CLOSED - Contest: Win a Makeup Bag Makeover!

Is there a chance you would hesitate to let us peek inside your makeup bag? Have you have fallen into a makeup bag rut??? Has your favorite gel eyeliner dropped to the bottom of the jumbled product pile in there? Are your brushes more than a little out of shape?

The Hold Me Bag have gained the praise of top makeup artists who understand the importance of well-organized, protective storage for cosmetics, makeup brushes and palettes.

I was asked by Hold Me Company if I would like to take part in their "Peek Show" Contest and give my followers a chance to win a Hold Me Bag. They want me to ask you, my readers, for some "Insider Information"- to let me see how you keep all the products that you use and store in your everyday makeup bag. Interesting, isn't it?

The prize: One needy reader will win a Hold Me Bag Les Fleurs

The Les Fleurs Bag features interior highlights made from an all-cotton print that has been over-laid with a sleek washable surface. The exterior and parts of the interior are made from Knew Suede, a high-performance, created fabric that is sleek and soft to the touch. This beautiful fabric was chosen for its great personality with traits that include superior shape retention and cleaning. It is easy care as even the most stubborn make-up traces are easily wiped away. Measuring a compact 10"H x 7"W x 2"D closed, it extends to 22"W fully opened. Original Patented design. Made in the USA.

  • This giveaway is open internationally

  • You have to be a follower of Gaby's Beauty Blog (you don't need to have a blog)

  • Blogs made solely for giveaways will be disqualified

  • This giveaway ends on August 8 at midnight 

To enter (mandatory):
  • Send me a picture of how you store your makeup! You can leave me the link to your picture in a comment (please be sure to leave your email address) or you can send me the picture by email (please specify your GFC username)

    Possible entries total: 1

    Good luck!!!

    This giveaway is sponsored by Hold Me.

    Sexy Maryland Cheerleader

    The only problem with this girl is I don't know her name. So I'm asking for some help here. Anybody know this hottie?

    Review: Too Faced Leopard Love Complexion Perfection

    Bronze, blush and brighten with this all-in-one complexion perfection collection containing three purrrfectshades to complement any pretty kittys skin tone. Our best-selling Pink Leopard Bronzer shines bright, while two NEW combinations offer a dangerously sexy glow. 
    Three naturally sexy shades offer a variety of application options: 
    • Peach Leopard: Offers a soft and healthy, naturally apricot glow.

    • Candy Leopard: Pink tones promote a luminous, flush pop of color.

    • Pink Leopard: Golden bronze and gilded pinks brighten any complexion.

    I've been debating a loooong time wether I should get this set or not because most of the reviews I read about this product agreed on one point: the shades are too sheer. I decided to order it anyway because I couldn't resist the leopard print design.

    The first thing that surprised me was the size of the palette: I thought it would be bigger! It's a nice size to keep in your handbag though.

    L - R: Peach Leopard, Candy Leopard, Pink Leopard

    When the kit arrived, I rushed to swatch the shades, and yes, I was disappointed. The leopards are shimmery and very sheer.

    L - R: Peach Leopard, Candy Leopard, Pink Leopard

    I had to apply multipe layers on my arm for the swatches to properly show. Peach Leopard is not as shimmery as the two others, but it's a little too pale to properly show up on my skin. Candy Leopard is the least pigmented of the shades, and it's a very pale pink with subtle gold shimmers. As for Pink leopard, it's a very pretty peachy/pink highlight color.

    L - R: with flash and natural light

    With flash

    Overall, I'm not sure the Leopard Love Complexion Perfection Kit is worth $30 because of its lack of pigmentation, but I still like it even though I have to really dig in to get the colors to show on my skin, because when I succeed the result is pretty - the leopards give me a glowy complexion.

    You can buy Too Faced Leopard Love Complexion Perfection Kit from Apothica for $29.70.

    Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review, I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the product was free absolutely does not influence my opinion.

    UAB Cheer Booties

    That is one hell of a pose!

    A Beautiful Gator Infestation

    Now that's a pack of Gators I wouldn't mind getting stuck in the middle of!

    Guest Post: How To Get Glowing Skin

    This post was written by Aleya Bamdad who gives beauty tips for women on her women’s interest site, Spontaneous Chick.

    Looking in the mirror and seeing glowing skin can make you feel beautiful and confident. For those of you whos skin needs a little extra loving care, here are some tips on how to get glowing skin in a fast and effective way.

    Cleanse Properly- Make sure that you wash your face with a gentle cleanser every morning to remove any makeup residue or traces of dirt. Be sure to choose a cleanser that’s right for your skin type so that the cleanser will work with your skin properly. For example, if you use a cleanser for dry skin and you actually have oily skin your condition may very well get worse.

    Use Sunscreen- Not just on your face, but on your lips as well so that you protect your skin from burning and damage.

    Use Moisturizer- Just like your cleanser, the moisturizer that you use should be right for your skin type. Be sure to apply moisturizer over your sunscreen every single day. You can use a lighter moisturizer during the summer.

    Remove Your Makeup- Every night before you go to bed you should remove every trace of makeup from your skin so that it can breathe properly.

    Use Toner- You can use toner in the afternoon if you like, but for best results use it at night before you go to bed. This will remove a lot of the pollutants that you come across every day.

    Exfoliate- Once a week use an exfoliator to get rid of all of the dead skin cells that has been building up and making your complexion look dull.

    Monitor Your Makeup- If you have clear skin, there’s no need to use every kind of makeup from foundation to concealers. Simply use your sunscreen and moisturizer and your good to go.

    Drink Water- You should drink at least eight glasses of water every day and even more when the weather is hot or after exercising. Water is essential in getting all of the nutrients around your body and getting rid of waste.

    Eat Right- While fried or fatty foods may be calling your name, it’s the fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt and fish that will really make your skin look healthy.

    Exercise- Sweat will get rid of the toxins that are in your body so your skin will look better naturally.
    If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to looking and feeling great in your own skin in no time.

    I hope you found this post useful and learned something! Interested in being a guest blogger? Please let me know!

    Pictures are from weheartit

    The winner of my Summer Giveaway is...

    √Člodie! Congrats! =D

    CLOSED - Giveaway: Veet Gets You Ready for Summer Giveaway

    As summer is finally here, beauty regimes become more frequent. Men and women are getting ready to wear those beach shorts or short skirts. With Veet, summer beauty is just one quick step away! Veet EasyGrip Ready-to Use Wax Strips or Veet Hair Removal Cream with Hydro’Restor give you smooth and hair-free skin for up to four weeks.

    If you have enjoyed my previous review of Veet products, here's your chance to win a Veet gift basket containing about $100 worth of product!

    The prize:

    • EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips with vitamin E & almond-sensitive formula

    • EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips with velvet rose fragrance & essential oils

    • EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips with aloe vera for dry skin

    • Hair removal cream with Hydro’Restor with aloe vera

    • Hair removal cream with Hydro’Restor with velvet rose fragrance and essential oils

    • Hair removal cream with Hydro’Restor with shea butter and lily fragrance

    • Veet beach towel

    • Straw beach bag

    • This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (sorry!)

    • You have to be a follower of Gaby's Beauty Blog (you don't need to have a blog)

    • Blogs made solely for giveaways will be disqualified

    • This giveaway ends on August 10 at midnight 

    To enter (mandatory):
    • Fill out the Google document form at the bottom of this post

    Extra entries (optional):

    • Post my giveaway on your blog, either in a blog post or in your sidebar, and include the picture above and the link to my giveaway +5

    • "Like" Gaby's Beauty Blog on Facebook +2

    • Follow me on Twitter and tweet about my giveaway (be sure to include @GabyFauchon and the link to my giveaway) +2

    Possible entries total: 10

    Good luck!!!

    This giveaway is sponsored by Veet.

    Texas State Freshman Cheerleader Sabrina

    My readers strike again! Got this little submission by email last week, and I've been chomping at the bit to post it ever since. Honestly, I'm a little upset with myself that it took this long.

    Sabrina was a freshman on the Texas State squad last year and, thank the Lord, she's going to be back for another season. We've had some great pictures of the Texas State cheerleaders on here before, but we've never featured a single girl. And that's only because we didn't know about Sabrina before this. Here's hoping we have another 3 years of great Sabrina coverage ahead of us!

    PS: don't forget to check out Charlotte Lady Cats Week over at Pro Cheerleader Heaven.