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Self-tan is occasionally described as the “Marmite” of the beauty world. You either love or hate it. The results can be equally diverse. Upon application, the intention is a lovely sun-kissed glow. Nevertheless, we’ve all experienced the unattractive tango tones, patchiness and streaks, following an application. I’ve also read reviews where the product has sometimes turned green! Plus, there is that all familiar pong of malty biscuits. The best test to see if the colour is good is to do a small patch test, then check the colour in the daylight. This can be a great success or, alternatively, one which you weren’t hoping for. The upshot being a morning spent in the bathroom with lemon juice and a loofah removing said colour!! We have all been there.

Fortunately, tanning products have come a long way in the last couple of years. So, whether you prefer a deep golden tan or a more subtle shimmer, there is a product to suit everyone. The selection for self-tan is huge with everything from lotions, mousses, and handy 360 sprays to popping into your local beauty salon for an all over spray tan. Fortunately, most companies do a fair, medium and dark choice so you can usually find one that is suitable for you. I usually go for the fairest shade – but I have, on occasion, bought the dark shade and mixed a little of it with moisturiser – which can work well, too.

My wish list for a great self-tan is:

  1.  easy to apply, non-messy product;
  2. natural colour that doesn’t go streaky and smell of biscuits (difficult to avoid in my opinion); and
  3.  good price – personally, I’ve bought expensive products that aren’t as good as cheaper versions.

 

To get long lasting results, I have listed a few tips I follow:

  • try to remember to dry brush my body daily (mostly in the summer months) – I don’t have the motivation when it’s sleety rain for weeks on end;
  • do a lot with exfoliation prior to application;
  • when washing, gently exfoliate the whole-body paying attention to feet, knees and elbows – then, use a light moisturiser to the whole body – then a second coat to feet, knees and elbows – this is because these areas tend to absorb more self-tan resulting in an uneven appearance;
  • once the moisturiser has been absorbed, apply a few pumps of foam onto a mitt (like the St Tropez one best) working your way upwards in a circular motion, starting at the feet – sometimes applying 2 coats, if required.
  • while waiting for the self-tan to develop, always wear something dark, though, I find it does wash out of most clothes.
  • rinse off – if the colour isn’t dark enough, repeat.
  • for my face tan I have used ‘Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster’ for several years now – you add a few drops to your moisturiser at night and this, I find, gives a nice glow.

Here are a few reviews of ‘self tan’ that I have used over the last couple of years.

Clarins Radiance plus golden glow booster

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster £20.00 – This is n

ot a cruelty free product.

I have used this, on and off, for a few years. I’m ready to move on and try something new. It does give a healthy glow – just add 3 to 4 drops to your night time moisturiser. There is a slight odour of biscuits – it’s not strong but it is there.

 

http://St Tropez Self tan

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse 200ml – £28.00 usually £33.00 (Boots) ** Cruelty Free **

I must be honest. This is my “go-to” self-tan!! I have used it for a couple of years. I tend to use other self-tan products when I have run out of this! It’s easy to apply. Simply apply the foam with a mitt, then leave it on for one to three hours, depending on how dark you want to go. It also claims the self-tan will continue to activate for up to 8 hours following application. I like it as it doesn’t tend to stain my clothes. I also use the St Tropez tanning mitt as I find it to be the best for application.

Bondi Sands, £14.99 (Boots) ** Cruelty Free **

I decided to give this product a try after reading great reviews on the Boots website. Going for the light/medium shade, it gives an instant colour, so you can see where you need to add more. It has a pleasant fragrance of coconuts, but still had the usual faint smell of biscuits. The colour is very subtle but that’s the way I prefer it. It left a nice even tan so wouldn’t rule this self-tan out!

 

 

 

Rimmel sun shimmer

Rimmel London Sun Shimmer, £5.33 (on offer, in Boots – usually £8.00) – Claim they are Cruelty Free

I first noticed this product on special offer in Superdrug and decided to give it a try. It normally retails around £8.00. Though I have noticed it’s always on offer in the various shops that sell it.

I was impressed with the simple application process, the smell, the colour, the longevity, and the fade. The colour, which is a lovely peach brown, is very near to a natural tan when applied. It comes in light, medium (which I used), and dark. I have used on and off for a few years, usually when I run out of my St Tropez bronzing mousse. After St Tropez, the Sun Shimmer is my second favourite, mainly for the application, colour and price.

 

Marks and spencer

AUTOGRAPH Gradual Tan Body Crème- Light to Medium 200ml – £7.50 Cruelty Free

I found this to be a little messy to apply. It does look a little bit scary when it first slides out of the tube, and I was worried the bathroom would resemble a war zone. But once I started to apply it, the tint of the cream helped me to keep track. It did blend in very well and gave me a natural looking tan. The tint gets deeper as it develops. It doesn’t smell as bad as some tanners but, nevertheless, there is that familiar feint odour, though not offensive. I found it to dry very fast, I did layer a moisturiser over the top once it was dry. This was because it did look streaky in places and I found that helped even it out. The tan did fade quite quickly so topped up again after around three days.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Alison

xxx

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“Mint Velvet” Celeste Print Midi Dress – which was £119.00 is now £79.00. Check availability

Time works differently in the fashion world. While most of us are thinking of packing away our cosy woollen sweaters and suede ankle boots, designers are planning for the year ahead.

Checking out the major brands online for Spring/Summer, the dominant colours seem to be yellow, neon brights and neutrals (which I love).  I’ve also noticed a lot of florals, plus, a touch of tie-die. 

Style wise, there are Spring jackets plus repeated themes such as puffy sleeves – very popular in the 80’s.  I remember them well!

Maybe, I’m being a little over zealous, planning which dresses I may like from the Spring outfits currently on display, while leaving the house in warm tights, woollens and big cosy coats.

But, there’s nothing wrong with having a wish list.  While doing my research, I did notice some dresses I’d be excited to wear when the weather warms up.  There are also some options out there that I can wear from now through till Summer.

All it takes to transform an item into a wintertime-approved piece is a little layering action with the help of turtlenecks, cardigans or tights. 

“Mango” Beige Linen dress with a pop of leopard!! Click here to check availability

Now, with Springtime just around the corner, it’s time to check our wardrobes.

“Mango” beige linen dress. Styled with a “Mango” leather short jacket and ankle boots

I try to be organised in my wardrobe (not always succeeding), separating my Spring/Summer from my Autumn/Winter.  I will then go through my current items and decide which clothes I am keeping, or not, as the case may be.

“Mango” beige linen dress styled with my “French Connection” tassled bag.

While perusing the internet and having a wander around the shops, I found two dresses that caught my eye, which I have recently purchased.  I thought you may like to see how I have styled them. 

“Mango” beige linen dress. Styled with my brown “Zara” Jacket – which was a bargain at £29.99 in the sale!!.

The first dress is the “Celeste Print Midi” from “Mint Velvet”.  This is a “fit and flare” style.  The print is floral.  The colours are ink blue and blush pink.  The dress has buttoned three-quarter sleeve cuffs, which I find so flattering. The hem has asymmetric ruffles, which, again, I find flattering and which. I must add, attracted me to it.

The second dress is from “Mango”.  It’s a beige linen mix material, with a flared design and a midi length.  Because of the colour, this dress is very versatile, and I know I will get a lot of wear from it – either with heels or by adding various jackets. 

 

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Alison

xxx

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When you’re browsing on the internet or looking through a magazine for fashion inspiration, and you see an item of clothing that really catches your eye, you either go to the website and buy it, or look for something similar and within budget. Especially, if the item is too expensive – which sometimes can be the case.

Winter White woollen coat from "French Connection".

I saw a picture, online, of a Midi skirt and loved the rich colours and check design. So, after doing some detective work, I spotted this Mango skirt and immediately sent for it.  It’s a lovely light wool and the colours are khaki and brown tones with buttons down the front.

There are, of course, so many different ways you can style this skirt. These versatile colours allow me to wear the skirt with a neutral colour palette or bolder, contrasting tones.  This skirt, for me, is a classic piece that I can wear, for many years to come.

The Midi is my favourite length – I find it very flattering for me.  This skirt is a timeless classic.  During this season, there couldn’t be a more perfect fabric. To me, it oozes femininity and style.  It’s great, either dressed up with heels or knee-high boots, or simply dressed down and casual, with ankle boots.

Winter White woollen coat from "French Connection".

Winter White woollen coat from “French Connection”.

Here, I have matched my skirt with a – winter white – “French Connection” coat, a pop of red cashmere, completing the look with long black leather boots..I really love neutral tones as they add a timeless and sophisticated look, particularly when worn together.

I have also added a faux fur “French Connection” gilet (below), along with a timeless cashmere sweater from Marks and Spencer to complete the look.

"French Connection" Faux fur Gilet

“French Connection” Faux fur Gilet

"French Connection" Faux fur Gilet

“French Connection” Faux fur Gilet

"Mango" Leather Bomber Jacket

“Mango” Leather Bomber Jacket……..Here, I’m wearing long black leather boots with a short leather biker jacket, also from Mango

"Mango" Leather Bomber Jacket

“Mango” Leather Bomber Jacket

"Zara" Double Breasted Brown Jacket

“Zara” Double Breasted Brown Jacket

"Zara" Double Breasted Brown Jacket

“Zara” Double Breasted Brown Jacket

I bought this brown jacket, recently, in the “Zara” sale.  It was reduced from £119.00 to £29.99 – I couldn’t believe my luck!!  I know I will get a lot of wear out of it.

Thank you for your time and I hope you found the post helpful and informative!

Please leave a message if you have any questions.

Please note that this blog post contains no gifted items, but may contain some affiliate links.  All of the items are my own.

Alison xx

Brown Leather Knee High Boots from "Marks & Spencer"

Brown Leather Knee High Boots from “Marks & Spencer”

 

 

Cashmere Oatmeal Jumper from "Marks & Spencer"

Cashmere Oatmeal Jumper from “Marks & Spencer”

Cashmere Oatmeal Jumper from "Marks & Spencer"

Cashmere Oatmeal Jumper from “Marks & Spencer”

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies – a belated “Happy New Year” to everyone.

A few styles you might like for Autumn/Winter

A few styles you might like for Autumn/Winter

I have never made New Year resolutions. But, I always like to begin the year with a positive mindset.

I like to keep busy and plan and prioritise my activities. Because having a few things to look forward to keeps us all ticking along and is good for our mental wellbeing – it can’t be all work and no play.

2018 wasn’t a bad year for my family – thank goodness!!  For me, health is the most important thing, so as far as that is concerned, it wasn’t an “annus horribilis”.

I have only been doing this blog for a short while, and while loving it, I’m still finding my feet.  I will continue for as long as it makes me happy and gives me some fun, which is the main reason I started it.  I may not be doing it as habitually as others, but I am just taking small steps at a time.

In a year or two, I may be blogging a lot more – who knows what is around the corner?  But, this has to fit in with my family and work.  I am also only posting when I believe I have something worthwhile to show, or talk about.

I do love fashion – so here are a few items that I have enjoyed wearing over the last couple of months.  And, I know I will go on wearing them.  Some items are from the back of my wardrobe that, thank goodness, I haven’t thrown out!  And, I still love them! For example,  the “Monsoon” skirt.  I have taken a few photos for Instagram, and quite a few people have remarked on it.

Thank you for your time and I hope you found the post helpful and informative!

Alison xx

Mango checked dress

Monsoon skirt – not current (please see similar ones below)

Camel Midi from mango, which is sold out  – Marks and Spencers have one similar for £35.00

Monsoon

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I adore the plush fabrics that the colder months bring.  Cashmere woollens, velvet, and corduroy, as well as tweedy tactile fabrics – wrapping them around us – feeling comfy and warm.

Over the years, I have developed a love of coats. It might be due to living in the North East of England, where you spend best part of the year in one!   That said, we have had a long, warm summer, this year.  Recently, I have added a few versatile additions to my wardrobe as well as bringing out old trusted garments, which I still love and enjoy wearing (check my Instagram page).

I have the odd items of clothing that are so old they could be “vintage”, but, I still enjoy wearing them.  I’m pleased I didn’t have a mad moment and give them away, as I have done in the past!  Some of my older items were expensive, by my standards – others, I didn’t pay a lot for, but are still in excellent condition.

I’m a fan of casual glamour, a mixture of day and evening wear.  One of my mantras is, if an outfit works, and fits with your style,  keep wearing it,and  mix it up with other items.

I wear trousers a lot more in the winter, so, I have been experimenting with quite a few styles.  A  few haven’t worked, so,  I have had to return them.  But, others I have really liked, and they have made me a little more adventurous with my style – it’s never too late!  I purchased them to spice up my winter wardrobe.  I thought I would share some of these items with you to see what you think?

The three pairs of trousers that I’ve featured are all from H&M, which is purely coincidental.

Velvet Wide Legged Pants

I didn’t think I would like these at all.  They are high on the waist, which can be a little tricky to wear when you get older.   However, when I tried them on, I got a pleasant surprise.   The velvet is very soft.  It is also very comfortable, especially around the tummy.  I found that, worn with the correct clothes, they are surprisingly flattering, and they work.   Plus, I got a few compliments from trusted friends when I wore them.

 Here’s a few ways I wore them.

Wearing my Zara tuxedo with my H&M wide velvet trousers

Worn with Zara cardigan with contrasting trim.

Black tuxedo and cream cami – also photo-bombed slightly by Jarvis!!

Black slim-fit jeans with a slight flared hem.

I wear jeans a lot, in my everyday world.  These jeans caught my eye, because of the slight flare.  I was curious to see if they would suit me.  I tried them on in the shop, and got a pleasant surprise.

They sit quite high on the waist, pulling the tummy in, in a lovely way.  There is 1% “elastane” in the material, plus organic cotton, which I like.  I find them flattering.   They can be worn with high heels, or flats.  This style of jean is a lovely contrast as I usually wear straight legged jeans, so it’s nice to shake it up!  I have worn them a few times, and they are very comfortable.

Here are a few ways I have worn these jeans.

Worn with a Zara sweatshirt that was only £9.99 and a man’s Burberry scarf that I bought a long time ago.

Worn with a Tuxedo, plus a touch of leopard print.

Wide legged checked trousers

Again, these are not my usual style.   I was a little unsure if I would like them.  My legs are not super long, so I was worried they would appear shorter, due to the hem sitting above the ankle.

 However, they are smart, casual and a good fit and work well with most footwear.  I know there have been a lot of issues with H&M sizing, but there was no problem.  They fit me perfectly.  I am a 12 to 14 (depending on the brand), and with these trousers, I felt more comfortable in the size 14.   They are, in my opinion, a quality material, and I really like them – plus, they go with a lot of things.  So versatile!

What I wore with them.

“Next” leather jacket,which I have had for an eternity and still love! Plus, a black cashmere polo neck sweater from Marks and Spencer

Thank you for reading my post.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Alison xx