Here at b-glowing we are total advocates for at-home manicures, but making sure your hard work lasts begins with your nail health.
1. Your Nail Bed
This is the canvas for your polish and lacquer, so it is important that it is smooth and strong. We love these Give Me Strength Supplements from Bliss because they help maintain your nail and hair integrity… and they taste amazing! These are especially important to use if you are a nail biter or are experiencing nail damage from previous nail enhancements. We also recommend a topical nail strengthener like butter LONDON’s Horse Power. Not only will this give you added shine between manicures, but your nails will be extra durable.
You’ve heard time and time again how important well-managed cuticles are. Managed cuticles not only boost the lifetime of your manicure, but taking care keeps your fingers feeling and looking better without cracked cuticles. Pushing your cuticles down allows a cleaner surface for your polish because when you paint on top of your cuticles, the polish will lift and pull away from your nail bed. You don’t want that! Also, cuticles that are left to overgrow can become irritated and cracked by weather conditions, and get snagged on a sweater or your hair. Ouch! We suggest using a gentle and effective cuticle remover like this one from Deborah Lippman. Don’t forget to keep a good cuticle oil on hand to make sure they stay moisturized. We like Butter LONDON’s Handbag Holiday.
3. Your Hands
The skin around your nails, your perionychium to be exact, needs just as much care as the rest of your nail. Think of it as the frame to your manicure. Plus, keeping this area moisturized prevents painful hangnails and cracks in the skin. It’s always a good idea to have a rich hand moisturizer around or in your purse for when your hands are feeling dry, and we like Goldfadden MD’s Hands To Heart - Anti-Aging + Brightening Hand Treatment because it keeps your hands healthy and has anti-aging qualities. Just remember to remove any lotion/oils from nails prior to lacquer application, as the oils can prevent your polish from adhering.
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First celebrated in parts of Europe in 1911, International Women’s Day is about making a difference by thinking both locally and globally. It helps to ensure a bigger, brighter, and balanced future for all women.
Our founder Lisa paved her own future and began the company after years of digging through her mother’s makeup drawers. Using beauty products as a way of emotional expression through her life’s highs and lows, she decided to create a place that would allow her to share that passion with a wide range of dynamic and gorgeous women.
The name became a call to action. First, from the action of “being”— “Be the best you can be”, “be you”, “be truthful”, “just be!” Secondly, "glowing" came from reflecting the radiance we all deserve to have inside and out! Keeping with her original passion, Lisa decided to curate brands that operate with an independent spirit, those with an honest passion which reach out to the consumer.
To read Lisa’s full story, go here!
In honor of strong women everywhere, empower yourself with the words of those who’ve paved the way. We’ve created Pinterest pins, so that when you pin these inspirational quotes to your Pinterest board, you’ll share the message that together, women are unstoppable.
Happy International Women’s Day, ladies!
All week long I’ve been focused on prepping my skin so that it looks the absolute best it can. Erno Laszlo said “Beautiful skin requires a commitment, not a miracle” and boy was he right! I’ve noticed throughout my life that when I commit to a regime my skin looks radiant and beautiful, but when I get lazy – it shows. Some of you may have that perfect skin that still looks perfect even when you wash it with Zest, but that is not the case with mine.
So what am I doing this week in preparation for Elton John’s Oscar Party this Sunday? It all starts with my Clarisonic two times a day. I discovered Clarisonic about 6 years ago and it simply has been a game changer with my skin. Regular use of it makes my skin look smoother, less red, more even and just simply more glowy.
I follow with Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Day Cream with SPF 15. This gives my sensitive skin the extra hydration it needs this time of year and the SPF 15 protects it from the harmful UVA/UVB rays. We should all know by now that 80% of wrinkles and pigmentation are from daily exposure to the sun. Whether it’s rain or shine including a broad spectrum in your daily face moisturizer is the best anti-aging treatment you can do for yourself. For my eyes the Erno Laszlo Luminous Eye Complex brightens, de-puffs and hydrates. With my crazy schedule these days I sure need all of that for my eyes.
Since I’ll be wearing a sleeveless dress my 47 year old arms need a little extra attention. I’m using Mio’s Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother two times a day on my upper arms just to tighten them up a smidge. I’m already pretty toned from lifting our 9 month old baby around, but the skin needs just a little extra attention.
Last, but certainly not least, St. Tropez is my best friend this week. I’ve exfoliated and have been using the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse every other day in the AM before I get dressed. By the time I’m done with my makeup it’s completely dry to the touch.
I’ll touch base before my flight this weekend to share with you my essential beauty travel tips!