MY FAVOURITE FACE CREAM

Good evening beautiful souls,

For Christmas a friend of mine gifted me with one of her beautiful handmade face & body creams. As I still had plenty of face creams open at the time I didn’t use it immediately. I was excited though because it smelt divine!

Now I know this review won’t be of much use to you as it is not a cream you can buy, however I’m so in love with it that I had to share!

It’s a thick cream but softens quickly through the warmth of my skin making the application nice and easy. At first I thought it would take forever to sink into my skin as it seemed somewhat oily once applied, however to my delight I was mistaken. It soaks up quickly and leaves my skin glow and smooth. What I also love is that it still feels like my skin can breath unlike some thick creams which feel like they leave a layer on my face. Best of all because it’s homemade there’s no nasties or preservatives in it, just natural goodness!

So as you can see my beautiful readers I’m in love with this cream and hope my friend will keep making it for me once this little tub of gold has run out!

Has anyone else tried any homemade creams??

Love Carina xo

SALES HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I finally had the chance to look around some shops the other day and allowed myself to pick up some treats with my Christmas money. The best thing was I managed to get one or two things which I’d been eyeing up for a while but that were now on sale; one being a ring from Accessorize and the other a backpack from New Look. The best thing was that New Look had another 20% off sales items too so I got some really good bargains!

Here’s what I got:

New Look Backpack £7.20

New Look Jumpsuit £8

Accessorize sunglasses £4.20

Accessorize Ring £5.70

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New Look Boots £11.20

New Look Bralette £3.20

Hope you all managed to grab yourself some sales bargains too!

Love Carina xo

LUSH HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Firstly I just wanted to apologise for not posting my weekly Dear Diary post on Sunday. It was a super long busy day at work because it was our Christmas Special event and I pretty  much went straight to bed when I got home as I was so exhausted.

Anyway, let’s get on with today’s post – my lush haul!!! A while ago I made a trip to Newcastle with Jessica and having recently depleted my basket of Lush goodies it was time to re-stock my favourite bath products. I wish Durham had a Lush, but maybe it’s a good thing it doesn’t because otherwise I would spend far too much money! I just love shopping in Lush; the first thing that hits you is the overpowering wave of smells that accost your nose before you even enter the lush store. The next thing which jumps out at you are all the bright colours and temptation in every corner. The staff are always very friendly, although I have to admit that this time they were too overbearing and almost ruined my shopping experience by not leaving us  in peace to have a browse. Anyhow, here is what I purchased in Lush:

The Christmas Sweater £4.50 –

It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your Christmas jumpers and socks and jump into a steamy bath! After a busy day of shopping and carrying around all those presents, drop this hot and spicy bomb into the water for some fizzy-ho therapy. Sicilian lemon oil with mustard and ginger powders will ease muscles and warm you to your soul. Coriander seed and clove bud oils are sure to spice up your wife and hygge your husband!

How cute is this festive bath bomb!?! And it’s full of surprises – I used this the other day and the bath turned a pretty swirly orangy red.


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Snow Fairy £4.95 –

Sail away on a bubblegum sea in a boat made of candy floss and fairy dust. Get in the bath and cast this jelly bomb into the water, watching as clouds of skin softening jelly swirl around you like enchanted snow drifts. Soak in the sweet pink waters and float away to Neverland.

I feel like this is one of the nations favourite smells right?! I find it somewhat sickly sweat, but I kinda like it all the same, so I can’t wait to use this!

The Comforter £4.95 –

Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.

The Comforter is one of my all time favourites. I have tried other bubble bars and I do really like candy mountain too, but I keep coming back for the comforter. It lasts me a good 5-8 baths depending on how much I crumble in with whatever bath bomb I decide to use.

Lord Of Misrule – (sorry guys, this one doesn’t seem to be online)

I had to get another Christmasy bath bomb of course and this one just smelt divine!

Shoot For The Stars £4.50 –

Honey-scented sparkles of Brazilian orange and bergamot waltz with swirling, golden stars, creating a world of cobalt colour. As the calming blanket of shimmering, midnight blue unfolds, Brazilian orange and bergamot oils combine to send your mood rocketing up to the stars.

I’ve never tried this one before, but we got a demonstration in the shop and it looks fab – the little stars pop out and float about slowly melting into the water. I’m only a little worried about the glitter on the stars; I mean it always looks pretty but is a nightmare when it sticks to everything.

So that’s my Lush haul. It’s not huge haul, but it will last me for ages because when it comes to Lush I have to admit that I am a little stingy – I never use a whole bath bomb for just one bath – I just can’t justify it haha! I always split the bath bombs in two at least, or sometimes even in three if I mix a bath bomb with the comforter bubble bar for example or add other bath products like my Faith in Nature foam gel. Does anyone else do this? Well now for a nice long soak and I think I’ll start with the Christmas sweater bath bomb. Have a lovely evening guys!

Love Carina xo

STOCKING FILLERS UNDER £5

Good evening beautiful souls,

I have been spending today deep cleaning certain areas of the house such as the kitchen cupboards and throwing away anything I don’t need anymore / creating a charity pile of mugs and the likes which we don’t use anymore. It’s been quite a productive morning which makes me happy. So this afternoon I sat down for a bit of chill time. I wrapped some Christmas presents whilst watching La La Land (which I was sadly rather disappointed in) and dipped some ginger snaps into my mulled wine.

Looking at all the bits and bobs I’d bought for people I thought this was the perfect opportunity to to write a little post on stocking fillers. I love nothing more than finding a good bargain; so here are my top picks for small presents or stocking fillers that won’t cost you the world at no more than £5 each!

Handcream £5 @thebodyshop – Travel size coconut oil £1 @hollandandbarrett (currently on sale from £2.99) – Studio London eyeshadow brush set £3 @superdrug – Cute exotic nailfiles £1 @poundland

Mini bath bombs/ bath melts £1.50 each @thebodyshop and they smell amazing!

Festive colouring book £1 @poundland – Domino game £3 @tiger

Slimline 2018 diary £2.99 @thecardfactory – The little book of Hygge £5 @amazon

Beautiful notebooks / diary £3 @theworks

A selection of books 3 for £5 @theworks

Some of my favourite shops for finding a good bargain are definitely Poundland, Asda and Wilko’s for homeware, The Works for books and notebooks and Tiger for random cute stuff. I hope you enjoyed this post and will give these shops a go!

Love Carina xo