Let my gal pal Casey teach you how to properly put on your makeup on her YouTube channel

Happy Friday, babes!

SO one of my bucket list items for 2017 (since I don’t believe in a “new year, new you” mindset) is learning more about how to properly do my makeup. I watch tons of YouTubers and buy so many different products, but I just don’t know how to always put it on. To be honest, I’m pretty sure the brush I put my eye shadow on with this morning was a concealer brush. WHOOPS!

I always fake it til I make it when it comes to makeup- pretending I know how to properly blend and contour, knowing what my 20 brushes are for, and that I can do a great smokey eye.

But I don’t. Let’s be honest, the closest I get to a smokey eye is on Sunday morning brunch when I didn’t take my makeup off the night before.

For all you girls like me out there, let me introduce you to my friend and sorority sister, Casey!


Casey and I had gotten really close during my senior year and is someone I still talk to now that I have graduated and am doing the whole adulting thing.When I saw that she started her own YouTube channel of makeup tutorials and lifestyle content, I KNEW I had to find out more and share about it on Sparkle and Shine.

Check out what Casey had to say about starting her own YouTube channel:

I am extremely passionate about film, makeup, and laughing – so I thought creating a lifestyle & beauty YouTube would be the perfect combination of the three!! If I can make videos all the time, show the world how to do some kickass makeup, or put a smile on someone’s face, I’m ecstatic.

LOVE IT! I love supporting my friends when they start new projects, like when Lianna started blogging.

Now enough about Casey and more about her makeup tutorial! I’m starting to adapt techniques from her “Makeup for Dummies” video so I know what I’m doing – like starting with light eye shadows and building up to the darks.

But enough of me explaining – why don’t you just watch for yourself?!

Check it out: 

Have any good makeup tutorials and tricks for a girl like me? Comment below and share them…then go watch more of Casey’s videos and subscribe!!

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Happy Saturday, readers!

If you don’t subscribe to my YouTube channel (which you totally should do like, right now), you may not know that I recently released my newest YouTube video blog.

Check it out: 

My guy friends always complain that I am always late whenever we go somewhere.

The reason? I am doing my makeup!

Give me ten minutes or two hours and either way I’ll be 15 minutes late cause I am doing my makeup. They never understand why it takes so long or what goes into a makeup routine (like helllllo…that ‘no makeup look’ took about 20 minutes), so I decided it was time for them to see what it takes. And then share it with the Internet…

Watch the hilarious new video of Brandon doing my makeup, then comment on the video and let me know what you think!

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Happy Sunday!

I’m starting the week off with some awesome news….


Over the summer, I became obsessed with watching YouTube videos – staying up all night watching makeup tutorials, fashion videos, and more. After watching so many of my blogger friends take the jump into video blogging, I decided I was going to, too. With my iPhone and some free PC editing software, I made two videos about my trip to Atlantic City and a Tim McGraw concert. Though they weren’t exactly what YouTube videos usually entail, I pushed aside my nerves to share them with the world.

I mean, we all have to start somewhere, right?!

So for Christmas, I decided to take the plunge and ask for proper editing software and a new camera. And with that, I am officially back on YouTube.

I have plans for some awesome videos to come out, so make sure to subscribe!

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Tim McGraw Concert ➛ {first ever vlog, ootn, pictures & more}


Readers, this may be the best Friday I have had in a while.Scratch that, ever! Why?


Last Friday, I attended my first ever country concert with three of my best friends. I decided to try something new and video blog during the experience. I finally edited it all together and shared it online.

Check it out:

Sleeveless Sweater | Tank Top | Shorts | Flip flops

Make sure to subscribe to my channel to check out more videos! If you’re not a big fan of YouTube, I will be posting all of my video blogs on here, as well. SO make sure to keep checking back in for more!

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Meet Bailey and her AMAZING voice!

Hey, readers!

I wanted to tell you all about one of my friends who really sparkles and shines everyday, thanks to her incredible singing voice- Bailey.



Bailey and I became friends in our Media History class during the fall of our sophomore year. After realizing we had mutual friends, a passion for being involved in Greek life on campus, and had similar senses of humor, Bailey and I instantly became friends.


Bailey, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, is super talented. She has her own YouTube channel, where she posts covers of some of her favorite songs. She seriously has one of the greatest singing voices I have ever heard.

As Bailey continues to post more videos, I just have to share them with you. For you, readers, to learn more about Bailey and her amazing voice, I asked her a few questions.

Why did you start doing cover videos?

 I have always wanted to post videos but I had never really gotten up the courage to do it.  I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember and lots of people have always told me I should start recording songs but I never thought about it seriously.  One night I was just like “Hey, why not?”, grabbed my ukulele, and went for it! I also dragged my roommates into my first video so it wasn’t so intimidating.  After I posted my first video and got a lot of great feedback I realized that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and now I love getting to post new videos!


What are you hopes for your YouTube videos?

 I hope that my YouTube videos go viral and get me on the Ellen Degeneres show -KIDDING! (kinda..) But seriously, I don’t really expect anything major to come out of my videos, I just hope people watch them and enjoy them! I’m also still starting out, so it’s fun just to watch my own progress, vocally and with my ukulele!


What was your high school music career like? What about at Quinnipiac University?

I have done mainly musical theatre my whole life.  I was involved in all of my high school performances as well as a summer theatre program.  My favorite role I ever played would definitely be Margot in Legally Blonde!  I also sang in my high schools select a cappella group and was chosen to perform in a cabaret style showcase for 3 years.  Once I got to college I auditioned and joined the only co-ed a cappella group, The Legends, and I am now on the executive board for the group. I sing all the time, and I mean ALL the time! I like to think my best performances are when I’m in the shower, so shout-out to my roommates for putting up with me!

What did you figure out that you could sing? 

Surprisingly, I think it took me until about my sophomore year of high school for me (and everyone else!) to realize I really had a great voice.  Not that I thought I was bad, but it took time and training up to that point to be at my full potential.  I had also been kind of a quiet person and never really liked to show off so a lot of people continue to be really surprised when they find out I can sing!

 What are your favorite types of music? Who is your biggest inspiration? 

I listen to all types of music, but one of my favorite artists and definitely one of my biggest inspirations is Ingrid Michaelson.  She is kind of a cross between folk, rock, and pop and is incredibly talented.  She definitely inspired me to want to learn how to play the ukulele too! Another favorite would have to be Justin Timberlake…I mean come on, how can you not?! I obviously also still love to belt out a good Broadway show tune, too.


Make sure to subscribe to Bailey’s YouTube channel to hear some more of her cover songs!

Also, if you’re a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma like Bailey, a sister of Alpha Delta Pi like myself, or involved in any other Greek organization, head on over to The Collegiate Standard and use coupon code SAMI10 to get 10% off your entire purchase. PLUS, money from your purchase will go towards the Greek organization you are making the purchase for. How awesome!