Thursday, April 16, 2015

glo How-To: Emphasize Blue Eyes

Makeup for Blue Eyes - glo minerals

When it comes to accentuating your eye color, it’s all about choosing complementary shades and using the right techniques to bring out your best features. In the upcoming weeks we will be demonstrating how to use our Eye Shadow Trios to accentuate blue, brown, green and hazel eyes.

First up, let’s talk about those baby blues. Using hues like copper, gold, peach and brown will really help make blue eyes pop because they are on the opposite side of the color wheel. We picked the Eye Shadow Trio in copper sheen for this very reason. This trio contains three shades: a highlight, a base and a crease shade that help bring out the best in blue eyes. Follow these steps for a finished look that pops!

Step 1: Apply the lightest highlight shade found in the trio to brow-bone and inner corner of the eye.
Step 2:  Using the Eye Base Brush, apply the medium or base shade over entire lid.
Step 3: Using the Blender Brush, apply the darkest shade into the outer corner of the lid and blend into the crease.
Step 4: Apply the darkest shade on the lower lashline using the Smudge Brush
Step 5: Line your upper lashline using Precise Micro Liner in black.

For all of the green, hazel and brown eyed beauties out there, don’t worry! This look will also look great on you!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five Fresh Picks for Spring

Five Fresh Picks for Spring

Spring is officially here and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite products to quickly refresh your style for the season. Add these much loved spring favorites to your makeup bag for endless possibilities is this season's hottest hues!

  1. Cream Blush in fig - There are two things we love about this Cream Blush for spring. First, the color adds a gorgeous pop of coral to your cheeks and flatters all skin tones. Second, the cream formula offers a slightly dewy finish that lasts all day!
  2. Suede Matte Crayons - These Crayons are flying off the shelves and sorbet and bombshell are two of the most popular shades. These bright shades are the perfect compliment to your new spring wardrobe!
  3. Skin Protecting Power Duo - This dynamic duo will help protect your skin from common environmental concerns such as dry air and harsh UV rays. Head over to the glo therapeutics Instagram page for a chance to win this Spring must-have!
  4. Bronze in sunkiss - Practice safe-sun and load up on natural looking Bronzer in sunkiss. This two-toned compact is the perfect (and safe alternative) to tanning.
  5. Lipstick in spark - When you wear spark don’t be surprised if ladies stop you on the street asking about your lip color! This popular shade launched last spring but is still a great choice for an instant pop of pretty!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Better Together: Healing Gel & Camouflage Oil Free

Better Together: Healing Gel & Camouflage Oil Free

Regardless of how diligent we are with our skincare routines, blemishes can happen. And when they do, we want them to disappear as soon as possible. That’s where one of our favorite makeup and skincare duos comes into play. glo therapeutics Healing Gel and glo minerals Camouflage Oil Free work hand in hand to help treat, correct and conceal unwanted blemishes. First, Healing Gel works to help reduce redness, inflammation and  irritation caused by breakout redness while also allowing your skin to heal. Not only does this speed up recovery time, but it helps leave a smooth, clear surface.

Next, glo minerals Camouflage Oil Free helps mask any unwanted hyperpigmentation or scarring left behind by pesky breakouts while also improving skin’s texture and appearance. With its exclusive antioxidant blend of Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract, the oil free formula is ideal for concealing and healing. We recommend using the Healing Gel as a spot treatment at night for best results and then following with the Camouflage Oil Free as needed.

Instagram Giveaway: Skin Protecting Power Duo

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This contest is open to consumers only. Professional accounts, or the employees of professional accounts, are not eligible to win.

1. Instagram Giveaway: How To Enter: To enter, you must have or create an Instagram account. If you already have an Instagram account, you will have to sign into your account. If you are not an existing member of Instagram, you will be required to follow the directions and join Instagram. When you join Instagram, you are indicating that you have read and agree to accept the Instagram Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Membership to Instagram is free.

Must follow @glotherapeutics and @glominerals to be eligible to win.

Contest begins once announced on Instagram on April 8th, 2015. Sign in at or via the Instagram mobile App. Find the post with the caption: GIVEAWAY: Skin Protecting Power Duo! Follow these simple steps:
  1. Like the photo
  2. Tag 3 friends in the comments section of post

Winner Selection: One (1) winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries posted on Friday, April 17th to win a free Skin Protecting Power Duo worth $50. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries.

Winner Notification: Winner will be notified via Instagram in a post on Friday, April 17th. Winner has 48 hours to respond by sending an email to We will email the winner redemption details.

Redemption: We will send the winner the Skin Protecting Power Duo by mail.

2. ENTRIES: Multiple entries from the same person are accepted. If there is a dispute as to the identity of an online entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the Instagram account. The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the account belongs to as assigned by an internet service provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

3. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to consumers only. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. who are 21 years of age or older. Professional accounts, or the employees of professional accounts, are not eligible to win.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Better Together: Lipstick & Lip Revival

Better Together: Lipstick and Lip Revival
Bright, bold lips are in this spring and whether you are loving our new Suede Matte Crayons or prefer to stick with a classic Lipstick, the key to this look is smooth, moisturized lips. glo therapeutics Lip Revival is a light cream formulated to help protect, smooth and moisturize lips making it the perfect sidekick for your favorite lip color. Plus, the active ingredients found in Lip Revival help increase hydration and collagen production which can create a significant volumizing effect - proving that Lip Revival and Lipstick are truly better together!

To best utilize this pairing, we suggest applying Lip Revival as part of you nighttime beauty routine. This will give the ingredients enough time to work their magic before it’s time for your Lipstick application in the morning. If you do apply in the morning, be sure to let Lip Revival absorb completely before applying color. It’s the perfect prep step for beautifully fuller, smoother lips.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Better Together: Satin II & Cyto-luxe Face Essence

There’s no denying that somethings are just better together: peanut butter and jelly, movies and popcorn and Donny and Marie. We believe that, just like our favorite pop culture pairings, your skincare and makeup routines should compliment and bring out the best in each other.

Over the next couple of days we will be featuring some of our favorite glo minerals and glo therapeutics products that are amazing on their own, but even better together. glo minerals Protective Liquid Foundation - Satin II delivers smooth, buildable coverage with a satin finish but when you add a drop of Cyto-luxe Face Essence it leaves you with a soft, dewy finish. For those of you whose skin tends to be on the drier side this is a wonderful option to combat dull, dry skin. Give this dynamic duo a try and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Skincare Advice For Your 30s

Skincare Advice For Your 30s

Guest Post by National Educator, Amanda von dem Hagen

For most women by the time you turn 30, the first signs of aging begin to appear.  We’re not trying to scare you but this is the time of your life when you’ll really want to give your skin care habits an extra boost. Because your skin goes through several changes during your 30s, you’ll want to change your habits to reflect new concerns such as the appearance of fine lines and dull skin.

The cleanser you used in your 20s may still work in your 30s, so that’s not always a product you need to change, but the moisturizer that you have been using for years may need an upgrade. Your skin will most likely feel a little less hydrated, so you will want to look for a more moisturizing cream like our Vita E Essential Cream. Bonus: our Vita E Essential Cream has an ingredient that helps reduce pigmentation and is loaded with antioxidants!

A common concern with people in their 30s is dull-looking skin. What product will help with dull skin?  I love using a scrub like our Brightening Polish for both the physical scrub results and its brightening qualities. Just be sure you never overdo a scrub and only use this 1-2 times per week.

As we age, our cell turnover tends to slow down, so using a product with Retinol will help regulate your cells and keep them acting as youthful as possible. Choosing a retinol serum with some hydroxy acids will be extremely beneficial too. I highly recommend our Retinol CS. This powerful serum not only has retinol, but also has glycolic acid to help with exfoliation and gallic acid to help with brightening. If you are prone to breakouts, the Renew Serum is a great option as well. You can use these every night, but when first starting to use them I recommend every other night.

Vitamin C is a gold standard skincare ingredient and your 30s is the perfect time to start using it if you haven’t been already. We have four different Vitamin C serums to choose from, but our Ultra 15% Vitamin C is a great option to help fight the first signs and causes of aging.  

Vitamin C is meant to be paired with hyaluronic acid, so I would also recommend adding the Advanced B5 Hydration to your morning routine.  Bonus: We have a kit! The Age Defying Power Duo includes both products in a smaller size so you can try them out first at a 30% savings (and it’s a great size to travel with).

Where do most people see their first wrinkle? Around their eyes! Which is why using a great eye product in your 30s is essential. glo’s Eye Restore is an ideal eye product to start with; it will help improve fine lines, puffiness, and restore your skin’s texture.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen every day and remember that what you put into your body effects the way your skin looks - keep the antioxidant intake (berries, vegetables) high!

The Best Skincare Advice for Your 30s

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sensitive Skin Q&A: Part Three

Sensitive Skin Q&A - glo therapeutics
Guest post by Kristin Cristiano - Director of Education

What are some common ingredients to avoid with sensitive skin?
In addition to carefully picking and using appropriate ingredients, it is equally important to avoid certain things. Abrasive, mechanical/physical exfoliation ingredients of any kind are to be avoided. If Hydroxy Acids are used, they should be infrequent, at low percentages and only those with large molecules for slow absorption are recommended. Lactic and Gluconic Acids are good examples. Mild enzymes can sometimes be tolerated to remove dead skin because they don’t alter the pH of the skin or absorb, they simply break down the superficial dead skin cells on the outermost surface.

Soap and harsh detergent cleansers absolutely must not be used. The alkaline pH of soap will strip the skin and cause more problems. Instead a milky cleanser or cream-gel cleanser that is designed for the face and has hydrating properties is preferable. The pH of the cleanser should be within the 4.4 to 5.5 pH range in order to leave the barrier intact. A clay mask or any thick product that is difficult to remove should not be used because of the adverse reactions to rubbing and friction.

There are certain ingredients that are notorious for causing reactions in sensitive skin and some that are less apparent. Artificial fragrances have the reputation for being the #1 skin irritant.  Ingredients that “heat” or have a “cooling effect” should not be used. For example, Menthol and Camphor may be too stimulating.
Should I use natural ingredients to treat sensitive skin?
Many people are under the misconception that if an ingredient is “natural” then it will be milder. But, essential oils such as Bergamot and Citrus, for example, can be irritating. Lanolin, which is an ingredient derived from sheep, has been used for centuries as an emollient. Now it is recognized by dermatologists for its potential as a major allergen. Sometimes, an ingredient that is lab synthesized is less likely to cause problems because it has been created in a controlled setting and is purer.

How should aestheticians treat patients with sensitive skin?
Aestheticians need to screen their patients ahead of time before performing any types of treatments or making recommendations on homecare.  If there is a history of allergies, hives, etc, a patch test is critical before administering a peel. Even steam or heat can be too much for this skin. It is usually what these clients avoid that is more important than what they do.

Unfortunately it is often trial and error before the right strategy is found to keep skin in a happy, balanced place. While we don’t understand everything about sensitivity, there is enough information on what to avoid and what to use to make life a lot easier for this client. For those who experience occasional or infrequent sensitivity, it is less difficult because it is usually possible to isolate and identify what is causing the problem. As with any health issue, greater understanding will make coping much easier. Anyone with sensitivity issues should make every effort to seek information and educate themselves about the causes and treatments. We suggest using the American Academy of Dermatology as a resource.

Learn more about glo's Sensitive Skincare products here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sensitive Skin Q&A: Part Two

Sensitive Skin Q&A glo therapeutics
Guest post by Kristin Cristiano - Director of Education

How does having sensitive skin affect my skin’s ability to function normally?
One of the primary issues with sensitive skin is the lack of barrier function. The skin’s most important job is to protect and when the skin barrier is not intact, things go awry. The outer stratum of the skin is layers of keratinized, flattened cells that are embedded in a mortar of waterproof lipids. This provides an excellent way of preventing water within from evaporating or leaking out. It also protects the body from anything foreign (such as antigens) from entering.

When something impairs the maintenance of this “wall,” antigens can then enter to create irritation and even allergic reactions. A break in the barrier sends a signal down to the dermis which can start an inflammatory response which aggravates the barrier even more. This creates a vicious cycle. The break also allows water from within to evaporate (transepidermal water loss) and the skin becomes dry and flaky. With antigens invading the skin and moisture leaking out, it is imperative that the skin be healed and protected.

What are the first steps one should take when treating sensitive skin?
The rule of thumb in skincare is to address the inflammation first, because until that is under control it is hard to stop the cycle. Ingredients such as Cucumber, Gotu Kola Extract and Indian Senna provide anti-inflammatory effects. The skin also needs soothing ingredients and antioxidants to control the free radicals that accompany inflammation. Oat Beta Glucan has been used for centuries to provide comfort and anti-irritant properties. Black Willow Extract is not only anti-inflammatory but is an antioxidant as well. Pomegranate Seed Extract is a powerful antioxidant and also known for its moisturizing properties.

What are some of the most important products and ingredients for treating sensitive skin?
Moisture, both in the form of hydration and lipids, is crucial. This will help replace what has been lost because of transepidermal water loss and lipids will help to “patch” the tear in the wall. Of course with all this damage to the skin, it will tend to age faster, so anti-aging ingredients that will not irritate the skin are useful. Neroli Flower Oil is an emollient that increases skin elasticity while helping strengthen shallow, delicate capillaries. Rose Flower Oil and Olive Fruit Oil are known for their ability to heal and calm as well as being emollient.  Sunflower Seed Oil is easily absorbed and rich in both vitamins as well as fatty acids.

Sunscreens are imperative as sensitive or sensitized skin is more photo-reactive. A physical sunscreen or a mixture of physical and chemical is easier on the skin than one that is all chemical. Look for products with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. They should be applied daily and provide a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above.

In some cases Retinol, a type of Vitamin A, can be tolerated and can even help the skin, but it should be Retinol and not the prescription version, commonly known as Retin A. Retinol is much slower to penetrate and can help to normalize the behavior of cells - but again, only at a low percentage and it should be started slowly to allow the skin to acclimate.  

Shop glo's Sensitive Skincare products here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

glo How-To: A Timeless, Classic Look

glo How-To: A Timeless, Classic Look

Every woman needs a signature look. A look that captures her natural beauty while helping her look polished and effortlessly beautiful. The key to this simple yet elegant look is its versatility. With just a few modifications, this classic look can easily be amplified or simplified for any occasion. Follow the steps below for our take on a classic look:

1. Apply Lid Primer from lashline to brow bone.
2. Apply coffee Eye Shadow Trio to eyes: dark shade in crease, shimmer gold shade on inner corner of eye and base color as a highlight.
3. Apply orchid Eye Shadow on lid and on lower lashline.
4. Line upper and lower lashline with espresso Cream Eyeliner.5. Coat top and bottom.
5. Coat top and bottom lashes with black/brown with Lash Lengthening Mascara.

6. Apply sunlight Bronze to hollows of cheeks.
7. Sweep sweet Blush on apples of cheeks.

8. Apply memento Suede Matte Stick to lips.
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