Thursday, 30 August 2012

OPI Minnie Mouse minis Winner.............

Hi everyone!!

Hope that you all had a fab bank holiday weekend!!!

Its time to announce the winner of my recent Minnie Mouse OPI Minis collection giveaway.....

I used Random.Org to generate the winner ( I tweeted a photo!!! lol)

The winner is.......


The Quirky Fox 

Congratulations Angela!!! I will get your parcel out to you in the next few days!!!!

Thank you everyone who entered, I will be having another giveaway very soon!!!!!


Maria xoxoxox

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Recent Purchases.......

I have picked up a couple of bits and pieces over the last few weeks and wanted to share them with you...

I have had a bit of a polish phase going on again lol.

What have you picked up recently?


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Brand Favorites, Part 4....MAC

Today I have part four of my brand favorites series for you. 
MAC was a highly requested brand, its a brand that is well know and widely available.

I was surprised how many items I love from MAC, there are without doubt more than a couple of items I dont love also. It has such a wide range of products that there really is something for everyone.

What are your must have products from MAC???


Friday, 10 August 2012

New Launches from FashionistA, Blush, bronzer and shadows.........

FashionistA have recently added to there fantastic line of blushes and eye shadows. In addition to new merged shadows and blush, we also now have the added bonus of bronzers.

All of which fit into the custom palettes offered to us by FashionistA.

The bronzers come in both shimmer and matt formulations


Barcelona is a pretty creamy bronzer. There are no orange tones in this bronzer at all, it can also be used as a highlight, giving a lovely golden glow to the skin.


Paris is the perfect matt shade bronzer, ideal for contouring and adding that sunkissed look to the cheek bones and nose.


I make no secret of the fact that I am a blusher addict, and this blush has really grabbed me. It is a beautiful pinky coral with a hint of shimmer. I have worn this blush non stop since I received it. It look fab with a tan and gives fairer skins a lovely warmth.

Custom Fitted  

This eye shadow reminds me of a more sparkly Sumptuous Olive from MAC.
The colours blend well to give a shimmery shadow that lasts all day on the eye lids. Warning tho, if you are not a glitter fan this may not be for you. Also, watch out for a little fall out. 

Barcelona & Paris

Custom fitted & London

I for one am once again impressed with the latest offerings from FashionistA. 
At just £4 for a blush, bronzer or eye shadow, they are fantastic quality for a brilliant price. I also love the way you can personalize your palettes.

FashionistA is available from Selected branches of Superdrug or On line...

Will you be picking up anything from FashionistA ( I already have my eye on the merged bronzer in Dubai!!!) lol.


*** I was sent these as a PR sample.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Brand Favorites Part 3.....Revlon

Its time for part 3 of my brand favorites series..... Today I am looking at Revlon.
As a drugstore brand, Revlon are at the higher end of the price range, especially here in the UK, however Revlon are steady launching new products that are pulling us all in, remember the lip butter hype?!?!

As a brand I really do think they have some fab products, here are my favorites...

Thank you for watching!!!!!

What are your favorites from Revlon???


OPI Holland Collection Red Lights Ahead...Where?

Something Orange to brighten up your day......

This is Red Lights Ahead....Where from the OPI Holland collection. I really like the colour of this orange toned red, its not quite a coral and yet not a true red either. I don't like the formula tho, It was hard to apply and even with three coats still wasn't opaque.

It doesn't happen often but this polish really disappointed me :(

Have you tried this polish? Is it just me??


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

OPI Senorita Rose-Alita NOTD...........

Something a little different from this years Neon trend, a beautiful classic rose shade from OPI......

WOW!!! I actually love this color, I cant put my finger on it but I just love it!!!

Senorita Rose-Alita is a beautiful rose shade with gold shimmer running through, giving a gorgeous pearl finish to the polish. It really is a beautiful color and in my opinion, VERY SEXY!!
This polish has seduced me, lol

This polish applied really well and dried quickly, I did use 3 coats to get a fully opaque finish, the texture is very smooth tho and so using three coats wasn't a problem.

What colors have surprised you?


MUA Going for Gold Palette.........

As you all know I am a massive fan of MUA eye shadows, when I was asked if I would like to try the Going For Gold Palette, I jumped at the chance.

Going For Gold was launched to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games, the palette is crammed full of Golds, bronzes and silvers.

At first glance the palette could look a little intimidating, however when you swatch these shadows and use them its a totally different story.

There is a lovely mix of soft warm bronzes and golds, as well as a bold bright yellow gold, along with soft grays.

I have worn this palette several times and really enjoyed it. 
I have this palette on in my MUA brand favorites video if you want to see an example of how I like to wear the palette.

You can get Going For Gold from selected branches of Superdrug or From the MUA store online. It costs £4.00. 

Hope your having a fab day!!!!


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Essie NOTD Tart Deco and A Cut Above.............

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that my favorite polish brand is Essie, so today I have a NOTD featuring two of my tops picks from the brand to share with you.

As a lover of all things sparkly and glittery, I simply love A Cut Above from Essie. Its a beautiful glitter polish that is very nearly fully opaque with two coats.
Tart Deco is a beautiful color for summer ( You know, those 3 days a year we get where the sun shine?!!? lol)

I normally would never pair these polishes, I am so so pleased that I did, I think they work really well together, I love the contrast of the pink and orange....

What color combinations are you enjoying at the moment?


Brand Favorites Part 2, Soap And Glory.........

Continuing on from yesterdays post, I have for you part 2 of my brand favorites posts. 
Today I am looking at Soap & Glory, A brand that I totally adore and has become my go to skin care brand.

Id love to know what you love from Soap&Glory!!!!

Thank you for watching and all your support!!!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Brand Favourites, Part 1...MUA

 I decided recently that I wanted to put together a series of videos sharing my favourite products from brands. 

Today I am sharing with you all my favourites from MUA.

What do you love from MUA??

Net up is Soap&Glory...............


Sunday, 5 August 2012

July Empties 2012..........

Hi Everyone!!!!

Hope you are all having a fab weekend?! I wanted to share with you my latest empties.... I was very impressed with how much I used up this past month. 

I have definitely discovered some new loves as well as a couple of things I wont be re-purchasing.

What products have you finished this month?????

Thank you for watching!!!!

Dont forget to enter my OPI giveaway!!!!!


Friday, 3 August 2012

Blog Sale time.................

So its time for a blog sale again.

Its the same as always.......

Postage is £1.00 for the first item and 50p for each after up to a maximum of £2.50. Everything after is included.
For international postage please ask for a quote :))
I will weigh the items and check the prices online.

All products have been sanitized with Beauty So Clean.

Please leave your email in the comments :)

Thanks for looking!!!

MAC Fleet Fast LE Blush used 3x £8.00
Crew Highlight Powder used 2x £15.00
MAC Magenta LE Blush used 2x £8.00
MAC Mineralize LE blush Warmth Of Coral Used 4/5x £8.00 

Elf Blush & Contour Palette slight dip in bronzer £1.00 
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Bronzer used 3x £4.00
Famous Baked Bronzer used 3x £3.00
Sleek Contour Palette used 10x £3.00
Clinique Loose Bronzing powder used half a dozen times £4.00

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Adored slight use £10.00
Sephora Blush used 3x £3.00
Maybelline Blush used 2x Golden Bronze £2.00
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush used 6x £3.00
Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched used 3x £3.00 

Sleek Blushes
Top Lifes a peach £3.00
2nd row Santorini and Pan Tao, Bottom row Scandalous and Suede 
light use on all £3.50 each 

Jessies Girl Palette unused in Brown eyed girl £3.00
MUA Metallic palette light use £1.50
Jessies Girl Palette unused in The Eyes Have It £3.00
Sephora shadow used 2x In Fame & Fortune £2.00
YSL Single shadow slight dip Shade 7 £3.00

Estee Lauder palette light use £4.00
Lancome Quad in 312 light use £4.00
YSL Palette used 1x £5.00
Lancome singles in Madame Butterfly (£2.00) Sentermental Journey (£2.00) and Strauss Black (£2.00)
Buxom Cream shadow in PUG dipped in jar £3.00

Sleek Palettes
Original on the left and Monaco LE on the right 
£5.00 each

MUA Palettes in Dusk till dawn (Top) and Starry Night
£2.00 each or both for £3.00

All MAC Used as seen
Perfect Day LE £8.00
Hibiscus LE £8.00
Pink Friday LE £8.00
Ravishing £8.00
Abalone Lip Tint used 3x with a brush only £6.00

MAC Viva Cyndi Lipglass used 4/5x £6.00
Models Own Pink Hawaiian £2.00
Cover Girl Kiss £2.00
Revlon  No 714 £1.00
Barry M Moisturising Lipstick in 157 £2.00
Barry M lipstick in 147 £2.00
Sleek Baby Doll used 3/4 times £2.00
Topshop Charmed used 1x £2.00
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm in Rondavous use 1x £3.00

Revlon Lip Butter Sugar Frosting £2.00 ( US Exclusive)
Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfit £2.00
Revlon Lip butter Cupcake £2.00
NYX Strawberry Milk £2.00
NYX Thalia £2.00
Maybelline Park Avenue Peach £2.00
Bourjois Sweet Kiss Natural £2.00

Gargantuan Green Grape Used 1x £4.00
Mermaids Tears Used 1x £4.00
Moon Over Mumbai used 1x £4.00
Up close & Personal used 2x £4.00
OPI On Collins Avenue Used 1x £4.00
  A Roll In The Hague NEVER USED £4.50

Into The Night Used 1x £4.00
Steady As She Rose Used 1x £4.00
Devine Swine Used 1x £4.00
Rainbow Connection used 2x 6.50
Save Me Unused £4.00

Go Go Pink Used 1x £4.00
Deborah Lippmann Walking On Air used 2x £8.00
Models Own Disco Inferno Swatched £3.00
Models Own Freak Out Swatched £3.50
Models Own Dancing Queen Swatched £3.50

Revlon Radiant NEVER Used £4.00
Technic Carnaval swatched £1.00
Technic Bedazzled Swatched £1.00
Colourclub Jingle Jangle used 1x £3.00
Colourclub Poptastic used 1x £3.00

Julie G for Jessies girl in Bikini, 9-5 and Oh Me Gee all used 1x £1.00 each or thr three for £2.00
Nina Pro Emerald City usrd 1x £2.00
Nina Pro Blu Blaze used 1x £2.00
Andrea Fullerton Mischa Swatched £2.00
Wet n Wild Used 1x Blue Wants to Be a Milkionair £2.00

Revlon Jelly used 1x £3.00
H&M polish in Peppermint Fusion swatched  £1.00
W7 Mosaic swatched £2.00
W7 Lava Flow swatched £2.00

OPI Minnie Mouse Giveaway..........

Happy Friday everyone!!!

As promised here is My OPI Minnie Mouse Collection Giveaway.

I have one set of the Mini Mani collection to giveaway to someone. All you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below with your GFC name :))

That's it super simple. 
For an extra entry, You can tweet my giveaway including my twitter name @MariaSparkle.
The Giveaway is also open internationally.

The giveaway closes on Friday 31st August :))

Good luck :)


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