MAC Lipstick Love

Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Hey girls! I want to say a big thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday in my last post - I had a brilliant day and got lots of lovely goodies, some of which I think I shall have to do a blog post about pretty soon!

Today though I thought I'd talk about some of my recent MAC lipstick purchases, all of which I love, and show you what they look like on. Now, I'm fairly new to MAC (I have a few eye shadows and a couple of blushers) but recently I cannot stop buying it. I love the choice of colours and the quality of the majority of their products, and when I saw their new Dazzle Lipstick collection I HAD to get my hands on it. Now, I don't know about you but I LOVE a sparkly lip. I'm your typical girly girl, anything pretty and sparkly gets my vote, including lip colours. Yes, they can be a bit risque - and in the worst case can make you look a little bit like a 5-year old girl trying out her mother's make up collection - but when worn properly I think they can look simply stunning.

I decided to go for 2 of the lipsticks in MAC's Digi Dazzle Lipstick collection and I wasn't disappointed. First up; 'Naughty You':

Naughty You

Seriously, doesn't it look amazing? I love how glittery and sugary it looks. It's a beautiful raspberry colour, with flecks of light pink glitter. Plus, it doesn't leave you with that nasty chunky glittery feeling. It lasts really well, the only thing I will say is that (with all these glittery lipsticks) you may get a little bit glittery around the mouth area, but it's definitely nothing drastic.

Hellraiser

Hellraiser is a much subtler, lilac colour with blue and silver flecks of glitter. It's a must for any lilac lipstick loving girls, and also is worth a try for those who are a little scared when it comes to trying glittery lipsticks but want to give them a go.

I have to say, out of the two lipsticks from the Dazzle Lips collection that I purchased, I definitely wear Naughty You the most. I don't know what it is, but something about Hellraiser just doesn't look 'right' on me. I'm going to have to keep trying with it, but I'm not sure if it's the lilac undertones - I end up looking a bit 'space-age' with it on. Never a good look!

I also purchased a lippy from MAC's recent 'In The Groove' collection. I'd been dying to get my hands on Jazzed, but as it was sold out EVERYWHERE I settled for All Styled Up, which I must say is definitely more 'me' anyway...

All Styled Up

I am in love with this lipstick. It ticks all the boxes for me; pink, pretty, and veeeery moisturising. I love this colour lipstick (the majority of my lipsticks are variations of this somewhat bubblegum, in-your-face pink) and the fact it is so moisturising is a big plus. It's what I imagined Viva Glam Gaga to be really (yes, the two are similar, but this one definitely packs a much bigger punch) and I've been wearing this a lot on nights out and seriously cannot get enough of it. Big thumbs up for All Styled Up!

Finally, on to my favourite lipstick of the moment, Please Me...

Please Me

As you can probably guess, I'm definitely a very statement-lip kind of girl. I love my brights, but recently I'd been looking for something a bit different. Enter Please Me. After seeing it on the lovely Anna's blog I felt I just had to get it - it was definitely what I was looking for in terms of something different. It's a beautiful, muted-down pink, and it's matte which I really love. I've been wearing this nearly everyday recently, a definite new favourite of mine. The only thing I will say, is as it's matte it can be pretty drying (as you can see above), so it's probably best putting a balm on underneath. All in all though I love this lipstick.

So there you go - my new favourite MAC lippies. What other MAC lipsticks do you girls recommend?

Just a little update!

Thursday, 26 August 2010
Top - New Look
Waterfall Cardigan - Primark
Scarf - River Island
Ring - Primark

Hello girlies! I thought I would do a quick little update post as it's absolutely pouring it down outside and I feel I'm not actually going to get anything productive done today! It's days like these I love snuggling up under the duvet, with a big mug of hot chocolate, a good DVD and my dog to keep me company. There's something really comforting about being nice and warm indoors when it's miserable outside... although it's slightly worrying that we're in the supposedly sunny month of August and we're getting October weather!

I don't know if many of you know, but tomorrow it's my 20th birthday. I'm so scared of no longer being a teenager! It makes me feel as though I need to start growing up... but I'm such a big kid at heart and I think I probably always will be! Me and my boyfriend are going to spend the day in Leeds and I can't wait - I've never been before and the shopping there sounds immense. I'm tres excited as you can probably imagine!

I'm in a really good mood today, partly because of my birthday tomorrow, but also because I got my hair done yesterday and did my tan last night. If ever any of you girls are feeling low - slapping some fake tan on and going and getting your hair coloured gives you THE best feeling and certainly never fails to cheer me up! Also, I've been playing around with different hair styles recently - I usually only ever wear my hair down, but I've been getting really bored of it and love the scruffy bun I see lots of girls wearing - so I went for it today (I've tried this before and it never really works - but somehow I managed to get it half right) and so far I'm really liking it!

Finally a little update on my Kiss nails. They. Are. Amazing. They look so natural and pretty and most importantly they haven't chipped one little bit! I don't think I can be without them now.

I hope everyone has a fab bank holiday weekend - what are everyone's plans?

Tea Rose Polish, Kiss Nails & Eyeko Goodie Bag!

Sunday, 22 August 2010
Hello lovelies - I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I thought I'd do a little post focusing mainly around nails, but also about some of the lovely Eyeko goodies I bought this week!

First up, I've recently been really intrigued by acrylic nails. I naturally have FAIRLY longish nails, and so have never really felt the need to wear fake ones - however I HATE it when my nails break (which is a lot in my job - I work at Boots and surprisingly unpacking shampoos etc. takes its toll on my nails!) I've bought false nails on a couple of occasions before, when I wanted that 'french manicure' look that I seemed unable to create (I have since learned how - thank goodness!) However on this occasion I wanted some nails that I could paint and, fingers crossed (pardon the pun) would stop my polish from chipping. So when I came across these Kiss nails on offer in my Boots I just HAD to have them...


They were £4.49 and you get 100 nails - so I think this is definitely a brilliant bargain! I'm really impressed with the nails so far, they fit my nails perfectly and the glue dried SO quickly and seems realllllllly strong so I think they will have good staying power. The only thing I didn't like about applying them is that I managed to get glue all over my hands - resulting in a few gluey-nails (not the best base for applying nail polish!) but I think this is purely because I'm not that used to applying these babies yet!

I decided to paint them with Eyeko's Tea Rose polish, which I got free when ordering from them (more about that later). I love the colour of this polish; it's such a lovely muted-down vintage pink. It went on beautifully a dried really quickly - very impressive. Here's what it looks like on (along with the Kiss nails):


I have to say I'm really impressed with Eyeko's nail polishes. This is the main reason why, last week when they were doing a 'Surprise Goodie Bag' for £10 offer on their website I had to invest in one. Apparently the goodie bags contained up to £20 worth of products, and as I've always wanted to buy more things from Eyeko, but was never sure what to get, I thought this would be the perfect offer for me. I wasn't disappointed!


In my goodie bag I got; Eyeko Tinted Cream, Indigo Polish, Line & Shine Duo Colour Pencil in Plum and Electric Purple, and a groovy Eyeko beauty bag. I also got the Tea Rose polish free for spending £10! Considering the polishes are usually £3.50, the Line & Shine is £4, and the tinted cream on its own is £8, I think I got a pretty good deal!

Eyeko Tinted Cream

I'm really impressed with the tinted cream - naturally I'm pastey white and so this gives me a gorgeous sun kissed glow. I love how it contains Vitamins A, E and C - obviously it's good for my skin! I'm really tempted to get the Eyeko Cream in Extra Glow too - I've read a few reviews for it and it sounds like a miracle product for creating that 'glowing' look.

All in all I'm really liking Eyeko products, and will definitely be buying from them again.

Has anyone else tried the Kiss nails? Anyone else a fan of Eyeko?

MAC Venomous Villains

Monday, 16 August 2010
Okay, so I'm aware there are a few blog posts floating around about this collection already, but I just HAD to have my say about it. I. CANNOT. WAIT. I have always had a rather unhealthy obsession with Disney (I'm actually re-collecting all my Disney videos onto DVD - crazy I know), I'm just naturally a big kid and have always been in awe of Disney and their brilliant animations (it used to be a dream of mine to become an animator for them - I wish!) I'm always drawn to anything linking to Disney, and so when I saw MAC was realising a Disney collection you can imagine my excitement - my two favourite things; make up and Disney combined - how could I not be excited!?

I've read a few blogs stating that they do not like the packaging. What?! I absolutely LOVE it. After all, what more would you expect from a collaboration with Disney?! It wouldn't be Disney without their beautifully drawn characters. I'm a huge fan of the packaging and it's one of my main reasons for being attracted to the collection in the first place!

MAC have not disappointed with this collection, from what I have seen. There are four parts to the collection, each part focusing around four of the notorious Disney villains:

Evil Queen
Maleficent
Cruella De Vil
Dr. Facilier

I'll be honest - I'm not overly fussed about the Dr. Facilier's part of the collection (I much prefer the 'classic' Disney villains and so this doesn't really excite me that much - plus I'm not really that bothered about any of the products in his part of the collection). I feel MAC could have done something a lot more interesting with a Disney villain such as Ursula (from The Little Mermaid) - I'm thinking lots of gorgeous mermaid-inspired colours... or even The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, who I'm sure would make a brilliant muse for the collection. However, the rest of the collection I am very excited about - Maleficent's section in particular.

I thought I'd talk a little about the products in each character's collection which have caught my eye. I've included images however they vary a bit in size - I apologise for this but I only had Google images to rely on!

Evil Queen Picks -


Bite of an Apple Blush - I think almost everyone is going wild for this blush already (I can see it being an instant sell-out). It's a gorgeous corally red colour, which I think would suit almost all skin tones. From the swatches I've seen it really is a lovely colour - definitely worth checking out and something I can't wait to get my hands on!


Strange Potion & Hot House lip glasses - I'm in LOVE with Hot House. It is such a pretty fuchsia pink colour with purple sparkle - just the sort of colour I love to wear. Strange Potion is a lovely sparkly nude coral, which would look lovely with a tan from what I've seen. I'm not usually a lip glass girl but from looking at these babies (Hot House in particular) I think I may be a convert!

Toxic Tale Lipstick - This lipstick is bright. I mean like, really bright. It's a striking bright coral red; it's such a gorgeous colour although I'm unsure if I would be able to pull it off. Definitely not for the faint hearted, but definitely worth a look if you're big on brights. I SO want to be able to pull this colour off.

Vainglorious Eyeshadow - I'm really liking the look of this eye shadow - it's a beautiful mauve brown-bronze colour, which I think would jazz up any neutral eye. As I love my neutrals I don't think I will be able to resist this - it would look gorgeous on the outer corner blended with a lighter bronze/gold shadow.


Cruella De Vil Picks -

De Vil Eyeshadow - This is a really beautiful copper-orange colour. Some people might find it a little too orangey for their skin tone (from what I've seen of it) but to me it is a beautiful and striking colour. I'm not 100% sure if I will be purchasing this as I have a similar colour already, but I'm certainly tempted by it!

Innocence, Beware! Lipstick - This is a very classic nude colour, and so a must for any nude lip fans.

Maleficent Picks -
Revenge is Sweet Lipglass - This is another lipglass I am absolutely in love with. It is such a beautiful colour - a sickly sweet sparkly pink. I will definitely be purchasing this - if, like me, you love your pretty pink lip colours then this is a must.

Violetta Lipstick - A bright, bold violet colour. This is a really out-there lip colour, it is so so pretty and bright and definitely reflects Maleficent's character (it's her signature colour). I think it's a really fun colour that I'm really hopeful will suit me! Again, not for the faint hearted!

Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos in My Dark Magic & She Who Dares - I NEED these eyeshadows. These are absolutely my favourite things out of the collection - they look simply stunning and so unusual. Each duo comes with two colours (obviously), one of which is a moon shape and the other makes up the rest of the pan. My Dark Magic is an absolutely stunning mix of fuschia and deep purple, with the other section being a deep violet/black combination. She Who Dares is another beautiful combo - a gorgeous blue-black taking up the moon half of the pan, with a stunning green on the other half. All colours are beautifully shimmery and glittery, and I cannot wait to get my hands on them... I need them now!
Bad Fairy, Mean & Green, and Formidable! Nail Polishes - These are such gorgeous and unusual nail polishes. Each one is duo-chrome - basically meaning they reflect two different colours, and I think look absolutely beautiful. Bad Fairy is a fiery orangey copper/deep pink red combination, Mean & Green a green/yellowy gold combo, and Formidable! is a blue black/blue purple combo. I've never seen anything like these before and definitely will be investing in Bad Fairy and Mean & Green.

Dr. Facilier Picks -
Greasepaint Stick in French Quarter - This looks simply stunning. It's a gorgeous sparkly golden brown-black which would be great for creating a really dramatic smoky eye.

Overall I'm really, really impressed with the look of MAC's Venomous Villains Collection. For me, the best character's collection is by far Maleficent's; the mineralize shadow duos are absolutely beautiful and the nail polishes are like I've never seen before. I will most definitely be buying a selection of products from the collection and cannot wait for it to arrive in stores and online. It's set to be available in the Autumn (late September for America, and I'm a little later for the UK). I predict it will sell out very quickly!

What do you all think to the look of the new collection? For a really in depth look at all the products in the collection www.temptalia.com have lots of info on it - very helpful if you're unsure what to get!

All images courtesy of Google Images

Love for Lee Stafford

Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Okay, so I've always been a fan of Lee Stafford hair products. The first reason for my attraction? The pink packaging, of course. However, as well as Lee's products being rather pleasing on the eye, the main reason for my love of them is this; they WORK. Plus, they smell really good. I'd tried a vast selection of his products already, but about a month ago I was sent a few things to try out as well. You can imagine my delight - I love Lee anyway so I couldn't wait to get trying out some of the products I'd yet to get my mitts on. I thought I would do a round up of all the products I was sent, as well as some I had purchased previously, and let you girls know what I think to them! (I've put a * next to the ones I was sent)



Double Blow Mousse

I bought this mousse a while ago when I was desperately on the search for big, blow-dried locks. Upon first use I'll admit, I wasn't impressed. I didn't really notice a HUGE difference (pardon the pun) in my hair, and to be honest was a little disappointed. However, I'm never one to give up on a product just after one use. After using this for about 3 months now, I have to say I can't be without it. It really makes a difference in the volume of my hair - without it my hair looks flat and boring, whereas with it I can achieve nice big locks. I really like how you can pick and choose how big you want your hair to go (for really big hair you use it twice - once when your hair is wet, then dry it, and use again, then dry - sounds like a bit of a performance but actually doesn't take very long and is really worth it). For £4.49 I think this is definitely worth the money, and I'll definitely repurchase when mine runs out (although it's still going strong)!

Matt Fat Hair Powder*

Okay, so this one's a bit of an odd hair product. For the price (£8.99) you get a little 10g tub of, well, it looks like talcum powder. Actually, it's a powder designed to 'give big fat volumized Bardot film star hair.' And, it does. I was sceptical upon first use of this product (I find it hard to comprehend how a powder can make my hair 'big') but now I cannot live without it. Similarly to the Double Blow Mousse, when I first used the product I didn't really notice much of a difference, but I wasn't sure if this was because I'd been back-combing and upside-down hair-spraying my hair to make it bigger anyway. After using this product countless times now, it is my go-to hair product for big hair. Another good thing is, if you find your hair is going flat on a night out it's really easy to slip into your bag and touch up on the go, which is always handy. It's definitely a really easy to use product, and something which I've never seen before. For £8.99 this product is a little bit pricey, but I do probably think once I run out I'll be repurchasing.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment

I think this was probably the first Lee Stafford product I've purchased; I bought it about a year ago when I felt I'd cut my hair too short and it needed to grow back desperately - the rave reviews on the Boots website are what swayed it for me! It's basically like a deep-treatment conditioner, which you use in between shampooing and conditioning. Again, it smells amazing and I do think it works. My hair has grown a lot since using it, but I'm not sure if that's purely because my hair grows fast anyway - it's difficult to tell. The only thing I have against the product is that for it to make your hair grow you have to use it every time you wash your hair, and it's recommended you use an 'egg-sized' amount. This leads to me using the 200ml tub up quite quickly, but at £6.99 I don't think that's too bad. If you don't want to use the treatment daily, it does say you can use it once a week as an intensive conditioner, which I preferred doing. I would definitely recommend anyone who wants there hair to grow to try this product out, again, it was a product I'd never seen before, and I don't think any other brands out there do anything like this. Another thumbs up from me!

Climate Control Shampoo & Conditioner*

I was sent these products; being honest they are not something I would usually purchase - £5.69 for a shampoo is a bit too much for me as I tend to get a bit carried away when applying - I have a lot of hair! Also, I usually rummage around in cheapy shops for reduced price shampoos and conditioners - namely Andrew Collinge conditioners which I get for a teensy £1.99! But, I was open-minded about giving them a go, as surely for the price they'd be pretty good? Wrong. Lee disappointed me here - although they made my hair feel nice to begin with they just didn't cut it when comparing them to my usual products (as mentioned previously - Andrew Collinge). They smell nice, as all his products do, but other than that I didn't like them. They claim to stop your hair frizzing in the sun/rain, and although I didn't get a chance to put them to the test when in the rain, with the recent hot weather and humidity I found that my hair frizzed up quite badly, possibly even more than when using my usual products. Sorry Lee, but these products just don't cut it in my opinion.

And a quick round-up of some of the other products...

Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Mist (£4.99 for the full size version) - I love this product. It smells amazing, makes my hair feel good and I'm really do feel it protects my hair well.

Poker Straight Dry Shampoo* (£4.99) - Slightly pricier than Batiste Dry Shampoo (my usual dry shampoo) but smells so much better and I found it didn't leave that tell-tale grey look. Does what it states and is great for those in-between hair days.


Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray* (£5.99) - I'm still not 100% sure about this product. I'll be honest - I've only used it a couple of times and found that it didn't really make a difference to my hair at all. Both times I used it I applied it onto wet hair, so maybe this is where I was going wrong? It did make my hair feel different though - but not really in a good way. It felt as though I'd been to the beach, but that kind of over-product feel isn't really something I like. This may be a product I need to experiment with a bit - it has good reviews so perhaps I'm just not using it properly!


I also have a Lee Stafford hair dryer and straighteners which I love - I bought them purely because they're pink, but they are brilliant products too :)

Overall I'm really impressed with Lee Stafford hair products (I don't think I'd keep buying them otherwise!) They all smell amazing, and almost all of them do the job brilliantly.

Just a little outfit post :)

Friday, 6 August 2010

I thought I'd do a little outfit post showing off my new jacket. Well - not exactly a jacket - more of a jackety blouse/shrug-type-thing. I really like it anyway - I love the inky floral detailing and the waterfall shape of the jacket. I think it looks really graceful and will go with lots of different outfits. I wore it with a pale pink vest top and some pale jeggings today for a more casual look, but I think you could definitely dress it up as well. It's a pale cream colour and was £25 from New Look (plus 10% off student discount - £22.50), which I think is a pretty good price as I've seen similar things in Topshop for a lot more. The vest top is from Primark and the necklaces I'm wearing are from Topshop and the fairytale castle one is from Disney Couture (my favourite jewellery brand in the world ever). I thought the two necklaces went well together as they both focus on the fairytale theme (which I love). I'm also wearing my butterfly hair clip from Lucy May Designs - I seriously wear this almost everyday - love it so much.

Hope everyone is okay and thanks so much to all my new followers - I cannot believe I have over 130 already - it is so overwhelming but I'm so happy people enjoy reading my blog - I love writing it and if anyone has any requests for which sort of posts you like seeing more of/if you would like me to do a review on anything specific please let me know by giving me an email! xx

Blueberry Ice Cream

Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Hey girls :) hope everyone is having a good week! I thought I'd do a little post on my new favourite nail polish - Blueberry Ice Cream by the one and only Barry M. I'd seen this colour on a couple of my friends and had to get my mitts on it. It's a gorgeous bright blue colour, and will look amazing with or without a tan.

Isn't the colour gorgeous? Please excuse my messy application!

I thought I'd also devote this post to my love for Barry M nail paints. Seriously, I cannot rave about them enough. I think everyone in the beauty world, if they had to choose, would pick Barry M as their go-to for affordable, yet high quality nail polishes. For a mere £2.95 you get a nail varnish that only requires one coat, is a great formulation, doesn't chip easily and is available in a vast amount of colours. I've always been a fan of Barry M - I think it most probably was the first brand that caught my eye when I was starting out with make up. I love everything about the brand - as well as being a huge fan of their nail paints I'm also obsessed with their Dazzledusts; such a variety of colours with amazing pigmentation. I also love Barry M because it demonstrates how drug store brands can still be top when it comes to quality; I think I would pick a Barry M nail paint over a prestige-brand nail polish any day.

So I think you get the idea - I'm in love with Barry M. Right now their nail paints are on 2 for £5, and there are a few brand spanking new colours available (including my beloved Blueberry Ice Cream). I'm lusting after Strawberry Ice Cream; a muted-down take on the usual pastel pink.

Who else shares my love for Barry M?

A tan worth dying for?

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

It’s that time of year again; the legs are out, the diet is in full swing, the bikini is ready to be donned and the holiday’s booked. I’m an avid fan of the summertime; as well as it being hot, hot, hot and having the excuse to drink during the day whilst your man fires up the BBQ, it also gives me the chance to fully relax and unwind whilst lying in the sun all day long. However, what most people think about in the summer is one thing; tanning.

Recently we’ve had a sizzling heat wave, with three weeks long of constant high temperatures and glorious sunshine last month. The thing I have noticed the most, however, is the amount of lobster-red and mahogany brown people wandering around half-naked whilst carrying a bottle of tanning oil. Now, I’m the first person to whip out my bikini and get laid out on a sun lounger as soon as the sun decides to show its face, but I always reach for a fairly high-factor sun cream and would never, ever dream of applying tanning oil. The reason for my doing this, as well as not wanting to risk the dreaded lobster-esque look, is that I do not want wrinkles and premature skin aging. But while my reasoning for piling on the sun lotion is purely narcissistic, it is also important to understand the dangers that sun damage really holds.

Maligmant Melanoma (a cancer which starts in the skin) is becoming increasingly common in the UK, with it being the most common cancer in people aged 15-34, and most frequently in women*. With our constant obsession with beauty and appearance, and the western world’s focus on one aspect of being beautiful as having that ‘killer tan’, it’s no wonder that more and more young women are being affected by skin cancer. Undoubtedly, during the recent scorching weather, young and old women alike have been lying in their gardens, whilst 30-odd degrees of sunshine sinks it’s way into their skin. Their goal; the ‘killer’ tan. But in reality, a tan really can be a killer, in the literal sense. Deaths by skin cancer are increasingly on the rise, and worryingly, a rather substantial chunk of these deaths occur in young people. In 2008, 110 people under the age of 40 died from malignant melanoma**; a shocking statistic.

What continually astounds me is that, despite these disturbing statistics, hundreds of women insist on wearing very low factor sun screen, and even worse, many use tanning oil to ‘enhance’ their tan. Not only is this highly damaging to their skin, and can result in serious cases of skin cancer, but it also increases the aging process significantly and can result in premature aging. A friend of mine has been a sun lover all her life, wearing a mere factor 8 sun screen however hot the temperature may be. Now, I’m not being nasty to said friend, but her skin is terrible. Years of sunbathing with, let’s face it, almost no protection has resulted in her having very prematurely aged skin. The thing that shocks me the most is that despite this, she still continues to sit baking in the sun whilst wearing her token factor 8 sun lotion. It makes me think, that if the worrying statistics and the effect it has very clearly had on her skin still do not make her desist in her sun worshiping, or at least encourage her to wearing a considerably higher factor, then is this the same mindset the majority of women in the UK have? And, if so, no wonder there is such a shocking number of skin cancer affected women in our country.

Although recently the weather has been, as I said previously, rather scorching, this is not usually the case. The UK, as you all know, isn’t exactly blessed when it comes to warm weather, with the majority of our summers, autumns and winters being consistently wet and dull. Why, then, is there such a large number of us suffering from sun damage and skin cancer? Simple answer; sun beds.

You’ve all heard it before; sun beds are bad for you. You know that using them increases your chances of getting skin cancer significantly. Why then, do so many of us insist on using them? It’s easy I suppose; you lie there for a few minutes at a time and the end result (in theory) is a beautiful glowing summer tan. A lot of people, however, get burnt on sun beds, which can never be healthy. I have never, and never will, use a sun bed. I will also never wear factor 8 sun cream when it is in fact in the sizzling 30s. Why? Not because I embrace being pale, I’m naturally as white as a ghost and I detest it. Quite simply, because there is one quick, easy and most importantly safe alternative; fake it. Fake tan is quite possibly, in my opinion, the best thing ever invented. It allows you to look glowing and beautiful every single day of the year without running the risk of skin cancer or premature aging. A tan in a bottle; simple. There are so many bottles of the fake stuff on the market women are spoilt for choice; there is no way anyone could say that fake tan is hard to get hold of. The prices of fake tan are reasonable too, with the ultimate St Tropez dupe St Moritz costing a mere £2.99 a bottle. Women, you have no excuses now! Yes, if you want to get a good, flawless tan using the fake stuff you have to take your time and apply it carefully; but surely 20 minutes of your time once a week is a very small price to pay for a safe and healthy tan that won’t damage your skin? A tan may be fashionable, but wrinkles and skin cancer are most definitely not. Next time you crave a tan, don’t sit baking in the sun with little to no sun cream on, and do not take a visit to your local sun bed. Instead, buy a bottle of the fake stuff and embrace the joys of waking up to a flawless, natural-looking tan, without the damage.

*Statistics taken from www.macmillan.org.uk
**Stat taken from info.cancerresearchuk.org
Image courtesy of Google images

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