Independence Day is just over a week away and I bet you have the barbecue food ideas in full swing but what about your overall 4th of July look? I like to think of Independence Day as a very toned down Halloween, giving me every excuse in the world to DIY that full size American flag into a rocking skirt or strapless dress. Pay tribute to your country by showing off some patriotic inspired beauty from our red, white and beautiful picks:
Create American flag inspired nails with three important shades from Deborah Lippmann. From left to right: Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (risqué red sequin), Lady Sings the Blues (silver sparkled blue), and Boom Boom Pow (glamorous gold). To create that popular ombre trend you can't go wrong with The New Black's Horizon Ombre Nail Polish 5 Piece Set.
Red lips are an absolute must. In our latest 4th of July beauty shoot (shown far left) we channeled classic Hollywood with pin curls, blue eyeshadow and bright, matte red courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin. With a velvety smooth application and zero fading or smudge, these lipsticks will last throughout the day, perhaps even through that 4th of July hot dog or hamburger!Read More »
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Achieving the perfect bronze isn't as easy as you would think. Plus, there's a fine line between going overboard with the self tanner and gold eyeshadow and looking like you're just perfectly sun kissed. Whether you're wanting to enhance an existing tan or give yourself a beautiful golden glow, I think it's safe to say that the Nuxe Paris Multi Usage Dry Oil can do no wrong.
It was just featured in July's Allure magazine as part of the 6 steps to achieve a stunning 'head to toe bronze.' Although they've suggested running a few drops of the oil throughout your hair to add a pretty golden sheen and smooth flyaways this super conditioning dry oil can also be used as a body moisturizer. I love to apply it on my décolleté, collarbone and tops of shoulders to create that gorgeous summer glow and also deeply condition my skin. Tiny mother of pearl particles creates the luminosity while bronzing dry oil softly enhances your tan to perfection.
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Two features in one week? I think Frederic Fekkai's Cooling Shine Mist is onto something. If this isn't enough hint that this summer designed hair styling product is amaze balls I don't know what is! Chosen as an beauty editor's favorite in July's Allure magazine because, "The peppermint oil in this shine spray feels so refreshing, you'll want to spritz it over and over again--and you can, because the light formula doesn't gunk up your hair."
I totally love that we can say more is less with the Cooling Shine Mist as normally the approach to beauty has always been the opposite: less is more, since once you cross a line you typically have to wash your hair or face and start over again. Summertime is all about low maintenance beauty, just wash and let the ocean breeze air dry it to just got out of bed perfection. Spray on this refreshing mist for a beautiful shine as well as UV protectant!
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I much prefer liquid or creamy based eyeliners than powder. For one, I've had a bad run with powder eyeshadows when I try to be wet my brush and attempt to turn them into a wetter consistency for lining. Although some powder shadows are meant to be able to do this, I still find that after I draw my line, tiny powder particles seem to land on my upper cheeks throughout the day. As I'm constantly touching my face, there have been some smudging 'accidents that make me look I'm going out for the football team. Luckily for me, we just got in some amazing new eyeliners in store!
Kevyn Aucoin's Precision Liquid Liner comes with a felt tip applicator for easy lining or more daredevil accuracy for a dramatic cat eye. It's also waterproof so will hold onto your eyelids for dear life, come rain, sleet, sweat or snow. As it's a quick drying formulation, there's no need for you to not blink for two minutes nor fan your eyes (come on ladies we've all been there).
There's no point investing in a creme liner without knowing you're going to be applying it with an amazing brush. EF | STUDIO's Creme Eye Liner & Precision Point Liner Brush has everything you need for $40. The double ended liner brush is one of the finest engineered brushes on the market making it effortless to apply creamy or water based eye products. The Creme Eye Liner in Kuro has the most luxurious feel and will work for all skin types. It can be used to create sleek, sexy lines or it doubles as a great shadow to create the iconic smoky eye. No smudging, flaking or streaking!
I'm very excited to enhance my eye area with the EF | STUDIO Eye Gloss Transparent which I'm hoping is a much less stickier and tackier version than Mac's Eye Glass. I love the dewy, sensual finish it leaves on your eyes, but not the feeling that your eyelids are stuck. With EF | STUDIO's, it contains moisturizing properties to preserve the natural suppleness of the eye area so it leaves a beautiful wet look to lids without the stick!Read More »
Kinda drooling over Becca's new Balearic Love Collection that just arrived! Inspired by distant shores, romantic temptation and stolen glances with a handsome stranger. It's no wonder you feel like you're watching something you shouldn't in these photos. The whole range is just plain seductive and sexy, with an emphasis on smoky eyes, sun kissed skin and berry stained lips.
To achieve this bronzed earth goddess look begin to lightly pat Becca's Eye Tint in Romanticism on
the lid with fingertips. This highly pigmented eye color goes on as a creme but dries as powder leaving a beautiful mauve bronze color to the lid.
The draw is clearly the eyes in the photo and you enhance this smoldering look even more with the Balearic Love Palette filled with three sensuous hues of bronze, plum and violet. Begin by applying Marcella all over the eye, blending into the crease line and intensifying at the outer edges. Next, sweep Romal over the eyelids from lash line but stopping at the crease line. Lastly, accentuate the inner corners of the eyes with Atlas. To make eyes pop even more, find a soft violet eyeliner and rim the top and bottom of eyelids. Finish with Becca's Ultimate Mascara.
Contour the face, blending under the cheekbones into the hollows of the cheeks with Becca's
Mineral Powder Blush in Bolero. This delicate powder brush is infused with micro fine minerals that deliver a soft glow and demi matte bronze color to the
Lastly use Becca Sheer Tint Lip Color in Valentina to give a hint of soft raspberry color and subtle shine to the lips. A formulation so light and creamy it enhances the natural tone of lips while making them appear healthy, moist and full.Read More »
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There's no better way to show off your legs and decolette this summer than with a sun kissed glow. If you're in a hurry and don't have the time to apply a self tanner than consider Jouer's Luminizing Body Glow. Not only does it moisturize the body with shea butter and chamomile but it also leaves a subtle luminescent glow with a golden, satin finish. Infused with softly blended scents of gardenia, jasmine and honeysuckle will leave you smelling perfectly sweet.
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There's nothing worse than a blonde gone orange six weeks after color. Instead of golden flax it starts to resemble the color of rust. For those who can't afford to get their color touched up so often it's a great idea to start incorporating hair products that will keep your hair color rich and vibrant like Serge Normant's Meta Blonde Reviving Shampoo & Conditioner.
Blondes or blondes and brunettes with highlights will get the best results from these products while pale or platinum blondes should shy away unless you're wanting to add a warmer tone. The shampoo contains shimmering gold enhancers to enhance gold tones and cedar bark extract to increase shine and luster. While also being a color enhancer, the conditioner is also deeply hydrating with jojoba and coconut oil. Leave the conditioner on for 1-15 minutes to increase golden color intensity.
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Lucky for us the Miracle Skin Transformer brands is like a one stop shop. Best known for their amazing tinted moisturizer that camouflages redness and gives skin an airbrushed finish, they have now brought out four new products in the range that addresses every aspect of your skin care routine:
The Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Cleanser is gentle and great for all skin types, especially those who have increased sensitivity to ingredients. This calming cleanser changes to foam when activated with water and gently rinses the skin, removing surface oils, makeup and dirt. It also fights free radicals with a powerful blend of botanical antioxidants!
No skincare routine is complete without regular weekly exfoliation. The Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm uses high grade micronized magnesium oxide crystals to polish and refine skin's texture. Besides renewing dull skin, the formulation is also infused with M3 Complex and antioxidants to increase moisture and a newly revealed luminous skin.
While you sleep your skin re-charges itself in lieu of another day of possible environmental aggressors. This is also the best time to incorporate a more active serum or treatment like the Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Treatment. This multi-functional night cream quenches skin with moisture throughout the evening, with 65% more hydration in the first three hours! It also exfoliates, firms and tones the skin overnight.
For those with super sensitive skin, Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm is everything you need to hydrate irritated skin as well as combat severe dryness. If you try to hide the winter away inside closed doors you can feel protected with this multi-purpose beauty balm that addresses the multiple sources of aggression and stress.
The eyes are the window to the soul and the lips are just as alluring and provacative. We need to take good care of our lip pillows 365 days a year to keep them readily soft and kissable. The skin on the lips is a lot thinner and sensitive than our bodies so we need to be mindful of the products we use to address the issues of cracked skin and dry lips. Take a gander at some of our picks to keep them pucker-iffic!
First step to soft lips is to exfoliate and there's nothing better or more yummy smelling than Sara Happ's Limited Edition Blood Orange Lip Scrub. Tiny, granular sugar crystals gently exfoliates flaky skin to leave lips incredibly soft and supple. One of my favorite products ever, this is gentle enough to use once a week. Try your best not to be tempted to eat any, it smells that enticing.
If you'd like to forego the step of needing a sink then Ilia's handy Lip Exfoliator comes in lipstick form and can be used daily. Organic ingredients blended with tiny granules of volcanic stone powder gently exfoliate lips. There's no need to rinse, simply follow up with a lip conditioner to seal in moisture.
For lip conditioning like no other may I tempt you and your wallet with By Terry's Baume de Rose SPF 15. This rose like no other (it smells of the classic flower), is a melt away balm that has become the must have of Hollywood stars because of its ability to repair, nourish, regenerate the lip area and leave a beautiful soft glossy sheen in it's wake. It can also be used as a salve to strengthen your cuticles!
Don't let lips go naked! You've buffed and conditioned them to perfection, now it's time to get them noticed with a hint of color with Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss. Choose from 12 different shades from soft peach to the brightest blood red that will keep lips shiny and smooth without feeling greasy or slippery.
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We love giveaways at b-glowing and this month we're excited to host our biggest one to date! Summer is here and this giveaway gives you the opportunity to get a seasonal makeover with $225 worth of By Terry cosmetics! This 5 piece set includes:
By Terry Blush Terrybly in Hypnotic Copper
By Terry Nail Laque Terrybly in Famous Fuchsia
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Paradise Island
By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine in Diamond Dream
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Black Print
The giveaway is run through our Facebook page and you simply have to click on this link to enter. Entries close July 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am PST with a winner announced Tuesday, July 17th 2012. Contest is open to both United States and international entrants. Prize cannot be redeemed for credit, cash, gift certificate, etc.Read More »