25 August 2010

Back To School Look

Nothing wrong with putting things together that normally would never be seen together! Be crazy and you!!!

Fave: The two tops. I love putting a little top over the tee, gave it a little more personality!


23 August 2010

Glow Girl Giveaway! Corioliss Classic Pro 1" Flat Iron

**UPDATE** Contest is now closed.

Happy Monday! So last week I posted my review of the Corioliss Classic Pro Flat Iron, in case you missed it you can check it out here. The great people over at Misikko have sponsored this exciting giveaway and one lucky reader will win their very own Corioliss Classic Pro 1" Flat Iron currently retailed at $89.99.

Corioliss Classic Features:

[*] Ceramic plates for negative ions and hair-healthy far infrared heat, creating shiny, frizz-free results
[*] 1" plate size for easy styling of short to medium length hair
[*] Straighten, flip or curl
[*] Heats up in less than 6 seconds
[*] Adjustable temperature from 140°F to 410°F - great for all hair types
[*] Convenient on/off switch

Here's How to Win: 

To be eligible for this contest you must be a follower of Gimme That Glow in at least 1 of the following categories - Follow through Google Friend Connect (located in the left sidebar ), Twitter, Email Subscription or Facebook. You also must leave a comment in this post along with your name, valid email address and tell us which method you entered. [ your entries will be verified ]

**To increase your chances of winning, Misikko has provided a few additional options for entering.
( These are optional entries, you may choose 1 or all of the following ) 

1. Follow Misikko on Twitter (@misikko)

2. Blog about the giveaway on a personal website.

3. Join Misikko’s newsletter (www.misikko.com/newsletter-signup.html)

4. “Like” Misikko on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MisikkoBeauty)

5. Interact with Misikko’s Facebook – Comment on a post or picture, or write on their wall (www.facebook.com/MisikkoBeauty) [ Please keep the comments strictly related to the content of Misikko's Facebook Page. You can ask questions or comment about products, hair care etc. Comments such as " Extra entry for giveaway" will NOT count as an entry ]

That's it! The contest officially begins today Monday, August 23rd 2010 and will end on Monday, September 6th 2010 at 11:59pm EST. That's two full weeks for a chance to win! We will choose the winner at random and make an announcement on the following Tuesday, September 7th 2010. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents ONLY.

-Good Luck


20 August 2010

Shea It Isn't So! | Introducing: Cantu Shea Butter

Introducing Cantu Shea Butter! A unique salon-inspired, budget-friendly brand for multicultural women. Cantu offers a complete range of extraordinary formulations made with 100% Shea Butter to moisturize, nourish, repair and protect the hair, scalp and skin.

Whether it’s curly, thick, coarse, dry, frizzy or kinky, multi-cultural hair poses textural challenges. As you know, every woman of color has her own story about the battle for length, strength, moisture and shine. Drawing on the knowledge that these women are fully embracing the versatility of their beauty through both relaxed and natural tresses, Advanced Beauty Systems has re-introduced the brand’s exclusive line of Shea Butter products, and is committed to developing quality haircare products designed to meet the distinctive needs of the multicultural, multi-textural woman.  With advanced hair care formulations, cantu®  Shea Butteroffers a comprehensive line of products made with 100% Shea butter to mpisturize, nourish, repair and protect the hair, scalp and skin.

Multi-cultural hair lends itself to all types of versatile styling so go ahead and relax, flat iron, press or braid -cantu®  has all the haircare products needed to care for your 'do.

How does Shea Butter Benefit Hair?

Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damages hair from the roots to the very tips, helping to repair and protect against the heat from the most damaging thermal styling tools, including irons and dryers. It also provides protection from the harsh effects of the environment. it also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging pores. Particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair, it's an excellent treatment for dry scalp and also restores luster to damaged hair. cantu®  hair products penetrate deep into the hair shady and scalp to prevent breakage and smooth the texture and appearance of dry, coarse or chemically processed hair.

The new collection of hair & skincare products will be available this September. To learn more visit www.cantusheasoft.com

*Check back soon for a full review from Cantu's 'Cleanse & Condition' line.


19 August 2010

Essie Fall 2010 | Fall Into Fashion Collection

Essie introduce's their new Fall 2010 Collection "Fall Into Fashion". Inspired by this season's runways that feature a mix of traditional glamour, chic urban warriors & eclectic color combinations. The feeling is dark, sexy and minimalist, dominated by a posh palette of decadent, velvet textures and reflective, metallic embellishments.

The new collection embodies the essence of these eclectic fashions with autumnal pops of color in six stunning new shades that are a perfect match to fall’s exquisitely refined accessories and finely tailored ensembles. The collection is available beginning September 2010 at www.essie.com, fine spas & beauty destinations nationwide. Retailed at $8.00.  Check out the six new stunning autumn shades below!

Velvet Voyeur | Intense Chocolate Amethyst 
Sew Psyched | Cashmere Soft Sage Pewter
Merino Cool |Sensuous Autumn Mulberry
Little Brown Dress | Beguiling Black Coffee
Limited Addiction | Racy Garnet Red
In Stitches | Cheeky Blush Pink


18 August 2010

Try These Lips!

Take a look at some cool lip picks for you to check out. I found a few lip stains, glosses and lip sticks that are greatness. Hope you enjoy

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $22.50
With three great shades this tinted lip not only looks great, but is a great treatment to repair and protect. This product not only smoothes and softens lips, but defends against wrinkles and protects from UV Rays.

Sephora Fresh Gloss $7
Sephora has a great line of glosses for you on the go. Check this sheer gloss that also helps freshen breath.

Tokidoki Fantastico Lip Stain $15
This lasting lip marker is a cool lightweight formula that keeps lips hydrated.  It comes in five cool colors and has a yummy mango flavor!

Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick $18
This is a great silky sheer lipstick.  Keep your lips soft with these 9 colors.

MAC Pro Longwear LipColour $21
You can wear this MAC all day with this easy two step application.  It consists of colour base and clear glass. Try one of the ten vibrant colors!


17 August 2010

Nature's Basin | Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash

For all of you glow girls who love natural products, I've got some exciting news! I'd like to introduce you to Nature's Basin, a company who's committed to providing natural and organic beauty products. They offer a wide selection of products ranging from Makeup, Body, Hair and even have a special collection for babies and expecting mommies! So no matter your natural needs, I'm certain you'll find something that suites your fancy.

The wonderful people over at Nature's Basin sent me one of their lovely body washes to give a try! Check out my review below.

Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash | By: Weleda | $15.95

What It Claims: This moisturizing natural body wash will help nourish your skin and renew glow. This shower gel uses mild vegetable-based cleansers instead of synthetic ones for a gentle clean that won't strip your body's natural oils. Sesame and rose hip seed oils and glycerin contribute added moisture. ( Read More here. )

Glow: The Scent!! I'm not a huge fan of bold scents so I really loved that the smell was very subtle and light. 

Glare: NO! I'm not contradicting myself here but the scent is quite like a catch 22. While I actually liked the smell, it may not be bold enough for those who prefer more intriguing scents. It's just not what I'd envision "wild rose" to smell like. Probably because it has more of a natural scent, it smells like an actual flower nothing artificial. So just don't expect to hop out the shower smelling super sweet  lol because the fragrance does not linger in your skin.

Would I Recommend It: I would! Especially for those who are into organic beauty care.

Overall Glam: It left my skin feeling very smooth. It also lathered really well which was a pleasant surprise because it's kind of lightweight in comparison to other washes I've used in the past. 

[ * ] Be sure to visit Nature's Basin for more natural beauty products, they also have a cool new Rewards program that earns you $5 for every 100 points earned! Learn more here
Products in this post were provided for review. Please read our disclosure policy here


16 August 2010

Corioliss Classic Pro 1" Flat Iron Review

Happy Monday!!! Since I've been natural and have completely transitioned, it's not often that I straighten my hair anymore. ( Well, without the assistance of my great beautician anyway ) But, over the weekend I got the opportunity to try out the Corioliss Classic Pro 1" flat irons, courtesy of my friends over at Misikko. Misikko, is an online distributer that specializes in FHI Flat Iron's & Professional Hair Dryers.

Corioliss Classic Pro 1" Flat Iron
[ Retails for $89.99 ]

I must say, being someone who's extremely partial to my favorite Chi irons. I was a little skeptical as to if they'd deliver my desired results. Did they meet my expectations? Let's check the review below to find out.

 ( Pre Flat Ironed hair )

Pictured above is a photo of my hair blown out right after washing & conditioning. The photos below, are my results after straightening my hair with the Corioliss Classic Pro.

 (Post Flat Ironed Hair)

Glow: I really love that these irons were pretty compact & not overly bulky. I think we've all owned a pair of clumsy irons before! It was really refreshing that these were steady, especially when I sat them down they stay in place. I also adored the cute & convenient heat proof storage pouch that Misikko provided along with them.

Glare: I wouldn't really call it a dislike, but the placement of the power buttons & settings takes a little getting use to. Where as on my old irons the control notches are located on the outside of the iron, these are actually placed underneath the inside of the handles. My first thoughts were "I'm SO gonna burn myself" lol but yeah that never happened, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Would I Recommend It: Absolutely! They definitely delivered the results I was aiming for!

Overall Glam: This baby packs an extremely adequate amount of heat. They claim to heat up in less than 6 seconds, but thats kind of a hit & miss depending on your hair type & how much heat you require. I actually had mine set to the max at 410 degrees and it probably took them about 30 seconds to reach my desired temperature. I have semi-fine, wavy hair but its actually pretty thick especially at the roots. Which is why I always opt for a little more heat. For someone who has really fine hair, of course I wouldn't suggest going my route and pumping up the heat. Everyone will have individualized needs & results. Overall, I love the outcome and I can't wait to put them to use again!

Be sure to head over to Misikko and check out some of their other fabulous products!

[ *** ] Please check back soon for details on an exciting giveaway, courtesy of Misikko!

Products in this post were provided for review. Read our disclosure policy here. 


15 August 2010

Creative Nails Tutorial

Hey Glow Girls,

Today I will show you how to achieve this look.

The products I will be using are :
Sally Hansen's HD Hi- Definition Nail color in 02 BLU
KISS Nail art paint in white and black
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

First I applied Sally Hansen's HD Hi-Definition Nail color in 02 BLU. This color is very sheer, so you will need to apply 2-3 coats. Here's a picture to show how sheer it is.

1 coat applied.

3 coats applied

Next I took the KISS Nail Art Paint in white and made different sized lines.

Once dry you are ready to apply KISS Nail Art paint in black. Make lines just like you did with the white. If you mess up its ok.
Add as many lines as you like. Glitter is optional. You are now ready to apply your top clear coat.

Hope you like!


11 August 2010

Back To School Beauty Products

It’s almost time for a new school year. The summer is over and it’s back to the library. Time to get ready to pack up and head back to school or commute on a budget.  To save you some time and money here are a few products to help you get through the semester without breaking the bank. Look good each day at school!

If you are a lipstick type of girl, don’t leave home without this handy tool by Buxom.  Buxom Big & Healthy Lipstick is a three in one which lines, fills and plumps! This great product has a built in sharpener and contains vitamins A, C and E.  Buxom comes in 12 great colors for $18.

For you lip-gloss ladies, get yourself a set of 4 Clinique Smoothie Kisses. This set of 4 Vitamin C glosses produce smooth color and shine for $25.

For all you ladies off to school on a budget, check out the Sephora collection. You can save a lot of money this semester with the Sephora Color Play – 5 in 1. This great palette comes with 10 eye shadows, 2 lip colors and blush.  This great collection can turn your day looks into night for only $29.50.

A cheap simple solution for face cleanser is L’Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Facial Cleanser.  For about 5 bucks, you can keep your face nice and clean.

A great moisturizer that is often forgotten is Olay SPF 30 Complete Daily UV Moisturizer. This product moisturizes and protects skin all day for just about $12.

A simple solution to your foundation this upcoming semester is tinted moisturizer not only does it give your skin some moisture, but while studying will keep your skin looking radiant all day. Check out Laura Mercier and Smashbox.

For your smell good and bathing needs, check out the reasonable priced yummy products from Bath & Body Works.


10 August 2010

Glow Girl Book Giveaway | Winner Announcement!!!

Congratulations to our two Mirror, Mirror Book giveaway winners!

Tammi Lorraine

Both of you will receive one autographed copy of the book Mirror, Mirror by Venesha! Please email your  shipping information to odara@gimmethatglow.com . Thank you to all who participated, we appreciate our followers and readers! Giveaways are our way of saying THANK YOU. Check back soon for more!

Special thanks to Venesha!


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