Norvell Sunless Tanning

I’m not one for laying around in the sun to get that holiday look so I love a good fake tanning lotion. Summer is just around the corner and my pretty short sleeve dresses will be getting an airing. There are so many tanning lotions on the market now it’s hard to know which one to use, the last thing I want is to have an orange glow or streaks down my limbs.

Too much sun exposure can cause real damage to your skin, UV rays can increase signs of ageing, discoloration and loss of elasticity, which is why I’d rather use a fake tan to achieve a gorgeous summer glow.

Norvell have designed a range of sunless tanning products, which have added skincare benefits and DHA to maximise results for a more natural tan. They are perfect to achieve a bronzed look without any orange tones or streaks, and not a whiff of a nasty smell.

Norvell Sunlees Colour Extender

Venetian Sunless Color Extender* is a rich moisturiser mixed with an effective amount of DHA, it’s buildable formula gradually develops intensity over multiple applications, perfectly prolonging your tan.

I absolutely love this stuff, I began by applying the Colour Extender every night for about two weeks and couldn’t have been happier with the beautiful, natural sunkissed look it gave my skin. It took a few days to build up a colour at first as I’m really pale and I started off using this on it’s own. I’ve tried gradual tanning products before where I’ve ended up with orange patches, my skin tone looks “fake” and the texture feels drier than ever. This one has a  violet and brown tone formula to counteract any orange, and it doesn’t dry my skin out at all .

Then I used my normal self tan and applied the Venetian Sunless Colour Extender every evening. After about 3 hours my colour started to deepen, my skin looked really bronzed, you could almost believe I’d jetted off to the Maldives (I wish!). It made my self tanning product last for about a week longer than normal before I needed to reapply.

This is a beauty must. No orange patches, streaks and no marks left on the bed sheets. It’s so easy to apply using a small amount on a tanning mit and it blends in evenly. It’s not only moisturising but it’s packed with vitamins and anti ageing ingredients such as beetroot, tomato and cranberry. For me, the Sunless Colour Extender is literally an all round winner.

Norvell Sunless Tanning

Throughout the summer I usually apply a tinted moisteriser and loads of bronzer to give my face a sun kissed look. I know some people apply their self tan to their face as well, something I’ve never done.

Norvell Venetian 4 Faces* is the perfect answer for a gorgeous summer glow that will match the rest of my tan. It’s a self tanning spray that made my complextion look as if I’d spent all day on the beach. It couldn’t be easier  Spritz some onto a makeup sponge then gently apply to your face and neck, carefully blending it into hair line. This one also doesn’t leave you with orange patches or streaks, just a gorgeous a deep sun-kissed colour. It’s so gentle and is designed especially for the delicate skin on your face. It’s Non-Comedogenic, so it won’t clog up your pores, and it’s enriched with natural enzymes to help repair weak dehydrated skin.  I’m sure this is the one product that has been missing from my life and will definitely be buying another bottle when this one runs out, just what I need for an all year round glow.

Norvell Sunless tanning products do not contain SPF, so you will have to remember to apply your usual sun cream before going outside. They are Cruelty Free, Paraben Free and 100% Vegan.

6 Tips For Applying Self Tan

  1. Shave your body in the morning (don’t apply tan directly after)
  2. Exfoliate well, using a gentle body scrub and exfoliating mitts
  3. Moisturise well, concentrating on areas like elbows, knees and ankles
  4. Use a well lit area
  5. Apply the tan using a tanning mitt (I apply mine before bed so it develops over night and never directly after moisturising)
  6. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards

All that’s left to say is Happy tanning!

Do you prefer self tanning or are you one for basking in the sun to get your golden glow?

* These products have been sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

I know exactly what you’re thinking, did I really need another eyeshadow palette? Could I justify the outlay on one that’s similar to so many I already own? The answer to that is yes, a girl can never have too many eyeshadow palettes and there’s been one in particular I’ve been lusting after for what feels like forever. Being the beauty lover that I am, I got a little over excited when I noticed Feel Unique had started selling Anastasia Beverly Hills! So guess who ended up treating themselves to the Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette and has been obsessed with it ever since?

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills

I mean, just look at this palette, it’s an absolute dream. The velvety packaging is simply divine and that’s before you even get inside. There’s 14 stunning shades ranging from neutral to berry tones, my favourite two are Antique Bronze and Warm Taupe. The powders are soft and creamy, and they blend together beautifully. All the colours seem perfect for anytime of the year and will take you from day to night in a flash. Even the brush that comes with this palette has wonderfully soft bristles so it’s actually pretty good for blending.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

I couldn’t just stop at the eyeshadow palette, could I? Anastasia Beverly Hills have so many gorgeous products and after a good look through I settled on a liquid lipstick. I’m still in love with these even if no one else is. No surprises that I went for the shade Dusty Rose, a pinky nude, as these colours seem to suit my hair and skin tone. I’m literally in love with the ABH liquid lipstick, it’s so long wearing and I hardly ever have to reapply through the day. It’s non drying and feels really comfortable to wear. I’ll definitely have to pick up another one from the beautiful collection of shades they have.

Have you tried anything from Anastasia Beverly Hills?

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For the past month I seem to have been busier than normal and time has flown by. There was family time over Easter and then I was unwell for about a week where I really wasn’t up to much at all, apart from lovingly cuddling my duvet. But I’m enjoying the lighter mornings and evenings, they certainly lift my mood. It’s been lovely to see all the Spring flowers out and have the windows open to let in fresh air.

Here’s a run down of everything I’ve loved using over the past month.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle favourites

Now that the sun has finally made an appearance and I brought out all my summer clothes  I’ve been using a fake tan, so I don’t have my lilly white legs on show. I like to use a body scrub before I go anywhere near myself with a tanning product. Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle favourites

If ever there was a product that I wasn’t sure whether to eat it or apply it, then it would have to be the Lee Stafford Choco Locks Butter Cream Treatment. Just close your eyes and you can almost imagine having a pot of Cadbury’s chocolate mouse slathered all over your hair. This hair mask not only smells absolutely divine, it leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I absolutely love the new range of One Step Manicures from ImPress Nails*, I think they are simply beautiful for Spring Summer. Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, wedding guest or just fancy having pretty nails for a special occasion, then these are the ones to go for. These stick on nails are so easy to apply and you don’t need any glue, simply peel of the tab to reveal an adhesive strip and away you go. They’re really strong and last for ages, I still had mine after about two weeks after I put them on. I’m wearing Next Wave and the ones in the box are Rock II.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I’ve mentioned before how I love multipurpose products and I’ve totally fallen in love with  Boots No7 Skin Illuminator. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. I apply a small amount all over my face, under my foundation, it makes me look so glowy and my skin looks so healthy. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Flower Essence

I couldn’t write a Favourites post without mentioning this lip oil from GOSH, it’s in the shade Flower Essence (006) which is a beautiful pearly pink colour and is fabulous for a natural radiant look. These lip oils are packed with essential oils and vitamins that help nourish and keep your lips extra soft. They help to repair any damaged skin as well as being incredibly hydrating, it’s basically like having a lip gloss and lip balm all in one. I’ll leave the link to my full review if you fancy finding out more.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Another makeup favourite for this month has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. I love everything about this palette, the colours, the packaging. Each shade is simply stunning, they blend in beautifully and look great whatever time of day, my favourite two are Antique Bronze and Warm Taupe. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to invest in this little beauty.

Victoria Secrets Love Eau De Parfum

The fragrance I’ve loved wearing over the past month is Victoria Secret’s Love Eau De Parfum, it has a light, fresh smell with hints of juniper and apricot blush, making it perfect for wearing on a Spring day. After I’ve done my hair and makeup, and put on my chosen outfit, I’ll add a couple of spritz and I feel completely ready for the day. It has a real feminine smell, which suits my style perfectly.

Spring Trends

I love wearing accessories to brighten up an outfit and I adore wearing pretty gold jewellery with any outfits, most of the items I own are dainty, feminine pieces that work for day or night. My most worn item of jewellery over the past month has to be this Ted Baker cuff bracelet from ASOS, it’s so pretty with a pink floral design at each end. and looks beautiful with my Spring Wardrobe.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle favourites

I always like to take a drink out with me when I leave the house, either water or juice, and it can be a real pain finding a drinks bottle that doesn’t leak all over the inside of my bag. This Ion8 Leak Proof Water Bottle* does exactly what it says on the tin, meaning I can keep my fluids topped up throughout the day and not have to worry about spills. It’s comfortable to hold with a slip free grip and easy to flip open using one hand with the touch of a button, then the lid clicks shut and you can just throw it back in your bag. The bottle’s a handy size for going to the gym or travelling, plus it comes in a range of colours, obviously I chose pink. It’s not cheap for a water bottle, costing £14.45, but when you think about how much you’ll actually save on buying drinks it brings the cost per use right down, and the peace of mind that the contents of your bag won’t be soaked before you’ve reached the end of the road.

well that’s it for this month. I hope you enjoyed seeing what my current Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites are? Let me know what things you’ve loved using this month.

* Items have been sent as PR samples but all opinions and photos are my own

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Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 was one of the very first brands I bought when I first started wearing makeup in my teens, and I’ve been using their products ever since. Over time I must have spent hours asking the assistants questions about new launches and sitting on the stool in the middle of the store having my makeup done, they were always really helpful and you can guarantee I’d come away with at least one new product. I spent most of my Saturday afternoons in my local store I may as well have worked there! While most of my friends were treating themselves to Maybellene or Rimmel, I was in love with Boots No7.

Boots No7 is sometimes seen as a brand for a mature woman, but honestly, you’ll see teenage girls to women in their 80s buying their products. I think it feels like a bit of luxury without having that high end price tag, plus their range is suitable for anyone even those with sensitive skin.

As far as foundations go I must have tried them all and it became even easier to get the right shade when Boots brought out their Colour Match Service, which is an instore consultation for around 20 minutes to find the perfect colour and finish for your base, blusher and lips.

So when I saw Boots No7 had launched a new foundation I knew I had to get my hands on one and give it a try. I’d always loved the other ones I’d used and hoped this would live up to my expectations.

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation has been designed to achieve a fast flawless finish that’s easy to apply when you’re in a hurry or on the go. I’ve used cushion style foundations before which have left my base looking a bit dry and patchy, not one of them compares to how good this one is. Using a sponge applicator makes it easy to apply and it instantly covered any imperfections. The foundation’s lightweight, buildable coverage blends in seamlessly and left me with a beautiful radiant looking complexion that lasted all day. It dries to a soft powder making it easy to blend my bronzer over the top, I didn’t need to use a separate concealer or setting powder and it didn’t accentuate any of my problem areas such as dry patches or fine lines under my eyes. The creamy formula is infused with purified water to give a cooling effect making your skin feel refreshed and moisturised, it’s so comfortable to wear that I’d forgotten I had any foundation on. It also contains SPF 15 which helps protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun

The cushion foundation comes in 8 different shades, so not a great choice, I’m shade Warm Ivory which is a perfect match for me. It costs £17.50 for 12ml, I very often buy Boots No7 when they have their 3 for 2 offers so it brings the price down a little. The handy size compact makes it easy for travelling, although the mirror’s not that great.

How To Use:

  • Gently press the applicator sponge down onto the mesh to release the foundation
  • Apply the foundation to your skin using the applicator in a patting motion until you have the amount of coverage you want.

I personally preferred to use my own beauty sponge as the one included didn’t have a strap on the back for your fingers and I found it very difficult to hold.

Boots No7 Bronzing Pearls

The look I’m going for is a healthy holiday glow, so I’m skipping contour and blusher, instead I’m using No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls. The pots contains 3 different shades of pearls which are highly pigmented. I use a small amount by swirling a medium sized makeup brush across the pearls and applying the bronzer where I’d naturally catch the sun. Even if I haven’t been abroad for two whole weeks, this shade certainly helps give the impression that I have!

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Overall I really love the Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation, I love the feel of it on my skin and the radiant look of my complexion. It’s quick and easy to use for a beautiful flawless base, and the super handy compact means it’ll definitely be coming with me in my travel bag.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

I wasn’t expecting to take any photos of me wearing  Boots No7 Cushion Foundation but I was so pleased with the result that I was more excited about taking a photo rather than tidying up the mess my room first!

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Lush Spring Treats

Instead of chocolate for Easter this year I asked my family to very kindly put the change they would have spent into a money box for me instead. I eat far too much chocolate and decided to get a few pamper goodies from Lush, every girl needs a little treat, right? I normally get given Lush Bath Bombs for Christmas and my birthday, which are only two weeks apart, then never bother the rest of the year. I was kind of excited to see what wonderful products they have in store during Spring. I’ve loved Lush for ages and they always make my bath time seem a little extra luxurious, I get totally lost in my own little world, soaking in all the wonderful smells.

This time I popped into one of their stores instead of buying my treats over the internet, which was probably a dangerous move. There were so many amazing products all set out on beautiful displays, all I had to do was decide which ones I wanted.

Lush Spring TreatsLush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

Adrian and I had taken a trip to Milton Keynes shopping centre, it’s been years since we took a drive over there and an awful lot had changed in that time. There were so many new stores, including Lush and of course I had to go in and see what new treats they’d got in for Easter. Luckily it was extremely quiet so I was able to have a good look round, it’s so much better than shopping on line. I was actually able to smell things before I decided on what to buy, obviously something you can’t do looking at an image on a screen. One of the lovely assistants came over to help, she talked me through their best sellers and any new items that were in stock, not once did I feel pressured into buying a thing. Once I’d chosen my pamper treats, they were wrapped in individual bags with their own label, somehow making them feel even more special that when they arrive in a cardboard box.

Lush Spring Treats

I decided on 2 bath bombs and 3 bubble bars.

Which Came First bath bath has the most amazing citrus smell with lemon and grapefruit oils, turning the water into swirls of orange and yellow. Crack it open and inside you’ll find a cute little chick shaped bath bomb so this one will last a while. The Free Rangers bath bomb comes in two sections, with a wonderful fragrance of burgamont and fruity blackcurrant, it turns your bath water a vivid purple and also comes in a range of other colours, you’ll get at least 4 baths out of this one.

Lush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

I must have smelt a hundred bubble bars before settling on the three I loved best, which was not an easy thing, let me tell you.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon has to be my favourite out of everything I bought. It’s fragranced with roses, lemon and geranium, giving it a very sweet smell. the rose oil will help relax and lift your mood, while Cocoa Butter will moisturise your skin, leaving it silky smooth.

Cream Egg smells good enough to eat, I can’t wait to luxuriate in a bright neon coloured bath filled with bubbles and soaking in the delicious fragrance of mint chocolate, letting Shea Butter soften my skin and Spearmint lift my mood.

Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves is a wonderfully refreshing bubble bar with lemon, grapefruit and lime to help revive you after a long hard day, turning the water into the colour of a sunset.

The next Lush Haul will probably be for Christmas. Now there’s a scary thought!

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