Thursday, January 24, 2013

Natural soap, that can wash away a headache!

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

I kinda feel like I wanna eat the name.
Mint oatmeal...
Prolly best if I stick to using this as directed - as a soap!
All natural Triple Mint Oatmeal Soap by herbaria combines the healing benefits of oatmeal with three varieties of mint: cornmint, spearmint and peppermint.
Cornmint (Mentha arvensis), is a natural source of menthol to makes this bar refreshing and invigorating.
The combination of mints may also help relieve tension and headaches.
Oatmeal is well known for its exfoliating and moisturizing properties.
The formula also contains cocoa butter for a creamy and aromatic satisfaction.

So let's review why this soap is so awesome; it contains saponified olive oil and/or rice bran oil, palm kernel oil and soy oil, glycerin, cocoa butter, cornmint essential oil, mint leaves, oatmeal, peppermint essential oil, spearmint essential oil, and absolutely nothing else.
Not to mention, it might just relieve your tension, and assist in ridding you of a headache!
They also have a great "buy some get some deal", with other flavors totally worth checking out.
I like when I cover my body in all natural products...

Monday, January 21, 2013


By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru

More often than not we see Drew Barrymore with a very natural look to her makeup.
Now you can also capture the essence of Ms. Barrymore with her new cosmetics line, Flower.
Actress, Producer, Director and former Co-Creative Director of her own CoverGirl campaign (2007-2012), Drew Barrymore has a true passion for makeup.
FLOWER encompasses Drew's favorite cosmetics that she's used throughout her career. The portfolio consists of more than 181 eye, face, lip and nail products available in more than 1,500 Walmart stores and on
(She even has a BB Cream!)
So do like Drew: Take care of yourself, nurture your inner beauty and love the way you look!
Even the packaging of this new line is beautiful!!!!
Lip Service Lip Butter has a buttery-soft texture that glides on, leaving leaves lips smooth and full. The texture provides a plumping effect and has emollient oil for a super-smooth, shiny finish. Available in 9 shades.

Kiss Stick High-Shine Lipsticks have emollient oils to provide shine for a rich, creamy application, which results in intense color payoff. Available in 9 shades.

Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color also contains emollient oil to improve shine for a rich, creamy application that provides a pure, intense color payoff with an ultra-smooth finish. It has a volumizing effect on lips with a velvet matte finish. Available in 9 shades.

Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplet Lip is a stackable set of 3 different "bullets" of beautiful shades in a pocket-friendly size that's perfect for beauty mavens on the go. Apparently the 4 different stacks provide 10 combinations: 3 concealer/brightening, 3 creme eye shadow/liner, 4 lip color!

Shine On Lip Gloss has medium buildable coverage that's non-tacky, sheer, and long-lasting. Available in 10 shades.

Sheer Up Lip Tint is a self-sharpening crayon balm that provides a sheer pigment natural color, leaving your lips moisturized and hydrated. Available in 5 shades.

Line & Shine Lip Liner is long lasting, water resistant and smudge proof. A vinyl film allows for fluid application with a built-in sharpener, and creamy color.
It prevents lipstick from bleeding and feathering, while wearing naturally throughout the day. Available in 5 shades.

The vibrant, classic, and on-trend Nail'd It Nail Lacquer is an ultra-shiny, high-gloss formula that's free of DBP, toluene, and camphor. Available in 16 shades.

Ready Set Glow! Blush/Bronzer Duo gives a smooth application and supreme blendability providing sheer radiance for all skin types. This contour with bronzer on one side and sheer color with blush on the other has smooth, blendable pigments in an oil free formula. Available in 4 shades.

Win Some/Rouge Some Creme Blush has a soft powder-like finish.
With white lily bulb and peach extract to hydrate, It deposits gentle color to moisturize and protect with anti-oxidants for a healthy glow and it's perfect for layering to build your desired look. Available in 6 shades.

Powder Trip Pressed Powder Foundation smooths away fine lines and blemishes for natural coverage. This transparent powder preserves skin's elasticity, enriched with brown seaweed extract to provide suppleness and firmness to skin. Available in 8 shades.

Powder Up Loose Powder is a one-sweep application to even and smooth your complexion. Patented micronizing technology provides absorbing properties and micronized pigments to increase adherence and color pureness. Available in 3 shades.

About Face Foundation with Primer is formulated with SPF15 and vitamins C and E for anti-aging benefits. It smooths out imperfections and evens skin tone. Fragrance free, paraben free, and talc free. Available in 14 shades.

Face the World Tinted Moisturizer is an anti-aging treatment in a nourishing, luminous foundation. Formulated with pomegranate moisture complex that instantly hydrates and smooths. Fragrance free, paraben free, and talc free. Available in 12 shades.

Skincognito Stick Foundation is formulated with gotu kola to stimulate collagen and hydrate skin. Translucent "second skin" coverage allows skin's natural tone to show through the silky finish. Paraben free. Available in 8 shades.

Beauty Balm BB Cream is a primer, foundation, and concealer in 1. It helps eliminate unwanted shine and covers imperfections, pores and discolorations, while it smooths and softens skin. Fragrance free, paraben free, and talc free. Available in 4 shades.

Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplet Concealer is a stackable sets of 3 different "bullets" of beautiful shades that are a pocket-friendly size perfect for beauty mavens on the go. Apparently it will provide 10 combinations: 3 concealer/brightening, 3 creme eye shadow/liner, 4 lip color. Another intriguing product. Available in 3 shades.

Secret Service Cover Up Concealer has a lightweight texture with vitamin E that offers anti-aging and antioxidant benefits. It visibly minimizes skin imperfections with its soft-focus complex, while adding luminosity. Available in 4 shades.

Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer Click Pen is formulated with a hydra-lite complex for sheer moisture that had anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and regenerating properties. Available in 4 shades.

Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad is formulated with ginko biloba extract to make lids soft and supple. Colors smooth and brighten delicate lids with a luminous finish. Available in 4 shades.

Color Play Creme Eyeshadow is enriched with vitamin E for antioxidant protection, and is water-infused for a weightless finish. It provides a shimmery, all-day wear that's perfect for any occasion. Available in 16 shades.

Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplet Eye Shadow is a stackable set of 3 different "bullets" of beautiful shades that are a pocket-friendly size perfect for beauty mavens on the go. Apparently it will provide 10 combinations: 3 concealer/brightening, 3 creme eye shadow/liner, 4 lip color. Again, another intriguing product. Available in 3 shades.

They have listed the same description for 2 different tubes - one green and one black. So your guess is as good as mine as to the difference without having seen it physically first hand in the store. - Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara lengthens and nourishes your lashes with red seaweed for elasticity. Polymers add shine, luster and condition. Vegetal polymers provide easy application and superb adherence for all-day wear. Ophthalmologist tested. Also available in a waterproof formula. Available in 4 shades, plus one waterproof.

Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara is formulated with D-panthenol to help smooth lashes and stimulate growth. Naturally derived gellifying agent allows for ease in application. Rice wax provides smudge-proof color. A unique adjustable brush lets you customize lash volume and length. Ophthalmologist tested. Also in a waterproof formula. Available in 4 shades, plus one waterproof.

On Your Mark Liquid Eye Liner is a color-intense eye liner with water-resistant performance. There's no smudging for pure, flawless all-day wear. The exclusive tip allows for thin-to-thick lining. Ophthalmologist tested. Available in 2 shades.

Raise Some 'Brows Defining Brow Pencil is non-greasy and highly heat resistant, enabling control over outlining the orbital bone. With this pencil you can lengthen light and sparse eyebrow hair. It comes with a built-in sharpener and it is ophthalmologist tested. Available in 3 shades.

I'm really confused on what appears to be an eyeliner of sorts. The website still calls is a brow product, but why would you want to put purple or blue in your brows for a natural look? Granted, I love to get crazy, but I don't think this is labeled correctly. - Raise Some 'Brows Defining Brow Pencil glides on easily and "sets" for superior long-term wear. It's super smooth, creamy and blendable. The luxurious, long-wearing formula is perfect for both soft and dramatic looks. It comes with a built-in sharpener and it is ophthalmologist tested. Available in 5 shades.

Drew Barrymore’s new premium – cosmetics line is exclusive to Walmart and is custom formulated with the same quality ingredients found in department store luxury brands, but sold for a fraction of the price.
What are you most interested to try?


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cherry Burbon Lip Balm

By Bridget Hudzik, Beauty Guru
I first told you about Tokyo Milk Dark Clove Cigarette Lip Balm back in March of 2012, and their super ah-mazing lip balm.
This one is too good not to tell you about - Cherry Burbon No. 77 Conditioning Lip Balm, part of the Dark Femme Fatale line.
Made with Bee Balm and Jasmine, and laced with crushed extracts of hydrating Aloe Leaf and Vitamin E, this balm is a true supple seduction.
You really can't beat the price tag for this intricate combination of Cherry Brandy, Whiskey, Aged Wood, and Clove.
I'm really hoping they make a candle of this scent.
I also want to experiment and make a drink out of it!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Color inspiration!

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

One of THE MOST intimidating things to many of my clients, is How to put colors together!!!!!

I have even "shopped" with clients and for clients, to help them maneuver the cosmetics floor... Testing products for quality and putting "color palettes" together!

So, I'm looking at Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and as I browse the beautiful DECOR ideas, I noticed how they break down the color choices into "palettes" on the bottom...  (these color blocks look like eye shadow palettes, because they are chosen in the same manner!)
Beauty magazines don't offer much assistance in picking you color choices, they really only help with PRODUCT choices!
Want to try some new colors...
Browse through your Home magazines!
The colors they use in decor are based off the same color wheel!!!!
 Color is color!
If it compliments a room it will compliment your eyes!!!!!

Rip out a few pages and take them to the beauty dept. with you!!!!

You will be empowered and inspired!

Feel free and hit Home Depot on your way home too...
Better Homes and Gardens always makes me want to buy paint!!!


With love and glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Through the camera lens

By Elyse Marie Moniot   Owner/Lead Shooter    Elyse Marie Photography

My name is Elyse Marie, and I am proud to be the In-House photographer for Glam Spot NJ, in addition to owning Elyse Marie Photography (Formerly, Elyse Moniot Studio) I wanted to Blog from the photographers perspective on how to have a successful photoshoot, for YOU, the consumer.

As time goes on, you can look forward to tips on posing, clothing, and how to make your pictures the most flattering that they can be.

Before all this though I'm going to start out with a few of the questions that people ask me on a regular basis in order to help give you, an inside look as to how I personally shoot/edit/run things.

"Wow, I love your work! How do I book you??"

-The answer to this is remarkably easy! You can message me on my Facebook, (Elyse Marie Photography), or you can email me personally at can also book me through Heather, the lead makeup artist at Glam Spot NJ.  (201-927-0686)
"So, do I really NEED professional makeup and hair?"

-In my opinion, emphatically yes. You see, You may be very good at doing your own makeup on a daily basis, but daily makeup is VERY different from what translates well in front of a camera with lights. Without a professional guiding you, you're looking at the possibility of dark circles, wonky pores, frizzy hair and a various amount of other skin/shadow issues. Although I Photoshop obvious imperfections, no amount of Photoshop will be able to completely hide said issues (that everyone has!) and look natural. If you're going to get your pictures professionally taken, it only makes sense to go that extra step and use a professional makeup artist, and have your hair styled and coiffed perfectly. Since you're on the Glam Spot NJ blog, I think you've got your makeup artist, and hair covered!

"Ok, So I'm booked for my shoot,  and I have makeup/hair set up. Now what?"

-The first step is setting up a date, Either Heather or myself will call you, and ask you what you want from the shoot, as far as image quantity, shoot style, ect, and we will give you a price from there. We will typically collect a min. of a $50 deposit before the day of shooting, in order to secure your time slot and date. This $50 will go towards the amt. discussed.
When you arrive, the team will begin pampering you, and working with you in order to help give you the makeup/style that you deserve, and desire.
I will sit with you during this time, and get to know you a bit better. I like to talk about what direction you feel like taking the shoot, and how to best suit your needs.

"What should I bring?"
- I typically require my models (and yes, all of you are models!) to bring the following things with them on set: Your I.D, clothing that you feel your most attractive in, and your best smile! If you're shooting boudoir, I'll typically have you produce I.D so I can verify your age, and I have everyone sign a contract with me, outlining that you paid for your pictures, and whether or not I have permission to use the images to promote my business or not.

"How many pictures do I get?"
-This will completely depend an what we have discussed before the shoot, during the booking phase. Typically, I'll shoot anywhere between 250-500 pictures. From there, I narrow it down quite a bit, to about 20 of the very best images. I will do basic color clean ups, and light Photoshopping, and from there, I choose only the best of the best, the PRIME pictures to do heavy Photoshop editing on. I'll give you a disc of the 20 high resolution images, all watermarked (unless previously discussed otherwise), and voila! I know people get antsy about seeing their pictures, so I try to have at least one up on Facebook a few days later, so you can get a peek of what beautiful work we've done together!

Well, there you have it! I hope you find what I've written informative, and I look forward to meeting with each and every one of you, and creating beautiful images that last a lifetime and beyond.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bridal Beauty de-mystified

By Heather Polyi   Owner/Lead Artist  Glam Spot NJ

Are you engaged?
There is so much to do to plan your big day!
Take a deep breath!

As a leader in Bridal Beauty we are here to help you!

After your beautiful dream wedding is over you will have the memories, and the pictures to reflect on!
In those pictures, you want to look your best!
Do not leave your life long memories in the hands of anyone but the best!
The flowers have died, your dress preserved in a box, but your picture will be hung prominently in your home for years to come....

This is where we come in...
We are behind the scenes!
The makeup artists, and hair specialists, at your service, to make you look and feel BEAUTIFUL!...
Still looking for a photographer?
Glam Spot NJ even has an IN HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER!
Elyse Marie Photography offers amazing rates to her Glam Spot NJ Brides!

Book a risk free, in studio trial ($100) for both makeup application and hair styling!
*right now, your trial appointment enters you, into our contest for a free trip to Aruba! (until June 21st)

How much does it cost the day of your wedding?

For the Bride:
We come to you! 
On location services... bringing our expertise, and products, on time, to wherever you are getting ready for your big day!

(We will have had a trial, and you will be confident in knowing we know you, your preferences, and have your look all mapped out!)

*Bridal Package for makeup and hair $400 (Bride only)
*When your entire bridal party is being done, your bridal price drops to $350...  (so this is not an exact science)

Compare our prices, to traveling out of your way, to a a reputable SPA or Salon...
(Rates of Elizabeth Arden NYC)

They charge:
Bridal Trial $200  ($100 for makeup, $100 for hair)
*$100 more then us...

The Day of, They charge: 
Makeup $95.00
Hair $140
Total: $235
(*The day of, is $165.00 less, but you spent $100 more at the trial, so it's really only $65.00 less then our on location services!)
Not to mention, if your bridal party is being done by us, it's only a $15.00 difference

To have Glam Spot NJ bring our bridal specialists to you, our expertise, no extra charges for lashes, or last min. touch ups...  you pay $65.00 MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND, as stated above, if your bridal party is being done by us, it's only a $15.00 difference.

How much is it for your bridal party?
If needed, bridal party Trials: $100 (makeup and hair!)

Day of:
Makeup only $125
Hair only $100
Makeup and hair package $175 without lashes, $200 with lashes

Compared to:
Trials of $200
Traveling to a location, and paying: (*same location as above*)
Makeup only $95
Hair Only $85
No Packages!  Total $180 without lashes, $205 with lashes!!!!!!!!!!

Parties of 5 or more being done by Glam Spot NJ... 
WE STAY with you, AT NO EXTRA CHARGE, from the hotel, to the church, to the reception...
touching ALL of you up, like A list celebrities.... ALL DAY!!!!!!!!

We stay until you are announced as husband and wife at your reception!
This is our most popular offering!


Is it expensive?
Is it competitive?
Is it convenient?
How much more do you pay for this convenience?
$65.00! (or $15 if your bridal party is being done by us)
Is it worth it?

With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The LASH mystery......

By Heather Polyi  Owner/Lead Artist   Glam Spot NJ

Listen I might feel like I deserve 30 "Lashes" for breaking my diet already! LOL
I do have the inside scoop however on "Lashes" of the winking nature!

2013 is the year of the lash! 
With Pops of blue and simple greys adorned on eyes this year, the focus moves to your LASHES!
Currently I am pretty fancy, with my LASH EXTENSIONS! I love them... No clumping, no fuss, they just look perfect every day upon waking! (Call 201-927-0686 for your appt.)

There is an interesting mascara mystery you must know about! 
Our Glam Girls are "in the know"
The buzz is that this brand "Ethylline WhipLash Lash Detonator Thicksplosion."  "Is the most AMAZING mascara on the market, It finds lashes you didn't know you had...  Your lashes supposedly "explode" like fireworks!"

Try finding it though...

There is a Facebook page with no information on it, that appears to be started by a blogger!
There are numerous "blogs" about the product but they all sound the same...
Like one person wrote a blog, and 30 people plagiarised it! 
No website
No Nothing
Not even an image on GOOGLE!

There are however numerous mascaras in the "exploding" category...
Bell makes a Limited Edition mascara called "Lash explosion"

L'Oreal makes Telescopic Explosion... (the red tube)

As a matter of fact I was surrounded by numerous mascaras with similar sounding names at the local beauty supply... 
No "Thickplosion"  to be found! :(

I want to try this Phantom mascara if it exists...
The mystery has me intrigued...
In the meantime, I'll stick to my hasselfree lash extensions! :)

With Love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stuff Beauty Junkies say!!!

By Heather Polyi Owner/Lead Artist Glam Spot NJ

I had to write this Blog...  We say some funny things!

I told the girl that does my Brazilian wax, how I cancelled my Dr.'s appt. because I booked it the same time as my Brazilian!  Listen, I'm not missing that appointment! LOL
This morning I open Glam Spot NJ's Facebook page, and I see this quote byBitterstarlite Makeup
"Covered my feet in lotion and sleeping in socks tonight in an attempt to have soft feet! Oh the weird things beauty will make you do ;)"
Recently a friend of mine, was going through a bad break up. In the midst of her crying, she paused, while wiping away her tears...
She said, "this MF is gonna give me wrinkles!".
We both laughed...
She added, "I'm gonna have to use serum and eye cream all day tomorrow!!!"
(painting by Sas Christian)  Amazing Artist!
While watching a serious movie, I exclaimed, "wow, how much liner did they pile on that guy?"
Only I would ruin a movie with an eyeliner comment!!!

Or, is it only me???


It's every Glam Girl I know!

We notice the news anchor with one eye completed! (True story) 

We steam our pores, exfoliate, and mask our blemishes!

We highlight and contour to go to the grocerie store!
My friend (That shall remain nameless, makes sure her gloss is poppin to drop her daughter off at school in the morning)

We are Beauty junkies!

Stuff we say....

Someone will ask, "What color is on your eyes?"
The smile we make before we answer is the real answer!
"what color don't I have on my eyes?"
It's usually like 6!!!
(Same with lips!)
Never one color, always a combination and always something limited edition and discontinued.

"who lied to her?"
That is what we say to the girl that says "I don't need makeup!"

"I use bar soap to wash my face!!!"
I literally, turn into Chris Rock!!!
I look at you like a Betamax, like, "they still make you?"

"For real though, have you ever thought about your skin?" "Have you ever read one article regarding its well being?" "It's the largest organ of your body!!!"

I digress but, they are all things we say!

"If one more person tells me they can't wear shadow with any shimmer because they are too old, my head might pop off!"
Excuse my eyes rolling... I apologise in advance!
"It's Glitter that looks ridiculous, shimmer is fine depending on where you put it!"

"there are no rules to makeup."

"if someone tells you rules, run screaming in the night!"

"there's a cure for dark circles!" "Really?!!! Your a liar, tell your story walking'"

"a good makeup artist is like a tatoo artist! The cheap ones aren't good, and the good ones ain't cheap!!!"

"I need a good peel!"

"I know a Dr. that does injections for $300!"

"I need a change, so I cut my hair and now I need new lipstick!"

"you have to try this new_______ I found! It's incredible". (fill in the blank)

You look so pretty today! "really? I don't even have any makeup on!"

"they discontinued my favorite ________."
(fill in the blank)

There are so many more...
I will update more as the scenarios arise!
In the meantime...

Don't follow anyone's makeup rules!
Don't believe the hype...
And remember, you get what you pay for!
If you can't tell the difference, don't pay the difference...
*There is a difference!

With love and Glamour
Glam Spot NJ