Wednesday, 21 September 2016

FAKE TAN DIARIES | Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam

Hello Everyone! 

Welcome back to round 2 of the fake tan diaries! My first blog post was about the much loved St. Tropez self tanning mousse, this time I've gone for the Australian made and produced Bondi Sands. I've heard some fantastic reviews on this product and was eager to give it a go myself - I picked this up from Superdrug for £14.99 for 200ml (currently on sale for £9.95!) so a lot cheaper than a bottle of St. Tropez - and in my opinion better!

My bestie and fellow blogger Emma (LWFS) had recommended this to me as it comes in different shades - light to medium and dark. I obviously being the ghost I am picked up the light to medium and have been loving it ever since!

The product itself is incredibly easy to blend, build and apply leaving you with a gorgeous sun kissed tan. It has a colour guide in the formulation making it easy to see any areas you may have missed or need a bit of extra blending, I've never had a problem with the end result and I have always had a good all over even tan (except for when I got drunk and decided to fake tan.. error!) I normally use around 2-3 pumps on each area of my body and apply in circular motions, if you do want to deepen the tan you can wait 30 minutes and darken with an extra few pumps - this is great as i find my legs never seem to take the colour as much as the rest of my body!

I applied this after completing my standard fake tanning routine, exfoliate, shave and pop moisturiser on the areas which seem to go a little darker (elbows & knees!) it dries really quickly and doesn't leave you feeling sticky, meaning you can put loose dark clothes on soon after! The colour which developed was a beautiful even bronzed shade which didn't leave me feeling orange. The tan itself is enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera which made the tan last for well over a week before needing a good scrub and re-apply. I would also recommend you moisturise every day with a non-oil or fragrance based moisturiser as I did find it pro-longed the tan (I use the Clinique, Deep comfort body butter). I even used this product on holiday in Mexico.. Just be careful you don't sleep on anything white as it can stain bedding and clothing!

My only con, is that the smell is not ideal! WHEN, will be able to have a non-biscuit fake tan!?!

Before and after using the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Medium / Light

I'm really impressed with this tan, I would give it a 9/10 (lost a point for the smell!) I really love this product and have already re-purchased and moved onto my second bottle, I really want to try their gradual tan milk next as I've heard fantastic things about this.

Keep your eyes peeled as my next installment will include the Freshly Baked London Tan Mousse in Sweet October.

What's your favourite fake tan?!

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Monday, 5 September 2016

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF | Week 2 - Viennese Whirls

Hey Everyone!

Something a little bit different this week, but something that is now going to hopefully happen once a week for the next couple of months! If you hadn't already guessed by the title of this post, the Great British Bake Off is back! And it's my all time favourite cooking programme! I saw a few bloggers last year attempt to bake along with the recipes each week and set myself a challenge.. I'm going to attempt to bake the technical challenge each week.. attempt being the main word in this sentence!

I'm sorry though, as I have missed the first technical challenge. I actually was a little poorly so couldn't face baking and was a massively gutted as the Jaffa cakes looked so fun to make! Hope you enjoy! 

You will need; 

For the jam 
200g raspberries
250g jam sugar 

For the biscuits
250g very soft unsalted butter
50g icing sugar
225g plain flour
25g cornflour

For the filling
100g unsalted butter, softened
200g icing sugar (plus extra for dusting)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1. You will start by making the jam, put the raspberries in a small, deep-sided saucepan and crush them with a masher. Add the jam sugar, bring to the boil over a low heat and then once the sugar has melted increase the heat and boil for a further 4 minutes. Remove from the head and carefully pour into a shallow container -if you do not like seeds in your jam now is the time to sieve. I then popped mine in the fridge and left to set. 

2. Preheat the oven to 190C / 170C Fan or Gas 5. Line 3 baking sheets with non stick baking paper, then using a 5cm round cutter draw 8 circles on each sheet of paper, spaced well apart. 

3. Put the butter and icing sugar into a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy, sift in the flour and cornflour and mix thoroughly, you need to mixture to be quite soft so your able to pipe it. Once it is soft, spoon the mixture into a piping bag  with a medium star nozzle and pipe 24 round swirls inside the circles on the baking sheets. 

4. Bake in the centre of the oven for 13 - 15 minutes until a pale golden-brown colour. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

5. Once they have fully cooled, measure the butter and sieved the butter for the filling. Add the vanilla extract and either beat with a wooden spoon or an electric whisk until very light and smooth. Spoon the soft mixture into a pipping bag with a large start nozzle. 

6. Spoon a little of your jam onto the flat side of 13 biscuits, place the jam-side up on a cooling rack and pipe the buttercream over the jam. Sandwich the two together and dust with icing sugar to finish. 

They went down an absolute treat at our family Sunday dinner and someone even said they tasted better than the shop bought ones! Wish me luck though.. the next week will be bread week and i have no experience of making bread whatsoever! 

Has anyone else tried this recipe? Who's your favourite on the GBBO? 

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

WISHLIST | August Tech Addition

Hey Guys! 

Welcome back, with pay day just around the corner i wanted to share with you a few items i have been lusting over during the month of August. As i always put together beauty and fashion wishlists i decided to head down a different route this month and put together my most desired techie bits and bobs! 

It's no secret to my friends and family that I'm a huge film nerd and i can fly through a box set with a click of my fingers. And what better way to watch my favourite things then on this Ultra HD TV Panasonic. This beautifully sleek and smart TV would fit in perfectly to any home design. One of my favourite features of this TV other than the crystal clear images has to be the built in WIFI and Freeview! I can't think of anything better than sitting down on a Sunday night and watching a good documentary on catch up. This nifty gadget has even been tuned by film makers leaving it to deliver outstanding colour contrast and brightness. 

Every time i see Gabriella Lindley put these on in one of her vlogs, i die a little inside knowing i don't yet own them! Love rose gold, love cats and love over the ear headphones. What more could you want?!

It's no lie that a bloggers biggest nightmare is heading into the winter season, the pain of trying to take photo's in natural sunlight can prove to be an absolute pain in the arse. These soft boxes have been recommended to me on numerous occasions and are apparently super easy to set up and store away! As soon as the clocks go back i will 100% getting my hands on these. 

I must admit, i was never really a fan of Apple products until i had my first iPhone two years ago. Since then i have gone on to purchase a Macbook Pro and upgrade to a iPhone 6s, now several years later i would love to expand my collection and add in an iPad pro. They are so handy when you can't be bothered with your laptop and are fantastic for travel. 

Ok, who else remembers these from their childhood? Waiting and shaking to find out if the photo you had taken was totally cute or totally ugly? Not only do these remind me of my childhood the images that come out from the camera now are obviously of a much higher quality, they are also so versatile and can be used to dress up any space or stored in a memory book! 

I have wanted a little speaker for my room for a while now, but just haven't found one that i loved. Whilst browsing through the urban outfitters website i saw this nifty little wireless bluetooth speaker. What i really loved about these is that you can switch up the front grill and change the pattern! 

I hope you enjoyed this months Wishlist, is there anything you would buy on this list? What's your favourite item? 

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*post in collaboration with Panasonic, all opinions are my own.

Monday, 8 August 2016

CLINIQUE | Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back, today I'm going to be chatting about skincare. Over the last half a year or so, I've mentioned in a few of my most recent blog posts that I have stepped back from buying make-up and have concentrated on haircare and skincare. From my teenage years i have always been the kinda gal to cleanse, tone and moisturise but have always stuck to the same products thinking they suited my skin well. It was only recently i noticed my skin looking a little dull and not as hydrated as it used to be, with this in mind and whilst i was 
scrolling through the copious amounts of cleansers on Feel unique. I came across the Clinique take the day off cleansing balm. I've never really been won over by a balm, but had been won over by Clinique in the past, so i popped it in my basket and was excited to test it out!

When I first opened the pot I was happily pleased with how much product was inside, it's not a small balm and the product goes a long way. Just like most balms, once you have scooped a little out and start to work it into fingertips and then skin it turns into an oil based cleanser which glides across the face with ease. There's no residue from the product and it leaves your skin feeling dry, nourished and smooth - some can leave your skin feeling tight and squeaky, but this doesn't! The product is completely un-fragranced which is a huge bonus as heavily fragranced products can irritate sensitive skin. It melts away waterproof mascara and gives my skin a good deep cleanse before i proceed to tone.

The 125ml tub of Take The Day Off retails at £22.00 and suits all skin types, this may seem a little pricey to some but as i mentioned above a little goes a long way! I've really enjoyed using this product and feel it has helped with the redness and appearance of my skin, i have had no breakout's since using it and i just find it a lovely gentle cleanser. I will 100% be buying this one again! 

Have you ever used this balm? What are your top cleanser's!?

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