Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan

Such an event was made out of this tanning episode. I was so excited about this product because I had read so many reviews and watched so SO many “how to’s”, “what not to do’s” and tips and tricks that I felt so ready for it.

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Before buying the liquid gold, I was dead set on buying the mousse. The results looked amazing on so many other girls I just figured nothing could go wrong. However, seeing a few too many “streaks and orange feet” out on the road, I decided to go the more cautious route – which is the tanning oil. This oil is different in that you don’t have to wait for it to dry/develop, you don’t have to wash it off after a few hours and, best of all, you don’t have to scrub it off after a few days to apply it again.  I decided to buy the Bondi Sands branded tanning mitt as well – I thought that if I bought the applying tool that came recommended then I wouldn’t have any problems.

I chose a morning where I wouldn’t be rushed, lined everything up, and did the following steps (as I said, I read a LOT of reviews before this):

WHAT YOU NEED:

  1. Exfoliating loofah/sponge/glove
  2. Razor
  3. Shower gel and shaving cream (optional)
  4. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning oil
  5. Self tanning mitt

STEP 1:  Do a patch test a day before. I know this is the irritating part of it all and delays everything, but it’s worth it. Bondi Sands is known to be sensitive skin friendly, but I decided to do a patch test on my stomach just to make sure.

STEP 2: Take a nice warm shower/bath so that you can exfoliate your skin properly. I used the exfoliating glove (as you can see in the picture). It is important to get rid of all dead skin, to ensure the product can be applied smoothly.

STEP 3: Shave your legs. This helps the tan go on smoother. Note not shaving helps your tan last longer. So it helps to shave just before applying.

STEP 4: Apply a few sprays (starting on your legs) and start buffing with the tanning mitt. The key here is to rub in as much as you can. You don’t see the colour immediately so it makes it a bit more difficult blend in. But the key here is to keep buffing. Spray a bit and buff, spray a bit and buff.

 

The results? I am very happy with the no streak, no orange part of it. The colour was a great, natural tone. However, I did not see any results after doing all these steps once. I figured it was because I did not apply enough on the first time. I was so disappointed because according to all the homework I did, I thought I would see the results immediately.  I think I was a bit nervous the first time around because I was very cautious with the amount of product I used. I waited a day and then did the whole thing again. I could then eventually see a bit more tan and more colour on my skin.

TIP 1: Buy a dark coloured exfoliating glove – apply shower gel to the glove

TIP 2: Make sure you scrub your elbows, knees, feet and all other areas that usually have drier skin

TIP 3: exfoliate “upwards” (from your feet upwards) when scrubbing your legs. This ensures that you expose the hairs – which will make the shaving part smoother.

TIP 4: I did not apply moisturiser before to any of the “drier” areas (elbows, hands, feet). My tan came out even and there were no streaks.

TIP 5: Do not be shy with the amount of product you apply! If you think you should spray to sprays on on spot, spray three.

TIP 6: Start at the bottom and work your way up. I like to start on my legs, that way you won’t mess up the parts you have already blended.

TIP 7: Even though the scent is “cocunutty” – it does have that slight (less than other tanners) self tan smell. I did smell it now and then on my skin throughout the day.

TIP 8: You can top up your tan anytime. As I mentioned above, I felt that my tan was not dark enough so I re-did it and I am happier with the colour now.

So even though I was disappointed with the lack of colour my first try – I am very happy with the results the second and third time around. The colour is very natural and streak free. : )

 

Available Here or at most chemists, stores.

 

 

Eye Have Found It

Eye Have Found It

I have struggled for a very long time with under eye bags, dark circles and all those lovely things around the eye area that make us look tired and unhealthy. Since I started working a bit further away from home, I have had to start waking up a lot earlier than before. Together with training, this just means that I get very little sleep. So I can’t blame my under eye skin for not cooperating.

I have looked into all the suggested remedies:

  1. Getting more sleep (working on that)
  2. Drinking plenty of water (already done)
  3. Staying away from alcohol (done)
  4. Exercise (definitely done)

And so on… I was up to the point of drastic measures. I had even thought of putting cucumbers on and around my eyes for a good week. So I decided to try a eye cream… Silly me thought buying an expensive, high end product would solve ALL my issues. This was not the good ending I was hoping for. Just because it cost a lot of money, did NOT mean that it fixed my problem.

I unfortunately have EXTREMELY sensitive skin. Not like the averageperson. My skin seems to hate everything that it touches. So I ended up with very red, broken and damaged (not to mention painful) patches underneath my eyes… Lovely. That was the moment I gave up on eye creams and just started working on my makeup skills to really just cover up the dark circles.

I was still unhappy because whenever I didn’t do the whole routine of cover up I looked like a walking zombie… Not very attractive. A good few months had passed. So I had read many reviews on eye creams. I couldn’t really find anyone who had experienced the same problem as me. However, I did find very mixed reviews on the Vitamin E eye cream by The Body Shop. I decided to take the risk and try again..

_DSC6434.jpgI love it! I have accepted that I will never completely get rid of those lovely “luxurious” handbags and dark circles underneath my eyes, but it has made things so much better. It smooths the skin, provides a softness, reduces the puffiness and just makes my sensitive under eye skin feel so moisturised. You can find it at most Body Shops or on their online store: VitaminE Eye Cream

I use it in the morning and at night before bed as part of my moisturising routine. It’s so affordable and I would definitely recommend it.

You can find it Here 

: )

Recipe: Chickpea, Avo and Coleslaw Salad

Recipe: Chickpea, Avo and Coleslaw Salad

I am that person who usually eats literally.the.same.lunch everyday. So when I was a bit behind on the weekly grocery shopping on Monday, my staple chicken salad was a no go.

Feeling adventurous, I threw together some of the leftovers I had in the fridge, and it actually turned into a nice, fresh salad..

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 soft boiled egg
  • Handful coleslaw
  • 3 tablespoons chickpeas
  • 3 cherry bocconcini (or you can add mozarella), cut up
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber, chopped up
  • Honey and mustard light dressing
  • Avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Teaspoon mayo (add to the coleslaw)

Mix everything together and add the boiled egg on top

 

 

Oh, the Nutribullet

Oh, the Nutribullet

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Finally! The day has come… my very own Nutribullet! Is it worth all the hype? So far, I think yes.

I was a bit of a cheapskate up until this point, going for all the cheaper, less known brands out there. I now have to say that nothing can compare to that moment when you open the box and it’s just quality, quality, quality!

Now I have to be honest, I didn’t prepare for this too well. Besides bombarding my Pinterest boards with smoothie ideas (and there are a LOT out there), I hadn’t really bought all the ingredients required to “make a perfect smoothie”. But that’s what I like about it. I just threw together a few fruits and items that I had left over in the kitchen and it was a pretty good first smoothie.

The actual Nutribullet (I went for the Nutribullet 600W 12-Piece Set Nutrient Extractor) includes a guide on how to make what, when. I would say it’s good to follow, but honestly I just make whatever healthy shake I feel like that morning, and that seems to do the trick.

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A blender like this is perfect for people like me who want to be healthy and get all the good nutrients in but just don’t have the time to eat all the items separately. So you just mash them all in together and take it on the go or down it before you leave – what a win for the day!

What makes this product different as well is that you can throw the whole fruit or vegetable (including skin and seeds, etc) in, which means that you don’t lose any of the nutrients and actual good stuff. Not that it’s the most important thing, but I also like that it’s not too loud when in use. I can actually make a smoothie early in the morning without waking up the whole apartment block. It also doesn’t make me feel like I am operating heavy machinery.

Besides it being a great kick start to a healthy day, it’s actually quite magical to use.

Here is the website link for more detail.

Some of my tips that I have picked up on:

  • Use honey to make that kale/spinach/bitter one a little sweeter to taste
  • Add water  (ice to make it a colder smoothie) to make the consistency a bit smoother
  • Rolled oats and yoghurt are good ingredients to keep you fuller for longer
  • Flavoured whey protein is a good addition – I just add one scoop
  • Fruits I like to use: bananas, kiwis, berries, strawberries
  • Rinse the blades immediately after use, otherwise it becomes difficult to keep it clean (especially under the actual blades)
  • Instant coffee is a good one to add to a morning smoothie

 

I will be adding some of my recipes (including a green juice and I  also plan to also make protein pancakes using the Nutribullet) as I go along.

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