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Barry M – In the Glow Body Oil Review

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After returning from my summer holidays, I am devastated to see that my tan has started to fade away. Although it has not left me completely pale, I have been looking for a product which keeps the little bit of tan I have left looking healthy and natural.

Whilst browsing several reviews I saw great recommends on bronzing oils. I’m sure most of you have heard of Estee Lauder and The Body Shop bronzing oils, which seemed to be the most popular and reviewed oils.

As these oils can be quite pricey, I decided to look for a cheaper alternative. After searching my local Boots for a budget version, I came across In The Glow by Barry M. At £7.99 this product is less than half of the price of many other well know oils so I jumped at the chance to try it.

My main worry when trying out this oil was that I would end up orange, or that it would transfer on to my clothes straight away. But after applying the product and leaving it to dry for a good 5-10 minutes, it didn’t budge at all. I was also impressed with the fact that it didn’t give off a horrible scent, which is always a bonus.

I was confident enough to wear a white top after using this product and it did not smudge on to my clothing at all. The oil dries perfectly and gives you an extra glow without covering you in glitter.

 

If you’re looking to try out a cheap bronzing oil then I definitely recommend you give this one a go!

 

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Mystic HD Spray Tan – The Tanning Shop Bath

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Last week I was lucky enough to try out the Mystic HD Spray Tan at The Tanning Shop in Bath. I love using fake tan before a big event or night out, but the process of applying it and waiting for it to dry is always a pain. I recently heard about Mystic HD Tanning and couldn’t wait to try it out.

 Unlike many generic spray tans, Mystic HD Tanning is an automated booth which allows you to obtain an even and natural looking tan. I love the idea of having a private booth and being able to use the product at a time best suited to you. The tanning only takes three minutes which is perfect if you’re pushed for time.

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I visited The Tanning Shop in Bath in order to get my tan. The Tanning Shop is so clean and the staff there are incredibly welcoming. Being able to pop in to the shop on the day of an event made the process very easy and stress free for me.

Before stepping in to the booth I was advised on which shade would best suit my skin tone. I decided to go with the Luminous Light tone mixed with a Mocha Kyssed Bronzer and an Accelerator. The Bronzer ensured that I would have a bronze tan, rather than having a dreaded orange glow, which can be the downfall of many other spray tans. The Accelerator helped my tan develop in time for my event later in the evening and also helped to hydrate my skin.

 

Before stepping in to the booth I was also advised to apply the Barrier Cream to areas which were more drying. I applied the cream to my hands, knees, elbows and feet. As I didn’t want to ruin my nails, I also applied a thick layer to them in order to keep my light pink polish in tack.

After applying the Barrier Cream and hair net, I stepped in the booth ready for my tan. There is an automatic voice which advises you how to position yourself in the booth which is very handy. I couldn’t believe how fast the process was and the fans helped my tan to completely dry before I left the salon.

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I washed the excess tan off after four and a half hours and I was amazed with the results. The tan looked so natural and there were no streaks or patchy areas at all. The Barrier Cream really helped to create an even looking tan. I was also amazed to find that there was no fake tan odour with this tan, which I dread when trying out a new tanning product.

 I used the Mystic HD Tanning Booth last week and my tan is still looking amazing. I was really worried about becoming patchy as it wears off, but this hasn’t happened at all.

If you’re looking for the perfect bronzed glow, then I would definitely recommend you try this out. I will definitely be going back to The Tanning Shop in Bath next time I need my tan topped up.

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My Tanning Favourites!

Spring is here, which means that Summer is right around the corner. The first thing I think of when I picture summer is being tanned – but if you don’t have a holiday planned then you might need a little help.

I personally hate the orange skin look, so it’s important for me to choose the right tan for my skin tone in order to keep it looking natural. Here are my four favourite tanning products – I hope you enjoy!

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Most of you probably already know how important it is to exfoliate your skin before tanning in order to create an even toned look. But what I find even more helpful is using a product such as St Tropez Tan Enhancing Polish, which helps even out your skin tone, along with ensuring your tan lasts as long as possible. I would definitely recommend you use this product before tanning and I guarantee you will see a difference!

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If you’re new to tanning I recommend  you try a product such as Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion. I use this product in the shade Light as I feel that it comes out dark enough for my skin colour in this shade. The product is very easy to apply as you can use your hands and apply it just as you would a normal moisturiser. One thing I adore about this product is the apricot scent which is left on your skin. If you don’t usually tan and fancy trying it out I would definitely recommend using this gradual tan.

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This product is my all time favourite. The St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is my go to tan when I want a sun kissed look. This tan pumps out into a foam which is best applied with a tanning mit. One thing I love about this product is that you are able to see where you are applying it, which allows you to create a perfectly even tan. This product is a bit pricey compared to other tans but it definitely lasts a lot longer than any other tanning product I have tried. If you fancy treating yourself to a luxury tan, I would definitely recommend you pick this one up.

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Last but not least is the Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion. This product is similar to the Garnier Gradual Tan, but the texture is slightly less shimmery. I have always loved this product as it is perfect for a quick fix if you don’t have time to tan properly. I usually apply this product before I go to  bed, which allows me to wake up with a natural looking tan. This product is generally the cheapest out of the four mentioned, so if you’re looking for a quick and easy fix, this would be the right one for you.

Which tanning products do you use and what would you recommend I try next?

 

 

 

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My Top Five Skincare Products

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I have decided to pick my top five skincare products and explain to you guys why I love them. I am such a hoarder when it comes to skincare products, but these are five products I swear by.

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The first item I chose is not really a skincare product as such, but my Magnitone Barefaced! Daily Face Brush is one of the best things I have ever used!
The item itself is £70, which may seem a little pricey, but you should definitely think of it as an investment. This may sound exaggerated, but after just one use of this brush, my skin felt silky smooth. After a few weeks of using this my blemishes have decreased significantly and I don’t think I could ever live without it.

The best part about this product is that it’s so easy to use! I use mine everyday in the shower and it has a timer which tells you when it’s time to move on to the next section of your face. It’s so easy you could clean your face in under a minute.

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The second product I chose is my Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum. My first attraction to this product was definitely the citrus scent it has. I personally love the scent and having my skin constantly smell this way is a dream. I use this product everyday before applying my moisturiser and the fact that you can instantly feel your skin tightening is amazing. My pores have definitely reduced a lot since using it.

The main reason why I love this product is the fact that it protects your skin from issues such as environmental pollution. As I live in a busy city, this is definitely very important to me. Again this is definitely a product worth investing in.

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The next product I have chosen is Mask of Magnamity face and body mask by Lush. I have tried way too many face masks and I am so happy to have finally found one I can stick with. I use this mask on my face at least one a week and it is perfect for a pamper night.

Once it starts to dry, this mask leaves an amazing tingly feeling on your skin which is one of the main reasons why I love using it. My skin is quite sensitive to harsh products, but every product I have tried from Lush agrees with me which is perfect. If you’re looking for a product to help sort out problematic skin, I would definitely recommend you try this product.

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The fourth product I chose is the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur PrimerI have expressed my love for this primer before and you can read why I adore it so much here. If you’re looking to try out a new Primer I would definitely give this one a shot.

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The last product I chose is an all time favourite. The Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion is a self-tanner which I always seem to go back to. If you’re looking for a natural glow to your skin, this lotion is definitely what you need. The price of this is very reasonable and I always find it on offer at my local drugstore or supermarket.

Unlike many other self-tan lotions I have used, this product dries pretty quickly so you don’t have to stand around for ages waiting for it to set. It also leaves your skin feeling silky smooth which is an added bonus!
Dove is a brand I can always rely on and I feel like I will continue to use this product forever!

Have you tried any of these products before?
Let me know what your favourite skincare products are!
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