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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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

Face Of The Day!

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I thought I’d do a quick FOTD! My skin has been a bit dry lately so I gave my face a break! I just went with a moisturiser for my skin. I used my E.l.f Eyebrow kit, I could wear nothing but this and be happy! I’m not super sold on the Essence Get Big Mascara, it is super flakey and crumbly after a few hours which sucked.

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I wore my extensions today and If you don’t already know, Snob by MAC is a commonly used lipstick in my life! I used my Revlon Just Bitten Kissale Balm Stain in Darling Cherie to gloss it out and tone it down a bit. This lip combo matched my dip dye which I thought was so cute!

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My Lavender/Mauve Dip Dye Hair

Recently everybody has been crazy over the dip dye hair style. I kinda skipped it because my hair is pretty short (about an inch past my collarbone). I wear my clip in hair extensions fairly often and I figured why not! If it looked bad i could just not wear them, ya know! I trimmed the ends of my extensions first and straightened them to make the application easier.

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I was previously a red head and still had some rinse out red hair dye, Hot Chilli by Fudge. This is more of a magenta than a red though! I started with a white conditioner, I used Sunsilk Longer and Stronger. I mixed Hot Chilli (pea sized amount) with the conditioner and then mixed in my Bleach Blondes shampoo (about a teaspoon) by Lee Stafford, Bleach Blondes has insane staining power!

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I left the hair dye mixture in for about half an hour and rinsed in warm water. Once the extensions were dry, I straightened them and here’s the end result!

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I absolutely love it! I think this dip dye is really cute and not just your typical pink or blue!xx Amanda