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STYLE HOW-TO: SLEEK PONYTAIL

4.25.13

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Sleek hair is all the rage this season, and from what we saw at Fashion Week for fall/winter, this trend is not going away. One of our favorite sleek looks, that has withstood the test of time, is a pony tail.

We love a pretty pony because it's work-appropriate, great for all textures - including fine hair - and a great way to get a second day out of your already-styled hair. Ready to rock this runway-ready revolution? Here are step-by-step instructions for this easy up-do, and the products that will get you there.

1. Prep Your Mane
You perfected your hair for work yesterday, but 24 hours later it's looking a little … sad. Use Mason Pearson's Handy Mixture Bristle & Nylon Brush to detangle and soften your locks, in preparation for your pony.

2. Tame Your Tail
Run T3's Single Pass 1" Flat Iron over your ends and address any noticeable kinks in your 'do. Don't spend too much time on this step, as the majority of your locks will be gathered and unseen. One minute tops!

3. Smooth Your Strands
Add a couple drops of . Philip B.'s Anti-Frizz Formula 57 w/ Natural Lavender & Jojoba Extract this will keep frizz at bay and help you maintain your hairs health while it holds the style.


4. Flipping Out
Flip hair upside down, brushing repeatedly from root to tip toward the floor. Make a fist, and place it against the top of your head, this is where your pony will 'sprout' from.

5. Gather the Herd
Open your fist and begin brushing your hair into it, collecting it for the hair tie. Depending on hair length, you may have to move your fist towards the nape of your neck, in order to collect all your stands in the tie.

6. Rein It In
Using the hair tie of your choice, secure your now-collected hair. You may choose to leave the tie as-is, or you can create a more polished look by wrapping a thin segment of hair from your tail around the tie and securing it with a bobby pin towards the underside of your ponytail.

7. Polish the Pony
Now that your pony is in place, you'll want to tame baby hairs and frizz. Use Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac by Color WOW along the hairline and sides to perfect your sleek look, enhance shine and tame fly-aways.

8. Solidify Your Style
Finish off this look with a pass of your favorite hairspray. We recommend Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hairspray to ensure hold and protect hair against damaging and dulling UV rays.

We hope you enjoy this styling 'how-to' from b-glowing.com!

B-GLOWING.COM IN MARIE CLAIRE BIG BEAUTY ISSUE

4.24.13

Marie Claire's BIG BEAUTY ISSUE is out on shelves and we couldn't help but notice a few b-glowing.com faves as we flipped through the pages of the May 2013 issue. Learn more about the products that had them talkin'!

FRAGRANCE:
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum - Inspired by the elegance and elusivity of its namesake, Tom Ford Black Orchid is a sensual and luxurious fragrance of blended notes that include black truffle and ylang-ylang, for an overall sultry, floral and woodsy scent.

HAIR:
Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream - This olive oil-infused shine booster creates soft and shiny hair that lasts all day. Great for all hair types, this is the perfect product to create the sleek hair that is trending for spring/summer.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - A must-have for every bathroom shelf, this dry shampoo not only freshens limp hair, but also brings volume and texture to your 'do. Keep one bottle at home and one at work for convenient primping.

Mixed Chicks Shampoo - Perfect for curly-haired gals everywhere, this lightweight, non-sticky formula leaves ringlets inviting to the touch - locking moisture into every strand.

Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner - Define curls and eliminate frizz, while restoring your hair health. This product is perfect for repairing all hair types, and is not exclusive to curly-haired lasses.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray - This vitamin E-infused spray strengthens and protects hair, while absorbing excess oil and boosting volume for your day-old hair. The invisible formula is perfect for all hair colors, and you'll love the fresh, clean lemon verbena scent.

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer - Clinically proven to dry hair 80% faster than the competition, this innovative hair dryer from T3 promises not only reduced drying time, but also an increase in shine, body, and style retention. We love how this styling tool cuts our 'get ready' time in half, while reducing frizz and locking in moisture.

SKIN:
bliss FatGirlSlim Skin Firming Cream - Visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite while firming and toning your skin! The ultimate tool for bathing suit season, FatGirlSlim is the perfect addition to your body-bettering routine. Combine with the NEW Lean Machine product for increased results.

Supergoop! CC Cream -This new product from Supergoop! is already receiving rave reviews. Combining coverage with skincare and suncare, this all-in-one product acts as a primer, foundation, anti-aging treatment, and SPF. Perfect for the girl on the go!

NATURAL BEAUTY

4.22.13

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In celebration of this eco-tastic holiday, we want to call out special attention to some of our b-glowing.com brands that do their part to help out Mama Earth.

bkr - Devoted to decreasing garbage, the amount of water transported between continents, and the amount of chemicals we ingest, bkr's reusable glass bottles are a stylish and earth-friendly way to transport beverages. Available in a wide range of colors and designs, the light-weight glass bottle and accompanying silicone sleeve are dishwasher safe and leave your liquids tasting fresh and untainted. Stay beautifully hydtrated with bkr!

Vapour Organic Beauty - Known for their unique "light-as-air" textures, Vapour Organic Beauty products are 100% natural, and made with 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% minerals and vitamins. Their products contain no parabens, phalates, gluten, nano particles, irradiation, and are not tested on animals. Vapour uses recyclable and sustainable materials and processes including wind and solar-powered manufacturing. Their product ingredients are biodegradable, and their packaging is either recyclable or made from recycled content.

rms beauty - Establishing itself as the first truly organic color cosmetics brand anywhere in the world, rms beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade, organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. All rms beauty products are packaged using recyclable glass, preventing chemicals from leaching into the product. In addition to creating an organic brand, rms beauty founder Rose-Marie Swift has dedicated herself to dispelling beauty myths and exposing the dangers of personal care products through her website, www.beautytruth.com.

Rahua By Amazon Beauty - Partnering with women from Amazonian nations around the world, this 100% natural hair care collection features a highly potent, restorative oil called Rahua. Designed to revitalize damaged hair and irritated scalps, Rahua oil deeply penetrates the hair's cortex, bonding and repairing it while simultaneously smoothing the hair's cuticle. The Rahua oil is sourced and processed by the men and women of these various Amazonian tribes, using traditional methods that have been passed down for generations.

Shop b-glowing.com for these and other natural brands. Save 20% storewide* using promo code 20EARTH13 - sale ends 11:59 CST April 22, 2013

*Not valid on L'Artisan, Kai Perfume, Le Couvent des Minimes, Jack Black or Rodin olio lusso products. Not valid on previous purchases or sale merchandise. One coupon code per order.

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