21 July 2014

VO5 Hot Oil Review

VO5 Hot Oil

VO5 Hot Oil
VO5 Hot Oil
In my ongoing battle to restore my over processed locks I've recently rediscovered VO5 Hot Oil. I don't even know what made me purchase a box of these, but I saw them on the shelf in Boots and thought to myself 'I remember these'. Many years ago they were regularly used in my hair care routine, and before I knew it, they were in my shopping basket once again.

VO5 Hot Oil is made up of essential oils that include avocado oil, apricot oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and rosemary leaf oil. This special blend is used in combination with heat to combat damage by penetrating deep into the hair. As you probably know, we cause harm to our hair on a daily basis just by styling and brushing it, let alone if we choose to use heated appliances and dye it with chemicals. Using a hot oil treatment can make a big difference to the overall texture of each strand of hair.

This hot oil is really simple to use. You pop an unopened tube in hot water for a few minutes, until it's nice and warm. Then dampen your hair and massage the oil into the lengths. Next, leave it to work it's magic for just 1 minute and you're ready to shampoo your hair as normal. It couldn't be easier.

I've been using this hot oil treatment once a week and find that it seems to make my hair a bit smoother due to the way it binds the layers of hair together. Combing and brushing has become much easier and I feel like it helps to combat damage.

* Hair Tip *
Try using 15ml of Olive Oil as a natural alternative to VO5 Hot oil. The results will be pretty much the same and you'll save yourself a fair bit of money in the process. Believe it or not one of my hairdressing assessments at college involved giving a hair treatment using olive oil. I'm going back quite a few years now, so I have no idea if this is still part of Hairdressing NVQ Level 2! If you know the answer then please leave a comment in the box below.

You can purchase VO5 Hot Oil from Boots (here). It's £4.29 for a box of 4.

Have you ever tried using hot oil on your hair before? Did you know that you can use olive oil as a cheaper alternative?

18 July 2014

False Eyelashes | My Top Tips!

False Eyelashes

Who doesn't want long luscious eyelashes? Some people are naturally blessed with them, but if you're not one of the lucky few, like myself, then false lashes can be a bit of a godsend. I've been using them on and off for many years, and have developed a little routine for myself. I've also picked up a few tips and tricks along the way, which I'm going to share with you today.

The first thing I do, after opening a new set of false eyelashes, is hold them up against my natural lashes (using a pair of tweezers), to see if the strip is longer than the length of my natural lash line. If it is, then I trim some off of the outer edge, because they're not going to sit right if they're too long. Nobody likes a false eyelash poking in their eye do they?

I also check the length of the false lashes against my eyelashes. Sometimes the false lashes can be way too long, and I trim them. I try to avoid doing this unless I really have to. The reason is, there's a bit of an art to cutting false lashes. They need to be feathered, rather than bluntly cut straight across, otherwise they'll look very unnatural.

Eyelash Glue

As a rule I apply all other make-up before adding false lashes, however, there is rarely a time that I don't put on more liquid liner after application, because it can cover up a multitude of mistakes! I find that glue often ends up somewhere it shouldn't, and if the lash line isn't looking as black as I want it to, due to a blob of glue, I simply add more eyeliner. For me, it's better than pulling at the glue and disturbing the lashes.

Once I've applied the glue to the false lashes, I wait for it to become tacky before I apply them to my natural lashes. I find that waiting around around 30 seconds is about right. If I try to apply them too early they won't stick, and the chances are I'll end up in a big old mess! It's always best not to use too much glue too. I must admit I'm a little heavy handed with it myself, and if I've already used the lashes several times the glue can become quite overloaded. 

False Eyelashes

As I said previously, I usually get several uses out of strip lashes, which is me being a bit thrifty, because the ones I tend to use are designed for single use. This takes me to my next tip - the more curved the lashes, the easier they are to apply, so the newer they are, the better. The above picture shows a set of my lashes after I've used them several times. The eyelashes at the top are still a little curved, but the ones at the bottom are nearly straight! There are several things you can do to make life easier and keep your lashes curved. Firstly, you could do as I say, and not as I do, and use the lashes once, then throw them away. A bit of a no-brainer really. Secondly, you could buy lashes with specially designed curved packaging (Eylure Girls Aloud False Eyelashes are great example of this - see here), thirdly you could wrap them around a curved object, such as a make-up brush, to keep them in shape.

Do you use false eyelashes? Have you got any good recommendations or tips and tricks of your own? Let me know in the comments box below.

16 July 2014

In the Spotlight - Jenny from Dream in Pink

Every now and again I come across a blog that makes me want to purchase way too many products, and this is exactly what happened when I discovered Dream In Pink. My wishlist is now considerably longer than it was before, and no doubt my bank balance will take a bashing because of it! 

This gorgeous blog was created by Jenny who mainly blogs about beauty products, but likes to throw in the occasional fashion and lifestyle post. I have to say I'm incredibly impressed, because this blog is only a few months old. Go and check it out, and you'll see exactly where I'm coming from. In the meantime let's find out a bit more about Jenny herself, and what she thinks of blogging so far...

How did you get into blogging?
I have read blogs for years and always loved them, so after finishing university and having time on my hands I decided to start my own :)

What differentiates your blog from others?
I haven't thought too much about what makes my blog different and unique, I'm just writing about what I'm passionate about, what interests me and not worrying about comparing myself to other bloggers.

What’s the best thing about blogging?
Sharing my love of make up with people who have the same interests, writing about my passion and reading reviews from other blogs which I love.

What makes you click the follow button after discovering a new blog?
When I can tell that a blogger has similar interests or a similar style to me. Also when their personality comes through their writing and I can relate to it. 

Which bloggers inspire you?
BeautyCrushZoella and Pearls and Poodles as these are the blogs I came across first and continued to love for years. 
More recently, Carly's Beauty WorldCouture Girl and Em Talks are blogs I love reading and have helped inspire me since starting my own blog. 

What advice would you give to your just-started-blogging-self?
Not to worry about what people will think of my blog, as everyone has been so supportive so don't know why I ever worried! Also not to compare myself to other well-established blogs, it will come in time :)

Would you ever consider doing YouTube?
Not a the moment, as I'm only just getting used to blogging so one step at a time! Maybe in the future....who knows!

What’s your favourite clothing label?
At the moment I am absolutely loving Misguided and Motel.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not blogging?
Socialise with friends, go shopping or go to the gym.

Do you go out without make-up on?
Only for the gym or on holiday usually.

If you were restricted to three beauty products for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
Benefit Brow Zings- because I can't go anywhere without colouring my brows in, I think it makes my face look so much better and I would sacrifice wearing any other make up before my brow products!
Fake Tan- Probably either St. Tropez bronzing mousse or any gradual tanners (there are so many I love). This is because wearing fake tan makes me feel so much more confident.
Lip Balm- either Vaseline or Burt's Bees. I always seem to have dry lips and take these products everywhere with me in my handbag. I also really like tinted lip balms as they are so convenient. 

Tell us a good beauty tip!
This isn't really a beauty tip it’s a hair tip but it's something I've found out recently. If you suffer with greasy hair, stopping using conditioner can really help! I have recently done this and notice my hair can last so much longer before I need to wash it again. When I do use conditioner I only put it on the ends as well. 

Thanks to Jenny for agreeing to be put in the spotlight. You can find her blog here. 

Would you like to be part of this feature? If so e-mail me - carlysbeautyworld@gmail.com

14 July 2014

ghd Aura Professional Hairdryer Experience

Professional hair styling brand ghd have just launched a new hairdryer called aura, and they’re offering you the chance to be one of the first to experience it at their one-off ultimate hair day. This event is going to be held at their studio on Dean Street on Wednesday 16th July from 12-8pm. 

What a great opportunity to be one of the first to experience this new must-have hair tool. I can’t think of anything better than having a bespoke blow-dry appointment by one of the ghd creative team, who are often found styling the hair of catwalk models backstage at London Fashion Week.

To book an appointment all you need to do is e-mail j.helks@ghdhair.com

Appointments will be given on a first come first served basis, and your confirmation e-mail will give you the time to arrive on the day.
I’m really excited about trying out the ghd aura, and once I have I’ll be writing a review, so look out for that over the next few weeks. If you would like to read about it in more detail please click here. 

Have you been lucky enough to try out this new hairdryer yet? If not, Is it something you would like to try? Let me know in the comments box below.

12 July 2014

Why I Love Eyelash Tinting

Eyelash Tint

I've always been rather obsessed with eyelash tinting, and it's probably my favourite treatment of all time. After 16 years of doing it on myself, and on clients, I can honestly say I don't think there's another treatment that can change someones appearance as quickly, and as dramatically as an eyelash tint. The above picture of me just having had one done doesn't do the treatment justice, because I've seen eyelashes with results to die for. Think blonde lashes, twice as long and thick as mine. The results are shockingly good! But even my pale little lashes are dramatically changed once a tint has been performed. If you're not convinced yet, let me tell you more!...

Eyelash tinting instantly enhances your eyes by making the lashes darker and appear much thicker and longer.

There's no need to wear mascara, saving time when getting ready, and you can kiss goodbye to all those worries, such as smudging and irritating your eyes if you rub them.

Whether you want a more subtle look, or something more dramatic, there's an eyelash tint colour to suit everyone.

Eyelash tinting enhances the look of pretty much everyone's eyelashes. The reason why? They're available in blue/black, which is the darkest form of black there is. This means that even if your lashes are naturally black, an eyelash tint will probably make them even darker. It's also worth noting that many people with dark eyelashes have fairer ends and sometimes roots, so an eyelash tint will darken them.

If you have fair lashes, there's no need to worry about that 'blonde root' look after you've applied your mascara. It doesn't matter how hard you work that wand into the base of your lashes, it's pretty hard to cover them up! Trust me - I know.

An eyeliner effect is created when having the tint, which lasts for a couple of days after having it. Another bonus!

There's no more hiding your mascara free lashes first thing in the morning, because you're waking up looking naturally good!

You can cry, throw water at your face, and sweat as much as you like! Your lashes are permanently dark for now. Say goodbye to running mascara.

Eyelash tinting only takes around 15-20 minutes and it lasts for around 4-6 weeks. What's not to like?

Over the years I've convinced so many of my friends, family and even Ollie to let me give them eyelash tints. Not in the salon. At home, in my own time! I don't know why but I just love doing it. Even Ollie's friends have ended up having them done. I guess you could say I really loved my job. Even after a career change, here I am writing about it. I can't quite let it go!

Have you ever had an eyelash tint? If not, is it something you would ever consider having done? Please feel free to leave any questions or comments in the box below.

Have a great weekend you lovely people.

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Please note: It's always best to get an eyelash tint done by a trained professional, and they must give you a patch test at least 24 hours prior to your treatment.

10 July 2014

I've Been Shortlisted in the Cosmo Blog Awards 2014

Cosmo Blog Awards 2014

I'm really excited to have been shortlisted in the Cosmo Blog Awards 2014 under the category 'Best New Beauty Blog'. Just to be shortlisted is enough for me, however if you would like to vote for me in the next stage please follow the instructions below:

1) When you're ready click this link here. 

2) Click 'next page' to go straight to page 2 where you will be able to select Carly's Beauty World as shown below: 

Cosmo Blog Awards 2014

 3) Keep clicking 'next page', until you get to page 15. It should look like this:

Cosmo Blog Awards 2014

4) Enter your name and e-mail address and click 'submit'. That's it!

Many thanks to everyone that has voted for me and if you would like to read a more heart-felt post about the Cosmo Blog Awards please click here.

If you're a new reader please leave your blog link in the comments box below as I love to discover new blogs. 

Much love to you all! 

8 July 2014

The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014 - My Thoughts!

Cosmo Blog Awards 2014Yesterday evening I switched my phone on to find it going a little crazy with notifications from Twitter etc, and I kid you not I was shocked when I realised why. Carly’s Beauty World has been shortlisted by Cosmopolitan for a Cosmo Blog Award under the category ‘Best New Beauty Blog’. I honestly can’t believe it! When I asked my readers if they would like to vote for me I didn’t think I would actually get anywhere. According to Cosmo there were more than 46,000 entries last year, and there are so many amazing new beauty blogs out there, I knew the competition was tough.

I would have put money on some of my favourite bloggers getting shortlisted, and winning, but I definitely wouldn’t have put money on mine! Don’t get me wrong - I love my blog and everything about blogging, but I’m very critical of my work. Last night my mind was racing with excitement. Being shortlisted for an award by a magazine as highly regarded as Cosmo is like a dream come true to me. However, it wasn’t long before my anxious thoughts kicked in, and I was thinking in a slightly critical way!

Writing beauty advice is a passion of mine, and after all these years I probably do have a lot of knowledge, but I don’t think my blog is particularly special. I was wondering why all the popular new beauty blogs that I love and follow were not on the shortlist. I started to think that maybe some kind of mistake had been made, and that I wasn’t actually meant to be on the list! For some reason I have a tendency to doubt my own abilities.

I’m the girl that got good results in year one at uni, but in my mind I thought they had somehow got mixed up with someone else’s, despite working incredibly hard all year! I’m also the girl that sat at the back of a lecture theatre by the door because I used to get terrible anxiety. One day when the teacher called out the name ‘Carly’ to go to the stage to collect a group prize, I just sat there, because I thought ‘there must be some other prize worthy Carly in our year’. It was only when the teacher was staring into the crowd, asking ‘where is she’, and then looked my way, that I realised she was talking about me! I guess you could say I have some self confidence issues, and I really am genuinely shocked to be shortlisted for this award.

I want to thank every single one of you that voted for Carly’s Beauty World because you have no idea how much this means to me. I’m so grateful and feeling very blessed right now. I also want to thank Cosmo for noticing my blog and thinking that it is good enough to be put on their shortlist. Wow. It was only a few months ago that I was feeling really proud of fellow bloggers for being shortlisted in various awards and winning sponsorship opportunities. I never in a million years thought I would be in a similar position, but being chosen by Cosmo. Oh my goodness, is this even real?

As a friend very kindly told me – sometimes you just have to accept that it’s your time to shine!

If you guys would like to vote for me in the next stage of these awards please click here. I'll put a more detailed post up about this in the next couple of days.

If you fancy getting involved in the conversation follow +Cosmopolitan UK (@cosmopolitanuk) and +Nextofficial (@nextofficial) using #CosmoBlogAwards 

Good luck to everyone that has been shortlisted. I can't wait to read all of your blogs! 

What do you think of the Cosmo Blog Awards? Let me know in the comments box below.

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