Friday, 27 June 2014

Makeup Revolution Haul

Hello Everyone!

Today is a rather predictable Makeup Revolution haul, I say predictable because almost all the blogs I read at the moment are featuring this brand and I finally jumped on the bandwagon and made a couple of purchases, however, rather than gathering the 'iconic' palettes that are dead ringers for the Urban Decay Naked palettes, I decided that I would opt for something entirely different - afterall, I already have the Naked palettes and do buying dupes would be a bit superfluous.

I know what you're thinking, wow.... Bright. Yes they are bright, no they're definitely not everyday wear, but they certainly are one thing, fun!

Makeup Revolution - for those of you who don't know - is a new budget beauty brand with prices starting at £1 for a lipstick - pretty amazing! It is everything another budget beauty brand with similar pricing (naming no names here) should have been.
Pigmentation is amazing, product performance is really good in the products I have tried and I have to say I'm pretty excited about this brand. So here's a more in depth show of the items I picked up.

This palette called my name, I don't have anything as bright as this, I have a couple of singles from Illamasqua that are bright and cheerful but not a full palette.
As you an see from the swatches, pigmentation is pretty fantastic, I have created a few eye looks with this palette (another post will be coming) and I can say that they perform well and blend together easily. I love this palette.
You can pick up the Acid Brights palette here for £4.

Next up I wanted to try a blusher from the range, blushers excite me, I am addicted and so it seemed only right that I should try one priced at just £1.
I have tried a similar priced blush from a similar budget brand and was disappointed by the lack of colour payoff and the texture and so I didn't hold high hopes, I was wrong - pigmentation is amazing! And wear time was pretty much all day, I will definitely be picking up more from the range.
The colour I bought is called (rather fittingly) 'Wow' and you can grab it from the Powder Blush section by clicking the link.

Finally I snapped up two lipsticks at £1 each in the colours 'Immoral' and 'Crime'.
Now I know these aren't lipsticks you can wear out, but at £1 a go I couldn't resist and they will be perfect for parties or creating fun looks. The blue went on easier and more opaque than the yellow but for £1 each, these amazed me too. You can grab these lipsticks from the Limited Edition Scandalous Collection here.

So what do you think?
Personally I'm blown away by the quality and price and I can't wait to try more from the range.

Toodles for now xxx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Life Update - Return to Blogging

Hello Everyone!

Sparkles of Light has been a bit empty of late, sometimes life takes over and - before you know it - weeks have gone by!
I am going to return to working hard on my blog again (despite STILL not having internet) and I have a few exciting posts in the pipeline, but first, here's a little update as to what I've been up to whilst away from the internet world.

Firstly, the main reason I've been MIA, I have moved house, not just a little move but I've moved hundreds of miles from my last home, this is my 3rd house in a year! But this one is mine, mortgage and all so I have been getting all my stuff in, sorting out what I don't want to keep anymore (I've downsized from a 3 floor house to a 2 bedroom teeny cottage) so that has taken a LOT of work.

Secondly has been the decorating - I've been wearing a uniform of grubby clothes, paint and wallpaper paste, and don't even get me started on the perils of fitting a carpet! Next time I think ill just pay the extra pennies and let the professionals fit it, especially on the staircase.

Thirdly I have been sight seeing. Having moved from the city to the countryside there have been loads of new sights to see, from castles to hills and seaside to farms there have been many days out.

Finally there has been a mix of learning to garden, looking after my little one, complaining about the lack of internet, complaining about the lack of mobile signal, complaining that my bigger dog insists on seeing bees as intruders and eating them! But mainly it has been a labour of love and continues to be so as there is still so much to do and I can't see me getting it all finished anytime soon but I am excited to carry on.

So to any of you that made it to the end of this post, I hope you enjoyed this little life update and I am looking forward to getting back into posting.

Toodles xxx


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Supporting British Business - Chain Bridge Honey

Hello Everyone!

Today we are talking about honey... Or to be more precise, a honey based lip balm.

Since Reve de Meil has been exploding all over the blogger community I have been on the lookout for more honey related products.

Enter Chain Bridge Honey Farm - Honey and Beeswax Lavender Lip Balm..
That's quite the mouthful! However, despite the long name this is certainly a product to try. The lip balms from Chain Bridge come in a couple of flavours that you can see on the Chain Bridge Website but I picked up the Lavender flavour as I'm obsessed with the smell.
All chain bridge lip balms are natural products and come in a little glass jar with a pretty vintage style label.

Being a lover of natural beauty I was eager to give this a try, and I can safely say I wasn't disappointed, the formula is thick and nourishing (much like Reve de Miel) and can be layered on thick for an overnight treatment or applied sparingly during the day.
If you are a lip licker (I'm not but sometimes I catch a taste of whatever balm I have on) the taste is sweet and pleasant.
The price point is amazing £3.25 is an absolute steal for such a high quality lip balm.

Overall I have to say I can't recommend this product enough and extra brownie points for supporting a British business and for me, a local business.

I hope you enjoyed this little review today, what are your favourite local businesses?

Toodles xxx
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