Friday, 18 October 2019

AD-GIFTED | Beauty Favourites October 2019

Why hello! After taking an extended hiatus from blogging, I'm finally back again and I'm kicking off with a Beauty Favourites post. There's lots and lots of beauty products that I'm really enjoying using lately and I'd love to share them with you. I think I've got a good mix of skincare, makeup and body care so, let's get into it!

Imperial Leather Marsh Mallow Shower Gel

I picked this up from Boots as I noticed it was only a £1 - Bargain! The reason why was that I saw a number of people on Instagram sharing photos of this product and I was always intrigued by it, I always thought it looked and sounded like it was going to be a gorgeous scent. I wasn't wrong! It's a very sweet scent, although I wouldn't necessarily say that it smells of marshmallows. Which isn't an issue for me, because I'm obsessed with the scent as it is! I find that it lathers up nicely and you don't need to use too much at all. It's by far the best shower gel that I've used for a long time and I'll be stocking up on some more straight away.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

I can't believe it took me so long to purchase and try this CC Cream! I've never used a CC Cream previously but I'd always wanted to, because day to day, I don't particularly want a heavy foundation on my face but I at least want a bit of coverage on my skin. I had seen so many rave reviews on the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, and after seeing the product on people's skin, I knew I had to try it. I'm using the shade 'Light' - when I purchased this, it was the back end of Summer and I still had a tan so I made sure that I bought a shade that was close to my natural skin tone so that as my tan's worn away it doesn't look out of place on my skin. I love the shade range of this, there's so many shades to choose from so you should be covered if you consider purchasing the CC Cream. The application went on absolutely fine for me, and it doesn't sit cakey on my skin thankfully! I feel that you really don't need a lot of the product on your skin to get a coverage -  I use 1-2 pumps on my face. I am thinking of doing a more detailed review of this product in the coming weeks - keep your eyes peeled!

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum

Earlier on this year I won a bundle of goodies from the Origins Plantscription range on the M&S Beauty PR Instagram page which was a lovely surprise! Origins is one of my favourite skincare brands, but I was yet to try any of the Plantscription products. I've only used two of the products I've received so far, but the serum is by far a favourite of mine. The scent is just gorgeous - it's not overpowering, and the actual serum itself feels really lovely on my skin when I apply it.  Again, this is something that I am planning to do a full in-depth post about, along with all of the other products I've got from the range very soon!

Nivea Mango Shine Lip Balm (GIFTED)

I feel very lucky and honoured to be part of the Nivea Family and working alongside Nivea. As part of my partnership, I receive some lovely products to try out. Recently, I received a package which included the Mango Shine Lip Balm and I've been using this over the last couple of months. I'm a big fan of Mango as it is, so a Mango scented lip balm is completely up my street! As with all of the Nivea lip balms, this is so hydrating on my lips and helps to keep sore chapped lips at bay, especially as it's now Autumn! I've found that my lips are getting so dry now, so this has been a relief for me and stops my lips from being so dry and sore. This lip balm also gives a nice shine to my lips too, so it's perfect for giving them a glossy look while they are being cared for!

Nivea Dry Fresh Anti Perspirant (GIFTED)

I've been using the Nivea Pearl & Beauty Anti Perspirant for YEARS! I've never found another Anti Perspirant that's challenged my favouritism for that - until I tried the new Dry Fresh Anti Perspirant. The scent of this is my absolute favourite, and I love that I can still catch a bit of that scent on me throughout the day. I've had absolutely no issues with the lasting power of this, I feel dry and fresh all day long with only one application. Another important point to make, there's no powder fallout from using this Anti Perspirant. No worries from me about any dreaded white mark stains under my arms! I would definitely repurchase this, and the Pearl and Beauty too, because I love that equally!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

This was a little sample I received in a Beauty Advent Calendar but hadn't got around to using until recently, and I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn't too sure if this was going to be a fragrance that I was going to like, but I've found myself reaching for this most days. I always say that the best way to try products is to try a sample first and then if you discover that you love it, you won't mind paying the price for the full size version -  especially if the product is expensive. Back onto the fragrance, I've found that the scent lasts so long during the day, and it's just a really fresh floral scent that's perfect for the day time. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips (Kim K W)

So a little while back, I decided to treat myself to a mini pack of three Hot Lips Lipsticks. There was three shades in the pack; Carina's Love, Secret Salma and my absolute favourite - Kim K W. This shade is a light nude colour and is very creamy in texture. I am absolutely obsessed with nude shades when it comes to lipsticks, I just think day to day they're so wearable. This shade in particular I love because it reminds me of my favourite MAC lipstick - Creme D'Nude which is also a similar nude shade. Now I've tried this out and I'm happy with the shade, I will go on confidently to buy a full size version, not minding the price tag too much because I know I love it!

Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil

Last but not least for this months favourites instalment, I've been loving using my Essie Nail & Cuticle Oil. Firstly the Apricot scent is heavenly! Even long after application, my nails still have that Apricot scent to them which is really lovely. In regards to the product itself, I find that this oil is extremely nourishing to my nails and cuticles, and had helped massively to increase their strength since I have begun using this. I struggled with my nails due to constant breakages, but that seems to have reduced since I have been using the oil on a daily basis. I have also found that my nails have grown longer and much quicker than they normally would too. This is an oil I would recommend using, especially now we are in the colder months! I'll be sure to pick some more up when I have finished using my current one!

What beauty products have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments below. You can also tweet me @CarrieFi_ or send me a message on I'd love to hear from you!

CarrieFi x

*This post contains gifted items from Nivea as part of my involvement in the #NiveaFamily

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