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Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tints

Posted on 05/24/2010

Have you tried Clark’s Botanicals new lip tints?  We love these delicate colors in a healthy, healing ultra rich lip conditioning treatment.  What could be better?  We get amazing color that is perfect for summer while we protect and condition our sweet lips. 

Our personal favorite is Carlotta Pink.  It’s a cherry upbeat pink that flatters any skin tone.  It’s utterly feminine and the epitome of pretty.  Keep this baby in your purse to sweeten up your pretty smile any time!

If you're not already familiar with Clark's Botanicals please read about the man behind this wonderful brand.  Francesco Clark is truly an inspiration!  He is paralyzed from a swimming accident and is a true source of inspiration to anyone who believes they have the odds against them.  Nothing can hold you back!  All it takes it ingenuity, innovative and passion.  Francesco was recently featured in the PBS Special "This Emotional Life"

Some skincare lines come and go. This year's miracle ingredient is often next year's outdated science. Then there are those exceptional lines that not only deliver results, but are truly compelling because they are based on real human experience and a brand narrative not created by a corporate marketing team, but by a personal history. Clark's Botanicals is that brand.  These healing and soothing products make a dramatic difference in the appearance and texture of your skin. 

All Clark's Botanicals products today feature Jasmine Absolute, a precious essential oil that naturally rebalances skin. Derived from nocturnally-blooming flowers, this extract is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating. It works to calm and heal a broad spectrum of skin types, from young to mature, oily to dry, and normal to sensitive.

Xoxo

Lisa

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Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash

Posted on 01/26/2010

Without a doubt, the very first item that will be on my “staff picks” list will be Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash. I have never put much importance on cleansers in the past and used to often pair a very luxurious serum or moisturizer with a generic drugstore cleanser, never really thinking that step mattered. This all changed the first time I used this Clark's Botanicals cleanser.  My skin has been clear since the first week I used this product....

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Behind the Brand: Clark's Botanicals

Posted on 04/11/2013

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Hailed by celebrities and beauty mags alike, Clark's Botanicals has established itself as a plant-based skincare line, specializing in rebalancing the skin regardless of type. What's maybe even more fascinating than the results you'll see using their product, is the story of how the company came to be.

In the summer of 2002, founder Francesco Clark (pictured) suffered a crippling spinal cord injury in a swimming pool accident. Shortly after losing his ability to walk, Clark discovered he had also lost his ability to sweat, leading to clogged pores and chronic breakouts.

Enter Francesco's father, Dr. Harold Clark. Trained in both traditional Western medicine and homeopathy, Dr. Clark worked with his son to develop botanically-based formulas that effectively rebalanced his skin - clearing it up entirely. Word got around about their plant-based cure, and in 2005 (three years after Francesco's accident) Clark's Botanicals was launched.

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Top Picks: Cult Classic Beauty

Posted on 08/07/2013

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At b-glowing.com, we pride ourselves on introducing beauty junkies to new, innovative brands they may not have ever heard of. But how do you know what products to try within a new brand you've just discovered? In our new Cult Classic Beauty Picks boutiques, we've taken the guesswork out of trying new lines by hand-selecting our favorite products in Skincare, Makeup, Fragrance, Hair Care, Bath + Body, and Men's.

Here are just a handful of our favorites:

Le Couvent Des Minimes Face Polishing Cream: This gentle and creamy exfoliator leaves skin noticeably smoother and soft, without drying out the skin or causing irritation. The infusion of damask rose, musk rose, and wild rose ingredients stimulate cell renewal, and protect your skin against free radicals - leaving you with a healthy glow you'll love!

RMS Beauty "un" powder: This translucent setting powder is the perfect final touch to any beauty routine. Formulated with the purest silica, this makeup essential works to soften the skin, minimize the appearance of pores, as well as minimize shine and keep your makeup look perfect throughout the day!

Honoré des Prés Love Coconut (We Love NY Collection): Fresh coconut milk mixes with gently-spiced coriander, vanilla, and tonka bean to give you a sweet, but not too sweet fragrance that is easy to wear, and 100% natural and organic. We love that this perfume is packaged in a coffee to-go cup as part of the 'We Love NY Collection'. So fun and so New York!

Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer: "I love volume because it gives a thickness and richness to hair, " Serge Normant tells ELLE magazine in this month's issue. It's no wonder why we love this product so much to give our locks a healthy boost. Great for every hair type, this product gives you height, without weighing down your hair.

Earth Tu Face Salt Scrub: Made with 100% plant-based, food grade ingredients, this pure sea salt scrub stimulates circulation, and even combats cellulite! We love the smell of the organic bergamot, lemon, and basil oils that are known to invigorate the immune system and uplift your mood. In addition to exfoliating and detoxifying your body, this scrub is a great hydrator, leaving your skin soft and smooth after the bath or shower. You don't even need a moisturizer after!

Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash: This staff and customer favorite combines powerful skin-clearing salicylic acid with hydrating ingredients to clear his skin without drying it out. Perfect for all skin types, this cleanser is especially effective on acneic skin types. Great for guys and gals!

For these and more Cult Classic Beauty Picks, shop our boutiques at b-glowing.com.

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Behind the Brand with Francesco Clark of Clark’s Botanicals

Posted on 10/28/2013

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A b-glowing.com brand favorite—Clark’s Botanicals—keeps its natural products in the family. Started by father-son duo Harold and Francesco Clark, the skincare line covers you from head to toe with plant-based products that are soothing, healing, and protecting. Right now, you can also receive Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask ($22 value) free with any $80+ storewide purchase!

We spoke with Francesco about achieving beautiful skin and got an inside peek at his personal routine. He also told us all about his favorite b-glowing brands, and you can shop his picks here.

What is your daily skincare routine, and how do you adjust it seasonally or as your skin changes over time?

My daily skincare routine is always changing. I swear, I think my skin has ADD! One day it's really oily, and the next it can react so quickly to changing weather and ingredients - it'll feel like the desert. I do have constants that keep my skin in check, though.

For shaving, or when my skin is really sensitive, I use our Soothing Herbal Face Wash instead of shaving cream because it's moisturizing and doesn't leave me with redness. A lot of makeup artists love this to gently remove makeup, especially mascara, without being overly stripping. To get an added, subtle glow, I use it with my Clarisonic in the shower.

After cleansing, I use our Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist as a toner because it helps to prep the skin. This mist is not a toner, but I don't always use products in the way they're supposed to be used. It has botanical ingredients that are naturally antibacterial, so it's a good product if you're breaking out or oily, and it leaves your skin with this lifted look, so … why not? Plus, it's alcohol-free, which means it's never too much, even when my skin is being sensitive. 

My third step is the Nourishing Youth Serum, but only two pumps of it - a little goes a long way. It brings back that rosy glow that might have been lost in the winter, and it has two neuropeptides that help to soften the look of wrinkles. I use this every day, no matter what.

I found that consistency makes for the best skincare routine. I immediately follow this with Anti-Puff Eye Cream, which I keep in the fridge, because the bags under my eyes come out fighting every morning!

A dab of the Smoothing Marine Cream helps to keep my skin smooth, clear, and fresh. Again, you only need very little, and the tingling means the ingredients are working!

Your products focus on rebalancing the skin, and are especially effective for acneic skin types. What are your top tips for someone trying to clear his/her skin and keep it balanced?

The trick to keeping your skin clear and balanced is consistently using a good regime. Your skin needs time to re-balance. The Skin-Clearing Face and Body Wash is something customers use in the shower to ensure they use it every day, and it makes it easy. The Intense Radiance Mask was formulated to make your skin look like you went to a spa, and you can use it as a spot treatment wherever you might have a breakout. Finally, using the Smoothing Marine Cream every day will help keep your pores clear and your skin luminous. 

You used to work for Harper's Bazaar, what did you do there, and has that experience played a role in the development of your brand?

I loved working at Harper’s Bazaar. It felt like one of those moments where you were suddenly working in an incubator where all of these super-creative people got to do what they are passionate about every day.

I was a fashion assistant, and I'd say my top lessons learned there were how important it is to pay attention to detail and to follow through. If you say you'll do something, you' better do it, and do it well. I thrive in a challenging environment because it pushes you to that next level of growth. That's important to me now, too.

Also, there's something to be said about breaking the mold and taking a risk on something. In fashion and beauty, it's important not to just be another something, and confidence really becomes your parachute in that process.

Your dad helped in the development of the initial Clark's Botanicals line. Does he still contribute to new product development?

Yes, my father is very involved in the Clark's Botanicals process. This is a family business and we all help in our own ways. My father is a walking encyclopedia of homeopathy, traditional medicine, and botanicals - so family dinners jump from talking about my eight-year-old nephew's birthday party to how Ginseng combined with peptides can enhance anti-aging properties in skincare. 

You are a National Ambassador for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. How has this experience changed you? What is your favorite part about being involved in this organization?

Working with the Reeve Foundation is a dream come true. Christopher Reeve was my hero before I sustained my injury, and afterwards, he was my beacon of hope. He was articulate and could challenge any scientist, but explain a research study to anyone in a way you could understand in the blink of an eye. My passion in helping find a cure means so much to me, especially with a foundation that can communicate a message and medical funding so effectively. I still get goose bumps meeting other people who sustained, or know someone with, a spinal cord injury and establish a sense of support and hope. It is life changing. 

You are a business owner, an author, AND a spokesman for spinal cord injury survivors. How do you make time for yourself, and what do you do in the spare time that you have?

Time for myself. Tell me what that means? Ha! There are certain parts of my week that are non-negotiable. We have family dinners on Thursdays and Sundays. My mom pretty much cooks a Thanksgiving dinner on those days, and we're from Bologna, so if you love pasta … This is a time for us to regroup and catch up. I have an older brother and younger sister, who are both married, so the dinner table has grown. It's my favorite part of the week.

Finally, tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know.

Would you be surprised to know I would wear Lederhosen, growing up in Italy? Would you also be surprised I used to Yodel? Ricola!

Shop Francesco’s Top Picks here, and Clark’s Botanicals here.

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