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Sephora Sale Picks {+ a $250 Gift Card Giveaway!}

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Hey Ladies!  Sephora’s Holiday Shopping Event starts on Friday, November 13th and I cant wait! This year is even better than last because the sale is now 20% off instead of the usual 15%.   

Here are the go-to items that I have in my cart:

A Little Glitter Go To Products Sephora Sale

I buy these every time there is a sale and they are a constant in my beauty arsenal.

1.  Clarisonic Replacement Brush Heads.  I cant live without my face brush.  My skin is super dry and I love the exfoliation this provides.  I get the deep pore ones.

2. Glam Glow.  This is hands down my favorite mask of all time.  I barely try any new ones anymore because I am so satisfied with Glam Glow.

3. Nars Lip Gloss in Risky Business.  This is my shade.  It is the only lipgloss I have worn for years.  It is universally flattering and looks great on all skin tones.

4.  Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  I use this daily on with my Clarisonic brush.  It is gentle yet effective.

5. Benefit Benetint.  Benetint is my favorite beauty product.  If I had to live on a desert island and I could only bring five things, I would choose a bottle of this as one of them.  That is how serious I am about Benetint.  My lips are naturally purplish and this wakes them up and makes them look slightly pink or red (depending on how I layer it) and then it dries and stays on.  It is not gloppy or gooey.  It just dyes my lips and I don’t feel it at all.  I love the way makeup makes me look but I hate to feel it on my face.  I cant wait to get home and scrub off my eye makeup and lip gloss.  With this, you don’t feel like you are wearing anything and I love that. 

6. Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo.  I use this every single Sunday night.  A lot of products have scents that I cant stand but this stuff smells like minty goodness.  I love the fresh fragrance and it gets my hair squeaky clean.  All the gunk and residue is stripped off and my blonde just glows after I use it. 

I am also buying a few presents during the sale.  One of the best gift sets I have found is the Sephora Favorites Superstars set.  It’s regular price is $75.  So, with the 20% you will be saving for the sale, the new price is only $60!  The Beauty Blender alone (which I am a HUGE fan of) is $20.  That is a great deal.  I could picture myself giving this to my Sister or even Taylor’s babysitter.  This would make a great gift.

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I am also planning to splurge during the sale and buy a few new products that I have been meaning to try.  Biana recommended Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer a while back and it has been languishing in my cart ever since. I cant wait to finally try it out!

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What else should I try?  Do you guys have any suggestions?  Please leave them for me in the comments!

Also, I have teamed up with some of my best blogger gals to bring you a $250 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck and happy shopping!  

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Kids and Cabernet – Guest Post

Good morning!  Today the lovely Amanda from Kids and Cabernet is filling in for me.  I always love to read her posts since I know NOTHING about wine.  I learn so much from her!  Thank you Amanda!

Hi A Little Glitter Readers!  My name is Amanda, and I blog at Kids and Cabernet.  You can find me posting a little about everything fashion, home decor, being a stay-at-home mom and wine.  I’m SO excited to be here for Pamela,  I love her blog and sense of humor so much.

As I mentioned I love wine, like I usually have a glass or two in the evenings or with dinner.  Being on one income though, we don’t really splurge on expensive wines – although I have expensive taste in wines.  So today I wanted to tell you about wines that are great bargains – all under $15 that easily taste like $20 bottles. 

 

Kirkland’s 2014 Pinot Grigio  – I’m obsessed with this wine and I always pick up a bottle (or two) when I’m in Costco, for $5.99 you really can’t go wrong with this wine.  It’s crisp, light and tastes like a white wine blend – so good!  Costco’s Kirkland brand wines are some of my favorites – you’re guaranteed to get a good bang for your buck!

 

 Riondo Prosecco – For those of you who enjoy a good bubbly this prosecco is on point.  It’s fruity (but not too sweet) and light.  I like to pair it with mixed berries – such a fun summer drink!

 

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon – As much as I like whites, red wines are my favorites.  It doesn’t matter the season, I’ll always drink a glass of red wine. This wine is full bodied and slightly smokey – basically my favorite type of flavors all corked in one bottle!

 

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Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine is SO good, it has a deep red/purple color and is so savory.  I’ve served this to guests and they rave about how much they love it.  It’s slightly sweet but not too sweet and very smooth.  One of my favorites!

What are your favorite inexpensive wines?

Thank you Pamela for having me and allowing me to talk about one of my favorite subjects 😉

Pink and Fabulous – Guest Post

Hi ladies! I’m Lindsay and I blog about fashion, food, fitness and family over at Pink and Fabulous.  Today I wanted to do a bag dump – one of my favorites!- with my currently most-used bag:  my beach bag.  I call it a beach bag, but let’s be serious, it’s a pool bag, because that is where I am hauling my two littles ones most days this Summer.  

I try to keep my bag light because I have a second bag that just houses toys, goggles and flotation devices, and you know, shoulders.  Any other moms out there ever feel like a pack horse some days?  In all honesty, I have total overly organizational tendencies and clean it out way too frequently to keep it light and tight.  It’s a never-ending cycle!

 

 
Here is what is my list of essentials:

fabulous beach towel

I alternate between a few, most often this TJ Maxx find or a couple of J.Crew towels I have.  If you’re lounging on it, I say, make it cute!

reusable water bottle

I always have one in my bag.  I don’t need to be plowing through plastic bottles (environment!) and I am constantly refilling throughout the day to keep my water intake up.  Let’s be serious, I may be doing some serious sweating in the sun, and I need to replenish! I love my BKR!

bag for swimsuits

Without fail, one of my kids will want to change before we leave, so I have started carrying this Itzy Ritzy bag meant for wet clothes with me.  You can toss it in the washing machine to wash it with your towels.  So easy!

magazines

As much I would love to bring my Kindle, wet fingers go through my bag, so I stick to magazines.  It is almost always Coastal Living and US Weekly.  Such a power combo!

sunscreen

I’m all about all of the sunscreen.  All day.  Over and over.  I plow through it, but I also like to invest in the most natural brands I can.  I use a face sunscreen and a separate one for myself and the kids’ bodies.  I am loving this Alba Botanica one right now.  

fabulous sunglasses

A pair of great sunglasses is the best accessory for your bathing suit and a day at the pool! I am loving my cheapies from Amazon that are durable and protective!

 

What are you carrying in your beach bag this Summer?

Thanks for having me Pamela!

 

Green Fashionista – Guest Post

Today my gal, Kate, from Green Fashionista, is dropping by.  I asked her to post a recipe for you guys because she makes my mouth water on a constant basis!  

Good Morning A Little Glitter readers, my name is Kate and you can find me over at Green Fashionista where I blog about fashion and beauty reviews, recipes, weekend shenanigans, and my all time favorite hobby – traveling.

Pamela mentioned how much she enjoys my recipe posts, so I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for everyone.  And don’t forget to drop by for Tuesday’s Recipe Swap hosted by Emily and I every other Tuesday. Our next link up will be live on Tuesday, July 28th.

Homemade Baked Funfetti Donuts

I shared this recipe in the most recent recipe swap on July 14th, and everyone loved how it was the perfect combination of funfetti cake and baked donuts. I also shared where I finally found my own donut pan to bake this deliciousness in.

Ingredients
 
2 cups + 4 tbsp. of flour
1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp. of salt
2 tsp. of baking powder
1 cup of milk (I used organic skim milk)
5 tbsp. of unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles
1 can of vanilla frosting
Donut pan for baking

 

Directions
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease donut pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients
In another bowl, combine the milk, butter, and eggs
Gently fold together the dry ingredients into the milk, butter, and egg mixture and be careful not to over mix.
Add sprinkles to the mixture, and then spoon in the mixture to the donut pan
Bake for 10-11 minutes at 350 degrees
Once the donuts have cooled, add frosting and top with more sprinkles
This recipe will yield about 12-15 donuts
 

Ingredients

1 oz. of vodka
1 oz. of coconut rum
1/2 oz. of blue curacao
1/2 cup of lemonade
Top off with club soda

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, and mix well before pouring over ice and serving. Garnish with an orange slice.


Homemade Skinny Margaritas

Ingredients

5-6 oz. tequila of choice (I used Patron)
2 oranges
1 grapefruit
2 limes
Splash of club soda
Salt to taste



Directions

Pour tequila into a pitcher over ice
Rinse and cut fruit in half and squeeze juices into pitcher
Add club soda to taste
Stir and enjoy



Baked Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

Grilled chicken, diced
2 cups of salsa
4-6 tortillas or taco shells (I used tortillas)
1/2 packet of reduced sodium taco seasoning
1 jalapeno
1 cup of reduced fat shredded pepper jack cheese
1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
Toppings: fat free sour cream, tomato, and avocado

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Pour olive oil into a sauce pan or large skillet and heat over medium heat
Combine chicken, salsa, taco seasoning, and jalapeno and let simmer for a few minutes
While mixture is cooking, shred cheese and dice up the tomato and avocado, set aside
Then add mixture to tortillas, top with cheese, and bake for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees
Add extra toppings before serving. I chose to serve with fat free sour cream, diced tomato, and avocado.

Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

1 cup of white wine
1 tbsp. of unsalted butter
1 tbsp. of flour
Garlic cloves
7 oz. of Gruyere cheese, shredded
7 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
7 oz. of swiss cheese, shredded



Directions

Chop up veggies and prepare your other various dippers, set aside.
Rub the inside of the fondue pot with garlic, set aside.
Melt butter in a medium-large sauce pan, once melted whisk in flour.
In a small sauce pan heat wine to boiling. Once it bubbles, remove from heat and pour into butter and flour mixture.
Add shredded cheese to mixture slowly while continuing to stir
Once cheese is melted, transfer to your fondue pot and serve.



Pimento Cheese Dip

Ingredients

8 oz. block of reduced fat cream cheese
8 oz. of shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of light mayo
4 oz. jar of diced pimentos
1 jalapeno, chopped
Garlic powder and pepper to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a mixer and serve with crackers and/or veggies. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

Ingredients
 
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1/4 cup of cilantro
1/3 cup of reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
Garlic salt and black pepper to taste
Guacamole
Reduced fat sour cream
Burger buns
 
Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure everything is evenly distributed. Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there and get them dirty!

Form into patties, and chill in the fridge for about an hour so they don’t fall apart on the grill.

Grill until fully cooked all the way through, serve on lightly toasted burger buns and top with guacamole and sour cream.
 

Hope you all enjoyed that round up! I don’t know about you, but I’m officially hungry!

The Sequin Notebook – Guest Post

I’d like to thank B&M for guest posting for me today!  They were the first two bloggers I met in real life and I love everything they put on this list!  I would definitely like to get together for some watermelon martinis soon!  xo

 
 

Hey Gals! We’re so excited to be back here guest posting at A Little Glitter and sharing some of our Friday Favorites! We are B and M, BFFs and co-bloggers at The Sequin Notebook. Unfortunately, we no longer live in the same city so we really love when we’re able to plan those all-too-rare days to spend together in person. Today we’re counting down five of our favorite things to do when we’re together…which just so happen to also be the same kind of things we blog about! 

 
 
 
Cocktails 
 
 

A good cocktail over lots of catching up is always a must when we get together. Since we don’t get to hang out in person as often as we’d like, more times than not we end up staying in so we are able to cover as much ground as possible. This means we need to channel our inner mixologist selves and craft our own delicious cocktails at home. While M is typically the mix master, we both take part in dreaming up the cocktails. We try not to play favorites, but we do have a couple that we can’t get enough of including our #1 go-to, The Apple Cider Martini, along with some seasonal favorites. Since we’re now in the heat of summer, we’ll usually mix up a Watermelon Martini, or a big batch of Strawberry Mojitos so we’re set for the night!

 
 
Party Planning
 
 

We all know that parties take a lot of time, effort, and attention to detail, so there’s no better planning partner than a best friend! The two of us are obsessed with hosting theme parties and are pretty much always in the planning stages of at least one event, so we love to work on them together during our friend dates. Next up for M is her son’s second birthday party and after his Monster Mash party last year, there is definitely a lot to live up to. Meanwhile, B is getting ready for the second annual Pop Star Palooza and has a costume all ready to go…we can’t wait to share all of the fabulous details from these upcoming events!

 
 
Photo Shoots
One of our very first photo shoots together!

Back in high school, we learned a very important lesson about the importance of always taking pictures after missing out on an amazing experience that will only live on in our minds, and sadly not in our photo albums.  We’ll spare the details, but we definitely learned our lesson that day, and have been pretty much taking pictures ever since! Fun Fact – when we’d come home from our college breaks, we’d stage ridiculous photo shoots in B’s basement (evidence above!).  While they’re slightly cringe-worthy to look back on, we love that these fun moment were documented (thanks B’s mom!)  Nowadays, our photo shoots are *slightly* less jokey, and we were even able to work with an amazing photographer this past holiday season for our holiday card.

 
Reality TV

 

What’s the only thing better than binge watching your favorite reality TV shows? Sitting in sweats on the couch with wine, snacks, and your BFF while you both watch and comment on the shows! We are partial to the Real Housewives (especially New York, Beverly Hills, OC, and Atlanta…so basically, all of them), but we’ll pretty much watch whatever Andy Cohen puts in our path.

 
Crafting
 

And last but not least are some good old fashioned craft sessions! These pretty much go hand-in-hand with our party planning, since we love to include tons of personal and themed details whenever we are hosting a party or event. Leading up to a party, we’ll typically divide and conquer our list of projects, but almost always schedule a final big craft session right beforehand to finish up any last minute details and also tackle those projects are just better doing together! One thing we always try and do together are cake pops. B is the master at dipping the pops, while M can’t get enough of covering them with lots of fun sprinkles.

What are your favorite things to do when you hang out with your BFF? Thanks again to Pam for letting us visit today…we hope you’ll come check us out over at The Sequin Notebook soon!

 

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