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

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

Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm (BB Cream) Review!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing the Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm!

The packaging is awesome, it is a hot pink, glittery plastic casing. The writing is white and silver holographic. The pump is silver and easy to pump but not so easy that you don’t have control of how much comes out! I find that one pump is enough, depending on how much. Coverage you’d like – today I used one and a half.

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The BB Cream (Beblesh Balm) is a grey colour which is perfect no matter what skin undertone you have! I find it applies looking a little odd but by the time you walk out the door it has settled to a my skin but better colour! I think it just smells like any other BB Cream!

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I might just mention that I don’t have any major skin problems, I don’t have pimples, acne, extremely oily or dry skin, I don’t have redness. My problem is dark circles, but that has nothing to do with this product! I find that my skin looks a little “dull” and all I look for in a face product is something that will make my skin appear more bright while still showing my freckles and that is EXACTLY what this product does!

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If you are after a full coverage product, this isn’t for you although it may work as a base for something else!

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I love this BB Cream and I have been using it for months now, I recently purchased another! I find the best place to buy this is eBay and it costs anywhere from $8 – $15. If you’re unsure of this product you can also buy little samples or travel sizes, that’s what I started with!xx Amanda

Benefit SUGARBOMB! Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone! I got Sugarbomb by Benefit last month and I have been using it like crazy! Benefit says this Box o’ Powder “is your sugar rush flush” which is adorable! This blush has four different colours – peach, pink, plum & rose – and is described as “sweet sugary peach pink” which is pretty spot on!

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I have been wearing this blush with Rockateur almost every day! I first apply Sugarbomb all over my cheek and where I would usually use a cheek highlight, I next add a layer of Rockateur and I apply this just above my contour!

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My favourite thing about this blush combination is how beautiful and glowing it looks! I have been quite tan lately and this is just stunning, it gives a glowing, healthy sunkissed look

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One thing that I really don’t understand about Sugarbomb is that on the product (the bottom half of the box) the image is chocolate, it’s shaved chocolate with chocolate pieces! I really don’t get it haha, it doesn’t smell like chocolate… It doesn’t look like chocolate…

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This blush is definitely going into my favourites! I can’t imagine this blush not looking good on anyone! I would definitely repurchase this blush – if I ever get through it!
x Amanda

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

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in Pebble, Review & Swatches!

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One of the top selling lip products by Yves Saint Laurent is the Golden Gloss, last year Golden Pebble was released amongst three other shades for Summer. I received Golden Pebble for my birthday and although this was a Summer collection this particular shade screams Winter.

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The packaging is absolutely gorgeous as you would expect from YSL. The gloss sits in a thick transparent plastic square tube, the tube twists open and closed. The lid is a golden mirrored plastic with the Yves Saint Laurent logo on the front. The plastic tube is transparent revealing the actual product inside.

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YSL describes the Golden Gloss as “Worth its weight in gold, this gorgeous gloss dresses lips in a sophisticated, high-shine shimmer that’s truly precious. Sparkling 24 carat gold flecks (0.2%) create a mirror-like effect for guaranteed glamour, while a complex of nourishing oils protect and hydrate for optimal comfort. Scented with a subtle hint of Mango that’s utterly irresistible.”

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The scent is a little overwhelming to me, it definitely isn’t mango… Maybe peach? It reminds me a bit of the smell of Rimmel lip products.

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When first applied the gloss sits on the lips and seems to slowly melt in. You can definitely feel it on your lips but it isn’t sticky or tacky, you won’t feel the glitter at all.

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This gloss can be worn sheer or heavy, when sheer the Golden Pebble gives a gorgeous fresh out of the cold look. I prefer to wear Golden Pebble sheer. The colour is described as ‘burgundy plum’ which is quite accurate. The gloss in the tube appears overly glittery but it definitely isn’t on the lips, purple is the predominant colour shown in the glitter.

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If you have constant dry lips I think another shade might suit you better, Golden Pebble can sink into fine lines and cracks.

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I haven’t tried any of the other shades, I am liking this product! If you have a Yves Saint Laurent counter available you should have a look at the Golden Gloss selection, they are a best-seller for a reason!

x Amanda