Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Non-Chocolate Easter Gift Guide 2017

I wrote a non-chocolate gift guide last year and I really enjoyed collating all different ideas and sharing them with you, so I've decided to do the same again this year! Sometimes it's good to give people other gifts than just chocolate, or you may know someone that's given up chocolate for lent. Either way, I hope this guide helps someone and provides some inspiration!

1. Yankee Candle 3 Votives & 1 Votive Holder Gift Set (£11.99) | 2. Lush Chick 'N' Mix Bath Bomb (£6.95) | 3. John Lewis Wild & Wolf Woodland Folklore Rabbit Pen (£12.95) | 4. John Lewis Bunny Mug (£6.00) | 5. ASOS LETTUCE Bunny Ballet Flats (£25.00) | 6. Maynards Bassetts Jelly Bunnies (£1.00 (Tesco) ) | 7. M&S Rabbit Candle (£6.00) | 8. M&S Percy Pig Gift Bag (£30.00) | 9. Lush Carrot Gift Set (£17.95) | 10. John Lewis Sophie Allport Hare Doorstop (£30.00)

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash Review

Most of you will be familiar with the popular Garnier Micellar Water; it's been an absolute staple in my skincare routine for at least a couple of years now.

Garnier have now added to their growing Micellar cleansing range and have just introduced the Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash to the market. When I saw that this product had been released I was interested straight away. I use the micellar water religiously because I feel that it's so effective at doing what it does so I needed to know if the gel wash was as good as it said it was. It's a product where micellar technology has been incorporated into a face cleanser meaning that not only does it remove your makeup, it also cleanses your face at the same time, getting rid of any dirt, grime, pollution or impurities that are lingering after a long day. The gel wash comes in a bottle not too dissimilar to the micellar water bottle, the only difference in packaging being the pump dispenser which makes getting the gel out so easy, especially when I was mid way through using the product and I had my eyes shut but needed more of the cleanser.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how well the gel wash removed my makeup! I used the gel wash to double cleanse my skin, working in a circular massaging motion to really get the product into my skin and then rinsed it off using a damp flannel. After that I used a face wipe just to see if anymore dirt came off my face, and to my amazement nothing did! I also found that as a face wash it was very gentle and didn't cause too much discomfort around the eye area which is perfect when you are massaging the product in and removing your eye makeup.

It proves that this gel wash really does work and is so effective at removing everything off your face. It's absolutely true that the micellar technology acts as a magnet on your skin and it's amazing to see all the makeup and dirt being pulled off of your face while leaving your skin feeling so soft. What's more, it's so affordable! At the time of writing this post, I purchased the gel wash for £2.66 from Boots instead of the usual price £3.99 which was a saving of £1.33.

CarrieFi x


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

March Beauty Favourites

Welcome back to my monthly wishlist posts, I can't wait to share with you what's on my beauty wishlist in March! It's been a while since I have written one of these posts so I'm super excited to be writing this!

You'll perhaps notice that now we're beginning to approach Spring that there are some products on my wishlist that are appropriate for (hopefully) the weather to start being warmer. After a long and very cold winter I really want my skin to look more glowy and healthy, for this I will be recruiting my favourite gradual tanner, Dove Summer Revived. Since I last purchased this product it's had a complete re-branding and looks slightly different to what I've had before when it used to be called Dove Summer Glow, but I'm hoping the product will be just as good after the re-branding as it was before.

Also on my wishlist is the This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle, again thanks to the cold weather I really struggle with the skin on my legs, they become very dry and itchy which just doesn't look good when it comes to warmer weather, so to prepare, this product will take care of my skin and give my legs the glow that they've been lacking for the last few months.

Speaking of my legs, recently I have been using body scrubs a lot more consistently and made a routine of including them in my skincare routine. It's really helped to prevent dry skin and has made my skin feel so much smoother and not irritated at all. I love Soap and Glory and the Sugar Crush Body Scrub is a product I haven't tried before but knowing what the scent smells like, is one that I'd really like to give a go.

Dry skin on my legs hasn't been my only concern this Winter; I have also had chapped hands far too much too. Although I use hand creams religiously throughout the day a lot of them haven't been nourishing enough. I've heard that the L'Occitane Shea Intensive Hand Balm is ideal for curing very dry hands, so I really hope this lives up to its reputation!

There's a new beauty release coming up on Thursday which I have been very excited waiting for! It's the new highlighter by Too Faced called Love Light and it looks totally fabulous! It's so shiny and glowy that this will be a perfect pick me up in my makeup routine just in time for Spring/Summer. There's three shades to choose from, Ray of Light (Rose Gold), You Light Up My Life (Gold) and Blinded By The Light (Silver).

Moving on to skincare, I have included the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and Oil on my list, I've used the balm before and it was scarily good at removing my makeup, I've never used another product which has been as good as that at getting every last scrap of makeup off my face before. I've never tried the oil before but I'd like to, and compare it to the balm.

Lastly on my list is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Eye Mask, I've never used an eye mask before, but they do a lot for the skin under your eyes, making them look and feel so refreshed. It's an area of your face that gives everything away especially if you're tired!

CarrieFi x

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