Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster does all of the right things when it comes to facial tanning: it’s subtle, it’s streak-free and it gives the most gorgeous, believable glow. Perhaps its biggest selling point, though, is the fact that it fits seamlessly into any existing skincare routine; you just add a few drops of the concentrate to your usual face cream or lotion, mix in your palm and apply. With most tanners and gradual tanners, you have to work out where exactly they might fit into your normal product line-up – should you apply after serum? Instead of moisturiser? On top of moisturiser? Then there’s the question of formulation: will the tanning cream be rich enough for your dry skin, or too heavy for your oily skin? How do you know that the tanner won’t give you spots or cause congestion?
None of these questions really apply with the Golden Glow Booster and that, I think, is the absolute beauty of it. It’s totally customisable. Add it to your lightweight gel moisturiser or your supremely heavy night cream; a few drops for the subtlest hint of a sunkissed tan, five or six if you want to see more instant results. There’s no smell, no residue, nothing to rinse off and no chance that your finely-honed beauty routine will be sent off-kilter! It’ a suit-all tanner that doesn’t streak or go patchy, even if you apply it in the dark/after wine/whilst on an aeroplane/all of the above, and it’s also highly portable – perfect for taking on holiday. Though I would start using it a good few days before your hols, just to build up a nice colour. Those stuck at home can just use it every other night to look as though they’ve been on an amazing trip abroad. Apply once for “weekend weeding the garden”, twice for “weekend in Provence”, three times for “week in the Maldives” and four for “gap year in Sydney”. You get the picture.
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster is £18 and you can find it online at John Lewis here and at Clarins.co.uk
My all-time favourite pre-mixed face tanner is the hideously expensive Hydrating Facial Skin Care one from Sisley – you can read about that here – and if you’re looking for a more recent recommendation, take a look at this post on Summer Beauty Essentials.
There’s a new range coming from Orly in May (you’ll find it in Boots). Color Blast is a diffusion range (think Nicole from OPI) with 72 shades. I seem to have been sent the two most outrageously bright colours, Coral Pink Neon and Fruity Pink Neon which my camera is struggling to tell apart shade-wise but needless to say they’re pretty neon and actually not that far apart in shades.
What I noticed about the colours when applying them to the wheel is that they’re on the thin side – I needed to apply three coats to get the full impact, but it’s impossible to say whether that’s just the neon formula or whether it’s something that carries on throughout the range.
Orly uses a gripper cap and it really does make a difference when you hold the lip to apply the polish; definitely an asset to those who find grip tricky. There are some stellar shades in the new line-up, from baby pinks all the way though to super neons and they’ll cost £9.50 each. The range is built to be bold so expect high impact!
Orly are also introducing the handiest mani-rescue ever in the form of Smudge Fixer! I’m going to put it to the test (although it’s going to go against every bone in my body to deliberately smudge a mani) and blog about it on Monday.
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Sonny Angel Laduree
I know.. it’s not really an accessory but I can’t help myself. If you don’t know the Sonny Angel story, it’s been ten years of Kew Pie kitsch, cute collectables and irrisitible stuff you don’t really need. Sonny is a *thing* in Japan and Asia, and also in the US, but hasn’t really yet made so much impact in the UK. But, just as Hello Kitty comes with her own little story, so does Sonny Angel and here it is:
“Sonny Angel is a cute boy with headgear. He doesn’t talk to you, but Sonny Angel makes you smile, makes you happy, makes your daily life bit more delightful. As your tiny friend, Sonny Angel is always by your side, to protect you, give you comfort, and make you smile… that is Sonny Angel’s mission.”
The news is that Sonny Angel has a collaboration going on with Laduree, so each figure comes with a different signature Laduree cake. We have three Ladurees in London, so that’s your best chance of getting hold of them, however, a key point with Sonny Angel is that they all come in ‘blind’ boxes, so you don’t know what you’re getting until you’ve bought it.
Sonny Angel Cakes
Seriously, it’s only a matter of time before my house is swamped with Sonny Angels. If you want to find Sonny Angels in the UK, try HERE.
It’s only a matter of time before Sonny goes stellar with his own perfume… if the Smurfs can do it….
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Hooray for sweater weather! Now go grab a cup o’ tea and get into the fall spirit with me! ☕<br Continue reading
Oh, oh, OH! This little purse spray came through the letterbox and I couldn’t believe how cute it was with its dolly bottle and cool packaging and then, as if things could get any better, I caught a whiff of the fragrance and it was MARNI ROSE! One of my favourite fragrances of the year; beautifully delicate and old fashioned but at the same time slightly masculine and dangerous. You know, if you read regularly, that I love a “dangerous rose” fragrance – that fruitiness and spiciness that you get when you mix warm, woody and musky notes with true, fresh rose. It can be exotic and heady or surprisingly feminine, but it’s always interesting.
War of the Roses: Marni vs Jo Malone…
You can read more about my thoughts on Marni’s Rose eau de parfum if you click here, but I do think that it’s a winner if you love a fruity, full-bodied rose. This has raspberry and cassis as well as the Rose Absolute and Bulgarian Rose, and there’s a gorgeous musky undertone with a sexy hint of cedarwood and patchouli. This little purse spray version would make a wonderful Christmas present with its Bambolina doll styling and cardboard outer tubes – there’s something rather playful and childlike about it and it’s very different to most of the usual Christmas offerings. I’m not sure how long this version is going to be about for, but it has 10% off at Escentual.com until tomorrow, making it £22.50 instead of £25, with free delivery. Full details here – use the code ESCENTUAL10 to claim the discount.
More fragrance posts…
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