Thursday, 28 August 2014

Maybelline 'The Falsies' Volum' Express Review

Last month I was in Superdrug looking for a new Mascara as I felt that all the other Mascara's I've ever used just weren't doing what I wanted them to do, which was give my eye some definition and add volume to my lashes.

I was looking through all of the different brands when I came across a Mascara that caught my eye, Maybelline 'The Falsies'. I had remembered Tanya Burr always raving about this Mascara in her videos and I never really understood why it was until I purchased it. It's my miracle! It's all I've ever looked for in a Mascara, it gives my eye definition, makes them look fuller and best of all, it looks like I'm wearing false lashes without the fuss.


  • It's waterproof- no smudging here!
  • Lasts all day and holds the shape of your lashes, particularly if you have curled them prior to applying the Mascara.
  • The wand is curved and flexible, it really gets into your lashes.

  • As I have said previously, it gives your eyelashes definition and volume without using false lashes.
  • It only cost £7.99!


  •  It's difficult to remove, not a surprise given it's a waterproof Mascara, but if you don't want the hassle of removing a stubborn Mascara, it's not for you. It hasn't put me off, I just simply use my Clinique Cleansing Balm and it easily breaks the Mascara down.

All in all, it's a brilliant Mascara. Even more so that it's a high street brand with a reasonable price. It's definitely now become a Makeup item that I just cannot live without. The things it does to my eyes are miraculous!

CarrieFi x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Makeup Story!

I was inspired for this post by last weeks #bbloggers chat on Twitter; "Evolution of your Makeup Routine. It got me thinking, "How has my makeup evolved, and where did it all begin?".

I was 15 when I first properly wore makeup for the first time. It was a friends birthday party and I had decided to wear makeup. I took a trip to Superdrug and bought a few makeup items from the GOSH range which included; Mascara, Pencil Eyeliner and Lip Gloss. I didn't actually apply my makeup that night, my Aunty did, it would be interesting to know how my makeup would have turned out if I had! I remember later on that night though, after I had got home from the party, realising that I didn't have anything to take my makeup off with so I just used a wet flannel! (awks).

At that point in my teenage years, I didn't wear makeup on a regular basis, and I certainly didn't wear it to School. It was when I had turned 17 and I was at Sixth Form, that I had started wearing it on a more daily basis. Even though I had begun wearing makeup, it was very minimal, I would only apply Pencil Eyeliner on the bottom of my eyelids and Mascara. I felt at this time that was enough. Gradually over those months when I was 17 and before I turned 18, I increased the amount of Makeup items I owned. Firstly I purchased a Collection 2000 Liquid Eyeliner, which was thoroughly entertaining as I ended up looking like a Panda after I first applied it!  I bought a 17 Concealer from Boots and began using that, I even used it as a Foundation sometimes (I don't know if I should have done that). Eventually, I had decided to take the plunge and begin using Foundation. I was slightly concerned about it, as I had a bad memory of one of my friends at school applying Foundation on me once and it being REALLY cakey. I was watching lots of Beauty Bloggers on Youtube at that time and one Foundation I had heard lots of good things about was the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. I went and purchased it and I was so glad I did, I could see the appeal, it was lightweight (definitely not cakey), and I actually liked the smell. Since I first purchased it, I have used other Foundations, but I have gone back to the Healthy Mix Serum, and am using it at the moment.

I'm at the point where I'm happy with my makeup routine. It's basic and minimal. I apply Foundation, Concealer, Pressed Powder, Liquid Eyeliner and Mascara, and that's it. I went through a stage of applying Eye Shadow too, but decided that I would leave that for when I really make the effort with my makeup. In hindsight, I'm so glad I waited until I was 17 to wear makeup full time. It's important when you're young to enjoy yourself and not worry about how you look and other people's perceptions, and then if you want to, start wearing makeup, if you don't, it's fine!

CarrieFi x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

In The Spotlight: Marc Jacobs Fragrance Collection

I thought I would do something a bit different with this post and talk through Marc Jacobs' impressive collection of fragrances. Marc Jacobs is a renowned brand in the fragrance world, and the latest release; Daisy Dream has lived up to expectations. It's worth pointing out that I have never actually owned a Marc Jacobs fragrance but I have heard only good things about all of the fragrances released under the Marc Jacobs label. In addition, I have had a smell of the Oh Lola! perfume and it was lovely.

Starting with the first release, lets look at Daisy

Daisy was released in 2007 and is the original fragrance of the collection. Described as a floral scent with a vintage edge. I love the look of the bottle, it's simple but the Daisy's at the top of the bottle give it a classic feel.

Lola/Oh Lola!

Lola/Oh Lola! are also well known fragrances from the Marc Jacobs collection. Again, these are also floral scents, however, they are the sexy/flirtatious/seductive sisters of Daisy. Lola/Oh Lola! also is packaged in a lavish bottle.


Honey is a fragrance that is floral but with an energy tone thanks to the citrus scent from the mandarin and orange blossom. The bottle is like a bumble bee, so cute!


Another floral scent but with vanilla and musk. Dot is the sophisticated sibling of the Marc Jacobs fragrance family. In some ways the bottle reminds me of Honey, but this time the theme is a ladybird.

Daisy Dream

The scent I'm most looking forward to! I actually bought this as a gift last week and the recipient was very complimentary. I need to try this perfume! As with the other Marc Jacob fragrances, this is also a floral scent which is fresh and fruity. The bottle is dreamy and elegant!

So that was Marc Jacobs fragrances In the Spotlight! There is a common theme after a thorough analysis of the different fragrances, and that is that they all are floral scents and have quirky bottles. I love that about Marc Jacobs, it's a brand that is happy to have an individual style.

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Up until two months ago, I had never tried a cleansing balm. I had heard lots of good things about a particular one, the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm. It was actually watching Alix from I Covet Thee in her Evening Skincare Routine video that converted me to this product.

Normally what I will do is run some water to fill the sink, give my face a wipe with a damp flannel and then take a scoop of the cleansing balm in my fingers and massage it into my skin, where it goes from a balm to an oil in seconds, incredible! Afterwards, I just get a damp flannel again and wipe the oil off my face leaving it lovely and clean.

I am so glad I spent the £22 on this cleansing balm as in my opinion, it's worth every penny. As I said previously in the last paragraph, I had never tried a cleansing balm. Now, I couldn't imagine not using it. This particular Clinique balm is so effective at what it does. In the evening when I go to take my makeup off after a long day I'm in awe at how easily it breaks my stubborn mascara up, particularly as no wipes or cleansing water can shift it.

It's not only the product that impresses me either, another factor that encouraged me to buy this product was the packaging. For me, the packaging of a product is crucial in persuading shoppers to buy certain products as it's the first thing you notice about a product. Clinique have got it right with this cleansing balm as it's probably my favourite product based on the packaging, it looks so polished and I love the almost transparent purple base with the mirrored lid.

All in all, it's a great buy for me and as soon as I have finished this tub, I will be buying another!

Have any of you tried this cleansing balm? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

CarrieFi x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Soap and Glory Haul!

On Tuesday I had decided to meet up with a few friends for a meal. On the way, I found myself in Boots admiring the Soap and Glory range. At the moment in Boots it's 3 for 2 on Bath and Bodycare from Soap and Glory, so it would have been rude not to have taken advantage of the offer, right?

The tricky part of the purchase was; which three products from the range to choose? I even consulted with one of my friends, I was so torn, I could have had everything! In the end, this was what I choose!

Hand Food

 I have repurchased this product so many times, it's the best hand cream I've ever used!

 The Righteous Butter

 Likewise with hand food, another favourite, this is the best body moisturiser I have ever used.

Sugar Crush

Before I bought this on Tuesday, I had never used this product before (it's a shock, I know!) I'm looking forward to using this body wash.

So that's what I got from the 3 for 2 offer on Soap and Glory at Boots! Let me know below if you have bought anything from the 3 for 2 offer, I'd love to know what you purchased!

CarrieFi x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag!

Hello guys,

I thought I would give you a glimpse into my makeup bag so you could all see what makeup I use on a daily basis. The makeup bag I use is by Ted Baker and as you can see it's black with a pink bow, I love it, it's so adorable!

Onto the makeup, firstly is what I use for my eyes:

From left to right; Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream Skin Perfector Eye Roll-On (Light), L'Oreal Superliner (Black), Superdrug Eyelash Curlers, Maybelline The Falsies Mascara (Black), Avon ColorTrend Pencil Eyeliner (Black).

Next is what I use for the base of my makeup:

From left to right; Benefit The Porefessional, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (52 Vanille), Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (Warm Medium), Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Transparent), Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (Medium Brown), Maybelline Brow Pencil (Soft Brown).

Lastly is my bronzer and blusher

From left to right; No7 Bronzing Beads, Revlon Photoready Cream Blusher (Pinched).

I hope this post gave you an in depth look into the makeup I use everyday. Let me know in the comments below or tweet me at @CarrieFi_ if you have any product recommendations?

CarrieFi x


Saturday, 2 August 2014

The British Tag!

 Hello Guys!

If any of you follow or are subscribed to Sammi aka BeautyCrush, you will know that recently she created her own tag named 'The British Tag'. I absolutely love the tag and wanted to have a go myself so here are my responses!

How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?
This honestly is dependent on the day! Generally during the week I'll have about three a day, but at the weekend it can get up to four. I always have one sugar in my tea.

What is your favourite part of your roast dinner?
If I'm having a Roast Chicken, then that can be my favourite bit, but I also love roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings AND stuffing. It's too difficult to decide between all of those, I just love roast dinners!

What is your favourite dunking biscuit?
Bourbons. Hands down

What is your favourite quintessentially British pastime?

What is your favourite word?
Spiffing (excellent FYI)

What is your favourite sweet?
I'm not really a sweet fan. I prefer chocolate!

What would your pub be called?
House of CarrieFi

Who is your no1 British person?
Adele, obvs. 

What is your favourite shop/restaurant?
For my favourite shop it has to be Topshop. For a restaurant, I'm not too sure, but you can't go wrong with a good Fish and Chip shop, especially at the seaside!

What British song pops into your head?
Oasis- Wonderwall

No thanks.

If you read this, have a go and send me the link to yours!

CarrieFi x

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