Tuesday, 18 December 2012

St Moriz


The lovely people at St Moriz sent me a few of their goodies to try out.


I’d heard a few things about this tan a while back. But I’d always thought to myself ‘it’s so cheap, it cant be good. Well I was wrong!

The first I tried was the Instant self tanning mist.
When you spray it, you can see exactly where it goes on so you don’t end up going over the same area twice, it’s a really nice colour when its developing, one thing I dislike avout some tans is that you look like an oompa loompa when you first put it on, but if you wanted you could go out in this one.

I’d recommend putting a towel down so it doesn’t make a mess on the carpet as the spray does go quite far. I also used a mit to apply and it went on evenly and smoothly. The smell is actually quite nice too, not as bad as a lot of fake tans.

I put it on in the afternoon and washed it off the next morning. The colour afterwards was really nice and natural.

This was my pasty leg before...



and this was after...




Their mousse was really easy to use, and something I’m more familiar with, I find mousses easier to manage. This was their dark instant self tanning mousse. This one went on really well and was slightly tinted so you could see where you were putting it on. It left my legs feeling really smooth too and dried quickly. Like the spray it left my legs a lovely base colour just after applying (though possibly got a little too dark as it developed so I wouldn’t recommend wearing this one out as it develops) and when I washed it off the next morning it was a lovely golden colour.

If you want a fake tan and don’t want to break the bank I’d definitely recommend this!



You can get st moriz pretty much everywhere and it ranges from about £3-£5 AMAZING!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Who the f*ck is Alice?



A friend of mine had a job interview the other day and was asked the question ‘which book do you relate to? Which best represents you?’ I’m glad it wasn’t’ me in there, it would have thrown me completely. Apparently it’s a rather dated interview question. But it got me thinking.

After pondering over some of the books I’ve read over the years, Bridget Jones’s Diary –nope, that just screams ‘crazy cat lady’. ‘Things me and my girlfriend have argued about’ -that just makes me sound like I have a dysfunctional relationship. If I mention anything by Shakespeare they wouldn’t believe me (but honestly I love  A Midsummer Nights Dream) umm.. I quite enjoyed Peter Kays’ autobiography…?

I decided to go with my favourite book ‘Alice’s adventures in wonderland’ It was obvious really. Alice has that curiosity that I love. She just goes for it, doesn’t think of the consequences. Though slightly judgemental at times, she gives things a go. Sometimes she rushes in without thinking and that’s what often ‘leads her to trouble’. She gets tempted just by reading the words ‘eat me’, drink me’, ‘this’ way’, ‘that way’. Her innocence and naivety is something every young girl goes through. Suddenly out in the big wide world on her own with so many choices to make.

 For something written in the 1800’s it’s something we can all relate too. I love the imagination, it’s crazy and all seems a bit like nonsense but if you think about it, it all makes sense. Haven’t we all ‘fallen down the rabbit hole’ and landed ourselves in trouble just because we followed the crowd? (or the white rabbit… if you catch my drift?) Surely we’ve all taken bad advice from a caterpillar in our lifetime? 

Everyone knows that angry Queen of Hearts. Someone you don’t dare piss off or it’s 'off with your head'. She’ll get her own way, doing whatever’s necessary to make sure she gets exactly what she wants. She doesn’t care who she steps on on her way up. Most people tip-toe around her but not Alice. She doesn’t take her crap. She says exactly what she thinks, which may not please everyone, but its her views and its her right to put them across. Again, this is also something that leads her to trouble.

I’ve ended up at many Mad Hatters tea parties. Those parties where you’re not quite sure why you’re there, not even sure if you like what’s going on, but you give it a go and you find out you are actually enjoying doing something a little bit different for a change. The Mad Hatter himself is that guy that seems a little weird, maybe a bit misunderstood, but you know who he is deep down, and even if others don’t, you give him a chance. 

I love her innocence; I love how every moment is different, because she’s been curious enough to give it a chance. You wouldn’t see Alice doing a boring repetitive job, no not our Alice, she needs to be kept on her toes otherwise her mind wanders…


I think we should all be a little more like Alice.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray






I'd always been wary of sprays that claim to give you beachy hair. My hair is naturally curly and I thought 'what can it do that water can't?' Well there's something in the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray that has made me change my mind altogether. It doesn't just make the hair 'beachy' it makes it soft, it makes it smell nice and smooths out frizz too. 

I used mine on dry hair and just scrunched it a bit. I think if you had dead straight hair you might need to get a diffuser on it for some help. The results were instant and I was really impressed. It really gave the illusion of the holiday hair you get after a day at the beach. 

I'd definitely take this on holiday with me to spray in my hair after getting out of the pool. There are a lot of sprays like this on the market and in my experience they make your hair dry and crunchy, this one doesn't at all, you can run your fingers through it without your hand getting stuck! (I hate that!). Though the more you leave it alone, the longer it will last, so try and resist a little bit! 

It holds the hair too, So you have natural beachy waves, without the frizz and without having to even leave the house. 

It's well worth the money and nice and the packaging isn't too bulky so it's perfect for throwing in your beach bag to sort out windswept hair! Now let's just hope that the sun stays for a while! 

bumble and bumble surf spray is £19.50 for 125ml. You can purchase it in lots of stores including Space NK and Selfridges. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Boux Avenue

Is it just me or does everyone seem to be getting married at the moment? I’ve always been told that when you get to a certain age there’s a wedding every week. Well I’m at that age and I had a wedding to attend last weekend. I’d bought a dress that was backless without really thinking of what to wear underneath. With larger-than-average breasts going braless is not an option and wearing a normal bra underneath wouldn’t look right. 

Luckily Boux Avenue came to my rescue. The sent me their backless strapless bra and unlike many others on the market, this one fastened on to the sides of the body and also had a detachable halter neck for extra support. It also came with spare tape so you can reuse it, and you can buy more tape in store if you need to. It held all day and I barely noticed it was there. Other bras I’ve tried have tended to feel like they are pulling me down a bit, but this was lightweight and the fact that it held you at the sides really helped. 

It’s available in sizes 32A to 38D in nude or black and is £22. They also a do a version with added ‘boost’ for an extra £2. As it didn’t budge all day it was a little uncomfortable pulling the tape off at the end of the night, but that just shows how well it stays on, and getting some warm water involved would have got rid of any discomfort, but after a long day I was feeling lazy. 

Boux Avenue is a really nice addition to the high street. It’s like a more up market La Senza with really reasonable prices and a larger size range (A –H cup). 

Stock is arranged by size in drawers so there’s no rummaging through untidy piles of knickers! 

They really have thought of everything when it comes to the fitting rooms, rather than nervously peering around a curtain looking for an attendant to help, there’s a discreet intercom which links you to the concierge desk where you can ask for assistance with sizing without leaving the fitting room. And of course they are all fully trained to fit you free of charge so you are sure to go away with a bra that fits you perfectly. Another feature that is brilliant is the different light settings in the fitting rooms, so you can see how gorgeous your lingerie looks in different lights. 

All full priced purchases come beautifully gift-wrapped and sprinkled with scented petals. Boys , you cant go wrong buying underwear here! Go and treat your girlfriend and get in the good books! 

You’ll find Boux Avenue in most of the big shopping centres such as Meadowhall, Bluewater, Westfield White City, Lakeside, and the Trafford Centre. They have 12 stores in total so have a 
look at their store locator at bouxavenue.com to find which is nearest you.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Naked Skincare





I am a sucker for good packaging, so what first attracted me to the Naked Skincare range was the lid, it has 2 little buttons on the top that open and close the bottle. Much easier to manage in a steamy shower than your usual shower gels and facewashes with a flip-lid! 

Their brand is 97% natural so is really kind to your skin. It's also vegetarian and vegan friendly, they rightly describe their products as 'complete goodness in a bottle.' 

I tried out the Bare Faced Cheek Softening Face wash. It lathers up really nicely, it feels creamy rather than foamy and feels like it's really getting in there to give your face a good clean. You don't need to use a lot of it and it's a fairly large bottle so it's definite value for money. It smells really nice too. 

I've also been using the Perfect Getaway Cream Cleanser Every night. It removed my make-up perfectly, and to make this fair I used it on my boyfriend (who obviously doesn't wear make-up but does get the tube everyday) and it removed traces of dirt we didn't even notice was there. It really does get off every trace of anything mucky! With aloe vera and cocoa butter it's definitely soothing after a long day. 

I've used the cleanser every night and the face wash in the morning for the last week and have definitely noticed results. My skin feels much fresher. 

I'm looking forward to trying out Naked for Kids and Mini Naked products when the baby gets here. They've got some fruity looking bubble baths which look like they will smell delicious! 

Both products are £4.49 and you can get the Naked range in Boots and Superdrug.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Tanatomicals

Firstly I want to congratulate Tanatomicals on their witty packaging. Their brightly coloured boxes and amusing slogans certainly makes it stand out on the shelves. 


They kindly sent me a couple of their products to try out. 'Me Tarzan, you Jane, we cheaters instant spray tan' and 'The Holy Grail for the deathly pale self tan mousse'. 

I gave the mousse a go first. I always like tanning mousses as they feel more hydrating and I find they go on a lot better than lotions. This one was a bit more watery than others I've tried but I soon got used to that, it needs a good shake to get going, so remember to do that! 

Unlike many tans it has a gorgeous fruity smell and I spent the whole time that I was applying it trying to think what it reminded me of... I think it's some sort of sweet. You can see where it's going on and leaves a lovely tan to you immediately afterwards. The only downside is that it seemed to take a bit longer to dry than others I've used in the past, but the colour was amazing and totally worth the sexy penguin waddle I was doing around the house. 

At the weekend I have a wedding to go to and the dress I am wearing is backless. I've noticed my back is looking a bit paler than the rest of me. The back is a hard place to apply tan yourself so I plan to enlist the help of my boyfriend... I decided to give him the easiest product to use, the instant spray tan. I'll keep you posted...



You can get the Tanatomicals range from Superdrug and asos for £6.99 which is an absolute bargain if you ask me!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Style File

Loveable Tom from The Apprentice, remember him? He was the dark horse in last years show and went on to win it. He's done extremely well and invented the 'Stylfile'. It's an 'S' shaped nail file which creates the perfect curve for your nails in a few easy sweeps. Unlike other nail files, which are straight, this one curves round your nail as you file. I'm sure many other people will be thinking 'why didn't I think of that?' it's the simplest ideas that are always the best.

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Tom says "Since the Apprentice final I've been working night and day to create the Stylfile collection. The unique Stylfile curve makes it easy to have great-looking nails without the need for an expensive manicure"

He has 3 products in his range. The first I tried out was the S-file, which is like your everyday file (but of course with the distinctive 's' shape) with 2 different abrasive sides, carefully selected by Tom so they last up to 12 months so it's a bargain as well as a genius idea! It's pink In the middle with the file itself being black so it's still girly without being too OTT. It's safe to use on acrylic nails as well as natural and it left my nails smooth and snag-free. 

The next was the 'S-buffer' which is a 4-way buffer designed to follow the nail curve. There are really clear instructions on the pack. Rub the black surface on first, then the blue to remove the ridges, smooth with the pink side and use the white strip to shine the nail. It's very simple and saves having lots of different buffers and files. 

My favourite of the 3 was the Emergency File. I'm sure many of you have been out and chipped a nail and haven't got nail file with you. Well this is a combination of the S-file and the S-buffer, but on a keyring! Amazing. It can attach to your phone, keys, bag, whatever you like. Now you might think 'Well, that will just scratch up everything in my bag!' but he's even thought of the technicalities, it's in its own spiral case to protect not only the file itself, but your belongings too. 

I'm really impressed with what Tom's come up with and I'm really excited to see what other products he has on the horizon. Who says reality tv is just for idiots huh? 

You'll find the Stylfile in Sainsburys, Lloyd Pharmacy, Sally Beauty, Amazon and Boots for £4.49 -£4.99


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Little White Lie Tan






Cast your mind back to a couple of weeks ago, there was this big orange thing in the sky? Remember that? Ahh memories. I think that may have been what us British call Summer. 

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Now that sun has been replaced by grey clouds and rain, my legs have also gone from having a lovely healthy glow to milk bottles again. I was in need of some help.

Luckily, I was recently sent the new tanning range from Make Believe. It’s their sister-brand Little White Lie –which is an excellent name for a tan, I think you'll agree.

So my pins were in for a treat. Yesterday morning I used their exfoliator in the shower, it was really thick, and actually felt like it was doing it's job without being too rough. It also smelt of porridge, which some of you might not like but I loved! IT had a proper grit to it and felt like it was really getting away those dead skin cells.

After making sure my legs were scale-free I applied their ‘Darker’ tanning lotion to my tanning mit. I was slightly concerned that it looked like a melted bar of Cadburys, but I needn’t have worried, once it was smoothed on it was a nice subtle colour. It has bronzer in so that helps you see where you’ve applied it. The added argan oil left my legs very smooth indeed. Even my boyfriend commented how smooth they were, and we all love those 'stroke me, I'm so smooth!' moments!

I left it on all day and washed it off this morning and my legs are a lovely golden colour and still really smooth and soft. It’s not as dark as I expected and I might be tempted to do another layer to see how dark it can get, but for a hint of colour it’s lovely.

The exfoliator is £7.50 for 100ml and the tanning lotion £15 for 125ml. You can purchase this range at ASOS, Superdrug and Boots. 



*this was kindly gifted but of course all thoughts are my own 


Friday, 1 June 2012

MeMeMe


Summer has been trying it’s hardest to make an appearance, but I know a lot of you have been lucky enough to go away on holiday to get that tan. Whether it’s natural or you’ve chosen to fake it, mememe have got the perfect summer make-up to complement your golden glow


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Shimmer Stack Gold. £9.99

These are fairly sheer and are great separately as eyeshadows for the daytime if you prefer a subtle colour but it still makes the eyes pop. The lightest shade is great used on the inner corner of the eye or to highlight under the brow line. I loved that it has a nice big mirror attached too.

You have the option of swirling all the colours together with a big brush to add a bit of colour to the cheeks. There’s a slight shimmer to them but its not glittery which I usually can find a bit of a problem.


Boho Balm- Coral Taupe £6.50

This cute looking tin has two uses; a gorgeous tinted balm for your lips or you can use it as a cheek tint.
It has a nice soft vanilla scent and with two colours to play with its very versatile and really practical to just throw in your bag for those days you don’t want to lug a big make up bag around.

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There is not a divider down the middle so you have to be careful to not mix the shades up, I imagine this could even be a bonus with the ‘Pink Rose’ shade, but Coral and Taupe should stay separate really.
The texture is like a light lip balm, not quite as heavy as a lip stick and it has a subtle colour to it. The colour was stronger when applied with a brush.
I found them a little too sticky and oily for my cheeks but on the lips it works great. I’ve only tried the Coral Taupe, but I love it so much I’d definitely go out and buy the Pink Rouge. 




Goddess Rocks £12.99

I wasn’t blown away by these bronzing rocks, but the packaging is really cute and I love that there’s a sponge to keep the rocks from breaking up too much. Used on the cheeks it gives you a bit of a more of a gold tinge, rather than a golden glow, so don’t go mad with it. Mememe suggest using the rocks individually as eye shadows, which is a great idea. The colours are great on the eyelids and especially make blue eyes stand out with the gold tone in them.  I personally wouldn’t use these as much and prefer the shimmer stack but they definitely look nice on the dressing table!

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You can purchase Mememe products from Superdrug stores. I really recommend that you do!