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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.

To enter this giveaway you must:
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Please note:
* This giveaway is open internationally *
* It finishes at midnight on Sunday 26th April 2015 *
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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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1 March 2015

Are Beauty Bloggers Trustworthy?

Can you trust a beauty blogger

As a self-confessed beauty addict, there's no medium that influences me more than the beauty blogging community. Such a persuasive bunch, they've completely made it the 'norm' to make impulse purchases, based on posts they've written on their blogs. These days I hardly ever read magazines looking for product reviews, opting for my favourite blogs instead. At least this way I know I'll be getting a completely unbiased, honest review... Or will I?

How many times have you read a blog post raving about a product, only to read another bloggers review that completely trashes it? How do you know which one to believe? Could it just be a case of different strokes for different folks, or is there more to it than that? What really causes a blogger to write a misleading review?

A lack of knowledge is one thing for sure. Since I started my journey in they blogging world I'm shocked at how many PRs have contacted me, asking for a review of a specific skincare product (I'm talking face creams), without even considering what skin type I have. As a skincare therapist, I'm all too aware of the consequences of using something that wasn't designed for my skin. That's why I actually turn down more offers than I accept. Sadly not all bloggers do the same, and time and time again I find myself reading a negative review of a product, only to discover that it wasn't designed for that persons skin anyway. The product didn't stand a chance of giving good results.

When it comes to skincare in particular, another thing that bloggers should consider, is that it can take up to three months before your skin starts to show changes after trying out a new product. Yet there are many reviews out there claiming that face creams create miracles after just a few days. Of course, there are exceptions, and it's not as black and white as that. Some products will show results in an instant, but I would still argue that they need to be given a good trial before the blogger writes their review. Pressures from PRs asking bloggers to publish their post asap isn't a good enough excuse to write something slapdash, where the blogger doesn't really know how the product performed at all. Which takes me on to the taboo subject of...

MONEY! (That was so written in the voice of T Money from Storage Hunters! YouTube it if you haven't got clue!). I know it's always awkward to talk about money, but shock, horror, some bloggers do make a living from their blogs. Personally, I point blank refuse to deceive my readers just because cash is involved, or worse - for a free product. I'm sure that bloggers who write good reviews (when a product isn't so great!) are probably in the minority, but sadly we would be deluded if we didn't think it exists. There have been occasions where I've seen sponsored posts in my area of, let's say, expertise, and I spotted a fair few incorrect facts. It was a shame, because said blogger had obviously trusted that what was being published was true, but personally I think we're better off sticking to topics we know lots about. Either that, or do your research. Keeping readers is far more important than getting paid to write a misleading post.

So the question remains - are beauty bloggers trustworthy? I think it's probably like everything in life - some are, some aren't. At the end of the day, mistakes will be made. We're all human after all! I strongly believe that if, as a blogger, you stay true to yourself, that will shine through. The readers will know, and their trust will be gained. That might mean publishing the odd negative review from time to time, but isn't that why we write about what we do? To be informative, and give an honest opinion?

What do you guys think? Can you really trust a beauty blogger? Do you shy away from the very sight of a sponsored post, or gifted item disclosure? I would love to hear your stories/thoughts in the comments box below.

On a side note: This post wasn't written to come across negative of sponsored posts, or gifted item reviews (as you probably know, I publish these myself too), but more to try and ascertain your views.  I've personally never seen them as being a problem, and if I trust the blogger that's writing, then I trust their reviews, regardless of how they obtained the items.

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23 February 2015

Fleur De Force | The Glam Guide Review

Fleur De Force The Glam Guide Review
If there was one book that was destined to end up in my possession this year, it was The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force. In 2013 my friend Julia introduced me to Fleur's website, whilst suggesting that I set up a blog of my very own. She thought I would be good at it because of my love and knowledge of beauty. At the time, I didn't even know that beauty blogging was a 'thing', despite setting up a blog in 2010, that remained unpublished. I've never told you guys this before, but I totally fell in love with what Fleur had created, and as the first beauty blogger I came across, she was my inspiration to start this site. I've remained a loyal follower of hers ever since, reading every post, and watching all her videos. I'm a massive fan, and find her so relatable. What's even crazier, is that last year, when Carly's Beauty World was shortlisted for 'Best New Beauty Blog' in the Cosmo Blog Awards, Fleur De Force was shortlisted (and won) 'Best Vlog'. Sadly she wasn't at the awards, but can you imagine how I would have felt if she was, and even better, if I had got to meet her? Anyway, when she first announced she was writing a book, I couldn't have been more excited, and I pre-ordered my copy straight away!

It has to be said, I'm really impressed with The Glam Guide, in particular, the chapter on beauty. For me, it was like going back to everything I learn't when I was at beauty school, doing my NVQ Level 2. The views, opinions and techniques that are written about very much reflect everything I've been taught over the years. There wasn't anything in this section, that didn't make perfect sense to me, and I love how she's covered so many topics that I've also written about on this blog. From how to choose a foundation, to creating a perfect manicure, it's all there. She's even written about DIY face masks (again we were taught this at beauty school), and an ingredient blacklist (something I've also written about here before). Beauty aside, there are also chapters on hair, fashion, travel, health and fitness, relationships, Youtube, blogging, and so much more.

Overall, I think this is a lovely book, with beautiful illustrations, and I would say it's a bit like a beauty bible. If I had a daughter, I would definitely give her this to read, but that said, I think it's a publication that would be brilliant for all ages. Sometimes I find that once I've read a book, I sell it again on my Amazon book store, but that's not going to happen this time. The Glam Guide is a keeper! It's the kind of book you can dip in and out of, and I'm glad that I now have something I can continuously refer to, rather than pulling out my shabby old beauty school notes all the time! When I next make a DIY mask I'm going to use The Glam Guide instead. If you're interested in finding out how good this book is yourself, you can purchase it by clicking here.

What do you think of Fleur De Force? Is she someone you follow too? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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17 February 2015

Exfoliating with The Body Shop

Body Shop Exfoliator Review
When it comes to my skincare and body care routine there's one product I cannot be without, and that's an exfoliator. Being a total self tanning junkie, I exfoliate before, during and after applying fake tan. When using something so frequently, it's essential that it doesn't cause any problems, such as redness, stinging or sore skin. That's why recently I've been loving these two exfoliators from the body shop. 
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

Firstly is the
Vitamin C Microdermabrasion*, a facial exfoliator with super 'fine exfoliating micro particles' and 'crushed garnet stones'. It comes in a 75ml tube, with an easy to use, and very hygienic flip top. Ingredients include camu camu and Community Fair Trade shea butter, and the smell is subtle, but refreshing. The texture of the product itself is very light, and personally I find the tininest amount is sufficient. Maybe a little less than shown in the picture above. I usually use this in the shower by wetting the skin on my face and neck, and then massaging it in with my fingertips, using circular movements. My skin is left really soft, and smooth to touch, due to the little particles removing all the dead skin cells. My face looks more radiant after too, and the perfect base is created ready for the application of my self tan. Even if I'm not using fake tan, this is an excellent step to include in my skincare routine, maybe once or twice a week, perhaps as part of a mini facial.
The Body Shop Spa Fit Exfoliator

The other product I've been using is the Spa Fit Smoothing & Refining Body Scrub*. I'm actually sat here chuckling to myself, as I've just realised that I accidently photographed the wrong side of the jar. What a silly billy! The other part of the label is actually in English. I'm sure you'll appreciate that these pics were taken a while ago, so we'll just go with it shall we? Anyway, this is an exfoliator for the body, and is 'enriched with 100% natural-origin citrus and caffeine ingredients'. I love how it's packaged in a really cute, on trend jar with a gasket lid. To use, I find myself dipping my fingers in the pot, and as with the facial exfoliator, I massage it into my wet skin, again, using circular motions, and then rinse. I'm probably a little bit more vigorous on my body, than I am on my face, because the skin here is slightly tougher. The smell of this product is a lot stronger than the previous exfoliator, and is very zesty. Ingredients include orange, lemon, grapefruit, honey and apricot. The overall results are much smoother, invigorated skin, that is more radiant and glowing than it was before.

I'm really loving products by The Body Shop at the moment, and both of these get the thumbs up from me. What do you think of exfoliators, are they something you use in your skincare routine too? 

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