December 12, 2013

Glitter & Glam - a book by Melanie Mills: pics, review!

Hello, Beautiful!

If you're a beauty lover, or know one, and want to gift yourself or a beauty-lover something fun and helpful this holiday season then I have a great suggestion for you... Glitter & Glam book by makeup artist Melanie Mills. Melanie Mills has the Gleam by Melanie Mills beauty line. I've reviewed her Lip Radiance glosses here, as well as her Body Radiance here.  Aside from great beauty products, her book Glitter & Glam is packed with instruction, inspiration, and beauty goodness. This book is very helpful - it even includes 50 easy step-by-step tutorials for everything from the very wearable everyday looks to specialty and fantasy looks. Check out my full review, including all the product info, after the pics!

Glitter & Glam
by Melanie Mills


Glitter & Glam book by Melanie Mills Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $22.00. Available on the the Gleam by Melanie Mills website, on Amazon, and everywhere else this book is sold.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

In this colorful beauty book, Melanie Mills shares her glamorous makeup secrets.

Maximize the glam, access your inner diva, grab the glitter and get excited about makeup! With stunning photos, featuring stars like Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Brandy, and Willa Ford, and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, Melanie Mills shows you the makeup techniques for creating fun, trendsetting looks inspired by rock'n'roll vixens and fairy tale characters. Melanie Mills, who has helped create famous looks for celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, is on a mission to help everyone sparkle. With skin and beauty tips for both everyday and special occasions, Glitter & Glam is a celebration of all things fabulous, as well as a gorgeous collection of Melanie's makeup artisty and creative styling.

From skincare basics to professional makeup tricks, Glitter & Glam will unlock your inner diva and open up a world of glamour. Glitter & Glam shows everyone how to use makeup to be a fearless trendsetter. Learn the secrets of celebrity models such as Ariana Grande and Audrina Patridge to maximixe your glam! Whether you're looking for ways to amplify your natural look or fathering inspiration and beauty secrets that only celebrity makeup artists know, Glitter & Glam will inspire you to experiment with fantasy. Unafraid of bold colors and dramatic styling, Melanie Mills will show you how to use makeup to showcase your most beautiful self.

All copies (at least the ones sold on the Gleam by Melanie Mills website) are personally signed by Melanie Mills herself! Also, if you order from the Gleam by Melanie Mills website Melanie Mills will personalize a message in the book for you! You just need to send your order confirmation email to with a note of what you'd like Melanie to write. I'm not sure how long either offer will go for, so if that's a special touch you'd be interested in then I'd get it before it's gone.

As a beauty blogger, I of course am obsessed with all things beauty related. I love collecting makeup related books because they are pretty to look at, and usually very informative. What I love most about the Glitter & Glam book is how many tutorials are in the book. If you're someone who knows basics - and it does go over some basics - then you don't need yet another beauty book telling you how to do all the simple stuff. You want something fun, inspiring, and creative. This book has it all. It's one of the most well laid-out beauty books I've seen in awhile.

There are 149 glorious pages to this beautiful beauty book. The size of the book is nice too -- it's about the size of a magazine. The cover has a beautiful photo but also has this holographic glitter overlay that you can see as the light hits it -- I LOVE that effect! This is a soft cover book, which I don't mind because I stack my books one on top of the other, but if you stand your books up in a book case you may be the type that prefers a hard cover. But the cover material really isn't what's important here. It's what's inside!

Here is a break down of how the book is laid out and what's inside:

Of course it starts with the usual start of a book stuff -- table of contents, etc. In the front is also where Melanie signed my book. Then there is the introduction.

After the introduction comes The Basics. She starts with skincare, then onto the face makeup (foundation, setting, etc.), and highlight/contouring. Then a few pages on eyes, a little on lips, and then onto body (topics like body makeup, self tanners and tattoos). Then there is a glorious section on glitter - which is my favorite topic, seeing as how I'm a glitter-aholic.

After the basics - which is a small part of the book (pages 2 to 19), and I appreciate that it's a smaller part of the book - Glitter & Glam goes right into The Looks.

I want to note that these looks are gorgeous laid out. There is a color photo of the finished look, which immediately draws your attention because the photography is really nicely done. Then each tutorial lists a Took Kit - letting you know what you'll need to re-create this look, as well as step-by-step on how to make it happen. When she lists the step-by-step looks one thing I appreciated is the fact she doesn't list specific brands and/or shade names. Instead she just tells you the color you need in what product you'll be using - which allows you to more easily use what you already have. What I mean is, say she say "use MAC's Snob lipgloss" - if you don't know what shade Snob is, you wouldn't know exactly what to use to duplicate the look (without doing more research on what that shade looks like). Instead she'll just say something like "use a burnt rose cream blush", so you know to look for a burnt rose blush in your collection (be it cream or powder). That's just something I thought she was really smart about because I find it allows people to be more creative with what they already have, rather than feeling like they need to go out and get those exact products.

Anyhow, back on track to The Looks. I'll list each look name below so you can see just how many tutorials and variations there are. Some of The Looks are in the photos above, but obviously you should purchase the book to see them all rather than me photographing each look. However, below will be the cover look's tutorial - pic, tool kit and step-by-step instructions - to show an example of how it's set up.

The Looks starts with the Color Wheel, with 10 different tutorials:

  • White
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Black

Then The Looks go into Icons, Fantasy & Pin-Up, with 12 different tutorials:
  • The Queen
  • Liz Taylor
  • Up, Up & Away!
  • Water Dancing
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Audrina On The Rocks
  • Ice Huntress
  • A Mad, Mad Hatter
  • Snow White
  • The Wolf Within
  • The Siren
  • Ariana Of OZ

Then The Looks go into Glam, with 11 different tutorials:
  • The Golden Goddess
  • The Video Vixen
  • The Rock Star
  • Like A Virgin
  • Cotton Candy Disco
  • Sizzling & Sexy
  • Football Diva
  • Pool Goddess
  • Roller Girl
  • Dirty Dancer
  • Vouge

Then The Looks go into Faces Of The World, with 16 different tutorials:
  • The Lioness
  • Femme Fatale
  • Copper & Smoke
  • The Fifth Element
  • Cover Girl  (shown in the photo example below)
  • Tokyo Nights
  • Warrior Princess
  • Tribal
  • Bollywood
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Pop Glam
  • Tranquil Beauty
  • Arabian Nights
  • Irish Rose
  • Motorcycle Mama
  • Showstopper

Example of a tutorial, using Cover Girl from the Faces Of The World section.
You can click on them to view them larger and read it.

At the very end of the book there are some acknowledgements, credits, and a little bio about Melanie Mills herself.

On the Gleam by Melanie Mills website it says there are 50 tutorials, but based on my list above, there are only 49. However, my book did have a pin-up look on pages 60 & 61, but it was just a photo - no tutorial included. Maybe that was some how accidentally not printed in my copy? I would assume that is the missing look and they even mention pin-up looks as one of them, but no tutorial on mine (there was even an empty white space on the side where the Took Kit could have been listed, possibly). But still 49 amazing looks - from your date night to specialty and even looks you could do at Halloween.

I really enjoy this book everytime I pick it up and open it. I'll have to do some re-creations of the looks and post them either on my blog or on my Instagram (follow me on Instagram if you don't already; I post lots more swatches, before & after FOTD's, mini reviews, my subscription boxes/bags - like Ipsy - my kid, my tattoos and more. Instagram name is valentinekissesbeauty).

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this product? Have you tried this or is this on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. Such a great review and sooooo detailed! Thank u so much please recreate looks and show me how u were inspired! Gleam on!

  2. @ Melanie Mills: Wow, thank you so much for coming on here and leaving a comment. I absolutely LOVE your book and I can't wait to re-create looks. I'll be sure to tag you on Instagram so you can see my results from your looks!! xoxo


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