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Review: St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanning Lotion

St TropezAfter reading months ago that St Tropez were to launch an in-shower tanning lotion that promised an even, streak free and natural tan after just three minutes, I was a little skeptical to say the least.

Nevertheless, I decided to order a couple of tubes (one for me, one for Mum of course!) and try it out for myself. On first impression, I was surprised at the size of the tube and felt that if it worked, it would be really good value for money. I love the fresh-looking packaging and the tube design makes it really easy to be able to remove the product that you need efficiently.

The instructions on the back of the tube tell you to shower with warm water, wash, turn off the shower, apply the lotion and work it into the skin, wait for three minutes, rinse away and then pat dry. So I took to the shower and washed and exfoliated gently with a massage sponge before switching off the shower and lathering the lotion onto my skin. I started with my legs and worked my way up my entire body to my face then applied a little to my feet before washing my hands. I then just swiped the backs of my hands over my forearms to cover them lightly in the lotion – we’ve all been there with the orange hands before and I certainly didn’t want a repeat this time! I stood and waited around for the recommended three minutes, which felt like no time at all, then switched the shower back on and rinsed the lotion away thoroughly. After getting out of the shower and patting my skin dry, I got dressed and got on with my day.

Take a look at the video below that shows you exactly how to use the tanning lotion.

I wasn’t expecting much to happen if I’m being completely honest, but after a few hours I took a look in the mirror and was sure that I could see a hint of a glow forming across my body. I continued on with my day and was so pleased to see that the soft glow kept on forming without any streaks or orange patches, but the best thing about it? No biscuity fake tan smell! Once it got to the evening, I took my nightly shower and re-applied the lotion again then went to bed. Waking up this morning, there was a slight hint of fake tan smell but nothing like the other brands that I’ve used in the past. i was really happy to wake up to a slightly deeper glow to my skin that is pretty much completely even aside from a tiny tanning mishap on a little drier skin on one of my feet.

Overall, I’m seriously impressed with the gradual in-shower tan and love the subtle glow it gives to my skin.

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Pros

  • No bad fake tan smell – there’s only a slight hint of fake tan smell but the lotion smells lovely on application and not too strong
  • Extremely fast to apply and no need to wait around for a sticky tan to dry – I’ve read a few people were fed up with the three minute wait but I found it to go really quickly. Pop your iPad on and catch up on your favourite show while you’re applying it and the time just flies by!
  • Doesn’t stain the bed sheets (I have white sheets so that was the ultimate test!)
  • Gives an even, sunkissed look to the skin without being too over the top
  • No skin damage! Tanning products are a great alternative to baking in the sun and come with no harmful UVA or UVB rays, it’s so important to look after your skin and be sensible about taking proper care. Fake it all the way.

Cons

  • If your skin is olive or darker to start with, I’m not so sure how well this tan will show. Naturally, my skin is extremely fair (think ivory in foundation shades) so the subtle glow really makes a difference to my skin

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Zuca Pro Artist case review

Zuca Pro Artist

After struggling to haul my kit around in various bags and cases for the past two years, I decided enough was enough and went in search of something more convenient. I’d always heard rave reviews about the ZÜCA Pro Artist case and after careful consideration, I decided that this was definitely the case for me!

Here’s the specifications:

  • 41” Telescoping handle
  • Aluminum alloy frame is light, super strong and rated to safely support up to 300 lbs
  • The removable, hand washable, Insert Bag is made from premium water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon
  • 4” Lightweight polyurethane wheels absorb shock and make for a seriously silent ride
  • This case meets FAA specifications for carry-on baggage
  • Gear platform to carry additional load
  • Feet, made of nylon 6, go easy on scratchable surfaces
  • Chrome plated, rust resistant screws
  • Dimensions: 19.5” height, 10” width, 13.5” depth
  • Weight (frame and bag): 9.3 lbs
  • Weight (with accessories): 12 lbs

The case is described as, “a flawless new collection for artists on the go who value organization, style, and perfection. What more could you ask for? Protect and organise the tools of your trade and travel in style with our new ZÜCA Artist Collection, – tailored for the artist in you!” It includes; 1 Small Utility Pouch (2.75″D x 6.75″W x 11″L), 4 Large Utility Pouches (2.5″D x 7.75″W x 11″L) and 1 Matching Travel Cover which are all lined with durable, easy to clean clear vinyl (my favourite type of material for transporting my makeup – easy to see and a dream to clean!) which fits inside the ZÜCA case.

The ZÜCA Pro Artist case comes in a few different colours, but being an all black errthang kinda girl, I chose the black case with the black frame which I think looks really smart. I have to say, I’m totally in love with this case. I’m the kind of person who loves to sit for hours organising and stacking and cleaning and just generally having a good mess around with things and the amount of storage bags and pockets that come with the ZÜCA Pro Artist case just make this heaven for me! As you can see from the picture below, my kit fits more than comfortably inside the case and I even have room to slip in a few extra cosmetic pouches, my brush belt and my business cards. The case also comes with a built in seat so you’ll never be without somewhere to sit if you’re on the go or waiting for a call time.

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What I love most about the ZÜCA Pro Artist is just how compact it is – I took a picture of the case at the side of my beautiful little Lily just to give you all an idea of the actual size. Pretty dinky, right?! You can also see the rain cover that came with my case – something I didn’t know would be included but that was a welcome surprise!

IMG_0153I’m really pleased with how sleek and professional the ZÜCA Pro Artist case looks and feels and I’m excited to be able to use it on shoots and makeover jobs. I’d recommend it to any makeup artist who needs the convenience and ease of a portable makeup case.

What do you use to travel with your makeup essentials?

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Water Resistant vs Water Waterproof – what’s the difference when buying mascara?

Panda Eyes

When buying a mascara, it’s so important to know the difference between water resistant and waterproof. Yes, it might sound the same – they both withstand water, right? Well, technically yes, but there’s a huge difference and it’s a difference that will have a massive impact on your makeup depending on which you choose.

So, what’s the difference?

Water Resistant mascaras can resist the penetration of water to some degree, but are not totally waterproof. They may withstand tears and the moisture of your eyes on a day to day basis, but encounter a rain shower or a pool party and your mascara will most definitely find it’s way down your face creating that Panda eyes effect.

Waterproof mascara is resistant to complete water submersion so you can go swimming or cry away without running the risk of ruining your carefully applied mascara in the process. Waterproof mascaras can be a little drying to lashes which can cause them to become brittle, so I recommend using a lash serum on an evening after prolonged use of waterproof formulas. If you don’t want to splash out on an expensive serum, Vaseline works just as well.

So there you have it, the difference between water resistant and waterproof!

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My tips for perfect brows and my favourite all-in-one brow product of 2015

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Eyebrows are a huge part of my makeup routine and I really like to make sure that my brows are neat, groomed and pencilled in. Brows are so important to your makeup look as they help to frame your face and can really make or break your look if you don’t get them just right. As you’ll know if you read my blog regularly, I had my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed on back in 2013 and I still regard it as the best decision I could have made for my face. (You can read more about this here).

When I had my brows tattooed, I opted for a natural hairstroke brow which means the tattoo is so natural and fine that I have the option to wear a fresh ‘no makeup’ brow or use a pencil to add more definite and depth. In this post, I’m going to share one of my favourite ways to define my brows with you, and the best part is, you can achieve the same look with just one product!

Brow pencil

So, my favourite method for getting a lovely, sharp defined brow is to use an eyebrow pencil. My current favourite is the No7 Beautiful Eyebrows Pencil in Brown which is available from Boots. I love this pencil as the tip is nice and firm but soft enough to create a brow that looks defined but not like you’ve just gone on in there with a sharpie and had a field day. The other great thing about this pencil is that it has a spoolie on the other end so you can comb out the brows and shape and soften as you go. The perfect two-in-one brow saviour!

Before and after brows

Here are my tips on how to create the perfect brow with the No7 Perfect Eyebrows pencil:

  • Make sure to wax, thread or tweeze any stray hairs that don’t fall into the shape you’d like for your brows
  • If like me, your have fair brow hairs that you’d prefer to be darker and more defined, use a soft tint every few weeks
  • Brush brows upwards and outwards with a spoolie to make sure all brow hairs are facing in the same direction and brows are neat and groomed ready for filling in
  • Start on the underneath of the brows and fill in gently with pencil to your desired shape – keep the colour lighter to the inner corner of the brow for a more natural look and concentrate the colour on the outer tail of the brow
  • Draw in the upper line of your brows and define your arch as needed
  • Brush the colour through with a spoolie as you go to avoid harsh blocks of colour along the way
  • Fill in the inside of the brow lines you have created using soft, feathery strokes to the depth you desire

What’s your favourite brow product?

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