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Finding the Best Self Tanner

11/21/2015

There's nothing better than keeping your golden glow in these winter days. To keep your glow going the best you can for as long as you can it helps to find a self tanner that works for your skin type and your skin tone. Trust me there is definitely one for every type with so many brands that have proven to get good reviews. 

I've been wearing fake tan for many years and I would say that I struggle to stick to one and I'm yet to find one that I absolutely love. The three that I have pictured above are the 3 different types of tanners that work for me. Occasionally I go to get spray tans but this is only when I have an event to go to or I'm being lazy and I can't be bothered to do it myself!

The three main types I use are a mist, a gradual tanner and my main tanner I use is a lotion. I have recently been loving the Bondi Sands range. I got the lotion in 'dark' but the medium gives a nice colour too. This has a really easy and simple application. Compared to other lotion tanners this tanner glides on so smooth giving a really blend-able coverage. When left for a few hours and washed off this gives you a nice colour gradually after 4-6 hours that lasts for about 4-7 days. This tan comes off quite nice for me without being too patchy. Definitely one I will be re-buying, but would love to try more of the range. 

I between ex-foliating my whole tan off and re-applying a new coat, I like to use a gradual tanner. The gradual tanner that I have been liking is from the Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanner. I also love using the Dove Nourishing Summer Glow Body Lotion, this is an amazing gradual tanner that doesn't make you go to dark but gives you that subtle glow. I tend to use a gradual tanner before I go to bed and these lotions are a white/light brown cream that tend to not be slimy and dry quickly. 

The instant self tanning mist by St Moritz is the best spray that I've tried so far. I tend to use this as just a quick top up after a shower in between tanning. This spray goes on so easy and then rubbed in with a mitt after, it gives a lovely deep glow. This is definitely my quick fix before I go out. It's so quick and easy to use. This is definitely best suited for people with naturally smooth skin and a confident fake tanner. One tip is to hold the spray can upside down to reach those tricky bits. 

For all these tanners you need to ex-foliate your dry areas if you want a nice easy.  application. Making sure you start with a small amount of product and build it up remembering that it does develop over the hours and gets darker. When washing your tan off don't use an exfoliate or rub your skin, just let the water run over your body to take that top layer of tan off. Hope my routine is helpful for new tanners or people wanting a new routine.

Happy tanning!

Outfit of The Day - Smart but Casual

11/12/2015
Hi Guys,
So I'm here again with another outfit of the day post. My aim for these posts is to put outfits together that are wearable, affordable and casual for everyday wear. I feel like there's not enough inspiration for these type of looks. So here I have my version of smart casual. I think this outfit is something you could wear to the shops or dress it up with heels and a clutch and its a nice evening wear outfit. Very plain, very simple and easy colours to match accessories with.
So, where's everything from? I'm sure this is the main thing readers want to know. Everything from head to toe is listed down below.
White sleeveless blazer - Mine is actually from the F&F range, they don't sell the longline sleeveless blazker anymore but they here is the same blazer just a shorter version. http://www.clothingattesco.com/f+f/f+f-tailored-waistcoat/invt/br521381
There's so many options of footwear for this look. For the picture I wore it with some nude heels from river island (http://www.riverisland.com/women/shoes--boots/court-shoes/nude-pink-patent-leather-court-shoes-671141) you can wear pumps, even converse, anything that's comfortable and goes with the look you want.
What's your favourite outfit for the autumn?




Whats In My Handbag?

11/08/2015

I do have a slight obsession with watching 'What's in my bag' videos on You Tube, so today I thought I'd do a blog post on what's in my handbag on a day to day basis. I am a very minimalistic person, I like there to be minimal amount of things I need in my bag, especially if I'm lunging it around all day. 
First things first lets start with my actual handbag. At the minute I have a bag from River Island that I received as a gift for my 21st birthday. I had my eye on it for months and was hinting, really obviously about it. So you can imagine how happy I was to receive it. This bag retailed at £50 and I've had it for a few months and I'd say its still in really good condition. It's a plain black material with metal gold detail and a furry pompom, this bag actually comes with a white pompom but this one I bought was still from river island. Inside there is one inside pocket that zips up. The handbag, I would say, is a relatively good size for a everyday handbag, depending on what you are carrying.




My favourite part of this bag is that it has a front flap that has 2 compartments in it. I like to keep my make up brushes that I use to top up in here. The amazing thing about this section, that I only just recently found after having this bag for 3 months, is that it comes out and you can use it as a clutch! How amazing!

Now onto the contents of my handbag. As I said I like to have the absolute minimum that I have to in my bag, as the bag itself is quite heavy as it is. So I just carry what I think are my essentials. So as you can see in the picture above this is just my make up bag, my purse, an umbrella, my contour kit, compact mirror, my hairbrush & a bronzer + lip balm and my mac fix plus spray.
First things first, my purse. I also received this as a present for my birthday from my brother. I absolutely adore this purse. I love the colours of the nude and black together with the gold embellished brand name on the front. I love Fiorelli stuff, it's always so elegant and chic. As you can probably guess my purse is a never ending book of receipts. No matter how much I empty it the next day it'll be full again...you girls get the struggle, right? I try my best to keep on top of it. But, 100% my purse is definitely my must have in my handbag. It includes all my cards that I have, like my Superdrug card, Debenhams beauty card, Boots advantage card, you know the drill got to collect the points to get good make up! I never carry money so I always have to rely on carrying my purse for my card.

  
I always carry my Mac Prep + Prime Fix + with me everywhere. You never know when you need that extra boost of hydration. As I work 12.5 hour shifts, this product, along with my Body Shop raspberry lip balm are definitely my holy grail items in my handbag. I find the mac fix + is so easy just to spray on giving you that hydrated, dewy glow and keep my make up going through out the day. As I work in a negative pressure ward it gets so dry at work and my lips get chapped so easy. These lip balm from body shop are so gorgeous and smell beautiful. My favourite is the raspberry one. It has a slight pigment keeping your lips looking full of life and fresh. So these 2 products are definitely very important for me to carry around. The fix + isn't the smallest so I have to make room for this one!

 Last but definitely not least I have my make up bag and brushes. I try and keep my make up bag full with the products I actually use on a day to day basis, this proves very hard. There's always more in there than I need. But however, in this picture I am showing you the products that I use to top up mainly on a day to day basis. For foundation I use the Estee Lauder double wear foundation. This is definitely the foundation I am loving, it stays on from when I put it on for work at 5am throughout the day to when I get home at 9pm! Definitely a true Estee Lauder girl, after trying many foundations too. On top of my foundation I have recently been loving the LA girl pro conceal. This gives amazing courage at a really good price. I also love the Maybelline age rewind concealer. For highlighter I love the Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm definitely a stand out highlighter. To make sure everything stays on perfectly all day I rely on the infallible mattifying primer which I love such a silky, velvet primer. For lips I love my mac velvet teddy and honey love combo, but honestly I don't wear this everyday. My everyday lip combo definitely goes to Rimmel Kate Moss collection in numbers 43, when I want that shimmery nude and 42 when I want more of a pinky nude. This is in a combo with the 2 lip liners in the pic above. Finally for brushes, I carry these 4 from left to right I have my contour brush from real techniques, highlight brush, powder brush and a blending brush. I simply carry these cause after such a long day at work I definitely have to fix up.
What do you carry in your handbag? Do we have any of the same products? What handbags do you girls have that you think I'd like? 



Prepping your skin for autumn/winter

11/05/2015

I can't believe summer has disappeared already, where did it go? The last few days I've definitely been browsing the internet trying to find some warmer clothes to start snuggling into on those cold winter nights. Personally the colder weather is my favourite. It's a good excuse to buy a gorgeous statement coat, some pretty warm jumpers and can't forget some beautiful leather boots.

However with the massive, sudden change in weather that the UK had, there comes a change in my skin care routine for morning and night. Because of the change to the colder and windier weather our skin mixes up a bit and this weather can change our skin; its texture, dryness & overall feel, for most people this is definitely a change we don't want to have. From previous winter experiences my skin definitely gets dryer in the certain areas that get colder. It's definitely duller and my skin feels weaker than it does in the summer months where it feels like its more moisturised and fuller.

Therefore, I feel like a skincare update is definitely due. So I can fill you in with the certain products that I introduce as extras into my skin care routine. Some of these products are in the same categories as the ones I already use, e.g. skin care for my pores & spot control. However these products I introduce into my winter skin care routine are slightly stronger and provide me with more 'care' than usual.

5 Steps to clean, tone, refresh and moisturise your skin to prepare for those dry winter skin months.
1. I always start any skin care routine making sure that any make up that is on my face is completely cleared off my skin so I can start with a fresh base to replenish. I know 9 times out of 10 when your tired after a long day you just want to grab a make up wipe and give it a rough once over just so you can get to sleep...ME 24/7. But to bribe me into not doing this I have become a huge fan of micellar water. My favourite at the minute and will be for a long while is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, with this product it dissolves all your make up off your face in a few wipes, cleanses the face and sooths out your skin, leaving a very silky finish. I use this product on a plain cotton pad and swipe it around my face without having to rub and leave redness on the skin.
2. To then wash out my face and give it the pampering it needs, I firstly wash my pores away by using Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, for me this cleanser has a really deep, thorough clean without being rough on the skin. When used with my Olay Pro-X Brush which I have mentioned in previous posts as I can't live without it, the cleanser turns into foam when put on a wet face to purify and remove trapped dirt. After using this product my skin definitely feels tighter and extremely smooth.
3.  A definitely extra that I then add to my skin care routine is a face wash that adds radiance and moisture to my face whilst tackling any possible breakouts the dry weather might give me. For this I have found that the Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Gel Wash. I definitely prefer using gel washes rather than cream washes as I feel like it gives your skin that extra plump effect and hydrates my skin to its fullest. This product contains Aloe Vera and cucumber extracts which help not to over dry the skin when being used. I apply this to a wet face and it massages in gently using my fingertips, without having to use too much product to cover my face. This step is perfect for finishing off cleansing as it leaves the skin feeling super soft and cleansed.
4. My step 4 is very easy. I just simply use a make up wipe to wash away any product or make up that may be left one my face. (There shouldn't be any!) But just in case. I like using make up wipes that are very wet. I have fell in love with the Johnsons Face Care Wipes they come in a range of wipes for different types of skin and my favourites are definitely the 'moisturising' and 'refreshing', these are both very wet wipes that leave the skin feeling wet but dry beautifully. This is refreshing step for the morning leaving your skin feeling more awake and fresh faced. Perfect for dry skin at the end of a long day wearing make up or at night after this routine.
5. My final step is my cream moisturiser. I tend to use very rich moisturisers in the winter. I find that the Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser is a formula that is perfect if you don't want that greasy finish to your skin. The formula is very light and hydrating and leaves a matte finish on the skin, however much product your place. This moisturiser gets into the skin leaving it feel plump and full and it is very illuminating whilst reducing redness.
That is the end of my winter skin care routine and it's definitely working for me, so why don't you give it a go, or let me know what your favourite skin care products are for the colder months?