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Cohorted June 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on June 14, 2016


Hi Guys!

As ever it doesnt seem like a week has passed since the last box arrived, and now June’s Cohorted box has just landed on my doormat! Let’s take a look what’s included in this months box –

  • HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Foxy, worth £25.00.
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, in Sierra, worth £20.00.
  • James Read Instant Bronzing Spray, worth £25.00.
  • Lord & Berry Supreme Iridescent Eyeliner, in Smart Blue, worth £12.00.

Total value of box = £82.00.

Ok, so this box probably isn’t the most exciting I’ve seen from Cohorted (it would have been nice to receive five products rather than four) never the less at £82.00 it is a high value box, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and trying everything out…

I’m a big fan of NARS lip products, especially their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, so I was really happy to find one in this months box! The shade Sierra is not really my colour though unfortunately – it’s kind of a burnt sienna / orange shade, which I think would look amazing on darker skin tones, but it doesn’t really do much for my pasty complexion! The booklet does say ‘mixed’ for the shade though, so it looks as though there will be a variety of shades on offer. I should also point out that though I’m not keen on this particular colour, I definitely think NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are one of the best matte lipsticks you can buy.

The Lord & Berry Supreme Iridescent Eyeliner also caught my eye – you know how I love a blue eyeliner! Shade Smart Blue is a deep midnight blue with a metallic matte finish. It applies nicely and the formula is smooth and soft, but not too soft – I’m really happy this was in the box!

The HD Brows Palette also looks pretty good – this palette contains a highlighter, three brow shades (all matte pressed powder) and a clear wax for setting the brows, as well as a double ended brush. It’s also great that the shadows are dual purpose, so you can use them both as eyeshadow and for your brows.

And lastly the James Read Instant Bronzing Spray – I must admit I’m usually quite wary when it comes to fake tan as I’m pretty pale. The James Read Instant Bronzing Spray promises to deliver an all over golden tan with ease. I’ll be trying this out over the next few days so keep an eye on my snapchat (tsncblog) to see how I get on!

I’d love to hear if you picked up this box and what you thought of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Monu Exfoliator & Self Tan Foam | Review

Posted on July 23, 2014


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!


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.


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.


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?

Xen Tan Luminous Gold Gel Fake Tan Review

Posted on July 28, 2013

Hi Guys!

This week I’ve been trialling *Xen Tan Luminous Gold Gel from John and Ginger. I love a nice tan in the summer, I work in an office though so I always fake it. If you’re looking for a new fake tan product this summer hopefully you will find this review useful!

So here is some info on the product – The Xen Tan Luminous Gold Gel is ‘a revolutionary Magic Tan – apply this clear, silky tanning gel and see your tan develop into a deep golden colour within 3 hours. Skin is left intensely moisturised with a luminous sparkly finish thanks to flecks of gold shimmer that sit on the skin. Xen-Tan’s fastest drying, longest lasting formula yet and with no guide colour means you can slip into your little black (or white) dress instantly. With a simply amazing colour, Luminous Gold is one of the best products yet.’

‘How to apply: For best results, apply Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel with a Xen-Tan Luxury Tanning Mitt. Apply to clean dry skin and for best results, exfoliate prior to tanning with Xen-Tan Body Scrub.’


  • First clear self-tan gel with fastest drying formula yet
  • Deep golden colour for a truly WOW tan
  • Non-sticky, silky formula is so easy to apply
  • Iridescent sparkle gives skin a dewy finish
  • Longest-lasting weekly tan in the range
  • Light tropical scent smells amazing
  • Paraben-free – ideal for face and body
  • Suitable for all skins types’

Xen Tan Luminous Gold Gel Review

So it all sounds pretty good hey! The only hesitation I had was the sparkle. I did have a slight concern that I would end up looking like a disco ball! – How wrong I was!

The Application… To start with, I applied the gel with my hands (rather than a mitt, as I don’t have one) and I was really surprised how quickly it dried! I was ready with the electric fan but didn’t need it at all! Also the smell is lovely, kind of tropical with a hint of coconut, and only the vaguest fake tan scent. The gel is clear, so you need to make sure you rub it in well and evenly, as it’s hard to tell where you’ve already applied except for seeing a bit of sparkle.

The packaging said the tan would develop over three hours, I think it actually took a bit longer for me as I applied around 8.30pm and didn’t notice a difference that night, I actually thought it hadn’t worked at first, I then woke up the next day and was like ‘WOW I’M BROWN!’ There was a hint of sparkle but it actually looked really nice! Here is a close up of my arm – (you will notice I’ve hidden my thumb… this is because I accidentally got it wet, so the tan went streaky – oops)

Xen Tan Review

The Results… The tan came out really nice and even except for my thumbs! I think this was when I was eating an apple and some juice dripped on my hands so I wiped them without thinking. If you check out my latest OOTD post here you can see the rest of me with a lovely golden tan! I have to say I’m so happy with the colour, it’s really natural and healthy looking. I have pale skin so it’s always a worry that I’m going to look too dark! I actually had people commenting at work saying I look well and asking where I’ve been out in the sun! Woo hoo!

I’d love to hear what tanning products you use? xxx