Find out WHO is Unfollowing you on Twitter & Instagram!

Hope you all had a sparkling Memorial Day weekend – hopefully it even included some delicious desserts, like these!

A few days ago, I was complaining to my friend Megan about how I noticed someone had unfollowed me on Instagram (yes, the true social media addict that I am noticed that someone had unfollowed me). I then continued to say that out of my hundreds of followers, I had no idea who it was and how mad I was that I couldn’t tell who it is.

Then, she introduced me to the wonderful world of InstaFollow.

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When first downloading the free app, you must log into your Instagram account. From there, you can see who you follow that does not follow you back, as well as who follows you that you don’t follow. Whether you have so many followers you just can’t keep track of them all, or if you are (sort of) obsessed with your following to followers ratio, this app will help you out. Each time you log onto the app after your initial download, you will be able to see what new followers you have gained and who has unfollowed you.

Megan then told me that there is app that will do the same thing, but for your Twitter followers! This app is called FindUnfollow.

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Just like with InstaFollow, you will have to first log into your Twitter account with the app. Then, start checking who has unfollowed you, what followers you have gained, and more! From the app, you can follow and unfollow people, as well.

So, social media addicts, why don’t you check out who is actually following you on Instagram and Twitter…

 

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No Need to Add More Stress from Breakouts during Finals Week

Happy Saturday, readers!

As I’ve mentioned in this week’s Monday Musts, I’m about to enter finals week. As I’m stressing about all my finals, my performance monologue, and multiple papers, that last thing I want to worry about is breaking out! However, thanks to Seventeen Magazine, I’m not going to!

17 social clubSeventeen Magazine sent me Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser to use.

 

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The facial cleanser deep cleans 2x better and naturally purifies. It also has skin purifying technology and is oil-free.

After my last skin care package from my friends over at Seventeen Magazine, I couldn’t wait to try this one. Just like Murad, Biore’s deep pore charcoal cleanser did wonders for my skin!

 

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My best friend, Julia, and I have been in the library until at least 1 a.m. since Wednesday preparing for finals and writing papers. I’ve been going completely makeup free these last few weeks to eliminate the time it takes to put it on in the morning to sleep in longer. However, every morning and night I make sure to wash my face. Thanks to Seventeen, I have been doing so with Biore’s deep pore charcoal cleanser and have seen such amazing results!

Finals exam times is so stressful – and normally causes me so many break outs. I work out even harder at the gym trying to relieve some of the stress, but that only makes me sweat even more. All that extra sweat will clog more pores. However, Biore, who is known to “free your pores!” has helped my skin stay clear.

My skin feels softer and doesn’t have a blemish on it. While I’m studying and writing papers, I don’t need to worry about any breakouts because Biore is keeping my face completely clean.

Just look at the library selfie posted above, there is not a single blemish on my face! All my focus is on these last few days of school and not any pimples.

Thanks Seventeen!

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Surviving Finals Thanks to the UniVoxBox from Influenster!

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How’s your finals and week before finals going for you, readers?

Ask me and I’d show you this selfie:

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But, thanks to Influenster, I received some awesome goodies in the UniVoxBox to help me survive this week and next week until I’m home in good ole’ Jersey!

No one has time to go get a manicure during these weeks – but luckily Influenster sent me an imPress press on-manicure set!

I won’t be running out of ink in my pens anytime soon because I have the Acroball Pure White pen to write out all my flash cards in.

Even after these late nights studying, I can still have a fresh looking face thanks to Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Foundation.

Then, I just add a pop of color on my lips thanks to the NYC Expert Last Lip color!

Lastly, I have some Red Rose real tea flavoring thrown in my backpack to mix into any of my drinks.

All these items are absolutely essential for finals week and the week before. I don’t need to stress as much thanks to these awesome products from Influenster!

 

 

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I recommend all these products to you!

If you currently use any of them, comment below and tell me about it.

OR if you would like to be join Influenster and recieve awesome goodies like this, I can invite you! E-mail me at sparkleandshinesami@gmail.com for more information.

Best of luck with finals, readers!

 

 

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Looking for a good book to read? Check out “Here and Now.”

Hey, readers! I’ve got something special to share with you all thanks to Seventeen Magazine!

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As a member of the Seventeen Social Club, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Ann Brashares’ novel “The Here and Now.” Now that novel is on sale for anyone to buy it, I recommend going out to get it ASAP!

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I was able to relax with the novel during my spring break and recently finished it. It was so hard to put down, that I wish all my school work didn’t get in the way. Luckily, thanks to Easter Break, I was able to finish the futuristic novel by “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” author.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

Does that capture your attention yet? Good.

The 288 page novel is a romantic thriller about seventeen-year-old Prenna James. James immigrated to New York when she was only twelve-years-old; except, she didn’t come from a different country, she came from a different time. Prenna James came from the future – a future where a mosquito-borne illness mutated into a pandemic, killing millions of people and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna, and the others who have escaped to present day must follow a strict set of rules: NEVER reveal where they are from, NEVER interfere with history, and NEVER be intimate with anyone outside their community.

Prenna follows all of these rules, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day destroy the Earth.

However, everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

This novel is completely different than “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” but still a must-read.

For more information on the novel, I recommend reading Seventeen’s interview with Ann Brashares here.

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My Monday Musts

Happy Monday, readers!

I’m now back at school, except something is different…… I’m now 20 years old!

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On Saturday, I celebrated my 20th birthday, saying goodbye to my teenager years and welcoming in a new chapter of my life. I was lucky enough to be home with my family for my birthday thanks to spring break. Since my best friend from home also comes to Quinnipiac with me, we rang in the big 2 – 0 together at midnight. While my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…like this cute collage from my big diamond, Katherine …

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……and text messages were flooded with “happy birthday” messages from my friends, I will be celebrating this Saturday with them.

PLUS, Friday night all my hard work as Social Chair of ADPi will come together for our “Alice in Wonderland” themed formal. Wow, this is going to be a great weekend!

Look to next week’s Monday Musts to find out more about these events, but in the mean time, here are this week’s My Monday Musts!

1. Cabin in the Woods

When I wasn’t crafting away for formal decorations over spring break, I spent my time on Netflix and watching shows on Demand to try and catch up on all my favorite shows that I have missed while at school (including “Duck Dynasty” of course). I’m a huge fan of horror movies and heard quite the buzz about “Cabin in the Woods.” Mixed with an “Inception” type thought process and a “Hunger Games” style plot-line, the movie was quite entertaining. If you’re looking for just a basic horror flick, it’s not this one. At times, it may feel like you would want to take notes or just yell out “huh?” at the screen, but in the end, once it all clicks together, you’ll really start to get into it!

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2. Four Year Anniversary of my Sweet Sixteen

As sweet sixteens continue to sweep across high school society, I still remember mine every time March 13th rolls around. I can’t help, but to think about that day every time the anniversary of it rolls around. My Hollywood themed Sweet Sixteen was – and still is – the best night I have ever had of my life.  I can still remember every detail and every moment that had occurred that night – from my candle ceremony, to my guests dressed in black and silver, my entrance, absolutely everything. March 13 will always hold a special place in my heart and I wanted to share that with all of you.

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3. Man Sings “Let it Go” in Different Disney Voices

Ever since my chapter of Alpha Delta Pi watched “Frozen,” our whole entire chapter has been obsessed with the movie. If you can recall back to my Cinderella iPhone case review, you may remember that I am a huge Disney fan. My Facebook newsfeed has been flooded with everyone sharing the link of Brian Hull singing the popular Disney song in the voices of different Disney and Pixar characters. I can’t get over how accurate each character’s voice was. Check it out for yourself by watching the video now.

And to all of you reading this who are proud to be Irish, or wish you were, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Have a great week, readers! Keep sparkling!

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Seventeen Social Club: Girl Power Pack

Hey, readers!

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Remember how I told you all about how I am now a member of the Seventeen Social Club and can rock that awesome badge on the side of my blog? Well, I just got my first ever package from Seventeen, entitled the Girl Power Pack!

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The Girl Power Pack included:

  • COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by Lashblast Mascara
  • Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix 
  • Murad Acne Clearing Solution
Both products have made me feeling like the best me possible! The Girl Power Pack, along with what “Seventeen” is all about is empowering females and feeling like the best them possible. With clear skin and perfect eyelashes, how can I not feel like the best me possible and ready to take on the world?!
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While wearing just mascara to chapter, you can clearly see how defined my eyelashes are and how they’re clump free. I love really prominent eye lashes, especially when I don’t do any other makeup. Without color in this photo, you can see each and every eye lash super defined. The Murad was also working towards creating clearer skin for me. I had a pimple Thursday night, put the Acne Spot Fast Fix on that night, a little Friday morning – and here I am on Sunday with not a pimple in sight!
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Here’s another picture of me with one of my sisters (who celebrated her birthday this week….so Happy Birthday Justine!). Unlike the chapter picture above, I had done all my makeup for a QU hockey game! In color, you can still see how dark and prominent each eye lash is, with no clumps! COVERGIRL’s Clump Crusher promises 200% more volume – and boy, did I notice it! I also had clear skin for the game thanks to the Murad products.

Thanks Seventeen for showing me girl power and making me super confident with flawless skin and eye lashes to take on my challenging college days! I can’t wait for my next gift as a proud member of the Seventeen Social Club!

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Looking to Buy New Letters? Check out Greek Creations by Di A-S-A-P!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own. 

I may have Alphie on my side as a sister of Alpha Delta Pi, but thanks to Greek Creations by Di, I have some fabulous hot pink zebra letters on my chest!

Call me a Jersey girl, but I love hot pink and animal print! Being able to cozy up in the comfiest sweatshirt I own while representing ADPi in hot pink and zebra print is great.

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Not only is the sweatshirt super cute, but the sweatshirt from Greek Creations by Di is super comfortable! It was super comfortable to wear to that dreaded 8 am class, while still repping Alpha Delta Pi. Not only that, the v-neck allowed for me to breathe (I hate sweatshirts that are all wrapped around my neck!), and could adjust the strings on the hood if I really wanted to.

Don’t worry other sorority gals, Greek Creations by Di also features Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi Epsilon, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Sigma, Pi Beta Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Zeta Tau alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Chi Omega, Alpha Phi Omega, and Alpha Xi Delta.

Plus, don’t want a v-neck sweatshirt! The Etsy shop offers jerseys, jackets, v-neck tees, tunic sweatshirts, quarter-zip pull overs, and zip up hoodies! Greek Creations by Di features over 500 pieces of awesome sorority apparel!

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Searching for clothing for your sorority is super easy on the site. All you have to do is just search your sorority and BOOM! all pieces of clothing will come up! The owner, Diane, being as fabulous as she is already has pieces designed in certain sizes for you to order. However, if you see something you like, but your size and sorority is not there, you can request a customer order.

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With all that money you saved from renting from CampusBookRentals.com, you certainly have money, readers, to go buy some letters from Greek Creations by Di. Go check it out ASAP. For more information, check out the info sheet below:

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I Have Never Loved A Hair Bow as Much as My Bow from “Bowtique By Jacqueline”

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

As we know I’m a sorority girl, and like, proud.

As a part of the stereotypical sorority girl couture are the hair bows. Bowtique by Jacqueline  on Etsy offers the cutest bows I have ever seen!! I want to share my love for them with all of you by posting about them today on “Sparkle and Shine.”

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Jacqueline, the store‘s owner, was super sweet and sent me this ADPi bow so I can rep my sorority!

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First off, her packaging was very nice and professional. The bow came on a card that featured the Etsy shop website address, the store’s Instagram tag, and a bow design. I really loved that it said “Handmade in California.” From talking to Jacqueline, I knew that it was, however, it was great to see that! It really gave it such a personal touch and any shopper loves personal touches!

The bow itself was incredible, too! The bow came in ADPi colors and even had Alpha Delta Pi’s sorority abbreviation, ADPi, in the corner! The heart on top of the i was the perfect touch to the bow to show off the sweetness that comes with being a sorority woman.

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Plus, the bow looked great in my hair! I loved the size of it – so when I threw what I knew, you were able to see some of the bow!

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Another reason I loved the bow? It’s able to spice up any outfit. In college, I am constantly running around because of my hectic life, that I don’t always want to get dressed. So I’ll throw on a pair of yoga pants, a matching Victoria Secret hoodie & my white vest. Adding the bow in my hair made it look so cute – so I am happy that I can wear the Bowtique by Jacqueline bow with anything!!

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With Jacqueline from Bowtique by Jacqueline being as fabulous as she is, she also included some hair ties! I haven’t tried these new type of hair ties, so I was super excited. The pack of four included a champagne colored one with gold dots, gold glitter (I’m obsessed with this one!), a teal one, and a black one. Again, they came packaged on a similar card to the bow, which included the name of the shop and “Handmade in CA.”

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Of course, they spruce up any pony tail! But, on the days that I’m even too tired to put in a cute pony tail, I will just pull it back at the nape of my neck and throw on my baseball cap. These hair ties are perfect for doing this and add a cute little color pop to spice it up. I love how the gold glitter hair ties looks with my Vineyard Vines baseball cap.

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Overall, I have nothing but positives to say about Bowtique by Jacqueline and her products. This Alpha Delta Pi girl loves her bow and hair ties and recommends you RUSH over to Bowtique by Jacqueline as fast as you can to hair bows, hair ties, and other Greek gifts!

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“Mumford and Sons,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Chicago,” Oh My! Find Items Featuring these on “Chicago’s Own” on Etsy!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

Looking for a new phone case? Possibly even a nicely designed notebook? Or even a nicely designed desktop background? Well, your in luck. Look no further – check out “Chicago’s Own” on Etsy!

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Chicago’s Own offers products featuring designs I haven’t really found anywhere else. For example, The shop features items such as popular music Mumford and Sons (like this iPhone case) or “Chicago” (like this notebook). The shop allows you to really express what you like thanks to its variety of rarely designed themed items.

From the Etsy shop, I received a “Pride and Prejudice” phone case featuring the popular quote from the movie – “you have bewitched me body and soul” with the word “LOVE” in all capital letters.

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First off, the phone case was very durable. I am not the most gracious, but the phone case never broke or dented when my phone may have taken a little tumble.

I was also a tad apprehensive at first, because the case was white. The color white and I never seemed to mix well because I always would get it dirty. However, never did the case look dirty. It always look immaculate and brand new, even after days of use!

The colors on the case also made it pop. It was very eye catching, which is something I liked a lot. Many people would recognize the case, which would start a conversation about the movie, which led to the novel, and then other novels. I was able to get great book recommendations because of people who recognized the quote and chose to discuss “Pride and Prejudice.”

Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed from “Chicago’s Own” was the packaging of the phone case. It wasn’t just shoved into an envelope. Here is how it came:

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After how great my “Pride and Prejudice” case turned out to be, I just may purchase another case from “Chicago’s Own.” Perhaps the Duck Dynasty one?!

Check out “Chicago’s Own”  on Etsy for yourself now!

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If You’re Young and Greek, Shop “Young and Greek” on Etsy!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

Christmas is just a few days away – ahh! Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite sorority woman in your life? Or are a sorority woman and are looking to buy a little gift for yourself? Then check out Young and Greek on Etsy!

Young and Greek offers smartphone cases, key chains & license plate frames. They are an official Greek licensed vendor.

From the Etsy shop, I have received the Alpha Delta Pi infinity iPhone case.

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I absolutely love it. I am able to express my personal style, as well as my sorority – Alpha Delta Pi. I got to select which color I wanted and which way I wanted the infinity symbol. By picking which color I wanted, I was really able to express myself because I chose my favorite color – bright pink! Plus, call me a typical girl, but I love the infinity symbol. It’s so perfect because it combines the color pink, the infinity symbol, and Alpha Delta Pi!

Young and Greek offers other designs and colors for smartphone cases. You can check out the complete list of their 100 smartphone cases here.

Besides the smartphone case, Young and Greek sent me the basic license plate frame in silver glitter! My car, a Toyota Camry, is like my baby. I even named it- Simba. Getting a license plate cover was like great because it was a cute little decoration for my baby – while spreading my ADPi love. The license plate is super cute not just because it says Alpha Delta Pi on it and the Greek letters, but because it looks like it has glitter on it. It’s just another pop to make Simba super feminine while ruling the roads. Now, wherever I go in Simba, the world can now I’m an ADPi!

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I never thought about using a license plate frame until I received this one, but now I can’t imagine not having one. Check out the other 24 license plate covers this Etsy shop offers here.

Young and Greek offers a variety of great sorority items! They ensure quality on each of their items and their goal is to leave their customers satisfied. As a recipient of these products, I can assure you that they are of high quality and I was completely satisfied. Now, shop Young and Greek today!