Friday, 28 February 2014

Accessories Week - Ted Baker Bag

Hello Everyone!

There comes a time (or several times) in every fashion and beauty obsessed girl's life, when a handbag just calls your name. Suddenly nothing else matters but getting that bag and bringing it home.
That is what happened with this Ted Baker bag.



It is so beautiful. Bright yellow in colour that screams 'Look at me!!!!' combined with the shiny finish means that this is definitely a statement bag.



The detailing is simple yet effective with some classic quilting and a golden 'TB' on the front (For Ted Baker, not for the illness that goes by the same initials :/ )



Inside we have some butterfly print material in monochrome colours to finish off.



I love this bag so much and can't wait to use it non stop. What about you? What accessories are you loving lately?

Toodles xxx


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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Accessories Week - Majique Jewellery Review Part 2


Hello Everyone!
It is still accessories week here on Sparkles of Light and today I'm showing you another lovely bracelet I was sent by Majique Jewellery.
Part of their new Summer 2014 Collection, I think this is a cute little piece to add to your wardrobe.



The nautical trend is set to hit again soon but 2014 is all about bright colours, in particular, pink. This makes this bracelet bang on trend as it combines both trends with its nautical design but instead of the traditional red, white or blue rope detailing, we have a bright hot pink.

This bracelet is a clasp fastening so it's easy to adjust size... Handy if like me you have skinny wrists that nothing seems to fit... Wish my thighs had the same problem but that's a whole other post...



Coming in at a budget savvy price of £5, I think it is 100% worth the money as it is so pretty with the print rope entwined with the gold look links. I don't have anything else similar to this and it catches the eye well, I can't wait to wear this more in summer.
Click here to view this on the website.



What do you think of this interesting adaptation of the nautical trend? Would you wear this or is the bright pink a no go for you?
Toodles xxx

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Accessories Week - Majique Jewellery Review

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am showing you a gorgeous bracelet by Majique Jewellery, a British brand known for unique style and design. They offer a wide range of modern jewellery with something for all tastes, which is important as jewellery helps you to express your personality.

I was sent a few pieces to try out, one of which is this gorgeous 3 knot bangle set from the Summer 2014 Collection.



This is a set of three bracelets in a silver, gold and rose gold finish. I was drawn to this as I am loving rose gold at the minute and with the addition of the other two colours I think this comes together nicely as a statement piece.



As a set of three, the intention will be to wear these as a stack all together on the wrist, however, if you want a more toned down look, each bangle could easily be worn as a single item and still look really pretty.



I personally have been wearing these as a stack and I have to say I am loving how they look together, for something so easy to throw on they really add a little something extra to your wardrobe. Due to the 3 different finishes, these will suit all skin times too which is nice as I tend to be super pale in winter then tan easily in summer so I like pieces that compliment that rather than looking better at certain times of the year.



What do you think of this bangle? Have you got anything similar?
Toodles xxx
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Monday, 24 February 2014

Rockin Claws Nail Art from House of Wonderland


Hello Everyone!
Today's post is featuring House of Wonderland - an independent British company owned by Tessa Shearer and features artwork from Tessa herself along with collaborations inspired by Japanese design, vintage design, pop art and the tastes of her two young children.
House of Wonderland offers limited edition jewellery, handbags, house wares, temporary tattoos and nail transfers to name a few.
Today I am showing you some nail transfers sent to me by House of Wonderland to try.



These nail transfers are easy to use, you simply select the design you want, cut it out and soak it for a few seconds in warm water. After that the imagine slides off and you can place it on your nail to create an easy but unique nail art look.
After I placed these on my nails, I let them dry and then went over with a clear top coat of nail varnish to keep everything locked in place.

I was instantly drawn to the bird design transfers, the flying birds and the open cages with the word 'Free' in there too really spoke to me and I couldn't wait to try them.
I picked a light blue base colour to remind me of the colour of the sky on a summer day to compliment the birds (I used a limited edition Essie polish from the spring 2013 collection but any old blue would work)
This was the finished look:



I really liked how this look turned out and I had a few people ask to take a closer look at my nails too so I enjoyed showing them off.
You can have a look at the House of Wonderland nail transfers here and you could get yourself some 'Rockin Claws'



Toodles xxx

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Accessories Week: Forage and Find Review


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This week on Sparkles of Light I will be showing you some pretty accessories I am enjoying at the moment.
First up on the agenda is Forage and Find.
I first heard of this company when I saw them advertising a gorgeous necklace on twitter, a quick twitter chat with them and an online browse, resulted in me placing a small order an hour or so later for a Victorian coin necklace, the coin is a real penny from the Victorian times that has been attatched to a chain. It is gorgeous and so unique.



I love the general idea behind Forage and Find, basically they take old unloved parts of vintage items (sometimes jewellery or watches but sometimes it can be as random as an old 1930s typewriter) and use these items to create unique, vintage feel jewellery.
This appeals to me because I hate having the same jewellery as everyone else, I am always looking for original or unusual pieces, because of this, I have found myself browsing the website on a weekly basis making mental wish lists as I go.

Have you bought anything from Forage and Find? I'd love to see what you bought.

Toodles xxx
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Thursday, 20 February 2014

My Favourite Mascaras


Hello Everyone!

Today I am doing a little post to show you my all time favourite mascaras.
Being a beauty addict, I have tried a fair few mascaras and I seem to end up with new ones appearing all the time as free samples or as miniatures in gift sets.
I personally like dramatic mascaras, no natural look for me! This is because I wear glasses and, as any glasses wearers will know, glasses tend to tone down your eye look, something gets lost behind those little frames. This means that if I go for a natural 'can't tell I'm em wearing mascara' mascara, then you simply can't see my lashes behind my frames.
So here are, in my opinion, the best in big lashes:



First up is Benefit - They're Real
I know that this is a real love it or hate it mascara, one of the main gripes people have with this mascara is that it is hard to remove, yes it is but I can't help but love it. This is such a perfect mascara for me, it is super black and really lifts and defines my lashes whilst adding massive volume and thickness. I think this is my top mascara of all time.



Next we have Too Faced - Better Than Sex
Moving on from the name (I don't know about you but I would find it embarrassing to ask for this in a shop or to ask anyone if they use this) this is another mascara I have found adds volume and thickness to my lashes, it isn't as hard to remove as 'They're Real' so that has made me reach for this a lot on days when I know I will be in a hurry to remove my makeup in the evening, I only have a sample size as I got this in a holiday Too Faced set but the packaging is the same as the full sized tube. I love the cute, girly pink tube... Not so fond of the name. The wand is an unusual hourglass shape that you are supposed to turn as you apply... Takes a bit of practice but it is worth it!



Finally we have the newest addition to the collection L'Oreal - Miss Manga Mascara
Not very often does an advert for a new mascara have me excited but this one did, it looked amazing and for me it lived up to the advert, I love the length I get from this mascara, it gives me more length than either of the other two mascaras and it is easy to remove, it doesn't give me any added thickness though, which is why it isn't my out and out favourite. The wand is a strange shape, it is shaped like a Christmas tree and it bends when you apply it to your lashes, the tapering makes it easier to reach the corner lashes or your lower lashes (if you use mascara on them)



All three of these will be in my collection for a long time to come.
What are your favourite mascaras? Do you share my loves?

Toodles xxx
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

WalG Fashion OOTD and Review


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Today's review is about a London based clothing company called WalG.

walg fashion

WalG is a young label that offers a good mix of day and evening wear with an edgy but classy feel, you may have seen them in Topshop as they are branching out into high street stores.
Browsing the website I saw a fair few items I would love to get my paws on but the item I do have is the Theodora Wrap Coat. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this coat, I popped it on to show my hubby and as I walked into the room I was greeted with a 'wow!' That ladies, that is how I know I'm on to a winner.



The cut of this coat is gorgeous and really flatters a woman's figure, I'm talking a real woman figure too, not the sort of figure fashion often tries to tell us we need to be. I love the way it accentuates my waist and gives me a smart/casual look.




The lightweight material of this coat makes it perfect for chilled out shopping or coffee with a friend, it features an oversized collar and is cut in a really flattering waterfall style.




I paired this coat with a pair of black skinnies, a plain white t-shirt and some khaki, heeled military boots. I keep the outfit simple as I think the jacket is statement enough and I wanted it to be the main focus of my outfit. I had my hair in a messy bed head style because I think with the tailoring andthe  heels, perfectly groomed hair wouldn't go with the casual vibe I was going for.




What do you think? How would you wear this jacket?

Have a look at the WalG website and let me know what you are lusting after, here is a little wish list I made after some browsing:



Hope you enjoyed the review,

Toodles xxx

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Paul and Joe Colour Powder Review


Hello Everyone!

Today's review is of a gorgeous little powdered blush from Paul and Joe.




I saw pictures of this blush on Instagram and knew I had to track it down, it is one of those beautiful things you just have to have!
In the UK this seems to be an ASOS exclusive and comes in 3 shades, each with different packaging. My shade is called Amaryllis - a gorgeous powder that mimics the colour of the Amaryllis flower.
Unfortunately, the pretty design on the powder is a spray over that disappears on the first use, however, the powder left behind is beautiful!



Amaryllis is a matte blush, I don't own many matte blushers are they are pretty hard to come by, that makes this a special blusher for me that I know I will get a lot of use out of.



The packaging is so so cute, each blush on offer has a different box, mine is a vintage style horse print, there is something so classy and girly about the box which would look gorgeous sat on a vanity unit, it is so unique and different to anything else I own.



The blush itself is pretty small, the whole case is smaller than the palm of my hand which could either be a plus or a negative, negative as it means this is quite an expensive buy but it also means it will be really easy to travel with, and as I will be travelling around a lot at the moment, this blush will fast become my best friend.



Wear time is around the 5-6 hour mark which is around average for a blush.
It is easily blendable and builds well should you need it if you have a darker skintone, however if you are very pale, the pigmentation is good so you will need a lighter hand as being matte, you really notice mistakes more than you would with a shimmer.

The Sparkles 5:




Scoring 20.5 out of 25, this little box of prettiness has done quite well...

Lust: I give this a good solid 5/5 for lust factor because I saw this on Instagram and knew I had to have it, the packaging, the look of the product and even the name had me drooling in anticipation, I am still lusting after my own pictures I have uploaded here!

Wear Time:  This gets a respectable 3.5 as it is around the normal mark for a blush with me.

Pigmentation: I give the pig mention a 4/5 as it is pretty good and also buildable if you are looking to go hardcore.

Formula: Formula gets a 3/5 because it does blend well, however I did notice that if you are a bit heavy handed on initial application, getting the first 'oops' line to disappear was a little difficult.

Packaging: Lets not beat about the bush, I LOVE this cute little box of blush, it is so beautiful there's no wonder I gave it 5/5.

If you want to check these out, they are on the ASOS website so have a little look at the link, I did browse their other products and fell a little in love, they are all so chic I don't think this will be the only Paul and Joe item I have for long.
Do you own anything from Paul and Joe? Do you agree with me about this little beaut?

Toodles xxx
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Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Worst Lip Balm I Have Ever Tried

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Hello Everyone,
Today we have a bad review which is rare on Sparkles of Light as I generally prefer to write about products I am loving, however, sometimes you come across a product so bad that not throwing the occasional 'boo hiss!!' Would be a crime!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Rose Petal Salve by Rose & Co. Apothecary.



The Rose & Co. Apothecary describe this is as "a fabulous lip salve and also helpful for dry patches and rough skin, there seems to be no end to the uses of this magical little balm"
Oh Rose &Co. I disagree, oh I really disagree.

First off lets discuss the packaging, the packaging is the one thing I did like, I know a lot of people hate lip products in a tin but as I usually use tinned products in my house, it doesn't worry me too much with regards to outside germs being on your fingers.
The tin is very cute, it looks vintage (Rose & Co. Apothecary are inspired by vintage style and have actually helped out in channel 4 productions, such as 'The 1940s House', 'The Victorian House' and 'The Edwardian House') and I love vintage style pieces, it was actually the packaging that swayed me to buy this product in the first place, it is pink and cute.
Inside, the balm is pinky coloured too which is very pretty, but this my friends, is where it all went downhill.
The smell is a bit... 'Off' sort of floral (rose) with a hint of washing up liquid, dig into the product and it has a little bit of the texture of Dior Creme de Rose but when you apply it to your lips, rather than feel like it is sinking in and nourishing your lips as the Dior Creme de Rose does, this just sits there, feeling sticky and a bit uncomfortable.
Next up is the real treat, once this horror is on your mouth, the slight rose scent disappears fully and all you can smell is washing up liquid, not even nice washing up liquid, we're talking smart price, bog standard, green washing up liquid, and it is strong!
If that wasn't unpleasant enough, soon all you can taste is washing up liquid, it is like eating poison.



Finally, the icing on the cake is that I had a reaction to this salve, soon after applying I felt like the skin around my mouth was itching, after using the balm I had red patches around my mouth that took over a week to go,

All in all, if you want to buy this product, I got mine from Waitrose for £5, you can also (by checking their website) pick it up in Harrods, House of Fraser and some independent retailers... Alternatively you could save yourself a couple of quid and buy some cheap washing up liquid and give it a good old lick.

Toodles xxx

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Klorane Nettle Shampoo for Oily Hair Review

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Hello Everyone,

Today I am reviewing a shampoo from a brand called Klorane.

Klorane are a brand that only make products infused with plant extracts and always from a sustainable source. They claim to make formulas that are pleasant to use.
With that in mind, I was excited to be sent a bottle of this to try from Escentual.com.



One thing that enticed me with this shampoo was the addition of nettle, I've never used nettle before, it actually sounds a bit terrifying, however, a bit of research later and I found out that nettles are actually a lot more than the nasty little weeds that contribute to ruining childhood for any child that manages to fall into a nice fresh batch (summer 1996 I'm looking at you!!) Ladies and Gentlemen, nettles have a kinder side too, such as being known to help with eczema and acne, it is also a detox and an aphrodisiac (ooh-eer) but today we are looking at how it performs in this oil control shampoo.

Oily hair can be the bane of your life, the more oily your hair is, the more you wash it and then it gets  more stripped and that leads to more oil.... FRUSTRATION!
Klorane Nettle Shampoo claims to absorb excess sebum found in your hair to help you need to wash your hair less over time, it also claims to leave hair more volumised (that'll be due to the lack of oiliness weighing it down I assume) and leave it soft. Sounds fantastic, but is it any good?



As I have mentioned, I was pretty eager to try this shampoo and I have been using it for a couple  of weeks, and I have to be honest, I really really like this shampoo, the smell is very different to the heavily perfumed shampoos I normally use, it is very subtle and natural smelling, in actual truth is reminds me a bit of mint and pea soup, but the smell doesn't linger in your hair, you just smell clean.
Lathering is easy and, after following with my normal conditioner, my hair was left feeling fresh, clean and soft.
Over time I have definitely noticed that I can go longer between washes than I normally do, which has been useful as I have been super busy lately and washing my hair has been a chore rather than part of my routine.

Another thing I should mention is that I have a very sensitive scalp and am currently in a break out of psoriasis on my scalp, this has meant that finding shampoos has been a nightmare as the wrong choice can lead to very sore reactions, whilst this one didn't seem to help my problem (it isn't supposed to) it certainly didn't leave me feeling sore and stinging as washing my hair normally has been, this makes this an ever bigger win for me.

Insert picture of me having a good hair day:


All in all I have loved this shampoo and I will be trying more from the range when I run out of this one, if you want to see more from the range or pick up this one, have a look on the Escentual website by clicking the link.

Hope you enjoyed the review!
Toodles xxx

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Greenland Beauty Review

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am reviewing a Dutch beauty brand called 'Greenland'.

Greenland is a natural and organic brand that are free of parabens and artificial colourings.
They also don't test on animals which is great, (this includes through third parties) and try to avoid using any ingredients from animal origin in their products, however, they do use some animal products in a small minority of their products such as lanolin (wool fat) or beeswax (cera alba) so if this is a no no for you, make sure you check out any ingredients lists before you make any purchases.



From the humble beginnings of starting at the kitchen table of a Husband and Wife team in 1990, to now being sold in over 35 countries, it is fair to say that this is a company on the rise but they haven't forgotten their humble beginnings as all the products are still made in the Netherlands or Belgium.
Offering a few ranges, there is plenty of choice.
The three pieces I have are from the Fruit Extracts range, the products in this range contain 100% concentrated extract from the actual fruit, not the peel or the flower. I have papaya extract, papaya
supposedly helps unclog pores and dissolves dead skin to leave you feeling soft and smooth.

The packaging of these products is not a win for me, I'm quite fussy on packaging and in my opinion, they don't look like anything special, but that is just personal opinion.
Inside, the products smell sweet and fruity, the scent is quite strong and sticks around quite a while so this is not a product you want to use if you are going to wear perfume as these products perfume you enough (Think Laura Mercier body creams, this is the same sort of strong, stick around scent).

The shower gel is see through with a gel texture, it smells very strongly of papaya fruit and sweetness. I use it on a poofe and it lathers really well.
After my shower I feel really clean and smell like summer, it helps wake you up in the morning, which I like.



The body butter is a thick white cream that turns almost watery when you put it on your skin, it sinks in easily and doesn't leave you sticky, wet or greasy. As I said earlier, the smell lingers so you won't need perfume when you wear this product, especially if you layer it with the shower gel of the same flavour.



The face mask also has the same strong scent that might put a few people off, it has little graunules in it that exfoliate the skin and leave you feeling soft and scrubbed after use.



All in all, these products work well together if you want to layer scents but if you aren't out to later, you could use all of these products on their own.
Have you ever heard of Greenland? Have any of your tried any of their products?

Toodles xxx

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Lotil Original Cream Review

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Hello Everyone,

Today we are talking about a cream I have been using lately - Lotil Original Cream.


As the weather gets colder my hands always suffer chapping, especially since having a baby as I wash my hands like it is going out of fashion these days, combine that with the drying effects of soap, cleaning products (again, having a baby means I clean like never before) and the cold air when I'm out walking my dogs and you have a recipe for chapped, flaking hands.
I have been unimpressed with hand creams in the past, one in particular made my hands so much worse they actually bled, so when I was offered the chance to try a cream that is suitable for anywhere on the body that claims it softens and helps heal dry, chapped and damaged skin, I jumped at the chance.

Lotil can be bought from Boots for £3.59, click here to see it.
The description on the website is:

Lotil Original Cream softens & helps heal and prevent chapped, cracked and dry damaged skin, anywhere on the body
Lotil Original Formula Skin Cream:
- Softens & helps heal and prevent chapped, cracked and dry damaged skin. (Anywhere on the body).
- Powerful emollients rapidly rehydrate
- Antibacterial & antifungal ingredients help reduce any infection
- Helps stop cuts and broken skin from stinging
- Non greasy and rapidly absorbed
- Can help combat athletes foot
- Soothes skin after shaving
- Soap replacement for sufferers of very dry skin conditions
- Antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic
- Recommended by pharmacists, dermatologists, podiatrists & chiropodists.
So how does it perform?
The first thing I noticed was the smell, it is quite strong and medical smelling, no fancy perfumes here. This suited me as I didn't want any further perfumes that would irritate my already angry skin. The cream is quite thick but rubs in easily, sinking in and getting to work.


I have been using this before bed time and I have noticed it has really helped my dry skin, especially over the knuckles where the worst of my chapping was.

***WARNING, UNPLEASANT KNUCKLE PICS COMING UP NOW***

As you can see, my knuckles were very dry and red, after 4 days use they had gone back to normal, this to me, is excellent as they were really damaged.

The only downside of this product for me was the smell, although the lack of perfumes was a welcome feature, I also wasn't expecting such a strong medicated scent, however, it really works very well so I will be buying this again when mine runs out. It is rare for me to find a cream that I like, I'm super picky but I love the fact that this is multi use. I have used it on my hands and feet, both with good results.
As it is so budget friendly I recommend you try this next time you are in the market for a cream to give you extra help than the normal creams.

Have you used this cream before?

Toodles xxx



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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Tartan Nails

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Hello Everyone,
Different post for you all today, a little bit of nail art.



Whilst browsing Pinterest I came across some very arty nail tutorials, now I'm no artist and I'm not very experienced in nail art, I'm more if a one colour type girl, however, these tartan nails were so cute I couldn't resist giving them a try.



If you are better at nail art than me, chances are you will come out with a neater version than I did.
Feel free to use any colours you have, I didn't use any special ones except my Naked base coat by Urban Decay.

If you do give these a go please leave a link I would love to see how yours turn out!
Toodles xxx
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