Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide - On a Budget

Hi Everyone. Christmas can feel quite stressful, especially when you need to think of Christmas presants to buy people.
Hopefully this post will give you some idea's. I know lots of people do these type of posts but everybody will share different things so maybe this will still be useful to somebody :-)

I just uploaded a video on my YouTube Channel this evening talking about gift ideas for Christmas so if you want to watch that then click here. I did add some more items in the video but I have kept this post to just 10 ideas.

1. Disney DVD's are great. Lots of people do love Disney films, they are sold nearly everywhere now and they have numbers on the side in the order they came out. For example Bambi is number 5 and Frozen is number 52! So there is a lot of DVD's to collect and I am now on a mission to up my collection. I have got more than in the photo but I definitely don't have anywhere near to number 52 so I am missing a fair few! See DVD's here

2. These colouring books are great. With detailed pictures to colour in, they can keep you busy for hours. The one I bought was from Sainsbury's for £4.99, you can find the exact one here. I have also seen some Christmasy related ones which look really cool. I love using felt tips to colour mine in. These felt tips were from Wilko's for only £1.50, they came with double the colours so not all of them are in the photo as I put the other half in a pot. I couldn't find them on the website but here is the link for others.

3. A good Organiser, Notebook, Journal or Diary makes a great gift. I have an Organiser and a matching mug. I got both from Wilko's where they had a few more bits with the same matching design. The Organiser was only £2.50 and the Mug was the same, you can find the Mug hereInside the Organiser it has a section for planner, notes, to do lists and address. You can see it here 

4. Now you can't go wrong with a candle. These make great gifts for a lot of people and I do think yankee candles are a great choice. They smell great and the prices are not too bad. These came as a pack of 3 from Asda for £3, see here. The holder did come separate and was also from Asda but I couldn't see the exact one on the website. Buying somebody mini candles though with a pretty holder can be a great gift. This set in the picture is actually a gift for somebody so not my personal choice of holder but still looks nice and the candles are all christmas scents and they smell so good :-)

5. A bracelet rack or storage pot can be a great gift for someone who loves jewellery or who owns a lot. Any holder can be great for all types of jewellery. You can find loads on Ebay or, just type in search and usually lots of options will come up but click here to see the one above, it only cost me £2.99 from Ebay. 

6. If you know somebody who doesn't own a tangle teezer, then you need to get them one for Christmas. They will love it! I have been using mine since I got it in June and threw away my old brush. You can find them in lots of places but you can click here to see one just like in the photo.

7. Perfume can make a great gift. This one from River Island is only £12 and smells so nice. Whenever I wore this, I would get lots of compliments and people wanted to know what it was! I need to get some more cos mine has finished now. The price is great for a budget perfume, even though it is not a strong long lasting type, I still felt like it lasted well on me. Once it got on my clothes, I could still smell it for days. My scarf would smell lovely all week :-) See it here

8. Barry M Dazzle Dust eyeshadow is great. I love Barry M products and these little pots last ages and are so pigmented. These would be great to add as a stocking filler too. Only £4.59 each pot and you can view more here

9. If you know somebody into health and fitness this one could be for them. Every fitness person needs a good protein shaker and even if they already have some, getting new ones is always exciting and it's good to update them as they can go a bit manky after a while. Popping some protein bars inside the shaker and then wrapping it up could be an idea too. Then why not get protein powder too? This could also be great for someone who has fitness as a new years resolution, it will help give them kick start :-) I have some codes you can use for discount on the +Myprotein website, if you are a new customer you can use the code: CCXX15 for 15% off and if you are a returning customer, you can use code CCXX8 for 8% off. Also, until tomorrow night (midnight 29/11/15) you can get 70% off everything being black friday weekend. Check here for the website to see all the deals and cool bits that they sell. 

10.  This is one idea that I didn't add in my youtube video. Like I mentioned my love for Barry M, nail polishes are also great. These 3 that I have are all different types but great for this time of year. First is Diamond Glitter and you can add this over other colours and looks so pretty! Next is the blue textured Nail Paint and last is a magnetic one in burgandy. You can see the website here. I also have this Nail Polish quick dry from Avon which I got for my birthday, a great product to give with a nail polish as a gift :-)

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Hot Chocolate | Healthy Alternative | My Protein

This is the best Hot Chocolate for these colder days that have now come round!

If you want to feel less guilty about indulging in a nice hot chocolate then you should try this one from +Myprotein

I have been using My Protein for about two years now and have been working my way through all of these powders, one of my favourites being the Hot Chocolate :-)

I love it and don't feel as guilty having one :-)

I am trying to eat healthier now as I am competing again next year. Finding healthier options over this month is great because I don't want to cut out all the sweet things this time of year but still want to try and keep in good shape. This picture below was me competing this April 2015 (My first time) and I still had the protein hot chocolate through my prep and still managed to make a great transformation!

I am in the blue bikini
From my Instagram - @CarlyCx
I love cosy winter evenings and always want a hot chocolate whilst all cosy on the sofa watching my favourite TV Shows :-) All I do for this is add a heaped scoop of powder into my protein shaker and add the amount of milk I want and shake up. Then I pour it into my mug and microwave, keeping my eye on it as once I did have a bit of a volcano eruption and it got a bit messy! I do it for about a minute and then stir and put it in again and just keep testing until it is done!

My Protein are one of my favourite brands and you can get money off! If you usually buy from them or want to try something from the site then I have some codes you can use :-)

If you are a new customer you can use my code: CCXX15 for 15% OFF
Or for returning customers use code CCXX8 for 8% OFF

If you are looking for health or fitness motivation then you should check out my Facebook page - carlycbikinicompetitor. I made it earlier this year to follow with my Bikini Competition and will be posting more up for the next shows.

Have you seen my last blog post: 50 Facts About Me

Has anyone else tried this protein hot chocolate?

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Sunday, 22 November 2015


Hello everyone.

I thought it would be nice to let you know a bit more about me.

I hope you enjoy, lets get started...
  1. I have never grown up with a Dad
  2. I have no Brothers or Sisters
  3. I was born with fair blonde hair, it went mousey brown at about the age of 5
  4. I started Ballet classes at the age of 5 but due to money, it was only for a few months
  5. I used to be such a fussy eater 
  6. I joined the school choir and performed in a church and a theatre (secondary school)
  7. I was really shy in school and would go bright red easily
  8. I've stayed really good friends with one of my best friends from school
  9. When i was younger i use to enjoy writing my own stories
  10. I also used to make up my own songs
  11. I used to record the top 40 chart hits on my tape cassettes 
  12. I used to have a voice recorder and made so many tape cassettes (the old version of vlogging,lol)
  13. I've grown up listening to Elvis Presley music and is probably why i still like his music now
  14. I fell down the stairs at the age of about 5 when i tried to carry my tricycle up
  15. I played recorder in Little school
  16. I hate the dentist
  17. I never went to 6th form or Uni
  18. I didn't know what i wanted to do when i left school
  19. I have been at college trying different courses, it took me ages to decide what i wanted to do
  20. I have never enjoyed any jobs that i've had so was rubbish at sticking them out
  21. I wasted two years with a boyfriend who cheated, lied and got me into debt 
  22. I don't like spiders
  23. I only started to really get into fitness in 2012/13
  24. I have competed in my first fitness competition this April 2015
  25. I am going to be competing again in 2016 and hope to do even better
  26. I used to say i would be driving from 17 years old but i never did and only plan to learn now
  27. I have tried to get into modelling before
  28. I used to do background extra work for films and commercials
  29. I have done Grid Girl work for car races before
  30. I found my love for YouTube in 2011 but took me a while to feel confident with it
  31. My first two pets were a Rabbit called Thumper and a Bird called Peewee
  32. I've had a dog called Toto and now have a dog now called Taz
  33. I have been to America but only to Pennsylvania. I want to visit more places in America.
  34. I have always loved the idea of travelling to Australia 
  35. I have never been on a skiing holiday but would like to try it
  36. I love Horror/Thriller films
  37. I also love Disney films (quite the opposite)
  38. I am obsessed with chocolate
  39. I love satsumas
  40. I have tried smoking about 3 times when i was 16/17 and hated it, never done it since
  41. My first serious and longest relationship was at the age of 17
  42. I have ran 5k park runs. My best time (PB) was about 28 minutes, i ran it without stopping
  43. I get emotional quite easily
  44. My most favourite holiday is probably to the Caribbean, it was paradise.
  45. My first holiday abroad was to Tenerife at the age of 11
  46. I used to be quite skinny through school 
  47. I used to be able to play a few tunes on the piano and had my own big keyboard at home
  48. I hated P.E at school and hated sports day. Now if i went back i would love it!
  49. I hated drama at school, mainly due to being shy. I once bunked a lesson and just walked home.
  50. I used to collect snails and make a home for them in a ice cream tub. I also named them!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post? I also love getting to know about people so if you have done a similar post then leave your links in the comments so I can have a read.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

My Everyday Makeup Look - Perfect Shimmer

George Contour Kit

The brushes I used are from Lab2 Beauty and Royal Cosmetics

I firstly used the Clinique foundation mixed with a little of the Aveda one to help match my skin colour. I then added some concealer on any areas I felt were needed but after applying the foundation I didn't need to use as much.
I then contoured underneath my cheeks, at the sides of my nose and a bit under my chin.
Using my studio fix which I have loved for ages, I lightly dusted this over my face on any shiny areas. Going back to the contour kit, I used some of the highlight on the top of my cheek bones and underneath my eyebrows. Finishing off, I used my Maybelline blush on the apples of my cheeks.

Next I filled in my eyebrows with the pencil end of my Classic Brow Lead and used the other side to brush over and neaten up.

My eyeshadow was really easy to apply, I just used the smaller brush to apply some dazzle dust over the lid of both eyes and then blended so it didn't leave a harsh line. Dazzle dust gives a great shimmer and I think it is great for this time of year. I then used my black eye pencil to fill in the bottom lash line and the top as well, smudging it to give a softer look. I filled in the water line with my white eye pencil.
I then used my Telescopic Mascara which I love, it really grabs each lash, lengthens them and doesn't leave any clumpy mess. I used this on the top and bottom lashes.

Finally to finish off the look I applied my Lip Lacquer which is a really great shade for a day look. It is great for a more natural look but it makes you feel like your a little more done up :-)

I think this look is great for an interview (what I had today..and got the job) woohoo! It can be worn for work or just going out for the day. A look that isn't over powering but makes you feel great. It also doesn't take that long to do. I didn't time myself but I think it was about 15 minutes maximum that it took me complete and I didn't rush. This has now been my every day makeup look for the past week and I really love it.

Let me know what you think of this look? Do you have any favourite products that I have used?

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Friday, 13 November 2015


Hey everyone, I had just been involved in a blog chat on Twitter and now feeling really happy and inspired.

The questions in today's chat were all about Christmas so I thought I would share all the things that excite me about Christmas with you in this post. Hopefully my excitement and festiveness will rub off on you and leave you feeling the same :-)

Lets kick it off with numero 1... :-D



Monday, 9 November 2015

Why I chose to Compete - Bikini Competitor | Fitness

I competed for my first ever Bikini Competition this April 2015. I entered for the Bikini Babe category for Pure Elite. (photo above taken by Matt MarshI'm in the blue bikini at the front, 2nd in from the right 

So a quick brief of my fitness history...


Friday, 6 November 2015

LUSH Bubble Bath - Pamper & Relax

We all need that extra time to relax and pamper ourselves. I decided to run myself a nice bath tonight and wasn't planning on blogging it but as I was taking a few snapchats I felt like they captured quite nice photo's, so once I finished I grabbed my slr camera. 


Thursday, 5 November 2015

GET HEALTHY HAIR - Tips and Advice

Over the past year I have been trying to take more care of my hair. As I colour it too, it does need extra attention.
We take time for skincare routines and to put makeup on our face but I think the majority of us tend to forget about our hair, or maybe its just me! lol

Other than eating well to keep your hair in good condition. I wanted to share my tips and advice on other ways you can help achieve beautiful hair :-)


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Purifying Clay Masque | Autumn Pampering

I love using face masks at this time of year. The colder weather and the cosy dark nights just makes me want to feel more relaxed and pampered. Who else is like this?

I had been meaning to use a face mask more as it is a great way to detoxify the skin and provide deep nourishment. 


  • Contains vitamins A, C and E
  • Allergy Tested
  • Detoxifies
  • Draws out impurities
  • Refines pores
  • Smoothes complexion
  • Fresher, clearer and softer skin

This has a cooling effect when you apply it to the skin. It is designed to remove impurities from the pores and invigorate the skin. You apply it evenly over a cleansed face and neck, leave it for 5-10 minutes and it is advised to use this once a week.

You can check out more on the website:

Has anyone else tried Exuviance products?

My Thoughts

I really like the way this feels on my face, it feels like it is actually working its magic. After I take it off my skin does feel cool for about 10 minutes still. It is easy enough to remove with a warm flannel  and I have not had any problems using it. 

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