Friday, 20 October 2017

BEAUTY: ST. MORIZ ADVANCED PRO FORMULA DEVELOP - VELVET FINISH TANNING GEL


Having taken a holiday to Zante in the middle of September, when I returned it felt like the middle of Winter. Hello darker mornings, hello dark nights. I tried to hold on to my sunkissed glow for as long as possible - read, 1 week. It was then that I called upon the...

St. Moriz Advanced Pro Formula - Velvet Finish Tanning Gel

Like most people, St. Moriz beckoned me into the world of false tan when my Saturday nights were all about going clubbing and looking sassy. After many, many, many mishaps, disasters and embarrassments, it's only in my 20s that I realise where fake tan has a place in my beauty routine. 

St. Moriz say that the Velvet Finish Tanning Gel is made from salon quality formulations to create a neutrally scented, natural looking tan. With no guide colour (green smears anyone) the formula is ideal for everyone that doesn't want to ruin their bed sheets or p-jays.

One layer of the Velvet Finish Tanning Gel on my usual, pasty skin.

The tan develops over 4-6 hours, so I leave mine on overnight. I apply the clear, gel formula using a latex glove. Now, I must admit I love the concept, however, the clear gel caused me to be a little lax with application, not really taking the time to see how much I was using and where I was putting the lotion - take it from me, you must take some care with this or you can find yourself in streak city.

The formula still does have that infamous biscuity scent, especially after an hour or two of development time, however, it's nowhere near the levels of the Dark Lotion and is easily rinsed away. The colour pay off is nice, subtle without being too much which is perfect for pale gals like myself.


 I tend to re-apply the formula every 3 days or so to keep my colour looking fresher as the colour sticks around evenly for that amount of time anyway before it fades gradually with the odd bit of bobbling that requires a good old exfoliate.You can find the formula in Boots for £7.99, I'll certainly be picking up another bottle. The velvet finish tanning gel is on a par with my all-time favourite gradual tanner from Dove.

Which is your favourite St. Moriz product?

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

BEAUTY: MY CURRENT HAIR WASHING ROUTINE


When it comes to my hair and the products I use, I'm really fickle. My high-end splurge of choice is the iconic Aveda Shampure but for more regular washing, I shop at Superdrug - scouting whatever is on offer. I will try whatever and I'm always looking for something that revolutionises the condition of my hair, beats frizz or helps prolong the time between washes.

My hairbrush of choice is a bristle brush as it tends to be the most gentle on my hair, this one is from Denman. I'd love a Mason Pearson, but for now, it's just that little bit too treaty. The bristles don't drag my tresses, they simply glide through whilst adding a little shine.



I am currently coveting a few new products that are working a treat for my hair. Think manageable, frizz free hair that's soft and shiny without feeling weighed down or heavy. The first is a product I've mentioned before in this post coveting summer hair care. It's the iconic Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer in the 'Coconut Breeze' variant. I use the pre-shampoo once a week to deep condition my hair and help prevent further damage via snapping. 


For shampoo, I am using the OGX 'Kuku Oil' variant and take my word for it, it smells ah-mazing. It's on the pricier end of the scale for £6 but it makes for one of the nicest hair washing experiences ever. The scent of it is like holiday's, coconutty and sweet. Created to help resist humidity and defrizz, I haven't noticed any particularly groundbreaking results on that front, but it is softer, stays less greasy for longer and leaves my hair smelling gorgeous.

My conditioner of choice is the 'Brilliant Brunette' - Visibility Deeper conditioner from John Freida. I love the Brilliant Brunette range as again, it smells gorgeous and leaves my hair feeling super soft. In terms of the deeper notes, my hair does look richer - but could that be because it's been washed? The packaging states that 'for deeper tones use the accompanying masque so I'm not sure if this does actually work but it does feel lush.

What are your favourite hair care products?

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Friday, 13 October 2017

BEAUTY: MAKE-UP REVOLUTION 'BROW REVOLUTION IN DARK BRUNETTE'



Ah eyebrows! It's only in recent times that I am able to say that I am fully cool with mine. From a horrendous waxing job in America nearly 10 years ago, I've been trying to grow them back ever since. There's a few pics of how simply awful they were in this post - and if you want to see how I care for my brows now, check out the post featuring my LVL lash experience.

Now that I have some started to maintain some shape and definition to my eyebrows, their grooming and upkeep takes barely anytime at all - even less so thanks to a new product i've been using from Makeup Revolution.

'Brow Revolution' in Dark Brunette...


The long lasting fibre gel retails at £6 and is available in 5 shades ranging from light, to super dark. The budge proof, waterproof and transfer proof formula achieves brow perfection in just a few seconds. I must admit, the application takes a little practise, but once you master it - your brows never looked so good!

Here are mine. Ignore the fact that I am growing them out therefore there are a few stray hairs hanging around, but do take into consideration how natural and full they look. The gel formula is applied using a super thin, pointed applicator and you gently apply soft strokes across your brow to fill in any gaps before brushing through with the spooly supplied. 

The gel formula is quite wet in consistency and can make-up your brows look a little 'felt tip-esque' if you don't work with it quickly and lightly. It takes a little practice but once you master it, you can achieve any look you desire.


What do you use on your eyebrows?

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