Hi Bellas,

I'm going away on Winter Vacay!  I'll be in China - Beijing and Shanghai - for two weeks just for fun.  I'm excited to see the Great Wall, Forbidden City and eat tons!  Every year I try to go to a new country and I can't wait to experience China.  I plan on picking up tons of skincare/sheet masks and if you have any product recommendations or travel tips/places I should go, please let me know in the comments below!
I won't be blogging or YouTubing while i'm gone but follow me on Instagram because I'm going to be sharing pictures of my journey.

If you signed up for my Sedona Lace Travel Vortex Giveaway i'll announce the winners when I return!  In the meanwhile I just want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.  I'll see you when I return in January.  Ciao Bellas!



Hi Bellas,

I couldn't end 2013 without hosting another giveaway!  If you follow me or Sedona Lace on Instagram, you'll know that on Black Friday we finally released the Travel Vortex Brush Collection.  I wanted to make sure and film a video on the background of the collection, how I developed the case and picked the brushes.  And of course, give a bunch of sets away!  Check it out!


Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another product review!  Lately, I've been trying to curb my makeup purchases because I have so much, but i'm all about tools and skincare since i'm always in need of them.  One thing I'll always repurchase is a makeup remover.  One of my good friends recently became a Mary Kay rep and raved about their top sellling makeup remover, so you know I had to give it a try!
Mary Kay® Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Hi Bellas,

I have another haul for you!  This one is a bit late.  It's actually from the Orlando Makeup Show back in September, eek!  However, a lot of these items are pretty new and still super relevant.  I got a bunch of stuff at the Blogger preview that is new and exciting and great for makeup junkies and pro kits.  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

Thank you to everyone for participating in this Monday's Giveaway to win the Makeup Starter Kit.  I want to express my gratitude for everyone's kind words and support for my non-profit GLINC.  I want to make sure and announce the winner so that I can ship out the prize next week before I go on Winter Vacation.
Congrats to OlmsteadKat !  Please email me by Monday at 12AM EST to claim your prize or it goes to someone else.

Stay tuned because I have one more huge giveaway for 2013 happening next week!


FTC Disclosure:  Post not sponsored.

Hi Bellas,

I was going through my memory card and came across some makeup photos that I took of myself.  At first, I thought it was a completely new look that I had forgotten about, but then I realized it was the look from my Alcone Holiday Tutorial.  The difference was a new lip color and wow it totally transformed the look.  Check out this post to see the difference a lip color can make!


Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another FOTD.  I hope you're not tired of vampy lips because i've got another look for you!  I purchased Wet N Wild's Cherry Bomb lipstick because I heard it was a dupe for the MAC Riri Talk that Talk lipstick.  I knew I wanted to wear this color but wanted to do something different with the eyes to complement the look.  Check out my new way to wear vampy lips.

Hi Bellas,

I have some exciting news!  I'll be back in Charlotte, NC this Saturday to host an amazing beauty event with Beauty Illusions founded by the amazing Makeup Artists/Beauty Industry Entrepreneurs Janice and Denise Tunnell.  The event is from 7pm-10pm at the Tracy Riggs Salon at 303 E Woodlawn Rd, Charlotte, NC.


There will be free makeovers, manicures, blow-outs, lash applications and goody bags for the first 100 attendees!  I'm excited to meet all of you and celebrate the first stop in the Illusions Cosmetics Beauty Tour.

Don't forget to RSVP at sparkleshimmerandshineRSVP@gmail.com  or you can call 866-436-6409

Let me know if you're coming!


Denise and Janice Tunnell are raising the bar and ushering in a new day in the world of beauty. Denise a celebrated Makeup Artist and Aesthetician along with her twin sister Janice, an accomplished Makeup Artist and Manicurist have devoted the past 15 years to helping all women reach the epitome of their natural beauty. Their resumes boast an impressive array of clients from television, film, music, and sports.  Some of their clients have included Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Rosie O’Donnell,Carmello Anthony, Vivica Fox, Esai Morales, Brandy, Delta Burke, Michael Phelps, Regina King, Kathy Najimy, Nicole Sullivan, Brian Austin Green, NiaVardalos, Lupe Ontiveros, and Dan Marino.You can hear them every Sunday evening on their online radio show called "Beauty Talk with Illusions" which seeks to inspire, educate, and uplift.


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Hi Bellas,

It's time for another giveaway!  This one is near and dear to my heart.  I've mentioned before that I'm on a board of a non-profit organization called Generacion Latina.  We host weekly after innovative after school session/field trips and community service with two high schools here in Atlanta in order to prepare them for the real world after high school.  I'm super lucky because i'm able to combine two passions of mine - Beauty and Community Service.  Today I'll be hosting a giveaway of an amazing goody bag that I gave away at one of my seminars for the non-profit.  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

First off, I am so sorry for being MIA these past two weeks.  I've been dealing with many personal issues.  I've also been moving into a new place and getting over being super sick, yikes!  So i'm finally back on my feet.  Please pardon my rustiness in getting posts back on a regular schedule.  Meanwhile, I wanted to congratulate my latest Winner of my Alcone Character Kit Giveaway
Congrats to:  Rhonda Hylton 

Please email me by Friday at Midnight EST to claim your prize or it goes to someone else.

I have two new videos coming this week, stay tuned!



Hi Bellas,

Guess what, it’s time for a Holiday Makeup Tutorial! This is actually my first one of the year, and it was totally inspired by the new Character Kits put out by Alcone at Home.  I’m so excited that you all can check out some of my favorite Alcone Products for a crazy good price.  These cute little sets make amazing gifts for anyone in your life that loves makeup, it’s a no-brainer.  They’re small enough to be a stocking stuffer but still made of completely full size products so it’s a great value – did I mention they come wrapped it a cute little bow?  Check out my Fierce Makeup Tutorial, Review and Giveaway!


Hi Bellas,

So recently I had that itch…you know the kind that takes you to the drugstore to search what’s new in the cosmetic shelves.  YouTube is such a bad influence on my makeup spending habits, lol.  Today I want to show you some items I picked up at Target and Walgreens recently.  There was a tag going around YouTube that talked about what items people were inspired to buy because of watching other gurus and this haul is definitely in that category.  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another face of the day!  I was inspired by a MAC Halloween Face Chart but I decided to make it more wearable.  I got to use a bunch of greens, a color I haven't been rocking lately, and it was fun!  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another video!  Sorry for missing last week but things have been crazy over here.  I've had to move last minute and have been packing and cleaning non-stop.  I wanted to make sure to give you a new video this week and this one is a fashion haul, something I haven't done in a long time.  These are all from UK Companies but also available online for the U.S.  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

Thank you for participating in my Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizing Mist Giveaway! The lucky winner is MDS Makeup, congrats!  Send me an email with your shipping address and I’ll ship your prize to you.


Please note, if you enter my Friday Favorites Giveaways make sure to register on my Alcone Site, I double check that you’re on there before you win.  And a few of you who would of won didn’t because you weren’t registered, poo!

Don’t forget to enter the Friday Favorites Giveaway for my HG Lash Curler, amazing for falsies!



FTC Disclosure:  I purchased this prize on my own.  

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another makeup storage video.  I recently bought some new containers to hold my personal makeup brushes.  I had been using an acrylic pencil holder from Office Max but two of them had busted in a row.  After seeing fellow blogger Phyrra showcase her ELF Makeup Brush holders, I knew I had to try it.  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

I've been getting a lot of questions lately on the Cult Makeup Artist Favorite RCMA Foundations that are now available in pan form at Alcone at Home.  I've been raving about these foundations for the last several months - they're amazing for your kit and also great for personal use as you can now throw them in your magnetic palettes.  I get a lot of questions about the shades so I thought I'd do a very comprehensive swatch post for you all!

Hey Guys,

So I’m back with my final Halloween Makeup Tutorial for 2013.  I was overall pretty pleased with how all the looks came out this year.  I planned in advance and had time to practice.  Last year, while I was in the middle of working full time and going back to school for my MBA I thought my tutorials were so last minute and a little crazy looking lol.  Anywho, I digress…this last tutorial is something that I figured you could bust out last minute if you didn’t have a costume.  Check it out!


Hi Bellas,

Happy Friday!  Today I’m featuring the second post in my series of Friday giveaways for the next month.  These are all going to be my Holy Grail favorite makeup items that I love love love!  All of these items are ones I have been using for years on myself and in my kit and are now available on my Alcone Site.  Check it out for a chance to win!
 

Hey Guys,

So I think this might just be my favorite Halloween Makeup Tutorial this year.  If you’re a fan of the hit show Breaking Bad like me, I bet you’re sad that the series just ended this month.  The show became a huge hit in the last two years so I have a feeling a lot of the fans will be paying homage to the lead character Walt.  As a huge fan of the show, I will be transforming myself into a bald, middle-aged Caucasian Drug Lord.  Check it out!

Hi Bellas,

I’ve been having tons of giveaways lately and I decided to congratulate all of the winners in one post!  This giveaway includes the winner from last month’s favorites, my Luxe Essentials Winners, my Ziaja Skincare Giveaway and my Embryolisee Giveaway, whoo!

 
Congrats to:

  • Graftobian Banana Cream HD LuxeCashmere Powder - Tifferella
  • Embryolisse - Sherry Proch
  • Ziaja Cucumber Line Skincare -  MMM 
  • Luxe essentials Winners

Winners – Please send me an email by Sunday at Midnight EST to claim your prize or it goes to someone else.

Stay tuned for Friday as I have my next installment in my Friday Favorites series featuring an absolute kit must-have The Beauty So Clean Sanitizer.


FTC Disclosure:  Some prizes were sponsored for a giveaway.  I am not being paid to make this post.

Hi Bellas,

Who's excited for Fall?  I am am!  I'm all about the berry and wine tones to incorporate into my makeup routine.  Senna's new Fall Collection made it to my mailbox just in time.  I've been playing with products from their Midnight Wine Collection and I am in love.  I've always said that Senna is an under-rated brand that you need to pay attention to.  Check it out!
  

Hi Bellas,

It’s time for my second Halloween tutorial!  First I had something cute and bright via Marge Simpson and today I wanted to go glam and dark via the Disney Evil Queen Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.  This look has been done a few times on YouTube but I wanted to give my take on the look.  Also, next year the Maleficent movie is coming out starring Angelina Jolie so I thought it’d be great to bring back this character.  Enjoy!

MARI themes

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