Friday, 28 June 2013

Bittersweet





 jumper: river island
shorts: zara
shoes: topshop
bag: chanel
necklace: mango
rings: h&m
bangles: h&m
nails: l'oreal 'dating coral'
nails: revlon 'tutti frutti'

I'm finally starting to feel human again and ventured out into town for a quick shopping trip! I wasn't planning on doing an outfit post this week but I absolutely adore this look and wanted to share it on here. I've been wearing lots of bright/ neon colours lately but usually contrast them with a black or grey jean to tone it today. Today I decided to pair two bright shades together to create a very vibrant and 'citrus' look. I bought this cropped jumper from River Island last week, I love the detailing within the stitch and the shape makes it easy to wear with shorts, skirts and jeans. The cropped length also makes it ideal for layering which wasn't necessary today as it's been so hot and muggy. I've paired it with these  Zara lime silk shorts which I also featured in pink in a previous outfit post. I love the relaxed, loose shape of these shorts and they are so comfortable for during the day. I'm slightly paranoid about them being a little see-through but I don't think it's that noticeable... hopefully! 

I was lucky enough to be given this gorgeous Chanel bag this week, a great hand-me-down from my beautiful Mother! I'm already obsessed with this bag and I've only had it two days. The gold 'Chanel' writing across the top and the gold baroque detailing gives it that classic Chanel look. I was planning to use it more as an evening bag but it's actually a good size for during the day. I'm off to London this weekend so this will be getting many outings over the next couple of days!



Wednesday, 26 June 2013

June Beauty Favourites


I'm just as much of a beauty products fan as I am clothing and accessories, so it's only fair I include some more beauty-related posts on my blog. I'm also really ill at the moment so posts where I don't have to show my red nose are very appealing! I thought I'd start by including a round-up of my favourite beauty products each month, these can include make-up, hair, nails, skin etc. I'm constantly testing the new hyped about beauty products so this seems like a very suitable post for my blog. I'd absolutely love for this to evolve into 'vlog' form some day soon but I'm still building up the confidence so bear with me! 

 Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Mac Face and Body Foundation 'N3'

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (£26.00): I've never really tried Laura Mercier products, and like many I was lured into the beauty counter in Selfridges after reading so many rave reviews. For concealer, I used to use Benefit Erase Paste but after finishing my second pot I was reluctant to buy another. I have to say, the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is soo much better and matches my skin tone more. I tend to use my fingers to blend the lighter and darker shade together, rubbing underneath my eyes and over any blemishes. I find this completely covers any dark circles or blemishes and stays in place on my skin all day. At £26 it is pretty pricey, but this has already lasted me over 2 months so I'd say the quality and quantity are definitely worth it.

Mac Face and Body Foundation 'N3' 50ml (£20.50): Mac has always been my favourite beauty brand, although it's probably not the 'best', I've always relied on it over the years. I always use the Yves Saint Laurent Teint Éclat foundation, but after reading so many positive reviews I decided to invest in the smaller 50ml bottle of this. I was a bit worried when I first applied this foundation as it was very wet, but after blending it into my skin using a buffing brush, the consistency changed to give a very dewy but soft look. I wouldn't say this foundation will completely replace my YSL, but I will use it during my holiday to achieve that fresh, glowing skin look.

 Mac 'Sushi Kiss', Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil

Mac 'Sushi Kiss' (£14.00): I own over 50 Mac lipsticks which I have collected over the years, but I've always moaned about the Mac collection never having a creamy coral shade. At last, with the release of the Mac 'All About Orange' Collection, all my Christmas' came at once! 'Sushi Kiss' is the perfect orange coral shade with a gorgeous satin finish. The lipstick glides really easily along the lip, leaving a strong colour behind which lasts around 4 hours. 'Sushi Kiss' has a really light and bright tone, a balanced mix of orange and pink with a neutral yellow undertone. It really stands out on the lip creating a strong pop of colour. I wish I'd bought another 'Sushi Kiss' as I've worn it pretty much every day over the past few weeks and dread the day it runs out!

Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil (£32,00): I'd never even heard of the Hourglass brand until the launch of the No.28 Lip Treatment which seemed to appear in every magazine I picked up! I've always suffered from really dry and cracked lips so this was something that I was immediately interested in trying. The lip treatment has a fairly dense consistency with a herbal scent, leaving behind a very glossy and 'plumped' look. I find that this treatment really soothed my lips with the 24 carat gold plated applicator, and left them feeling soft and hydrated. I apply this around 3-4 times a day and I have really noticed a long-term effect on the appearance of my lips. There are cheaper alternatives out there like By Terry Baume de Rose, but it's certainly a great investment if you suffer from dry lips.

 Nails Inc 'Wellington Square', Models Own 'Hedonist'

Nails Inc 'Wellington Square' (£11.00): No matter what time of year it is, my favourite colour for nails is a lovely bright peachy pink shade. Nails Inc 'Wellington Square' is exactly that - a bold peach shade with coral hues and a glossy finish. I've used this so many times over the past few weeks and despite trying to change my nail colour, usually resort back to this within a matter of days! I think it's the ideal colour for Spring/ Summer, as it's ultra-feminine and goes with pretty much anything. I don't really like the applicator brush as I find it quite thin and flimsy, but the colour wins me over every time.

Models Own 'Hedonist' (£5.00): I've had this polish for ages now and never really wore it when I first purchased it. Now the sun has decided to show it's face, I can't get enough of this beautiful neon shade! Models Own 'Hedonist' is a very bright neon pinky coral shade with a hint of red. It's a true neon polish, probably one of the brightest I own and it doesn't turn dull over time. Every time I wear this polish, I get so many compliments and always convince so many people to buy it. I'm actually going to re-purchase this on the weekend so I have a good supply to take on holiday with me!

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap, Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap (£16.85): I have to be careful with hair products as I have Great Lengths bonded extensions which don't get along with every product! I find Redken products are always suitable for my extensions so they are a brand I often purchase. A couple of months ago, I purchased this Redken Extreme Anti-Snap which is a leave-in treatment designing for distressed or weak hair. I apply this to the ends and mid-lengths of my damp hair, using 2 pumps every time I wash my hair. I've noticed a difference in the condition of my extensions, they seem much softer and less tends to break off when I brush them. I can't say this will make a dramatic difference to your hair, but it's improved the condition of mine and prevents breakage with fewer split ends.

Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder (£5.99): I never really buy drugstore hair products as I find salon brands are better for my hair extensions. I read a really great review for this product and decided to give it a go, for £5.99 it seemed like a bargain. I've been using this over the past few weeks and it's fast become a staple product in my hair care routine. The Charles Worthing Split Ends Binder is part of the Strength and Repair collection, designed for fragile and damaged hair which needs special treatment. I wouldn't say my hair is in particularly bad condition, but I do have split ends like most people. I find this product does work in binding my split ends to make them less visible but it doesn't prevent them. The tube is only small, but I will definitely be re-purchasing this little guy once he has ran out!


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Lusting After #49


Apologies for being absent on the blog front recently, I've only gone and got a sinus infection so I'm house-bound on antibiotics for the next week! This means that outfit posts are looking quite unlikely until next week so in the mean time I've collected together some items I've spied over the past few days. I've avoided the shops recently as all the sales have started so looking online for their new pieces is much easier! 

I'm off to Marbella in less than 4 weeks now and I'd love to take this Topshop tie-dye crochet bikini away with me. The colours are so perfect and the top could also be worn as a crop top with a maxi skirt. The River Island boxy cropped t-shirt caught my eye with the bright neon shade of orange, this would look great against tanned skin and dressed up with gold statement jewellery. I haven't bought a shirt/ blouse in ages and this Toshop oversized floral shirt could be the next one I purchase. I really love the oversized boxy shape and the monochrome floral print makes it easy to wear with so many things. I'd throw this on over a bikini on the beach and then dress it up when I get home with some skinny jeans and the River Island white blocked sandals. I always tend to stay away from heels during the day but these block style heels are easy to walk in and aren't too high for every day wear. This Topshop multicoloured triangle bra would also be so useful when on holiday for layering under low-armhole vests or crops to add a discrete touch of colour.

I don't usually buy much from Primark as I never seem to find that much worth purchasing in store. However, since viewing their latest High Summer 2013 collection online, I can't wait to get my hands on some of their new pieces. I love these Primark paisley print trousers, they have a real 70s style to them with the muted colours in the print. I would wear these with a cropped t-shirt or vest like this H&M yellow cropped vest which is just a really simple staple item for the wardrobe. These Primark white round sunglasses would also add to the 70s look and are such a bargain for £2.50!

Since the weather has brightened up, party season has officially begun and I would love this Topshop blurred forest skirt to wear out next week. I've seen this in store and the colours used within the print blend so well together. I think this skirt really stands out and is such an individual piece, it only needs a plain crop or body worn with it to create a Summer evening look. I would wear some simple and delicate jewellery pieces such as these Whistles gold knot rings. These are so minimalistic and understated but still look beautiful on the finger and could be combined with other rings. Lastly, I've always been a huge fan of anything tortoise shell and this H&M clutch bag is no exception. I haven't seen this in store yet and I'm reluctant to order online as I've heard H&M orders take weeks to arrive! Have you ever ordered anything off the H&M website, if so how long did it take to come?


Friday, 21 June 2013

Today I Bought #53

 grey midi dress: miss selfridge, pink top: american apparel
 tops: both primark
 playsuit: topshop, knitted vest: next
 split back jumper and crop top: both river island
 donut body: missguided
 curved hem mini skirt: topshop, tropical midi skirt: river island
 curved hem skirt: h&m, fishnet skirt: missguided
 neon cosmetics bag: river island
lipsticks: mac 'tart & trendy', 'sweet & sour', 'sushi kiss'

I haven't done one of these posts for a while so thought I'd update you on a few things I've been purchasing over the past few weeks. I'm attending a Summer themed 21st tonight and I've been struggling to find a dress so much! I've settled with this Miss Selfridge grey midi dress which I thought would be nice with some statement jewellery and a bright lip. I'm not one for long dresses as I'm quite short so this is a new venture for me! 

I've been buying lots of casual tops lately as when I was interning I mainly bought smart blouses or knitwear. I bought this American Apparel neon baseball top and these two Primark t-shirts to stock up my wardrobe a bit. I really love the sporty style of these tops, they are really easy to wear with jeans or leggings and fit in with the sports luxe trend for this season. I also bought this Topshop zig zag playsuit which really reminds me of the classic Missoni knitted pattern. I was drawn to the colours immediately and can't wait to wear this on my upcoming holiday. The Next knitted vest was a random purchase as I was refunding some things for my mom as I never usually go in there. The mixture of the white/ beige yarns creates a sort of 'worn' and distressed look and would look great on the beach over a bikini with some statement jewellery.

I featured this River Island split back jumper in coral in a recent outfit post and couldn't resist going back to pick up the white version. I've had so many compliments on this jumper and already worn it so many times. The knitted fabric is also really lightweight which makes it perfect for warmer weather like at the moment. I also picked up this River Island crop top to pair with a maxi skirt or pencil skirt during the evenings. I find the sizing for this really strange as usually River Island sizes are slightly larger than usual but this was quite tight for a size 10. 

When I saw these confectionary bodies on the Missguided site, I couldn't help but buy this donut one! It's so cute and would look great on holiday worn with some high-waisted denim shorts or maxi skirt. The fabric is water-proof so I reckon it could actually be worn as a swimsuit but I wouldn't risk the tan lines! I've been on a bit of a skirt haul this week as I seem to be going out quite a lot now I'm home for the Summer. I wore this Topshop curved hem mini skirt last week with an American Apparel knitted crop top and really loved the look. I also can't wait to wear this River island tropical print pencil skirt which I also bought the matching crop top for. I love the bold colours used within the print, they are perfect for the Summer and it only needs a simple crop top or body to create a look. The H&M curved hem skirt was a very recent buy so I haven't had the chance to wear it yet. I bought this as a basic item to wear during the day with loose fitting tops or vest. The Missguided fishnet skirt is more of an evening skirt to be dressed up with heels and jewellery. White is never a wise colour for me to wear on a night out so I'll have to be careful with this one.

Last up, I bought this River Island neon cosmetics case last week after searching for a smaller case to fit in my handbag during the day. I love anything and everything neon at the moment so this one passed the test immediately! I mentioned how I'd purchased some of the lipsticks from the Mac 'All About Orange' collection and I have to say these are possibly my favourite Mac lipsticks already! 'Tart & Trendy' is a fairly bold orange lipsticks so I tend to wear this on nights out to stand out on the lip. 'Sweet & Sour' is a great creamy peach shade with lustre for during the day, it's really good at preventing my lips from drying out and adding a touch of colour. My absolute favourite is 'Sushi Kiss' which is a bright creamy coral shade, perfect for both during the day and evenings. I find this lipstick stays on all night and doesn't need to be re-applied every 10 minutes. I think they have sold out pretty much everywhere now so if you didn't get hold of any I'd try eBay to snap them up!


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Paisley Dream






dress: river island
shoes: topshop
necklace: river island
sunglasses: topshop
stacking rings: h&m
jewelled ring: topshop
bangles: h&m
hoop earrings: h&m
lips: rimmel moisture renew 'nude delight'
nails: kleancolor 'story of my heart'

The sun has finally decided to show it's face and I'm taking full advantage of wearing anything and everything Summer-y! I bought this River Island paisley print dress last week, I already own the same smock style dress in a different pattern. I really like the oversized loose fitting shape, it's great for hot Summer days when you just want something lightweight and easy to wear. I also think the paisley print is really pretty, the earthy tones prevent it from being too 'in your face'. This would be a great dress to wear at festivals this year...if I was going to any!

After loving the white version of these Topshop lace-up shoes so much, I bought the black a couple of weeks ago. They are possibly the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, literally like cushions on your feet! They're great for just slipping on and they go with pretty much every outfit. I'm also going eyelash-free again today as the hay fever is making my eyes all red and itchy so I don't want to irritate them any more. I actually quite like the more natural look, I just wish my natural lashes curled more as they lie really flat. I've tried every eyelash curler and heated eyelash curler and none seem to work, does anybody have any good recommendations to achieve curlier lashes?

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Neon Shorts





cropped jumper: zara
neon shorts: zara
perspex brogues: & other stories
socks: topshop
earrings: topshop
bracelet: marc by marc jacobs
lips: topshop 'whimsical'
nails: kleancolor 'story of my heart'

I was really surprised when I stepped outside the morning and it was really hot and muggy. I hate English weather at this time of year when there's no sunshine and it just feels really gross and sticky! I couldn't face wearing jeans or leggings so thought I'd try out my Zara neon shorts which I bought whilst I was away in Marbella last month. Zara prices in Spain tend to be a fair bit lower than over here so I usually take full advantage when I'm over there. I think these were priced at 15 euros rather than £15.99 which makes quite a difference. I love the hot pink shade of these shorts, they really stand out and are perfect for the holiday season. I've paired them with this Zara polka dot cropped jumper which I bought a while back so not sure if they still have them in stock. I wear this all the time with high-waisted jeans and maxi skirts so it's nice to try it out with shorts for a change.

I completely forgot about my & Other Stories perspex brogues as most of my stuff got stored away when I moved back from London. These were quite difficult to wear in the Winter as they need to be worn with socks to avoid blisters but socks didn't look right with jeans. I've been waiting for the days when I can wear them with cute frilly socks and shorts/ skirts. I've also got round to re-doing my nails with this metallic/ iridescent shade by Kleancolor. I bought a few of these polishes off eBay and wasn't too impressed with them to be honest! This is the only shade I've liked as it gives a good colour coverage after 2 coats and has a unique bronze/ golden shine. This hasn't photographed very well due to the lighting but I've uploaded a better photo on my Instagram. For those of you who don't already follow me, my username is @lydiafayejones.

I've heard GFC are closing down rather soon so Bloglovin' is probably the best way to keep up to date with my blog if you are already a member. I've always relied on GFC to read my favourite blogs so it's a bit annoying that it's closing down! It would be great if you could follow my blog via Bloglovin, I've included the link so it's easier to find - follow me here!


Monday, 17 June 2013

Coral Split Jumper




split back jumper: river island
jeans: topshop 'joni'
brogues: dune (with american apparel shoe laces)
bag: givenchy
necklace: mango
stacking rings: h&m
bracelet: marc by marc jacobs
lips: mac 'sweet & sour'

I'm sooo in love with this jumper that I've actually worn it nearly every day since I bought it last week! I've seen it in River Island before in white but it never really caught my attention. I've had so many compliments on the neon coral colour and split back style since wearing it. Now I've decided I want the white one too I can't find it anywhere, typical! I think this neon coral shade really compliments and enhances tanned skin and definitely stands out from the crowd. I've worn it with my pastel pink Topshop Joni jeans which are also a favourite of mine. I don't think they sell these anymore as I've never seen them in any other store apart from Oxford Circus. I wish they'd bring out some new bright shades of the Joni jeans as I know so many people who really like the style and fit.

I went sale shopping over the weekend and found these gorgeous ombré Dune brogues reduced from £80 to £47. I've come across these before but I think the higher price tag must have put me off! They came with some standard white laces so I changed them for these American Apparel peach laces that I already had lying around. I think they make the shoe look so much more unique and quirky whilst also really bringing out the colours of the ombré design. 

I was lucky enough to receive this lovely Givenchy bag for my 21st birthday back in February but I've always been a bit scared to use it around London. So many people barge into you whilst walking down the street that I didn't want it to get marked or scuffed! Now I'm back home I'm taking full advantage of being able to use it, especially whilst the weather is warm. I chose the nude shade as I thought it would be a classic colour that would always be in trend and go with pretty much everything. I've seen a few high street copies of this bag cropping up recently so if you're looking for a similar style check out Topshop and Primark.


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Lusting After #48

bikini top: primark
printed trousers: primark
kaftan: primark

Sorry for being pretty absent on the blogging front this week, I haven't had much spare time to do outfit photographs and I've been outfit repeating anyway! I thought I'd end the week with a round-up of the items I've got my eye on at the moment. First up, I know the weather has warmed up now but I still can't resist a good cropped jumper. This Topshop beige cropped jumper is ideal for layering over dresses or blouses and I love the wide slashed neckline. It could also be worn with these Primark printed trousers which have a sort of ethnic/ aztec feel to them. I only own one pair of these tapered printed trousers so I really need a few more. I'm exceptionally impressed with Primark's High Summer 2013 collection so will also be picking up this Primark orange kaftan and printed bikini top to add to my holiday wardrobe.

I'm a sucker for anything neon at the moment so this River Island fluoro t-shirt is no exception. I haven't actually seen this in store so I'm not sure just how bright it will be. It's a really casual top which I'd wear with either some silk shorts or high-waisted jeans and a statement necklace to dress it up a little. I also love this River island beaded crop top for more of an evening look with a high-waisted pencil skirt and sandals like these River Island lime strappy heels. I tried on these heels in a different colour as the lime shade have sold out. For anyone thinking of purchasing them online, they measure up reaalllyyy big so I'd advise down sizing!

Last year, I fell in top with a full length wrap skirt in Topshop and now they have released this Topshop wrap midi skirt which is basically the same style. I've always regretted not buying the skirt at the time so this may have to be it's new substitute! I already have about 6 pairs of sandals to take away with me on holiday but these Topshop hologram sandals would be such a good last addition! Although I love the hologram trend, I don't actually own many hologram pieces so this can be my excuse. I'm also in love with this Kenzo tiger bracelet which is available from Selfridge's and Harvey Nichols. I don't often buy expensive jewellery as I go off pieces so quickly, but this has a classic and simplistic style which is bound to stay stylish all year round. 


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Skincare Routine

So, I thought I'd mix things up a little bit on my blog and introduce some new styles of posts including beauty, make-up, skin care and some upcoming product reviews. I probably buy just as many products as I do clothes so it's only fair I include them both! 

I often get asked what products I use on my skin to cleanse, moisturise, exfoliate and tan. I don't have a solid routine that I stick to every day but all of the products I have shown I use fairly regularly. I have normal/ combination skin and have never really suffered from bad spots or redness. I tend to use higher end products rather than drugstore as I'm terrified of having a breakout! So here are the products I tend to use the most to keep my skin up to scratch...


Cleansing

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I've always used make-up wipes to remove my make-up as I find they work the best on my skin and most oils/ lotions tend to irritate my eyes. I've got very sensitive eyes and wear a lot of eye make-up so I need to ensure this is fully removed. I love Simple make-up wipes as they are successful at removing most of my make-up and don't leave behind a greasy feel. I also find that they don't dry out in the pack and Boots usually have good 3 for 2 offers with them.

Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm: We all know that make-up wipes don't remove everything off our skin, so to remove the remainder of my make-up I use this. I use a 10p sized dollop and rub it between the palms of my hands to melt the balm. I then rub this onto my face and neck and remove with a flannel that has been soaked in hot water. I really find that this removes anything that is left off my face and leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed.

Sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser: I'm not an avid exfoliator as I find most can leave my skin feeling slightly sore and red. However, the Sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser is really gentle and doesn't feel too rough when rubbed into the skin. I would say I use this around 1-2 times a week after I have removed all of my make-up on the evening. This helps to remove any dry patches of skin which I sometimes get around my chin or forehead.


Perfecting

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: I would say this is the most blogged about skincare product that has ever graced the internet! I jumped on the bandwagon about 8 months ago when I read about it online. I don't tend to suffer from breakouts or bad spots but I do find that during my hormonal days this does prevent breakouts. I use this nearly every morning during times when my skin is feeling slightly oily around my t-zone area. The serum feels really light on your skin and this tube has lasted me a good 3 months. Ever since I have used this product, the appearance of my skin is much clearer and I am less prone to spots. I also find that my overall skin tone is much more even so I've started using a lighter foundation which is a miracle!

Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum: I was only introduced to Ren products about 6 months ago but now I'm beginning to start a little collection. My all time favourite is the Radiance Perfecting Serum which not only smells divine but has worked wonders for my skin tone. I tend to use this before I go to bed so that it can work it's magic over night. This serum has helped to reduce the redness in my skin and also make my skin look more radiant and smoother. I can definitely see a difference in the appearance of my skin since using this, it has much more of a glow and looks healthier in general.

Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream: I don't moisturise everyday as I find it makes my skin a little greasy, but when I do I use this light moisturiser. I use this around 3 times a week when my skin is feeling a little dry or dull. I find this moisturiser to be incredibly light on the skin and it soaks in really quickly without leaving behind a greasy residue. If I have any dry patches around my mouth or nose, this does the job in soothing these patches and bringing some moisture to these areas.


Face Masks

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask: Another Ren product which I have recently added to my collection! I bought this about 2 months ago and although I have only used it a handful of times, I am really impressed with this product. The texture is quite gloopy, much like the Elizabeht Arden 8 Hour Cream, which I always found slightly off-putting. I put a generous amount over all areas of my face and leave on my skin for around 15 mins. You do experience a slightly tingling sensation the longer you leave the product on but apparently this is normal! I remove the mask using a hot flannel and find my skin feeling much softer and refreshed. I can't say this has made any dramatic differences to my skin, but it does leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed as well as removing any dry skin.

The Body Shop Honey and Oat 3 in 1 Scrub Mask: When I'm looking for a more dramatic change in my skin from a face mask I opt for this one. The smell and texture of this mask reminds me a lot of porridge but it does smell absolutely gorgeous, almost edible! I use a fair amount of this over my face and leave on for around 15-20 mins, removing the mask with a hot flannel. I find this mask to be great at exfoliating the skin as well as moisturising and cleansing at the same time. I always feel like my skin looks so much clearer and feels softer after using this mask, as well as smelling sooo good!


Body Moisturising

Aveeno Moisturising Creamy Oil*: I religiously moisturise everyday after showering/ bathing so a good body moisturiser is key within my skincare routine. One of my favourites at the moment is this delicious smelling creamy oil by Aveeno. The product includes oatmeal and almond oil which not only smell really good when you rub it into your skin but they also contain great moisturising properties. I've only been using this very recently but it has already become a staple item within my routine. I find this moisturiser leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and healthy without leaving a greasy after-feel. As it's a mix between an oil and a cream, it also feels quite lightweight on the skin and soaks in really easily.

Dove Firming Nourishing Lotion: I bought this product a couple of months ago when I was starting my gym/ healthy routine as the 'firming' property really caught my attention. I tend to use this mostly around my legs and thighs to see if it does improve the firmness of my skin. The lotion contains white tea extract which is an effective antioxidant claiming to boost skin elasticity and tone. I'm not sure if this has actually improved the firmness of my skin as I like to think the gym does most of the work, but I would say it feels nice when you rub it in and helps to moisturise the skin. I'm not sure if I will repurchase this lotion purely for it's firming properties, but I do like it as a whole in terms of smell, softness and how well it soaks into the skin.


Self-Tanning

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan: I tend to use self-tan around twice a week before scrubbing it all off again and starting from scratch. I hate being pale as I always feel like I look so unhealthy so a good fake tan is probably the most important product in my skincare routine. This Vita Liberata tan is the perfect self-tan for building up on your skin without experiencing any patches or crumbling around the insides of your arms or legs. I apply this before I go to bed and it doesn't feel sticky or smelly like many fake tans do. After washing it off in the morning, it leaves behind a really natural and healthy looking tan which does last around 2 weeks. My favourite quality about this tan is that it doesn't start to rub off in patches, but simply fades so you aren't left with any patchy areas. The only bad thing about this tan is that it is priced around £35 and doesn't last that very long if you are using it every week.

Sienna X Dark Glowing Self Tan: I have to say, after testing fake tans for the past 6 years, this is the holy grail of them all! I found this within the M&S Beauty section as I had some leftover vouchers which needed to be used up. I find this fake tan to leave behind a much deeper glow than the Vita Liberata and it doesn't need as many layers so the bottle lasts a lot longer. I buy the dark edition but you can choose for a lighter version which will leave you with a slightly more natural look. I find this is the perfect shade for my skin tone and lasts for around 10 days. I only apply this every 2 weeks and when I want to remove it, it's easily removed with a bristle brush in the shower. I have recommended this fake tan to so many people as I really do think it's the best out there at the moment.

Clarins Instant Smooth Self-Tanning: I tend to steer clear of applying self tan to my face as I'm scared of it causing a breakout. If I do want a slight glow, I use this Clarins product which is great at giving a healthy glow without looking too obvious. I apply this before I go to bed and in the morning I can see a noticeable difference without it looking like I have fake tanned. The texture is really smooth and it soaks into your skin so easily without feeling greasy or oily. If you own the Clarins Instant Smooth Face Primer, the texture is exactly the same but it just include some self-tan properties. I mostly use this when I am on holiday to give my skin that extra glow and radiant appearance.