Saturday, 30 July 2016

Having My Hair Cut Off For The Little Princess Trust | Before and After

Hello Everyone,

Today we are talking about my hair, now although this sounds like a terrible self indulgent post I can assure you, this is something a bit different.

For years and years I've had long hair, it's kind of been my trademark and I was very pleased with my long, healthy, waist length locks... But all that changed.

I saw a short section on TV about The Little Princess Trust , a charity launched in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee who unfortunately lost her battle with cancer in 2005.
Hannah found losing her hair particularly upsetting during her brave battle with cancer and this led to the idea of a charity that could provide beautiful, real hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

The Little Princess Trust takes hair donations (the guidelines are on the website) and you can also take part in fundraising.

So without further ado, here's my before pictures:

As you can see, my hair was down to my waist and was in pretty good condition.

If you're ever in Newcastle, House of Savannah is a brilliant place to have your hair cut, I was lucky enough to be looked after by Martin (Who styled my hair) and Lauren (who added a little bit of a blonde balayage highlight throughout my hair) and this is the finished result:

A pretty big change for me.

So if you have #HairToSpare give a thought to The Little Princess Trust before your next haircut as the hair you're about the throw away could make a huge difference to a little boy or girl somewhere.

Hope you enjoyed this post,

If you've had your hair donated I'd love to hear about it!

Rosy xx

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Top 5 Truths About Driving

Hello Everyone,

As promised after my last post where I pretty much went Christina Aguilera in Fighter (which you can read here) I'm returning with a lighter post today, one not so emo as my last attempt at honesty (although I always loved that emo hair and dark makeup but I'm waaayyyy to old to carry that off).

Without further ado I bring you:

5 Truths About Driving

Driving can be absolutely fantastic, windows down, wind in your hair and the open horizon ahead... but sometimes shit gets real problems can arise and these are some of the moments I'm not entirely proud of but I know others can relate.

1. Road Rage:

You surely know the moment when you've been minding your sweet business and some tosser in a 4x4 pulls up behind your car flashing his lights and gesticulating like a madman for you to speed the hell up...

Dude its a 60, I'm doing 60, I'm not getting points on my licence for your aggressive self to get ahead by two cars.

The moment that he passes and gives you the finger, oh girl it's on! Picture Liam Neeson in Taken:

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a car chase I can tell you I don't have the balls, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you say sorry now that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you and I will OVERTAKE you."

2. Car Parks:

That moment when you've secured a coveted spot near the front of the shopping center, it's time to leave and head off home, but first, you have a tonne of take away sushi to devour whilst catching up on the emails, whatsapps, texts, comments and Instagramming you missed while you were incommunicado in H&M's sale rail, where better to do it that from inside your car so you can eat without being watched (is it just me that this is a thing for?) and then casually leave once you're full of Japanese Food.
Apart from there's another dude in a bigger and flashier car than yours indicating for your spot and tooting his horn... Fella I finished my sushi 14 minutes ago but I will literally sit here till I expire if it means you wont get this spot.

3. Speed Cameras:

On a 60 road, doing 60, spot that yellow box of fear and immediately drop to 40 driving by all smug like "The POPO Can't Handle Me".

4. Obstacles:

Maybe not a problem in cities or other countries but in the British countryside, no one wants to take action, everyone is far too... well, British!

There's an abandoned tractor that has turned this country lane into a single track road, two cars approach at the same time, now the highway code does state that if the obstacle is on your side of the road then the other side has right of way... not in the countryside (unless it's another 4x4 because those drivers literally give zero effs), no, here in the country we all pull over and flash our lights at one another to indicate the other may go.

After 45 years one of you will eventually take the plunge and go and as you pass you'll both wave and smile at one another like you've just received their last Rolo (other chocolate based sweets are available).

5. The Murderers:

Driving along a dark road listening to an old 'Now' album when he comes flying the other way, the moron with the main beams on, dazzled you try and flash your lights to let them know they're about to see you finished off, they take not one scrap of notice and you fly off the road, over a cliff and burst into flames.

*Dramatisation - May Not Have Happened*

I hope you enjoyed this post and can relate to some of these points (and if you're a 4x4 driver, no actual shade thrown here, it's all tongue in cheek).

What are your driving truths?

See you all soon,

Rosy xx


How To Make The Best of Good Weather | Sponsored

Hello Everyone,

A little sponsored Guest Post Today from Love Picnics, read on and enjoy and I'll see you in my next post.

Rosy xx

It seems we would ask how do you make the best out of a bad weather day; but, many people are skipping out on the great weather, sunshine, and perfect outdoor weather days as well. So, consider a few of these great activities, so you can make the most out of the great, warm weather while it lasts. 

Picnics, outdoor bbq, a pool party or beach day. How about doing a little bit of everything. With the warm sunshine, and mild temperatures, you can take in the great weather, get a great tan, and really enjoy the quaint outdoor weather which you don't get to enjoy a majority of the year round in the UK. If you do not have a picnic basket then there are multiple online sites which offer picnic baskets as well as those which compare the best picnic baskets

Consider outdoor sports. If you like hiking, if you like backpacking, or if you want to enjoy fun sports with friends, you can do so. Take the time to get outside, to remain active, and to get in shape while doing so. Not only that, you can really accentuate those tan lines with the nice sunshine outside. 

Consider water sports. Jet skis, kayaks, parasailing, are all fun activities you can enjoy while the weather is great. And, even if you don't have experience or have never tried these activities, you can join clubs, or visit local sports parks, which offer training and guidance for you to learn how to do these things. 

Horseback riding, an outdoor hike, and other great outdoor activities are all fun to enjoy; but, they are even better when the weather is nice and shiny outside. With great weather, you have to make the most out of the limited time it is present. These are just a few of the many ways to take in the sunshine, warm weather days, and remain active, all while having a great time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Why I Don't Give a Damn and You Shouldn't Either

Hello Everyone,

Today's post is going to be a very personal one which is rare on Sparkles of Light because I like to keep things light, fluffy and cheery but sometimes we all need a bit of truth, if you're not good with that then I'll see you in my next post, for the rest of you - grab a cup of tea and sit back, it's going to be a bit of a rant.

This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while but it just never seems to be the right time, however, yesterday in my local shops I heard something that made me think it is about time I had my say on an issue very important to me.

As I was browsing the aisles in Asda I heard a woman shout at a store assistant that she was 'Bloody Uselss', the poor girl only looked about 17 and she went bright red and it got me thinking of my own life and experiences... (Get ready, we're about to get deep)

Growing up I had a bit of a tough time, yeah I know we all do and I'm not going to go into it here but I've experienced some things that showed me a glimpse of hell, I was that shy kid, teen and young adult who took abuse a lot, I even believed that I deserved it for a long time and that I was worth nothing other than my life was then.

I was constantly led to believe I was disgusting, I wouldn't amount to anything and I was a terrible person who deserved everything she got.

Maybe one day I'll discuss some of that, maybe not, but I remember the day I realised it didn't have to be this way, I was important and I was my own person and I didn't have to sit there absorbing what boiled down to other people's shit negativity.

I left, and I've been leaving ever since, moving around the globe till I have found what I'm looking for, my dream home and my perfect family, sure it's been hard, doing a complete 180 and running off into the unknown is scary as feck but really, nothing was more scary to me than staying where I was, surrounded by my own hell and the people who helped make it that way and whilst I'm not suggesting you do anything as drastic as I did, (moving a thousand miles away and starting over) just think about your lives, are there poisonous people in it? You don't deserve anything other than happiness and sometimes you have to make your own.

Maybe I'm not rich and famous, maybe I'm not an area manager in some large corporation but I have achieved success in my own way.

I've seen rock bottom and I've danced with the stars, I've known true love and I've looked into the eyes of hatred, I've ran through the streets of Paris, I've stood on top of a mountain in the rain, I've lived abroad, I've traveled to Prague alone on a whim, I've met people from many nations, I've seen brand new life and I've said goodbye to people I love,  I've driven to Bruges for some chocolate, I've been in countries that no one in the world knew I was in at the time, I've had Guinness in Dublin and I've had fresh cheeses in Holland, I've had a truck of fire people out to my house because wasps had taken residency in my attic and apparently that's now they roll in Germany, I've dipped my feet in glacial waters in Austria and I've won hundreds of dollars in Vegas but most importantly of all, I've survived and I'm happy.

So to everyone who said I wouldn't make it, to everyone who physically hurt me because they thought they could, to everyone who refused to help when I needed it, This is to you.


Because I've made it and to anyone reading this going through a tough time, I feel you and it will get better, you just have to believe in your self worth and don't give a damn what anyone has to say.

So if you made it to the end, well done and I'll be back to light and fluffy next time.

Rosy xx


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Summer Days and Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Hello Everyone,

Today we are talking about the latest book I've read: Summer Days and Summer Nights - Edited by Stephanie Perkins.

I was sent Summer Days and Summer Nights by the publishers and I was really excited to get stuck in, I had seen pictures of this book floating around on social media, and, after being initially captivated by the stunning cover, I scoured the net to find out what this little beauty was about.

Summer Days and Summer Nights is a collection of twelve romantic short stories from some of the most talented YA authors around at the moment.

I haven't read a lot of the romance genre and I haven't read a lot of short story collections but there was something about this book that pulled me in and I'm so glad it did.

The main reason I've not read a lot of short story collections is that I'm worried the stories won't stick with me, I sometimes find that very short stories tend to slip my memory in much the same way as a magazine article does, and, whilst I really enjoy them at the time, a month or two down the line I feel like I would struggle to describe the individual stories to another person without simply settling for "it was really good" but with Summer Days and Summer Nights I didn't have this problem because each story is relatively long and detailed (some are around 50 pages long) and this gives you time to really get familiar with the writing style of each author and also to invest emotionally with the characters for the duration of their tale.
There is a good range of romantic episodes within this collection from same sex to opposite sex, fantasy and with tales so soaked in sadness or humour, it is fair to say that Summer Days and Summer Nights is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster in a brilliant way.
I think this will be perfect for most readers, the short story element means you can dip in and out with ease if you're busy or if you're not one for spending all day with your head in a book, the broad range of characters means you're bound to discover someone you relate to and the YA genre makes each story an easy and relaxing read.

Not to mention the stunning design of the book with the sun soaked edges and sky blue cover this really is a beautiful book inside and out.

Do you like short stories?

Will you be picking up Summer Days and Summer Nights?

Rosy xx


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Car Makeup? | Collistar Ti Amo 500 Strobing

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm sharing with you an unusual find - makeup with a car theme.

Now I know what you're thinking, there's probably many thoughts we both share here, such as "Why? How? What?" Well my friends, I'm about to tell you.

Collistar are an Italian skincare and makeup brand that have recently hit our shores with their often quirky makeup packaging and luxe look skincare items. One part of their impressively sized collection that intrigued me was this strobing mini makeup palette because of three main reasons:

  1. I've never heard of Collistar and so I've not read any reviews or seen this product before.
  2. The pink colour pulled me in because I'm so basic.
  3. It was in collaboration with car brand Fiat and that is unusual enough to warrant a purchase. 

So was it worth the spends? I picked the Collistar Ti Amo 500 Strobing Look in Pink from Feel Unique on a whim (yeah it's been a while since I did that) but I've been pleasantly surprised, I've been enjoying using this as a one palette day look but it also works really well swirled together for a pretty highlighting blush.


Overall I'm pretty pleased I picked this up, it is definitely an item for a makeup collector like me :)

Have you tried anything from Collistar?

Are you likely to try the Collistar Ti Amo 500 Strobing Look in Pink anytime soon?

Rosy xx


Monday, 4 July 2016

Top 5 British Problems

Hello Everyone,

The world has been very serious lately, Britain has been rocked by controversy as half the country seems to be fighting the other half all in the name of politics and whilst I have been watching and listening to it all and taking a great interest in where we are heading next as a nation, I sometimes feel a little bit of light relief is needed.

Being British can be funny at times, we have many customs and rituals that just become part of our daily lives and even if these don't quite apply to you, I bet you know someone who each of these five points could have been written about.

1. Casual Violence:

Being a Brit can often mean you have a bizarre taste for violence to the point that a bit of casual violence becomes comedic which could make an outsider struggle to enjoy our humour. If you don't believe me then I urge you to watch an American Sit-Com then immediately watch a British Sit-Com, stateside comedies often focus on things going wrong for laughs whereas in Britain we tend to have a good sarcastic remark or a casual kick up the backside or wayward punch to the face.
My Grandma once hit my Uncle with a frying pan for being rude... an actual pan, far from being horrified my family have enjoyed this anecdote for the past 35 years, I wasn't even born but I'm expected to remember this glorious moment in time.

Ah, remember that time Grandma hit your Uncle with a Frying pan?
Good Times.

2. Cups of Tea

Is there nothing a good cuppa can't solve? No matter what catastrophe life has propelled into your day, there's a good cup of Twinings waiting to help you through.
There's also 'those' people who you considered friends till you turn up at their house with a broken heart and they offer you a cup of tea and bring you a chamomile...

What the eff is this Shelly, did you not hear I've been dumped?! 

Tea really can solve most problems I think, at least for five minutes.


Barbara: Ok love, I'll pop the kettle on before they get here.

3. Weather:

We brits are obsessed with weather, this is probably because we barely see any other weather than rain. I live in Scotland and I've probably seen the sun twice in my life - No really.
Anyway, people seem to think that a sunny day means any terrible event will be rectified by some sun rays because "it's a lovely day for it". The amount of times I've heard this said to someone in crisis is unreal.

Mavis: Oh hello Billy love, how you keeping?

Billy: Well Mavis, not so good, my Aunt was eaten by a pack of 
stray dogs today then my car was stolen so I couldn't
go help the family, whilst I was searching for the car
I was late for work and my boss fired me because
I'm still on my 3 months probation so I had to
walk back for the bus and a seagull shat on my head.

Mavis: Oh Billy love that's really terrible, still, least 
it's a lovely day for it isn't it.

Failing sunshine she would have offered Billy a cuppa.

4. We Love Bad Luck:

If something fantastic happens to us we generally won't tell anyone because we don't want to appear like we are showing off, this often means we have to downplay our good fortune in order to fit into social norms but if something bad occurs we can tell everyone and expect a sympathetic ear, a counteracting tale of equal woe, and, if you're really lucky, you might get a chocolate digestive out of it.

Sally: I'm so depressed, I dropped my iphone into the loo today.

Rita: I did that last week, I even flushed!

Paul: I did it too but when I flushed it actually went down, £600 
plumber bill that was.

Kevin: Well I just came into some money so I'm feeling pretty chipper.

All: ..... Tosser.

5. Perpetual Politeness:

That weird and overwhelming urge to not cause offense is the fuel that keeps many British people going, no matter what goes down, one must remain dignified and pleasant at all times even when you're internally on fire with rage and displeasure.

Meredith at the hair salon: I'd just like a quick trim and maybe a fringe put in?

Hair Stylist: Of course no problem

******Some Time Later******

Hair Stylist: There, finished. What do you think?

****Meredith's long blonde hair is now pink, there's bald patches and scalp burns.****

Meredith: Thank you, it's great

Hair Stylist: It took a bit longer and I had to use more product than I originally
planned so it'll be £450 at the till.

Meredith: Thank you so much, bye bye.

Meredith pays and leaves a tip.

We just can't complain like other nationalities, it almost seems rude to complain even if you've been seriously duped.
Personal anecdote again, when I was in labour and waiting to be moved into the delivery ward I was sat in a chair in agony... a woman came and accidentally sat on me, yes she sat ON me, did I say anything? No, I sat there contracting till the woman realised her mistake and moved on, one mustn't complain now.

There we go, I hope you can relate to some or all of these points, what do you think are British problems?

Rosy xx
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