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Heaven Sent

So, in between all my rants, I do like to give a heads up for great companies. We are all about supporting small business in this household! If I can get something locally, or made by an independent business I will do my best!

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Why buy independant? Have I covered this before? Because frankly, you are helping someone’s dream come alive. Without entrepreneurs we wouldn’t have many of the companies we know and love. While I agree that most companies won’t ever be the global behemoths that occasionally are created, it feels nicer to be able to help someone’s dream and vision. And often you get something completely unique. Are we all over the 3 for 2 offers on gifts yet? I know I am!

It is worth being a little opportunistic on social media, Twitter, with which I have a love/hate relationship, is one of the best. If you sign up to feeds that might be interesting to you, you might find a company, person, business being retweeted or referenced. It is a great marketing tool for business, big and small and often free. But that is for another blog! The reason I even mention it, is because a couple of months ago I saw a tweet about a small company and intrigued I had a little look at their website. Well… what can I say?

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Let me introduce you to Heavenly Marshmallows and if you Click Here you will be able to check out their website and all the delicious recipes. Now I will hold up my hands here and admit – I haven’t had the pleasure of trying them. YET. It is on the list.

And I suppose that doing a review of a product that I haven’t actually had a chance to try (yet) but I have to be honest, every single person I have ordered these for have been beyond positive in their reviews. The first order was delivered to my home and I was blown away with the packaging and attention to detail. I have ordered a handful more for people and am so pleased with the level of customer care that I receive each time. This includes offering small touches that makes these stand out.

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I remember getting a message after my second order as the lady behind HM realised that it was being sent to another address and asked if I would like a note included. Simple little things like this. This is a small company that truly offers those small touches that make small companies stand out in a way that larger companies often can’t compete with. But let’s get back to the subject in hand. Marshmallows. Not any marshmallows either, these are marshmallows in such a gorgeous selection of flavours. And I will repeat again, if you missed it. MARSHMALLOWS! Little clouds of heavenly flavours. Again, I am sorry I have no first hand knowledge but have reliable information informing me that they are indeed heaven sent. 

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I really cannot recommend this company more, the price point is fantastic, the variety of flavours will suit every taste. The customer service is incomparable. And the variety of sweet treats available? There are not only marshmallows, although, why would you be looking any further? If you have an event, corporate, personal, need party favours? I would certainly give this company a look out. And the great news is that they also attend local market days, so it is worth checking facebook or twitter to see where they will pop up next and you might even snag yourself a freebie to try before you buy (one of each flavour). 

As well as the website linked in the body of the text, you can find Heavenly Marshmallows here: 

Twitter

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Impulsively Cosmetic

So for a little change of pace, I thought i would do a do a quick review on a makeup brand that I was directed by a good friend, and amazing makeup artist MothQueen Makeup. I love a good indie company – not just makeup, although my makeup renaissance was in part due to an Etsy makeup store. It is nice to find small companies and see what they have to offer. Often they are more flexible than larger companies, and able to follow trends a little better because they aren’t as restricted in the same way, can try new things, be more experimental.

CHECK OUT IMPULSE COSMETICS

Now, I am not the biggest lipstick fan – I was never really a girly girl and could never keep up with reapplying lipstick. I have to say though all the gorgeous super stay lipsticks are calling to me. I do worry about how much wear I would get out of them, and what colour would make most sense? I would probably be doing makeup looks with them, what is my go-to…. so many thoughts.

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But because I am curious, I had a look at what Impulse have on offer – they have samples! SAMPLES! This is music to my ears! As my friends over at Jax n Boo can tell you! I am not sure why, just tiny anything… so I had to grab myself 4 colours, I didn’t actually pay much attention to the colours – whoops! But who doesn’t like a surprise?! (and what was I saying about being able to try new things and experiment!)

Now, I am working long hours, which basically mean I get no natural light while in my home so I have had to nab photos from t’interweb – but they are genuine products and I urge you to have a looksie at the website yourself.

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I got 4 very different colours, a brown, purple, pink and a red – I was pleasantly surprised that picking them by name along gave me a nice range! It could have ended pretty badly! Like I said already, I don’t often wear lipstick but fortuitously I had an excuse to wear lipstick last Sunday as I had a day in London. I was a little terrified of ending up with just the remnants of the lipstick, so I ended up wearing the brown. Now, on top of not being a regular lipstick wearer, I also suffer from dry lips which makes me bite them. 

Now to back track a little, the colours are beautiful, they don’t change massively which is something that can happen when lipsticks dry. I love the matt, iridescent quality to them. They go on easily and are easy to blend in so will look good for ombre style effects on lips (it is on my ‘to do’ list). The only problem is, that I didn’t prep my lips, I didn’t use my Lush lip scrub or any lip balm. 

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So please make sure before you put anything long lasting on your lips – that they are well hydrated and prepped. Long lasting lipstick by its nature doesn’t have any moisturising properties. That said, the brown lip stick did really well, I have to say that by the time I got on the train home, I was furiously biting my lips… but all told the lipstick did well! I am really impressed. The colour was great and survived a day out, on poorly prepped lips, where greasy food was consumed and some furious biting of now dry lips…. yeah they stick like glue! So I have of course bought some more samples to try out. I have also got some glitter to try out – an orange mix and a red mix – just thinking of the right makeup look. So I really hope that you have a little look at the site. I am officially in love and have found a fab new indie makeup store to buy from! 

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I am so picking up the 8-Bit eye shadow collection with my next order!