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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
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