Wednesday 23 June 2010

Dupe for Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

Hello Ladies,

I hope your all well. As you will know from my last post im loving the He-Shi tanning range! They also do a line of makeup which I have been trying over the past few weeks and loving. I used to love the St Tropez bronzer but in comparision I prefer the He Shi version, it is much less chalky looking to the St Tropez and leaves more of a healthy glow.

I have been loving the He-Shi Quick + Easy Fusion Multi-Bronzer (£14.50 ) since my beloved NARS Luguna Bronzer has smashed :( It gives a matt finish with a hint of pearl which blends perfectly into the skin and creates a nautral bronzey glow for a perfect sun-kissed look.

It reminds me very much of the more expensive Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (£32.50) :

The only difference would be the packaging is very cheap looking on the He Shi bronzer, but the product its self is gorgeous, a perfect dupe and cheaper alternative to Guerlain.

It glides onto the face and decollete area leaving a soft velvety finish, gold shimmer, add luminosity. Brush is made from super soft goat hair (£6.50) I really like this to apply the bronzer on my decollete area but prefer to use my trusty MAC 150 powder brush to apply to my face. I lightly swirl the brush around the different shades and blend on my cheekbones, temples, forehead nose lightly in those places where the sun would naturally hit.

What is your favourite bronzer?

I hope you all have a lovely sunny weekend - im off to Brighton for a long weekend :)


He - Shi Tanning Review

He-Shi have developed a unisex tanning range for him and her (as we all know that men secretly like to tan – they just don’t admit to doing so!) that promises no streaks, no patches, no chemical smell – just ‘quick + easy’ natural looking tanning. Sounds good doesn't it?
Ireland’s leading self-tanning range has just landed in UK shores last month so I was excited to try this brand out, being a self-confessed Fake Tan junkie, I have tried pretty much every brand of fake tan out there. I like St-Tropez and even more so the cheaper dupe St Motriz (£2.99) but don’t like how when it fades it becomes patchy. My perfect tan would be quick + easy to apply, no streaking, natural looking tan (no orange!), no heavy biscuit smell and no fading in patches.
I have been using the He-Shi tanning range for a good few weeks now, and I absolutely LOVE it, it is without doubt the BEST tanning range I’ve come across! It is quick and easy to apply, simply glides on and it tans instantly on contact so you can see where you have applied it, doesn’t streak and the colour is so natural looking. It lasts really well (a good week) and tends to fade like a natural tan does and not in patches! I have to admit that I haven’t been exfoliating or moisturising regularly as I should but haven’t found the He Shi to become patchy at all. The most amazing thing is the He Shi smells slightly fruity when applied but not overpowering and there is no biscuit smell whilst developing, yes you heard right NO biscuit smell! :)

Clever Play on words for the brand's name made from the founder, Hilary McMurray and her daughter Shelley names - He Shi (tanning range suitable for both men and women). I really like the simple chocolate coloured packaging.

Step 1.He-Shi exfoliating Body Wash (for him + her) with micro-dermabrasion crystals (£10.50 for 150ml)
This luxurious face and body exfoliator contains fruit AHA’s and scrubbing particles to gently remove dead skin cells whilst micro-dermabrasion crystals smooth the skin in preparation for tanning, it also contains olive oil for moisturising the skin. I have used this wash on my body (would prefer to use my normal facial wash and scrub on my face) and it smelt good enough to eat as its deliciously strawberry scented and left my body feeling squeaky clean, smooth and ready for tanning.

Step 2. He-Shi Quick + Easy Express Liquid Tan (£20 for 150ml)

This tan liquid is fool-proof, paraben-free and the secret to my fabulous natural looking streak free tan! I applied this using my new best friend the He-Shi Tanning Mitt (£3.99). It tanned my skin instantly on contact giving an instant lightly-bronzed finish and I even applied some on my face which didn’t break me out. I like how I can see exactly where I have applied the tan so no risk of streaking or those tell tale white patches due to missing bits. It dries quickly and doesn’t feel sticky and gave me a lovely natural looking tan. The most remarkable thing to mention is it does not give that awful biscuit smell! I usually tan on an evening and leave overnight but due to this tan not leaving me smelling like biscuits I applied some of this through the day which worked well and didn’t stain my clothes. The tan lasted over a week and I found that it fades gradually like a natural tan, and doesn’t leave patches.

He-Shi Quick + Easy Facial Tanning Gel (£12.50 for 100ml)

A light moisturising gel which refreshes the skin and delivers a fresh, natural glowing tan that dries in a couple of minutes without feeling sticky. The gel contains moisturising ingredients such as vitamin B5 and Omega 9 rich castor oil. I applied this using the tanning mitt to ensure an even and flawless looking tan, and found I didn’t need to wear as much foundation whilst using this tan!

The tanning mitt is super soft and smooth and helps to blend the tan into the skin evenly to give a natural, streak-free perfect tan. The mitt is machine washable and ensures that your hands remain stain free and no giveaway orange palms!

Step 3. He-Shi Quick + Easy Souffle Moisturiser (£12 for 150ml)

Light Hydrating Super-moisturising with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E is a lovely body cream. It ia a strawberry scented, daily face and body moisturiser (personally I would just stick with this for the body) is easily absorbed into the skin providing a low shine matt finish which helps to protect your tan and prevent flaking when your tan is starting to fade.

Have you tried the He Shi range? What are your thoughts on men fake tanning?

For more information and to buy He Shi you can visit

Friday 18 June 2010

NOTD - Diet Coke/Nails Inc Paris

Today's Nail of the Day is Diet Coke/Nails Inc Paris - a lovely bold vivid purple! This colour is perfect for the warmer weather, its bright without being too in-your-face :)

What do you think? What's your fav Nails Inc shade?


Friday 11 June 2010

Bargain Alert - Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish only £9.50 !

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Liz Earle's cult beauty classic - Cleanser & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for one day only you can purchase the award-winning cleanser for it's original launch price of £9.50, saving over 25% off the normal retail price of £13!

You can purchase it at this special price online on Tuesday 15th June. I shall be first in the queue, will you be joining me?


NOTD - Mavala Paradise Blue

Today's Nail of the Day is 'Paradise Blue' from the new Summer 2010 Mavala Paradise Collection. It is a very lovely mermaid-like sea blue metalic colour. These polishes are creamy and easy to apply, leaving a streak-free flawless glossy finish.
These exotic shades in the Paradise Collection are blended with tiny flecks of irredescent shimmer and have been inspired by the beauty of magical holiday destinations and provide a high gloss manicured finish that will certainly have you nails standing out this summer.

The cute and dinky 5ml pots of colour are an affordable way to buy into key trends retailing at £3.95 each. Unlike traditional nail colour, Mavala's unique formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breath, ensuring your natural nails are cared for. All Mavala's colours are free from parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.

Are you a fan of Mavala's Nail Polishes?

Thursday 10 June 2010

Bourjois False Nail Effect Nail Polish

Bourjois has created a new nail enamel which achieves perfectly smooth and impeccably curved nails. False Nail Effect Nail Enamel gives the appearance of false-nails for up to 8 days.

The formula is enriched with an adhering resin to resist every shock. A fine measure of micro-beaded pearls in each shade visually amplifies the curved effect of the nail. The texture coats the nail and masks imperfections. It models the natural shape of the nail and distils an ultra-brilliant intense colour. The nail appears to be perfect! The brush applicator multiplies the power of the formula. Thanks to two side openings, the fibres of the brush are generously spread over the whole nail. This double-action applicator sculpts an ideal shape. Its extra covering result accentuates the false-nails effect.

I applied the Bourjois false nail effect polish in the shade 'Rouge Modele', a bright pillar box red, last week. It glides on effortlessly and quickly due to the flat curved brush. At the moment I have a few ridges on my nails due to recently removing Gel Nails and the polish brilliantly hid these. I love the sleek shaped bottle and  it wears really well with no chipping to date (7 days later) and I didn’t apply a top coat! Once the polish is dry it feels super smooth like false nails and also makes my nails look plastic-like and super shiny! Im very impressed and think I have my eye on trying the barbie pink shade next!

These polishes would suit those on a budget as Salon Gel or Acrylic Nails can be very expensive to maintain. False Nails can also turn yellow and lift off when coming into contact with chlorine in the swimming pool and UV rays so these would be perfect polishes to take on holidays to create the False Nails look.
These polishes are exclusive to and are available in 8 brilliant colours priced at £5.49.

Have you tried these polishes? What did you think?

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Instyle Mag Launches Fabulous Fashion Hunt Week!

Fashion and beauty bible, InStyle is launching an exciting new London-Based Fashion Hunt which will take place over 7 days from today Monday 7th June. Readers across London have to find the location of our InStyler who will have a hamper of goodies from designer fashion, jewellery and handbags, to beauty products to give out to the first people to find them and show them their copy of July Instyle magazine (with Gwen Stefani on the front cover). And each day will have a different theme! The fourth day of our Fashion Hunt, Thursday 10th June is purely dedicated to a BEAUTY DAY!

Get ready to spoil yourself by winning beauty products from Givenchy, Benefit, Versace, Burberry, Ruby & Millie, Topshop Make up, Neil’s Yard remedies, Liz Earle Pamper kit, Perfeckt, L’Occitane Peony, Rituals, Cowshed, L’Oréal, John Freida, Nude, Lisa Hoffman, Dr Vranjes, Oskia, Shiffa, Omorovicza, Ole Henriksen, Field of Flowers and many more, or win a summer makeover with products from with Fake Bake and polish your nails with Nails Inc and Leighton Denny. Or why not update your summer hairstyle by winning a cut and style with Charles Worthington salons.

There will be obvious clues on Instyle's website, Twitter page and Facebook page. For example, if the InStyler was in Selfridges, they would Tweet a picture of the iconic yellow bag etc. To win follow Instyle on Twitter and look out for clues to find the extact location of the prizes keep up-to-date with the Fashion Hunt on InStyle Website.

The July issue of InStyle is on sale now and comes with a free exclusive Moschino shopping tote bag!

Good Luck! ♥
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