Sunday, December 30, 2012

Peat Moss Mask!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

Give your skin a beautiful rosey glow without shoveling tons of snow!
(Ooh that rhymed)
100% natural Organic Irish peat is the main ingredient in ÓGRA Skincare Peat Face and Body Mask.
Peat re-establishes the PH balance of the skin and encourages blood flow through a tingling sensation, and appears slightly flushed.
(This is a perfectly normal experience as the science of an ion exchange is taking place and the bloodflow is increased on the surface of skin.)
Leave it on for 10 minutes, wash off with warm water - just remember to avoid your eye and lip area.
The peat is harvested from Raised Bogs which are available only in the center of Ireland.
These bogs have evolved since the melting of the Ice age and the peat on them is produced through precipitation only.
Peat is the material that is formed when plant remains partially decompose, kinda like the organic soil layer found immediately below the vegetation layer of a bog.
The layer contains 90% water and the remainder is dry matter. Due to the existence of an anaerobic condition on the bog, plant remains only partially de-compose. Creepy fact: the natural goodness that exists within the bogs vegetation also acts as a preservation substance.
In recent years, bodies hundreds of years old have been found in bogs, preserved well because of its scientific properties. The use of peat in beauty products began during the Roman Empire because of its rejuvenating benefits that come from the abundance of essential oils, humic acids, and lipoids contained within.

Friday, December 28, 2012

New look for the New Year!!!

By Heather Polyi. Owner/Lead Artist. Glam Spot NJ

So, we survived the apocalypse!
I say this in jest...

The Mayans really freaked a lot of people out!!!

All that drama aside, it's a new year!!!! 2013 is upon us!!!!

I'm ready for some NEWNESS for the New Year!!!

Ombré is not new... But has a new rich look...

Edgy futuristic cuts are fresh and fun...

Bold has taken over, no more relaxed BOHO glam...

Long and layered, short and piecey...
Shiny, luscious, beautiful color!

Let us go BOLDLY into 2013!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Little Bit of Christmas!

By: Heather Polyi  Owner/Lead Artist  Glam Spot NJ

I always struggle with the notion of "what I want for Christmas"!
Not because I want EVERYTHING, but because I truly WANT nothing!
 (these angelwings were made from paper plates!!!)
I have two beautiful daughters, a husband, a warm home. 
I don't really NEED anything more!
I hope their Christmas is filled with wide eyed wonder.
The ability to experience it through their eyes IS A GIFT!
With that said...
There are things I don't OWN that would be fun to have, not to mention fun to give...
I am a sucker for music.
The Lotus CD By Christina Aguilera is top on my list...
I am a singer, and love her voice and the song "Sing for me" is amazing, it is my theme song right now!
I wouldn't buy an expensive candle for myself, so I happen to appreciate a nice gifted candle!
These holiday candles by Dyptique smell like the season, and have a sophisticated elegance!
aren't they beautiful???
A complicated thing to purchase for friends, but MAC got it right this year!
ANYONE, would be happy to open any of these MAC sets!
I adore this collection!
I love Sparkley things, and love fingerless gloves... 
This is something I would never SPLURGE on....
so, they make the list!
   Versace, leather, fingerless gloves!
How Glam are these???? WOW!

Sweat suits by Twisted heart,

or Wild Fox

Speaking of Wild Fox, enter to win their $2000 clothing contest for the new year!
Hurry, Hurry...
But just know, you are competing with me... (lol) ;0

I love the magic in the air this time of year!
One of the best things you can do, is give a gift of a donation to Toys for Tots, The American Red Cross, or a local shelter...
Many organizations sell clothing, and your $ goes to a good cause!
My youngest daughter has Angelman Syndrome, my friend gave me a F.A.S.T hooded sweatshirt.  Her money went to the organization looking for a cure, and I got a great sweatshirt to spread awareness!
My daughter has a fund as well called, "team Lyra"
Shirts supporting her cause can be purchased here!
No matter what is on your wish list...
I wish you Peace, Love, happiness, and togetherness this year!
With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ


Friday, December 21, 2012

Making a magazine COVER

by: Heather Polyi   Owner/Lead Artist   Glam Spot NJ

Being asked by Rick Bard, Editor/Photographer of Manhattan Bride, to do the COVER was an honor!
Actually shooting it was an experience I will treasure for years to come.

Here is the video Behind the scenes...
Photographs by Elyse Marie Photography!

Click the link below to view.

With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

A Purr-fect Illumination

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

The shade 'Kitten' by Stila has been around forever. And it continues to live strong as more and more products are rolled out in the shade. It is the most widely known and best selling shades.  We blogged about it as a must have for all makeup collections, and now... Kitten has more then one look....

Stila shadows are known for their high-quality formula and texture, which can be worn wet or dry...
Kitten Glitter Eyeliner can be applied to lids, lashes, and everyplace else to give a touch of sparkle with a unique combination of glitter in champagne, rose gold, bronze, gold and pink. The easy-to-use thin brush instantly lights up your skin with twinkling multi-pearl glitter. This product also contains chamomile to soothe and improve skin's elasticity.

Smudge Pot in Kitten is the true genius of the bunch as it can be used all over in so many ways. This gel eyeliner and shadow is an alternative to traditional powder and liquid formulas. Apply it with a liner brush for precision or smudge it with your fingers for more complete coverage. It can eve be used as a primer or based to hold powder shadow in place. Don't forget to always close the airtight lid to keep the gel soft and pliable.
Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Color in Kitten is a gel-based primer, shadow and liner in one. This unique formula is infused with emollients for a smooth, comfortable application that provides long-lasting, bold color that won't fade or crease over time. The waterproof formula contains vitamin E to protect and condition, while aloe soothes and supports healthy skin.
All Over Shimmer Powder in Kitten can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter, cheek color and decollete with a luminous, youthful glow. The micro-fine pearl adheres to your skin, lasting all day, packaged in an easy-to-carry compact with mirror.

Set & Illuminate contains Kitten in powder form to be blended together with Pale Pink and Champagne to brighten and illuminate your skin. This baked trio of light refracting powders, packaged in a compact that evenly dispenses, provides effortless application. It can be worn alone or applied over foundation or moisturizer. A unique baking technique causes the binder to evaporate, creating a velvety finish and a lightweight feel for your skin. This powder also contains Vitamin E antioxidant protection and jojoba oils to help moisturize and condition your skin. Bonus - it's hypo-allergenic and paraben free.
All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer is a creamy, skin-enhancing luminizer that gives you a fresh, radiant glow. Soft focus pigments help diminish skin imperfections and minimize the appearance of fine lines and sun spots. It can also be mixed into face lotion or foundation for a touch of glow.
One Step Illuminate's oil-free formula melts into your skin and dries down, creating a gorgeous, illuminating glow. This revolutionary new formula contains three illuminating bronzers: Pale pink to warm the complexion, Champagne to highlight the skin, and Kitten to brighten and illuminate. This innovative triple-swirled helix serum instantly improves skintone, evens out your complexion and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles for a perfect complexion. Considered a primer, illuminating, and color correcting skincare serum, it contains Stila's Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex that instantly reduces imperfections, minimizes pores, and controls oil production.
Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten contains vitamins A, C, and E to supply antioxidant protection for healthy lips. Silk proteins in the ingredients make for smooth, moisture-rich wear, while ultra-fine pearl provides high shine and maximum comfort.
Lip Glaze in Kitten is a product that allows you to glaze your lips in just a few clicks with the gloss that created a cult following. With vibrant color and ultra-high shine, this is sure to become a staple in your bag.

I'm hoping they create a Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Kitten and a Major Lash Mascara in Black with Kitten flecks or something like that. They are also rolling out a new Rewards Program to include more points, more exclusive offers, and more members-only benefits. They also have a section for pro artists...

Monday, December 17, 2012


By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

Ok, It's the holidays....
Which means, every family member is armed with a camera, and every 5 min. you are asked to....
Make sure you're ready...
You know you are about to be "tagged" by your Aunt Marie on FB for all the world to see!
If your gonna rock those footed PJ's, at least get those pearly whites in check!
We all know CREST, and COLGATE...  Ever hear of, Couto Toothpaste?
Well, it was invented in Portugal in 1932, is still cleaning teeth today.
Best explained by Couto: "In the 30's, Alberto Ferreira Couto, with the help of a dentist friend, wanted to develop a product to reduce gingivitis infections and to limit the increasing number of gum disease cases.
The first formula of the toothpaste, registered in Oporto on the 13 of June 1932. Its success was almost immediate, the Toothpaste "Couto" entered in to Portuguese houses and started to be part of routine of the population. The Medicinal Toothpaste "Couto" was the toothpaste of the majority of Portugal, and today is still recognized for it's excellence.
It is still produced today, however in a half-artisan form (without ingredients of animal origin).  It keeps its original packaging design, and continues to be recommended.
Medicinal menthol paste with just a hint of sweetness.
Totally kissable.
And will have you ready to "SMILE"
With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Saturday, December 15, 2012

AMAZING, Local, GODDESS, Organic Skincare!

By: Heather Polyi  Owner/Lead Artist Glam Spot NJ
I can't tell you how excited I am to discuss these products!

We all have an inner goddess, and the line "I AM Goddess" taps into the essence of what it is to be a woman; our femininity, spirituality, health, and well-being!
This line carries a full line of Organics including BABY Products!

  • Blessings (Lotion)
  • Cosmetics
  • Elements (Sugar Scrub)
  • Facial Magic
  • Home
  • Poofy Polish
  • Potions (Body Spray)
  • Products by Goddess
  • Ritual Bars (Soap)
  • Rituals (Body Wash)
  • Spells (Massage Oil)

  • Have you heard about the formaldehyde in your nail polish?
    Does the toxicity of your nail polish remover drive you crazy?
    Try: Orange Ginger Patchouli nail polish remover
    and any of their beautiful shades of polish!

    I love soaps and scrubs that smell and feel good in the shower!
    Try ATHENA, Courageous Almond Clove, Ritual bar

    How did this line of Luxury Organic products come to be? 
    The story of this FAMILY journey is as amazing as the products they sell!

    Located at: 6 Franklin Place Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
    I AM goddess was born out of the necessity for bath & body products with decadence, safety, health and the empowerment of women.

      Each goddess essence is carefully selected and each scent and natural blend taps into your sences and effects your spirit!  It's more than "products" It's a family, and a "way of life"
    I AM goddess is all about luxury and indulgence without being extravagantly expensive or unsafe!
    I AM goddess came from POOFY ORGANICS which was founded in 2006 after one of the founding family members was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    The family was determined to stop using products laden with toxic chemicals.
    With no suitable alternatives to turn to, they decided to make it their mission to find the safest and most effective ingredients for their products.
    Commercial products are often filled with harmful chemicals, additives and fragrances are thought to produce irreversible harmful effects on the body and the environment.
    These products are safe for our world, children, pets and expectant mothers.

    They avoid "toxic" ingredients such as synthetics fragrances, parabens, triclosan, PEGs, Triethanolamine, Oxybenzone, GMOs and other harmful chemicals!
    They use recyclable and biodegradable packaging and Do Not test products on animals.
    Follow them on Facebook!
    With Love and Glamour
    Glam Spot NJ

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    A PURE Gift!

    by Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
    This is an adorable holiday gift idea!
    Not only is it's BASIC packaging adorable, it's BASIC "good for you" ingredients will say,"I love you, and your skin."
    S. W. Basics (formerly known as Sprout) Full Mini Kit is made with nothing but the most PUREST of ingredients.
    This means there's no need to pull out your Webster's to find out what's actually inside, and then being put all over your skin!
    The Full Mini Kit includes travel-friendly sizes of everything you need for an all-natural, sustainable, weekend getaway: Cleanser, Toner, Cream, Exfoliant, and Body Scrub.
    The products come housed in a Farragio cosmetics bag.
    The Cleanser is gentle, non-drying, and contains no alcohol or soap - perfect for sensitive skin. It smells fantastic, and it's made with a traditional organic rosewater-and-glycerin base, and a tiny bit of organic tea tree oil.
    Toner contains Raw apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, and essential oils of clary sage and sandalwood to neutralize pH, so your skin is less oily AND less dry.
    The non-comedogenic Cream will not clog your pores. It contains wild-harvested shea butter, some organic extra-virgin coconut oil and organic extra-virgin olive oil. Perfect for face AND body.
    Organic oats and almonds, combined with mineral-rich sea salt in their Exfoliant will leave your skin soft and glowing.
    The last piece of the kit, Body Scrub - which is made with coarse organic demerara sugar and organic shredded coconut for exfoliation with some moisturizing organic coconut oil.
    I kinda want to eat it!
    All of the ingredients they use are either certified organic, Fair Trade, or sourced from small family farms.
    They keep things holistic by preserving the integrity of their ingredients, keeping them as near to their whole, raw state as possible and making each product by hand simply, using only traditional methods.
    They pride themselves on providing "no-frills skincare", using the fewest possible ingredients for effective skincare.
    Fewer ingredients means higher potency and less of a chance for irritation, which is why their products are very effective even on super-sensitive skin.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Lined With Love

    By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
    Eyeliners infused with vitamins and anti-oxidants?
    Sign me up!
    Pencil Me In Cosmetics specializes in heavily pigmented, silky smooth applications with long-lasting formula, eyeliner.
    Eco-conscious and environmentally friendly, each pencil comes with a sharpener in the cap and comes in colors you rarely see done well, in eye-liners.
    Linda Eisner has been in the industry for 20 years perfecting her pencils with shades that range from toasty browns and smoky greys, to vivid purple to frosted shades of blue and green, to metallic bronze and subtle glitter.
    The pencil barrels are painted to exactly match the core color.
     The infusion of anti-oxidants and vitamins are included to help to protect the eye area from daily exposure to harmful elements.
    Anti-oxidants deactivate free radicals.
    In addition these pencils have natural ingredients and blended botanicals like Green Tea Leaf Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Lecithin, Shea Butter, Cacao Butter, Jojoba Oil, Wheat germ oil, and Safflower seed oil. They also include Vitamins A, B2, B3, C, D and E.
    Clinical data has shown that these vitamins and anti-oxidants added to the eye pencils help to keep the delicate tissue around the eye area soft and smooth.
    The line includes pencils for every occasion including Smokey Eyes, Bright Eyes, Glamourous Glitter, Pastel Shades, Red Heads, Brunettes, Blondes, Favorite Accent Colors, Cool Tones, Warm Tones, Dramatic Eyes, Subtle Glitter, and Cuts the Red Out.
    Try out the 5-Piece Set to start with black, brown, and an added bonus of the Pink Lady makes the deal a steal. Layering and/or smudging the shades for a sexy finish is also recommended.
    You might even be seeing these available at Glam Spot NJ in the NEAR future!
    We are very impressed with them!

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    No Washing Necessary

    By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

    It's actually not good for your hair, to be washed EVERY day!  Twice a week is what is reccomended.  This is where Dry Shampoos come in.  The look of oil build up on the hair shaft is not FABULOUS!  Clean your hair without water? Dry shampoos come in various shapes and sizes, but I think it's all about who you trust on your hair. We have 5 wonderful suggestions readily available at a beauty store near you.

    TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
    A full line of dry shampoos that revive style between washes. When you don't wash, natural oils and impurities build up along the hair shaft, making strands look greasy and flat or dry and frizzy. Formulated to absorb excess oil and remove odor, Fresh Start gives you a customized solution for clean hair without water. Volumizing, Strengthening, and Smoothing  Dry Shampoo, Moisturizing Foam, No Frizz Creme, and Refreshing Mist are all available in this complete line. Products are formulated with ingredients such as Mineral Clay, B12 Vitamins, Keratin, Vitamin H, and Silk Proteins.

    Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo
    Formulated with Cedar Bark Extract, from the mountains of Morocco, it smells divine–no supplemental perfume needed. This root thickening and volumizing spray refreshes and reinvigorates the scalp and hair. You can even use it between shampoos to add texture and replace dullness with vibrant body, or as a quick fix during the day to boost volume. It has has the least amount of powder for a dry shampoo to ensure that it can be used on all hair colors without heavy powder deposits. It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, or Triclosan. He also actually  released a perfume because his hair products smell so good.

    Klorane Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
    Made with softening and protective oat milk, this paraben-free, sulfate-free and sodium chloride-free dry shampoo cleans hair with natural corn and rice starch for powerful cleansing action, and natural microspheres (cyclodextrins) to eliminate dirt, oil, and odors. It's perfect for extending a blow-out and protecting hair color. Available in aerosol and non-aerosol bottles.

    Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
    This is the leader in this category! Natural Rice, Oat & Tapioca Starches absorb oil, dirt and product to effectively cleanse hair and scalp in this product. Tea Tree Oil treats the scalp while Lemon Verbena provides a fresh, clean scent. It's ideal for oily hair. This has been the go-to dry shampoo brand for everyone. The bottle shape lets you dispense a little at a time, without a full blast of a aerosol can.

    Batiste Dry Shampoo
    This dry shampoo comes in several flavors. Original, Wild, Blush, Fresh, Tropical, Lace, and their new Cherry, promise to banish oil and boost body. Light & Blonde and Dark & Deep Brown contain just a hint of color when used. A number 1 seller in the UK, this affordable dry shampoo is sure to become a sensation in the USA as well. 

    Enjoy...  And feel free to chime in and comment on brands you have tried, or if you try one of our suggestions.

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    Liposome??? What??????

    By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
    Lables on moisturizers is getting ever more sophisticated.  This moisturizer sounds fancy, but what is a liposome, and why do we care about it?
    According to the ever-trusted Wikipedia, "A liposome is an artificially-prepared vesicle composed of a lipid bilayer."
    Now we get it... (LOL) 
    All that really matters is, that now liposomes are being considered for use in certain dietary and nutritional supplements, and Michael Todd True Organics is utilizing them!
     Liposome Antioxidant Moisturizer with DMAE and Hyaluronic Acid has been developed as a moisturizing and firming cream that fights premature skin aging. It is made with organic ingredients and liposomes to transport antioxidants deep into the skin to restore and maintain a healthy glow. This moisturizer also counteracts sun damage and fights premature wrinkles.
    It is best to apply it twice a day to your face and neck. Organic ingredients include aloe, coconut oil, rose water, jojoba oil, rooibos tea, pomegranate extract, acai pulp, and vitamin E. Hyaluronic Acid (humectant) is included to attract moisture to your skin  to restor optimal moisture balance, while DMAE firms and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, those with oily skin should not use this, but never fear, there's a whole humgo line of other products for oily skin to choose from including an Antioxidant Carrot Multivitamin Serum.
    Something else that's really cool about this line, it was founded by Lewis Hendler, who also co-founded scunci International, the world's best known hair accessory brand. Plus, they have an amazing satisfaction guarantee, no-hassle return process. You use the product, find you don't like it after 2 weeks or 3 months, and return it for a full refund - no questions asked.

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    Aging At A Snail's Pace....

    By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

    No need to worry about the shell getting in your way with these snail slime infused products.
    Snail extract (Helix Aspersa Muller) is said to have amazing power to regerate, heal and protect skin because it contains glycolic acid, collagen, elastin, allantoine, and other natural antibiotics.
    • Glycolic Acid aids in exfoliation and removal of dead cells.
    • Collagen and Elastin prevent again and help to maintain skin's elasticity.
    • Allantoine has amazing regeneration properties.
    • Natural Antibiotics help to fight existing bacteria, such as that brought on by acne.
    While snail slime creams have been popular in Africa, Greece, and Korea for years, there are only a few that have brought them stateside, and we have them right here for you.

    Dr. Jart+ Time Returning Beauty Balm contains snail extra for a skin improving effect. Mucin, reinforces the skin barrier and improves the skin texture for sensitive skin. Total care is provided by responding to various skin problems relating to moisture, skin tone and pores, etc. The balm's thick formula glides on to provide full coverage to minimize pores and create visible firmness and elasticity. It also has whitening and anti-wrinkle properties for brighter, healthier skin appearance. Bonus with UV Protection SPF40/PA++. The hypoallergenic formula does not contain any parabens, formaldehyde, tar pigments or dioxane, and will not irritate skin. Dermatologist tested. Safe to use on sensitive skin.
    Labcconte Laboratories Premium Nourishing Snail Cream for Ladies is a newly enhanced pure snail product including EGF, Adenosine and Vitamine E that is an approved anti-aging product with hyaluronic acid. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) has an important role in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation by binding to its receptor EGFR. EGF stimulates the sub-dermal production of Collagen and Elastin. Hyaluronic Acid helps to diminish deep wrinkles and provides moisture to the skin. Adenosine stimulates DNA synthesis and increases protein synthesis. Results show skin with less wrinkles, and hydrated complexions. With 85% snail extract, it has one of the highest concentrations on the market. It is also known as a 'miracle cream' for sensitive and troubled skin - read the reviews for proof! This cream aims to mitigate wrinkles and provide rejuvenation, treat acne spots and scars, lighten and whiten skin, heal burns, mitigate stretch marks and spots, and be your go-to total moisturizer.
     Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask contains snail for cell renewing benefits for bright and healthy skin. The formula contains botanical stem cells to supply energy to your cells, and snail slime extract to provide vitality to the skin. This line of products does not contain preservatives. Snail slime contains natural healing and regenerative power when applied to recover from skin damage while strengthening the skin barrier in a natural way. Snail slime is a very precious ingredient since the amount of snail slime secreted from a snail for 6 hours is only 1g, and it can only be extracted from healthy snails born within 5-6 months.

     Would you put snail extract on your face?