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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Birchbox January 2018 Unboxing

The beginning of a new month can only mean one thing - the arrival of this month's Birchbox! January's Birchbox is a collaboration with stationary brand 'Ohh Deer', with the ethos of this month's box being 'Stand Tall' and to embrace who you are! Pretty good advice if you ask me!

The first product I received in my box this month is the Lord & Berry Blusher Crayon in the shade 'Camelia'. This is a full sized product which everyone will have received in their boxes this month in one of two shades - Peach or Camelia. I have to admit, I'm not really a blush wearer but if I ever feel adventurous I may give it a go! It looks fairly easy to use, you just need to pencil on a little bit of the blusher to your cheeks and blend with your fingers.

The second product in my Birchbox is the Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade 'Charcoal'. A pencil eyeliner is a staple in my makeup bag so I was very pleased to see this! It's something a bit different too, as the shade isn't black but charcoal instead. This eyeliner is also said to be waterproof and shouldn't smudge so I'll be very interested to see if it does have a good staying power throughout the day.

Next up is the Thermaliv Night Cream. Thermaliv isn't a brand which I've heard of before so I'm intrigued to find out what this night cream is like. It looks like it's picked with lots of good stuff to leave your skin looking amazing by the morning!

The next product is one which I'm massively excited about! For months I've been wanting the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to turn up in one of my Birchboxes, and it's never happened - until now! This is a spray that not only is a dry shampoo, but it texturises your hair too. What I love about this product is that you don't get left with the white powder residue in your hair, unlike most other dry shampoo's.

Last but not least, I received the Afterspa Amazing Makeup Remover. This is such an intriguing product and seems like a bit of a revelation! All you need to do with this cloth is to soak it in some water and then wipe your face with it, and it removes your makeup! I'm amazed that it's as simple as that and is so effective! I think I'm going to write a review on this product and let you all know how I get on with using it! 

Aside from the products which are in the box, I have to say that the actual design of this month's box is absolutely beautiful, I love the floral detail with the flamingoes - it's just so cute! I also received some Ohh Deer designed stickers which will be perfect for my stationary collection, and there is a 20% discount code to use on Ohh Deer's website!

CarrieFi x


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2018 Beauty Goals

So, we're at the beginning of a new year and lots of us are starting to set resolutions/goals/aims for ourselves to achieve during this year. Me personally, I have set myself personal and blogging goals which I have set for myself to achieve this year - but I have also set myself some beauty goals which I want to achieve too.

1. Maintain My Night Time Skincare Routine Consistently

This is something I struggle with massively, and I don't know why! I just always seem to procrastinate my skincare routine at night because I either get too stuck into a TV programme or I just feel too tired to do it. I've decided that this year I'm going to encourage myself to stick to my routine and keep it up! I know that doing this will make my skin feel 100% better for it.

2. Use At Least One New Product A Week

I have a tonne of products stashed away that I've never even used before and that tend to sit at the back of my makeup/skincare/beauty draws. I know that if I continuously use the same products as I always do, then the unused products will end up being forgotten about and then never used for a long long time - plus, it's a way of discovering new products too. Win win!

3. Don't Buy Anything Unnecessary/Use Up What I have

This point kind of ties in with the one above - but, I want to adopt a 'one in, one out' approach to my beauty products. So, if I have five mascara's at one time that I've accumulated, then I have no need to buy any more until they are all used up. This approach will mean that my beauty collection isn't as 'cluttered' as it currently!

4. Try Facial Steaming

This is something I heard a few people talking about last year, and according to them it works wonders for their skin. I personally think anything that will help improve the condition of my skin is a winner. So it may be time for me to invest in a facial steamer of some sort?

5. Continue To Really Nurture and Care For My Nails

Before the middle of last year I used to wear acrylic nails, which was not great for the health of my natural nails. Since the end of last year, I've been making a conscious effort to really look after my nails and ensure that they're not only strong and healthy but a good length too. So far, I feel like I've been doing well at this but I want to keep it up.

Let me know if you have any beauty goals for 2018?

CarrieFi x

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream Review

Looking after your skin is so important, especially during the cold winter months. Recently I've been using the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream*, and I have to say so far it's been amazing!

The Sudocrem Skin Care Cream has the same ingredients as an antiseptic healing cream but it is more gentle and caring to your skin. This makes the cream a perfect healant for spots/acne, skin irritations and even dry patches of skin such as knees/elbows. Believe it or not, Sudocrem isn't just for nappy rash! It has its celebrity fans too - namely Cheryl, and Perrie Edwards from Little Mix.

During the last few weeks, using the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream has been so helpful to me as I've had the odd hormonal breakout on my face, burnt my arm while getting something out of the oven and my forehead during a mishap with some curling tongs - ouch! I love how quick Sudocrem gets to work, whenever I've needed to use it my skin always looks and feels better by the next morning. It's always reduced any redness in my skin, and leaves it looking less irritated.

I have to say having never used Sudocrem before, I've been amazed at how it's healed any kind of skin trouble that I've had since using it and it's just feels so soothing and moisturising. It's worth pointing out that a little bit goes a long way with this, the cream is so thick that you really don't need to use a lot!

I've been using the 30g tube, which is super handy for keeping in your handbag or even in your luggage if you're going away somewhere - it takes up no room at all! It's so convenient and is the perfect size to use on the go. The 30g tube is an absolute bargain at only £1.99 in Boots!

So don't be fooled, Sudocrem isn't just for nappy rash! It works wonders for all sorts of skin troubles and it's definitely worth giving a go!

CarrieFi x

Thursday, 21 December 2017

YSL Black Opium Review

Black Opium is one of those fragrances that I fell in love with instantly after first coming across it. About a year ago, I received two mini samples of Black Opium in the Boots Beauty Advent Calendar,  I then was very lucky to receive a full size bottle for Christmas!

This fragrance is described as 'feminine glam rock', it's a floral scent with black coffee and vanilla. The scent is designed to give adrenaline, seduce and be sweet and sensual. I have to admit, I would agree with that description. It's definitely a fragrance which turns heads and receives many compliments when I wear it. 

It's a fragrance which gives me a little bit of a 'pep in my step' and a sassy/sexy confidence, it's a real feel good scent in my opinion and it's not hard to see why people are so quick to give compliments when they smell it.

In terms of lasting power - because I know some fragrances wear off after a few hours - I still can smell this on me the day after using it. I think that's amazing that it can last that long, and actually I don't have to spray too much of it on me to have that effect.

I also want to talk about the packaging too, I love the sparkly/glittery outer coating which just gives it that edge without looking tacky. It looks like it's made to stand out amongst other bottles, and I believe it does. 

It's such a unique fragrance and is definitely recognisable. I know that now I'm hooked on it, I will always want to re-purchase it! It is slightly pricey, however it's almost certainly worth it.

Seeing as it's close to Christmas, there may well be someone close to you who you may consider purchasing this for?

CarrieFi x


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Birchbox Unboxing December 2017

So it's time to unbox the last Birchbox of the year! This month's Birchbox is another collaboration, this time with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson. The design of the box is inspired by Matthew Williamson's Treasure Garden print and fits in with Birchbox's theme for this month's box - Life's Little Treasures.

The products picked for this month are aimed to be useful whether you are getting ready for Christmas parties or if you just want a cosy night in!

The first product in my box is the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose. This is a full size product, and I've already worn it a few times since the box arrived. I absolutely love the colour of this! It's a lovely nude pink colour and the bonus is that it's also hydrating.

I also received a Baïja Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub. An indulgent body scrub during the colder months always goes down a treat and this one sounds amazing!

The next product is the Mai Couture Highlighter Paper. These are a very glamorous type of blotting paper, they absorb the oil on your skin whilst giving you a non-greasy glow. I'm not too sure how I feel about these but I'll give them a go!

My Birchbox also featured a Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser. This is a moisturiser which has lots of superfoods in it such as kale and watercress, leaving your skin healthy and hydrated.

Lastly, and another full size product is the Spectrum Collections B04 Angled Blender Brush. I love using Spectrum's brushes and this brush looks to be really useful with blending eye makeup!

CarrieFi x


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Nudist' Review

Recently, I bought the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in the colour 'Nudist' and I've been using it non-stop since. When I first used it, I wasn't entirely sure if I'd enjoy using it but boy, how wrong I was!

I've noticed that the Gloss Sticks do feature in some Soap and Glory gift sets, so depending on which gift set you buy/receive you may find a Gloss Stick or two within your gift. Aside from featuring in gift sets, you can also buy the Gloss Sticks individually if you so wish.

Onto the review itself and like I said at the beginning of this post, I really wasn't sure if I was going to like using this product. I thought before I was going to use it that it would be more of a lipstick rather
than a lip gloss which I'll admit, was extremely naive of me considering the name of the product! It's also worth pointing out that if you're looking for a more pigmented product which gives a full wash of colour on your lips, like a lipstick, then this isn't for you.

When applied onto the lips, it doesn't feel at all sticky like a lip gloss and unlike the Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Glosses, you don't get the tingly feeling on your lips once applied. As the name of this product suggests, you get a lovely glossy shine to your lips with a slight hint of a nude colour - think of a 'your lips but better' scenario.

I definitely feel that this is an ideal lip product to use if you're weary of using anything too bold and especially for day to day wear - it's very subtle. It also smells nice, and feels extremely comfortable to wear and is moisturising on this lips which is an absolute win in my eyes.

The Gloss Stick when bought individually costs £3.50 which I feel is a bargain, for what it is and what it does I would almost definitely say that it's well worth the £3.50 price tag. Just as a side note however, it's worth mentioning that there isn't a massive load of product in the tube, but overall I'm really impressed by this! I normally steer well clear wherever Lip Gloss products are concerned, but for me this really isn't what I would class as your typical Lip Gloss. I will definitely be re-purchasing this when I run out!

CarrieFi x

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

How I'm Counting Down To Christmas

If there's one thing that builds up the excitement for Christmas, it's Advent Calendars! Every year I have to make sure that I have an Advent Calendar, even now as an adult. 

I think there might have been a couple of Christmases where I've left it too late to get an Advent Calendar but I try not to forget! Some years I've even ended up with a kids cartoon one which isn't overly 'cool' when you're grown up but it's the thought and sentiment that means the most!

As a beauty blogger - and general lover of all things beauty, I wanted to get myself a beauty advent calendar this year. I got one from Boots last year which contained brands from L'Oreal in it, and this year I had my eye on the John Lewis beauty advent calendar as it had so many products in it which I would have loved to have tried but unfortunately I was too late and they sold out! Aside from the John Lewis advent calendar, and I have to be honest, there wasn't many beauty advent calendars that I felt drawn to this year. I feel really sad to say that, but for me I felt disappointed that a lot are only 12 day calendars and for the price of them I simply don't feel that it's worth it!

So with that being said, this year I have relied on Cadbury's and their Dairy Milk advent calendar! You can't really go wrong with it, and after all it's kind of traditional to have a chocolate advent calendar.

CarrieFi x
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