The Beauty Breakdown: GlamGlow

I am a huge skincare buff and I am constantly searching for that glamorous spa facial feeling at home. I’ve tried a lot of products and every once in a while you find one that makes your skin feel born again. GlamGlow is that product. I stumbled upon this special mask while perusing the internet (probably Pinterest) and since I’ve been on the mad search for a new facial mask, I was game to try it. Pretty motivated, I wasted no time heading down to Sephora and when I asked for GlamGlow, the sales associate nearly exploded with excitement! She had nothing but rave reviews and there were only two left on the shelf. I took this as a good sign. I apply it to restaurants, too: the less empty tables, the better the restaurant. I figured if a huge retailer like Sephora only had two left, I was in luck.

GlamGlow mud mask

And I was! I rushed home, washed my face, and applied the mask. Within minutes I could see it drying and then I waited. Waited for something to happen…naturally, I got distracted watching the Real Housewives of Crazytown and when I checked the mirror (about an hour later), I was surprised at what I saw. The mask dried into a light green gray and the areas where the mask purged impurities were a bit darker. It sounds gross but I thought it was pretty cool because these were results I could see! Once I washed my face and moisturized, I examined my skin again. It was soft and yes, glowy, and didn’t feel dry (before the moisturizer) the way most masks leave your skin. My pores also looked much smaller and overall, my skin looked much smoother.

Since my first use, (over a week ago) I’ve been using GlamGlow as a spot treatment and it definitely does the trick! The healing time is considerably reduced for any imperfections that might have popped up and it’s gentle enough to wear overnight.

The only downside is the price. At $69, it’s a luxury but such a small amount goes a long way and I believe that your face deserves the very best. Having clear, healthy skin is integral to any makeup look. It all begins with beauty basics.

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

The Style Darling Holiday Gift Guide $100
1  ZARA turtleneck knitted sweater $79.90
2  Longchamp ‘Veau Foulonné’ cosmetic bag $78
3  BCBG reusable mug with studded trim $68
4  Henri Bendel ‘It Girl’ ipad sleeve $88
5  ZARA jeweled box clutch $89.90
6  Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Signorina’ $98
7  Giesswein ‘Traun’ slipper $94
8  Tory Burch fox stud double wrap bracelet $125 (over-budget but I just adore it! The TB stud bracelet is $95)

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $30

The Style Darling Holiday Gift Guide Under $30

1  Chantecaille eyeliner brush $28
2  CND Air Dry top coat $8.50
3  BCBG metal-spike headband $25
4  MAC Prep + Prime lash $16
5  Gorjana alphabet stackable ring $30
6  Lilly Pulitzer 2013 large agenda $26
7  Stila ‘All is Bright’ lip glaze set $25
8  Kate Spade ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ silver cardholder $20
9  Pottery Barn silver-plated julep cup $24
10  Pottery Barn engravable money clip $9.50
11  Pottery Barn ‘Hold Your Liquor’ flask $19.50

Philly FABB’s Blogger Blowout Bash recap

Hi darlings,
I’m so thrilled to finally be able to share this with all of you! For the past 2 months, I’ve been working on a network for fashion and beauty bloggers. May I present: Philly FABB! It’s a new premiere network for fashion and beauty bloggers of the PHL area. Philly FABB was founded with the aims of unifying the fashion and beauty bloggers of the PHL area.

FABB founder: Lauren from The Style Darling, Megan from Meggywood, Philly FABB founder: Jessie from Trend Hungry.

Our first event, The Blogger Blowout Bash, held on Thursday, November 1st, brought the bloggers together for the first time and gave them a chance to network, nosh, and get a little pampering!  Enter, André Richard Salon who so graciously hosted The Blogger Blowout Bash.  André and his staff were wonderful and treated guests to their signature blowouts and makeup applications.

doorBella creating her awesome nail art.

DoorBella specializes in magical gel manis. The girls loved the no-dry time and the super cool designs that will last up to 2 weeks! Simply Adeline brought out the blogger’s creative side with custom designed jewelry.

Each blogger received a customized Simply Adeline design, so pretty!

While the majority of the evening was all about beauty, Philly FABB also promotes brand expansion and development, so we were thrilled to have Richie from Bad Rhino at The Blogger Blowout Bash. The blogger’s had the opportunity to meet with Ritchie for an individual social media branding session.

Richie from Bad Rhino + Andre, owner of Andre Richard Salon talking social media.

The girls enjoyed an amazing spread from amazing Greek restaurant, Opa. The food was so delicious, next time my friends need a dinner suggestion, Opa will be at the top of my list!

Our little feast provided by Opa.

And for that little bit of sweet, Cupcakes by Vickie provided the most delectable mini cupcakes! There were classic vanilla and chocolate, of course. And the new necessary, red velvet, but by far my favorites were the cinnamon and the buffalo chicken. Yes, buffalo chicken. A little cornbread cake topped with a creamy buffalo chicken dip. Oh yum.

Cupcakes by Vickie: buffalo chicken cupcake FTW! Trust me on this one 😉

And don’t worry, the bloggers didn’t leave empty-handed! What kind of host would I be?! Each gift bag, provided by Nich, were full of goodies! Coterie gifted a Butter London nail polish and a gift certificate to use on their amazing beauty site! The bloggers received Dermablend’s SkinPerfector Pigment Correcting Primer (which I am so excited to try and review for you very soon!). Monroe and Main made sure we will remain stylish and warm with their cute black and white checkered scarf. Fine Featherhead provided us with super cute fly ties to give us dent-free and tear-free ponies! The plus-size online retailer and social site, Sonsi, gifted fabulous earrings and matching rhinestone cuff and bottle of H20 to keep us hydrated. The earrings are just the perfect bit of shine, love mine! Midnight Velvet made sure all the bloggers had every girl’s essentials: the perfect evening clutch and a shiny clear lip polish (that tastes like grapefruit! Mmm!). And last but certainly not least, André Richard gave the girls gift boxes of their new product line, ARS.

Definite gift bag swag: ARS by Andre Richard Salon.

It was so wonderful to meet so many bloggers from the PHL area. The Blogger Blowout Bash was enjoyed by all and that would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors! I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to our partners: André Richard Salon, Opa, Cupcakes by Vickie, doorBella, Simply Adeline, and Bad Rhino, and everyone who contributed to the gift bags: Nich, Coterie, Dermablend, Sonsi, Monroe and Main, Fine Featherhead, and Midnight Velvet. Your support means so much to us at Philly FABB!! xo
To see all the photos from the Philly FABB’s Blogger Blowout Bash, check out our Facebook page!

Nicole Miller Bridal Trunk Show

Model: Natalie Krane
Makeup: Lauren Mantilla
Photo credit: HLS Photography

I look forward to the vibrant colors of the changing leaves every year but they always seems to sneak up on me. In my everyday rush, I don’t notice the leaves are losing their verdant summer hues. Even the few scattered leaves in my yard don’t seem to register, until that one moment when it seems all the leaves turned overnight!  That moment was this past Sunday morning, which couldn’t have been a more perfectly Autumn day.

I realized that the trees are in their full Fall glory while driving up to Nicole Miller on Main St. in Manayunk for their Bridal Trunk Show. This was my first visit to Nicole Miller’s Manayunk location and the store is just a little haven of style. The friendly associates are so knowledgeable and it’s very clear that manager, Samantha Sciolla, loves working with her customers. Samantha and her team do an excellent job of creating a personalized experience for each bride; many stayed to chat long after deciding on a gown!

Besides meeting with the brides and discussing their beauty needs and the services offered by The Style Darling, I had the pleasure of dolling up the gorgeous Natalie Krane who so graciously modeled Nicole Miller’s newest bridal collection. Natalie was photographed by the talented Heather Sizemore of HLS Photography. All of the beautiful photos were taken by Heather. Casa Papel was there to showcase their absolutely spectacular paper invitations and stationary. Their storefront is located in Northern Liberties or visit their website to see all of their stunning paperie. Couture Candy Buffets provided a display of confections that looked almost too good to eat (I must stress ‘almost’).

I was thrilled to be included in Nicole Miller’s Bridal Trunk Show, thanks so much to Samantha for all her hard work! It was a pleasure to meet all the very special brides and be there while making the big dress decision!

Model: Natalie Krane
Makeup: Lauren Mantilla
Photo credit: HLS Photography