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Sunday, 10 December 2017

5 Winter Wardrobe Essentials / Fashion Staples 2017



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Hey everyone, there are always staple items you need in your wardrobe for each season so i thought today i'd share my top 5 must haves for this winter, i do love winter fashion.

My first staple piece would be BOOTS...

A pair of boots is gonna be an every day wear for me. I reallllyyyy love knee high boots and i haven't even got a pair (crazy, i know!)....and i would have bought some too if i wasn't going to Australia in just under 3 weeks. They go so nice with almost anything and make an outfit look so trendy. But also having other options is good too, ankle boots, heeled boots, ugg boots etc....so many to choose and i just love them!

2nd clothing item would be a JUMPER...

An oversized jumper is one of my faves, also a jumper dress..like I'm wearing in the pics above. I love the big turtle neck too, it's so cosy and warm. Paired with tights and boots...OMG, I'm in love! Even a cosy sweater jumper or hoody is so nice to chuck on with outfits if your going for the casual look or just lounging about at home, i love that style so always make sure i have plenty in my wardrobe.

3rd would be FLUFFY SOCKS...

I call them fluffy socks but maybe you would know them as bedtime socks? Any thermal fluffy socks win me over this time of year and anytime i see them i wanna buy more! Even the cosy slipper boots are the best things for winter. I always have mine on when lounging at home, my ankles get cold easily so always need something to keep them warm.

4th fashion item is a BOBBLE HAT...

Or any kind or warm hat but i think bobble hats are the best. I actually quite like the double bobble hats this year, they look pretty cool :)

5th and final item i would say you need is a pair of THICK TIGHTS..

Tights are great to wear, i love wearing skirts and dresses in the winter. Adding a thick cosy pair of tights will make it suitable for the weather but make the outfit look really trendy. Pairing boots with them or knee high socks make it a little bit warmer. It's all about the layering which is something i love about putting winter outfits together.

Do you have any staple items you always wear which i haven't mentioned? I do also love coats btw, i have a thing with coats...always wanna buy new ones and love so many different styles and colours and lengths...😻

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Revlon - Ultimate All In One Mascara




Hey, hope your all good? :) Christmas isn't far now, only 18 days to go (depending when your reading this) Who's excited? :) I'm not working over Christmas now as i handed my notice into work so my last day will be on the 22nd, then I'm flying on the 29th. I can't wait because i always end up in some job where i have to work over Christmas so it's nice to actually have time off!

Today i wanted to share this mascara that's from Revlon called ultimate All In One. They actually sent it out to me along with two other products that are new out this season. I am lucky to have been sent a few items from them before to try out and it's my own choice if i share them or not.
I felt like this mascara deserved a blog post tho as it is becoming a new favourite and anything i love i have to share with you :-D

I do have another fave mascara which is actually mega cheap and i think I'm gonna share that very soon on my blog cos it's one you also need to know about :)
Anyway this one from Revlon, to be honest didn't wow me at first, maybe it's because i already had a favourite and i usually stick with what i like! Once it had been applied tho i did change my mind and really liked the outcome. It's said to give volume, length, definition, lift and intense colour. It has a comb type brush too which are my favourite types. Because of the small brush head it makes getting to the lashes a whole lot easier and especially for the bottom ones. I have the colour Blackest Black but they also do Blackened Brown and a Waterproof Blackest. This is the average price for a mascara which is £9.99 and you can get it here.

You can also see me apply it in my latest #vlogmas youtube video here. I would love you to go check out my videos, if you didn't know i was doing vlogmas then check them out here :)

What is your favourite mascara at the moment? Don't forget to follow my blog as well so you don't miss the next beauty post, i can't wait to share my other fave mascara which only costs £2, i wonder if you can guess what one it is? :-D

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

HOW TO MOVE TO AUSTRALIA - VISA, FLIGHTS & WORK / SOLO TRAVEL


Hey everyone, how are you all? Who's hating this cold weather?? lol it's 2-3 degrees tomorrow...gonna be soooo cold!
So if you had read my latest blog post from Australia then i was looking into moving back out there, i had my ideas but nothing was confirmed.... > catch up here < and see all the amazing photos i took.

Well if you haven't already guessed from the title of this post...?! 😝 I can now confirm that i will be moving to Adelaide, Australia at the end of December πŸ˜„ YAY! I am moving on my own and it's the first time moving out from living with my Mum!

I hope you've been enjoying my vlogs on youtube by the way, i uploaded another one tonight > click here to watch < So in this post i thought i would give you information on my plans, the visa, flights, I tried to include as much info as i can to help anyone interested :)

My Visa...

As soon as i returned to the UK i hated it, i soon got myself into a depressive state and hated going back to work as well, just everything annoyed me and i wanted to go back to Australia so bad. It didn't take me long to look up and the holiday/working visa (subclass 417) seemed to be the best one which lasts for 12 months so i applied for it.
It was only the next day that i had a call from them to tell me it was approved and i paid for it over the phone. I was a little hesitant to pay out cos i was using the only money i had left in the bank (leaving me enough to get food till my next pay) but i thought 'I need to stop letting little things hold me back' so just went for it! I was literally jumping for joy once i'd done it and just to let you know it cost me £369 including vat which was £19.16. This visa card does give you discount on hostels, flights, insurance and other travel essentials. They do send everything out to you including a helpful travel guide with lots of info and a map. They help you set up your bank account out there with a tax number and you can buy a phone sim card through them that you collect at the airport when you arrive. I actually bought a pay as you go sim whilst i was out there recently tho so probably just use that and actually got mine from Woolworths for about $10 or $15? you then just top up your phone when you need it. I didn't even re charge mine cos most the time i'd only use the wifi and it connected for free in most places :)

Back Up Money & Flights...


So to get into the country you do need at least $5000 (£3723.80) in your bank account if you get a return ticket and $6000 (£4468.56) if you get one way. I've heard from some people that they moved over with 0 money in the bank which i don't get how cos it says it's something you need and you could be turned away at the airport if you don't, that's a risk I'm not willing to take! Instead of waiting months to save up i decided to get out a loan which i am so happy got accepted, i got it with my bank and the interest charge wasn't too bad. I am actually planning on just paying off a few things before i go and then keeping the rest for just getting into Australia. I then won't touch any of the loan unless i really need to and instead keep it in the bank to pay it back off. The whole time i'm in Aus i won't need to worry about making money to pay it off each month cos there will be enough there to cover that :) Happy days! I'm also getting a tax rebate which is gonna help, it's good to look into that before you move to Aus incase your owed anything.

I only then had to book my flight which was one way and i got a pretty good deal at edreams.co.uk for £735.48 and i fly on the 29th of December with Emirates, a good airline which i went with before. I go from Gatwick Airport (7 hours), change over is 1 hour 20 mins at Dubai and straight onto Adelaide from there (12 hours). You can get discount with your visa on STA travel and with some flights on there you can actually put down deposits, which is really good.
As soon as i booked the flights...i actually cried with happiness! I am literally on top of the world and can't actually believe this is happening, I will be in Australia for New years eve which I'm soon excited for! πŸ˜†Only thing to do still is get travel insurance and i handed in my notice at my work now so my last day will be on the 22nd of December so i get Christmas off which will be nice!

My Plans when i'm there...



So i won't be travelling around the country like i guess most would on this visa, i will be going to Adelaide and actually living with my boyfriend. I will look for a job once i get out there but you can only stay with a company for up to 6 months on this visa (you also can't study over there on this visa) You do have to work at least 3 months in certain work there like farming or construction to be eligible to apply for a second year visa. That is something i plan on doing cos this isn't a temporary trip for me, i would like it to be permanent. I'm also planning on learning to drive out there, i've done the odd lessons but never continued so it's something i want to make happen now, i feel like i'm finally being independent in my life and making something for myself, trying to make my dream a reality!

I think that's everything i could cover about moving to Australia and about the visa. If you have any questions tho then leave them in the comments.

Oh i might be vlogging my whole move....wait what am i saying...of course i'm gonna vlog the move lol and probably continue to vlog a lot whilst living out there so subscribe to my youtube channel to see more...click here

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Winter Beauty Essentials / Must Haves for the Cold Season




Winter is almost here, i mean with the weather so cold right now it feels like it's already arrived...i wonder how much colder it will get and wether we will get snow? Doesn't matter for me tho...cos I'm back off to Australia at the end of December so bring on the Aussie Summer i say πŸ˜„ whoop whoop! I am going out there to live for a year by the way...just thought i'd throw that in there :-) #EXCITED ..Anyway today i thought i would do a beauty post cos it's been forever since i last did one and since my Australia Trip i've kinda lost my blog flow so wanna get back into the rhythm... 😊

In the UK it can get pretty cold this time of year so we all need to take care of ourselves a little more to ensure we keep our skin and hair healthy and looked after. I do like winter beauty tho cos you can get all cosy and have pamper nights in, check out my pamper routine post if you like.

One of my beauty essentials this year are definitely candles...i mean who doesn't love a good candle. I have quite a few and especially love yankee candles as they always smell so good. It makes a room so cosy and also i love putting them on when I'm taking a bath. Which leads me onto the next thing, bath oils/bath bombs. One thing that is so relaxing this time of year is a bath, i love loads of bubbles and usually love using a Lush bath bomb as well, they bring out some great christmas ones too.

Two hair products i love to use in winter is a hair oil and a hair mask. A good hair mask helps lock in the moisture and keeps your hair hydrated and soft. The hair oil keep the ends of the hair really well conditioned and helps avoid any frizz, i love using my oil all year round. Keeping your hair healthy in winter is important, you can read more into that here in a recent blog post.

A few more beauty products that are key for winter are lip balms, i use lip balm all the time. Especially when the cold hits your lips, they can become more dry and chapped.
Hand cream, face and body moisturiser are essential too as it will keep your skin soft and avoid it really drying out from the cold.


What's your winter beauty essentials?

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Monday, 20 November 2017

I'm Back from Australia / My New Romance + Exciting news


Hey everyone, I'M BACK!!! Sorry i haven't posted much on my blog but i had been focusing more on creating loads of videos for my youtube, plus i had been updating Twitter and Instagram, if you follow me there...you may have seen some of the Australia photos posted :)

I took so many photos whilst i was over there, i am still uploading more to my Instagram. I won't share ALL of them on here but go follow my Instagram if you wanna keep seeing more daily posts. @ CarlyCx






I had the best time of my life in Australia, i have always dreamt about living there and thought i would never even visit the country. I feel so lucky to have gone and that's because i finally put the effort in and stopped holding back, soon as you work hard at making something happen, anything is possible.

I got to explore so much whilst i was over there, i fed kangaroos, cuddled a koala, drive to the country, saw wildlife at night, visiting the shops and nightlife in the city. I ate out at so many places, visited the amazing beaches and saw so many sunsets. You can join me for the complete journey in my vlogs on youtube, click here to see them, there's still more i'm uploading :)

















So if you've been following since May/June you might have known i went on a cruise ship holiday. I met a guy on there (from Australia) and that was who i went to stay with on this trip. We are now a couple and i can't wait to go back over to see him. I actually got pretty depressed when i landed back in the UK and could tell as the days went on how much my mood started to change! (i've been back for 4 days)
Wellll......exciting news today....I actually applied for the holiday/working visa in Australia and it got approved :) Now that is all sorted i feel like 'OMG, THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING' lol I then opened a letter today which came whilst i was away....telling me i had a tax rebate, giving me a good amount which can now cover my flights. Literally today couldn't have gone any better, suddenly feel like my happiness is coming back! One thing i'm concerned about is having like a big lump of money in the bank for when you go over, i've heard some people say you don't need it and that some people move to Australia with no money at all. When i read through the emails earlier tho it was saying it's something you need in your bank to be entered in the country :/ I am thinking about getting a loan out for that if it comes to then cos i am planning to move to Australia in early Jan. Actually i saw the cheapest flight was on the 31st of Dec so i could be spending new years eve up in the sky? :) lol
If you haven't caught up on my Australia vlogs then click here to see them, i still have quite a few to share so subscribe so you don't miss them :)

This is the dream i've always had and to fall in love as well....feels like I'm in some fairytale! lol I love sharing this journey with you so i hope you are enjoying all the content. I'm well excited to get back to Aus and if i go in Jan means i can still enjoy the summer over there, hating this cold weather in England right now.

I also filmed a summer fashion haul from Kmart so click here to watch that :)

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Travelling from the UK to Australia




Hey everyone, so i haven't been able to upload regular blog posts right now as I'm in Australia but i thought i would do a little travels update.

I left last week Tuesday (24th Oct) for a 2:30pm flight and arrived Wednesday evening (25th) at 8:30pm.

My mum came to the airport with me and and we had lunch before i got my flight, we went to this place in North Terminal called The Nicolas Culpeper. I had a butternut squash salad which was so delicious, only thing...this place was kinda expensive.


I flew from London Gatwick airport to Dubai for 6 hours then changed planes and took off pretty soon again, it was only about one and half hour change over. I then had the second flight for 12 hours and arrived in Adelaide airport at about 8:30pm. The flights were alright but i do wish i had the first class cos we walk though it to get to our seats and it's such a tease, with their lay down beds and plenty of leg room! Legs got so irritated on the flight too and what i hate is when your by the window and everyones sleeping but you need the loo...i feel so rude waking people up to move for me! lol Plane food wasn't too bad either, we had enough food coming round to keep me satisfied and lots of good films to choose from to keep me entertained. I watched Finding Nemo for the first time :-) also Boss Baby and Baywatch which were two films i'd been wanting to see :-D

I have uploaded 2 vlogs on my youtube already and have quite a few more ready to publish so go and subscribe to keep up with my travels. I will probably update again on here soon but the most of my journey will be in vlogs - Click here to go subscribe :)

Australia
Australia 

Adelaide
It is amazing here and i don't wanna come back,lol I actually do wanna move out here so maybe Bikini Prep will have to wait as i need to know think of better things to put my money towards :-)

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Jester/Clown | Easy Halloween Makeup


I had a lot of fun creating my last halloween look that i wanted to do another one. If you missed that post, click here to catch up...i shared a Sugar Skull Makeup look. That look and this one are both so easy to create and i only used a few products from the makeup i already had. It can also work great if you have a halloween face paint set and also contact lenses can make these looks look so cool :)

I did also film this look on my youtube so click here to see that :-) What are you dressing as for halloween this year? What will you be up to? I'm gonna be in Australia myself :-D









Makeup Items used...

Aveda Foundation
Concealer - Primark
Rimmel Powder (stay matte)
Sleek eyeshadow palette (I-Divine Au Natural)
Black eye pencil - Primark
Rep lip liner - Topshop 

Catch up on my last blog post HERE - 1 Week until Australia - Preparation & Plans

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