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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water Review

Isle of Paradise – sounds so blissful doesn’t it? I mean a bottle that's paradise that is quite a tall order. 

Isle of Paradise tanning is a new self-tan to hit the shelves of boots and I do think it has caused a stir in the self-tan market. Firstly because it’s vegan friendly, cruelty free and organic, which I think is pretty cool. Im not aware of many brands in the self-tanning department of Boots that can claim all that… and that’s even before we get on the product itself. Secondly I have seen some people finding the end result patching/streaky, but how did I find the product? 

I decided to pick up the medium shade, god knows why. Although thankfully I can just about pull it off.  I also decided to dip my toe into the world of tanning waters as previously I have only ever used mousses and creams. 

First up, my thoughts on using a tanning water. I quite like it I have found that getting the technique is a little hard but the end result is great. You simply spray and gently rub in with a tanning mitt ensuring you blend each spray that you do. Handy tip if you have a bath its easier to sit at the end of it and spray your legs. If you spray your legs whilst standing it can lead to a lot of product dropping on your feet – the first time I used this product my feet definitely looked interesting the next morning. I also tend to spray a little on the tanning mitt to help give a more even application. I will admit a mouse is a lot easier to use as you can tend to see where you have been. Where as tanning waters can be a little misleading.

Now what can I say about the glow? Well… it is fabulous. I am so happy with the results of the tan. It may be a tad to dark for me. However when I purchased it, I was still ‘Bali tanned’. Isle of Paradise has colour correcting technology in it although I’m not entirely convinced about this. Pink is for light skin tones, Green for Medium and Purple for Dark. I kind of feel like they’ve made them coloured to give them an eye-catching appearance on the shelves. However having said this I did get a lovely golden tan like the back of the bottle said which is down to the green base – so who knows?!

The tan lasted really well probably about 7 days and then after that it dulls down. This self-tan doesn’t smell (t h a n k   t h e   l o r d) and it doesn’t come out orangey. Although you do get a fair amount of self-tan on bed sheets! The bottle says 4-6 hours but if I forget to apply it early I will put it on over night and it has still given a good result.

Isle of Paradise Tanning water contains avocado, chia seed and Coconut oils and it really does help to give a hydrated glow. Something that I have noticed is my skin doesn’t get all gross and flakey after about 3 days so the hydrating properties seem to do the trick. 

I would say that you would probably get 6-8 full body uses out of this self-tan. I have used it 3 times and it is just above the halfway point on the bottle. I would 100% get this product again but I will go down to the light shade. And possibly try the tanning drops and mousse also. Although I have been converted to tanning waters. 

Price wise I think it's a relavtively normal price. I mean, obviously there are more purse friendly options, but it is in similar price ranges as St Tropez. The Tanning water is £18.95 whilst the drops and mousses are £19.95.

Have you tried any of the Isle of Paradise products? If so What were your thoughts?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Jo Malone | English fields

There’s nothing quite as exciting as when a beauty brand release limited editions. It’s even more exciting when brands bring out packaging that looks completely different to their normal collections. 

Jo Malone have done just that. The English fields collection is a beautiful collection of pastel toned bottles with a mix of matte and sheen textures. This is definitely a fragrance that you would want on your dressing table. 

I was lucky enough to attend a Jo Malone event in Chichester, and to try the English Fields collection. With 5 fragrances to choose from there is something for everyone. Although these scents are aimed for spring I can definitely see these being perfect for summer too! 


The 5 limited edition fragrances are all linked to the kind of blooms that you would find in a typical English field.

To start with Honey and Crocus, this cologne is a rich and comforting scent with honey, crocus and English lavender, which is also blended with almond milk. Poppy and barley is a lovely bright scent with a hint of blackcurrant added in to give it a fruity feel, which is combined with white musk. Oat and Cornflower - this cologne is most definitely my favourite bottle( the blue and grey one in the aboe picture). With added hazelnut and vetiver to create a warm and sensual scent. Green wheat and meadowsweet - this is quite a fresh scent with grapefruit added to give the cologne its fresh scent. Primrose and rye, with vanilla as a base and mimosa added in, it crates a lovely bright and warm scent.

Out of the 5 the primrose and rye was my favourite, it reminded me of summer holidays and jetting off on a plane and I just fell in love with it. With my favourite fragrance picked it was over to the hand and arm massage stand. Jo Malone offer complimentary hand and arm massages, so if you’ve ever got a spare 5/10 minutes I would 100% go and get one. It’s great to learn about layering and how to use the products. For my hand and arm massage, I had the Nectarine Blossom and Honey body crème. Layered with the Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne and followed with the Primrose and Rye Cologne. The arm massage was amazing as usual. And the combination and layering of scent was lovely. 

I also learnt that spraying the back of your neck helps to gives burst of fragrance through out the day. I’ve started doing this and I have definitely noticed a difference, also spraying fragrance to the chest and (front) neck area can speed up aging, which, I’m not down for at the moment. If you get the chance to pop in store you definitely need to give these limited edition scents a go! 

We also had got the chance to tie Jo Malone bows to our beautiful gift boxes, which also had a ceramic tag, with our initials stamped on. 

Massive thanks to Jo Malone Chichester for hosting and as always making an event super fun and to the Wild Mint Cafe for the beautiful snacks, and also to Katie who helped to organise an amazing event! 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, then the never ending January (which I swear lasted like 20 years?!) and now February; which seems to be going super fast. It’s crazy to think that Mother’s Day is only round the corner (11th March in the UK in case you’ve forgotten) with that in mind I have decided to do my first ever gift guide. I like to think that mums love a good pamper and deserve a well thought out gift.

First up is something a little luxury, after all the things that our Mums do for us they definitely deserve something a little extra special. This Clive Christian Luxury Mother's Day Gift would be perfect for any mum out there and is something they would absolutely love and appreciate. I have also got some other gift ideas if this particular gift is a little too lavish!

Liz Earle Superskin Dry Oil and Treatment Oil | Liz Earle Body Care would make the perfect gift for a Mum, the Dry Oil is great for a busy lifestyle, and can be used daily, whilst the Treatment Oil can be used in the evening and over night. The Dry Oil contains cranberry, borage and rosehip oils that really help to smooth and revitalise the skin. The Treatment Oil contains a little more to get silky smooth results, it has Alaria Esculenta that helps to visibly firm the skin. 

Tropic Skincare | Everyone loves a product that smells simply divine, and Tropic Skincare seem to produce products that smell beautiful whilst giving amazing results. The Smoothing Cleanser along with the Vitamin Toner leaves skin feeling clean and soft. With Green Tea extract, Golden Jojoba and Eucalyptus Leaf oils the Smoothing Cleanser instantly refreshes the skin. It’s also amazing at removing makeup. The Vitamin Toner helps to reduce pores, this product really does smell gorgeous and is fab for a bit of much needed hydration.

Lush Products | Lush always seem to have such well thought out seasonal product lines. All Mums love a bit of me time and a lush bath bomb or bubble bar would go down a treat. This year Lush have brought out a whole range of new Mother’s Day products! I have chosen two that I think would be perfect to treat your Mum with this year; the Madame President and Rose Bombshell. 

Time Chain Watch | I think jewellery is also a perfect way to show how much your mum means to you. This watch would be a great addition to any Mums jewellery box. However I like to think that with a watch, every time you look at it, it reminds you of the person that gave it too you, which you have to admit is kind of lovely!

* Disclaimer; this post was created in partnership with Clive Christian. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Your Basic Kit for Modern Calligraphy

About 7 months ago (ok more like 15 months ago) I decided that I wanted to do Modern Calligraphy. Having always had an interest in art, pretty fonts and the infamous bubble writing that we all did when we were 14. However I dont think you have to be 'artistic' to do this. If you have the want to do it you'll be just fine!

Recently I have been doing little calligraphy challenges. For example in December I did Christmas Lyrics and it took me ages to decide and organise this as I decided to choose what I did each day. In January I’m currently following the #createinspirepositivity Challenge, and the creators have kindly decided what I do each day. 

I post these to my Instagram daily and a few of you have commented on how you would like to do this as a hobby too. I’ve decided to throw together the basics of what you will require to start calligraphy. 

First off you will need a penholder. There are two main types of penholder; the straight penholder (above) and the Oblique pen holder (below). The difference? When using a straight penholder you have to turn the paper you are using it on an angle. I believe this helps the flow of ink. The Oblique penholder is already at an angle so you do not need to turn the paper to angle. In honestly I find the Oblique penholder easier to use but I did use a straight penholder when I first started doing calligraphy. I would get both and see what you prefer. Quill London has a number of penholders ranging from £2 (ish) up to about £100. 

Nibs are next on your list. I am currently using the Leonardt Sterno 40 nib (is on the Straight Penholder) and the Gillott 303 nib (is on the Oblique penholder). The Leonardt has good flexibility and the Gillott is amazing for fine upward lines along with thick downwards strokes. Again you can get these from Quill London. 

I am funny with Ink, I absolutely love the Quill London Inks but Winsor and Newton do great inks too and this what I started off with. I got a set for Christmas in 2016, which had 8 inks, a penholder and nibs. However the nibs were the wrong kind (you can see the kit here). In modern Calligraphy you do needed pointed nibs. 

I also really struggled with paper when I first started out, everything bled - it was so annoying! I still play paper by ear. At the moment I buy Paperchase notebooks because the paper in their notebooks seems to work with the most inks. My brother kindly got me proper calligraphy paper for Christmas, which works a dream but can be quite expensive. 

If you don’t own a paintbrush go out and get a cheap one - a paint bush can be handy if you want to apply the ink to the nib, rather than dipping the nib into the ink. By painting on the ink you don’t get an over load of ink, which can splodge on to your paper. 

Things you will need from home:

Water to clean your nibs with, and to occasionally dilute the colour (dip the nib into the ink and then the water) a bit of tissue/kitchen roll (or if you're super lazy like me whatever piece of clothing you are wearing). You will also need a match or lighter - when the nibs arrive they have a waxy coating on to stop them from rusting. However the wax stops the ink flowing. Just light a match and run it over the nib and then wipe clean. 


I tend to work and understand things better if I am shown so I can see how people do things. So I decided to take an evening lesson (just one) to help me understand and confirm what I was doing was right. However if you have previously learnt things from YouTube I would 100% head there. 

Absolute necessaries 

You will need patience. I am going to sound like a Debbie downer here, but your first couple of things you try to create won't look like what you imagined. You will 100% think why doesn’t my 'g' look like so and so's on Instagram. This will come in time. I wouldn’t say this is a time consuming hobby as such but I do think you will have to be prepared to put the time in to practise and end up with work that you aren’t always happy with. 

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