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hi, I am a 41 year old who loves jewellery and all things sparkly.My Instagram account is @sparkling_magpie

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Anna Sui Hand Mirror

I bought this mirror from ASOS for £15 as I wanted a travel size hand mirror.  This one by Anna Sui measures 18 x 0.7 x 10cm and comes in a little embossed pouch.  It has an embossed rose on the back of the mirror and has a black patent finish.  The handle is quite short and stubby. I have small hands and find it easy to grip, someone with larger hands may not. As the mirror is flat it is easy to pack and is protected by the case. The mirror itself is decent at magnifying. There are matching items available.

Available from:
Amazon UK

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Mio Fit Skin For Life: Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator


I am currently having Ellipse IPL hair removal on my legs which requires them to be exfoliated to remove the dead hairs. My current exfoliator wasn't brisk enough, so I went for the Mio Double Buff. Unusually you apply this when you are dry  then remove once you get in the bath/ shower.   Double Buff gives you double action body buffing in around 30 seconds.  The pumice and volcanic micro lava exfoliate without scratching your skin, the pineapple fruit extract gives a gentle enzyme exfoliation, papaya extract accelerates the skin cycle, the organic sweet almond protects and infuses the skin with omega moisture, the fig extract balances the skin's appearance and the organic shea butter gives the skin intense moisture packed with vitamins A, E and F. 

The scrub is a greyish colour and the scrub particles feel quite fine.  Once it has been rubbed into the skin you can smell the scent.  It doesn't irritate or feel harsh as the scrub is washed off, Double Buff exfoliates, moisturises and leaves my skin with a gently lemony smell. It is quick and easy to use. No environmentally harmful micro beads, my skin feels and looks better and the exfoliator is removing the hairs for my IPL.

I purchased this item myself and the views expressed in the blog post are my own.

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As I have now got 60,000+ unique views, thank you very much for reading, I thought I would run a thank you competition to win a surprise box of makeup worth £80+ Just complete the rafflecopter requirements to be in to win! Open internationally, c/d 8 July 2017.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wet Brushes

Due to long term medication, the texture of my hair has changed.  Before I had to have Duralgesic morphine patches my hair was poker straight and easy to manage.   Now my hair is coarse, wavy and a lot harder to detangle.  I cannot use a tangle teazer as I cannot reach the top or back of my head without a decent brush handle.

The detangling and shine brush has soft and flexible intelliflex bristles which makes the detangling process painfree and easy to do.  The brush can be used on wet and dry har and also on extensions and wigs.  The brush does not seem to snag on my waist length hair but glides through a lot easier than other brushes I have tried.  It does make my hair my hair shinier.  

 I use the paddle brush to brush my hair when I have just washed it as the bristles are wider apart than the detangling brush.  I then use the detangler to go over and smooth and finish detangling my hair. Like the detangler the paddle brush has intelliflex bristles, The soft tips make the bristles glide through without snagging and hurting my sensitive scalp.  The soft tips massage the scalp stimuating circulation of the hair follicle.   

 The lil' lovin hairbrush is a cute, handbag size wet brush. It has the same intelliflex bristles as the larger versions and is freat for travel or just to pop in your bag for use on the go.  

 I got the key chain version via eBay. It is a fun little brush, great for shorter hair or fringes but its not much use for my waist long hair, it does brush though and I use it to target and detangle big knots or tidy up the end of my plait. 

 This nifty little item is designed to clean all hair from your wt brush (it can be used with other brushes, hair dryer filters, shavers and razors).  I just swipe down through the bristles with it and all the hair is pulled out from my brush.  It doesn't just pull out the hair from the brush but also sweeps away any gunk from the base of the bristles.

I love all my wet brushes and would not use anything else. I have a tried a lot of different brands at different price points but I find that Wet brushes do not hurt my sensitive scalp and that they detangle rather than just  skin over or rip out knots of hair!

Astley Clarke Mini Moon Ring in Vermeil Yellow Gold

My mum gave me this Mini Moon Biography Vermeil ring in yellow gold for passing my law degree. Currently £45 in the sale, the ring is pave set with white sapphires and the setting and band is 18ct yellow gold plated sterling silver.  The ring measures 8x3mm and can be worn alone or stacked with other rings.  It fits flat against my finger so there is no risk that I will scratch my glasses when I rub my eye - that was a very expensive mistake and I haven't worn that ring again.  It has a very thin band and is so light I can forget I am wearing it, which is important for me as I find wearing certain rings painful due to neuropathic pain in my hands.  The moon is supposed to symbolise enlightenment which is why I chose it as a graduation present.  There are also matching items - a pendant and earrings and all these items are also available in sterling silver.  

I ordered the ring from AC's online store, it was very easy to navigate and the customer service was excellent. I decided I wanted to change ring size and they changed it immediately.   It came securely packaged within 3 days of ordering it.  There is a grey pouch and jewellery box  to keep it in.   I really like AC jewellery. I have pieces I have bought from their online store and via eBay and they always look stylish, timeless and wear well.  I have, of course bookmarked the matching earrings for my birthday!

Available from Astley Clarke

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Benefit: Dream Screen

As this weekend is supposed to be hotter than Brazil I thought I would post this today. We should wear sunscreen everyday in order to protect our skin from long term sun damage/ skin cancer, but often sunscreens can be greasy, which can put us off from using it.  Dream Screen by Benefit is a broad spectrum, oil free, fragrance free spf of 45. It is £27 for 45.0 ml.  It delivers a silky matte finish and sinks into the skin immediately leaving the skin feeling sofft, moisturised and hydrated.   it doesnt leave a film or white overcast on the skin.  

I have found that a little goes a long way and that it makes a great substitute for primer.  It feels as though I am applying a serum which transforms quickly into a velvety finish.  My makeup doesn't go patchy when i am wearing this sunscreen and it increases its longevity.  As it is oil and fragrance free it doesn't break me out as some sunscreen do as they clog my pores.  The bottle is easy to find in my bag as I just feel for the unusual cap.  

I purchased this item myself and the views expressed in this blog are my own.
All Benefit products are available from their online store, Boots. House of Fraser, Look Fantastic etc.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dower & Hall Enchanted Vermeil and Black Pearl Drop Earrings

Dower & Hall are a leading British jewellery brand.  Designed and manufactured in the UK their pieces of jewellery are timeless, refined and elegant. Their handcrafted and bespoke designs are made from sterling silver, vermeil, 18 carat gold, platinum and palladium.  Assisted by a business loan from the Prince's  Trust, Dower & Hall were established in 1990 by Dan Dower and Diane Hall.  Their first stand alone store opened in 1995 in Knightsbridge and they now have over 100 stockists and a celebrity following.  Dower & Hall have raised over £25,000 for the Chain of Hope Charity, £20,000 for Breakthrough for Breast Cancer, £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation and worked with several wildlife charities including the Tusk Trust.

 I purchased the Dower & Hall Enchanted Earrings in vermeil and black pearl from their Amazon store.  The black baroque pearl is 14 mm and set with a 8 mm harlequin cut onyx stone. They are set on a vermeil/ sterling silver ear wire setting. The total drop is  40 mm. 

These earrings are enchanting! They are well made, comfortable to wear and just the right length. The colour of the stone/ pearl/ vermeil gold compliment each other, making the earrings timeless, elegant and fabulous. They go with anything and everything!

I purchased these items myself from Dower & Hall's Amazon Shop and cost £145. They are available here
Dower & Hall Website