Archives for February 2012

February 28, 2012

Coty Beauty’s newest fragrance “GUESS Seductive I’m Yours” is Exciting yet Elegant.

 

 

I received an invite to a fashion show during Style Week in Providence, RI.  Early morning after getting dressed, I applied “GUESS Seductive I’m Yours” and  was out the door to begin my day.  Being a busy mom of four, I took  the children to school, worked at my husband’s office for a few hours, went grocery shopping  and then went off to view all the new fashions at the show.

I loved the fact that this sexy and feminine fragrance lasted all day!  I  walked into the show feeling, confident and glamorous.  I received many compliments about the  captivating fragrance I was wearing.

Perfumer Pierre Negrin,  created “GUESS Seductive I’m Yours” to add to the Guess collection.  It is an oriental floral fragrance with a tiny hint of creamy musks and exotic woods.  This fragrance is more than a classic scent.  This  girly,  pink colored bottle with fishnet graphing and a dangling gold heart charm is perfect to display on my dresser.

When I returned home, the  most important compliment came from my husband. Seductive I’m  Yours, stole the show!

Coty Beauty also released its newest men’s scent called “GUESS Seductive Homme”, a fragrance designed for men.  My husband gave it a thumbs up, and coming from a guy who only favors  a few fragrances this is  a big compliment.  I loved it too!!   The fragrance has a  masculine, appealing scent, one I absolutely adore.  The bottle is very appealing as  well .  A  weighted gunmetal colored cap gives the bottle a distinct masculine appeal.

Gentlemen,  you  will find this bold and attractive scent  in an  After Shave Balm, Deodorant Stick and  Deodorant Body Spray.

Please visit  www.coty.com for additional information on their entire fragrance line.

 

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February 27, 2012

Burts Bees: Its all the “buzz” in lip care

Burt’s Bees lip balm is all the “buzz” when it comes to soothing, and replenishing dry chapped lips. During the cold winter months (yes, even Florida gets cold) our lips seem to be the most neglected part of our body. Made with 100% natural ingredients, Burt’s Bees gives our lips the look and feel of baby soft skin. One thing I love about this lip balm is the fact that it STAYS on when most lip balms wear off during the day; this one goes on and stays on.

When I was growing up and started to wear makeup, my mom would only let me wear chap stick because it had no color but gave the effect of wearing lipstick. So for all those “tweens” out there who are pestering mom to let them wear makeup, try some Burt’s Bees lip balm. You’re happy and mom agrees! Even men, who get dry chapped lips, shouldn’t feel embarrassed to reach into their pocket and pull out your “Burt’s Bees Lip Balm”. Your lips need loving too!

So next time you are in the store stocking up on your necessities, don’t forget to grab your Burt’s Bees and don’t forget to tell your friends what the “buzz” is all about.

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February 25, 2012

WEAR YOUR IRISH HERITAGE

THE LUCKY COIN NECKLACE FROM ISABELLE GRACE JEWELRY

A St. Patty’s Day Fave! This ISABELLE GRACE JEWELRY sweet freshwater coin pearl is accented with a mini gold vermeil or sterling silver disc. You can add a personal touch with your favorite semi-precious stone.

This piece retails for $45 and is available in gold or silver on a 16”, 18” or 20” (add $5) chain. Stone options include Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Crystal Quartz, Garnet, Iolite, Moonstone and Peridot.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry makes simple, beautiful, and elegant pieces inspired by the most important occasions in life. Celebrity fans include: Camilla Alves, Katherine Heigl, Tori Spelling, Alison Sweeney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Victoria Justice, to name just a few.

“Like”’ Isabelle Grace Jewelry on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/IsabelleGraceJewelry and follow on Twitter @igracejewelry.

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February 20, 2012

KEEP YOUR HANDS AND NAILS HEALTHY

Custom Nail Solutions Nail Expert Katie Saxton has Strengthening and Conditioning Tips to Freshen up your Nails During the Cold Months.

Winter weather is tough to endure, especially for our hands and nails. With the cold and dry temps ever-so-present, treat your extremities to some pampering with these health tips provided by Katie Saxton from Custom Nail Solutions. Katie’s offering her commentary on winter nail care through her complimentary tips and interviews. If your skin is dry and your nails are chipping easier than ever, see below for her advice on how to restore your winter-beaten hands and nails. Custom Nail Solutions has embraced the latest movement of personalized nails, allowing clients build their own nail kits that only fit their nail beds and customized to their liking. The kits are built out of indestructible thermo-plastic and guaranteed to never break, chip, crack or change shape. What a perfect solution for winter weather!

Try these easy steps to keep your hands and nails healthy with cold conditions.

DIET RIGHT:

Take in calcium, iron, protein, and vitamins A, B, C and D and your nails will gradually grow stronger and healthier.

Eat the right foods. Try fish, chicken, eggs, cheese, milk and plenty of fruits and vegetables. These are also great foods to keep you healthy overall! Take in a lot of biotin.

CONSISTENT NAIL MAINTENANCE:

Scheduling regular manicures is crucial during the winter months if you want healthy nails. You can schedule in-salon manicures, or do them at home. Both work as long as you are doing them regularly.
File, buff and massage the nails. Purchase a buffer, and start at the cuticle and move forward to buff the entire nail bed. The buff will keep your nails from cracking.

PROTECT YOUR NAILS:

Nail strengtheners and hardeners. Think of it as conditioner for your hair. It cuts down on nail chipping most of all!

Cuticle care. If you don’t want to spend money on name brand cuticle products, you can also use olive oil right from your kitchen! Whatever you decide, leave it on for five minutes to fully replenish your nails. Don’t wash your hands completely, allowing your nails to get the richest conditioning possible.
Use lotions to keep your hands moisturized. During the winter months, hands become drye r than we’d like. Use a few times a day and you’ll feel the difference.

Refuse the urge to bite your nails.

Don’t use your nails to pry open jars; find the right tool instead.

Check out Katie Saxton’s recent appearances with INDY STYLE, GOOD MORNING TEXAS, and CHICAGO WGN 9. Custom Nail Solutions was also featured on the Today Show with BOBBIE’S BUZZ.

The concept of Custom Nail Solutions was invented by a cosmetic dentist. The nails are custom fit from a personal impression, using dental putty, taken from each clients individual nail beds which are as unique as your fingerprint. They will fit no one in the world but her. This is patented, revolutionary nail product is sweeping the country with excitement and reinventing how women achieve nail beauty. You too can have a gorgeous set of nails as unique, beautiful and remarkable as the woman wearing them.

Custom Nail Solutions are made of an indestructible, high impact thermo-plastic guaranteed to never chip, break, crack or change shape. They are removable, reusable and will last your lifetime. Custom Nail Solutions are safe and nontoxic, and don’t expose you to harmful fumes and hazardous chemicals like acrylics and gel nails do. They also do not require any filing or drilling to the natural nails. They are thinner, stronger, reusable and virtually indestructible. Because they are everlasting, you will save thousands of dollars by not having to make expensive and inconvenient nail appointments.

The process is easy! Order your impression kit from customnailsolutions.com, schedule a professional manicure the day you do your impressions, follow the kit’s easy DVD and booklet, and send your impressions to Custom Nail Solutions headquarters. You will receive your custom-fit nails and your Application and Removal kit within one week. When your shipment arrives, use the convenient Custom Nail Solutions stand to apply polish/nail art to the nails, which can be removed with nail polish remover without staining the nails. The final step is to apply, enjoy and admire the transformation. If you need to reapply your nails after 2-3 weeks, use the kit’s quick and easy Soak Off Process.

The Impression System & One Set of Custom-Fit Nails retails for the new low price of $139 (originally $179), and comes with 10 finger trays, 2 spoons, 1 yellow impression material, 1 white impressions material, instruction sheet, maintenance system, and your beautiful Custom Nails. The Diamond Package ($345) includes the Impression System & two sets of nails, the Sonic Bath, an extra bottle of Soak Off, one free replacement nail re-cut, and a matching purse and wallet. Orders can be placed online at www.customnailsolutions.com or by calling toll free at 877-218-778 or locally at 817-416-7788.

Custom Nail Solutions gives you beautiful, natural-looking nails that are custom-made just for you. You can have lovely salon-looking nails on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home.

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February 19, 2012

Rae Cosmetics: Hot Enough to “Stand the Heat”

Rae Cosmetics are a mineral based cosmetic line that not only gives you that flawless  finish but actually stays put throughout your busy day. Whether you are a constant traveler,  sports enthuesist,  an on-the-go career or soccer mom, I would highly recommend Rae Cosmetics for an active lifestyle. I know your probably thinking,  “no way is there a makeup line that I can put on in the morning and not have to worry about”.   Well I can  assure you there is.

With my busy life, hectic work schedule and my very fair skin I needed to find a makeup line that made me look fresh all day and didn’t turn orange. When I tried the Rae bronzer I was  leary of how it would look. Not only did it give me a nice sun kissed glow but I didn’t resemble an orange pumpkin at the end of day. The compact comes with two shades of brown, (a darker and a lighter one), to  counteract each other and give that even glow.

Another concern I always have are my blonde eyelashes  and the right mascara to evenly cover and make them look longer  separating them for that full look. The first years of my makeup wearing days I tried everything and nothing seemed to work.  A few days after using this mascara I was amazed at how different my lashes looked. The wand for the mascara has wide set bristles making it easy to coat every lash getting  down to the very root underneath the eyelid.  I no longer have to put eyeliner under my eyelid to make them look fuller, the wand did that for me.

And of course the most important part of any look are the lips. I am not a lipstick girl, but I love my lipgloss as long as it doesn’t make my lips stick together. Rae Cosmetics has designed the right lipgloss for the job. With a nice vibrant shine and sexy colors, Rae’s lipgloss makes your lips look smooth and kissable. So next time you are in dire need of a “stay on” makeup line for your busy life, visit RaeCosmetics.com and discover the line that was created to “stand the heat”.

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February 17, 2012

A “Quick and Easy” makeover using glō•minerals !

Are you in a time crunch most mornings either getting ready for work, the kids off to school, or rushing to do whatever your particular agenda might be? I truly understand and I’m right there with you!

Did you know that you can multi task with products and do a “Quick and Easy ” makeup that will up your confidence level, and give you a nice finished look in no time, no matter how busy you are… has a new brush that I will use to create most of the “Quick and Easy” makeup techniques in this article. The other glō•mineral products that I use have the applicators that are needed right on the product! How convenient is that?

(Quoting from product information literature):
The Dual Foundation/Camouflage Brush
uses a small end to apply makeup in hard-to-reach areas of the face, and a large round end for overall foundation application, as well as concealer coverage around the eye. Rounded synthetic fibers are used to emulate the fingertips when applying makeup, working to give a flawless application.”
The feel of this brush is amazing and it’s such a great multi purpose tool!

You’ll be able go from this:


To this, in very little time using the “Quick and Easy” Makeup techniques.
I suggest you reference this “after” photo to get an idea of how the application should look as you follow the instructions below!

Let’s get started! Here is what I used and how I applied the glō•mineral products to achieve this “Quick & Easy” look.

1. On clean, moisturized, and primed skin, I applied a small amount of concealer with my ring finger (It’s the most gentle to use under your delicate eye area.) I then took the large side of the Foundation/Camouflage Brush and gently blended the concealer under my eye and faded it along the top of my cheekbone. Then I wiped the brush on a piece of tissue to remove any left over concealer.

2.Using the large end of the Foundation/Camouflage Brush, I applied my glō•minerals Pressed Makeup Base. If you want a fast, easy, and flawless looking base this pressed base (Quote) “provides sheer to full coverage with an exclusive blend of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, and Green Tea while delivering full-spectrum UV protection.” It is available in 21 shades covering the full range of skin tones.

I like to apply my base with the large round end of the Dual foundation /Camouflage Brush between my brows working up and around my forehead. Then apply down my nose and around each side of my face and lightly apply under my nose, around my lip area, and finish with my chin area feathering just below the jawline. Watch as your skin will take on a lovely even appearance!

If you have spot areas that might require more coverage use the smaller end of the Foundation/Camouflage brush, and address those areas. I will sometimes use this technique on the sides of my nose to mouth area for a nice highlighted look. Your face should now have a smooth flawless finish.

3.The Eyes are next and oh so easy to do! First use the large side of the Foundation/Camouflage brush. Apply a light coat of your pressed base on the complete upper eye area and lid to even out the skin color. Start from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. Wipe your brush on a tissue because now we are going to use the glō•minerals Bronzer in Sunkiss, for some definition!

I used the large side of the Foundation/Camouflage brush first with a light dust of the bronzer and applied it starting about 1/4 inch from the inner corner of my eye in a diagonal direction to the outer corner of my eye right to the top outer end of my eyebrow. (covering the lid and just a bit above the crease of my eye) This creates a nice wide eyed look to the eye.

I lined my eyes with the Brown glō•minerals pencil eyeliner. Get as close to your eyelashes as possible, and line both the upper and lower lid. This is such a subtle color you’ll never look over done. Then take the blending applicator on the other end of the pencil to smudge the lines to your desired depth. We all are different. I prefer a more defined line, but you need to achieve what is comfortable for you. I also take the blender applicator and smudge from the outer corner of my eye just above the crease of my eye. It’s very sheer because you are using the product that is already on the applicator from smudging your eyeliner, in the previous step. I always finish my eye with the small end of the Foundation/Camouflage brush to make sure the eye area is shadowed and not too dark by using the bronzer to soften the look. This might be a good time to check out the “after” picture to see how nicely it blends everything together. I know you’ll find glō•mineral products are very easy to work with! Remember we’re creating illusions that are very understated!

4. Are you ready for some enviable lips?! The product I used is the versatile Royal Lip Crayon in Empress Rose. Lightly line your lip, and with your fingertip smudge the color into your lip area. It’s a soft, feminine, and natural technique. Then blot if you want an even more natural look. Apply the gloss of your choice that will suit your mood or co-ordinate with what you are wearing. On my after picture I chose Lilac Luster, but I am never without Naked or Pink Blossom.

5. For soft, feminine youthful cheeks and a lifted outer eye corner, use your Empress Rose Crayon and put a small dot on your cheek area. Be very light handed because a little goes a long way, and you can always layer more! Blend the color up your cheek bone for a healthy glow. (Should you use too much, just take your Foundation/Camoulage brush with some base, and blend away any excess color.)

Then for the final technique on the outer area of your eye, touch a few tiny dots of Empress Rose just under the brow at the outer corner of your eye and blend it until it is just a soft glow of color! It’s magical for achieving a beautiful youthful image! (Remember just a touch!!)

6.To frame your eyes, use a glō•minerals Brow pencil with the brush applicator on the other end of the pencil! I use Taupe. It is soft, natural looking and very user friendly. Feather the color on your brows, and brush up and out very lightly to achieve a soft natural brow.

7. Finally, use the large end of the Foundation Camouflage brush, and lightly dust a bit of bronzer on your forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, and declotte” if you’d like to sport a healthy sun kissed look! Put your hands next to your face. If they are pale looking next to your face you can brush a bit of bronzer on them as well, but go lightly. That’s the whole point of this “Quick and Easy” look!!

Add some mascara, and you are good to “Go”!

Now remember…Whether I am teaching a seminar or working with a client, I always try to enlighten them to “Make it their own”! These are just detailed directions that take only moments and a few products to apply! It’s essential that you take what you’ve learned and adapt it to your style. Really have fun! It’s your face and “individual look” that you must strive to achieve! These are some shortcuts that will save you time, and you’ll look and feel terrific with all of the complements you’ll receive !

Better yet, you will be able carry a small cosmetic bag that won’t take up all of the room in your purse like mine used to! I’ve really learned to travel lightly these days !

Below is my “little” personal hand crafted Batik Cosmetic bag from Point Hope. I found it to be a “perfect fit” for all my “glō” products that I used in this “Quick and Easy” makeover. You can get one too, and find out more about Point Hope by visiting:
https://app.etapestry.com/cart/PointHope/default/index.php?search=cosmetic+bags

(Quote) The cosmetic collection formulated with natural high-pigment minerals, powerful antioxidants, and pharmaceutical grade ingredients for all skin types and conditions, including post-surgery is a division of glō•professional, the leading makeup, skincare, and spa brand dedicated to the professional and consumer markets.

You’ll be able to find a lot of information, learn about all the wonderful glō•mineral products available, and purchase them on their superb webesite:
www.gloprofessional.com

Credits for glō•mineral Logo and Product Images courtesy of :
www.gloprofessional.com

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February 17, 2012

It’s a Glam Thing welcomes Annie Hatcher!

Annie’s blog posts – COMING SOON!

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February 16, 2012

Reveal the Passion

 

Whenever my 16 year old daughter Adrienne and I are browsing perfumes, we always enjoy gathering our sample strips, bringing them home and trying to determine what our favorite fragrance was that day.  She throughly enjoyed the newest scent in the Halle Berry fragrance line, “Reveal the Passion”.  Halle Berry’s latest scent, “Reveal the Passion,” “unveils her sultrier side”, according to Coty Inc.  www.coty.com The scent of the perfume has hints of Italian Bergamot, Dew fruit, Freesia, Apple, White Champaca, Mangosteen, Branches of Okoume, Patchouli, and Musks.”   Adrienne adds: “I think this fragrance is perfect to wear on a date, a party, or even when you hang out with your friends.”  Halle Berry herself states that she “wanted to create a scent that helped empower women to reveal their passionate sides.”

 

Adrienne notes that not only is the scent beautiful, but the bottle itself completes the perfume. The design of the bottle really caught my eye.  The cap is a gorgeous shade of light pink with a jewel-like figure displayed at the top. The sides of the bottle have an interesting wave texture which flatters the tear drop shaped bottle. I loved the fact that “Reveal the Passion” is offered in a Body Lotion and Shower Gel. This fragrance  is featured in two different sizes, a 15 ml and a 30ml Eau de Parfum, and Deodorant Natural Spray.     Definitely one of my favorite picks.

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February 14, 2012

Pucker Up Buttercup Lipstick Trio by BORGHESE

Pucker Up Buttercup

No, that’s not my pet name for the man in my life, it’s the name of a sensational new line of  ‘Perla Duale High Impact Lipcolours” from Borghese, which became available this holiday season.   This lipstick trio comes in three luscious colors, and glides on smoothly and evenly leaving  a very nice opaque color on my lips with an incredible pearl shine.  Best of all,  lasting a long time too!!  I start the day with  a light color and end with a more bolder color.    I am very pleased with the results. There is a color for every mood.  I especially  love the fact that theses lipsticks contain Vitamins A, E and C, which is why my lips feel so soft,  silky and sexy, really!!!!

Now pucker up my buttercup………

please visit http://www.borghese.com  to view their extensive  line of beauty and spa products.

 
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February 13, 2012

Sexy Drinks for Your Valentine…

Looking for Some Sexy New Drinks for Your Valentine??

Linnea Johansson to the rescue!!!

Here are some of Linnea’s fave liquid dessert recipes for some Valentine’s Day fun…

“Boozy” Donuts with Creme Brulee topping

Donuts are the new cupcakes, and this is an easy way to “pimp” a regular store bought donut and take it from afternoon snack to fancy dessert.

6 sugar-covered donuts holes
1/2 cup of sugar
2 oz of your favorite liqueur

1. Heat the donuts in the oven at 250 degrees for
5 minutes.
2. On a plate, add the sugar, brush the top of the warm donuts with water and dip in the sugar.
3. Insert and fill the liqueur in multiple spots in the bottom of the donuts using a small turkey baster/or cake decorating tool.
4. With a creme brulee torch, burn the sugar/cinnamon top of the donuts to a hard sugar topping.

Tip: if you don’t happen to have a creme brulee torch at home, don’t fret simply broil the donuts in the oven till the sugar has melted

Serve right away while warm, a good tip is to let the guests watch while you are putting the finishing touches, their mouths will be watering and you will look like a pro in the kitchen!

Adult Snow Cones

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites and a very sexy valentines “liquid” dessert to boot

1 cup Xante Spirit
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups strawberry puree
8 cups ice

Strawberry Puree:
1 cup sugar
2 cups cleaned & cut strawberry’s
1 cup water
– in a small pot add the strawberry’s, sugar and water. heat up and let it boil on low heat for 5 minutes. add to the blender and puree. If to thick ad a bit more water.

Serving:
1.Crush the ice into a fine as possible snow like consistency, a margarita mixer works great for this.
2. Place the crushed ice in a small drinking glass. Pour over a shot equal parts of fresh lemon juice, the strawberry puree and finish with a shot of Xante.

And while you have the Xante (one of my favorites 🙂 handy from your last recipe try making a hot toddy.. The pear and cognac blend works excellently with apple cider.

Xante Hot Apple

Makes 1 serving
2 oz Xante Pear Cognac
1 cup of fresh apple juice or cider
1 cinnamon stick

-Add the apple cider to a small pot along with the cinnamon stick. Heat on low for 10 minutes, take of the heat. Serve in a mug, and pour in the Xante, and serve steaming hot.

We here at It’s a Glam Thing would like to thank Linnea (www.linneajohansson.com) for her suggestions. I am looking forward to trying them all!

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