Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 11/15/09

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

The Beauty Alchemist loves Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm

The Product Pasha welcomes the simplicity of Estee Lauder’s Ultimate Red Holiday Collection.

DivaDebbi rediscovers a hidden hair treasure.

Butterflydiary eliminates frizz with a single stroke of a hair brush!

Clumps of Mascara thinks women should toss their scales out of windows.

ThinkThruFashion shops for the perfect sophisticated cocktail dress.

Mascara Monday: Lancome Hypnose mascara

Time for another Lancome mascara review! During my “What mascara should I review next?” poll, this mascara came in second so without further ado, check out Hypnose!

Lancome Hypnose

Price: 2 out of 5 ($24.50)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Dare to go up to 6 times the volume. With each stroke, the patented POWERFULL™ brush intensifies lashes from root to tip. Exclusive, fluid SoftSculpt™ formula, enriched with Vitamin B5, wraps lashes one luxurious layer at a time without smearing, smudging or clumping.” (source)

The truth: Lancome has another winner in my book!

What I loved about it: One coat is all it took, baby.

What I didn’t like: It got a little clumpy dumpy around the second coat. But the good news is…you really don’t even need a second coat.

Overall: Oh Lancome…how I love thee. Let me count the ways! I am slowly but surely becoming a bonafide Lancome lady. I know, I know….I’m late. Why didn’t y’all tell me Lancome’s mascaras were SO amazing? With each one I try, I am just in awe. Hypnose is no different.

When I first pulled it out of the tube, I was kinda like, “Uh oh”. The mascara was coating the wand and looked a little intimidating.

However, my eyes deceived me because application of this mascara was relatively easy. The bristles grab on to the lashes and coat them evenly with mascara. Hypnose is unique because it really only needs one coat to perform well.

While it is intended to be a volumizing mascara, I found that it gave me great length as well. Around the second coat or so I did get transported to Clump City, USA…but I found a way to fix that problem!

….just apply one coat! A Clumps reader brought up a good point that often times we get in the habit of applying more than one coat. But sometimes…you really just need one. Cast in point…

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Would I recommend it?: It’s pricey but I’ve come to expect the best from Lancome. So yes, I do recommend it!

Tried it? Love it? Hate it?

Other Lancome mascaras I have reviewed:
Lancome Définicils Pro
Lancome Oscillation

Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster primer

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

FOTD Friday: L’Oreal HIP’s Sculpted eyeshadow duo

Hi fam!

Soooo, a reader asked me about L’Oreal HIP’s eyeshadow duo in Sculpted. That would be this baby here.

Gorgeous, uh? She wanted to know how to make it into a wearable work-safe look. I didn’t think it was possible only because this is one of L’O HIP’s “metallic” duos….but after playing around a bit, I think you can roll up in a meeting with this duo and not get the side eye.

First…here are some swatches.

I would describe the color to the left as a silver based pink. Even when packed on, it doesn’t seem to be too intimidating. However, the darker color, which I would describe as as a chalky black with pink shimmer, can be a little scary if you don’t take your time.

To make sure I don’t overdo it with darker colors on the crease, I have a little method. I do a dot!

That little dot of shadow, when blended across the crease, will be more than enough. Windshield wiper motion time, chicks!

And has anyone tried Urban Decay’s liner in 1999?

Loves it! I lined the inner half of my waterline with this. On to the look!

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Flirt & Tease blush

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Hip cream paint in Witty
L’Oreal HIP duo in Sculpted
NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in 1999
Lancome Hypnose mascara

MAC lipliner in Vino

Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Born With It

… about a blush overload. I kinda love it though. What do y’all think?


So yeah…although it’s a “metallic” duo, Sculpted is pretty wearable. Application is everything. Adding some more of that chalky black can turn it into a bangin’ night eye.

Holla! Does anyone have this duo? Want it? Hate it?

I love you, wonderful people. Have fantastic weekend!

Stay beautiful,

Primers, primers, primers….

So we all know how important primers are.

Or do you?

If I plan on wearing eyeshadow I ALWAYS have to put down a base. My eyelids are greasier than than a mofo….trust me on this one, y’all. They are just a hot greasy oily mess. Eye shadow primers are lifesavers and my shadow colors vibrant and lasting all day.

The above are my favorite.

What kind of primers do you use? Concealer, pencils, gel liners, potions, paint pots?

The Most Glittery-est Polish to date!

Just some random shots of China Glaze’s Spellbound.

This is by far the most glittery-est polish I own. It is insane!

You can it get it from Head2Toe Beauty for only $2.99. Wow-sers.

And don’t even get me started on Massini polishes…

I’ll be reviewing those babies soon! Just teasing y’all for now. :)

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Fall Collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to

Yep! I’ve got another Diamond Cosmetics collection for you. This time we’re bringin’ in the Fall with fabulous fall colors. You ready?

Crushed Velvet

What a fabulous name! Crushed Velvet reminds me a lot of Diamond Cosmetics’ Plum Pie in the Sky. Except this baby has more purple in it. Vampy purples that actually LOOK purple (and not black) are so stunning to me. And I love that I got complete coverage with just one coat. Holla!

….and then I matte-d it up with Essie’s Matte on You. I think I like it better shiny though.

Smokey Rose

If I had to rename this color, it would be Grandma’s favorite. No joke…my paternal Grandmommy used to wear a color JUST like this when I was growing up. It is definitely a Grandma-color, I think. I didn’t quite like it on me. I could really only rock this color with some kind of design on it. By itself it’s a little *yawn*
Mulberry Mahem

Please oh please excuse the application of this baby. It was a tad bit watery. It isn’t the most unique color but I love bright berries like this….we’ve seen them before but they still make me happy.

Cherry Tobacco

Well, hello there, hottie! What a fantastic fall color. You can’t have a fall collection without a color like this. I LOVE Cherry Tobacco. Definitely my favorite color in this collection.

Well, this isn’t my FAVORITE Diamond Cosmetics’ collection but it’s a good one. There is something for everyone. I mean, think about it—if you got this collection, you’ve got colors that your Grandma, little sister, Mom and teenage niece would like. I’m just sayin’….not all collections ‘got it like that’.

For $2 a bottle, I think they are worth it! But I will always say that because….they are $2 a bottle! Seriously….how can you NOT buy at least one?

I highly recommend Crushed Velvet and Cherry Tobacco. They are fantabulous!

Get ’em here!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Sista Show-Off: This Is Glam

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at

This is Glam! Oh yeah…such hotness!

This is Glam, Q3030’s gift to the urban fashionista is set to not only to be the leader in defining urban trends, but to also elevate viewers understanding of what’s haute and what’s not! Each week, Ivirlei Brookes, host and head glam girl in charge will serve up fashion and styling tips, sure to make us all ready to be a part of her glam squad. This is Glam celebrates urban style and individuality like no other show has done before.

Ivirlei Brookes, the brainchild behind This is Glam, says the show will combine entertainment with practical instruction. According to Ivirlei style comes from within and is a form of self expression…”style is what you tell the world without saying a single word!” While her audience previews the latest in peep-toe booties and access celebrity interviews, they will also learn to how mix and match, rock a hat, and better flatter their body types. Fashion +Style =This is Glam.
If you’re ready for ICON status, Ivirlei and This is Glam will not only give you the “how-to,” she’s giving viewers their certified “GLAM” pass.

Wait….did you say “how-to”?

Click the photo below to get a snippet of one of their beauty how-to’s.

This Is Glam debuts on November 16th. Stay tuned!

50 million pound challenge: I’m no size 6. But I don’t care.

I have never been smaller than a size 12 in my adult years. And I’ve never really had a problem with this either. My thighs have always rubbed together and I still felt attractive. I could never be a runway model but that’s never bothered me. The photo you see is of a slightly larger B. I was loved by friends and family but most importantly—I loved myself.

It wasn’t until I visited the doctor my senior year of college and he told me he was concerned about my high blood pressure, that I began to worry. A few more visits confirmed that I indeed had dangerously high blood pressure for someone my age. My systolic reading (top number) wavered between 140 and 145. This was not a good look for a 22 year old…or anyone for that matter.

And so to the World of Weight Loss I went. I went from a size 16 to a size 12 solely on monitoring what I ate and became BFFs with the gym. My blood pressure has consistently stayed normal and physically, I feel great. I am far from skinny but I am in shape and healthy!

….even though I’m not a size 6. And even though I’ll probably never wear a bikini. But I’m okay with that. I don’t look at numbers. I don’t own a scale and don’t don’t cringe at clothes that have double digits. I never really feel fat (unless I’ve over-indulged) and I can honestly say that I love my body; flaws, flub and all. According to the Body Mass Index calculator (stoopid calculator doesn’t even consider muscle mass), I am obese. But when I look in the mirror, I don’t see that. And I certainly don’t feel that way when I’m running my miles in the morning. I’m not even desirous of being a size 10 or 8…and let’s be honest, a 6 for me is a joke.

As we continue to press forward for healthier bodies and lifestyles, know that your beauty outshines what size you are and how much you weigh. It is a work in progress to get to a healthy weight–but in the meantime, don’t let these numbers make you feel bad. You are beautiful no matter what.

Slightly larger (but STILL happy) me.

Do yourself a favor and toss your scale out of the window.

But be sure to open the window first. :)

I love, y’all! Hang in there! Feel free to drop me any suggestions you may have. See you at next week’s check-in!