Sunday, 22 May 2016

Fake Tan Diaries | St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

I've had a very pale 25 years, I've heard all the pale jokes and i have also had my fair share of tango and fake tan fail moments! Now older and some what wiser i wanted to start again and find a good staple fake tan i love. Now please don't get me wrong, I love my pale skin and I love ladies who have pale skin! However, after having some abuse directed my way on numerous holidays i wanted to give the tanning life ago. Over these next couple of months I'm going to be testing and reviewing a few different fake tanning products, i hope you enjoy this mini series and if your as pale as me i hope it guides you into making a great fake tan decision! 


I went in strong and decided to start with the much loved St.Tropez Self Tanning Mousse. I've never tried any St.Tropez products but have always heard positive reviews, as this was a starter pack with everything i needed i thought it was the perfect way to cross over to the dark side.. (or slightly less pale side in my case!) 


Within this St. Tropez Self Tan Starter Kit you will receive; 


75ml Tan Enhancing Body Polish 

The most important part to fake tanning is to scrub and exfoliate your skin! On this starter pack the directions state to start skin prep 24 hours in advance of fake tanning. You want all the dead skin away and a clean smooth moisturised surface as tan can stick to old dead skin. I actually really liked this scrub, it has the perfect amount of grit, it's not to harsh and leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturised rather then dry and/or oily. Now even though you can use any type of scrub, i probably would buy this one again - i did find it prepped my skin and left no streaks which has happened to me in the past with other tanners. 

75ml Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser 

This product was really nothing special, it had a lovely smell and it left me hydrated however i found it a little watery and prefer my Body Shop Shea Butter. This moisturiser is designed to help prolong your tan for up to three days longer and also reduce tan build up. However again, i didn't notice any difference from just using normal moisturisers which i have done in the past - so i probably wouldn't buy into this product again. Sorry St.Tropez!

50ml Bronzing Mousse and Tanning Mitte 

I have heard so many great things about St.Tropez so was excited to try! I was also a little nervous as I'm so pale and it's quite a massive step for me from gradual tanners. I decided because i didn't want to walk around looking ridiculous (in case it did look like I'd rolled in a bag of doritos!) that i would test it on my legs only. I found this product hard to use if I'm being honest, i pumped a few pumps onto the mitt provided and started to move in circular movements from the tops of my legs to the bottoms. It left darker marks in a few places and it just didn't seem to blend that well in certain areas. I did however, find the bottoms of my legs easier to blend and also my feet - it just seemed to stick around my thigh and butt area. The tan itself starts with a nice smell but then after a few hours of development the horrendous biscuit smell does come into play. One massive positive is that it dries quickly meaning i could put my pyjamas on soon after applying. The colour which developed was really gorgeous, not streaky at all and stayed for 4-5 days before gradually wearing off.  Below are my before and after pictures, both un-edited and i attempted to take in the same daylight.. 


If your not sure whether your going to like the St.Tropez products i would 100% recommend this set, i purchased this from feelunique.com for £15.00. I would give this product a strong 8.5/10, the only problem i really had was application (which lets be honest, could of just been me having a bad day!) and the horrid biscuit scent the colour is lovely and the wear was pretty great. I did really like the quality of this product which has prompted me to want to try and few more of their products including the express tan and the in shower gradual tanner

Keep your eyes peeled, my next fake tanning instalment will be a Bondi Sands product!

Have you ever tried any of the St. Tropez products? Which is your favourite?

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Bleach London Reincarnation Mask Review






So a few weeks before i get my hair bleached (I have a full head of bleach highlights, sometimes with extra colours mixed in around every 3 months) my hair starts to get a little dull and feels dry, so whilst i was having a mooch around boots with the bestie a couple of weeks ago this BLEACH London Reincarnation hair mask caught my eye. Once again, I'd seen Velvetgh0st (Gabriella Lindley) rave about this after she went through her dark hair to silver/grey light hair. Obviously, whilst she was going through this transition she was bleaching and colouring her hair quite regularly, in a few of her vlogs i saw her pop this on her hair and she really liked it! When i saw it on the shelf i immediately put it in my basket. 

This product claims to hydrate and quench the thirst of dry, bleached or coloured hair, it also claims to improve elasticity. The product itself is enriched with sunflower seed extract and micro wheat proteins which help reduce colour fade - the product itself is insanely creamy and goes on to wet hair very easy. The thing i really like about this product, unlike a few other hair masks I've tried is that it doesn't weigh the hair down and it doesn't make it greasy. I use this on damp hair, comb it through with my tangle teezer and then wrap it in a warm hair towel. It says to leave in the hair for 10-20 minutes, however i like to leave mine in for around 1 hour to let it really soak in. After it's soaked in i will wash my hair as normal. 

I have used this product once a week for around 1 / 1.5 months and have really noticed a massive difference. I've tried it before i had my hair coloured and then the week after i had it bleached, before i had it coloured it refreshed the bleach and made it look healthy and after it's help to prevent fade. I have also noticed that it creates quite a lot of volume to my hair leaving it very bouncy

This product is £6.00 for 200ml from Boots so if you have bleached or coloured hair which is in need of a little bit of love, make sure you pop out and pick yourself one of these up! Your hair will be thanking you. 

Have you tried any products from BLEACH London



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Monday, 14 March 2016

My Favourite.. Highlighters!

Hello Lovelies!

So, if you haven't been hiding under a rock you will know all about one of the biggest fads from last year which made beauty bloggers go a tad crazy.. Highlighting! I never thought i would catch on with this one, but then i came across Jeffree Stars Youtube channel and thought YAAAAS make ME shine bright like a diamond! I'm so crazy obsessed i can't even go to work without a little cupids bow and cheek bone highlight. As this is quite new for me all the below products are drug store - i do eventually want to branch out to some high end products (ahem.. hourglass) but right now these are working for me and they didn't bankrupt me.




Carli Bybel Palette | $12.50

This stunning palette from the equally as stunning Carli Bybel was an online American purchase through BH Cosmetics, probably the easiest thing I've ever purhcased from abroad. It was $12.50 on a special offer, shipping was $7.55 and i didn't get charged anything else. First of all, as you can see the palest shade is my FAVE (I've already hit pan!) I would say this is my go to everyday highlight as it suits my fair complexion so well. I really enjoy the darker shades, but have to be very light handed when applying as they are so pigmented. The texture of these highlighters are insane.. for the price you get so many and they are super pigmented and easy to blend! This product is by far my favourite highlighter I've ever used.. Well done Carli!




Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette | £9.99


A really affordable brand which always produces fantastic products is sleek, i really love sleek blushes so was excited when they bought out this highlighting palette. Initially i may have potentially bought this because of its gorgeous gold packaging. But once i swatched inside i knew i had to have it. Included within this palette is four shades including two baked highlighters, a shimmer powder and also a cream based highlighter. This is the only cream highlighter i have and i have been enjoying using it across my cheek bone and my brow bone, the constitancy is really nice too. I really love the peachy / purple tones in this product and feel they really compliment my fair skin!




Sleek Face Contour Kit | £6.49

Next up another sleek product, yup... told you i loved their products! This was my first highlighter and i love the texture of this, it's buildable, blendable and isn't super sparkly so leaves a really nice natural glow. I must admit, the more Jefree i watch the more disco ball i want to be.. so this product has been shoved to the back recently. I think it's a fantastic, affordable brand if your looking at dipping your toe into the highlighting world! It does come with a contour as well, but again as I'm as pale as snow this looks ridiculous on my face.



Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights | £3

Probably the most affordable out of all the above and one i had seen a few bloggers rave about. This peachy highlight has a gorgeous tone making it suitable for all skin tones. I find i reach for this more on a night out then day to day as it's quite a glitzy one. The only down side is due to the design of the product i found it quite hard to get any product out, but once wiped and worn down a little it's beautiful, this paired with my Nars blush in Deep Throat is to DIE for and the perfect combination.




KIKO Watershadow in 208 | £8.90

YAAAAS, still 4 months later i am still head over hills for this product. As i explained in my February Favourites (which you can read here if you haven't) this was hard to get and i ended up purchasing it in Paris. Its a dupe for MAC Whisper of Guilt.. so if you can get hold of it, it's a gooden to try before spending a crap load of money on a MAC product. I love to put this on my brow bone, cheekbones, and cupids bow. It is the most pigmented, creamy and blendable product i have ever used and i highly recommend it!



They have been my current top highlighters, which are yours?!

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Monday, 7 March 2016

Mintycoco Oil Pulling Review

Hello Lovelies,

As an avid coffee drinker and past smoker, when i saw the opportunity to review these Mintycoco oil pulling sachets* come up, i quite literally jumped at the chance! Obviously from the reasons i just mentioned my teeth aren't the whitest in the world and I've always wanted to try oil pulling as I've heard such great stuff about this natural way to clean teeth!



You've probably seen thousands of celebrities posting selfies on Instagram with different teeth whitening products so narrowing down one that actually works can be hard. Oil pulling has been used for thousand of years to naturally whiten teeth. Swishing coconut oil around your mouth will eliminate stains which have occurred over the years whilst also reducing bacteria in your mouth, using coconut oil will lead to healthy gums fresh breath.

The two week supply comes in small tubes which are very handy and make travelling with them easy and more convenient then a giant pot of raw coconut oil. The other great thing is that this product also contains peppermint flavouring which takes away the harsh taste of the coconut oil leaving your mouth feeling super refreshed. To use the product you just warm the tube under warm water, swill around your mouth for 5 - 15 minutes and then spit out, it advises to do this before brushing which i did and noticed a difference after a few days! The below pictures are before and after the 14 day supply, i haven't edited these pictures and tried to get the daylight the same in both..

Before 

After 

This Oil Pulling formula is 100% natural and contains no alcohol or chemicals. You can either buy a one time purchase here for £19.99 or you can subscribe monthly and save 15% by paying £16.99. 

I really enjoyed using this product and loved the results i got from it. 15 minutes can seem like a long time to swill oil around your mouth but i either popped on a long youtube video or used it when i was in the bath! I will 100% be buying this product in the future.

Have you tried Mintycoco?


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*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted / PR Sample. All opinions are 100% my own