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Garnier Summer Body – why I’m a gradual tanner convert!


So let’s face it…the weather in the UK has been totally predictable, amazing sun one day, downpour the next! So I decided that the odds of a back garden tanning extravaganza were slim this year! I have no amazing holiday abroad booked (although I’m still up for any offers to somewhere nice). I have very pale skin and a shed load of summer dresses I want to at least pretend I can get away with.

In the aisles of ASDA this beauty caught my eye. I have had terrible experiences with gradual tanners in my early teenage years (orange skin, streaks and an awful smell) so I was still sceptical of Garniers Summer Body. I had watched some YouTubers say this one was the best of the drugstore gradual tanners with a milder tanning scent, non orange colour and lasting power so I thought, why not?

I bought the deep sun kissed look as recommendations said the lighter one would not produce a noticeable tan (any agreements?). Any way, I started using it the next day and I can honestly say it started a love affair with my newly tanned skin. I started using it on my legs (as this was the place I could easily cover up if things went badly ūüėõ ) and moved to my arms. I have to say there is a fake tan scent but depending on your sensitivity to the smell will depend how you get on with it. I apply it after my morning shower and then my evening shower gets rid of the remaining scent without damaging the colour you develop.

I noticed a change in the colour of my skin from about the second application. This again is the deep sun kissed look and the colour can develop very dark if you apply every day. I would recommend applying every other day once you have built up a noticeable colour.

Overall, I’m converted! It sinks in to the skin well with no residue so you can put your clothes on pretty quickly! I purchased it in ASDA for ¬£2.50 which is a bargain considering the results! Love the apricot scent and will definitely be using this all year round. Now I just need to find a good facial tanner. Any suggestions?


The Perfect Budget Weekend Away Pamper- from Boots!


So I have just returned from a relaxing weekend away in Leicester which was much needed due to a stressful week at university. Meetings, presentations and a general hectic schedule left my body aching and in need of a pamper. Of course as a student I do not really have the funds to go for a spa day or the know- how of what to get done so I decided to do some pamper shopping of my own. Before I checked into my hotel I found a local Boots store and went in with a £10 budget to buy some mini goods which I could use in the evening before bed. I over spent by £2.79 but I think it was well worth it. Considering if I purchased all of these products in their full size form would have set me back £36.25 I think it was a bargain!I was pleasantly surprised at what I found and the value of it too! So lets jump in to what I bought!

shower gel

Champney’s Citrus Blush Mini Shower Gel (50ml) ¬£2.50

I love, love, love this shower gel. I remember using it a few years back but couldn’t remember the name of it until I found it in Boots. A little goes a long way and it is just heavenly! I love anything citrus and this is the perfect example of a well balanced citrus shower gel, not too fruity or sweet this one is just right. Full Product ¬£6.00.



Sanctuary Mini Spa Essentials Body Scrub (50ml) £2.50

This product has a nice zingy scent and works well as a daily body scrub, I wasn’t overly impressed but for ¬£2.50 it worked better on my face as an exfoliator. This is great on the body to relieve stress and just generally smooths the skin. As a luxury product I thought it was well worth the purchase. Full product price is ¬£5.50.




Champney’s Distant Shores Mini Body Butter (50ml) ¬£2.50

This is a beautifully textured body butter with a really light and fruity scent. I love the size of the tub especially as I am not a huge fan of big thick moisturisers but this is perfect as I will probably use it up over the course of the month. I love how it sinks into the skin quickly and leaves your skin noticeably softened. Big thumbs up for this product. The full size version costs £10.


Sanctuary 5 minute Thermal Detox Mask (15ml) £3.00

This for me was my hero product of the haul. I wanted something completely different from any other mask I have ever tried and knowing the wonders of Charcoal I thought I would give it a go. It goes on warm and heats up on the skin which does feel odd at first but I promise you it does not burn. I left it on for the full five minutes whilst I sipped Rose wine in the bath and when I took it off I was amazed. It left my skin super soft and visibly clearer. I would definitely purchase this again but perhaps the full size version (£10.50) as the sachet was difficult to open.

hair mask

Natural Collection Samphire and Sea Minerals Hydrating Hair Mask (10ml) £1.00

This was my bargain of the lot, a hair mask for £1.00. I wanted to try something cheap and cheerful and I was not disappointed. Lovely texture but not too thick, smells devine! Great gift idea if you are on a budget or girls night in treat.


Simple Kind To Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes (7s) £1.29.

I do not recommend these as a luxury pampering product, I merely include them as they are what I purchased in the haul and I forgot to pack my cleanser (bad Emily). They worked well, but I do not use these on  a daily basis. Full size £3.25.


Sorry for the delay in this post, computer troubles have rendered me blogless!

Honey, possibly one of the oldest and most adored, valued and used sweet foods in history. It pre-dates human existence and the humble bee is an adored insect. Its uses in beauty are also significant as the recipe for a clarifying mask will demonstrate below.


To make a quick and effective mask simply add two tablespoons of honey to approximately one and half tablespoons of brown sugar. Simply mix and apply onto a clean face. Alternatively, if you do not like masks you can always use this as a scrub!

Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I’ve seen this tag everywhere on YouTube and on blogs and so I am so excited to finally be able to do the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag.

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