Monday, 25 February 2019

Lavera Brilliant Care Lipsticks

* Post Contains Gifted Items

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m back to talk to talk about a brand I recently discovered - Lavera, and in particular, their brilliant care lipsticks.

As a lot of you will know and be able to relate to, natural and cruelty free products are big news right now, as consumers we have started to have our eyes opened to the less than savoury practices undertaken by a lot of our favourite brands in the interests of lining their pockets rather than taking a more moral stand. This has eventually led to a lot of us demanding more from our makeup and skincare in the form of better ingredients and no harm to bunnies (or any other poor creature that spends its life being a test pot for chemical reactions).

On my quest for feel good products I was kindly introduced to Lavera, a brand that is known for being friends of the animals and the planet and so that makes them my friend too. I was sent three of their ‘Brilliant Care’ lipsticks to test out from their new collection containing a total of four lipsticks. What makes this collection so interesting is that they contain Q10 which is a well known, anti-ageing ingredient usually seen in skincare and as lips are one of the first places we start seeing ageing signs, this comes as a welcome treat.

Each lipstick retails at £12.90 and comes with the assurance that they’re paraben free, certified natural and, of course, cruelty free.

Each colour delivers a pretty, sheer coverage for a natural look. All three colours that I’ve been testing are easy wearing and feel comfortable on the lips thanks to the ingredients including a blend of moisturing, natural ingredients including Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe Vera.

I’ve been wearing nothing else but these lipsticks for the past couple of weeks as I wanted to really put them to the test, I have pretty sensitive skin around my mouth and have had reactions from several leading brands in the past (I’m talking itching, burning and a red rash that looks as if I’ve been getting a bit too pally with some wire wool) and I’m happy to report that I’ve not seen any of these reactions.

I’ve got some less than flattering mug shots of myself wearing each of the three shades below, be warned, I’ve not slept in a good while #MumLife:

Light Hazel

Strawberry Pink

Oriental Rose

Overall I’m really impressed with these lipsticks and they’re going to replace a product I used to love before the great reveal of companies that test on animals so I’m thrilled that they found their way to me.

Let me know if you’ve ever tried anything from this brand and how you got on, or if you have any similar recommendations for me.

All lipsticks are available from Lavera UK and were provided free of charge for an honest review.

Speak soon,

Rosy xx

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin

Hello Everyone!

It's been a little while since I've posted around here, I've been taking a little break and concentrating on my YouTube channel (which is primarily book reviews and book chat) which you can find by searching SparklesBooks on YouTube or clicking here, but today I'm here to talk about an ARC copy of The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin, an evocative psychological drama set within the beautiful backdrop of rural France in the summertime.

The story follows Jenny, an accomplished professional swimmer who gave up everything, her friends, her boyfriend, her home country and the life she knew to pursue her career goals in Australia on the advice of everyone around her, swept along in pressure and the glory of her success, Jenny finally comes up for air eight years later and wants to rebuild her abandoned relationships, especially that with her old best friend - Kath.

Kath has also moved on from their old UK life and is running a business in the beautiful surroundings of the lavender fields in France, but that isn't the only life changing move she's made.

Jenny finds herself reunited with her former friend and the man who broke her heart in close surroundings of the isolated countryside of which she doesn't speak the language and is forced to examine the relationships she has been romanticising for the past eight years and the results are shocking as Jenny slowly starts to unravel a shared past, an uncertain future and the lies and manipulation that lie between.

The Good Friend was a page turning read that most of us can relate to on some level confronting unhealthy attachments, jealousy and spite - all within an opposing setting of pure tranquility.

I'd love to know if any of you have read 'The Good Friend' or if you plan on reading it?

Make sure you give a look to the rest of the people taking part in the blog tour for The Good Friend, you can find each of them here :

Speak Soon,

Rosy xx
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