Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sparkle More (a review & giveaway!)

Who doesn't want a little more *sparkle* in their life?
When I saw these cute headbands from Sparkly Soul floating around in blog-land, I had to find out more. 
I entered every blog giveaway I found to try and win one. No luck.
I'll tell ya, I have a lot of hair and a freakishly small head (I assume) since no band stay put, even the "no slip" headbands I have tried. BUT I was not going to give up hope and I swore I'd keep trying. 
So finally, I decided to contact them myself and ask for the opportunity to review their pretty, sparkly bands here. Lucky for me-and for one lucky reader-they agreed!!



A little bit about Sparkly Soul 
(from their Facebook page)-



Sparkly Soul, Inc. is based in NYC - The city with lots of sparkle!
The company was created by a marathoner and triathlete for all the women who find their strength and soul while pushing themselves to their athletic limits.







We needed to keep our hair out of our face while exercising. Now there is a fabulous headband that won’t slip, won’t cause your pretty little head to get a headache or cause hair breakage. It is the comfortable solution for all you athletic fashionistas.

Whether you are a runner, walker, dancer, triathlete, yogi, pilates buff, cyclist, cheerleader, or ballplayer - we believe in all you sparkly gals out there!

Sparkly Soul Non-Slip Glitter Headbands will stay on your head... no matter how intense your athletic activity.





The bands arrived quickly and in a giant silver envelope (they must know I love blingy, bright things). Sparkly Soul sent two size bands to try- a thin style (3/8 of an inch in width) and a thicker band (5/8 of an inch in width).


Now when I first saw these bands online, I thought that they were made of actual glitter they sparkled so much-BUT it is not glitter. 
The bands are made from a very soft material that sparkles so you don't to worry about glitter falling off the band and getting all over the place.



Test #1-Childproof??


Saturday was a long afternoon. We were awaiting the arrival of a huge snow storm on the East Coast and I was a wild child on my hands. That wild child being Lola, of course. Since she just LOVES to have her picture taken, I asked her if she wanted to model for me. She squealed in delight and it was time to make her hair pretty.
I put the small band on first and it fit her head very well. 




Lola's best SUPER MODEL pose

Since Lola was the "director" of this photo shoot, she decided that  there would be lots of shots today-





some posing 
and 
some action shots 
were in order. 
we did airplane
she crawled all over me
basically
she was a wild monkey!!


and you know what. The band did not budge. Not once....
we even tried layering the two bands together! This would be a great look with different colored bands


Test #2-My Turn


I put on the thick band first since the "thick" bands are the ones I tend to have issues with. Other styles and brands usually pucker or stick up or slide right off. Remember I said I had a "freakishly small head"...yeah.
The thick band fit comfortably, it did not bulge or pucker. And...it stayed put!
I wore it for about two hours doing housework, preparing dinner and I did not even notice it was on. No headache or pulling. Score!




Test #3-Back in Action


The entire East Coast was blessed with an early snow storm Saturday night through Sunday morning, we needed to clean up. I slid the thin band onto my very messy hair and got out to shovel and clean. Even when I put my favorite hoodie on, the band stayed on and did not slip. Another score!
Lola is assisting me with my hair do!




Then I changed into my running tights and cold weather running jacket, laced up the Kinvara's and hit the snowy streets for a run. Well...the run only lasted about 500 yards (a whole 'nother post all together) but the band stayed put.


Immediately following the failed run, I spent the remainder of my Sunday afternoon working in the PAIN CAVE-unpacking boxes, purging stuff, organizing, etc. The Sparkly Soul band stayed put and it is still in my hair as we speak. 
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My Final Thoughts:
1-BLING IT ON!! I really liked the Sparkle quotient of these headbands. I loved that they were soft and not hard, crusty glitter glued onto a headband. Also, the 360* of sparkle is great. No worries about the band looking crooked. Yes, I have done this before...
2-GIMME A C. for Comfort. No snagging my LONG hair, no pulling, no headache
3-FABULOUS FIT. The all around stretch makes a big difference in the fit of these bands vs. others I have tried. They kept their shape and fit my head comfortably. Most important, they stayed put.
4-LOLA APPROVED. I loved it that they fit Lola too. She just loves them and I think I have lost the thick one to her forever and that's ok.


Sparkly Soul will give one lucky reader a band of their choice!
So how do you win your very own SPARKLY SOUL headband?? Easy-
Please leave ONE comment for each entry.


1-You must be a follower of Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood. Not a follower? Just click the FOLLOW button to your right. C'mon-you know you wanna.


2-Visit the Sparkly Soul website and tell me which band you will pick if you win and WHY!


3-LIKE Sparkly Soul on Facebook and leave a note- tell them Jen & Lola sent ya!


4-Follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter and follow ME on Twitter.


5-Spread the word about this Sparkly Soul giveaway-link on your blog, share on Facebook, Twitter. One entry per method of share per day!! (just make sure you leave me a comment so I can add your entries).


6-Tell me, what makes YOUR soul sparkle??


BONUS ENTRY until Nov 3rd-Please like my photo in the GOTribal INSPIRATION photo contest! It is the middle photo on the left-you know, the one where I'm hugging my BFF Chrissie Wellington!!


*This review is all my own personal opinion, I was not compensated in any way by anyone at any time. Sparkly Soul sent me the headbands at no cost.

111 comments:

XLMIC said...

I follow you and Lola :)

XLMIC said...

I follow you on twitter!

Elle said...

I have been trying to win some of these too!

I do follow your blog.

You and Lola both look beautiful!

XLMIC said...

I follow you SparklySouls on twitter, too :)

Elle said...

I like the pink one and the blue one the best!

Elle said...

I follow you on Twitter and Sparkly Soul too

@eatrunsail

XLMIC said...

Liking on FB and saying y'all sent me!

Elle said...

Oooops, forgot to say I would pick pink or blue cause they are my favorite colors!

XLMIC said...

Seeing my husband and kids unexpectedly at the finish of a long, hard training run today totally made my soul sparkle :)

XLMIC said...

I would pick a skinny orange or a wide blue.

Elle said...

Linked your post to my blog sidebar.

Elle said...

And I tweeted!
@eatrunsail

StaceyL said...

Im a follower

StaceyL said...

I'd pick PINK of course...is there any other color that matters?

Jamie said...

I'll have to pass on this giveaway. :-)

StaceyL said...

Liked sparkly soul on facebook

StaceyL said...

Following both of you on twitter

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow - duh ;)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow - duh ;)

Finallyfit2011 said...

THICK! Silver or green!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I already like them on fb & told them you guys sent me over :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Following Sparkly soul on twitter!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Following u on twitter!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I sparkle simply cuz running has put a skip & a sparkle in my step!!! :)

Jen said...

I follow you!

Jen said...

I totally want the purple/lavender one!

Jen said...

I told Sparkly Soul (on fb) that you and Lola sent me!

Jen said...

I already follow Sparkly Soul and YOU on twitter!

Jen said...

shared on fb!

Jen said...

I liked your photo on GoTribal! I hope you win!

Jen said...

Posted on my blog!

Josh and Kelli said...

I follow you! :)

Josh and Kelli said...

I want the Black Sparkly Wide Headband! It would be cute to wear anywhere!

Josh and Kelli said...

I follow you and Sparkly Soul on Twitter!

Josh and Kelli said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!! :)

~K~ said...

i'm a follower! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i like the 3/8" thin silver..so pretty and would go with everything! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i like 'em on fb and said ya sent me (username karen r m) runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

>Jesus< makes my soul sparkle! And running helps too! ;-) runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i liked your photo! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

Jeanette said...

I follow your blog

Jeanette said...

I like the Red thin sparkly band!

Jeanette said...

Liked Sparkly Soul on facebook

Jeanette said...

Following both on twitter @jhooker517

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

oh heck, I liked that photo the moment I saw it...before I even knew there was a contest going on. :)

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

I totally follow your blog, you're the only one I follow (other than tough chik) who posts regularly. I like that.

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

I think I would choose the black one....you know why? because black goes with everything! And the skinny one (3/8) because I have a tiny little head and I figure the bigger one might be too big for it. I have a difficult time finding things small enough for my head- this could be interesting and I hope it works as well for me as it did for you.

-sara

Kiley said...

I'm a follower

Kiley said...

I'd take a wide red sparkly band...I'm a fan of the red & wider stays on me better.

Kiley said...

blogged it (and I'll blog it again tomorrow) - http://dailyvitaminf.blogspot.com/2011/10/total-giveaway-tuesday-37.html

Andrea said...

I'm already a follower!

Andrea said...

I would pick the wide in purple or blue or pink because I have curly hair & well, I just like those colors best!

Andrea said...

I follow you on twitter!

sugarmagnolia70 said...

I follow your blog!

sugarmagnolia70 said...

If I won, I'd want a wide size---in either pink, black or violet.

sugarmagnolia70 said...

I already follow you on Twitter.

sugarmagnolia70 said...

I already follow Sparkly Souls on Twitter.

Colleen said...

I am a bloggy follower! :)

Colleen said...

I follow you on twitter

Colleen said...

I just "liked" Sparkly Soul on FB and left them a comment.

Colleen said...

I follow them on twitter

Colleen said...

I think I'd go with the thick blue one. I don't know... something about sparkly blue that I just love!!!

Colleen said...

Oooh... I voted for your picture!

Suz and Allan said...

I'm already following your blog!

Suz and Allan said...

I'd love a pink one-skinny or thick!

Suz and Allan said...

Already like you on twitter-Suz4AU0608

Suz and Allan said...

Already like Sparkly Soul on fb but I posted on their wall about your giveaway!

Suz and Allan said...

Already follow Sparkly Soul on twitter too!

*LLL with Leslie* said...

new GFC follower
LLL with Leslie

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

www.livelovelaughwithleslie.com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

I would pick either the silver or gold thick headband.

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

I like them on FB and told them you sent me.
leslie m

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

I follow you both on Twitter
LLLwithLeslie

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

doing good for others makes my soul sparkly! :D

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

tweeted.
http://twitter.com/#!/LLLwithLeslie/status/131457917118464001

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

kallard said...

I follow your blog!

kallard said...

Love your blog! I'm a follower!

kallard said...

Liked your picture on FB

kallard said...

If I win, I would choose the wide extra sparkly headband in black -- goes with everything :)

kallard said...

What makes me sparkle? Definitely that my kids see me as a strong, fit mom!

MotherRunner said...

I'm a new follower! :)

MotherRunner said...

I love the purple!

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I'm a follower!

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I like Sparkly Soul on Facebook

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I went to their website - I love it all!! I think I would try out a thin band.

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I follow you on Twitter

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I follow Sparkly Soul on twitter too!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I follow you!!!!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I'm loving the silver ones you two are wearing!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I like Sparkly Soul on facebook!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I shared on facebook!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

Shared on Twitter!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

Shared on my blog!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

My boys make my soul *sparkle*!!!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I voted!!!

Jill R said...

I Follow You!

Jill R said...

I would LOVE the thick, black sparkly headband.

Jill R said...

I "like" Sparkly Soul on FB, and I said Jen and Lola sent me.

Jill R said...

Crossing a finish line with a smile on my face makes me sparkle!

dawnieslife.com said...

I am a follower through both email and GFC! :)

dawnieslife.com said...

I would pick the wide blue headband because it matches a great deal of my clothing and would look great in an upcoming race!

dawnieslife.com said...

I already like SparklySoul on FB!

dawnieslife.com said...

I follow both you and Sparkly Soul on Twitter (I am @dawnieslife)

dawnieslife.com said...

Running and writing make my soul sparkle, but the headband would certainly help on the days I fell less sparkley!

dawnieslife.com said...

I voted for your picture on GOTribal INSPIRATION !

BigHappyFamily said...

I am a follower.

BigHappyFamily said...

Wide silver for me! Cute.

Nikki said...

I'm now a follower - looking forward to you and Lola!

Nikki said...

I like the basics - plain silver for me! Goes with everything...

Nikki said...

Following Sparkly Soul on FB...

Nikki said...

And following on Twitter too...