Sunday, June 19, 2016

Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

We're all guilty of buying the wrong shade of foundation more than once...if not most of the time and with summer just around the corner our foundation needs to adjust with our skin tone. The body shop has created two must have products for every make up lovers beauty bag. 

Shade Adjusting Drops  

Above Lightening drops

Below Darkening drops

Priced at just £10 each for 15mls they can either lighten or darken your foundation shade. The small pipet means you can add tiny drops to gradually build the perfect shade for you. The drops are designed to adjust the depth of the foundation and not the underlying time such as cool or warm. This is perfect for those who love fake tan as you can custom blend the perfect shade of foundation.

Above shows Mac studios fix foundation in shade NC20 mixed with a small amount of the darkening drops. It could also be used to create the perfect shade for contouring. 

To buy any of these beauty must haves then click here

Thank you Body Shop


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ardell does brows

The leading eyelash brand has launched a brow pomade and it's under £10 

Defined brows are still as bold and big as ever and the brow market is a mind field of products; brow gels, powders, pencils and creams... Where do we start??? 

I've literally brought half of the brow products out there but never a cream based brow product. Anastesia's 'dip brow' has always caught my eye but I'm more of a 'I want it now' person and was put off with the ordering and shipping: one day I will invest.

Upon visiting my local beauty shop I spotted this product and was excited to get the last one in dark brown. The collection consists of several brow defining products including sticky stencils, a powder pallets and pencil but it was the pomade that caught my eye.
The brow pomade at just £7.99 is available in 3 colours, dark brown, medium brown and blonde. I opted for dark brown. The kit contains your chosen colour pot and a dual ended tool with at one end a spoolie and the other a slanted brush.  

I love the texture and pigment of this product, it glides onto the area and is not only easy to blend but smudge resistant which is perfect as nobody wants to spend time perfectly positioning their brows to accidentally wipe them off in the summer heat!!

I like the idea that with this product I can create hair strokes at the start of my brows and have a stronger fill towards the end length, my only quip about this products is the brush, the taped brush is perfect for defining the outer edge of brows but for myself I used a finer brush to create the individual hair strokes as I found the brush a little chunky for creating this look.

Double ended tool

Brush strokes created using the Ardell tool

If brows are your thing I promise you will love this product, you can view the full brow range here

Thank you for reading

Speak soon

Leanne x


Monday, June 6, 2016

Rimmel in Shower Tan

I'm always on the hunt for a more quick and convenient way to tan that doesn't involve me covering my bed sheets in towels and laying like a star fish. 

I recently tried and tested the St Tropez in Shower Tan with positive results and if you haven't seen the video you can watch it below.

I spotted the Rimmel in shower tan in Superdrug and thought I'd give it a go as a cheaper alternative to the St Tropez one.  Priced at £9.99 for 200mls it's £5 cheaper than its competitor. 

The instructions say wash with your regular shower gel then apply this product to wet skin then rinse off and pat yourself dry. It didn't however state how long to leave the product on before showering unlike St Tropez which states no more than 3 minutes. It does say 1 minute express application but does that mean rub all over for a minute then rinse or it only takes one mins to apply it? Come on Rimmel be more specific. I did tweet Rimmel to ask but didn't get a reply so I decided to free style. 

Below is how I applied it and what I thought. 

Step by step application 

1) As a regular tan user...that sounds like I should be admitted to a clinic... I've learned that it's always best to exfoliate prior to tanned so i did this first. 

2) I then turned off the shower and patted my skin with a towel to remove excess water...I learned from the St Tropez application that if the skin is dripping wet it dilutes the tan too much therefore losing its strength.

3) I the applied the tan all over starting from head to toes with just my bare hands. 

4) I then washed the palms of my hands under the tap and dried them on a towel. 

5) This is where I was confused but I decided to wait 5 minutes before showering it off. It's at this point that's it's nothing like the St Tropez which washes off easily. This was like I had rubbed cooking fat all over and the water was just beading off my skin. 

6) After realising it doesn't wash off I got out and just patted myself dry and put my PJ's on.

 At this point I couldn't tell I had put anything on my skin and there wasn't much off that soggy biscuit tan smell that you usually get. 

Result day...

When ever I try out a new tan I wake the next day with batted breath to see what colour I am and to be honest I wasn't expecting much but it came out lovely. It looked like I had applied a proper tan. It states it a gradual tan so you need to use more to build the colour but I had a definite colour difference. I loved it

Maybe because I applied to only damp and not soaking wet skin and left it 5 minutes but talk about hassle free tanning. It's brilliant!! I even sent Leanne pics as I was so impressed.

I must confess that I forgot about applying to the tops of my feet which you can see in the picture below but at least you can see the difference it made. 

Have you tried any other in shower tans hand had good results? If so comment below

Speak soon C x 
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