A Review: Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

For most of the year (bar holidays) I embrace the ‘pale and interesting’ look but the recent bout of good weather coincided with the opportunity to try out a new(ish) self tan and I jumped at the chance.


For those of you that haven’t heard of Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 week tan before (which I hadn’t until recently) it’s the worlds first 2-3 weeks tanning mousse that claims to have no smell and leave no streaks. Quite bold statements to make for a fake tan in my opinion, so I was keen to put it to the test.

After a good shake you pump the mousse onto the mit (which is provided) and apply in sweeping movements. To achieve the 2-3 week result you have to apply twice, showering in between – I did this over 2 nights.

I was impressed with this product from the first time I used it. It’s paraben free, applied really easy, dried in seconds (and I mean completely dried, no tackiness, no sticking to clothes) didn’t stain any sheets/clothing, didn’t streak and is practically smell free. 2 applications lasted a good 2 weeks, it faded evenly and natrually and provided the perfect glow for my pale skin.

The only downside is the price, at £37.50 it’s definitely a high end product. In one sense I think you get what you pay for, but in another for a product with a 6 month shelf life I think this is really steep.

On balance, if you’re looking for that holy grail self tan and don’t mind the price then I would suggest giving this a go. It is by far and away the best fake tan I have ever used and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


A Review: Barry M Lip Paint – A Touch of Magic

Until last year or so, I never worse lipstick. To me it was a ‘grown up’ product that my mum or nana wore, never something I thought about for myself.

I’m happy to say my thinking has changed and I’m slowly but surely getting into wearing lipstick and even becoming braver with the shades I try. That being said, I would never, ever have found this gem of a product without the help of Megs from Wonderful You, one of my favourite bloggers/YouTubers!




Green lipstick? Not exactly, the product applies clear (so you need to take some time to ensure your colouring within the lines) takes a few seconds to adapt to the alkali level of your lips and develops into the perfect shade for you. On me, this is a deep pink which I think is really flattering, particularly against my pale skin.

The lipstick itself contains aloe vera which makes the texture more akin to a tinted lip balm, or perhaps the Clinique Chubby Sticks, than a regular lipstick, really moisturising and glossy. I’m happy to say it does not dry my lips out at all, which is something I find with most lipsticks.

In terms of colour pay off it’s brilliant. Having a ‘lip tint’ like quality I apply before leaving the house in the morning, touch up once after lunch and that’s enough to maintain a full day of colour, right up until I take my make up off around 10 o’clock at night.

I honestly can’t stop telling people about this lipstick, I think it’s amazing. In fact, four of my family members/colleagues have already gone out and bought it. At the bargain price of £4.49 you really can’t go wrong.


A Review: DiorShow Iconic Mascara

I’ve been mean meaning to write this post for ages but never quite managed to sit down and put pen to paper (as it where). Well, that’s a bit of a lie, a blank post has been sitting in ‘draft’ for about 3 months now…and they do say it’s the thought that counts!

My friend had been raving about DiorShow Iconic Mascara for months before I tried it and although I don’t begrudge paying for good products, I did think spending £23 on something you can’t really try before you buy was quite steep.



Well, what can I say, she was right! Since I got it for Christmas two years ago it’s the only mascara I’ve used and I can’t see that changing.

My lashes are okay length wise, but completely straight, so I really need something that gives and holds a curl, which this does perfectly. The brush grabs onto every lash and really opens up my eyes. The brush is also quite pointed at the tip which is great for getting into the inner and outer corners.


I find that this mascara makes a feature of my eyes whether or not I have any other eye make up on – which gets a big thumbs up from me, especially for those lazy days, when I’d give almost anything for 5 mins longer in bed! There is no drooping, smudging or flaking through the day – it looks as good when I come to take it off as it did when I applied it.

So there we go, the best mascara ever? In my opinion, maybe, just maybe!

If your looking for a mascara to really widen your eyes then, I would recommend giving this a go, it won’t disappoint.


Everyday Essentials


I’m not the type of girl who carries a make up bag about with me. Apart from the fact that I don’t have time to touch up during the day I don’t fancy lugging half of my make up collection around. I get up, shower, apply my make up, do my hair and I’m good to go.

In saying that, there are a few things I do consider ‘essential’ that I always make sure I have in my handbag:

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
The holy grail of hand creams. I suffer from pretty bad dermatitis on my hands and have tried more creams than I care to remember, but I keep coming back to this one. A really rich, nourishing texture that sinks into your hands in seconds without being greasy – perfect for on the go.

Perfumeria Gal Violet Lip Balm

I first bought this lip balm on holiday when I was about 13 – I was drawn to the packaging, and the fact that the lip balm is purple. Since then I’ve stocked up every time I’ve been in Europe. It is honestly the best lip balm I’ve ever used and it smells like parma violets, amazing!

Clinique Chubby Sticks
These are perfect for throwing in your bag and applying on the go. I have quite a few different shades, but at the moment I’m loving 07 Super Strawberry.

Compact Mirror
Well, I have to have some way of checking my lipstick isn’t all over my teeth!

What are your essentials, leave me a comment and let me know.


A Review: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask


I would describe my skin as generally dry and sensitive, but over the last few weeks it’s been worse than normal. I’m putting this down to a combination of the weather (the wind in particular), exercising outdoors and constant central heating.

I bought Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask a few months ago and used it a few times on and off (when I remembered) but in the last few weeks it’s really came into it’s own. It’s recommended as a twice a week treatment, but I’ve been using it around every two nights for the last week or so and have really noticed a difference.

After cleansing and before bed, I apply a pea(ish) sized amount all over my face. By morning my skin is noticeably brighter, smoother and more hydrated.

The formula is gentle enough for my sensitive skin, as well as being paraben free and I find a little goes a long way. So even though I would consider £20 for a face mask quite pricey it does exactly what it says on the tin and I can see it lasting a long time.

If you suffer from dry skin and are looking for a nourishing, fuss free treatment I would definitely recommend giving this a go.

I’m now in the market to try more Origins products, so if you have any recommendations, let me know.