Tuesday, 29 May 2018

My Top 5 From Soap & Glory

You may remember back in April, I wrote a post in which I listed my top 5 products from Benefit. I really enjoyed writing it, and I hope you all enjoyed reading it just as much! I wanted to write the same style of post for another one of my other favourite beauty brands; Soap & Glory. So, here we have my top 5 Soap & Glory products!

My first favourite is the Hand Food hand cream. I am, and have been for a long time, obsessed with this! It just smells gorgeous for starters, and it always leaves my hands feeling super hydrated and smooth. For me, having a hand cream near me is an essential at all times, and I love the fact that it comes in two different sizes - one which is a mini version so that it's convenient to pop in my bag and take with me on the go, and a bigger version which I can have on my bedside table. 

Next in my top 5 is the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in the shade 'Nudist'. Now unfortunately, as far as I am aware, the 'Nudist' shade is no longer in stock. I'm not sure if that's temporary or permanent, but if it is indeed permanent that it's not coming back into stock, then it's such a big shame! I love the texture and the shade of this gloss stick, it's not sticky like a lip gloss, but it gives a nice natural coloured sheen to my lips. 

Now, I do love the Original Pink fragrance of Soap & Glory's - however, I love the Smoothie Star fragrance just as much, and is featured in the Rich & Foamous body wash. It's such a comforting scent, and the scent of the body wash stays on me for quite while after I have used the body wash which is amazing! Another good thing about this body wash is that it's quite moisturising on the skin too, and leaves my skin feeling so smooth after I've used this.

Speaking of my skin feeling so good, I love the Righteous Butter. It's scented with the Original Pink fragrance, so it smells fab - but it also is quite a thick consistency moisturiser, therefore it really hydrates my skin, and makes it feel so soft and smooth.

Lastly, is Heel Genius. This is a foot cream which smells like peppermint, and is very refreshing on my skin, but also makes them feel so smooth after I apply the cream. I think this has to be one of my favourite foot creams that I have ever used!

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CarrieFi x

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Shopping My Stash!

I've seen a lot of 'Shopping My Stash' posts around lately, and they've really intrigued me. The idea is that you go through your beauty collection, and 'shop' for products that you may have forgotten about, rather than buying new products. I have to say, I went through my stash and I was pleasantly surprised at some of the products that I found which had been forgotten. 

Starting with lips, I found a MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick. I bought this at the beginning of last year when there was such a hype surrounding it. I remember liking it, but I think I felt that the shade was a little darker on my lips than I had expected. However, I'm all for giving a second chance, and maybe I might grow to love it eventually!

Next is another hyped about product, the Benefit BADGal Bang! I used it consistently for about a month when it first came out at the beginning of this year, but then went back to my trusty Roller Lash mascara after I had reviewed it. I liked the BADGal Bang! Mascara - definitely more than I expected to after reading some reviews, but it didn't blow me away either, certainly not enough to take me away from Roller Lash.

Another Benefit product I found was the 'Dew The Hoola' liquid bronzer. I got a sample of this from somewhere - I can't remember where! But I did struggle with this when I first got it, I'd never used a liquid bronzer before, so I had no idea how much to use and I found blending it in quite tricky. However, I'm going to give this another go, and try blending it in with a beauty blender and see how that goes!

I  found a Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser hiding in my drawer, made me very happy finding it! I used a mini sample of this at the start of the year, and I really liked it. The scent is so refreshing, and it feels so lightweight on my face - plus, I'm running out of moisturiser!

Lastly, I found my bottle of the MAC Prep + Prime Fix + Spray. I went through a phase of using this last year, but then put it away and forgot about it. I've fallen in love with it all over again - so much so, that I've nearly run out and need to repurchase soon!

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May 2018 Birchbox Unboxing!

Recently, May's Birchbox landed on my doorstep. This month is themed around the imminent arrival of Summer, and some of the products featured reflect this. I have to admit I'm feeling a bit 'meh' about this box, which I'm really gutted by, because I normally get so excited with what I receive - but I'll explain more as I write about each product in detail.

The first product is the Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in the shade Amber Rose. When I received the box, I put this on straight away, and I was impressed with how long it lasted! I can't say I'm overly keen on the shade however, but I'm hoping that it may grow on me. The only downside I feel with this product, is that it is very drying on the lips, so much so that I had to take it off after wearing it for a while.

Next is the Greenfrog Botanic Geranium & Peppermint Botanical Bodywash. This is a organic, cruelty free and vegan product which allegedly is great for people with sensitive skin, especially if you have eczema or psoriasis. I really like the scent of this body wash, it's very fresh!

I also received the Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm. I have to admit that I'm really not sure on this product. It's a natural deodorant, so you rub a small amount of the balm onto clean underarms. I don't tend to like using balms under my arms, just because I find that my pores get clogged up and bumpy afterwards. I might give it a go though anyway though!

The Marcelle New Age Precision 8-in-1 Power Serum features in this months box for me too. I don't really use serums, but I'm looking forward to giving it a go, and seeing what it does for me! 

Lastly, I received the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I'm a lover of a liquid eyeliner, so I was quite happy to see this in my box!

Like I said, I wasn't massively blown away by this month's box. There's a couple of things that I'm quite happy with, i.e. the eyeliner, and bodywash, but the rest is just a bit 'meh' to me. Hopefully next month will be a little better!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

My Top 3 Favourite Nude Lipsticks

I never used to be a lipstick wearer, mainly because I always felt that bold colours would emphasise my lip shape - which is something that I have always felt conscious of. But then I decided to give nude coloured lipsticks a go, and found they suit me much better! I also love that nude shades go well with any type of makeup look.

So, in honour of my favourite shade of lipstick, I decided to (somehow) pick out three of my favourite nude lipsticks, and share those with you.

My first favourite is L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte in the shade 'Dead Lips'. This is a liquid lipstick, which prior to buying, I had never tried a liquid lipstick before. I was a bit worried when I first started using it that it would be drying on my lips due to it being a matte consistency, however - it's not drying at all! I love the shade of this lipstick - it's a browny-pink shade, which suits my skin tone to a tee.

Another favourite of mine is the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in the shade 'Nudist'. Now sadly, Soap & Glory have confirmed that the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are being discontinued! So at the time of this post going out, these are currently on sale in Boots with 50% off. I can't see that the Nudist shade is available on the Boots website, but they do have other shades which are currently available. I'm going to have to savour this while it lasts! Anyway, what I love about the Gloss Stick is that it gives a nice glaze to my lips, but isn't heavy, or sticky like a lip gloss. 

Lastly, I love MAC's Creamsheen Lipstick in the shade 'Creme D'Nude'. This shade is quite a pale nude shade on it's own, but I've discovered that teamed with the MAC lip liner in the shade 'Whirl' it looks incredible! Because this is a creamsheen lipstick, this isn't drying on my lips at all, and feels nice and silky. 

So that's my top 3 favourtite nude lipsticks! I really hope you enjoyed this type of post - I have more like this planned for the future!

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CarrieFi x

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Beauty Wishlist

Hello, and welcome to May's Beauty Wishlist! I can't believe it's May; where is the time going?! You might be able to distinguish a theme for my beauty wishlist this month - sun! We had a little taste of summer in April, and hopefully that's not the last of it for this year. This month is very much about prepping for the summer!

The first product on my list is the Isle Of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops in Medium. I've heard so many good things about Isle Of Paradise products and these drops in particular. I'm desperate trying to get rid of my pale skin ready for the summer, so I think I'll give these a go and see how tanned I can get!

Talking about prepping for summer, although this is something I'd use all year round, I've included the Panasonic Facial Steamer EH-XS01 in my wishlist. I've been wanting a facial steamer for a long time, but I've never seen one which I've wanted. This will be perfect for ensuring that my skin is in tip top condition!

Being safe in the sun is a must, I really need to start wearing an SPF every day to make sure that my face is protected against harmful rays. My SPF of choice is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist. I love the sound of this one because it's a mist, so hopefully it shouldn't be heavy on my skin.

Something I don't normally think about when I'm in the sun is protecting my hair. I've found the Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, which looks amazing - this will keep my hair healthy whilst enjoying the sun.

Now, I know a lot of people don't like feet, however, getting your feet ready for the summer is just as important too. I've seen a lot of people using foot masks recently and say how good they are, so I definitely want to give one a go! I like the look of the Starskin Exfoliating Double-Layer Foot-Mask Socks.

I have a real problem with smudging the nail polish when I paint my nails, however, there is a product that can help with that! Apparently the Jessica Quick Dry Drops sets the polish in place so there's no risk of smudging your nails.

Back to tanning, and something that I hadn't thought of was my face. It seems a bit strange to tan your body, and not your face? I would never use the tan that I use on my body on my face, so the St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist looks a good option!

I'm nearly running out of the OGX Argan Oil that I've been using, but I've heard lots of good reviews for the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Hair Oil, and it's a product that I've been wanting to try for a while now actually, so I think I may have to pick myself up some when my OGX finally runs out.

Last but not least, is the Origins GinZing Treatment Lotion Mist. I love the scent of the GinZing range, but the treatment lotion isn't a product that I've seen before. I was very intrigued by it, so it just had to feature on my wishlist!

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CarrieFi x

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