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Summertime is usually when your social schedule doubles with barbecues, housewarmings, picnics and more taking up all your free time. When you're in a rush from work things like touching up your tan or applying lipstick can be a problem when you're in a rush and these are certainly things we shouldn't be trying to attempt when driving, although I've seen a lot worse. The one area I want to look amazing in my scalloped shorty shorts is of course my legs. They really look longer and leaner with a bit of color which is why I turn to St Tropez Self Tan Perfect Legs Spray. This aerosol spray is easy to pop in your purse for a last minute tanning sesh and in a few sprays gives your legs instant color and an airbrushed, natural looking glow. Think if it as makeup for your legs, it washes off when you want it to and is perfect for all skin tones!
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There's no time like summer to break out those bright popsicle and sherbet shades. Neon knows no boundaries so feel free to apply on nails, eyelids and lips! However, a little word to the wise, just like jewelry it's a good idea to choose one area to focus your beauty statement rather than choosing all three. A turquoise eye, hot pink cheek and bright orange lip might be a little overkill, unless you're walking on a runway. Here are a few fun high voltage shades to adorn yourself with this summer season…
Make an eye-popping statement with By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Fizzy Jade Or Paradise Island. These crayon inspired eye shadows can literally be drawn on for precise contouring as well as easily blended out to create more of a smoky look. Both of these shades remind me of the sea with Fizzy Jade being a gorgeous soft green and Paradise Island a turquoise blue. They're made with pearl proteins, present in the form of micronized powder which allows for a creamy, melt away eyeshadow that creates a lifting light effect and has infallible hold.
Lips are meant to be noticed. Forego your neutral soft pink gloss and go high octave with staff favorite Ilia Lipstick in Neon Angel. We can't get enough of fuchsia this season and when it's this easy to apply and consists of organic ingredients that tint and condition our skin it's a beauty junkie no brainer.
First looks at the outer packaging of Armour Beauty Lucy Opaque Lip Gloss initially frightened me. It. Is. So. Orange. However, I pushed past the initial fear and am so glad I did. Let's just say everybody at the office was asking me what gloss I was wearing. It doesn't go as bold as what you'd think but still gives a highly pigmented coral orange shade in it's wake. Totally in love with this Lucille Ball inspired gloss!
Actress and singer Miley Cyrus is a big fan of RGB nail lacquers. She has been seen about hollywood land rocking many different shades but her favorite seems to be RGB's Minty. A very pretty mint green, robin's egg inspired shade that is oh so cute for summer!
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Bring flower power inspiration to your makeup look this summer by incorporating pastel pinks and mauve purples to create a whimsical and romantic makeup palette. As seen in Life & Style Weekly magazine, gorgeous actress Olivia Munn demonstrates this look perfectly. Recreate it yourself with By Terry Laque De Rose assortment of lip glosses like Romance Rose which combines an intense lip care treatment along with ultra glossy effervescent colors. For cheekbones, apply one of the gorgeous shades in EF | STUDIO's Cheek Color Palette in C101 for a beautiful healthy flush. Intensify the eye area with a more smoky look with Becca Cosmetics Balearic Love Palette, a trio of complimentary shades of plum and deep violet to accentuate your irises, even more so if you have hazel or green eyes!
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Great beauty brands come from all corners of the world and we like to think we carry the best of them right here at b-glowing. However, because we just celebrated our countries Independence Day Vogue.com decided to pay tribute to 10 beauty brands that are 'Born in the USA.' Some of them big and well known while others like Rosebud Perfume Company are a little smaller but have reached an iconic status amongst it's beauty junkie cult followers because of their amazing multi-purpose lip salve that can soothe chapped lips, minor burns and irritated skin, diaper rash and the horrible dry elbow. Simply choose your favorite flavor like strawberry or the original scent and watch Rosebud Salve works it's miracle magic!
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If you're having a summer wedding then your favorite winter fragrance just won't do on one of the most memorable days of your life. Some women like to find a scent just for their big day that captures their romantic spirit. With summer comes a re-introduction of light and fruity florals or marine sea inspired perfumes so try and find notes of rose, lily, jasmine, etc. One of my absolute favorites as well as the Martha Stewart wedding's team is Romantina by Juliette Has A Gun. This dramatic floral scent contains a symphony of jasmine, rose and orange blossom while patchouli and chypre brings out the edginess that will cause heads to turn and request your wedding day fragrance secret.
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There's not to many brands that capture the American spirit like Kai Fragrance does. Created by an American girl, Gaye Straza, who spent many childhood summers frolicking the beaches of Hawaii, it's no wonder this tropical inspired perfume and body range has taken the world by storm. So much so that Vogue.com featured it in their 4th of July tribute to the ten beauty brands that are 'Born In The USA.' Kai has a celebrity following ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman to Cate Blanchett. The secret to this much loved brand comes down to the pure relaxing aromas of tuberose, jasmine and lily that can be spritzed across your décolleté in Kai's perfume, condition the skin in a bubble bath and even leave your underarms dry and smelling sweet all day long. Kai products are all paraben and phthalate free which means you get to enjoy the array of products without worrying about harmful chemicals. This born and bread American company will quickly having you become a patriotic devotee!
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Perfumer Yosh joins us again for another round of Scents & Sensibility! Spring has passed and now summer is truly in bloom. The earthy aromas of the season are in full swing like jasmine that seems it's most intoxicating at sunset, freshly mowed green grass, sweet honeysuckle and a day at the beach (cotton candy, coconut cocktails, sunscreen) and all! Yosh answers a few of our seasonal questions and recommends some great summer scents for our 2012 Summer Fragrance Flight, a sampler set of 5 fragrances for $15 that will leave you smelling great as the temperature rises. It also includes a special 20% discount code** that can be used just in case you find your new signature!
Our body chemistry (as well as the Earth's) changes during the summer. It's warmer out so we change our activities accordingly. When it's hot and humid, light and fresh fragrances tend to be more suitable for the season. Fruity florals or citrus aromatics are refreshing and carefree.
How do we choose the perfect summer fragrance?
This depends on your activity but for the office, something watery and subtle would be appropriate but weekends and going out at night, something sparkly and juicy would be more fun.
I've heard that eau de toilette can be a better choice than an eau de parfum because they're lighter based. However, the lighter they are I find the more times I have to apply. What's the solution?
There's a misconception that fragrances should last all day but I prefer to carry a purse spray to spritz throughout the day. It's like asking the sunlight to stay the same from morning through the day. Nobody is that robotic. Clothing gets wrinkled and worn as you sit and walk around. Refresh your fragrance when you powder your nose and add fresh coat of lipstick.
Eau de toilette EDT and eau de parfum EDP refer to the strength of perfume concentrate and alcohol. There's more alcohol and less concentrate in EDT so the dilution gives the wearer a lighter impression. I think this is a great solution if a person tends towards the heavier florientals or gourmands normally. Then you can still enjoy this genre of fragrance in the summer rather than trying to wear a different style of perfume. But if you like cologne style aromatics or citrus fragrances, then EDP is fine even in the summer. If you like floral musks or powdery fragrances, then choose the less intense EDT otherwise, it can be cloying in humid weather. If it's a dry climate with coastal breeze (west coast) then EDP is fine.
What are some of our summer inspired fragrances that have caught your eye this season?
In my own collection, I was surprised to find that I fell in love with U4EAHH. Even though it's a global best seller, it was one of my creations that I never wore because it is usually turns sour on me. But I've been in Tokyo for the last few weeks and the climate here is quite humid and the fragrance smells amazing on me. The new Rodin olio lusso Perfume also sounds amazing to me with neroli and jasmine.
*Yosh began her perfuming career in 1994 as an apprentice, learning to identify and combine the healing essential oils and sensuous perfume essences in each of those bottles. Today Yosh uses these elixirs in her own modern practice of the ancient art of perfumery, creating signature scents that entice the senses, fascinate the mind and enchant the soul.**Coupon code not valid on Rodin olio lusso products.
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Coloring your hair outside of a well trained, professional hand could be very dangerous. Case in point, at 15 years of age I bought a box of hair color off the super market shelf thinking the models hair color was what mine would look like. Oh boy was I wrong. Instead of golden blonde it turned out a rusty orange. In fact I looked like a leopard. From that day nobody without a diploma has ever laid a drop of color on my head.
Times change though, and over the years many brands have come out with great touch up kits or products to help keep your color vibrant and free from fade until your next appointment. One of the trusted stand-outs to fight regrowth is the Oscar Blandi Colore Pen as seen in In Touch magazine. This industry and celebrity approved touch up and highlighting pen is brushed on to temporarily disguise roots, grays and also enhances highlights with a natural looking finish. You can keep it in your purse and touch up when you catch yourself in some bad lighting. Simply choose the right color for you and get your instant color fix!
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Their very first product was deemed 'the best cleanser in the world' and just like a fine wine, skincare brand Eve Lom has just gotten better with age. Based out of the UK but a major hit amongst international devotees, it's no wonder celebrities like Madonna and Kate Hudson swear by it's results. Two of their products have received raving reviews and become prestige market winners in the UK facial category:
The Eve Lom Eye Cream won best new 'Everyday Facial Skincare Product' by CEW's beauty insiders because of its triple action formula that fights dark circles, reduces puffiness and plumps up fine lines with age defying peptides! Housed in a beautiful frosted glass jar this product best results are found when applied morning and evening.
Eve Lom's Intense Hydration Serum took home 'Best New Skincare Treatment Product' because it's equivalent to a long, cool drink of water for your skin. Pores soak up this hyaluron charged serum that restores radiance to even the most dull and lackluster skin. Extremely lightweight but packs a punch to deliver long lasting hydration and protection.
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We're very excited to launch our very first Fragrance Flight, a curated selection of our top five fragrances that will leave you smelling amazing as the temperature rises! Summer tends to be a frivolous, social and fun time for most of us and since warmer weather can change your skin chemistry, the fragrances you loved in winter may now be to overpowering. Think lighter and relaxing notes of aromatic and citrusy compositions that leave a pleasant trace and can accompany us into those balmy evenings. For only $15 you'll receive 5 perfume samples from high end to independent cult status brands that have been chosen for their summer inspired aromatic notes. We hope you find your new summer signature scent at b-glowing.com! If so, we hope you'll enjoy the very special 20% coupon code included**. The fragrance flight includes samples of:
Rodin olio lusso Perfume - Jasmine & Neroli notes
Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Eau de Parfum - Rose Chypre, Blackberry and Patchouli notes
Yosh U4EAHH 2.43 Eau de Parfum - Pomegranite, Pear and Cucumber notes
Zorica of Malibu Gratitude Perfume Oil - Grapefruit and Vanilla notes
Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum - Jasmine, Tuberose, Wood and Amber notes
Kai Perfume Oil - Gardenia and notes from white exotic flowers
Don't understand why you should be changing up your favorite scent for the different seasons? Well, there's a science to everything and scent is no exception. Amazing perfumer Yosh joins us for another round of 'Scents & Sensibility' to answer all things aromatic! *Code not valid on Rodin olio lusso products.Read More »