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Monte Bleu Glass Nail File Review and Giveaway


Hi friends, I have something new and wonderful to show you today. I was fortunate enough to have been invited to try out and review a wonderful glass nail file from Monte Bleu Shop & Their Wholesaler: Monte Bleu Design (for purchases in the USA: Glass Fuzion).

Samples of The Beautiful Glass Nail FilesNow my questions and concerns with these nail files. Are they sturdy? What about sharpness? Will they last a long time? How well do they work? Once I saw the wide and varied choices that you could choose from, well what can I say,ย  I just had to take them up on the offer for a review and giveaway of their beautiful nail files. They have everything in glass nail files from regular sized to mini, from hand painted to jeweled to blinged with Swarovski Crystals! And anyway isn’t that what I am here for? To test out things just like this and answer those very questions that I found I was asking myself? Obviously I said yes to the chance to review one of these beauties.

My nail file was sent to me very securely packaged for shipment, honestly I don’t know if they are all wrapped the same way my package was, simply because, sometimes it’s the representative of the company that sends out a sample of their products to test and not their usual shipping department. However, in our correspondence, they did indicate that they were sending my information to their logistics department to have them ship to me. I did need to use a knife to open the packaging, it was taped up so well that I believe the packing was waterproof! And that is a good thing as this was shipped out all the way from the Czech Republic! Oh and Yes folks this is a World Wide Giveaway… for 5 winners! Woot! Riah’s first World Wide Giveaway and for 5 winners? Wow!

Ok so I skipped far ahead of myself here, and as you can see I am so excited to offer our friends from all over the world this wonderful giveaway “and now back to our regularly scheduled program.”… errr umm I mean “regularly scheduled review, then the giveaway.” lol

I received my nail file in a lovely box and the file is so beautiful I want to show it off everywhere I go! This nail file is not only made of clear glass (they have black glass files as well) but it is blinged out with Swarovski Crystals! The design I received has the name “Bubbles” which you see below, the name is so perfect, don’t you think? I sure wish these pictures did the files justice, trust me, there is nothing like seeing these in person!

Beautiful Glass Nail file called bubbles
Click on the picture if you want to see it on their website to purchase your own. ๐Ÿ™‚

The thickness of the glass file is nice, the weight is nice and the nail file seems very sturdy. The edges of the file are nice and smooth, so as for cutting yourself, I wouldn’t worry about it unless you break it, and I am a clutz and although I did drop it once it hasn’t broken nor shown signs of cracks or damage. As far as longevity of the file, well now that I’ve had it in my hands and used it several times, I’ve discovered it’s easy to remove the nail filing dust off the file area and it shows no sign of wearing out yet. If you think about traditional nail files, you will remember that all they are is sand or sand like substance glued onto the backing… these nail files are glass that is possibly sand blasted to get that rough filing edge. Of course this will last! ๐Ÿ™‚ The grain on my file feels like a medium coarseness and the opposite side feels just a slight bit finer.

I tried to take pictures of this lovely glass nail file that I received and the best I could get is the one below. I need to learn more about settings on digital cameras so I can capture the beauty of bling on things I receive and not have the sparkle & shine take over the picture in a glowing mass that messes up any focus on the item. lol

my bubbles glass nail file, ok so I added the flower frame to it, I love it so much!
my bubbles glass nail file, ok so I added the flower frame to it, I love it so much!



While looking once more at their websites, I found myself drooling over all these lovely nail files, each one is a piece of art in itself and they really should be displayed… but remember to display in your home/beauty shop or what have you, groupings of 3 is a must. lol Yes really! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I plan on going to go there to order 2 more someday soon… and I’ll tell you what else, they now have Blingย  on there Hair brushes… ahhhh, yes, yet another one that I must have! ๐Ÿ™‚

All-told, I believe that if your into beauty tools and Bling then Mont-Bleu is for you and their websites are a must see. And don’t forget those people on your gift lists that would go nuts over these beautiful nail files. I love to find unique gifts like these for the holidays, *nudge nudge wink wink* (yes I am giving a gift hint to family and friends!)

I wish to thank the folks at Monte Bleu for entrusting me, for being so very wonderful in offering me this product to review. I am so SOLD on these nail files, and I will be replacing all my normal stick files withย  yours. Besides they look so beautiful that they are a lovely accent on makeshift beauty vanity in my cute little “dressing room”… they distract from the mess that is currently all around in that small room. I cannot help but smile every time I sit there!

links for their websites:

  • A link straight to Monte Bleu e-shop’s glass nail-files: http://www.design-glassware.com/en/Nail-Files/

Now for our wonderful giveaway: They Ship Worldwide so your location is not an issue. We are giving away a nail file to 5 lucky readers! Again this is for anyone anywhere in the world! Yay! prize will be one nail file (Swarovski Crystals on a Glass Nail File ) for each of the 5 winners!

#win Glass #Nail-File from Monte Bleu with #Swarovski Crystals! Ends 11/15 #WorldWide Entries http://tinyurl.com/4yoh9f9 #Bling #Manicure


BH Cosmetics – Win Contour & Blush Palette and the 32 Color Lip Palette


Hi there folks, have you visited BH Cosmetics yet? Do you know all about them? Their makeup palettes are professional grade and high pigmented. I had not had any idea of where people were getting such lovely colors for their makeups in all the fun pictures online of creative faces. I finally found them while searching for highly pigmented eyeshadows once upon a time. Back then, around February or so, I was fortunate enough to “Like” them on Facebook and they ran a giveaway on there. I was fortunate enough to win and here I was about ready to order the very same palette from them that I won! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love their eyeshadows and I was so lucky when they invited me to take a look at my choice of some of their products and possibly do a review and giveaway! My collection eventually will be complete with their products, the way my luck has been going and I find that so exciting. I just know that I need to order more products from them.

BH Cosmetics Contour and Blush Palette

I finally decided on what I wanted to try, the easy one was the Contour and Blush Palette that I had been eyeballing since Winter. The next choice to help round out my BH Cosmetics collection here was for the 32 Color Lip Palette. The products arrived in no time at all within a big box that had all the items cushioned well for shipping. I love the care that they take in shipping, with some companies out there you never know what condition your beauty products will be in when they arrive, for instance I just had a large order that I received from my favorite Beauty Supply place, that I had been going to since I first saw them while I was an instructor for professional Cosmetologists, Salon Manager and Stylist… this is the first time I decided to order from them through the mail and this will be the last time. Everything in that Beauty Supply Box was loose in the package with only a crumpled up piece of paper on top… and things leaked and boxes crushed etc. Like I said, I love the care that BH Cosmetics takes in packaging and shipping their products. ๐Ÿ™‚

I immediately had to open the products, which are in the nice compact like cases, the cases are textured, unlike the glossy smooth case for the eyeshadows I have were in. On initial look, inside the cases, I was in love with all the lip colors, I then looked at the Contour and Blush Palette and wasn’t sure if these were the colors I would choose for myself. Upon looking out in the natural light I realize that the colors are neutral enough that they could work on me with my warm skin tone after all.

BH Cosmetics Lip Palette

I then put on the contour and blush playing around with contouring my short but square face, I could go on and on about face shapes and how to contour but lets face it, there are tons of online resources for this information as well as figuring out your face shape and the best ways to contour your face. Someday when I have more time, I may take the time to sit down and take you through all the steps and explain how to contour and other makeup hints and tips that I learned, but now is not the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Contour and Blush Palette are a lot of fun to create different looks with, and though I wouldn’t have chosen these colors for myself in the past, I would choose them now and I think these colors are neutral enough to work on just about any complexion.ย  The contour goes on just right… lighter or darker as you choose and you may also conceal with the same palette…although Iย  don’t use it for that, I use the lighter colors to layer highlight. I first use one of the light colors and then on top of it I use a shimmer color on top in some areas to highlight more.

I don’t believe in totally changing the shape of your face with contour however, natural beauty is in all shapes and sizes, my friends… so if you are like me and and love to play with makeup, save this contouring for formal pictures and anytime you maybe on camera or at a formal affair, then just make it subtle and check it from all sides in the lighting like you will be seen in to make sure it looks good and is blended well.

I then played with the lip palette, at first using my finger, you see I couldn’t wait. Then I was a good girl and reached for my lip brush, I found some gorgeous colors in there, some of which I thought were too dark until I mixed several of the colors together. I really love one of the dark frosted bronze color (far right bottom) and because it’s a tad to dark on me I love mixing it with the other lighter colors.ย  The Lip Palette of the 32 lip colors also contains some lip glosses in it, but it mostly contains lipsticks in the palette.

Anyway I have had a great time with my Contour & Blush Palette as well as the 32 Color Lip Palette and I continue to play with them still. The packaging is quite nice, however I would have preferred that the lip colors and contour and blush were in the palette case like the eyeshadows were in. The eyeshadow case, was both easier for me to open and it is comparatively easy to clean if you get any makeup on them. I tried windex and even rubbing alcohol to get them clean for the pictures I took, but I couldn’t clean it off well at all. However, that is only a small inconvenience and I don’t believe I will be taking further pictures of the cases in the conceivable future. lol And I must say that the cases are still rather lovely.

I would like to thank BH Cosmetics for their letting me try their products, and like their eyeshadows, I wasn’t disappointed with the quality and quantity of the products. Thank you BH Cosmetics.

Now for the fun part, we have wonderful Giveaway here folks!

Sorry the Giveaway has Ended!

Good Luck to all our friends!
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, BH Cosmetics provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. ย Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by me (Mariah Lockwood).

Cosmetic (Stila) Giveaway Found Online!

I continue to have a passion for beauty and all things thrifty including giveaways and I’ve found some might great things out there as of late. Time and health hasn’t allowed me to do much right now but I do plan on posting some new pictures and reviews of the latest and greatest beauty products that I’ve tried.

In the mean time while I am trying to figure out how to combine all my blogs into one and categorize them all, I thought I would post some wonderful links to giveaways that I’ve found.

I just located this giveaway for Stila Cosmetics! Yeah, you know I love em… and quite frankly you are lucky I decided to enter and share with you… cause I really want to win and it’s a requirement that I blog about this. lol Greedy me would love to have the only entries into this puppy!!! Yup, really… honestly, don’t enter… ok ok, if you enter because of my post here and you win… just let me know and then I will know who to be totally jealous of, okay? *wink*

The Stila giveaway is for: Trendsetting in Tokyo Palette, a Smudge Pot, and Long Wear lip color.ย 
Enter the Contest here: http://fashioneggplant.blogspot.com/2011/02/ms-eggplant-x-stila-blog-giveaway.html#comments
And good luck to you… nope, I don’t really mean that… good luck to me! ๐Ÿ˜› lol

Oh boy! Found a great Giveaway!

I was searching late last night into the wee hours of the morning for some fun cosmetic giveaways online and I happened to find a wonderful giveaway. This giveaway is by FabDiva20 and she is so generous in this one, I just had to enter and tell you all about it…hey telling you about it gives me an extra entry too, to be honest. lol

Really though I hope that since my readership is so low and it’s seldom that anyone accidently stumbles upon my blog, that not many extra enter… lol It gives me a better chance of winning! *evil grinz* Ok ok, if I can’t win at least someone who reads this will and they will come back to let me know that I helped them win and that will be satisfying to a degree. lol

Ok without further adieu here are the details from FabDiva’s Blog:

1st Prize:
MAC: From both Cham Pale and Stylishly Yours collections, you get to choose what you want and it has to be up to $60 worth.

2nd Prize:
MAC: You can choose two items from either Make Up For Ever or NARS.

This giveaway will end on January 1st at 12:00AM EST. Good luck to you all!!

And finally here is your link: http://fabdiva20.blogspot.com/2010/12/holidaybloggerversary-giveaway.html#comment-form