Welcome to my life! A world where Chanel lipsticks, a photoshoot full of Jimmy Choo boxes, and the most amazing sparkles (my fans) are part of my every day life! Fashion runways, glamorized sets for magazine covers, and beautiful brides are the norm for me. Join me as I balance God, my family, my love life with my amazing hubby, Gianni (my chihuahua) and my love for fashion... while trying to spread love around the world one hot minute at a time! As always... Peace, Love, and Sparkles! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Casting Call

OK Sparkles!!! So here is the email I got concerning the engaged couples casting!!! Hope one of my sparkles makes the cut!!! Let me know if you do!! Love the buisnes I am in and happy to connect my sparkles when I can!
This new CMT show is similar to the show "WIFE SWAP" but for engaged couples. Over the course of 5-days, the soon-to-be groom and bride swap lives and go live with their future parent's-in-law to learn more about each other's lives.
The show will shoot over the months of October through December.
*We ask that the families live in the Tallahassee / Gainesville/ Jacksonville area and that both sets of parents are willing to participate.
*Couples must be between the ages of 18-35
*Couples and both sets of parents must be willing to participate in the show
*Couples should not have children and in a perfect world, this is their first marriage
*We need to speak with the couple(s) as soon as possible, to get their story, and to set-up an interview in the next (2) two weeks.
*All interviews are conducted in the homes of the interviewee
*The interview process takes approximately 1 1/2 hours and will be conducted by our casting producers Tennessee Edwards and Laura Connolly.
Yes, there is compensation to spend time with their future in-laws!
If approved for the show, each set of parents will receive $2,000 and the couple receives $1,000.
Again, thank you so much and as time is of the essence, please have them call me directly at 917 209 8543
Good luck sparkles!!!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


UGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I feel like screaming! I have been on this yo yo diet for 2 months now where I am really good for a week and than once I have my cheat day I don't want to go back to my diet for another 2 weeks! I have gained 20 lbs, and although I don't look fat... I still don't want to make this ok because that is how the weight will continue to go up! I need advice. How do my sparkles keep motivated? I LOVE BAD FOOD! It really makes me happy! I am one of those dorks that watches all the food travel shows and enjoys every detailed description of what the food taste like. The idea of not being able to eat what I want when I want drives me absolutely crazy! The more you try the more you realize EVERYTHING is bad for you! I was told to eat only 1,200 calories to loose weight.... I feel like I am going anorexic doing this. Do people really survive this 1,200 calorie diet without killing someone? lol! Or maybe normal people's moods don't depend on eating amazing yummy scrumptious food!!! lol!!! September 1st I will be a member of a gym and I think that will also help me out..... so if anyone is close to the Queen's Harbour area and wants to work out, maybe I just need a little workout team. Or MAYBE I need to join the couch to 5k teams or start one for myself. Maybe this time next year I will be ready for The Donna Deagan Breast Cancer Marathon. Ok.... well maybe I am jumping way ahead of myself now!! lol! PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING WITH THE I LOVE TO EAT DISEASE!!!!! Will I ever loose weight? Or am I destined to keep gaining! OMG I shouldn't even think that out loud! Power of positive thinking right? I WILL LOOSE WEIGHT! I WILL!!!!! So.... anyone interested in doing couch to 5k? lol! We could have a Team Sparkles at the next Marathon!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rosie's Dream Come True

Everyone knows I love my charities, so it should come as no surprise that when Rosie True came to me with the idea of hosting a Rosie's Dream Come True Charity I was interested! They held a contest where you can nominate someone you felt deserved a makeover! This included a makeup consultation and application with me, getting your hair cut, colored, and styled, a complete head to toe outfit from Rosie True, and dinner with friends at Roy's!!!! Last Week the winner was announced and their big makeover day was Saturday!!!! I was so excited to meet Amy the winner, who was a great mother of two who had been through a tough year! We had a blast making her over and just being goofy and girly at Rosie True in Jacksonville Beach! I posted the pics that ran in the paper THE BEACHES LEADER! Thanks for making me a part of this special event! .... and helping me pick out a shirt for myself too! lol!


6 am and the alarm went off! Did I care? NO!!!!! It was time to hop on the plane with my fellow makeup artist buddy Brian Tutunick! We were on our way to Puerto Rico!!!!! I was sad to say bye to Skip and Gianni! Skip and I have never gone to another country while being married WITHOUT each other, but hey.... when life gives you lemons..... you go to Puerto Rico!!! lol!! After we got settled we decided to explore the town.... and boy did we!! We had such an amazing time at the rainforest called el Yunque! You have to hike quite a bit to get to the waterfalls, but once your there...its like heaven! It was soooo beautiful! Old San Juan was also quite a sight to see! The forts and cemetaries were amazing! One of the days we were there we kayaked through a bioluminescent bay and that was just incredible. Everytime you touched the water it glowed! They say there are only 3 places in the world that have them and Puerto Rico has 2 of them! I have to say that night I missed Skip the most. The bay was just so beautiful and romantic. All the stars were out, the glow in the water..... it was like out of a movie.... but I was there to WORK!
When the big Sephora Makeup Event Day finally came, I was a little nervous. Afterall, They had flown me all the way to Puerto Rico to host an event.... but what if noone came? Well, as soon as we showed up, the staff made me feel right at home! They were all so sweet! As I made it out to the makeup stations, I realized how packed the whole place was! There were sparkles from Puerto Rico that were waiting to meet me and get their makeup done by me!!! I even had new sparkles add me on facebook right then and there and wanted to take pictures and were sooooooo sweet! My experience there could not have been any better! I left the event with the store manager telling me what a success this was and inviting me to please come back at the end of the year!!! AMAZING! Although I ate too much amazing Puerto Rican food (and am now pushing the chunky side!! lol) I had the best time and want to thank my sparkles old and new for welcoming me with open arms!!!!!! Keep Shining Sparkles!!!!! xoxoxox

Monday, August 2, 2010

Shelf life of makeup!

Everyone is heading back to school, and getting ready to replenish or purchase new makeup! Everybody wants to know what they can keep and what they MUST replace, since expired cosmetics can cause MAJOR irration or eye infection! Most skincare don't have an "expiration date", but they do have a symbol like 6m (meaning 6 months) and that is how long the product is good for AFTER opening it, and while keeping it in a dark cool area away from the sun. Most of us keep our products in the bathroom so we don't have to worry about the sun! As I learned when I worked cosmetics, every time we opened a tester, we wrote out the date we opened it on the bottom of the container in sharpie. That way you can keep better track of it! As you know, if your product starts to smell bad or starts to look different from the initial purchase.... THROW IT OUT, even if it hasn't reached the "date." Here is what is pretty standard rules for cosmetic shelf life:
Mascara ... 3 months (sometimes you can stretch it an extra month and a half)
Foundation 12-18 months (remember if you use foundations with anti aging products you are now also dealing with skincare so it may be closer to the 12 month mark.)
Concealer... 12-18 months
powder.... 18-24 months (make sure to keep sponge VERY CLEAN)
blush/bronzer..... 18 months (remember this is standard rules. I call bull on this one, and say until you see it break apart or start to smell)
cream blush.... 12-18 months
eyeshadow.... 18 months (again.... I call bull and say you be the judge. Make sure it still goes on as smoothly as the initial purchase, and that the color or smell haven't changed. Other than that your good!)
Eyeliner (18 months) Do they ever last longer?? Not for me! lol!
Liquid liner ...6-12 months
Lipstick/lipgloss .... 2-3 years (again, trust your judgement)Lipliner.... one year
Lip liner.... one year
nailpolish.... one year ...... you know what I am going to say next! lol!
Perfume... 3 years!!! After this it will start to smell like alcohol!!
Hope my sparkles make some wise decisions, and replenish only what they need to, so they will have enough $$ to buy some new fun colors!!