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




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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










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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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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Baking Mince Pies!

There's nothing quite like baking at Christmas! The smell of baking is amazing all year round but more so at Christmas! Recently I wanted to try making my own Mince Pies and they actually turned out better than I expected!

I followed a Paul Hollywood recipe on the BBC Good Food website which was so easy to follow! I've never made pastry before, nor had I ever made Mince Pies before so I really wasn't expecting my efforts to be amazing.

The original recipe says to do a normal lid for the pie, however I really love the effect of a star on top of Mince Pies, so that's what I did! Unfortunately I didn't have a cookie cutter in the shape of a star to use so I had to improvise and just cut star shapes free style - hence the reason why the stars don't all look the same, however it just makes each Mince Pie look unique and a bit more 'rustic'.


I have to admit, they tasted so good! and the pastry was lovely too, I'll definitely be making these again!

Making something like Mince Pies at Christmas is such a brilliant and rewarding thing to do, especially if for instance you have guests, or even maybe as a gift idea?



CarrieFi x
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Monday, 4 December 2017

Winter Skincare Essentials

In today's post I am going to be talking to you about something which is so extremely important to me over the colder months - my skincare essentials. I know I'm not alone in suffering with drier skin during this time of the year, so I thought I would share what products help me through!


Face

My face doesn't get too bad compared to the rest of my body, nonetheless I still like to keep the skin on my face as hydrated as possible. The product that I swear by to moisturise my face is the Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream. The quality of this moisturiser is amazing and really does the job, I love that this product doesn't break the bank either - sometimes you don't need to spend lots of money!



My lips are honestly so important in terms of being moisturised in the winter, my favourite lip balm is the Carmex Lip Balm. I love the tingling sensation on my lips when applied, and I also love the distinctive scent of this product too! Aside from that, it makes my lips feel soft and moisturised.


Body


There's two areas on my body where I suffer the most with dry skin, my hands and my legs. This has actually been the case for some years now during the colder months, but I've learned how to combat that. With my hands I have to apply so much hand cream throughout the day to keep my hands moisturised and prevent them from getting dry and sore. The hand cream that honestly helps me out is the Soap and Glory Hand Food. If ever my hands are feeling really dry, a little bit of Hand Food makes them feel so much more smoother again, and it smells amazing!



In terms of my legs, once I'm out of the bath/shower I apply the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Body Gel. Because this product is a gel, you need to apply this to semi-dry skin or else your skin will feel extremely sticky which is not nice! I really feel like this gel has helped to make my skin feel so much better since I started using it.



Another product I swear by is the Soap and Glory Righteous Butter. This is such a rich butter so you definitely don't need to use too much of it, but it really sinks into your skin and leaves it feeling so much more hydrated and moisturised.


So I think that's it in terms of what I use to keep my skin going throughout the winter, let me know below what your winter skincare essentials are?



CarrieFi x






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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Bourjois Rouge Velvet 'Berry Formidable' Lipstick Review

For ages now I've been looking for the perfect red lipstick for not only Christmas, but Winter in general. I have to say that for me that's a very adventurous step forwards in terms of wearing lipsticks. 


It's only in the last year that I've began to have confidence with wearing Lipsticks more, and that confidence only stretched to wearing very subtle nude lipsticks. However, whilst reading through a Christmas magazine, there was a beauty section which had an article on which red lipstick would suit certain skin tones. Not being able to find a red lipstick to suit my own personal skin tone was one of the main reasons why I guess I've been put off of trying to wear red lipsticks, some can wash you out and some can look too much.

The lipstick which I found that I liked is the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in the shade 'Berry Formidable'. As the name suggests - this is a berry toned red, which is my favourite type of red! I really like that the shade isn't too 'out there' for me, it looks quite fitting for this time of year which makes it so much easier to wear.



As for the formulation of the lipstick, it's actually quite moisturising on the lips and I didn't feel uncomfortable wearing it. It lasts really well after applying it too, even after eating and drinking which is amazing!

The only struggle I had was with actually applying the lipstick, I have since realised that the way to apply it is by using the tip as a lip liner and then fill in the rest of your lips with the lipstick. I have had a few smudges around my lips which has been a nightmare to get rid of, but that's to be expected with a shade like this!

Overall, I've been really happy with this lipstick! It's the perfect shade for the festive period and Winter and I hope that I can get a lot of use out of it!



CarrieFi x







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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Lush Christmas Haul


Welcome to Day 2 of Blogmas - Today I have a Lush Christmas Haul for you! I don't know about you but I absolutely love Lush's seasonal ranges, they always include some cute products and they always smell great!



This year I was only very slightly disappointed because my favourite Christmas bath bomb - Father Christmas - isn't on sale this year! Father Christmas was around for a few years and it was always my tradition to use the Father Christmas bath bomb in my bath on Christmas Eve! I'm so gutted, but I suppose it just means that I'll need to try other bath bombs instead!


Back to this years haul, and I picked out a small selection of bath bombs to use over the festive period. The first one being the Butterbear bath bomb. Butterbear is basically the Butterball bath bomb in a bear shape for Christmas. I love this bath bomb because although it isn't the most exciting and there isn't much of a fragrance to it, it leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised!


I also picked up the Golden Wonder bath bomb. This is a new one for me as I've never tried it, and I did contemplate picking up the giant version but I thought I would just stick to the normal sized one for now! The scent of this bath bomb apparently is sweet orange and lime oil so it sounds like it's quite citrusy!


Another new one for me is the Shoot For The Stars bath bomb. This bath bomb contains Honey, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot, but it also contains Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil so not only will my skin feel amazing, it will leave me smelling amazing too!


The Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb also made it's way into my haul, I've used this bath bomb before and I loved it! It contains Lavender and Tonka, so it's sure to leave me feeling all relaxed!


A new product to hit the Christmas range this year is the Snowman bubbleroon! The Snowman is such a cute little character and it'll be a shame to break him up into little pieces when the time comes to use this in my bath. This contain Sicilian Lemon Oil and has Cocoa and Shea Butter inside to leave your skin feeling soft!



CarrieFi x



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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

November Product Empties


I've never managed to write an empties post before - even though I've always wanted to. The problem being that I always automatically throw any products straight into the bin without thinking of saving them for an empties post!


I have however, managed this time round to save a few empty products to share with you. I'm going to do a star rating of each product out of 5, give you my opinions on them and let you know if I'd buy them again - so without any further ado let's get started!


My first empty is the Lee Stafford Heat Protection Shine Mist. I absolutely love the smell of Lee Stafford's products, and this Heat Protection really does give my hair a lovely shine to it after I have used it. This product is a regular staple in my hair care routine, I always buy it again and again.

Rating: ★★★★


Next is the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. This worked amazingly on my skin and left it feeling lovely and smooth, I especially loved the scent of this product too.

Rating: ★★★★


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is another of my empties, this is the second of these that I have got through and I just absolutely love it! It's amazing at getting every last scrap of makeup off my face and my eyes. I haven't found anything else that's been as effective as this product!

Rating: ★★★★★


I've got another empty exfoliant! The Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser was one that I got as part of a free gift, and I really enjoyed using it! It's probably the gentle exfoliant I've ever used. The texture is very jelly-ish like but it does get to work and remove any dead skin cells really effectively!

Rating: ★★★★


I'm so sad to have run out of the L'Oreal So Couture Mascara. This is honestly hands down the best mascara I have ever used - and I'm not just saying that! It really gives my lashes volume that I can usually only dream of. I will definitely be re-purchasing this again!

Rating: ★★★★★


Hand Cream is something of a necessity for me at the moment, especially as it's now started to get much colder. In the Summer, I received the Cowshed Cowpat Hand Cream in one of my Birchboxes, and I have recently just finished using it all up. I have to admit, I wasn't overly impressed with it, it wasn't hydrating or moisturising enough for me unfortunately.

Rating: ★★






CarrieFi x
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

November Beauty Wishlist




Welcome to November's Beauty Wishlist! As ever, I'm going to be going through the products which have caught my eye this month!


Going straight into it, the first product is the Nars Creamy Concealer. I've always heard lots and lots of good things about this concealer and I am looking to purchase a new concealer so this may well be the one I go for!


Staying with makeup, I also really want to try the MAC Face and Body Foundation. Again this is another product I have heard good things about, and I've also heard that it's got good coverage too, which is something that I always look for in a foundation.


I'm looking to completely change up my makeup products as you can probably tell so far, and another recommendation which has crept into my Wishlist for this month is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I've been looking for a powder which isn't cakey and looks natural on the skin and this is the one to go for so I've been told.


The last makeup item in my Wishlist is the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Chasing The Sun Champagne Illuminating Powder. I've only ever used a creamy highlighter before and not powder so I'd like to give a powder highlighter a go and see how I get on with it. This highlighter looks amazing too and is such a pretty colour from what I've seen!


Next up, I can't write a beauty Wishlist and not include Lush, so this month I'm loving the look of the Rocket Science Bath Bomb. It looks so fun and colourful!


Also from Lush, I really want to give the Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion a go. I've seen lots of brilliant reviews on this and it's supposed to really relax you ready for bed. Another of Lush's products which is good for nighttime are the Twilight products, on my Wishlist this month I've included the Twilight Body Spray. I can imagine this will be brilliant to spray on after a bath and putting my pyjamas on!


Last year I loved the Gingerbread scented hand cream from Zoella's Beauty Christmas range. This year she has another hand cream  - Winter Wonder Hand on sale from her Christmas range and I want to try it and see if it's as good as last years one! Also I really want to try the Snow'ella Body Mist as this apparently smells good!




CarrieFi x






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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
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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 Lancôme 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



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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
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