Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Even though it's still technically Summer, it's not exactly the kind of weather, here in the UK anyway, where you'd expect to get a tan. I mean, I'm one of those people who doesn't tan at all, regardless of the weather, as well. This will be all too apparent in my Floridian blog posts in a couple of months time. But back to the British weather. Unless you're heading off somewhere sunny soon, fake tanning is kind of the only option, so I've been putting a couple to the test and these are the ones that have impressed me the most;
Madame La La West Coast Face Bronzing Serum* - The whole notion of fake tanning my face normally fills me with fear. Surely I can't be the only one who worries that it will turn out orange/too dark or cling to every dry patch of skin? Unlike other areas of your body, if you've messed up, it's pretty hard to hide. I had heard great things about this particular product so I was happy to put it to the test when I was sent out this bottle.
First of all, this actually hydrates the skin; a big bonus, especially for someone with rather dry and dehydrated skin, like myself. It's also buildable. If you're pale like me, you can just apply a tiny amount for a lovely subtle glow but if you're looking for something darker you can build it up until you're suitably bronzed. This really does take away any fears about fake tanning the face. It's also currently down from £26 to £12 on Urban Outfitters right now, which is definitely a saving worth taking advantage of as it's still full price elsewhere.
NKD SKN Pre-Shower Tan* - When St Tropez first released their in shower tanning lotion I wasn't sure whether or not to give it a try, especially as I'd heard mixed reviews. This pre-shower offering from NKD SKN works exactly as you'd imagine it to. You apply it ten minutes before getting into the shower and start to see the results about 2-8 hours after application.
What I really love about this is the fact that it's natural looking and there's no traditional 'fake tan' smell either. This might be a bit too natural if you're looking for a particularly deep tan but for someone as pale as me, this is absolutely ideal. You could certainly build up the colour though.
Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner - It's not often that a fake tan brand jumps out at me when I'm out shopping but something about this gradual tanner's packaging immediately caught my attention. I tried many gradual tans in my teens, all of which made me look a bit orange for some reason (ah high school!) This again, like the other tans mentioned so far, looks lovely and natural. It also sunk into the skin quickly, meaning you don't end up feeling sticky or slimy and it developed overnight for me, as I applied this just before bed.
I'm not sure how 'skinnier' this made me, even though you do always look slimmer and healthier with a glow but I'd definitely recommend checking this out the next time you're at Superdrug.
Solait Wear Off 60 Minute Express Tan - Speaking of Superdrug, I took advantage of a little Solait deal that they had on and picked up this 60 Minute Express Tan, on the basis of blog research, of course. This, like the whole Superdrug Solait range, is crazy affordable. It's also streak-free.
Unlike the other tans that I've mentioned in today's post, this does smell a little bit biscuit-y. If you know what I mean? But it's not the worst. If you're looking for a reasonably priced fake tan to use or need a quick fix before a big night out, I'd definitely opt for this one.
Are you a fan of fake tan? If so, which is your favourite? And what do you look for when it comes to fake tan?
Sunday, 21 August 2016
If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while now, you might remember my review of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]. Even years later, the Effaclar Duo [+] still takes pride of place in my bathroom cabinet. It's one of those fail-safe products for me. And La Roche-Posay have taken this holy-grail product to the next level with their latest release; the Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant*.
This new release combines all the benefits and award winning ingredients of the original Effaclar Duo [+] but with the added bonus of sheer coverage. Surely I can't be the only one who struggles to conceal spots and blemishes? Even when I use my trusty concealers, sometimes the product just clings to the imperfection, making it look even worse. Who else has done the same only to end up with what looks like a crusty mess on top of a spot or blemish? This really is light in texture and it's one of those products that you genuinely forget that you're even wearing.
I was a little concerned that the lightest shade would still be too dark for me, a bit like the Rosaliac CC Cream was but my worries were unfounded. This gives such a lovely sheer coverage, one that blends in incredibly well, that also doesn't cling to any imperfections either. Redness is minimised and my skin looks and feels a whole lot healthier and smoother, than normal, when I'm wearing this.
It does go on slightly dewy but this then dries down to a semi-matte finish, one that I am happy to wear on it's own.
La Roche-Posay have hit it out of the park yet again!
What do you think of the Unifiant? Does it sound like something you would get a lot of use out of? Have you tried the original Effaclar Duo [+]? And are you as big a fan of La Roche-Posay, as I so clearly am?
Friday, 19 August 2016
As you will have seen, if you follow me on Twitter, the winner of my Soap & Glory Dive In Set has been announced and the lucky winner is; Maggie. Her prize should be whizzing it's way to her as we speak. As you will also have seen, if you follow me on Twitter or caught the video below just before this blog post went live, is the fact that I have my next monthly giveaway live on my YouTube channel.
This month I'm giving away a colourful bundle of NYX products.
For all the details and rules be sure to head over to my channel and best of luck if you do enter.
What do you think of the idea of monthly giveaways? Will you be entering? And what other kinds of giveaways would you like to see over on my YouTube channel?
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