Thursday, October 31, 2013

All About the Eyes: Swollen or Puffy Eyes

What causes puffy or swollen eyes?

Whether it’s puffiness, dark circles or crows feet, the area around our eyes is often problematic for women of all ages and skin types. It’s not surprising since the skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest and most delicate skin on our bodies. This means it’s the most susceptible to the elements- changes in climate, our lifestyle habits and even gravity! In the following weeks we are going to take a closer look at three of the most common issues plaguing our eyes. First up, puffy or swollen eyelids.

What Causes Puffy or Swollen Eyes?
Often times puffiness under the eye is caused by extra fluid retention due to a lack of sleep, changes in weather, changing hormone levels or too much salt or caffeine in the diet. Allergies or a genetic predisposition can also cause extra swelling under the eyes.

Preventing Puffy or Swollen Eyes: You can take steps to reduce inflammation under the eyes by eating foods with a low salt content, avoiding high amounts caffeine and getting a full 8 hours of sleep. In addition, sleeping with a cold compress or with your head slightly raised (and avoiding sleeping on your stomach) can help reduce inflammation. You can also look for products like Vital Eye Cream which contain ingredients like Eyeliss to help reduce puffiness.

Treating Puffy or Swollen Eyes: Waking up with puffy eyes isn’t a fun way to start the day. We suggest using Eye Fix Revitalizing Treatment right when you wake up. Eye Fix Revitalizing Treatment contains both Rosemary Leaf Oil and Lavender Flower Oil to help with inflammation. For even better results, keep the treatment in the refrigerator and apply cold to help alleviate swelling. Applying a cool compress, such as cool tea bags, cooled eye pillows, cucumber slices or a chilled spoon can also
help decrease pressure and swelling.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Special Occasion Look: Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out Makeup

Last week Ami showed us how to make getting ready for date night a breeze and this week Janeena is showing us her easy “girls night out” routine. A fun evening out with your friends is a great way to relax and let your hair down. Plus, it’s  the perfect occasion to add some extra pizazz to your normal beauty routine.  

To get this look Janeena first applied Lid Primer from the Cream Shadow Quad using the Camouflage Brush. Next, she applied Cream Eyeliner in ebony to her upper and lower lash lines. She then applied the dawn shade from the Cream Eye Shadow Quad to her entire lid. Next, she used first blush as a highlight color on her brow bone and on the inner corner of eyes. To add depth, Janeena applied earth in the crease and on her lower lash line.  She added a couple coats of Lash Boosting Mascara, dusted her cheekbones with Shimmer Brick in luster then completed the look with Gloss in coconut from the Blush to Bare Lip Gloss Tin.

To compliment her playful makeup, Janeena used Boost Hair Volumizer to help her create big, voluminous curls. She added her favorite gold, triangle earrings to give the look a bit of edge. We think this look is perfect for whatever you and your favorite pals decide to get into on your night out! Karaoke anyone?

Monday, October 28, 2013

In the Press: DAYSPA Magazine Oct. 2013

Take a look at our Cyto-luxe Mask as seen in the recent issue of DAYSPA Magazine!

October's Fan Favorite Photos

We love seeing your gorgeous glo photos on Instagram! Below are some of our favorites from the month or October! Tag us in your photos using #glominerals #gloprofessional #glotherapeutics and follow us as well for behind the scenes look at glo- @gloProfessional.

We love this photo from The Beauty Bar Toronto (@beautybartoronto)!

So many gorgeous shades and formulations to choose from! 

Our friends at @glomexico always take gorgeous photos! Have you tried Eye Fix?

This display was created by the Del Carmen Skincare in Stockholm, Sweden! Luxe Liquid Foundation has never look better! 

We love this cute fall display from Karen Wood Skin Care

We love this photo from @Skin Studio featuring our amazing Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub. If you love the smell of pumpkin spice you'll love this scrub!

All of these products and more can be found in the limited edition Red Carpet Collection

Friday, October 25, 2013

glo How-To: 70's Beauty Icon

Can you guess which style icon served as Ami’s inspiration when creating this 70’s look? If you guessed the one-and-only Cher, you are correct (see the inspiration image here)! Cher managed to re-establish her status as a beauty icon in every decade since the 1960’s but we particularly love her look in the 1970’s. Her long black hair, perfectly bold eyebrows and gorgeous eyelashes set her apart then and make her a beauty icon that still inspires us today.

To create this Cher inspired look (hello great Halloween idea!) Ami followed these steps:

Step 1: Apply the foundation of your choice -and conceal with Camouflage Oil Free Concealer.
Step 2: Overarch your natural brow using the Brow Collection.
Step 3: Apply Lid Primer then Eye Shadow in diamond all over lid.
Step 4: Using the Mini Crease Brush draw a black line in the arch of the crease with Eye Shadow in sable (this can be blended with Eye Shadow in twig if necessary but make sure to keep the bottom of the lid clean).
Step 5: Apply Precision Eye Pencil in black to both your top and bottom lash line while keeping the line thicker on the outer corner.
Step 6: Apply lots and lots of Water Resistant Mascara.
Step 7: Contour the face with a Pressed Base shade that’s two shades darker than your natural color.
Step 8: Highlight the tops of the cheekbones using the Shimmer Brick in gleam.
Step 9: Apply the Precision Lip Pencil in cedar and top it off with Lipstick in sugar plum.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

glo How-To: Day Look with the Red Carpet Collection

When you hear the words “red carpet”  you probably think of Hollywood glitz and glamour. We do too which is why we love the Limited Edition Red Carpet Collection and all of the gorgeous, eye catching mineral makeup inside. While this kit is perfect for creating scene-stealing looks, it’s also multi-faceted and full of products that translate for daytime as well. We created this pretty look using the Cream Shadow Quad and the Jeweled Eye Pencils in fizz and sage. Follow the steps below to recreate this lovely look!

Step 1: Apply first blush from the Cream Shadow Quad from lashline to brow bone.
Step 2: Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in fizz to the inner corner of your eye.
Step 3: Apply dawn from the Cream Shadow Quad directly to your lid from lashline to crease.
Step 4: Apply earth from the Cream Shadow Quad to your lower lashline.
Step 5: Apply Jeweled Eye Pencil in sage to your lower lashline and crease.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Special Occasion Look: Date Night

date night makeup and hair

Whether celebrating an anniversary or maybe just the fact that the babysitter was finally available, going out on a date with your significant other is a great way to spend some quality time together. Another reason we love date night is that it gives us a reason to look a little more glam than we do in our busy day-to-day lives. Have you been dying to try a cat eye? Go for it! Did you see a cute hair tutorial on Pinterest? Give it a shot!

National Makeup Artist, Ami Shvartzman, shows us her easy as 1-2-3 date night look. First, she likes to experiment with fun, flirty colors. To create this look Ami applied Cream Eyeliner in ebony followed by Eye Shadow in rain forest on her lids. She then blended the vibrant color with Eye Shadow in sable while creating a slight wing. She added a little Powder Cheek Stain to her cheeks and Liquid Lips in black cherry to her lips. The final look is pretty with a pop of unexpected color!

To compliment her look, Ami created a romantic side swept bun that she kept in place using Radiant Fix Hairspray and added a gorgeous long necklace to keep the look both elegant and simple. We think this look is great for a romantic night out! Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ami Approved: Bare to Blush Lip Gloss Tin

In my opinion, there a few things that I just can’t ever get enough of: shoes, brunches with girlfriends, and LIPGLOSS! That’s why I was so excited to see the adorable glo minerals Bare To Blush Lip Gloss Tin that just launched for holidays! With four of the glo minerals best selling shades - coconut, naked, starstruck, and whisper- it’s no wonder everyone wants to get their hands on one of these Ami Approved kits...check ‘em out while supplies last!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

glo How-To: Iconic Beauty

We love Old Hollywood glamour- winged eyeliner, bold lips, a gorgeous glow- all of these things evoke images of Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis and Sophia Loren. Our National Makeup Artist, Janeena, used the ageless Sophia Loren as her inspiration for creating this stunning look. Her goal was to channel old Hollywood glamour while keeping the look modern and wearable. We think she accomplished just that!

Find inspiration for Halloween or recreate this look for everyday by following these steps:

Step 2: Lightly contour cheeks with the limited edition Bronze Kiss.
Step 3: Apply Eye Shadow in diamond all over lid.
Step 4: Line your lashes using Cream Eyeliner in ebony. The line should be slightly thicker than your everyday liner.
Step 5: Line your bottom lashes with Cream Eyeliner in ebony. Follow the lash line upward to create a soft wing.
Step 6: Retrace the upper lash line and connect the line with the edge of the wing.
Step 7: Fill in eyebrows using Brow Powder Duo and the Dual Brow Brush.
Step 8: Apply Gloss in star struck.

For more inspiration, take a look at our Old Hollywood Glam Pinterst board here!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Color Me Pretty

As busy as we are these days we are constantly looking for ways to simplify our beauty routines. Saving an extra five minutes in the morning could mean more time with the kids or extra time to pack a healthy lunch before work, which is why our busy morning beauty routine involves our favorite Jeweled Eye Pencils and Royal Lip Crayons.

These easy- to-use tools help create gorgeous looks in hurry and are the perfect way to add a little color without adding extra steps! Need some inspiration? Take a look at these simple looks using Jeweled Eye Pencils and Eye Shadow Trios. Also, read about why our National Makeup Artist, Ami, can’t live without the Royal Lip Crayons here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ami Approved: Bronze Kiss

I always look forward to new product launches here at glo but there is one product launch that always excites me just a little bit more than the rest. In October, glo launches special edition products from which a portion of proceeds benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation in its mission to save lives through early detection and by providing mammograms to women in need. This year glo is launching two amazing products: glo minerals Bronze Kiss bronzer/highlighter combo and special edition glo therapeutics Restorative Cream.

I am particularly thrilled with the new Bronze Kiss highlighter and bronzer duo. Bronze Kiss features a lovely soft natural red/brown luminous bronzer accompanied with a beautiful pink highlighter that can be used to enhance the contours of the face. Use the bronze side to help shape the face under the cheekbones and jawline and then use the shimmery pink side to highlight the brow bone, the high points of the cheeks and down the bridge of the nose. This will create a subtle highlight and contour. For a product that gives back and helps you look red carpet ready, Bronze Kiss is Ami Approved!

Holiday 2013: Illumination Kit

Holiday 2013: Illumination Kit

We don’t mean to brag but the all new Illumination Kit might be our prettiest kit yet. From the gorgeous limited edition Shimmer Duo in in candle to its almost-too-pretty-to-open packaging, the Illumination Kit is truly stunning. Eye Revitalize, Shimmer Duo and Liquid Lips in luna will help you create an effortlessly luminescent look that is both simple and beautiful. Throw Luxury Hand Cream and the special Compact Mirror into your bag and you’ll be sure to look and feel positively radiant all day and night!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Pinterest Inspiration with Janeena Billera

miranda kerr makeup tutorial

In September we asked for your help picking our next fall makeup tutorial on Pinterest and we were truly inspired by all of your pins! Our National Makeup Artists had a difficult time narrowing it down to their top picks but they finally picked their favorites. They then recreated the looks using all glo minerals products while adding their own twist to the look. The results are stunning!

Janeena picked this gorgeous look pinned by our follower Aly because of its ability to “really catch someone’s attention in a unique way!” We couldn’t agree more! The bold lip will definitely draw attention which is why the rest of the look is understated and simple. Janeena stressed the importance of keeping the eyes very basic and leaving the skin almost bare. “I think it takes a unique and strong personality to pull of such a bold lip. Plus its great for fall!” says Janeena.

To recreate this look follow these steps:
Step One: Apply a thin layer of Sheer Tint Base with fingers to clean skin.
Step Two: For a subtle highlight cover face with Shimmer Brick in luster using the Texture Brush.
Step Three: Apply the light bronze shade from the Shimmer Brick in luster to eyelids.
Step Four: Apply a very thin line to the upper and lower lash lines with the Precise Micro Eyeliner in black and then add a couple of coats of Lash Boosting Mascara.
Step Five: Apply a thin layer of The Mint Balm.
Step Six: Using the Precision Eye Pencil in plum, line and fill-in your lips completely.
Step Seven: Finish with another thin layer of The Mint Balm.

Were you inspired by any of the looks pinned? We’d love to see your take! Post a picture on our Facebook page or on Instagram!

Holiday 2013: Red Carpet Collection

glominerals holiday red carpet collection

Love all of the glam and the glitz found on Hollywood red carpets? We do too! Our limited-edition Red Carpet Collection was inspired by the shimmering hues and velvety palettes worn by our favorite movie stars. This be all, do all limited edition collection includes a gorgeous selection of only-available-here colors for eyes and cheeks along with your favorite mineral makeup essentials.

You’ll be the first to try exclusive products like the all-new Cream Shadow Quad as well as the new Blush in rush. In addition, the kit includes two new Jeweled Eye Pencil shades: sage and fizz.  Add travel-sized glo classics like Gloss in brown sugar and blushing, Water Resistant Mascara, Sheer Tint Base Illuminator, Lip Balm, and Perfecting Powder and you will be all set for a red carpet worthy holiday season!  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Holiday 2013: Cyto-luxe Collection

The new limited edition Cyto-Luxe Collection delivers the ultimate in luxury skin care in one beautifully-wrapped package. Indulge with three products designed to dramatically refine skin tone and texture- Cyto-luxe Cleanser, Cyto-Luxe Mask and Cyto-luxe Body Lotion. Each product harnesses the power and beauty of phytostem technology to revive, lift and tighten your skin.

Formulated with the ultimate combination of cutting edge actives, including plant stem cells, firming peptides and reparative antioxidants, this decadent trio works to promote smoother, softer skin. And now is the ideal time to start a new routine for gorgeous results in time for the holidays. In addition to the three full sized products the collection also includes an exclusive Mask Applicator. Get ready to pamper yourself this holiday season- your skin will thank you for it!

Holiday 2013: Bare to Blush Lip Gloss Tin

glominerals lip gloss tin

The holidays are the perfect time to add a little extra shine, sparkle and glamour to your everyday look and what better way to do that than with a pretty lip gloss! Whether getting ready for a holiday party or simply wanting to feel special running around town, the four glosses in the Bare to Blush Lip Gloss Tin are sure to please. These Gloss shades were handpicked by our artists to wear alone or in combination for this season's on-trend looks. The tin includes four full size Glosses in four of our most popular shades: star struck, whisper, naked and coconut. In addition they come packaged in a lovely limited edition glo minerals tin. This is also the perfect stocking stuffer for any beauty lover on your list!

All New Holiday Collection

Though we are still obsessed with all of the wonderful products from our Fall 2013 launch (hello Luxe Liquid Foundation and Cyto-luxe Cleanser!), we can’t wait a day longer to introduce this year’s holiday collection. One of the things we love about our Holiday 2013 Collection is that each kit in the collection includes something absolutely exclusive and beautifully wearable. You’ll also find stand-alone all stars like the Cyto-luxe Mask, the all-new Shimmer Duo in candle, or the best-selling Gloss in whisper in every kit.

We carefully selected each item in these limited edition collections to help you create your most illuminating and glamorous holiday looks yet. The collection was specifically designed to help you pamper and treat yourself while offering up to 62% savings. The 2013 Holiday Collection includes the Bare to Blush Lip Gloss Tin, the Illumination Kit, the Red Carpet Collection, and the Cyto-luxe Holiday Collection.

Take a look at the complete 2013 Collection here!

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Best of Ami Approved

Every Saturday we look forward to reading new skincare and makeup tips from our talented National Skincare Educator and Makeup Artist, Ami Shvartzman. In her weekly segment, Ami Approved, this lovely and talented lady shares her vast glo product knowledge, and trust us….she knows her stuff! Ami Approved  has quickly turned into a must-read segment on the blog due to Ami’s fun, energetic attitude and her inspiring passion for all things beauty. Here’s a quick roundup of some of our favorite Ami Approved posts. Which one is your favorite?

From left to right:

Also, be sure to take a peek at these two quick videos:
Ami Approved: Fan Brush
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