Monday, 29 June 2015

Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Palette


Hello Everyone,

Today I'm writing a long overdue post, a little review of Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Palette (I know I know this palette is old news but it has recently found its way into my eager clutches and so it is new to me)


swatches

Intended as an Autumn palette it is of course Autumn themed (or Fall for all you American ladies out there) but that doesn't mean we can't all enjoy it now in the great British rain and wind summer time.

Now yes I'm aware this has been out for ages and half of you probably already have it in your stash but for me, it was highly sought after, I missed out the first time it was in shops and then every time I almost got it I managed to miss it by what felt like seconds, it was as if fate was trying to stop me owning this palette! Fast forward months and months of hearing Tati from Glam Life Guru mention it in many many YouTube videos (and Tati is one of my favourite YouTubers ever so you know I've watched them all)  I think it was fair to say the need to own this palette was taking over my life (slight exaggeration I was still able to function in my daily life - just...)

Then it happened, I gave in and moved on.

Jokes, I had an email from Cohorted that told me they not only had it, but it was cheaper than
anywhere I'd seen it before.

MINE

swatches

swatches

swatches

So was it everything I'd dreamed it would be?
Pretty much! the shades are gorgeous and wearable at any time of year, not just the Autumn look it was created for. The colours swatch out and wear beautifully, blending perfectly and being so smooth and velvety that you might just want to swatch them for the hell of it, even when you're not going to wear it that day (just me? probs)

swatches

I think I might be getting obsessive with palettes, I just can't stop buying them, with that in mind, anymore palette recommendations for me? I mean I may as well add to the problem, I'm not ready to give it up quite yet.

Hope you enjoyed this mini review and that it wasn't boring seeing yet another mention of the cargo palette.

Rosy xxx


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Friday, 26 June 2015

Preparing for a Job Interview | Don't Say DooDoo


Hello Everyone,

Today we're discussing the terrifying world of employment and how to try and prepare for the legal torture session that is the 'Job Interview'

The job market isn't always the easiest to break into, it can often feel like a series of knock-backs, hidden rules and expectations mixed with the kind of fear that makes you filled with self doubt all the way to your soul (too far?)

These days finding jobs to actually apply for is getting easier, We don't have to waltz around place to place handing out our CV and a knowing smile, we can cut out that particular ordeal by looking for Jobs Online with stress and time reducing features such as filling in a profile with your areas of expertise and having suitable vacancies sent to you so you can apply from your sofa, coffee in hand towel on head, spinach in teeth - ain't nobody judging! (Unless you don't live alone, in that case the spinach might still be a step too far.)

Aquazzura Dupes


So assuming that all goes swimmingly, the job vacancies roll in, the offers for interviews filling your diary, what now? How do you prepare for a job interview?

Fear not chums, here's the lowdown ***Disclaimer: These are my opinions not some sacred law, keep that in mind and let us begin.

1. Research:
You must, I repeat MUST know your shizz about the company, there's going to be no call back if it is obvious you haven't read up on the company.
I'm not talking reeling off facts and figures here but don't be walking into an opticians, for example, and telling then you'll be perfect for the job because you enjoy fitness.

2. Dress The Part:
Your outfit needs a certain amount of consideration, tailor it to your company of choice, this is not a case of 'one size fits all' in your interview clothes pile. In much the same way that you wouldn't (I hope) turn up to an office in a t-shirt with the words 'The Next Mrs Beckham' emblazoned on the front, there are similarly jobs that don't work with an extremely formal attire, here's a true story, I once went for a job in a casual company, the job would involve getting a bit grubby while working with animals etc, it wasn't a managerial role and our interview letters even advised us to come to the interview in 'casual' attire. I wore black skinny jeans, nude slip ons and a plaid shirt, my competition wore a suit and tie. Not only did this show he couldn't follow direction from our letter, it also showed he hadn't thought about the company (see point 1).
I got the job.
Nuff said.

3. Makeup Like a Pro:
In much the same way that your wardrobe speaks about you, your face does too, if you wear makeup, please, for the love of life, make sure it is appropriate. Don't go for a job as a children's nanny wearing 3 layers of foundation, a pair of false lashes, ruby woo on your lips and wink at the dad while you tell them how much you'll love their darling children as if they were *hold it, mirror check, sure you just smudged your liner*... The dad might want to hire you but ultimately you're not getting that job.
I find that for an interview you want to look fresh faced as possible, minimal makeup, neutral eye shadow, one coat of mascara, minimal blush - you get the idea.

4. Be Confident:
Employers usually want someone who radiates confidence, there's no tip for becoming confident overnight, but try to remember that you're there for a reason, they invited you! You're just as good as anyone else there and you deserve this job.
If that doesn't work - fake it! Lots of eye contact, smile and don't um and aah when asked a question, deliver what you have to say - trust me, it is interesting.

5. Say Appropriate Things:
Nerves can get the better of us and make us say stupid stupid things, try and use your brain to mouth filter before you spout any inappropriate jokes (personal anecdote here, I was once in a group interview where the interviewer said "There'll be lots of time when you do do the...." at which point she was interrupted by the candidate who said "HA! DooDoo" he didn't get a call back)
Linking in point one here, don't say things that will insult your company, for example, don't go for a job with a cosmetics company and when asked a question about makeup say "Me? Oh hahaha no I don't need all that I only wear mascara" BOOM slap in the face to all the other people there.
Finally ask questions, prepare a couple in advance to make sure you have something to say when they ask you, you'll look prepared and interested and you'll stick in their minds for the right reasons.

Preparing for a Job Interview | Don't Say DooDoo


I hope you enjoyed this Preparing for a Job Interview post,

Have you got any further tips or any horror stories?

Rosy xxx


*Sponsored Post
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Only Lip Care Products You Will Ever Need


Hello Everyone,

Today I'm discussing something that has caused me a great deal of grief over several years, finding the perfect lip care products... I am aware this screams of #bloggerproblems but the struggle is real my friends.
I have been cursed with very dry lips, all through childhood I can remember having sore chapped lips all of the time (yeah I was 'that kid', the one with the perma-red lipliner look with the cuts in the corner of the mouth - gorgeous) so I have really been hunting for as long as I can recall for the products to save me from my genetic flaws (the line from JAWS "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" springs to mind, but that's a whole other post).

In my epic quest for soft lips I've tried about a hundred thousand products (or so it seems) ranging from the terrible (Babylips here's a nod to you) to the terribly expensive (Dior Creme de Rose I'm talking to you) and many in between, finally settling on these three products you need in your life.

The Only Lip Care Products You Will Ever Need


1. The Night Time Rescue:

For an overnight treatment you can't go wrong with NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm, the thick texture makes it less wearable during the day (unless you're not planning on wearing any lipsticks or glosses because this is definitely a wear alone product).
I put Reve de Miel on before bed, and if I have been wearing lipstick that day my lips are usually feeling a bit sore by bed time but come morning my lips will always be hydrated and soft after using this - Thank you NUXE, I would 100% kiss you all if it wasn't a) inappropriate and b) would result in chapped lips again.
I am on to my 7th or 8th pot of this now and I can't imagine ever being without it - did I mention that Reve de Miel is filled with loads of natural ingredients? Well... I have now.

2. The Multi Talented:

Dr PAWPAW Original Balm is another balm filled with natural ingredients, one being fermented PawPaw which is supposed to be one of nature's best natural healers, you can get tinted versions that add a nice sheer wash of colour but I've only tried the original* Dr PAWPAW balm which comes out clear.
It has loads of uses too, not just as lip balm, you can use this for cracked heels and elbows, nappy rash, bites and stings, as a makeup or eye primer, moisturiser and as a brow smoother and shaper.
This is definitely a great multi use product and I can imagine a few repurchases of Dr PAWPAW's original balm might be in my future, I can't imagine me buying the tinted versions as it is the multi use factor that really draws me in here (lets be honest, I'm not going to be rubbing a red or peach coloured balm into my eyebrows) but if you've tried the Tinted Dr PAWPAW balms and they're worth a buy do let me know.

The Budget Staple:

Nivea do really good budget balms, my favourite is Milk and Honey although as I was writing this post I couldn't find it for sale online and I'm filled with an all consuming fear that it might be getting discontinued... I'll let you know if I hear more, in the meantime grab one of these if you spot them in shops because it is a lovely balm for an affordable price, I will probably cry and shake my fist at the Nivea stand if this is discontinued, just saying...

Have you used any of these?
What balms have been a total waste of time for you or what balms have you loved? I love getting recommendations or insider tips of which things to avoid!

Rosy xx

*PR Sample
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Best Sales Today - Missguided, Mulberry, Selfridges


Hi Everyone,

Very quick post today but as I've just bought the bits I want I thought I'd share with you some of the things you could save on now.


So very quickly we have: 

Mulberry with an up to 50% off sale, stock flies quickly so be fast if you want something.

Missguided have 30% off shoes that ends tonight with the code SHOE30 - they also have an extra 20% off all sale shoes with the code SHOEGAME 

Selfridges have up to 50% off your favourite brands including makeup, clothes, shoes, bags etc etc.

and for the super flush of us Net-A-Porter also have a 50% off sale going.

Are you getting anything? I've ordered my goodies.

Rosy


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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review


Hi Everyone,

Today's post is a book review of Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky - written during the actual occupation of France in WW2 - Suite Francaise is probably as accurate of a fictional account of the times as you'll get.

Nemirovsky was already a successful writer living in Paris when the war began but sadly for her she was also Jewish which resulted in her tragic death in Auschwitz. This novel remained hidden and unfinished for over 60 years till it was discovered by her daughter.

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Suite Francaise has many many characters which can be hard to get to grips with at times, but before long the reader gets to know them all and their traits. The book covers many angles, love, hate, cowardice, lies, bravery, murder, tragedy and triumph.
I heard about this novel due to the recent film adaptation (I've not yet seen the film but I intend to at some point) and so I naturally assumed this would fall into the Romance genre - wrong. Romance is only a tiny part of this novel, I would say it is more a fascinating look at human behaviour during times of great stress and when facing the unknown.

The fact that this novel remains unfinished is very sad as I'm sure the end result would have been nothing short of amazing but where the story ends we are given real life letters between Nemirovsky's husband and anyone he thought could help in his search for his wife who had been arrested by the Nazis, this is made all the more tragic as we are told the date Irene Nemirovsky died but the letters from her husband continue as he had no idea she was no longer alive, I found this to be such a sad documentation of the ordinary lives ripped apart by war, ironically, throughout the novel, Nemirovsky humanises the Nazi soldiers and almost seems to have a certain empathy for them in some parts yet ended up dying at their hands.

This is definitely worth a read if you are a big book fan, if you are only an occasional reader then this perhaps won't be the book for you because I feel like in order to enjoy this book you have to be hugely into reading and enjoy dipping into various genres.

Hope you enjoyed this review, have you read this book or would you consider it?

Rosy xx
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Friday, 12 June 2015

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion



Hello Everyone,

Today I am showing you some gorgeous luxury I picked up recently from Space NK - the greatly coveted Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion.


Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

Look at it though, even my very manly hubby said 'wow' and wanted a closer look when I showed him the goods (yeah we're still talking about Laura Mercier here not another kind of Indiscretion!)

This was used on me at the Laura Mercier counter in Fenwick's Newcastle at their recent Blogger Event (you can read more about that by clicking the link) and after I examined my newly glowing face in every mirror possible (yeah vanity is a sin I know but the glow people!) I knew it had to be mine.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

How many pictures can I actually get in here before it becomes unacceptable?
I've never had anything that looked this beautiful in the pan.... well maybe this YSL Blush that looks like a flower petal... but I think that's it.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

This gives a beautiful rosy gold highlight that can be subtle or built up to a smack you in the face glow, I can't get over how much I love Laura Mercier Indiscretion and I'm so happy to have it in my collection.
Word of warning - it is limited edition so if you want it get it quick, the Laura Mercier counter girl said Indiscretion had been released before but due to it's popularity they brought it back but she said it was likely to sell out pretty quick - consider yourself warned.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion

What do you think of Indiscretion? Have you got any Laura Mercier recommendations for me?

Rosy
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Pink and Rose Gold Wishlist | Fashion


Hello Everyone!

You may remember a little while ago I posted a Pink and Rose Gold Shoes wishlist, following on from that post I thought I would do a fashion wishlist in the same colours - Pink and Rose Gold.

Pink and Rose Gold Wishlist | Fashion

I have to say that I think my favourite item from this lineup is the jumper dress at number 1, I hope to be picking some of these pieces up this month.

The Lineup:


Hope you're enjoying all the rose gold lust going on Sparkles of Light, there will be more coming soon.

Rosy xx

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Casual Country | Summer Fashion


Hi Everyone,

Another little daily outfit post for you all today, I was having a walk out back of my house and brought the camera with me.

Hope you enjoy the casual look.

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

And then that moment when some sheep photobomb you #countryproblems

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion

Casual Country | Summer Fashion


What I wore:

Welly Boots: Hunter - Similar
Necklace - Vintage

Well that's all for now, hope you enjoyed looking at vast amounts of pictures of me.

Toodles

Rosy xxx

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Topshop Beauty First Impressions


Hello Everyone,

Today we are discussing makeup (shock horror!!!!) Topshop Beauty to be exact.

I seem to be one of the few who haven't tried anything from Topshop's makeup range and so whilst I was browsing the website a week ago I decided to remedy this situation...

*PLEASE NOTE: I took these pics outside and it was windy and bits of the blossom tree kept getting on it all, in the end I decided to roll with it so yes - there are chunks of 'stuff' all over the place.

First thing I noticed is that Topshop were celebrating 5 years of beauty and some some of their most love products were available with a rose gold spin on the packaging (replacing the usual black) so I snapped up a lipstick from the range, I chose 'Rio Rio' which is a bright orange red.

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

First impressions of this lipstick are impressive, the colour swatched just like a mac lipstick and is easy to wear on the lips and even though it is a matte finish it is surprisingly creamy.
The one thing I don't like is the packaging - the style of the tube reminds me of a cigarette when I have the lid on... Just me?

Next up I decided to try one of Topshop's new Contour Creams because I'm all about the contour at the moment.
They have two shades on offer but I opted for the darker shade as reviews online said that the lighter of the two came out really orange whereas the dark brown shade was more a true shadow shade.
This shade is called 'Swerve' FYI
Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

On first impressions this is very dark brown contour, I'm still working on how best to apply this as it was wetter than I would like which gave me a streaky finish but I've only tried it once (hence this being first impressions not a full review) and it was boiling hot outside so the sun might have helped melt it, maybe...
Packaging is cute, I love mirrors in lids and it is a perfect size for easy handbag packing.

Finally I picked up a Cheek Jelly in the shade 'Reign'.
I've been interested in these cheek jelly types after seeing a few USA beauty hauls where people had brought back a cheek jelly from Josie Maran and when someone else has it - I want it! 
Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions

Topshop Beauty First Impressions


First impressions of this are interesting, it feels like a lipgloss, applies sheer with a high shine, I've been using a stippling brush to apply this to the apples of my cheeks but I can't get my head around the idea that it is meant for cheeks and not the lips, would I buy another one? so far the jury is still out but it might be a bit too weird for me.
Packaging is really nice though, a little glass tub always feels so nice to grab in the sea of plastic in my ALEX drawers.

What do you think of Topshop beauty? Have you tried any of the above or have any recommendations?

Rosy xxx



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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches


Hello Everyone,

Today I'm sharing with you a beautiful palette.

The Yves Saint Laurent Couture Variation Palette - AKA The Most Beautiful High End Palette EVER.
Now I know that's a broad claim but I seriously can't get over how beautiful this palette is, I'm normally more a mid range girl palette wise (Urban Decay, MAC, Too Faced etc) but when I walked past this palette on a YSL counter I had to stop and marvel at the beauty... and of course I then had to cover my arm in swatches #beautybloggerproblems.


YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches

Ten beautiful shades of neutral perfection featuring three matte shades and seven shimmer shades in total, which is actually a very generous amount of shades for a high end palette. 

Shade 1: Cream Matte
Shade 2: Peach Shimmer 
Shade 3: Icy Pink Shimmer
Shade 4: Sandy Green Shimmer
Shade 5: Sand Shimmer
Shade 6: Mauve Shimmer
Shade 7: Apricot Shimmer 
Shade 8: Red/ Brown Matte
Shade 9: Taupe Shimmer
Shade 10: Coffee Matte

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches

The swatches above are a single sweep without primer, they appear quite sheer but are all easily built up on the eye to get a nice colour payoff.

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches


The Palette, comes with a little double sided brush that is actually alright in terms of palette brushes - I was able to use it to create a look but of course I prefer my usual Real Technique brushes to get a more precise look.

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches


Finally lets discuss price, this palette is for sale on Feel Unique for £49.00 which may seem steep but this is a very high end palette, YSL is one of the more expensive brands out there but if you take into account that the usual 6 colour palettes retail at around £42.50 you're getting a whole four more shades for an extra £6.50... also, feel unique is the best place to buy a palette like this I think because they often have 10% off all beauty weekends and there's also a lot of discount codes floating around online too.

YSL Couture Variation Palette Review and Swatches


Have you tried this palette out? Gorgeous packaging don't you think?

Rosy xxx



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