Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Favorites!

Hey everyone!

I KNOW I don't have a picture for this favorites post and I'm really sorry. And I know I didn't have one for my May favorites either. I'm sorry. I feel like I keep making excuses to you guys. Last time I was leaving to go on vacation, and this time I already am on vacation (for the 4th!) and I don't have all my favorite products with me (just what I need to do my normal makeup.) :D So once again, I'm really sorry, but I'm just going to have to list my favorite products here instead. :)

Covergirl Lash Exact mascara (black)
Sally Girl liquid eyeliner (brown)
Claire's pink eyeshadow
The Color Workshop brown palette and pink palette

Blum makeup removing face wipes
Kiss My Face Balancing Act Toner
Oatmeal face soap (I got this from my grandma in a box, it wasn't wrapped so I don't know the name)

Chapstick Renewal Night Formula
Chapstick peppermint flavor
Maybelline Baby Lips
Jordana lipsticks

Suave mousse (I don't have it with me and I can't remember what it's called, but it's in the pink bottle! I've only used it once or twice, but I already like it!)
Bobby pins! (I know this sounds stupid, but I used to use clips instead and now I'm loving bobby pins!)

Tank tops

Warm weather!
One Direction <3
Braided hairstyles

I hope this was an OK post for not having a picture and I will try and talk to you guys soon!
Miss Sparkle

Friday, June 29, 2012

25 Follower Thank You/Q&A

Hey everyone!

I just reached 25 followers and am so excited! I started this blog less then six months ago and it's incredible to have already reached 25 people who read my blog regularly. It really makes me happy. :)

So I decided as a thank you to all my lovely followers, that I would do a Q&A.  Have you ever had any questions you've been dying to ask me? Leave them in the comments below or tweet them to MisssSparkle (yes there are supposed to be that many S's) and I will do a post in a week or two with my answers.

Thanks again to all my lovely followers and please leave requests in the comments below as well, I need some posting ideas!

Miss Sparkle

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Truth About Sunscreens, SPF, And Sunburns

Hey everyone! Since it's summer and people are spending a lot more time outside, I thought I would share with you some things about sun care, plus I did this as project for something, and thought that skin care is related a lot to beauty (who wants ugly skin?) so I decided to copy and paste what I wrote for my project onto here. :) Enjoy! PHOTO CREDIT: Google Images


What Does SPF Mean?
SPF stands for sun protection factor. Some people like to call it sunburn protection factor.

The Good Side

Waterproof sunscreen is actually water resistant. There's no need to reapply it every half hour.

There is no need to buy any sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher. SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of the rays and SPF 50 blocks 98-99 percent of the rays, so there is very little difference. You're paying more for something that will protect you almost the same. Anything higher then SPF 50 is working the same as the SPF 50.

Reapply sunscreen every two hours normally works best to ensure full coverage.

If you have an SPF 15 on, that means that you can be in the sun for 15 minutes before the sunscreen starts to wear off.

The Bad Side

Zinc oxide a chemical in most sunscreens could react with sunlight and create a chemical reaction that releases free radicals – molecules that are often attributed to causing cancer.

Dr. Yinfa Ma at Missouri University of Science and Technology tells us that the research about sunscreen being harmful to our bodies is still in the early stages and for now continue wearing sunscreen and limit your time in the sun until more research can be done.

The higher the SPF, the more chemicals in the sunscreen.

I hope this post was helpful to you guys and please leave a comment below! Thanks!
Miss Sparkle! 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I'm Nominated For An Award! And Some Of You Are Too!

Hey everyone!

Melody over at Just MelodyT has nominated me for 2 awards! Thanks so much for nominating me!
1. Link back to whoever nominated you.
2. Write 9 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 9 bloggers.
4. Let everyone know when you nominate them. (Leave a comment on their blog, email them, etc.)
5. Make up 9 questions for them to answer.
6. Answer the questions that have been given to you.

 Here are 9 random facts about me:
1.At the moment I am wearing pink, orange and white zebra print socks.
2. My favorite numbers are, 15, 17 and 25. Don't ask me why....I really don't know.
3. My finger nails have purple nail polish on them.
4. The last book I read was Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (I highly recommend!)
5. When I was little, like 4 or 5, I loved M&M's (who doesn't?) but I wouldn't eat the brown ones. Let's just say my parents got to eat a lot of brown M&M's when  I was a little kid.
6. If I was allowed too (meaning that it was legal, and my parents would let me) I would have a sea otter live in my house. I am in love with them!
7. I've never ordered anything from an As Seen On TV commercial. 
8. Popcorn makes me sick to my stomach (I think it might be all the butter.)
9. I started this blog in February 2012, not even half a year old yet!

Here are the questions I have to answer:
1. What is you favorite book of all time and why? Oh! Tough one. I love reading, especially YA books, so this is really hard! I love Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Set in Stone by Beth Balmanno, there's so many choices! I honestly don't think I can pick! :)
2. What is your dream vacation destination? Paris. All the fashion, the Eiffel tower, their food, the Louve (art museum) oh and romance! It would be lovely. :)
3. What is your favorite TV series? Omigosh. This is almost as hard as picking a favorite book! I love Dance Moms, Tia & Tamera, I'm addicted to Make It Or Break It (off the air, but I can stream it from NetFlix!)
4. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive. Who would it be? Josie Loren probably (she plays Kaylie on Make It Or Break It.) Oh! Or maybe Helen Keller, I've always admired her. :)
5. What is your favorite recipe? Baked Spaghetti. Look it up online, it's so good! I don't really know how to describe it! :)
6. Do you have any special talents? If you guys didn't already know this, I'm a gymnast, so I guess maybe being flexible?
7. Do you have any pets? Four kitties and one fish. (The fish has been alive for 4 years, and it's one that I got from Walmart!)
8. What is your favorite movie of all time? Soul Surfer is pretty good, so is The Vow, I love Beauty And The Beast though. :)
9. What item in your make-up bag could you not live without? Mascara! I think all of my readers know that, but mascara. It's what makes my daily look look complete.

Now for all the blogs I nominated, here are the questions they have to answer in a blog post on their blog. :)
1. What song is your current favorite?
2. Do you buy clothing/jewelry/makeup online or in store more?
3. Do you have/need glasses or contacts?
4. What is your favorite vacation you've ever been on?
5. No matter how much to try to change up the color, what color is on your nails the most?
6. What are you listening to right now? (example, the keyboard clicking, the TV, my Mom cooking, etc.)
7. Favorite app? 
8. Drugstore makeup or high end? 
9. Do you have any fun summer plans you're looking forward too?

Thanks everyone! And if my blog post doesn't do a good job of explaining everything, head over to Just Melody T because her blog explains it a lot better! :)

I nominate:
A Complete Waste Of Makeup
Blush Crush
Ballerina Beauty
Beauty By Krystal 
Glam Polish
Lipgloss Lily 
Style Choice 
What's The Gloss? 

Thanks you guys! 

Miss Sparkle




Monday, June 18, 2012

WORLWIDE Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

Today I was checking all the new blog posts I have to read and I found a GIVEAWAY being held by one of my favorite beauty blogs (no joke!)

This giveaway is open WORLD WIDE and has 15 beauty items. If you would like to enter, go to this link:

Thanks for reading and I will have a real blog post up soon!

Miss Sparkle
Note: This post is not sponsored, but I did get extra entries for posting about the giveaway. :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lip Product Haul!

Hey everyone!

I have a haul for you, and it's all lip products! I didn't mean for it to be a lip only haul, but it just kind of ended up that way. :) Once again, like all my hauls, there's only a couple of items. And yes, I have used them. :) But that's only so that underneath the picture and description of what the product is I can sort of do a mini review on it. Get it?  Just like in one of my hauls a few weeks ago, I did get these products at a very discounted price. I bought them for a closing K-mart store in my area where the products were 60 or 70 percent off the clearance price. I don't know the exact price because my products were put on the same receipt as the rest of my families and my Dad kept the receipt but I know the lipsticks ended up being around 75 cents and the Chapstick was a little bit more then that I think.Anyways lets get started!

2 Jordana lipsticks
Chapstick Renewal Nighttime Formula (0.25 oz.)

We can start with the Chapstick. This is not a roll on Chapstick, it's a squeeze on tube. Basically what you're supposed to do is put it on every night before you go to bed. I don't put it on until after my teeth are brushed and my last sip of water has been drank, because I think it's silly to then waste the product and have to reply it. Especially if there's only a quarter of a ounce in there. I hate having dry, cracked, chapped lips, so I really like this formula. It's stays on most of the night and into the morning. The first night I had it on it was still there the next morning, like I could still feel it on my lips, but then some nights (mostly the warmer nights) it will be gone in the morning. My lips will still be moisturized, but the actual product won't be there anymore. I think I might of just rubbed it off on my comforter or something, or maybe licked my lips because I was hot or something? I don't really know.. I'm getting off subject.

This is just a picture so you can see the shades. I really should stop using a purple background because it makes the shades look several times darker then they currently are.....but whatever. The shade on the right is 03 Cherry Pie. It's lighter then it looks but not by a ton. It's a nice mix between a pink and a red. These are not matte lipsticks, but they still go on incredibly smooth. And one thing I love about Jordana lipsticks are that they are how good they taste. They don't taste all chemical and dye like, they don't have a lipstick taste. They taste like fruit, they have flavors. 03 Cherry Pie tastes like fruit, it kind of really does taste like Cherry Pie! Now I'm not saying that they're Lip Smackers or anything like that, nowhere near that much flavor, but they still have a yummy taste to it.

The lipstick on the right is 16 Rose Beige. This color is once again lighter then it appears in the picture. It's a light color, and it almost the natural shade of my lips, a little bit lighter actually. I could apply it and look like I don't have lipstick on, which I like. If I want something smooth and tinted, without having a neon pink lip or a red lip, I could wear this. This lipstick tastes good, but not as good as 03 Cherry Pie. It has a more faded taste, but I can still taste a little bit of fruit punch.

Thanks so much for reading! Have you tried any of these products? Do you notice that Jordana lipsticks have a flavor to them also? Or is it just a scent and my brain is confusing the two? Let me know!

Miss Sparkle


Sunday, June 3, 2012

May Favorites!

Hey everyone!

Today I'm posting my May favorites. I normally include a picture of all of my favorite cosmetics from the past month, but I can't today. I'm going on an overnight trip to a water park tonight with my family, but all my makeup is already packed up. Plus my iPod (what I use to take the pictures) is dead and charging. So I'm really sorry that you guys don't have a visual, but I wanted to get this post up today before it was already Monday, the 4th day of June!

Covergirl Lash Exact mascara
Sallygirl liquid eyeliner (brown)
Wet N Wild Color Icon pencil eyeliner

Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush
Geogirl tinted moisturizer (medium)

Peppermint flavored Chapstick
Maybelline Baby Lips
Jordana matte lipstick (01 Pink Flair)

Sinful Colors (Frenzy)
Sally Hansen (the sparkly red color, mine is so old the ink saying the color has worn off)
Essie (Downtown Brown)

One Direction

Thank you guys so much for reading! Again I'm SO sorry I don't have a photo! Please forgive me. :)

Miss Sparkle!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Neutal Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! Today I will be doing a neutral eye makeup tutorial. This I think looks good on any eye color. I have blue eyes and it looks nice, and I think it work especially well on brown eyes. Let me start off with an apolgoly and warning first. The photo is quality is going to be REALLY BAD, I'm SO sorry about that. Also, the warning is that the palette I'm using is almost gone. Not because I used it all, but I dropped it on the tile floor in my bathroom one day and half of colors just broke out of the palette and crumbled up on the floor. So I had to vacuum and everything....anyways... the palette is from LA Colors (avabile at The Dollar Tree) the palette that I have they don't carry anymore, but I think the name of the palette is Trendy. It was all browns, tans, bronzes and other like colors. So let's get started!

1. A neutral/brown palette or a bunch of neutral/brown eye shadows
2. Two or three applicators or clean fingers
3. A flat thin square makeup brush (example the MAC 212)
4. Water or a damp cloth
5. Eyeliner
6. Mascara

 Step 1. So really any neutral shaded palette will work, I just used this one because the colors are almost gone and I'm trying to empty out the palette. The palette is actually a little bigger then this, but I just zoomed in because these are the only colors we'll be using. If you prime your eyes then go ahead, but I normally don't because primers are so expensive.

Step 2. Take the second top left color and go over your entire eye with it. It's actually a lot lighter then it appears, it looks a lot like MAC's eyeshadow in the shade Honesty. Brush the neutral light color all over your entire eye. You can use whatever brush you would like or an applicator, I normally wind up just using my fingers instead.

Step 3. Take the middle color from the second row and put that on the inner half of your eye. A color that looks a lot like it is Champagne from Smashbox, just without the sparkle and glitter. It's a very orange-y brown color. You can apply this with whatever you like, I personally like using my finger to apply all of my eye shadows.

Step 4. Take the right color from the second row and apply that on the outer half of your eye and up a little bit towards your brow. Not up up, but just kind of winged out a little bit. It's a lot like the last color but darker and more brown tinted then orange tinted, a lot like the color Adobe from Smashbox. Once again you can use whatever you please to apply this eyeshadow, I personally prefer my finger.

Step 5. Blend the outer color with the inner color in the middle of your eye so there aren't any harsh edges for where the colors meet. Then using the same brush, brush some of the eye shadows that winged up a little bit and brush it down more towards your lid.

Step 6. Brush one light dusting of the top left color onto your brow bone if you please for a highlight color. I don't usually use a highlight color, but sometimes I do. The highlight color looks a lot like the lightest color avabile in the trio from Covergirl, Golden Sunset.

Step 7. Using the water or damp cloth go under and around wiping any excess eyeshadow off of your face.

Step 8. Line your eyes with your favorite eyeliner. I was using a gray/black pencil the few days that I was testing out this makeup look, but I'm thinking a brown eyeliner would look even better. As far as brown liquid eyeliners go, one of my favorite cheap ones is from Sally Girl.

Step 9. One or two coats of mascara. If this is going to be for a daytime look (i.e school, babysitting, a family reunion, going to the lake, etc.) then you probably want one coat of mascara but for a nighttime look (i.e a date, a school dance, a party, etc.) then you might want two coats of mascara.

I hope you enjoyed this look and please tell me what you thought of it in the comments. Did this look turn out for you? Do you want more tutorials? Please let me know!

Miss Sparkle!

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