Thursday, May 21, 2015

Guest Post: Suede Matte Styling with Patterns & Pops

Guest post by Brittany and Lindsay with Patterns & Pops

Guest Post: Suede Matte Styling with Patterns & Pops

The Suede Matte Crayon in sorbet is that perfect lip color that literally goes with EVERY outfit! The most fascinating part about this particular shade of Suede Matte Crayon is that is looks slightly different on each person that wears it. A fairer skin might see a pinker tone, whereas an olive gets a rich berry hue. Obviously, a pink that somehow camouflages itself to look great on any complexion is a Patterns & Pops DREAM lip color!

Guest Post: Suede Matte Styling with Patterns & Pops

For our first look, we have Brittany in a high waisted maxi and fitted crop. We are loving the “Taylor Swift” crop this summer that is long enough to not show off too much skin. The little bit of bling embellishment near the neckline is fantastic because it offers built-in jewelry, how great is that?? And this maxi skirt (to be released later tonight so stay tuned!) is TO DIE FOR. The slip is actually about a foot and half shorter than the outer layer giving a fun sheer effect around the ankles - you won’t be able to keep yourself from twirling around!

Guest Post: Suede Matte Styling with Patterns & Pops

Lindsay is wearing a Patterns & Pops backless tank and Patterns & Pops watercolor shorts. If there is one thing we love more than a pattern or a pop, it’s a surprise element to an outfit. From the front, this tank looks simple and basic and then you turn around and BAM - there’s a sexy summer twist!

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The watercolor shorts are cut from a beautiful fabric that literally looks like a painting. They can be dressed up or down and are FINALLY a length that actually covers your bum, but is still short and sassy. Everyone needs a pair of patterned shorts in their wardrobe, if not 2 or 3!  

Guest Post: Suede Matte Styling with Patterns & Pops

Shop these looks, and many more fun, summer staples, with this special code for 10% off your next order: NICE2MEETU. Simply start shopping at https://patternsandpops.com and enter the code at checkout! Next week we’ll share our final post featuring the Suede Matte Stick in punch!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bridal Beauty Diary: Engagement Photo Tutorial

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Guest post by glo employee and bride-to-be, Amy Foster.

Last week we talked about how to find the best makeup artist for your big day. Now let’s chat about engagement photos! Ryan and I chose to do our engagement photos outside around the beautiful city of Denver. Not only was it a great way for us to get some practice in front of the camera before the big day, it was also a great test run for makeup.

I really wanted my makeup for the photos to be timeless and natural. Because I was changing into three outfits, it was also important that my makeup lasted all day and worked with each outfit. We decided to keep the look very classic and only switch up the lip color with each look. Janeena, glo’s National Makeup Artist, did a great job playing up my favorite features and we decided to document the engagement photo trial to give everyone an inside look at what she did the day of the photoshoot.

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Foundation
When it comes to foundation, I definitely gravitate towards a “barely-there” look for everyday but I knew I would need a little something extra for the photos. Janeena focused on keeping my skin looking dewy, fresh and natural.
Step 1: Janeena applied Balancing Moisture Remedy to give my skin a much needed boost of hydration. I love Balancing Moisture Remedy because it’s great for sensitive skin and is light enough to wear under makeup without balling up.

Step 2: Using the Luxe Foundation Brush, Janeena applied an even layer of Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15 in naturelle. My skin is on the dryer side, so Luxe was a great choice because it helps my skin look dewy and adds a healthy glow. That being said, it might not be the best photo foundation for brides with oily skin.

Step 3: To cover up blemishes and lighten my under eye circles, Janeena used Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer in brighten. She also applied it on my brow bone for a lifting effect.  

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Eyes
For both engagement photos and wedding photos, Janeena recommends a neutral, timeless look that focuses on bringing out the color of the bride’s eyes.  A bright-eyed and classically feminine look flatters everyone!  

Step 1: Applying Lid Primer to entire lid is crucial for creating looks that last all day!

Step 2: Janeena applied Eye Shadow in seashell as a base and then followed up with haze and twig in the crease.

Step 3: Eye Shadow in harvest is one of my favorite shades so I was so glad Janeena used it on the entire lid. It’s a great shade for helping blue eyes pop!

Step 4: To finish the look, Janeena applied diamond in the inner corner of my eye and smudged a little bit of mink on my lower lashline.

Step 5: This was my favorite part of the look  - a little kitten wing! She used Liquid Ink Eyeliner to create a small wing to really open up my eyes.

Step 6: For brightness, Janeena lined my waterline with Precision Eye Pencil in peach.

Step 7: To finish up the eyes, Janeena filled in my brows with a little bit of Eye Shadow in twig.

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Contour and Color
Janeena is a contour and highlighting master! I love how she’s able to add depth and dimension while still keeping the look natural!

Step 1: Janeena contoured my cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin using Bronze in sunkiss.

Step 2: Using one of my favorite products, Shimmer Brick in luster, Janeena highlighted all of the right places.

Step 3: I am a huge Cream Blush fan because it brightens up my complexion with a slight dewy finish. Janeena used guava on the apples of my cheeks for a natural pop of color.

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Lips
This is where I wanted to have a little fun to accentuate my different outfits. The primary look we were shooting was a very casual outfit so I wanted my lip color to be something similar to what I would wear everyday. Janeena picked the Royal Lip Crayon in imperial pink which has a soft pink tone - perfect for my casual look.

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For the next two looks we pulled out two of my favorite Suede Matte Crayons: sorbet and crush! We picked crush to go with my black cocktail dress ensemble because it added a fun, flirty pop of red. Sorbet was the color we picked for my final outfit, a colorful and flirty shift dress. It was so much fun adding these pops of color to my looks, and by keeping the rest of my makeup natural and classic I still felt like me!

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Engagement pictures are so much fun because you get to spend time with your sweetie and capture great moments without all of the stress that comes on the actual wedding day. I am so excited to see how these photos turn out!  Thanks, Janeena!

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Skincare Advice for Your 40s

Guest Post by National Educator, Amanda von dem Hagen

Skincare Advice for your 40s

Once you turn 40, your skin starts to show you signs of how it has been treated over the last four decades. Dark spots, wrinkles, and dryness will be some of your main concerns and there are some things you will want to add into your daily skincare routine to focus on repairing these signs of damage.
Dark spots or hyperpigmentation will start to become more noticeable in your 40s and you can blame that on sun damage. The products that will help those dark spots fade are our Triple Action Serum, Lightening Serum, and Brightening Serum. You can use them all over, or as spot treatments to target the pigmented areas.
The second concern you will have is dryness. As we age, oil production is reduced which means you’ll need to give your moisturizer a boost. Depending on what moisturizer you have been using, you can use a new moisturizer that is more hydrating. For example, if you have been using our Moisture Rich Cream, give your skin a boost and switch to the Restorative Cream. Another way to add some hydration is to add in our Cyto-luxe Hydration+. This product will help to dramatically improve your skin’s water content and firmness.

It’s important to look over your entire routine when you notice changes in your skin. It may be best to change not only your moisturizer, but your cleanser and toner too. If you feel like you are very dry/dehydrated, look at our Hydrating Gel Cleanser, Conditioning Milk Cleanser, or Cyto-luxe Cleanser. Each of these products will help keep your skin hydrated and the barrier intact to prevent trans-epidermal water loss
Another concern at this time is wrinkles. If you have not been using a Vitamin C serum (we suggest starting in your 20s!), it is time to start! The Ultra 15% Vitamin C is an ideal product to start with so you can reap the benefits of Vitamin C, but it also contains two peptides that help to decrease wrinkles and a botanical extract to help fight glycation. Another really important product to help fight the signs of aging around the eye area is the 7.5% Vitamin C Eye Gel. It will brighten, lighten, tighten, give you a high dose of antioxidants, and tackle those pesky eye wrinkles known as crow’s feet.
When you use a Vitamin C serum in the morning, you are beginning your day in the best way possible, but what about what you do at night? It is imperative that you are cleansing your skin at night and delivering ingredients to help improve your skin concerns. Our Tretinol 0.5% is the perfect product to use a couple nights per week to fight wrinkles, improve texture irregularities, and fight against free radical damage.

With any age be sure you are keeping yourself hydrated and nourished with antioxidants every day.


Skincare Tips for Your 40s

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Guest Post: Suede Matte Styling with Patterns & Pops

Guest post by Brittany and Lindsay with Patterns & Pops


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Patterns & Pops is so excited to partner with glo throughout the next week to bring you styling tips and fashion inspiration to help you transition your look for summer! As an online clothing boutique specializing in unique, bright and fun pieces (all for less than $100!) we couldn’t help but fall in love with glo’s new Suede Matte Collection. Follow along as we show you how to style our favorite Suede Matte shades with fun, flirty looks.


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Red Lipstick is really the cherry on top of any outfit ;)  If you want to make a statement, a red lip can really take your look to the next level. Whether you are fair skinned or more olive toned, a true red, like glo minerals Suede Matte Crayon in bombshell (pictured) is going to pair well with your complexion. Since this red delivers such a bold lip, we recommend wearing it with outfits that contain jewel tones (ruby, emerald, deep blue, etc) or your basic blacks and whites, all of which we have at Patterns & Pops!  


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For this particular styled shoot, we chose Patterns & Pops pieces with various shades of navy and creamy whites. We are LOVING rompers this season as they are a complete outfit all on their own. This particular Patterns & Pops romper (as seen on Brittany) has a fun, feathered pattern with a fairly simple front silhouette, but just wait until you check out the back!!

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The multiple straps coming from the high neckline down to the waist give a backless effect, but you’ll notice there is actually a separate elastic piece that fits like a tube top so you can still wear a bra, hallelujah!! This is a great festival look as it is light and airy with a boho feel, perfect for hot summer days outside. The bright yellow headband, from one of our favorite Australian companies, Top Knot Girl, is a great embellishment to the muted tones of the outfit - after all, don’t we all need a little pattern AND a pop?? ;)


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Similar, but also very different is Lindsay’s ensemble - Patterns & Pops’ navy and cream tie dye harem pants and a simple Free People bandeau. Harem pants are becoming more and more popular this summer. A lot of people love the idea (I mean… they’re like cute pajama pants you can wear in public, who DOESN’T like that idea!?!) but then they think - can I pull this off??? The answer is yes.  


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Pair with a simple white or cream tank or tee and a pair of wedges and you’re done. They are meant to have a loose fit and be a tad more masculine than the normal skinny jean of today’s fashion world, embrace it!!


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Shop these looks, and many more fun, summer staples, with this special code for 10% off your next order: NICE2MEETU. Simply start shopping at https://patternsandpops.com and enter the code at checkout! Stay tuned for our next post featuring Suede Matte Crayon in sorbet!

Friday, May 15, 2015

glo How-To: Warm-Weather Ready Skin

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Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner which means it’s time to prep your skin for the warmer weather (AKA shorts season!). Whether your summer plans include trips to the beach, long hikes in the foothills or sticking to air-conditioned locales only, follow these tips to help prep your skin to look its best this summer:

  1. Prep: Using an exfoliant such as Therapeutics Body Exfoliant will help smooth and polish your skin with powerful Bamboo Stem Extract. By lifting away dead skin cells you are cleaning the follicle and helping prevent rough, bumpy skin. It’s a great product to use before shaving to prevent razor burn, especially when followed with Therapeutic Body Cream.

  1. Condition: Keep your skin hydrated with Cyto-luxe Body Lotion. Not only will this moisturizer hydrate your skin with powerful active ingredients, but it will help promote collagen production and help reduce the appearance of body wrinkles. It’s the perfect way to help soften and tone your skin for summer.

  1. Protect: Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial all year round but absolutely essential in summer months. When spending time directly in the sun, always wear a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection. Applying a liberal amount of Oil Free SPF 40+ before sun exposure will help keep your skin protected. Plus, nourishing hydrators and antioxidants help fortify and moisturize your skin as an added bonus!

As you travel this summer, don’t forget to take your Mint Balm along and post a pic with the tag #travelingmintbalm! We’ll be sharing our favorites but in the mean time take a look at a few of our popular photos from last year!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bridal Beauty Diary: Finding Your Makeup Artist

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Guest post by glo employee and bride-to-be, Amy Foster.

As my wedding day quickly approaches, I am definitely in full on wedding planning mode! It seems like everyday there is a new deadline that needs to be met or decision that needs to be made. For many, an important thing to cross off the to-do list is finding the right makeup artist to will help you feel like a million bucks on your big day. I am so lucky that Janeena, glo minerals’s National Makeup Artist and a dear friend, is available to do my wedding and engagement photo makeup! Even though I didn’t have to go through the process of finding the right artist for me, Janeena was kind enough to share a list of things all brides should consider before picking their makeup artist. And having worked on over 100 brides in her career she definitely knows what she is talking about!


  1. Narrow down your bridal look before you start searching for an artist. For example, some brides simply want to look like an enhanced version of themselves whereas other brides want a dramatic transformation. This will dictate whether you look for an artist with a light touch versus a more heavy handed approach.
  2. Find an artist who specializes in bridal makeup, not just events and editorial makeup. This will ensure that the artist has experience with how makeup photographs both indoors and outdoors.
  3. Ask to see portfolios with the artist’s most recent work. Then ask yourself if you can see yourself in the looks she created. You might think her work is beautiful but it’s also important to make sure it’s what you have envisioned and will work on YOU.
  4. Ask for before and afters to see how far the artist likes to take their clients. If you are looking for a dramatic transformation this is especially important.  
  5. Always ask for a makeup trial before you book with the artist. It might be awkward if you say no after the trial, but it’s better to know ahead of time that the artist isn’t a good fit rather than after you’ve paid a deposit.
  6. Before the trial, be sure the artist offers to have an in-person consultation. The artist should ask questions about your bridal look but it’s also important that they understand the overall look and feel of the wedding. This is the time to share your theme, colors, setting, flowers, dress, etc. All of these things should factor into the look they create.
  7. Bring photos of yourself to the consultation: one of you without makeup and one of you done up. This will give the artist a better idea of how your features look in photographs.
  8. Bring inspirational photos as well. This is where all of those boards on Pinterest come in handy!
  9. During the trial, bring a white blouse or sheet to drape across your chest. This will mimic a  wedding dress and ensure that the look will work with the color of your dress. It’s also helpful to bring your veil for the complete picture.
  10. Ask your makeup artist for two looks during the trial - a more natural application and then a “bumped up” version. This will ensure that you are both on the same page. It also helps to take photos of each to help you decide which you like better.
  11. Take photos of the trial makeup and make sure all products and steps are documented.

I hope these tips help you find the perfect makeup artist! If you have any additional questions or ideas that worked for you, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. To find a local makeup artist who uses glo minerals please call 1-800-232-0398.

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Additions: Liquid Ink and Cream Stay Shadow Sticks




Back by popular demand! Each year we create limited edition Holiday Collections that include limited edition products. This past year, these special items were so popular we had to make them a part of our core line! Both Cream Stay Shadow Sticks in gold blush and keepsake are now available for individual purchase! These beautiful sticks provide long lasting color in two beautiful, romantic shades (click here to see these beauties in action!).  


Not only are we adding the Cream Stay Shadow Sticks to our core line, but Liquid Ink is joining the team as well! A favorite from the Keepsake Collection, Liquid Ink delivers precision, all-day wear and saturated color. The slender, felt-tip applicator makes this smudge-proof liner easy to apply - perfect for creating a thin line or bold cat eye! These products are currently available online and will be available at glo retailers soon! Call 1-800-232-0398 to find a local glo retailer near you.

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