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Behind the Scenes with Sarah Potempa

Posted on 11/15/2013

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We’re so excited to add Sarah Potempa to our b-glowing brands, and we love hair made easy even more!

This celebrity hair stylist is the creator of amazing hair tools that make morning routines much more bearable. The cordless, rechargeable Jet-Setter styling iron is perfect for the gal on the go, while the Wrap Up is all about achieving stylish up-dos without the work.

The innovative Beachwaver (2013 Allure’s Best of Beauty Winner) curling iron rotates in both directions, and we recently took advantage of this innovation at a b-glowing photo shoot.

While getting hair photo-ready, our b-glowing stylist loved this curling iron to achieve quick, beautiful hair.

“Having the motor in this curling iron makes it so much more efficient than a standard curling iron. You wouldn’t think much of this at first, but it saves your arms so much strain from having to roll the curling iron on every section of hair.

“I loved using it on the photo shoot because I was doing so many heads of hair that it made things go much faster than if I was using a regular clamp curling iron. I definitely recommend it for home use as well for the girl who likes to speed up her routine any way she can. Lastly, it produced wonderful uniform waves and curls!”

You can see it in action in the video below, and to shop it, click here. For all Sarah Potempa, click here.

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Top Picks: Lipstick Queen

Posted on 11/13/2013

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We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Lipstick Queen to b-glowing! Lipstick Queen reigns in the lipstick category with its unparalleled luxury across its entire kingdom of products. We’re loyal followers of this incredible brand, which is a crown royal of lipstick lavishness.

Lorde says we’ll never be royals, but with products developed by creator Poppy King to fire up confidence, we’re left with the feeling that we can conquer the world.

Our staff loves the vast array of colors to match any skin tone or personality. Once you’ve attended your coronation, you’ll discover wearable and durable shades. Here’s what the b-glowing staff is saying:

 

“I love the Chinatown Gloss. It’s so easy to apply and perfect for me because I'm still a little scared of bold lips.” –Elizabeth, Marketing Assistant

“I love Medieval since it's so hydrating and matches any skin tone. It really feels like no other lipstick I've tried before!”–Erika, Creative Director

“I like the Chinatown Gloss Cameo color because it goes with every outfit and any makeup. It’s a great natural looking color that adds moisture and shine to the lips. LOVE IT!” –Kayla, Brand Assistant

“I love 'Hello Sailor' because it gives me a complexion-complementing berry tint that is perfect for fall!” –Holly, Brand Manager

“I like the Sinner lipstick in Bright Rose. It’s a full-coverage pigment with punchy neon pinky coral tone to it. It’s flattering on almost anyone, including on my fair skin and darker hair, because of all of the undertones. They seem to neutralize nicely while still being electrifying.” –Katelyn, Customer Service Director

 

To shop these picks, and all Lipstick Queen, click here.

Psst…For a limited time, receive a FREE Lipstick Queen Pink Poppy cosmetic pouch with any $20+ Lipstick Queen purchase. Code: QUEEN

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Cult Classic Beauty: ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Bar

Posted on 11/11/2013

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We love introducing devotees to new brands and products, especially those that have a strong cult following. In our Cult Classic Beauty Picks boutiques, we've taken the guesswork out of trying new lines by hand-selecting our favorite products in SkincareMakeupFragranceHair CareBath + Body, and Men's.

For delicious cleansing, we love Arcona’s Raspberry Clarifying Bar. It’s great for acne-prone skin, but it won’t dry you out (thank goodness, as winter is upon us!), and it decongests skin gently.

You’ll soon see a reduction in both inflammation and skin irritation, courtesy of the raspberry antibacterial properties and the wine extracts. Plus, acne scars will be diminished with the powerful combination of vitamin E, aloe, and green tea extract.

We love keeping the bar in the shower as an easy way to remove makeup, too, as it can penetrate deep layers without irritating sensitive areas. Although the bar is not a soap, it leaves skin cleansed and toned, without the use of chemicals.

One very important note: the Clarifying Bar smells incredible, and as much as you might want to, we recommend sticking to cleansing with it, not eating it.

For this and more Cult Classic Beauty Picks, shop our boutiques at b-glowing.com.

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Jack Black Brings Sexy Back to Women

Posted on 11/08/2013

 
Jack Black is all about uncomplicated skincare. It’s always been known for its dermatologist-tested products which are made with real ingredients like plant extracts, herbs and healing botanicals -- ingredients that come from time-tested natural remedies.

 Jack Black is bringing sexy back…to you! Once the top pick for fellas, Jack Black is also designed for you. It’s time to get even more intimate with your man and take advantage of sharing this amazing line—so you can get even closer to him. Here are our top picks that already work for your guy and can work for you, too.

DIY Power Peel - 40 Pads: These pads make for great daily exfoliation for refreshed, smooth skin. Our editor also recommends using them after waxing to prevent ingrown hairs.

Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant: The gentle formula protects against irritation and perspiration with a clean, refreshing fragrance. When shared with your man, you can breathe in his scent all day, keeping him close even when you’re far apart.

Protein Booster Skin Serum: Collagen boosting peptides help diminish wrinkles by 45% in less than two months, while anti-aging ingredients even skin tone by getting rid of 56% more spots. Now you can both stay young forever…or at least look that way!

All-Over Wash - 33oz: This body wash, face cleanser, and shampoo will save plenty of room in the shower.  It gets rid of dirt and sweat without stripping, providing thick, rich lather with special botanicals for a fresh scent.  It's simply an exhilerating experience!

Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil: If you want it all, this has it all. This oil is great for skin and hair, infusing both with intensive moisture plus potent antioxidants. It’s lightweight, quick absorbing, and, of course, gender neutral.

If you’re ready to share your care with your man, start shopping Jack Black now.

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Stress Tips from skyn ICELAND Founder Sarah Kugleman

Posted on 11/06/2013

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In honor of National Stress Awareness Day, b-glowing spoke with skyn ICELAND Founder Sarah Kugleman about her favorite ways to relieve stress, plus the products she uses to relax her skin.

SLEEP TIGHT TO RISE AND SHINE

1. Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to relieve anxiety and ward off illness. Sleep helps lower cortisol (stress) levels. When cortisol is too high it has a negative impact on our body and skin. When we sleep, our body releases human growth hormone, which helps to repair tissue and increase circulation, resulting in a healthier and happier you!

At the start or end of a long day, I like to use our Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels to smooth fine lines, diminish dark circles, reduce bags and to just sit back and relax. 

 

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

2. Pamper yourself. You only need 10 minutes before bed to rejuvenate with our new Fresh Start Face Mask to clear your pores, smooth and revive your skin, and feel refreshed and relaxed. Follow up with our new Arctic Elixir Serum with Raspberry Stem Cell Complex to repair, restore and recharge your skin. Taking good care of your skin now protects it against stress in the future.

 

ACT NATURAL

3. Develop a routine. When you’re stressed, it’s important to take care of your physical health. I try to work out three times a week and splurge on regular massages to relieve the tension that builds up from stress. It’s important for your mental well being to take care of your body. I work with a cardiologist who just wrote a book about self care. It is important to take the time each day to care for oneself; it’s the little things that can help to make us look and feel our best.

 

FIND THAT FEELING

4. Practicing yoga is an incredible way to release tension. It forces you to take a breather from life’s stresses and focus on inner balance and peace. When we are calm on the inside, it has been proven to show on our skin on the outside. Even simple stretching and meditation at home can work wonders for your body—both inside and out.

 

BOTTOMS UP

5. Drink plenty of water! I aim for 32 ounces per day to stay hydrated. Omega-rich foods such as salmon and avocado can also help to decrease internal inflammation.

 

You can shop skyn ICELAND here, and shop all b-glowing here.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT Facebook Giveaway

Posted on 11/04/2013

Enter our Let There Be Light giveaway here!

We’re giving FIVE lucky Facebook fans an Illume limited edition Gilded Amberleaf Metallic Knob Tin, valued at $23.50 (and perfect for the holidays). This Metallic Knob Tin makes a fashion statement in any home! Featuring an embossed geo-glam medallion and knob lid, the Amberleaf scent is a seasonal favorite, with notes of rich cedarwood and golden amber, infused with mandarin, vetiver, vanilla and tobacco.

Known for style just as much as scent, Illume candles are top-quality and fashion forward. The designs make perfect additions to the home, especially the limited-edition holiday collection, and with scents from full and warm to light and fruity, you’ll find the perfect fit.

Choose from colorful tins, sophisticated glassware, boho chic, and holiday favorites. The mini tins also make for perfect gift giving and stocking stuffing!

This week, FIVE Facebook fans will win an Illume limited edition Gilded Amberleaf Metallic Knob Tin—a $23.50 value!

Ready for your chance to win? Enter here.

Can’t wait grab Illume? Shop all Illume now.

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Hot off the Press: Koh Gen Do, St. Tropez, Adara, and Etat Libre d’Orange

Posted on 11/01/2013

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It’s certainly been quite the month for b-glowing brands! We’re thrilled to announce that many of our brands have been getting media attention. From head to scent, magazines have been name dropping, and these are the products they want you to get your hands on.

Koh Gen Do- Macro Vintage Mask: Mentioned in the October issue of Health magazine, the Macro Vintage Mask was chosen as one of Jessica Alba’s “Top 5 good, gentle products”. It increases immunity, while regenerating ingredients empower the skin, creating hydration that lasts for hours.

St. Tropez- Self Tan Bronzing Mousse: Winner of Allure’s 2013 Best of Beauty for Body Bronzer/Best Traditional Self-Tanner, Cosmopolitan’s “Best Self-Tanner” for the Global Beauty Awards, and Glamour’s "Best Body Bronzer or Self-Tanner: From Department/Specialty Stores" in their 2013 Glamour Glammy Awards. So…what are you waiting for?

Adara- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: InStyle magazine chose this nourishing body oil (great for the hair, too!) as one of its Best of Digital Beauty picks in the November issue, even calling b-glowing.com “Rad, Emerging Talent”.  While we’re honored on both accounts, we’re also excited for Adara’s well-deserved attention, as it’s one of our staff’s favorite products!

Etat Libre d’Orange- Archives 69: Also chosen in InStyle’s November issue, this inviting fragrance was another Best of Digital Beauty pick. With top notes of tangerine, pink berries CO2, and pepper leaf, we love the scent for its versatility and sense of freedom.

You can grab all of these products now, read more Hot Press here, and shop all b-glowing here.

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Behind the Brand with Francesco Clark of Clark’s Botanicals

Posted on 10/28/2013

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A b-glowing.com brand favorite—Clark’s Botanicals—keeps its natural products in the family. Started by father-son duo Harold and Francesco Clark, the skincare line covers you from head to toe with plant-based products that are soothing, healing, and protecting. Right now, you can also receive Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask ($22 value) free with any $80+ storewide purchase!

We spoke with Francesco about achieving beautiful skin and got an inside peek at his personal routine. He also told us all about his favorite b-glowing brands, and you can shop his picks here.

What is your daily skincare routine, and how do you adjust it seasonally or as your skin changes over time?

My daily skincare routine is always changing. I swear, I think my skin has ADD! One day it's really oily, and the next it can react so quickly to changing weather and ingredients - it'll feel like the desert. I do have constants that keep my skin in check, though.

For shaving, or when my skin is really sensitive, I use our Soothing Herbal Face Wash instead of shaving cream because it's moisturizing and doesn't leave me with redness. A lot of makeup artists love this to gently remove makeup, especially mascara, without being overly stripping. To get an added, subtle glow, I use it with my Clarisonic in the shower.

After cleansing, I use our Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist as a toner because it helps to prep the skin. This mist is not a toner, but I don't always use products in the way they're supposed to be used. It has botanical ingredients that are naturally antibacterial, so it's a good product if you're breaking out or oily, and it leaves your skin with this lifted look, so … why not? Plus, it's alcohol-free, which means it's never too much, even when my skin is being sensitive. 

My third step is the Nourishing Youth Serum, but only two pumps of it - a little goes a long way. It brings back that rosy glow that might have been lost in the winter, and it has two neuropeptides that help to soften the look of wrinkles. I use this every day, no matter what.

I found that consistency makes for the best skincare routine. I immediately follow this with Anti-Puff Eye Cream, which I keep in the fridge, because the bags under my eyes come out fighting every morning!

A dab of the Smoothing Marine Cream helps to keep my skin smooth, clear, and fresh. Again, you only need very little, and the tingling means the ingredients are working!

Your products focus on rebalancing the skin, and are especially effective for acneic skin types. What are your top tips for someone trying to clear his/her skin and keep it balanced?

The trick to keeping your skin clear and balanced is consistently using a good regime. Your skin needs time to re-balance. The Skin-Clearing Face and Body Wash is something customers use in the shower to ensure they use it every day, and it makes it easy. The Intense Radiance Mask was formulated to make your skin look like you went to a spa, and you can use it as a spot treatment wherever you might have a breakout. Finally, using the Smoothing Marine Cream every day will help keep your pores clear and your skin luminous. 

You used to work for Harper's Bazaar, what did you do there, and has that experience played a role in the development of your brand?

I loved working at Harper’s Bazaar. It felt like one of those moments where you were suddenly working in an incubator where all of these super-creative people got to do what they are passionate about every day.

I was a fashion assistant, and I'd say my top lessons learned there were how important it is to pay attention to detail and to follow through. If you say you'll do something, you' better do it, and do it well. I thrive in a challenging environment because it pushes you to that next level of growth. That's important to me now, too.

Also, there's something to be said about breaking the mold and taking a risk on something. In fashion and beauty, it's important not to just be another something, and confidence really becomes your parachute in that process.

Your dad helped in the development of the initial Clark's Botanicals line. Does he still contribute to new product development?

Yes, my father is very involved in the Clark's Botanicals process. This is a family business and we all help in our own ways. My father is a walking encyclopedia of homeopathy, traditional medicine, and botanicals - so family dinners jump from talking about my eight-year-old nephew's birthday party to how Ginseng combined with peptides can enhance anti-aging properties in skincare. 

You are a National Ambassador for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. How has this experience changed you? What is your favorite part about being involved in this organization?

Working with the Reeve Foundation is a dream come true. Christopher Reeve was my hero before I sustained my injury, and afterwards, he was my beacon of hope. He was articulate and could challenge any scientist, but explain a research study to anyone in a way you could understand in the blink of an eye. My passion in helping find a cure means so much to me, especially with a foundation that can communicate a message and medical funding so effectively. I still get goose bumps meeting other people who sustained, or know someone with, a spinal cord injury and establish a sense of support and hope. It is life changing. 

You are a business owner, an author, AND a spokesman for spinal cord injury survivors. How do you make time for yourself, and what do you do in the spare time that you have?

Time for myself. Tell me what that means? Ha! There are certain parts of my week that are non-negotiable. We have family dinners on Thursdays and Sundays. My mom pretty much cooks a Thanksgiving dinner on those days, and we're from Bologna, so if you love pasta … This is a time for us to regroup and catch up. I have an older brother and younger sister, who are both married, so the dinner table has grown. It's my favorite part of the week.

Finally, tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know.

Would you be surprised to know I would wear Lederhosen, growing up in Italy? Would you also be surprised I used to Yodel? Ricola!

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MAKE BEAUTY. ICONIC: Linda Rodin

Posted on 10/25/2013

Our BEAUTY ICON, Rodin Olio Lusso’s Linda Rodin is a natural—both at what she does and how she does it. She craves simple skincare with natural ingredients that fight impurities while recovering genuine beauty.

Coming from a style background, we were eager to learn about how the two worlds collide and how they can work together, especially when it comes to b-glowing brands Linda loves!

Describe the perfect Saturday in NYC. 
Waking up late, having a cappuccino and going with Winky to the flea market. And having nothing else to do the rest of the day. 

As someone who's worked both actively in fashion and now beauty, how important is it that these two styles complement each other?
Well, I think I was very lucky to have been first in the fashion business. It enabled me to have access to the best models, makeup and hair stylists in the world, so I could let them try my products. That's how the buzz happened. Word of mouth 

What is the best beauty advice you've ever received? 
Always keep your skin clean and fresh

If you were stuck with one piece of makeup what would it be?
Lipstick, for sure

From one woman to the next, whom do you admire? 
I admire women who juggle careers with their families, women who make a difference in the world by helping other people, and women who allow themselves to not be too affected by how they "should" look or feel. It's all right to be yourself. 

Linda’s b-glowing Product Picks:

Art of Shaving, Ocean Kelp—for the men in my life
butter London—love the colours!
BY TERRY—so creamy, especially the new moisturizing #301 lipstick
Japonesque, Manicure Set and Artisan Tweezer-Slant. I love japonesque sets of all kinds
Paul & Joe, eye colors CS. I adore Paul & Joe packaging 
Peter Thomas Roth, Ultra-Lite, Oil-Free Sunblock. Keeps my skin protected but not greasy
RGB—hip and gorgeous
Deborah Lippman—wonderful colors. 
Mason Pearson, Pocket Boar Bristle Brush.

For all Rodin Ollio Lusso products, shop here.

 

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butter London Illusionist Collection Mani

Posted on 10/24/2013

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Our Shadow Illusions mani is a super sleek and easy way to use this new collection to create a look with depth and a little mystery. These colors are great for fall, and add a vampy futuristic look to your nails. The deep purple of the bramble really complements the almost holographic oil spill that is petrol, creating an indigo-violet effect. With a quick glance at the nails, they even appear 3D. How cool is that?

  • For this simple mani, all you need is base/top coat and the new Illusionist collection. We used the color bramble and the top coat petrol.
  • Always start with clean, buffed and filed nails, and to ensure your mani lasts, don’t forget to push those cuticles back.
  • First apply a thin even base coat to each nail and let set to achieve a smooth base.
  • Next apply 1 coat of bramble to each nail. You can do two coats if there are spots, but because you are going to layer, you don’t want too much lacquer buildup. This is a very opaque color so one coat should suffice.
  • Wait for your first coat of bramble to dry before applying the sheer purple topcoat petrol.
  • For this mani, we want to give the illusion of a shadow to give depth to the iridescence of the petrol lacquer. To achieve this, start very carefully toward the bottom of the nail near the cuticle and leave ¼ inch strip of bramble. This will be your shadow. You can use tape to mark this off if you do not feel comfortable free-handing it.
  • You want to pull directly up from the line you have created to the free edge of the nail. Make sure to do two coats and to start your second coat from the same line.
  • Once both coats of petrol have dried, add a shiny top coat to seal in your new look!

Anxious to get the look? Shop butter London now.

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