Velvotan Self Tanning Accessories

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

If you read my recent post you will see I am a fan of fake tanning, but sometimes it is difficult to ensure that your tan is fully flawless when doing it yourself.

I especially have problems with reaching my back now that I have nobody to assist me and so have been looking for an alternative method – other than contouring myself in to uncomfortable positions!

Then I heard about the Velvotan range and in particular their self tan back applicator. It seems so simple but looked effective so I thought I would put it to the test, along with a selection of other tanning essentials: a self tanning mitt for the body, a mitt for the face which is slightly smaller to ensure you can fill those awkward areas and a body polishing sponge to make your skin smooth prior to tanning to ensure an even glow.

Velvotan Self Tanning

Velvotan Self Tanning

Velvotan Self Tanning

Velvotan Self Tanning

The back applicator is pretty simple to use; you simple open it up and it will “click” in to place. Then apply your self tan to the applicator, reach it over your shoulder or up your back and you now have access to even the most awkward areas!

I found that this works best with mousse tans as when you are reaching the applicator over you are risking the product falling off – but these tend to cling on and make it to my back without getting all over the carpet!

I don’t know how I didn’t find this product earlier! It certainly makes the whole process a lot easier and avoids the white triangle on my back of where I can’t reach!

Have you tried Velvotan product before?

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

We aren’t all lucky enough to live in a country like Australia that benefits from the sun most of the year round, so as soon as the sun decides to stop hiding from behind the clouds I run to the nearest shop and stock up on summer dresses and sandals!

With August looming and rumours of a great summer, I am sure you need to stock up on some summer essentials too and you can with my great competition today to win a £20 ASOS voucher!

Kindly provided by The Emigration Group, a UK based company that help people move to Australia and New Zealand – so if you are fed up of living in dreary Blightly then you know the people to talk to!

You can enter below through the Rafflecopter widget and have until the 6th August to win – good luck!

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Gym Week at Lidl

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In a last minute attempt to lose some weight this summer I have joined a gym and have been attempting some classes a couple of times a week. Better late than never I suppose!

As I, shamefully, haven’t exercised in a little bit too long I haven’t really had anything suitable enough for wear. Normal leggings and long tops are fine but they aren’t made to be “breathable” and work with your body as well as sports and gym wear.

However, I don’t like to spend too much on gym clothing. I don’t really see anybody there that I would desperately want to impress and spending a fortune on designer brands for a few hours a week doesn’t really seem worth it.

So when I spotted that Lidl were hosting a gym week this week I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for some new clothing for my new gym going persona!

If you have visited a Lidl store before you will no doubt have seen the various different baskets down the center aisle of the store. These always have a large selection of various, and sometimes curious, items. How it works is that each Thursday Lidl will launch their deals of the week which will then run until the end of the following Wednesday.

This does mean you need to be quick, but the prices are so reasonable it is well worth it.

For gym week this week Lidl have exercise trousers, sports bras, performance vests and tops and trainers for really reasonable prices. I’ll be sure to show you them pre-workout but can highly recommend them for their quality and fit.


I found the trousers and top true to size and for the prices, a total bargain!

Will you be heading to Lidl before Thursday?


Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Airbrush Self Tanner

Friday, July 25th, 2014

These days I am somewhat of a fake tan connoisseur – my bed sheets will attest to the fact! I have tried out so many different brands, types, colours and variations over the years that I am definitely starting to learn what I do and don’t like!

Whilst previously I have always stuck with lotions or mousse I have been purchasing a few spray tans to see just how much of a difference they make. I love going for a spray tan but it is a costly experience if you do it too often, so I thought perhaps this Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Airbrush Self Tanner would give the same results with a little less work than conventional tans.

Firstly the price, whilst this fluctuates wherever you buy it I got it for the bargain price of £13.45 from Click Fragrance. Which I think is really reasonable, especially when compared to other big name tans that want £30+ for similar products.

It was the fact that this is an airbrush tanner that drew me to try this product out. It is a little hard to get used to at first as the part of the bottle that you usually push down to spray actually needs to be pulled back. Whilst I found this a little odd at first it was actually incredibly easy to use and hurt my thumb a little bit less than having to push a button down the entire time.

Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Airbrush Self Tanner

Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Airbrush Self Tanner

Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Airbrush Self Tanner

The spray comes out evenly and leaves a light cosmetic bronzer so you can spot any bits you have missed. It covers quite a wide area at once so you won’t have to spend hours ensuring you have got every last bit!

They recommend 2 coats, which at first I thought meant the process would take ages but this tan dries INCREDIBLY fast and so 2 coats was no issue at all! In fact after both the first and second coat I was touch dry in just a few minutes.

A god send for anybody that tans before bed like me – especially when I usually just want to crawl under the duvet and sleep!

The colour the next day after 2 coats was a lovely, light tan colour and no orange tone to it at all. I would probably top this up the day after if I was going on a night out but otherwise the colour is lovely for the daytime.

Overall I have been really impressed with this tan. I usually tend to avoid big names like Fake Bake because I feel there is more hype about the brand than products, but I must admit that this time I have been proven wrong.

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