Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The beauty behind "the beauty"

By: Heather Polyi  Owner/Lead Artist Glam Spot NJ
This is Lyra!
She is the reason Glam Spot NJ exists!
I have 2 girls, The older of the two keeps me on my toes with church choir, cheer, and just being 7!!!! 

But Lyra, is the reason I could no longer handle a "typical" job within my career.  
As we were increasingly coming to the reality that Lyra would need numerous therapies each week, and doctors appointments all over the US, I left my business manager position with an amazing line at the flagship Saks on 5th Ave. they could never allow as many sick days my new life would require!

Funny enough, at that time when I left what I missed most was no longer being right next to St. Patrick's Cathedral where I prayed everyday, sometimes more than once... My pay check was good sized but I missed the church!

I had often talked about opening my own place... Where instead of managing large businesses with the ideas of others, I could truly build my own business with all the varied knowledge I'd collected across my lengthy career!

Then came Glam Spot NJ!  
I tell you this ONLY to share the blessing!
Lyra is going through another round of specialized testing and we have gotten some news that well, could be better....  But I wanted to show what she has DONE!
The blessings she brings!

Lyra has brought so many blessings!
(More than I will list for this blogs purpose LOL)
The courage to Just do it!!!  
The strength to handle anything!!!
And compassion....
Lyra is pure love!
She has taught me more about the word love than I had learned in my entire life!

I believe, when something is started with love, it can only grow and spread!  
Our clients become family!  That is no accident!
You can't just be a great artist or hair pro to work at Glam Spot NJ our people possess something more!!!  The love of volunteering in the community, and compassion.  Attributes that can't be taught!

Our pink hair for hope campaign raised $100 towards a Glam Spot NJ's client and"cancer survivor" walk team!
We embrace community events...

Face-painting at Forrest school, working the "talent show" at Camp Fatima, doing hair and makeup for the kids' performances, sponsoring our local classic car show, providing makeup and hair for Just Cheer's haunted house! Etc...

We treat our public works with the same attention and care as work that has dollars attached to it.

We treat your moments with great care... And love...
A trait you just don't find in business today!

We carry products we believe in, not just to make money....  and always work to surpass your expectation!

I write this today to share this blessing with you!!!  
Lyras pure love has blessed me, and now so many others... 
At this time of year when magic is in the air...
Walk with a little extra love, 

With Love and Glamour,
Glam Spot NJ

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vibrating Beauty!

By Heather Polyi, with research by Bridget Hudzik, Glam Spot NJ's Beauty Guru!

There are plenty of jokes I could make but I will refrain, as much of the world is hooked on these VIBRATING crèmes!
We have seen vibrating Mascara wands, hand-held face washing tools, and now a "buffer".
Japanese and Korean products currently utilize this type of tool with their BB and CC creams, but it hasn't become the rage in the US yet.
Currently vibrating beauty, is appearing State side as a "buffer"...
(AHEM... excuse me I cleared my throat...)
 The UK based brand pop beauty introduces the Buzzing Beauty Buffer.
This tool allows you to blend whatever you want into your skin.
(insert joke here... LOL)
 liquid, cream, mousse or powder blend perfectly onto your skin while de-puffing and improving circulation. It is specifically designed to be used with POP’s CC Cream, but it's uses are numerous.
The kit includes an auto vibrating applicator with anti-bacterial sponge, lithium battery, and a refill sponge.
Using the buffer is quite easy - simply dip the sponge into you favorite formula, (or apply the makeup directly onto your face first) next, press the button to activate the buffer, then follow the included face chart, showing you the correct circular motion, to massage cosmetics onto your skin.
Don't forget, to make sure to turn off, and replace the cap after each use.
*Of course it's easy to clean, simply twist the base of sponge to remove it and wash with a mild shampoo and warm water. (note: use baby shampoo or baby wash.)
POP Beauty is sold in Ulta stores throughout the USA
Let us know if you try this new "vibrating" beauty tool!
With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chase $250,000 Grant!

By Heather Polyi

Glam Spot NJ is my BABY... I mean my Business.... (lol)
We are currently TRYING to get a $250,000 grant from Chase bank!
to vote click here.... https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/72774

We are so different from every other studio out there!
We are a proud part of our community, and participate in community events.
Donating services and goods for fundraisers, and to benefit local children.
Annually we donate our services to a local River Road Dance Studio, called Dance Designs.  For one finally we actually transformed 70 dancers into "Thriller" zombies.
We donated makeup services to The Elmwood Park Project Graduation Fashion show, and baskets for fundraising Tricky Trays for numerous organizations.

Last weekend we sponsored a trophy for the Classic Car Show driving new customers into the community.  We are a proud member of our Chamber of Commerce, and River Road Improvement group.  Proudly we have been featured in our local Community News, and in our local Patch. 

We raised money for one of out Breast cancer Recovery clients, for her walk team at our most recent event 2 weeks ago, and were proud to do so!
We do these things not out of obligation, but out of our belief in giving back, and community support, and old fashioned good will!
We do business the old fashioned way, Caring for our clients!

Our modest studio goes without hair chairs, we even have an empty wall where a canvas picture should go.... but we simply have not been able to afford those things.
Yet, we continue to volunteer and donate!

Please take the 10 seconds it takes to vote...
share this with your friends....

and check out our WORK online @ http://glamspotnj.com
we are leaders in our industry, and our clients are the spotlight!

This Grant will allow us to get those hair chairs as mentioned above (LOL)
adorn the walls...
purchase on hand stock to address clients needs in the moment.
Have Studio hours with trained staff on location to service.
and overall improve and grow!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a community WE CAN GET THIS GRANT!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Get your Beauty Sleep!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
Honestly this needed to be posted today because Beauty sleep is a MUST!!!!!!
I can conceal, and shellac over dark circles... BUT, It's more then that!
It's like my skin is JUST BLAAAAHHHHHHH!
"Beauty Sleep" is more than just an expression: it's science.
A study published in BMJ (Brittish Medical Journal) said;  
"Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested," wrote the researchers. "This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues."

While the long-term effects of poor sleep on overall health have been widely researched, this is the first study to provide evidence that in the short term, sleep deprivation does in fact show up as a discernible change in facial appearance.

I'm in trouble....

So, because I sometimes have trouble falling asleep and I don't want to feel awful the next morning from a sleep aid, I am always on the hunt for a "natural" approach!
Le Couvent des Minimes has something for those who also need their beauty sleep!
Good Night Pillow Mist contains lavender and acacia to help relax and unwind after a busy day. The Original Recipe combines relaxing and purifying essential oils of Lavender and Mandarin for relaxing, Ravensara for soothing, and tea tree for purifying, to help produce serotonin, which in turn helps the body fall asleep.
The encouraged reparative sleep lends to a calm and rested mind upon waking. There are lots more relaxing recipes with Lavender and Acacia on their website. Read the story of the Minim Brothers and how it all started in 1613. Bonus - they donate a percentage of their annual sales to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary charity.
So go forth and get some much needed "Beauty Sleep"
With Love and Glamour

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The "Beauty" of a photo shoot!

By; Heather Polyi  Owner/Lead Artist  Glam Spot NJ

The beauty behind the photo shoot!
First, Ashley the model is exquisite!

Factor in the conditions your shooting in and " the look " of the fashions...
We were working with a designer and knew the clothes in advance.
Ashley, had pink nails...  So I coordinated her lip with her nails!

This is my set up, sangria and all!
Ashley spoils me!

To start I curled her head in sections...

Then pulled it up in a sophisticated way...
The clothing was conducive to this look...
And it was an outdoor shoot in 100 degrees!

Dark along her lids and lighter as it goes up with colors to make her eyes look "greener"

Here is the results!

Photography by Huascar Fiorletta
Hair and makeup by Heather Polyi from Glam Spot NJ
Dresses by Weiling Cheng
Jewelry by Samantha Cham

Monday, July 8, 2013

Beach ready legs!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

Tis the season to go swimming!
Get your legs beach ready!
When you shave, more blades is not necessarily better!
Nicks and cuts are no more... with Somersets Women's Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil.
With continued use this unique formulation of natural oils (Hybrid vegetable Oil, Menthol , Fragrance, Aloe Vera, French Lavender Oil , Sandalwood Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Corianda Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Rosemary Oil, Ylang Ylang, and Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil) will soften the hair, moisturize your skin and leave you feeling refreshed and silky smooth.
The oils lubricate the blade, for a cleaner, closer shave. And their natural healing properties help prevent irritation, while leaving your skin feeling refreshed and more alive. Try it and be amazed at how your razor glides over your skin, for your closest shave yet.
Now your ready to walk the beach with confidence!
With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Its 100 degrees! Help for your hair!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

Thank you AG Hair!
Their Frizzproof argan anti-humidity spray keeps out frizz and creates an invisible, weightless shield over your hair.
You had me at anti-humidity!
Infused with argan oil, it leaves hair shiny, silky soft and smooth.
The formula contains Copolymers to add light hold, high shine and humidity resistance, yet rinse out of hair easily without residue or build-up.
Phenyl Trimethicone adds incredible lightweight shine, while Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is a PABA-free sunscreen that protects hair from UV rays.
There's also Argan oil, which is sustainably sourced fair-trade organic Moroccan argan oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E keeping hair smooth, soft and repaired.
Bonus: the ingredients are also CFC-free (ozone safe), fast-drying, low-alcohol formulation doesn’t dry out hair. It's so easy to use as well by simply spraying liberally over dry, finished style, ensuring every strand is weather-protected. Spray as often as needed.
While you have just enjoyed using the "magic" spray for SUMMER, your purchase is also helping woman!
"When you use any AG Smooth product, you’re helping women in one of the poorest regions of Morocco lead change.
That’s because the argan in Smooth is sourced using sustainable and organic farming methods and is produced by local women of the Berber tribe.
The income these women receive gives them independence, supports their families, and helps educate their children.
Please visit aghair.com/women-leading-change, for more information."
With love and Glamour!
Glam Spot NJ

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two-Phase Makeup Remover

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
I've got another choice in makeup remover for you, Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy Dual Formula Eye Makeup Remover. This two-phase formula is enhanced with calming white lily that is flawlessly suited to the sensitive eye area. These two phases do away with makeup and impurities in a single step without leaving a slimy film on the skin. The oily phase is composed of natural moringa and cotton oils. It immediately melts makeup, eliminates impurities and softens the skin. Vitamin E protects the skin from aging by fighting against free radicals. The aqueous phase, includes a base of purified water, is enriched with soothing white lily and cornflower water which decongests the skin. For complete protection of the entire eye area, it also contains D-Panthenol to strengthen and protect lashes. The formula contains no parabens, surfactants, fragrance or alcohol, and is suited for sensitive eyes and/or contact lens wearers. The Clinica Ivo Pitanguy in Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1963 by the now-legendary Professor Ivo Pitanguy with the objective of providing global VIPs with aesthetic treatments and cosmetic surgery in an atmosphere that prizes beauty, ethics and mastery of technique above all else.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Break Travel Essential!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

This Voyage kit is Free of toxins or synthetic compounds... PERFECT, cuz GOD ONLY KNOWS the toxins your putting IN your body on Sprin Break....
Just kidding, I'm sure all you Spring Breakers are drinking water, and eating salad lol.
Earth tu Face is here for you!  Their focus is on creating a purely plant-based 100% natural skincare line. It's all home-grown from the ground up, intentionally choosing plants that heal, restore and rejuvenate skin cells. We are coming into travel time and their Voyage! Travel Kit is the perfect way to keep your skin healthy while away from home.
This 3-piece kit contains Hydrate + Nourish Body Butter with Virgin Coconut Oil + Cardamom, Gentle + Pure Face Wash with Palma Rosa + Aloe, and Nourish + Balance Face Serum with Blue Chamomile + Carrot Seed. Bags that contains the products are available with the Earth tu Face logo in Black, Aqua or Red.

All of their products are made from 100% plant-based, food grade ingredients chosen to heal your body and our planet, and contain non-GMO, plant derived Vitamin E, organic beeswax, organic, virgin cold-pressed oils, and plant extracts hand chosen by herbalists. All products are free from alcohol, added Water, cosmetic grade ingredients, chemicals, fillers, fragrances, genetically modified ingredients, palm oil or derivatives, preservatives, synthetic ingredients, toxins (any kind), and refined oils.
They've got a great glossary of all the good stuff they use in their formulas!
The Packaging is even reusable, compostable and recyclable made in the USA.
They use glass that can be repurposed, (labels peel off easily and can hold spices, herbs, jewelry after your Earth tu Face product is gone), recycled or even composted.
Huge plus - no animal testing. They believe you should never put on your skin what you would not put in your mouth.
Hope this introduction is just in time for your travels...
Or for your at home routine!
With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Soap and Glory have a Mantrap!!!!

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

The iconic fav's that graced us with their "presents" at the holidays, are back and brought their friends!!!!

The entire Soap and Glory line is available at Sephora, I was there today for the unveiling!

(Sephora in Paramus Park of coarse). It's quiet, clean, and everyone is awesome there... Just sayin'

I digress....
The cute names and packaging are just as great as the products themselves...
The story of this brand, I had to steal right off their website... It's impressive!

"Soap & Glory has been supporting the Clean of England since 2006, when founder and serial suds-loving entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore used her cosmetic chemistry savvy to bring, fearless, and fantastically formulated bath, beauty, and body products to the British. Kilgore is widely renowned as the skincare expert’s expert. At 26, she opened her first big business – New York’s famous Bliss Spa.

(That's right!!!! Bliss Spa!!!)

She’s performed thousands of treatments on her ‘regulars’, top beauty editors, and an A-list roster of celebrities (including Madonna, Demi Moore, Calvin Klein, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman and Oprah). She can tell you WHAT REALLY WORKS, and knows what lifts a skincare, body or cosmetic formulation from average to fabulous.

Most importantly, she believes that a good laugh can take off as many years as a good ‘lift’.

Within weeks of Soap & Glory’s first launch, the word – and the gloss – on almost everybody’s lips was the (now iconic) super-plumping Sexy Mother Pucker™. Soon after, Soap & Glory’s Righteous Butter™ Body Butter was voted Britain’s Best Body Butter* and our Make Yourself Youthful™ anti-aging peptide serum took The Times beauty awards gold star. The bar was set high. And every single Soap & Glory product that followed has been brilliant.

But it’s not all foam and frivolity.
Last year, Soap & Glory kicked off a 2-MINUTE RINSE™ campaign. A quick, easy to do 120-second shower became de rigueur for those worried about the approaching global water shortage. And so, Soap & Glory always suggests – whether you’re using Soap & Glory or other people’s products – shorter showers.

Now proud purveyor of an absolutely fabulous full range of beauty, body and bath-stuffs, Soap & Glory recommends putting your products on with happiness and abandon, because they believe while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn’t matter absolutely."

I couldn't agree more!!!!!

So I love this line!!!!

And then.......
This happened!
The lipstick "mantrap"!!!!

For those of you that don't know...
I worked for a brand called Prescriptives.
I was a custom blender.... I even custom made gloss and lipstick!

My friend Everett suttle had his fav. Channelle Mayers had hers, and I had mine! It was named "man trap".
It was a running joke the three of us and the names of our shades...

Now it's an official shade and my intellectual property has been stolen!
:( j/k
I actually like their version...

So on that note, this is a must try line, with a lot to offer!!!!


With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Raw and Naked

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

I'm talking about shea butter, you silly goose! Where is your mind wandering...

Hazelwood Soap Company makes this super ah-mazing raw organic shea butter. A great treatment for the dry and damaged skin thes COLD weather conditions create!

Chapped lips, cracked hands and feet are no match for this stuff!
Even... scars, burns and even stretch marks. Its an amazing natural moisturiser well known for its skin healing properties.

A family owned business, Hazelwood Soap Company specializes in artisanal bath, body and home products utilizing natural ingredients and essential oils.

Products are hand-made in small batches, as their budget is not spent on costly advertising, but rather on quality oils, organic shea butter, and superior packaging. They are only a phone call or e-mail away to providing you with the benefits of aromatherapy.

Miami Vice?? GLOSS!!!

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

Lets Discuss the hottest gloss to hit the scene!

BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss!!!
Available in 6 shades (expanding to 9 shades)

With names as fun as the shades...
Miami Vice, Malibu Punch, and Hotel California to name a few...

They are Lush and luxurious...

The silky formula glazes lips in a long-wearing layer of bold colour and brilliant shine, yet feels completely weightless and tastes slightly like cake!

I like cake! (Lol).

AND, Yes, I said Long wearing!!!!

The colors are gorgeous, and as your testing them... One is prettier then the other, and it's hard to decide!!!

The weightless texture goes on smooth, with HIGH gloss, that isn't sticky!!!!

For real, it actually feels conditioning!

Formulated with antioxidant Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate while emollient oils provide glide, slip and comfort on the lips.

Dermatologically tested
And... Free of Parabens!

Artist Tip
Matte trend!
Apply your favorite shade of Ultimate Colour Gloss, then pat a small amount of translucent or setting powder over your lips using your fingertip or a lip brush. Blot lips together...

Want FUN lips?
Pat on on a bright eyeshadow!

These are the best glosses I've tried! My new fav.

P.s, we carry them here at Glam Spot NJ!
Come in and find your new shade!
Mine, is Miami Vice!!!

With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lip Sorbet

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
The new and improved formula of MOR's Sorbet Lip Macaron will leave your lips completely moisturized. The soothing and hydrating combination is formulated with Vitamin E to nourish lips, Beeswax for healing, with a subtle shine.

The last time I discussed MOR I was trying out their Lychee Flower soap.

Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction to it, and could not use it.
A reaction to what exactly?
I have no idea.
I've never gotten so itchy from a soap before - ever!

Does it mean I won't try something else from MOR?
Does it mean you should be discouraged to try something from MOR?

Listen, there are choices for a reason... Cosmetics are not one size fits all!
This lip Sorbet is fantastic!
The feel, the flavor and in covetable packaging! lol

They also support TLC for kids, which is a leading national children's charity providing immediate distraction and urgent support for sick children and their families in and out of hospital.
Anytime a company is doing right by me with ingredients, and to the community, especially children!!!!
I'm tryin it!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A VODKA lip and cheek Tint!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

Lip and cheek tint made from herbs in - Vodka?!
Meet herbalist Isa Brito, the brains behind Isa's Restoratives, a line of wild-crafted organic concoctions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Her own private garden contains herbs that are prepared in small batches in 100% Vodka in accordance with the Wise Woman Tradition, of making tinctures.
Wise Woman Tradition leader Susun Weed, says this concept draws from wisdom passed down for generations.
The approach to health resembles the practice of traditional healers in many cultures such as native American tribal cultures, and indigenous Indian cultures in South America, such as shamans, witches, and lay midwives.
It is a term and an teaching now used amongst many who practice herbalism, as well as midwifery and life counseling.
Crafted with organic macadamia oil, avocado oil, alkanet root, and lilac fragrance, Lilac Rouge is a tinted salve that can be used on cheeks and lips.
A dash of natural color, that nourishes and protects the skin.
Apply lightly to fingertips and blot onto skin until desired tint is reached, and reapply as necessary.
With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ