Glam Glow Gravity Mud #Glittermask Review

Glam Glow #GLITTERMASK Firming Treatment is a fun, glitter-filled take on their already hugely popular peel-off Gravity Mud. To be honest, I find the idea of a glitter mask a bit instagrammy and gimicky. I don’t get the whole glitter thing, I get that it looks cool, but I’m all about skincare performing effectively rather then aesthetically. Having never used the original, I can’t compare the two but let’s dive into this glitter filled baby to see what it is all about.

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Hello beauties,

If you follow my socials you may have caught my time at the wonder that was MECCALAND. For my overseas readers, MECCALAND was the first of its kind here in Australia. It was a 3-day festival of beauty, filled with exclusive limited edition products, masterclasses, meet & greets with beauty gurus and so much more – it really was an unreal experience that three weeks later, I am still reeling from.

I was ridiculously lucky to be invited and flown down to Melbourne for a sneak peak, before MECCALAND was open to the public. And, as if that wasn’t enough, I received an incredible goodie bag filled with a whole heap of limited edition products. The Glam Glow #Glittermask was one of those fabulous products.

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Glam Glow #GLITTERMASK Firming Treatment is a fun, glitter-filled take on their already hugely popular peel-off Gravity Mud. To be honest, I find the idea of a glitter mask a bit instagrammy and gimicky. I don’t get the whole glitter thing, I get that it looks cool, but I’m all about skincare performing effectively rather then aesthetically. Having never used the original, I can’t compare the two but let’s dive into this glitter filled baby to see what it is all about.

#GLITTERMASK is said to visibly firm, tone and boost radiance after just one use. It is meant to leave the complexion taut, luminous and even more youthful than before. Sounds like a winner, right? But does it live up to it’s claims?

Below is a snap of my tired little mug. This was after a night of quite a few breastfeeding sessions, so my skin definitely needed some firming, lifting and brightening. And I needed a hell of a lot of coffee.

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What a potato

 

The size of the tub is the same as the other GlamGlow masks, containing 50 grams of product, which for the price does seem quite steep. However, I found that you don’t need all that much to cover your face, so it should last quite a while. The formula is black, full of glitter and smells amazing, I want to say it smells of pineapples but I can’t be sure.  The consistency is sticky and thick and reminds me slightly of a cooling gel once applied to the skin.

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It spreads like a breeze on the face, and I apply a fairly generous amount. But I’m conscious about not spreading it too thickly, otherwise it would takes hours to dry. I imagined that the glitter would be somewhat sharp or gritty on the skin, but I hardly felt it at all.

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The mask took about 30 minutes to dry and I was a little nervous to peel it off, because in the past peel off masks have basically waxed my face of all peach fluff – Not cool. Not fun. very ouch.  Butttttt, this peeled off with absolute ease, not one hair was plucked out of my little head. My skin instantly felt really fresh and bright. After glancing in the mirror my face definitely looked more firm, taut and definitely luminous.  No bags or sagging in sight.

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A brighter looking potato

In summary, I have really loved the results of the #glittermask. My skin is de-puffed, bright and more youthful. I think that this would be ideal before an event to ensure your skin is in tip-top shape. The glitter is fun, great for pictures but totally unnecessary.  It is the same price as the original so you can opt to be a glittery potato or stick to the silver. As much as I love what the mask does, I don’t think I could drop $86 on one mask  – probably because I’m on maternity leave and a little strapped for cash. However in the future there is a good chance I may look into this little sparkly black beauty again.

 

What are your thoughts about the #glittermask?

 

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

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Vogue X Bellabox

Hello beauties,

I wanted to share with you a little snapshot of the upcoming Vogue X Bellabox beauty box that has been curated to be chock-full of luxe beauty samples from all across the globe. This little box sure isn’t little on value boasting a massive value of $180 for only $79.95, containing 11 well-loved products, and quite a few all-time favourite products for me. This box is such a great way to try luxury items without having to fork out for the full-size not knowing if the product works for you or not.

Let’s take a peak inside…

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The first thing that took my eye was a glossy white Quay Australia case. If you haven’t heard of it, Quay is a ridiculously popular and bang on trend sunglasses brand. The sunnies included are in the style ‘PLAYA‘. These are a very flattering universal aviator style, highlighted by the silver chrome frame and super reflective mirrored lenses.  These little babies alone would set you back $60.

Next up is the very famous, MAC Strobe Cream. This little luminous beauty is a must have in any makeup collection. It can be used in a myriad of ways from a brightening primer to a crazy bright instagram worthy highlight. I have been using this wonder-product for many years, and still haven’t managed to get through a whole bottle (a little goes a verrrry long way), so this little sample size is a perfect little taste. Also, if you use the code ‘BELLABOX’ on the MAC website, you will be eligible for free shipping – yes please!

If you scroll through my blog or instagram feed, it wouldn’t take you long to find a Stevie K product. Which is why the inclusion of a Stevie K Give ‘Em Lip  is really exciting.  These lippies are not only super pigmented, but they are also creamy and nourishing. This is one of my all-time favourite formulas to date. And what makes it even better, is that these bad boys were developed and made right here in Australia. Melbourne to be exact. Use the code ‘BELLABOX’ to get 25% off at steviekcosmetics.com

Another favourite product of mine is the ORIBE Dry Texturising Spray. This clever little invisible spray adds a gorgeous amount volume to the roots while also acting as a dry shampoo.  As someone with very fine hair, I need all the help I can get when it comes to volume and this product is my go-to. I actually prefer the travel size as it is easy to pop into your handbag and have voluminous hair on the go.

We are on a roll with favourite beauty products – it is like this box was made specifically for me. The Take Off The Day Balm by Clinique is my absolute holy grail when it comes to make-up removal. This balm dissolves every little bit of makeup on your face without stripping the skin of all that important moisture. This balm doesn’t irritate my skin or leave too much of an oily residue. I am so happy of the inclusion of the travel sized pot as it will be great for travel and perfect for the babes testing this little hard-worker out for the first time.

The Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum is another product that I have spoken about on numerous occasions.  It is not often that I see visible results from a product in only a few days, but this serum is no joke. Even after first use, my skin is plump, hydrated and glowing. Genifique is really light and easily absorbed and is perfect under makeup and is a practical addition to your skincare regime.

Jurlique is another brand that I have grown to love over time. The Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum is a lovely light, easily absorbed serum that is full of potent antioxidants that boost radiance and hydration. This product has worked well for me in the past, and I am looking forward to giving it another go. The size of this little guy is fabulous for an eye product as you only need a small amount and this gives you a chance to experience it without any wastage.

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The following products are brand-new to me and I am really looking forward to trialling them and possibly discovering new favourites.

Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender & Espresso Hand Therapy. This hand cream smells incredible. It seems like such a strange mix of scents as lavender has such a calming, soothing effect, while coffee is known for it’s uplighting and energising properties. This hand cream is silky smooth and feels lovely on the skin. I have popped this little tube into my handbag and I am looking forward to using it a little more.

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey Liquid Hand Wash. While admittedly I thought a hand wash was a strange inclusion for a luxury beauty box, it does smell lovely and it sure does look lush.  I am not familiar with Molton Brown, but going by the fragrance it is definitely going to be a winner next to my sink.

While I am no stranger L’Occitane, the Shea Light Comforting Cream is a newie for me. L’Occitane always produce the most gorgeous skincare items full of beautiful botanicals. This particular cream is said to provide all-day long hydration and protection due to the addition of omega-6 in the formula. I am looking forward to giving this a go as I have had fabulous success with their products in the past.

And finally the last product is the Dr Lewinns Eternal Youth Skin Polishing Exfoliant. Formulated with green tea, and charcoal this scrub is said to slough away dead skin cells and draw out impurities from within the skin. As someone with blackheads and issues with texture this sounds really interesting.

So, that rounds up all the fancy products in the Vouge X Bellabox collab. This is the first box in a while that has really captured my attention. The products are of really high quality and most have a cult status, so it is perfect for those looking to try some new luxury items, or for those of us that already love these products and would benefit from travel sizes.

 

What do you think of the box?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

MECCA Holiday Releases 2017 – My must haves

I know it’s cliche, but can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Seriously. It is already time to chat about Holiday Collections, and tomorrow is the mother of all days – MECCA’s drop of all things festive. It is the day that any self-confessed beauty junkie will have marked in their diary, with credit cards at the ready.

I know it’s cliche, but can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Seriously. It is already time to chat about Holiday Collections, and tomorrow is the mother of all days – MECCA‘s drop of all things festive. It is the day that any self-confessed beauty junkie will have marked in their diary, with credit cards at the ready.

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Now, let me tell you, Mecca have really out-done themselves this year; their offerings are really something special. But the sheer amount of products is slightly overwhelming, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to walk you through my top picks and additions to my forever growing wishlist.

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Frank Body Mini Scrub Duos $19.95

Everyone loves a bit of pampering, and Frank has always been my number one product to share the shower with. The hype is real with the Frank body scrubs, and these duos allow you to experience Frank in two different forms. Men and Women alike would appreciate getting down and dirty with Frank.

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Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Trio WARM $69

Know somebody that is a sucker for sparkle? This stunning highlighting trio is all you would ever need in a highlighting palette. The three shades have been created to flatter light-medium skin tones. The powders are finely milled and give off the most gorgeous luminosity.

MECCA MAX Holiday Collection $15-$88

Mecca have had a huge year, from turning 20 to launching their very own brand. The range of gift sets from the MECCA MAX range is incredible – It is a little hard to only pick one or two recommendations. The price range is really affordable, quality is great and there is something to suit anyone. The gift sets would make the most amazing presents for family and friends. So I think it is worth checking out all of the MECCA MAX offerings to see what tickles your fancy.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 $117

This all-in-one is a must have for any beauty lover. There is nothing quite like an Hourglass powder, and this aesthetically pleasing palette includes everything you could ever want. If you’re a long-time Hourglass lover, like me, or brand new to the brand, this palette should be right up the top of your shopping list. I mean, just look at it.

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Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set $79

This value set has been highly anticipated by all Hourglass devotees. While it is ridiculously luxe, the quality of these lipsticks have blown my mind. I have never used anything so creamy, comfortable or down-right amazing before. This set provides one glamorous gold casing as well as 3 gorgeous nude shades for you to switch in and out as you wish.

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Smashbox Shadow Contour and Blush Palette $61

Now this is a palette for beauty gurus and beginners alike. Full of very wearable, versatile, high-quality shades of eyeshadow, bronzers and blush. The options in this palette are endless. I think this is a great gift for makeup lovers young and old.

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Chantecaille Les Paillettes $110

This is definitely a wishlist item for me. As soon as a set eyes upon this work of art at the MECCA showcase, I was in awe. The pure detail in the press alone gives me goosebumps. Inspired by sequins and all things festive, this stunning little highlight combines pearly and Rose Gold pigments to create something a little bit magical. Is it something that anyone really needs? No. Is it ridiculously expensive? Yes. But it sure would look good in my collection.

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NARS Love Triangles $35

These cute little sets are ideal for anyone looking to trial NARS or give the gift of luxury makeup to a loved one. Plus these gorgeously packaged sets would look super cute hanging from the Christmas tree. Each Love Triangle includes a travel size lipstick and blush – both highly raved about formulas. There is a selection of 5 shades and my picks would be the famous ORGASM or HOT SAND/RITA options.

Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick sets ( 3 for $29 or 8 for $66)

If you know me, you’d know my love for the Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipsticks. The formula in my opinion, is second to none and colour range ticks all the boxes. These gift sets give you the opportunity to try different shades in travel sized tubes, and the prices are really reasonable. The sets of 3 are fabulous stocking fillers or the set of 8 would be happily received by anyone who loves lipsticks. But be quick, last year these sets sold out ridiculously fast.

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TOO FACED Beauty Cracker $35

Nothing screams Christmas more than a cracker, and this cracker is sure to bring a smile to any beauty lovers face. Including a travel size Better Than Sex Mascara,  Melted Liquid Lipstick, Shadow Insurance Eye Primer and a cute little pin, this is a great Secret Santa present or little gesture of holiday spirit that the receiver is sure to love.

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This Works Dream Team $18

If you could give someone the gift of a good sleep, why wouldn’t you? Being 8 months pregnant, good sleep in a bit hard to come by. But with the help of the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, dozing off has been made a whole lot easier. This little set is great for travel, or the perfect little tester for someone that struggles with insomnia or poor sleep. Now if only I could purchase a lifetime supply.

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DIPTYQUE Carousel and Candle Duo $147

Hello outrageously over the top candle, that no one would ever really need. But do we want it? Heck yes. This heat from the lit candle magically makes the carousel spin creating the most hypnotising yet glamorous decor item I ever did see. Plus have you ever sampled a Diptyque candle? ’cause they are mind-blowing. I can imagine it all now – Red wine in hand, watching the candlelight dance across the room, the carousel gently spinning as the Christmas tree sparkles in the distance and Bing Crosby sings about a White Christmas. Swooooooon.

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These selections are just a tiny taste of what is being released tomorrow. I urge you, no I implore you to check out the drop to see the incredible array of cosmetics, skincare, body and fragrances available for the holiday season, if not for yourself, then for some festive gift-giving. There is something suitable for everyone in every price range.

What is on your list? Something tickle your fancy?

Happy gifting,

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although I was provided with some samples for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

** Stock photos supplied by Mecca

 

Dermalogica // Adore Beauty

I have heard so many great things about Dermalogica, but I have never got around to getting it all up in my face. I adore cosmeceuticals and have been converted – I don’t really like using much else at the moment. So if I said I wasn’t looking forward to using the brand, I would most definitely be lying.

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As an introduction to Dermalogica, I thought the  Skin Kit would be a good start. Due to the greasiness of my mug, I opted for the Normal/Oily variation. This kit contains sample sized Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner, Active Moist, Skin Prep Scrub and  Total Eye Care.

The Special Cleansing Gel* is a great all-round cleanser. It worked well with my Clarisonic , by foaming up just slightly. The gel is light, but removes makeup and dirt like a charm. My face doesn’t feel dry or tight afterwards which is usually what happens after I use a foaming cleanser. So that’s a huge plus. I think that this little guy would be ideal for sensitive skin. I like the cleanser, but to be completely honest, I don’t find it particularly special. There are other cleanser I  have used in the past that have given me great results for a fraction of the price.

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Multi-Active Toner*

I love me a facial mist, especially this time of the year. I look for something light, soothing, refreshing and not too sticky. This little guy ticks all the boxes. Full of Aloe, and Arnica, this toner is repairing and hydrating, plus it has a subtle lavender scent.I really love that I have this in a travel size. It is perfect for my handbag and for little refreshing sprays during the day. I find that it works particularly well in conjunction with the Active Moist moisturiser.

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Active Moist*

Active Moist is a super light-weight, gel like moisturiser that is perfect for my skin. It isn’t too heavy, too greasy and it absorbs quickly without leaving a film on my face. It works really well under makeup and doesn’t seem to cause any breakout or any extra texture to my skin. The only thing that I am not a huge fan of is the scent, it is quite strong and artificial smelling.

Skin Prep Scrub*

This scrub is quite thick and grainy in consistency, with a subtle woody kind of scent. It is a really nice physical exfoliator and polishes the skin nicely, without leaving it tight or dry. Although it does feel rather grainy, it doesn’t seem to scratch or irritate my skin. This little guy is probably my favourite from the skin kit, and I often have to pry it out of my boyfriend’s hands. Winner.

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Total Eye Care*

This little baby is really smooth and spreads nicely under my eyes. It doesn’t sting and absorbs relatively quickly, which  is perfect for pre-makeup prep. The eye cream isn’t too heavy and has a slight salmon tinted which is really great for dark circles. I really like this eye cream and will look into giving it more of a go to see if it’s worth the moolah.

I also have another few goodies that weren’t included in the starter kit.

Charcoal Rescue Masque *

Masks are my favourite, especially ones that target my pesky pores. And this one is a winner! This mask leaves my skin clean and fresh. It feels and looks a little less congested. I like to use this mask when my skin is looking a little dull and lack-lustre. I like to think of myself as a mask connoisseur, and Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue mask definitely ticks all the boxes. Probably my favourite Dermalogical product to date.

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Oil Free Matte SPF 30 *

I have always really struggled with the sunscreen every damn day  routine. Not because I forget, or that I don’t care about sun damage. It is because I haven’t found a sunscreen that sits perfectly under my makeup. It usually makes my greasier – if that’s even possible? I break out, stink like chemicals or my makeup just slides right off. But, now I have found this. As the name suggests, It is matte and remains matte for the entire day. It’s light, absorbs quickly, doesn’t clog my pores or leave a white or oily film.  It sits perfectly under makeup and doesn’t reduce longevity, but actually controls my t-zone. Completely obsessed!

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Daily Resurfacer*

Since giving my skincare a lot of thought this year, my favourite discovery has been AHA’s and chemical exfoliation. Resurfacing and refining is what I am all about. And these little guys are no joke. These little swipeys fit right on the end of your finger (cute!) and removes any dead skin,  unclogs pores and gets to work on my textured skin. I love using these once a day, after cleansing and before moisturising. My skin glows and is left smooth and happy. I simply adore these. If you are having trouble with dullness, oil control, texture and blackheads, I could not recommend these enough.

Dermalogica can be found at adorebeauty.com.au

Have you used the brand before? What is your favourite product?

Here is to happy and healthy skin over the holiday period.

All the best,

Camille xx

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Brand Spotlight: Red Earth Beauty

Red Earth. Now that is a name I haven’t heard in well over 10 years! I remember being a snooty pre-teen and only wanting the best, and that was Red Earth cosmetics. I remember them having a stand-alone  store at my local shopping centre, Carindale and being overcome with equal parts awe, amazement and lust.  But all of a sudden Red Earth ceased to exsit, well at least to me. There was no more stores or word of my beloved Red Earth. Until now.

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Red Earth are back, baby! Big time. Being inspired by their Australian home, Red Earth have created a range with quality and practicality having the utmost importance when developing their brand. Not only are Red Earth back with what they do best, cosmetics. But they also have a skincare range available. I have been trialling three products and I cannot wait to share them with you.

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First off the bat, is the absolutely gorgeous Earth Colour Eyeshadow Palette* in Warm Glow. I have been absolutely blown away with the quality of this little beauty. At first glance, the mirrored bronze packaging is sleek, sexy, and right on trend. It is really compact and sturdy. On the inside, there is a large mirror and 10 pans. Although the palette is small, the pan sizes are really decent and a crease brush fits in there with ease.

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There is a really good selection of colours, although they do lean more to the lighter side. I am not sure if they would suit someone with a darker skin tone, but I couldn’t be certain. There are 4 mattes that are balanced out nicely with 6 shimmer shades. On the light end of the scale there is icy white shade that delivers a lovely sheen, there is also a creamy matte that is great as a base or transition colour. The next three colours are quite similar, just with differing undertones. They are shimmery, without being glittery or chunky. The rest of the shades in the palette are definitely my favourites. The matte pale pink and beige are just gorgeous, and are my most used. Then to finish off the shades there is a lovely goldy-bronze and a shimmer and matte brown.  The formula is  creamy and pigmented, and blends out really easily. I think this is a great little palette, perfect for travel and everyday looks. For the price, you really can’t go wrong.

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The next item I have been playing with is the Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid* in Magician. Again, the packaging is sleek and very luxe. It is a beautiful glass bottle, with that same shiny bronze lid. The Skin Fluid is delivered through a pump and it quite thin in consistency. It is the most flattering peachy bronze shade and spreads out like a dream. I have mixed this in with foundation, as a liquid highlight and also added a touch to moisturiser for an all-over body glow. What a multi-tasker. The Skin Fluid adds a beautiful touch of glow, without being too much. It smells similar to Guerlain meteorites, which is a scent that I adore – very violet-y.  It is a great dupe for Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminator but much more affordable for the amount of product you get. I love.

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Lastly, I have been playing with the Facial Tanning Serum* with argan oil and organic fig. There is one thing that makes me feel more confident than anything else and that is a tan. I especially love a tanned face. I am not one of those people that can tan their body and have a super pale face. Having a tan makes me feel super confident to go without makeup. But normal body tans just do not cut it. They go patchy and block your pores, big time. For a while I have been looking for a facial tanner that doesn’t contain any nasties. I have found it. Red Earth’s Facial Tanning serum is a lightweight hydrating gradual self tanner. It contains argan oil, sweet almond oil, fig and pomegranate. It is absorbed quickly and doesn’t smell offensive in the slightest. I like to add a few squirts to a cotton round and lightly swipe over my face before bed. I do this to ensure it is even, but I haven’t had any issues yet. I do this a couple of times a week and it leaves me looking bronzed and glowy minus the sun damage.  It is even really good a touching up fake tan on the body, in case I’ve been my usual lazy self and missed a few spots.

This re-introduction with Red Earth has been great, and I have found some winners, that is for sure. I look forward to discovering more of their home-grown products.

Red Earth can be purchased from Active Skin, and they regularly have great deals and promos going. So you may even get some more bang for your buck.

 

Do you remember Red Earth? Have you used any of their new range?

 

All the best,

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.