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New York Fashion Week Survival Kit!

Posted on 09/04/2012

Fashion Week is only two days away! I'm sure you have your outfits lined up for all the shows and events like Fashion's Night Out but what about your beauty items? We've compiled a New York Fashion Week Survival Kit filled with our must haves to get you through the long and hot lines prior to a show, stay-put makeup that won't crease, on-trend lacquers and much more!

With so many parties going into the early morning the one product that will allow you to work all day and stay out all night is skyn ICELAND's Hydro Cool Firming Gels. Although we're not advising this as a continual lifestyle as it will wreak havoc on your skin, we will make an exception for this very fashionable occasion. The first area to show signs of fatigue is typically the eyes but these cooling patches will help to firm skin, de-puff bags and all over refresh tired looking eyes and make them good as new!

 

To get into your favorite show might require a lot of standing around which equals tired legs and aching feet. Mama Mio's Lucky Legs Cooling Serum to the rescue to make sure your legs look and feel great all day long. This mini-spa treatment leaves a subtle sparkly shimmer on your shins and instantly cools and soothes achy limbs.

 

Frizzies are nobody's friend and you certainly don't want to be fighting that battle during Fashion Week. An amazing outfit and gorgeous makeup can be easily missed when you have hair stragglers blowing in the wind. Serge Normant's Meta Lush Volumizer tames flyaways and gives amazing volume in just a few spritzes on wet or dry hair. Your day will run smoothly, just like your hair!

 

For crease free eyes you need Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes! With 'bullet' like packaging that is purse friendly and a formulation that will have your eyeshadow stay in place through sweat and humidity, this is a must have for Fashion Week. Speaking of sweat, your brow and forehead is likely to perspire and as soon as you feel dewy pull a Tatcha Blotting Paper out of your purse and gently blot it away while makeup remains intact!

 

When you're surrounded by so many people in such close quarters you want to be mindful of overpowering perfumes. If there's one that everyone will appreciate it's Gratitude by Zorica of Malibu. This softly sweet and summery scent of grapefruit and vanilla is utterly delectable and best of all is made with 100% natural ingredients of Jojoba and essential oils.

 

For our nails we look to Color Club's In The Limelight, a purple-blue hybrid that will have you on trend for fall and will definitely get you noticed when you're tapping your hands to the pulsating beat of the music at your favorite show!

 

Happy Fashion Week everyone!

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Go Green This Fall!

Posted on 09/04/2012

This fall it's all about the greens baby! Not the greenbacks but the color that changes along with the falling leaves. From bright neons to military khaki, try and incorporate some of these shades into your nail lacquer schedule. Butter London's Swinger Nail Lacquer will take you from 0 to 60 with it's green grass glitter explosion. Perfect for a night out on the town or enhance just one of your nails and leave the rest matte to take part in one of the seasons' hottest nail trends.  Get militant with this armed forces inspired Butter London lacquer, Sloane Ranger! An olive khaki shade that is my personal favorite of my green selections! Vapour Organic Beauty has a couple new seasonal additions but founder Lisa's favorite is Looker, a moody hunter green that is made with 100% organic ingredients and recyclable packaging! Color Club's Feeling Groovy is a neon green that is not for the shy of heart. You wear this polish to get noticed so go all out with bright prints or make a statement just about the nails by wearing neutral tones like black. 

It's easy to be green this season with these fall friendly shades! From left to right - Butter London Swinger, Butter London Sloane Ranger, Vapour Organic Beauty Looker, Color Club Feeling Groovy

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Vapour Organic Beauty Vernissage Nail Lacquer in Looker!

Posted on 09/04/2012

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Our founder Lisa loves beauty products but she went crazy (in a good way) when she saw Vapour Organic Beauty's latest nail lacquer addition in the September issue of In Style magazine. This chemical free beauty brand is always keeping with the trends and the shade you really want to be rocking this season, if you saw my previous blog post, is green! Vapour Organic Beauty's Vernissage Nail Lacquer in Looker is a hunter green shade that borderlines moody in its tone but has a chic Burberry-esque quality to me that screams fashion. The Vapour line is completely free of harmful chemicals like toluene and formaldehyde and according to In Style, a beauty steal at only $12!

 

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Fall Beauty Trends - Kai On Today Show!

Posted on 09/05/2012

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If there's one brand that is spoiled with press it's Kai. Well deserved of course, its perfume and bath and body products are loved by millions of devotees around the globe including Jill Martin on the Today show! She mentions Kai a lot during her contributor style segments and this fall she's excited about Kai's new Shampoo and Conditioner addition.  Charlize Theron and Usher are just some of the celebrities who adore Kai's signature tropic inspired scent of gardenia and white flowers. A great thing that sets Kai apart from others is that their formulas are paraben, sulfate and phthalate free! Don't hit that checkout button until you see if you qualify for the free Kai gift with purchase we have on at the moment!

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LaLicious Limited Edition Sugar Kiss Super Scrub!

Posted on 09/06/2012

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Super-size me! Doubling up for value isn't just an option at fast food hamburger joints anymore. This month a new LaLicious addition will guarantee you get double the exfoliation treatments for just a bit more in price. In honor of their 10th anniversary, the brand who's synonymous with whipping up delectable body scrubs and creams has collaborated with indie fashion brand Ivana Helsinki to do a limited edition Sugar Kiss Super Scrub! If this is your favorite product or if you're on the lookout for an amazing body scrub the time to stock up is now! The typical 16 oz retails for $32 and the Super Scrub gives you double the goodness for only $49. Filled with additional antioxidants to fight free radicals, this scrub does it all. Exfoliate your skin to perfection and then rinse off to find your body left moisturized and dewy. A staff must have!

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Radiate With Sekkisei Skincare!

Posted on 09/06/2012

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If you want to radiate natural beauty from the inside out then take a peak at our latest skincare addition, Sekkisei! With inspiration taken from the purity of snow, this brand is all about products that brighten the complexion and minimize the appearance of age spots as well as prevent them. Our skin color can become dull and sallow due to not exfoliating, to much time in the sun and sometimes just genetics however Sekkisei has a great assortment of creams, serums and cleansers with whitening extracts that will bring your radiance back in no time:

 

One of the standouts is the Sekkisei White Powder Wash. This foaming cleanser will effectively brighten the complexion with Shiso, Japanese Basil, Coix Seed Extract and more without stripping the skin of it's essential oils and moisture barrier. This is a great option for all skin types.

 

The Sekkisei Emulsion is a lightweight moisturizer that can be used on it's own or combined with the Sekkisei lotion for a double whammy of moisture on the skin. Senpukua Flower helps brighten and soften the complexion without feeling greasy or tacky. 

 

The great thing about Sekkisei is that it works for pretty much all skin types and is very gentle. If you're skincare concern is to create a healthy glow that radiates from the inside out then you will love Sekkisei!

 

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Talika Skin Retouch Eye Contour!

Posted on 09/07/2012

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It seems like every couple weeks Talika is coming out with a new product and the fashion magazines are taking notice in a big way. Talika's Skin Re-Touch Face and now the just landed Skin Retouch Eye Contour packets just got some love on Vogue Daily. Chosen as a must have product to get through Fashion Week because of their amazing ability to de-puff eyes while you're globetrotting from New York to Paris. You'll look bright eyed and ready for a day of fashion shows even if you've only had two hours sleep. Talika's Skin Re-Touch Eye Contour contains marine collagen to plump up wrinkles and siberian ginseng gives an instant flash lifting effect. Including 7 doses with eight hours of plumping time each! 

 

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Go Holographic With Kevyn Aucoin's Loose Shimmer Eyeshadow!

Posted on 09/10/2012

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Holographic shades on nails and eyes is going to be all the rage this fall and the October issue of Lucky magazine is narrowing down their favorites, one which just so happens to be exclusive to b-glowing! It's hard to describe a 'holographic' shade as depending on the light you're in you might get hints of green, bronze or aubergine. Kevyn Aucoin's Loose Shimmer Shadow in Lapis is only available at b-glowing and is a gorgeous bluish plum. Use on it's own or create a peacock eye look by incorporating other shimmer shadows like Citrine and/or Jade in the corners of eyes and on lower lids. 

Also featured in Lucky is Erno Laszlo's Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm. Considered a 'new miracle cream' by Lucky, this balm will help stimulate collagen production and protect skin from free radicals with a blend of raspberry stem cells, tree oils and antioxidants. This healing product smoothes scars, wounds, burns and dry skin with zero irritation.

 

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Get The Look With Oscar Blandi - Zoe Saldana At The VMA's

Posted on 09/10/2012

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The MTV Video Music Awards is a nice end to the trophy season as it allows celebrities to not be overly coiffed and powdered. Anything goes with short dresses, mohawks (Miley Cyrus channels Pink) and white being a big color theme on the red carpet. Actress Zoe Saldana looked relaxed and gorgeous in a nude pink dress and tasseled faux-bob created with by Mark Roszak for Oscar Blandi! Recreate her look by following the steps below:

 

Step 1: Apply Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum to towel dried hair. Always apply the product to the hair starting at the ends and working your way up. The ends tend to absorb the most products, keeping it lighter towards the roots. The oil not only smells amazing, but it protects the hair from any heat styling.

 

Step 2: Rough dry the hair to enhance it's natural texture, until it's completely dry. With a 3/4" curling iron take random sections of hair and wrap around the barrel, leaving just the tips of the ends out. Once the head is curled, piece each section out with fingers, pulling apart the curls.

 

Step 3: Lift hair from the ends to the roots and spray Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray for extra volume.

 

Step 4: Gently tease the underneath sections of the hair for grip and loosely tuck the ends under and pin in place, crisscrossing the bobby pins. Allow some of the layers to fall out for a messier look.

 

Step 5: Finish by spraying Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray. This hairspray is perfectly lightweight but has an incredible hold and a soft feel on the hair. 

 

Step 6: Find your cutest cocktail dress and hit the town!

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Allure 2012 Best Of Beauty Awards - Clarisonic, Rodin Olio Lusso & More!

Posted on 09/11/2012

Every year we look forward to Allure magazine's 'Best of Beauty' awards and this year we're pleased to announce so many b-glowing products made the cut! To be amongst the 249 winners is no easy feat with only the best of the best being chosen. Think of these products below as the must haves, the gold trophies and VIP's of their category. With no further adieu here are your favorites:

Starting off the list we have Klorane's Soothing Makeup Remover Lotion. Included in the best of sensitive skin category, this gentle makeup remover can be used over the entire face to remove all traces of make-up hygienically, soothes irritated skin and decongests in just a few swipes.

 

Curls are key and if you don't have the right tools that bounce just isn't going to look as good. The 'Best Curling Iron' also happens to be a staff favorite, T3's Single Pass Whirl Curling Wand! With a tapered and clipless barrel, it creates loose and undone waves in seconds. Tourmaline technology and infrared energy seals the cuticle for frizz free finish and amazing shine. 

 

It's no surprise to us that Rodin Olio Lusso's Luxury Face Oil was featured as one of the 'Top Splurges' well worth the investment. A favorite amongst the New York City fashionistas, Tinseltown celebrities and Victoria's Secret Angels, people are going crazy for this face oil packed with eleven essential oils that sink into the skin and instantly hydrate and luminate the complexion. 

 

If you don't have volume what do you have? For some of us, this doesn't come naturally so also considered an essential splurge in Allure's Best of Beauty awards is the Sachajuan Volume Powder. This powder based spray goes on dry, gives a matte finish and beautiful volume and structure instantly. Remember to shake out any excess! We were excited to see the upcoming Clarisonic Aria in the mix as well! We're counting the days until we have this breakthrough product on our shelves!

 

Eighteen of our products were featured in Allure's Best of Beauty and we're so thrilled! RMS Beauty's Un-Cover Up was a 'Natural Wonder' pick and of course they can't leave out the boys with Art of Shaving's Pre Shave Oil. So many to list we're going to need to do another blog!

 

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