Friday, 24 April 2015

Self Tanning Guide | Top 3 Fake Tans


How i achieve a flawless, (almost) natural looking tan

  • take a shower/bath and remove all dead skin and old tan left on the body by exfoliating - i use an exfoliating mit and Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub
  • shave at least 5 hours before your going to tan, so your skin doesn't get irritated  
  • use a tanning mit to apply for a non streaky, well blended application
  • apply the tan in a WELL LIT room so you can see what your doing and where its going
  • wear loose dark clothing until fully dry (approx 1hr)
  • moisturize regularly to keep the tan from fading and going patchy

There are thousands of different fake tans on the market, from light, dark to medium and from mousses, sprays, gels and creams. There's also instant tans to give you an instant bronzed look, or regular gradual tans that take up to 8 hours, or overnight to fully develop. I've tried them all, and find an instant mousse works best for me. Because its instant, i can see where im applying the tan, and also, im instantly bronzed! I do leave them on overnight to get a really intense tan, but if your in a rush to go out, you can apply, dry for a few minutes and then your ready to go!
 



SUNKISSED Self-Tan Mousse Dark £3.99 - This has been my new favourite tan of the moment. The pump design is so easy to use and you can really control how much product you want to come out with this tan. It is an instant tan, so you can see where its going, which is great for beginners, or if your worried about it going patchy!  It's natural looking, but still pretty dark. I find this one out of all my tans, fades the nicest without any patchyness. It has a slight coconut scent to it, which is a massive bonus as fake tans arent the best smell in the world!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse £7.99 -  I didnt get off to the best start with this tan. I found it didnt give me a super bronzed look like other fake tans did. But i recently gave it another chance, and its lovely. A more natural, subtle looking tan without looking orange. This tan has an almost floral scent to it, which is kinda strange, but you seen get used to it! It develops within 1 hour, but i do like to leave it on overnight for an extra bronzed look. I love using this tan for a natural, healthy, glowing look.

ST Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse £3-5 - An oldie but a goodie. I've used St Moriz for years, it was the first fake tan i ever tried. Its instant, and goes super dark. I find it goes on really smooth, and lasts a good 3 days on my skin. The only downside is that it does take slightly longer to dry, and feels tacky on the skin for quite some time after! For £3, you really cant go wrong though!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

What I've Been Loving



The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer - I'e been reaching for Bahama Mama a lot recently as ive been super into contouring again. Its a gorgeous shade for a natural looking contour, but you can really build it up for a night out look too. I love Bahama Mama for in my crease too for an easy, everyday look.

NARS Super Orgasm Lipgloss - I love these NARS glosses, and Super Orgasm is the shade ive been reaching for a lot recently. I love the hint of pink this gloss leaves on my lips, and the tiny shimmers in this gloss make your lips appear slightly bigger. These glosses sit so comfortably on the lips without being too sticky.

MAC Vanilla & Tan Pigment  - After having these gorgeous pigments on my wishlist for farrrrr to long, i finally picked up the two up. Vanilla makes the perfect brow bone and inner corner highlight, and Tan is the perfect shade to make my blue eyes pop, and these pots will seriously last forever.

Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel - My skin has been super dry recently, so ive been reaching for more cream products instead of powder. Although i wish this product was slightly darker, its still an amazing bronzer, especially if your looking for something that gives a natural, sunkissed glow to the skin. Tan De Chanel feels so light on the skin and also makes an amazing base for if your using powder bronzer on top.

NARS Cococabana Illuminator - I love applying this highlighter underneath my foundation to my cheeks to give me a seriously glowy look. It looks amazing with foundations that have a matte finish, and looks super natural too.

Too Faced Melted Kisses Lipstick Fuscia - I wore this shade on a night out recently and was so surprised as it lasted ALL night without needing to top it up. Melted Fuscia is such a lovely vibrant pink shade, and looks stunning with an all black outfit.

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer - This highlighter gives a serious glow to the cheekbones. This definetly isn't a natural looking highlight, but if your into a major radiant and dewy look, this is for you. Mary Lou also looks stunning all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Whats In My Muji Drawers?! #2



The second drawer in my makeup collection is full of base products. I have my favourite foundations in here and a few of my favourite concealers. The YSL Fusion Ink is a new one into my collection and im still trying to work out my thoughts on that one! The MAC Studio Sculpt is the one ive been reaching for on a daily. I love the gel like texture and it blends so easily onto my skin, i also dont have to set this foundation, which i like! I have my MAC Pro Longwear in here also, which i ALWAYS reach for when im going on a night out.

I have a few bottles of Studio Fix, also by MAC, as this was definetly a favourite a few months back. And i have my trusty, Face and Body which i use when im having a good skin day! Its so lightweight on the skin! 

My Strobe Cream by MAC also has a place in this drawer. If my skin is feeling extra dry, or i feel my skin needs a brightening boost, i apply this before my foundation to give my skin some hydration and a super dewy finish.  Up at the top of this drawer, i have two lovely concealers - Pro Longwear and Select Cover Up. I also have my Lustre Drops in Sun Rush which i absolutely treasure as they are now discontinued! *cries* I have a mini Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm in this drawer which i dont think ive ever used. Ill have to try that one out asap.



Monday, 13 April 2015

MAC Favourites

If youve been reading my blog for a while, you'll know how obsessed i used to be over MAC! It's still one of my favourite brands, but i think for the moment, NARS has replaced it! Although i havent recently been buying as much from MAC as i used too, i do have some favourites!


I think we all know how obsessed i am with Spice lip liner. Its been a favourite of mine from back when i first did my Media Makeup Course and this was inside my MAC kit! Spice is a your-lips-but-better kinda shade, for me anyway, and i use this to make my lips appear slightly fuller. I find this liner goes perfect with my Urban Decay Gloss in Beso, and its definetly my favourite everyday lip combo.

Face and Body foundation is perfect for days where i dont want a full coverage look. If im having a good skin day, or am just popping out the house for a little bit, this is the foundation i reach for. It's so light on the skin and i love the dewy finish it gives. Paired with the Select Cover Up concealer, this combo looks super natural on the skin and both blend out like a dream. The concealer sits perfectly under the eyes and doesnt crease on me at all.

MAC blushes are amazing and i have some gorgeous shades in my collection. Fever is one ive been reaching for alot recently. It's so pigmentation and never seems to look like ive even touched it before! Fever is a blush i never hear anyone speaking about, which is so crazy as its such a stunning shade. It does look slightly scary in the pan, but its really not when applied and blended! I LOVE dark, scary blushes, haha!

Being highlighter obsessed, i obviously had to talk about the stunning Soft And Gentle MSF. This was a serious favourite of mine last year, and then i moved onto a few different highlighters. But recently ive came back to usually the trusty MSF and ive fallen in love all over again. The sheen this leaves on my skin makes me look so airbrushed and naturally dewy. IM OBSESSED.

My 15 pan eyeshadow palette has been a favourite of mine since i built it up. As you can see, Cork and Handwritten have had some serious loving, Cork i use as a transition shade in the crease and Handwritten ive always used in my crease and on my lower lash line to smoke things out. Ive also been using Carbon alot too, and if you spray your brush with some Fix + first, you get a seriously true black.

I love that if i set my foundation with powder and then i look cakey, Fix + always sorts my skin out. It takes away all the cakiness and the powdery look, and leaves me looking seriously dewy and naturally glowy. If you dont like to use an actual highlighter because your scared you will look like a disco ball and you just want a natural, dewy finish to the skin, then Fix + may be a goodie for you.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation





Price, packaging, info
The YSL Fusion Ink Foundation retails for £31.50 and comes wit 25ml of product, which is a little less than the average foundation at 30ml.The packaging is so stunning, typical YSL. I love the gold and black, and the see through bottle, so gorgeous and chic. It comes with a long thin spatula wand, which i'd never seen a foundation with one of those before, but i love the idea. 

Application/first impressions
I picked up the shade BD50, and when i have my fake tan on, it looks the perfect shade. The first thing i noticed was that the foundation was slightly scented, but that doesn't bother me too much. I made sure my skin was super moisturized as always, and used the wand to apply the product onto the brush, and then onto my skin. I used the Real Technique's buffing brush as its definetly my all time favourite brush for foundation.. As soon as i started buffing out Fusion Ink, it felt like i was buffing water into my skin! It feels so lightweight yet has such amazing coverage! A little goes a really long way with this foundation, so you know its not going to run out after a few wears! Fusion Ink is so flawless lookinh without being cakey or too much coverage, and i love that you can still see my actual skin through it. I did set my foundation a teeny bit where i usually need it, just to really lock it into my skin and give me good lasting powder. After about 30 mins of wear, it had dried to a gorgeous, semi matte finish with a lovely satin glow. 

Throughout the day/Removal
After a few hours of wear it still looked pretty flawless, although it did oxidize slightly, turning me a more pinky tone, which im not a massive fan of as it made my face not match my neck! Slightly irritating, but i can get over that! I didn't need to touch up with powder or anything, and i usually do thats a good thing! After about 5 hours of wear in total, i noticed my skin was going patchy on the bottom of my cheeks and there was abit of fading around my forehead, even though i had powdered those areas.. Not very impressive for a £31.50 foundation. The removal was super easy and came of the face really fast with my Micellar Water.

Final thoughts
YSL claim this foundation delivers flawless coverage (YES!) that lasts up to 24 hours (BIG NO!) while still feeling ultra-light on the skin (YES). They have an amazing shade range with 16 shades in total, and it does have an SPF of 18. I've tried this foundation the past few days, and it works alot better when its set with a powder! It still looks luminous, and lasts abit better. But i do tend to get dry skin so i dont like to set my foundation too much!  I definetly had high hopes for the YSL Fusion Ink foundation, and i do love how it looks on first application and the finish, but for me, i just expected a little more! 


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Too Faced 5 Piece Bronzer Wardrobe Collection


After eyeing up the Too Faced bronzers, i could never decide which shade i'd need - Milk Chocolate Soleil or Chocolate Soleil. And as i was browsing the Debenham's website a few weeks back, the Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe Collection set caught my eye. The 5 piece set contains four of Too Faced famous bronzers: Endless Summer, Chocolate Soleil, Sun Bunny, and Milk Chocolate Soleil, all 2.5g and a mini kabuki brush.





Chocolate Soleil is a medium/deep matte shade.For my NC30 skintone, this shade could be the shade that works best for me as a contour, or a bronzer if im going on a night out. And the fact this bronzer smells of cocoa powder is always a bonus!

Endless Summer claims to be a 16 hour long wear bronzer. Its probably a shade darker and slightly warmer than Milk Chocolate Soleil, but a shade lighter than Chocolate Soleil. It does contain a small amount of shimmer, although i dont see these glitters translating too much onto my skin, which i like! For a bronzer, Endless Summer may be my favourite, although i havent tested it on it's 16 hour claim... yet!

Sun Bunny is a shimmering, light and dark duo. I'm not a fan of shimmering broners, they just do not sit well or look right on my skin! I can see myself using this as an eyeshadow, or maybe even as a subtle highlight, as it is a gorgeous shade!

Milk Chocolate Soleil is a light/medium matte shade and is JUST dark enough to show up on my skin.. But for me, i do prefer a more dark bronzer and once blended into my cheeks, it kind of just disapeers. Definetly would be a gorgeous bronzer on shade's lighter than me though! This shade also smells of cocoa powder!

The Kabuki Brush isn't something i can see myself reaching for very much. The bristles are so soft, and im sure this brush would be amazing for bronzing, contouring or highlighting when travelling!

I'm super glad i picked this little set up, as i dont live near a Too Faced stand or counter, so it was great to be able to try each shade out so i wouldnt waste money on me just picking which shade i thought was going to be the best for me! I'd definetly pick up a full size of Endless Summer as i feel it matches my skintone the best and gives my skin a healthy glow without looking too much!


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