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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meet Hydraboost Body Butter: Our Newest Addition to M-61 Skincare!

Hydraboost Body Butter

I'm thrilled to introduce to you the latest addition to the M-61 Skincare Hydraboost collection - Hydraboost Body Butter! I designed this vegan hydrating body butter with our client-loved core Hydraboost formula of B5 and peptides to firm and nourish the entire body, and then added coconut oil for an extra boost of natural hydration. I use it daily to immediately firm and moisturize thirsty skin, right when I get out of the shower. It's my go-to for soft, firm summer skin. 

We're so excited about Hydraboost Body Butter that we're giving some away! Head over to our social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to enter to win the new Hydraboost Body Butter. I can't wait to hear what you think of it! 

Read more about the benefits of coconut oil in my recent blog post here

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What's In My Summer Bag?

This time of year, I always have a combination of these essentials with me. During the summer it's all about SPF, glowing skin, fun lip glosses and easy hair care! 
  1. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense Sunscreen SPF50: The family sunscreen for the face!
  2. La Roche-Posay Anthelion SX: My favorite moisturizing sunscreen for arms, legs and décolletage during tennis, running or biking.
  3. Caudalie Divine Oil: I use this before I go out for legs and arms hydration.
  4. Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist: Super refreshing! 
  5. R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo: A must-have for hot weather.
  6. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (in select stores): Perfect for that fresh-faced bronze look.
  7. NARS Undercover Lip Gloss in Get Dirty: Loving this fun Undercover collection for summer, with cute names and great shades.
  8. Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint: The easiest application and a light summer tint.
  9. This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm: Sandal season calls for a little heel rescue!
  10. Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint in Telluride (coming soon!): One of the best summer colors!
  11. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil UV Protective Dry Oil Finishing Spray (coming soon!): Light & delicious smelling UV protection for hair
  12. M-61 Skincare PowerGlow Peel: These go everywhere with me for quick exfoliation and glow!
  13. Lune+Aster Vitamin C + E Lipgloss in Rockstar (coming soon!): I throw this in my pocket on weekends if we are at a concert or a night out.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Body Moisturizer for Every Moment

Summer Moisturizer_Molton Brown

Recently I was playing double with my close friends and one of them pulled Molton Brown Rok Mint Moisturizer out of her bag and put it on her legs between sets. It was so funny to see the full bottle with a pump on the bench! The things we will do for hydrated and smooth legs! Here are some other favorites:

Summer Body Moisturizers

1. Hydraboost Body Butter. Coming soon! I designed this with our client-loved core Hydraboost formula of Vitamin B5 and peptides for firming, and then added coconut oil for an extra boost of natural hydration!

2. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion. An absolute Bluemercury client favorite post-pool or beach. It is the lighter version of the cult classic Creme de Corps. 

3. La Mer After Sun Enhancer. Has a hint of glow and glimmer that makes it perfect for daytime events – barbecues, weddings, anywhere!

4. Caudalie Divine Oil. I use this on my legs and feet after I am dressed, before I go out for shiny, healthy, sleek looking legs. Also perfect for arms, shoulders and dry elbows! It has a delicious scent, too.

Quick Tip: I love using a PowerGlow Peel on my legs before moisturizing to quickly exfoliate for  smooth, glowing skin!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A New Love: Outdoor Wedding Sunscreen

Those of you that know me know I am a sunscreen diehard. If you show up at our office Monday with a sunburn, you are sure to get a lecture from me. But I get it. Sunscreens feel like extra work and they sometimes feel so heavy. I had an outdoor wedding to go to last Saturday afternoon when it was 90 degrees outside. Allie, one of our beauty experts from Bethesda did my makeup.   When she asked me if I wanted a sunscreen under my makeup, I almost hesitated. Imagine that? I asked, "What is your favorite sunscreen to wear under makeup on a boiling hot day?" She told me, hands down, her favorite is ReVive’s new Soleil Superior Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen. She was right. It absorbed right into my skin and had a luminous finish. We used an M-61 Skincare PowerGlow Peel first to create a canvas of smooth, exfoliated skin.  Then, we used Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Flow Foundation (in select stores!) over it. My makeup was absolutely perfect all day and night. Thank you Allie and ReVive!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Genuine Glow – Exclusive to Bluemercury!

When the Estée Lauder team asked me if we wanted to do something unique and exclusive with them I jumped at the chance. The Genuine Glow line is perfect for all of us – time-starved, on-the-go professionals who want that healthy glow during the summer. I am in love with the products as many of them include new packaging technology inspired by some of the Korean innovations we are seeing.  Here is the lineup:

Reviving Oil Lip Tint:
To die for! Packaged in an easy-to-use twist stick for a quick, neutral, glistening lip. 
Eyelighting Creme for Eyes and Face:
This new “cushion” technology packaging makes these cremes easy and quick to apply. I love all three shades! Bare Blush is a soft, milky shimmer for eyelids and above the cheekbones. Gleam Glow is a fun highlighter for a hint of sun on the cheeks. Sweetest Thing gives a perfect bronzer glow.

Priming Moisture Balms – one for face and one for eyes:
Soft, blur primers that even out and prep the skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or CC cream!
Blushing Creme for Lips and Cheeks:
Two colors – a sheer coral (my favorite) called Peachy Keen and a sheer pink called Sweet Cheeks. They come in a stick so they are perfect for throwing in your bag and using on the run.
You can find them at EVERY Bluemercury and not anywhere else! So fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

7 Things I Love Right Now

The Family Sunscreen
I just restocked our SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. I make my kids carry it in their soccer bags and I use it pre-tennis. None of us will step foot at the pool or the beach without it slathered on our skin.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
Spring Cheeks
Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio – it’s the  perfect highlighting kit for a bronzed, sunkissed glow. I also love the fun new Laura Mercier Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers. My favorite color is Fruit Punch – a sheer pop of pink happiness.

Cake for Breakfast
We are cake junkies in our family. Our all-time family favorite is an apple spice cake from Moosewood’s Low Fat Favorites book. It’s the most natural we can find, and sometimes we make it gluten free with King Arthur’s Gluten Free Flour Blend. You can find the recipe here.

Time Out
Loving Yogi’s Relaxed Mind Tea (a new discovery) and This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. My kids keep stealing mine to use on their pillows!

Tina Seelig, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
My favorite graduation gift and the author of my favorite saying of all time: “Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.” Our whole family talks about this - when you are doing anything, big or small, you should step up and do great work.  

P.S.  I’m working on my Instagram agility – please follow me! @marla.beck

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite days. Not because I have a big brunch celebration or get great gifts. It just reminds me of my mom. And it reminds me of how much I love being a mom. My mom is partially responsible for my love of beauty products. She always hoarded samples from the department store cosmetics counters. I remember the miniature yellow Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotions from Clinique, the glamorous La Prairie samples that I was not allowed to touch, and the Chanel No. 5 vials. After I started Bluemercury, I got her hooked on La Mer and she swore the original Crème de la Mer was a miracle worker, all the way through her last days. 

Beck Family

It is our job to pass our knowledge to our children – beauty and other. I recently had the good fortune to take my oldest daughter, Ariel, to NYC with me to study some of the great beauty entrepreneurs, where we connected with Trish McEvoy and Bobbi Brown. On our way home, Ariel sketched out her plans for her own beauty company. I think entrepreneurship may be hereditary! (Just kidding, I wholly believe it can be learned.) 

Marla Beck, Ariel Beck and Trish McEvoy

I hope all of you spend today thinking of your moms, and if you are a mom, thinking about the magical power you hold to lead your child to the future.