Friday, March 28, 2014

Europe Is About To Get A Little More "Sparkle"-y!

As many of you know, we live in, and love, Wyoming.  We love our mountains, we love our trees...

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...and we love our Wyoming Cowboys! 

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Even the most content of Wyoming girls feels the need to spread her wings and fly from time to time, however, and especially after the winter months, we find ourselves itching to get away. 

We've talked about our girls trips before...there's nothing better than getting together with some of our besties and taking on the world!

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We love every road/plane/boat trip that we've ever been on...but we're unable to contain our excitement for our upcoming adventure, which is scheduled for June.  Hold on to your hats, Eastern Hemisphere...(okay, and a little bit of the Western Hemisphere, too)...

WyoSparkles is going to Europe!

 
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I know!  We can't believe it either!  We're teaming up with a couple of our favorite gals, and plan to take the entire European continent by storm this summer!

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With this in mind, we need your help!  As first time travelers across the ocean, we're eager to make the most of our trip, and to see every last thing that we need to see...not to mention, shop until we've lost all consciousness.

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We're curious to know what our readers might recommend...where do we HAVE to go?  What do we HAVE to see?  Where can we get the most FABULOUS deals on European Beauty and Fashion??

For those of you who have traveled abroad...(or those who live in Europe!)...especially within London, Paris, and throughout Italy, we're dying to hear your wisdom.  Point us in the right direction, beauty lovers!  We're counting on you!

Until June...we're counting down the days...and we hope that Europe is ready for all this Sparkle!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Ring in 2014 With Our Top 13 From 2013!

We don’t know about you all, but as far as we are concerned, 2013 flew by in a FLASH!  It’s hard to believe that we’re already looking at 2014 collections and pining for them while we mark their release dates on our calendars and adjust our budgets to make sure we can afford every new goodie that we want.  I mean…eating is overrated, right?  Who needs gas for their car?  We’ll make the sacrifices we need to make to ensure that we don’t miss out on any 2014 must haves, right?

Before we get too far into 2014 shopping, however, we want to pay tribute to the products that we met and fell for over the past year.  2013 was a great year to us, beauty-wise…we’re excited to share our love stories with you.

So…without further ado…
We give you the WyoSparkes Top 13 of 2013!



1. Tarte made our lash loving dreams come true with Lights, Camera, Flashes!  This statement mascara went to work to lengthen and separate Kristi’s lashes for a super intense, and ultra black, look.

2. Urban Decay’s Supercurl Mascara made us feel like we had SUPER POWERS…of the super shapely lash kind, anyway.  Getting tons of curl and lift were a piece of cake using this little wonder!

3. We each tried YSL lipsticks for the first time in 2013…and it was love at very first pucker!  Though every YSL color we picked up has found a place in our hearts, we’re especially fond of #1 Nude Beige, Rouge Volupte, indeed!

4. …and Volupte Sheer Candy in "lush coconut" (for days when we craved more of a sheer color).  If you haven’t splurged on YSL lippies yet…we highly recommend them.  Be careful, though…they are addicting!

5. Urban Decay released Naked 3 late in the year…and even though we technically didn’t have a lot of 2013 to enjoy it, we BOTH fell SO in love with it that it would be impossible not to include it here.  Nude and natural looks have never looked so good, UD…we heart you!

6. Of course none of our favorites lists would be complete without some MAC goodness, and Kristi met her truest lippie love of possibly all time with MAC’s Altered Beige.  It’s a perfect nude that goes with her wherever she goes!  I believe she's already on her 3rd ...with 2 lying in wait.

7. MAC lips go best with MAC faces, and we both adorned our cheeks with plenty of MAC blush this year.  Gingerly turned out to get almost daily use…blending with lots of other shades to create perfect cheeks every time!

8. Janine picked up MAC’s Grande Dame Mineralize Rich lipstick in the Spring…and found herself unable to shake its goodness.  It’s the perfect rosy pink with a touch of shimmer that went with almost everything.  She won’t leave home without it!

9. You know that we have love love love for fun eye looks, and Too Faced released the Pretty Rebel with WyoSparkles seemingly in mind.  Metallics, brights, shimmers, and more…all in one perfect palette.  It’s definitely gotten a major workout since we grabbed it!

10. No face is complete without some contouring/bronzer, and Kristi found herself grabbing Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil more often than not, to give her cheeks the perfect shaping effect….

11. …while Janine nurtured a love affair with Tarte’s Hotel Heiress to do the job.

12. One more palette, to make our list complete…and again, it’s from favorite Palette Powerhouse, Urban Decay.  We both loved the Vice Palette when it came out in 2012, so of course when Vice 2 was announced, we were all over that action.  Urban Decay’s perfect shadow formula continues to wow us…and we never get tired of their fun and new color additions.  This palette is a keeper!

13. Kristi would be lost without her Instant Age Rewind Concealer for Maybelline.  Perfect for concealing and highlighting…it’s a daily must have to create her perfect look!

So…that does it for our 2013 love affairs.  We have a feeling that we’ll stay true to many of these fabulous and addictive products well into the New Year…but we’re excited to meet new prospects in the coming months, as well.  If we missed out on your favorite 2013 product, let us know in the comments, so we can track it down and give it a whirl!

Here’s hoping that 2014 is full of joy for all of you…HAPPY NEW YEAR!






Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Perfect Solution for Holiday Gifting: Smashbox Has You Covered!

As Christmas looms closer and closer, you may find yourself with that "hard to shop for" girl on your list. You could get her these eye shadows...but what if they aren't the right shades?  You could get her this blush palette...but what if they don't create perfect rosy effect she's dying for?  You could get her some eyeliners...or some face powder...but the bottom line is that you're always going to run the risk that the one thing you choose...won't be the one thing she wants.

Smashbox is on the job, however, to make your gift giving task a little bit simpler...by putting all of their most fabulous products together into one awesome palette!


Introducing The Master Class Palette 2, (a sequel to the limited edition Master Class Palette that was released earlier this year) which packs a little bit of everything into a slim and affordable case...just in time for the holidays.  As soon as I spotted it at Sephora, I knew it HAD to be mine...I think the hard-to-please girl on your list will love it, too!

If you're shopping for an eye look lover, (like me!) she will be immediately drawn to the left side of the book, comprised of 28 gorgeous eye colors.  Possibilities will be endless with this collection...with everything from versatile nudes to deep mattes to eye popping shimmers...shown with flash on the left...without flash on the right:



Once her shadow is in place, she'll be able to accent them perfectly with one of four cream eye liners...


Finally, she'll be able to perfect her face and cheeks with a full array of 5 different blushes...a bronzer...and 2 huge highlighting powders...(flash on the left...no flash on the right)...


Shopping for a beauty lover can be tricky...no two gals are the same, and everyone will be looking for something different in her "perfect" makeup gift.  The versatility and range of products in this palette will make it a safe bet for any makeup lover...there's so much to choose from, that she'll be bound to fall in love!

The Smashbox Master Class Palette 2 is available from Sephora for $59 dollars...go out and grab it for the glamour loving lady in your life...even if that glamour loving lady is yourself!  :)


Are you done shopping for Christmas?  Who's the hardest person on your list to shop for?


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2 Minute Review: Younique Cosmetics' Lucrative Lip Gloss

A couple of weeks ago, you might have noticed that we featured products from Younique Cosmetics in a series of 2 Minute Reviews exploring the line.  At the end of our "Younique Week," we may have even implied that our reviews of Younique products had finished.

Psych!

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We were so impressed with the products we received from Debi at Younique that we had to have just a little bit more.  Debi, because she is awesome, was happy to hook us up.

If you know anything about me, (Kristi) you know that I'm a little bit obsessed with lip products.  Lip sticks...lip liners...lip balms...and the staple of any lip loving gal on the go...lip gloss.

Because I love glosses so much, I was all about checking into the lip offerings from Younique, and was impressed with the colors featured in their Lucrative Lip Gloss line.

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Many of you know that I love a nude and/or natural lip like Carrie loves Big...

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...and I decided to give the shade "Lucky" a try.  It was a little darker than some of the shades I lean toward, but since glosses don't always have a huge amount of color payout, I thought it was a perfect choice.


The first thing I should mention, given my reasoning in my color choice, is that these glosses are NOT like other glosses in the color payout category. Instead of looking super pretty in the tube, only to apply as a sheer watered down version of its color, this lip gloss has MAJOR color payout.  And, thankfully, I really loved the way that the color looked on my lips...so the color was a win!


As far as how this lippie feels, I loved that the gloss applied with a shiny finish, but was creamy rather than sticky.  Even as a grown woman with years of "I should know better" experience, I still somehow manage to apply my lip gloss immediately before walking out into the Wyoming wind.  You know what that means, ladies...

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For Wyoming's windy days, sticky lip gloss is a deal breaker. Thankfully...Lucrative Lip Gloss leaves the sticky at home, while delivering shine and fabulously creamy color.  Woohoo!

If you're in the market for a new lip gloss...(and come on, aren't we always?)...I highly recommend checking out the Lucrative Lip Gloss line from Younique Cosmetics.  There are 10 shades to choose from...one of them is sure to strike your lip loving fancy!

Are you a lip product lover like I am?  What is your go to shade for fabulous lips?






Disclaimer: While these products were sent to us free of charge, our opinions are honest and are our own.  WyoSparkles would never recommend a product that we aren't willing to use, and do not accept monetary compensation to promote any product or service.

Friday, October 25, 2013

2 Minute Review: Younique Cosmetics' Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes


Hi Darlings!

As you probably know by now, we here at WyoSparkles came from two different ends of the gene pool when it comes to eyelashes.  K was blessed with extraordinarily long lashes naturally.  It's a good thing she's such a nice girl...or J would probably hate her out of sheer, insurmountable, jealousy.  Fabulous lashes are sometimes more enviable than a fabulous boyfriend...

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You see J was born...with less awe inspiring lashes.  Unless almost invisible lashes inspire awe, that is.  J's lashes...are super short...super blonde...and super lame.  It is this lameness that spurred J's love for any and all things that will boost her lashes.  She's tried pretty much every mascara EVER...and while there are some that do a pretty good job, she generally relies on false lashes to get the lash results she wants.  Wearing false lashes daily can be kind of a pain...any heel loving girl can tell you that beauty is pain, right?

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Thanks to one of our products from Younique Cosmetics, J has learned that maybe...just MAYBE...beauty doesn't have to be pain after all.  No, seriously.  This is earth shattering, you guys.

In with our Younique products was what we kind of consider to be the superstar of this whole show...the main event...we give you...

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes!


Do you feel that?  Your world is about to get rocked.


Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes is a set of two products, actually...that work together to create lashes that you may not have even thought were possible.  After applying the transplanting gel from the first tube, you'll apply the natural fibers from the other tube, which work with the gel to reportedly transform your eyes!



In spite of the fact that she's kind of a clumsy gal sometimes, and was certain she'd end up with transplanting gel in her bangs and fibers all over her face, J decided to give the Fiber Lashes a try.  Thankfully...it was actually really easy to use...and she was super impressed with the results.  No...seriously...check it out!

J used the Fiber Lashes on one eye...while using a couple of coats of volumizing mascara on the other eye:


Crazy right?  RIGHT?

Here's a little bit closer look at each eye:




Considering her vast experience in trying different lash boosting products, J was skeptical at first...but the proof is in the pudding* ladies...this stuff actually works.  Really well.  LOVE!

*No pudding was actually involved in getting this wonder product onto both of J's eyes

You can grab yourself some of this AMAZING product by clicking here and shopping with Debi.  If you love fabulous lashes...which, come on...you know you love fabulous lashes...you will NOT regret picking this one up!





Disclaimer: While these products were sent to us free of charge, our opinions are honest and are our own.  WyoSparkles would never recommend a product that we aren't willing to use, and do not accept monetary compensation to promote any product or service.


2 Minute Review: Younique Cosmetics' Moodtruck Minerals Loose Pigments

Hey Friends!

Unless you're a brand new follower, or if you've been following us without retaining anything we've ever said, you know that we are addicted...and I mean ADDICTED...to fabulous eye products.  J might even second guess her fear of a committed relationship if said relationship could be with good eyeshadow.  :)



With this love in mind, we were THRILLED to be sent four loose pigments from Younique Cosmetics in a bag of goodies from them.

Aren't they lovely?





Looking at the swatches below, from top to bottom, we got "Dignified," an irresistible metallic green..."Glamorous," a medium (and super matte) purple..."Curious," a shimmery white that will go with everything...and "Heartbroken," a deep rose shade with a hint of copper shimmer:


As you can see, these pigments deliver maximum color payout, and as soon as we had these in hand, we were DYING to put them to the test.  Kristi, on her first "Younique" outing, created this sultry look:


Stay tuned to our Instagram account, where we'll be showcasing more eye looks created with Younique products soon!

Make sure to head over to Debi's Younique site to check out all of the colors available in this fabulous pigment formula...there are 30 gorgeous shades to choose from, and at $10 each, you can afford to grab a few!

Do you love pigments the way we do...or are you a pressed shadow type of gal?






Disclaimer: While these products were sent to us free of charge, our opinions are honest and are our own.  WyoSparkles would never recommend a product that we aren't willing to use, and do not accept monetary compensation to promote any product or service.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

2 Minute Review: Younique Cosmetics' Eye Brush Set

Hi Loves!

We're going to let you in on a little secret.  We love makeup.  Oh wait...you knew that?  Huh...

Well...did you know that loving makeup and having makeup is kind of pointless if you don't have great brushes with which to apply it?  Oh...you did?  Shooooot.

WELL...did you know that Younique Products, which we've been reviewing all week, has some great brushes?  Ha!  You didn't know that, did you?  Finally...we're schooling you.

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Just so you know, in our care package of fabulousness from Debi at Younique, we received three brushes (well, kind of 4...as one is double ended) with which to try the products out.  We gotta say...we're impressed.

The brush set that we received includes a Deluxe Brush, which is the perfect size/shape for flawless shadow/pigment application...a Crease Brush for superior blending and shading in the crease and corners...and a double ended Liner/Shader Brush, which proved great for both brows and smudging for J's favorite smokey looks.




We have tried (and use daily) brushes from the highest of high end to those that are more "economical," and have found pros and cons about all of them.  These Younique Brushes rank right up with some of our favorite brushes in quality, and in the looks we were able to create with them.  They are super soft, but are firm enough not to fling pigment all over the place while you're using them.  (Am I the only one who has that problem? :( )

If you're looking to try some new brushes and don't know where to turn...check out these and other brushes from Debi & Younique...we're sure you'll love them!



Disclaimer: While these products were sent to us free of charge, our opinions are honest and are our own.  WyoSparkles would never recommend a product that we aren't willing to use, and do not accept monetary compensation to promote any product or service.



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