Bare skin, Bare minerals, pure brightening serum foundation review. 

Spring has sprung, and I’ve tossed my full coverage foundations to the back of the drawer with gleeful abandonment. 

However, I’m not prepared to go bare faced just yet and I’m still to try CC or DD creams. 
I know, late to the party or what? 
So I looked in the depths of my make up station and shopped my stash and I rediscovered this bad boy. 
  
The premise behind this base product is that it melds the concept of a traditional foundation with the added benefit of anti-ageing properties. 
Now I hate to start with a negative but I do not feel this is as revolutionary as it claims to be as I do not feel that you could replace your serum with this product alone. 
The skin brightening claim is slightly misleading as yes it does brighten upon wearing it but I have not seen any long term effects from using the product (nor would I want to) 
So now I’ve got that that off my chest lets get onto the good news. 
This super light product is an extremely fluid foundation that feels almost greasy when applied to the back if your hand. This is not a horrible feeling but feels rather wet.
I would not describe this as watery in its consistency as it feels slightly more slippery and tacky to touch. 
  
However I am happy to disclose that this product contains no    
water, oil, silicone, parabens, or fragrance. 
It’s a very hard texture to describe and I think I’ve tried every adjective I know to attempt it. 
I will tell you that you will have to shake the bottle vigorously as the pigment does separate from the liquid. 
The product applies beautifully to the skin and upon application feels matte. This quickly dries into a beautiful dewy glow. The product completely unified colouration on my face but did not cover blemishes with one layer. 
In order to cover spots or blemishes, coverage will need to be built. Which is good news for us as this can easily be done. It starts with sheer coverage and with the use of a triangle foundation brush or stippling brush can be built to a medium coverage simply by adding more drops to the back of your hand. I’d recommend two drops for sheer, and up to four for medium. Any more and it can become cakey. 
Here’s how it looked on me when I applied it. From bare-faced, blended and full face on. 
  
The product blends easily on the skin and I hardly require a beauty blender to buff out the edges, however I do love using this product in conjunction with a darker foundation to achieve that Kimmy K look. 
You can watch that here
The colour range is amazing with twenty shades and at £26 it is not ridiculously expensive for the quality of the product. 
I wear bare porcelain which is the palest shade but there is a really good range of shades for women of colour. Finally! 
It has an SPF of 20 which is amazing at protecting your skins from those invisible rays as sun damage is the main cause of premature ageing. 
The overall finish feels like you’re wearing no makeup at all and leaves the most beautiful dewy finish. I particularly like this when my skin is dry as it does not settle and die in my dry patches. 
I personally don’t think those with oily skin will love this due to the slippery greasy feel on the skin. 
I understand there is a brush that is sold with it but after talking to friends who had purchased both they told me to save my money. They stated that the brush drank the foundation and that it was a wasteful purchase. 

        So a very good foundation for those who require a natural, light, no make up feel foundation with adequate SPF and shade range. 


      Let me know if you like this product in the comments. Do you agree that this is a great Spring foundation?


      Lots of love


      Clo


      Xx


      Fake tan tip- The Tanger. 

      So, this is going to be a really short post for me, which is unusual so savour this moment peeps! 


      So my Cocoa Brown fake tan review received such good feedback and it appears that you guys love sunshine in a bottle. 

      However so many people get put off by application. 
      Now I’m not going to go over how good the Cocoa brown tan was again as you can read that here
      So after hours of scouring the internet in order to find answers to some of your most common questions I came across the best invention since the creation of the wheel. 
      The Tanger!  

       

      So I’ve nicknamed it but I deffo did not discover it first but it actually works. 
      The tanger works as you can easily reach the hard to reach areas on your upper back and shoulder blades. 
      It extends your reach so you can get an even application. 
      You do so by placing your tanning mitt on the end of a triangle hanger. Pinch the bottom of the mitt with your thumb and forefinger. 
      This is important as otherwise it will fall off. 
      Place some tan on the mitt and apply as if it was your hand. 
      Now I have to be honest it is pretty fiddly and you’ll think oh em gee Clo, bore off! But stick with it and take your time and I guarantee that that sweet spot that normally your other half has to do is now within your grasps.
      Yay, this is a major development for us girls and boys who live alone but still want a golden glow. 
      I’m looking forward to your comments, 
      Happy tanning! 
      Lots of love 
      Clo
      Xx 

      Rimmel scandaleyes kate moss mascara review 

      Ooh, I’m back from my latest vlogging jaunt. Always feel like I’m being slightly unfaithful to words when I gallivant off into the Tube of You, surely I’m being ridiculous, no? 
      Mascara is a tricky one for me to review as I’m a bit of a spoilt brat when it comes to Lashes. I demand it all. 
      Now I have never repurchased a mascara I bought. How cray is that? I have never been wowed enough by a mascara to not be left wondering, is there better out there? 
      Enter stage left, Rimmel Scandaleyes  Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara
      Now I have read a few neggy nelly reviews on line but for me this is my go to Mascara and I shall ‘splain why. 
      Okay, Packaging. Uh, its tres chic in its Gun metal grey with a red scrawl naming its endorser on the front. Now I’m not the biggest fashion follower (my beauty addiction costs far too much to add clothes in the equation) but I have to admit every Kate Moss product I’ve tried has left me impressed but having her face on it doesn’t inspire me to buy it straight away. 
        
      Also love the fact that the tube is huge and curvy making it feel comfortable in my hand. Yes I don’t think this was ergonomically tested and I also agree it takes up a lot of space in ones make up bag, but uh hello, its looks freakin’ tight! 
      The wand, ugh just like Hermoine loves her little twig I love my wand. 
      The wand, as you can see has this broken heart shaped head. Not just a gimmick peeps, full on design feature. 
      The head is designed to capture the harder to reach inner lashes whilst still giving it full billy bifta on your outer lashes. 
      I feel it does this impeccably, my mascara is evenly applied and it captures even the tiniest of lashes. 
        
      The formula is rather wet but it packs a punch. With its carbon black formula your lashes will be dark as your soul. It can be quite difficult due to its wetness, so if you are a bit hap hazard with your mascara than keep a baby wipe on hand. 
      For me with thin medium length eye lashes the combination of the wand and the formula leave me with lashes dramatically longer and with more volume.
      Here’s a shot of without, with one coat and with two coats. 
        

      I didn’t find this mascara at all clumpy but have heard conflicting reports. But this is my corner of the internet and I say no clumps,  so there! 

      It is reasonably easy to remove, but I will warn you that this is in no way waterproof. Like it is awful, do not wear this if you’re likely to get emoshe. 

      I watched Eastenders the other night (Abbie giving Dot, Jims hat FYI) and bawled like a baby. Wiped my face to see black smeared all over my hand, this was my face. 

        

      I also find that on oily eyelids it does transfer, but I don’t tend to have this problem which is why I love it. 

      I’m not going to stop searching for THE ONE but I have one for now and its pretty damn awesome. 

      At £7.49its a pretty awesome mascara, I’ve had some quadruple the price that didn’t hand a candle to this bad boy. 

      Hope this helps 

      Love 

      Clo

      Xx

      Cocoa Brown Holy Grail Fake tan. 

      Put your hands up if you struggle with fake tan ✋
      Well you would if you could, but they’re the colour of a satsuma and you’re mortified. 
      Been there, done that, washed the orange stained T shirt. 
        
      However, there is a 3 month heat wave predicted which require strappy tops and sandals. Well if you think I’m getting my pasty pins out with no false tan you’re having a bubble. 
      I’ve done expensive lotions, terracotta potions, mists, sprays and mousse and have never been completely satisfied. 
        
      Well until now! 
      Lets be honest, there is a set list of requirements for me to declare a fake tan a MHB. (Must have buy, keep up peeps) 
      1. Faff free
      2. Colour
      3. Price point 
      4. Fake tan smell free
      So here’s why I’m loving Cocoa Brown. 
      Faff free
      So we’re all busy girls and boys, I haven’t got the time or the money to head into town for a spray tan each week. 
      The whole mousse up, wait an hour, wash off thing requires a lot of spare time, something we’re all short of. 
        
      This little beauty is perfectly faff free because, the packaging is fit for purpose. A large bright tube with a cap lid makes sense. I can easily open the lid with a mitt on, in the buff, trying to avoid the full length mirror from shattering. 
      Big tick ✅
      The gradual tanner is coloured and is almost gel like in its consistency. This ensures that I can see where I’m applying it, meaning no streaks. 
      The formula absorbed rather quickly and didn’t feel tacky after application. I’d avoid white clothes straight away but it’s not a permanent no-no. 
      As you can see there is a subtle colour pay off on day one but as the days progress its stronger and stronger. I loved that this felt quite moisturising and smooth on the skin. 
      The upper back was quite difficult to do but because its gradual tan you cover it enough as the days go on not to look ridick. 
      Colour
      It does what it says on the bottle this little beauty. Cocoa Brown. Not Irn-Bru tango. The colour is a deep bronze and mimics the colour of a natural tan. By day 3 I felt lovely and Golden, I left it a day before applying the fourth application. 

       

       The colour faded but proportionately, no patchy elbows or back of the knee cap disasters. There were no messy ankles but the heel palm of my hand was slightly stained despite applying with a mitt. My fault though, as I did not wash my hands afterwards, it settled slightly in the palm lines. I would say to maintain a consistent natural glow apply every other day with exfoliating every 3-4 days. 
      Price point
      Well with main retailers such as Tesco  and Primark snapping this up the price is a reasonable £5.99. A quid dearer than the one I normally use but this is far superior. It is deffo one of the cheaper fake tan products on the market but don’t let that put you off. I’ve had professional spray tans that weren’t as natural as Cocoa Brown. 
      Scent
      Lovingly my partner states that the smell of fake tan always reminds him of the night we first met. I used to bathe in the stuff. 
        
      See? Oh the shame
      Well I’ve calmed down with the tan but that false tan smell always lingers. Down where I live in Essex, some of the clubs smell like digestive biscuits where the girls are sweating off their bake. 
      Not a great pulling technique. 
      I have to say that the Cocoa Brown signature scent Tahitian Gardinia Floral scent is not going to cause you to throw out all your favourite perfumes but its far better than most fake tan smells. It can only be smelt if you literally sniff your arm. I have to admit Cocoa Brown is the best smelling fake tan I have ever smelt as its the most discreet. 
        

      So in all honesty, the tan I would have previously turned my nose up at, is the best tan I have ever owned. Value for money, beautiful bronze shade, minimal scent and fuss free. 

      This is my Holy Grail fake tan. 

      The search is over and I would like to thank  Scarlettfor including these as the goodies at her last blogging event as I probably would never have tried it otherwise. 

      Lots of love, 

      Clo

      Xx