Monday, 2 March 2015


Personally, I can't go on a night out without looking like I've stepped off a flight fresh from Ibiza. Having a tan is the confidence boost that comes before dutch courage - sporting a tan makes most women feel slimmer and frankly more attractive, one woman being me. I've been through my fair share of fake tan with Rimmel, St Moriz and Lauren's Way to name a few, but Vita Liberata is my new found favourite. The above photo shows the tan fully developed.

For a girl that's been loyal to £2.99 St Moriz tan for years now, it was always going to take something amazing to make me sway.  At the slightly more expensive price of £22.50 a bottle, it definitely makes up for quality. Not only does this tan look a lot more natural on me, it's also odourless before it develops, and can last up to 7 days. Depending on your skin and tan preference you may disagree, but I recommend trying before buying if you can - I experimented using my housemate's.

Like a good friend would, Lauren is demonstrating the tanning results straight after application. The tan hasn't started to develop but has already improved her colour dramatically - see first picture for full development. We experimented with the Vita Liberata mousse on her upper body but the tan was barely showing, and it had an almost green tinge to it. I much prefer lotion when it comes to tan. I find that lotion is easier to apply, especially when it comes down to tanning your back alone!

In this post I've used the 4-7 Day Tinted Tan Lotion, in Dark/Extra RichI'm no stranger to fake tan so Extra Rich (dark) is ideal for my skin, but beginners may want to start with Rich (medium). I'd love to try their darkest shade, but maybe closer to Summer. As always with any fake tan, I'd recommend exfoliating and moisturising days prior to application for baby soft skin. Unlike other brands I've seen, Vita Liberata recommend avoiding moisturiser before use but I tend to stick only to my dryest areas - knees, elbows and ankles. Happy tanning!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


I hadn't heard of the Arizona based brand Seacret until I had visited Budapest, and was given a demonstration by a very enthusiastic sales assistant from their store in the Westend Shopping Centre. I was told their Mineral-Rich Peeling Gel was best suited for my skin - suitable for all skin types but acts as an exfoliator, removing dead skin cells and leaving your face clean and purified. The main ingredients include minerals from the Dead Sea, cucumber, aloe vera, camomile, and ginseng, and the gel has the most gorgeous scent - so clean and refreshing. All Seacret products are extracted from salts and minerals from the Dead Sea, and are manufactured in Israel.

As I was wearing makeup at the time, they demonstrated by applying peeling gel to the back of my hand. After applying the gel and waiting around 1 minute, I watched as my dead skin literally rubbed away. Not only did the skin on my hand appear brighter and softer but it absorbed more moisturiser than the hand that hadn't be treated - a better way to get the most out of your products. After using this for a weeks at home I've noticed a big difference in my skin - it's not only a lot smoother and calmer but I've also had fewer breakouts. I'm assuming that my skin is loving the Dead Sea minerals and the fact that it actually has a chance to absorb moisturiser. I don't ever think I've treated my skin this kindly!

After being quite hesitant at the price tag, me and my friend were offered one each for half price - too good to refuse. We bought the peeling gel for roughly 12,500 forints which works out at around £30. I was told that the gel should be used roughly once a week to remove dead skin cells, but on the Seacret website it advises customers to use it daily (I'm guessing this depends on the current state of your skin). After purchasing, we were given free vouchers for fish pedicures in the Seacret store. Although hesitant at first, and extremely nervous, I let the tiny fish eat dead skin off of my feet. It sounds awful but it felt ticklish at worst and my feet were so much smoother after. My friend Lauren purchased their nail buffing block that gives an impressive shine which can last up to a week - you also get given replacement buffing strips for free at any Seacret store.

Check out the Arizona based company on twitter here.


Saturday, 14 February 2015

St. Valentines


Wednesday, 11 February 2015


It's that time of the year again, valentines - when your instagram feed is full of couple selfies and the word 'bae' is used 1 too many times. However, it's also time for Glossybox's Valentines special and they've definitely topped last year. This month's goodies include 5 products to get you looking and feeling your best.

Essie Repstyle Polish in Crocadilly - RRP £9.99

This month's first full size product is a stunning khaki green nail laquer by Essie in shade 'crocadilly'. Their Repstyle range can be worn straight or given a snakeskin texture by holding the given magnet over the wet polish for 10 seconds. Essie recommend applying 2 coats of polish before using the magnet but even with 1 coat the design is still strong - great for nails in a hurry. The range includes another 5 shades given in the link above.

Royal Apothic Tinties in Coral - RRP $14 / £9.17

This lip butter is a perfect example of great packaging - can everything just come in rose gold and be the perfect travel size? Aside from giving a perfect wash of colour, 'tinties' are are made with the finiest ingredients to ensure lips stay smooth and hydrated. Argan oil, grape seed oil, sweet almound oil, and shea butter combined give this Los Angeles product the perfect scent - supposedly Victoria Beckham is a fan. 

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor, RRP 9.99

Glossybox appear to be thinking practically this valentines and have included this 'hydro silk' razor to ensure their members get baby smooth skin. The hydro silk razor has a special water activiated serum that hydrates skin up to 2 hours after shaving, and it comes with a handy shower holder. Enter code 'Glossy2' here to receive a free Hydro Silk Razor when you buy the refills. (Expires 20.04.2015)

MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow in Fifty Shades, RRP £14.49

You can't utter the words 'valentine' this year without mentioning that film and what better way to prepare for it's Friday release than to embrace this MARSK eyeshadow tribute. 'Fifty Shades' is a shimmery deep grey shade that's highly pigmented and 100% natural. Glossybox recommend applying it with a wet brush for a more intense colour.

So Susan Rose Quartlet Lip & Cheek Palette, RRP £8

This purse friendly cheek and lip duo promises 12 hours of continuous wear without dryness, creasing or smudging. It features 4 gorgoeus berry shades perfect for every mood, and can easily be applied with your ring finger in a hurry, or using the small applicator brush that fits snugly inside. Formulated in Italy, So Susan products are also cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Bonus - check out a sneak peek for next month's Glossybox, plus how cute are the baby love hearts they sent!

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