In a recent interview with b-glowing founder Lisa James, Marula Beauty learned about Lisa’s ardor for beauty products, dreaming big, empowering women, and honest passion. The b-glowing.com website was born of Lisa’s lifelong passion for beauty products, which started with wanting to work at a drug store makeup counter. Her obsession with cosmetics was later confirmed with her self-prescribed makeup therapy session, when she charged too much money to her credit card at a department store’s beauty counters after a heart-wrenching breakup with a boyfriend.
During the interview, Lisa shared that b-glowing materialized from her honest passion for beauty products, which is why the beauty brands represented on the site must have their own independent spirit and a passion that reaches out to consumers. In addition to benefiting consumers, the beauty product companies must also give back to the world.Read More »
“Perfection is boring. If a face doesn’t have mistakes, it’s nothing.”
This refreshing, unexpected quote from Kevyn Aucoin represents the central struggle and triumph in this makeup innovator’s tragically short life.
Kevin Aucoin’s childhood and early adulthood were marked by rejection and violence. Yet rather than give in to self-pity, he survived incessant bullying, moved to New York and eventually became one of the most sought-after makeup artists of our time. Celebrities so respected his work that he earned as much as $10,000 for a single magazine shoot. He published several gorgeous best-selling guides on makeup, and his own line of cosmetics thrives past his death, in 2002, of painkillers he took to cope with a rare pituitary tumor. Yet this “rags-to-riches” life story is more than just one of wild success – it’s also about vision, passion and drive.
Makeup was always a central focus in Kevyn Aucoin’s life. As a child, he frequently did his sisters’ makeup and recorded the results with a Polaroid camera. (He continued this habit throughout his life; the inside covers of his best-selling book Making Faces features dozens of these Polaroids from throughout Aucoin’s career.) His childhood home of Lafayette, La., wasn’t very tolerant of Kevin Aucoin’s unusual preferences for gentle activities over more traditional male hobbies. At the age of six, Aucoin realized that he was gay, and the bullying began in earnest.Read More »
I had a moment of clarity as I looked down at my white, colorless feet and realized not that it’s time for a pedicure but for a tan! The season for barbecues, bikini’s, and bronze has arrived so I thought I’d share an amazing self-tanning body lotion called PRTTY Peaushun!
PRTTY Peashun is a tan-aholics dream, not only because it delivers a gorgeous, natural looking tan in five different shade options but because it has skin tightening benefits, diminishes the appearance of cellulite and delivers a subtle, luminous glow.
Loved by models, actors, makeup artists and b-glowing staffers alike, PRTTY Peaushun is a definite must-have summer product. If you can’t go to St Tropez, you can look like you have!
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Perfume creator Sarah Horowitz is an expert on the art of seduction. Is it possible to draw somebody with a hint of the right notes? I have to admit when a man wears the right fragrance it's definitely a turn-on! When we have a an occasion that calls for it, like Valentine's Day or a romantic night out how do we know pick the right perfume or notes that guarantee you will be a master in the art of seduction?
Sarah Horowitz gave us some tips in Us Weekly magazine such as pairing a a dark dress with a rich fragrance like amber or jasmine that contain natural aphrodisiacs. If you're going on a picnic during the daytime then wear a lighter scent such as sandalwood or vanilla because it feels flirtier. She also says you can't go wrong with a "food scent" because comfort food smells increase attraction. Although I don't suggest going out and buying the latest perfume that smells like McDonalds, perfumes that do have hints of chocolate, sugar or honey can be very intoxicating.
I happen to be a big fan of Tokyo Milk Dark's Honey and the Moon for a dessert perfume; it is a perfect lady of the night aroma that will seduce any man in an instant. Sarah Horowitz, who counts Jennifer Garner as one of her many celebrity devotees has a great 'date in the park' scent called Perfect Veil Roll On Perfume Oil that recreates the smell of clean, naked skin that is subtle yet provocative.
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Although Vaseline has been touted as a curer of many things but that was then and this is now. CV SkinLabs has a fantastic alternative that's actually way better for you than Vaseline and that is their Restorative Skin Balm. A multi-tasking natural skin salve, this amazing and healing product soothes sensitive areas from head to toe. Whether it's chapped lips and hands or seriously inflamed skin, the Restorative Skin Balm shuts out the elements with a stay put consistency while ingredients like turmeric, bisabolol and reishi mushroom calm itchiness and irritation. Featured on wellandgoodynyc.com, CV SkinLabs was created to treat the most sensitive skins brought on by a laser peel, microdermabrasion and even post chemotherapy treatments.
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How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Between getting the kids prepared for school, making sack lunches, taking out the trash and the million other errands you have to do before you can walk out the door for work, it might seem like you have to get up before daybreak just to get through a seemingly tedious makeup routine. Thank goodness for Kevyn Aucoin makeup products and beauty tools, which help transform your morning makeup routine from laborious to lovely.
For the mornings when there’s no time for foundation and concealer, reach for the Sensual Skin Enhancer, one of the fastest time-saving tricks in the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line. After moisturizing your face, dab a bit of the enhancer under your eyes and over blemishes to conceal them. Then blend in a pin-sized amount of enhancer over the rest of your face. Apply more of the product as desired for greater coverage.Read More »
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.
Jungle Queen by Lipstick Queen is a perfect addition to your makeup bag for those days when you want to let out your wild side. It is semi-sheer, so it gives just the right amount of color without overwhelming your face.
Butter London's Patent Shine 10x Nail Color is both fierce and fun. Part rebellious and part glamorous, this is a perfect shade for summer playtime.
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We are so excited to announce the arrival of skincare and makeup brand By Terry. The creator of the brand, Terry de Gunzburg, has a resume in the beauty industry that is highly respected. Not only does she have 20 years of experience working with the biggest names in fashion but she also created Yves Saint Laurent's biggest seller Touche Eclat. In 1998 she launched her own signature range and has never looked back. By Terry represents the needs of the modern woman, radiant skin and an inimitable feel. Here are some of the highlights:
Even a lip balm is luxurious with By Terry's Baume de Rose SPF 15. The Hollywood stars swear by this uber-cult product and we can understand why. It gives shine without being sticky and is so nourishing it can be used to strengthen the cuticles as well as repair the lips.
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If you’ve ever wondered why most French women have great figures, even though their diet consists of food we’ve had to swear off by the age of 18, AND flawless skin, we can help. Well, we don’t know how they stay so skinny eating cheese and croissants but we do have their secret to the perfect complexion: Nuxe Paris......Read More »
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Stylist, tastemaker and creator of chic brand Rodin olio lusso, Linda Rodin spends some time with b-glowing to share her insight into the creation of her latest brand addition, the Rodin Perfume. If you've already fallen in love with the signature fragrance of the brand then you will fall in love the new perfume!
1. With a coveted line of chic products that stand alone are simply elegant in every way, what made you want to create a perfume?
Well, I adore the scent of my oils. And it seems everyone else does too. So I made a perfume to mirror the scent of the oils, so it would be a lasting fragrance.
2. As your line is known for it's exquisite hair, face and body oils, when I heard you were doing a perfume I figured it would be a rollerball perfume oil. What went into the decision to create an eau de parfum?
I am old fashioned I guess. I am not a big fan of rollerball perfumes. I wanted exactly what we made.
3. Upon smelling this lovely fragrance one would know that it's unmistakably Rodin, however with a twist. Can you let our readers know what the inspiration was behind the fragrance and the notes used?
It was quite simple. I just wanted something to mirror the delicious fragrance of the jasmine and neroli of my oils.
4. There seems to be a big customer demand for more, more, more Rodin products. Can we expect anymore fabulous additions in the future?
Yes. We are making a scented candle for holiday, and a wonderful facial cleanser for early 2013.
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