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Twinkle Twinkle Like A Star With Mont Bleu’s Bling – Review and Giveaway

Singing to myself (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

(a song by Mariah Lockwood, dedicated to Mont Bleu)

“Twinkle Twinkle like a Star, with Mont Bleu, There You Are. Twinkle like the Stars Above, with this Bling you’ll fall in Love!” “Twinkle Twinkle like a Star….”

The Monte Bleu Logo - "Crystalized with Swarovski elements"

One day, as I contemplated my needing to give myself another manicure,  I just happened to think of my lovely Mont Bleu Nail File. I decided to write Mont Bleu to see if they wanted another review and giveaway on the blog and as I went to my email to write them, I discovered that they happened to have been trying to contact me! I was so very thrilled that they too thought of me… talk about being on the same wave length at the same time from way over here in Colorado USA to The Czech Republic, how cool is that?

bubbles czech glass nail file, with Swarovski Bling on it, and I surrounded the picture with some flowers to display the picture. :)
My Glass Nail File in the “Bubbles” Swarovski Crystal Arrangement. This is what I reviewed a year ago and it is still going strong!

Some of you will remember my Mont Bleu Nail File Review and Giveaway from about a year ago. My beautiful glass nail file is holding on strong and still working like a charm for me. Below is a picture of my glass nail file as a reminder of these beauties.

I received a marvelous package in my mail one day, with matching SWAROVSKI® Crystals in them. I received a bobby pin, a ring and earrings. They are so very lovely and once again the wonderful people at Monte Bleu didn’t fail to show their wonderful quality and craftsmanship in their products. I love my jewelry set.

Mont Bleu Blin on me (Mariah). Swarovski Crystal, hairpin, earrings and adjustable ring.

What a FUN Ring!

two red swarovski crystal ring, adjustable to your sizeThe Ring that I received is perfectly adjustable, with 2 SWAROVSKI® Crystals on either end of the metal ring. I would say that the ring size as is was about a size 6 or 6 ½ in US ring sizing (hard to say, since I failed to measure it before adjusting it down a little to fit my size 5 ¼ finger). The size of the ring can be adjusted down or up to your needs. The metal is good and strong so you will have to put a bit of elbow grease into sizing it, but it’s a good sign of the longevity of this Ring.

Getting The Hair All Blinged Out!

hair clip (bobbypin aka hairpin) with 2 red Swarovski CrystalsThe Hairpin or Hair Clip (or Bobby Pin, as we call them here in the US) with 2 SWAROVSKI® Crystals is just breathtaking. I admitted to the representative that I almost cried when I saw their newest offerings of these gorgeous bobby-pins. Why? My Grandmother had once come to visit us along with her she brought a hairpiece that was on a maniquin head, on the hairpiece was a simple little clear crystal bobby pin and the pictures reminded me of something I hadn’t thought about in ages. God rest my sweet Grandmother’s Soul, when I admired her bobby pin she promptly gave it to this wide eyed little girl and I was in heaven! I don’t know whatever happened to this little prize, knowing how careless I was at about 7 years old, I probably lost it as little girls do.

The Bobby-pin is a great way to hold your hair back out of your eyes and to add an accent to any hairstyle on any occasion. I can see this worn for fun with a pair of jeans or to add an adornment to your hair with a fancy dress. You can wear it tucked in a bun, I seem to remember wearing the one my Grandmother gave me in my hair in ballet class. Or as an addition to a lovely French Twist or as a fun addition to the side of your hair, in a pony tail. Do you have shorter hair? Then just find a fun place to put it in your hair, cannot fail. There aren’t any rules friends, just have fun and place it where you want it in your hair and you couldn’t go wrong with this beauty. The only part missing in these Bobby Pins, is that there is not plastic to the very ends of these so be cautious when placing them in the hair so you don’t scratch your scalp.

Bling Up Those Lobes without Irritation!

red swarovski earrings from Mont BleuFinally the Earrings, the SWAROVSKI® Crystals the crystals in these beauties again make it just so very versatile. These are just lovely and smaller in size then the SWAROVSKI® Crystals in the other pieces of jewelry, don’t let the smaller size of these crystals deter you from loving them, they certainly haven’t deter me from loving these! The size is excellent for any age and any occasion, I think that the size of these crystals are just perfect, if they had been as large as on the ring or in the bobby pin I think you take the chance of making it look cheap or limit yourself with wearing these.

The earrings are covered with Hypo-allergenic Rhodium, so no itching and swelling with my sensitive ears and I can get away with wearing these just as long a period of time as I can with gold posts! Yay! The posts are made well, not too long a post in back so that they stab your head behind your ear and they don’t have any sharp edges to irritate either.

In Conclusion:

Swarovski Crystal Bling on Mariah (of HonestlyMariah,com) in Red Bling from Mont Bleu ring earrings and hairpin

Put the Bling Bling of Mont Bleu on your List! I know I’ve placed Mont Bleu on my wish list for Christmas (again this year) as well as started a Christmas Shopping List for my Friends and Family full of Mont Bleu items I just know they’d love. Mont Bleu has once again proven themselves to have the most beautiful, tasteful craftsmanship and great quality as they have had with my previous review of their beautiful Glass Nail File with Swarovski Crystals.

I highly recommend taking a good look around the shopping site for Mont Bleu and I am sure you will fall in love with so very many of their products, just like I continue to do every time I visit.

Bling Bling, Baby Bling Bling…

Bling on the Holidays, Bling in the New Year! Enter the Giveaway:

This giveaway is for a gift card towards your choice of middle size nail file with crystals, ring or earrings. The earrings come highly recommended for this giveaway, as the rings may not all be in stock, they are a very popular item folks! So if you want their rings, don’t wait to see if you’ve won, go and purchase them while they are still in stock, okay?

Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Mont Bleu provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  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 Monte Bleu and Me. 

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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! 🙂 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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.  The contour goes on just right… lighter or darker as you choose and you may also conceal with the same palette…although I  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.  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!
Disclaimer: 
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.  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).

New TV Show 2 New Sweepstakes

Ok, quickly first… cool new TV Series on USA, “Fairly Legal” looks like this one maybe a keeper on our DVR recording schedule. You can find out more about the show here: Fairly Legal Website

Now onto the promised two Sweepstakes:

1) Win Win Sweepstakes < ---click to go to this Sweeps
This is a Daily Entry Sweepstakes and it ends at 11:59 pm ET on March 30, 2011

Prizes (as per the rules page):  There will be a total of twenty five (25) first prizes awarded, one (1) to each First Prize Winner (each a “First Prize”), and one (1) grand prize awarded to the Grand Prize Winner (“Grand Prize” and together with First Prize, collectively referred to herein as “Prizes”).

First Prizes: The First Prize will be a Fairly Legal “Shades of Gray” Swag Bag which will consist of: a canvas messenger bag; a knit hat and scarf; a lap watch; an assortment of pencils and one (1) notebook; Conflict Resolution for Dummies book; Essie nail polish in three (3) shades; Stila eyeshadow; Not for Tourists Guide to San Francisco book; an umbrella; and a coffee tumbler. Contents are subject to change subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each First Prize is three hundred dollars ($300). Total ARV for all First Prizes is seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Grand Prize: The Grand Prize will be a four (4) night/five (5) day trip for Grand Prize Winner and one (1) guest (“Guest”) to San Francisco, CA (the “Trip”). The Trip will consist of the following, subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion: 1) round-trip, commercial coach-class air transportation for Grand Prize Winner and Guest from an airport near the Grand Prize Winner’s residence to an airport in or near San Francisco, CA; 2) Airport transfer and rental car for Grand Prize Winner and Guest; 3) four (4) nights accommodations at a luxurious hotel (single room/double occupancy) in or around San Francisco, CA; 4) breakfast and dinner daily for Grand Prize Winner and Guest; 5) a five hundred dollars ($500) for spa treatments for Grand Prize Winner and Guest awarded in the form of a gift certificate, or in a form subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion (for a total of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for spa treatments). The ARV of the Grand Prize is twelve thousand six hundred dollars ($12,600).

The total ARV of all Prizes is twenty thousand and one hundred dollars ($20,100).

2) Fairly Legal Mobile Watch to Win Sweepstakes*< ---click to go to this Sweeps
*It doesn’t look like you need a cell phone to enter as it states that if you win they will notify you by cell or email 
Weekly Drawing #1 (week of 1/20-1/26) answer is: Gate B

This is a Weekly Sweepstakes and it ends at 11:59 pm ET on March 30, 2011

Here is the weekly chart of Entry Periods and Drawing Dates as found on their rules page (Rules)

Weekly Drawing Weekly Entry Period Start Date Weekly Entry Period End Date Weekly Drawing Date
1 10:00pm ET on January 20, 2011 11:59pm ET on January 26, 2011 On or about Feb 9, 2011
2 10:00pm ET on January 27, 2011 11:59pm ET on February 2, 2011 On or about February 16, 2011
3 10:00pm ET on February 3, 2011 11:59pm ET on February 9, 2011 On or about February 23, 2011
4 10:00pm ET on February 10, 2011 11:59pm ET on February 16, 2011 On or about March 2, 2011
5 10:00pm ET on February 17, 2011 11:59pm ET on February 23, 2011 On or about March 9, 2011
6 10:00pm ET on February 24, 2011 11:59pm ET on March 2, 2011 On or about March 16, 2011
7 10:00pm ET on March 3, 2011 11:59pm ET on March 9, 2011 On or about March 23, 2011
8 10:00pm ET on March 10, 2011 11:59pm ET on March 16, 2011 On or about March 30, 2011
9 10:00pm ET on March 17, 2011 11:59pm ET on March 23, 2011 On or about April 6, 2011
10 10:00pm ET on March 24, 2011 11:59pm ET on March 30, 2011 On or about April 13, 2011

Prizes (as per their rules page): Each Weekly Winner will receive a “Fairly Legal Swag Bag” (“Prize”) consisting of branded items as selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Five (5) Prizes per Weekly Drawing will be awarded for a total of fifty (50) Prizes throughout the entire Sweepstakes Period. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Prize is seventy five dollars ($75). Total ARV for all Prizes is three-thousand seven-hundred fifty dollars ($3,750). Weekly Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated Prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a Prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. If Prize is unclaimed, it will be forfeited, and an alternate Weekly Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries. Prizes will be awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor.

Good Luck!

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