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Friday, 28 November 2014

Benefit Advent Calendar | Candy Coated Countdown

Aloha Sprinklerinos, 

It's less than a month until CHRISTMAS!

I don't know about you but if there's one thing that get's me super excited for the festive season it's advent calendars. And when they come in the form of beauty? Well, it certainly beats a slither of chocolate in my opinion!

When a perfectly presented parcel arrived on my doorstop I almost couldn't stand to open it. 
Just look how lovely it is!

I gave it a good shake (as you do) and I could feel the little pockets of joy rustling inside...
The Benefit Advent Calendar - Candy Coated Countdown. 

AKA. The beauty lovers dream.

Personally, I love the whole beauty product calendar concept. In a nutshell, they contain miniature sizes of the selected beauty brands products. 
Firstly, it's perfect to stock up on travel-sized versions of your favourite products.
But the very best part is that this particular one costs £60, and wait for it!...Everything inside is worth a whopping £109.53!! So you're not only getting a lovely treat every morning in the lead up to Christmas, but also huge value for money.

It's a great treat to yourself, but it also makes for the perfect gift to friends or family.
So, what's inside you say? 
Let me tell you!

**Maximum of 2 per order**
set includes:
1. “that gal” | 7.5ml
2. the POREfessional | 7.5ml
3. benetint | 2.5ml
4. high beam | 2.5ml
5. chachatint | 2.5ml
6. posietint | 2.5ml
7. stay flawless mini
8. they’re real! mini
9. ultra plush in dandelion mini
10. ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister mini
11. ultra plush lip gloss in fauxmance mini
12. BADgal lash mini
13. stay don’t stray in light/medium mini
14. fakeup in 02 medium mini
15. it’s potent! eye cream mini
16. total moisture facial cream mini
17. ooh la lift mini
18. watt’s up! mini
19. beauty sticky notes
20. doodle pad
21. heart-shaped paperclips
22. pinky, polka-dot hair tie
23. elastic hair band with bow charm
24. metallic silvery hair tie
 
Sadly, it's sold out online (everyone had the right idea!) BUT, all hope is not lost my little loves. Benefit have been running giveaways daily on their social channels over the past few weeks, so you could potentially even nab one for free. Merry Christmas, indeed. 
And do keep your eyes peeled, let's hope they'll be back in stock before November is up!
 
What do you think? Does the beauty advent calendar hype tickle your pickle?
 
I'm so excited for next week to come around so I can start opening mine!

Toodlepip!
xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Amazing Advertisers | November 2014

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

I can't quite believe we've reached the penultimate Amazing Advertisers of 2014, where has the time gone I ask you?! I'm pleased as punch to announce it has been another magical month of blogging and these beauties have worked their little socks off to produce some of the best content you ever did see, so lets get cracking shall we?

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If I had to describe The Prosecco Diaries in one word it’d be classy. Like swanky, only with even more elegance. The adventures of Sarah, the brains behind Prosecco Diaries, are somewhat Carrie Bradshaw-esque and I personally love it! This month we’ve been treated by Sarah to swanky posts on wine tasting, the benefits of yoga, and, my personal favourite, an in depth description on the life and roll of a lifestyle blogger, which I definitely recommend a read of if you’re confused by the nature of blogging. Sarah’s writing is down to earth, informative and a pleasure to read, I cannot recommend The Prosecco Diaries enough!

Darling Dee Dee
I feel in love with Darling Dee Dee last month due to its divine photography, indepth reviews and all the brilliance you could desire from a beauty blog. Dee has achieved said brilliance once more which pleases me muchly, it’s been a cracking month of blogging on Darling Dee Dee, from product reviews a plenty, the swatches of high definition dreams and pure beauty that makes you ‘ooooh’ with lust. Darling Dee Dee is a beauty lovers haven and I’m giddy with joy to have the pleasure of sharing Dee’s hard work and passion for blogging with you, oh beautiful ones.

Swell Caroline is a returning advertiser with Sprinkle of Glitter, it is an online trove of beauties, with jewellery pieces to please everyone’s eyeballs and money bags, from statement necklaces to monogram earrings and dainty charm bracelets for those who prefer it subtle. Swell Caroline really have dazzled me with their unique pieces and I’ll bet good brownie points they’ll dazzle you too! Not forgetting that time of year is upon us where Father Christmas has gifts to be giving, perhaps have a gander and add a piece or two to your list?

Anna is my go to gal for adventure and an education, be it about history or the world and each month I enjoy packing my imaginary bag and coming along on her travels learning all about the wonders of the world. Anna has a knack for bringing fun, educational information to her blog which is a treat for the eyes and the brain. Unfortunately this month Anna has been a poorly bean and has instead be updating us on her life shenanigans from her hospital bed. I hope she’s feeling tip top again soon and ready for more adventures. Let’s all fly on over to Anna in Wonderland and offer some love!

We’ve got another traveller in our midst in the form of Lauren, an American gal with a passion for European travels and documenting her adventures along the way. Lauren’s snaps alone are bloomin’ lovely, not to mention her posts are always informative, honest and have me itching to explore more worldly landmarks with my camera in toe. Lauren’s love for discovering places and genuine enjoyment of adventures make Bon Voyage, Lauren a joy to read and I thoroughly recommend having a gander, it may even help decide your next holiday destination for ya!

Oof we’ve got a beauty.  A stationary galore, Christmas present haven, beauty. Fox and Star is perfection for those of you, like me, get excited over arts and crafts, excessive note book usage and, above all else, all forms of beautifully designed, yet practical, stationary you could possibly need. I’m particularly lusting after the sticky notes, Christmas labels and the woodland creature notebooks. By golly someone control my stationary desires, I need it all! What’s more the Fox and Star’s bits and bobs are a dream on the purse strings so a splurge is simply a must.

I have a soft spot for Alice and her blogging in all its glory, simply because I love reliving my university years through Alice’s Antics. Whether it’s a confession about boys, a honest truth on the hardship of being young or a light hearted updates on her recent gallivants with friends, Alice’s writing is a touch of young, fresh air. Any gal who can be honest about her Saturday nights in with ice cream and Desperate Housewives is always a keeper and you should definitely be keeping Alice in your blogging feed, she’ll keep you entertained have no fear!

Wonder to Wonder is a lifestyle blog written by Miho, food lover, London enthusiast and quite the camera whizz! If you’re in need of a blog with all the trimmings, then Wonder to Wonder should fill that spot snuggly, it’s a beauty. I’m a sucker for good camera action, well written words and genuine passion for blogging and it makes me oh so gleeful when Sprinkle of Glitter advertisers have it all, Wonder to Wonder being the perfect example. It’s an online wonderland of delicious food, beautiful places and beautiful people, have a look for yourself, it’s one to appreciate!

Jewellery lovers of the world unite, you’re in for a treat! The Vintage Pearl is another online jewellery boutique to have graced our presence this month and what a beautiful presence it has! The pieces are simply divine, particularly their unique keepsake pieces which give me all the feels, I would recommend anyone to have at least one unique jewellery piece which represents someone special and gives you the warm and fuzzies. The Vintage Pearl are sure to have just the piece for you, I can promise you that! The keepsake locket and sweetheart jewellery box are particular favourites of mine and would make a b-e-a-utiful gift.

The Road is Long is somewhat different to your usual blogging antics, and to say it intrigues me would be an understatement, the approach to blogging by the two talents behind The Road Is Long is unique and actually rather beautiful. Lucy and her other half capture snippits of their life together, documenting their thoughts, feelings and adventures and present them in a time capsule manner, it feels personal and I love that. Life musings are some of my favourite posts to read and The Road Is Long is brimming with all you could ask for and more. Brownie points for uniqueness!

Meet Vicki, lifestyle blogger, kitchen extraordinaire and travelling gal with a talent for writing, smiling and flashing that camera. She’s a good’un and Bowsessed is just as smashing! If you’re after a little bit of everything, from dessert recipes to travelling tips or even a bit of beauty advice then Vicki is your gal, a talented gal indeed. Even more wonderful, not long after a blogger evening of bridal gown dress up Vicki’s other half put a ring on it and we’ve been promised wedding updates in future which pleases me muchly! I love a good wedding and I look forward to future content from Vicki and her camera. 

Alrighty! I hope you've had a jolly good browse and found a favourite or two, they're a good ol' bunch and it pleases me muchly to have the pleasure of introducing them to you. Let me know who you've been loving this month.

Toodlepip!

xx

Friday, 21 November 2014

A Review || Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

A month (and a bit) after it’s official release in the UK I feel now is good a time as any to dish the dirt on Urban Decay’s latest release.

A beauty review of the new Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
There isn’t one beauty lover out there that doesn’t let out a yelp of excitement when Urban Decay bring something new to the table. It’s always a highly anticipated release and this variation to the Naked family is quite the change, let me tell you.

Housed with 5 matte shadows and 1 satin for highlighting – it steps away from the sheerness of the original Naked Basics and  introduces some cooler, taupe and grey toned matte shades.

I don't know about you, but matte shadows always scare me a little? It's no secret that I love a bit of glitter, and I typically find shimmer shades so much easier to work with on the eyes. That being said, there will always be an occasion where a matte eye is more appropriate than all the glitz!

A beauty review of the new Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
A beauty review of the new Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

And when that occasion arises? This is the palette for you. 
For a matte finish these shadows don’t have that dry, chalky finish which is refreshing and the quality is super-duper high, exactly what you’d expect from Urban Decay. They blend b-e-a-uuutifully and combined to create a complete look they definitely achieve a more sophisticated finish, taking a neutral matte eye to a whole new level – wowee! 
Not only are they throwing in 5 brand spanking new (full-size) shades to this palette, but the packaging is my absolute favourite. Being teeny-tiny it’s perfect to slot in your handbag and with almost a suede-like finish it feels heavenly to touch!

The shades you’ll find are:

Skimp (pale nude satin),
Stark (nude-pink matte),
Frisk (warm grey matte),
Cover (muted red-brown matte),
Primal (muted brown matte)
And Undone (deep, smoky brown matte).

My personal faves are Cover, which I love to use in the crease and Stark, that I like to use all over the lid as a base colour. There's minimal fall-out with these eye shadows and the neutral colours make it perfect for a natural look at work or school!
 For £22 it doesn’t break the bank and it literally has everything you could want for the perfect basic, neutral look. I was apprehensive on this one, but actually? I ruddy love it!
It's currently sold out (boo!!), but keep your eyes peeled, I'm sure it'll be back soon enough.

What do you think? Are you going to give this palette a whirl?!

Toodlepip!
xx
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