Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lime Crime Lipsticks!

Ok so they're not available just yet but Xenia over at Doe Deere Blogazine, creator of Lime Crime Makeup, has been talking about her upcoming lipsticks for a minute now. So I was over looking around the Lime Crime website and seen it had a link for Lips so when I clicked it there's a little preview of the lipsticks! OMG! These are so freaking cute-I can't wait!  

Image Via: LimeCrime

Update! Doe Deere will reveal three lipstick colors on August 3rd

Nails Did

This look doesn't show up very well on camera, but really sparkles in person. It's not overpowering though, it's a very soft feminine look. 

Make Me Blush

My first MAC blush! Yay! I got this a couple of days ago after seeing and reading about  it so many times and wanting it. I love it! I love the compact! It is the best plum shade with the slightest sparkle, this shade will go great on any skintone. The packaging it came in matches my new phone case too! My phone is so scratched up from when my boyfriend used it and the other covers I've tried didn't make me like it any better but this one does! And it was only $3.80 on ebay with free shipping- so cheap! 

NuNu's Graphic Garden Giveaway!

NuNu Doll is giving away both MAC Graphic Garden palettes- click here to learn more and enter!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Power IQ 1875 Watt Turbo Hair Dryer Review

        Almost one month ago I came home and realized my hair dryer plug had somehow got bent. It was a drugstore Conair type which I've had for many years. Nothing special but it did the job. So off to Sally's I went for a new one. Looking around the shelves, one caught my eye, being bright and a really really good price. I didn't want to spend a lot. It also had a concentrator nozzle which is something I wanted. I walked out of the store with my new white Power IQ 1875 Watt Turbo Hair Dryer. As I was checking out, the cashier said it was a good one. It's alright.

Functionality: 3 out of 5

Design: 3 out of 5

Quality: 3 out of 5

Price: 5 out of 5

Overall: 3 out of 5

Where I bought it: Sally's Beauty Supply

Price Paid: $24.99 but is now reduced to $19.99 

Pros: Multiple heat and speed settings. Not too loud. Dries my hair fairly fast. Instant cold button. Removable lint filter. 9 ft. cord. Attachment included. Looks nice.

Cons: Heavy and awkward, makes the included nozzle pointless since you can't properly handle the dryer. Too hot on hottest setting, not hot enough on second highest. Feels like it damages my hair(more so than my experiences with other dryers). Seen sparks when switching settings while on the first few times.

Conclusion: If you're looking for a hair dryer on a budget, this is probably a good bet. You'll save time but not effort. Just make sure to get a good heat protection spray.

Askmewhats has nail art tutorial for bling bling nails.

The Beauty Chick reviews CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush.

Beauty Junkies Unite shows you the right way to get cheeky with 4 easy cheek stains.

Best Things in Beauty spotlights the new Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 colors.

Claire's Beauty gives Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream a test drive.

Denim Debutante has an in-depth review of Paige Premium Denim.

Fabulous Over Forty is giving away Sothys Sun Care to one lucky reader. Enter now.

The Glamour Whore shows off the hair raising talent of Olivier Chomienne.

Gloss Menagerie reviews Softlips Pure Honeydew.

Gouldylox Reviews sneak peek at Milani Eye Tech Infinite Liquid Liners.

Hairs My Story has a gorgeous summer tropics FOTD.

in a word...fab has a sneak peek at J.Crew's Fall 2009 Collection.

It's complexion week at the Informed Makeup Maven, and don't forget to enter her cool giveaways this week!

Krasey Beauty discovers the beauty in going organic with Revolution Organics.

Visit Lipgloss Break and Enter to win The Cure 24/7 hair treatment and Sunkissed Glow fragrance by JLo!

My Beauty Bunny shows you how to get gorgeous, healthy, post-beach hair!

Sicka Than Average schools you on the best sunscreens for that pretty little face of yours. Protect ya neck!

ThisThatBeauty runs down fall's hottest collections!

Unfunded takes on Farmer John with some killer denim cut-offs.

VexInTheCity invites you to share her addiction - her make up collection.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bought from Kittzyy

I've told you already about the blog sale directory, if you haven't visited yet- you should! I found exactly what I was looking for at Sold By Kittzyy, a Hello Kitty lipgloss! I thought I'd never find one that wasn't a crazy jacked up price, but she had sweet strawberry for only $14! My order was paid by Wednesday and here it is Saturday with my lipgloss in hand. Plus, she included a NYX Pearl Mania Pigment and other goodies! My first blog sale purchase was an extremely pleasant experience and everyone should check out Kittzyy's sale and all the other blog sales at

Friday, July 17, 2009

Beauty Junkies Unite reviews InStyler Rotating Hot Iron Hair Straightener.

Check out Beauty Sweet Spot's, Jeannine Morris, on an NBC segment and enter the Huge Lips Skinny Hips contest to win a trip to NYC for two filled with sexy activities

Check out Best Things in Beauty for a Laura Geller Giveaway Contest.

Why did Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash disappoint Blaq Vixen Beauty?

Claire's Beauty falls in love with KenzoAmour EDT Florale.

Denim Debutante reviews Aritzia Boutique.

Fab Over Forty takes an indepth look at neuLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum.

Fabuless Beauty tells you how to try Physicians Formula cosmetics for FREE.

Glamour Whore dares you to be bold with red hot makeup looks.

If you're looking for a great primer, choose Avox Magix. Gouldylox Reviews loved it.

Hot Beauty Health shares with its readers a britbeauty brand, Illamasqua and it's coming to Sephora.

The Informed Makeup Maven reviews primers, foundations and beauty powders this week and gives away an Avene tinted compact for summer.

Krasey Beauty shares her night of beauty, twitter, and a lovely evening of girl power in NYC.

Visit Lipgloss Break to Enter to win LashFood Mascara and Go Green with a Baggu Bag!

Obsession Confessions of Glamour and Love has the scoop on the Janrah Boutique Sip and Shop Event in Seattle, WA.

The Style and Beauty Doctor is obsessed with nail trends. Take a look at her current fascinations.

Su Ferreira has a great FOTD makeup tutorial.

Unfunded's opinion is heard in the LA vs. NYC fashion debate on 39th and Broadway.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Goodies!

I got my order yesterday! Here's what I got-

Hello Kitty eyeshadow palette in Too Dolly

Hello Kitty lipstick in Big Bow

Lipstick in Saint Germain

Sample of ZoomLash (to get your sample plus free shipping, use promo code lash79)

If you're like me and missed out on all the Hello Kitty fun at Mac, there's still time! has several items still available- both eyeshadow palettes in Too Dolly and Lucky Tom, lipsticks in Big Bow and Strayin', both beauty powders in Pretty Baby and Tahitian Sand, polish in Vestral White, and the Hello Kitty plush is available for only $25! Go check these items out! 

Can't find what you're looking for on the Mac website? Visit to search through the blog sales! 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Beauty Blog Sale Directory!

Jaclyn Rose is now hosting the Beauty Blog Sale and Contest Directory. It will be your one stop resource to all the current sales and contests going on in the beauty blogging world.


1. The idea behind the Blog Sale Directory is great, let's not let it die!
2. We all have different readers/followers/audiences, so if you mention the directory on your blog, it would help out tremendously in reaching more people.
3. It will be a great one stop resource for all blog sales and blog contests currently going on.
4. Great exposure for your blog and your blog sale. More exposure = More sales.
5. One list of all sales so if you're looking to buy you don't have to scour every corner of the internet.
6. Not only will you find makeup, you may just find a new blogger friend.

Send your blog sales and blog contests links to or visit for more info

You can also tweet this on your Twitter:

Beauty Blog Sale Directory is back visit site for more details. Pls RT

This Place is great! I've been hooked since she started it up. I always hear about the blog sales but never can find them or when I do everything I wanted is gone. Well, she's solved that problem, plus she's posting promo codes for makeup sites. You must check this place out! The best part is, she updates very frequently! 

On a side note, I noticed is not sold out of their July box yet. It comes with the beautysoclean, which is great to buy if you're doing a lot of blog sale buying or swapping on makeupalley. This stuff sanitizes your makeup without altering it! 

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mac Free Shipping

All weekend with any purchase. Use offer code WEEKEND.

Askmewhats reviews Modelco Lash Wand Heated Eyelash Curler.

Beauty Junkies Unite answers the question: What the heck is a free radical, and why should I be concerned?

Best Things in Beauty tells us about yNS Radiance - three fabulous moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients in one product.

Claire's Beauty sniffs Bond No. 9 Astor Place and gives it two thumbs up!

Cult of Couture takes a peek at Elie Saab Couture.

Alyson of The Gloss Menagerie shares her thoughts on Urban Decay Pocket Rockets.

Hot Beauty Health discusses Beyonce Sasha Fierce new line for House of Dereon.

Lipgloss Break has two incredible giveaways from Huge Lips Skinny Hips and StripTeas.

The Makeup Girl found a must have in Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Creme.

SparklingPinkGorilla gives her review of Revlon Colorstay Makeup.

Felicia from ThisThatBeauty finds a recessionista deal.Three great eye creams all under $20.

Unfunded sits down with the designer behind indie clothing line Dustie Doll Clothing.

UrbanLuxe shares 5 delicious desserts that you must try.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Whatever Happened To (Baby) Jane?

Good news! Jane is not going out of business! I had read this after my post about the Jane palette. They have been bought and are revamping their brand. I can't wait to see what they ave in store for us!!! Here is a comment left here, correcting me, from the company CEO-

Hello sparklingpinkgorilla,
I will be happy to let know that Jane Cosmetics is NOT going out of business, we will no longer be sold at Walgreens stores. you can still find us at many Walmart, Rite Aid, Ulta and Duane Reade Stores across the country.As the President and CEO of Reborn Beauty, a parent company of Jane Cosmetics, I plan to remain at large with our consumers and continue to produce the GREAT and INNOVATIVE products as we have done so in the past.Please continue to visit our website for updates, contests and promotional offers and chat with us anytime on Myspace, Facebook or Twitter.We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks for your dedication and love for our products.

Sincerely,President and CEO, Reborn Beauty (a parent company of "Jane Cosmetics)

Dollar Budget?

Short on cash? So! You can still get great goodies any day of the week. Just check your local Dollar Tree (or 99 cent store, depending on where you live) or you local Fred's, Dollar General, Family Dollar, any kind of dollar stores! You'll find Elf, L.A. Colors, and many drugstore brands for just $1! Here's my finds yesterday! All items were $1!

I got- (2) L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquers in colors Gold Glitter and Silver Glitter, (3) L.A. Colors Nail Lacquers in Pink Crush, Cotton Candy, and Amethyst, (2) Maybelline Wet Shine Liquid in Pretty in Peach and Rhinestone Pink (wet shine diamonds), elf dual pencil sharpener plus extra sharpener, (1)CoverGirl Shadow Squease in Lagoon, Maybelline Pure Concealer Blemish Treatment Stick in Light, L.A. Colors metallic eyeshadow palette in Eye Candy, (2) Carlo Di Roma mechanical eyeliner in Violet and Azure, (2) Elf Shadow Brushes in Eye Shadow and Defining Eye.

These polishes are really pretty but I couldn't capture the purple, think more grape. I can't wait to try these on! The brush is really small though, and the cap is really big. Awkward.

Sheer glosses with LOTS of sparkle. The pink one is over the top! These would be pretty over a lipstick.

This palette reminded me of the Mac Hello Kitty shadows! I'll wear them and let you all know how they wear. I tried some on my hand and they seem pretty good. I've paid more for worse.I seen this Elf eye shadow brush a few weeks ago and thought nothing of it since I have one and it's a pretty ok brush, but yesterday at the store I noticed it doesn't look like mine. i guess they redid it since i bought mine a couple of years ago. The newer one is bigger (bottom). It's also much more dense! Maybe I can get it to pack on some more color than the old one. 

Hope you all enjoyed my dollar haul! 

What was your best ever one dollar purchase????

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mac Free Shipping

Mac free shipping all day today using the code CRAFT. I actually made a (small) Mac purchase online this morning and purposely spent over $60 just to get free shipping, even though I had to add something extra to my cart that I wanted but wouldn't have bought if I didn't want the free shipping. So I go to check my email for my receipt and right before that email is a Mac Promo email saying free shipping with any purchase!!! Ugh! Whatever. Luckily I did have a promo code to use anyways- it was LASH79 and you get a free Mac ZoomLash Sample with purchase! Woo! 

Another thing is I'm wondering if anyone knows why Mac isn't doing express delivery? I wanted to overnight my purchase and it said they're not doing that right now. It told me the same thing for the Sumo sale but I thought it was just because of that sale. Anyone know whats up?? Now I'll have to go the weekend without my goodies I wanted to wear. *Tear*

O I got Saint Germain! I had thought it was gone with the Sugar Sweet collection but apparently it came back with the Euristocrats 2 line. Yay

All Lacquered Up's New Polish

ALU has shown her new shade from RBL also! Check it out HERE if you haven't already! It's a purple also! In fact it's the color of my blog background so you know I love it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Scrangie's New Polish!

Has everyone seen it yet??? If so, what's your thoughts? If not, go check it out now at!

Review: Revlon Colorstay Makeup

Here's my review on Revlon Colorstay Makeup Foundation w/ Softflex for Combo/Oily skin. I love reading Vanessa's reviews off of, so I'm going to steal her format for this. Enjoy!

Product: 4 out of 5

Packaging: 5 out of 5

Quality: 5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

Shade I Bought: Ivory

Shades Available: 20!

Price: $13.29 at Cvs 

Size: 1 fl. oz.

Would I Buy Again? Yes!

What It Says: Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon® has the solution - ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™.
Specially formulated for combination or oily skin, this oil-free formula helps control shine all day and gives you flawless looking skin.
Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the Patented SoftFlexColorStay™ formula.
Medium to full coverage in 20 luxurious shades, with SPF 6 protection*.
*Golden, Caramel, Toast, Rich Ginger, Cappuccino, Mahogany, and Mocha do not contain SPF.
**Will not rub off with normal use. (Taken from Revlon.Com)

What It Does: Exactly what it says! And more.

I am in love with this foundation. You always hear those fairytales of people finding their perfect foundation, their holygrail. Well here's mine. I know to some, the price is steep for a "drugstore" foundation. Well this isn't your normal drugstore foundation. I've never even found anything like this behind a counter. I would gladly pay this price or more for this product. However, I did pay retail on an impulse buy so if you're looking for this, try to catch a sale. The week after I bought mine, there was a buy 1 get 1 free sale! Ugh! I'll know next time. I just really wanted to try the makeup. So I got the shade Ivory, if you've seen my picture, you know I'm pale. I read A LOT of reviews on this makeup and everyone said Ivory was too dark or the undertones weren't right. Luckily I have pink undertones! This is my perfect shade. It matches me exactly! I have never found the right shade for my face, always muddy looking or grayish. And the line has 20 shades which is amazing for any foundation. If you can't find your own shade, try to mix two as I've seen some people doing. I've been applying this with a wedge sponge. It's the only way I've tried so far. I have heard this is the best way, although I plan on buying a Mac 187 to try also. I wet my sponge thoroughly but squeeze out the excess. This makes the makeup go on so smooth. I have heard a lot of complaints about having to work fast but I feel this extends the drying time. I love the coverage and the look this makeup gives me.It feels so lightweight. I forget I'm even wearing makeup. It takes away shine, looks angelic, hides alot, and stays put! The reason I gave this product a 4 out of 5 though is because I can't get it to cover my acne scarring completely by itself, which I have seen some YouTube gurus do. But with a little green concealer for pimples and redness, some primer and a powder on top, I have enough coverage. I have had the makeup cake on a dry spot on my cheek once or twice, but usually my makeup will cake all over with any other foundation, so this is not a problem really. I have oily oily skin that happens to be dry and flakey at the same time. I use Avon Magix under this as a primer and it really helps. I have worn it without a primer, but really like it more with one. This makeup really does stay, I work 12 hour shifts and get really hot, but this makeup doesn't budge, plus it takes a while for me to start to shine. I haven't had any breakouts from this product. I also haven't noticed any smells from this product, although I have read a lot of women complaining of the smell. They also complained about no pump on the product. I don't really need a pump, I gave the packaging a 5 out of 5 because I like the glass bottle. I've never owned a glass bottled foundation, I always use compacts or something in a tube so this makes me feel all grown up. I was going straight from bottle to sponge but decided to pour some on a plastic sheet and apply from there, I like this way better. I did pour too much though and wasted some product. I'll know better next time. The bottle is also really easy to hold with its slim round shape. 

Product Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%)
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40B, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Serica (Silk Powder), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Alumina, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Pros: Lightweight, good coverage, easy to apply, stays put, helps with shine, great price!

Cons: Spf 6 ( how is that even going to help?!), has trouble covering some things (nothing a concealer won't fix), has pink undertones in the lightest shade which is a problem for some women- especially women with an asian background (they should come out with another lightest shade with yellow undertones),  they should sell an optional pump like Mac since so many women want one, highly addictive.

Overall: I would highly recommend this foundation to anyone. It is raved about all over the web, and believe me- it's not overhyped! 

Spotted: Gossip Girl Making It's Way To Target

Gossip Girl fans want to look like the Queen B? Fret no more! Anna Sui has come to your rescue and made affordable versions of the o so stylish cast of Gossip Girl! Her inspiration came from being in Asia last year and all the young girls kept asking her about places in New York where the "Gossip Girls" lived. 

Here's the collection from Blair to Vanessa. I find it hard to imagine wearing some of these in public. But for the brave, they'll be worth a try! I'll definitely be stopping by my local Target to see if they are carrying the collection. It'll be in stores and online from September 13th to October 17th.





You Know you love me, Xoxo, SparklingPinkGorilla

Images Via: The Cut