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CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 


Do you ever have those days where you don't exactly feel all that glamorous?! I admit that with all of the business of school starting back up, family, 2 jobs, and the blog- it's been quite a challenge to both look and feel  glamorous lately ;) There's also the fact that I don't exactly have my own personal makeup artist, loads of money and/or fame [lol!], which makes it a bit harder to lay on the glitz that often.

I am of the opinion however, that a woman should try and give herself a special treat every now and then. Whether it be a nice relaxing bubble bath or getting "dolled up" and going out with some girlfriends for the evening, it's good to feel a little glam sometimes! It's not always been super easy I've found, to create the perfect glamorous look- a makeup artist is definitely one way to go but usually not affordable for most of us ;)

Recently though, I had the luck of stumbling upon a fantastic beauty guide that has it all AND allows even the perhaps challenged girl, to achieve a glamorous look for themselves! What better way to get the look you see on the women in Hollywood than to get your very own DIY guide- from a top celeb makeup artist, Gary Cockerill :) Check out my review of this wonderful beauty bible below:

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CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Simply Glamorous

by Gary Cockerill

This is hands down the BEST beauty book I've found in quite a while- which is why it made my TOP PICK of the YEAR! :) I am impressed from start to finish on how well-designed and thought out this awesome beauty guide is!

It's hardcover makes for a great decor item and for added protection and is broke up into 3 main sections: Face, Eyes, and Lips. In the intro, Gary Cockerill shares his experience of trying to find who he wanted to be; he knew that he wanted to be an artist although he wasn't exactly sure in what capacity.

After landing a job that was a stroke of genius for Gary, painting mannequins- he began to see how to paint a three-dimensional face and things really began to click for him! Gary states that this eventually led to unpaid "testing" work for photographers and agents until he was able to start getting his own bookings.

He admits that it still wasn't easy for him in the beginning as his make-up style was the polar opposite from those around him, but he remained dedicated and didn't give up. I really LOVE that attitude of dedication and motivation- it shows that Gary Cockerill is super serious about his work and loves what he does.

You can really see that too throughout this book- every single one of his looks are absolutely beautiful. He's got 10 great tips-"Gary's Guide to Gorgeous" and there were a couple of things that I hadn't thought of before- that's fairly rare for me as I've shared many of my own and read too many to count. His 9 "Tips for healthy skin" were no-brainers for me, but they are all good choices that are easy changes to make.

There are a few more sections following these tips, right before the glam looks begin and they cover everything from how to contour, correct and conceal, to detailed pages on skin tones and which foundation shade/type to choose. The main portion of the book is broken up really well with each look getting its own unique "transformation" name- like the "Sun-kissed Goddess Transformation" or the "Color Rush Transformation".

As an added bonus, Gary strategically placed Tutorial pages that have detailed info on how to do sometimes difficult tasks like False lashes application or How to choose eye color. At the end of the book, there are a list of his fav products for skincare and make-up, in addition to his top tools and brushes :) 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

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I used to avoid technology in general like "the plague" and it was from a very early age. We didn't even have anything in the way of a computer until I was in Junior High and they didn't do much of anything :/

It was complicated and bulky- not really that much fun to operate either. I decided from then on, it would be best to leave the realm of technology to others. Of course I was quite wrong in my thinking and perhaps now wish I'd have picked up a bit more back then.

Our world today is surrounded by technology and it's moving so incredibly fast these days that it's hard to keep up! A few years ago I was very fortunate to have met a wonderful man whom I am still with today and he is a very technologically-minded guy.

The way in which he looks  at technology- as something beneficial that can make our lives much easier, it changed the way that I looked at it as well. I stopped thinking of technology in general as a negative thing and realized that as I learned more about it, I had been missing out :0

Looking back, I suppose I was intimidated by technology and scared of it because I didn't know that much about it. I began teaching myself little by little, learning things here and there- like how to type, use a word processor and other programs.

Within only a short time, I began to see that this was the place for me all along- I actually enjoyed it! I even went back to school to further my education and learning- I will be going on to a technical Master's of Applied Science in Information & Communication Technology, with a specialization in Telecommunications after I complete my B.A. in the upcoming spring semester :)

I'm sure you're wondering by now what all of this technology talk has to do with beauty- it has to do with it quite a bit! That's the other side of technology for me as a woman AND as a lover of all-things-beauty :) Once I started to get more into technology, I began to see what the worlds of beauty and technology combined really had to offer!

Not only has technology made beauty easier, it's also opened up a realm of possibilities that weren't even there before. One of the trends that I've seen pop up over the last couple of years as a result, has been the increase in beauty apps.

This is an easy way to delve right into both beauty AND tech without getting completely lost- regardless if you are tech-savvy or not. I came across an awesome one recently that I thought I would share- check out my review of this great beauty app below:

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beGlammed App

[free install!]

There are some drawbacks with the beGlammed app as there are with most, however I believe that will change as the app continues to grow! It's currently being offered in the following cities: LA, New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, DFW, Houston, Austin, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. That is a fairly decent list, but that still leaves many people out completely just based on location, which is why this won't work for everyone. The download site does promise though that MORE cities and areas will be coming soon!

What I really liked about this app right from the start, was how well it's laid out and easy to use. From the app's landing page, you can book your hair & makeup appointment together, or you can book just a hair OR makeup appointment as well. There's even a separate section for bridal bookings too. The Date Time tab that's included in the landing page will take you right to a calendar which allows for you to pick a day and time easily for available appointments- once you pick your location on the landing page's location tab :)

There's even a feature to call them directly if you would like to talk to a real person, in addition to being able to check on the history of your account- all right off the bat when you first open the app. beGlammed has done an excellent job of simplifying the process and making it super easy to use, with little navigation or difficulty involved! The great thing about this app in particular that sets it apart from apps similar in nature, is that beGlammed doesn't just stop at letting you make appointments.

A menu provided on the start page of the app offers up some more goodies! You can check out your account profile, the FAQ's section, and a great look-book that lets you see cute and trendy looks you can request.; this is one of my fav features of the app. IF you decided that you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, there's a requirement to do this at least 4 + hrs. beforehand or you will get charged.

This might be a downside, however most places charge much more unless it's a 24 hour notice, so for me a 4 hr window isn't too bad. If you change/cancel your appointment within 1-4 hrs, then you will however be billed for 50% of the total cost; you will get billed the entire amount though if you do this in under and hour's time from the appointment- which is a major bummer.

Based on this, I would advise not to schedule one unless you are sure you can make it and nothing else will get in the way- otherwise you can end up out a bit of money. For most I wouldn't see this as being an issue since they are after-all coming to you!  If you are late to your own location or appointment, there is a 15 min. grace period before you would be billed the total cost as a "no-show". The upside to all of this is that you can book appointments anywhere from 3 hours to 2 months in advance, which makes emergency visits possible :) As for pricing, they are mid-range.

You can snag an updo and makeup for example- ranging from $110-475 [1.5 hr. appt. duration], depending on what options or features you want.Overall this is a great app with a lot of offer. The pricing is probably not for everyone, but for the convenience of coming right to you and providing professional services- beGlammed is the way to go.



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