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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Boots Haul August 2017

Sometimes there's nothing better than going into Boots and having a good look through the aisles for some beauty goodies, and, last Friday that's exactly what I did. I had a few gift cards that needed to be used and there wasn't anything in particular that I needed or wanted but it was great to have a good look through the store and pick up some products that I possibly wouldn't have thought of using before.

Of course, there were some good offers on throughout the store so I made the most of these too. Soap and Glory indulgent body products were on a 3 for 2 offer, so I decided to pick up a Calm One Calm All bubble bath, the Original Pink Shower Jelly and the Sugar Crush Hand Sanitiser.

I also saved some money with the Soap and Glory face masks I picked up, these are the new masks that I've heard lots about. I picked up What A Peeling Purifying Peeling De-Clog, Speed Plump Miracle Moisture, The Fab Pore Pore Refining, and the Bright and Beautiful Radiance Boosting masks.

The other products I picked up aside from Soap and Glory were; an Impulse spray, I haven't used an Impulse spray for years, so it was a definite throwback to see one and use one again! I also saw the L'Oreal Blemish Rescue Clay Mask and knew I needed to try it, I really suffer with blemishes on my skin and it would be good to clear it up! The other L'Oreal product I purchased was the Lip Paint Matte in Dead Lip; this is such a lovely nude shade and looks really good on lips.

The Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Gel Oil found its way into my basket, I really wanted to try this product because I have extremely dry skin, especially on my legs which gets very itchy so I like to use intensive products to try and alleviate this problem. I wanted to try Invisibobble's as I've heard many good things about them, especially that they are very good at keeping your hair healthy and that the bands don't feel too tight on your hair. One item that I picked up which is a necessity for me is the Carmex Lip Balm, I love how moisturised Carmex makes my lips feel so I always need to have it.

Last but not least in my Boots Haul were just some plain hair grips! Not very exciting, however I'm forever losing them and need them for my hair occasionally.

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

August Beauty Wishlist!

I'm back again for August's Beauty Wishlist! Keep reading to find out what's on my list.

The first product is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I've loved this product for a long time, however I'm beginning to run out of my current bottle, and I need some more!

Staying with skincare, there's three products that I've come across that are new to me that I want to try out. I really want to try the Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, I've never used an eye mask before and I'm intrigued as to how they can help my eye area. Another skincare product that has caught my attention is the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray. This spray helps to inject moisture back into your face which I really love the sound of. My skin can get quite dry sometimes, especially after cleansing it. The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Sheet Mask has also made it on to my wishlist this month. I'm not normally a fan of sheet masks but the word 'magic' sells it to me, and I've never been disappointed by Charlotte's products before!

While we're on the subject of Charlotte Tilbury, I've added the Filmstar Bronze and Glow to my wishlist, I really love the look of this palette, it looks so luxurious, and having seen the product applied, I love the finish it gives. The other highlighter product I have my eyes on is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, again I really like the finish this has on other people's faces when they've worn it.

I've been thinking recently of changing up my foundation and perhaps even trying a new brand! The MAC Studio Fix Fluid has lots of good reviews that I've seen and also is said to last really well throughout the day, which is so important to me.

Last but not least, the last item on my wishlist is the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray; I've loved my shorter hair, and especially when I put waves in it. The Surf Spray would be great to add a bit more texture to that.

I hope you enjoyed reading this month's beauty wishlist!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

My Current Skincare Routine

A skincare routine has always been something that I've had good intentions of following but have struggled to maintain consistently.

For me, I feel it's important to use products that I'm excited about which will in turn encourage me to better look after my skin. I also think it's important to understand what's achievable on a daily basis; for instance, in the morning I don't have enough time to do much with my skin so I need to ensure that I bear that in mind. In the evening however, I have lots of time so I am able to really pamper my skin and that's when my routine really matters.

In the morning the main focus for me is knowing that my skin is clean and moisturised before I apply my makeup. To do this I use a Simple face wipe. Using a face wipe to clean my skin in the morning takes no more than a couple of minutes and is just so easy. After I have done this, I then use my Nivea Soft moisturiser. I really love this moisturiser because it's so refreshing on my skin and wakes me up perfectly for the day ahead. After I have done this, I will then go ahead and apply my makeup.

Once the day is done and I am home in my comfies, it's time to bring my skincare routine to life. I start my using my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, this is the best at removing stubborn makeup especially eye makeup that just will not budge. After I am happy that my makeup has all gone, I use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to clean my face and get rid of any grime that may still be on my face after removing my makeup. I then use the Liz Earle Tonic Spritzer to tone and pump any moisture back into my face. Once that has dried I will then moisturise my face using the Benefit B.Right Face Cream (click this link for my review!). I also like to use an eye cream, my favourite being the Clinique Pep Start eye cream. I just love the way it works into my eye area.

The only other skincare items I use but not everyday are the Clinique Pep Start face scrub, I normally use this once or twice a week. I use a face mask every week, and depending on how my skin feels it will either be the Origins 10 Minute Rescue mask or the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Mask. Lastly, I have recently started to use the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Charcoal Pore Strips as well to hopefully reduce any blockages in my pores!

I hope you found this little insight into my skincare interesting!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Birchbox June 2017

I always used to consider subscribing to a beauty subscription service, but with so many different companies in the market, I have to admit, I felt overwhelmed for choice. However, after doing a lot of research I decided in October 2016 to subscribe to Birchbox - the UK's No 1 Beauty Box.

When subscribing to Birchbox you are required to fill out a beauty profile so that every month the products which are sent to you are tailored to your beauty needs. It's really easy to set up your profile, and once it's done you just need to sit tight and await your box with anticipation of what surprises are in store for you each month! You can change your beauty profile at any time if your requirements change; again it's really easy to make these changes.

At the time of writing this post, my Birchbox landed on my doorstep only a couple of hours ago! June's Birchbox is very summery themed, and rather than the products being in a box, this month they are stored in a lovely looking bag which will be perfect for a summer holiday! There was a choice between two colours, a yellow striped or mint striped bag. I got an email a couple of weeks ago from Birchbox enquiring which colour bag I would prefer and I chose to be surprised with either bag.

I received the yellow striped bag, and I really love it! It will definitely be well used. Inside the bag are five items, two are full size items and the other three are sample sizes. The two full size items I received were the MeechNMia Brow Liner and Cowshed's Cow Pat Hand Cream. Hand cream is always well received by me because I always tend to get dry skin on my hands. The other products I received are the Arrow Enhance Waterproof Eyeliner in Bright Now, Scrub Love Coffee Body Scrub and Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. 

What I really like about Birchbox is that every month I have an opportunity to try brands and products that I would never have considered trying before, and it opens my eyes up to what's available in the beauty market. The cost of a Birchbox subscription is only £12.95 a month which I feel is worth it considering you get two full size beauty products and three samples every month, and of course the boxes, or bags, which the products come in, are re-usable. I'm really looking forward to discovering what else I receive from Birchbox in the coming months!

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Benefit B.Right! Total Moisture Facial Cream Review

Recently when purchasing a few Benefit goodies, I was lucky enough to receive a couple of freebies which were gratefully received. I've really been getting into skincare, and making sure that I'm looking after my skin the best that I can. As part of my new skincare routine, I've been making the most out of one of the samples I got which is the Total Moisture Facial Cream.

This facial cream is super hydrating but is also very nourishing. I found that you actually don't need a lot of product to work into your skin - a lot goes a long way here. I have combination skin, sometimes it can be oily and sometimes it can feel dry and look dull. After using the facial cream, my skin felt as soft as a baby's and made it look very glowy and radiant which is something I can only dream of usually.

It's worth pointing out that although this is quite a thick moisturiser, it's not at all greasy unlike other moisturisers. So even though it makes your skin look glowy, it's not because it's greasy, it's because it's hydrating your skin thanks to mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient which is an ingredient in this product. Also, I love the packaging of this moisturiser. It's so minimalist and looks amazing in the glass jar, really fancy!

I really feel like there's a beauty to trying freebies, sometimes you find something you really like and sometimes not. This facial cream is a product that I have definitely fallen in love with and will almost certainly be purchasing once the current jar of this I'm using runs out.

CarrieFi x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

May Beauty Wishlist

It's been such a long time, but I'm so excited and ready to sit down and blog again! I'm back with one of my favourite posts to write which is my monthly beauty wishlist.

This month's theme very much steers towards a nude lip which I still absolutely love, it's such a versatile look, and is a shade I can confidently wear on my lips. I've been scouring through lots of retailer's to find more nude lipsticks to add to my collection and one of the products I found is the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick. This is such a beautiful nude colour not to mention how beautiful the packaging of the product looks too. This Lipstick has only recently been launched, thanks to the popularity of the lip liner of the same name.

I've also included some liquid lipsticks to my wishlist this month. Liquid lipsticks haven't really been something I would have considered purchasing before; however after seeing reviews and swatches, it's made me want to give them a go. The two liquid lipsticks on my wishlist are the Smashbox Always on Matte in Stepping Out and the whole of the NYX Lip Lingerie range! I say the whole range because I simply cannot decide which shade is my favourite of all of them and they all look wearable colours that I would enjoy.

Moving away from lips and onto my next current obsession at the moment - Skincare! This isn't a bad thing, but where I used to see a skincare routine as hard work and too much effort I'm actually really enjoying putting together a regime and sticking to it. I'm very keen to make sure that my skin is as clean as possible when I'm not wearing makeup and the product that I've included on my wishlist to help me with that is the Caroline Hirons for Pixi Double Cleanse. 

Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow is another addition to my wishlist. Wonderglow is a primer which gives your skin a glow either under your foundation or on its own. For the summer months, I feel that this is a product which will be amazing in a bronzed sun kissed makeup look.

The next product on my wishlist isn't particularly exciting; however it's one that I want to incorporate into my skincare routine. It's the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Charcoal Pore Strips. Pulling blackheads out of your skin isn't exactly glamorous, but if it improves my complexion and reduces how clogged my pores are, then its well worth the purchase.

The hair care side of my wishlist includes the Percy and Reed Wonder Cleanse and Nourish Shampoo and the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery. The Shampoo is unlike a normal shampoo in that it actually doesn't lather up, and it's said to leave your hair colour luminous and promote hair growth. The Overnight Recovery is a hair mask which you can put on before you got to bed, however it dries into your hair so you don’t have to worry about residue on your pillow, in the morning you can wash the mask off your hair.

The last product on my wishlist is the Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Finishing Hair Brush. I love Tangle Teezer brushes, and this brush is designed to help perfect and style your hair when you want to backcomb and put it up.

CarrieFi x

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