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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

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

L'Oreal Infallable Nudist Matte Lip Paint in Dead Lips Review

If you read my post about my Boots Haul back in August, you will have seen that one of the products in my haul was the L'Oreal Infallable Nudist Matte Lip Paint in the shade 'Dead Lips'. I feel like ever since I bought this I've been wearing it non-stop - I can't get enough of it!

This range is a collection of nude liquid lipsticks which apply matte and are said to last up to 8 hours. I chose the shade Dead Lips which is more of a brown toned nude colour. The shade seems just right for my skin tone and really complements it well. I do feel that it lasts well throughout the day, however I wouldn't say that it lasts for a whole 8 hours after drinking and eating etc.

From the initial sight of the product, I assumed that this would be applied like a lip gloss in a squeeze tube, however, the lid is actually a wand therefore you use the wand to apply the product.

One slight downside to this product that I personally found is that it can be slightly drying - despite the product being advertised as not drying out. To combat this, I always make sure I apply some lip balm about 15-30 minutes before applying the lipstick, and I would do that before wearing any lipstick. This hasn't put me off of using this lipstick, I do like to take this off after a few hours to give my lips a break from feeling ever so dry, but again I do that with any lipstick that I wear. I must confess that I actually really like the product. The colour is definitely the sort of nude which I prefer, however there isn't a big variety of nude colours - there are some options, but it would be nice to see more shades added to the range eventually.

This is also really purse friendly too at just £6.99 from Boots, so it's not going to break the bank and is extremely affordable.

Let me know if you have tried any of the colours from the Infallable Nudist Matte Lip Paint range?

CarrieFi x

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Next Autumn/Winter Wishlist

The other day I received a catalogue through the door from Next. I love Next, especially their homeware so I was very excited to see what they have in store for the next few months!

Starting with clothing, the first item to catch my eye was a Faux Fur Cardigan in Black. This looks super comfy, and would be brilliant with a simple black top underneath and a pair of jeans.

I also really adore the Black Faux Fur Shearling Jacket, these jackets have become very popular lately and they just look so comfy and perfect for the colder weather that's coming.

The Ecru Cable Sweater is another of my favourites from Next's new range. It's a roll neck cable style jumper which looks very soft and would be perfect for keeping the cold over the next few months. I'd love to wear this with a simple pair of skinny jeans and some Ugg boots for a cosy relaxed look.

Another roll neck jumper to catch my eye was the Grey Scatter Pearl Sweater. I love the effect of the pearls at the bottom of the jumper, it looks really elegant and comfy.

Onto footwear, and I've been looking for a pair of Black Over The Knee Boots, and Next have some which are exactly what I've been looking for!

Next also have some amazing festive candles which are out now! I particularly like the Festive Spice 3 Wick Candle, the Prosecco Jar Candle, the Gin Fizz Jar Candle, the Mulled Wine Jar Candle and the Gingerbread Jar Candle.

I'm so so impressed with what Next have in at the moment, I can feel the shopping basket calling me!

Let me know if there's anything in Next which has caught your eye?

CarrieFi x
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