Thursday, 22 May 2014

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze- Express Pro Self- Tanning Dry Mist

It’s starting to hit those hot summery days which means it’s time to go bare-legged and ditch those itchy woollen tights that have become almost glued to us after what seems the longest winter ever. For us ladies this means, a lot more work to be honest. As well as shaving more frequently or opting to wax so we don’t have fuzzy legs, it’s also about the colour. I’m a dark haired brunette so admittedly I can tan easily than most, but when the British weather is playing havoc and those sunny days turn into a shower it’s incredibly hard to get a sun- kissed glow in the UK.

I have been a self confessed tan virgin for years. I have never had a professional spray tan, used a sun-bed or even used self-tanning home kits as I have always been a bit scared. Nearly all of my girly friends use self tanning kits and sometimes I have seen the tan turn into an oompa lumpa colour and because of that it has never appealed to me. However with my holiday trip to Malia not making an appearance till September and those hot days few and far between I opted for a self tanning mist. Unlike self tanning lotion the mist is supposed to be a lot easier to apply and the can reads “No streaks, no self tan smell.”

After just finishing my Journalism degree only last week, I had planned a big night out with friends to relax and drink away the stress I had encountered over the last few months. Just like any night out I had bought a complete new outfit with shoes, bag, dress- the full works. The only thing that was missing was a sun-kissed glow. I took a trip to my local Superdrug store as a friend had recommended Sublime Bronze which was on offer for £10. At the time I thought it was a tad expensive at £15 for full price compared to self-tanning lotions but as I was going all out, I treated myself. I purchased the medium tan colour as I didn’t want to try the darkest colour incase it went wrong. A lovely assistant at Superdrug told me ideally I should purchase the dark tan after I have been on holiday to top up a natural tan.

The same day I bought the product I exfoliated to prepare my body and a few hours later I had finally lost my self-tan virginity. It literally dried within 5 minutes which was perfect as I didn’t have to stand there starker’s for a long time but all I could do was keep staring at my body waiting for the colour to change until a friend kindly mentioned it will happen overnight. In the morning I woke up expecting to look like a streaky mess but I wasn't at all. It was the perfect natural tan I had dreamt of but I wanted to apply more to go a bit darker. The instructions do say wait 24 hours before re-applying but I did give it a good 15 hours before I re-applied and assumed this was only a guideline.

I personally believe this product is a miracle for beginners like myself who are amateurs in the tanning world. It’s so easy to apply and it is literally impossible for the tan to streak. The smell is also lovely compared to most tanning products. Next time the only thing I would change is the colour I chose as I would like a darker tan. I would rate this product 5/5.

Have you used L'Oreal self tanning mist before?

Monday, 19 May 2014

NOTW- Manicure Mondays #7 #studio18 #summer #coral

It's a lovely sunny Monday and its also Manicure Monday! Last week as a treat to my self for finishing my degree, I took a trip to Studio 18 in Huddersfield to take advantage of their Tuesday deal and got my self an express manicure and pedicure for an incredible £10. I always find it a nightmare when picking a colour but my beautician suggested this coral colour which is new in OPI nail polishes.  
 What is your favourite colour of polish at the moment?

Monday, 12 May 2014

NOTW- Manicure Mondays #Sally Hansen #6 #SugarFix

Another £1 hit wonder from no other than my local Poundshop in Huddersfield. 

Would you succumb to a bargain nail polish?

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Snapshot Sundays #1

Happy Sunday lovelies! I decided to start a new feature on my blog called Snapshot Sundays. As the sunnier days have finally arrived, I have really got back into walking and the outdoors.This weeks picture was taken at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield. I absolutely love blossom trees so when I saw this fairy wonderland setting, I had to take a picture.

Lots of love Miss Vintage Vibe xo

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Clinique- Anti Blemish solutions

For most girls like myself, it hits that time of the month and my skin goes into overdrive. One minute I’m fine, the next I am dealing with a monstrosity of spots on my face and no matter what I do they will not budge off my skin. Usually I have quite clear skin unless I have been having a tough week and the takeaway habit has been practically every night.

Lately I have been a bit less stress free and turned into a bit of a health freak by eating freshly prepared foods and hitting the gym more so naturally my skin looks clearer and brighter but doing late nights in the library can sometimes bring on stress spots as well. I personally believe clear skin is one of the best secrets to feeling confident and I am always trying spot creams and face masks to keep my skin looking at its best.

Whilst buying the 3 step cleanse set from Clinique, I was told if I bought any other Clinique product I would receive a free tin full of Clinique’s best selling products and of course I just couldn’t resist although my bank card was glaring at me in shame with my spending habit.

I bought the 15ml Clinique Anti Blemish solutions for £14, just to try it as if like any product I am not happy with I will not re-purchase. The 30ml is £20 which is a better deal but I had never used a clearing gel before, so I was a bit skeptical.

After the 3 step cleanse set from Clinique, I applied the clearing gel every night for 2 weeks to see if it made a difference to my skin which at that point was looking spottier than usual due to the stress of university, my poor sleeping pattern and bad diet. I applied a small amount to a cotton pad and wiped all over my face. The assistant did tell me I would feel a tingly sensation when first applying but to be honest it felt like my face was burning. I do have very sensitive skin so this could have been the reason.

After a week of using the spot solution I did notice a change in the way my skin looked. I apply make up every single day without fail and I found my foundation was applying better as I didn’t need as much to blend and cover spots. I think the solution is worth it as the results are quite amazing but I wish I had purchased the bigger bottle as I have nearly run out after a month of buying this product which isn't too great on my dwindling bank balance.

Have you used Clinique anti blemish solution before?

Friday, 2 May 2014

2,000 page views milestone

I would just like to thank all you lovely bloggers out there who read my blog and who have helped me reach my first target of 2,000 page views. I know its only a very small milestone in the blogging world but I have been persistent lately in keeping up with posting and it has payed off. I would like to blog as my career in the future so although its only a small step, it means a lot!

Lots of love Miss Vintage Vibe xo