The Food Diaries pt. 1

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Hi, friends! I hope you are surviving through all the craziness in our world! Since I’ve moved closer to the city, I’ve been able to have the opportunity to discover new restaurants and coffee shops, and that gives me the adventure of starting a new piece on Mimi In Motion- The Food Diaries! I’m so excited to start this new section and tell you guys about all the new spots and trendy spaces I find!

On a whim Saturday evening, we found a new Irish pub to try out. The Black Raven in Harrah is proud to serve Oklahomans traditional Irish cuisine and crafted drinks, as well as showcase local musicians for live music nights. I love Irish food so needless to say, I was very excited to try out a new pub!

The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back, yet there’s an underlying buzz of merriment and excitement. Our waitress Rachel greeted us with a smile and was so friendly the entire visit. The menu is full of traditional Irish dishes and mouthwatering desserts, which made picking out what to eat rather difficult! I ordered the bangers and mash and let me tell you, it was so good I scraped my plate clean! The mashed potatoes and gravy are such a comfort food and the two sausage links that accompany are absolutely perfect. They are cooked beautifully and not the slightest bit greasy. The bangers and mash is just one reason to go back! I sampled the Shepherd’s Pie as well and it also gets five stars in my book! It’s seasoned superbly and the fluffy potatoes that are baked on top are a dream! If you’re going with a guest, order both dishes and share them!

Now let’s talk about the real showstopper!

We hadn’t planned on getting dessert, to be honest it hadn’t even crossed our minds until I saw the massive piece of cake on someone’s plate from across the dining room! The Guinness Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache is beyond scrumptious. It’s decadent without being too rich, thick but not too heavy. It’s an ethereal experience to say the very least! After talking with Rachel, we found out that they cater weddings and events, and my heart beat a little bit faster! I will most definitely call ahead and order a whole cake to bring home with me!

If you are anywhere near Harrah, you’ve got to stop by The Black Raven! They have the best food, the friendliest staff, and the world’s best chocolate cake! It’s worth your visit and I will be going back very soon!

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Keep eating good food and don’t forget to laugh,

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*Featured image by Frank Albrecht on Unsplash. Picture not taken at The Black Raven. 
 

Current Acne Routine & Products

Hi, babes!

With more time on my hands now, I’m hoping to start up Glitz and Glitter in full force and get back into the swing of things! In the past month, my face has been so confused and I have been getting breakouts like crazy! It is frustrating because I am embarrassed of my acne and I can’t cover them with makeup because it makes my skin break out even more so I have been looking for different solutions to help maintain my skin or at least limit my skin breaking out.

After a lot of looking, I think I have finally found the answer!

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I have three products that I use to help with my acne: Acne Free oil free acne cleanser, Proactiv refining mask, and Neutrogena blackhead eliminating cleanser/mask. These three products have saved my face and they are worth the investment!

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I found the Acne Free cleanser at Walmart a few weeks ago and I am already able to tell the difference in my skin. Right now there are only two pimples on my face and they are there because I wore makeup all day for two consecutive days. My skin hates makeup so there was no stopping the breakout! The cleanser is fragrance free, it treats acne, and helps prevent new acne breakouts. This product contains micronized benzoyl peroxide to treat in fighting acne. My skin feels so refreshed after using the cleanser and it doesn’t leave a residue like other washes I have used. I paid $2 at Walmart for the Acne Free cleanser in the clearance section but it typically retails for under $10, so it is really affordable!

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Once I cleanse my face, I go in with Neutrogena’s blackhead eliminating cleanser on my chin and nose. I also use it as a mask a few times a week and that alone helps get rid of my blackheads rapidly. With the Microclear technology in the cleanser, my blackheads have stayed away and don’t come back for a few days. My skin looks best when I use the cleanser every day, but sometimes I skip this step and just use the Acne Free cleanser. I found the Neutrogena cleanser/mask at Ross for $5.

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The Proactiv refining mask is a bit pricey but well worth it! It’s a sulfur treatment that I pop right onto my zits for 10 minutes and then wash off. My pimples always look better and less “angry” after I use the mask and it has become a routine part of my week when I have breakouts. I used to use the mask overnight on really bad breakouts and that worked fine for me, too. The mask retails for $38 dollars on the Proactiv website.

Makeup, dirt, oils, and hormones all factor into my acne and my skin breaking out but these three products are my life savers! Links for these products are below!

I hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween!

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Beauty Serum Review | elDivine Beauty

Hi, friends!

I hope you all are having a great week and you had a great weekend. Today’s review is more skincare and I think you will love it. I had never tried serums before and they honestly scared me, but after trying the three serum set from elDivine Beauty. I was sent the retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C kit for free (as usual, disclaimer is below.). Let me start off with a big thank you to the elDivine Beauty team for working with me! Everyone in communication has been incredibly nice and helpful whenever I had questions.

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The serum that I used the most is the Hyaluronic acid to help with my dry skin and giving my skin a glow. At night, I would sometimes add the retinol into my routine. The vitamin c serum is great in the mornings for a fresh glow! I did notice that my skin glowed really nicely when I was consistently using the serums and once I stopped using them, my skin dulled a bit. The kit is great if you are looking to add an extra step into your skincare routine and to achieve a healthy glow. Unfortunately, I failed to document my results of before and after, but I guarantee you that my skin was glowing!

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All three of the serums came in the elDivine Beauty Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvenating kit that is $19.99 on Amazon. For the low price point, the serums are very much worth it. You don’t need to break the bank to get a glow!

Thank you to elDivine Beauty and the team for sending me the serum kit! Check out the product link below!

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Best Skincare: Berber’s Treat

Hi, friends!

I love trying to find the best skincare and it is so difficult sometimes to find a product that works! Today’s post is all about the Black Eucalyptus Gel and Kessa exfoliating glove from Berber’s Treat. You may have heard about Berber’s Treat before from InStyle magazine or through Kylie Minogue, as she raves about the Black Eucalyptus Gel! Berber’s Treat is a great brand and I am so happy that they sent me these two products!

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Let’s start off with some facts! The Black Eucalyptus Gel is 100% natural! It only has  three ingredients: Pure Olive Oil, Potash, and Eucalyptus essential oils. The gel is free of parabens and additives, and I don’t know about you, but that makes me extremely happy! Knowing exactly what is in my beauty and skincare products is important to me and the Black Eucalyptus Gel is making my switch over to natural products so much easier. A few more factoids about this gel: it’s cruelty-free, great for all skin types, it is nourishing and moisturizing, and it refreshes skin to make a beautiful glow.

I use the Black Eucalyptus Gel with the Berber’s Treat Exfoliating Glove that they sent along with it and the combination is phenomenal! The first time I used them, I exfoliated with the gel and glove before I shaved my legs and let me tell you, that is the absolute best shave that I have ever had! My legs were smooth and soft for twice as long as they typically are when I shave. The gel and glove are amazing together and you need them in your life. I have never preached about a product like I have preached about these!

The link for these will be in below, so go check them out! You won’t regret buying these. There is also an image below that has all of the details about the gel. If you are thinking about buying the Black Eucalyptus Gel, read it!

Thank you so much, Berber’s Treat for sending these products to me!

See you guys soon!

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Disclaimer: the products mentioned above were sent to me to review. I have no monetary profit from this review. This is my honest opinion on the brand and products.

Bright Eyes, Thick Thighs

Hi, friends!

Bright eyes? Yes, please! If you are looking for the best thing for making your eyes bright and feeling great, I have the thing for you. Does this give off any Stefon from SNL vibes? I hope so! Granted, we don’t have any Human Kites, Human Parking Cones, or Human DVRS, but I do have a tip on how to get brightened under eyes and it begins with the VII Code Oxygen Masks!

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I was sent the VII Code Oxygen Masks that are meant to brighten and hydrate your under eyes and make them feel like new. One of the things that I love about these masks is that they can be worn for up to 8 hours (or 2-4 if you don’t have the time for 8 hours!) and the gel pads mean that they don’t slide off of your face. I roll around a lot in my sleep and one of the pads actually stayed on my face in the 8 hours that I slept. And yes, you read that correctly. One pad somehow ended up coming off of my face and stuck to a pillow. It took me a while to find it the next morning when I woke up in a state of confusion!

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The gel also has a cooling effect so it really is a treatment for your eyes. The masks can also be placed in the fridge to get an extra boost of cooling, which will brighten and will help with any puffiness! Another trick that I use to help with eye puffiness is taking two spoons and putting them on my under eyes for a little bit. The coolness is so refreshing and my eyes feel so much better after using it. The masks additionally smell amazing! It reminds me of a face powder I used to use and I love it.

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The masks feel great and they fit my eye shape perfectly. Some masks are so uncomfortable to wear but the VII Code Oxygen Masks contour to your eye shape.  The gel also makes these masks special because the gel is the key to softening your skin and making you eyes look younger and rejuvenated. The fine lines and wrinkles in your skin under your eyes are also going to look better and tighter, so these Oxygen Masks really do so much for your skin. And did I mention that they smell amazing? Because they smell so good!

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(Also, I wore these backwards by accident when I took this photo! The tapered side goes pointing toward your inner corner!)

The masks retail for $55 and you get 6 gel eye masks in a pack. I use the masks one to two times per week or when I have an event to go to the next day. If I don’t have 8 hours where I can wear the masks, I will just wear them for around 3 hours and it still helps my eyes look brighter!

VII Code also has eye masks for dark circles (which I need!) and a special oxygen eye cream. Their focus with providing oxygen to the skin has helped them create a targeted skincare line that helps people maintain a glowing complexion and have hydrated and younger-looking skin.

I hope you liked today’s post and if you know someone who could benefit from VII Code’s brightening masks, please send them this post or share it on social media! The sharing buttons are below!

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Note: this product was sent to me for free. All opinions stated above are my own and I was not paid to give this product a positive review.
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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!

New: February Ipsy Bag Review

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Hi, babes!

One of the subscription boxes/bags that I have wanted to try for the longest time (literally years!) is ipsy. If you don’t know what ipsy is, it is a monthly subscription service that sends its subscribers a hot pink bag that contains 4 to 5 mini beauty and/or skincare items. Each bag is $10 and you truly get awesome items.

I got this bag free because one of my lovely blogger ladies had a free bag to give away. Just to be clear, this is in no way a sponsored post! All opinions are my own.

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Truthfully, when I saw in the email that I was getting a dry shampoo, I was pretty disappointed. I’m not really a fan of dry shampoo because it makes my scalp feel really clogged up and overall a lot more dirty than before I used it. However, this dry shampoo from Klorane is great! It has oat milk so it doesn’t dry out your scalp. It took a bit of brushing out to get the white powder to simmer down and not look like I had bride of Frankenstein hair going on! I used it yesterday and it has been three days since I washed my hair. My hair feels great!

Biobelle Mask

While this mask looks great, I haven’t tried it yet. I don’t typically do a full face of makeup and when I do, I forget that I have this mask. The mask claims to work as a primer to prep your face and then you put on your makeup for a flawless look. It is gluten free, paraben free, and non GMO, plus it has tea tree oil and rosehip extract with a bit of vitamin C, so your face is sure to feel fresh. I did do a full face today (Tuesday) but I totally forgot to try the mask and it is still sitting on my desk. Once I try it, I’ll probably do a mini review on my Instagram stories. (Follow here!)

F.A.R.A.H. Brush

The third product in my ipsy bag is a vibrant purple makeup brush from F.A.R.A.H. I received the large angled contour brush (30F) and let me tell you, it is so nice! The bristles are super soft and it is perfect to chisel out your cheeks or bronze up your face. The brush bristles are also vegan! It is said to work on dry or liquid products, but I only use it on dry products.

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I was very happy to see that the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in my ipsy bag was in the shade Light! Most of the time, concealers and foundations are too dark for my skin and this one is a great color for me. I haven’t tried this concealer yet (just swatched it) but it feels very full coverage and I’ve heard decent things about it. The package said that it can be worn as a foundation, too, so I may try that. Again, I’ll post a mini review on the product on my Insta stories! I tend to stick to my main products and I have a concealer I really like, but next time I do my makeup, I’ll try this out!

Estate Highlighter

I did not expect to find a purple highlighter when I opened up the makeup box! The Estate Dew Me “After Glow” purple highlighter is so gorgeous and I love it! If you got this highlighter and it intimidates you, try using it as an eyeshadow. I think this highlighter would make any look instantly pop!

I got five mini items in my February bag and I love them. The bag is super cute also and I will be using this all the time! Did you like your February ipsy bag? Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

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Amazing PR from Mxtur

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Bonjour, babes!

Today’s post is a review for PR that I was sent from Mxtur and let me tell ya, there are some new faves! If you haven’t seen Mxtur on Instagram or heard about them, Mxtur is a great brand that is the creation of two women in New York (yay, US based brand!) who strive to create products that are made fresh from natural ingredients.  Because their products are handmade with no chemicals or preservatives, you can feel good about using any of their products.

I was sent a face mask, face/body scrub, and a soap bar in a recent PR package from Mxtur and I am in love with the prodcuts!

Lemon and Mint Face/Body Scrub

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This is one of my favorite face scrubs ever! It smells so good and my skin feels soft, fresh, and revitalized after I use it.  It’s also great for acne prone skin because the lemon oil and fresh lemon work as an antibacterial and mint helps your skin with acne scarring.  The scrubs retail for $10 and believe me, it is worth every penny.

Noor Face Mask

I’m not going to lie, I am not a huge fan of how this mask smells.  I’ve never used turmeric before so I think that might be it.  I do have a sensitive sense of smell, so this isn’t the first product that has had this effect on me.  But I love how my face looked after I used the mask- even just one time! It brightened my skin and it feels so luxurious.  The Noor Face Mask retails for $8 on Mxtur’s website.

Matcha Face & Body Soap

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I’m not typically a fan of soap bars but I really like the Matcha Face and Body Soap.  It leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturized, plus it is great when I need to quickly cleanse my face.  It doesn’t leave a residue on my skin like some soap bars do and it is so great for my skin.  Matcha is really amazing for your skin, too! The Matcha Face and Body Soap bar is $8.

Now you guys know that I have a little something for ya! Mxtur was kind enough to give me a discount code that you guys can use on their website to get 15% off! When you check out, use code Glitz15 and you can save some coin on your fabulous products!

Mxtur is looking at launching a subscription service, too, so make sure to sign up for their newsletter on their website to stay updated!

Thank you so much to Mxtur for sending me a PR package!

I hope you all have a fabulous week and survive this Monday!

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This Year In Review

Hi there, babes!

Can you believe this year is almost over? A new year is dawning and with that comes new opportunity, hope, and the excitement of change. This year, especially the past 7 months, have been so incredible for me. So many things, both good and bad, have happened and I have grown because of it. Here is a list of my 2017 in review…

I have lost things and I have gained things. I’ve lost friendships, weight, and patience, but I also gained some of those things as well. I’ve learned to love my body and remember how truly amazing it is. Women can grow life within them and nurture that same life with their body. We are strong and independent. My body houses my soul and spirit, the most beautiful things about me. I have met new people, called some of them friends. I have lost people and felt heavy confusion. I have learned my value. I reconnected with an amazing friend and I am so happy she is in my life again. I’ve set goals and know that I will work toward them.

I’ve been sad, doubted my existence, and wanted to quit it all, but at the end of the day, I continued on the path of life, hoping that the next day would be better. I went through a while with my eyes closed and blindly grasping for hope and serenity. Anxiety, stress, and their friends came back and I tried to defend myself against them, at some points claiming victory and other times retreating to then wage battle again.

Loving and losing, but realizing what I deserve and what I don’t deserve has been hard because I have had to ignore and walk away from things I didn’t want to have to. That’s where I learned my self-worth and the value of a good friend, one who will stay with me throughout my life and bring down the retirement home with. She has been a bright star in the night sky and I love her to pieces.

I took a huge leap of I don’t know what and started a blog. Glitz & Glitter became more than an idea and a dream, it became a reality and I have gone so many places because of it. Every single person who follows me, interacts with my work, and supports me has been a beacon along the way and has helped me continue on when I think I have hit a block in the road. We don’t stop the journey and turn back, we find a different route.

Has everything been easy? No, absolutely not. There have been a lot of tears shed, patience run thin, and stitches in the heart, but I made it. We have made it a year and we will make it through the next. I don’t know what 2018 holds but I pray for only goodness, peace, hope, and happiness for all of us.

This is my last post until the new year and I can’t wait to see you all back here in 2018.

Lots of love, blessings, and hugs from me to you….

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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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