Friday, March 29, 2013

Thinking About Buying Jewelry Online? Go For It with RocksBox

Thinking About Buying Jewelry Online Go For it with Rocksbox

Have you ever found yourself having a hard time buying jewelry? Or not knowing if a certain fashion trend will look good on you?

When purchasing fashion jewelry for a specific event that we are attending or if the jewelry is just for a gift, most of us will take the time to go out shopping, browsing the collections that are available at most retail shops. While this may be the best solution for some, I have found that the answer to obtaining amazing pieces of stylish designer jewelry is to buy them online.

Most online stores offer a greater selection of jewelry and at a better price.  Transactions are safe, there are money-back guarantees, and service is as good as in person or sometimes even better. Another very important advantage of shopping for jewelry on the web is that you get to compare.

You maybe thinking, "yes, this is true, but how do I know that I will like the jewelry once it arrives?"

I agree. This is a very valid question. But, think about it this way:  Even if you see a piece of jewelry in a department store, most times you are not allowed to try it on, let alone ask to wear it around to "see how it feels", right?

Well good news is, there is an online company that allows you to select pieces of designer jewelry that you believe would fit your style, get them shipped to your home and then allow you to try the jewelry out BEFORE making a final decision to purchase the items or not.

Visit the Rocksbox website - complete their style quiz - become a Shine Insider - use code " miasanchezxoxo " at checkout - get your first month's box FREE

Rocksbox has made shopping for fashion jewelry very simple. Their four (4) step process is so easy, you can literally set up your account with them in a matter of minutes.

First, you browse through their entire collection of jewelry while telling them what pieces you like as you go through their jewelry style profile. Next, you sit back and wait to receive your very own RocksBox with three (3) designer jewelry pieces that are tailored to compliment your style profile.

This third step is my favorite!

Once your RocksBox has been delivered and received by you, you get to wear and try out the jewelry pieces for up to 60 days. Yes - 60 DAYS! That is an entire TWO MONTHS of rocking your designer jewelry in front of all your friends, co-workers, neighbors and family! After the 60 days, you then make your decision on which pieces you just have to have and you buy them. Then the final step is to refresh your RocksBox set as often as you like by using the postage paid envelope provided to you in your initial delivery.

Let me just say that this service is way beyond amazing, it is just downright fabulous.

At the time of writing this post, I have completed step one. I took the time to make my jewelry style profile and now I am just awaiting my delivery. The last time I checked my account {which was just a few minutes ago - I can't help the fact that I am completely obsessing over the idea of getting my first RocksBox!} the styling team was curating my box. The expected date of delivery is April 13, 2013.

I am literally counting the days!

I cannot wait until the package arrives to see exactly which three designer fashion pieces are shipped. Now, please do not worry. Once my RocksBox arrives I will be doing a second post with an "unveiling video" so you can see exactly what designer jewelry was received. So please stay tuned for that second post after April 13th.

It may seem like a long time, but until then here's a little something for you ...

Now it's YOUR turn: RocksBox has a special offer just for YOU: 

Visit the Rocksbox website - complete their style quiz - become a Shine Insider - use code " miasanchezxoxo " at checkout - get your first month's box FREE 

Don't forget to come back and let us know how fabulous your experience was!  

Disclosure: As a member of iFabbo I was given the opportunity to try out a 6 month membership to Rockbox. All opinions stated in this post are 100% my very own.  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BA STAR Smoky Eye Shadow Palette {Review}

This review is brought to you by BA STAR Pro Makeup. All photos and opinions are 100% my own.

BA STAR logo

Creating smoky eyes or a tri-colored eye look is not as difficult as most would think. One of the easiest and quickest ways to create a simple smoky eye is by using eye shadows in shades that compliment one another or for even quicker full-proof eye makeup, look for an eye shadow palette designed for smoky eyes specifically.

For example, take a look at this photo of the Smokey Eye Shadow Palette by BA STAR.

BA STAR smokey eye shadow palette

Beginning at the top of the palette you will see that the first three eye shadows are used for creating a Natural smoky eye. The three color shades {from top to middle} are: Bronze, Cocoa, and Nude. These three eye shadows can be easily worn by themselves which would work perfectly for everyday wear. Now, if you are like me, and you rather add a touch of "pop" to your eye makeup, then the two gel glitters {Gold and Crystal} can be applied.

BA STAR smokey eye shadow swatches

Here are the swatches of each eye shadow on my arm.  Being that my skin is medium toned, these semi-neutral colors will work rather well on their own.  Of the two gel glitters, Gold is a lot more pigmented than the Crystal gel color.

BA STAR smokey eyes

This is the final Natural Smoky Eye look that I created using this palette. Here is exactly what I did:

1. Applied an eye lid primer to entire eye lid area.
2. Using a matte white shadow, I applied this over the entire lid as my base. {a white base will make any shade of eye shadow appear more vibrant}
3. Using a flat eye shadow brush, I applied Cocoa beginning at the lash line and ending exactly at the crease.
4. Using the same tool, I then applied Bronze at the crease, right where the darker shade stopped. Then using a blending brush, moving it side to side I blended this shade so there are no "harsh" lines in between colors.
5. Lastly, I applied Nude directly under my brow.

This look could have ended there, but I wanted to see what the gel glitters would look like, so using the sponge applicator that came included in the palette, I applied some of the Gold gel glitter to the inner part of my lid right above the lash line. Adding just a little touch of Gold helped add a nice sparkle to the eyes.

If you find yourself feeling a little more adventurous or if going out during the late hours of the night, you can easily add some drama by applying one of the gel glitters over the entire lid ending at the crease, or as a highlighter under your brow.

In addition to this Natural Shadow Palette, BA STAR has three other palettes that are just as gorgeous as this one: Smoky Shadow Palette Pretty N Pink Palette and True Blue Shadow Palette. 

Now it's YOUR turn: 

Y'all know this is my FAVORITE part! The amazing team at BA STAR is allowing us to give YOU a special Reader Discount!!  That's right!  YOU are able to get a 50% off discount on their makeup products by using CODE: BBSMOKY at checkout. 

What are you waiting for?  Trust me when I tell you: this special reader discount will really go far. BA STAR has a great selection of makeup products at extremely affordable prices; so no more delaying, go check them out!

Don't forget to come back and share what you ordered! Can't wait to hear your feedback!

Disclosure: As stated in beginning of post, this is a sponsored post by BA STAR. All photos and opinions are my very own. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Beauty Bursts by NeoCell - Your new Beauty Supplement

This review and giveaway are brought to you by NeoCell. All photos and opinions are 100% my own.

One of the most discussed topics on this website has been about obtaining and maintaining youthful skin. I will be the first to admit that I am somewhat obsessed with skin care. Personally, I have tried quite a few methods, including trying a more natural/organic method, using both high end and drugstore skin care products and lastly, taking beauty supplements.

If you recall, last summer we were approached by  NeoCell  allowing us the opportunity to review two of their beauty supplements {Super Collagen (Type 1&3) and Hyaluronic Acid blueberry liquid} which we absolutely enjoyed taking since the results we received were amazing, to say the least. So, as you can imagine being given a second opportunity to work with NeoCell was an absolute MUST!

Before going into today's review, if you are wondering about the Super Collagen (Type 1&3) and Hyaluronic Acid blueberry liquid, you can read more about them in this post HERE.

By now, you may be asking yourself:  "what is this new beauty supplement?" and "how does it work?" Allow me to answer both questions...

neocell collagen beauty supplements

The Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews is a new type of beauty supplement that has been added to NeoCell's "Beauty from Within" product line. The purpose of these soft chews is to feed our skin from the inside - out with a sweet burst of nutrients that our skin needs in order to thrive and become more youthful. Each soft chew is made with the following nutrients: Collagen Type 1&3, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.

Question is, how do these three nutrients help our bodies?

Collagen Type 1&3 is a protein that we need to maintain strong hair, nails and skin. Collagen's main purpose is to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by improving elasticity in the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid is what keeps our skin fully hydrated - which is why this ingredient is known as "nature's moisturizer".
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps "boost" collagen into our skin.

By taking two (2) soft chews {the recommended dosage} on a daily basis, you are feeding your skin with 2,000 mg of Super Collagen™ types 1 & 3, 20 mg of hyaluronic acid and 20 mg of vitamin C. These soft chews do not contain any lactose, gluten or artificial flavors; however, these do contain soy and have a caloric value of 40 calories. Each Beauty Burst package contains a total of 60 chews - an entire month's worth of dietary supplements. This beauty supplement are available in two flavors: Super Fruit Punch and Fresh Mint Chocolate.

neocell beauty burst in super fruit punch
My thoughts:

Being that I am not a huge fan of chocolate, I opted to receive and try out the Super Fruit Punch flavored Beauty Bursts {as seen in above photo}. If I had to compare the flavor, I would have to say that these soft chews remind me of Now-n-Later candies. The soft chew is not overly sweet and is very easy to chew - the consistency is somewhat similar to soft taffy.

I prefer eating my soft chews first thing in the morning before I eat or drink anything. In my opinion, I think this is the best way being that my body has rested all night and I have not ingested any other foods that might conflict with the ingredients inside the supplements. So far, I can see that my skin feels more taught, my skin has not broken out since I started taking these soft chews - which for me is a HUGE plus being that during the past few months my skin has been quite angry with me.

Would I recommend these Beauty Bursts?

Absolutely. Not only are the results evident within a few days, there are no stressing side-effects. Another plus about this product is that it's easy to consume, unlike most beauty supplements which are in the form of large pills or capsules that prove to be very hard to swallow. With these gourmet collagen soft chews all you have to do is unwrap it, pop it into your mouth and chew....easy! Just the way I like it!

For more detailed information about NeoCell and their Health Beauty System, please feel free to browse their main website / follow them on twitter / like them on facebook / subscribe to their YouTube channel 

Now it's YOUR turn: 

Interested in giving these Beauty Bursts a try? Great! Now you can by just entering in our NeoCell Beauty Bursts Giveaway. Complete all the entries below to qualify as a participant entering for a chance to win one package of Beauty Bursts.

The NeoCell Beauty Bursts Giveaway begins today, March 25th and will end on April 5, 2013 exactly at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck!!

Disclosure: As stated at the beginning of this post, the review and giveaway are made possible by NeoCell. They provided a complimentary package of Beauty Bursts for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are 100% my own. For a more detailed information, please refer to our Disclosure Page located in our main menu. Thank you. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Special Edition Monthly Makeup Box from Starlooks

Happy Tuesday Dolls!

Let me just say that I have been away for too long and have really been missing you all! To give you a quick update: We were in the process of moving/relocating which is why it took a while for us to upload an updated post. Now that our servers and networks are up and running {since early this morning, yay!} I wanted to make sure that the very first post was about Starlook's February Starbox.

First, let me tell you that this particular monthly makeup box was a Special Edition Starbox. The makeup included were all demoed and recommended by professional MUA Lauren Clark.

To give you a little background about Lauren Clark, she has been in the makeup industry for over 10 yrs. Lauren has worked as a counter manager at Clarins, a MUA for MAC Cosmetics and other well known clients and brands. Lauren has also authored a Makeup Artist's Manual providing her expert advice for newer aspiring makeup professionals in the industry.

Now that you have been introduced to Lauren Clark, please take a few minutes to watch my video and see what makeup products she put together for Starlooks:

Check out the photos below for a close up view of each individual item featured in this monthly makeup box:

February Starlooks special edition starbox

inside view of starlooks February starbox

princess diaries eye liner

Princess Diaries Eye Liner: This eye liner is waterproof and smudge-proof. The eye liner is versatile: it can be worn as a liner for either the top or lower lashes or as an eye-shadow.

barbie hd fkuid blush

HD Fluid Blush in Barbie:   A very saturated blush tint that is perfect for creating a light, spring glow to the cheeks. As seen in the video, this blush can be applied with your fingers or by using a blush brush - either way, you will certainly have a rosy glow in no time.

lip pencil in color tipsy

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy: Creamy and highly pigmented lip pencil can be used to line the lips or as an overall lip color. This lip pencil has a soft matte finish - the perfect canvas for applying a little gloss to enhance fullness in the lips.

pink oasis lip gloss

Pink Oasis Lip Gloss: Lip gloss is very sheer with flecks of sparkles. When applied to nude lips the gloss is a soft hue of lavender. This non-sticky lip gloss is a must for this spring season.

Lastly, the Starlooks Eye-Shadow in Show Stopper Green was an added bonus item that was received separately in accordance to our partnership with Starlooks. {please see disclosure at end of post}

show stopper green eye shadow

This color reminds me of Easter eggs and Spring. I am super excited to wear this eye shadow in a smoked out eye look. Please stay tuned for more photos and tips that are upcoming as they are uploaded to our facebook page in the next few weeks!

For more information about the monthly makeup box membership provided by Starlooks, please visit their website/ facebook / twitter / you tube / instagram 

Now it's YOUR turn:  What do you think of these Special Edition makeup pieces?  Do you have a favorite item? If so, which one?   Let us know in the comments! 

Disclosure: We received a complimentary item in addition to the February 2013 Starbox for the purpose of this review. All photos and comments are 100% my very own. In addition, we have entered into a new partnership agreement with Starlooks where we will be continuing to feature a review on their monthly Starbox subscription. For a more detailed disclosure policy for this blog, please take a moment to read all the details on our Disclosure page.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Enter to W!n a Trendy Handbag from Maggie Bags

A very special "Thank You" goes to Maggie Bags for allowing Sublime Media Connection to review and host a giveaway on their Butterfly Bag!

Not familiar with Maggie Bags fine collection of trendy affordable handbags? No problem! Please continue reading this post {for even more detailed information please refer to their About Page HERE} ....

Maggie Bags was launched in the Spring of 2009 - their mission is to "find creative new uses for materials originally made for other purposes". They have succeeded to do just that.

Maggie Bags are made "using genuine automotive seat belt webbing built to meet government safety standards to protect you for the life of your car." Yes, you read that correctly: these trendy affordable handbags are made from seat best webbing. This explains a lot. When I received the Black Butterfly Maggie Bag {as shown above} I was completely surprised by its overall appearance of the bag and quality.

The Butterfly Bag is what I like to refer to as "heavy-duty-must-have" accessory.

For someone like me, who spends about 80-85% on call with clients, I need to have handbags that are durable, stitched tightly, roomy, easy to carry and of course, the handbag needs to be fashionable. The Butterfly Handbag fits this description perfectly.

The inside of the handbag, which has a deep purple satin lining, is wide enough to hold everything I need to have with me: one laptop with an attached cooling fan, one iPad 2 with its keyboard, about three file folders and one notepad. Even with all of this packed nicely on the inside, there is a zipper compartment on the back panel, a side pocket, and three smaller pockets located conveniently on the front panel. All these smaller compartments are perfect for holding my wallet, small makeup kit and my writing tools. Surrounding the outer body of the handbag are an additional four pockets - this is where I keep my digital camera, chargers, iPhone and truck keys.

So as you can tell, I can easily carry my entire office with me and no one would know otherwise. Why? Easy, everyone that has seen the Butterfly Bag is automatically drawn to it because of how sleek and stylish the bag is.

I mention stylish because even though I am using the bag for work purposes, the Butterfly handbag can easily be styled with a casual everyday outfit.

fashion work outfit paired with black butterfly maggie bag

In the photo above, I am wearing a leather jacket on top of a colorful maxi dress - This just happens to be one of my go-to work outfits. It is simple yet pulled together. The best part of this outfit is that I do not need to carry more than one handbag. Everything I need fits right inside the gorgeously trendy Butterfly handbag...and I love that!

If you are not the type of gal that likes to carry her handbag by the arm or hand, the semi-bracelet shaped handles are perfect for carrying the bag on the shoulder as seen here:

maggie butterfly bag worn with leather jacket and maxi dress over shoulder

If I could rate the Butterfly Maggie Mag it would get a solid FIVE stars! I already informed Mister Man that I am buying another one before the Summer season arrives...I am so excited I can't stand it! But, until then - I can at least give YOU a chance to WIN A MAGGIE HANDBAG OF YOUR VERY OWN!

Take a look at what you can win: A beautiful Light Pink and Chocolate Butterfly Bag. Isn't this bag stunning?

The Maggie Bag Handbag Giveaway begins today, March 5th ending on March 14th. In order to participate all you need to do is complete the entries on the rafflecopter at the end of the post.

For those of you who are like me and cannot wait until then and would like to purchase a Maggie Bag please feel free to visit the website {HERE} to see their entire handbag collection. After selecting your new trendy affordable handbag, use Discount Code: Sublime15 to get a discount of 15% off Maggie Bags Premier Line until March 30, 2013. Please keep in mind that this code is case-sensitive, so make sure you copy the code from here before using it at checkout!

Now it's YOUR turn:  Fill out the entries for this giveaway! Don't forget: The more entries you complete the better your odds at winning that gorgeous Light Pink and Chocolate Butterfly Handbag! 


Disclosure: I received the above products through Sublime Media Connection in exchange for an honest review. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. In addition, this giveaway was brought to you by the Sublime Media Connection. The participating bloggers cannot be held responsible for the delivery of this item, as that is the responsibility of the sponsor. If you have any questions regarding the delivery of the prize please email For a full view of our disclosure policy, please refer to our Disclosure Policy Page at the top of the website.