Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam Review

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam
*This product was gifted, however all opinions remain 100% my own and honest.

When Bondi Sands got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to try out their new foam, I jumped at the chance. I've never actually tried any of the Bondi Sands tanning products, but I have always wanted to as I've heard such great things about them and the tan itself always looks very healthy on other people. This tan retails at £14.99 (shop here).

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

This tanning foam in particular is different to the original Bondi Sands foam as this one doesn't need to be washed off- Amazing! You just leave it on your skin for at least 6 hours and then wash it off, but you can get dressed within moments. When I first heard about this I was shocked as it sounded like all of my prayers had been answered. I love the look of being tanned and when I do find the energy to tan, I always feel 10x better, although I just find the process of tanning too much like hard work. For me, this product removes all of my bug-bears about tanning: I don't have to sit and wait for what feels like an age after I have applied the tan before I can slip on some loose clothes. I love that if I forget to tan for an event or occasion, it's not a problem as I can just tan and then get ready, head out the door and within 2-3 hours, I'll suddenly become bronzed! ....are you as enticed as I am yet?

I found this foam so easy to apply onto my skin. I instantly noticed that it smelt so nice, which I think is the coconut that it is infused with. The foam itself is a pale beige colour so I found it hard to see where I had already applied it so at first I thought 'wow this isn't very dark'...so I put two thick coats on but then after 2-3 hours it developed and I was very dark*!!! So the foam colour itself is misleading so that's something to be aware of to not make my mistake. 

* In my opinion of being tanned, as I don't usually tan at all and I am used to being as pale as casper the ghost. I think one coat of this would have been perfect for me, as I don't usually tan, so after two coats I do feel very bronzed but it's the perfect colour for me if I was going out on a night out. For a more subtle glow, I'd probably stick with one coat.

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

To test out this tan, I applied this product to the whole of my body using the Bondi Sands velvet tanning mitt (gifted) but missed my right leg and thigh to see the difference in colour that this product would give to my skin. I applied the tan around 6pm and as the tan dried really quickly, I put on my PJ's a few moments later and got on with my evening and then slept in the tan too. 

Usually, after I use fake-tan I feel really sticky and dirty but I was honestly so shocked that I had to keep reminding myself that I had tan on during the evening, as I kept forgetting as it felt so comfortable on the skin. This is a huge win for me because I hate the feeling of fake tan whilst it's developing before I wash it of, it just feels so sticky. However, because I didn't have that same feeling with this tan, I think I might become hooked...

Also, when I woke up, there was only a slight bit of transfer onto my pillow and my PJ's, but it was hardly noticeable and the sheets weren't stained at all. 

Another huge winner for me!

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

Here is a before and after photo of using this tanning foam. This photo was taken the morning after I had applied this tan. As you can see, my left leg which I applied the tan to the night before looks super bronzed and amazing and my right leg had no tan applied to it. I think this tan is a really lovely, healthy tan shade and I love how it turned out. However, my skin afterwards did feel very dry after I had this on, particularly my hands, despite the product being enriched in Argan Oil. 

The tan itself lasted around 5-6 days on my skin before it began to get patchy. I noticed it first went patchy around my wrists and hands but it seemed to fade gradually elsewhere before I scrubbed it off. I was really impressed with how long this tan lasted on my hands as usually the tan off my hands wears off after a day or two as they're constantly being washed but I found this Bondi Sands tan stayed on a lot longer. Overall, I am super impressed with this tanning foam and I'll never look back! I'd rate this tan a 9/10, because it is life-changing for me as it dispels all of my annoyances that I have with tan and gave me a deep, healthy glow, but it did make my skin feel really dry, but I suppose that just reminded me to keep on moisturising which helped it to stay on for longer!


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72 Hours In The Lake District

Grasmere

The Lake District is a BIG place, covering 912 square miles, so I'd say it has something for everyone. My boyfriend (Jack) and I went to the Lake District last week for three days for a little mini-break as we are both in the midst of our masters' degrees and in dire need of some rest, relaxation and recuperation. Over three days we didn't get to see everything that the Lake District has to offer but considering we went for a rest, we certainly saw the sights. We had a car and the weather on our side but no pre-planned itinerary, so I thought I would share with you what we got up to!

Wednesday

We arrived at our little Lodge near Windermere late Tuesday afternoon and spent the evening settling in and relaxing. When we woke on Wednesday morning, the sun was shining through the curtains and the skies were bright blue so we decided to head down to the pier at Bowness-on-Windermere and hire a boat.



I thoroughly recommend doing this! We had so much fun sailing into the middle of the lake and turning off the engine and relaxing together on the back of the boat. It was picture-perfect and I can still remember the feeling of the blissfully warm sunshine beaming down on my face. The prices range depending on which boat you go for but ours was £35 for an hour which felt like plenty of time to us. 

Bowness-on-Windermere




After the boat ride, we explored the town of Windermere and ate our picnic that we had made and then got in the car and drove to Kendal. We spent an hour or so there browsing the shops but we weren't too impressed with Kendal, especially the 'Westmorland shopping centre' which is raved about on all of the tourist information leaflets! All that was there was a small Topshop, The Body Shop, Superdrug and a Poundland...

We then drove back into Bowness-on-Windermere and went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant which I highly recommend called 'Trattoria'. I had the salmon pasta and Jack had the tomato Gnnochi. Both were delicious. 

Trattoria

Thursday

Today was yet again another beautiful, sunny day so we decided to drive North to Keswick first to visit the town and go for a walk there. Keswick is a lovely town with lots of cute, quaint shops and tea rooms.

Keswick
Keswick 

In the afternoon we then headed back to Bowness-on-Windermere and stopped off at Ambleside for another short walk, as we had spotted how beautiful the town looked as we drove through it to go to Keswick. There are some amazing views on this journey as you drive past Rydal Water and Grasmere which both have stunning lakes. Me and Jack both said how we felt like we were abroad driving through these towns. On the walk I got up close and personal with some sheep which called for an illusory photograph....

Grasmere

Grasmere

After a full day, we drove back to our lodge and had a night-in with a takeaway!

Friday

On our final day in the Lakes we woke up early for another day packed full of adventure! We drove to Coniston and hired out bikes from the Coniston Boating Centre. I highly recommend visiting Coniston for a walk or if you're feeling more adventurous, visiting the Boating Centre as they offer bike and boat hire and there is a stunning cafe called the 'Bluebird Cafe' which is situated facing the lake. The bike hire was £15 each for 2 hours so that cost us £30. We had made up a picnic again and brought that with us so we were able to take a break and sit facing a lake and eat our picnic, which was so lovely and peaceful. Begrudgingly, yet exhausted, we then headed home after a busy, yet relaxing trip away.


Coniston boating centre

Coniston boating centre

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6 Products For That Healthy Glow This Spring

6 Products For That Healthy Glow This Spring

As the weather has been unusually sunny for this time of year in the UK, it's got me super excited for spring and the warmer weather. I love springtime as the air always feels so fresh and best of all, I can go out in just a jacket and a t-shirt and ditch the coat! Aside from the clothing changes that come with each seasonal change, I also change up the skincare and makeup products that I am using. I love the look of glowy, dewy skin in the spring/summer time and so I thought I'd share with you 6 skincare products to help you to get that glow! 

For reference, I have normal-dry skin but my skin is also very sensitive so I have to be careful what I use on my skin. All these products are really gentle and soothing on my skin and work great for me!

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel
Starting off, this is a product which helps to lift away any dead skin cells and impurities to reveal clean, smooth skin which is perfect to use as a first step in your skin-care routine so that all the other products that I am going to show you, absorb into the skin better, to reveal healthy, glowy skin! To use this, I apply one pump of this onto clean, dry skin and massage into my skin using circular motions for around 20 seconds and then I wash it off. Whilst you're massaging it into your skin, the gel formula will form clumps and call me gross, but I actually find this so satisfying as I know that any dead skin cells are leaving my face to reveal healthy, glowy skin!

Pixi Glow Tonic
Any exfoliating toner would do, but I personally recommend this one as it is great for my sensitive skin. I notice that it gently exfoliates my skin which instantly makes my skin appear brighter and smoother- and more glowy! I also notice that it helps to reduce redness, which I have around my cheeks. 


NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose Dry Oil
If you're looking for an all-rounder, this is the product for you. I love using a little bit of this dry oil on my face on a day-time to make my face look dewy and healthy, or I lather it on my face on an evening for it to absorb in and nourish my skin overnight. It absorbs into the skin really quickly and is lightweight. I also use this on the ends of my hair to repair it and help it to look healthy and shiny! I definitely recommend this product as an all-round, all-season must-have! 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose Dry Oil

Soap & Glory Bright and Pearly Radiance Boosting Cocktail
My sincerest apologies if you saw the word 'cocktail' there and your heart skipped a beat thinking you could achieve a 'healthy glow' by drinking woo-woo's all day long...

This is probably my favourite product out of all of these to achieve a healthy glow in the day-time when I actually have to leave the house. I just use one or two pumps of this and it gives me a really nice, subtle healthy-looking highlight to my skin that doesn't make me look greasy or sweaty in the slightest. I love using this on no-makeup days or days when I'm not wearing any foundation to help my skin to not look as dull. It has a light, cooling texture, it is really hydrating and it smells really nice! I've been using this at least three times a week for the past four months and looking at how much I still have in the bottle, I'd say that's pretty impressive.

Soap & Glory Bright and Pearly Radiance Boosting Cocktail

Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack
I honestly think that the Soap & Glory skincare range is so under-rated! I love this little eye-cream as it helps to de-puff my eye area and leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed. It absorbs into my skin quickly and helps to brighten up my eye area.
Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

This product was love at first use for me. I use this of an evening and then I wake-up and my skin looks replenished, radiant and it feels so soft! I also love the smell of this. As it says on the tin, I would only recommend using this of an evening because it does make my skin look wet and greasy, unlike the Soap & Glory Radiance Boosting Cocktail which as I explained before, that doesn't.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

What's your spring skincare must-haves?

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ION-Sei Toothbrush Review






Hello and Happy New Year to you all! 
I hope 2019 is kind to you all and brings you health and happiness.

I'm so excited to be sharing with you today my thoughts and opinions on the ION-Sei electric toothbrush. Needless to say, this is the most expensive toothbrush I have ever owned, retailing at £129.99 on Amazon, but it is different to other toothbrushes I have owned or even seen, as it actively uses ions to suppress bacterial growth in the mouth which causes plaque. This helps to reduce the risk of cavities in the mouth whilst also leaving teeth feeling super clean and smooth.

How does this work?

I'm not an expert behind the science of the ionic technology but in my understanding, this ION-Sei toothbrush contains a titanium dioxide rod and a UV LED which produces ions which are transmitted to the teeth in order to prevent bacterial growth and plaque. This means that teeth and gums will be healthier and hopefully this will reduce the risk of any cavities! I've been using this toothbrush every day, twice a day for two weeks and I've already noticed that my teeth feel smooth and polished, like I've just stepped out of the dentist, for a longer amount of time throughout the day, in comparison to my previous ORAL B electric toothbrush.



How do you use it?

The toothbrush comes with two brushes in the box, one standard and one soft brush. I personally prefer to use the soft brush head. It also comes with UK and EU plugs- perfect for travelling!

The toothbrush comes with three modes: sensitive, standard and deep clean. This essentially adjusts the amount of vibration that the toothbrush provides. My setting of choice is standard for everyday use and deep clean on occasions. The three-tiered lights display what setting the toothbrush is on: either one, two or three LED's, which I find is helpful to know. In each mode, the vibration will briefly stop every 30 seconds which reminds you when to brush a different quarter of your mouth until the 2-minute timer stops. I really like this feature as it ensures that all parts of my mouth are clean. I do think that it is missing a pressure detector feature though, as considering the price of this, I would have expected an indication of whether you're brushing too hard like other toothbrushes have.

One of my favourite things about this toothbrush is that it is USB rechargeable and a full charge takes between 3-4 hours and lasts for around 80 minutes- which is about 20 days if you brush twice a day!

Overall

Overall this is a great toothbrush which offers an innovative design and method of brushing. I'd say that this toothbrush is much quieter than my previous ORAL-B electric toothbrush and definitely much lighter to hold. One of my favourite features of this toothbrush is its modern and sleek design. It looks great in my bathroom and is unique to anything I have ever seen before. The only two downsides to this toothbrush are that a) I do miss the rotary brush head which my previous toothbrush had, as this one is sonic and b) that the toothbrush itself and the replacement brush heads are very expensive at £129.99 for the toothbrush and £11.99 for a two-pack of replacement brush heads.

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*Disclaimer: This post contains gifted items but all opinions are my own.*