It was all glamour and sophistication at last night’s 2012 Golden Globe awards. I watched the stars traipse down the red carpet looking for the most part stunning (didn’t care for Mila Kunis or Lea Michelle’s look, but whatever.) What continually caught my eye was the general trend for simple make-up and muted or nude lips. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Kate Beckinsale, Stacy Kiebler – they all kept their lips very neutral so that their eyes and fabulous dresses were the main focus. These soft lip looks made Hollywood’s hottest women look beautiful, feminine and completely enviable.
Recreating lips like these is easy with the right lip stick and gloss.
The Hydrating Lipstick in Veronika by Jouer Cosmetics is the perfect neutral lip color. Its soft color has a slight shimmer to give your lips that star-like quality without being over the top. This smooth lipstick is made of moisturizing Brazilian Cupuacu Butter so it also protects your lips and provides beautifully smooth coverage.
Layer the Veronika with Armour Beauty’s Gypsy Shimmer Lip Gloss. This sheer light peach gloss has a touch of gold shimmer to add shine and a little drama. The color and shine is ultra-feminine and long-lasting, perfect for a glamorous night out.
Have you ever walked down the street and noticed a woman wearing a lipstick that just doesn't seem to work for her? Sometimes in those instances it can come down to the confidence or style of the woman wearing it or other times it can plain come down to skin tones. Yes, just like foundations the lipstick you choose should compliment the color of your skin. A good rule of thumb when shopping for the perfect lip shade according to Jemma Kidd is to "test on the tip of your fingers. The skin there is very similar in colour and texture to that of your lips, so will give you a good idea as to what the color be."
If you want to get into the 'nitty gritty' of lipstick shopping I'll break it down for you. If you keep these rules in mind even the brightest or scariest shades can suit you:
Porcelain to paler skin typically have a pink skin tone so will suit colors with a cool base. Scarlet reds, brownish pinks and soft apricots compliment this skin tone very well. Be fun and go with a classic red like Jemma Kidd's Ulimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlett.
Fair to olive skin tones more often that not have more of a yellow skin tone so will suit warmer based shades like nudes and pinks. The right shade can be tough to find these that don't have to much blue or orange in them like the Hi-Shine Hydrating Glosstick SPF 15 in Hibiscus.
But wait! As if to make things even more difficult, some people can have both pink and yellow skin tones which are then considered neutral and can wear both cool and warm based shades. Olive skin tones get to pull off my favorites and one of the season's biggest trends, orange. Try Kevyn Aucoin's Elegant Lip Gloss in Vizcaya.
For those dark exotic skin tones, deep warm shades of red, gold or espresso will look stunning. Stand out from the crowd with Jouer's Hydrating Lipstick in Phoebe, a shimmering bronzed wine.
If you're still unsure what all this means, if you naturally gravitate to cool colors as these best suit you, you will have a pink tone. If the opposite is true and you favour wamer colors, you will have a warm, yellow tone. Class dismissed!Read More »
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Green has never looked so good. Not the shade my dears but the lifestyle. Eco conscious and environmentally friendly beauty products are hotter than ever, especially since the stigma that organic beauty products aren't as good have been proven wrong again and again with brands like Vapour Organic Beauty, Rahua, Shea Terra Organics and our latest arrival, Ilia! This wonderful brand, with a focus on lip loving, has earned the admiration from Elle magazine in their 2012 Green Stars, an annual guide to the best natural beauty buys.
Ilia's Lipstick was included in the Saturday Night Fever section, or, earth friendly picks for a night out on the town. The formulations are highly pigmented as well as super hydrating and come in a variety of fashion forward lip shades that can be worn alone or layered to create your own signature lip color. We love the bold shades Arabian Nights and Bang Bang!
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Spring has arrived! Whether you are looking for a new makeup look or craving a hairstyle change, we have the scoop on what's hot this season. Check out our top four beauty trends for spring 2013.
Sleek Hair - Take a break from the teasing comb and try a sleeker style. Models on the runway have been sporting less volume in both up and down 'do's. The key to this look is shiny simplicity that is frizz-free. Use Klorane's Leave-In with Papyrus Milk to calm fly aways without weighing the hair down. Tame tresses into a sophisticated ponytail, or leave locks loose - applying to the top layer from the crown down.
Bold Lips - Be brave and be bold. This spring, select a spicy shade to slather on your smoocher. If you tend to shy away from the more brilliant colors, tone down your look by keeping the eyes neutral. If you are ready to embrace the drama, pair your militant mouth with classic cat-eye liner. Ready to pump up the power to your pucker? Try new BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour in Aurora - a gorgeous coral red shade. Or give yourself over to the dark side with Kevyn Aucoin's The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses - a deep blood red.
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MMM, must be the season of the LIPS!
Our b-glowing.com New Arrivals page has been taken over with amazing lip products from some of our favorite brands! From plumping lip glosses to lip balms, to matte lip color - we are flabbergasted by these pretty potions for the pucker!
BECCA - Ultimate Matte Lip Colour
New from the brand down under, BECCA has introduced a line of high-impact lipstick. While this collection does have an ultra-matte finish, the formula glides on smoothly, keeping your lips hydrated throughout the day.
butter LONDON - Shimmer LIPPY
Gorgeous shimmering neutral shades that perfectly complement any skin tone. These new glosses have the same delicious vanilla scent, and long-wearing formula. Perfect enhancement for the natural beauty!
Figs & Rouge - Tinted Lip Balm
The makers of the award-winning lip balms have expanded their line to include Tinted Lip Balm! Available in three soft shades, these balms are 100% natural and petroleum free.
Jouer - Hydrating Lipstick, Tinted Lip Enhancer, and Pearl Lip Enhancer (New Colors)
Just in time for spring, Jouer is busting at the seams with new lip shades! Expanding their Tinted Lip Enhancer and Pearl Lip Enhancer collections with three new colors each, AND four additions to their Hydrating Lipstick line. Whether you are looking for creamy color or high-gloss shine, Jouer has you covered.
Vapour Organic Beauty - Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss (New Colors)
One of our favorite plumping products is available in four new shades. Dare to wear "Flare' - try this gorgeous cherry red gloss for a touch of Hollywood glamor. Feel free to "Flirt" - apply this peachy pink for a pretty pout.
Find your new signature lip color at bglowing.com! Browse our Lip category here!
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We are so excited to offer these new Lipstick Crayons from all-natural brand favorite, ILIA!
Available in six flattering shades, these moisturizing lip treats are packed with healing sesame, rose hip, and papaya oils, providing a perfectly smooth application you'll love!
What sets this product apart? Here are our TOP 5 REASONS to rock ILIA Lipstick Crayons:
The convenient twist-up design eliminates the need for messy sharpeners, making them a breeze to travel with, throw in your purse, and re-apply.
The six available shades are complexion-complementing, and look fabulous on all skin tones.
ILIA Lipstick Crayons are made with certified organic ingredients and are both gluten and dairy free.
You will love how these feel on the lips. The hydrating ingredients help the color glide-on smooth, filling-in fine lines and providing a natural-looking, semi-matte finish.
And #5: Fun
Each crayon is named after a popular song from either the 80's or early 90's!
99 Red Balloons (red) - 1983 hit from German band, Nena
Call Me (pink) - 1980 chart-topper by Blondie
Come Undone (nude) - 1993 sultry tune by Duran Duran
Dress You Up (berry) - 1985 Madonna classic
Iko Iko (sheer bronze) - 1982 cover by The Belle Stars, later featured in Oscar-winning Rain Man
Karma Chameleon (coral) - 1984 Billboard #1 from Culture Club
Pick your favorite shade, or song, and see for yourself why these crayons have made it on to our must-have makeup list!
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A lot of products slip under the radar in the beauty industry, which is why we are launching our new 'Hidden Gems' segment here at the b-glowing.com Magazine. We are excited to recognize our staff favorites, and give them the attention they deserve!
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Our first hidden gem is Belmacz Glow in Madder. This blood orange, gold leaf lip gloss was created by Belmacz founder, Julia Muggenburg, as an extension of her jewelry designs and fine art collection. Inspired by Renaissance master painter pigments, Madder is composed of 24-carat gold leaf, ground minerals, and holistic organic oils. The Belmacz Glow line gives your lips color and a natural luster, while feeling smooth and hydrating.
Why We're 'Mad' About Madder:
“I love Madder because it looks so luxurious and works really well to hydrate the lips and give them shine. The entire Belmacz Glow line is packed with pigment, so the shades can be worn alone, or on top of complementing lipsticks. Madder's bright red/orange color is almost neon, so it's on-trend for summer. When I want an effortless look, that is still fun and eye-catching, I dab Madder on my lips and I am out the door. I just love it!” - b-glowing.com Resident Beauty Expert, KatelynRead More »
Fall is famous for color, which makes it the perfect time to adopt a new one yourself. Lipstick is a great accessory that can be bold, complementary or even work as a natural enhancement. Pucker up for this week’s top picks; b-glowing staff adores these lipsticks for the fall season.
BY TERRY Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge, Fatal Shot: It plumps, moisturizes, disguises wrinkles and fine lines and finishes with a subtle gloss. Available in 15 colors, you can switch up your look daily, or stick to one hue for the season. For fall, our staff loves Fatal Shot: It’s a great berry color that looks playful without being too pinky.
ELLIS FAAS Creamy Lips, Blood Red: An easy, smooth application stains lips without the sticky feeling. You’ll get full coverage with a creamy finish, courtesy of a spongy applicator. We love the Blood Red color because it helps make a seductive statement without going overboard. It’s a good red for fall because it has a touch of brown, which tones it down for the perfect shade.
ILIA LIPSTICK, Funnel of Love: ILIA shades are beautifully modern with organic ingredients. The tones are generally more subtle, with a few pops of bold color, but they can all be layered so you can create your personal shade. Funnel of Love is a warm, nude shade for when you want some color that won’t clash with a smokey eye; or it’s great just for a natural palate.
KEVYN AUCOIN The Matte Lipsticks, Persistence: The color and the moisture last all day. Plus, the formula contains ingredients that minimize wrinkles over time, guaranteed. We love Persistence because it’s a fun, bold color that’ll turn heads! The more edgy violet color is perfect for the girl who likes to shake it up a bit.
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Everyone is getting in the swing of spring and summer with pretty pastels and bright pops of color. One of the best ways to display your bright side is with an eye-catching lipstick, packed full of pigment. It will brighten up your face is ways you wouldn't imagine, and give off a fun and flirty vibe. Here are some tips to make sure your bold lip looks its best!
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Nudes never goes out of style. Whether they are part of your natural look for summer, or helping you tone-down a bright red lip in the fall, nude shades will almost always play some role in your daily look, regardless of season or trend. In this week's 'Top Picks' we are sharing some of our favorite year-round nudes with you!
BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Matte Lip Colour in Claudine: Top-selling makeup brand, BECCA Cosmetics, revolutionizes matte lip stick with this creamy, rich, and hydrating lipstick. The long-wearing formula keeps your color in place, but doesn't dry out your lips like some matte finishes. Claudine is the perfect nude shade, complementing most skin tones beautifully.
bkr Summer Collection in Coco: Part of the new bkr Summer Collection, this nude Coco design goes with every outfit, kitchen decor, desk, and more! We love these lightweight, reusable, recyclable water bottles for staying hydrated throughout the seasons. Everything tastes better out of bkr!
LVX Nail Lacquer in Rive: Part of their new Summer Collection, Rive is the perfect shade for both fingers and toes. Wear it alone to let your jewelry and ensemble shine, or pair with a pop of color to bring more attention to your mani. All LVX polished are formulated 5-free, cruelty-free, and made in the USA.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm: This oil-free, lightweight beauty balm is formulated with SPF 20 to protect and perfect your skin, without appearing heavy or greasy. Providing just enough coverage to minimize troubled areas, this balm lets your skin shine through, giving you a natural and youthful look. Layer or pair with your favorite powder to increase coverage.
ILIA Lip Gloss in Peek-a-Boo: What would a nude line-up be without a great gloss? Already a favorite of Rachel Zoe, these NEW, much-anticipated, organic glosses can be worn alone, or paired with your favorite lipstick shade. Infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, your lips will remain soft, hydrated, and smooth throughout the day.
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