Tuesday, 24 April 2018

My Top 5 From Benefit

I've said it so many times, Benefit Cosmetics are by far one of my favourite makeup brands - there's so many of their products which I love. Trying to whittle my favourites down to 5 was actually very difficult! I think I've got a list which covers different areas of the face, so without further ado, sit back, grab some refreshments and enjoy!

The first Benefit product that I love is the Roller Lash mascara. I remember my excitement over this mascara when it was first released over three years ago. I fell in love with it instantly, and ever since, Roller Lash has remained a constant in my makeup routine. I just love the effect it has on my lashes, the formula's brilliant, and it's such as easy mascara to use. It's easy to get off, and it doesn't smudge. All round, it's just the perfect mascara in my opinion!

Another favourite of mine is the Goofproof eye brow pencil. I first discovered this product when a sample of this was in with a copy of Elle magazine nearly a couple of years ago now. This is another Benefit product that I fell in love with straight away. I love how easy it is to make my brows look 'on fleek' with Goofproof. Even though I use this product to fill my brows in, they still look natural which is amazing!

Last November, I received a sample of the Hoola bronzer in my Birchbox. At first I wasn't keen, however that was my fault, as I was originally picking up too much product on my brush - which made me look ever so slightly too orange! I have since realised the error of my ways, and now only use a tiny amount, and I love the colour, and contour that it gives me! I'll definitely be picking up a full size of this when the sample I have runs out.

There's only one primer that I have remained faithful to since I began wearing makeup many years ago, and that's Porefessional. This honestly makes my makeup stick to my face so well throughout the whole day - better than anything else that I've ever tried. I also love that there are now lots of variations of the Porefessional primer. I gave the Porefessional Pearl primer a go when it was first released a few months ago, and absolutely loved the glow it gave me.

Lastly in my top 5, is the Watts Up highlighter. This is such an easy highlighter to use. All I do is sweep this on the top of my cheek bones, and I have such a nice glow - a lovely champagne colour! You really don't need to use too much of this either, a little bit definitely goes a long way! It's really handy having a little sponge on the end of the applicator, although I don't really use it.

I really hope you enjoyed discovering what my top 5 favourite Benefit products are! Let me know which ones are your favourites - I'd love to know!

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CarrieFi x

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Birchbox x Cath Kidston April 2018 Unboxing

This month Birchbox have collaborated with Cath Kidston as part of Cath Kidston's 25th birthday celebrations. I'm not going to lie, I did let out a little squeal when I heard about this collaboration! The first thing I have to say is; how beautiful is the box?!

As always, Birchbox have a little motto behind each month's box. This month the motto is "Brighten Up Your Day". I can honestly say that so far, this box has certainly brightened up my day! I'm excited to discover what's in the box and start using the products!

The first product I've received is the ModelCo Baked Highlighter in the shade 'Moonshine'. I've always used creamy highlighters in the past, so this will be interesting to try! I love the shade. It's a golden colour, so it should be perfect in the summer to achieve a golden glow!

Next is the Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel in the shade 'Brunette'. This is a brand which I've not heard of before, but that's the beauty of subscribing to a subscription box such as Birchbox, discovering new brands! I'm very loyal to Benefit's Gimme Brow, but I'll definitely be trying this out soon!

As well as the gorgeous box, I've also received a Cath Kidston Hand Cream. Let me tell you, it smells divine! I can't say that I've ever purchased something through the Birchbox shop, but I will definitely be stocking up on this in the future! It has such a beautiful floral scent, but the cream itself is just so moisturising and makes my hands feel fabulous!

The Oribe Apr├Ęs Beach Wave & Shine Spray featured in my Birchbox this month. I really like the look of this product. This will be a great product to use after I put waves in my hair, perfect for when the warmer weather eventually rolls around!

Lastly, I received the Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in the shade 'Fifty Shades'. I'll be honest, I'm not so keen on this product. I'm not a massive eyeshadow wearer as it is, but aside from that, the colour just isn't one that I would wear - it's too dark for me unfortunately. 

I hope you enjoyed unboxing my Birchbox with me!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Product Empties 2018 #2

I can't believe I'm already writing another product empties post! I honestly didn't think I'd have another batch of empty products to go through with you all so soon after my last post. I have to admit though, I really enjoy sharing what I've been using with you all, I hope you're all enjoying these sorts of posts too!

The first empty I have for you, is the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Gel Oil. I bought this at the beginning of Autumn last year on a whim whilst shopping in Boots. I can tell you now, it has been an essential for me over the colder months! I suffer with quite dry skin, especially on my legs during the winter, and the Vaseline Gel Oil has made my skin feel so much better. I had been using this just after I had either bathed or showered when my skin was still damp.

Would I Repurchase? Absolutely!

The next empty I have is a sample sized Benefit The Porefessional. I've owned several tubes of this over the years in either sample sized or full sized versions, and to be honest, I just can't get enough of it! It's the only primer that I've used which I genuinely enjoy using, and the only one that I've tried which holds makeup really well on my face.

Would I Repurchase? Of course!

I've recently finished my little bottle of Lush's Snow Fairy Shower Gel. Unfortunately this is a seasonal product that is only available at Christmas, which is such a shame, because I probably could use this all year round if I could! However, it makes this shower gel more special that one time of the year! I have to admit, I didn't really like the scent of this product when I first used it, but it grew on me and now I absolutely love it!

Would I Repurchase? At Christmas, definitely!

I received the Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream in a beauty advent calendar, and I've just finished up using the pot of it. I can't say I was a fan of it, it was okay, but I think I've probably used other moisturisers which are considerably cheaper that I've enjoyed using more.

Would I Repurchase? Probably Not.

I can't do a makeup look without my liquid eyeliner. My go to for creating a fierce cat eye is the L'Oreal Paris Perfect Slim by Superliner in Intense Black. I've been using this product for years, and constantly go back to it. I just find it so easy to create flicks with it!

Would I Repurchase? I definitely will!

Lastly, is the Soap & Glory Smoothie Star The Breakfast Scrub. This is another product which I've gone through multiple pots of. I absolutely love the scent of this product! It does smell a bit biscuity, but I really like that! It makes my skin feel absolutely amazing, and so smooth after I've used it!

Would I Repurchase? Yes!

That's it for another post in my Product Empties series, I hope you enjoyed!

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CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April Beauty Wishlist

Welcome to April! Hopefully now Spring will finally arrive? I'm so ready for Spring. As you can probably tell from the first glance of my April Wishlist, there's a lot of skincare on there. That's because Winter has absolutely ruined my skin! I definitely feel the need to rejuvenate my skin ready for the Spring/Summer months ahead!

First up on my Wishlist is from a brand that I absolutely adore, and is the Percy & Reed A Walk In The Rain Shine & Fragrance Mist. This product is a spray which not only adds fragrance to your hair, but also gives it shine too. Both of which are very important to me in a haircare product!

Next is the first of many skincare products within this post. It's the Rodial Vitamin C Brightening Pads. These pads can be used in the morning and evening, and the fruit acids contained within these exfoliate and renew the skin's surface. I've never tried any of Rodial's products before, but I have to say, I'm really impressed with what they have to offer.

I really got into wearing lipsticks last year, in particular, nude lipsticks. I just feel like it's such a versatile shade, and it can either be dressed up or dressed down. But it can also suit everyone, depending on what nude shade you pick. One that's recently caught my eye is the MAC Liptensity Lipstick in the shade Driftwood. I've never tried any of the Liptensity range, but I love the look of the formula of them, and the range of shades too.

While we're on the topic of nude shades, I also have a thing for nude nail shades too. For the same reason that I love nude lipsticks. Recently, I've really gotten into using my SensatioNail kit again after some time, and forgot how good the system is! I've put the SensatioNail Express Gel Polish in Taupe To Bottom onto my Wishlist. Mainly because I love the shade, but the Express Gel Polish has been designed so you don't have to use a base or top coat with the polish, making the process of doing your nails so much quicker!

Back to skincare, and I'm loving the look of the Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks. I've never used an eye mask before, but I really want to start using them as they seem to give your under eye such a boost! I've also read some really good reviews on these particular eye masks too. 

My skin has been having such a hissy fit lately. I don't think all the months of freezing weather, snow, rain and central heating have helped to be honest. But I have been going through a faze of having such oily skin, and it feels horrible! I'm hoping that the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper will help me out! These papers will also come in handy in the warmer months too, when/if they arrive!

Speaking of oily skin, another product I have added to my list is the Benefit Porefessional Licence To Blot Mattifier. I love the original, and Pearl Porefessional primers, but this is a oil blotting stick which can be used over makeup, designed to target oily parts such as the side of your nose, forehead, and chin.

Not too long ago, I was introduced to Glam Glow face masks, and I fell in love! It worked a treat on my skin, and made it look so much more glowy and better than before. I want to try more of their masks, and saw the Glam Glow Multi-Masking Kit. The kit has a selection of their brilliant masks, and will give me an opportunity to try these all out!

Lastly, I will admit that I have actually never used an SPF before. I know that's really terrible, made even worse when I've ended up with sunburn on my face multiple times over the last two summers, so this year I want to change my ways and start wearing SPF! I've been reading lots of reviews of different SPF's, and I saw amazing reviews of the Clinique Super City Block SPF40.

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CarrieFi x

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