Saturday, 17 January 2015

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Review

Am I a little late in reviewing this? Gentle Bronze, which is Cocoa Brown's gradual tan, was released last year but truthfully it is only since Winter began that I have gotten the most use out of this! I don't want a full on tan, but I need something to take away the horrid purple/grey of my skin tone.

Back in the day, when I was a complete tanophobe, I would have used Johnsons Holiday Skin for a subtle "glow". Now, from what I remember, Johnsons Holiday Skin was horrible in texture, similar to that of wallpaper paste. It had a horrible smell and it took an age to dry, leaving you with that awful sticky feeling for hours on end. Plus, you would have to apply it every night for about a fortnight to notice any sort of colour at all. Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze is the complete opposite of this!

I had been so accustomed to using Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan, which gives me the perfect tan that I want and has never let me down. It's quite nice actually to try something a little bit lighter, and a little easier (for me) to apply.

It has a beautiful, light texture and has a nice but subtle scent, similar to that of the One Hour Tan. I apply this with my hands, just like a regular moisturiser. Not once have I experienced any difficulties with this application method, no streaks or anything! It absorbs really quickly so you don't have to sit around with that awful sticky feeling. I also like to put a little bit on my face (I love tan on my face!) and have not experienced any breakouts or anything of the kind. This product is very kind to my skin.

Think it's time for some before and after photos!


These pictures show what just ONE application of Gentle Bronze can do! You can continue to build up your colour with further applications if you want, but I am absolutely thrilled with how I look after just one application. This is exactly what I want, when I want to be just a little bit tanned however it looks quite natural in Wintertime. 

I love Gentle Bronze for a perfect bronzed glow, ease of application and best of all it is only £5.99. I am definitely going to be stocking up on this stuff for Spring coming in!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Lancome French Innocence Collection for Spring 2015!

I cannot get over how beautiful Lancome's Spring collection is! "French Innocence" is all about pretty nudes with a pop of colour. So I think there will be something for everyone! I have my eye on the eyeshadow palette in particular…. I love the packaging and the image on the front of the palette. So here is a closer look at the collection…

My French Palette €55.00

Vernis in Love €19.00

Kohl Hypnose Waterproof €23.00

I've got to say, I am really taken with the My French Palette, and I shall be taking a closer look at it next time I am at a Lancome counter. Maybe it will even be coming home with me…. 
Do you like the look of this collection?

Saturday, 10 January 2015

YSL Baby Doll Mascara

A quick little post from me today, just had to share what I think of this fabulous mascara which I had been using over the past few weeks. I received this as a Christmas present (huge thanks YSL!) and honestly, it has blown me away. You all probably know that I am particularly fond of Lancome mascaras, and dare I say it, I now believe that YSL Baby Doll is better than any Lancome mascara I have tried.

The brush has those rubber bristles and is flexible at the end of the wand. It makes it really easy to apply. The actual formula isn't too wet nor too dry. It perfectly separates every lash and I cannot believe how it delivers in terms of creating length and volume. When I compare it to the likes of Lancome Grandiose, which has a slightly more wet formula and doesn't quite separate every lash, I would have to give YSL Baby Doll preference!

No need to wear falsies here - below are some before and after photos.

Before - no mascara

After - One coat of YSL Baby Doll Mascara 

I have really been enjoying this mascara - it is one of those products that makes you go "wow!" the first time you use it!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Revlon Hollywood Lighted Make up Mirror

This was a little gift I bought for myself over the Christmas holidays, and honestly it is one of my best buys ever! The mirror at my dressing table is a little too far away when you are doing your make up, particularly your eye make up. I really fancied a small, cosmetic mirror and even better one with lights, as the lighting isn't great in my room! My search quickly led me to the Revlon Hollywood Lighted make up mirror, which I got in Argos for £19.99.

I thought that it may have the option for battery power, but it is mains powered only, which is a little disappointing but I can live with that. I would be wary of travelling with this mirror anyway incase the bulbs smashed in transit.

You can swivel the mirror too if you need it a little more magnified!

There are 2 little secret compartments (one containing a spare bulb) which is very handy dandy if you wanted to store hair grips or cotton buds in there!

Best of all it folds down flat and fits perfectly in my dressing table drawer.

If you need a cosmetic mirror which doesn't take up too much space and if you struggle with poor lighting this is a great mirror, I am so delighted that I bought this and it is exactly what I need!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

My Top Products of 2014

Everyone is doing one of these posts so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon! I try out a lot of different products throughout the year but I have chosen a selection of products/brands which have really impressed me more than any other.

La Roche Posay skincare! Ever since I took a bad reaction to a Clarins cleanser, I switched up my skincare routine (actually it was more of a complete overhaul). I went and bought everything La Roche Posay and the condition of my skin has improved dramatically. I love each and every single product I have bought, and I will continue to repurchase. The prices are kinder to my wallet too. I seem to have amassed quite a collection of La Roche Posay products over Christmas! Honestly it will now take a lot for me to stop using this brand.

This year I started using Mane 'n Tail products on my hair this year, and am so impressed. I am just mad that after several years of paying big bucks for the likes of Kerastase shampoos, I could have been using this. Mane 'n Tail just really agrees with my hair. I have found that my hair gets less greasy, and the detangling spray is a godsend for my tatty hair. Wonderful range of products and reasonably priced too.

I tried a lot of makeup throughout the year too, but only one new foundation which was the Clarins Extra Comfort. I am so, so impressed with the coverage of this product and how comfortable (as the name would suggest) this foundation is to wear. It is extremely beneficial to dry skins and contains a lot of skincare and anti-ageing properties. It was quite a spendy foundation, and the packaging isn't at all practical but it is the only make uppy product that really overwhelmed me in 2014.

Another skin care product! Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is the one and only eye make up remover which really works for me. It is kinda expensive (£18) but I have tried drugstore alternatives and they are just not a patch on this stuff. A bottle of this usually lasts me about 2 months so I have gone through quite a number of bottles in 2014! And I shall continue to purchase this in 2015. It is the best make up remover and is really gentle on my eyes too.

It is interesting that this year my favourite products are mostly skincare. I had to include some make up too. I wanted to include something that I reach for every single day, so I cannot choose between the Clarins Lip Balm Crayons and Tanya Burr Lip Glosses! I reach for one of these every day. I love the colour selection and pigmentation of the Tanya Burr glosses (and they smell lovely) and Clarins Lip Balm Crayons really were my holy grail products especially during summer. Especially the shade "Creamy Pink".  I have worn them down quite  a lot and they are nearly done - sad times! At the moment I am wearing Tanya Burr lipgloss in "Aurora" which is a lovely sparkly, pinky-nude. I wore it a lot over Christmas too. Beautiful!

Since I really got into the habit of fake tanning in 2013, 2014 was the year when I kinda laid off the tan and went for something a little lighter. Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze is in fact my holy grail gradual tanning product! It's the total opposite to the hideous gradual tanners I used many years ago. It has a lovely light consistency, it absorbs really quickly and has a nice scent. I am left with a beautiful colour the next morning, no streaks or patches either! Just one application of Gentle Bronze has been perfect for me, when I want a little hint of tan but not too much. I have really particularly taken to this product in the Winter months. For me, this is the best gradual tan out there. I will have to stock up on a few more tubes for the new year! 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think? Oh and of course, Happy New Year to everyone! :)