Thursday, 14 September 2017

Bondi Sands Self-Tan Eraser

When I first saw this product being advertised, it didn't even occur to me that it might be a bit gimmicky. I was expecting amazing things from the Bondi Sands Self-Tan eraser, because of how amazing all their other products are. I bought this when it first came out, when it was on the introductory offer in Boots and I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.

The Bondi Sands Self-Tan eraser claims to 'erase' tan off and to avoid exfoliation by only needing to use a washcloth. You apply it five minutes before showering in warm water and gently exfoliating with a washcloth.

I found that even following all of the recommended instructions, my tan never fully comes off and I'm often left with random patches all over my body. I wouldn't expect this when a product claims it will 'erase' self tan off. I'd say that their recommended way of taking your tan off with a washcloth, only takes off the top layer and you still have to exfoliate the tan off. Until I used a white washcloth, I didn't notice that any tan was actually coming off, and even then it was only a small amount!

I also found when applying this that if you have any sore patches of skin, like I did on my hands, it stings and you can't wait to shower it off five to ten minutes later. All in all, I wouldn't repurchase this as it barely helps remove tan and I still have to take time to exfoliate it all off.
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Travel Makeup Bag

The last time I went on a summer holiday, I didn't wear makeup apart from a coat of mascara. Now, I love to wear a full face and I feel like these are my makeup essentials for my holiday. I obviously won't be wearing foundation in the day - it'd melt straight off - but for dinner and going out in the evenings I thought a bit of makeup would be quite nice to wear. I haven't been able to buy any new products for a while due to a lack of funds, so they might seem quite similar to previous posts I've done recently.

Base
As I am fake tanning before my holiday, I am taking my trusty tan base. NARS Illuminator in Copacabana provides the perfect glow to the skin, which I love to wear underneath my foundation to create a dewy effect. Revlon ColorStay foundation is long lasting, matches my tan perfectly and makes my skin look flawless, which is perfect for a holiday night out. I use two concealers, Rimmel Wake Me Up to cover up redness and blemishes, and Urban Decay Naked Skin to brighten my under-eyes. I am taking my Bourjois Healthy Balance powder to set it all. This is the perfect holiday base for me.

Lips
I have decided to take plenty of lip products on holiday, as you never know what colour you'll be in the mood for. Even though in my case it'll probably be red! I am taking one Clarins lip oil because I love to apply this after my base, to get my lips ready for lipstick application. You can read a more in-depth post on my holiday lipsticks here.

Eyes & Brows
I've decided to pack light on the eye front and to just take my Naked Basics palette rather than the Naked 3 or Naked Smoky. I am also taking my favourite L'Oreal perfect slim liner and Le Volume De Chanel mascara as it's one of my favourites and it's also waterproof! For my eyebrows, I'm taking Anastasia Beverley Hills dip brow in Auburn and L'Oreal Brow Artist plumper to create the brows I love. 

Extras
I believe that bronzer, blusher and highlighter are essentials on a summer holiday evening. Highlighter will look beautiful in the evening with dewy skin, and if you can't pack on the highlighter for a holiday, when can you! Bronzer is essential to make sure I look as tanned as everyone else is - due to how pale I am this wouldn't happen naturally. Finally blusher, it adds a bit of nice colour to the cheeks which you tend to lose some of when you're hotter than usual!
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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Lipsticks I'm taking on holiday

For me it's a big decision to pick only five lip products I'm taking on holiday, especially if I want varied colours. I could have easily put five of my favourite reds in - but then obviously I'd be very limited! I decided to go for a few different finishes and no two similar colours for a bit of variety. I obviously had to put some of my favourites in my travel makeup bag!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Apricot Shimmer
I thought I'd take a light lip product in case I want to wear some makeup in the day. This is the perfect lip product to just swipe on without much effort, it doesn't stay on extremely long but it so easy to reapply that I don't mind at all.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Pink in Paris
This is a perfect moisturising lipstick which will be great if I want to wear a less daring shade in the evening, or if I feel like my lips need a bit of moisture.

MAC Viva Glam by Miley Cyrus
You need a hot pink lipstick on a summer holiday, it's an unwritten rule. This one actually matches the colour I've had my nails painted, so it'll be nice matching all over! This stays on for a long time and will be perfect for going for drinks, or an evening out.

MAC Lady Danger
I think this is the perfect summery red, this is why I've chosen only this red to come with me on holiday. If you know me you'll know how much of a big deal this is. I find that MAC lipsticks stay on for a long time and this is the perfect shade for going out for drinks in the evening.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl
This is my favourite lipstick of all time, it's the first lipstick I've repurchased and this was a necessity to bring with me. It's the perfect everyday shade so it'd be good for the evening if we go out for dinner, mainly because it doesn't budge and won't end up all over my face. It also looks great with a tan, which I'm hoping I'll have a bit of by the end of the holiday.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Dairy-Free Waffles

I'd wanted a waffle maker for such a long time, due to being lactose intolerant and not being able to eat waffles you could buy from a shop or restaurant. I finally bought this VonShef Waffle Maker from Amazon, I love it because it makes 4 waffles at once which means you can make them quickly, and be sat eating them before you know it! This recipe makes approximately 6 waffles. I found this recipe here.

You will need:
1 egg
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
240ml Almond Milk
60ml Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 tsp Caster Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
140g Flour

1. Whisk one egg in a large bowl until foamy. Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and whisk thoroughly.
2. Add in the sugar, baking powder and salt, whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
3. Every waffle maker is different, mine takes about 5 minutes to cook the waffles so they're a quick and easy breakfast or dessert! Top them however you would like - I usually have strawberries, maple syrup and sugar, but today I opted for melted dark chocolate and strawberries. I've heard Nutella is also a tasty option, if you can eat dairy!
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