Thursday, 3 May 2012

I guess I'm dreaming again...

Floral Strapless Dress // Denim Jacket - Internacionale // Necklace - Bits & Bows

I took this a few days ago when a had a day off work and college, right now i'm in my PJs suffering from the flu. Just got Netflix, it's a million times better than Lovefilm, so just lazing about hoping to get better enough to drag myself into work tomorrow!

I bought this dress for a mere £10 a few months ago from Ark Clothing, it's by Hearts and Crosses who have some really gorgeous pieces. This style of dress is available in a range of colours and patterns. I'm definately going to get another one for summer.

Clo xox

Go Sunkissed not Streaky : A Guide to Fake Tan

St Moriz Self Tanning Mousse Dark (200ml)
I first started using tanning products when I was around 15/16, I knew absolutely nothing about tanning. Apart from I knew I didn't tan naturally, I just go a lovely lobster red colour! Fake tan seemed like it could be the answer to all my pale pasty skinned problems!

The first fake tan I ever used was Superdrug Foam Self Tanner. It ended with me looking an orange, streaky. Mess! It's worth noting, they have since changed their formula (as I have changed my technique) and it's actually a great tanner.

Since then I like to think I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I want to share this so no-one will ever have to go through

I don't use self tan very often, so when I do, I want to get it right (as it's usually for a special occasion) first time. This is what I follow to get it fight, first time round!

You will need..
Your favourite fake Tan (duh!)
Exfoliator / Exfoliating Gloves
Fake tan mitt
Latex gloves



Try to exfoliate the day before you plan to tan, pay most attention to elbows, knees and ankles. After this apply plenty of moisturiser, although do not do this straight before tanning as you will definitely end up a streaky mess.


Do not shave, after tanning. Shaving has the same effect has exfoliating and will turn your gorgeous sun kissed skin into a patchy mess.

The best way to apply the apply tan (for me personally!) is a tanning mitt, with latex gloves underneath. Most fake tan mitts don't even suggest this, and I have no idea why not! Every fake tan mitt I have ever used has leaked right through and left my palms bright orange.

I start with my legs and arms working in circular motions, this reduces the risk of streaking, until it has dried in. I always make sure to do my elbows, knees and ankles last, using minimal product to avoid patchiness. After that I do my hands no-one wants pale mismatched hands or patchy orange hands.

It will depend on the type of tan you are using to the development time. Right now I use St Moriz(Dark) which suggests leaving for a minimum of eight hours. The best way is to apply before you go to bed then wash it off in the morning to be left with a sun kissed tan. (Make sure you don't have white sheets or put a towel down!) My boyfriend doesn't like when I wear fake tan to bed, mainly because a few times I’ve ended up staining the covers (..oops?) so I normally wait until I have a day off work apply it first thing in the morning and get on with housework, college work etc while I’m too orange to go out :)

Washing it off
After you've let it develop, be careful not to shave or exfoliate straight after you have rinsed off your tan. It will remove the colour and you'll look a bit patchy.

Keep it tanned!
As I don't tan very often I usually just apply it the once for a special occasion etc then exfoliate to remove it as soon as it becomes patchy. Although to keep up your colour it is recommended to reapply every 3-5 depending on how dark you want the colour to be.

So there you go girls, get ready for summer!

Clo xox

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Bargain Barry M

Barry M Nail Paints are currently on offer in Superdrug (Buy get and Save £1), pretty good deal.

 However online there must be a glitch of some sort online, and it takes off £1 for every one you buy. Meaning a bargainous £1.99 a bottle!

There is also free postage until monday.

Click here to be taken to the page.

Happy shopping!

Clo xox

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

H&M Wishlist (with discount codes!)

one  Fake leather biker jacket. I was after a leather jacket for a while, it would make a nice change from wearing my blazer or demin jacket with one of my many dresses. I actually already bought this while I was writing this, and managed to get it for a bargainous £22 including delivery. I'll post the codes at the bottom of this post.

two Orange Satchel. I'm desperate to start getting some more colour in my wardrobe, and this is the perfect start. All my handbags are either black or brown, and I mainly use my trusty Pauls Boutique bag nearly everyday so I think a change is in order.

three SUNGLASSES! I'm desperate to wear sunglasses this summer. I've worn glasses since I started high school (perfect timing i know!) and i've never bothered with prescription sunglasses because I just hate the look of them, it's hard to get nice fashionable frames and most are just normal glasses with a tint. I'm trying to wear my contacts more often so my eyes get used to them, but i'm so clumsy putting them in.

four Polka dot Skater Dress. I love this style of dress, it would be perfect with tights (and the jacket from number one) until summer finally hits Scotland. Theres a few other styles including a navy and white striped and a gorgeous orange one.

five Beige Flatforms. Just amazing. I've been dying on a pair for a while but every pair i've seen just seem just a bit too eccentric for me or are way out of my poor student price range. These are perfect at just under £25 and come in black or beige.

£5 off basket - 1304
25% off most expensive item - 9690
They can be used together, but the minimum total must be £6 after codes. I can't find an expiry date but I will update if I find out more.

Clo xox

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

red and hearts

Dress (with belt) - Primark / Necklace - Bits & Bows

I love this dress, it was a bit of a random purchase at Primark about a week ago. It's a gorgeous tea dress style, although it's slightly long for my frame and the excess fabric seems to swamp me a little bit. It'll be easier to wear when the weather gets better and I can wear it without tights! The bright red belt is perfect to split up the pattern and stop it being too much. I would like to buy a better one (this one came with the dress), as it's not great quality and it is actually quite big, normally I have the opposite problem with belts.

As soon as I uploaded this I realised my fringe is squint, but this was the only picture that I didn't have an abundance of cables at my feet or my eyes were squinting from the sun. I've been trying to get used to wearing my contact lenses again (I want to be able to wear sunglasses this year!) but it's not going so great.

Clo xox