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

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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

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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... 

9 Sep 2014

What to pack for uni by Ray

Hello everyone!

I'm Ray from ToySaturn and I'm your guest blogger for the day!

The summer has gone way too fast, hasn't it? Seems like a new school year has crept right up on us.

Since I graduated last year, this September marks the second year i've been free of education. I use the term free loosly, as someone who still loves learning and taking in new things... A new school year rather feels like getting to Platform 9 & 3/4 to see the Hogwarts Express tooting merrily off into the distance.* While I love it and all that, my father's car ain't no flying machine... So i'm stuck in the muggle world for another year, with no idea what to do with myself.
(*Metaphorically of course. I know you can't get on the platform after the train leaves.)

This is one of the buildings of my university. Has a kind of Hogwarts vibe, doesn't it?

5 Sep 2014

Food: White chocolate and lemon cupcakes by Beverley

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When I saw that Gem wanted people to write a guest post on her blog, I knew I had to get involved! Given my love of baking (and just food in general really) I wanted to share this little recipe with you that I put together a couple of weeks ago. 

4 Sep 2014

Beauty: Top five makeup tools by Rebecca-Louise

Hello! I'm Rebecca-Louise from UK beauty blog Autumn Leaves. I post product reviews, looks, hauls and unique content daily over there, but today I'm here to guest post for the lovely Gemma and I'm going to share my top 5 makeup tools. It wasn't easy narrowing it down but this is most definitely the best of the bunch...

3 Sep 2014

Travel: A trip to the Algarve, Portugal by ValÈrie


Hi there! My name is ValÈrie. I blog at Scribbles of ValÈrie. A few weeks ago, we (my family + my boyfriend + myself) went to the Algarve in Portugal for two weeks. I have about 700+ photos but I decided to select 10 of the best pictures, haha!

2 Sep 2014

Skincare: Five tips for clear skin by Amanda


Hi, I'm Amanda from Amandas Escape. I'm so excited to be guest posting on Flutter and Sparkle and the lovely Gemma's blog.

I have been eager to do this post for a long time as I know I struggle with my skin and I love seeing tips for how to improve this. I am going to show you my top 5 tips to getting that clear skin. Before I start I just want to put it out there that in no way am I a dermatologist but these are the things that help me.

1 Sep 2014

Beauty: New from Urban Decay - Pulp Fiction collection review and swatches


Urband Decay's latest release is uber cool - far too cool for me in fact!  If you're a Pulp Fiction fan and an Urban Decay addict, things just got rather exciting.  In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie, Urban Decay have launched this super edgy, slightly fierce, Mia Wallace-centric, limited edition make-up collection.