Brain Break + Updates

Hey, friends!

This post is long overdue and I have been really nervous to post about it. This past month or so, I have been in a slump and had zero inspiration.  When I first started Glitz and Glitter, I was blogging for me and then it became something bigger than I ever expected. I started thinking of the numbers, looking at the stats, and being disappointed when I didn’t get as many views as I had expected.  Instagram became harder and harder to get interaction on and it was (still is) so disappointing to go on Instagram and see an account where there would be blank white photo slots that had more likes than photos I took time to work on. Other influencers I follow also took time for their photos and they suffered too. It became a disappointment to even open the app.

I let the numbers get to me instead of blogging for fun and I needed a break.  In honesty, the numbers still bother me and they probably will until I no longer allow them to. I forget that I have people who follow Glitz and Glitter and interact with me and I love them. I keep thinking of numbers, how to get more views, more likes, etc. It kills the happiness I once had about blogging and I am trying to change that. So for now, Glitz and Glitter is going to be fun, or how I see fun. The posts are going to be things that I want to post and if they don’t get a lot of views, okay. It won’t ruin my life and I won’t let it ruin my day.

I needed time to get into a better mindset or even admit that I needed a break from it. Trying to stay on a one-post-a-week schedule wasn’t working and I was forcing it. It became monotonous. Starting in this season of life and of change, I’m shaking it up. The posts will be up when they go up (probably one every 2 weeks-ish), I’ll still be active on all of my social medias, and I’m still here, but Glitz and Glitter is going under some planning!

I hope you will stay with me on this journey and talk to me on social media! I truly see you guys as my friends, so contact me! Tweet me, send me funny stuff- it makes my day!

Until the next post, babes…

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Bolzano PR

Hey, friends!

In February, I was contacted by Bolzano Handbags PR about sending me a purse to review for their just recently launched monthly subscription box. Of course, I said yes! The absolutely lovely Leylani was my customer service representative and she is a dream to work with. She made the process so easy!

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I was sent the Alisse Messenger bag in brown and let me tell ya, I love it! Generally I am not a fan of messenger style bags because I find that they don’t have enough space to carry around all of the things I need. However, having a messenger bag has really helped me realize what I actually need and I do have enough space.

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The purse strap measures 44 inches and it is adjustable so you can get the perfect fit. There’s also a lock and key on the purse so you can keep your wallet, keys, and everything else secure. When the purse is unlocked, just pinch together the buttons on the front and your purse will open. I personally love it for the rodeo and fair seasons that are coming up! I wish I had this purse a few years ago when I was at the Tulsa State Fair!

The purse is made from cowhide, so it is real leather. Bolzano also has handbags that are made from lambskin and cowhide/lambskin combination. If you are thinking about ordering an item from Bolzano but do not want to purchase a purse or wallet that is made from animal skin, they do have options that are fabrics. If you would prefer to shop from a brand that avoids using animal hides, Bolzano isn’t the brand for you, sadly. However, there are a lot of other amazing brands that are cruelty free!

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The quality of this purse is so great and it is really sturdy, making it perfect for me! The Alisse messenger bag retails for $148. If you are looking for a well-made purse that will last you for a long time, make sure to check out this style on Bolzano’s website, which is linked above! When you tour their website, there is a chat box that pops up so there is a person to help you if you have any questions.

Thank you so much to the entire Bolzano team for sending me this amazing purse! Make sure to go check out their website and see if they have anything that suits your taste!

If you want to catch up on my previous post click here or scroll down and hit the previous post button! All of my social media links are also above and below, and I love talking with you guys on Instagram and Twitter!

What’s your favorite purse style? Let me know in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: I was not paid to review this purse or any other products from Bolzano Handbags. All opinions stated are my own and this post contains no affiliate links. Happy reading!

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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Personal Tag: From One Blogger To Another

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The lovely Marielli ( Unpredictable Mom blog and SweetxSour Beauty) tagged me to do a blogger tag where you answer 11 questions from the person who tagged you and then you answer the questions in a blog post and tag more people! I love blogging tags because you guys get to know more about me and I end up learning more about you guys also. The questions I have to answer will be first up, then the questions I will be asking to the bloggers that I tag. Just like in the last tag, my answers will be the italicized following the questions.

Marielli’s Questions For Me:

What is something you’ve always dreamed of doing? I have always dreamed of a lot of different things. I am that person who dreams so big that they will probably never fulfill half of what they want to do! My biggest dream is to travel before I settle down. I want to go across the globe and see everything! At the very least, I want to visit France, the U.K., Italy, and the rest of the U.S.

 What made you start blogging? I started my first blog on Blogger around two years ago with every intention of using it as a personal journal sort of thing. I only ever posted three times on there (all with promises of posting more) and I ended up deleting that blog and account about two months ago. Now I have Glitz and Glitter! Glitz and Glitter is the outlet of my creativity and passions. I love trying new products and writing about lifestyle things. So I guess you could say that I started blogging because I wanted to let out some of my creativity.

Whats behind your blog name? When I was setting up my WordPress blog, my mind went totally blank as to what I should name my site! Everything that I liked were variations of other titles (blog, movies, or otherwise) and were lacking the pizazz that I wanted. I wanted something catchy, that described me and my platform, and that might be interesting. Thus, Glitz & Glitter!

Name something you love to eat but is bad for you. (candy, junk food, certain drink): Any type of baked goods! Cake, cupcakes, pie, literally anything that falls under that category!

 Have you ever traveled outside your home? That depends. Out of my home state? Yes, a bunch of times. There is only so much to do in Oklahoma! But I have never traveled outside of the U.S. That kind of fuels my need for traveling!

Rain or Shine? I like a mixture of both, but it depends on what type of mood I am in. If I am sad, depressed, lonely, etc., I love a good thunderstorm! Thunderstorms tend to soothe me anyway, but the sound of rain and distant rumbles of thunder is a perfect friend for a sad mood. If I am happy and positive, bring on the sunshine!

Ever been in love? Nope!

How many times do you post in a week? I post once a week (every Monday!) and I’m hoping to post two times a week soon, but we will see how that blends in with my schedule!

Whats your biggest fear? Being alone/never finding love. The thought of never finding someone who I love and who loves me back unconditionally is really sad and scary to me. I am a very social person and a romantic on top of that, so I truly hope that there is a guy out there for me!

Are you a morning person or night person? I am in between. I am really productive (like this morning, for example) in the morning when I have a lot of motivation or there is something that I really want to do. But then again, I also get a lot of work done at night. Listening to jazz, making more graphics, and scrolling through Instagram and Twitter, that’s my thing.

What’s something you hope to make out of blogging? I would love to inspire others or help them in some way, while at the same time supporting things that I believe in. If something I do helps someone else, I feel like I have actually accomplished something in my life. If someone reads my posts, goes through my social media, or talks to me, I hope that a bit of happiness has been added to their day 🙂

There you have it! Below are my questions for the bloggers I am going to tag. Before we get into that, just know that this is totally optional! If you are tagged and don’t want to complete it, that is up to you! You are not obligated to do so.

General rules about this: If you do decide to do the tag, make sure to link the person who tagged you and answer the 11 questions they asked. You don’t have to tag anyone once you write your part of the tag. You can answer the questions and leave it at that, if that is what you prefer to do. If you do tag others, make sure to write 11 questions for them to answer!

My Questions:

  1. What is one quality that you look for in a potential romantic partner?
  2. What is your favorite body wash product at the moment?
  3. Favorite film?
  4. What is a song that touches your soul (Sad, happy, funny, etc.)?
  5. What is your blogging platform and why did you chose that one?
  6. Goals that you would like to complete by the end of 2017?
  7. What is your favorite perfume/cologne (if you wear one)?
  8. What is one thing from your bucket list that you want to do, but is also thrilling to you? (Ex: sky diving, bungee jumping, etc.)
  9. What was your cringiest date that you ever went on?
  10. Favorite place to go to?
  11. Scale of 1-10, how bad do you think your drivers’ license (or ID) photo is? (1 being not bad at all, 10 being absolutely horrible)?

 

Those are your questions! I tag Maggie , Saffy, and Anna to do this tag!  Again, if you don’t want to do the tag, you do not have to!

I hope you have a fabulous day! See you back here on Monday with a new review!

XOXO

Mimi

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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