21 July 2016

Bondi Sands Tan | Review

Two weeks ago I told you all about my bad experience with Vita Liberata's Nkd Skn tan (which you can read here), and after having this tan fail I was back on the hunt for the perfect tan for summer.

I fake tan quite frequently throughout the year as I'm so pale, but tanning definitely takes a step up on my weekly routine in the summer. Don't want people being blinded by my ghost legs now, do I! So, after hearing so many people rave about Bondi Sands, I decided it was probably time I saw what all the fuss was about.

The tan retails at around £15 which I was cautious about spending on a tan that, like Nkd Skn, might not work well for me. However, after hearing so many good reviews and having a recommendation from a friend, I decided to go for it... and praise the lord, I think I've found my new fave tan!

Bondi Sands is an Australian tan that has finally made it's way across the pond to the UK, and is known for smelling like coconuts and giving a gorgeous, Australian-esque tan. In my opinion the smell is exactly like the alcoholic drink Malibu, and it is quite strong so if you don't like Malibu this tan might not be for you, unless you want to grin and bear it! I don't mind the smell so much, it's quite strong at first but you soon get used to it.

I got the mousse version in dark as I prefer using mousse tans, and I have to say I really am impressed! It gave a gorgeous and quite natural looking tan after being washed off after just 2 hours from application. It also doesn't smell like digestives which is brilliant, and the tan was still fading 5 days later and wasn't patchy, so the last time is fab!

Another thing I like about the Bondi Sands tan is that you can deepen the tan by applying another layer after half an hour, perfect for a night out or if you just want a bit more of a deeper colour!

Also, I normally get medium coloured tans, but the dark shade in this tan is perfect for me which was surprising with my fair skin.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this tan and it's totally worth the money! I will definitely be repurchasing when my current bottle runs out.

What about you? Have you tried anything from Bondi Sands before? If so, what did you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Lucy x

15 July 2016

Tanya Burr's Luxe Collection | Mini Haul

Tanya Burr is on of my favourite Youtubers. I love her videos, I'm always in awe of her make up and most importantly, I love her style! Which is why I was so excited to hear she was bringing out another collection to add to her make up range and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Today's mini haul will include each item from Tanya's Luxe Collection, which are the liquid lipstick, the matte nail varnish and an eyeshadow palette.

First of all, let's talk about the Luxe Lip Gloss.

This is something completely new to Tanya's range, and with all the rage around liquid lipsticks at the moment, I'm so glad Tanya jumped on board with the trend. There are 3 lip colours available; Puppy Paws, Rhubarb & Custard and Martha Moo. I opted for Rhubarb & Custard as it looked like a lovely bright colour that I thought would be perfect for Summer. I tried out the matte lip pretty much as soon as I'd unboxed it, and it was love at first sight!

It's definitely going to be a favourite this Summer, it's bright and somehow makes my eyes stand out. I also don't have anything similar to this colour, which makes me love it even more. One of my favourite things at the moment is getting experimental with lip colours.

The next item in my mini haul is the matte nail varnish.

Like the luxe lip glosses, the nail varnishes are available in 3 different colours; Duvet Day, Piggy Bank and Soft Pyjamas. First off, I just have to mention the names! Not just for the nail varnishes, but Tanya's Luxe collection features the cutest names! I love that in products, I feel like sometimes it makes me like them a little bit more. I opted for Duvet Day as it looked like a lovely grey colour which could be used all year round! The consistency is quite thick so when I was applying I thought it was going to dry quite unevenly, but when it was dried it settled down into a smooth layer, so when applying I'd suggest not to use too much product!

And my final item, the Enchanted Dream Eyeshadow Palette.

I was quite torn on wether to get this palette or the Birthday Suit Palette, but decided on Enchanted Dream as Birthday Suit features more brown and gold shades which are very similar to some I already own. This palette features a lovely highlight shade in Moonlit Walk, a shimmery grey/gold shade in Cocoa Plum, a warm matte brown perfect for the crease in Berry Souffle, and a dark purple/brown shade in Magic Carpet to create are darker and more smokey look.

I feel like this palette is going to become a go-to, as it can be used to create so many different looks. I think it's definitely good for a day look or a night look. The eyeshadows have a soft and luxurious consistency, which I was actually quite surprised at. Considering the price point, it's really good quality! I also love that it includes a cute heart-shaped mirror, perfect for on-the-go!

Overall I love the products I've purchased from Tanya's Luxe Range, and I can see myself investing in more in the future! Martha Moo is next on my list.

What about you? Have you tried out Tanya's latest range yet? If so, what did you think of it? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Lucy x

11 July 2016

Why I Won't Be Repurchasing Vita Liberata's Nkd Skn Tan...

Today's post is going to be something that Just Lucy's Life has never seen before, up until now, and that's a negative review.

I try to keep my blog quite a positive space on the internet as it is, no doubt, a source of positivity for me, but I'm so disappointed in this product and I always want to be honest with my readers, so I decided that I had to share.

I had such high hopes for the Nkd Skn tan from Vita Liberata. I'd heard good reviews from other bloggers and it was at a similar price point to St.Tropez, so I decided for that price it must be at a standard worth splashing the cash out on.... but no. Turns out that the £15.99 I spent on this tan would have been much better off being spent feeding my make up addiction...or feeding myself.

This tan states on the box to be a 'super fast mousse' in which you can apply, leave on for an hour, and then wash off to develop for a few further hours into a gorgeous tan.

I decided to get the medium shade instead of dark as I have such fair skin that I didn't want anything too dramatic. The fact that it was the medium shade I tried out may be a factor to the result, but I know what you're all thinking. 'Oh, the shade can't have been dark enough for her'... Nope! Because I actually think that I ended up even paler after using this tan than I was before.

After trying it the first time, I followed the instructions; exfoliated, no moisturiser etc, but when I got in the shower I looked at my arm and could see the water instantly melting away any sign of tan to reveal my usual pale complexion. I thought it was strange, but thought I'll see how it goes as it could develop into a bit of colour over night. However, when I woke up the next day, it was like no tan had ever been applied!

I was shocked, but decided to give it another go the following weekend in preparation for a night out. This time I used 2 coats, I followed the instructions as I did the last time, and the same thing happened again! Not only was it annoying that I had wasted my time applying this tan, but it also then left me in a rush having to apply some instant tan before my night out.

So after this bad experience I can definitely say that I won't be repurchasing the Nkd Skn tan again, it's always a shame when things you have high hopes for don't turn out how you wanted!

What about you? Have you ever tried this tan? If so, what was your experience with it? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Lucy x
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