My top five self-tanners that fake it good

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So here's the thing. I'm one of those super cautious people that like to OD on the SPF at any given chance, which means sun beds are a no go and - I don't know about you guys - but getting my bits out in front of strangers just for the sake of a spray on tan isn't my idea of a good time. That being said, I do love a little bit of a glow - and that's why I turn to the fake stuff.

I've done the leg work in finding five of the best self-tanners on the market right now - in my humble opinion of course - ranging from budget to blow-out. There should be something for just about everyone here, but if not, feel free to leave your recommendations below!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse (£7.99) *

I recently came across the Cocoa Brown brand (what a mouthful) after watching so many of my favourite Youtubers rave about the stuff. Just as I suspected, it was completely worth the hype. Why? Because it creates the most natural looking, streak free tan in just one hour. I like to leave it for two to three hours depending on how dark I want to go / depending on how impatient I'm feeling that day!

Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturising Emulsion (£32.00) *

The Shiseido emulsion is the priciest of the bunch, but for me I feel like it's a bit of a two-bird-one-stone sort of jobby. The one downside to tanning for me (despite the brown bed sheets) is how dry some products can make my legs if I use them often enough. This little guy packs a ton of moisture whilst also adding a gradual glow. I like to use it in between my 'hardcore tanners' to keep help with longevity.

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan (£20.00) *

This is a cult favourite of mine that I've mentioned far too many times in my Youtube videos. It's a super thin, water like product that takes a little getting used to at first, but once you've mastered the art of application it really is a dream come true. Did I just say that about a tan? Oh dear. Either way, it's pretty much fool proof and looks even better the next day!

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion Face (£22.00) *

Obviously St Tropez was going to crop up somewhere in this little hall of fame, but instead of going for their usual classics I've decided to go for something a little more face-based. I don't know about you lot, but whenever I apply fake tan to my cheeks (of the facial variety) I always end up with a few pesky break outs. After discovering this little beauty (that comes with a pump!!) I've never had any issues at all.

St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (£4.99) 

This may not be the best tan in the whole wide world, but it's probably the best that I've found for the price. With most budget tans, they can often look good at first, then wear into a patchy, mouldy biscuit mess. Sound familiar? This lightweight foam is super easy to apply and gives a nice natural tint to the skin without looking over done. Be sure to moisturise those elbows and knees before using this, to make for a patch-free finish.

What are your favourite tanning products?


10 things I love about summer

10 things I love about summer
10 things I love about summer
10 things I love about summer

When you live in the UK summer comes and goes in what seems like a blink of an eye. One minute you're out on the streets wearing next to nothing, next you're out in (practically) head to toe leather with goosebumps all over. Does this mean summer is officially over? Probably not - all Brits know that predicting the weather is impossible - but I've decided to round up a few of my favourite thing that happen in the hotter months. Consider it a rain dance, but for sun, and with no dancing what so ever.

- Bottled tans take a back seat 
- The days get longer (and warmer)
- BBQs are always happening
 - Market stalls are everywhere
- Everyone seems happier
- Ice cream is always a good idea
- Beach hair is no longer a myth
- There are more things to do
- Mornings becomes so much easier
- Fruit for breakfast, all day every day

Crop top from Forever 21 (similar here)
Leather dungarees from W Concept (identical version here)
Leopard slip ons from W Concept (or here)

Wearing Forever 21 during the summer evening

Forever 21 summer outfit
Forever 21 summer outfit
Forever 21 summer outfit
Forever 21 summer outfit

For me a night out during the summer consists of two things - BBQs and BBQ food, which is exactly what I wound up doing and eating a few nights ago. I'm one of those people that are always slightly cold, even in a full-on heatwave, so when it comes to the evening I have to wrap up warm even if it's just that - warm. My obsession for v-neck tees and bulky leather jacket grows and grows - especially considering they cost less than £50 for the pair. Fake of course, but hey, the fake stuff doesn't stick to me as harshly as the real thing does. All in all, with a full stomach, some (faux) leather on my back and a mildly happy bank account - I'd say I had a pretty good night.

How do you dress on the cooler summer evenings?

Leather jacket from Forever 21 (bought in store but similar here)
V neck tee from Forever 21
Slouchy trousers from Forever 21
Bag from Forever 21

My Forever 21 beach outfit

Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear

Of course the sun decides to go in when we were shooting this beachy style look - it's pretty much Blogger luck no? Either way, this is an idea of what I would wear (if the weather allowed it) to the beach: a pair of distressed shorts and a baggy boyfriend top. The ice lolly and seductive eating pose is optional, but I'd highly recommend the previous. Let me know what your beach style is in the comment section below!

Henley top from Forever 21
Denim shorts from Forever 21
Trio bag from Forever 21
Slip on shoes from Forever 21
Sunglasses from Forever 21

An update on my new home

A home update
A home update outfit
A home update outfit

So Ollie and I have officially moved in, and we're officially without internet! Might be a slight issue considering this is basically where I spend 70% of my day, but I must say it's pretty nice to have a break from the WWW. Saying that, here I am, back at (Mum's) home for a few hours making sure I can get a few things queued for you al - and seeing the furry critters of course. Anyway, until our next digital meeting you can find me on Youtube - if you haven't already subscribed. Ciao!

White blazer from Mango (similar here)
Striped tee from Hearts & Bows (via Ark)
Leather skirt from Chicwish (similar here)
Slip ons from Front Row