Tan Time

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I love the look of freshly tanned skin, the feeling of just been on holiday even though you haven’t.  When it comes to self tanning I can be quite lazy, I want it to be and painless when applying and I want it to dry immediately which I know is not really possible when it comes to at home tanning.  However, I have now find this little beauty which has changed my tanning life!  It’s the ST.Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse – This promises to give you a sun kissed tan within one hour, now it says that on the bottle however, when you read further into it I found that it was one hour for a light tan and 3 for a deep tan so clearly I go for the 3 hours, I’m not going through all that effort just for the hint of a tan!  So what I do with this beauty is make sure I exfoliate the day before applying, I then pump a generous amount on my tanning mitt and apply an even coat all over my body.  I have to concentrate on my chest area as well, it really seems to eat up the tan and not get a nice deep colour for some reason.  The think I love most about this tan is that it dries so quickly!  There is no sitting around waiting fanning yourself waiting for it do dry, it’s pretty much just apply and get dressed and wait for the tan to develop.  After about 3 hours or maybe 3 and a half, I jump in the shower and lightly wash it off with a body wash, then viola you have a beautiful sun kissed tan!  It also continues to develop for a further 8 hours so do not be afraid if you don’t look super tanned after your shower.  I love this stuff so much because it doesn’t give you any orange tones whatsoever it’s an extremely natural bronzed look which is think is due to the olive tone coloured mousse.  Another major bonus of this tan is the wear time, I’ve currently be wearing this tan for a week and have not had to exfoliate it off, it wears away very naturally, not patchy which means less work for me in the long run!

All in all I think this is a must have for any tan lover out there, the convenience of being able to tan without having to sleep in it and worry about stains on your sheets or being all smelly is a major bonus.  I think this is an item that I will always have in my arsenal.

Have you tried this product?  What are your favourite tanning products?

Sarah xxx

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St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse here 

Tanning Mitt here 

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Lip Envy

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I am obsessed with lip balm, I always have to have at least one on me at all times so this post it dedicated to some of the man  lip balms I own and use on a regular basis.

I’m going out hard to begin with, probably the most frivolous purchase I have ever made it’s the By Terry Baume de Rose – This lip balm is probably the best one I have ever purchased and I tell you what it would want to be for the price tag.  It is so creamy and luxurious on the lips and has a heavenly scent of rose, if my lips are in a dire situation this is the lip balm I head for. Next up is a new one but something that I can see myself getting a lot of use from it’s the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Apricot –  I purchased this the other day thinking it would be incredibly useful to have in my handbag, something that is moisturising yet has a hint of colour.  It has a lovely subtle peachy pink shade and adds a beautiful gloss to the lips.  I also think this will be great for travelling, my lips always get super dry on planes so I’ll definitely have this in my carryon.  Another brilliant all rounder lip balm is the cult classic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – This is an absolute classic for a reason, it does everything!  I use this on my lips every night before I go to bed and know that it will protect them, it also works on my hands and cuticles when they are a bit dry and when my dry flaky patches on my cheeks to add some real moisture and protection.  Now that is a real all rounder isn’t it?  I have also had this one tube for a very long time so you’re really getting your moneys worth with this one!  This next one is a real favourite of mine it’s the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid – I have had a few Lanolips products in the past including their 101 ointment and enjoyed them so much so I knew I would love the Lemonaid lip aid as well.  This is perfect as it is extremely moisturising as well as having little flecks in it which very gently exfoliates the lips which really comes in handy when they are particularly dry.  The smell of this is stunning, it’s so fresh and lemony, just another reason to love it.  Finally I have quite an unusual lip balm it’s the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream – As the name suggests it is a lip cream so the texture is quite thin unlike most balms that are very thick but this cream really sinks into the lips and leave a protective barrier.  What I like to do most with this one is layer it under a thicker balm, that way you get double the moisture.  Again the scent is beautiful, much like all the Aesop products it has a great earthiness to it.

Seeing as I can’t live without lip balm I would love to hear what lip balms you love?

Sarah xxx

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By Terry Baume De Rose here 

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss here

Elizabeth Eight Hour Cream here

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid here

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream here  

Heaven Scents

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I have a confession to make – I am a perfume addict!  I have so many perfumes yet I continue to buy more so I thought I would share with you some of my absolute favourite scents that I reach for on an everyday basis.

First up is a fragrance that has been in my collection for close to ten years it Flora By Gucci – I first purchased this when i was in Hong Kong and went a little cray cray when I saw the prices but I have repurchased this several time since, I have a feeling this will always be in my collection.  This is what I would call a floral yet sweet fragrance with notes of peony and mandarin that gives this a beautiful fresh scent.  I tend towards fresh scents which is why I love this one so much plus it is one that I can still smell on me at the end of the day and the compliments I get aren’t hated either.  Next up is another oldie but a goodie, this is the first grown up perfume I was ever given, its J’adore by Dior – I mean just look at the damn bottle, so elegant and sleek you know its holding a good scent in there!  Again this is quite floral with notes of jasmine and rose which gives the most sophisticated scent and just screams I’m so fancy!  I am almost out of this so I’ve been using it sparingly but whenever I wear it my mother always tells me ‘that’s your scent, I always think I you when I smell that’ which I think is really lovely.  I will definitely be picking this up in duty free when I go to Europe.  Next up is a brand that was quite new to me up until a year ago, the Diptyque Do Son – Surprise, surprise another floral scent, this one contains Tuberose, rose and orange notes giving yet again a fresh scent of floral and and sweet.  I love that this is supposed to represent the scent of seaside Vietnam and really want to go there now, if this is what it smells like then I am in!  I have a whole post dedicated to this beauty so head here if you would like to read it.  Finally I have my newest purchase to join the group, a very extravagant purchase but one I couldn’t go past, it’s the Tom Ford Black Orchid – Again look at this stunning bottle!  Stunning and sophisticated.  This is one of the deepest scents I own, the musky yet floral tones is very modern and glamorous which I just love.  This beauty also lasts on me all day, I can still smell this on me and my clothes at the end of the day which is a real bonus.

What are your favourite scents?  Have you tried any of these perfumes?

Sarah xxx

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Flora by Gucci here

J’adore by Dior here

Diptyque Do Son here

Tom Ford Black Orchid here  

Make Me Blush

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My life would be totally incomplete without blush, I rely on it completely to brighten up my face and make me look alive especially on those less than perfect days!  So today I thought I would share with you my favourite blushes in my collection.

First up is the newest but already one of the most loved in my collection, it’s the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – Hourglass has killed it lately with their entire ambient lighting range, I have got one from each of their ranges and this blush is probably the most used out of them all!  It is such a natural looking peachy pink shade with a slight shimmer through it as well as the ambient lighting powder running through it with gives the perfect lit from within glow.  This is perfect for those days that I don’t feel so healthy and am in desperate need of that glow!  Next up is a great drugstore find the Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso – One of the beauty worlds favourites!  It again is a beautiful peachy pink shade with a stunning gold shimmer through it, I absolutely love this on a day to day basis to add some colour into make face and with that touch of shimmer I just love the healthy glow it gives off.  I am clearly all about the glow!  Now onto the matte blushes, I picked this one up out of necessity on holidays when I lost my other blush but It turned out to be a lucky surprise.  It’s The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava – This is such a super simple pop of pink colour that looks great in the summer to give you a nice flush on the cheeks.  The shade is not super pigmented which is good in this case as you can’t really go overboard with it, no clown face over here!  Another matte love of mine is the Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink – This is a great winter shade, it adds some depth to the face and although it doesn’t look subtle in the pan it definitely looks subtle on the skin.  I often use this when I’m wearing a berry toned lip to keep the same kind of tones in the look.  Finally lets get back to the shimmer, I have been loving the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink – I purchased this beauty as I heard it was a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes and I really think they are!  It’s beautifully creamy like the Hourglass one as well as the two shades running through the blush giving a nice sheen as well as a great depth to the skin.  Now these are not the cheapest drug store blushes in the world but If you don’t want to all out for the Hourglass blush I would definitely recommend these!

So there you go my favourites blushes in my collection!  What are your favourite blushes?  Do you have any of these?

Sarah xxx

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Defused Heat here

Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso here

The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava here

Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink here

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink here  

Long Lasting Foundation

As many of my readers know I have quick only skin so I am always on the hunt for the next new foundation that claims to be mattifying and long lasting.  When the L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte foundation came out I knew I had to get my hands on it quickly!  I bought this about 2 months ago now and I really wanted to give it a good old work out before I made my mind up and told all of you what I though about it.  Well I have given it a serious work out and I have to tell you it is a miracle!  First lets talk about the application, I still use a primer so my foundation really has a good chance at lasting then I apply this with my favourite Sigma Flat Top Kabuki.  I really work it into the skin so it looks seamless, it blends super easily and has a brilliant amount of coverage.  As I have fairly patchy blotchy skin so I really needs something that covers all of my red spots and this really does, it one layer it truly evens out my skin tone which also means I don’t need to use as much concealer on my face. Bonus!  Now I have read a few reviews of this and many people don’t seem to use powder with this, but I just can’t do that I need  to know that my t-zone isn’t going to look like a shiny disco ball after a couple of hours so I put a light dusting of powder on my t-zone and it really makes it all stay in place.  This is the most important part – the lasting time!  To truly test this out I wore this on one of my really long days that involves a lot of travelling and walking quite a distance.  I am telling you by the end of the day it was still all there without looking cakey, most days I don’t have a chance to freshen up my makeup I normally just use the cheapo university toilet paper to blot my nose and keep on going.  So the fact that this lasted all day with only minimal oil breakthrough is an absolute miracle to me.  Plus it didn’t cling to my dry patches at the end of the day either!

All in all I think this is definitely my new favourite long lasting matte foundation, I can’t wait to see how this holds up in the summer as well!  I also think this will be a staple in my travel makeup bag, something that is easy to apply and lasts all day without any touch ups, this baby is definitely coming to Europe with me!

Have any of you tried this foundation?  What did you think?

Sarah xxx

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L’oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation here 

Nude Lip Favourites

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Everyone needs a nude lip option in the makeup stash and up until recently I didn’t really have many.  But as usual once I get a taste of one I want them all!  Originally my ideal nude lip was quite a pink one, I never really thought I suited a vert nude lip so I really tended towards the pinky kind.  However, since discovering a few true nudes I can now say I am a nudeaholic!  How scandalous!

My first favourite has to be the one that started it all; the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection – this is a very true nude and I was quite scared at first but after the whole Kylie Jenner 90’s revival I know I needed to give it a go.  I think what I like about this one is it a little darker than the average nude so It doesn’t wash me out plus these lip pencils are divine!  They are so creamy and non drying that they are comfortable on the lips all day.  The next true nude I have literally just purchased in the last couple of week but boy oh boy do I love it!  It’s the Clinique Pop in Nude Pop – This is quite a sheer nude colour which is bloody brilliant for everyday wear, I think it looks best with a lip liner underneath to make it last longer as well as add an extra oomph to it.  Another nudie rudie is the Essence Long-lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty – This is the perfect slap on and go nude, its got a great amount of pigment that you can easily see it on your lips plus it’s a lovely formula that nice and creamy.  I’m not quite sure of their long lasting claims but it’s easy enough to reapply without a mirror.

Now it’s time to talk about the pinky nudes that I still use on a daily basis.  Let’s start on one that has continuously reappeared on my blog it’s the NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey – I adore this and I tell you what I think it has been blog at least once a month since I started.  It just goes with absolutely any look imaginable and I know that when this does eventually run out it will be an immediate repurchase.  Finally, the last pinky nude I adore is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Peony- This is actually quite similar to the NYX lipstick however, it does last a tad longer, and is possible a little bit paler.  Again this goes with any look and is super duper easy to apply with the sponge applicator.

So there you go, my favourite nude lipstick.  I hope there are a few options for everyone and for those who like me don’t suit every nude out there.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?

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Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil here

Clinique Pop in Nude Pop here

Essence Long-Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty here

NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey here

Too Face Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony here  

Bronze Goddess

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Even though here in Australia we are still in the cold depths of winter a girl can dream of the beautiful summer times that lay ahead, so in my haste to get to summer I though I would share with you my favourite products to get the beautiful bronze goddess look.

The first product which I believe is key to the bronzey look is beautiful glowy skin.  Now as I am an oily skinned lass it is not possible for me to use the sheer luminous glowy foundations that most people like to use during the summer, if did that my makeup would be running down my face by 10am.  What I like to do to add some glow is add an illuminator either as a base or mixed in with my mattifying foundation.  I love the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare LIght – Even when used underneath foundation this gives a beautiful lit from within glow that just screams its summer and I’m a bronze goddess!  As well as a lit from within glow I also like to have a bit of somethin somethin on top to give me the perfect bronze glow, option 1 here is liquid bronzer the one that I love is the Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel in Desert Sun – Now I don’t use this all over my face but I do like to use it where I would normally use a powder bronzer in the places the sun would naturally hit.  This looks kind of scary when you squeeze it out of tube, its dark with gold shimmer through it.  But once you blend it into the skin it looks beautiful and natural leaving a bronzy glow and not a muddy brown look.  Now if you’re going for the all out, I’m bronzed and I know it look, then you can always add a little bit of the Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Light – Ever since I purchased this last month I have been using it non stop, even though it’s winter I want to glow so bad!  Now as I said you can use this over the top of the Bobbi Brown bronzer but that could be a little bit over the top, but this bronzer on its own is absolutely stunning.  I’m normally one to go for a matter bronzer however, when this beauty came along I new I had to try it, it just adds that extra depth to you skin whilst giving you a healthy glow or the ‘I’ve just come back from holiday look which can’t be beaten.

For me a bronze goddess look can not be complete without a gold/bronzey smokey eye.  For this I love using the Urban Decay Naked Palette – This cannot be beaten for all the bronzey gold shades looks ever.  I have been using this a lot lately due to my palette challenge so I have been giving my bronze looks a really workout.  I love using the gold shade half baked all over the lid with the matte brown, buck, in the crease and the dark brown, smog, to add even more depth to the crease.  I also love to use Makeup Geek’s Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand – I don’t know how they do it but this is the creamiest most pigmented bronze shade I have ever worked with, I just wear this alone on the lid sometimes and it looks like I have worked really hard perfecting a bronze smokey eye, this shade plus a the perfect crease shade, some brown eyeliner and lashings of mascara and your eye look is done!  Another honourable mention is Mac’s Tempting – Another shimmery bronze colour that looks great all over the lid.

What I love most about the combination of these products is the beautiful healthy look that it gives you.  You can feel like rubbish and look like you are glowing from within!  Who wouldn’t love that?

What are your got to products to look and feel like a bronze goddess?

Sarah xxx

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare here

Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel in Desert Sun here

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Light here

Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand here

Mac Eyeshadow in Tempting here