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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Birchbox X Vogue Unboxing November 2017

This month's Birchbox is in collaboration with Vogue - so exciting! As such, the products which have been chosen for the boxes this month are taken from the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame. Not only do you receive 5 beauty products, there is also a complimentary voucher for 6 free issues of Vogue magazine, not bad at all!

The first product is one that everybody has received in their Birchboxes this month and is also the one which I'm most excited about - Benefit Hoola. I've wanted this product for so long, and I don't know why I haven't gone out and bought it yet but I'm so so excited to give it a go. It's a raved about product and almost everyone loves it so I'm looking forward to finding out why that is!

The next product in my box is the Percy and Reed No Oil Oil. I've used this product before and I really loved what it did for my hair, not to mention how much I love the scent of Percy and Reed's products.

I also received the James Read Overnight Tan Sleep Mask Tan Face. Now I'll admit, this is the one product I've received in my box that I'm not 100% feeling. I'm not a massive 'tan' person and the thought of using a tan product on my face scares me slightly in case I end up looking like a Oompa Loompa! I personally would have preferred to have received the Clarins Hand Cream instead but, beggars can't be choosers.

The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is another product in my Birchbox this month. I actually haven't heard of this product before, but it looks pretty good. The fact that it's a fast drying is an absolute winner, haven't got time to be waiting around for nail polish/top coats to dry!

Last but not least is a Birchbox exclusive, and is a Birchbox own branded Brush Cleaner. I can't stress how important it is to clean your brushes after you've used them, and having a brush cleaner makes doing a laborious job that bit more easier, trust me!

I also want to give the actual box itself a little mention too. Half way through last month I received an email from Birchbox asking me to pick from two Vogue themed box designs and I picked the pink design - I absolutely love it! I feel like this is one box I don't want to get rid of and keep as a momento!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

November Beauty Favourites

There's so many products which I've been loving at the moment, and I just had to share them with you!

The first product in my November favourites is the Origins 'Never A Dull Moment' Facial Polish. I had been looking to try a new exfoliant for my face but just didn't know what product to try out. Through looking at the Boots websites and numerous reviews, I came to choose the Origins one. I'm a fan of Origins skincare as it is, and 'Never A Dull Moment' has become a film favourite for me! I love the fruity smell of it and I just love the colour of the packaging too!

I've also been loving the OGX Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo. This shampoo smells amazing because it contains Cocoa Butter, and thanks to the avocado and coconut oil and keratin proteins it's made my hair feel super smooth and soft.

During my evening skincare routine lately, I've been using the LancĂ´me Absolue Premium Bx moisturiser. I received this in the Boots Beauty Advent Calendar last year, and I can honestly say that this is one of the best moisturiser's I've ever used! It's quite pricey, however the quality is brilliant and I've noticed a difference in my skin since using it.

I've included the YSL Black Opium perfume in my November favourites, however it's been a year long favourite for me. The scent of this is just so refreshing and I have received so many compliments from people when I wear it, I've also found that it's one of the most long wearing fragrances too.

I suffer with extremely dry skin on my lower legs which can cause them to become very itchy. To combat this, I've been using the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Oil on my legs as soon as I step out of the bath or shower. It's honestly worked miracles on me, my legs are nowhere near as itchy as they were and feel so much more softer and moisturised.

Whilst on the topic of dry skin, I've also been using the Soap and Glory Righteous Butter. This body lotion not only makes you smell great, but it's also super moisturising and really nourishes my skin. It's been a favourite of mine for a while but I've recently fallen in love with it all over again.

For Christmas last year, I received the Sugar Plum Lip Scrub in a Lush gift set. I've recently started using it and I cannot believe I hadn't used a lip scrub before! It makes my lips feel super soft and smooth and is especially great if you wear lipstick and you don't want the lipstick getting stuck in any dry skin on your lips.

Last but not least in my November favourites is the L'Oreal Volume Couture Mascara. This is the only mascara I've ever used which gives my lashes the volume and length I desire! I'm so so obsessed with this and the bets bit is that it doesn't break the bank!

Let me know what your favourite beauty items are at the moment?

CarrieFi x


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Lush Lord Of Misrule Review

Lord of Misrule was one of my favourites from the Lush Halloween range last year, so when I saw it was back again this year I couldn't wait to purchase it again!

Lord of Misrule is a bath bomb which contains patchouli and black pepper oil, although I find that actually smells quite sweet. Lord of Misrule also contains popping candy which you can hear crackling away while the bath bomb disintegrates in the bath.

The actual bath bomb itself is green, but as soon as you place it in the bath there's an explosion of green and pink colours which fill the tub. I really believe that this is one of the most prettiest bath bombs that Lush produce! After the bath bomb has completely disintegrated the bath water isn't green, but completely pink! It's a gorgeous deep pink colour.

The smell is just absolutely amazing, it's a really distinctive smell but actually I found it extremely relaxing too, which is just perfect for an evening soak in the bath. Looking at the ingredients, this contains vanilla as well as the patchouli and black pepper oils so that would explain the sweet smell!

I have to admit, when I first looked into purchasing Lord of Misrule during Halloween last year, I wasn't sure about it because it actually looks quite plain before you place it in the bath, but my oh my you're in for a treat when you place it in water!

Overall, I adore the Lord of Misrule bath bomb, its one of the most visually stimulating products I think I've ever tried from Lush. It smells gorgeous, and I found that it made me feel extremely relaxed for a good nights sleep. The addition of the popping candy in the bath popping away created even more of a spectacle before I jumped in the bath. My only wish is that it was available all year round! It's reasonably priced at £3.95 so it's absolutely purse or wallet friendly!

Let me know if you have tried Lord of Misrule or any other products from the Lush Halloween range?

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

October Beauty Wishlist

It's time for me to go through my October Beauty Wishlist! I feel like there's a good mix between skincare, makeup, haircare, body and fragrance this month, and I'm so excited to share it with you all.

Starting with haircare, I've become very conscious lately of looking after my hair as it's now getting colder. I want to ensure that it's as nourished as possible, so I've added a couple of hair oils to my list - the first being MoroccanOil and the second being the OGX Reviving Argan Oil of Morocco. Both of these essentially do the same job but I think it would be good to try both and do a comparison of them.

The next product on my list is also from OGX and is the Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo. I've read a lot of good reviews on this shampoo and I'm always open to trying new shampoo's. At the moment I'm in a bit of a rut with my shampoo because the one I'm using right now really isn't working for me!

Moving onto the skincare section of my Wishlist, I've included the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. I adore using cleansing balms to remove my makeup, I feel that they're so effective at doing what they do and I'd like to try this one because I haven't done so yet!

Next, another product I want to try is the Bilou Tasty Donut Shower Gel. This shower gel is a blogger favourite at the moment and it seems like a lot of people are raving about this. I love the sound of it - it sounds like it's going to smell delicious!

I've got a few makeup items on my Wishlist this month. The first being the Lip Cheat Lip Liner from Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk. This is the perfect pinky nude and I just love it! I've heard good things about it so I have high expectations!

I also have False Lashes on my Wishlist! This is a new one for me because false lashes are a slightly unknown territory for me, however I feel like I want to start being a little more adventurous so I'm willing to give the Eylure 143 lashes a go!

The Nars Sheer Glow has made it onto my Wishlist. I'm in the process of looking for a new foundation, and I know that this foundation has good reviews on it so I want to give a go and see how I get on with it.

Last but not least on my October Beauty Wishlist is the Jimmy Choo Original Fragrance. I had a bottle of this a few years ago and have longed for another bottle of it since!

I hope you enjoyed finding out what products are on my Wishlist this month - let me know what products are on your Wishlist this month!

CarrieFi x

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lush Monsters Ball Review

Monsters Ball is another returnee from Halloween last year and I'm so glad it has returned! It's the most cutest looking bath bomb in the range! As the name suggests, Monsters Ball is shaped like a monster, with its one eye and colourful appearance.

Once placed in bath water, you're in for an array of colours to greet your bath and it truly looks spectacular. My bath water popped, crackled and the colours changed from being pink, to blue and then finally, deep purple!

This bath bomb is very similar to a discontinued Lush Bath Bomb called 'The Enchanter' and contains  the calacas scent. These scents -  lime, neroli, olibanum oils and also cocoa butter are all contained in the bath bomb. The cocoa butter can be seen in the monsters 'eye' area. This means not only does it leave you smelling great but also moisturises your skin and leaves you feeling completely relaxed. Although the scent is sweet, it's not overbearing and is just right.

I adore this bath bomb, for one thing because it's the sweetest thing you ever did see and is too adorable to be scary, but I actually like that the scent of the ballistic isn't too overbearing. The smells were just right for me, and actually I found that it did linger on my skin for quite some time after my bath. I especially loved watching the bath bomb melt away in the bath and see all of the wonderful colours come out of the little monster, along with the hissing and crackling sounds it made a chilly autumn night feel more warming and just perfect. I actually found too, that this bath bomb was relaxing and had me feeling wound down just in time for bed.

Monsters Ball may not be a strong enough of a scent for some people, however it's well worth giving it a go, at least for the colours in it and for the cuteness of the bath bombs itself! For £4.50 it's not a bad price at all.

Let me know if you've tried Monsters Ball?

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Birchbox October 2017 Unboxing

So the latest Birchbox for October has arrived through the door and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by what's in my box this month! This month, Birchbox has collaborated with Coppafeel in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote the charity and raise awareness. In aid of this, in the boxes this month there is a card and a sticker so that every woman knows what signs to look out for.

With that being said, the first item which everyone has received in their Birchbox this month is from Anatomicals and is their Grab Your Melons Shower Gel -  as the name suggests, it's encouraging women to 'grab their melons' whilst in the shower and check that everything is as it should be. Also, the shower gel is melon scented which smells amazing - melon is my favourite scent!

Next up, every Birchbox subscriber has received either a Model Co Contour Stick or Mascara - I picked the Contour Stick for my box this month, really because I already have a hefty collection of mascara's as it is but I was also intrigued by the Contour Stick and wanted to give it a go! It seems fairly straightforward to use so hopefully there will be no mishaps when I use it!

I received a BalanceMe Pure Skin Face Wash which will undoubtedly come in handy! It's 99% natural so it's ensures that you're really looking after your skin and getting rid of any dirt and grime that may be on your skin.

The next item in my box I was really surprised to see! It's the Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer. Benefit's Porefessional is my favourite primer, however I've only tried the original version of it. The Pearl Primer gives a soft radiance to your skin as well as prepping it so I'm really looking forward to seeing the results after I've applied it!

Last but not least, I received the ecoTOOLS Colour Perfecting Minis. These are little sponges which help to colour correct in certain areas of your face - the mint colour corrects redness, the pink colour corrects dark circles, the lilac songs corrects dullness and the peach colour corrects dark spots. I've never seen these before so hopefully they do a good job at colour correcting - I'm intrigued!

Overall, I'm really happy with box this month, I wasn't really expecting too much from it as my last box was amazing but actually I've been pleasantly surprised with what I've received and I can't wait to start using the products which I've received!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Lush Halloween Haul 2017

I seriously cannot believe that we are edging closer and closer to Halloween! The months seem to be scarily whizzing past, however with the near arrival of Halloween comes the release of the Halloween range from Lush!

I mentioned on Twitter a little while ago that I was running low on some supplies from Lush, so I took the opportunity to log on to the Lush website and purchase a few goodies. A lot of the products in the range this year are similar to last years range, so I purchased the products I knew I liked, and also picked up the ones which are new to try them out.

One of my favourites from last year is the Monsters Ball (£4.50) bath bomb. As the name suggests, this is a bath bomb sculpted as a monster (but more cuter), and it just smells so good! It contains
Lime, Neroli and olibanum oils so you'll be feeling fresh and relaxed after your bath.

I then took the opportunity to go for a new product. I decided to try one of the new jelly bath bombs, Ectoplasm (£4.95). This one I'm feeling slightly unsure of because I've seen and heard some people say that the jelly texture isn't a nice sensation when it gets on your skin. I always like to try things myself though before I make a judgement - look out for either a blog post or tweet reviewing this product!

Another new product in the Halloween range at Lush this year is the Bewitched (£4.25) bubble bar. It's in the shape of a black cat, and just looks adorable! Bubble bars are brilliant because you can use a little bit at a time so they last for ages!

I really enjoyed the Lord Of Misrule (£3.95) bath bomb last year -more so than I originally thought I would, so that's back in my bathroom again this year! I loved the scent of it, and the colour in my bath looked spectacular.

Last but not least, another returning product that was in my basket was the Sparkly Pumpkin (£4.25). I have to say, if you hate glitter this is not a product for you, because it gets everywhere! I don't mind however. This is also a bubble bar so this should last me a few weeks. I also noticed that there is a pink version of this too, so you can pick between either the traditional orange or the pink.

I'm so glad that the seasonal products are back at Lush - It's perfect for a nice warm hot soak on a cold day!

Let me know if you have, or are planning to pick up any items from the Lush Halloween range?

CarrieFi x
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