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Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan & Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist


So,I went to Harrods at the weekend with a list of stuff that I wanted from the Beauty Hall, but as ever, I wandered away from the list and started buying other stuff not on the list.Ok, that’s not true,I also bought everything on the list as well. Which I know is bad,but trying to run through the Beauty Hall and not be sidetracked by other gorgeous things is like running the gauntlet. Its almost impossible not to get swiped by some lovely person trying to sell you something life changing. Especially when those life changing things come with a free gift. Enter Marc Jacobs and his amazing array of Coconut goodies.

Now,Marc Jacobs is one of those people I genuinely like. He’s an interesting character and like Tom Ford, he understands what women want. He already knows what you want before you,yourself know it. Its like he lives in your head and knows exactly what presses your buttons. And this coconut collection definitely presses all my buttons.

I was,in fact,on my way to the La Mer counter to get my favourite reparative skin tint and to check out this years bronzer offering. I already purchased last years, which I loved, so I wanted to see if it was up to the same standard. I would’ve happily parted with the cash if it was. However, it’s going to have to wait because I was completely hi-jacked by Marc Jacobs. Although I did buy the skin tint, mainly because I cant live without it and I had resorted to cutting my old tube in half to scrape out the remnants. Anyway, back to the bronzer. 

Its limited edition. It would be wouldn’t it? Typical. He’s created not only the perfect colour but he’s housed it in a stunning sleek compact with a massively amazing mirror. So,even long after you’ve hit pan and mullered it,you’re still left with an excellent looking glass. And just to add to its gorgeousness he’s infused it with coconut, so that every time you swipe a brush across it, you feel like your in Hawaii. It really is nothing short of beautiful. And the colour,104 Tan-Tastic, honestly couldn’t be any better for my colouring. I cant stand orange, or anything with over-red undertones. Instead it is a cooler toned bronze, so if you’re fair-skinned,new to the bronzing game,or just blatantly cack- handed this is pretty much foolproof. I couldn’t be happier

Lovely isn’t it? (So is my new red Smeg fridge)

There’s also a super-duper mega white bronzing brush. Yes,its very much like the Tom Ford Holy Grail brush, but its  equally beautiful,smacks of luxury and its synthetic.  I didn’t buy it. Which I now regret,even if my credit card doesn’t. And even now I feel twitchy, because I know myself as well as Marc Jacobs does. Which means,that somewhere, in the near future, it will be My Precious. Along with the Coconut dew drops,which I didnt buy either. But I should’ve done, because nothing makes me happier than a whole collection of something. 


So, moving onto the Setting Mist. 

Now I know there have been some reviews where people haven’t had a lot of luck with this product,which is a shame. However, I got a more than generous sample with my purchases. Ok,so I probably wouldn’t have bothered even giving it a second glance, but because the nice sales lady thrust it into my hand and said that I’d like it, who was I to argue?

I’m not really one for setting mists, as I’ve never found one that really lives up to the hype. So I’ve kind of given up with them. But because this was a freebie it was only right to give it a bash. And to be honest, its actually rather good. 

Now,from what I gather, a lot of people seem to be struggling with how it’s dispensed. They’re saying that it chucks out big droplets of oil, that is ruining their finished look. Which I’m sure is more than annoying. But,I think, judging by the little label that’s attached to the bottle, you’re supposed to push down really hard to get the fine mist. 

So,what I’ve been doing is spraying a small amount on to the back of my hand to get it going then I’ve been misting my face lightly,whilst pushing down firmly with it 2-3 times. I know it seems like Faff, but this really does work. The smell alone makes me happy and so far my face has lasted really quite well. I don’t expect miracles, but, it does lend my make-up a nice sheen for a few hours, so on that basis and that I like to have a full collection,I will more than likely be purchasing it. 

No doubt my next Marc Jacobs review will be on the rest of the collection,so watch this space…..

Sisley Beauty Subscription 

I’ve recently signed up for this monthly Sisley subscription.  It’s an excellent way to trial run products before purchasing the full size items. It’s a lovely treat every month. And I really look forward to receiving it. I’ve actually purchased some excellent products off the back of this. Some of the items I already own but it’s great having handy travel sizes if I’m going away for the weekend. The subscription service costs either £35 for 6 months or £70 for a year, which considering the quality of the products, is excellent value. 

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Powder (Peche Doree) Review

I find myself sliding more and more towards Sisley for cosmetics these days. Where they are predominantly known for their uber-luxe skin care,I feel that their cosmetics are really starting to come to the fore. And the reason, is because they are packed with super quality skin ingredients. So not only are you getting stunning make-up but you are also investing in top notch goodies, which being in my mid forties is a must. I can’t afford to put anything on my face now that isn’t working for me in some capacity.  This sunglow powder is their latest offering. 

I’d hit pan on their bronzer,that I’ve also reviewed and decided to give this a go for a change.  

My first thoughts is how much it looks like Neopolitan Ice-cream.  The colours alone set the pulse racing. Three perfect shades for summer. 

There is another variation of this in darker bronze shades, which in the past, I would’ve automatically chosen, but, as I no longer sport so much of a tan, I opted for this colour combination instead. The main reason being is that they suggest using the middle powder shade as an all over powder. This is something I’m really looking forward to using. Setting powders as an rule leave me looking a bit cakey however fine they promise they are. Yet, this really does feel light so I hope it lives up to its claims.  

The darker bronzer shade is not as dark as the original bronzer,but it is a shade cooler which is probably a more authentic tan colour.And the Pink is really subtle and pretty. It creates a natural flush.

The added bonus is this little Kabuki Brush. It’s pure luxury and I will almost certainly be using it. It’s manufactured by the brand that create Sisley’s range of full size brushes. It’s a welcome addition to my ever expanding brush collection. 

The Powder itself is as soft as it comes. Enriched with Shea and Camellia oils it’s bound to feel amazing on the face. At £71 I think people will probably hesitate at first but once they try this out for themselves and feel how gloriously soft it is, they’ll be hard pushed not to want it, even if it’s just for the stunning gold Zebra Print compact.

Edit* I’ve now been wearing this for a couple of days. And the secret of this is to definitely wear the lighter middle shade over the whole face and to then lightly buff in the bronzer around the perimeter of the face. This product blends really well and leaves the complexion with a brilliant seamless finish. Add the blush shade to the apples of the cheek  so they give off that slightly caught look. It’s even better to you use the bronze underneath the blush so it gives off a truly tanned look. I’m delighted with this product.  All colours are designed to work well together. And my skin feels velvety soft. 

Sisley Phyto-touche illusion d’ete. Sun glow bronzing powder review

Straight off the bat, this is one of the most beautiful formulas I have ever come across in a bronzer. It is so light and so pigmented I’ve been completely blown away by it.

You know, Sisley is one of those brands that whatever you buy, you know you’re getting the best ingredients out there. It’s a gel powder consistency and contains extracts of Gardenia, Mallow and Linen Blossom. Im completely infatuated with it. It is so velvet soft and such a beautiful colour, it just literally glides and melts into the skin like a dream. It blends out without any harsh build up or lines and gives the face an almost perfect celestial quality. And the colour is just a beautiful golden sunlit shade. There’s no orange and no muddiness to it. It’s pure sunshine. 

And thanks to Sisley I got this with an offer of a free lip twist pen and a sample size.So Intense mascara. Both so beautiful I will almost certainly be purchasing them again. And I was also lucky enough to recieve an eye make up remover and some lovely skincare samples, which all came packaged in a fabulous zip lock bag. 

To say I’m delighted with these products would be an understatement. 

St Tropez. The Ultimate Tanning Kit.

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I really feel like I’ve struck gold with St Tropez this week. The UK website had an offer I couldn’t refuse: Spend £25 on their lush products and recieve a really fabulous gift. Plus a generous sample.

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I decided on the luxury tanning oil and face oil combo.  The set retails for £40.(it includes a tanning mitt) I really love this stuff. I remember buying it on the very day it came out. I was totally suckered in by the Lemongrass fragrance of it. Fresh, summery and totally intoxicating.
Now, I must point out, this is not an easy product to work with. It takes practise. It’s like trying to apply a brown shimmery water. The mitt is a must have, as it is almost impossible to apply without it. However once on your skin, it’s very quick drying and looks amazing!
The facial oil is slightly tinted. It’s non pore clogging and has good skin benefits. I personally wouldn’t put this on during the day. I always sleep in this. It’s rich, like an oil treatment product. And my skin felt lovely after I’d slept in it.
Now on to the freebies.

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I received as the gift, a super little bag, that is going to be great for storing my tanning mitts. A generous sample of the Tanning Mousse. Plus a generous sample of the new Tinted Gradual tan that I’ve previously reviewed and an extra mitt.

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Then as an sample bonus I received the Gradual Shower Tan. Which I will endeavour to try out when the weather gets warmer.
Overall, to say that I just spent £40. I got a really good bundle. And because I also subscribed to their newsletter they’ve given me 10% off my next online purchase. I’m utterly delighted.