The Perfect Glow

So it has taken a while, it has taken some trial and error (a lot of error) but I think I have found my perfect self tan and I have some handy tips for you to find yours!

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Self tanners range anywhere from he price of a cup of coffee to oh my gosh it more expensive than my shoes! I feel like I have a good range of prices today and before you get too nervous, my favourite self tan happens to be the least expensive!

Much like finding your perfect foundation, you need to know your skin tone. Pink, yellow or neutral – there are many ways to find out already, a quick google will help you! So before I get into it I’ll let you know that I have a more neutral skin tone. I have a self tanner for each skin tone too!

So the self tanners I have are from the brands St. Moriz, Le Tan & St. Tropez!

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The first self tan I have is St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse.
This best suits NEUTRAL skin tones.
About this self tan:
– Deep cool brown colour at first that develops into a warm violet brown tan
– 18 ingredients (including the colours red, yellow & blue)
– medium darkness
– claims “a healthy golden brown”
– instant self tanning mousse
– long lasting
– fast drying
– no streaks
– a professional flawless tan, no mess application
This self tan is 200ml (6.76 fl oz) will cost you anywhere from $5 to $10 – depending where you live or where you buy it! I bought mine on eBay for $9 including postage, bargain! At first application this mousse applies an ashy light brown colour which was a bit strange! Out of all of the fake tans I have used this one blends so amazingly. It is really true to the “no streaks” claim! After about 10 hours I washed off the tan and was left with a gorgeous, natural looking tan. Also, this tan fades nicely!

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The second self tan I have is Le Tan Instant Foaming Mousse.
This best suits YELLOW skin tones.
About this self tan:
– Bright golden yellow colour
– 19 ingredients (including caramel)
– deep bronze
– claims “this caramel tinted foam spreads easily, ensures a natural looking, even, streak free tan”
– instant foaming mousse
– streak free
– natural looking tan
This self tan is 110ml (3.71 fl oz) and will cost you anywhere from $10 to $20 depending on where you buy it/what sales are on, although this is kinda expensive it’s pretty cheap for Australia! This self tan is what I can imagine causes that “oompa loompa” tan! It applies a light yellowy caramel colour and developed a slightly darker yellowy caramel colour, hahaha. This tan does blend nicely but unless you have yellow undertones then again stay away! This tan can get a little streaky but fades pretty well!

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The last self tan I have is St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse.
This suits PINK skin tones.
About this self tan
– Deep cool brown colour
– 19 ingredients (including the colours red, yellow and blue)
– claims “super lightweight velvety mousse delivers the all over sunless tan you’ve always wanted”
– natural looking
– streak free
– suitable for any skin type
– “ultimate tan”
This self tan is 240 ml (8 fl oz) and will cost you $50 – $60 – I would never pay that much, I got mine half price during a sale for $29. This smells like cologne, yum! This is the lighter tanning mousse that St Tropez offers and is quite pricey. Had I never tried the St Moriz tan, this would still be my favourite BUT the St Moriz is a fantastic dupe and a fraction of the price. This tan is a great brown tan. Not caramel, not yellow but brown which is awesome. One thing that absolutely sucks is that it stains skin, you have to be quick. I dotted this on my leg then rubbed in with a mitt and I had dot stains, ugh. If left to fade on dry skin this also looks like dirt! Fantastic tan colour, not worth it now I’ve found St Moriz.

So I hope this comparison has helped you to find a more suitable tan and always remember, low price doesn’t always mean low quality – you just have to do your research! A lot of fake tan is also trial and error!

Have fun! The amount of times I’ve had a laugh at my patchy tan feet…. Hahaha! Anyway here are some comparison pics that my boyfriend generously donated his thigh for as I am already a lovely shade of St Moriz! (He is a neutral/olive undertone)

Freshly applied

Freshly applied


Before shower

Before shower


After shower

After shower

xx Amanda

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Hey everyone, it bought a new foundation recently and had to buy another shade to mix! I only got the second shade a couple of weeks ago and have been testing it out! The foundation I’m talking about is, of course, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation!

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($68 AUD $44 USD) has 30 ml of product, like most foundations. This foundation comes in a square, glass bottle with a square, matte black plastic lid. A pump is available to purchase (unless it is constantly sold out) which would make it easier to access the right amount of foundation. Once you have applied the NARS pump, you can’t use the lid! Although pumps are more convenient, I like to give my foundation a good shake before use! I love the packaging – NARS packaging usually does appeal to me!

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For me, it is hard to find a match with a foundation… To much pink, too much yellow… Too orange, oxidises. Too thick, too thin… I could go on and on!!! With NARS Sheer Glow, there is no oxidising, it really is the perfect consistency too! It blends amazing and looks natural enough to wear full converge! I bought two different shades, mostly because I fluctuate in colour! Summer – tan, winter – pale! Also, I have a more neutral skin tone, not more pink or yellow/orange. The two shades I purchased are Mont Blanc (light 2 pink undertones) and Punjab (medium 1 peach/orange undertones).

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NARS Sheer Glow feels light and creamy and not at all tacky. It feels and applies like a light coverage foundation but it is medium coverage! I like to apply Sheer Glow all over my face (either with a brush or my fingers) then let it dry and apply again where I want fuller coverage! The end result is a sort of satin finish and completely dries without a setting powder! I found that if I had any dry areas they were more obvious but I don’t usually have dry skin so it doesn’t bother me! I do find that my nose does become oily, so make sure to put on a pressed powder if you have this problem too!

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I compared NARS Sheer Glow Foundation with some similar coloured foundations:
REVLON Colorstay (normal/dry skin) in 150 Buff compared to Mont Blanc – Buff is a lot more yellow toned and thicker and tackier in consistency.
MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind in 130 Buff Beige is so similar in consistency, texture and finish. I’d say this could possibly be a dupe! I’ll have to investigate! Colour wise, Buff Beige is a bit more pink toned.
MAYBELLINE Super Stay Makeup in Nude is waaaay thicker, it is also very orange and oxidises pretty bad! This is reserved for my super fake tan days!

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I think NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the best foundation I have ever used, I like a medium coverage but lightweight foundation and this is exactly what I am looking for, I don’t mind having to mix shades because I know these two shades will match me no matter what season, it’s great if you are a fake tan wearer or, like me, you have more of a neutral skin tone!
I think NARS Sheer Glow is my new holy grail foundation!
xx Amanda

NARS Lamu Multiple Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone, today I’m going to introduce you to the newest member of my NARS Multiple family, meet Lamu! I hope you love pictures…

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Lamu is a gorgeous apricot colour with gold glitter throughout. The combination of apricot and gold glitter makes me think instantly of how gorgeous this would look on tanned skin – this would be perfect for lazy summer days or nights – instant bronzed goddess! I guess I discovered Lamu at the perfect time since here in Australia it is now the last month of spring! Don’t get me wrong Lamu will work all year round if you wear whatever you like whenever you like showing those seasons who is boss!

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I like Multiples mostly because they are like cream blush for beginners! Multiples come in a stick form and are creamy and wonderful when first applied, when you have finished blending the texture is like a powder feel! Lamu definitely isn’t for a sleek & polished look – it most likely isn’t going to fit into your everyday office attire. Lamu brings not only super glowing apricot, but also a HEAP of glitter! Somehow the glitter fits in well and doesn’t emphasise your imperfections – in saying that I don’t think that Multiples are intended to be used anywhere that fine lines or wrinkles are involved!
Another thing I LOVE about multiples is the lack of fragrance – yay!

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I apply Lamu by swirling my index finger on the top until I have enough product, next I swipe in an upwards motion where I would normally use blush (I usually do 3 swipes) and blend! For multiples with glitter or when I’m not wearing foundation I simply blend with my fingers!

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I compared Lamu with another NARS Multiple, a best seller in Australia, Puerto Vallarta. Although they could be put into the same colour category, they really aren’t similar! Puerto Vallarta is a lot more intense, colour wise. It has a much stronger pigment! The biggest difference between the two is Lamu is packed with glitter and Puerto Vallarta has a gorgeous glow suitable for day or night!
Overall I think that this won’t be my least used multiple! I can’t wait to get stuck into this on lazy makeup days; by now it shouldn’t surprise you how much I love NARS Multiples!

xx Amanda

NARS, MAC & YSL Haul!

Hello everyone! I’ve been buying quite a few things online and picked up a couple of things from Mecca Maxima! If you follow me in Instagram you may have already seen a sneak peak!

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The first thing I have is a YSL Glossy Stain, this is in the shade #7 Corail Aquatique! I am not usually a fan if coral shades haha, I’m not sure how this ones gonna go!

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Next I have some of my favourite goodies, NARS! From NARS I have a sharpener, Foundation, Multiple & Cream Blush!

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And lastly some MAC stuff! I got 5 lipsticks and a concealer (not pictured)

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For some swatches you can check out my video! Although I’ll be reviewing all of them over the next few weeks!

xx Amanda

Orange Lips Alert! Innoxa Matte Lipstick in Tangerine & Invisible Lip Liner!

Hey everyone! If you already have Instagram you will already know how many competitions are held on there! So I entered an Innoxa competition, all you have to do is repost a picture to have a chance of winning, and I won!

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For anyone who doesn’t know, Innoxa was created in France in 1920. The brand prides itself by being hypo-allergenic and good for your face! The products are also paraben free & not tested on animals, yay! Innoxa is stocked in Myer, Priceline and various pharmacies in Australia and also in New Zealand.

So today my little package arrived with a letter stating what I have won and some pretty, colorful pictures, so many pretty colours… Back to what I was saying…

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The first product I have here is the Invisible Lip Shaper. According to the Innoxa website the Invisible Lip Shaper softens and contours the lips and can also be used as a lip primer. I’m super happy about this product because I don’t own a lip primer! I also like that this can be worn under any shade I like! The Invisible Lip Shaper has a baby pink pearlescent tube, the packaging is really pretty!

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The Invisible Lip Primer makes the lips appear matte, the texture is like a combination of soft wax and a balm! I really like the way it makes my lips look! I can’t really capture that in a photo since it is invisible, of course.

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And now for the best bit, new lipstick! I’m a serious lipstick hoarder and this lipstick is the reason I entered the competition! So here I have the Summer Matte Lipstick in the shade Tangerine! Innoxa Summer Matte Lipsticks contain Jojoba oil and vitamins C & E which will be great for my lips!

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The colour is no joke, it is seriously Tangerine, it’s like an explosion of orange and it makes my teeth look awesomely white! This is definitely not a “grandma orange” (unless you have a really awesome grandma)! The lipstick is housed in a square silver tube with Innoxa printed on the lid. There is a colour window at the bottom that shows the colour of the lipstick inside!

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If you live in Australia or New Zealand, I recommend checking out Innoxa! Both of these products retail for $14.95. The lipstick formula is so creamy and moisturizing! If you are from elsewhere in the world then I guess you’re just going to have to go without… Or wait for my awesome giveaway hint hint!

xx Amanda

* The products discussed In this post were won by me from the brand Innoxa (yay). The opinions are my own and this is not sponsored in any way!

Benefit Rockateur Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone!

As you may know from my Birthday Haul post, I am the proud owner of the newest addition to Benefits family of boxed powders. Benefit Cosmetics are best known for their highly praised boxed powders!

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The packaging is a combination of girly and rock – it kinda makes me think of Avril Lavigne, hahaha. Instead of the usual flat bristled brush, Rockateur comes with an angled brush for easier application. The box is the flip top design like the rest.

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Benefit has been criticized over the different amount of product in Rockateur compared to the other boxed powders, for example Benefit’s Sugarbomb powder weighs 12g (0.42 oz.) but Rockateur weighs 5g (0.17 oz.). I think that the difference in product amount is because with Rockateur, Benefit changed the formula.

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Rockateur feels smoother and silkier, a lot less powdery, it blends really well but I think some places can look a little heavier – building it up in layers is the best option. The texture reminds me of MAC’s Mineralize Skinfish.

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The scent is like the other boxed powders but concentrated, it is soooo strong! I don’t think that it’s a good or bad thing. The smell is pleasant and it makes my makeup area smell awesome.

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I am in love with the design on the actual powder, so much so that I didn’t use it until today! The colour is gorgeous, Benefit describes it as “rose gold” and that is pretty accurate. Maybe a dusty rose gold would describe Rockateur a bit better. This blush is absolutely glowing, it is gorgeous! After the first couple of uses the shimmer is gone but the glow stays.

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Rockateur would be a gorgeous blush for fair to medium skin tones; I think it could make a pretty highlight shade for really deep skin tones. If you are tan then this blush is going to be your new best friend. I seriously can’t get enough of this blush! I think the packaging, the product, everything is just adorable! I think the overall product is super appealing to a lot of women in all different age groups; this would look fantastic on all women if used right!

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(wearing Rockateur with no other cheek products)

If you have a Benefit stockist close you should definitely check out Rockateur, it is truly gorgeous and I don’t think you’re going to be able to avoid purchasing it! If you’re an Australian like me, Rockateur will set you back $55 AUD, if you feel this is a little steep, buy it online at Benefit Cosmetics for $28 USD, they ship internationally!

xx Amanda