Tanning products are a bit of a controversial topic for me... I like the idea of sun-kissed skin without the harmful rays that come with sunbathing, BUT, the sad truth is that self-tanning always ends up disappointing and frustrating me.Read More
I am not a huge tanner... In fact, I got it so wrong (streaks, patches) several times that I gave up and vowed to embrace my paleness. I've recently decided (after seeing some photos of me standing next to some other girls who didn't have blue toned, milky white skin!!) to ease myself back into tanning - I can't use proper self tanner at the moment as I am having laser treatment - with the help of some wash off tans.
The St Moriz Wash Off Shimmer* is a recent discovery and I have to say I am rather impressed. This products is also available in a completely mat formulation but I quite like the fine golden particles here, even though I generally stay away from glittery products. Don't worry, it won't give you disco ball legs! It just leaves a gorgeous, delicate sheen on your skin (looks AMAZING on legs!). I applied it with the St Moriz mitt and the lotion dried really quickly on my skin, there was no transfers on my clothes and even though the tan didn't stain I was able to wash it off in the shower with just a bit of shower gel - no scrubbing necessary.I hear, from more experienced tanners that this product is also fantastic to top of your spray tan and even it out when it starts wearing off. By applying a thin layer you can breath a bit of freshness & glow back into into your skin.
The price tag for this product is an incredible €5 for a large (150ml) bottle and is available in Penney's, some supermarkets, Boots and pharmacies.
Here's a shot of my legs, one very obviously pasty and the other one with a thin layer of the St Moriz Shimmer. You can see, the tan is not too dark and looks really natural.
So now that the weather is getting warmer & the sun has come out give it a try, even if you are a novice tanner like me! If I can do it anyone can!!
Have you ever tried any St Moriz products? What are your thoughts?
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Oh my my July you've been a stunner! With the exception of the crazy short bursts of rain showers the past couple of days we've had the closest thing to a proper Summer I can remember since my Barbie dolls and BMX days. With all this gorgeous sunshine I find myself going straight to beauty staples usually reserved for holidays which are fast becoming my new everyday favourites. My summer line-up right now is looking a little like this...
Tigi Catwalk Headshot:
As much as I love my hair I've been nothing short of abusive to it if I'm honest, subjecting my locks to fifty shades of blonde highlights followed by various hair torture involving GHD's, ceramic curling tongs and sleep-in rollers. Tigi Catwalk Headshot intensive reconstructing conditioner is full of minty nourishment which is particularly great when you add sun damage into the equation. Recommended to leave in for 3-5mins as a hair mask I can definitely say there I feel a noticeable difference after using this; not sure Id go as far as silky but there's a softness to my hair that's been lacking for awhile. Priced around the €15 mark, Tigi Catwalk Headshot conditioner can be bought here
Not much to say on this superstar- smells divine and works brilliantly. So as much as an all year staple that it is, I tend to start using Moroccan Oil not just on wet hair but on the ends of dry hair to calm down humid frizziness in the heat- totally depends on your hair type but with mine being quite dry it works well. Maybe one to avoid or at least switch to Moroccan Oil Light if you've a greasier hair- either way the tiniest pump is all that's needed. Priced at €39.99 and available to purchase here
Clinique Sparkle Skin:
An oldie but a goodie (mine has particularly vintage packaging- it lasts forever!) Clinique Sparkle Skin is one of the best body exfoliator I've come across and always go back to it. Great when teamed up with a pair of exfoliating mitts to buff away dead, dull skin leaving the gorgeous soft stuff ready for your shorty shorts. Especially great during the inevitable peeling phase following a week in the sun. Clinique Sparkle Skin is priced €22 and can be bought here
L'Occitane Lavender Relaxing Foot Cream:
So I run...a lot! And as fancy as my runners are it still takes its toll on my feet. I got L'Occitane Lavender relaxing foot cream as a gift and it's great stuff. The lavender base is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant (happy feet!) and shea butter gives it a lovely rich texture and stimulation mint perfect for tired feet- packaging is a bit special too! Priced at around €17 is available to buy (when back in stock) here.
Tantastic Self-Tanning Liquid:
Tantastic is my absolute flavour of the month! it has a very liquid, almost watery consistency that dries so quickly and with little if any nasty tan smell (although there is a good chance I'm now immune it, my poor boyfriend definitely isn't!) The colour develops into the closest thing I've found to my natural tan, on the rare occasion I should have one and is PH balanced for sensitive skin, alcohol and paraben free. Priced at £9.99 (around €11.50), Tantastic is available to buy here
It's been a hectic few weeks for me with a couple of summer adventures thrown in for good measure and lots to be loving! 1. Roadtripping With the fabulous taste of summer sunshine last weeks roadtrip to Rossnowlagh in Donegal was nothing short of awesome! I'm not a beer drinker by nature but an ice cold Corona set the tone on route (thanks to Sarah our designated driver) There was lazing on the beach, ice-creams, barbeques and lots of laughing- food for the soul! (Complete with tan-lines)
2. Zara Summer Collection Zara can do no wrong right now and I rarely leave empty handed- a dangerous habit when the closet space in my two bed apartment is considered; I'm already skinning my knuckles trying to get an outfit our of my wardrobe! Still though, their combinations of sheer knot brights, digital floral prints and the best skorts around (yes its a real word) it's really worth the visit right now.
3. Belvoir Cordials With BBQ season in full swing these babies make the perfect pitcher of organic goodness. With combinations such as Elderflower & Lemongrass and Rasberry & Lemon, I love adding them to sparkling water for an organic fusion lemonade- beats a Diet Coke any day! Belvoir Organic Cordials and Presse's and are available from Fallon & Byrne and Avoca stores.
You can buy them in Fallon & Byrne and Avoca in Dublin
4. Mac Temperature Rising Pro Longwear Bronzer
So after falling in love with the Mac Temperature Rising Collection I invested in the Temperature Rising Pro Longwear Bronzer in 'Soft Sand' and I love. The pigment has a slight subtle shimmer with buildable colour that lasts. Also as a big fan of packaging I adore the bronze metallic case, although truth be told it does have that rubbery finish the NARS are famously guilty for, acting as a magnet for any gunk in your make-up bag to stick to- still worth investing in!
5. Le Roy Louis French Parisian Macarons
I visited Warsaw for the first time this weekend and fell in love with lots of things, in particular these gorgeous Le Roy Louis French Parisian Macarons- how could you not love these beautiful, colourful, tiny treats? Looking straight off the set of Marie Antoinette my only regret was opting carry on luggage for my flight home restricting me to just the two boxes (giving one to my Mum, I'm not a complete savage). Warsaw I'll be back!
At the moment (at least here in Ireland) it doesn't look like we will be getting a summer anytime soon. I, for one, am tired of looking at my dull, wintery, pale complexion. So I decided to cheat a little and resort to a little faking.
I am absolutely useless at applying tan so I usually go for the wash off formulations (like Rimmel Shimmer) - all well and good, but this ritual leaves me with a freaky white face and lovely bronzed body. Up til now I have been using the Chanel Tan de Soleil Bronzing Base (it is amazing when used sparingly!!) but a few days ago I came across some of the new Borujois offerings - the Bronzing Primer and BB cream.
Let's start with the primer - it's a light, bouncy, nearly mousse-like texture. It really does smooth out your skin and applies nice and even. You have to bear in mind that this is not a cream bronzer to be used for contouring (although you probably could make it work with a bit of patience and a good blending brush).
I just applied this with fingers and it left a nice soft bronzed skin. You can wear it on it's own or apply foundation over it. The colour is good, it's not too orange and it can be sheered out to nearly nothing. The smell reminds me more of coconut than chocolate but it's till yum!
The BB cream is of a more gel-like texture, very light and a little bit darker than the primer. This product promises 16h moisturisation, to even out skin tone, a sheer tint, etc. - basically all the standard BB cream features. This product would be very nice on someone who already has a natural tan and good skin. On a pale skin it is a little bit harder to apply evenly than the primer but because of the consistency it is not at all greasy and really refreshing on the skin and lasts very well on the skin without sliding off.
With both of these you will have to remember to cover your hairline, ears, behind the ears and neck to avoid any white bits of skin showing though. If you are not using a tan all over your body make sure you also cover any visible skin.
All in all, I prefer the primer for my skin type and colour but both products are really great buys for the summer and a great alternative to the (quite pricey) Chanel bronzing base. You can also get a bronzing powder in the collection, I tend to reach for creme products in the summer more often though.
I really recommend these and at the affordable price point (I bought them for €8.99 in Boots) I think they will be a big hit this summer.
If you have tried these, let me know how you got on.