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  • TRIED & TESTED SKINNY TAN

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    It's hard to go on social media without seeing Skinny Tan* products popping up. It's the new favourite faux tanning brand doing the rounds with bloggers, myself included, and features everything from gradual tanners to your usual mousse as well one or two interesting products such as the Roller Applicator I have my eye on. 
    So who are Skinny Tan and how are they different? Skinny Tan is the first of it's kind to combine a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives that will tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Guranan, a caffeine derivative that you'll usually find in firming and cellulite creams so to find it in a tanning product is revolutionary. 
    I did acknowledge the name could be offensive to some but I understand why and whilst I won't say that I typically have my cellulite on show so no real need to improve it's appearance to the public I do feel that a tan flatters me. 
    The first step within any tanning regime is exfoliating or as Skinny Tan put it, using their Pre-Tan Primer* and it really puts in you in the holiday mood thanks to is coconut scent. This is a lovely product, the formula is cream based and contains crushed walnut shells but it isn't harsh and it's one of the lighter scrubs I've tried and makes for a somewhat more pampering experience. Contained in a tube makes it easier to dispense the product and less wastage than using a scrub from a tub although you are paying for the privilege. Your Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer contains 125ml of product for about £9.99 whereas something like your Soap & Glory Scrubs are £8 for 300ml so it's down to personal preferences and hunting out offers. Superdrug currently has buy one get one half price on the Skinny Tan range for example.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Skinny Tan contacted me whilst I was in St Lucia and once we'd had a chat about my preference for mousse self tanners I bravely decided to give Skinny Tan Self Tan Mousse in Ultimate Dark*. Usually I'll go for the light versions of fake tanners but I thought having a Caribbean tan I'd want to fake as it faded now would be as good a time as any.

    Skinny Tan has somewhat converted me and it's something I've been really impressed with, especially in such a 'dark shade'. It's typical to mousse tanners I've used in the past although much darker in appearance and you can easily see where you are applying. I was quite cautious on my first application but received positive results and a day or two later I bravely applied a more generous layer and now I'm at the stage where I'm not sure, and convinced that this is my natural skin colour as opposed to the help I've received from Skinny Tan.

    Wearing the darker shade I find that I can obviously see where applying and once it's developed and apart from some dubious application on my feet (as I say I'm not professional) otherwise I have no streaking and it looks quite 'natural'. It's definitely something that I will and am using frequently and I'm pleased that I'm able to layer without it looking patchy.

    The scent of biscuits usually associated with fake tanners is not evident with Skinny Tan and there's a slight tackiness as you would expect but nothing uncomfortable. Whilst my sheets didn't come off completely unscathed I found they actually came off better when I've used lighter tans so that is a definite bonus.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Perhaps one of the reasons other fake tans have no lasted so well on my skin is my lax attitude to body moisturising. It's something I'm much better of at the moment whilst enjoying time at home and I hope that when I return to work next week I'll maintain.

    Skinny Tan After Glow Gloss* is designed to help maintain your tan and keep skin hydrated by adding a gloss for a 'model sheen'. The coconut scent is baked and pairs wonderful with Estee Lauders Bronze Goddess, my Summer fragrance.

    The gloss should only be applied after the tan has been developed and when I used on my legs on one of the rare warm days in London last week I felt like J-Lo as I admired the sheen. As someone who considers her legs to be their 'weak point' seeing them bronzed and glossy was pleasing. There is slip to the legs and as I sat on the train with my legs crossed it was noticeable but again nothing to be concerned with and dried down soon enough.

    My experience with Skinny Tan was very positive and it's definitely a brand I will repurchase and use in the future. If you've seen all the coverage I'd recommend you try it out, whether you want a gradual, one hour or overnight product there's certainly something for you.

    You can find Skinny Tan stocked here 

    Have you tried Skinny Tan?
    It's hard to go on social media without seeing Skinny Tan* products popping up. It's the new favourite faux tanning brand doing the rounds with bloggers, myself included, and features everything from gradual tanners to your usual mousse as well one or two interesting products such as the Roller Applicator I have my eye on. 
    So who are Skinny Tan and how are they different? Skinny Tan is the first of it's kind to combine a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives that will tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Guranan, a caffeine derivative that you'll usually find in firming and cellulite creams so to find it in a tanning product is revolutionary. 
    I did acknowledge the name could be offensive to some but I understand why and whilst I won't say that I typically have my cellulite on show so no real need to improve it's appearance to the public I do feel that a tan flatters me. 
    The first step within any tanning regime is exfoliating or as Skinny Tan put it, using their Pre-Tan Primer* and it really puts in you in the holiday mood thanks to is coconut scent. This is a lovely product, the formula is cream based and contains crushed walnut shells but it isn't harsh and it's one of the lighter scrubs I've tried and makes for a somewhat more pampering experience. Contained in a tube makes it easier to dispense the product and less wastage than using a scrub from a tub although you are paying for the privilege. Your Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer contains 125ml of product for about £9.99 whereas something like your Soap & Glory Scrubs are £8 for 300ml so it's down to personal preferences and hunting out offers. Superdrug currently has buy one get one half price on the Skinny Tan range for example.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Skinny Tan contacted me whilst I was in St Lucia and once we'd had a chat about my preference for mousse self tanners I bravely decided to give Skinny Tan Self Tan Mousse in Ultimate Dark*. Usually I'll go for the light versions of fake tanners but I thought having a Caribbean tan I'd want to fake as it faded now would be as good a time as any.

    Skinny Tan has somewhat converted me and it's something I've been really impressed with, especially in such a 'dark shade'. It's typical to mousse tanners I've used in the past although much darker in appearance and you can easily see where you are applying. I was quite cautious on my first application but received positive results and a day or two later I bravely applied a more generous layer and now I'm at the stage where I'm not sure, and convinced that this is my natural skin colour as opposed to the help I've received from Skinny Tan.

    Wearing the darker shade I find that I can obviously see where applying and once it's developed and apart from some dubious application on my feet (as I say I'm not professional) otherwise I have no streaking and it looks quite 'natural'. It's definitely something that I will and am using frequently and I'm pleased that I'm able to layer without it looking patchy.

    The scent of biscuits usually associated with fake tanners is not evident with Skinny Tan and there's a slight tackiness as you would expect but nothing uncomfortable. Whilst my sheets didn't come off completely unscathed I found they actually came off better when I've used lighter tans so that is a definite bonus.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Perhaps one of the reasons other fake tans have no lasted so well on my skin is my lax attitude to body moisturising. It's something I'm much better of at the moment whilst enjoying time at home and I hope that when I return to work next week I'll maintain.

    Skinny Tan After Glow Gloss* is designed to help maintain your tan and keep skin hydrated by adding a gloss for a 'model sheen'. The coconut scent is baked and pairs wonderful with Estee Lauders Bronze Goddess, my Summer fragrance.

    The gloss should only be applied after the tan has been developed and when I used on my legs on one of the rare warm days in London last week I felt like J-Lo as I admired the sheen. As someone who considers her legs to be their 'weak point' seeing them bronzed and glossy was pleasing. There is slip to the legs and as I sat on the train with my legs crossed it was noticeable but again nothing to be concerned with and dried down soon enough.

    My experience with Skinny Tan was very positive and it's definitely a brand I will repurchase and use in the future. If you've seen all the coverage I'd recommend you try it out, whether you want a gradual, one hour or overnight product there's certainly something for you.

    You can find Skinny Tan stocked here 

    Have you tried Skinny Tan?

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  • Celebrate Women's Equality Day the Right Way Celebrate Women's Equality Day the Right Way

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    This day reminds us not only of how far we've come, but also of how far we have to go.


    Women’s Equality Day celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment—the moment when women everywhere were granted the right to vote. Falling on August 26th, this day reminds us not only of how far we’ve come as a society, but of how far we still have to go.

    The History

    In 1848, a sizzling hot summer day in upstate New York saw Elizabeth Cady Stanton taking tea with four friends. As their conversation made its rounds, it eventually turned to the plight of women’s legal restrictions. Stanton voiced her discontent, especially in light of the American Revolution fought just 70 years before—a fight for a freedom she didn’t get to enjoy.

    She argued that the new republic would benefit greatly from women taking active roles in society, and her friends agreed.

    In days, this group of friends had planned the first Women’s Rights Convention, picking out a date and venue, sending out an announcement of the group, which would they called “A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.”

    That meeting occurred on July 19th and 20th of 1848, and was a first in the burgeoning nation.

    This meeting grew into a movement, and this movement into a national campaign. But it was not without its detractors.

    Within days of the meeting and subsequent public disclosure of grievances over women’s restrictions, newspapers began running scathing reports, shaming and ridiculing these women, especially over their demand for the right to vote.

    But these attacks had an unexpected effect—they drew attention to Stanton’s cause, bringing news of it to towns and cities across America.

    What followed was a 72-year campaign that included thousands of activists—male and female—striving for female equality in America. And in the end, they won a major victory.

    In 1976, a resolution was passed to designate August 26th as the holiday we know today. Ever since, the United States President proclaims this day each year as Women’s Equality Day, calling upon the populace to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality.

    But the quest for equality isn’t over yet. Today, there are numerous, subtle ways in which women still haven’t quite caught up—cultural artifacts like the wage gap, domestic violence, and inadequate health care.

    These issues are slowly disappearing with time, but we can help them get out the door even faster if we make others aware of them. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can celebrate this wonderful day.

    Share Your Enthusiasm

    If you’re already in know about issues concerning women’s equality, you can celebrate Women’s Equality Day by sharing your enthusiasm.

    Social media has made the world a small place—you can get a message out to a global audience in no time. If you have some specialized knowledge about what struggles women still face, or about how to solve these problems, share.

    And even if you’re not quite sure what to contribute, a kind word or celebratory statement goes a long way.

    And don’t limit yourself to social media! Give a friendly reminder to friends and family, or make a smartly decorated banner for your home or yard. Show your enthusiasm for Women’s Equality Day, and that enthusiasm will surely spread.

    Give Your Support

    There are numerous organizations that take charitable donations, using your cash to fight for women’s rights not only in America, but around the world. One of the best ways to celebrate Women’s Equality Day in a particularly meaningful way is to donate to these organizations.

    These organizations provide assistance in everything from healthcare to food and water, to shelter, to domestic abuse survivor counseling, helping those whom society sometimes overlooks.

    Let’s take a look at a few of these organizations.

    The United Nations Children’s Fund provides humanitarian aid to children and mothers in developing countries, and partners with many, many other charities to help women all over the world, as well as in the United States. If you’re unsure of where to put your money, UNICEF is a great bet.

    And don’t forget about the Girl Scouts—they’ve been empowering young girls for many years, helping them to independently pursue their goals and dreams.

    Women Impacting Public Policy seeks to create economic opportunities for women, mostly by helping woman-owned businesses.



    This day reminds us not only of how far we've come, but also of how far we have to go.


    Women’s Equality Day celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment—the moment when women everywhere were granted the right to vote. Falling on August 26th, this day reminds us not only of how far we’ve come as a society, but of how far we still have to go.

    The History

    In 1848, a sizzling hot summer day in upstate New York saw Elizabeth Cady Stanton taking tea with four friends. As their conversation made its rounds, it eventually turned to the plight of women’s legal restrictions. Stanton voiced her discontent, especially in light of the American Revolution fought just 70 years before—a fight for a freedom she didn’t get to enjoy.

    She argued that the new republic would benefit greatly from women taking active roles in society, and her friends agreed.

    In days, this group of friends had planned the first Women’s Rights Convention, picking out a date and venue, sending out an announcement of the group, which would they called “A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.”

    That meeting occurred on July 19th and 20th of 1848, and was a first in the burgeoning nation.

    This meeting grew into a movement, and this movement into a national campaign. But it was not without its detractors.

    Within days of the meeting and subsequent public disclosure of grievances over women’s restrictions, newspapers began running scathing reports, shaming and ridiculing these women, especially over their demand for the right to vote.

    But these attacks had an unexpected effect—they drew attention to Stanton’s cause, bringing news of it to towns and cities across America.

    What followed was a 72-year campaign that included thousands of activists—male and female—striving for female equality in America. And in the end, they won a major victory.

    In 1976, a resolution was passed to designate August 26th as the holiday we know today. Ever since, the United States President proclaims this day each year as Women’s Equality Day, calling upon the populace to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality.

    But the quest for equality isn’t over yet. Today, there are numerous, subtle ways in which women still haven’t quite caught up—cultural artifacts like the wage gap, domestic violence, and inadequate health care.

    These issues are slowly disappearing with time, but we can help them get out the door even faster if we make others aware of them. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can celebrate this wonderful day.

    Share Your Enthusiasm

    If you’re already in know about issues concerning women’s equality, you can celebrate Women’s Equality Day by sharing your enthusiasm.

    Social media has made the world a small place—you can get a message out to a global audience in no time. If you have some specialized knowledge about what struggles women still face, or about how to solve these problems, share.

    And even if you’re not quite sure what to contribute, a kind word or celebratory statement goes a long way.

    And don’t limit yourself to social media! Give a friendly reminder to friends and family, or make a smartly decorated banner for your home or yard. Show your enthusiasm for Women’s Equality Day, and that enthusiasm will surely spread.

    Give Your Support

    There are numerous organizations that take charitable donations, using your cash to fight for women’s rights not only in America, but around the world. One of the best ways to celebrate Women’s Equality Day in a particularly meaningful way is to donate to these organizations.

    These organizations provide assistance in everything from healthcare to food and water, to shelter, to domestic abuse survivor counseling, helping those whom society sometimes overlooks.

    Let’s take a look at a few of these organizations.

    The United Nations Children’s Fund provides humanitarian aid to children and mothers in developing countries, and partners with many, many other charities to help women all over the world, as well as in the United States. If you’re unsure of where to put your money, UNICEF is a great bet.

    And don’t forget about the Girl Scouts—they’ve been empowering young girls for many years, helping them to independently pursue their goals and dreams.

    Women Impacting Public Policy seeks to create economic opportunities for women, mostly by helping woman-owned businesses.



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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Buying & Wearing Shapewear Do’s and Don’ts of Buying & Wearing Shapewear

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

     

    Everyone from red carpet celebrities to working moms are using shapewear to look their sexiest, whether at home posing for Instagram or at special events. But there’s a difference between trying out shapewear without any knowledge about how it works and then totally rocking it like a Kardashian.

    To get the most out of your shapewear, it’s crucial to have some basic knowledge about what works…and what doesn’t. Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.

    Do: learn how to put it on. This one is simple, but so important. Shapewear needs to be tight in order to work! Don’t stretch it out or warp it because you don’t know how to use it. Some general rules:

    • Step into it; don’t pull it over your head.
    • Be patient; don’t tug or stretch with excessive force.
    • Think about how you wear pantyhose: bunch it up, and then work it on slowly.

    That leads to the next point…

    Don’t: wear shapewear that doesn’t fit. Follow each garment’s sizing guidelines very carefully. Also make sure you’re knowledgeable about how to take your measurements. If the garment doesn’t fit, it is not going to be flattering—especially if it’s too small.

    Do: select shapewear for your body type. Not every piece will work on every body. You should be picking a garment based on your target areas. Know your body type and the solutions you should focus on.

    Don’t: expect to transform your figure without working on your fitness. For the best results, you absolutely have to work out and eat well! Wearing shapewear and waist training are supplemental to a fitness regimen.

    Do: get advice from the experts for inspiration. You can also contact our customer service team for advice for your specific style and fitness needs. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for continuous inspiration, tips and trends. 

    Don’t: feel like you’re doing it alone! Thousands of women are on this journey already, so use our resources to connect and learn (and invite your friends!).

     

    Everyone from red carpet celebrities to working moms are using shapewear to look their sexiest, whether at home posing for Instagram or at special events. But there’s a difference between trying out shapewear without any knowledge about how it works and then totally rocking it like a Kardashian.

    To get the most out of your shapewear, it’s crucial to have some basic knowledge about what works…and what doesn’t. Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.

    Do: learn how to put it on. This one is simple, but so important. Shapewear needs to be tight in order to work! Don’t stretch it out or warp it because you don’t know how to use it. Some general rules:

    • Step into it; don’t pull it over your head.
    • Be patient; don’t tug or stretch with excessive force.
    • Think about how you wear pantyhose: bunch it up, and then work it on slowly.

    That leads to the next point…

    Don’t: wear shapewear that doesn’t fit. Follow each garment’s sizing guidelines very carefully. Also make sure you’re knowledgeable about how to take your measurements. If the garment doesn’t fit, it is not going to be flattering—especially if it’s too small.

    Do: select shapewear for your body type. Not every piece will work on every body. You should be picking a garment based on your target areas. Know your body type and the solutions you should focus on.

    Don’t: expect to transform your figure without working on your fitness. For the best results, you absolutely have to work out and eat well! Wearing shapewear and waist training are supplemental to a fitness regimen.

    Do: get advice from the experts for inspiration. You can also contact our customer service team for advice for your specific style and fitness needs. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for continuous inspiration, tips and trends. 

    Don’t: feel like you’re doing it alone! Thousands of women are on this journey already, so use our resources to connect and learn (and invite your friends!).

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  • National Underwear Day: Kelly Brook strips down to her bra and pants to celebrate National Underwear Day: Kelly Brook strips down to her bra and pants to celebrate

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

     

    When 'national days' come around there are always the neigh-sayers who complain it's just a day of celebration made up by the card companies. 

    Well, National Underwear Day is less about the cards and more about celebrating feeling fabulous and looking great in just your smalls. 

    We all have those days, more often than not for most, where our underwear is literally the last thing on our minds. As long as we're wearing some, it's a good day. 

    But today is all about celebrating boxers, y-fronts, thongs and bras for the masses. What better way of celebrating these items than with the sexiest underwear shoots. 

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is famed for designing her own underwear for Marks & Spencer. The Devon-born beauty not only designs but also models. 

    Showing off her long limbs and bee-stung lips, Rosie is certainly a regular on the underwear modelling scene. 

    From the best of British to all-American gorgeousness Kate Upton. The model-turned-actress's incredible body helped her hit the big time across the pond. 

    Earlier this summer the 22-year-old model officially announced Bridget Jones style pants are back in fashion, and even modelled a pair of her finest granny pants.

    Renowned for her hour-glass figure, Kelly Brook is the poster girl for fabulous curves and isn't afraid to show them off. 

    The brunette model stripped for a behind-the-scenes shoot to promote her new dieting technique Atkins in just a bikini, earlier this month. 

    Speaking about her transformation, Kelly said: "I’m so happy with my results with Atkins and I can honestly say I have never felt better about my body.

    "My skin is glowing, I feel healthier than ever and I still have my curves – I couldn’t ask for better results."

     

    When 'national days' come around there are always the neigh-sayers who complain it's just a day of celebration made up by the card companies. 

    Well, National Underwear Day is less about the cards and more about celebrating feeling fabulous and looking great in just your smalls. 

    We all have those days, more often than not for most, where our underwear is literally the last thing on our minds. As long as we're wearing some, it's a good day. 

    But today is all about celebrating boxers, y-fronts, thongs and bras for the masses. What better way of celebrating these items than with the sexiest underwear shoots. 

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is famed for designing her own underwear for Marks & Spencer. The Devon-born beauty not only designs but also models. 

    Showing off her long limbs and bee-stung lips, Rosie is certainly a regular on the underwear modelling scene. 

    From the best of British to all-American gorgeousness Kate Upton. The model-turned-actress's incredible body helped her hit the big time across the pond. 

    Earlier this summer the 22-year-old model officially announced Bridget Jones style pants are back in fashion, and even modelled a pair of her finest granny pants.

    Renowned for her hour-glass figure, Kelly Brook is the poster girl for fabulous curves and isn't afraid to show them off. 

    The brunette model stripped for a behind-the-scenes shoot to promote her new dieting technique Atkins in just a bikini, earlier this month. 

    Speaking about her transformation, Kelly said: "I’m so happy with my results with Atkins and I can honestly say I have never felt better about my body.

    "My skin is glowing, I feel healthier than ever and I still have my curves – I couldn’t ask for better results."

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