Discover Self Love

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Hi, guys!

This is the first post in my series of Discover Self Love.  I am going on a journey of truly loving and appreciating myself and doing so by working on my mind, body, and soul.  One of my posts a while ago was over self love and body confidence, but I’m here now to take the extra step to be the person I want to be and I’m hoping you guy will join me on this journey!

Discover Self Love is more than just “well, it’s been fun and I think I am okay with myself now. I guess this is self love.” This journey is (hopefully) going to have a positive change on my main 3: mind, body, and soul.  I’m combating the negative with only good thoughts, good food, and good everything.  I have a few books I’m going to be reading, a few music playlists, and a daily To Do list prepared so let’s get into it!

The two books I am going to be reading are Unworthy: How To Stop Hating Yourself by Anneli Rufus and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Both books sound absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read them. I ordered the first one and I should be getting it in the mail within the next few weeks and the second one I am getting from the library.  (Note: if you aren’t a part of your local library, go get a library card! You have so many books and resources at your disposal!)

My daily To Do list is going to consist of the following:

  • Drink a lot more water, including a glass in the morning
  • Eat better foods
  • Do yoga in the morning, even just small warm up sequences
  • Read a book
  • Journal (I have a few prompts and ideas on my Pinterest, so if you want some good ideas, check it out!)
  • Listen to a good music playlist
  • Try. Not. To. Curse.

With all that said, I really hope you follow Discover Self Love and embrace truly loving yourself while I learn to love myself. 

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An Exciting Look Into 2018

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Happy New Year, babes!

As you may have noticed, Glitz & Glitter has taken a new look and is still on the road to improvement.  I’m not finished with the new site yet, so it still looks a bit rough.  This year, I have a few things I hope to accomplish on Glitz & Glitter, a few new projects, and a lot of fun things coming in 2018!

The first project I have in mind is a multiple part venture of learning to love your body, mind, and spirit.  Lately, I have been rather negative on myself and I hope to change that through a few different mind changing steps that I have gathered from Pinterest and different websites.  I’m also going to be reading Unworthy: How To Stop Hating Yourself by Anneli Rufus as I go along on this ultimate self love journey. 

As part of a Blogmas post I did, I mentioned that I am hoping to somehow incorporate my faith into my posts and I am still trying to figure all of that out.  I’m on a journey of faith myself and my biggest obstacle is myself.  Hopefully, though, that will happen sometime in 2018.

Also, if you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see more of on Glitz & Glitter, drop me a comment down below and let me know! I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts. 

I definitely want to bring more positivity to Glitz & Glitter this year. Somehow I’m hoping that this will make me more positive, but we shall see. 

This year, I hope to take Glitz & Glitter where I wanted it to go when I first thought of starting a blog.  I’ve been blogging for 9 months, so I am still learning and growing! Thank you all for supporting me and sticking with me throughout this journey! I love and appreciate every one of you.

Happy New Year!

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Jamberry Nail Wraps from Laila | review

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Hi, babes! Welcome back to Glitz & Glitter, the best little place on the internet.  Here at Glitz & Glitter, we (and by “we”, I mean me, myself, and I) stand for happiness, uniqueness, and all things lovely.  If you want to be a part of the Glitz & Glitter Tribe, hit that follow button and you are automatically a part of the tribe! 

Today’s review should have been up a while ago, but Blogtober called and then things in my life blew up, so the schedule was thrown out of whack.  A while back, a lovely gal named Laila sent me two sample packs of Jamberry nail wraps to try out and review and I can’t wait to tell you about them.  You have probably seen nail wraps before (they are also called nail stickers) in your local shop, but if you haven’t here is a picture of them! 

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Nail wraps are nail stickers that apply to your nail and seal with heat (I used my hair dryer).  They last for a while and they don’t chip like nail polish does! There is no drying time spent worrying about accidentally denting a nail and redoing anything; just apply, heat, press, and voila! I heated the wraps multiple times while they were on my nails and while I shaped them so I would get the best seal I could.  I did have problems with the wraps lifting, but that was my own fault.  I am a novice at applying the wraps so they definitely weren’t perfect.  There were creases at the sides and I picked at them throughout the week (I know: BAD. Piece of advice: don’t pick at them, no matter how tempting it is!) so that did factor into the short wear time.  

The nail wraps are great and I still have some left over! The next time I use them, I am certainly going to have a nail station with everything prepared in front of me so I won’t be scrambling for anything! 

I stupidly forgot to take photos of when I wore the wraps, so I don’t have a picture of me wearing them.   I do plan on trying the nail wraps again and hopefully perfecting them, so when I do, I’ll be adding the images on this post! 

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Thank you so much, Laila, for sending me the nail wraps and for being so understanding about my late posting! I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart! 

Laila’s links will be down below, so make sure to check them out! 

I hope you have a fabulous week and don’t forget to smile and listen to amazing music! 

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Maple Holistics Conditioner Review

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Hello, babes!

Welcome back to Glitz & Glitter!

Today’s post is a review of a product that was sent to me by Maple Holistics. You may have heard of them from Marielli (thelatinabeautyfix), a friend of mine who has an amazing blog! She has reviewed some of their products before and I am happy that I get to review one of their products for you guys!

I was sent the Hair Superfood Thickening Conditioner to test out a month or so ago, but due to the backup of blog posts and some crazy things in my personal life, I am just now getting to post this.

Let’s start off with a bit of factoids about the conditioner!

  • It is a thickening conditioner, so it is meant for thinning hair. Granted, I don’t have a problem with thinning hair, as my hair is quite thick naturally, but I still wanted to give this product a try!
  • It has a special tingling effect from the menthol and tea tree oil that are in the product. There are a lot of natural ingredients in this conditioner and I love the tingle!
  • It has Volumizing and Oil Therapy.

The conditioner is great and I really think it will be a great product for you if your hair is starting to thin out a bit and you want to get the volume back into your hair. Again, my hair is very thick, so I really can’t tell you if it made my hair thicker or not. My hair did seem to have a bit of volume to it, though, so that is a plus! The tingle is also great, especially since I used the conditioner with my Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo! Double the tingly clean effect!

I couldn’t find an exact price for the conditioner because I couldn’t find it on the website, but the conditioners on their website retail for around $12. If you are looking for a more natural conditioner that also combats thinning hair, I would suggest you give this a try!

Thank you to Maple Holistics for sending me this product!

I hope you guys have an absolutely fabulous week and don’t forget to smile!

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Rossario George | Interview With Tony Vincente

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Hi, babes!

Today’s post is a special one and it is the first ever of its kind of Glitz and Glitter! If you follow me on Instagram and you saw my Insta story from Monday, you will have seen that there is a surprise project with Tony Vincente, Founder and CEO of Rossario George, a luxury fashion and home brand. Tony just recently launched his website Rossario George in partnership with Vida. I interviewed Tony about Rossario George, his brand, and more! You guys are also getting a special offer at the end of the blog post, so keep your eyes open for that!

Without any further adieu, here is the fabulous interview! My text will be italicized in black and Tony’s answers are the bold blue texts.

  1. What inspired you to start Rossario George? You said on your website that your mother and sister helped culture a love for all things fashionable and couture in your life; how do you think that their influence has had an impact on your brand? Rossario George was the next step for my business. I have been a business owner since 2009 and Rossario George is its final evolution. It was serendipitous how it came about. Vida reached out to me to see if I had an interest in designing for them. I have always wanted to be a fashion designer but did not have the sources to make this a reality. When Vida call all that changed. My passion for fashion started when I was early, to which I owe to my mother and sister. Both have since left this earth and I think in many ways both are guiding my designs and business choices. I named my first shoe line the “Yvette” heels after my sister and waiting for the right thing to name after my mom. Stay tuned!
  1. The majority of the collections in Rossario George have a predominately Grecian theme and style, which is something that I find very unique and ingenious. The patterns and colors are vibrant and they remind me of one of my favorite time periods and Grecian mythology. The Icarus and Persephone collections are two of my particular favorites. What led you to design with Grecian themes? First, I want to say I am happy you like the “Icarus” and “Persephone” lines! Second, I love the Greco-Roman era of design. It was a truly magical time filled with majestic arts and amazing mythical tales. When I was a kid, nothing made me happier to sit and read stories of Mythology and Greek mythology was my favorite genre. I guess this love never went away only gaining life through my designs.
(right: “Icarus” unisex t-shirt. left: “Persephone” wrap.)

3. Your brand definitely delivers when it states luxury. From pocket squares and pendants to pillows and handbags, everything is unique and has quality. When you were in the beginning stages of creating Rossario George, did you have a vision of what you wanted your brand to be? Oh my god, I so love you Mimi! Keep the compliments going! When it comes to my brand vision, I had one in place for some time. Vincente Living was ready for its next steps and Rossario George was it. Overall, this brand is about providing high quality, timeless and luxurious pieces for men, women and the home.

(Rossario George pillows. Available with or without insert.)
  1. There are a lot of collections on Rossario George and each one is unique in its own way. What is your favorite collection from Rossario George? I have to say I am proud of all of my collections but I am total shoe FANATIC so my shoe collections hold a special place in my heart. Especially the “Bellissima” patent leather boot. Live for those!
  1. On your blog you said that when Vida asked if you would consider collaborating with them, what was going through your mind? It must have been incredible to know that a brand that had previously collaborated with Cher was knocking on your door and loved your style! I was beyond ecstatic and still am to this day. Vida is an amazing company to work with and just as you stated I get to design for a company that works with freakin CHER! To say I am honored and blessed is an understatement.
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  1. Your style and the style of Rossario George collections are one of a kind. When I looked at the website before I contacted you on Twitter, I was blown away by the individuality of your brand and pieces. It drew me in and I instantly knew that it was something I wanted to collaborate on. The shoes, the wraps, the pillows, everything is absolutely amazing and I hope to purchase all of your designs at some point in my life! One of the things that also stood out to me was that Rossario George is inclusive. The shoes sizes up to a 13 in most of the collection, there are plus and petite sizes. It’s amazing! When you were designing Rossario George, did you know that having a large range of sizes was something you wanted to do? Absolutely! Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and Rossario George is a brand that will ALWAYS reflect that.
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  1. I read through your blog and read why you named your brand Rossario George. It was very touching and I believe the name suits the brand very well. It brings a sense of taste and charm to your collections. When a person wearing your fashion is asked what brand they are wearing, they will look at the curious admirer and say “Rossario George” and the style and name go together effortlessly. For those who are not aware as to why you chose Rossario George as your brand name, would you please give the back story to it? It would be my honor. Rossario George was the name of my partner’s father. He was a man of grace and elegance. I wanted to honor his memory and take from it pieces to grow mine. I’m a private person but I will share no one is more important in this world than my partner. No one has encouraged me more to be who I am now.
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“Persephone” pendant

8. I know you have a special deal for my lovely readers! What will they receive with your fabulous coupon code? I do indeed! Everyone reading this get a brand new car! Just kidding! Child I am not Oprah status (yet) but hopefully your awesome fashionistas reading this will enjoy $50 off my shoe collection for the entire month of October. Use Discount code: SHOPSHOES during checkout.

  1. Thank you so much for the interview! I can’t wait to see where your collections take you and your future success! With that kind of style, you are definitely going to be a big name to look out for at Fashion Week! Thank you Mimi! When the time comes, you definitely have a front row seat to our show.

There you have it, loves! Tony’s line is absolutely stunning and it is so luxurious and vibrant! His style is unmatched and I am so happy that I get to tell you guys about Tony and his incredible brand!

Tony’s shoe collection is so stylish and you get to use that special code for the entire month of October! Remember, at check out apply code SHOPSHOES!

Just look at those shoes! How gorgeous are they?! The stiletto is in the style “Yvette” and the boot is “Esme”. The names are just as beautiful as the shoes!And remember, you guys have a $50 off discount code!

I can’t wait to see where Tony goes in life!

As usual, I hope you have a great day and don’t forget to smile!

My Wish Box Experience | A Wish For You

 

Hello, beauties!

About a month ago, I contacted A Wish For You, a company that sends a customized box to someone you love or to someone who you think needs a little pampering.  They let me customize a Wish box to send to someone and I am blogging about my experience working with them and ordering from them.

Now, you guys know that I am completely honest when I review something.  If the product isn’t the best, I’m not going to lie and say that it is great, even if it is a sponsored post.  If I love it, I want you guys to love it, too! With that said, let’s talk about A Wish For You!

I loved working with them! Their website is so easy to use and the person I worked with was very friendly and willing to work with me.  I really love it when a company has great customer service because it shows that they really care about who is buying their product and using their services.

So here is how A Wish For You works:

Step One: Select an item that you would like to have in your Wish box! There are a bunch of cute things to choose from and it was really hard to pick just one thing!

Once you have found your gift, you then continue on to Step 2, which is picking out the perfect card to go with your Wish box!

Then you have the option of adding a small message to the person receiving the Wish box!

It is so easy to do and your gift is something that comes from the heart! The gifts start at $10 and it is such a bargain! The boxes from A Wish For You are the perfect gift idea for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just a little something to let someone know that you appreciate them! You get a tracking number for your order and it is very easy to see where your box is and when it is delivered to your recipient!

I customized a Wish box and had it sent to my friend Malori (you may already know her from her blog A Walk Through My Closet).  I found it hard to pick just one thing to send to her because all of the memento options from A Wish For You are all lovely! Once I found out what I wanted to send her, I picked out a cute pumpkin card and finalized my order!

This is the package I had sent to Malori! She is a huge autumn lover so the pumpkin card was perfect!

I would totally order from A Wish For You again and I recommend that you do, too!

Thank you so much, A Wish For You, for working with me! I love all of your gifts and your company is amazing!

Thank you, Malori, for sending me the photos of your Wish box!!

Have a great weekend guys and don’t forget to check out A Wish For You when you need a special gift to send to someone you love! I will have their Twitter and website links below!

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Fall Inspired Makeup Looks

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Hello, babes!

I am so excited for this post because 1) it is in collaboration with the absolutely amazing Bella and 2) it’s all about fall!  Today (September 29th, as I write this) is so gorgeous and it is finally starting to feel like fall! Yesterday was the first day in a very long time that I was able to wear jeans and boots comfortably!

Bella and I started talking about this collaboration a while ago and it was actually supposed to be published a few weeks ago, but things got really hectic and it is just now coming out. Thank you so much for being so understand, Bella babe! Muah!

One of my go-to looks for fall is a brown/nude eye with simple face makeup and a nude lip. It’s very easy and since I stopped wearing foundation,  I have knocked off some time from my makeup routine.

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I don’t have any specific colors or palettes that I used for this look.  You can just take whatever light cremes, browns, and one or two slightly darker shades, blend them all together, and there you have it! I used the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip crayon in the shade “Warm Caramel” but any nude lip shade that you prefer will work just as well! I am all about nude lipsticks and this one was the one that I grabbed. All I did for the face makeup was use some concealer, powder, contour, and highlight.  Again, I have stopped using foundation, but if you use it, that’s fine! It is up to you!

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The next look is the same eye but with lighter shades and an orange lip.  As I am sure you can already tell, I tend to go for a more natural makeup look, so the majority of these makeup looks are quite minimalistic.  The lip color is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in “Orange Obsession”. I am absolutely obsessed with it!

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The third and final look is a dark brown eye with a bit of black eyeshadow blended in to smoke it out.  It is way more pigmented in person than it is in the photo (and I just got a new phone and the camera is not the best in the world). For this look I used the Ulta eyeshadows in Smoke and Soul and the shades “Color 1” and “Color 10”  in the Wet N Wild Au Naturel palette.  “Color 1” is a basic creme shade and “Color 10” is the black shadow.  Any brand will work!

I purchased an eyeshadow palette earlier this month that I was going to use specifically for this collaboration but the colors were not pigmented and it wasn’t working well at all, so these are the three basic fall looks that I go for. The last one is definitely the most dramatic out of the 3.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check out Bella’s post over at her blog!

Coming up next week is Blogtober!! I have the entire month planned out with 4 blogger collabs and a few other festive posts, so make sure to check back in!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous weekend!

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