I heard an old wives tale that every year your hair type changes. For instance, for most of my adolescent life I had very thick and dead straight hair however randomly one morning as I was towel drying my mane, it had all of a sudden gone wavy. I thought it was because I had curled my hair every morning over the years so eventually it just stayed. But I think there's also some sliver of truth to the fact that every 12 years or so your hair gradually changes, whether that's texture, slight difference in hue, etc.
Aging of course is a different story and every 10 years or so we do wake up and look in the mirror and say, "My god, I look older!" It's a battle we can't really win, but we can certainly have a stand-off, picture me old western style standing in a deserted street with my serums and creams in a holster where a gun should have been. Haha!Read More »
Orange peel, lipedema, cellulite, cottage cheese – whatever you call it, one thing’s certain: No woman on the planet longs for more cellulite. It may surprise you to learn that the term “cellulite” is not medically inspired. It gained popularity in French salons around the end of the nineteenth century, and it describes the bumpy, dimpled, inconsistent appearance of the skin above fat deposits.
Doctors say cellulite is actually quite natural – they say this uneven skin surface is found in 90 percent of post-pubescent females and that it simply indicates a breakdown in the connective tissue around fat cells. Cellulite is more noticeable on the female form because female skin tissue is thinner than male skin tissue. Still, it’s hard to convince women to simply accept their cellulite as a natural occurrence. Society has long derided “cottage cheese ” skin as ugly and undesirable.
Fortunately, those who wish to banish cellulite may do so by applying the techniques listed below.
Cellulite is exacerbated when one’s fat cells are swollen with extra sugar. Salt is also problematic because it encourages fluid retention, making cellulite look even worse. To limit the appearance of cellulite, eat no more than six teaspoons of sugar and 200 mg of sodium each day.
To see a noticeable reduction of cellulite, apply a firming lotion or cream. Of course, you’ll want to select a product that’s user-approved to firm skin and improve its structure. Nuxe Paris has created a lotion that fits the bill perfectly. Its Body Fondant Firming Cream includes barley sugars and Brazilian mimosa to instantly lift skin, thereby decreasing cellulite dimples. Nuxe Paris’ cellulite solution also contains rye flakes and Kigelia Africana to improve skin structure. After using this product for 28 days, 86 percent of users reported that their skin was more toned, while 82 percent said it was visibly smoother.
To prepare your skin for cellulite solutions from Nuxe Paris and other brands, apply a body exfoliator such as Fat Girl Scrub from Bliss. The Bliss Fat Girl Scrub increases circulation and is specially formulated for cellulite-prone areas.
Muscle is smoother than fat. If you lift weights regularly, your cellulite levels will drop. Lunges, leg presses and squats are particularly powerful cellulite-busting exercises.Read More »
Cosmetics pamper us. They make us feel beautiful. Many women cherish the time spent applying cosmetics; putting on lipstick and slathering on lotions makes them feel luxurious. Makeup and skin care products make us feel we are taking care of ourselves in a special way. Yet many cosmetic products contain dangerous ingredients. Below, we list three unhealthy ingredients commonly found in cosmetics.
While many women have heard the rumor that many lipsticks contain lead, few realize that independent and FDA studies have verified that this urban legend is true. Lead is a neurotoxin that builds up in the body over time. Research suggests that lead poisoning contributes to lowered IQ, increased aggression and diminished school performance. Considering that most women wear lipstick on a daily basis, the potential for lead poisoning is very real.
You may be aware of lead’s toxicity thanks to public education campaigns on lead-based paints. The EPA regulates renovation activities to prevent lead exposure, which is especially threatening to young children, whose brains are still developing. Yet because the FDA does not conduct pre-market testing for cosmetics, lipstick manufacturers are not prevented from putting lead in their products. Fortunately, a few manufacturers now offer lead-free lipsticks.
If you’re looking for a luscious, safe product to nourish your lips following years of lead-filled lipsticks, look no further than Reve de Miel ultra-nourishing lip balm from Nuxe Paris. Safe enough for children aged 36 months and up, this Nuxe Paris product uses grapefruit peel oil as a preservative rather than parabens – which, as explained below, may cause cancer.
Whether you shave, wax yourself or seek professional help when it comes to body hair management, there's always a few that got away. Typically this occurs when you least want it to, right before a date, or perhaps you wandered into some bad lighting that highlights those few whiskers on your upper lip the beauty therapist missed. Although it sounds like an episode out of Seinfeld, this happens to me more than I care to admit and I always feel totally helpless. Not anymore.
Our friends over at bliss have solved our problems by coming out with targeted wax kits for the face or body. The strips are perfectly sized per area and fit nicely in your purse, next to your lip gloss and sunglasses. The Poetic Waxing Strips for Face comes with 20 double sided waxing strips and 1 vial of post waxing azulene oil. Great for touch-ups on your brows, lips and chin! The Poetic Waxing Strips for the Body are slightly bigger in size and come with 36 strips. Activate the wax by holding the strip between your hands for 15-30 seconds and then begin the hair removal process.
For a great mix and match kit for any situation then behold the Poetic Wax Starter Series Kit, which comes with different size strips for the face and body, Post-Waxing Oil and three Ingrown Eliminating Pads. Whether for a last minute emergency wax session or simply to use in your own time, these three new kits are a great deal and brilliant idea!Read More »
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If you're after an anti-aging powerhouse product that contains high performance ingredients and regenerative properties like no other than take a look at Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Moisture Cream. All you have to do is apply it morning and evening to a well cleansed face and feel and see the difference in your skin. Ten advanced age fighting ingredients containing cellular respiration boosters will get rid of redness while multi-fruit complexes increase elasticity. Lucky magazine included this fountain of youth cream in their Beauty Spy section on high tech creams that leave skin firm and oh so radiantly young.
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I love it when beauty is made easy with a multi-purpose product or grab it and go packaging. Some of the latest arrivals from Bliss do that and more. Take a look at these new 'from the spa to your skin' beauty essentials!
Tote-ally Bliss: Get a thorough rub-a-dub-dub with this re-usable zip tote filled with three of Bliss spa's most popular cleansing items to ensure you've got fresh and soft skin. The cute blue shaded tote includes a 2 oz Foaming Face Wash, 16oz Lemon + Sage Soapy Suds and a 6.7 oz of their Lemon + Sage Body Butter that I think smells just like a lemon muffin straight out of the oven!
The Youth As We Know It Starter Kit: One of Bliss's most popular anti-aging lines, The Youth As We Know It, now comes in an introductory sampler kit to experience it's firming powers before you purchase the full sizes. These are the turn back time skincare items to fight and plump up wrinkles and target all your skincare concerns in a few simples steps. The kit includes a 2 oz Youth As We Know It Cleanser, .1 oz Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Eye Cream, .5 oz Youth As We Know It Moisture Lotion and a .5 oz Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Night Cream.
That's Incredi-Peel: Simply wipe and exfoliate with these convenient, single step and no rinse peel pads! After cleansing your face gently wipe the pad over the skin as powerful levels of gycolic acid are released to initiate serious skin retexturizing and renewal.
Bliss Tight & Day: We all love to feel the firm, whether from a great squats workout session or the power of a cream and that's exactly the feeling you get when you apply these two targeted products to slim away while you sleep. Caffeine keeps us alert at work and it also keeps our body working hard to slenderize our backsides while we get our beauty zzzz! This duo includes Bliss Fatgirlslim and Fatgirlsleep!
From left to right: Tote-ally Bliss, The Youth As We Know It Starter Kit, That's Incredi-Peel, Bliss Tight & Day
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If you want to amp up the efficiency of your skincare products then Bliss Pore-fector Gadget multi tasking tool is exactly what you need. This grime fighting tool generates sonic vibrations, which used in conjunction with Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner (included), creates micro-jets to deep clean clogged complexions. The Porefector Gadget is like having your own at home personal esthetician to clean your pores on a whim! It will also help to massage products onto the skin's surface as opposed to using your fingers. Doing this, allows the product to penetrate to deeper levels and make sure you skincare is working as efficiently as possible. Debris, dirt, and grime has a way of getting trapped deep in the pores and are immune to our manual exfoliation, however by incorporating the Porefector Gadget's sonic waves it assists in the loosening of debris, creating a cleaner and smoother surface.
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The May 2013 InStyle magazine is dedicated to "165 Best Beauty Buys" and we weren't surprised to see some of our favorite products included in the list, as well as throughout the entire issue.
St. Tropez - St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body won "Best Beauty Buy" for the Body Self-Tanner category. We love the healthy, streak-free color this nourishing body moisturizer provides. In addition to providing gradual golden color, St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body is infused with soothing aloe vera to help smooth and hydrate the skin.
Klorane - Winner of "Best Beauty Buy" for Dry Shampoo, Klorane's Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk continues to receive praise from beauty gurus everywhere. Freshen your 'do' with this easy-to-use spray, ideal for travel or post-gym sprucing. Unlike some dry shampoos, this product doesn't leave a white film on dark locks - making it perfect for everyone! Klorane's Dry Shampoo was also highlighted in the "Freak-Out Fixers!" insert as an emergency essential! Also available in Travel Size.
Ellis Faas - Featured in the "Freeze Frame" segment of "What's Now", Ellis Faas Milky Lips in L201 was used on Gwyneth Paltrow's "Pepper" character in Iron Man 3, hitting theaters this summer. The film's makeup artist, Kate Biscoe, chose this shade for Paltrow because it, " … is a true blood red that doesn't look magenta and goes on liquid." Biscoe describes Pepper's look as "classy but not glitzy." We think L201 is the perfect choice for Pepper's red hair and flawless skin.
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butter LONDON - In 'Ask the Editor', buttercup-yellow shade Jasper from butter LONDON was hailed as the perfect complement to purple. Try this pairing on nails and toes to keep your mani-pedi color wheel-correct. butter LONDON's oxblood red La Moss was also used on Emily Blunt's nails for her cover shoot.
Deborah Lippmann - Deborah Lippman's opaque nude shade, Fashion, was chosen as the best nail color to complement olive or caramel skin tones. We love this taupe color on any hand or foot! And it's the perfect pick for spring's nude nail trend.
Eau Thermale Avène - Scoring "Best Beauty Buy" in the Dry Skin Mask category, Avène's Soothing Moisture Mask is a rich, creamy, non-setting mask with intensive moisturizing and soothing care, perfect for dehydrated and overstressed skin. We love that this product is hypoallergenic and minimizes redness.
bliss - Taking home the prize for "Best Beauty Buy" in the Normal Skin Mask category, bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask delivers Vitamin C and oxygen to the skin while detoxifying and brightening the complexion. We think this product is great for all skin types, and love the instant glow we see after using it!
Clarisonic - Included in both the Anti-Aging and Oily skin categories, Clarisonic won "Best Beauty Buy" for Exfoliator with their Clarisonic Aria product for Anti-Aging skin, as well as "Editor's Pick" for their Acne Clarifying Collection for Oily skin. The Clarisonic Aria gently massages away aging dead cells, while the Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection combines a specialized brush head with salicylic acid-infused cleanser to gently prod grime out of pores without irritation.
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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'!
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.
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.
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!Read More »
Congratulations to our 2013 Cosmetic Executive Women Insiders' Beauty Award winners!
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. is a nonprofit professional organization made up of over 5,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetic, fragrance, and related industries. Each year they test, vote, and announce their top picks in various beauty categories. We were thrilled to see three b-glowing favorites recognized this year!
BATH AND BODY
bliss Fatgirlsixpack: Winning the award for 'Best Bath and Body Prestige' product, Fatgirlsixpack by bliss is a tummy-toning gel with 6 active ingredients and an innovative ab-activating applicator. Paired with healthy eating and exercise, this product was designed to assist you in your quest for defined stomach muscles.
GlamGlow Super-mud Clearing Treatment: Winner of the 'Best Acne Treatment' award, this miracle mask by GlamGlow was scientifically developed to help fight all common skin concerns. It's ACNECIDIC-6 technology contains a six acid blend that is perfectly PH balanced for rapid results. From relieving problem skin and minimizing pores, to stimulating collagen production and reducing the appearance of fine lines, this mask does it all, and is a must-have for all skin types!
Jack Black Dry Erase Ultra-calming Face Cream: Winning the title of 'Best Men's Grooming' product is a pretty big deal! But we understand why this skincare solution from Jack Black took the prize. This skin-calming lotion provides long-lasting moisturization throughout the day, reducing redness and irritation. We love its non-greasy formula, as well as the calming properties it offers post-shave. A great gift for Father's Day!
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As the summer season continues, more and more beauty editors are discovering b-glowing brand products and featuring them as the season's must-haves! Find out what they're loving in this week's 'Hot Off the Press'.
OK! Magazine reported back to readers on the celebrity makeup looks seen at Paris Fashion Week in 'The Makeup Stole the Show'.
By Terry Crayon Levres Terrybly in Perfect Nude: Rihanna traded-in her signature red lip for something a little more neutral at this star-studded event. The renowned pop diva rocked this non-drying, waterproof liner to create a softer, more natural look. You'll love the long-lasting, creamy formula, perfect for lining and priming lips, or worn alone under your favorite gloss.
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: Get a perfected, shine-free finish this summer with this light, sheer, tinted moisturizer. The mattified finish is great for all skin types, and will be appreciated by those looking to control increased oil production during the hotter season. You'll love the water-resistant formula this coverage provides, in addition to the SPF 15 protection.
NEWBEAUTY magazine dazzled readers with tales from the Erno Laszlo Institute in New York, a members-only club that offers completely customized skincare treatments for each client, in 'The Luxury Report'.
Erno Laszlo Firmarine Neck Cream: When compiling an anti-aging routine, don't neglect your neck! The Skincare Master offers this toning and firming treatment specifically formulated to target the skin on the neck and chin. This lightweight lotion can be used daily to restore collagen and elastin - giving you more youthful-looking skin.
Luckymag.com shared their emergency cures to common summer woes in 'The Panic-Free Guide to Surviving Summer's Biggest Beauty Emergencies'.
bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads: These individually-soaked exfoliating pads are rich in alpha and beta hydroxy acids and botanical soothers to calm irritated skin post shaving or waxing, and help to prevent ingrown hairs. Perfect for swimsuit season!
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August is here! Where did the summer go? As we enter the final month of the season, beauty mags are hanging on to the sunshine with self-tanner reviews and short hair styling tips. Find out what b-glowing.com brands have been making headlines here!
" … when I discovered Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water, it was love at first sniff. So far, I've splashed it on as a toner, decanted some into a spray bottle for on-the-go complexion revival, and doused cotton pads with it to soothe puffy eyelids. With 7,000 petals in every drop, rose essence doesn't come cheap, but maybe that's a good thing. Otherwise, I'd probably bathe in the stuff."
Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water: This pampering skincare product strengthens and tones the delicate tissues of your skin, balancing and restoring energy, and leaving the complexion supple and revitalized.
Allure magazine reports on repairing your hair from post-summer sun damage.
Oscar Blandi At Home Salon Glaze: Restore chlorine-stripped hair back to a rich, shiny hue. This rich, color-preserving glaze prevents fading, adds moisture, brightens your hair, and protects from heat damage. We love how this simple and convenient treatment transforms our dull locks in the comfort of our own home!
InStyle magazine helps you fight cellulite with at-home treatments based on your age.
bliss Fat Girl Slimulator: This rubber massage tool is perfect for stimulating the skin, prepping it for follow-up cellulite-reducing products like FatGirlSlim. It can also be used as an applicator for these products. Purchase the FatGirlSlim Treatment Set to receive the Slimulator, and introductory-sized FatGirlSlim, FatGirlSleep, and FatGirlScrub.
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The holidays are a marathon, not a sprint. You’re going here, there, everywhere, and keeping plenty busy while at your destinations. You’re catching up with family and saying hello to old your friends. You’re cooking feasts, pulling together fabulous outfits, and creating beautiful looks. But these all have on thing in common: work!
The most wonderful time of year is the most exhausting, too. So when you’re in need of an hour of downtime, create a relaxing atmosphere with an at-home spa (or a wherever-you-happen-to-be spa). We’ve selected five items that will soothe and rejuvenate. Plus, all five would make an amazing, luxurious gift set.
Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite– Eiffel Tower No. 15 Bon Bon Bubbling Bath: You can’t fully relax without the perfect bubble bath; and this choice is sure to satisfy with a beautiful scent and plenty of bubbles. Because the rule is that you can’t leave the tub until the last bubble pops, right?
Bliss – Microwaveable Poetic Waxing Kit: Easy to use and gentle enough for sensitive skin. The stripless, low-heat, hard-wax hair removal system "shrink-wraps" hair without adhering to skin. Use on face or body for results without the long-lasting, tell-tale signs.
And for Ambiance…
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A guide to longer and healthier hair
You know your hair is growing, but does it seem like it isn’t getting any longer? You may be right, and the answer could lay in your hair care routine. Excessive heat styling, friction styling, and your nutrition can all be factors in causing brittle, damaged hair that is prone to breakage. Here are some pro-tips to maintain your length.
Your Hair’s Integrity
It’s important to know how much your hair can handle and how you can give back to your locks. If you have chemically treated hair, especially if it has been lightened with bleach, its integrity is already compromised. If you are also doing a lot of heat styling (i.e. round brush blowouts, flat irons, curling irons) you need to be careful about how often you are doing this. Firstly, use a heat protectant whenever heat is applied to the hair. Try to limit blowouts and heat styling to no more than twice a week (ideally only once a week). You should also be doing a weekly hair mask to strengthen and maintain protein levels.
A lot of breakage can occur during regular styling (like pony tails or buns and braids) because the hair is being pulled and manipulated by elastic bands and hair pins. Try switching your style, and don’t wear your pony tail or buns in the same place all the time. This will avoid stressing the same hairs over and over, which can lead to, you guessed it, breakage.
Plus, tossing and turning in your sleep against cotton pillowcases can cause your hair to get stuck and snap off, so we also recommend a silk pillowcase.
Too many washes can dry your hair, making it brittle and frizzy, which typically drives people to more heat styling. Everyone’s hair is different, but we suggest no more than three washes in a 7-day period (two is ideal for most hair types). We know it can be tough, but with a good dry shampoo by your side, you can keep your hair looking refreshed rather than oily.
Your diet affects your overall health, including the health of your hair and nails. Once you have a routine to keep your ends happy, it’s smart to maintain healthy hair growth. Vitamin- and iron-rich foods, such as blueberries, spinach, and salmon can aide in the regulation of your hair cycles. Adding a supplement with biotin can also give hair growth a boost.