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I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer and are enjoying the start of autumn.

I get lots of questions on fake tan and in all honestly I don’t fake tan a lot during the summer as I typically tan really easily but from September until May I absolutely love fake tan. It’s the one thing that can completely change my mood and it gives me lots of confidence. Now that my real tan is fading I’ve been reaching for the Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam for a bit of a bronzey top-up.

The Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam is great if you’re a beginner or a fake tan veteran, it’s the best smelling tan I think I’ve ever used (it smells of tropical Balinese mango and guava) , it has a really lovely guide colour and isn’t drying on the skin. It’s formulated with no sulphates, toxins, silicones or paragons unlike most other fake tans and is formulated with 100% natural DHA- plus it’s cruelty free and vegan! It comes in three different shades; medium, dark and ultra dark all of which neutralise redness and create a smoothing effect on the skin. I’ve currently been opting for medium but over the next few weeks I’m sure I’ll be moving onto the dark. You can keep it on for as little as two hours or for a darker colour I sometimes keep mine on overnight. I love that unlike may other fake tans I have used, this one is really flexible and I can keep it on for just a few hours if I’m low on time but still need a bit of a glow. 

When I’m fake tanning I like to always ensure I have exfoliated my skin beforehand so that the tan last evenly as long as possible. I have been using the Coco & Eve mitt (sold separately) to apply the tan which is really good quality, hypoallergenic soft velvet mitt and makes application very easy. There’s also a vegan kabuki brush for harder to tan areas such as hands and toes but it’s also great if you want to do a little fake tan contouring. It’s also important to make sure you moisturise and exfoliate lightly after the second day so that the fake tan fades evenly, which I must admit that Coco & Eve has done! Overall, I’m loving the Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam, which is available on the Coco & Eve website. 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, I’d love to hear all your fake tanning tips in the comments! 

I’ve been back for NYC a while but haven’t posted too much from it as I’m still a little unsure what/how I want to post about. That said I did take some photos of my beauty products which I want to share and keep an eye out for what’s in my long haul travel case next week. We’re skipping makeup and just concentrating on toiletries as I don’t typically do my makeup in the bathroom but do let me know if that’s something you’d like to see too.

We’ll start with the essential although not terribly exciting- deodorant…

I took two with me, as I hadn’t tried the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness before, and because I typically like to have both a spray and a roll on. I like a roll on as my go-to morning deodorant and the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness Deodorant is great, it’s designed for sensitive skin therefore isn’t too scented which I like. I’ve been using it for a few months and it’s great but if you are particularly sweaty I think it might be best to opt for something different. I bought the Mitchum Aero Advance Deodorant at the airport as it’s a great one for the boyfriend and I to share, as naturally he had forgotten his. Mitchum is a brand I really trust and I find the mini size great to throw in my handbag in case I want to freshen up whilst exploring the city.

Another must is sun cream, I decided recently to start wearing suncream daily (more on that soon) and for New York I opted for Ultrasun SPF 30 Family as I had a small tube, perfect to travel with.  This particular suncream isn’t specifically designed for the face but it is for sensitive skin so I didn’t have any issues with it on my face, especially as I ensure I cleanse properly in the evening. For me it was light weight enough for under my makeup and I had no issues even on days we were out all day. Ultrasun is a brand I trust when it comes to skincare and I might even pick up some more for the summer!

For facial moisturisers I took quite a few as my skin does get a little dehydrated when traveling but I must admit I was missing a oil and serum in this routine. I took with me the Elemis Pro Collagen Cream which is my go-to everyday face cream as it’s hydrating but not too heavy. I took Weleda Skin Food as I like it for very dry patches both on the face and body, and also to highlight my face/limbs. Finally, I grabbed Embryolisse Lait-Creme, it’s a great moisturiser to have as I can use it even if my skin is feeling little more sensitive- although I didn’t end up really needing it.

As my cleanser I took the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm– I love a balm cleanser, especially when I’m traveling and this one is one of my favourites! I find balms do a great job of removing all of my makeup without stripping my skin and I find a balm to be a great luxurious-feeling way to remove my makeup and get ready for bed, especially after a long day. I also have a small version of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm which I kept in the shower for my morning cleanse. Oskia is one of my favourite skincare brands but I don’t fully understand the hype around this cleanser, it’s nice but I simply prefer a balm. I did also take a mini Bioderma Micellar water which was great for removing any makeup from my under eyes but which I kept in my makeup bag for makeup removal on the go.

I always like to travel with a few face masks and treatments such as the Oskia Citylife Detox Mask which is great for getting some life back into my skin after days on the subway and in the big smoke. I love how easy this is to travel with, although it’s a little tricky to mix and I also had some other sachet sheet masks beside my bed, perfect to help hydrate my skin. My go-to over night product was the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, as my skin is quite dry I love the exfoliating nature of this. As it uses AHAs I wake up with a more radiant skin, which is exactly what I look for!

My other overnight product to add a glow would be the James Read Gradual Tan drops. Not everyone loves fake tan on their face but I personally think a few drops in with my moisturiser can make a huge difference and making me feel instantly more confident.

Honestly, I don’t always cream my body (although I am making a special effort and getting much better) but I took the Byredo Body Lotion away with me, I think I brought it home from a hotel a while back but it smells great!

In terms of fragrance I did take the Glossier fragrance but ended up only reaching for Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in Library. This arrived days before I went away which is probably part of the reason I reached for it but I love this fragrance. It’s a unisex fragrance which my boyfriend could wear if he wanted and it just looks so chic. It’s quite easy to wear, quite light with notes of cedar and vanilla which I love.

Final few items in my shower…

Sol De Janeiro Shower Gel, honestly this just smells amazing and makes me happy. In terms of shampoo, conditioner and hair mask I opted for Philip Kingly, a brand I love and trust! The Elasticizer is one of my favourite masks as I colour my hair and my hair is quite fine, it adds life back into my hair without weighing it down. Plus, these three products come in a little Jet Set set which is perfect for a few days away.

What are your must have products when you’re away?






Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re weeks are all going well

Before the weekend rolls along I wanted to make sure I shared a little gift guide with you all for Father’s Day as it’s rare I get to talk about Men’s products and it’s a nice excuse. Here in the UK Father’s Day is this Sunday so there are just a few more days to pick up your gifts.

Fragrance is such a stable gift, especially if you know the persons favourite/taste quite well. Paco Rabanne 1 Million remains a best seller but if you want something slightly different then there is the new 1 Million Lucky which is a slightly sweeter version of the original and marks 10 years since the launch of the classic 1 Million. One which my boyfriend wears and which I love is Paco Rabano Invictus and this year they have launched Invictus Aqua which is a fresher take on the original and which is perfect for summer! As I’ve spoken about before Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche do a yearly limited edition fragrance, this year the collaboration is with Parisian Graffiti Artist Andre Saraiva. The fun bottle shows ‘Mr A.’ Showing off his muscles! However, if you’re looking for a gift set over a single fragrance then check out this set from L’occitane Aromatic Collection, it has a shower gel, fragrance and deodorant and is perfect for a more traditional man with warm masculine notes.

If you’re buying for someone that likes to travel then I think a suitcase is a great option. I have a few nicer suitcases which I love and really makes packing a little more enjoyable. My most recent one is from American Tourister and they have some many different size, style and colour options, you’ll really be able to find the best one for your Father or Partner. Cristiano Ronaldo even has a range with them so if they’re a football fan then I think that one is a great option, who doesn’t want to travel like Ronaldo?

Everyone needs a great toothbrush but they’re often a little on the pricier side which is why I think they make great gifts, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean is a really sleek luxurious one which is also their best whitening toothbrush.

Head to toe grooming is definitely on the rise with men so there are a two face, body and hair grooming kits which are both great! The Philips Advance Styling & Precision kit and the Braun Multi Grooming Kit for men- they both come with everything from nose hair trimers to precision chasers to combs to groom your hair.

The next three items are bits which would be great for a man that likes to take care of himself a little more than most men I know (which is great!) For skincare lovers I have two affordable but luxurious items the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor MUD Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask which are both perfect for mens skin! Finally for any man that likes a little tan then the James Read For Men Hydra Tan Mist is perfect for the summer months!

And that the end of my men’s gift guide, what will you be buying your other half/Father this Father’s Day?

Here’s my stupidly last minute gift guide. I hope most of you have finished your Christmas shopping but if not here are some final ideas for any beauty lover, which you will now have to buy in store as it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow.

Also, if you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping (well done!), it’s also a great list for items to watch out for in the sale- often gift sets are discounted and you can bag a real bargain.


I have some great picks for makeup lovers and all of these are very much staying in my own makeup collection and won’t be gifted because they’re just too good! My number one pick is this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Achieve, I love Charlotte Tilbury as a Christmas gift and I think any makeup lover would love to see this under their tree!  It contains three very wearable shades and for £60 it’s a little pricey but a real treat! Another beautiful set is this one from Laura Geller, which is a fabulous brand which I really want to explore more next year and this set has some of their hero products which will add a sparkle to the festive period.

I think palettes make great gifts so I’ve picked four; Too Faced Pretty Little Planner- which is just the absolute cutest, Benefit Complexionista Face Palette for anyone looking to master their base in the new year, Chantecaille L’Arbre Illuminé Palette the most beautiful luxury blush palette and Smashbox Create & Transform Eye, Lip & Face Palette for all their makeup needs!

Home fragrance may not be the most personal gift but it’s an easy gift which works for couples as well as for those people you’re really struggling to buy from. Jo Malone is always a stunning gift, these Molton Brown reed diffusers are a great pick as is this new Elemis Soothing Glow Candle.
For anyone after a little relaxation after a busy year I have some fabulous picks! There are two sleep sets with Sleep Sprays which I love equally; This Works Sleep Set and Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Bed Time Collection- both amazing! I also spotted this Silk Slip Sleep Mask which is a lovely luxurious sleep related gift for anyone of any age.

I love a bit of Philosphy at Christmas time and I can’t wait for this evenings bath where I’ll definitely be using this Christmas Cookie Shower Gel which would also make a great gift! Alternaticely for a bigger gift this Philosophy Pure Grace Body And Fragrance Gift Set smells amazing!

I love gifting skincare and usually pick the brand which I know the person really loves. My top pick would be this Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit as it’s a luxury gift made more affordable as it’s a travel set. It’s great for anyone that wants to trail Charlotte Tilbury Skincare or some that does travel a lot. Another two great kits are the Elemis Brilliantly Beautiful Set and the Liz Earle Route to Radiance set which has a great selection of products.

Fragrance is a great but tricky gift to give and I would try to stick to something I already know the person loves or something similar which is why sets are great. You can get them something they already love with an extra body cream too such as the DKNY Nectar Set or Nina Ricci Luna set. Equally special edition or new variations of fragrances are nice alternatives such as Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Limited Edition or Juicy Couture Glace if you know they like the originals. However if you’re looking for something new my current favourite is Glossier, Glossier you- I’ve been getting so many compliments on it and I love it!

Really hope that was helpful for any of you last minute shoppers and more importantly I really hope you all have an amazing Christmas.

And I’ll be back Boxing Day with the best Boxing Day sales!

blog loreal clay mask blog loreal clay glow mask Blog Loreal Clay mask 1 blog loreal clay mask 3 blog loreal clay mask 2At the beginning of the month I decided that I was going to revisit one of last years beauty resolutions, which I didn’t stick to. I decided that this year I was going to start using face masks more often and it’s been going pretty well! I really want 2017 to be a good-skin- year and I find that masks make a huge difference. To kick it all off and help my skin though January, I’ve been turning to my trusty L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks. Almost a month into my resolution I am impressed that I have both stuck to resolution and that my skin has changed so much in the course of a month.

There are three different masks to choose from Detox, Glow and Purity. You can use one by itself or use a few at a time on different areas of the skin, which is great if you have combination skin like I do.

The Detox mask is a black clay mask with charcoal, great to detoxify and clarify, it’s my favourite one to use on my often congested t-zone. The skin on the rest of my face is quite normal but I always like to add a bit of a glow, which is why the red clay Glow mask is great, it has algae and exfoliating seeds to brighten and smooth the skin. If you are more oily and are looking to purify and mattify the face then the Purity one is the mask for you. I’ve been enjoying the whole ritual so much, it’s a great opportunity to have some me time and there is something about face masks which automatically make me relax.

I’ve been using mine 2-3 times a week and have already started to see a difference. They’re also very affordable if you’re watching spending this month and are currently on offer although even the usual £7.99 RRP is a great price!

How have your beauty resolutions been going so far?

*Post sponsored by L’Oreal, but like always thoughts are my own.