Monu Exfoliator & Self Tan Foam | Review

Posted on July 23, 2014

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Hi Guys!

It’s the that time of year again, the heat turns up, everyone starts baring a bit of skin.. and we all want a tan! Well I do anyway! I do like a good fake tan, I’m not a dedicated constant tanner by any means but when the sun comes out I do love to sport a golden glow! My skin is pretty much neon white though so it’s also always a concern to me that I’ll end up too dark and not be able to do anything about it except hide away for a week until it wears off. Anyway, the lovely guys at Monu have kindly sent me their Exfoliating Body Cream and Self Tan Foam to try out and let you know what I think! They assured me their Self Tanning Foam in Fair to Medium would be the perfect colour for me so I put it to the test!

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All most people will know, it’s really important to prep your skin before tanning, otherwise the tan colour will cling to even slightly dry skin and you’ll be left looking patchy. The best form of prep is simply to exfoliate and then moisturise, taking care to especially moisturise the places where skin is naturally dryer, such as the knees, elbows and the back of the ankles.

So, I started off by showering and using the Exfoliator Cream -

    • The gentle, effective action of TANWORX Exfoliating Body Cream works to polish rough, dry areas to refine and balance skin texture prior to tanning.
    • A cool, refreshing body exfoliator that promises to smooth and rejuvenate the skin for an instant boost of radiance and vitality.
    • Invigorates and enhances skin tone and texture, this is the perfect pre-tanning exfoliant.
    • Use in the bath or shower prior to application of any of the TANWORX self tanning products.
    • Wet the skin and massage the product all over, paying special attention to any rough, dry areas to ensure an even and long-lasting self tan.

I then moisturised all over and applied the Self Tan Foam -

    • An easy to apply, streak-free Self Tan Foam provides an instant colour that develops and deepens into a healthy, bronzed glow.
    • This tinted formula ensures you can see exactly where you have applied your tan, for an even, long lasting colour.
    • A quick-drying, natural-looking, salon quality tan that leaves no residue.
    • Available in two colours.
    • Exfoliate before application and apply moisturiser to any dry areas of skin, but not to the entire body.
    • Apply the lotion with a TANWORX application mitt to ensure a streak free result.
    • Colour is instant and will intensify over a period of 3 hours.
    • Wait 8 hours before bathing or showering.
    • Moisturise daily to maintain.

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So here are the results… I’m not crazy, honest! I only tanned onle leg for two reasons – one being to show you what the colour looks like compared to my very white other leg, and the other because I was slightly nervous about it being too dark! The mousse itself was a very dark brown colour, hence my nervousness! I didn’t have a mitt to apply it with either as recommended so I just used my hand. It applied really easily and even though it did look a bit streaky on application, this is washed off after 8 hours and I was left with a lovely even tan.

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I think the tan actually came out a really nice colour! For those that tan regularly you may feel the colour is a bit light, but for milky and mysterious types like me this colour was perfect. I didn’t look like I had a tan as such, my leg just looked a nice healthy colour. The tan lasted about five days and luckily I had no issues with at all with it. Sometimes tan can leave you looking patchy as it wears of, so it’s important to keep moisturising to keep your skin in top condition. I remembered to moisturise a couple of times nd the tan seemed to wear of nice and evenly. This definitely get’s a thumbs up from me!

So what do you think? I’d love to hear what your favourite tan is?



Avenue 32 | Designer Spotlight

Posted on July 22, 2014

Hi Guys!

Today I have a designer spotlight post to share with you from one of my favourite stores, Avenue 32. They’ve put together this fab infographic so you can read all about some of the most exciting up and coming designers…

Up and coming designers brought to you by Avenue 32

This post is in collaboration with Avenue 32.



My Blue Eyeliner Summer Look!

Posted on July 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I had a rare evening out planned at the weekend, meeting friends for a meal at Chiquito’s Norwich and then out on the town fun and drinks after, so thought I’d take a few snaps of my look so I can tell you what I wore!

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I really wanted a tan but didnt have much time to get ready, so I used my Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel – this is such a fab product, you just apply to clean skin an wait 10 minutes to dry so it doesn’t mark your clothes, and you get a gorgeous light bronzed look that just makes your skin glow! It does have shimmer to it, which I’m usually not a fan of but I have to say I love it in this product! It also washes off in the shower which is really handy. I didnt have my legs out so I cheated and basically applied this to the top half of my body and face. I then used my Dior HydraLife BB Cream on my face. This is slightly on the heavy side for this hot weather but it is perfect for evening out your complexion whilst keeping your skin looking natural.

To highlight and contour, I didn’t want to go heavy on the contour as I wanted my skin to look natural and the emphasis to be on my eyes, so I lightly used my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. This has three shades and is perfect for creating gorgeous glowing skin.

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For my eyes I used W.O.S from my Naked Basics palette over the whole eye area, this is a bone / cream colour and a matte shade that’s prefect as a base for any colours. I then used Maybelline’s On and On Bronze swept across the lid – this is one of my favourite eyeshadows at the moment, it’s a cream formula and has a gorgeous high shimmer finish. I love sticking my finger in the pot and working it over my lids! Then Venus (described as a demi-matte but it’s more of a satin) from the Naked Basics Palette in the inner corners of the eye to highlight. To add depth I then went over the crease with Faint from the Naked Basics palette which is a matte taupe brown. For eyeliner I went with Urban Decay’s Smoke, this is one of my favourite colours and the perfect matte grey shade, it’s also great alternative to black for a more subtle look. This colour is perfect for creating a softer look, and I love to wear it smudged and not so perfect. I applied this as a thin line to the upper lashes and added a small flick. I then used my new Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in 45 Blue Remix to line the waterline. I finished my look with Hourglass Lipgloss in Child, my favourite HotHair Wig, a white vest top and neon orange kimono from H&M :)

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Products used:

Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel

Dior HydraLife BB Cream in 01

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Natural

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze

Urban Decay Eyeliner in Smoke

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in 45 Blue Remix

Bourjois 1 Second Volume Mascara

MUA Ultimate Eyebrow Kit

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Child

As you know I’m a big fan of blue eyeliner, I think people can be scared of blue eye makeup but there are so many ways you can wear it! I think it can look great with blue or brown eyes, and can really emphasise your eye colour too. I’d love to hear your thoughts!? xxx



My Favourite Blushers | Guest Post

Posted on July 19, 2014

Hey loves,

My name is Victoria and I blog over here. Thank you to Michelle for allowing me to guest post on her fabulous blog. Today let’s talk about two of my favourite blushers, one from high end and one from the drugstore.

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When it comes to blusher I am a very fussy lady. I don’t love pink shades due to my cheeks having a pink undertone. I find that pink blushers enhance my pores and make me look very doll like.

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Let’s get talking about the blushers. Makeup Revolution have quite literally taken everyone by surprise and keep knocking out fantastic products. My good friend Shannon Wilson sent me a parcel of treats and goodies and this blush was included. I did not think I would love it at all. It is so pigmented but you can get a light flush look by gently tapping your brush into the blush without going 80′s glam on your brush. I think a huge factor into changing my mind on the colour was how well it blended out and didn’t look straight up pink on me. What I was shocked about the most was the longevity of the blush on my cheeks. It lasted all day and didn’t separate once. The packaging is basic and not special but the product has converted me to looking at pink blushers in a different light.

When I went to Cardiff at Christmas I forgot to take a blush on my overnight trip. Did I need one? No but hey it was Christmas. I was browsing around Debenhams and drifted to the Illamasqua counter. Immediately I thought ok let’s splurge. I tried a few shades before my eyes went to Lover. When I say holy grail product I mean it with this baby. It is the most perfect peach blusher in the world. It is seriously pigmented, buttery to touch, blends like a dream and looks gorgeous on my fair skin. Just perfect. It stays put all day and I have often used it as a transition shade on my eyes. It was however £18 which is expensive.

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As you can see from the pictures both blushers are gorgeous and year round friendly. I don’t tend to stick with trends for makeup. I wore MAC Diva just last week.

I hope you liked this post. Please feel free to pop over to my blog and have a read.

Have a wonderful day,

Victoria xox

Thanks so much for guest posting for me Victoria! If anyone else is interested in guest posting please email me at tsncblog@hotmail.co.uk xxx



Bare Minerals Get Started Kit in Medium | Review

Posted on July 18, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I’ve got the awesome Bare Minerals Get Started Kit in Medium to show you! Now if you’re new to Bare Minerals I’ll tell you a bit about the brand (of you’re familiar please feel free to skip this part!)

bareMinerals products are based on, you guessed it, minerals. Minerals provide the basis for all their products, and offer a whole range of benefits to the user. Every mineral in our proprietary formulations is carefully selected to deliver proven results. bareMinerals Makeup utilizes naturally derived minerals to give you exceptional long-lasting coverage, breathable lightweight wear, rich pigmentation with creamy blendability, and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. Best of all, we created all of our mineral formulas to work together in harmony to improve your complexion instantly and over time, day and night.

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The Get Started Kit includes everything you need for complexion perfection -

  • bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Medium C25 and Medium Beige N20, size: 2g each
  • Original Mineral Veil finishing powder, size: 2g
  • Prime Time Foundation Primer, size: 15ml
  • Warmth All-Over Face Color, size: 1.5g
  • Full Flawless Face Brush
  • Flawless Application Face Brush
  • Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
  • Get Started Kit guide: shows you how to Swirl, Tap, Buff® your way back to the skin you were born with.

So basically this kit includes everything you need for a gorgeous flawless look! And it really couldn’t be easier to use…

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Firstly you massage the primer into your skin, allow this to set then apply the foundation. You’re given two brushes for different finishes; the Full Flawless Face Brush gives medium to full coverage, and the Flawless Application Face Brush gives light to medium coverage as it has softer bristles. Buff the foundation into the skin as required then apply the Warmth All-Over Face Colour where you would usually highlight, then finish off with the Mineral Veil Finishing Powder – this is a translucent powder that gives a soft focus finish to your look.

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I love that you have everything in this kit that you need to get a fresh looking, flawless base. Also I think it’s great that they’ve included two foundation colours so you can mix and match. My preconceptions of bareMinerals were that the products would completely dry out my already dry skin – I tend to stay away from powders for this reason. But I couldn’t be more wrong! This stuff is like magic! It doesn’t dry the skin at all (one of the reasons being there is no talc in the products) and the fact that you only need tiniest amount of foundation to get full coverage just amazes me!

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I’d highly recommend this kit as being perfect for your summer foundation routine. My Dior Hydralife BB cream is fantastic but it can feel heavy which is not really what you want as the weather heats up! I just need a flawless look without feeling caked in makeup! These bareMinerals products feel so light, you don’t even feel like your wearing a foundation at all!

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It’s also worth mentioning this kit includes products worth an individual total of £119, but has a RRP of just £50, oh and it only actually costs £39 from Chemist Direct, what a bargain!

I’d love to hear what you think, and if you’ve tried bareMinerals before?

This post contains a sample provided for review



Lily Kamper | Jewellery Spotlight

Posted on July 17, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I just have a quick post for you today – I’ve come across some amazing jewellery and had to share it with you! Lily Kamper’s AW14 collection is simply stunning. It’s futuristic, it’s unusual, it’s luxe, and oh so colourful – it ticks all the boxes for me! Lily creates pieces with classic marble and contemporary dyed perspex to produce a striking, futuristic trademark look.

Inspired by the iridescent outer glow of the moon, photographs of the Earth at night and elaborate marble stairways, Lily has created a range that’s as curious as it is cutting edge. Lily’s hand dyed columns have been updated with some gorgeous colour ways including; matte emerald green with cracked black marbling, purple mixed with grey, yellow and midnight blue.

The range is fabulously diverse, with a considered collection of bracelets and rings as well as Lily’s column pendants in a range of shapes and sizes, from tiny to more robust, to create a collection that’s varied yet wearable. I have to say I really can’t get enough of this collection! Please let me know what you think! xxx

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The Lily Kamper AW14 collection is available to buy at Liberty’s.