Thursday, 31 July 2014

Nike Air Pegasus 31

Does anyone else feel like buying the right pair of work out trainers is hard? There is SO much choice out there, and it all depends on what kind of sport you'll be doing, how often you'll be doing it and whether you're an over pronator or an under pronator (I still don't even fully understand what this means). Then add to all of that the fact that the trainers have to actually look nice too. It's just all a bit too much.

Well, after a lot of googling and searching I came across these and I thought I might aswell share them incase anyone else is going through a bit of a trainer meltdown (like I was). They're the Nike Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe (£85.00). They aren't super springy like other running shoes can be, but they're super supportive and, of course, very comfortable. My feet just feel really sturdy in them and the thick sole really cushions the impact of running, good for me because I have pretty weak knees! I actually look forward to the gym because I get to wear these. OK, slight exaggeration. But they really do make the whole gym ordeal much more bareable :) Despite them being black, they're also really breathable so my feet don't feel like they're melting - even when the rest of me is ready to pass out.

I'm still only a beginner when it comes to running, but if you're looking for a comfortable, breathable and pretty looking running shoe I'd definitely recommend the Nike Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe. Definitely a pair to bare in mind and try on when you're on the trainer hunt.

Also while we're on the topic of workout gear, what are your favourite places for cute gym clothes? I'm normally a massive fan of Forever 21 but recently nothing has caught my eye. It seems like you can't get anything decent unless you wanna spend a small fortune. If there's any shops or online stores I should check out, I would love to know! 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Muted neon nails


Now I don't know if anybody has noticed this, but I hardly ever post about nails anymore! My obsession with nails and, in particular, nail art has kind of slowed and these days I find myself gravitating towards more wearable and paired back shades on my nails.

That's where muted neons come in. Muted neons are still eye-catchingly bright but have more of a pastel tone to them - making them pretty easy to wear whilst still being very fun. The orange/peach shade is Maybelline Color Show in Sun Flare (£3.99 Superdrug), the pink is by Color Club in East Austin (£2.77 eBay) and the minty green is China Glaze in Highlight of My Summer (£4.17 BeautyBay). You can see what Highlight of My Summer looks like better in this post! All amazing shades that I would definitely recommend checking out if you like this kind of look, Models Own also have some great pastel neon shades worth checking out.

The lighter you go, the more streaky you'll find the application but the Color Club and China Glaze shades, being darker, are perfectly opaque with just two coats. Probably my favourite thing about these kinds of shades is that they instantly make you look more tanned, always a bonus in my books.

Do you have any muted neon nail polishes you love?



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

FOTD - Graduation make up!


I really don't think there's any rules on how to do you're makeup for graduation. Most people will say you want to look professional, put together and grown up... But I say just look like you. You have your photo taken so many times that you need to feel comfortable and happy in your own skin, so doing your makeup how you like it is key. Which is exactly why I went for a slightly smoky eye with a nude lip. Quelle surprise. 

FACE
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer £18.00
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige £33.00
Rimell Wake Me Up Concealer £6.49
Becca Fine Loose Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder £18.00
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matt Bronzer £30.00
NARS Gina Blush  £23.50
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight £35.00

EYES
Urban Decay Buck and Naked Eyeshadow through the crease, plus some bronzer, repeated along the bottom lash line
A bronzey/gold shade from the Dior Night Golds Palette (LE) similar to MAC Patina Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Fawn along the top lash line and smoked out
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl £12.00 in the waterline
No. 7 Lash Impact Mascara £13.50
A white shimmery shade from the Dior Night Golds Palette (LE) on the tear duct area

LIPS + BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate £15.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Espresso £15.00
L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in 601 Nude Ballet £8.99 dabbed on and sheered out

Graduation is such a long day that primer, a long lasting foundation, and blotting powder are absolute necessities if you're a combo/oily skinned gal like myself. I also went for this L'Oreal lipgloss formula because it hangs around much better than most lipsticks I own, without having to go for a bright or more pigmented shade.

If you want to see what I wore for graduation, check out this post here. Are you graduating this summer? What kind of look did you go for?

Monday, 28 July 2014

My boyfriend's SEPHORA purchases


My boyfriend was in Barcelona a few weeks ago for his best friend's stag do, so of course I gave him very firm instructions to take a trip to Sephora while he was there. In fact, under no circumstances was he allowed to return to British soil without a Sephora bag in tow. Out of my, very extensive, list, Marco ended up picking the Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Power Source, MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara and the Sephora Pro Precision Foundation Brush #58. Eeeeeeek I'm so excited to try everything!

Have you ever tried any of these bits? What would you buy from Sephora?

Friday, 25 July 2014

Review: Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB


Rimmel Sunshimmer BB Perfection Instant Tan £6.99 is the perfect product for fake tan afficionados and newbies alike. It's billed as a 9 in 1 product that softens, smoothes, moisturises, gives an instant tan, a healthy looking glow, evens skin tone, covers, perfects and lasts up to 24 hours. AND BREATHE.

Anybody new to fake tan, you'll probably prefer the shade Light. It's less intense and therefore won't look as stark on paler skin tones. Being an instant tan, this is great to experiment with if you're not too confident with fake tans, but be warned it does dry quickly so you need to blend fast! My little tip is to mix in some of your favourite moisturiser, this will make for a smoother and more streak free application.


For fake tan pros, the shade Medium (the shade above) will be more up your street. It's a lot deeper but there's still no orange tinge, it's a very realistic tan shade. It's great to use when you feel like your actual fake tan is starting to fade to give your skin an extra hit of colour. It also looks incredible on legs, covering any little bruises and giving a much more even skin tone - amazing for nights out!

Whilst I wouldn't say it lasts 24 hours, it will last you a good 7-8 before it starts to fade. And be careful when your wearing white clothing as this does transfer. You just need to wait for it to complete dry before getting dressed. But apart from that I cannot fault Rimmel for this product. It's quickly become a tanning staple for me.

Have you tried this product yet? What did you think?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What I wore for Graduation!







I'm kind of on autopilot so that every time everyone asks me what it's like to graduate, I just reply "ahhh it's scary!". When really, it's not. It's actually exciting! Mega cliche, but it's the start of a new chapter with so many amazing/exciting experiences and opportunities all still to come.

I kept it pretty simple and wore this peach dress from ZARA (£29.99), a pair of silver ASOS Happy Hour Sandals (currently £26.00 in the sale) and an embellished box bag also from ZARA (currently £22.99 in the sale). There was also lots of St Tropez Original Bronzing Mousse £23.00 involved. This is two layers... naturally.

And my biggest tip for fellow graduates? Bring safety pins!! And hair slides. My hat nearly flung off of my head several times and the hood slips around all over the place. Nightmare.

Good luck to anybody graduating soon!! You'll have an amazing time, enjoy every minute!


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What's in my everyday makeup bag


I am definitely someone who touches up A LOT throughout the day; thanks to my combo skin, the super hot weather we've been having recently and the rushing around nature of my job (yes, that's right guys, I'm now employed!). This means that I carry an awful lot around with me on a day to day basis! So firstly, the makeup bag. It's an oldie but a goodie from Topshop. Whilst it's not big enough to work as a holiday makeup bag it still fits a helluva lot of makeup in there, which is why I love it for slinging in my handbag.

1. Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara (£9.99*)
I mentioned in my review that this doesn't look great as the day goes on, so definitely one that I need to top up around lunchtime.

2. Becca Loose Powder (£5.99 Fragrance Direct)
Yep, a combo/oily skinned gal's best friend. This powder doesn't build up or go cakey, so touch ups never look like you've dipped your face in talcum powder..

3. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium (£30.00)
If I don't keep my bronzer topped up I can start to look very ghostly, very quickly. I like taking this one with me because it also has a huge mirror, perfect for doing makeup on the go. And yes, that's my ankle that you can see reflecting in the mirror there.

4. Body Shop Face and Body Brush (£16.00)
This is my favourite brush to apply powder face products. Although it's synthetic hair, it picks up powders amazingly well. The handle isn't too long either so it fits really snugly into most makeup bags.

5. MAC Girl About Town Lipstick (£15.50)
Firstly, how outrageous that MAC have upped their prices yet again?! I keep GAT in my bag for any last minute after work drinks. I prefer to blot this shade onto my lips instead of applying heavy handedly, it creates such a pretty stain.

6. Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of Core Collection)
This is currently my go to for applying products onto the undereye area. It makes super quick work of blending out concealer and the soft bristles mean that it's super gentle around the delicate eye area.

7. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Sand (£24.50)
Whilst the concealer half of this duo is long gone, I've started using the pale yellow powder in place of my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (£18.00). I much prefer the yellow tone of this powder, and just like the LM it keeps creases under the eye well at bay.

8. Topshop Lipstick in Rumour Has It (£8.00)
This shade is my current go-to nude lipstick. It's hydrating, comfortable to wear but still relatively long lasting. It's also one of those shades that kinda makes your lips look fuller which is always fab! It's a slightly rose toned brown, which I'd 100% recommend for anyone with medium-dark skin tones.

9. Tangle Teezer Compact (£9.59)
Pretty self explanatory, this size is perfect for your handbag.

10. Travalo (£9.99)
This is definitely the one thing you never knew you needed, until you try it and then you wonder how you ever lived without it. You can basically fill it up with any perfume you like, mines currently topped up with Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey. Worth mentioning that the spritz is a nice spritz, if you know what I mean!

11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (£20.00)
I always like to re-curl my eyelashes halfway through the day. I find it opens up my eyes making me look more awake, so these always come with me!

12. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory (£5.49)
This concealer has a light, slightly watery formula, so it doesn't cake up if you reapply it throughout the day. The shade is also fab for brightening the under eye area and the doe foot applicator makes it a breeze to apply on the go. I swipe on and then blend out with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.

What do you guys take with you in your everyday makeup bag? Or are you lucky enough not to have to touch up throughout the day?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

FOTD: A classic golden eye



You know when you feel like you want to make an effort with your makeup, but you're not going anywhere particularly special? Well, I feel like this is the perfect kind of makeup to go for on those occasions. For me, a metallic (but not glittery) lid paired with a clean (but not too dramatic) liquid liner is kind of the makeup equivalent of fashion's smart-casual.

For this look I firstly built up definition in the crease, using a bronzer, then Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Naked and Buck (from the UD Naked Palette £38.00). I then took a flat brush, spritzed it with some water, and dipped it in Barry M Tan Pigment £4.59. Oh my gosh this stuff is amazing. It's the most beautiful colour, insanely pigmented and spritzed with water there is zero fall out. If anyone has been lusting after MAC Pigment in Tan £15.00, I would definitely recommend trying out the Barry M pigments first.

I then slicked on a winged liner with the help of the Eyeko Skinny Liner £12.00. I must admit this is quite a tricky product to get the hang of initially, but the patience it takes to master is well worth garnering as this really is a great liner formula. It's super black - proper black, not that weird navy-ish black, and hangs around forever. After a nice helping of MAC Teddy Eyeliner £12.00 through the waterline, I added the Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara £9.99*. Paired with my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion £8.00, this look lasted all night.


For the rest of my makeup I used...

FACE
A very light layer of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10, blended over the Nivea Anti-Wrinkle CC Cream £9.99*;
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium £4.19 under the eyes to brighten and the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder £18.00 to set the under eye area;
I then dusted on some Becca Fine Loose Powder £5.99 (Fragrance Direct) as well as the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium Matte £30.00 and MAC Blush in Supercontinental £17.00.

LIPS
Tory Burch Lipstick in Pas de Tout £22.00

BROWS
This was pre-eyebrow threading so my brows were looking CRAY, so I kept them quite minimal and just ran some of Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow through them, followed by Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Espresso £15.00

What kind of makeup do you wear for smart-casual kinda occasions? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Internship 101 | PART 1 - How to get an internship

I've done quite a few internships in my time. Some internships are totally amazing... Others not so much! So to help you get those amazing internships I thought I'd put together all of the advice, tips and tricks that I've accumulated over the years. I'll be starting with the very basics - how to actually get your foot in the door.

1. WHERE ARE INTERNSHIPS ADVERTISED?
In a word: everywhere. If you're at uni look at your internal job board, for example my uni (LCF) have a great job board that can be viewed by everyone, not just students. The Indeed.co.uk job board is also a good one to bookmark, while other more fashion/beauty specific sites are Fashion Monitor, Diary Directory and Gorkana.

It's also a good idea to follow the brands you want to intern for on Twitter, LinkedIn etc as lots of companies post vacancies to their social media platforms these days. Give them a tweet and just ask if they have any opportunities available - that's exactly how I got one of my internships once!

Lastly, don't forget that just e-mailing out your CV is totally okay even if there isn't a specific position advertised. The Contact Us section of many fashion/beauty websites usually has a press e-mail, but if not just send it through to the generic one and it may get passed along. It's always worth trying.

2. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CV?
Ahhhh the CV. At the beginning of my uni course we had a seminar on CV's and our tutor's advice was to keep it simple - i.e. one page maximum. A good way to do this is to just cut out your GCSEs and A Levels - if you've made it to uni chances are your grades were good enough! Also just put references available on request instead of full contact details and skip irrelevant information like your previous work place's address.

So just to give you an idea, my CV follows this kind of layout: a title with name, contact number and e-mail, a personal bio where I mention specific skills that I have, work history and then references available on request.

The personal bio is where you'll grab your prospective employer's attention, so if you have a beauty blog - mention it! If you're nifty with PhotoShop, PowerPoint, Excel... mention it! Try to avoid cliche terms like "works well in a team" and stick with cold hard facts that will say a lot more about you than overused phrases.

3. I HAVE NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. WHAT DO I DO?
I think the key to getting your head around this is realising that even if two job roles are completely different it doesn't mean that a similar skill set isn't required. So for example while I was at college I'd worked as a receptionist, at a gym and on a shop floor. These jobs needed me to use my own initiative, be organised, talk to new people and work in fast paced environments - all skills that transfer directly into the PR industry.

So think about what you've previously done and how you can make that work for the role you're applying for. If you have literally zero work experience then think about other things in your life that you do. For example hobbies require determination and commitment, both very positive qualities that an employer will most likely look for.

4. THE ACTUAL APPLICATION E-MAIL - HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Firstly, always start the e-mail with Dear...... and always end it Yours sincerely/faithfully. This is just more formal and professional (I think). Then in the first paragraph put which job you're applying for and where you found the vacancy.

Second paragraph a small bit about yourself, elaborate or emphasise some of your main skills, and then finish with the good old line please find my CV attached for your consideration. Lastly always double check that you've actually attached your CV, I used to send mine in PDF format but whichever format you prefer is fine.

I hope that's been helpful to someone! Very long but there is a lot to say! I think the next post I do will be about interviews and advice for when you're actually interning.

Are you looking for internships/interning at the moment? Do you have any tips to share?

Friday, 18 July 2014

A little trip to KIKO...


After trying, and failing - miserably, to find a graduation dress in a heaving Westfield on Saturday (I ended up wearing something I already had, typical), I thought I thoroughly deserved a little makeup splurge. KIKO is 100% the perfect place to do such a thing; everything's super affordable but still amazing quality, so you feel like it's money well spent (and therefore not as guilty!).  


I really wanted to add another Ultra Glossy Lip Stylo £4.19 to my stash - they're an amazing creamy, sheeny formula that, to me, make the perfect low maintenance lipstick. I picked up the shade 803, a warm, mid-tone pink, which lends itself as a fab neutral alternative to your nude lipsticks. These have a light vanilla scent and really do just feel SO comfortable on the lips. Next time you're in KIKO you need to pick one of these up! 


Next on my hit list was the Water Eyeshadows £8.90 - a soft, metallic formula that can be used dry but really show their magic when used wet. Obviously I was drawn to the golds and burgundies in this range, but I thought I would try something totally different and opted for 218 Grapefruit Pink. Oh em gee guys this shade is BEAUTIFUL - a really multidimensional combo of pink, gold and peach. Also, when used with a light hand I can imagine that this would work really well as a highlighter too. 

The last thing I picked up was the Smart Lip Pencil in 712 Rose Mauve £2.50 - but more on this later. It's the perfect shade if you're wanting to recreate a certain someone's makeup look. Hint, her first name rhymes with smilie ;). 

KIKO is fast becoming one of my favourite makeup brands, I've loved everything I've tried from them so far. What are your favourite KIKO products? Do you have any recommendations for me to pick up next time? 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Current fave makeup brushes and the products I love to use them with...

When it comes to makeup brushes, I'm never satisfied. Forget MAC brushes, it's Hakuhodo brushes that I'm dreaming of these days. But if I'm realistic (which can sometimes be a hard feat when it comes to makeup) I don't neeeed any more brushes - the ones that I've got work just fine. Especially these five. They're the ones I've been reaching for the most and I've even been putting off washing them because I can't bare to have them out of action...


Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 £20.43 (before tax) 
OK so if that name isn't enough to suck a girl in, I don't know what is. Luckily enough, this smallish synthetic bristled brush definitely lives up to its name. It's essentially very similar to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but better. Why? It's more dense (giving better coverage), domed (making it easier to get into areas around the eyes and nose) and a hell of a lot softer. And we all love a seriously soft brush, right? 


The brush also feels and looks really well made and professional, so I can see this lasting a good few years to come. Lastly, the smaller sizing of this brush means it can work for virtually any face product - contour, under eye concealer, powder or blush, the list goes on. I love it for everything, but I found that it makes especially light work of buffing in Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation £33.00, a foundation that you need to really work into the skin.



Sigma Flat Top Kabuki F80 £14.95
This brush is the ultimate for applying full coverage foundations. It's large surface area means that you can cover the whole face pretty quickly and the synthetic bristles won't suck up any of your liquid or cream products.

There are plenty of dupes for this brush but I would still recommend the Sigma version, I've never had any problems with the bristles falling out and it washes up so well. Plus I've had this brush since 2012 and it's still going strong! It's incredible for applying the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer £38.00. If I use any other brush with the SSE I instantly notice a difference in how it looks. 


Crown Blending Fluff 2K13 £2.69
There are no words for my love for this brush. Firstly the price is incredible!! If you're just starting to build a brush collection grab yourself three of these and you'll pretty much be sorted for the eyes. It's larger than a typical blending brush (think MAC 217) so it may not be best for people with smaller eyes. However, I just find that the flat side of the brush works beautifully for packing down colour, while the fluffy domed tip blends shadows very effortlessly.

Recently, I've been using this brush to sweep bronzer all over the lid, up into the crease and along the lower lash line. If you love sweeping a haze of colour all around the eye this is definitely the brush to do it with. 


Royal & Langnickel BC190 Silk Blush Brush £20.41
The softness of this brush is seriously on another level. It's intended to be a blush brush, which it works perfectly well for, but I like to use it to apply my contour. It's a domed, but flat, brush, which means the narrow top works so amazingly to carve out hollowed cheekbones. 

I just apply my bronzer as I normally would, then take a little bit of Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium £35.00 just through the backs of my cheekbones. It creates a super blended, but still visible, contour with minimal effort. 


Becca Dual Ended Brow Brush 60 £14.99
Although this is dual ended, the end I prefer is the white, synthetic bristled end. This side is perfect for picking up cream products - specifically the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate £15.00. It's slightly wider than the brow brush I was using before (MAC 263) but actually I think I prefer it. 

So what are your current favourite makeup brushes? Are there any brushes that you've actually been neglecting lately? 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tory Burch Lipstick in Pas de Tout and the best gift wrapping ever

OK so for some reason a few weeks ago, I just had this sudden feeling of urgency. I needed to try something from Tory Burch Beauty. It was actually this blog post that set me off, detailing the sixteen new lipstick shades to be added to Tory Burch's existing line up. So whatever, you only live once and all that - I hopped over to the Tory Burch website, delighted in the "free delivery with all orders" headline, and swiftly ordered a lipstick in the shade Pas de Tout £22.50

Now it turns out that gift wrapping is completely complimentary when ordering from the Tory Burch site, so of course I ticked that little box pronto. What arrived at my door was possibly the most amazingly packaged parcel OF MY LIFE. Wanna see?  My neatly wrapped order came complete with a little note (as above). Cute right? But wait, there's more...


Hidden beneath that orange card was this little gift bag, patterned with one of Tory's prints for this season.


Inside that bag was a purple velvet pouch, complete with a Tory Burch logo charm. 





And you guessed it, inside the pouch was the lipstick itself...


...With possibly my most FAVOURITE lipstick packaging in the whole entire world. Even over YSL and Tom Ford. YES you heard me.



Let's all just take a moment to swoon. OK, now onto the lipstick.

So Pas de Tout is said to deliver that sheer pink nude colour that has become Tory's signature lip colour. The shade is supposed to be universally flattering with a creamy texture that's super comfortable to wear. There is a little bit of shimmer running throughout, but nothing too obnoxious or in your face. All very subtle and very natural. 

"Pas de tout' is apparently a phrase that Tory's pa used to say when she was younger, translating from French as part of the "she loves me, she loves me not" daisy pulling game. Cuuuute. The lipstick itself is also scented with the recently released Tory Burch Fragrance, with notes of cassis, grapefruit and mandarin. 


But here comes the but. And it's a big but. This lipstick is one of those super smooshy formulas, the kind that feel amazing to wear but have seriously awful staying power. It reminds me of the Dior Addict Lipsticks £25.00. I can just imagine getting through this lipstick so quickly because it's so  incredibly creamy. For example, with the first application the Tory Burch logo on the top of the bullet came straight off. That gives you an idea of how smooshy (technical term) it is.

I've never purchased anything from Tory Burch before, nor have I really been that interested in the brand as a whole. However, I do love how personal they have made this lipstick, how they've put a story behind it and made it, quite frankly, more than just a lipstick. Some very clever marketing there and it's definitely worked on me. But judging this lipstick purely on its performance, it's not exactly a must-have. However, it's not all bad, as I have acquired some rather lovely packaging. Here's hoping that the new shades in the lipstick range prove to be much better.

Have you ever purchased from Tory Burch Beauty? What do you think of this lipstick? 






Tuesday, 15 July 2014

My most recommended fake tans...


So you may remember a little while ago I embarked on a little mission to find the most perfect fake tan in all the land. I was planning on writing in-depth reviews on as many fake tans as I could, but I actually found it really hard to drag myself away from my favourites. In fact, I would get really anxious when I was trying out a completely new fake tan because it was like stepping into unknown territory.

That's why I thought it would just be easier to try out heaps and heaps and heaps of fake tans first, and then give you the low down on which ones were the cream of the crop. So whether you're a fake tan first timer or just looking for the darkest tan going, I think I've got you covered.


BEST FOR A DARK, NATURAL GOLDEN COLOUR
XenTan Morrocan Tan £20.95 148ml
Getting that deep golden colour that still looks natural is probably the most important factor for me when choosing a tan. I've tried lots that go super dark, but in the end these just don't look natural and a bit too OTT. Even for a tanorexic like me. But XenTan Morrocan Tan gives the most beautiful olive/golden tan.  The value for money on this tan isn't great - you don't get an awful lot of product - but it's worth the investment if you're going to a big event and want to look naturally sunkissed and glowing.

BEST FOR BEGINNERS 
Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid £22.95 170ml
Now  I know most people would recommend a mousse for beginners, but I found the whole liquid tan application so much easier! The Flawless Self Tan Liquid comes with a velour mitt, which just blends in the tan more flawlessly than any other mitt I've tried. Also, because you spray out the product you know exactly how much you've applied to each area - the key to getting evenly tanned looking limbs.

BEST FOR LONG LASTING AMAZINGNESS
St Tropez Bronzing Mousse £30.64 240ml
With daily moisturising, the St Tropez Bronzing Mousse will last you the entire week. Now you may want your tan to last longer than that, but honey, that's just not gonna happen. With one application, St Tropez Bronzing Mousse gives a very light and natural glow but applying two layers gives a more dramatic (but still natural) change in skin tone, along with an extra kick of lasting power.

ONES TO AVOID
U-Tan by Ultimo Ibiza Extreme £28.50 - clung to dry patches (feet/knees/hands) like crazy, despite feverish moisturising beforehand, and majority of colour washed off in the shower. Also went green after I'd had it open for a few weeks.
Rodial Brazillian Tan £36.00 - so ridiculously overpriced for what it is - a no go for me!
XenTan Dark Lotion £28.99 - not bad value for money but the colour is so off. It's too yellow toned and almost transparent looking if that makes any sense.

I hope that helps some of you! At the moment I'm using the St Tropez Bronzing Mousse - so quick and easy to apply which I definitely appreciate when its half past midnight and all I want is my bed! Once I've finished this bottle though I think I'll be giving the new Fake Bake Flawless Darker Self Tan Liquid a try - ASOS have a great deal on it at the moment!

Which fake tans are your favourites? And which ones would you recommend to avoid like the plague?