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16 April 2015

Morgan Taylor | The Cinderella Collection | Review

To celebrate the release of the new Cinderella movie, Morgan Taylor have paired up with Disney and created a Cinderella-inspired nail polish collection. This innovative palette showcases six dazzling shades that are fit for any wannabe Disney princess! As this is a brand that I've never tried before, I can't think of a better way to be introduced, than in a true Disney style. But here's the thing - I'm a fussy little monkey when it comes to nail polish, and I've set the bar pretty high. Nail lacquers have to tick a lot of boxes if they want a regular place in my collection! So what did I really think of these Morgan Taylor nail polishes? 

Morgan Taylor The Cinderella Collection Review

Party at the Palace* | Link
Morgan Taylor The Cinderella Collection Review

Best Ball Gown Ever* | Link

Well, firstly the packaging - it's great, with chunky 15ml bottles that are similar to OPI. I actually prefer them because they look slicker, and more modern. They're the perfect shape for rolling side to side in my hands, which is how I mix up the lacquer when I'm about to paint my nails. In terms of application - the brushes are lovely and thick, meaning I can apply the perfect amount of product, in 3-4 strokes, with no areas missed. 

When it comes to the product itself, I feel like I would probably need to try more from the brand to get a proper idea of how good they are. Party at the Palace is a light green colour with tiny little bits of glitter, giving the most gorgeous shimmery finish. This polish needed three layers to become truly opaque, whereas the other one only needed two. These lacquers dry so quickly that this isn't a problem. Best Ball Gown Ever is my favourite, and is a lilac/blue colour with a subtle hint of shimmer. I love how the enamel seems to change, depending on what light it's in. Sometimes the look is kinda lavender.

Overall, I'm chuffed to bits with both polishes, which are long lasting and really are the most gorgeous colours. In fact, the whole collection looks really pretty. Other shades include 'If the Slipper Fits''Watch Your Step Sister''My Carriage Awaits'and 'Ella of a Girl'Morgan Taylor nail polishes can be purchased from Sally Express here for £10.99 each.

What do you think of Morgan Taylor? Have you purchased any of their products before?

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9 April 2015

What is Trichology?

Have you ever found yourself facing hair loss or scalp problems, and feeling pretty devastated as you tried to cope alone? I know I have, and in this situation the fear of the unknown can cause so much worry. Sometimes it's difficult to know which way to turn. Luckily there are people that specialise in hair and scalp problems, otherwise known as Trichologists. In health and disease, Trichology issues can range from the loss or thinning of hair, oily or flaky scalps, to hair that is in a poor condition. Whatever your individual needs, these can be treated, and an experienced Trichologist will listen, be totally empathetic, and make sure they work with you to help alleviate your fears.

It's really important that you exercise caution with who you consult though. Ideally they should be a member of The Institute of Trichologists and Royal Society of Medicine. That way you can guarantee you're getting advice and guidance from a qualified professional, such as Shuna Hammocks from Sussex Trichology. After 14 years of experience in Trichology, Shuna knows how crucial it is that treatments are as individual and unique as the patient themselves. It's essential that all care and advice is tailored with the persons condition, medical history and lifestyle in mind.

So once you've found a great Trichologist, and you know they're professionally trained and approved, what happens next? Well, firstly you would probably have a meeting with your Trichologist, which would involve a consultation, that typically lasts around an hour. During this time, topics such as diet, lifestyle, medication taken, hair care, stress levels, and your general health will be discussed. Following that the hair and scalp will be examined to make sure that the condition is diagnosed correctly. Once you have your diagnosis, further treatment can be given in the clinic, which might include the use of a steamer or therapy lamps, a scalp and neck massage and the application of creams. You'll also be instructed on how to self-treat at home, and you might be prescribed products specifically for your condition too. Sometimes a blood test might be required, which will be analysed in a laboratory. For patients visiting Sussex Trichology this isn't a problem, as Shuna is also a qualified Phlebotomist, and results are usually back within a few days. 

Although hair loss and scalp problems really can seem like the end of the world, it's comforting to know that most can be treated. If you are someone that's suffering with hair loss, or a scalp problem, I hope this post has helped. 

Please feel free to leave your comments in the box below. Shuna has kindly agreed to answer any questions you have. You can also find out more information on the Sussex Trichology website here, and their Facebook page and Twitter account.

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2 April 2015

My Trip to Morocco & The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Review

When The Body Shop brought out their new argan oil range it really struck a chord with me, because they use oil derived from argan nuts in South-west Morocco. Not only that, they've created a Community Fair Trade programme that works with the Targanine co-operative to support Berber women that live in rural villages. This means they can now stay in their local communities to earn a living. Such empowerment is wonderful news for these people, who will now find themselves with independence, not just financially, but socially too. I'm really fascinated by the whole idea, because I went to Agadir in Morocco myself.

How many times can you say you've had a product in your hand, and know exactly where the main ingredient comes from, and that you've been to that place, and seen the trees where they're grown? Even better, that you've seen the poor conditions that these people live in, and really appreciate the good work that the brand of that product are doing. It's actually really something. 

Now you're probably wondering what I was doing in Morocco...

Holiday in Morocco, Argan Oil,

It was way back in 2003, and Ollie and I were on a family holiday with his dad, brother and two sisters. Ollie's mum, Ineke, had recently passed away. Sadly she had cancer, and she decided that we would probably need a break during the months after. She wanted us to go to Morocco, because that's where she had met Ollie's dad. He was driving a tour bus, and she was on it! I think Ineke would have liked that fact I'm telling you guys this on my blog. Anyway, back to talking about argan oil...

Goats in Trees, Morocco, Argan Oil, Argan Nuts, Argan Trees

When I went to Morocco, we went up into the Anti-Atlas mountains, and saw lots of goats climbing argan trees. At the time we were told that they were searching for tasty berries, and that once eaten, the peel and pulp would be digested, and the nuts were left in their droppings! The Berber women would then collect them, remove the kernels, and ground them up to make argan oil. From what I can make out, the women working with the Targanine co-operative collect the berries themselves, so there are no goats involved! But still, the whole thing is absolutely astonishing, and who would have thought that argan oil was going to become so popular in high-end products around the world? It's brilliant!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Review

One of those products is The Radiant Oil* by The Body Shop, a rich, luxurious oil designed for the hair and body. I've been using this for a while now, and I have to say - the smell is amazing! It comes in a handy 125ml pump spray bottle, making it really easy to use. The product itself isn't that thick, but I find it really nourishes both my skin and hair, and leaves a sort of radiant glow. Especially on my skin. I usually use it on wet hair, straight after I've washed it. I spray it on the mid-lengths and ends, and literally only a couple of pumps. The first time I used it I sprayed on far too much, and I had to wash my hair again, so a little really does go a long way! The end results are silky, shiny locks, that look considerably smoother than they did before. This is such a great product, and the fact that it contains Community Fair Trade argan oil, makes it that little bit more precious. 

If you want to see some of the good work that The Body Shop are doing, have a look at this video by Fleur De Force here. They sent her out to Morrocco to see it all for herself, and I loved every minute of watching this as I reminisced about our time in Morocco. She even shows you the goats in the trees!

Have you ever been to Morocco, or lucky enough to see the place where the ingredients in your products come from? 

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26 March 2015

Lush Easter Wish List

Lush Easter Wish List

Images: Lush Cosmetics. Collage by Carly's Beauty World.

1. Funny Bunny | Link
2. Golden Egg | Link
3. Bunch of Carrots | Link
4. Fluffy Egg | Link
5. Hoppity Poppity | Link
6. The Immaculate Eggception | Link

Don't Lush Cosmetics make the cutest things for Easter? Every spring I find myself adding various bits and pieces to my wish list, and this year is no exception. Funny Bunny is definitely my number one, because inside it contains three of the other items listed above. Yes! It includes a Hoppity Poppity, Bunch of Carrots and a Fluffy Egg. But also a Dragon's Egg! How exciting. So, if I purchase one Funny Bunny, one Immaculate Eggception, and one Golden Egg, I'll have everything for just £30.30! What a beaut. Can you see how I'm talking myself into this?!!

Are you indulging in anything from Lush this Easter? If so, what's your fave products? Also, what do you think - should I be greedy like Veruca Salt and buy it all?

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19 March 2015

The Body Shop | Smoky Poppy

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Scrub, Velvet Sticks & Blush Brush
So it's time for another Body Shop post, and today it's all about their new limited edition Smoky poppy range. I've been pushed slightly out of my comfort zone with some of these products, in terms of the scent, and the colours of the Velvet Sticks. Considering I'm an ex-make-up artist, I'm shockingly boring when it comes to trying out new lip colours, usually opting for subtle neutrals and pinks. Let's take a look at what I've been trying...

Firstly, my favourite of them all was the Lip & Cheek Universal Velvet Stick*. I cannot tell you how cool this is. As you can see from the pic above, the product itself is actually black, then when you apply it to your skin, your pH changes the colour to a poppy shade to suit you. I like it, and I like it a lot! You can see from the swatch how it's in the process of transforming into a pinky colour. Whether I apply this to my lips, or cheeks, it's perfectly buildable and blendable, and I think the matte colour it creates really suits me. The formula itself is easy to apply, long lasting, smooth and velvety, and I love the feeling when I put it on. The scent is floral, but rather unique, and much subtler than the other products in this range (more about that later!).

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Swatches

I was also lucky enough to try out the Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick* (40 Poppy Red). I think I'm right in saying that the application, scent and formula, are exactly the same as the Universal Stick. The only difference is the colour, which doesn't change with your skin's pH. As I said previously, I was pushed out of my comfort zone with a couple of these products, and this was one. Purely because of the shade. I've never really been a 'red lips' kinda girl, but I think it's something I could get used to. I've found that with both lip & cheek sticks, you start to get a 'roundness' on the ends, especially once you've started using them on the cheeks. I think this is something that happens with all 2 in 1 products that are kind of chubby, so when looking for the ultimate precision on my lips, I tend to apply the product with a brush.

Talking of brushes, I've also been using the super cute little Blush Brush* to apply my blusher. The brush itself looks like a poppy, and it's made of soft synthetic fibres, making it really easy to use. My usual routine involves sweeping the brush across the product I'm using, blowing off any excess, then applying it to the apples of my cheeks.

Now, onto the last product that I tried in this range - the Body Scrub*. If a seductive, spicy and sweet exfoliator is your thing, then this is it. When you first open the pot, the aroma is kind of overpowering, but once used in the shower, the product is taken to a whole new level. It's hard to explain, and you would need to try it for yourself to see what I mean. The whole experience is very unique. The scrub unleashes floral, earthy and woody notes, and smells so refreshing. Personally I think it could be aimed at men or women, because it's slightly masculine. As with all the Smoky Poppy products, it's infused with poppy extract from Turkey. But the body scrub goes one better, and has real poppy seeds, which make this scrub somewhat special. Including such large seeds means the product is incredibly stimulating, and great for circulation. Once used, my skin feels ridiculously smooth, and the fragrance that's left behind is lush. Normally I would pick a body scrub that was more fruity, but trying something out of my 'norm', means I've discovered Smoky Poppies, and they're so indulgent. I will definitely be replacing this when it runs out.

If you fancy trying out some products from The Body Shop Smoky Poppy range you can find them here.

Are you someone that tries out new products, or do you tend to stick to the same thing?

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12 March 2015

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Radiance Giveaway

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Radiance Giveaway

Yves Rocher is a brand that's fairly new to me, and over the past couple of weeks I've been trying out a few of their serums. A botanically-focused company with home grown ingredients, they have their very own botanical garden in France, where over 1100 species of plant can be found. It's these plants that are used in their products, which are sold in 88 countries worldwide. Included in their range are Serum Vegetal Wrinkles and Radiance*, which are day and night creams for all skin types, designed to reduce creases and wrinkles. As I've kindly been given a set to give away to one of my readers, I thought I would share my first impressions and thoughts so far.

Both serums come in a well made 50ml glass jar, with orange and silver screw top lids. They smell fresh and floral, and contain Mesembryanthemum crystallium (plant life), which is famous for it's ability to survive in the most extreme conditions. They're quite thick in texture, and I have found that a little goes a very long way. To use the creams, I've been taking small amounts out, and smoothing them on my face and neck, using upwards sweeping motions. I've found that both serums absorb very quickly. The day cream leaves my face soft and smooth, and creates a great base for make-up. The night cream is really soothing, and nourishes my skin perfectly while I sleep.

So far, I'm really liking both of these serums. I've tried the day cream with both of my favourite foundations (being Chanel Vitalumiere and Revlon Colorstay), and there's been no problems there. (You know how sometimes you try a new face cream, and it reacts with your foundation, causing it to clump? Anyone else had this before?). In the past I've talked about how my skin gets really dry in the winter, and although we're now heading into Spring, I'm still suffering a little. These creams have really been helping to combat this problem. Apparently they make the 'skin's radiance appear revived' after just one month, so I'm looking forward to that. I'll keep you all posted!

Serum Vegetal Wrinkles and Radiance can be purchased here for £42.00, however, Yves Rocher offer product discounts, which are promoted on their Facebook page. If you would like to try out some for yourself, do head over there and pick up a discount code first.

As I said previously, Yves Rocher are giving one of my readers the chance to win a Serum Vegetal Wrinkles and Radiance set for themselves, including the day and night serum, and a make-up bag.

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Good luck!

Have you ever used any products by Yves Rocher before? 

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8 March 2015

Rose Gold Wish List

Rose Gold Wish List, Michael Kors Watch, Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow, Butterfly Twists, DKNY Watch, Heart Earrings, Rose Gold Bag, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Star Earrings, Guess Hearts and Roses Bracelet, Zoeva Rose Gold Make-up Brushes,

1. Naked 3 Palette | Urban Decay | Link 
2. Make-up Brushes | Zoeva | Link
3. Solid Heart Studs | Dew | Link 
4. Ladies Bracelet Watch | Michael Kors | Link 
5. Essential Bracelet Watch | DKNY | Link 
6. Colour-coded Eyeshadow Palette | The Dolce Vita | Charlotte Tilbury | Link 
7. Solid Star Studs | Dew | Link 
8. Kimanna Flat Pouch | Dune | Link
9. Hearts and Roses Bracelet | Guess | Link 
10. Sienna Ballerina Shoes | Butterfly Twists | Link

I'm always browsing the internet and adding things to my wish list, and recently I realised there's a bit of a theme going on. It all looks so pretty, and no wonder, because nearly every other item is rose gold! I've had the Naked 3 palette and those Zoeva brushes on there for what seems like forever, along with a couple of watches (because I can't decide which one I like the best!). I think the ballerina shoes would look so cute teamed up with a pair of ripped jeans in the spring/summer. Add the Guess bracelet, the star or heart earrings, and the pouch, and I'll be good to go! That Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette looks like it would be great for the evening, so I can totally justify owning that as well as one by Urban Decay!

What do you think of the bits and pieces I have on my list? Are you a fan of rose gold too?

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