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The Current Favourites

the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash, Benefit Roller Lash, Cocoa Brown Tan, Scunci Insta Twist,
This could (and probably should in the blogging world) be a 'monthly' favourites posts. But as I have never done one of those before, and the chances of me doing one next month are ridiculously small, I'll just stick to this being my current favourites. Saying that, this is only a tiny selection of what I have been obsessing with recently as I am sure like most of you, my beauty draws are slightly overflowing.

First, is of course a mascara, and don't ask what on earth has happened as if you read my initial post on this I didn't really like it. But whatever happened, Benefit Roller Lash* has not been put down over here. It might be length, it might be the definition or it might even just be as I was completely wrong on this mascara, but I a Roller Lash convert.

Next probably just as surprising is a fake tan. I am stupidly fickle between every brand going, yet Cocoa Brown Tan* do seem to be the one I use the most. Maybe its just as I only have to wait a hour for a tan from this, but I love the brown glow I get from this. Even my mum uses it, and we all know mothers are indeed right.

Lastly, is a slightly odd yet hair saving object in the form of the Scunci Insta Twist*. Not as scary as this looks, as all I have been doing is popping two bits of hair under the clamps and twirling them up and pining them to my head. Think boho braids for when your hair isn't behaving, like mine never does. This tool has been fixing my bad hair days no end. Just don't show a photo of this a man (or girl I guess) as there might not be the cleanest of thoughts....

What are your current favourites?

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Make Believe Self Tan Lotion

the Make Believe Self Tan Lotion and mitt

result from Make Believe Self Tan Lotion

I do like a good fake tan, I'm not one to really sit in the sun. I do blame my neighbour who is too chatty for my liking, but then I should thank him for looking after my skin. My latest tan to my (overflowing) collection? Make Believe Self Tan Lotion with bronzer (£18).

This is the first tan I've tried that comes in stages, well zones to be correct. Each describing the level of tan, and something more fake tans could take note of. Would save many fake tan disasters I am sure, and makes fake tan simple, which it should be. This self tan lotion is zone 4, described as a 'Summer in Europe' glow, which for the name alone I won't be turning down. Again, not entirely sure the 'with bronzer' part means as I would of presumed tan would include this already, but anything that promises to give me a tan I'll take.

Don't be alarmed at the deep colour of this, which I was, as once this creamy lotion was applied the colour settled down nicely, and least I could see where I was actually applying it. Surprisingly this fresh and fruity smelling tan only had to be left on for our hours before I could wash it off, ideal for someone, like me, with practically no patience to wait the typical 8 hours for a tan to develop. What I was left with after 4 hours was such a gorgeous bronzed colour that looks natural on my very pale skin. No orange undertones, and so far, after a week of using this I am still fully bronzed up. Whatever part the 'with bronzer' element played I am more than happy with the £18 tube. Nosey neighbour, thank you.

Have you tried the Make Believe Self Tan Lotion?

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The Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Body Butter

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New the Neals Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Body Butter

I'm often sold on a products name as I am that shallow, and Neals Yard Remedies newest addition is no exception. 'Bee Lovely'? How am I meant to resist that one? Well I didn't, and after a visit to their Bee Lovely Body Butter (£23) launch last week I have fallen for their 'bee-utifully scented' body butter.

The reason for this cute name (clever marketing) range is the discovery in recent years that the worldwide population of bees are in decline, which directly threatens our entire ecosystem and apparently our current way of life. While that is of course horrendous for the bees et al, I love this butter regardless. Normally more of a Palmers Cocoa Butter type of girl, this incredibly soft and creamy butter has taken over. Even the honey and orange essential oil infused scent has seen me shift the Palmers to living safely in my cupboard. Now this is rare, not often do I find anything to moisture my body that isn't greasy, heavy or basically just effort to use. But Neals Yard Remedies have only gone and done it, who would of thought I'd be using bees to leave my skin soft?

Have you tried the Neals Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Body Butter?

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