Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Embracing the pale (with the help of bright pink lips!)

I am a religious fake-tanner. I have faked tanned through summer and winter for years now, using countless different brands, finally to settle with St Moritz, the cheaper equivalent to St Tropez. I usually tan once a week, to get a nice colour for the rest of the week (all be it with a couple of 'pale days') and was quite happy doing that. There is something about having a tan that makes me (and I'm guessing a lot of girls) happy.

However, I haven't tanned for the past month. I have no idea why, it wasn't a conscious decision, but I'm surprised at how little being pale (or not being tanned) is bothering me. Naturally I am as white as a ghost, and have gone through stages in the past of hating it and embracing it. I remember a while ago I was agonising over whether I looked better with or without a tan. I honestly don't know. All I know is, right now I'm as Snow White pale and I'm not too bothered about it. Maybe it's because it's winter, and therefore nice tanned pins do not need to be on display, I certainly think it is an aspect. But one of the key reasons I'm having more fun with being pale is because I get to experiment with my make up a little more.

I've gone for more daring blushes, pretty much ditched the bronzer (for now) and most importantly, have been experimenting a lot with different lip colours. I think when you have such pale skin bright, striking colours make all the more of a statement. I thought I'd show you one of my favourites bright pinks to give you an idea of what I mean.

Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick in Pink Shock

It's actually a lot brighter than it appears in these pictures, but I think you get the idea. Now, I do wear this colour when I'm tanned, but it never really has the 'WOW' effect. I think there's something really striking about flawless pale skin and shocking pink or shocking red lips.

I'm not saying I'll never tan again, I just think it's fun to play around a bit with make up etc. and I've enjoyed doing that the past month. I know I will go back to my religious tanning in good time, but for now I'm loving my pale skin :)


What do you think? Is it important to embrace being pale (if you are naturally) or are you a tan-a-holic? Are you all for bright lips or are you a nude girl at heart? Let me know what you think :) xx
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29 comments

  1. That pink really suits you!

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    Terri,xoxo

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  2. This is sooo pretty! Im loving the bright lips and paleness combo, im super pale too, so iknow what you mean!

    Just wondering if when you use st moriz, do you tan your face with it, and does it give you spots, im thinking of trying mine on my face xx

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  3. Thanks girls!

    @Hannahh x - Whenever I use St Moriz I always tan my face, but I hate how it sinks into my pores! I have moderate acne anyway but I've noticed since stopping using it my spots have cleared up a lot - so I'd say don't tan your face using it unless you really feel the need to. When I go back to tanning I'm not going to use it on my face anymore anyway lol xx

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  4. The pink looks lovely! I must be in the minority because I have never used fake tan in my life. I prefer the pale look because fake tan always looks well, fake. Especially in Winter, its weird seeing orange people in December! You look great here, glad you've made the switch :)

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  5. love that lipstick colour, its so bright! you look great pale! x

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  6. I tan occasionally but it's very light. To be honest I think I look nicer pale. My hair is almost white and I'd be far too barbie-ish if I had a tan.

    I think it's harder to wear daring makeup without looking tarty when tanned. Great post. :) x

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  7. wow that colour is gorj on u <3

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  8. Aww that colour looks amazing on you!!

    x

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  9. I had been embracing the pale for the last 6 wks too and even went to be colour matched at mac as I only had foundations for wen I was tanned x I found the same that it really cleared my skin up x I had a slip up last wk and used st morris and I hav to say I did love having the colour again but i definetly feel more confident and I'm ok with embracing the pale now and again whereas before I'd never hav dreamt of not tanning which is quite sad really x totally agree with u too that u can experiment more with blushes and they make more of a statement wen your pale x

    great blog x ur soo pretty! X

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  10. i love that lipstick!
    great blog, followed you.


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  11. I'm more of a nude girl myself,but I have a lot of bright colors.

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  12. Really suits you, you look gorgeous! xo

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  13. That is gorgeous! It really suits you! :) Oh dear... just finished, and had published a bauty wishlist on the blog... and now looks like this will be mentally on it! Whats the staying power like? xo

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  14. you look very pretty and the colour really suits you :)and i love the way you write in your blog, it's great:)

    i definately agree with what you say about embracing your paleness, im the same!

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    courtney xx

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  15. we are loving that shade of pink
    would look great with an LBD !

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  16. I love being tan as well..I am a new follower
    Check out my Blog..I talk a lot about tanning products

    http://dreasblog8685.blogspot.com/

    Andrea

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  17. wow thats a really nice colour! xx

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  18. Thanks for all the lovely comments!

    @KaiosArt - It has FAB staying power. Much better than MAC in my opinion! xx

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  19. Love that pink color on you!!

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  20. i love that colour lipstick!

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  21. wow I love this pink lippy on you, Yes stand up and be proud of the pale (I am too) xxxx

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  22. Gogeous! A great body glow is Red Caret Kolour!

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  23. I agree with the title - embrace your paleness! You're very pretty pale.

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  24. I think you look great with pale skin and bright lips :)

    xxx

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  25. woow this looks really pretty on you. I love rimmel's lipsticks. they're really cheap but the quality is good xoxo

    http://www.blushmebeauty.blogspot.com

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  26. That eyeshadow is gorgeous! I can't pull off super bright pink lips but that colour is lovely on you! xo

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