Friday, November 20, 2015

glo How-To: Marsala Look

Marsala Makeup Tutorial by glo minerals

We still can’t get over marsala, an earthy red wine shade selected as Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. This warm, romantic color is even more on-trend as we head into the holiday season, and there are so many ways to incorporate it into your makeup. Follow these steps to get the marsala look:

  1. Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in merlot to the lid.
  2. Blend Eye Shadow in coy in the crease with the Eye Blender Brush.
  3. Coat lashes with Lash Lengthening Mascara in black.
  4. Sweep Blush in sheer petal on the cheeks.
  5. Finish with the perfect marsala lipstick, Suede Matte Stick in port.

More marsala makeup picks:

We can’t wait to see Pantone’s 2016 selection.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Product Spotlight: Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Gold Blush

Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Gold Blush

Cream Stay Shadow Sticks, first introduced last holiday in the Keepsake Collection Time Capsule, have become a glo favorite. These long-lasting, easy to use shadow sticks give rich, buildable color in just a few swipes. Available in two shades, Keepsake and Gold Blush, Cream Stay Shadow Stick is color and primer in one. What more could you ask for?

Gold Blush, lavender with gold shimmer, is a perfect day-to-night shade. Wear it alone for a soft, romantic eye, or pair with a cool bronze shade through the crease for a luminescent glow. Apply directly to your lid, blend with your finger or Crease Brush and you’re done! Once this cream formula sets, it won’t budge, so blend while the product is fresh on your skin.

This long-wear formula is no joke! It’s best to remove this shadow with an oil-based cleanser, like Essential Cleansing Oil. If you’ve never used a cleansing oil before, it might sound intimidating, but it’s actually a great way to cleanse and condition your skin. Pour a small amount into dry hands and apply to dry skin. Massage gently with small circular movements for 30-60 seconds, add water and continue working the product into your skin. Rinse thoroughly. This cleansing oil will dissolve your makeup and leave you with soft, conditioned skin.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

5 Reasons You Need SPF in the Winter

5 Reasons You Need SPF in the Winter

It’s easy to forget about the sun when you’re all bundled up, but don't let the cool temps fool you. Here are five reasons why you should wear SPF this winter.

  1. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light. UV rays are reflected off snow, so you could be hit by the same ray twice! The same thing happens with water, so whether you’re swimming in the Gulf of Mexico or snowboarding in Colorado, minimize the risk with sunscreen.
  2. Up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can penetrate clouds. Though you may not feel or see the sun, its damaging rays are still hard at work.
  3. Daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent. 1 in 50 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, but you can greatly reduce your risk with daily sunscreen use. If you only choose one skincare item, make it SPF. Even better, combine color and care with a tinted moisturizer, like Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+, to save yourself an extra step.
  4. The face, head and neck are where the majority of skin cancers occur. The sun’s UV rays don’t shut off in the winter, even though it feels like it sometimes, and even when you layer up with jackets and sweaters, portions of your skin are still exposed.
  5. UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. To put it in perspective, the base altitude in Vail, Colorado is 8,120 feet. You might be inches deep in snow on your ski vacation, but you’re also thousands of feet closer to the sun. Designed for delicate, sensitive skin, Solar Shade SPF 50 is a great daily sunscreen. Plus, it’s small enough you can fly with it when you travel! Check out our TSA travel tips.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Travel Tips: TSA Liquid Rules

Travel Tips: TSA Liquid Rules

We’ve all been there- hours before a flight, cramming tiny bottles of face wash and creams into a Ziploc, trying to remember exactly how many ounces are allowed by TSA and hoping for the best. This holiday season, don’t chance being that person at security who is treated to an extra thorough luggage search. Plan ahead, pack right and travel stress-free.
TSA allows travelers to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry on bag, so stop trying the stuff your skincare into that sandwich baggie. Upgrade!
Each bottle can be a maximum of 3.4 ounces (100 mL), and anything larger needs to be packed in checked luggage. 3.4 ounces is actually a lot larger than you think, so double check the fill claim on your products. Did you know all of our moisturizers, masks, exfoliants and suncare products fit the bill? Now it’s just a matter of fitting them in the bag...
Unfortunately for makeup addicts, liquid makeup products like liquid eyeliner, liquid foundation and nail polish do need to be included in your quart-sized bag. Liquid foundation bottles can take up a lot of space, so consider traveling with pressed powder foundation instead. Not all liquids are created equal (thank goodness), so your favorite gloss can travel safely in your purse.
Luckily for you, and all of those around you, stick deodorant, deodorant crystals and deodorant powders can travel baggie-free as well, which means when you’re making those last minute what stays and what goes, antiperspirant is off the chopping block.
When you go through security, remove your bag of liquids from your carry on and send through screening. For easier access, try storing your liquids in an outside pocket of your luggage so you can quickly grab them without holding up the line.
You did it! Security was a breeze, and the TSA agents were so impressed, they’ve decided you never have to go through screening again. Well. Probably not. But a jetsetter can dream.
Check out some of our favorite travel-friendly essentials.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What's On Your Beauty Shelf?

What's On Your Beauty Shelf?

Name: Amanda von dem Hagen
Department/Position: National Educator and Makeup Artist
Skin Type: Normal to dry with occasional breakouts and sensitivity
Skin Tone: Light
Skin Concerns: Anti-aging, occasional breakouts, some melasma

Morning Skincare Routine: I prefer to use a cleanser for breakouts in the morning to help me remove any oil that gathered overnight, so I cleanse with Purifying Gel Cleanser. I am in love with this cleanser because it helps fight breakouts and signs of aging. After cleansing, I tone with Calming Flower Mist which instantly cools and calms my skin.

My next step is one of the most important parts for anti-aging: Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a gold standard ingredient in skincare and is needed in the skin to produce collagen. Long story short, without Vitamin C, you will not have a chance at looking young for long! I have used all of glo’s Vitamin C serums, and I’m currently using our Ultra 15% Vitamin C. The salt to Vitamin C’s pepper is Hyaluronic Acid. I always follow my Vitamin C application with Cyto-luxe Hydration+. Ever since this product was launched, I don’t go a day without it! It hydrates and plumps my skin, plus there is an ingredient called Brestine in it which firms skin within 15 minutes and lasts for up to 6 hours!

Next, I treat my eye area with Cyto-luxe Eye Serum to help fight those pesky circles and crow’s feet. When needed, I apply Spot Fix Blemish Treatment to any problem areas. To moisturize, I use Oil Free Moisturizer or Balancing Moisture Remedy, lightweight moisturizers that add enough hydration and look beautiful under makeup! Whether the sun is or is not out, I always finish my skincare routine with Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+.

Evening Skincare Routine: Essential Cleansing Oil and Gentle Eye Makeup Remover are always my first two steps to make sure all of my makeup is removed. I then double cleanse with Gentle Cream Cleanser or Cyto-luxe Cleanser. Both deeply cleanse without stripping away my skin’s moisture.

After the cleansing step, my nightly routine differs depending on how my skin feels. I either use the Calming Flower Mist or 7% Glycolic Resurfacing Toner (Advanced Line). I use the Glycolic toner when my skin needs a boost of exfoliation due to breakouts or texture irregularities. I then apply Cyto-luxe Eye Cream. If I have breakouts, I spot treat with the Clear Anti-Blemish Treatment, which has 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, a fantastic antibacterial ingredient. Note: be careful with towels and sheets, this ingredient will turn them white!

Depending on what issues I have with my skin, I will choose the Renew Serum (breakouts), Brightening Serum (dullness) or Corrective Soothing Serum (sensitized). After allowing the serum to absorb for 10-15 minutes, I apply Balancing Moisture Remedy, Conditioning Hydration Cream or Cucumber Recovery Mask and leave it on while I go to sleep for an intense boost of my skin’s hydration.

Makeup Routine: The final step of my morning skincare routine is the first step of my makeup routine. I always prep my skin with the Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+. This product is a hydrator, SPF, tint and primer all in one! For days when I want my foundation to look flawless and last all day, I apply Face Primer.

Before applying foundation, I apply my brows and eye makeup. The Brow Powder Duo applied with the Dual Brow Brush is my eyebrow savior! I am a natural blonde, so my brows look nonexistent without this product. The powder duo allows me to custom create a shade and deepen my brow color for days I want more drama. I highly recommend the duo in taupe, it is the perfect shade!

I don’t go a day without Lid Primer. I use the Texture Eye Brush to apply a sheer layer from lashline to brow bone. I have several Eye Shadow favorites that I use day to day. Here are some of my go to’s:

  • highlight: bamboo or diamond 
  • base: haze, sand pebble or coy 
  • transition: twig or vintage 
  • crease: kona, dove or mahogany 

I love single shadows so that I can play with more colors, but trios are so easy! My favorite is Eye Shadow Trio in coffee. I am also a huge fan of our Cream Stay Shadow Sticks, especially beam and pitch from the Spectrum Shadow Mix. Beam is a beautiful base shade for when I want a neutral shimmer and pitch is a deep, matte black ideal for a quick smoky eye or liner.

My favorite eye brushes are the Eye Blender and Smudge Brush. I use Liquid Ink Eyeliner to create a winged look or Precise Micro Eyeliner for tightlining or when I would prefer a matte finish to the glossy from Liquid Ink.

After I finish the eyes, I apply Pressed Base with the Ultra Brush if I am a little on the oily side, or Luxe Liquid Foundation with the Luxe Foundation Brush if I’m feeling dry. I follow with Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer in sunburst with the Dual Foundation/Camouflage Brush to conceal and brighten my under eye area.

Ever since the Contour Kit was introduced in August, I don’t go a day without applying contour and highlight with the new Contour/Highlight Brush! Before applying the shimmer highlight, I choose a blush, which I blend into the contour placed on my cheeks. My favorite Blush shades are papaya, nectar and sandalwood. I set my look with Luxe Setting Powder applied with the Luxe Setting Powder Brush and a quick spritz of Revive Hydration Mist.

After my face looks flawless, I apply Lash Thickener & Conditioner followed by Lash Boosting Mascara. I am a huge fan of both of these products, especially since I want my lashes to be long and luscious forever! Ingredients like Panthenol and Vitamin E help nourish and strengthen lashes over time.

Throughout the day, I will apply different lipstick shades. I usually start the day with an application of Lip Revival followed by a Cream Glaze Crayon. Around lunchtime, I will switch over to a Suede Matte Crayon or Suede Matte Stick. Some of my favorite shades in Suede Matte & Cream Glaze are: crush, pop, sorbet, dahlia, praline, and port… who am I kidding? I love all of them! I carry them all in my purse every day. 

Can’t Live Without Products: 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Product Spotlight: Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Keepsake

Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Keepsake

If you’re on the hunt for saturated, long-wear eye shadow, look no further than Cream Stay Shadow Stick. Available in two shades, Cream Stay Shadow Stick is color and primer in one, so you can save yourself an extra step in the morning.

Keepsake, a cool toned bronze with a metallic finish, looks stunning as an all-over lid color. Apply directly to your lid, blend with your finger or Crease Brush and you’re done! Once this cream formula sets, it won’t smudge or budge all day.

Apply to the lid area under Eye Shadow as a primer to prevent creasing and extend the shadow’s wear. Try Metallic Smoky Eye Kit layered over Keepsake for a rich, bronze smoky eye.

Removing this longwear formula will take a little more than soap and water. Saturate a cotton round with Eye Makeup Remover, press and hold to your eye for a few seconds, and gently swipe away. Even better, try Essential Cleansing Oil. Pour a small amount into dry hands and apply to dry skin. Massage gently with small circular movements for 30-60 seconds, add water and continue working the product into your skin. Rinse thoroughly. This cleansing oil will dissolve your makeup and leave you with soft, conditioned skin.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How to Layer Your Skincare

How to Layer Your Skincare

The trick to getting the most out of your skincare routine is to layer the products you love. Layering skincare products is just like layering your clothes, each layer has a different purpose and provides a unique benefit to your skin. When you apply products in the right order, you can maximize your results. 

  • TONER: Toners are a drink of water for the skin. Some offer additional purifying or antibacterial benefits, like Purifying Tonic, while others can soothe and help reduce surface redness, like Conditioning Tonic or Calming Flower Mist. Think of toning as the prep step because a toner can assist with evening out the porosity of the skin, giving your serum and moisturizer a smoother, more even application. 
  • SERUM: After cleansing and toning, apply your favorite serum. Whether your goal is to smooth, firm, brighten or protect, a serum is the ultimate product for transforming your skin because they penetrate deep into the skin to address specific concerns. 
  • HYDRATOR: When you’re dehydrated in the dry, winter months, give your skin a boost with a hydrator. B5 Hydration and Advanced B5 Hydration provide exceptional hydration and nourishment with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and maintains hydration to hold 1,000 times its weight in water and prevents transepidermal water loss. Hydrators provides instant hydration to revive dry, dehydrated skin and can be used daily. 
  • MOISTURIZER: Seal in serum and prevent water loss while delivering critical hydration to the skin’s surface with a moisturizer. If your skin is oily, try Oil Control Emulsion or Oil Free Moisturizer, and if your skin is very dry, try a rich moisturizer like Moisture Rich Cream, Restorative Cream or Skin Firming Cream
  • EYE CARE: From dark circles to crow’s feet, the eye area is often an area of concern for people of all ages and skin types. That's not surprising given that the skin around our eyes is incredibly thin and delicate. Aside from getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water, eye serums and creams hydrate, smooth and revitalize the eye area. Gently dab a small amount of product using your ring finger along the orbital bone without tugging at the skin. 
  • SUNCARE: Don’t forget suncare! Even when temps are cool and skies are grey, always apply sun protection to your face and the often neglected décolleté. Healthy lifestyle habits and protected exposure to sun help prevent skin cancer and create dramatically younger looking skin. If you’re looking for color and care in one, try Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+, the ultimate multi-tasker. This lightweight, oil free formula gives a sheer hint of color while combating dryness and the sun's damaging rays.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

All New: Suede Matte Crayon in Crimson

All New: Suede Matte Crayon in Crimson

Looking for your go-to holiday lip color? You’ve found it with the all-new Suede Matte Crayon in crimson. You fell in love with our Suede Matte Crayon formula last spring - with its velvety-smooth finish and intense matte color payoff - which is why we knew we needed to create a bold new shade for the holiday season. With its ability to serve as a liner and lipstick in one, crimson (found in the Dual Essence Clutch) is not only a gorgeous color choice but it's great for on-the-go application. The cool, red tone is flattering for all skin tones and looks amazing with a classic black dress! Let the celebrations begin!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall Favorites 2015

Fall Favorites 2015

What’s the best thing about the changing seasons? They give us a reason to try new beauty products! Swapping our beloved bright pinks for deep berry shades or adding a luxurious moisturizer to your nighttime routine are just a few ways you can revamp your repertoire. Here are our top five favorite products you must try this fall:

1) Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub - There isn’t a “fall favorites” list out there that doesn’t include something pumpkin - and this fragrant scrub doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it removes skin cell buildup and stimulates cell regeneration. Add this scrub to your routine 2-4 times a week for a special fall treat that your skin will love!

2) Suede Matte Stick in port - Several of our favorite bloggers have been spotted wearing port (see it on Leah here, Lacey here and Jasmin here) and it’s not a surprise they love this deep wine color for fall. It adds the perfect amount of drama while still looking appropriate for day.

3) Jeweled Eye Pencils - There are too many amazing fall inspired colors in our Jeweled Eye Pencil collection to pick just one! We think merlot, antique, baroque and bark are all amazingly versatile for the season. Plus, they are easy to use and deliver rich, buildable pigment.

4) Restorative Cream - As the weather gets colder and drier it might be time to try a new moisturizer. Restorative Cream helps protect and repair dry skin with moisturizing and skin-strengthening antioxidants - perfect for the cooler, fall weather.

5) Cream Bronze - This lightweight bronzer is perfect for fall because it delivers a warm, natural looking glow. The formula is also ultra-silky and creamy which is great for dry, winter skin. Plus, a portion of the sales benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation!

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Closer Look at the Elemental Eye Collection


The Elemental Eye Collection, found in the Dual Essence Clutch, is a gorgeous eye shadow palette that is sure to become your go-to for daytime and nighttime looks alike. We’ve received several questions regarding the individual shades so we hope this guide provides a little more insight into the versatility of this palette.

This eight shadow palette contains four warm neutrals (bubbly, breathless, adobe, henna) and four cool tone eye shadow shades (cosmic, dusk, relic, eclipse). Two of the shades have a slight shimmer (breathless and dusk) to add extra glamour to any holiday look. The rest are silky matte shades that deliver buildable and blendable pigment. Together these eight shades make it easy to create endless looks this season and beyond.
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