Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Exciting News!

Typically when we do presentations we offer Glinda's Fit School. This tends to be the document that gets everyone excited. It has been overwhelmingly popular. Attendees have asked how friends and family can get a hold of their own fit school. We can now tell them, right here!

The document has been "stepped up" from our typical Fit School document from presentations. We have crammed even more useful information inside!

Included in this document are:

Rules of Proper Fit

Best Items Based on Body Type

Jean Fit

Clothing Maintenance Tips

Shopping Tips

Internet & Discount Shopping Tips

Outlet Shopping Tips

Secondhand Store Shopping Tips

Closet Organization Tips

What Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet

How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner

This document should help get every woman looking and feeling her best. I always say there are no hard and fast rules but these are some great guidelines to get you started on looking your best ever!

This jam packed 20 page guide is available for the first time to everyone for the low price of $25.

Get it here

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Glinda Met Mary Kay

Cleary not the actual Mary Kay, but a beautiful, wonderful and extremely talented Mary Kay rep.

Yes, Glinda experienced a Mary Kay makeover.

I have to say that I was extremely impressed. A few years ago a girlfriend of mine sold Mary Kay and all of us were invited to her home for a Mary Kay party. She had her mentor run the party since it was her first one. There was a heavy pressure in the air to purchase and become a Mary Kay rep. To say I was extremely turned off is an understatement. I wasn’t impressed with the approach and I wasn’t impressed with the rep. She was all about flaunting the lifestyle that Mary Kay allowed her to live.

My experience the other day was dramatically different.

The makeover was fun and it was really informative. I already know a lot about makeup and skincare but I was shown how beneficial a Mary Kay consultation could be to someone who may be struggling with makeup. It was all about teaching you the right way to care for your skin and the right way to apply makeup. Sure, tons of fashion magazines try to teach you how to care for your skin or how to apply makeup but its different when you have someone sitting with you and showing you the steps. It was a great opportunity to sit down with someone who is basically a makeup artist.

If anyone out there is struggling with applying makeup I highly recommend you take advantage of Mary Kay’s free consultation. You will walk away with a wealth of information and a personalized look.

Mary Kay has certainly kept up with the times. They, like most cosmetic brands, are up on the latest trends in makeup. Believe it or not but you can get high quality mineral makeup from Mary Kay. All of you devoted mineral makeup wearers out there should definitely take notice. I would say that Mary Kay is giving department store and prestige cosmetic lines a run for their money.

As the motto goes “everyone does deserve a little pampering once in a while!”

If you are interested in learning more about what’s new at Mary Kay or scheduling a consultation with a rep, contact my fabulous rep Stacy Nally-Aguilar at

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dior at CVS? Say What?

Imagine a world where you don’t have to schlep out to your local Sephora or Ulta store when you are running low on precious beauty supplies. Imagine a world where you would go to CVS in order to grab a new Dior Show Mascara or pick up your favorite Benefit eyeliner. Imagine refilling a prescription, buying dish soap and high end cosmetics all in one place. I’m quite excited for this new world.

This world is fast approaches ladies.

No longer will “drugstore beauty queen” be a stigma (is it a stigma? It sounds good but I don’t know how true that is – hmmm maybe not a stigma but just considered unhip? Let’s go with that and move on). It turns out CVS is getting ready to launch its Beauty 360 concept. Basically this will be a store within a store. They will have cosmetologists and licensed aestheticians on hand to help you with all your beauty needs.

It gets better. CVS is considering offering manicures and hand massages in order to draw people into the Beauty 360 “store.” Um, as if women EVEN need another reason to go to CVS or purchase high end cosmetics, right? Those who love their Maybelline and Revlon, fear not. CVS has made a point of saying that they will NOT stop selling the typical “drugstore brands” in order to push the high end cosmetics. This should keep everyone happy, right?

I don’t know about you but I think this is pretty exciting news. CVS is planning on launching 500-1,000 Beauty 360 stores over the next year. Hopefully the stores will be successful and we can all count on having a Beauty 360 store right around the corner.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Show Our beauty: A Challenge to Women's Magazine

The most amazing thing is out on the interwebs. I guess you could call it a petition. Basically the purpose of this campaign is to push one women's magazine to publish at least one issue without re-touching.

Magazines exist outside of reality, they reside in hyper-reality. It's slick, its glossy and its 100% not real. Women of all ages get sucked into the perfect images and photoshopped figures of those features in the magazines. The idea behind the campaign is to "fight the bad body image hysteria that is sweeping the country."

Will it work? Who knows. Do I think its worthwhile to spend 5 seconds and sign? Yes.

Sign the Petition here

Also if you have a moment take a look at this website that devotes itself to showing photoshopped images vs. the real images

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Exciting Glinda News!

Wisdom of Glinda is so excited to announce that we have expanded our services!

We now are offering a full range of personal services!

We are offering stylist services, closet consultation, and personal consultations.

If you live outside of the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, don’t fret!

We have also added some exciting e-styling services!

Our e-styling services include outfit assessment, e-shopping/styling and personal consultation.

So check us out and see what Glinda can do for you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Beauty Steals & Splurges

We have complied the below list from lists from prominent beauty editors. These are basically the tried and true products that consistently win “best of” awards. We wanted to give you a good list of both and we tried to find splurges that weren’t too expensive (though some are). We also tried to give you a steal and a splurge in every category however some products were just not available in a steal.

We do have a note about higher end cosmetics. While the price tag may seem high you have to look at what you are getting. A higher end cosmetic is higher end due to the fact that it has a higher level of pigmentation in the product which means that a small amount of the product will satisfy. Higher end products do tend to be less waxy, brittle or hard and tend to go on smoother. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find good products at the drugstore it just means that it may take some more experimentation.

We have tried to include prices for all the products however prices for drugstore brands may vary based on location.

Moisturizers/ Eye Creams


Olay Complete UV Defense Moisturizer ($11)

Cetaphil ($12)

Eucerin Protective Moisture Lotion with SPF 30 ($8)

Biore Shine Control Lotion ($6)


Philosophy Hope in a Jar ($15-$60)

Kinerase intensive Eye Cream ($59)

Cosmedicine Honest Face ($35)



Rimmel Lasting Finish Transfer Resistant Make-Up ($8)

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($11)


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42)

Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup ($18-$25)



Rimmel Recover Anti-Fatigue Concealer ($5.50)

Max Factor Erace Concealer ($5)


MAC Studio Touch Up Stick ($14)

Laura Mercier Customizable Concealer Kit ($28)

Benefit Galactic Shield ($20)

Benefit Boi-Ing Concealer ($18)

Prescriptives Site Unseen Concealer ($22)



L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable powder ($10)

Cover Girl Clean Pressed powder ($4)

Cover Girl Cheekers Bronzer ($4)


Benefit Boxed Powders ($28)

Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder ($34)

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer ($48)

Sephora Brand Compact Powder ($14)



L’Oreal Cashmere Perfect Blush ($10.50)

L’Oreal True Match Blush ($11)


NARS Blush ($25)

Benefit Boxed Powders ($28)

Stila Convertible Color Cream Blush ($22)

Eye Shadows


Lumene Delight Duo Eye Shadow ($7.50)

L’Oreal HIP Eye Shadow ($9)

Rimmel London Cream Eye Shadow ($4)

Maybelline Expert Eyes Trio Kit ($6)


MAC Eye Shadow ($13.50)

Dior 5 Colour Palette ($54)

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trio ($28)

Stila Eye Shadow ($23)

NARS Cream Shadow ($21)

Eye Liner


Sephora Brand Slim Eye pencil ($1-$4)

Cover Girl Line Exact Eye Liner ($6)

L’Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eye Liner ($8)


Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner ($19)

MAC Kohl Eye Liner ($14)



Maybelline Define a Lash Mascara ($8)

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($5)

Max Factor Lash Perfection ($7)

Cover Girl Lash Exact ($8)


Dior Show Mascara ($24)

Clinque High Definition Mascara ($14)

Lip Color


Maybelline Shiny-Licious Lip Gloss ($6)

Cover Girl TruShine Lip color ($6)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.50)

L’Oreal Infalliable Lip Color ($12)

Revlon Moisturous Lip Color ($8)

L’Oreal Juicy Lip Gloss ($7.50)


NARS Lipstick ($24)

Benefit Rush Hour ($20)

NARS Lip Gloss ($24)

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30)

Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss ($25)

Vincent Longo Lipstain Lipstick ($23)

Cheek Stain

There are no steals in this category


Benefit Benetint ($28)

Tarte Cheek Stain ($28)


There are no steals in this category


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($42)

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer ($16)

Benefit “That Gal” Face Brightening Primer ($27)

Sephora Smoothing Primer ($18)

Highlights and Luminizers

There are no steals in this category


Benefit Moon Beam ($24)

Stila All Over Shimmering Luminizers ($22)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The New Female Ideal?

According to a recent British study men prefer a curvier, healthier woman. Their ideal? A size 10. This begs the question, why are we so out of touch with reality? Women long to fit into a tiny size meanwhile men find a woman with some meat on her bones more appealing than a tiny skeleton with bones protruding everywhere. I myself have heard this sentiment repeated from male friends and boyfriends. I think I always thought that they were being kind since they didn’t want me to feel badly about my body.

This study isn’t the first. I know I have heard this “official” data several times in my life. So again this begs the question, why are we so out of touch with reality? Why do magazines and tv shows shove down our throats the fact that we aren’t worthwhile if we aren’t a teeny tiny size. Why do magazines continually tell us that we need to lose weight? Where has the idea of body acceptance gone? I believe the fashion and magazine industry wants to keep us on a perpetual treadmill never able to reach what they have deemed the ultimate figure. Women resort to starvation, plastic surgery and severe dieting in order to shrink their frames.

My question to them is has it really helped you feel better? Do you feel happier? Are you getting more dates? My guess is no. No one likes a cranky, starved woman with the body of a twelve year old boy. Women are supposed to have curves. We are supposed to have breasts, butts and hips. Yes we are supposed to have a little pooch on our bellies because our bodies are built to support life. Everything we have is for a biologically purpose which is why when you starve yourself to a size 0 you stop your period. Biology knows that you are screwing your body out of its purpose. The fat and width of our bodies is purposeful. I think if women remembered that fact they may embrace who they are. I personally am sick and tired of being told to be thinner.

This study found that women are blatantly dissatisfied with their bodies in every way shape and form. All the women studied wished they were thinner, had smaller waists and thighs and hips. The men studied felt that their women were perfect they way they were and all prefer some meat. Are women ready to buy into this more healthy way of thinking? Are we ready to accept that our bodies are “right” the way they are?

It seems to me that studies like this get buried and that it’s not something that is reported in a mainstream way. I recognize that these kinds of studies don’t support the traditional viewpoint which may very well be why they are not widely publicized. I just feel so frustrated. I believe that if stories like this were reported on with some consistency maybe women would be more apt to believe them. Instead they get treated as a one off type of story, an anomaly of sorts. Kind of like “hey wow this crazy study says women don’t need to starve themselves. Isn’t that funny?”

Think about what it does to us as a group that so many women feel terrible about themselves based on how celebrities look. This is so silly. It’s a celebrity’s job to be thin. The average woman is busy with her life and doesn’t have the amount of time to devote to her appearance that a celebrity does. We have jobs, families, social lives and we do it all on our own. Sure, celebrities have children but they also have a team of nannies, secretaries, housekeepers, etc to insure that they have all the free time in the work to devote to themselves. Keep that in mind the next time you are beating yourself up over your inability to shrink yourself to some abnormal size.

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