Saturday, 27 December 2014

My Winter Survival Kit- Part 2: Carmex Lip Balm

Hello again, and welcome to the second part in my blog series; My Winter Survival Kit. I hope you're all having a fabulous festive season and a well deserved break! In this post I will be talking about the lip product that is seeing me through the colder months, Carmex lip balm. 

This pot of Carmex I currently own is actually the first pot I've ever owned. I have used Carmex before of course but it's always been through friends who have owned it. Before now I always used to rely on Vaseline or the Superdrug Little Pink Tin. They both used to moisurise my lips a little, but they didn't ever REALLY nourish my lips, which is where my problems began. In the warmer months my lip moisture is never an issue, obviously, but as soon as the temperature starts dropping in the winter, I suffer, I really suffer with my lips. They get dry, they chap, and most of all, they hurt. None of which is a pleasurable experience.

So, one evening during a #bbloggers chat on Twitter I went online and asked the question; "What lip products are there to help get rid of my dry lips?" The response was eye opening, particularly as I found out from a fellow blogger that products such as Vaseline and other Petroleum Jelly based lip products offer absolutely no protection for your lips as they cannot sink deep into your lips to be thoroughly nourishing. She, as well as lots of other people suggested trying Carmex, so that's exactly what I did.

I have to say, so far I'm extremely impressed by Carmex, It feels so moisturising when I apply it to my lips, and I actually enjoy the slight stinging sensation I get when I apply it, it makes me feel like the product is really doing something to my lips. I have also noticed since using Carmex that my lips are an awful lot more softer and I have had absolutely no chapping or dryness. I'm hooked!

CarrieFi x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

My Winter Survival Kit- Part 1: Soap and Glory 'Hand Food'

Welcome to the first edition in my new blog series; My Winter Survival Kit. This week we will be taking a look at a product that serves my hands well during the colder months, Soap and Glory's 'Hand Food'.

This product is one of my all time favourites from Soap and Glory. It has the signature scent that we all associate with Soap and Glory which is so divine, I could sit and smell it all day long. Aside from the scent itself, the texture of the product is wonderful, it feels lovely and soft and leaves your hand feeling the same way. It's not greasy AT ALL, which is the most crucial element for me in a hand cream. There's nothing worse than putting a hand cream on, only to find you have to wait about an hour for your hands to dry before you can do anything again!

Then, we come onto the packaging. I absolutely love it, it's so girlie and pink and just fits in with the ethos of the brand. As does the name of the product, which is true Soap and Glory style is a play on words.

I can't cope without this product, and at this time of the year when my hands get dry and sore, it has an even bigger presence in my life!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

It's taken me a long time, but finally, I'm the proud owner of an Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.

This makes me extremely happy! I adore the palette. The shades are beautiful and the palette looks extravagant. The third edition to the Naked Palettes, this offering has lots of pink toned hues with a dash of glitter and shimmer and a hint of darkness. It's, in my opinion, the perfect combination.

I've yet to use the palette, but given as Christmas is just around the corner, this little beauty will be making an appearance to give my eyes a glow during the festive season!

From my first glances, the shadows that stand out to me are Dust, Limit, Buzz, Nooner, Mugshot and Blackheart.

Also, in the box in which the palette comes in are a pack of four eye primer samples, all of which last a week. Pretty amazing to receive that too!

 Do you own the Naked Palette 3? Do you like it? What are your favourite shades? Let me know!

CarrieFi x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Christmas Tag!

It's almost time for the holiday season, and to get in to the mood for Christmas on my blog, I couldn't think of anything better than doing the Christmas Tag!

1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
The Holiday! How can you not love Jude Law?

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I don't think so, although I remember one year, waking up on Boxing Day and there being snow outside.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
The Pogues- Fairytale Of New York

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No! I can't physically do it. I feel too guilty!

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I'd love to say I can, but I'd be lying.........

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
The Christmas dinner!

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Normally fake, but this year it will be real! 

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
This is difficult, there's so much food I enjoy eating at Christmas I can't choose, I'm going to say everything!

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Giving gifts. I like seeing the look of surprise and happiness on people's faces when they open a present you've bought them.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
 The Real Techniques Core Collection brush set I got last year.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
New York!

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
Depends on what I'm wrapping. Some things are easier to wrap than others. I'm not brilliant but I don't make a mess of it either!

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
My cat leaving a paw print in the frozen Turkey one year.......

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
Is it bad I genuinely cannot remember how I found out? I really have no idea at all!

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Not necessarily resolutions but aims.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?
Being surrounded by the ones I love.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Next Christmas Wish List #NextmasWishlist

Last week I received an an email in my inbox from Next who have been getting in touch with bloggers and asking them to come up with a wishlist of items they would like to receive for Christmas. I jumped at the chance as I adore Next and its products, particularly the homeware.

(From left to right; top to bottom) Knit Look Cape £38, Grey Lambswool Rich Sweater £32, Ballet Bar Sculpture £30, Joyeaux Noel Luxury Fragranced Multiwick Candle £15, Minnie Mouse Legging Pyjamas £25, Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle £8-£14, Set Of 4 Love Mugs £16, Plush Natural Faux Fur Heart Cushion £14

What items have caught your eye in Next?

CarrieFi x


Friday, 5 December 2014

Benefit 'Brow Zings' Review

In the past I can openly admit to not really ever having a brow routine other than plucking them! Mainly due to the fact I've always felt that my brows have never really needed filling in as I feel that when they're plucked they're reasonably presentable. However, on the odd occasion, usually if I am really making an effort with my makeup (i,e. weekends, evenings, or any time when I have lots of time to do my makeup), I have in the past used a brown eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows to enhance the shape of them and just make them look a bit more defined. I have also used eyebrow pencils and brow mascara's to find out what products and techniques work for me when it comes to my brow routine. Until now.

I think I have finally found the product that works for me. That product is the Benefit 'Brow Zings' brow shaping kit. It's a small palette that contains a brow wax, powder, a hard angle brush, a blending brush, tweezers and has a small compact mirror built into the lid of the palette which is perfect if you are on the go!

The technique for using this brow kit is super simple, which is great if you want to get the famous groomed Benefit brows. Firstly taking the hard angle brush you just take a bit of the the brow wax and run it through your brows to set them in place, then, using the same hard angle brush (or blending brush), take some of the powder and work on the areas of your brows which look sparse and need filling in. A
fter, if there are any stray hairs, just pluck them out using the tweezers provided in the kit, and you're done! So simple!

The great thing about this kit is that inside the box that the palette is in, there is a little booklet giving you a lesson on how to shape your brows using this kit which I think is a lovely touch.

Thanks to this kit I actually really enjoy doing my brows now! Before it seemed like such a laborious chore as I could never make them look natural. If you are thinking of purchasing this kit, definitely go for it! It is quite pricey at £24.50 but if you can afford to, it's worth the money.

CarrieFi x

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