23 October 2014

The Cosmo Blog Awards 2014

A few weeks ago I headed off to London for The Cosmo Blog Awards, which were held in the OXO2 Tower, situated on the South Bank of the River Thames. I was totally over the moon to be shortlisted, and according to Cosmopolitan, there were over 46,000 entries and 37,000 votes, so definitely my biggest achievement this year!

The Cosmo Blog Awards 2014
Ollie and I stayed in the Mondrian Hotel, which is right next door to the OXO Tower, and couldn't have been more convenient. Not long after making the booking, I was contacted by Remington and asked if I would like them to get me 'red carpet ready' before the event. Of course, I accepted their generous offer, and even better - they were setting up in the River View Balcony Suite, which was only a few rooms away from ours. It was meant to be!


My hair was styled by Sophie, who used the Silk Waving Wand to create all those fabulous curls. With a glass of champagne in hand, I think my nerves were slowly starting to drift away! 

Get Ready with Remington

After my locks had been totally transformed, I had a make-over by Kim. It wasn't long before I realised that she's a really good make-up artist, and was super quick too. I loved the look that she created, with a subtle flick of eyeliner, and metallic gold eyes. 

Gold Eye Make-up

Carly's Beauty World

Wanting to capture an image of my outfit, I took this picture just before Julie (another blogger shortlisted for Best New Beauty Blog) arrived at the hotel.

Cosmo Blog Awards

I don't have that many pics of the actual event, because most of my footage was filmed, so look out for my Cosmo Blog Awards v
log (coming soon!). All I can tell you is that the champagne was flowing, and Julie (one of the loveliest, and funniest people I've ever met!), had drank a fair bit before she got to mine. That might explain why the pic of me above is a little blurry! Despite all the alcohol, she can really strike a pose, and I think I need to take a leaf out of her book! I met loads of lovely bloggers and YouTubers on the night, and managed get a few piccys, so here they are:

Cosmo Blog Awards Shortlister

Julie | Just Julie

Miss Budget Beauty

Mikhila | Miss Budget Beauty & Julie

Emma Griffy

Emma | Emma Griffy & Mandy | It's a Mandy Thing

Qworter Life Crisis

Maddie | Qworter Life Crisis & Julie

Malika Chady

Malika | Malika Chady

Another lovely person that I met was Kristina from Creepers and Cupcakes, who won 'Highly Commended' in the 'Best New Beauty Blog' category. Congratulations Kristina!

I feel so privileged to have been invited to such a brilliant event, and it's all thanks to you guys, my readers, so thank you! Also a special mention goes to Cosmopolitan for giving us a night to remember!

20 October 2014

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2014

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2014
Image: Yankee Candle

If you like candles, you're going to love the the latest advent calendar that's feeding my obsession. It's by Yankee Candles. Need I say more? I don't like Yankee candles... I flippin love them! This year the countdown to Christmas can be filled with seasonal scents such as Christmas Cookie, Cranberry Ice, Icicles, Angel's Wings, Snowflake Cookie and Christmas Garland. This calendar is an absolute steal at just £21.99, and would make a lovely pre-Christmas gift for some lucky person. If you fancy getting your mitts on one of these click here, where you can make your purchase from the Yankee Candles website direct.

What do you think of Yankee Candles? Do you love them as much as me?

19 October 2014

USpicy Cosmetic Brush Set Review

USpicy Cosmetic Brushes
USpicy Cosmetic Brushes Review
Make-up Brushes
Cosmetic Brushes
They say a bad workman always blames his tools, but let's face it, using something decent helps. I know that we're not talking about embarking on some sort of DIY journey here, and of course I'm referring to make-up brushes, but surely the principles are the same? I don't know about you guys, but I'm always aspiring to create a flawless, natural look on my face, and recently I've been buffing and blending my way to perfection with this USpicy Cosmetic Brush Set.*

If you want to apply your make-up like a professional, at a fraction of the cost of some of the other brushes on the market, then look no further than this little beauty. It includes six brushes, all made of good quality fibres, that feel silky soft to touch, and help to produce the results of a make-up expert. Does this all sound good to you? Then read on...

(From left to right)

The Tapered Brush
Great for contouring, this brush has become a staple in my make-up routine, as I now use it to apply my highlighter each and every day. The pointed tip means it can be used on areas that are harder to reach, therefore it's also good for applying foundation. Whether it be creme, powder or liquid, this brush can tackle them all.

The Angled Flat Brush
Another multifunctional brush, I tend to employ mine as a blender, making sure my face is contoured with no tell-tale signs. Of course it could be used to apply highlighter, blusher and bronzer too.

The Flat Head Brush (shorter bristles)
This one's for my loose setting powder, something that I never go without. Just like the Tapered Brush, it could be used with any type of foundation to create a smooth, natural looking base.

The Rounded Brush
I use this brush for applying bronzer, but it's also designed for use with foundation too. Personally I would stick to using it with creme or powder types, rather than liquid.

The Flat Head Brush (longer bristles)
My brush of choice for applying blusher, the flat head is ideal for dispersing the perfect amount of product, ensuring an even and blended result.

The Paddle Shaped Brush
I like to use this brush for applying my under-eye concealer, but it could also be used with eyeshadow, particularly a base colour that covers the entire eyelid.

As you can probably tell, the USpicy Cosmetic Brushes have now become a firm favourite in my make-up routine. Whoever knew that decent make-up tools could be purchased at such a good price? £9.30 to be precise, and if you're interested you can find them here.

Which brushes do you use to apply your make-up? Do you think I'm right in saying that high quality cosmetic brushes help with make-up application? Please let me know in the comments box below!

15 October 2014

Benefit Advent Calendar 2014

Benefit Advent Calendar 2014
Image: Benefit

It's the one we've all been waiting for, and it goes on sale for £60, online, tomorrow from midday. (Click here to view). Oh how I would love a Candy-Coated Countdown! The 2014 Benefit Advent Calendar is limited edition, with only 8,000 being sold in Debenhams and Benefit Boutique stores in the UK. At least that's a few more than in 2013.

If you would like to get your hands on one of these you need to be super quick. I believe that Benefit will be posting the link on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tomorrow. They also advise to lookout on www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk and www.debenhams.co.uk.

Don't forget to check out my 'Beauty Advent Calendars 2014' post here.

Barry M Textured Nail Polish | Majesty

Barry M Textured Nail Polish | Majesty
The one that got away, Barry M Majesty is the blingy gold nail polish that I was meant to wear on the night of the Cosmo Blog Awards. I changed my mind right at the last minute, and opted for a pop of pink instead. Over the past month or so, I've been wearing this nail polish quite a lot, as I wanted to give it a thorough test. As you guys probably know by now - I'm fussy when it comes to nail polishes. There's no way I would have taken any risks, with it being such a big event!

As you can see, this lacquer gives a glittering, textured finish, and I found that it lasted around 5 days before chipping. I opted out of using a top coat, because I didn't want to change the look of the polish in any way. However, I did use OPI Nail Envy as a base coat, like I always do. I have to admit, it takes a bit longer to remove than your average nail paint, due to the sand-like formula. The trick is to hold the nail polish soaked cotton pad on your nails for a few seconds longer, and it wipes off no trouble at all.

I think this polish will look great in the up and coming festive season, so no doubt I'll be wearing it again soon. Barry M Majesty is available here for just £3.99, and is very good value for money.

What's your favourite Barry M nail polish? 

12 October 2014

Selfridges Advent Calendar 2014

Image: Selfridges. Edited by Carly's Beauty World

My favourite of all the festive offerings so far, the Enchanted Spells Advent Calendar by Selfridges is now available to purchase on their website here.  Full of cosmetics, fragrance, and miniature skincare products, this calendar is a beauty blogger's dream! It boasts products from brands such as Kiehl's, Victor & Rolf, Lancome and YSL. Yes it's a whopping £85.00, but worth every penny in my opinion.

 If you're a beauty addict like me, then you might want to check out my 'Beauty Advent Calendars' post here. I've been updating it each week, and would love to know which ones you guys think is the best!

8 October 2014

The Cosmo Blog Awards 2014 | My Outfit

The Cosmo Blog Awards | My Outfit

Last night I felt very privileged, as I attended the Cosmo Blog Awards with so many amazing and inspirational bloggers. Unfortunately I didn't win, but to be shortlisted from 47,000 entries was quite an honour, and if I'm honest, I felt as though getting that far made us all winners in a way. I got lots of footage of the night, including the event, and all the lovely people that I met. My Instagram and Twitter will probably be pretty picture heavy over the next few days, so I apologise in advance! In the meantime, I'm going to leave you all with a few images of what I wore on the night. As you can see, I went for a black and gold look, and my jewellery featured leaves. I don't know why, I just like them!
Long Black Dress

Dress | Nightway

Faux Fur Jacket

Jacket | Dorothy Perkins

Black and Gold Heels

Shoes | Nine West 

Michael Kors Bag

Bag | Michael Kors 

Gold Leaf Earrings

Earrings | New Look

Gold Leaf Bracelet

Bracelet | River Island 

OPI Nail Polish

Nail Varnish | I Love Applause | OPI

I hope you guys like the things I chose to wear. 

A massive congratulations to all the winners, and When I get back from London I'll be blogging (and vlogging), all about the awards. I'll make sure I include a proper picture of me in my dress too.

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