own personal fantasies. From this mentality our latest fragrance brand Etat Libre d'Orange was born.
At Etat Libre d'Orange, which translates to 'orange free state,' talented perfumers are liberated to have complete freedom to develop original, erotic and provocative scents fueled by the sensual way our bodies express themselves. In other words, this is one sexy perfume line. Now that our heart rate is speeding up, let's take a look at some of their most popular aromas:
Etat Libre d'Orange Secretions Magnifique is a male cologne that captures the essence of sex in a fragrance. Your intimate desires, wants and needs are bottled up and wanting to be let out. Sometimes we don't want to admit to our desires, we hide our cravings and only when we're ready and feel safe do we release them. The same goes with this fragrance with notes of coconut, orris and sandalwood. If you're tempted enough to give in to this fragrance you need to totally surrender to it's powers.
Etat Libre d'Orange Like This is a fragrance about home, trust and the simplicity of inhaling the aromas of the one you love. If you're far from home and lost, this scent will bring you back with its notes of tangerine, moroccan neroli and vetiver.
Etat Libre d'Orange Rien should be thought of like a second skin for men. It clings to the body and has a masculine/feminine elegance that leaves an unforgettable imprint. Black currant bays and musky notes of blonde suede makes the wearer totally irresistible. You want this addiction.
Think of Etat Libre d'Orange Tom of Finland like fresh and pure water. It feels clean and is an ode to the beauty of the male body and the radiance of the natural self. This scent is for a man who loves to play and to love with notes of lemon, tonka bean and vanilla.
Etat Libre d'Orange Bendelirious is for the girl who catches your eye at a party. She's the girl everyone wants to be and can't stop staring at but you leave without speaking to her. She evokes elegance and grace and also has a bewitching way of capturing the hearts of everyone she comes in contact with. Like the girl, Bendelirious is totally enchanting with notes of grapefruit essence, cherry lollipop accord and vetiver.
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Shop the full Oscar Blandi haircare line here!
360 degree protection is a thing of the past, Oscar Blandi ups the anty with his new 450 Heat Protect Value Set! We constantly subject our hair to heat damage that it almost become second nature to us and we forget that every time we run a flat iron through our hair (especially if it's not a toluene barrel) the hair shaft is weakened. To protect and safeguard the hair from all hot tools Oscar Blandi's 450 Heat Protect Value Set comes with a 4oz Dry Styling heat Protect Spray, enriched with keratin proteins to nourish, strengthen and protect and a 1.4oz Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo Spray to boost volume and clean hair without water. This kit sells for $24 but has a $34 value!
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Shop the full Tanda range here!
Scene: You wakeup two days before your wedding day with a monster zit on your chin and it shows no sign of going away till well into your honeymoon. We've all been there right? You finally got a date with the guy you've had your eye on or you're attending a big event where there will be photos. No matter what the situation, it's almost like impending pimples have ESP or something. They can't come the day after the event. Timing is simply not their strong suit.
When you have the right tools to target those suckers, you take the power from them and put it straight into your hands. One of those tools is the Tanda Zap. You wouldn't think a little tool like this could do so much pimple zapping but it's true. I'm not personally prone to breakouts, but when I do you can be sure the first thing I reach for is my Tanda. It's an advanced, hand held acne clearing device that uses a powerful blue light, gentle vibration and warming to help open pores so bacteria have nowhere to hide. I put the Tanda Zap on my pimple and it really works to dry it out so much so that the next day it's a lot less red and angry. It's totally safe and gives no irritation. They've recently added a Tanda Zap Pink device that although it does the same thing as the white, it's just a lot cuter to use for those who like girlie pink things!
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Shop the full Nuxe Paris collection here!
For those who have fallen in love with the luxury of Nuxe Paris skincare then it will be an easy transition into their body line like the 24 Hour Moisturizing Body Lotion. Lighter in weight and texture than the Body Fondant Firming Cream, it's ultra fluid like texture caresses dry and undernourished skin with sweet almond and sunflower oils. Your skin is left silky soft and smelling like the fresh and clean Nuxe Paris signature aroma.
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Shop the full Vapour Organic Beauty Collection here!
Jessica Alba is honest. This trait carries through in her day to day life and now also in her new business, The Honest Company. This beautiful entrepreneur started the company when she had her baby and couldn't find non-toxic, healthy and affordable products that worked. Her quest for environmentally friendly and safe baby products and cleaning products also carries through into beauty. As seen in Marie Claire, Jessica loves Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Foundation because it 'makes my complexion look flawless without having to use powder."
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Whether it's undergarments that smooth out bumps and lumps, push up bras that give us a little extra something-something, or tightening body serums; we all have our areas that we don't feel are perfect. As famous etiquette coach and red lipstick wearing Mary Poppins once said, we are all, "practically perfect in every way," however what's wrong with trying to fix the areas that aren't so….flawless?
Usually I charge the big bucks for this, but for you I'm going to give the insider tip because summer is almost here and we could all use a little help. If you want to fake a flawless body then you have two fantastic options:
The Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 is a high performance body enhancer that will transform the appearance of arms, legs and décolleté instantly. Choose from three different shades that smooth and firm the designated area and uses M3 Complex to create a more even appearance. Best of all, it's non greasy and also serves as a powerful moisturizer and skin rejuvenator!
Second is my personal fav, Prtty Peaushun Skin Tightening Body Lotion. You may have heard gals like Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson gushing about this tinted body lotion that is comparable to a magic wand that makes all your body insecurities disappear. It utilizes subtle light reflecting particles to create a gorgeous, flattering glow and create a sexy and slimmer silhouette. What I love most about it is that it camouflages cellulite and varicose veins like nobody's business! Choose from an assortment of shades that will enhance any tan or if you don't want any color, just the glow then you have that option too!
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