Velvotan Self Tanning

Velvotan Self Tanning Accessories

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!

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Have you tried Velvotan product before?

Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix Foundation

As much as I love the recent influx of barefaced photos on Twitter and blogs they are just not for me! I am just not ready to bare my face to the whole internet.

For me a layer of foundation in the morning is a confidence builder, and allows me to leave the house feeling that little bit happier and brave enough to face the day.

But come summer a layer of foundation is sometimes a little too heavy, and can leave your face looking a little odd when it begins to sweat off! So I have been looking for a summer alternative. BB/CC creams were my first call as I thought they would be lighter, however these seemed to leave my skin looking and feeling greasy. I was getting through blotting papers like they were going out of business!

So when I heard about the Oxygenetix foundation I was intrigued. The main selling point of the product is that it is summer suitable, which makes it perfect for a day at the beach, dinner al fresco or for watching your favourite band at a festival.

Coming in a range of 14 shades, there is more than likely to be a colour that will suit your skin tone. Keep in mind that if you tend to tan in the summer months you may want a slightly darker shade than you are used to – or just by two for the transgression between the two.

Oxygenating Foundation
Oxygenating Foundation

Now, a lot of products claim to do wonderful things and I am always a little bit dubious as to these claims. Oxygenetix claim this foundation is sweat-proof, something that has certainly been put to the test this week with the hot, humid weather. But just how well did it fare?

I am really pleased to say it did very well. Despite a walk to and from the station in the hot, humid weather and a day at work it performs a lot better than other products I have tried. After application and throughout the day my skin feels soft and moisturised, plus I haven’t needed to use so many blotting papers as my skin doesn’t look and feel as greasy anymore.

Not only am I pleased with the performance of the product, but knowing that it contains SPF 25 is great too. This means I don’t need to add a further product to my morning routine in the shape of a facial suncream, as this doubles up and protects my skin from harmful rays too.

Retailing at £45 this is a fairly high-end product, but it does work very well. The consistency of the product is fairly fluid so it does go a long way. You can take a look at the shades available and purchase here.

Knowing your vitamins

Vitamins should be an important part of everybody’s beauty toolkit.

Everybody knows that sometimes there are days when moisturizers and make-up just do not cut it. They are used, essentially, to treat the symptoms of underlying problems. True beauty comes from the inside, and it does not depend on the luck of having good bones. There are three ways to improve it and they are exercising, drinking plenty of water, and eating a diet rich in the right vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for bright eyes and healthy, elastic skin. It helps to keep dryness and wrinkles at bay. It can be applied topically in various skincare preparations (as retinoic acid) but it is better to get enough in the diet to prevent problems arising in the first place. Eggs and dairy, carrots, yellow peppers, liver, dark green leafy vegetables and strawberries are all good sources.

Vitamin B

B vitamins help with iron absorption, maintaining good general health. They also contribute directly to keeping the skin healthy and resistant to infection. Most of the common skin problems are linked to Vitamin B deficiency. Mushrooms are especially rich in this vitamin and it can also be found in eggs, poultry, fish, cereals and bananas.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C was one of the first important nutrients that people knew about because its absence – once common on long sea voyages – causes scurvy, or cracking of the skin. Getting enough of it helps to keep skin smooth and healthy, maintain good tone and an even coloration. It has also been shown to help prevent skin cancer. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruit (except limes), green leafy vegetables, strawberries, kiwi fruit and potatoes. The use of Vitamin C serum can also be of great benefit to the skin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is important for keeping skin well moisturized from the inside and preventing flakiness, as well as reducing the risk of skin cancer. It also helps to keep hair in good condition. Fish, olive oil, nuts, eggs and leafy green vegetables are all good sources of this vitamin.


Important minerals to be aware of in a beauty regime include:

Zinc – reduces sagging of the skin and helps to maintain healthy hair. Found in beef, lamb, shellfish and pumpkin seeds.

Sulfur – helps with natural skin shedding and assists in fighting infection. Found in eggs, beef, onions, dark green leafy vegetables, garlic and mustard.

Selenium – helps to prevent acne. Found in Brazil nuts (three a day is adequate), fish, beef and lamb.

Silica – maintains the connective tissue that gives the face its fullness. Found in green beans, mango, strawberries, leeks and oats.

Plenty of stores offer both supplements and other products such as supplements to ensure that you getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals in your daily diet. For vegetarians, vegans and those allergic to certain types of food this is especially important.

Do you ensure you get the right vitamins in your diet?

Tesco Pro Formula

Pro Formula – Beauty at Tesco

I am an enormous lover of Clarins skincare products and whilst I have used other products now and again I always seem to gravitate back to them as my go to skincare brand.

However my budget doesn’t always stretch to the price of their cleansers and toners so I have been looking for something which gives equally as good results but for a much lower price tag.

I am sure you will have seen me rave about Tesco for beauty products before and that is because I am continually impressed with their product range and pricing. Because of this I decided that one of the first range of products I would try in my hunt would be from their Pro Formula range.

The Pro Formula range has products priced from just £3 which makes them suitable for any budget! On my first trial I decided to give their Hydrating Cleansing Oil (£4.99) and Radiance Micellar Water (£3.99) a try.

Tesco Pro Formula

Tesco Pro Formula

I have tried various micellar waters before and have found that some are a little irritating and can sting my eyes if the product is swept over them. For this reason I have been put off a little bit, however for the price I thought I would let this one see if it could change my mind.

It is extremely gentle and has a light cucumber like fragrance, although not overpowering by any means. Of course as it is water consistency it does come out very quickly so pour gently to ensure you don’t waste any product!

I use this before bed and in the morning and it really does leave my skin feeling fresh and smooth. I will be repurchasing this for sure.

I find that cleansing oils can sometimes be a little too greasy and because of that they aren’t very effective. I don’t want to be stood in the bathroom washing my face hundreds of times to get the last remnants of the product off. I want something that is easily removed and does the job.

Tesco Pro Formula

Whilst this product is of course a little oily it does feel that there is enough water in it to ensure it is easily removed. I used this to remove my eye make-up also and didn’t find it to irritate my eyes.

With a full face of make-up, including liquid eyeliner and several coats of mascara, I had to use this product twice to make a real budge in removing my make-up but I find this is true with most products I use. We want our make-up to last all day so I suppose we cannot complain when it refuses to budge!

Overall I am, again, hugely impressed with the Pro Formula range and can’t wait until I can next visit the beauty aisle at Tesco and put some more products in my basket.

Have you tried the Pro Formula range yet?

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

Avene – Soothing Hydrating Serum

A little while ago a tried a few Avene (read the post here) samples and was really impressed with the quality and results. The brand is popular amongst beauty bloggers and I can see why. So I decided to put another one of their products to the test.

This time it was the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum. This serum aims to repair and protect the skin, it hydrates it and is ideal for sensitive skin especially.

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

The product is a gel which is silky in texture and I found application really easy. A little goes a long way so this £17.00 bottle should last you a good while. The serum is also paraben free which is always a plus!

Avene is known for its thermal spring water and this serum contains a high concentration of it, this again help to heal the skin and breathe some life back in to it.

I have been using this serum day and night after cleansing alone, although you are able to apply your regular moisturiser afterwards. I have found that the serum alone is enough to keep my skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated. Overall I am really impressed with the serum and will most certainly be restocking when I run out, alongside trying out a few more bits from the Avene range!

Also, if you are quick Escentual are offering 25% off all Avene products until the end of March! Take a look here.