Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Olivier Rousteing is making pop history

Every single Nashville fashion photographer and every single European model would love to take part in the new Balmain ad campaigns. The brand is huge and its 28-year-old creative director Olivier Rousteing is a giant persona in the fashion world and not only. Loved by celebrities, adored by fashion magazines and followed by millions on Instagram, the very young and very talented Olivier is making pure history.

Now, look at the super gorgeous and super famous Rihanna, Imani and Naomi, all dressed up in Balmain creations. These ladies are rocking W magazine with their looks. Military inspired silhouettes with tribal accents are caressing their bodies. The new Balmain collection that was a total hit at the VMA’s of this year, is the beginning of a new direction in fashion. There you have leather, strong accents, powerful colors and supermodels. What else can you ask for?

The talented Rousteing doesn’t even mind that the world wide retailer like Zara and H & M are copying his creations. He says that’s a good thing, it means that he’s doing a great job. Remember that famous Coco Chanel quote “If you want to be original, be ready to be copied”. And that’s why Balmain is ok with being copied.

The Balmain’s main designer is friends with the super famous pop singer Rihanna. Also, the fashion icon is his muse and as he stated, she is the one that inspired him to create the clothing pieces in such a wild way. Well, we’re grateful this happened. The designer’s friends are, as it seems, his number one fans. The very Instagrammed friendship between him and the Kardashian sisters can also be perceived as a fashion thing. They’re posting cuddle selfies, while rocking new, fashionable outfits. The brand name even appeared in the new bomb hit ‘Anaconda’. Nicki Minaj( also a Balmain lover) is wearing an Olivier Rousteing creation in the new video, that even broke a Vevo record on Youtube. The much-discussed "Anaconda" video smashed Vevo's record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 19.6 million clicks on the first day of its release. That’s huge for Nicki, that’s huge for Balmain and that’s what moves Balmain’s creative director forward.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Luma Comfort IM200SS 28 Pound Clear Portable Ice Maker Review!

I have a rather small refrigerator, with an even smaller freezer, and it doesn't have an automatic ice maker built in. This means that I have to fill those bothersome trays with water that usually spill before they ever freeze. Not to mention they take up valuable space in my packed freezer and they can never make enough ice. This isn't good, since I need a lot of ice for packing lunches and I happen to love cold drinks. So when I had the chance to work with Luma Comfort and share one of their products with you, I was really excited.

I was sent the Luma Comfort IM200SS 28 Pound Clear Portable Ice Maker for this review. I was so excited when it arrived. In Florida, it is still very hot here, it never cools down, so this is a very useful device all year round. Some of the benefits of this particular ice maker that I love include:

  • It's very sleek and stylish compared to other machines that I've seen. 
  • Stainless steel finish goes with everything and looks luxurious. 
  • Space-conserving countertop design.
  • Push button controls, and LED display.
  • No plumbing necessary, just fill with water.
  • Utilizes modern commercial technology.
  • Produces up to 28 lbs. of ice daily.
  • Makes clear ice, which melts 5x slower than cloudy ice.
Getting the ice maker set up and ready for use couldn't have been any simpler or easier. Just fill with the appropriate amount of water, plug it in, and turn it on. The first time you use it, the instructions say to let it run through a full cycle, before it can make ice that's ready for consumption. After that, we were all set up for regular use.

Watching the ice being made is fun. The water continuously runs over the freezing cold tray, until ice cubes are formed. The ice cubes are then dropped into the plastic tray at the bottom. Standard ice makers, make cloudy oddly shaped ice cubes, but with this unique waterfall technology, beautiful perfectly formed clear ice is made.

It's great being able to get the same quality of ice that I would expect to see dining out, in the comfort of my own home. Even better yet, clear ice melts at a rate that's 5 times slower than cloudy ice. This is great news for me, since I can't stand watered down drinks!

If you are interested in purchasing the Luma Comfort IM200SS 28 Pound Clear Portable Ice Maker you can find it at retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot, Brookstone, Walmart, Sears, and many more.

If you would like to connect with Luma Comfort you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Adventure Catwoman Costume Review!

Halloween is just around the corner, do you have a costume picked out yet? If not, you might want to check out Halloween Adventure! They have Halloween makeup, accessories, masks, wigs, hats, and decorations, not to mention costumes for everybody in your family including adults, kids, and pets. Plus, they always have great discounted prices on all the best costumes.

Did I mention that they have a huge selection of costumes? Whether you want to be a Disney Princess or Super Hero, a Greek Goddess or Cleopatra, a funny costume or a sexy costume, they have it all!

My favorite kind of costume is something that's sexy without being too revealing. Some costumes look more like lingerie,and that's just not practical to wear for many parties and festivities, especially if there's going to be kids around. Luckily, I found the perfect costume that's just the right amount of sexy while still being covered up.

It's Catwoman! Not only will you feel super hot and confidant in this costume, but you'll also feel pretty bad ass. After all Catwoman is one of the Best Female Characters.

A little back story on Catwoman: Catwoman was an orphan who was raised on the streets after her parents died. She became a very skilled burglar and fighter. However, she's always had her own unique sense of ethics, because she never kills and she donates most of the money to the poor and homeless. The Dark Knight always tried to stop her, until they teamed up together. Now she acts as Batman’s spy and delivers him useful information about his enemies.

Another fun fact, did you know Catwoman's real name is Selina Kyle? Halloween Adventure has plenty of costumes and accessories to dress up as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

The costume that I picked out, was one of the more affordable options. It's currently $55. It is styled after the Catwoman in The Batman the Dark Knight Rises played by Anne Hathaway. It includes almost everything you need to complete the costume: Jumpsuit, Belt, Gloves, Headpiece, and Eyemask. 

I think the costume is very attractive and flattering. The jumpsuit fit me perfectly, except the sleeves were a bit too short on me. I'm 5'7 and have long arms, so the sleeves and gloves weren't long enough to cover my entire arms. The belt was also a bit small, I could easily fit it under my bust, but not around my hips. If I were going to wear this costume I would probably buy longer gloves and maybe a different belt, or make adjustments to the belt that's included.  

*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Maui Excellent Volcano Oil, Lavender, Plumeria Roll-On Fragrance Gift Set Review & Giveaway! (4 Winners - Ends 11/07)

I've been fortunate enough to try many amazing products from Maui Excellent. I've done reviews and giveaways on their Volcano Oil and Gel, as well as their Fragrance Roll-Ons. It turns out my readers love them just as much as I do. I even got a couple of e-mails from the winner's telling me how much they have been enjoying the products.

If you missed those posts and aren't familiar with Maui Excellent, they are a company based in Hawaii and founded by a clinical massage rehabilitation therapist and teacher, Hellen Cummings. It was through Helen's practice that she was able to formulate her one-of-a-kind, all-natural, aromatherapy products that range from pain management, to soothing creams and facial and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Helen sent me a very special trio of Maui Excellent Roll-On Fragrances just in time for the upcoming holidays. The hand woven bag that it comes with is perfect for gift giving. Your recipients will think you went all the way to Hawaii to retrieve this authentic gift. 

Inside the bag are three very beautiful glass roll-on bottles. They are a great size for travel and taking them with you on-the-go. The fragrances I received are Volcano Oil, Plumeria Oil, and Lavender Oil. 

These Roll-On Essential Oil Blends are a much better natural alternative to commercial perfumes. They contain no distilled or artificial ingredients, GMO's, mineral oil, alcohols, or chemical fillers. Their ingredient list is so simple, just Organic Coconut Oil, Essential Oil, and Vitamin E.

These Essential Oil Blends all have special and unique aromatherapy effects. The Lavender Oil has an effect of calming and well-being. Lavender has anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities to soothe burns and dry skin. You can also apply the Lavender Oil around your face to deter germs. It's especially good for air travel or when you know you're going to be around a lot of people. 

The Plumeria Oil is my favorite fragrance. It has the aromatherapy effect of emotional balancing, rejuvenation, and beauty of the "Loving Welcome of Aloha" Hawaiian Plumeria Flower. 

The Volcano Oil is a natural concentrated analgesic oil. It contains Menthol, Camphor, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Vitamin E. As you might have guessed, it is very minty and instantly clears your passageways. It provides effective relief for pain, sore muscles, headaches, and congestion. 

I already have a jar of the Volcano Oil that gets plenty of use in my house. It really comes in handy when my neck hurts or I have a headache. Matt loves using it when  his muscles are sore after a long day of work. 

As always, I'm really happy with all of the Essential Oil Blends that I received. I'm sure Matt will also be thrilled when he sees that we have another bottle of Volcano Oil! 

If you are interested in any of these products you can purchase each Roll-On for $12.99 as well as many other great products at

To keep up with Maui Excellent follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Helen at Maui Excellent, FOUR lucky Glamour Girl Reviews readers will win the same Essential Oils Fragrance Gift Set that I received, which includes a hand woven gift bag, Plumeria Oil, Volcano Oil, and Lavender Oil Roll-On Fragrances (ARV: $39). 

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*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 Review!

I love my Emjoi Micro Pedi Nano Callous Remover, so when I found out about the opportunity to review one of their new products, I couldn't wait. Especially since this new product happens to be an epilator, which is something I've never used before, but I've always wanted to try.

If you don't know what an epilator is, it's a device that pulls out your unwanted hair from the roots. It's much better than shaving, depilatory creams, or those little electric razors, because those only cut your hair from the surface of your skin, which means your unwanted hair will grow back faster and appear thicker.

An epilator device is more convenient than waxing or tweezing. Waxing is a real hassle, because you have to heat up the wax, cut the waxing strips, and it can be a mess to clean up. I usually tweeze my unwanted facial hair, but tweezing each individual hair can take forever, plus it's pretty painful on sensitive areas like the upper lip.

I received my Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 in the mail today, and I was ecstatic. I couldn't open the package fast enough. After reading the directions, which were pretty simple. I was ready to try it out.

I held the device at a 90 degree angle and moved it in a rapid small circular motion. It took me a little bit to master it, but now I feel like a pro. I used it on my chin and upper lip. It can also be used on the cheeks and body hair as well. The only places you can't use it is on your eyebrows, forehead, and near your hair line, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to attempt that anyway.

I noticed that it's most effective on longer thinner hair, and it sometimes leaves short thick hairs behind. The manual says that it can pull out hairs that are as short as 0.3mm. The few hairs that didn't get pulled out, I just went over with tweezers real quick.

I was surprised with how painless the process is. It definitely hurts less than tweezing, and it doesn't leave my skin red like waxing does. The Epi Slim pulls the hairs out so quickly, that you hardly feel it. I'm such a baby, I can't tweeze my upper lip, but I had no problem with using the Epi Slim on it.

Some other awesome features of the Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18:

  • Sleek design, and beautiful bright blue color.
  • Convenient and portable.
  • Has 18 tweezer action discs.
  • Removes the hair from the root for up to 6 weeks.
  • Skin Glide Technology lifts up and removes hair by gliding the tweezer discs over the skin with less irritation.
  • 14mm discs - optimum radius to remove hair.
  • 540 tweezer actions per second.
  • Battery-operated (2AA not included).
Overall, I'm really happy with this product. It will most certainly be my go-to method of hair removal for now on. 

You can purchase the Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 for only $34.95 at I think it would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays!

*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Trellie Wireless Call Notifier Review & Giveaway!

Whenever I go out, I'm faced with the difficult decision of holding my phone in my hand the whole time, or leaving my phone in my purse and risk missing important phone calls. I don't know about you, but even with the volume turned all the way up, once my phone is in my purse, I can't hear it ring. It doesn't help that my phone is usually on silent or vibrate 90% of the time either. Women's clothes never have pockets that are large enough to hold a smart phone, therefore if my phone isn't in my handbag, I'm stuck holding it.

Holding my phone all of the time, can obviously be quite uncomfortable and bothersome. However, missing calls can also be a big no-no. I feel like a terrible person when I miss a phone call from one of my family members or friends, and by the time I check my phone, I realize they had called hours ago! Not to mention missing important phone calls from work. I can imagine it's even worse if you have kids, and you miss a call when they need you.

Thankfully, I no longer have to make the choice between missing phone calls and constantly checking mu phone while I'm out, because of a innovative new device called Trellie.

Trellie is a wireless call notifier, that uses Bluetooth technology. and lights up whenever you have an incoming phone call or miss a call. You can easily clip it onto your purse, so you will notice it's flashing blue lights right away. It's sleek design makes it look like a stylish accessory on your purse. 

Above is a photo of the Trellie clipped onto my handbag. It blends right in with the design of my bag! It also comes in silver, so you can coordinate them with your favorite purses and outfits.

Getting the Trellie set up couldn't have been any simpler. Just press and hold the button on the Trellie, while your smartphone searches for a nearby Bluetooth device, this only takes a few seconds, and you only need to do it once, because your phone will remember the Trellie. For future use, all you have to do it turn the Trellie on, make sure your phone has Bluetooth turned on, and they will automatically be paired.

You don't have to worry about the hassle of charging the Trellie, because it takes replaceable AAA batteries. To make sure you get the most use out of your battery life, always turn the Trellie off when you aren't using it, like when you're at home.

Now, you're probably wondering, does it really work? Yes, it does! It's hard to miss the bright flashing LED lights. It flashes frantically when I receive an incoming call, and slowly after I miss a call. I couldn't be happier with the Trellie, and it leaves me wondering how this wonderful invention didn't come into my life sooner. It's stylish, simple, and practical. It's also pretty affordable at only $49.99! You can buy them exclusively at

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*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Food A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Food A Love Story is the newest book by stand-up comedian and bestselling author, Jim Gaffigan. His last book Dad Is Fat was immensely successful and was even a New York Times best seller. I haven't gotten the chance to read any of his other books, and I can't recall if I've ever seen any of his stand-up comedy. However, I wanted to read something entertaining and funny, and just by reading the description, I knew it would be.

Jim Gaffigan starts off the book with clarifying that he is not a foodie, but an eatie. He enjoys hot dogs, cheeseburgers, french fries, steak, doughnuts, bacon, cake, and ice cream. He doesn't feel the need to try any exotic food combinations, he's generally satisfied with what he's been eating, and he's not willing to go too much out of his way to find the best place to eat in town.

He also can't stand healthy food. According to him, the only thing that's worse than fruit are vegetables, and nobody is ever happy while eating a salad. If tasting horrible is an indication of something being healthy, then kale is the healthiest thing out there!

Every chapter Jim devours a different type of food. From Whole Foods to fast food, from coffee to wine, from steak to bologna, from fancy restaurants to food courts, he covers it all.

I thought this book was hilarious! I think just about everyone can relate to this book, even if you try to eat mostly healthy foods, we all know deep down we rather be eating something that actually tastes good. I don't think there's a salad on this earth that's more satisfying than a cheeseburger. However, if you don't want to have a heart attack, then it's probably a good idea to not always give into those cravings.

I love that Jim is completely honest about it all too. Yes, he eats McDonalds, and yes, he realizes that the inside of a McDonalds resembles a mental institution, the employees look miserable, and the food is so awful, you instantly regret eating it.

I also found it really admirable and refreshing that Jim can be so funny without being offensive or even using curse words. You don't even miss the crudeness, because you are too busy laughing.

*Disclosure: I received a free review copy for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
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