Gleam, Glimmer and Shimmer

June is my favorite month because it’s the start of so many things, events and celebrations. The month of June brings warmer weather, summer, my birthday and every beauty blogger’s and makeup artist’s favorite, The Makeup Show!

Yaass…The Makeup Show was in Chicago June 7th – 8th with a Blogger Preview event on the 6th with a bag full of beauty swag presented by the amazing Celebrity Makeup Artist James Vincent. He shared some of his fave beauty products and I must say, they were all pretty impressive and I could not wait to get my beauty play date on.


While I have tried a few of the products, the one that I am reviewing today is the Body Radiance from Gleam by Melanie Mills. I had never heard of the brand until James introduced it at the Blogger Preview event. So here’s a little beauty training to get you acquainted.


The creator of Gleam, Melanie Mills is an Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and one of Hollywood’s leading sought after beauty consultants. With over fifteen years of experience, she has perfected her craft of sculpting faces and bodies through the art of makeup. In 2007 she was selected as the Makeup Department Head for Dancing With the Stars and in 2008 she won an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup Design.IMG_4613

Now that you have been formally introduced, let’s get to The Glam it , The Slam it and The Final Grade.

The Glam: Gleam Body Radiance is a multifunctional product; that can be used on the face and body. This is a makeup, moisturizer and glow all in one. It gives a sheen and shimmer on the skin that leaves you looking sexy, sultry and sensational. Forget playing in the sun this summer for your sun-kissed goddess bronzed look because Gleam Body Radiance will put your natural tan to shame. Oh yes, it’s just that good!


It will not rub off on your clothes and the shimmer last all day long. It’s available in four shades so it’s great for all skin tones. Because we received the light gold in our beauty swag bags, I used it as a highlighter on my cheekbones and I love it! This product may be the 7th beauty wonder of the world. #IJS


The Slam: Well, I really don’t have a slam because I really like this product. However, the website does state that Gleam Body Radiance is a wrinkle filler, skin tighter and can diminish flaws like varicose veins, small stretch marks and discoloration but I am unable to confirm this; because the shade I tried is too light to cover my imperfections with my skin tone. I would need the Bronze Gold to put that statement to the test.

My final grade for the Gleam Body Radiance in Light Gold is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! It looks and feels great on my skin and the shimmer power is amazing! If you are interested in getting your gleam on, head over to It’s available in four shades and three sizes with prices ranging from $15 – $40. Happy Gleaming!

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Beautiful, Bronzed and Glowing

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty

A few weeks ago I attended The Makeup Show in Chicago and I had the best time ever!!! I was in a makeup paradise and I did not want to leave but I had to for 2 reasons…it was the last day and they were shutting the show down and I had spent so much money that I was about to go broke…LOL.  During my spending spree, I purchased several things but today, I am going to tell you about Body Glow by Nars.
Francois is the founder of the brand who had always been obsessed with colors, textures and purity, with the limited availability of the choices offered within the cosmetics industry, he launched a brand of lipsticks in Barney’s New York and the brand has expanded from there with color, skincare and a few makeup brushes.
I decided to purchase the Body Glow because I like to wear a lot of dresses and shorts in the summer to show off my beautiful brown legs 🙂 However, I don’t like the dull color of my legs when they have been hiding all winter and spring under a pant or tights 🙁 they just look a little pale and they need a little help. LOL So I have been in search of the perfect bronzer, as I want that beautiful bronzed sun-kissed look that offers the appearance of hosiery. Yep, that’s right…the right bronzer will give the appearance of hosiery…who knew??? LOL
So I have been testing the Body Glow and here is what I like: it’s not just a bronzer, it’s also a moisturizer that offers a hint of shimmer and glow to my skin. It feels like silk and it has Monoi Oil that makes it smell amazing!!!! The smell is not overpowering; it reminds me of a beach vacation…(ssh, I can hear the waves crashing on the beach with the sun warming the sand and I can picture myself enjoying the summer breeze with a tropical drink in my hand). Oh, sorry…I got carried away on my imaginary vacation but I could not help it, because that is where the smell takes me LOL. Back to the subject at hand…a little goes a long way, it’s not sticky, it dries quickly like a lotion and it will not rub off on your clothes. The best thing about Body Glow; it washes off so it is perfect as an alternative to lotions, potions and creams…LOL. And according to, you can use it to soothe, rehydrate and prevent peeling after a day of fun in the sun.
Now I know you are thinking that I don’t have any dislikes but sorry, pump your brakes…I do :-). I would prefer a little more color not much…just a little. I would also prefer different packaging because it’s in a glass bottle and it can break. It doesn’t have an SPF to protect you from sun or sunburn (whomp, whomp). Last but not least, I would like to have a slimmer nozzle to prevent me from pouring out too much product and wasting it as the price is a little steep (this is truly a luxury product) and in my Sweet Brown voice…ain’t nobody got time fa dat!!! LOL
Overall, I really like the Body Glow by Nars but because of the cost ($59), it would only be for those special date nights, girl’s night out or great beauty events…IJS. My final grade for Body Glow by Nars is 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the Body Glow go to or Sephora. Happy Bronzing!!!

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