September WordPress Only Beauty Blogger Blog Hop List!

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Well Everyone, Guess What?? It is time for the September WordPress Beauty Blogger Blog Hop Blog List!! I want to thank everyone so much for joining. I love hosting these in order to find lots new blogs, facebooks, and twitters to follow. Please go check out all of these amazing blogs and follow them, I am sure they will follow back. Thank you all again so much for joining, It really means a lot to me to see so many beauty bloggers coming together to support one-another. Sign ups for the October Blog Hop will happen on Sunday September 30th! Also I will be hosting a Halloween/Fall Giveaway towards the end of October so be sure to stop back for that! Blogs are in order of when they were submitted. As always I know there is a lot of blogs here so check out a few then come back and check out some more. The list isn’t going anywhere so check back often when your in the mood for a good read.

Beauty Fiends: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

Product Hoochie: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

Harajuku Girl FL Beauty: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @flgrrrl

Beautiful Kayekie: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @beautifulKkie

Two Lacquered Girls: Blog, Facebook, and Instagram @meganfromtlg

The Musings of a Skin Care Fanatic: Blog

Work/Play/Polish: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook 

Makeup Society: Blog and Twitter

Polish Groupie: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

Not Quite Carrie: Blog and Twitter

About the Pout: Blog and Twitter

Nooneys Nails: Blog 

My Beauty Addictions: Blog

Patent Purple Life: Blog and Twitter

Dashing & Darling: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

Peach Milky Tea: Blog

Polish Alcoholic: Blog

Always Sunny In June: Blog

Lipstick and Love: Blog, Twitter, and Instagram @Rebecca__Bee

GlammyBaby92: Blog and Twitter

Beauty Expressions By Lushessa: Blog and Twitter

Skaytanik Polishes: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Kelloves: Blog and Twitter

Arabella: Blog

Miss Jenny Lee: Blog and Twitter

Noelene: Blog, Twitter, and Instagram @AliciaHng

Emuleh Parker: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

Simply Evani: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Little Miss Lady Bella: Blog 

Product Reviews By Deb: Blog

Thank you so much again and if any of the links do not work please let me know in the comments below.

Sorry about all of the link problems and thank you to everyone who pointed them out. There was a problem with some not having a http:// in the link but they should all be fixed now.

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Mani Monday Featuring Juleps Annie

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Hello Everyone! It is time for Mani Monday! Today I just have Annie on from Juleps new Tina Turk collection. I love this darker blue shade a lot and it is great for fall. What are you all sporting this Monday? Let me know in the comments below!

With Flash

Without Flash

It looks more like the photo without the flash.

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty

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Hello Everyone, Today I want to share with you all something that Ulta does about twice a year called the 21 Days of Beauty. Each day during the 21 days Ulta features one brand and that brand has a representative at the stores to answer questions about their products. They also have one beauty steal each day. For example last Wednesday they had Stila and were offering Stila Smudge Crayons for buy one get on free. Yesterday they had Too Faced Romantic Eye Collection normally $36 on sale for $20. As you can tell they are already a 6 days into but there is still lots more sales coming up that I know I am looking forward to and I think you will too. I am featuring my favorites in the post but please be sure you check the calendar here as well for all of the great deals. This is on-line and in stores.

Saturday 9/8: Today Urban Decay is offering a deluxe size Marshmallow Powder Free with any $25 Urban Decay Purchase. I have the marshmallow powder already and I love it. It is a white glitter you put on your arms, legs, face wherever to make you smell fresh and sparkle. Now the question is what do you buy so that you spend $25? Easy Get Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I use this everyday and it does an amazing job of holding my makeup in place throughout my busy days.

Monday 9/10:I am most looking forward to Monday! Butter London Nail Lacquers are buy 1 get 1 free! Butter London polishes are amazing and I already called and you can get 4 polishes meaning you buy 2 get 2 free. I am only getting one color for myself and the other 3 are going to friends but I recommend you all hit up with sale. They are $14 each so for $14 you care getting two great quality polishes. I recommend Slapper, Lovely Jubbly (which I will be getting at the sale), and The Black Knight.

Friday 9/21: Stila Jewel Eye shadows will be $10 normally $20. I have been a stila fan for years and they eyeshaodws are amazing. My favorites would be Golden Topaz and Amethyst.

I hope you all hit up some of these sales! Please let me know if you go to any and what you get in the comments below. Also if you are a wordpress beauty blogger please make sure to check out my blog hop going on now.

Nail Polish Haulage Part #2

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Hello Ladies, I have been buying and swapping polishes a lot recently so I wanted to show you what polishes I have gotten. If you want to see swatches of any of these colors please let me know and I will edit this post to add them. This is the second post in my Nail Polish Haulage. The first part was posted yesterday and you can view it here. Color Names are in order from left to right in the picture.

Revlon Extravagant and Revlon Raven Red

China Glaze Crackles in Gleam Me Up, Luminous Lavender, Haute Metal, and Cracked Concrete

Essie Go Overboard, Orly Mermaid Tale, OPI No Spain No Gain, and Julep Annie

Orly Spazmatic, Sashy My Way, Can’t Be Tamed, and Oxidized Aqua

What do you think of the colors I got? Do you have any of them? Let me know in the comments below. You can contact me anytime by emailing me at sparklegirlslife@gmail.com.

Nail Polish Haulage Part #1

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Hello Fellow Nail Polish lovers! I have been buying and trading nail polish like a crazy woman lately. I wanted to show you all the colors I picked up lately. I have them all swatched but taking pictures of each color would take far to long so if your interested in seeing a color swatched let me know and I will add it to this post. I will have a second post up tomorrow with the rest of my recent colors plus be looking for a review of Zoya Jelly Polishes coming up later this week. All my posts planned for the next week are nail polish related so for those of you fellow lovers get ready!

Purchased from QT Collections seller on Amazon

Essie’s Recessioniast: a smart, intelligent and savvy brick red

Essie’s Head Mistress: a bold, in charge and direct red

Essie’s Bobbing for Baubles: a deepest darkest sapphire

Purchased from QT Collections Seller on Amazon

China Glaze’s For Audrey: Tiffany Blue

China Glaze’s Champagne Bubbles: Gold with shimmer

OPI’s Excuse Moi: Red with Multi Color Sparkles

I promise tomorrows will have three times the amount of polishes. I am taking inventory of what I have and I am going to start a polish sale which I will let you all know about in the coming days.

September WordPress Only Beauty Blog Hop Sign Ups

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Hello Everyone!!! I am so sorry I haven’t been blogging this weekend. I have been out of town and I didn’t have wi-fi. Today is the sign ups for my WordPress Only Beauty Blog Hop!! This month I am doing it slightly different. Please just click this link and fill out the form to sign up. The dead line will be September 10th and the list will be posted on the 11th. In case you do not know about my WordPress Only Beauty Blog Hops please read the information below copied from last months sign up post:

For those of you who don’t know what a Blog Hop is, it is a list of Blogs that you can visit to find new blogs to read and a way to get new followers. I wanted to create a WordPress only Beauty Blogger Blog Hop since even though there is lots of great blog hops already it is hard for WordPress users to join since we can follow other blogs through Google Friend Connect but they can follow us back on WordPress. Having a WordPress User only Blog Hop allows for all who join to be able to get new followers and follow everyone else.

How this will work: From now until September 10th, 2012 WordPress users with a beauty, fashion, fitness, or food related blog can fill out the link above. I will then compile a list of all of these links and create a post with all of the information on the 14th. I will then contact everyone who submitted their blog and send them a link to the blog post. From there, everyone can follow each other and connect.

Rules: The only two rules to this Blog Hop is that you have to be following my blog (sparklegirlslife) and you have to have a WordPress Blog. There is no rule that you have to post about it on your blog but we would love if you did to help promote this blog hop.

I hope all of you submit your blogs and we can have a successful WordPress Beauty Blogger Blog Hop! Got questions? Just let me know in the comments below.  

To see last months list click here.

September Julep Maven Box

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My Julep Box is Here! My Julep Box is Here! My Julep Box is Here! As you can see I am pretty excited that my box came today. The box itself seemed smaller then normal but that might just be because last month was an extra large box. This month’s theme was Tina Turk. Yep that’s right, Tina Turk teamed up with Julep to create a ling based on her 2013 clothing line. I would also like to share with you something different that Julep did this month. They offered all of their Mavens to upgrade their boxes for an extra $30 making your box $50 and with that upgrade you get all of the colors that month. This is a create idea when you like all of the colors. I passed on the upgrade this month since only 3 colors appealed to me but hopefully they will keep this and I can use it in a few months. The style I picked this month was American Beauty.

Eileen: I only have one white nail polish and I have been looking for another so I was very happy to see Eileen this month. Eileen is an antique bright white crème. I was very impressed with how little coats it needed as well. My friends used it for a French manicure today and it looked great.

Hoch: Hoch is a mod emerald green crème. I don’t own any green nail polishes and I really liked how this color looked on the computer. It isn’t as pretty in person and rather streaky. I am still happy with Hoch though and I am wearing her right now.

Volumizing Mascara: This is the second makeup product Julep has come out with (this and the lipglosses). I was not around in the lip gloss days so I have never tried them but I wasn’t impressed with this mascara. It may be because I already have a mascara but I am not a fan of this. It doesn’t do much for my eyes and the bristles are falling off into the mascara.

Have you gotten your September box yet? If so I want to see photos and what you think about this months colors and the mascara.

 

Review of Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleaner

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Hey Guys, I have another review for you all today. I promise this will be last one for a few weeks. I will be reviewing Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleaner. I have talked about the Mia Mariu brand and their hydrating stick gloss in past posts so please go check them out. I received this from Mia Mariu about a week ago so I have had a few days to really try out the product so I could give you all the best review possible.

Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser costs $19 and can be purchased on Mia Mariu’s website. This cleanser is supposed to leave your skin soft, hydrated, and refreshed without drying out your skin. Sea Kelp and Aloe are just some of the natural ingredients. Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser is extra effective for sensitive skin but is suitable for all skin types

I am very impressed with this product. I could just feel my pores opening up removing dirt and makeup. Because this is suppose to be hydrating and non-drying I did not use any facial moisturizer with this product to see if it dried my skin out. I did not notice any drying after 4 days of use, which is a great sign for those of use with naturally, dry skin! This is created to be used in the AM and PM. I loved how this foamed up and applied to my skin so easily. My skin was also actually soft after washing my face which never seems to happen. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who wants a good, non-drying face wash.

If you have any questions about this product, please let me know in the comments or send me an email at sparklegirlslife@gmail.com.

Review of Mia Mariu’s Hydrating Stick Gloss

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Hello Beauties, Today I am review Mia Mariu’s Hydrating Stick Gloss in Beso. Mia Mariu sent me this along with another product I will post about tomorrow to review for all of you. I talked about Mia Mariu in a post last week so pleae you go check that out if you would like to learn more about their brand. I would like to start out this review by saying that I LOVE this lipstick. It is very unique in the fact that it goes on and feels so smooth that it works like a lip-gloss and lipstick. I have been wearing this the last few days and I haven’t needed a lip-gloss on top since it shines on its on.

Hydrating Stick Glosses cost $15. You can purchase this color here and you can view and shop for their other colors here.

According to Mia Mariu’s website their Hydrating Stick Gloss is a revolutionary hydrating product combining color and hydrating gloss in stick form. It contains Vitamins A, C and E to nourish your lips and well as minerals and anti-oxidants to protect your lips. This stick gloss felt very moisturizing on my lips and I haven’t felt like I needed a lip moisturizer since I have started wearing this. These would be perfect for someone who wants a color that will last all day but doesn’t want to have dry, cracked lips. This feels so buttery and soft on your lips that it made me want to rub my lips together. I found that the color lasts for about 5 hours before it starts to wear away.

Beso is the most beautiful Barbie pink color. I have fair skin and I love how it pops against my skin without being too over powering.

Please go check these out! I promised you want be disappointed. Let me know what your favorite color Mia Mariu’s Hydrating Stick gloss you like best in the comments below. You can contact me anytime by emailing me at sparklegirlslife@gmail.com.

Ciate’s Caviar Manicure Review and How-To

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Hey Guys! I am very excited to review and show you how to use Ciate’s Caviar Manicure. I wanted this the moment I saw it but it took me a few months to actually get myself to buy it. When I went into Sephora and they were sold out I start to freak but online they were in stock so I ordered right away. I bought the rainbow version but they also have a black and a white version. This costs $25 and can be purchased from Sephora and Sephora.com.

Caviar Manicure kit comes with caviar beads, nail polish in Strawberry Milkshake, funnel, and plastic tray.

I was very surprised at how easy this was to use. Included was an instruction card with some different styles to try and tips. The first step to getting a caviar manicure is to paint one of your nails with the Ciate nail polish in Strawberry Milkshake.

Right after you paint a finger you have to shake the caviar over your nails. You need to have the tray included under your fingers before you start applying the caviar or else it caviar beads will go everywhere and you will waste most of the product. Once you have a painted a nail and covered it in Caviar you can move on to the next nail and so on. Once you have finished the first hand, lightly press on the beads over the tray. Some will fill off and the rest will be pressed firmly in their place. After you press on hand repeat the process with the other hand.

It only took me about 10 minutes to do both hands and it was very easy. You don’t have to worry about the base polish looking perfect since they will be covered anyway. Do not apply any top of topcoat since it makes the bead color run and just look horrible. Once you are finished you can use the funnel to pour all of the left over beads back into the bottle to be used for your next manicure.

Bottle right after using the beads

Beads after the extras had been poured back in

The caviar manicure looked beautiful for the first hour and then it began to go down hill. After an hour beads started falling off. I am finding all of these little beads everywhere now. By the next morning three of my fingers had lost all of their caviar and my other fingers had large spots of no caviar. This is perfect for a one night event but not longer then that. For example if you have a party on Saturday you have to do them Saturday afternoon, if you do it Friday night you will not be very happy with how it looks. Overall I would recommend this to a friend but keep in mind it does not last long.

Have you tried the Caviar Manicure? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below.