My Most-Used Fake Tanning Products & Review!

Let’s admit it, we all love fake tan. Instead of damaging our beautiful skin with harmful UV rays, we can all fake a summer glow within a matter of hours! Since I wear fake tan most of the time, I thought I would share with you my opinions on a range of fake tan products that I have used over the years.

1. ST. TROPEZ Bronzing Mousse in Dark (200ML)

This has to be up there with the best false tanners I have used so far. I do still need to try others such as Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse (let me know what this is like in the comments below! I will do an updated version of this once I have tried it out myself), but as it stands, ST. TROPEZ has worked very well for me. Before I apply any false tan, I make sure that my skin is exfoliated and moisturised – I usually do this the day before application and then I re-apply moisturiser to any dry areas such as my ankles and knees.

I have found that this false tan does not go as patchy as others, and it does not have that typical biscuit smell of fake tan. As this tan also has a colour guide, you can see almost instantly that the tan will develop into a lovely golden-brown tone – rather than a horrible orange colour. I have found that with my fair skin, this tan suits my complexion the best and does not look too unnatural when I am wearing it. The only con: it is quite expensive, so if you’re looking to save some money, try and look out for the deals online or in stores.

2. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Dark (200ML)

OK. This tan smells amazing. I am currently using this at the moment and it is definitely worth it. I have managed to get about 6 months use out of this, applying once weekly or less, and I still have some left! Yes, this isn’t too cheap either, but it is a lot cheaper than the more high-end or pricier false tanners – I paid £14.99 for it! The colour of this tan is slightly more brown than ST.TROPEZ in my opinion, as it has a red undertone to it, rather than having an olive undertone. I personally prefer an olive undertone in false tan, but the colour of Bondi Sands is still very lovely. I have found that one pump for each arm, and two or three for each leg is enough for this! Sometimes I have found that two layers can give you a deeper tan, but it all depends on your skin tone, as mine is very fair.

3. ST. MORIZ Instant & Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse (200ML)

I have tried the regular version of this mousse, but after discovering this one, I was amazed. This worked well on my pale and fair skin, and it also developed into a lovely natural-looking tan. I find that this works best for an everyday tanned look – however, I have used this for nights out and I have found that a couple of layers works well also! This tan looks similar to ST.TROPEZ, which was a game-changer for me, as this product is practically ST.TROPEZ at a fraction of the price! I also found that it does not transfer as badly as some products, and it fades quite well too. In my experience, the tan lasts about three to four days before another application is needed.

4. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion (250ML)

I used to use this religiously back in the good old days of school – you know what I’m talking about, those dreaded P.E lessons, or those warm summer days where you had your legs out and they just HAD to be tanned. I have recently come back to this tanning lotion and out of every gradual tanning lotion I have tried, this has to be the best one. For some reason, my pale skin does not react well with gradual tanners. I never seem to get that gorgeous golden tan that everyone else manages to achieve. However, with this particular gradual tanner, I have found that my skin does go golden after one or two applications – RESULT.

5. Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk (375ML)

This, again, smells amazing. It has a lovely coconut scent, and applies very evenly. It also dries very well and does not leave you feeling sticky, which is always annoying with other gradual tanning lotions. I have found that it needs a couple of applications before you see any real results, but this all depends on how dark you want to be. In my experience, any type of gradual tanner is best for a natural everyday glow – perfect for summer getaways when you need to prolong your existing tan – or if you want to look naturally sun-kissed without the worry of streaking or going patchy. You also get a lot in this bottle so it is worth your money!

6. ST TROPEZ Gradual Tanning In Shower, Medium (200ML)

I have some mixed thoughts on this product. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product. I love how you can get in the shower and do your fake tan at the same time, no fuss, no fake tan on your sheets, no worrying about feeling sticky or smelly. It’s perfect really. Almost. The one problem with this false tan, is that it isn’t really that noticeable after the first application. I have tried this and done exactly what it says on the bottle, but I just never seem to get any real results. Now, my skin does take a while to gain any colour with the usual gradual tanning lotion, but that’s because I like to be really tanned.

Don’t be too put off, definitely give this a go if you like the idea of a stress free tan – I must point out, you do have to turn off the shower for a couple of minutes after application to let it soak in before rinsing – but do try it as I have found that after using this daily, it does begin to work quite well. This is definitely something that requires you to apply this daily for the best results – perfect for a holiday though! I haven’t tried this whilst on holiday yet, but I will be taking some with me to see what it’s like! If you want me to give a review on how it went then let me know in the comments below!

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My Everyday Summer Makeup Look

I am no professional when it comes to makeup, but I do love to wear it! So, here is a step-by-step post on what I wear for my everyday makeup look.

Occasionally, I try to live by the phrase “less is more” when it comes to daytime makeup. However, when it comes to my general everyday look, I tend to just wear whatever I feel is best suited to the day ahead.

 

1. First Steps

After moisturising and using my Nip + Fab hydrating serum (mentioned in my favourite skincare products post), I apply a thin layer of foundation. At the moment, I have been using Revlon’s Colorstay for combination/oily skin in the shade Natural Beige 220. This product works so well for my skin at the moment. I find that it is not too drying and not too oily. Although, I do find that my skin can still get a little bit oily when I am on holiday or in warmer conditions. I need to find myself a good foundation that keeps my skin matte, without causing it to dry out – if anyone has any suggestions, please post it in the comments below!

2. Eyes

Next, I usually do my eyebrows (although sometimes I start with these first). I use Obsession Makeup London’s Brow Pomade in the shade Medium Brown. This product works really well for me. I have worn this in a variety of situations, including in the pool and during exercise, and it has stayed put very well! I find that this product also tends to fade away nicely rather than smudging away (unless, of course, I rubbed my eyebrows, then it would smudge a little bit). I definitely recommend this as a cheaper high street option to wear during the summer months, when makeup is prone to being smudged or worn away!

After my brows are done, I use any round blending brush to give my eyes a hint of colour. My go-to pallette is the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals. I always use the rose/mauve coloured shade along with the darker red tones to define the crease. I finish this off with the white shade to hilight my brow bone.

I also love to use Nip + Fab’s Eyeshadow Palette in Fired Up to create a similar, but more smoky look, using the shade Toffee as a base, along with Cocoa and Safron or Brick in the crease. This is also finished off with a white shade from the NYX palette to hilight the brow bone. Both of these palettes are great for a warm summer look and are great value if you are looking for something similar to a more high-end product. These pallettes also include both matte and shimmery shades for both everyday and evening looks!

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After my eyeshadow is done, I finish off my eyes using Revlon’s Colorstay Classic Liquid Eye Pen in the shade Blackest Black. I have tried many different eyeliner pens, as I find that personally, they are much easier to use than with a brush, and this one is by far the best eyeliner I have used! The look I create with this never changes, as I always go for the winged-liner look – without it, my eyes feel very naked! This is then followed with mascara. I am currently using Soap and Glory’s Thick & Fast Flash-Extentions Effect Mascara in the shade Wicked Black. I find that this mascara doesn’t clump as much as others and makes your lashes look a lot longer!

3. Lips & Final Touches

Depending on how I feel, I also use a lipliner to fill in my lips and give them a hint of colour, along with some lipstick. My favourite everyday lip look is when I use Mac’s lipliner in Boldly Bare either alone or along with Mac’s matte lipstick in the shade Velvet Teddy or Kinda Sexy.

For the final touches, I use any type of bronzer or contour in a light bronze/brown shade to define my cheekbones and to give my face a summer glow. I then finish off with a spritz of Barry M Flawless Mist and Fix Matte Finish Setting Spray.

And that’s it, my go-to everyday makeup look! I hope you enjoyed reading! Follow me on Twitter for more blog updates @_favethingsblog ✨💗

June/July Favourite Skincare Products

I love skincare. Everything from serums to moisturisers can be found in my box of beauty supplies. I love to try out different types of skincare products to see how much of a difference they can make. The promise of brighter, blemish-free skin makes us all want to spend our money in the hope of feeling like a goddess – and, might I say, with or without these magical products, we are all beautiful.

And so, I have created a list of my favourite skincare products to share with you all – enjoy!

1. Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum.

This stuff works wonders for my skin! I apply this to my face every morning before I moisturise to give my skin a hydrating boost. This is definitely my current number one skincare product.

2. Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask.

This has to be my go-to face mask when I’m in a rush for time. You only need to leave this on for as little as 30 seconds for glowing skin! I like to leave it on for at least 2 minutes to give myself that extra glow. I always use this when I’m getting ready for a special occasion and I need a quick skin fix.

3. Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick.

I have yet to find a better spot-fighting treatment. (Other witch hazel sticks work just as perfectly, I just happen to have this particular one!). Definitely the best way to get rid of annoying spots and blemishes, in my experience. I always get spots in my t-zone and I have been forever trying to find something that will get rid of them quickly.

When I discover a small blemish or spot, I dab a small amount of this stuff directly onto the area before I go to bed (after washing my face, obviously). In the morning, I wake up to find that the blemish or spot has reduced massively in size, or has vanished completely from my face. Result! For me, this stick works wonders!

4. La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Sensitive Eyes Non-Perfumed Sun cream for face (SPF 50+).

This has to be in my list of favourite summer skincare products. I have recently discovered this and I have to say, this is the best sun cream I have used for my face so far. I have oily skin in the summer, especially on holiday, and finding a sun cream that can protect my skin but also combat oiliness has been a challenge for me.

This cream has, so far, worked wonders for me. Usually with sun cream, your face can feel sticky and oily – which is not good for people like me! My skin does not feel oily, and the cream itself feels so light, that I forget I have it on! I will definitely be taking this on my future holidays!