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I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about this so far so sorry if this is a bit of overkill readers, but to spice things up a bit, this isn’t a review. Generally speaking I like to do reviews only on my blog unless it’s something really exciting, in which case I’ll share it without a review.

This is the case with the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. Being described as the generation of self tanner, this certainly is a great new innovation. Suitable for all skin types this is essentially a gradual tan kind of product. It’s a small bottle of serum, 15ml to be exact, but don’t be alarmed, it’s not terribly expensive at £18 and a little goes a very long way.  Basically, mix 1,2 or 3 drops with your day or night cream and apply as usual for a sun kissed glow that is both natural and customisable. So instead of putting tanning products on your face and a) risking break outs if you are that way inclined, and b) risking a streaky orange mess, this is a gentle gradual subtle colour. You can use 1, 2 or 3 drops as I already said and top up as often as required to build up the colour you wish.

It’s properly clever stuff I think!

Now the reason I’ve not tried this (yet) is that I have a proven track history of utterly failing with ALL tanning products, be they gradual or otherwise. I am so pale everything looks orange and unnatural on me and I always get at least one big streak. I do have faith in this product and I would be prepared to try it on my face and I would trust that it would be streak free…but when I’m so deathly, milk bottle, glow in the dark white, I can’t see how having a golden glow on my face won’t look odd….

Until I crack tanning my body, I’m not overly keen on walking around with a mismatched face! BUT, if I was going to, this is the product I’d try it with!

It is usually available from www.clarins.co.uk but is currently out of stock, but I would recommend checking your local counter. I’m sure it will be restocked soon online.

*Disclosure – Sample received free of charge for review purposes*



Famous Dave's Gradual 10

Hello there!

Today I’m talking fake tans. I’m white. I mean really really white. Whiter than white.

I have a long long history of fails with fake tans. I’ve tried pretty much all on the market at some point and have had streaks every single time, despite exfoliation and following instructions. So I don’t bother any more. Clearly, if every single brand streaks on me, even those that promise no streaks, we’re talking about user error here. Now I embrace my paleness on the whole.

That said, as Summer progresses and we get a bit of sun, my shoulders, arms, chest, face all catch a bit of colour, taking me too a very pale golden shade, my legs never ever do and remain this kind of blue tinged white. It’s not the end of the world for me, I don’t mind too much, it’s just how I was made, but for special occasions or if I’m feeling a bit self concious then I’d like to be able to do something about it.

For me this isn’t about being a bronzed goddess, which I’m not bothered about being, this is just about wanting to take away the blue tinged whiteness and bring my legs closer to the colour the rest of me gets.

Famous Dave’s Gradual 10 Lotion works like a charm for me. I’m so happy. Absolutely simple to apply, (that is if you don’t grab it in the middle of the night thinking it’s your Melvita body lotion and liberally apply in a haphazard fashion to your entire chest which is feeling a bit dry, you wouldn’t do that would you because that would be really really dumb…and you’ll get a very odd looking chest in the morning and orange palms), that aside, it’s incredibly simple to use. Just exfoliate, massage in, like its your body lotion but just taking a bit of care on elbows, knees, feet, and other hot spots, wash your hands with soap and then just watch and see.  For me this is perfection. No streaks, easy to do and very quick, very very pale with only one or two applications, but buildable if you want to be browner.

For me I just want to lose that blue tinge as I say and that’s what this does, it makes my legs match the rest of me!  It’s brililant! I’ve not dared to do the whole of my body and I dare say I never will tan my whole body unless I ever go mad and get a spray tan (my portly frame stood in front of a stranger clad only in paper pants? no thanks!) but this is absolutely fab and now my Summer staple. I’ve had it for quite a while and still have loads left but I’d be very happy to pay the £17.99 to replace when it does run out.

Famous Dave's Gradual 10

Available from http://www.famousdave.co.uk

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Clinique have everything you need to get Summer ready and today I’m going to run through few of them!

Clinique Summer


  1. The Editors Pouch by Ela. Actually not from Clinique but a jolly lovely thing anyway. Silver, studs formed in the leather. Perfect for holding either your ipad or just your “stuff”. I wish I could give you some more info about this as it’s amazing, but alas, I can’t find a UK stockist!
  2. Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion. Available in Light – Medium £18 for 150ml. My dream come true product. I suck at fake tans, even though that profess to be streak free streak on me, but this one, well it’s really pale, but not too pale (for me). I usually use gradual tans, just to take the edge off my whiteness, and this is a step up from that, but it’s foolproof. I am sold! Fantastic stuff.
  3. Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral (£16). A vivid coral shade lipstick. The colour is incredible and the wear time is amazing. A must have colour for the Summer months.
    Clinique Long last Lipstick in Runway Coral
  4. A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Strappy Sandals.  Matches the clutch perfectly. Silver. Really silver. Wears well, looks great, but be warned, these types of metallic colours show up every flaw in your nails!
    Clinique strappy sandals
  5. City Block Sheer SPF25 (£16.50). Oh this is a dream product. I struggle with sun protection on my face. Uh-mazing. Although this calls itself tinted, it’s not really, it comes out of the tube a pale tint shade but disappears on the skin. Foundation applies flawlessly on top of it. Hooray. Get it, it’s a great price too for such a fab product.
    clinique city block sheer
  6. After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe (£24). Not tried this one yet but this after-sun balm is sure to help if you’ve over indulged, sun wise!
  7. Sparkle Skin Exfoliating Cream (£20 for 250ml) What an amazing exfoliator! I love scrubs. I love really scrubby scrubs. This one is really scrubby (but not scratchy) and minty fresh, leaves my skin smooth, shiny and feeling ultra clean. My keratosis pilaris on my upper arms is all but gone after one use of this.
  8. Last but not least, quite possibly the best bronzer ever. The Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Almond and Blossom Blend. A beautifully simple case, with a pretty flower embossed powder, in just about the most perfect colour ever. The powder is so soft and pigmented, you need very little on your brush to get a great effect, but the colour is incredibly natural. It’s brown with a hint of pinky red, much like my natural colours when I catch the sun. When I naturally catch the sun, there’s no orange, there’s no gold, it’s like this. Perfect. £16.
    Fresh Bloom All Over Colour
If you’re interested, here’s me wearing the Fresh Bloom All Over Colour (on my cheeks) and the Runway Coral lipstick.
All of the above are available from your local Clinique counters or from www.clinique.co.uk and there’s not one dud here, all of the above are great!

*Disclosure – All items received free of charge for review purposes*

It does seem a bit daft to be doing this post when the weather is so diabolical but you know, not only are the products suitable for the hot sunny weather, but you could just use them to get you in the Summer mood when its wet outside.

Starting with this beauty. My new love.

Givenchy Prisme Again in Happy Sun

Givenchy Prisme Again in Happy Sun

Givenchy Prisme Again in Happy Sun. I was gifted this so I don’t really know how much it costs, but its a beautiful product. Soft and buttery and sheer. Not a hint of orange, just healthy subtle bronze glow. I’ve been completely unable to find this online anywhere other than Ebay, the ones on Ebay aren’t the Union Jack version but are also gorgeous… it does however go without saying to be wary and keep your wits about you so you don’t end up with a fake. I’ll be trying Givenchy more in future that’s for sure. Perfect for us pale skinned ladies.

The next item is something I was sent a press release for the other day.

he Weleda Summer Travel Kit

The Weleda Summer Travel Kit. I have never tried Weleda, I’ve not tried anything in the kit but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the range and whilst this kit isn’t on my wishlist purely because I’m not going on holiday, if I was going on holiday I’d definitely buy this! Fir £29.99 this is all you need. Actually, I’ve just read in the press release it’s suitable for a UK holiday and I don’t need much of an excuse so maybe I will treat myself. So what we’ve got in there is a 20ml Citrus Creamy Body Wash, a 30ml Citrus Deodorant and 10ml of Citrus Refreshing Body Oil. Then there’s 30ml of Combudoron Spray for the relief of insect bites, 25ml Melissa Comp Drops to elieve nausea, stomach upset and occasional diarrhoea, perfect for over indulgence, travel sickness or a minor tummy upset and finally there’s 20ml of Rhiondoron Nasal Spray with Aloe Vera for clearing and moisturising the nasal passages, perfect for dry air and high pollen counts. It really does sound like a great kit.

So if you put that together with the next kit and aside from your facial skin care and make up you’ll be all set for your holiday.

The label.m Mini Airliner

The label.m Mini Airliner*. The deal is that for £12.99 you can choose any 4 label.m favourites in mini sizes which all go into the zipped pouch. You choose one Cleanse product, one Condition product and any two Create and Complete products. my kit contains the Daily Moisturising Shampoo, the Daily Shine Conditioner, both absolutely lovely, the Sea Salt Spray for your beachy waves and the Dry Shampoo which does a great job! These kits are available  at label.m salons globally and Toni & Guy Salons. You can find your nearest stockist on the label.m website.

Then there’s my new favourite deodorant.

Dove Natural Touch Dead Sea Minerals

Dove Natural Touch Dead Sea Minerals*. I have the roll on which is £2.19 but there’s also an aerosol which is £3.39 or £2.49 depending on which size you like. I didn’t think I liked roll on deodorants and have used the stick type of deodorants for years and years… it was a surprise to find I liked this one. It has a very strong scent which is absolutely lovely, but it does fade which is good news for those who don’t like their deodorants to be strongly scented. It keeps me dry all day and it smells nice. That’s all I need from a deodorant and this fits the bill well!

My final suggestion is this beauty. The Melvita Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturising Gel-Cream* £20

Melvita Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturising Gel-Cream

If you don’t like the sun’s rays on your skin but don’t like being a pale skinned beauty, but also don’t want to do the full on fake tan thing in order to be a bronzed goddess, this could be the product for you. It creates a natural looking light tan which is relatively streak free, for some reason I seem to be able to get at least one streak with every tan product I try and this is no exception, but I must say to have only one little streak is virtually unheard of for me, I usually just end up one big streaky mess whereas this is pretty much great. it contains no DHA at all which is the usual active agent in tanners and instead contains Erythrulose which is derived from sugar cane. Thisdevelops over a few hours and one application works well enough all though I do need more to build up the colour. One application takes the tinge off my blueness. It’s really moisturising but even better, although it claims to be vanilla scented, to me it smells just like fudge yoghurt! Nom!

So there we have it, my top picks for your holidays. Some of them I’ve tried, some of them I haven’t some were PR samples and some weren’t, all are fab…trust me when I say I’ve not included some items that definitely didn’t make it to my top holiday picks list!

*Items marked with a * were provided to me free of charge as PR samples*

You may remember a short while ago I talked about the St Tropez Festival Gift Set. Although the offer is now finished, the products are still available individually I believe and I was able to review them.

St. Tropez Festival Set

So lets talk about the Gradual Tan, Every Day Perfect Legs first. This is a pump bottle containing two products. The first is a gradual tan product and the second is a wash off instant bronzer.

Now I am milk white. In fact, not so far removed from the colour of that white bottle in the picture. I also do not have good history with tanners gradual or otherwise. They are either too orange, too streaky, whatever, I’ve never found one that that works for me. This was my first experience of St. Tropez and I had high hopes as I view it as a premium tanning brand. I also, generally speaking, prefer a gradual tanner since if I cock it up its less obvious!I really like the idea of being able to top up with the wash off stuff too. So how was it? Well, it doesn’t smell repugnant, I detected only the faintest whiff and it wasn’t unpleasant. However, I might as well just cut to the chase and say from the off, for me it was a total fail. The colour is fabulous, but try as I might I simply couldn’t avoid streaks. I had patches on my feet, patches on my thighs, patches slap bang in the middle of my calf….you get the picture.

I am positive this isn’t the fault of the product, but a user error. Yes I exfoliated my legs to within an inch of their lives but it seems that tanning and I are simply not meant to be. I just can’t do it! I used this daily for two weeks. Thankfully, the weather was grim and I had no cause to get my legs out and show the world the patchy mess. I’m a bit gutted to be honest, I really thought this was going to be foolproof for me because I’m going bare legged to a wedding in October, but at this rate I’m going to be white. So incredibly white. I might just have to pay someone to do it for me…

Also included in the Festival Kit is a Bronzer and Brush.

St. Tropez Festival Set

This is gorgeous. It has a very subtle shimmer in it, but I notice on the St Tropez website there is also a matte version. The shimmer doesn’t bother me though, it’s barely there. This is a soft colour, and I find it buildable so you can add as much colour as you like. Be careful if you try it on your face…it’s easy to overdo. I really like this and have used it a lot since I got it. It is actually designed to enhance your tan, so after using the tanning products on your legs you can dust this over to maximise the effect. A very nice product.

While I’m talking about St Tropez, they have been very involved with London Fashion Week preparing skin for House of Holland, Louise Goldin and others and as such they’ve created a London Fashion Week Portal Here featuring pictures and details of products used to achieve looks, along with exclusive interviews with designers. A couple of areas are yet to be updated but it’s really nice to have a look around if that’s your thing, so please go and have a nosey!

So tell me guys, since I am a total tanning incompetant… how much is it to have it done for you these days?

So from gradual tans yesterday, it’s time to take a look at one of Lush’s latest additions. Charlotte Island wash off fake tan.

Lush Charlotte Island

It comes in two sizes 100g £4.95 and 240g for £9.95.

I was scared. its a strong colour in the bottle and if you read yesterdays post you’ll know tanning is not my forte. On my hand it was still a strong colour…

Lush Charlotte Island

Smells nice though, light and fruity.

Smeared onto my leg it was still a strong colour. No turning back now!

Lush Charlotte Island

As I rubbed it in it did this:

You know when products roll up sometimes? It was only this tiny bit, that brushed away and it didn’t happen again. Just got out of the shower so maybe I didn’t remove all the shower gel or something. Who knows?!

I was in poor light so I just kept adding more layers since I couldn’t see any difference…I can confirm it is buildable and despite my shoddy and heavy application, it’s decidedly not orange. Goes on easily, you can see where its going (when you’re in good light) and its made my legs lovely and soft. It’s not a heavy colour on me, which is good, I wouldn’t like it if it was. Please excuse these pictures, my legs are disgusting. But here are pics of one leg done and one leg not done and I hope you can see the difference!

Lush Charlotte Island

Brilliant. This is perfect for me. Absolutely perfect. next time I’m fancying wearing a skirt, I’ll be reaching for this to take the edge off my whiteness, not faffing about with fake tans and worrying about streaks and exfoliating! Well done Lush this is very nice indeed.

Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion

I was recently sent this to try in Fair to Medium. It also comes in Medium to Dark.It retails for £4.99 for 250ml.

Ahh fake tanning. I’m pale. Very pale, I swing between thinking pale and interesting is the best and wishing just once I could try being a bronzed lovely or at least a nice gold. Mostly I’m lazy though so pale it is.

The last couple of Summers I’ve used Johnsons Holiday Skin stuff a few times on my legs only  and not daily as that was enough to hide the blue tinge. Years ago I tried a few other self tanners, Clinique and Clarins to name a couple but to no avail. I found they streaked and I was left with orange dots in ever hair follicle. Clinique was the worst. I put it on, waited an hour before dressing, then went out. The instructions said it would be fine. It wasn’t. When I got home and undressed. my knees and ankles were ORANGE. Maybe tans have moved on but it was enough to put me off. Plus I don’t trust my technique. I know all about exfoliating and moisturising first, starting from the bottom and working up, and various other tips but I just don’t think its for me. Never mind the tricky issues surrounding putting your clothes back on and staining sheets and so on.

So anyway, it’s a hassle. I wasn’t going to bother this year. Not even with the Johnsons. I did ask around a bit on my blog and on Twitter for tan recommendations, got a few, considered it but when I thought I about actually doing it I got stressed out.  What about my back? what about my neck? My ears? My face? and so on… so I didn’t.

And then I was sent this so I gave it a whirl! So I started with my legs. Exfoliated for a couple of days, moisturised like a good un and result. It actually says it will take a few days before any colour develops but I disagree. The next morning, the blue tinge was gone from my legs. There was no colour really, but I could see the difference. My husband could not.

A word about the product, I like the smell, it’s kind of grapefruity, not offensive to my nose at all, in fact quite pleasant. Goes on easily and is easily absorbed. Takes an age to completely lose its sticky feeling though and I don’t have time to be sat around naked for hours on end so I gave it 10 minutes then nightclothes went on. Didn’t seem to cause any probs. I then went in for a second go the next day. Woke up and could see even more difference. In fact there was a great orange streak on my foot. Not the products fault though, I could clearly see a lack of blending… oops.

So then I got brave. I went for the full body. Couldn’t reach the top of my back, didn’t do my face, worried about where to stop before my face (somewhere in the shady part), so went to bed and waited to see. Next morning. No streaks but then the colour is so pale after one application I’d not really expected to see streaks, nor could you tell where I’d missed the top of my back….

The long and the short of this tale is that I like the product, will continue to use on my legs to take the edge off my pallor, but as I suspected, all over tanning at home is just not for me. Too stressful. Too much hassle. Just urgh.

Nice product though, builds nicely, streak free if you’re careful, bargain price and one I’ll be using when it gets back to skirt weather. Nice work Dove!

Oh and I nearly forgot so this is an add on, its REALLY moisturising. My skin is SO soft.

06. 05. 2010

As you will have seen in my previous posts there are a few new Lush producs knocking around so I had a sneaky little order. Reviews will follow in due course!

That’s 2 Space Girl Ballistics, they aren’t new products, I just love them, Keep It Fluffy Ballistic, Charlotte Island Body Tint, Grass Shower Gel, Happy 4 Sad Shower Gel, Glorious Mud and samples of Lovely Jubblies and R&B Hair Treatment.