Monday, September 1, 2014

Confessions of a Product Junkie: The Nail Mask Experiment

I know what you’re thinking Glammies. The nail mask thing is a little extreme. Take it from a nail naturalista, nail polish and  all the harsh removers will suck the life out of your nails much the same as the artificial nail enhancements some of us swear by. My own obsession with ever changing nail colors was beginning to take its toll. The cracks and dry patches on my nails were all too real and my manicures had an uber short life.

It was time for something new so I decided to try Julep’s Nail Mask. Moisture packed little finger pockets (LOL at that description) filled with all the bomb ingredients. Vitamin E, Aloe, Collagen, Shea Butter, and Botanical Oils are all part of the luxury line-up. If you're wondering about the time commitment, you only have to spare 30 minutes of your hectic schedule for a little nail paradise. Don't worry, you can still text and check your insta! 

So what’s my verdict? I did my treatment right before my manicure for some TLC and I was pleasantly surprised by the instant improvement in the condition of my nails. My nails and cuticles were super moisturized and I was ready to get shaped up, cleaned up, and polished up (I chose nude with a bright pop of yellow).

You can find this gem on Julep’s website where a 5 pack of nail masks (good for 5 treatments) will cost you 10 bucks right now, which is not too bad for bringing your nails back to life. J

Mask at work...

This week's Mani...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Miracle Product Alert: Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil

I am pretty traditional when it comes to my skin care routine. I’d heard all the great benefits about using face oils and the oil cleansing method but still wasn't 100% sold on the idea. 

 When my Julep Maven Box arrived stocked with a full size bottle of their Bareface Cleansing oil, I was excited but skeptical. LOL. I decided to use it for my toughest cleansing job; removing my make-up and was super SHOCKED! EVERY ounce of makeup came off leaving soft supple skin! Seriously Glam-ettes, I was pleased with the results.

SOLD! I finally found a method to completely remove ALL of my makeup, even mascara without the raccoon eyes and feeling the need to use sand paper. LOL!

This product is GLAM approved!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Glam Girl's Winter Beauty Rescue Kit

I’ve had it with Old Man Winter and his foolery Glam-ettes. He reared his ugly head in Haute-lanta this week and most of us Atlanta based glam girls were stuck at home for days. Ugh! The struggle. So this weekend I ventured out and purchased few items for my winter beauty needs. 

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps - I have been waking up in agony every morning from dry, itchy, flaky skin. I have spent the past two months or so trying EVERYTHING to keep my skin hydrated like I am used to. Nothing  has worked! Even my faithful Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. No Bueno! I finally decided this weekend to try out the super moisturizer Creme de Corps  by Kiehl’s. I must say that I have been having some insta success! Yass honey! I woke up this morning to zero ash and zero itch! Can somebody say convert?!?

GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment - Listen, if you are looking for a face mask/treatment that will change your life and how you feel about skin care then check out the products from Glam Glow. I recently fell in love with the newest addition to the product line and had to re-up my supply this weekend. The ThirstyMud is an intense hydrating treatment that can be used as an overnight mask or as a quick fix that may be rinsed off after about 10-20 minutes. I  happen to  prefer the former method. After using this pot of gold for the first time, my sister asked me what I did to make my face look so “snatched”? I die! She raved about how supple and young my skin appeared!  They did that!

Phyto Phytokarite Ultra Nourishing Mask - And now for my hair… I never made it to the salon this weekend and I know I really needed to. I am still fully weaved up but I thought my leave-out needed some TLC after this icy week. Although I didn't actually purchase this product, Sephora was super generous with the samples and I  was able to get what I needed to do a good trial. If you know me well then you know that I am a HUGE fan of hair masks. They are always uber hydrating and add lots of shine. Well this product is no different. My hair is 100% natural and so my leave-out especially in the back can get really dry and may I dare say coarse. The mask was a great hydrating pick me upper for my strands and I am good to go. 

Stay tuned for more winter beauty treats! If the winter continues like it has been, something tells me we will need a few more rescue items. Stay Glam my loves! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Sephora Stakeout

What do Glam Girls do for the 4th? Well before we get ready for the big eats at whatever BBQ we are invited to, we plan a beauty stakeout of course! JK! But that’s exactly what the Sissy and I did this past 4th of July. After receiving an e-mail that the Sephora at Perimeter Mall right here in Haute-lanta, had re-modeled, re-located and would be giving away 100 gift cards to snag some beauty gems, we decided that this event deserved some of our time.

So we braved the early morning, joined the line (we were numbers 38 and 39) and waited patiently for the doors to open! And guess what? We scored majorly! I got a $50 gift card and sister got a $25 treat. How did we spend our winnings you may be wondering? I bought a bottle of my fave Marc Jacobs Daisy, used 100 of my insider points to snag a bottle of Ole Henriksen Youth Activating Oil, and received my free bday gift which lucky for me was a travel sized tube of mascara and a glow stick. My sister used her winnings towards a tube of Too Faced “So Berry Sexy” lipstick, and a few mini nail lacquers that retailed for just 1 buck a bottle. Talk about a steal!

Overall the event was FAB! Great DJ, Great energy, and I was able to meet a few other beauty addicts out there! We had a Glam 4th

One of my Beauty Snags! 
Sister's Fab New Lip!
Beauty Addicts Unite!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Miracle Product Alert! ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville

Available at Sephora Stores

Greetings GG’s! It’s the Queen of exfoliation checking in! I know I preach the exfoliation sermon often but this simple step is critical for the health of your skin and its overall appearance. You know that girl that piles on layers of make-up on rough skin? Boo! No Bueno Glam-ettes!

I decided to step outside of my beauty box and try something new. I ditched my budget friendly Queen Helene facial scrubs for a while to try the ultra luxe ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville. Amazeballs results Glam Girls! I noticed softer more supple skin after my first use. I got my glow on! For my Glammers with more sensitive skin, you may feel a slight tingle after your first try, so be gentle!

Now for the biggie... how much damage will this beauty splurge do to your wallet? The product is available in 0.5 oz, 2 oz, and 5 oz size options and prices range from $22 - $175. A little goes a long way though so you can def get your moneys worth. If you are still a little leary about taking the leap, ask for a sample of the treat first and try it out. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Between The Sheets... Of InStyle

The White Hot Manicure

From time to time I come across some pretty interesting info during my “beauty reads”. I decided to start a new "Between The Sheets" series to keep all of my fellow Glammers in the know.

This month InStyle has named "White Nails" as the go to mani trend for the Summer. White nail polish has been a staple of mine for years. It goes with EVERYTHING and provides a great base coat for funky designs just in case you wanna spice things up!

Here are InStyle’s tips for a flawless white mani:

1. Apply a quality base coat to help with the smooth application of your polish and for the ultimate chip control. I still love my CnD base coat. Instyle raves about Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Base Coat.

Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Base Coat; $10 at Sephora

 2.  In between coats, brush on a mattifying base coat to help minimize any streaking in your final coat. InStyle's Pick: Essie Matte About You topcoat.

Essie Matte About You; $10 at Ulta

3. Apply your final coat and paint on a shiny topcoat for a flawless finish! 

Nail polish crush: Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in Amazing Grace. 


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