Wednesday, 31 October 2012

October Favorites 2012.....

Hi Everyone!!!! I know that we all say this every month, but there goes another one!!!!

I am getting very excited for Christmas and have already been enjoying some festive nails ( I'm talking glitter baby!!!) lol.

What have yo loved this month?


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

My top Foundation Picks........

Over the recent months, I have found that I have been experimenting with a few more foundations than usual. Because of this I decided that I wanted to share with my favorites.

I have a mixture of favorites, both drugstore, mid range and high end. as well as a mixture of finishes, dewy, matte, demi matte and so on. 

I find that I find myself reaching for different foundations at different times of the year as well as different occasions.

The foundations I talk about are.......
Bourjois Healthy Mix
Bourjois 1,2,3
Loreal Lumi Magique
Revlon Colourstay
Mac Studio Fix
Makeup Forever HD foundation
Chanel Vitalumie

What are your favorites?


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sleek Face Form Palette.......

I got a few bits this week from the Drugstore, if you follow me on Instagram ( MariaSparkle19) you will of seen the palette I am excited to share with you today.

I am talking about the Face Form Palette from Sleek, a handy 3 in 1 palette that has a Contour shade, highlight and blush all in complimentary shades.

I picked up the Light palette and I LOVE it already.

It comes in the usual sleek black matt packaging we expect from Sleek, its the same size as the Blush By £ palettes that Sleek released earlier in the year.

L To R
Contour, Highlight and Blush

Apologies for the pictures, my camera battery died and I had to get these taken before the light went, that's what happens when the clock go back!! Grrrrr, lol.

I must admit that the blush did make me gasp and I'm talking out loud!! When I saw it, its a beautiful coral with gold shimmer. It reminds me of the Sleek Rose Gold blush, just without the pink tones. 
Its super pretty, and mega pigmented!!!!!!

The bronzer is a smooth matte shade, perfect for contouring, I would use this in the summer as my general bronzer too, it has no orange tones which I like.
The highlight is a beautiful champagne pink tone and catches the light, it just looks so pretty.
As you can see the blush is a gold shimmery coral, so if your not a fan of shimmer this one really snit for you.
As with all Sleek powder products, use a light hand!!!

The palette cost £9.99. A great price in my opinion as with this in your makeup bag you are ready to go. It also has a large mirror making it a great option for travel.

What do you think?
Is this palette a Do or a Don't?

For me it is a Do all the way!! I love it already....


Besotted Lipstick from Accessorize........

Who doesn't love pink? A few of us I know, but for me it is a fail safe lipstick colour. 
So when I was offered the chance to try out Besotted from the Accessorize range, I jumped at the chance.

Firstly, how cute is the packaging? I love it, so pretty and feminine, and easy to spot in the bottom of your handbag.

This shade of pink at first appearance appears to be quite Barbie, but when applied to the lips it looks much softer .

It has a satin finish and feel creamy on the lips, being blue based it also makes your teeth look whiter which is always a plus for me!! lol.

This is the first lip stick I have tried from the range, and I have to say I am very impressed!! Its a range that I normally don't pay much attention to when I'm in Superdrug or Accessorize, after trying this I will definitely stop by the stand next time I am in store!!

Have you tried the Accessorize range? What items do you recommend?


Monday, 22 October 2012

My top Polish picks for Fall 2012.....

Hi Everyone, 
Today's post is about my favorite Fall polishes for 2012.

As you may know, I'm not really a dark polish fan, this year however I have surprised myself and found true love with a fair few darker polishes.
So you may or may not be surprised with my picks!!

Deborah Lippmann- Razzle Dazzle
Revlon- Facets Of Fuchsia
Barry M- Raspberry
Barry M- Racing Green
OPI- Lincoln Park After Dark
Essie- Midnight Cami
Essie- Chinchilly
Sephora by OPI- Traffic Stopper Copper
China Glaze- Avalanche
China Glaze I herd That
China Glaze- Glitter Goblin

What are your favorite polishes this Autumn?


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A Great Kisser from Soap&Glory..............

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will be well aware that I am a complete lip balm addict.
I don't know what it is but i'm just drawn to them like a moth to a flame.

So all that said, I have a lip balm to share with you today.
I rediscovered this in my makeup bag recently when searching around in the depths.
I am talking about A Great Kisser from Soap&Glory in the delicious fragrance Juicy Peach.

When I bought this several months ago, it was the smell that dragged me in, it smells delicious. You you remember the sweets called Spanish Peaches? It smells just like them, amazing.

As well as smelling divine, it is also a great moisturizer, leaving my lips soft and ready for what ever lip colour I may throw at them.
It doesn't feel heavy or sticky and also looks pretty worn alone. Its not as thick in appearance on the lips as say Vaseline.

I'm pleased I have rediscovered this tasty lil pot of goodness.
At £5.00 it is more than some people would like to pay for a lip balm I know. For me however, the way this product looks on my lips alone, the moisturizing properties and the smell, would and will make me part with my money again.

What do you think?
Is £5 too much for a lip balm?


Pink Gold Colour Tattoo.......

I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a picture of this on Instagram a few weeks back.
A new colour tattoo from Maybelline in the shade Pink Gold.

I am a real fan of the Colour Tattoos, although I do think that they are not quite as fab as there big brothers, Paint Pots from MAC, at £4.99 each they are a super affordable and a great way to experiment with colour.

The pink gold is a completely different colour for me, but following my recent love affair with all things rose gold, I knew I would love it.

On the left is a un blended swatch, and to the right sheered out.

I have worn this paint pot twice since I took these pics to share with you ( I like the products to be all neat and tidy in photos, OCD I know lol) and I am really enjoying it. It adds a lovely warmth to shadow and a really pretty finish when blended out across the lid alone.

What do you think?

Will you be trying Pink Gold?


Friday, 12 October 2012

Look Beauty 'Pink' Collection, Breast Cancer awareness Month......

So many brands are taking part in Breast Cancer awareness month this year it is fab!!
One of them is Look Beauty who are supporting " Look good, Feel great" a charity that works on confidence building with those people effected by cancer.

Look Beauty have taken there top five 'Pink' products and are making a 50 pence donation from each item sold.

The collection has everything you could need for a perfect pink look....

So why not support a fab cause and feel 'Pretty In Pink' at the same time!!!!

Look Beauty is available from Selected branches of Superdrug and direct from


Thursday, 11 October 2012

I'm on Etsy................

Hi everyone!!
As you all know I am a lover of all things girlie and sparkly.
As well as loving makeup I have a great interest in jewellery and jewellery making.
Because of this I decided to open up an Etsy store a few months ago.

My shop is called GlaMaria and sells hand made ( By me, hehe) jewellery.
There are one of pieces as well as a few items that I have a maximum of around 4.

If you fancy a nosey around my shop, the link is.....

There is also a link in my menu bar :)

Hope you have a fab day!!!


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Dark Smokey Eye Tutorial............

Hey Everyone, I wanted to share with you the dark smokey eye look I have been wearing a lot lately. I have really enjoyed dark eyes of late.

For this tutorial I wanted to use the Wet'N'Wild Petal Pusher Palette as I am just loving it at the moment!!!

To see how I created this, All the details are below :)

What eye looks are you enjoying at the moment?
Have you tried the Petal Pusher Palette yet?


Friday, 5 October 2012

OPI And Breast Cancer Awareness Month............

In October we see the offerings from many of the household brands that we use on a daily basis in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

It is a sad reality that all to many of us will be affected by the disease at some time in our lives, whether it be a loved one or ourselves. We are very lucky that medical advances are making this illness more beatable everyday.

So if buying something as simple as a a box of spread ( I cant believe its not butter is all pinked up in ASDA for Tickled Pink!!!), a Chocolate cake ( Mcvities) or a OPI Nail polish to make donation to a fab cause, then I am there.

Every little helps, and as someone who walked 26.2 miles in the London Moonwalk I have seen the goodness that can come from donations.

So let me introduce you to one of the items I have picked up this month in support.....

OPI Have two polishes on offer this year, You Glitter Be Good To Me was the one that grabbed me. 
A beautiful pale pink micro glitter with larger cerise hex glitter that will look super pretty both layered and alone, I can not wait to wear this polish.

What do you think of the latest support Polish from OPI? Will you be picking it up?

So lets have a fabulous Pink month, and remember to check your breasts regularly!!!!


Lemonaid Lip Aid By Lanolips..................

With the colder weather hitting, I have found that my skin, in particular my lips have been suffering and getting dryer.
I decided that it was time to bring on the big guns, so it was Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid to the rescue.

This rich emollient has lemon oil (Organic may I add!!) added to naturally exfoliate the lips, helping to beat dryness quicker and leave lips softer and smoother quickly.
The balm is very thick in texture, this allows you to squeeze just the right amount out of the tube with little or no mess. A little goes a long long way with Lanolips.

I adore the light lemon scent of the Lemonaid, its not too sweet and lingers just right.
I like to apply this throughout the day before my lipstick or gloss, on those rushed days I also use it alone as it has a delicate shimmer that looks super pretty on the lips. I also apply a generous helping before bed to ensure smooth lips in the morning.

This really is a fantastic lip saviour, particularly in these colder months. 

You can get Lanolips both online and in selected stores, I got mine from Boots, it cost £9.00, I personally think that this is a fantastic price for such a long lasting product that works amazingly.

This is the first product that I have tried from Lanolips and I will be checking out the rest of the range that is sure.

Have you tried other items in the range?
What do you recommend?


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

September Favorites 2012...............

Another month has just flow by!! 
Its only 12 weeks till Christmas, it will be 2013 before we know it.

So here we are, Time to share my September Favorites with you again...

Let me know what you have loved this month!!!


YSL Glossy Stain, shade 17.......

If you have been following my blog or watching my YouTube videos, You will know that I have been loving this YSL Glossy stain ever since I picked it up.

I decided that it was high time that I shared it with you.

At first I wasn't sure about the hype surrounding these glossy stains, needless to say I'm a total convert and completely get it.

As well as the usual stunning packaging that is the usual we expect from YSL, these really do deliver on all fronts.

They have a doe foot applicator that deposits the right amount of product, leaving you with glossy lips that are not sticky or overly tacky. The gloss also tints the lips and leaves a long lasting stain that doesn't dry out the lips or leave them feeling tight. 

These really do feel expensive, with a price tag of £22.50 they are on the top end of what I would personally pay for a lip product, I would not hesitate to spend that again on these tho.
They are fantastic value as they are so long lasting, they also smell AMAZING!!!!

I have shade 17, a pretty fuchsia pink

Have you tried these out yet? Were you hesitant like me?
What do you think?


Monday, 1 October 2012

High end Blushes, Drug store dupes.............

Hi everyone!!!
How are you all today? Fab I hope!!!
Today I have some dupes of some favorite high end blushes to share with you. This is the final video in my dupe series I have to share with you.

L To R

1. Paris- FashionistA
Sleek-Rose Gold 

2.MAC- Modern Mandarin
Sleek-Life's a Peach

3.MAC- Supernova
Sleek- Pomegranate

4.MAC-Pink Swoon
Sleek-Pixie Pink

What do you think of the dupes I found in my collection?
Do you know of any others?
Are there any you want me to try and find?

Thank you for watching!!!


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