Wednesday, 22 July 2015

St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion

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Sometimes a new beauty product is launched which causes quite a stir in the beauty blogosphere, this time it was St Tropez's turn to excite us all! Introducing their In Shower Tanning Lotion created a lot of curiosity, as it was a completely new idea to the fake tanning industry. Being a fake tan newbie I was intrigued to give this a go, it seemed simple enough to use & I liked the idea of it being gradual. I'm such a pale person that building up a tan slowly but surely is the safest option for me! I picked it up from Boots as they had an introductory offer on it, so rather than £14.50 I paid around £9.00. 

I mentioned in my June Favourites that I was disappointed with this at first and that was because I wasn't rubbing the lotion in enough & also not being consistent with my applications. I took to Google to find out where I was going wrong & discovered I needed to brush any excess water off my skin plus apply it for 3 days to see any proper results. So everyday after I had washed & exfoliated, instead of hopping out of the shower & grabbing my warm, fluffy towel I would dry myself slightly & then apply a generous layer of lotion. The trick is to apply quite a thick layer & rub it in circular motions to create a sort of film across your skin. Then you need to wait for 3 minutes before rinsing it away with warm water. Waiting around for 3 minutes is probably the worst part of this whole tanning process but I soon learnt to keep myself occupied by brushing my teeth, applying a hair mask or even re-arranging all my products in the cupboards! Oh & I always make sure to bring my iPhone into the bathroom (risky I know!) so I can time the 3 minutes, it does say on the bottle not to exceed that limit but occasionally I've left it on for longer & haven't caused myself any harm (apart from the incident I mention below... vvv). Once the 3 minutes is up I step back into the shower & wash it all away. Sounds a bit obvious really but make sure you give yourself a really good wash as the product can stick a little bit & I somehow left a lot on my neck which resulted in a really orange patchy tan! Perhaps that is why they warn you to wash it away after 3 minutes! The product has a warm biscuit fragrance to it, which I don't mind actually as it's not that offensive & fades away after a day. 

I thought I would see results instantly, but gradual is definitely the key word here. It took 3 days before I saw any colour appearing but after that it does start to build up nicely & I've actually been able to experience my first proper tan! I even put my arm next to a couple of people & had a better tan than them which is the first time that has ever happened to me, so it was all a bit exciting haha! I know some people have said they didn't see any results from this, I personally think it's an ideal gradual tan for fair skin tones as it develops into subtle, golden glow that is natural looking. As well as it being a tanning product it's a great moisturiser too, thanks to the Sweet Almond Oil it keeps my skin feeling silky soft & means I don't have the extra job of moisturising afterwards! 
Have you tried St Tropez's In Shower Tanning Lotion?
L x

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Bill's & Brunch in London

I was just flicking through my camera roll on my iPhone, looking back at all the photos I took during my time in London when I suddenly got the urge to type up a blog post! I've been revisiting some of my old posts recently, mostly the more lifestyle kinda ones & feeling really glad that I took the time to document parts of my life. I love that feeling of nostalgia when you see photos of a particular event & reading back over some of my previous posts brought back so many memories that I had completely forgotten about. It's spurred me on to continue publishing more personal posts actually, sometimes I worry about sharing loads of stuff on the Internet, I dunno why really tho.
When I arranged to stay with my Sister in London we didn't make any official plans, in fact we never do really & find it much more enjoyable that way. There's no stressing over whether we will make it to certain places on time, we go with the flow & see where we end up! The day I arrived I mooched around Oxford St as I wanted to get a new outfit for the Oliver Bonas Christmas Preview, so I browsed in Topshop, H&M, all of the usual places (obviously had to snap the floral arrangements outside of Liberty!) and then I headed over to the LUSH Oxford St Store which I've been dying to visit. It was crazy busy but I purchased some of the items that are exclusives so I'll be popping up a post in the next couple of days! After that I hopped on the tube & went over to my Sisters flat to drop my bags off & decide where to go out for dinner. We ended up going to Bill's because neither of us had actually ever been, we shared a bowl of Pea & Mint soup and then we each had a burger. I'm not gonna lie I was pretty disappointed with my meal, the burger was really burnt (I asked for medium rare!) I don't understand the hype at all! I did however enjoy a Peach Bellini & I loved the way the restaurant was decorated. After our food we went for Cocktails, we ended up getting a Detox one made up of Kale & Spinach, just to try something different really & it was pretty tasty actually! We stayed out for a couple more hours, I don't see my Sister often so it was nice to sit & chat about life & things & properly catch up. 
My second day in London was spent having a late Breakfast at the Cafe Hannah works at before getting in a car & going over to the OB event held at their Marylebone store. After the event I took a trip over to the made.com showroom as we have ordered a sofa so I went to check it out before heading over to Shoreditch to have a little explore. We went in & out of loads of different shops, mostly little independent ones selling cute stationery & homewares, then Hannah noticed a T2 Tea store so we went in & ended up whiling away a fair chunk of time. We were busy testing out different teas & tisanes & actually won one of the Pumping Pomegranate Tisanes! The Iced Teas they had out to sample were so refreshing after walking round London all day, the Apple Crumble one was tastyy. I saw a teeny tiny miniature dachshund too, so of course I squealed & couldn't stop smiling. I always have a little goal whenever I go to Shoreditch to see how many cute dogs I can spot, Shoreditch is the best for dog spotting haha & I saw a Frenchie too! Little side note... When I lived in London, before I had Tilly Pug I'd go Pug stalking & I'd be guaranteed to meet one hanging around the Brick Lane area!  After our little tea stop I realised we were close to the Beigel shop, I used to love getting a cream cheese beigel after a night out in Shoreditch so I had to stop & get one, for old times sake! Then we grabbed a Monmouth Coffee & hopped back on the Tube so I could pick up my bags from the flat before setting off on my mammoth bus journey (because of the Tube strike) over to Euston to catch my train back home to Liverpool. Whenever I visit London I always have the best time & it makes me feel so thankful that I had the opportunity to live down there for two years, plus I still have the opportunity to visit whenever I feel like it thanks to my lil sis!

Do you enjoy these kind of posts?

L x

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Pretty Peonies (+ Serenata Flowers giveaway!)

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It's Peony season & that is the best season in my opinion (ok, maybe Christmas is but still!), these beautiful blooms are everywhere & that makes me so happy. I was sent the most incredible bouquet of Peonies last week, they are more beautiful than I can explain & I have been eager to share these photos since I took them! Peonies seem to be the latest accessory for beauty bloggers photographs & I fully admit I am well & truly in with this trend but they compliment beauty products so well & really are the prettiest flowers ever so I don't mind seeing them pictured in almost every blog I read! In fact, I'm lovin' it (babababa...) & will be sad when Peony season comes to an end.
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Anyway, Serenata Flowers have been kind enough to not only send me the beautiful Peony Pleasure Bouquet (£38.99) but are also offering my readers a chance to win their very own bouquet too, or a £40 gift voucher, whatever you prefer! My bouquet arrived the day after I'd responded to the email, speedy delivery service is the best & I've now got Serenata Flowers in my bookmarks incase I ever want to send a bunch of flowers over to someone. Price wise I would say Serenata are really reasonable, especially when you consider that for 4/5 Peony Stems in Supermarkets can be upto £8.00. This bouquet contains 15 Peonies plus sprigs of Bupleurum & leafy Hosta Francee, it would make a beautiful gift or a real nice treat to yourself! I actually wish I could have this bunch delivered to my door each week!
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The giveaway will run from Sunday 19th July 2015 until Sunday 2nd August 2015. Unfortunately the giveaway is for UK entrants only.
Do you love Peonies just as much as me?
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L x

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Zoella Tutti Fruity Beauty

So, Zoella has released another collection to her beauty range, this time round the products are a Tutti Fruity fragrance and contained in pretty pink, turquoise & lemon coloured packaging which is decorated with polka dots, lace detailing & bows. The Tutti Fruity scent comes from the extracts of Acai and Blueberry that have been packed into each product. The collection contains seven new products, priced between £3.00 to £8.00 and can be bought both in store & online at Superdrug & online at FeelUnique. I couldn't resist picking up some of the stuff to try, it all looked so cute & I was intrigued to give them a go!

I picked up the Foam Sweet Foam Cleansing Shower Gel (£3.50) because shower gel is something I use daily so I knew I'd use it up regardless! Firstly I really like the name of this product, the play on words is fun (Home Sweet Home/Foam Sweet Foam) & seems to be a a regular occurrence with Zoella's products. The pink pearlescent gel lathers up nicely & it has a subtle scent of berries, nothing overpowering but it's definitely fruity. It cleanses my skin leaving it feeling suitably soft & smooth. 

Candy Cream Body Lotion (£5.00) is a moisturizer filled with little bright pink beads that burst as you rub the cream into your skin. The bursting beads are a nice little extra, something a bit different from your usual body lotion anyway! It's consistency is just right in my opinion, not too thick or thin & absorbs into the skin pretty quickly. It doesn't have that sticky residue feeling either, just a lovely soft finish with a light fragrance that hangs around all day!

Scrubbing Me Softly Smoothing Body Scrub (£7.00) does exactly as its name describes! It's a sugar scrub that feels quite balmy making it a really gentle yet effective exfoliator. Again it has a light, fruity fragrance, it's fresh & uplifting. It contains Cocoa Butter which is an ingredient my skin always loves, it conditions & smoothes, making the scrub a perfect leg shaving/fake tanning preparation product! 

The Fresh Fizz Bath Fizzer (£5.00) is a chocolate bar shaped bath bomb, unlike the original Fizz Bar this one is made up of four big pieces rather than eight. It's said to turn your bath into a a fragrant fruity soak, fruity scented bath products are one of my faves so I'm hoping this is as good as it sounds! (I've not tried it yet because our bath needs re-grouting #grownupproblems)

I'm really pleased with my Zoella Beauty purchases, I'm actually tempted to pick up a couple of things from the original collection to see what they are like too. I've followed Zoe from the early days, I was obsessed with her Primark hauls & Car Boot finds so it's really exciting to see her ongoing success & to have launched her very own beauty line is amazing!

What do you think of Zoella Beauty? Have you tried anything from?

L x

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