Saturday, 21 November 2015

Winter Time Tanning

Okay, so I think it's fair to say that we are definitely in winter now. The weather has got much colder and as much as I do love the winter season, I still long for summer. All year long, I like to keep a little bit of a tan. In summer, I will more often than not be sporting a deeper tan, but in winter I do like to have more of a softer glow rather than the deep bronze shade that goes hand in hand with the summer months.

It was only when I was discussing tanning with some friends at work, when I had the idea that I would share my favourite tanning products to use for that Winter Glow. 

This is by far and away the easiest tan to apply I'v ever used. It goes on extremely smoothly, and streak free. Out of the four in this post, this is the one that gives me the deepest tan, but is still very very natural. It dries down very quickly, so there's none of that waiting around like a puppet waiting to dress. It's not the most purse friendly tan product out there, but I guarantee it's one of the best you will try.

If you don't like instant tans, but want something with a very quick application time, then this is the one for you. This is an invisible spray, which is super easy to apply. Just spray directly onto your skin and that's it. I like to quickly run over it with a tanning mitt just to ensure that there are no streaks or patches.

When I'm in a hurry, or there are some spontaneous Christmas outings, this is the one I reach for. It's instant colour and quick drying time means I can get my glow on in next to no time. One thing with instant tans is that they often get patchy if you'r caught in the rain or they transfer onto clothes. However, with this one despite being medium/dark, you get a very soft tan, which stays put even in the wintery showers. 

My most used has to be this offering from Bondi Sands. Keeping soft skin in winter can be difficult due to the harsh weather and central heating, so using this gradual tanner which is moisturiser based helps to combat that. It includes cocoa butter which smells divine and is a god send for my skin. The tan that it gives is very natural, which is what I love about this tan.

Do you still enjoy to tan in the winter time? Which is your favourite?

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Melt Crowd | November

At the start of every month I get really excited because I know that my Melt Crowd Box will be arriving any time soon. Every single month, I say that it is my favourite one yet, but this one really does live up to that claim. It's every thing I look for when buying candles, with such beautiful scents perfect for this time of year.

This month included a mix of delicate, fun, and fruity scents all of which are stunning for autumn/winter. 
The more delicate scents are Darjeeling Tea, Blackberry and Bay Leaf and Warm Vanilla Sugar. Darjeeling Tea is very soft and fresh but still packs a punch, whilst Blackberry and Bay reminds me very much of the Jo Malone fragrance of the same name. Warm Vanilla Sugar is a Melt Crowd exclusive, and is absolutely perfect for snuggling up on a cold winters night. 
Fruity scents are always a winner with me and Blackberry Jam has to be my absolute favourite in this box, it reminds me of when my grandma would make jam when I was younger and the sweet smell would fill the house. Violet and Lime is the perfect way to hang on to summer with the floral violets coupled with the fresh lime, they make a stunning pair. This next one was always going to be a winner with me as they are some of my favourite childhood sweets, the Parma Violets scent is beautifully sweet without being too sickly. 
Finally, to get us all in the Festive mood there are two Melt Crowd previews, for the new Christmas 2015 collection. Bah Humbug smells exactly like a bag of mint humbugs which will always remind of the festive period. Christmas Tree-O is a very strange yet lovely scent. It is fruity and spicy, like mulled wine but has the freshness of pine, which will be perfect for when I'm putting the christmas decorations up.

I really couldn't love this box any more, the scents are exactly what I would pick if I were to creat my own box. You can subscribe to The Melt Crowd here. 
Which would be your favourite?

Monday, 2 November 2015

Kiko Infinity Eyeshadows

Kiko is fast becoming one of my favourite brands. I used to pick up tons of products when I went to Westfield in Stratford on one of my many shopping trips with my Mother in Law to be. However, Kiko stores are now popping up everywhere so it makes it extremely easy to nip in and have a little swatching session, which is exactly what I did in the new Trafford Centre store this weekend. 
I picked up three of the Infinity Eyeshadows which were created for the Palette Clics System. These palettes allow you to build your ow custom range of shadows s that you know you will use all of the colours. 

I picked up three shades to start me off although I could quite easily go wild and pick a lot more of the shades.
I decided to go for shades that I don't really have in my collection and that I could wear on a daily basis, but there were so many shades that there is bound to be something for everyone.

204 Mat Apricot - I thought that this would make a really lovely blending out shade and it reminded me a little of Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie shadow. This is so smooth and blends like a dream, I absolutely love it.
205 Golden Coral - I've been after a rose gold shadow for such a long time but didn't want an overly pink shade This one looks stunning as a really light wash of colour over the lid, but the pigmentation is insane so a light hand is needed.
243 Satin Dark Burgundy - This is such a rich shade and glides so smoothly onto the lids, it is absolute perfection. It's perfect for this time of year, and looks beautiful all over the lid or smoked on the lower lashline.

The pigmentation and lasting power of these is amazing. They rival some of the pricier shadows from other brands. At £2.80 these are an absolute steal! You can get them from their website here.
Have you tried any of these? What is your favourite Kiko product?