29 Oct 2014

Beauty: Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Apocalipslick Paranormal lipgloss from CutECOsmetics

"Neutral make-up loving blogger in blue lip shocker!" - ha ha!  I never expected to see myself with blue lips either, but it is Halloween week after all.  When I was contacted by CutECOsmetics about their new range of glosses from Lunatick Cosmetics Labs, I decided to be brave a picked out one of the wilder colours from the collection!

28 Oct 2014

Food: Waitrose sea salt fudge brownies recipe

It seems like there’s a day for everything now – Vegetarian day, Talk like a pirate day, even Bubblewrap appreciation day (yes, really), and I didn’t know until now that Chocolate actually gets a whole week - I’m not going to argue with that!  National chocolate week was 13 to 19 October, and to celebrate this wonderfully sweet occasion, Waitrose asked me if I fancied trying out one of the many yummy ultimate chocolate cake recipes on their website. 

27 Oct 2014

Christmas beauty: British Beauty Blogger for Marks and Spencer - review and swatches

The bloggers are really doin' it for themselves lately, and I couldn't be more pleased to see that the amazing Jane of British Beauty Blogger now has her own range at Marks and Spencer ready for Christmas!  To me Jane's a cornerstone of beauty blogging in the UK, and her site is my go-to when I want to know what's new and exciting in the beauty world - you can guarantee, if it's out there, Jane knows about it.  She knows what's she's talking about when it comes to products, the industry and blogging itself - I've had the pleasure of meeting her on a few occasions and she's a truly lovely lady with a wicked sense of humour, and I wish her so much success with her collection.

There are five different makeup kits to choose from in the British Beauty Blogger for Marks and Spencer range,  all with amazing packaging illustrated by Nuno da Costa, and I have two to play with...

24 Oct 2014

The Anthony Nolan Trust #thankyoustranger

Something a bit different today – I want to talk to you about the Anthony Nolan Trust (the UK's blood cancer charity and bone marrow register) and their new campaign – Kindest of Stranger.  The thought behind the campaign is those random acts of kindness that we might sometimes be fortunate enough to experience, or perhaps give out.  I love the idea, and it’s really made me think over the past week about ways that I could make a stranger’s day.  Life can be so busy, especially in London, that often nobody talks to each other or even makes any eye contact – sometimes it’s just a sea of barging people all in a mood and a hurry, so I’ve set about making just a little bit of a difference each day. 

Beauty: Lara Lashes semi-permanent lash extension review and experience

Noticing anything different about my lashes?  They're rather lush, long and lovely right now, don't you think?  I wish I could say grew them that way, but no, they're semi-permanent lash extensions!  I was invited along for a treatment at Lara Lashes in Clapham / Battersea and came out with the amazing super-charged lashes I've always wished I was born with...

22 Oct 2014

Skincare: Vichy Idealia life serum and eye contour cream review

I know it's the product inside that counts, but it really doesn't hurt for skincare to come in pretty packaging like these from the Vichy Idealia range.  They compliment my beauty mess dressing table nicely, as well as being a brilliant addition to my skincare routine!

20 Oct 2014

Christmas beauty: Illamasqua's Facet collection - Multi Facet palette in Semblance - review and swatches

I'm beyond excited for all of the Christmas collections which are either landing or being announced right now.  My wish list is unspeakably long, which is a sign that standards are pretty high this year!  I've been lucky enough to get a pre-Christmas treat from Illamasqua's Facets collection for 2014 - the stunning Multi Facet palette in Semblance.

16 Oct 2014

Skincare: shu uemura tsuya skin youthful crystal transparency lotion review

I love branching out and trying new products and brands, and today's one of those occasions, as I've been trying Shu Uemura for the first time.  The brand's completely new to me, and although I didn't know much about it before, I'd thought it was predominantly a makeup brand, and I'd not realised that there's an extensive range of skincare too!  

13 Oct 2014

Nails: New from Models Own - the Disco Pants collection

Models Own are getting all D-I-S-C-O on us ahead of the party season with their new Disco Pants collection.  It’s a super-bright, jazzy collection in beautiful jewel shades, and the pearlised, shimmering finish really does remind me of Disco Pants!  I don't have the legs to be working the pants, but my nails are certainly up for wearing the polish!

8 Oct 2014

Giveaway: Jewel Candle surprise jewellery candle review and giveaway

I’m a little bit over-excited about the brand I have to share with you today.  I often daydream about starting my own business, but I always get stuck when it comes to what my unique idea or invention would be.  Jewel Candles are one of those products that just leave me wondering - why I didn’t think of that? - sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best! 

1 Oct 2014

Christmas: Beauty advent calendars for 2014

The past week or so has seen a series of exciting releases in the beauty world - it's advent calendar time!  Any excuse to talk about Christmas early and I'm all over it - I can't help it, Christmas makes me happy, and I'm very excited to decide which doors I want to be opening for beauty treats throughout December.  This year's offering looks better than ever, but in some cases it's also the priciest!  Let's start off gently, with the calendars costing under £50...

29 Sep 2014

Beauty: September favourites

It's nearing the end of the month already, so time to have a look at my most loved products.  I was on holiday for part of the month, but it feels odd to still be talking about summer products, so this selection is a bit more like what I've been using and loving since I got back.  I think I'm properly ready to transition into autumn now, so maybe next month they'll be some berry lip and nail colours in the mix with other darker, warmer things!

24 Sep 2014

Beauty: New from Urban Decay - Naked Basics 2

I'm a bit (a lot) of an addict when it comes to Urban Decay's naked range - I love nice simple nudes, dusky taupes and smoky neutrals, so the palettes never disappoint me.  The Naked Basics original palette and I have been friends for a very long time now - as evidenced by the actual state of my palette which you'll see in a mo - but I'm ready to branch out with some new colours which still fit nicely into the original theme.  Enter the utterly dreamy Naked Basics 2...

23 Sep 2014

Skincare: Hand and feet treats from Weleda and KIKO

I'm raising my at-home mani / pedi game thanks to this latest drop of hand and feet treats from Weleda and KIKO.  This arrived at the perfect time just before my holiday, when I was gearing up to get myself beach ready - or thereabouts!  

18 Sep 2014

Beauty: Keeping the summer glow

As I always go on holiday quite late into the year, I'm never quite ready to let go of summery makeup looks when I get back.  Sunny holidays inspire me to switch up my makeup to a more bronze and glowy affair, and as the weather's pretty amazing here in London for late September, I'm sticking with it.

16 Sep 2014

Nails: New from Models Own - Diamond Luxe Collection

Coming home from a holiday is always a bit of a downer, but finding gorgeous new polishes from Models Own waiting for me on the doorstep certainly helped!  That and a good old cup of PG Tips - sorry Mexico, you were gorgeous in every way, but your tea was horrendous :) 

12 Sep 2014

Beauty: August favourites by Karis


Hey there, I'm Karis from the blog Beautybykaris and today I'm taking over Flutter and Sparkle, while the lovely Gemma takes some time off. As it is the end of the month I thought it would be fun to talk about my favourite beauty products from August. I always love reading these kind of posts, but it never helps my bank balance and just adds to my never ending wishlist.

11 Sep 2014

Wishlist: Autumn / Winter must haves by Danielle

Hello there :) my name is Danielle and I blog over at FloralDanielle. The lovely Gem was looking for people to guest post on her blog, and I jumped at the chance being a long term fan of hers. I thought I'd go for something quite simple, a good ol' wishlist - we all have them, and we all love reading them!

Despite it being the end of August/start of September, the weather is already starting to feel like it's properly Winter. A few weeks ago I was fine in a tiny dress and kimono, and now thick black tights are still making me feel cold! I'm starting to browse Autumn/Winter clothes online more, and I'm definitely liking what I see, lots of lovely pieces I'd love to add to my wardrobe! :)

10 Sep 2014

Beauty: Underated drugstore picks by Bee


Today's guest post comes from Bee at thebeautylocker.com

When it comes to drugstore makeup, it's all well and good hearing about how you need the Collection concealer or the Revlon matte balms. But if you're looking for something a little more tantalising and unique to whet your high street appetite, then look no further...