27 June 2015

The Body Shop | Fuji Green Tea

Ahhh, don't you just love a cup of green tea? Well, I do anyway, and recently I've taken it to a whole new level, and started washing in it, scrubbing myself with it, and rubbing it into my skin! It seems like I'm not the only one. The Body Shop kindly sent me four products from their new Fuji Green Tea range way back in a March, and since then two have been completely used, and one has nearly gone. There's someone else partly to blame for the disappearance of these products, and that's none other than my fiancé Ollie! It became apparent that he was also indulging himself in this gorgeous stuff when we randomly had a conversation that started with 'how do you wash yourself?' Seriously, who does that? Weird. Anyway, just so you know Ollie's clearly a big fan too, and here's why...

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Blog Review

Sourced from the Mount Fuji region of Japan, The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea smells fresh and clean, and is incredibly uplifting. Every product leaves my skin feeling completely revitalised, and almost energised in a way. It's pretty addictive, and there's loads of different products in the range. The first thing I tried was the Body Wash*, a soap-free cleanser for the skin, that purifies and revives all at the same time. Secondly, was the Body Lotion*, a light, yet velvety solution, that absorbs instantly into the skin, leaving it moisturised, but not sticky.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Blog Review

Next up was the Scrub*. Now this was Ollie's favourite. I knew he was using it because I kept finding the tub with the lid off. I'm glad he's enjoying the perks of being with a beauty blogger, and who could really blame him? The scrub is great because it's not too abrasive, but exfoliates really well. Not just that though. It makes a really good skin cleanser. Going back to the question of 'how do you wash yourself?', well it turns out this was it. This was Ollie's 'go to' body wash. The last product I tried, and am still using, is the Body Butter*. Obviously it's slightly thicker than the body lotion, and I suppose has a slightly more luxurious feel. It's still pretty lightweight though, just has a longer hydration time I guess.

I wanted to be critical of the products in this range, because I know how you guys like to read the pros and cons in every review. But I honestly don't have anything negative to say. Out of all The Body Shop products that I've tried so far, this range is one of my faves, so it gets a massive thumbs up from me (and Ollie!). You can check them out yourself by clicking on the links below:

Body Butter | 200ml  | £13.00  | Link
Body Wash | 250ml | £6.00 | Link
Body Scrub | 250ml | £15.00 | Link
Body Lotion | 250ml | £8.00 | Link

What's your favourite range by The Body Shop?

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14 June 2015

My Top Tips For Working From Home

Recently there seems to be a bit of a flurry of beauty bloggers/vloggers taking the plunge, and entering the world of full time freelancing. It's got me thinking, because I used to work from home as a freelance writer and marketer, but instead of living the 'full time work from home dream', I ended up getting a part time job. Why? Because I found working from home really lonely. I missed having work colleagues, and the interaction and social life that comes with it. Sometimes I didn't leave the house for days because I had been so busy writing, I didn't really have any need to. Tasks such as going to the shops to get groceries became a bit of an event for me. It sounds ridiculous I know, but if you're someone that works solely from home, I'm sure you know exactly what I mean!

Blogger Tips For Working From Home

Despite all of this, I loved every minute of my work, and whether I would ever consider doing it full time again remains to be seen! That said, I still operate from home a few days a week, and as time has gone on I've picked up a few tips and tricks for getting through the day. As a little reminder to myself, and hopefully to be helpful to some of you, I thought I would share some of my insight on here. Of course, what works for one, doesn't always work for another, but the following is what seems to be best for me....

Starting Early
I know this is probably a really obvious one, but when you work for yourself you can sometimes choose your hours. With that comes the temptation to have a few extra hours in bed, and then you end up starting work much later, then you finish much later, and before you know it, you end up working at night, while your other half, and friends are out having fun. For me personally, this sucks, so I prefer to get up early, get my jobs done, and enjoy my evening if I can. Because bloggers always refrain from working in the evening don't they? Oh wait..... Okay, so that's not totally true, but still I achieve so much more by getting up that little bit earlier. Many other bloggers are probably more productive at night, and might tell you the total opposite to what I've just said, but I've been there and done that, and being nocturnal is kinda strange.

Getting Dressed
I can't count the amount of times I've heard bloggers talk about living the dream of working from home, blogging in their PJ's, cup of coffee in hand, and sometimes still in bed! Don't get me wrong, I've done this on many occasions, and unbelievably, although I've had a shower this morning, I'm kinda blogging in my PJ's, make-up free right now. I know, I know, I'm a hypocrite, but stay with me on this one! Maybe I'm having a word with myself here, but what if one of your sponsors wants to chat with you on FaceTime or Skype, or a last minute opportunity crops up, and you need to dash to a meeting (in your PJ's, make-up free, with unwashed hair?!!). Jokes aside, the main reason I (usually) get dressed, put on some decent clothes and apply my make-up, is because it keeps me motivated, and makes me feel like I'm at work. I like to try and be professional.

Sticking to a Routine
This is easier said than done, but having some kind of schedule helps with productivity, and to make sure that you really are making use of every hour you have. Time management really is the key to success. Something I struggle with at the moment due to our house renovating, but that's another story! I usually set aside time for blog planning, social media marketing, writing, taking and editing photos, and most importantly, some time for myself, which takes me onto my next point...

Planning Breaks
Having breaks is so important, especially when you're sat staring at a computer all day. If it's sunny I like to go and sit outside for 15 minutes or so, just to get some fresh air. Personally I find I'm far more productive if I take regular breaks, than if I don't. I always make sure I eat and drink at regular intervals too, and my breaks are always away from my office.

Creating an Office Space
This is really important if you want to switch of from work once you're done, but things take time, and everyone has to start somewhere. When I opened my first salon, I still lived at home with my family, and my bedroom was my office. It was where I did my accounts, created my salon promotions, and I had a small office space in the corner, with my bed as my desk! I'm quite lucky, because I now have a little office at home, and even better, Ollie and I have decided to move it to a bigger room. But not everyone will be at the stage where they can give up a whole room as an office, and if that's you, maybe corden off an area, and perhaps put up a curtain, or drape, so you can't see it when you're done. There's loads of really cool examples of this on Pinterest actually, and some look really pretty.

And Finally....

The One Thing we Would Probably Like to do, But it's Virtually Impossible.....

Disconnecting From Social Media After Work
As I said previously, I'm currently in the process of moving my home office, and creating a serene little blogging/vlogging room, but with that comes a condition from Ollie - 'You have to switch of from work once you leave that room. No blog related stuff at night'. He basically means no Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. But as anyone who works with social media knows, this is so much easier said than done. Especially when peak posting and engagement times tend to be in the evening. I haven't really figured this one out yet, so if anyone has any tips of their own, please share!

What do you think of the advice that I've written today? Are you someone that aspires to, or is currently working from home? If so, what do you think works, or would work best for you? 

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5 June 2015

Philip Kingsley Products & Hair & Scalp Analysis Giveaway

Is your hair and scalp in need of some tlc, or do you fancy indulging yourself in some luxurious Philip Kingsley hair products? If so, look no further, because today you have the opportunity to win a free hair and scalp analysis worth £150, with Shuna Hammocks, a Consultant Trichologist from Sussex Trichology,  who has been a hair and scalp specialist for 16 years. Not only that, summer hair care products by Philip Kingsley are up for grabs too!

Philip Kingsley Products & Hair & Scalp Analysis Blog Giveaway
The first prize of a hair and scalp analysis is worth £150, and will involve Trichologist, Shuna, assessing your hair, and guiding you how best to improve any problems. If you would like to know more about the wonderful work that Shuna does, check out my article about Trichology (here). Shuna qualified with the Institute of Trichologists and gained 12 years experience with The Philip Kingsley clinic in London, and considers herself enormously lucky to have had the opportunity to work amongst the country's top Trichologists. This isn't a prize to be missed! The second and third prize are both Philip Kingsley summer hair products, worth over £20.00 each. So altogether there's the opportunity to win three fab prizes.

The lucky winner will receive the following:

1 half an hour appointment at Sussex Trichology, where Shuna (read about her here), will examine your hair and guide you how to improve, prevent or maximise your hair growth potential. In addition, how to keep the condition of the scalp in perfect repair and how to prevent any further breakage. 

The two runners up will receive:

Summer hair care products by Philip Kingsley.
To enter this giveaway you must:
* Follow @info_shuna on Twitter here *
* Write a few words about your hair or scalp concern in the comments box below *
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Good luck!

Don't forget to check out the Sussex Trichology website here.

*Sponsored Post (In partnership with Sussex Trichology).

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3 June 2015

Beauty Favourites | Spring 2015

I love a good favourites post, and as the end of Spring approaches, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to share some of the products I've been loving over the past few months. Yet again, there seems to be a bit of a theme going on, and it's safe to say my collection includes a whole lot of pink....

Beauty Favourites 2015
Pink Cosmetic Pads | Salon Services | £1.99 | Link
Glass Trinket Jar | Home of Style | £5.99 | Link
Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover* | Mary Kay | £13.00 | Link

Firstly, can we just take a minute to admire my pink cotton wool? I was at the hair and beauty suppliers, spotted this, and just had to have it! I don't think I'm the only one who thinks it's cool either, as I posted a pic on my Instagram account (@CarlysBeautyWorld), and it was one of my most liked yet! As far as cosmetic pads go, they're pretty much just your bog standard cotton wool, but hey, they look good inside a glass jar on my dressing table....

Cotton pads and glass jars aside, in terms of actual beauty products, the first thing I've been loving this Spring is Mary Kay's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. You may, or may not, have read my full review here, but to summarise, it's gentle, effective, easy to use, residue free, and doesn't sting my eyes. I'm definitely going to repurchase this when it runs out.

Balmi Review

Lip Balm* | Balmi | Strawberry | £4.99 | Link

My second favourite product has to be this strawberry flavoured Balmi Cube Lip Balm. The smell is to die for, it leaves my lips feeling really soft, protects them from all types of weather, and I'm a big fan of the innovative design. It even comes with a handy metal loop, so you can attach it to your keys, ensuring it's with you wherever you go! Other flavours include raspberry, mint and blackberry.

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Micellar Cleansing Water | Garnier | £4.19 | Link

I used to be a massive fan of Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser, especially if I was going away and needed a 'quick fix' in terms of removing my make-up, but when I was out shopping with my friend Claudia recently, she reminded me to try Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, and boy am I glad I did! It's really gentle, and can be used all over my face, including my eyes and lips. I simply shake a little onto a cotton pad (preferably a pink one, because things always work better when they're pink), wipe the pad over my face, and boom! - My make-up has gone. In it's place is super soft skin, that feels fresh and revitalised, and has been slightly exfoliated due to the use of cosmetic pads. Result. For just £4.19 for 400ml this is an absolute bargain. Step aside Clarins Water Purify.

Morgan Taylor Nail Polish

Morgan Taylor Nail Polish

Nail Polish | Morgan Taylor | Party at the Palace* | Link
Nail Polish | Morgan Taylor | Best Ball Gown Ever* | Link 

So, Morgan Taylor decided to pair up with Disney and create a Cinderella-inspired nail polish collection, and this Spring I was lucky enough to try Party at the Palace, and Best Ball Gown Ever. These colours are absolutely stunning, as I'm sure you can see from the pics above. If you're interested, you can read my full review here. There are several other shades in the collection, including 'If the Slipper Fits''Watch Your Step Sister''My Carriage Awaits'and 'Ella of a Girl'.

Mary Kay Cleanser Review
Botanical Effects Cleanser* | Mary Kay | Normal to Dry Skin | £13.00 | Link

Another Mary Kay product I've been loving over the past few months, is a cleanser from their skincare range. My battle to combat dry skin is currently over, as I've been using their Botanical Effects Cleanser as my main way of removing my make-up. They kindly sent me a few different products to try, so if you've not already read my reviews, be sure to check them out here. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Review
Vitamin E Moisture Cream* | The Body Shop | £17.00 | Link
Overnight Serum-in-Oil* | The Body Shop | £13.00 | Link

The last few products I wanted to share with you today, are a couple by The Body Shop, and in particular their Vitamin E range. I was kind of surprised that these two now suit my combination skin, but they do, due to my age, and the fact that the more 'balanced' skin on my face has now become much dryer. As with many of my other Spring Favourites I have written a full review, and that can be found here.

Wow, that was a long old post, so I think I better wrap it up. Please let me know what you've been trying out this Spring, and if there's anything you think I should try, or avoid, if that's the case! 

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27 May 2015

How to Remove The Blogger Template Attribution

Good evening. I hope you're all having a fab time, whatever you're up to (other than reading this!). Some of you may have noticed that I'm in the process of moving my blogging tips from my other blog, over to here on Carly's Beauty World. I'm not sure how you guys feel about this, but I thought it would be better to keep it all in one place. Please let me know what you think, whether you're happy, not happy, couldn't care less etc! Your comments are important to me, and I promise to take them into consideration. Anyway.... onto today's topic.....

All Blogger blogs have an attribution widget at the bottom of the page that say something like:

'Simple Template. Powered by Blogger'. 

Some bloggers decide that they want to remove this feature. If that's you, then please read on, as I talk through the steps that will enable you to do this. It's easy when you know how!


1. Go to Template.
2. At this stage I advise you to backup your current template.
3. Click Edit HTML.
4. Search for the following code:
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'> 
5. Change 'true' to 'false'. Now your code should look like this: 
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='false' title='' type='Attribution'>
6. Next, search for this code:
 <b:section class='foot' id='footer-3' showaddelement='no'>
7. Change 'no' to 'yes'.
8. Click 'Save Template.
9. Go to 'View Blog'.
10. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click to edit the attribution widget. You'll now see there is a new 'remove' option, that wasn't there previously.
11. Click 'Remove'.

Voila! The Blogger attribution has gone!

Let me know if you decide to do this, and how you get on.

As usual, I welcome you to leave any requests for these type of posts in the comments box below, or if you prefer you can e-mail me at carlysbeautyworld@gmail.com

What do you think of my newly created 'Blogging Tips' page on this blog? Is it something you find useful, and would like to see more of?

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21 May 2015

Mary Kay Beauty Products | Review

My obsession with makeup and skincare products is no secret, and I must confess there's ridiculous amounts building up in my cupboards right now. Nonetheless, I'm always on the lookout for more, because a girl can never have too many, right? Recently I came across a brand that was a little unfamiliar to me, as I opened up the most adorable surprise package, full of beauty goodies by Mary Kay.  Straight away I was intrigued to find out what they had to offer, and to discover a bit more about this unexplored American beauty brand. Here's what I found...

Mary Kay Beauty Products Blog Review
Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover* | £13.00 | Link

Over the years I've struggled to find an eye makeup remover that fulfils my every need, but this one is an absolute gem. It seems to tick all the boxes. It's gentle on my skin, quick and easy to use, leaves no residue, and best of all, it doesn't sting! This is by far my favourite Mary Kay product of them all. When it comes to eye makeup removers, I think this could be the one!

Lash Love Mascara* | £16.00 | Link

Ask any girl if she wants bigger, bolder lashes, and I'm pretty sure she's going to say yes. Lash Love Mascara is great for giving four times the usual amount of volume, and all whilst maintaining a natural look. It's smudge proof, flake proof, and contains Mary Kay Panthenol-Pro Complex, which conditions and helps prevent breakage. As well as thickening up my lashes, and giving them a bit of a curl, I found this mascara helped to lengthen them too. The innovative design of the wand definitely seems to separate them out, and for that, combined with the above, I'm a massive fan.

Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush* | £35.00 | Link

The Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush is designed to cleanse your skin, whilst softening fine lines and wrinkles (if you have them), and improving the skin's texture at the same time. Products are said to be absorbed more easily, and many people swear by using this type of brush, rather than cleansing by hand. Personally, I use this brush on my body, because as you know I'm an avid user of self tanning products, and these work absolute wonders in removing old tan from all those hard to reach places! I did go through a phase of using battery operated cleansing brushes on my face in the past, but my skin was a bit too sensitive for them, so now I opt to use my hands instead. 

Mary Kay Botanical Effects Cleanse Blog Review
Mary Kay Cleanser Blog Review
Botanical Effects Cleanser* | Normal to Dry Skin | £13.00 | Link

As I get older my skin seems to be changing a lot, and it's definitely becoming much dryer. As my battle to combat dry flaky patches continues, products like this are a godsend to me. I'm currently keeping this in the shower to make sure I use it every morning, as well as in the evening. I follow up with a toner too, but I find having it to hand means I opt for this, rather than just a face wash alone (which I use as a pre-cleanser). It's great for cleansing, whilst hydrating and nourishing at the same time. My skin feels so much better at the moment, and that's partly because I'm cleansing with this.

Mary Kay Beauty Blotter Oil Absorbing Tissues Blog Review
Beauty Blotter Oil Asorbing Tissues* | £5.50 | Link 

This is going to sound weird, but I had great fun testing these! I don't know why, but I've never tried any oil absorbing products like this before, despite having combination skin, and suffering with the odd bit of excess oil at times. I would say I don't suffer that much, but they really do work, and I decided not to stop at myself, handing tissues out to any of my friends willing to try them! It was actually quite shocking how much excess oil was coming off onto the tissues at times. I love how you can dab these over your skin, and it's left looking so smooth. I'm keeping this pack in my bag from now on, so my friends and I can use it whenever we feel the need! 

What do you think of Mary Kay? Is it a brand that you're familiar with?

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13 May 2015

Remington Get The Look Gift Set Review & Giveaway

There's nothing like having freshly applied make-up and gorgeous blow-dried hair, and Remington have created this lovely gift set so you can achieve exactly that. Complete with a hair dryer, hair accessory, eyeshadow/blusher, and the most adorable pink and white bag, the Remington Get The Look Set* has everything you need to get ready in style.
Remington Get The Look Gift Set Blog Giveaway
I've always been a real girly girl, so as you can imagine I totally love the vanity storage case and pastel pink hairdryer, which I've been using to blow dry my locks upside down! That's a technique I've used for years, because it instantly produces more volume and bounce. There's a handy concentrator attachment in the pack too, which allows me to have more control over the blast, and smooth down the outer layers of my hair. Other features include a powerful 2000W motor, two settings for speed, and three for heat, a cool shot button to set the style, and an environmentally friendly eco option for good measure. The MeMeMe Blush Me! comes in the cutest packaging, and as well as giving my cheeks a bit of a glow, it doubles up as an eyeshadow. I'm always really impressed with the quality of the products from MeMeMe, especially as they're such good value for money. Some of you might remember me posting about this brand back along (see here). 

The good news is - Remington are giving one of you the chance to find out how lovely this set is for yourself in an exclusive Carly's Beauty World giveaway. The lucky winner will receive the following:

  • 1 x Remington D3110GP Natural Beauty Dryer
  • 1 x Concentrator
  • 1 x Vanity case
  • 1 x Hair accessory
  • 1 x MeMeMe Blush Me! 
  • 1 x Get the Look Card
  • 1 x Instruction booklet
  • To enter this giveaway you must:
    * Follow Carly's Beauty World on Bloglovin here *
    * Follow Carly Susanne on Twitter here *

    Please note:
    * This giveaway is open internationally *
    * It finishes at midnight on Wednesday 8th July 2015 *
    * YOU CAN ENTER EVERY DAY BY TWEETING (follow the instructions below) *

    Good luck!

    If you can't wait to see if you're the winner of the giveaway, you can purchase this Remington Get The Look Gift Set here for just £59.99.

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