My big self-tanning secret

Quite simply, it’s this: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze gradual tanner (how much of a bargain? Yes, it’s on offer right now at Boots!).

I can honestly say that, above all the self-tanners for the body on the market right now, this is my hands-down favourite. For me, it beats some of the most expensive formulas from the prestige brands that I’ve tried, including some new innovations this summer (more on the secrets of seamless bronzing over the coming weeks and months). Continue reading My big self-tanning secret

Madeleine Shaw’s YUMMY healthy lunchbox idea!

A quick Instagram shot from lunchtime: THE easiest and yummiest new quickie lunch discovery which I assembled (because really, that’s all you do!) after scribbling it down watching Madeleine Shaw’s latest Youtube video.

She recommends it to go into a healthy lunchbox to-go, but it worked brilliantly in (the obligatory IKEA) bowls for lunch and was absolutely SCRUMMY! Continue reading Madeleine Shaw’s YUMMY healthy lunchbox idea!

Bikini bodies and thigh gaps

Did you ever see that quote that was doing the social media rounds last summer along the lines of “Want a bikini body? Put on a bikini”.

I actually Googled it, and found the graphic above at Huffington Post.

Even better.

What brought it to mind was the fact that a) I was getting into a bikini for a weekend break at Center Parcs.

You might say the bravest thing about going for a bikini at Center Parcs is doing the infamous Rapids wearing a two-piece. And you’d have a point. Continue reading Bikini bodies and thigh gaps

Blush and go! The best way to wake up your face …

Happy new week, everyone!

A quick post on blush to kick things off, before we really, seriously get into the whole bronzing thing (and I do take my bronzing seriously, as regular readers will know!). Continue reading Blush and go! The best way to wake up your face …

Friday Beauty Faves: Julia Yule of Glamour magazine and co-founder of Bloom and Blossom

I think Julia Yule, today’s Friday Beauty Faves guest, sums up her life right now best in her Twitter profile: “Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor at Glamour, Founder of Bloom and Blossom maternity skincare, mummy, wife and exhausted”.

But looking gorgeous for it! Continue reading Friday Beauty Faves: Julia Yule of Glamour magazine and co-founder of Bloom and Blossom

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint SPF 30

I LOVED the idea of this immediately: a tinted moisturiser with serious skincare benefits (Vitamin C Ester to stimulate collagen and elastin production – yes, pleeease! – and a broad spectrum, very decent sunscreen) and a clever time release system, so colour is released throughout the day. Continue reading Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint SPF 30

Spring-gorgeous for an amazing cause: Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund Collection

What better reason to splurge on some lovely new Spring make-up than the knowledge that 100 % of the cost is going to a seriously fantastic cause – in this case, the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Foundation? Continue reading Spring-gorgeous for an amazing cause: Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund Collection

The prettiest bronzer on the block: Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint review

More get-glowing gorgeousness this morning, with the new Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo (£35.50), coming in April! Continue reading The prettiest bronzer on the block: Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint review

Friday Beauty Faves: Kate Shapland and Nancy Cruickshank of My Showcase

I love this photo of Kate Shapland and Nancy Cruickshank, in their element sharing their passion for all things beauty at a My Showcase home event (don’t you just want to grab a drink and dive into those goodies on the table?!).

Who better, I figured, to quizz for some Spring/Summer beauty inspiration and insider knowledge than Nancy, My Showcase founder and dynamic online beauty and lifestyle entrepreneur, and Kate, Telegraph Magazine beauty editor, My Showcase co-founder and the beady-eyed, finger-on-the-beauty-pulse editor of the gorgeous range of products offered online and at events held by independent stylists?

So, what are their Friday Beauty Faves?!

Continue reading Friday Beauty Faves: Kate Shapland and Nancy Cruickshank of My Showcase