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Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil

While I’ve been on holiday I’ve been loving the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil fragrance. It’s pretty much like summer in a bottle!

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Sparkling with luscious, sun-kissed freshness, the new Eau de Cartier has been infused with a note of freshly pressed passion fruit. Combined with a zesty hint of mint like a summer breeze, Zeste de Soleil is a natural and exotic interpretation of the original Eau.

The passion fruit smells delicious and fresh and it dries down to a nice sunny, juicy tropical smell. I’m used to wearing more Eau de Perfums these days however so do find the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil doesn’t last as long as I would like. But for days on the beach or a summery evening out that doesn’t matter too much – as it’s just a nice fresh and summery added touch! Also, I love that the bottle can twist close for ease of travel – an added bonus!

Cartier Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50, 100 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette. Have you tried this fragrance before or what perfume are you loving this summer?

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FOTD & Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

Realised I hadn’t done a beauty post in a while, so here is a quick recent FOTD which is an easy summery and light golden look. I’ve also been loving the new Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara but I will tell you more about that in a bit..

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FOTD products used: Vichy Dermablend Ultra Corrective Stick as concealer (review here) // Clinique Stay Matte Foundation // Urban Decay NAKED Flushed face palette in Native used the Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter (review to follow) // Eyes: Urban Decay Half Baked (all over lid) and Urban Decay Smog blended into the crease and along lower lash line – both of these eyeshadows are in the original NAKED Palette, which is still one of my holy-grail beauty products – read here why) // MAC eyelash curler // Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara in black // On my lips I am wearing Juicy Tubes in Fraise.

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OK so now about the new Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara. What they say:

“Get lusher, fuller, longer lashes with Clinique’s NEW Lash Power Feathering Mascara. Always at the forefront of mascara innovation, Clinique’s NEW Lash Power Feathering Mascara features an advanced formula and innovative new brush to build full, plush lashes without flaking or smudging, yet removes easily with warm water. Look no further, lashes will be longer, feathered, defined and more beautiful than ever!”

Lash Power Feathering Mascara is the latest additional to Clinique’s Mascara portfolio and was initially developed especially for humid Asian environments to ensure it’s resistant to tears, rain, sweat, pool water, ocean water and humidity. In other words, this super long-wearing, 12 hour formula will not smudge or flake! Yet, it can easily and gently be removed with warm water.

I think this is a lovely every day mascara, because it gives you nice feathery and soft looking lashes for a wearable, flattering day time look that lasts and with genuine ease of removal. It’s probably not the right mascara if you are looking for big dramatic evening lashes but it’s perfect to pop in your holiday bag or for natural, smudge free lashes for your work outs.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, safe for sensitive eyes and contact wearers and is available in Black Onyx and Dark Chocolate at Clinique counters now for £18.00 / €23.00 (link). Do you like the sound or look of this mascara?

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Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid

Summer is finally here! But because I’ve been so busy at work, I haven’t had a holiday since Christmas which unfortunately means I am super (pasty legs) white….not a good look! The exciting thing is however, is that I am going on holiday today!! I am escaping for a week of relaxing to the italian Tuscan countryside with my parents. I can’t wait to not look at any work emails but instead explore beautiful italian towns, eat lots of delicious food, soak up the sun and read my book.

To prepare myself for this holiday, one of the things on my check list was ‘get a tan’. Being a busy girl, and because I am live in the UK, it means that for the most part I turn to fake tan in order to get my golden glow. I’ve spoken on the blog here before about some of my go-to tanning products, for example read here, here and here.

But a while ago, a girl at my office was telling me about this 60 minute fake tan product she’d been using (which looked fab on her) so I was very intrigued to give it a go. I have to say I was impressed so have used it a few times already for my tanning-fix. So let me tell you about Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid.

What they say: “The longest lasting, most natural looking, ultimate fake tan just got even FASTER! A revolutionary, express, self tan liquid which develops into a beautiful, natural looking tan in 60 minutes. Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid (236ml) is easy to apply with the “shows where it goes” colour guide, the tanning agents – dihydroxyacetone and erythulose are activated upon contact with the skin.”

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Inside the box you get an easy to follow instructions booklet, an excellent mitt, a set of gloves a spray pump and of course, the bottle of self tanning liquid.

Preparation for applying this tan is the same with any false tan- shave and exfoliate at least 24 hours before application and apply an oil free moisturisers to especially dry areas before use. When you are ready to start tanning, put on the latex gloves and  use the tanning mitt. The pink mitt actually has two different sides to it – white for exfoliating to remove dead skin cells to create an even surface on the skin prior to the application of the self tan, and the soft pink can then be used when the skin is dry to gently buff away any excess false tan from the skin to ensure you get a streak free finish. You can either spray the Fake Bak 60 Minute Self-Tan Liquid directly onto the skin or spray the tan onto the mitt first and then rub the mitt onto your skin. I prefer the latter.

The Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan has a lovely brown colour that shows you exactly where the product is going on your skin.  The colour that it leaves, as can be seen below, is very close to the colour that the tan actually develops into when left on the skin for an hour.  Fake Bake guidelines state how long to leave the tan developing for: 1 hour- a beautiful golden tan, 2 hours- a bronzed tan or 3 hours- a dark tan. Then just wash off the tan in the shower. In the beginning I was convinced that my fake tan was completely washing off in the shower but nope – you emerge tanned and I think the colour continues to develop a tiny bit more once washed off.

I will definitely continue to use this fake tan. Not only do I like the natural tan it gives but especially because it’s great when you don’t have much time to bronze up – for example for a spontaneous night out.

You can buy the Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan direct from the Fake Bake website for £24.95 here, or from Feel Unique for a little cheaper. What’s your favourite fake tan?

Anyway I am all (tanned) and ready for my holiday now so it might be a little bit more quiet on the blog next week. But you can follow me on Instagram HERE to keep up with some of my italian adventures. Ciao!

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Pastel Blue Nails with Bourjois Adora-Bleu

You may remember me mentioning a little while back (here) that I am loving anything pastel-coloured at the moment. So, when I was rummaging through my, rather large, nail polish collection recently and stumbled across this gorgeous pastel blue shade I was over the moon. I’ve had this Bourjois Adora-Bleu nail polish since April last year, when it launched as part of the Bourjois Rendez-vous a Paris Collection but had never really worn it. Until now that is and I absolutely adore it!

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The Bourjois So-Laque polishes are great quality and for only £5.99 (available from Boots; link) quite the bargain. Adora-Bleu applies opaque with only 2 coats and has a smooth hi-shine finish. Bourjois Adora-Bleu is such a stunning shade for summer and even better it perfectly matches my little blue Topshop ballerinas (as seen here).

What do you think of my pastel blue nails; is this a shade you’ll rock this summer?

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Avon Luxe Couture Creme Lipsticks

Back in October 2013, Avon launched a new luxurious collection to their makeup range. Avon Luxe offers a range of mascaras, liquid eyeliners, skin-matching foundations, eyeshadows and lip glosses and lipsticks. The Luxe collection is about quality products from only £6!

Let’s have a quick look at the Avon Luxe Couture Creme Lipsticks shall we? They silk-infused, packed with pigment (for excellent coverage), nicely moisturising and with a little hint of shine in each of the 8 shades to deliver a ‘plumping’ appearance. Here are three lovely lovely shades from the Avon Luxe Couture Creme Lipstick collection; Designer Red, Pink Ruffles & Polished Rose.

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Isn’t the packaging nice? Designer Red is a very true vibrant red and would suit people with most skin colouring and perfect for a night out. Pink ruffles is a very bright watermelon pink shade and Polished Rose is a shimmery rose shade with a hint of coral and a pearlescent finish

Overall I have been quite impressed with these lipsticks. The formula is very creamy and gives your lips a lovely pigmented cover with a slight shine whilst also keeping your lips from drying out.

UK readers can find Avon Luxe Couture Creme Lipsticks at for £9.50, link to buy here.
Have you ever tried any Avon lip products before?

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