Terra Tropica: Beautiful Bronzing

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Tropica Bronzer Review

Oh, my Beauty Heart, be still, be still, be still! Do summer palettes get much prettier? The Terra Tropica from Guerlain is definitely right up there with the most desirable makeup morsels of the summer. And this is full summer – high summer – that we’re looking at now, not your namby-pamby easing-yourself-in kind of summer. It’s total beach babe bronzage with highlighted cheekbones and that kind of dusty, sandy skin that works so well with tousled, sun-bleached hair. All faked, of course, now that faking is de rigueur and the lying-on-tin-foil-whilst-basting-oneself-in-oilve-oil approach to sunbathing is (thankfully!) not cool or clever. (I never went so far as to baste myself in olive oil, but I do remember my first proper “hot” holiday when the choice of sunscreen was SPF3 or SPF8. Anything higher was just unimaginable – I don’t think that Boots even stocked a higher SPF in those days!)

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Guerlain’s Terra Tropica is my kind of full-summer bronzer. Whereas in the winer and the spring I like to have something more subtle – matte, usually, and only a shade or so darker than my skintone – in the summer I quite like to go Glamazon. A warm, suntan kind of bronze with hints of pink to give that authentic “three days on the beach in Ibiza” look without even setting foot on the sand. What I like about Terra Tropica is that despite its brazen looks, it’s actually still quite subtle. Those who like a light, sunkissed look will be delighted with how delicate the “one coat” results are; those who want to go deeper will appreciate the way that the colour builds after a couple of applications. Here I am pre-Terra:

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I didn’t actually intend to do before-and-afters, so excuse any little lighting differences, but here I am after two “coats” of Terra Tropica:

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“Coats” is obviously a silly word to choose, but you know what I mean. I went in with a large powder brush for one application, taking the powder into the temples and then beneath the cheekbones, and then I went back in with a smaller brush and took the bronzer across the bridge of my nose and further defined my cheekbones. I swept the larger brush across both the bronze and pink areas of the compact to get a really warm and peachy glow, but you could just as easily use one side and then the other, or use only the bronzer and then pick out certain areas with the pinkier tone. It’s a very large compact, so easy enough to keep the colours separate, even if you use a large brush. There’s also the gold overspray on the suns to watch out for – very sparkly, so not ideal if you like your face powders totally matte. Personally, I welcome the added sparkle when we get to July – if I can’t actually go on holiday, then at least I can pretend that my skin is glistening with sea-spray and shimmering away in the sun.

You can find the Terra Tropica at Escentual.com here – it’s £40.50, or £45 from counters nationwide.

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Comfy Makeup for my Dried-Out Skin

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Rather an exaggerated title, because my skin isn’t exactly “dried out”, but it is definitely more dry than it was a year ago. Pregnancy seemed to completely throw it off balance and it hasn’t yet returned to its “combination” default setting.

So, though I have been persisting with semi-matte or “velvet” finish foundations (thinking of you here, Chanel, with your totally irresistible Lumiere Velvet) my skin almost wept for joy when I first applied Max Factor’s Miracle Match a couple of weeks ago. It’s like a balmy moisturiser and is possibly the first foundation that I’ve actually wanted to apply purely for the feel! Though the coverage is lovely, too – I’d say it’s a medium – and the finish is long-lasting.

I’ve also been whacking on cream cheek products recently, which is a sidestep away from my usual powder bronzers and blushes – and though I find them more of a faff, they give a lovely juicy sheen.

This video is a bit of a mish-mash, if truth be known – I didn’t really know what I wanted to say when I started filming, but I suppose the main idea is as simple as this: “I tried a few creamy things for my face and liked them. Here they are on camera.” (That would have been a snappy title!)

Surprise makeup item of the month: Lancome’s Hypnose Volume-a-Porter mascara. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but after a bit of a play and a practise, I think that it’s very good indeed. Although I don’t think that this is touted as a selling-point, I find that the mascara seems to hold a curl in my lash, making my eyes a bit wider and brighter. Full review coming up on this one – there are a few new mascaras that have caught my eye (HAHA) recently.

Also coming up; more of an in-depth on the Estée Lauder Serum/Concealer duo. I like it a lot – very useful, though it could never replace my ultimate undereye hero, the Double Wear Stay-in-Place. 

Right – on with the show. Dim the lights, take the phone off the hook, etc etc…


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Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I got to tape this video in my new house- as you can tell, it’s totally girly! (can you tell I’m a girly girl? 😉 ) I wanted to review the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush as everyone has been talking about them.  My reviews are always 100% honest and I did actually buy these myself!

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These blushes come in a sleek rose gold case that includes a mirror and the blush itself.  I love how classy and “high end” these look, while being unique with the rose gold finish.  The compact is sturdy and is excellent quality.


The quality of these blushes is amazing.  I love how smooth and silky they feel while still remaining fairly pigmented.  My only complaint with these is the three pink colors are fairly similar.  There could have been a little bit more variation in color as well as matte finish instead of all just shimmery.

Here’s my recommendations for what colors to get for different skin colors!

  • Fair Skin:  Dim Infusion and Ethereal Glow
  • Medium Skin:  Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure
  • Dark Skin:  Radient Magenta and Diffused Heat

Blush Colors


  • Dim Infusion:   Subdued Coral
  • Ethereal Glow:   Cool Pink
  • Luminous Flush:  Champagne Rose
  • Radient Magenta:   Golden Fuchsia
  • Diffused Heat:  Vibrant Poppy
  • Mood Exposure:   Soft Plum

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Swatches

Price: $35

Where to Buy:   Amazon,    Ebay,    Sephora

Overall I give these blushes a 5 star as the quality and packaging is amazing!  It’s definitely worth investing in one or two colors.  I hope you all have fun with your makeup shopping!
Much love,

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Vegan Friendly Morning Skincare Routine.

My morning skincare routine is brief. I’m not a morning person at all, between getting ready for work and trying to chase down the small boy to get him ready too, there are about 5 minutes left just for me.
I love using bar soap to wash my face in the morning, obviously one specifically for my face and not just any old bar of soap. Currently, I’m using the Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar (£10) It smells mild, fresh and a little sweet and really freshens up my complexion in the morning with a gentle creamy lather. The bar is actually soap-free and “is made from gentle cleansing actives in a solid form, called a Syndet.” Whatever that is, I’m digging it and so is my face.
Next up is a crucial step, and possibly my favourite. Toning! Spritzing! A good ol’ mist! I’m obsessed with the Tropic Vitamin Toner (£14) lately. The scent, the airy light mist, the cooling effect, all dreamy. Packed full of nourishing, soothing and hydrating liquid ingredients, it’s the best wake up call in the morning.

Next, we have the serum stage. My skin is super fussy and problematic with the colder weather (and perhaps my sugary filled diet as of late) so I’ve been trialling the Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum (£42) This water-based blue serum smells like watermelon and contains clever vitamins and minerals, hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid to keep skin in tip-top condition. I’ve only been using the serum for about 2 weeks now, but I really rate it for healing blemishes. I also like to mix it in the morning with my final layer – moisturiser, to save time!
My moisturiser of choice lately has been the Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream (£25.50). A purchase for dry winter-worn skin and serious sensitivity. I was looking for a cream that was free from jojoba and coconut, with pretty simple ingredients and this fit the bill nicely. The cream itself is thick, really thick, like butter! I only need to use a dab or else my skin ends up smeared in a thick cream that takes an age to sink in. It’s great to slather on any sore bits or if my dermatitis flares up, though!
I really like how this makes my skin look really nourished and plump with makeup, a huge win especially as I prefer to use powder foundation. My only negative is the jar packaging, which is a shame as I know it used to come packaged in a tube!

What do you think of my speedy skincare routine?

P.S. Lovelula currently have a Galinee gift with purchase! Spend £30 on the range & get the cleansing bar for free! Well worth a look.

P.P.S. This post contains gifted product but does not affect my as always honest opinion.

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Peaceful Pets and the 22 Week Bump.

22 week baby bump

1) It’s nearly eleven and I need to take my bra off (ALL bras make me feel as though my ribs are being crushed in a vice at the moment!) and so a very short Sunday Tittle Tattle this week. First pic (above) is of my baby bump at twenty-two weeks (I’m twenty-three weeks tomorrow), just in case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram. It’s growing at quite a fine rate, now! There are already parts of my anatomy that I can’t see…

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2) This week’s other Tittle Tattle photos are of my very Peaceful Pets. There have been no mad moments this week and thus no breakages, though Dexter the dog has chewed through the crotch of two pairs of maternity leggings (gross!) and also shredded the edge of the bath mat. Overall, though, quite a minimal damage tally. Marvellous. Let’s see how we get on next week….

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Read more Sunday Tittle Tattle posts here… 

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