February 29, 2012

Rescue Dried Up Eye Liners and Lip Liners

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Don't you hate it when an eyeliner or even a lip liner dries up and it is very difficult to use, and we simply just don't use it anymore, or worst we throw it away? (I know I've been guilty of doing this)
We tend to waste money because we can't rescue a beauty product, with a few simple steps we can save money by not throwing away products that can be revived! Below are some tips that can help you save some of your dried up eye liner as well as lip liners:

1. Run a blow-dryer on low heat facing the liner for 5 seconds.(If you don't have a blow-dryer you can use a lighter/match but you must be careful not to burn yourself -- with this method hold the liner directly above the lighter/match while rotating the liner again for 5 seconds). 

2. Lightly test out the product on the back of your hands (if its a consistency that is useable then apply the liner.  (The liner should not be hot at all, of course if it is please give it a few seconds to cool down.)

3. If needed, repeat step 1 for additional softness.

4. If the liner becomes way too creamy, it can be placed into the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden up.
    Hopefully this helped, I'd love to hear any tips that you may have when it comes to rescuing dried up eye liner as well as lip liners!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    February 28, 2012

    Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Awards

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    Did you hear that Allure Magazine is looking for the Ultimate Beauty Blogger?

    On their site it states that:
    "Allure is searching for the best voice in online beauty: the blogger who knows products inside and out and has the sharpest eye for trends. 
    Fifteen contestants will compete in challenges—that the public and a team ofAllure editors will vote on—to determine who has what it takes to be the Allure 2012 Beauty Blogger of the Year."










    And the PRIZE includes....
    A trip to New  York City
    Attend backstage at a fashion show
    Attend the annual Allure Best of Beauty party
    Appear in the October issue of Allure
    A goodie bag filled with products valued over $2,500

    Pretty Amazing Right? 

    All you have to do is complete a small form with basic information (name, address, etc), include 5 blog links/posts that best show why they should select you, and also in 200 words or less state why you should be chosen!

    You can click here which will take you to the Allure website, there you can see the Official Rules, and submission requirements! 
    Submissions end March 18th so hurry if you want to enter!

    Good luck to everyone who enters!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    Tips to Having Healthy Glowing Hair on a Budget

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    As a woman I know that there are certain steps that I need to follow in order to have a clean & healthy body, however I realize that I spend more time focusing on getting my face, legs and hands smooth and moisturized, but don’t focus enough on doing the same for my hair.  
    Sure I shampoo and condition my hair, but most of us women can agree that those two steps simply aren’t enough! We all can’t afford going to the salon every so often, and we feel guilty forking over hundreds of dollars on hair treatments every month, so what’s a girl to do?


    Want to read more....?
    To find out what my Top Tips to Having Healthy Glowing Hair on a Budget are, please check out my guest post on Drop of Pink by clicking here.  Feel free to leave comments here or at Drop of Pink and let me know if you already follow these tips, or if you have any other budget friendly hair tips you'd like to share!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    February 24, 2012

    Plus Size Model on Cover of French Elle

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    The lovely model Tara Lynn has landed the front cover of French Elle Magazine recently, 
    this is actually her second cover on Elle, in addition, this lovely plus size model also has done some shots for H&M (Big is Beautiful Swimwear Line) as well as Italian Vogue. 

    I wanted to do a short and simple post on this because quite honestly we are not a society of "perfect" bodies, not one person is like the other, we all have imperfections...having said that I think it's beautiful when a major magazine showcases a model that quite honestly represents a lot of girls out there today!

    That is why I believe Elle Magazine calls her "The Body" on the front cover, because she represent what regular women look like, which is not the typical thin and photo-shopped woman that we usually see in magazines or runway shows!  
    Could this be a start of a new trend -- Moving away from models that are paper thin and moving towards embracing and recognizing models that the average woman all over the world can relate to?

    I truly believe that having plus size models featured in magazines gives young girls and women the courage to just embrace their curves and it gives them the inspiration that they can be whatever they wish regardless of their size.

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    February 23, 2012

    NYC Showtime Glitter Eyeliner

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    NYC Showtime Glitter Eyeliner is not only super affordable, but the smooth consistency really makes this a luxury product on a drugstore budget. I am in love with how the liner applies very smoothly without any tugging, and how the minimal glitter specs turn this standard basic black eyeliner into something very glamorous!

     

    This liner is a bit different than some other drugstore liners because of its smooth consistency, and its ability to gently glide on without any discomfort.  Although the liner does take a long time to dry, it does maintain its strong pigmentation throughout the day, and I love the soft texture which basically makes the whole lining your eye process a quick snap. It is definitely easy to use, a perfect product when on the go, or running late, simply glide on and walk out the door.  In addition, the sparkles are very minimal and not rough at all.

     

    The packaging is very standard for pencil liners, it is not mechanical which is actually something I prefer simply because you can sharper the pencil to your liking as dull or as sharp as you wish. The pencil itself comes with a clear plastic cap which fits perfectly and snug.  Also, the pencil’s actual “body” has small glitter spots all over it which makes it very girly and very glam.


    Overall I am very impressed with this liner, NYC really has some great products and I already love a lot of their liners, but by adding the small glitters it really glamorizes the typical black liner.  I would recommend this product to anyone who is on a budget yet is looking for a liner that will last pretty much all day! This product can be purchased at any drugstore near you for $2.99. 
    Have you tried this liner? I am very interested to see how pigmented the other colors are, let me know if you've tried this NYC Showtime Glitter Eyeliner!



    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 


    Samples were given to Glitz Glam Budget, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on glitzglambudget.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews. 

    Coupons, Deals, Freebies

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    A lot of stores have been having a ton of great sales lately, it could be because of the holiday that just passed on Monday, but the great news is that a lot of these coupons and deals are still currently going on! 

    Below are some of my favorite coupons of the week! 

    Express 15% Off your next purchase, coupon expires on March 6th, it can be used in store, or online as well (the online code is listed below the barcode). I love EXPRESS because they are always up to date on the latest fashion trends; yes a lot of their clothes can be on the pricey side, however I encourage all of you to check out their sale bins! I've been able to snag brand name shirts for less than $5, even brand name jeans for less than $15!
    Click here to print

    H&M is another store that offers a lot of great quality clothing at affordable prices! Currently you can get 15% off any item by printing the web page as shown. Hurry though because this coupon expires on 02/26/12!
    By the way H&M is coming out with a designer collaboration, which I am super excited about, so be on the look out for a post soon about the collection!
    Click here to print

    Now I love in freebies, and this one is one of my favorite deals thus far! Just print out the web page below, bring it to a Clarins counter at any Macy's and receive a 20 minute skin facial treatment FOR FREE (plus you get some free samples)...who doesn't love that? Thanks to "Mommy Saves Big" for posting this offer on her site! There is no expiration date on the coupon, just hurry because it is valid "while supplies last."
    Click here to print

    I'm in the process of posting a lot more coupons on my Facebook page, therefore if you would like to receive coupons instantly as they come out, then please check out my page by clicking the icon below. There are a few other coupons already listed from Forever 21, Bath & Body Works, ULTA, etc.

    Are there any great deals you want to share? I'd love to know!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 


    February 21, 2012

    50% Off NYX Cosmetics!

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    I just received an e-mail notification of an awesome deal and I wanted to share it with you all today!
    If you love NYX cosmetics like me then you will love this deal! Totalbeauty.com is offering a 50% Off deal on NYX cosmetics, which expires on 02/24/12...so hurry! 

    NYX offers great quality cosmetic with very affordable prices! I truly believe their products are easily comparable to higher end cosmetics, this is why I absolutely love this deal! You can click here to view products from the NYX site!
    If  you're not a member of Totalbeauty.com, u should definitely sign up, it's a website full of product reviews, awesome articles, and they occasionally offer deals on cosmetics such as this one! You can click here to sign up!


    So how does it work? Well essentially what you're doing is buying a "voucher" from Totalbeauty.com, for $15 which is worth $30. You will get a code, and then you go to the NYX site, once you select the items you want to purchase you put in the voucher code....and it's that simple!

    HOW IT WORKS:
    I recommend the Jumbo Eye pencil , trio eye-shadow palettes (which are super pigmented) and their eye-shadow base, which I will soon be reviewing! If you are interested in this deal, you can click here which will take you to the Totalbeauty.com site!




    I'd love to know which NYX product are your favorites, and what you end up purchasing from this deal!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    Motel Rocks Fashion for Less

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    If you are an avid reader of my blog, then you know I am a bargain hunter, I typically never purchase beauty or fashion items for full price.  When it comes to clothes, I always look for good quality items, yet with an affordable price tag.  Every so often, an affordable store will partner up with a designer (like Target and Jason Wu here) which allows us bargain shoppers to purchase designer names for less.

    Recently a clothing line was brought to my attention, and what intrigued me enough to post about it, is that you get designer high end clothing material, for an affordable price. Motel Rocks is the name of the clothing brand, it is an international line, and the great news for me and other US residents, is that Motel Rocks has launched the US website this month (February 14th).


    Some of the pieces that I am loving right now are all below $40, although most of their product are below $150.
     Cardigan $32.40
    Dress $9.00 


     Dress $18
    Dress $18
    As you can see their designs really fit into a lot of today's hottest fashion trends, such as Color Blocking and Metallics and quite honestly they are very affordable!


    Two dresses that caught my eye are part of the Motel Rocks Spring Collection, both outfits retail for $86.40 definitely a little bit pricier than the outfits shown above, however these dresses are very fashionable, I can definitely see myself wearing them during the warm Spring/Summer months. The two outfits below would be more of a splurge buy for me, but definitely worth it.
    The black dress on the left is called "Cleo Dress" and the red dress on the right is called "Rita Jumpsuit." You can click here to view other New Arrivals from the collection.


    If you are interested you can take a look at their website
     by clicking here (us.motelrocks.com) which will take you to the US site, 
    or you can click here  (www.motelrocks.com) which will 
    take you to the general site!
    The kind folks at Motel Rocks have created a coupon code for my readers: GLITZGLAM20 You can save 20% for the whole month of February!
    Let me know if you have heard of this brand, and whether you have done any haul posts, or OOTD, I'd love to see so please leave your links below!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    February 19, 2012

    Hard Candy Stay in Line Mechanical Eyeliner

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    "Stay in Line is a new formula that infuses our Lash Grow Serum into a mechanical pencil for the first time ever!    The self-sharpening retractable pencil allows for easy, smooth application.  These must-have pencils are available in basic, bright and shimmering shades.  6 beauty editor-named to choose from and only $5 each.  Grab ‘em all and line ‘em up!" Hard Candy Website 
    If I could only use 1 word to describe this product it would be “crayon” the reason is because the Hard Candy Stay in Line Mechanical Pencil feels more like using a soft crayon vs. an actual eyeliner.  It does start off as a bit dry sort of tugging on the lids; so it does take a bit of warming up before the liner becomes soft.

     

    The liner does take 3-4 minutes to dry once it is applied, however it is not very smudge-proof because a bit of rubbing will smear the liner. One suggestion is to use an eyeshadow to set the liner, in order to avoid any smudging. The color does become dull fairly quickly throughout the day, and although the pigmentation is fairly high in this product, it doesn’t have much of a lasting power.

      

    Although this liner came with a sponge tip, it is not very easily blend-able with it, in fact it definitely takes several attempts to succeed in flawless smudging. It is a mechanical pencil, which is great since it means no sharpening, however because you can’t sharpen the liner it is hard to achieve a small thin line due to the round tip.


     As far as Hard Candy claiming this product contains Lash Grow Serum, I didn't notice any difference in the length of my lashes but it could be because I only occasionally use this liner.
    Overall I do love how this liner is very pigmented and can easily be seen over any eyeshadow color, however I am not impressed with its minimal staying power, and its inability to be smudge-proof. 
    If you are a person that rubs your eye a lot then this product is not for you, however if you want a very pigmented eyeliner and don't mind having to touch up throughout the day then I would definitely recommend this product! (This product can be purchased at Walmart for $5.00.)
    Have you tried this product? Are you able to use the sponge tip applicator? How did this liner work out for you? I'd love to know!!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 


    Samples were given to Glitz Glam Budget, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on glitzglambudget.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.  

    February 17, 2012

    Lead Found in Lipsticks? Well Here Are The Safe Alternatives!

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    The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) tested hundreds of tubes of lipsticks and the results were unbelievable; 400 of them had traces of Lead, and several brands including L'oreal, Maybeline, and Covergirl contained the highest levels!

    Lead is a known chemical said to be so toxic that according to the Daily Green (an online Green Consumer Guide) "it isn't {even}allowed in paint or gasoline." Although the doses found in these lipsticks is fairly low since lipstick is not something we consume (it's just applied), it is still a little bit nerve-racking and definitely something to think about next time you pick one up.
    Below are the top 10 lipsticks with the highest lead amounts (very scary considering majority of them are affordable drugstore lipsticks):





    I do firmly believe that the cosmetic industry needs to set limits and possibly find some alternative methods to creating and developing lipsticks without the use of Lead.  The good news is that according to the Daily Green there are lipticks out there that are completely lead free, I picked out a few from the list, which are affordable drugstore lipsticks (listed below) that were tested for lead and no traces were found

    What do you think about all this? Are you being more cautious as to which lipsticks you are purchasing? Do you believe that the traces of Lead are so minimal that it wont affects us women in the long term?

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    GIVEAWAY Win a $25 GIFT CARD To Sneakpeeq **CLOSED**

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    I have partnered up with the folks at Sneakpeeq to bring a very exciting giveaway for my lovely readers!  
    If you’re not familiar with Sneakpeeq, it is the largest and fastest growing social shopping company on Facebook.  In fact in December 2011, they were named “The Top 10 Best Social Apps of 2011” along side with Pintrest, Google+, Instagram, and Spotify.


    Sneakpeeq is a site that promises you to “find what you love…at prices that are insanely low.” To sum it up, Sneakpeeq is a one-stop shop for products in many categories such as food, home décor, fashion, etc, at very affordable prices up to 70% OFF (you know I love good bargains)!

    When it comes to Glitz Glam Budget & the Sneakpeeq Giveaway, everyone WINS because just for entering you will get 20% off your next purchase, plus of course your chance to win the Grad Prize one $25 Sneakpeeq Gift Card! I am so excited about this giveaway because you get to choose whatever you want with this Gift Card and $25 does go a long way on the Sneakpeeq site!


    RULES:
    Contest open to US residents only
    Current Sneakpeeq users cannot enter the giveaway
    TWO Mandatory Entries: Be a public follower of Glitz Glam Budget Blog through GFC & Join Snealpeeq
    Please follow the Rafflecopter Form below
    UPDATE: CONGRATS YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
    Contest will run for 2 weeks (02/17/12 - 03/02/12) 
    Winner will be announced on my blog no later than 03/09/12, an email will also be sent out to the winner. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. 
    Winner will be selected through Random.org

    Good Luck Everyone!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    Free Too Faced Lash Mascara

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    Please head over to your local Sephora (inside JCPenney) immediately, because for a limited time you can get a Free DELUXE SAMPLE of the Too Faced Lash Injection Pinpoint Mascara
    Click here to print out the coupon.
    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    February 16, 2012

    Mattese Elite Carnaval Nail Polish

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    Could it be quite possibly one of the best nail polishes out there? 
    Well, I recently had the opportunity to try out the Mattese Elite Nail Enamel in Rainha, and I absolutely love it!  The application process was simply amazing, the polish just glides right on, with out any effort at all! One coat is pigmented enough, and as you apply more coats the color intensifies! 




    As you can see from the pictures, the polish does intensify with flash lighting, however with natural night time lighting the color is a lot more mellow and not as bright! 
    The staying power of the polish is surprisingly long lasting, 1 coat will last about 4 days, 2 coats will last about 6 days. The polish itself is reasonably priced at $5.99 for a .52 oz bottle! 

    You can purchase the entire line (which is called the "Carnaval" collection by clicking here). Below are the different colors in the Mattese Elite Carnaval Collection:

    Have you tried this collection? If so which is your favorite?

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 


    A sample of this product was given to Glitz Glam Budget, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on glitzglambudget.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

    February 15, 2012

    Just Signed up for Facebook

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    I am probably the last person on earth to do this, but I just signed up for Facebook for my blog.
    You can click here to visit my page!
    It's currently under construction, however I will be updating it very soon, that way it makes it easier for all of you to stay up to date on all my posts and any coupons and other goodies I typically inform you all about!


    If you have Facebook leave your link down below so I can visit your page!

    Thanks for all the support as usual!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

    February 14, 2012

    What Do Beauty Bloggers Actually Do?

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    Do your friends and family members ever 
    wonder what exactly beauty bloggers do? I am sure the answer to that question is YES. Well I get all sorts of questions all the time, what do you blog about, do you play with makeup all day long? Are you shopping again? It's actually quite amusing!

    Well I follow @PinkSith on twitter and today she tweeted such a funny picture which I can totally related to as a beauty and fashion blogger.  I thought I would share this picture with all of you lovely bloggers as I am sure you will all get a kick out of it as I did!

    Click on the picture below to enlarge:

    Hope this made your day a little brighter, because it sure did put a big smile on my face! If you want to check out PinkSith click here.
    What do your friends and family think of you blogging? Are they supportive? Do they think you play with makeup and clothes all day long? I'd love know!

    ♥ Glitz Glam Budget 
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