makeup monday // ColourPop


Makeup Monday has been MIA. My blog needs some attention and love.  Busy, Busy, Busy! My latest obsessions are the eyeshadows from ColourPop.  I love ColourPop. I’ve been hearing about the brand for a while, but have been hesitant because it’s an online purchase. I always like to see the packaging and try out the colors in person. I chanced it because I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. I went ahead and ordered a few matte lipsticks and about 10 shadows and blush. When the package came, I was so excited. The packaging is super cute and good quality. They even had a personal note – love that little touch. The best part is that their products are so inexpensive.  We are talking $5 for shadows and $ 8 for blush. And you know, I’m a MAC girl and I swear by MAC quality, but ColourPop is definitely one of my new favorites.


Look how cute the packaging is.  What I love is the snake skin texture of the shadows. I really love the eyeshadows and blush. Amazing pigment!  Not super impressed with the matte lipsticks. Way too matte and makes your lips super dry. Don’t love that. Go for the eyeshadows!


Beauty, Celebrity, Fashion

makeup monday // golden globes

Golden Globes Makeup{Lily James}

Happy Makeup Monday. The Golden Globes always kicks off the beginning of awards season. I love this time of year. I love seeing all the elegant looks for both makeup and fashion. The Red carpet – it’s like girl sports. This year the beauty style for the 2016 Golden globes was especially impressive. I loved the effortless yet intricate updos and clean soft makeup. Loved it all – many, many pinworthy beauty inspirations. Here is a glimpse…


Golden Globes Makeup

Alicia Vikander

Golden Globes Makeup

Kirsten Dunst

Golden Globes Makeup

Jennifer Lopez

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Sophia Bush

Saoirse Ronan

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

There were many beautiful dresses. Many, Many gorgeous looks. I have to say my absolute favorite dress of the night was the dress by Lily James. She looked fierce and flawless. I’m obsessed. So old Hollywood with a modern twist.

Golden Globes Fashion

Beauty, Fashion, Graphics, Photography, Portfolio

2015 // Top Blog Posts


Hello. Happy New Year’s Eve Eve. I love my eves! We are about to say good-bye to 2015.  2015 year was an interesting year for me. The highs would be my fabulous Europe trip with my family, getting out my comfort zone and doing what I really love to do, and all my friendships this year – both new and old. My personal theme this year was “things happen for a reason”. However, I sent out many positive affirmations into the universe and I do believe “it” will happen if you will it to happen. I feel like I’m coming out on top as we end 2015. Always end on a good note right? Thank you for reading my blog and letting me share a little sparkle with you. Here is a glimpse of the most popular Sparkle is the new Black posts for 2015…

Top post for 2015

Princess Sparkle

1.  Princess Sparkle  {pretty pink princess photo shoot}

Seattle Photography

2. little carolina // photo shoot {Girly + Urban + Tutus}

VHS photo

3. project 2015 // wk. 006 // vhs {VHS photography}


4. graphics // {austin aztex} {Poster Designs for the Austin Axtex}

P31 Collaborative

5. graphics // {p31 Collaborative} {Brand / Business Card design}

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6. makeup monday // the beauty blender


7. Hello London

Look Book

8. graphics // shoe look book


9. project 2015 // wk. 007 // pittsburgh {photo project}

Urban Photo shoot

10. urban // photoshoot {little brother photo shoot}


makeup monday // shade + light

Kat Von D Shade and LightIt’s Monday! Happy makeup monday!  Today I want to talk about Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Palette. I’m obsessed with this palette. I’m usually a shimmer and sparkle girl when it comes to the eyes but I’m really drawn to this palette. It’s an all matte palette and quite versatile.  I love the neutrals and how this palette goes both cool and warm. Last week I went to this event and I really wanted a sultry, rock smokey eye and my eye shadow collection consisted of greys and blacks in all shimmer. Then I met the Kat Von D palette and I loved all the matte neutrals which helped me build and layer the perfect smokey eye! One thing to note about this palette is that it’s a little “dusty”.  The texture is quite soft and may get a little messy. The pigment is great though you just have to be gentle with your shade and light palette. Love and must have. Here is a glimpse of more of the Shade and Light palette…

Kat Von D Shade and Light

Kat Von D Shade and Light


makeup monday // man bun

man bun

Hello and Happy makeup monday!  This is the day we talk beauty & hair. I always love to talk about my latest beauty discoveries and all the makeup and hair trends. Speaking of trends, Google’s 2015 Beauty Trends report “man bun” topped the search results for the year.  So 2015 is officially the year of the man bun. Here is a glimpse of man bun inspiration…

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{images via Pinterest}


makeup monday // lashes in a box

Lashes in a BoxHello. Happy Makeup Monday. Beauty talk was on a little hiatus, but now it’s back and can’t wait to share my latest beauty love!  If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with lashes. There is just something about lashes that really wakens and enhances the eyes. I’ve tried all types of lashes – all styles. My new favorite is LASHES IN A BOX. Love the packaging for one (you know I’m a sucker for chic packaging}. LASHES IN A BOX offers several styles with 10 pairs per box.  It’s definitely a luxury line where quality isn’t sacrificed.

lashes in a box

My favorite set from LASHES IN A BOX is No. 17. I love the wispy quality.  No.17 is all about 100% handmade full wispies – 20 piece set that features all-around natural length and full volume. I’m so in love!


Beauty, Celebrity, Fashion, Food

Link Love

Link Love

Hello + Happy Wednesday. Where did summer go? Autumn is just around the corner. I don’t think I’m ready for this. Here are some link loves to make this transition as smooth as possible.