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 them over your skin, and it's left looking so smooth. I'm keeping them in my bag from now on, so my friends and I can use them 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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    7 May 2015

    OPI Hawaii Collection | Review

    Aloha! I hope you're all having a wonderful Thursday, whatever you might be doing! Today's post is all about colour, as I introduce you to the latest offerings from OPI - The Hawaii Collection. Full of summer fun, with creamy corals, happy pinks, pastel greens, and a reef-inspired purple, The OPI Hawaii Little Hulas Mini Pack* is perfect for that up and coming summer vacation you have planned. Even if you're not lucky enough to be going away this year, these 3.75 ml bottles are ideal for trying out different shades, and popping in your bag, after you've chosen your favourite one. The set includes four different bottles of nail polish, including That's Hula-rious, Aloha from OPI, Lost My Bikini in Molokini, and Suzi Shops & Island Hops. 
    OPI Hawaii Nail Polish Collection Blog Review
    As soon as I received these nail polishes I made a beeline for Suzi Shops & Island Hops. Aside from having a super cool name, it was the colour that attracted me the most. As you can see it's a gorgeous baby pink, and has a really creamy formula. I've worn this shade on my nails twice now, and I find I need three coats of lacquer to get a truly opaque finish. Despite that, this polish drys really fast. Probably in around 10-15 minutes, whereas I usually give my OPI polishes about 30 mins to dry (when I've applied a base, two coats of nail varnish, and a top coat). I'm also wearing this on my toe nails, but I only have two coats on those.
    OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops Blog Review
    I'm yet to try the rest of the colours in this set, but as usual I'll keep you posted on how I get on. If you would like to find out what they're like for yourself, the OPI Hawaii Little Hulas Mini Pack can be purchased here for just £9.95.

    Which one of these lacquers would you like to try?

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    5 May 2015

    New Beauty Releases | Spring 2015

    We're well into Spring 2015, and with that comes a whole array of gorgeous new beauty releases. Whether it be our favourite brands celebrating those all important milestones (Beauty at Topshop and MUA are both celebrating 5 years!), bringing out super cute make-up kits (Do the Hoola I'm talking about you!), or assisting us with the basics such as mascara, nail polish and fake tan, there's something here for everyone! Click on the links below to see more from the new Early Defence range by Boots No7, the stunning selection of Sunset Nail Paints by Barry M, and an innovative Self Tan Face Oil by St Tropez. It seems like my bank balance might be taking a hit once again...

    1. Five Piece Do the Hoola Kit | Benefit | Link
    2. Early Defence Eye Cream | No7 | Link
    3. Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil | St Tropez | Link
    4. Sunset Daylight Curing Top Coat | Barry M | Link
    5. False Lash Superstar Mascara | L'Oreal | Link
    6. Limited Edition 5th Birthday Palette | MUA | Link
    7. Five Years of Beauty Collection | Topshop | Link

    What do you think of these new releases? As you can probably tell, I love trying out new products, so please feel free to recommend any that I've missed! 

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    30 April 2015

    The Body Shop | Vitamin E

    The Body Shop Vitamin E range has been around for a long time. I remember carrying out pH testing on the cream, along with lots of other products when I was at beauty school. It was said to be one of the best, with a pH level of around 5.5 at the time. Just incase you haven't a clue what I'm waffling on about - this is good, because we want our skin to remain balanced, at a pH of 5.5. With this in mind, it's no wonder these products have been around for three decades now, and are considered best-sellers. Recently The Body Shop introduced a special limited edition Vitamin E skincare collection, and for the first time I got to use their Moisture Cream and Overnight Serum-in-Oil. I was really pleased about this, because back in the day I had a combination skin type, opting to use their Tea-Tree products instead. Of course, my skin still is combination, but because I'm a bit older now, the dry skin has become dryer, and I get a much better response from products like this on those areas. So what did I think?
    The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil & Moisture Cream Blog Review
    The Vitamin E Moisture Cream* comes in two sizes (100 ml and 50 ml), in a tub with a screw top lid. The ingredients include Wheatgerm Oil, which I'm absolutely obsessed with, and always have been. I love it, because it's just so nourishing and hydrating for my skin. The smell is really fresh, and personally I don't think you can get much better than a mix of Vitamin E and Wheatgerm. The texture of the cream is fairly light, and it absorbs into my skin really fast (so it obviously needs this!). I've been using it every day in the morning, after cleansing and toning, and it's making my skin feel really soft.

    After the first steps of my evening skincare routine I use the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil* which combines oil and serum to replenish my skin overnight. More often than not, I'll apply the Vitamin E cream over the top, to enhance the benefits even further. The product itself is in a glass bottle, with a pipette style applicator, for total ease of application. I apply 2-3 drops in my hand, rub them together, and then pat into my skin. Sometimes I'll give myself a bit of a soothing face massage too. It all helps to push the product into my skin. I would say the smell of the Serum-in-Oil is exactly the same as the cream, and the texture is lightweight too. My skin is left really smooth, soft and hydrated, and is totally recharged in the morning.

    As with most Body Shop products, both of these are ridiculously good value for money. The girly girl inside of me is totally loving the vibrant pink packaging, and they look really cool on my dressing table. I think the Moisture Cream is probably suited to dry skin types (hence why it wasn't for me when I was a teenager), but it definitely suits my skin now. Boo to getting older! I think the Overnight Serum-in-Oil would suit any skin type though, especially as it's to be used at night, and any excess will be cleansed away in the morning. Overall I'm impressed with both, and it looks as though I've introduced a couple of new products into my skincare routine.

    The Moisture Cream can be purchased here for £17.00 (or £11.00 for 50 ml), and the Overnight Serum-in-Oil here for £13.00. 

    Have you tried anything from The Body Shop Vitamin E range? If so, I would love to hear how you got on. 

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    23 April 2015

    Birchbox | April 2015 | Review

    Since becoming a beauty blogger I've heard so much about Birchbox, but have never been lucky enough to try one for myself. Until now that is. Just incase you're not aware, Birchbox make beauty based subscription boxes that you can purchase for £10.00 a month. Each box contains 5 personalised beauty samples, and this months theme is 'Royally Good', to celebrate the birth of the royal baby. There are two designs available, and as you can see from the pics below, I was sent one in blue. Let's have a look at what's inside...

    Birchbox Review

    Royally Good Birchbox* | Link
    Korres Shower Gel & Lola Barcelona Nail Polish

    Korres | Bergamot Pear Shower Gel | 40ml Sample | RRP £8.00 for 250ml | Link

    How adorable are mini beauty products, and even better, something by Korres. I'm really excited to be trying this shower gel. I've used it a couple of times so far, and the texture is thick and luxurious. It smells gorgeous and is packed with wheat proteins. Other ingredients include vitamin E, Vitamin C and Active Aloe.

    Lola Barcelona | Nail Polish | Garcia | 8ml | RRP £7.50 | Link 

    I love nail polish, especially pink colours, so this product is right up my street. Lola has paired up with Birchbox to create this limited edition shade, making it that little it more special. I'm really looking forward to painting my nails with this. It'll be perfect on my toes, teamed up with some cute summer sandals.

    Inner Me Energise Me

    Inner Me | Energise Me Capsules | 28 | RRP £15.00 | Link

    I always make sure I take vitamins, so it's a real bonus that these are included in the box. There's a 28 day supply of capsules, which are made up of a special blend, that's said to help with metabolism and overall health. Sounds good to me!

    Percy & Reed No Oil Oil & Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

    Percy & Reed | Volumising No Oil Oil | 30ml | RRP £14.00 for 60ml | Link

    Like most of the products in this box, Percy & Reed are a brand that I’ve never tried. My hair is very fine, so anything that gives extra volume is more than welcome in my collection of hair products. Apparently this tames hair, without weighing it down. Bring it on!

    Bliss | Fabulous Foaming Face Wash | 30ml | RRP £18.50 for 197ml | Link

    This is a two in one foaming face wash that doubles up as an exfoliator. It's oil-free, and is said to be for all skin types. Ingredients include chamomile, milk thistle, rose hip extract, and passion flower. I like to use a face wash as a pre-cleanser, so I'll keep you posted with how I get on.

    Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil in Black Violet

    Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil in Black Violet Swatch
    Laura Mercier | Kohl Eye Pencil | Black Violet | 0.8g | RRP £17.50 | Link 

    Birchbox are giving their subscribers an extra product from Laura Mercier this month, and you can choose either a foundation primer, mascara, or a kohl eyeliner. I received the eye pencil, and it's absolutely stunning, and really pigmented. The product itself is super soft, and glides on my skin like a dream. It's really long lasting too. I'm going to be using this every day now!

    I'm really impressed with my first ever Birchbox, and I can honestly say there isn't one product here that I'm not going to get use out of. Pretty good, considering everything inside was a total surprise. It's brilliant how all of these products are from high end brands too. It seems like a great way of trying out new goods, without shelling out for something you might not like.

    If you would like to sign up to Birchbox, check out their website here.

    Have you ever used any of these products? If so, what did you think?

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