Tuesday, 25 June 2013

REVIEW: Garnier Skin Naturals Summer Body Light Moisturising Lotion

Summer has crept up on me and after the temperature reaching 36 degrees for a day last week I have had no option but to dare to bare my legs! I'm not the kind of person who wants the hassle of proper fake tan so year after year I pick up a gradual tanning lotion to make my pasty (and often purple!) legs a little more summer dress friendly. Previously I have always gone for the Johnson's variety of tanning moisturiser but I decided to try this Garnier one when I noticed it because I had never been particularly impressed with the results of the Johnson's lotion and thought different one was worth trying.

  • APPLICATION: this lotion is so easy to apply, just make sure everywhere is covered and well rubbed in and it's pretty much fool proof and in my experience, streak free. As you can see in the picture, it's white and easily rubs in clear as it's not very thick. It does take quite a while to feel "dry" but seems to soak in quickly in reality. I have put leggings on after applying when my legs still felt a little bit dewy but I didn't notice any adverse effects :)
  • RESULTS: it says on the bottle that you can apply every day for a natural looking tan however after applying for two days in a row my legs looked lovely and my boyfriend commented on how natural it looked when I confessed that it wasn't a real tan! With this result after two days I'm really impressed and now use it once or twice a week or for a couple of days before I'm going to be showing my legs if I know in advance for a fuss free natural look. It is also very moisturising. For me, after not using it for a few days the tan faded evenly with out going patchy unlike some "proper" fake tans.
  • SMELL: a lot of people complain about the smell of tanning products... This is not the best smelling body lotion in the world and honestly, it does have a slightly lingering smell but credit where credit is due; I do find that it smells slightly apricotty (which I guess is from the apricot extract in there) so at least it smells a little bit nicer than other tanning lotions which don't have anything like that to make them smell nice.

I will almost certainly buy this again although hopefully not until next year as I'm still hoping for a natural tan to magically appear whilst I'm wearing factor 35 sun screen... I can dream!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Weekly Wishlist #3

I'm currently lusting after every fashion and beauty item I see because of my inability to shop in English shops. Here's what I particularly like this week!


  • I love the splash of yellow and collar of this Ted Baker top, just what I need!
  •  I'm not in love with the print of this Miss Selfridge crop but I'm a sucker for anything that ties at the waist!
  • I've realised that I really need another pair of sandals, this simple white pair from ALDO seem like they would be easy to add to my existing summer wardrobe.

Today I'm off to have a BBQ and to play rounders with all of the neighbours on the patch where I used to live. It should be lots of fun, even though I hate rounders so I hope the erratic weather we've been having  holds off!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Friday's Five Fabulous Things #5

Today's picture is one my mom took of me walking my dog on the bridle path near our house - everything looks so lush and green!

So after taking a while to settle in at my new house I have finally managed to take the time to write a few posts for the next week or so. I thought I would start off with five fabulous things so we can catch up a bit :)

  1. PONIES!: My new house is right next to a huge equestrian centre so I was keen to start horse riding again after around six years out of the saddle. I have only managed to have one ride so far but it was great fun and I'm now looking forward to a summer full of hacking in the woods.
  2. BB: Big Brother has started for the summer and as much as it pains me to admit that I love it, but I do. The house looks awesome this year and I'm already hooked. The only problem being that the Channel 5 on my TV has no signal at night so I will always have to watch it on catchup the next day!
  3. MINI BREAK: This weekend my lovely mom booked a mini break to Budapest for the two of us + my boyfriend. We're not going until after my graduation in July but I'm so excited already!
  4. OLD FASHIONED FUN: On Monday night  I spent about two hours playing board games with my mom and it was a refreshing change from my usual iPad obsessed evenings.
  5. NEW GLASSES: For the past couple of months I have been the sad owner of broken glasses... the sad owner of broken glasses who was too poor to buy some more... Of course my mom came to the rescue (what would I do without her?) and bought me two lovely new pairs of glasses. I have never liked wearing glasses but one pair of them is particularly growing on me and I am wearing my glasses more than I ever have before. Hooray for being able to see!
I hope you have all been having a lovely time since I last posted, I can't wait to catch up with all of the posts I've missed on here!