EcoTan- Organic Self Tan by Sonia Driver

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Most of us have had a few self tanning experiences, some good, some bad and some uglier than your neighbours twenty year old siamese cat Tinky (sorry but… c’mon). Do you ever start to question what chemicals are actually in this thing that you’re marinating yourself in? I experienced this epiphany a few weeks ago and was immediately on the hunt for something that was more organic but still provided me with a deep bronzy glow.

I had heard about EcoTan from my good pal The Gracie Files and decided that it was something I needed to try.

  • Certified Organic
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan Tanning and Body Products
  • Accredited Toxic Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia

(All boxes I want ticked on something I’m putting on my skin-which is of course, the bodies largest organ- have to look after that!)

The first product I tried from the line was the Cacao Firming Moose 1 Hour Self Tan. I was immediately impressed that there was a colour guide on the back of the bottle which allowed me to adjust the level of ‘bronze goddess-ness’ that I wanted to reach. I decided to keep the tan on for three hours to reach the colour I wanted, but you can leave it on for as little time as 1 hour if you just want a hint of colour (which would be ideal for winter!) Winner of a Nature and Health beauty award for 2017 this tan lasted all week and faded away without ANY patchiness and didn’t have a faux coconut smell that lingered for the first few days.  As if this wasn’t enough, it also works to reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth out the skin. I’ll take 20 more thanks, and maybe another 10 for good measure.

I also gave the Face Tanning Water a go. There is nothing better than having a bit of colour to the skin, making you look more awake and healthy while also saving a bit of time in the makeup department (more specifically foundation front) in the morning. I used this on a cotton pad at night time after I cleansed my skin and by morning I looked like I had a post holiday glow and a full nights sleep (which I can assure you I didn’t…thanks to the Australian Summer and university exam insomnia). The face tanning water contains anti-aging ingredients as well as acne fighting ingredients that make it A. O.K to bypass other skincare at nighttime when using this.

The final gem that I picked up was the Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub. Man, does this scrub buff. Before you jump in the shower start to put the product on your skin and gently buff. Then, rinse off and continue your post exfoliation routine- this is the perfect time to shave your legs, dolphins will envy your silky smooth skin! I recommend using this 24 hours before you apply the fake tanner. This allows time for the coconut oil in the product to sink into your skin and for any hair follicles and pores to close over so you aren’t left with black dots on the skin.

Next time you spot it, grab it, give it a go and give you skin a break from those harsh chemicals. Enjoy your passport to a natural, organic b.e.a.utiful tan!

Top 4 Fragrance’s

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If there is a compliment greater than, wow you smell amazing you’ve got to let me know because as far as I’m concerned, that’s one of the most heart fluttering things someone could say. Fragrance is something you can use to define yourself and have people remember you by. I know my mum smells like J’adore by Dior, my sister smells like Black Opium by YSL and after a long day, my stepdad smells like Corona.

Personally, I am very picky with fragrances, can’t be too spicy, too woody, too girly or too this smells like something you clean a toilet with… *cough* Chanel Number 5 *cough*.

Here are my top 4 fragrance items that have passed the test of my extremely fussy taste!

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Alien- Thierry Mugler

This is my absolute favourite. It is unlike anything else I have ever smelt before and believe it or not, it took me about four years to purchase it! (I have however only had one day since then that I haven’t worn it..) This EDP has notes of Sambac jasmine, Cashmeran wood, amber gris that combine to create a scent that leaves you wanting more. Next time you stroll past David Jones, try it out for yourself. If you can wait as long as four years to purchase it like I did, I’ll give you a prize.

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Mojave Ghost – By Redo

Luxury brand By Redo is renowned for its unique, minimalistic and evoking fragrances. By Redo- which roughly translates to English as by reminiscing, was started by an artist who designed and drew inspiration for his fragrances by different memories or ideas. Mojave Ghost is designed for a flower that grows in the Mojave Desert. It is floral and woody at the same time, giving it a feminine feel with a strong edge. It also has a matching hair fragrance that amplifies the scent!

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Oh Lola! – Marc Jacobs

Oh Lola! Launched in 2011 and is described as lively, playful, irresistible, stylish and cheerful. It is quite a sweet fragrance that has fruity and floral with a hint of an aquatic scent. It’s an amazing scent for summer if you like smellin’ a lil bit sweet!

 

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Another one of Marc Jacobs floral fragrances, Daisy is fresher than Oh Lola! and slightly less fruity. It dances on the edge of being classic but still modern and definitely doesn’t over power. Again, another amazing summer scent that looks beautiful sitting up on a vanity!

Hopefully, you have some new fragrances on your ‘to smell’ list for Christmas! By this time of year, you may even be able to grab some the perfumes in gift sets that come with some extra bits and bobs. You may also be able to put it on your Christmas wish list.. thanks, Santa 😉

 

NEW IN BEAUTY: Lit From Within Sheet Masks from Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line

If you are after a face-mask that illuminates, brightens, freshens and creates that lit from within glow… you’ve come to the right place.

If you are after a face-mask that makes you look even more like a serial killer than your run of the mill charcoal mask… you’ve also come to the right place.

A new launch for the Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line, the Lit From Within gel sheet mask oozes with skin loving white flower brightening and vitamin c ingredients to create a b.y.o wind machine worthy luminosity (you know what I mean). The hydro-gel delivery system evenly distributes all that goodness across your skin, fading scarring and pigmentation to deliver a bright, radiant and more even skin tone…. sign me up, amiright?!

After taking off in Korea, sheet masks have been dubbed the d.i.y spa. Besides creating a slight resemblance to something from silence of the lambs, sheet masks have few downsides. Particularly when, like the lit from within masks, they are gel and can mold to even the tiniest of pea heads *cough cough*. To help with this, the sheet mask is separated into two parts, allowing it to be adjusted, because lord knows if you share the pea head gene you look like a damn child in regular ‘human sized’ sheet masks.. pfft…

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See two parts! Amazing! Ground Breaking! Pea-Head safe! 

 

Check it out and give it a go before your next big event. Just be sure to apply that SPF ++ to protect against UVA & UVB rays to ensure that glow isn’t stolen and turned into scarring or hyper pigmentation by that giant glow ball in the sky (the sun for those who didn’t follow my stunning description there).