Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Because You Know I'm All About That Base

Hello Everyone,

Today we are discussing bases - my top three liquid foundations right now to be exact - I say right now because lets be real, I buy a lot of makeup, one day there may be a new fella in this line up but for now here are my current favourite girlies.

YSL le teint touche eclat, bourjois healthy mix serum, illamasqua skinbase

So here are my three leading ladies in the foundation world.

1. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation - Aka The Emma Watson - She is classy and trustworthy with an air of luxury. Finish is youthful and dewy but much in the same way I wouldn't take Emma Watson with me if I needed someone to have my back in a handbags at dawn incident, this YSL beauty doesn't handle the hardcore well either, the sheer finish is lovely if you only need a light coverage but on bad skin days or for acne prone skin this might not be the lady for you.

2. Illamasqua Skinbase - Aka The Helen Flanagan - She is gorgeous in pictures (This is my most used Instagram base FYI) consistently flawless and pretty. This is one foundation that will cover everything but just like Helen, in real life the cracks start to show (if you watched her losing her shizz on I'm a Celebrity you'll know what I mean). This foundation sinks into my fine lines like a mofo, suddenly I have a beautiful complexion with major wrinkles, this will be perfect for teenagers or those with no lines or wrinkles because it really is lovely and just like my love for Helen Flanagan, I can't quite let it go.

3. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation - Aka The Sheridan Smith - She is the perfect all rounder and fits any occasion, you feel you could take her to a classy establishment for a nice afternoon tea or to a handbags at dawn incident (See Emma Watson above) and be safe in the knowledge that you're covered (That's good skin days and breakout days to us makeup fans) the only let down is that the shade range is pretty poor but if you can make one of the three shades (yes only three) work then this is the way to go.

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know who your leading ladies are below.


Friday, 24 July 2015

The Heel Debate | Judgmental Hate

Hello Everyone,

Today's post is going to be a little different to our usual chat on here but I came across a webpage whilst browsing for shoes lately that caused me to feel a bit of rage... Ok a lot of rage.

Before we get into it, let me start with a bit of background information, we as women know the amount of stick and unfair slander based on our looks, weight, hair, intelligence, make up choices, life choices, sexual experience or lack of...

A couple of examples of this (Should your mind need refreshing) can be seen below:

All of these are just a fragment of the daily judgments we face, I for one am fed up of comments on my weight, look, makeup, clothing choices etc and the list goes on and on and on and,+ I know I'm not alone, especially when people find out I'm a blogger (weird, online geek, what does it even mean) to when they find out what my blog is about I'm suddenly less of a person, I'm one of 'them' but hey, that's fine I enjoy it (Even if one ex friend did say to me "Oh well I'm lucky I don't have to wear makeup but you do need a bit more than me for those eye bags" thanks bitch (note the ex friend bit)

But suddenly, whilst innocently drooling over Valentino heels I'll never be able to afford, I was searching all the shoe sites in the world to try and satisfy my growing shoe lust when this happened...

I was actually shocked, like mouth open "What the hell is wrong wit these people" shocked, the comments were mostly in agreement, anyone who dared disagree was quickly shot down, the daily mail links (if you're wondering) lead to pictures of drunk women in the street and pictures of Kate Middleton sitting down, doing royal things, wearing shoes... as you do when you're out doing royal things.

I have taken the liberty of removing the site same and the user names of these opinionated individuals and I hate to tell you all (but I'm sure you guessed as much) that the comments continued, they even went down the road of discussing the towns and cities of the UK with the most sordid women of all (one being my hometown).

I would like to put out there that I wear heels for me, not to appear sexy or lure men in, especially not the types of men who think wearing a heel makes me 'Slutty' although the idea of being Slutty in itself is an insult because it is yet another hate label that we could do without but that's a whole other post.

Fashion is a form of expression, if a pair of shoes makes you feel confident and happy then girl, you wear those heels, if you want to wear a short dress then you go and you wear that dress, if you're happy in trainers then buy those trainers, shoes don't define you as a person, shoes don't mean you're sending 'come-hither' messages to misogynistic men and shoes don't mean you lack class, what really does lack class is going into a public forum to spout ridiculous theories centered around your own personal prejudices and ill formed opinions, it would be far too easy for me to get involved with a bit of mud slinging here, call these men out and distribute a few insults of my own and I'm sure you all could too, but come on ladies, we all have way more style.

What are your opinions of this? And also... Any good shoe websites I might be missing out on?

Rosy xx


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pink and Rose Gold Wishlist | Accessories

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm back on the Pinks and Rose Gold wishlists this time with some drool worthy accessories for you,

If you've missed my previous Rose Gold lust-lists there has been a Shoes and a Fashion version prior to this but I thought I'd throw in an accessories post so everything you own and wear can be rose gold HURRAY (Side note, probably don't wear everything Rose Gold all at once or you might look a bit dememted... Unless you're a huge celebrity then aint nobody gonna mention it)

Without further ado here we go:

Pink and Rose Gold Wishlist | Accessories

1. Olivia Burton Rose Gold Watch

2. Asos Zip Top City Bag

3. Ted Baker Sirene Sleek Bow Cuff Bracelet

4. Monya Vintage Style Clip Clutch

5. Asos Ombre Watch

6. Asos Open Leaf Cuff Bracelet

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Updated Thoughts on The Magnitone Lucid

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm re-visiting a gadget I mentioned two months back, the Magnitone Lucid.

I promised in my first impressions post (That you can read by clicking this link) that I would update you all when I had been using the Magnitone Lucid for a longer period of time, well the time has come my friends, the time has come.

Updated thoughts on the magnitone lucid

So rewind back two months, I was suffering badly with the mother of all break outs, I occasionally get the odd spot but this was something else, this was terrible, I couldn't get the spots to go and no matter how much I cut sugar out of my diet, drank shed loads of water, washed my brushes and cleansed like my life depended on it, nothing cleared the break out (which was caused by L'oreal FYI - more on that in an upcoming post) so when I was offered the chance to try out a Magnitone Lucid I was excited to see if my skin could be saved.

As I said in my previous post, using the Lucid feels nothing like you might expect, I envisioned my face being sanded into oblivion but it actually feels really relaxing once you get used to the idea of using a rotating brush head on your face, there's a sensitive settle or a normal setting, it is recommended you start with the sensitive setting while your skin gets used to using the Magnitone Lucid and then you can move on to the normal setting within a week or so - which I did.

I use mine with my Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm (if you click this link it leads back to an old review I wrote about the Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm and the picture quality is so bad but hey, I was a beginner) and found that using both together was a dream team, needless to say, my face is fixed, my spots are a thing of the past and my face is way way more glowy and healthy looking.

This means I can wear less makeup and while I have a couple of under the skin bumps as I always have done, I no longer need to be using concealer like it's going out of fashion. (Also the above picture features a wig that's not my hair... again it's for an upcoming post so keep your eyes peeled)

I'm so happy with the Magnitone Lucid and can't recommend it enough, now that my skin has gone back to normal I am only using the Lucid on days where I've had makeup on, the non makeup days (which are now possible again thank you Magnitone) I am back to using a warm muslin cloth and I'm back to being a happy camper (minus my eye bags and wrinkles due to my never sleeping toddler but in the words of Jaws "We're gonna need a bigger boat" to solve that.)

Have you used the Magnitone Lucid? What are your skin saviors?

Rosy xx


Monday, 13 July 2015

Gone Girl Book vs Gone Girl Movie

Hello Everyone!

Today we will be talking about Gone Girl, now I know everyone has read this or seen the film but as usual I caught on to the hype behind everyone else (I have a huge selection of books to be read and I buy more each month so I just randomly select from the pile, Gone Girl sat in that pile for an eternity)

Review gone girl

Finally I sat down and opened Gone Girl only to find myself hooked from the first chapter. Yes I know it is totally cliché but it was seriously one of the best books I have read in a long time (note to self - buy more books by Gillian Flynn)

I'll try not to insert spoilers so that if you are thinking of reading the book you still can but basically I sat and hardly moved till I had read the book cover to cover, then the day I finished reading Gone Girl I went and bought the movie, here's my thoughts.

For being the same story there are a lot of crucial differences in the film compared to the original book, some of these surely have to be done in order to ensure that the film isn't 7 hours long but for me I found some of the cuts missed out massive chunks of the story or at worst, they made the movie less believable than the book (the Amy and Desi scene anyone?)

Gone Girl the book spends time building up a complex story, drawing you further and further in and when the twist hits halfway through, it is a gasp out loud moment, an edge of the seat moment, the moment you know you probably wont be moving from your reading chair anytime soon. In the Gone Girl movie, the moment is more "Oh, right.... so...." Less shocking, less monumental and less compelling.
Several main characters have been chopped out including Tanner's wife, Tanner himself has managed to change race during the shift from paper to blu ray which was a bit odd, Hilary Handy is never discussed which is a shame as it gave insight to Amy's young teenage mind.
Plot thickeners have also been binned such as the moment the police discover a helluva lorra violent porn belonging to Nick, Amy's treasure hunt has been cut (apparently Hannibal doesn't factor into the Gone Girl Movie) and no one bites Nick in the face (hives my arse!)

Overall I think I would have enjoyed the movie more if I hadn't read the book but if you're only going to do one or the other, opt for the book - it is just too good to miss.

Have you read Gone Girl? Watched the movie? Both? What were your thoughts?

Bye for now,

Rosy xxx


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Another Blog Sale!

Hello Everyone,

So I've been cleaning out again (aka scrimping for more money to buy american beauty products next month) so I've made another little blog sale here.


  • Postage is £2.80
  • Payments are to be made by Paypal
  • Contact me by email if you want anything (sparklesoflight76@gmail.com) 
  • Once you've asked for something, you have 24 hours to pay for it or it'll have to go to the next person.
  • My email is not my paypal so don't get carried away and start trying to pay before I've sent details (This has happened twice before)
Now that's out the way, lets crack on :)

Diptyque Eau De Lierre - 100ml used four times - £25 (My toddler has been at the back of the box with a blue eyeliner so there's marks on the box but not the bottle)
Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist 'Sheer Amber' Limited Edition 250ml. Used once £10

Tarte Coral Crush Cheek and Eye palette - used a couple of times - £23.50
Urban Decay Smoked Palette - used a couple of times (missing the eyeliner) £10
Stila in the Garden Palette - Used 3x £10

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation shade b30 - Used a handful of times £10 SOLD
MAC Strobe Liquid - Around 1/4 gone £5.50 SOLD
L'oreal True Match foundation shade Vanilla - Used a couple of times £3.00

NARS Adult Content Cheek Palette - used twice £13.50 SOLD
MAC Alluring Aquatic Bronze Powder in Golden used once - £13.50 SOLD
L'oreal Rose Boudoir Illuminating powder - swatched once -£2

MAC Chatterbox, used 3-4 times £5
MAC Pink Pearl Pop used a fair few times £5.50 SOLD
YSL Glossy Lip Stain used once shade '5' - £8
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick - shade extatique, used once - £8
Topshop Matte Lips shade Rio Rio - Brand New in box £4

NARS 'The Happening' Eye and Cheek Palette, used £11.50 SOLD
Wet n Wild I Heart Matte Palette, used once or twice £4

Origins GinZing eye cream - half gone - £3  SOLD
L'oreal Volume Million Lashes glitter top coat, New £3
MAC Paintpot in indianwood used three times £5.50  SOLD
MAC Stars and Rockets Eyeshadow, swatched £5
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Wicked, (Pink) used twice £5
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Obsidian (Black) brand new - £5


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Stila 'In The Garden' Palette | Review and Swatches

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm showing you a palette I recently picked up, the In The Garden palette by Stila, This was my first foray into Stila beauty so I was pretty intrigued and lets be real - I have a palette addiction so I couldn't resit adding to my obsessive collection.

Stila 'In The Garden' Palette | Review and Swatches

Stila 'In The Garden' Palette | Review and Swatches

I love the garden theme, I'm all about themes, when you have as many palettes as I do you sometimes need a little marketing gimmick to make you spend your hard earned pennies.

The colour range in the 'In The Garden' palette is pretty decent with a mix of neutrals and a couple of bolder shades thrown into the mix (Juniper, Freesia and Rosette) but I personally feel like there should have been a couple more vibrant shades to really give the feel of being 'In The Garden' such as a bright yellow (maybe called Buttercup) but hey, I'm not the one on the design team (but I totally should be right? You can hire me next time Stila)

Stila 'In The Garden' Palette | Review and Swatches

Stila 'In The Garden' Palette | Review and Swatches

Swatch wise these all showed up up pretty nicely, the below swatches are without primer and with only one sweep. I have to say again that 'Rosette' (The purple shade) looks a little off... I would have expected a little bit more 'je ne sais quois' but whatever it is... it feels like it is lacking, other swatches online made this look super vibrant and pretty but I can't get it to do that... Maybe I picked up a bad batch?

Stila 'In The Garden' Palette | Review and Swatches

The rest of the shades from Stila In The Garden seem pretty nice, I especially like the light green and the gold. 
I love the theme as I already mentioned, I'm very into nature style branding (for example when Illamasqua released their Reflections Palette I lost my mind, read the review here but mind the bad pictures, it was one of the first posts I ever wrote) so the idea of a garden palette gets a yes from me (Simon Cowell style) Just a shame I can't get my colours to show up like others seem to...

Have you tried Stila In The Garden? Did your swatches turn out right?

Have you got any further Stila recommendations for me?

Bye for Now, 
Rosy xx


Thursday, 2 July 2015

British Summer Problems

Hello Everyone,

Today's post is a little something different, I thought we could discuss the problems we Brits face once summer comes around.

  1. Summer doesn't come. You know the drill, Christmas passes and our thoughts start turning to the warmer months that will lie ahead, spring will arrive soon followed swiftly by summer, we go on ASOS and buy all the kimonos and strappy dresses, we buy the sandals and the summer themed lipsticks (Vegas Volt anyone?) Paint our nails mint green or cornflower blue and we wait... No - RAIN.
  2. Summer plays a trick on you, one day you're happily accepting that the UK sucks hairy bum because we will never see a ray, you're thinking of moving to Spain then BOOM heatwave, overnight it goes from North Pole to St Lucia, the kimono isn't ready, you aren't ready! You've only had 6 months to prepare for this day, you go out, you burn... You're back on the UK sucks hairy bum and complaining that the heat is too much and when will Autumn come?
  3. People lose their minds over a cloud moving. You see it, the sun shines through the window, there's still no leaves on the trees but it must mean summer right? Suddenly everyone is outside in crop tops and shorts... Catching hypothermia.
  4. When the sun finally does make a warm appearance, everyone seems to forget their SPF and for the next few weeks we are surrounded by the lobster crew, everyone burning themselves to crisp - forget the cancer my friends - this might go brown!
  5. Sun makes the news, it says something about the UK as a nation when every single summer the news starts to remind us that it is summer! National news warns you that for this rare couple of weeks coming you will be warm! We have to be reminded daily to drink water, not burn ourselves, stay out of direct sun... basically we need to be told how not to die by the news. Excellent.
Hope you could relate to this tongue in cheek post.

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