Glitz & Glitter Spotlight: Blogs I Am Loving ATM

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Happy Friday, my babes!

I am sure you have seen blog posts like this on other sites, but I am happy to finally be spreading some love and spotlight some blogs that I am really enjoying at the moment and I think you should follow.

Curly Hair Vegan

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Briana encourages her readers to live a healthy life and she has so many great articles on food, lifestyle, and spirituality. She created CHV to encourage people to go back to the basics and shows just how easy it is to live a healthy lifestyle that is fulfilling, productive, and overall filled to the brim with positivity. Briana is one of my favorite bloggers and I always enjoy reading her blog posts. When I get an email update in the morning, I’ll typically open it and read the post first thing when I get up. A touch of positivity at the start of the day is always a good idea! Two lovely reads on Curly Hair Vegan that I had a splendid time reading are about oil pulling and the benefits when adding it into your routine and how to make scrumptious Buddha bowls.

Brighton The Day

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You have probably seen her pins floating around Pinterest in the most fashionable ways or looking great on Instagram while spreading such a great message, but if you haven’t, Brighton Keller is an incredible blogger who uses her platform for only good and positive. Her outreach is rather large and her Instagram stories really speak to her followers and they can relate to them. I love Brighton The Day because it is the one place I can go when I need a good bit of fashion advice, yummy recipes, a boost in my faith, or just a good laugh. Brighton is the kind of person who makes you feel like you have been friends for a long time and I love that about her. Two of my favorite posts on BTD are a list of Brighton’s fave Christian Podcasts and It’s Okay To Not Be Okay.

Elegant Living Everyday

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Jennifer Lynn and I have been following each other on Twitter for a bit and we sometimes run into each other in the same circles, which is so fabulous because I love seeing fellow blogging ladies furthering their careers and interests. So what is her blog? Elegant Living Everyday. No, not just on date night or ladies night, but every single day. She takes you through a life’s journey to live beautifully all the time and always keeps things as real as can be. Jennifer’s blog will help restore elegance in your life and I love it. Two of my favorite posts are How To Begin Your Journey and What Does It Mean To Live an Elegant Life. Both will be great to help kickstart your elegant journey!

Tea and Maz

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Mariam is a brilliant blogger and I am so in love with her blog! Tea and Maz focuses on mental health, lifestyle, inspiration, and books, all of which are part of living a wonderful and full life. Her website is absolutely beautiful and you also must follow her on Instagram! Mariam is a beautiful human being and I know you are going to love her as much as I do! Two of my favorite posts on her blog are 23 Things I’ve Learnt In 23 Years and her post on Daniel Wellington Watches (I love a good watch!)

Learning Lily

Lily is a beautiful soul who I originally met on Twitter, probably while going through a blogger chat or follow group. She is such a great person and I adore her. Her blog, Learning Lily, is all about travel, lifestyle, and fashion, 3 of my favorite things! Lily’s blog is absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see more of her accomplishments in the coming year. Two of my faves are In What Ways Is Instaram Affecting Us and Reflecting on 2017. Check out her posts and leave her a comment!

The Pink Paperdoll

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Abbie is the mastermind behind The Pink Paperdoll where all things lifestyle meet unique vintage and eco-friendly natural living. Her dog Perry makes occasional appearances and he is the cutest lil bean! I do love the overall feel of The Pink Paperdoll and it is such a cute blog. You can really tell Abbie has put time and hard work into everything she does. Good job, queen! Two of my favorite posts on PP are In Praise of Old Books and 4 Unique Places To See In South Dakota.

You may have seen on Twitter this past Monday that I asked for blogs to have in this post. I asked this for a few reasons. One, there are so many blogs out there that have yet to have exposure or views even if they are amazing, so I was hoping to get smaller blogs more views and deserved exposure. Second, because there are so many blogs out there, it can be hard to come across certain blogs and while some of these blogs have a bigger reach and follower base, that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing. I also wanted to find more blogs that I would love and want in the Glitz and Glitter Spotlight!

To bloggers who responded to my tweet and your blog wasn’t featured in this post or the next ones, I apologize. Your blog is amazing and because I got such an overwhelming response, I am not able to have decent sized posts that don’t go too long, even with a second part coming next week. However, I do think all of the blogs are great and for those blogs who didn’t make the Spotlight, I am going to quote retweet the links you sent me and say what I liked about your blog.

I received and read through 77 blogs in one day and when I started out, I only expected to get 5 or so, if that. Seeing all of those blogs was incredible. There were book bloggers, lifestyle, beauty, fashion bloggers, mental health bloggers, and everything under the sun. You all expanded my views and touched my heart with some of your stories. You each deserve your own separate blog posts because you are so unique.

If you liked this post and can’t wait to see the next installment in the Glitz and Glitter Spotlight series, I would truly appreciate it if you shared this post. Not only will it help Glitz and Glitter, but it will help the bloggers featured.

Who is one of your favorite bloggers? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous Friday and a great weekend. I’ll keep you all updated as to when part two will be up next week, so make sure to follow me on Twitter to stay in the loop!

Lots of love and hugs!

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My Favorite E.L.F. Products!

Hello, loves!

One of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable and cruelty-free is E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face). They have a lot of wonderful products and today I am sharing my favorites with you!

There won't be any foundations, concealers, or powders because they don't carry my shade. I'm too pale for all of the lightest colors!

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Just recently, I purchased the E.L.F. baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and all I have to say is "WOW!". The highlight is buildable, has a great glow, and is really soft on the skin. The highlighter takes a while to build up when using a brush, so when I'm in a rush, I will literally just swipe the highlighter right onto my cheekbones and blend it with my fingertips. That probably isn't a great technique, but it works in a pinch!

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The E.L.F. HD Cream Blush in "Superstar" is so pigmented! (Any Mannyacs out there? 😉 ) You just need a small dot of the product and it goes a long way! I use my beauty sponge to blend it out onto the apples of my cheeks to get a natural rosy glow.

The E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors are some of my favorite lip products that I have ever purchased! They are all creamy and rich formulas with a lot of color! I have three (a red and two nude colors) of their Matte Lip Colors and I live for all three of them! My current favorite is the shade Natural, a nude pink color.

For my lips, I love the Mint Maniac exfoliator to get my lips scrubbed and fresh! Two of my favorite moisturizing lipsticks from E.L.F. are the shades Berry Black and Ravishing Rose. Both shades are darker colors and I absolutely love them. I can't wait for fall to get here so I can wear these lipsticks with scarves, leggings, and cozy sweaters! A helpful hint: on the bottom of every E.L.F. lip product that comes in a lipstick tube (this includes the exfoliators, which I just found out a moment ago!) is a lip balm! If you pop out the little clear square bottom, there is a bit of lip balm! For the lipsticks, it is the shade of your lipstick and for the exoliators, it is clear!

Cool, right?!

Another E.L.F. product that I love is the Gotta Glow Lip Tint (not pictured) in the shade Perfect Pink. The lip tint is supposed to work with your lip chemistry to get the perfect shade for you! On my lips, this product comes out as a Barbie doll hot pink, so I use this product when I want a pop of pink!

Onto the eyes and eyebrows!

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The Intense Ink Eyeliner was part of my most recent E.L.F. purchase. The precision tip makes flicking out a winged liner simple and clean! If you are in need of a good eyeliner, I would give this a try!

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For my brows, I use the E.L.F. gel pomade and powder duo (I use the shade Medium), the E.L.F. small angled brush, the clear brow gel and mascara duo, and a small artist brush that I have. On days where I don't feel like messing around with the gel pomade, I will simply take the small artist brush and use the powder to fill in my brows after running a spooly brush through them. I then set my brows with the clear eyebrow gel. It is an easy look that works with natural makeup or just to make your brows more noticeable for a no-makeup kind of day.

Next up: Brushes!

Some of my favorite makeup brushes are from E.L.F.! They are affordable, good quality brushes that last!

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The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is used a lot in my makeup routine, mainly for blending out contour and bronzing powders. The brush is super soft and blends out makeup beautifully (surprise, surprise!).

The two brushes I use for contour and bronzer are the E.L.F. bronzing brush and the E.L.F. Professional Fan Brush (I use it to contour my nose). The bronzing brush really carves out my cheeks and applies the contour powder evenly.

I use a lot of E.L.F. brushes when I work with eyeshadow! The flat Eyeshadow Brush works well for packing shadows onto the eyelid and it is a staple in my eyeshadow brush collection.

The small Blending Eye Brush and the Professional Eye Defining Brush are two of my favorite makeup brushes! The blending brush blends out eyeshadow seamlessly and the eye defining brush fits into the crease of the eyelid to define (I am so original) and cut your crease! Both were around $1, so if you come across these brushes, buy them!

Other small brushes from E.L.F. that I love are the Lip Defining Brush (which I have honestly never used on my lips! I use it on my eyes and it would work really well for smoking out your lower lashes!), the Concealer Brush (for highlighting eyebrows), and the Small Angled Brush (I use it for my brows).

I have used E.L.F. face primers before and in my experiences, they worked pretty well. Their foundation was also really good. I actually wore it for around a year before realizing that the shade Porcelain was, indeed, much too tan for me!

I hope you guys enjoyed my E.L.F. favorites! Like I said before, E.L.F. is a cruelty-free drugstore brand that sells affordable products and I highly recommend that you try out their brand!

There is going to be a new post on Saturday, August 12th: a review for Perfectly Posh products!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and check me out on Pinterest!

I hope you have an amazing week!

 

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Review: Gigi’s Beauty Haven

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Welcome back to Glitz and Glitter! Today’s review is over a few sample products from a fabulous company called Gigi’s Beauty Haven. The lovely Brittni sent me a packet of samples and I reviewed them over this past week.

(I apologize for the lack of photos! I totally forgot to take any after I opened the package and I got so excited that I tried out a few products immediately!)

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The first product that I tried was the Energy soap. The small bar of soap lasted me a long time, in fact, I still have some!  It smells really great and doesn’t dry out my skin, so major plus!

The lotion bar (“I Put a Spell On You”) is really great! It leaves a oily shine on the skin but it absorbs quickly, so there isn’t a lot of residue. I would use this product during the winter when I get dry skin and apply it to the back of my hands.

The Manchurian Dragon whipped body cream is a really light lotion that is moisturizing and smells awesome. It’s got a fruity and feminine scent to it and it would be perfect for spring.

The next product is the watermelon shower jelly. It has to be my favorite product that I received! It is a sweet watermelon scent that is exactly what I like in a summer type body wash or product. I had never used shower jelly before so I was quite surprised to use one. If you haven’t used shower jelly before, just imagine using Jello in the shower. It’s actually really fun to use!

Also in the packet was a mint sugar foot scrub (Pedi-Mint). If you are looking for a hard scrub, this isn’t the foot scrub for you. The minty scent is great and the scrub works well if you have just used a foot file and want a softer and more polished look. But if you just want to use a scrub and not a file, I don’t think this would work well for you. My tip is to use a foot file, then use this scrub, and then moisturize. That worked really well for me. Overall, I loved this product!

The only product that I was unable to try was the Black Magic fizzy bath soak. I only use my tub to shower in and the plug leaks, so I can’t really take baths, unfortunately. But the product smells amazing and I am sure that it would work wonders!

Gigi’s has also added a lot of new products to their shop, so go check out all of their awesome products! They are a cruelty free brand, made by hand, and 98-100% natural.

The website is linked below and Brittni’s social medias will be linked also. If you are wanting to order from them, order through Brittni! She is a wonder to work with. Tell her Mimi from Glitz and Glitter sent ya!

Gigi’s sells salves, shower jellies, bath products, lotions, shower steamers, and so many more amazing products, including jewelery! They have also added a ton of new products! I am definitely going to keep Gigi’s in mind the next time I am ordering products. They quality is superb and the prices are affordable. You can’t beat that!

Until next week!

XOXO

Mimi

Info for Gigi’s:

Twitter: @GigiBeautyHaven

Instagram: @gigisbeautyhaven

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gigisbeautyhaven/

Website: https://gigisbeautyhaven.com/

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Liebster Award

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Hello, everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank Anna for nominating me for this award! You are a sweetheart! For all of the info for the Liebster Award, check out their page!

Here are the basics:

What to do if you are nominated?

  1. Post 11 facts about yourself (that you haven’t shared on your blog before).
  2. Answer the eleven questions your nominator asked in their post.
  3. Nominate eleven other bloggers of your choice.
  4. Come up with your own eleven questions for your nominees.
  5. Let your nominees know that they’ve been chosen!
  6. Link back to the person of which nominated you.

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I am a ginger. Red hair forever!
  2. My favorite lotion at the moment is Pink Cashmere from Bath and Body Works.
  3. I have a weird love for rubber duckies. I currently have four: a princess, a unicorn, and two polka dot rubber duckies.
  4. I love animals! I wanted to be a veterinarian for a while but I ended up changing my mind. I would have a really hard time if I had to put down an animal, so I don’t think that field is the best for me.
  5. I am planning on majoring in journalism and photography, with something is mass communications.
  6. When I get my own apartment, I want to get either a cat or small dog so that I have a companion. Again, I love animals!
  7. I love sheet masks or any kind of face mask. There has only ever been one face mask that I had to take off immediately and that was because I couldn’t stand the smell of it.
  8. I love lasagna. If you give me a fresh lasagna that is homemade, you will be my best friend!
  9. I have never been in a romantic relationship. Single as a Pringle, as some would say!
  10. One of my favorite Rom-Coms is French Kiss. Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan together? Yes, please!
  11. I never seem to have enough money when I go into makeup stores…

 

Questions from Anna (my answers are italicized)

1. If you could have dinner with one person who would you choose?  That is actually really hard for me to answer…There are a lot of people I would love to meet and talk to! Top 3 are Tom Hiddleston, Sebastian Stan, and Audrey Hepburn. I honestly can’t pick just one…

2. If you would live in another country which one would that be? Again, another hard question…France or Scotland! I would love to have a small cottage in the French countryside and be surrounded by tons of flowers. But then again, I would love to live in the Scottish highlands. Two totally different places, but I love both of them!

3. Did you go/Are you going to uni? I’m going to! I am a senior in high school and taking some college courses, then off to uni once I graduate! So excited!

4. If you could choose I thing you could only eat for the rest of your live what would that be? Uuummm….lasagna?

5. What is your favourite movie or book? Gosh…I love the Lord of the Rings movie series and also the Hobbit movie series, so I would go with either? If that wouldn’t be acceptable, I would say My Big Fat Greek Wedding! My mom and I watch that all the time and we always chuckle when someone says “biopsy”!

6. If you could speak one other language fluently which one would that be? French. Even though there is no logic in being able to speak the language when you live in Oklahoma, I absolutely love the French language!

7. What is your favourite city in the entire word? I honestly don’t know. I haven’t traveled outside of the U.S. and the cities I have been to here haven’t even been my favorites. I would love to go to New York City, though, and live there for a short while. I have this huge craving to go there.

8. What would be your dream holiday destination? Dream Vacation: traveling the entirety of the United Kingdom. There are so many places that I want to go there and I have friends in London who I haven’t met before but talk to all the time, so it would be amazing to see everyone there! Plus all of the awesome places, history, and architecture? Yes, please!

9. What is your favourite season? Winter. When everything is covered in white blankets of snow and the air is still but fresh, that is my favorite time. I would love to curl up on a couch in front of the fireplace and read while wearing thick fuzzy socks, while the snow falls quietly outside.

10. What is the first thing on your bucketlist? Travel. Again, I want to go to so many different places!

11. Have you ever been to a concert/festival? Which one was that? Yes! I have been to one concert! For my 16th birthday, my parents took my friend and I to the state fair and we saw Dustin Lynch (swoon!!)  after the Bull Riding/Rodeo. It is a very Oklahoma thing to do, totally! *insert my chuckling* 

 

My favorite blog has to be Charlotte Tudge’s blog Charlotte’s Makeup Blog. Her makeup always inspires me and make me want to go open my makeup case and beautify myself. She is a wonderful lady and I highly suggest that you go check out her blog! Her looks are gorgeous, flawless, and delicate. If you are in need of a new makeup blog, click the link above and follow her blog! Her social links are in her blog also, so follow her on all of those too! She is also doing a giveaway when she hits 3,500 followers on Instagram, so go follow her on IG and Twitter!

 

Here are my questions for my nominees(OPTIONAL, not in the official rules, so you don’t have to do this. I misread the rules, so this is irrelevant.):

  1. What is your dream job and why?
  2. Who is your celebrity crush?
  3. What is your go-to treat to satisfy your sweet tooth?
  4. Have you traveled and where?
  5. Do you have any kids/do you want any kids in the future?
  6. What was the last movie you went to go see in the movie theater?
  7. What is your favorite skin care product?
  8. If you could visit and painter from the past, who would it be and why?
  9. Coffee, tea, or both?
  10. If you could give your younger self any piece of advice, what would it be?
  11. What are your future goals and ambitions?

There you have it!

Thank you so much to Anna for tagging me! You are amazing and I envy your blog (seriously, it is so stylish!).

I tag the following people:

Mayling (Louibs & Leggings), Chloe (ChloeBlogs), Tiffany (Cincy Couture ), Lora (Lora Hull), PaleGirlRambling , Kirsty (As Told By Kirsty), Laura (Inside Laura’s Head, and Maggie (Magpie Making Do), Charlotte and Culture Eighteen.

I hope you all have a fabulous day! There will be a new review out tomorrow (Monday) morning also! See you then!

XOXO

Mimi