Friday, September 30, 2011

Shower Burst by Hydra. Genius!!

Ever had "one of those days" where you've been run ragged and wish you had the time (or money) to get to the spa for some relaxation and lovely aromatherapy?  Or even wished you had the time to light some candles and take a long fragant bath?  I can honestly say that I have at least one of those days a week. 
Guess what we discovered? Thanks to the clever folks at Hydra, frazzled girls like us can now get all the benifits of aromatherapy IN the SHOWER! 

Assorted Shower Burst

The product is called Shower Burst.  They are fragrant little domes (about 2" in diameter, 1" tall), all natural and made with 100% essential oils.  You place them on the floor (or any horizontal surface) of your shower in inderect stream of water.  The water hits them and releases the wonderful aromatherapeutic scents into the steam of your shower, and voila, you have what feels like a spa right in your very own shower!

Shower Burst in my shower perched on a little loofah-ish disk

We LOVED the idea of it, and when we tried our first Shower Burst, in Refresh, we weren't disappointed. Once we found proper placement in the shower, below nose-level, and in the water, but not directly, we found the scents of grapefruit and lavender, wafting in the steamy shower to be quite refreshing indeed!

The scent is potent but not overpowering.  If you share a bathroom with someone that doesn't enjoy scent, this is good because it doesn't linger for too long.  Another thing we like is that it's a great way to get an aromatherapeutic experience without putting the product on your body and smelling like it all day.

The company's website says each Shower Burst is good for one shower, but we managed to get a good 2 1/2 from each.  It all depends on placement in the shower.   If you want a stronger aroma, place it in a spot directly in the stream of water.  If you do that, it will last 1 shower.

There are different collections to choose from:

Aromatherapy Shower Bursts include Refresh (grapefruit and lavender),
Clarity (eucalyptus and peppermint), Healing (lavender and teatree) and Relax (lavender and bergamot)

Essentials Shower Burst include Grapefruit, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass

Naturals Aromatherapy Shower Burst come in Flori (jasmine and clementine), Arbre (cider spruce lime), Citro (grapefruit orange), and Terra (cinnamon vetiver)

Mood Busters include Cold & Flu, Hangover Buster, Tension &Stress Buster, and Headache Buster

With all of the different varieties of Shower Burst, there is bound to be (at least) one favorite for everyone.  Right now, I'm loving Lemongrass, because it's so refreshing.  Last week, though I was loving the way the Cold &Flu Buster helped me clear up my sniffles!

Shower Burst retail for $3.95 each, and best of all, you can get them here without even leaving the house.

Shower Burst definitely get a Glambo KISS of APPROVAL! 

Shower Burst were provided compliments of Hydra, and Glambo's expressed opinions are, as always, unbiased.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Get Naked in Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadows

We’ve heard all the ranting and raving about the
Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette for quite some time now and finally decided to give it a try.  We normally shy away from a lot of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows, as they are usually quite bright and/or glittery, and not suitable for everyday use. 
The Naked palette has been a best seller for months now, and when we saw a plentiful stock at Sephora, we had to try it.  The palette comes in a luxe velvety case, and includes 12 highly pigmented neutral colors, with a mini Primer Potion and an eyeshadow brush.  Five of the eyeshadow colors are exclusive to this palette.  I think pretty much anyone can find some very flattering shades in this palette. 

The shadows go on like butter,   and have staying power (especially when the primer is applied beforehand).  They are neutrals, but not at all boring. The palette includes mattes, shimmers and  of course, some glitter shadows. Most of the shades are something you can get away with using in the daytime.  There are also some darker shadows, to create a smoky nighttime look.   It’s a very versatile kit.  I sometimes use the darker shades as a liner.  Nothing in this kit is wasted.  The Primer Potion and the Good Karma eyeshadow brush are great tools, and I find myself reaching for this kit on a daily basis, because I can create some very pretty looks. The palette retails for $48 at Sephora,  and so far, it’s been worth every penny.
 Now, it’s fun going Naked on a daily basis.  For this, Glambo gives it a GLAMBO Kiss of Approval.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mad Dash for Missoni at Target

The empty accessories rack
All you frugal fashionistas out there, get thee to Target QUICK! Missoni has come up with a collection for Target and it is selling like there's no recession.
Today was the first day the collection was released in my local Target, and I made the mistake of waiting until noon to go. Most of the shelves looked like the one above--EMPTY! There were a few things left in the kids area, and a couple of rain galoshes.
Missoni Toddler Girl
It looks like they had womens skirt and tops, and leggings in the cute Missoni knit style. There were also some Lounging shorts and pants sets. In addition, there was a sprinkling of Missoni all over the store--kidswear, cosmetic cases, stationary items, accessories (which were ALL gone), and servingware in the household section (2 glasses remained).
Ransacked Missoni Rack
Amazed, I asked my cashier when they had put their Missoni out , thinking I must have been mistaken on the release date being today.  She confirmed that it was today. She told me that there was a huge amount of shoppers first thing this morning, and a rush on all things Missoni. She said lots of people were spending upwards of $600 on all of their finds.
So funny, it's 100 degrees outside, and there was a run on sweaterwear here.  It's official, Missoni for Target is HOT,
So get down there now if you want to get your hands on some.

Or try online, but I suspect there's a run for it online, too, as this is the message I just got on :


We are suddenly extremely popular.

There is no need to refresh your browser. Please stay here and we'll get you in as soon as we can!
Thank you and our apologies for the inconvenience.

Good luck scoring some Missoni,


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Duck Nails - The Complete 'How To'

Duck Nails, Duck Bill Nails, Duck Feet Nails, Fan Nails, Flare Nails... This look has many names. Although we are NOT a fan of this trend, we are still getting inquiries about it from our Easter post. Snooki was recently seen sporting 'duck bill nails,' and it appears that the fanned tip nail trend is gaining momentum. For those that have asked, here is everything you need to know about how to go 'duckie.'

Duck Nails refer to the flared look of the nail extending from the nail bed to end of the tips. We say 'flared,' but if these were pants, we'd be talking 70's bell bottoms in some cases.

Here are some Glambo hints:

You must use a nail form to create this look. Every salon we walk into seems to use tips with acrylic overlays, but to achieve a proper 'duck nail', forms are essential. (You can also 'flare' an existing acrylic nail by adding more product to the sides.)

Two Styles of Nail Forms

Apply acrylic or gel as you normally would to create an artificial nail, except where the white meets the pink, you should begin gradually adding the white product outward on the sides. This should make a nice flare shape. Forms have lines on them to guide you. It's a good idea to consult with your client about just how flared they would like the nail. Make a mental note of that graph point on the form so that all the nails will have a uniform look.

Do not make the white tips of the nails too much longer than the pink nail bed. If you do, then the nails are more likely to break, or at least crack in the corner where the two colors meet. Also, every duck nail we have seen has a square tip. The harshness of the square varies, but we have never seen an oval or soft square duck nail.

Snooki's duck bill nails. Not just a New Jersey thing!

If you are new to doing free-form nails (vs. tips,) don't worry. One of the reasons we are resistant to the duck nail trend is because it is reminiscent most manicurist's first attempt at using forms in beauty school. The lack of control over the product seems to help create this effect. So, if you are a newbie, don't worry! You can probably achieve this look. If you are new to using nail forms, remember to get them up and under the nail as much as possible while securing the form under the corners of the nail. Don't let the form come loose under that corner, or it will effect the final look. Yes, we are resisting the urge to make 'loosy goosy' and 'quack jokes' here. :)

If you have some duck nail photos, we'd love to see them! Please email them to:, so we can share them with other Glambo Girls.

What do you think? Are duck nails Hot or Not? Would you wear this trend?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Suave vs. Secret Challenge

This review was unintentional. After shopping while texting and chatting (rude! we know,) I accidentally picked up a Suave deodorant that was near my usual Secret brand. Once I realized my mistake at home, I decided to tuck it away and only use in case of a 'I'm out of deodorant' emergency. Then I thought, 'Hey, why not try this for the blog?'

Only one of us Glambo Girls uses Secret, and has been loyal to it for years. So, this review is just one person's opinion. (Unlike most other assessments in which multiple people try a product and contribute their input.) The outcome? Yes, Suave, I can tell a difference.

Suave would be fine for a day spent hanging out at home. I would refrain from using it during a heat wave or any day that required strenuous physical activity. It certainly wouldn't be my choice for a Zumba class at the gym. Both the antiperspirant and deodorant qualities are lacking after about a half day of wear. I gave it five days for the review, and am switching back. 

So, there you have it! After accepting the Suave vs. Secret Challenge, Suave is getting a Glambo Dis. (Sorry guys!)

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