Looking For The Perfect Tan – The Top Tips For The Short Cut To The “Bronzed Look”

Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion Light to Medium

I didn’t get to take my vacation this year after work commitments took priority, but that didn’t stop me from trying to grab a quick tan. I tried out several leading self tan brands, but none compared to the Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion in Light to Medium. My skin is quite fair; just a few tones darker than pale naturally, so I decided on the light to medium option, but Clinique do offer a lighter and darker variant.

The lotion comes in a sleek, bronze colored tube and is completely oil free (which is a huge priority for me) as well as being non-acnegenic which makes it ideal for use by people prone to acne and spots in general. The formula is also dermatologist tested so it was actually already pretty great without the application!

I squeezed out a few small pea sized drops on to my palm and started massaging the lotion in to my skin. Normally I’d have to go back a couple of times to keep topping up the lotion that I’m applying, but this formula had something that I can only refer to as a liquid-fluency. It literally spread so smoothly that those initial peas were more than enough to cover my arms and torso completely. Another couple of dabs and I’d covered my entire body.

The lotion didn’t take long to work at all and I could see color developing after about 10 minutes. By the time an hour had passed, I looked as if I’d just got back from an exotic vacation. I went in to work the next day and the compliments I got were like nothing I’ve heard before. If you’re looking for an overnight, or even morning remedy to your pale or dull skin, then don’t hesitate to grab the Clinique Self Sun tan lotion!

Clinique ‘A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins’

I love the word ‘different’, especially when it applies to makeup and cosmetics. I’m also no stranger to nail varnishes, but I often find that they are either too easy to remove, or take a tractor to lift away the color! So when I came across the ‘A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins’ by Clinique, I couldn’t wait to give it a go.

The nail varnish is enamel based and is ophthalmologist tested, with a focus on the reduction of pain caused after applying nail varnish. We all know that type of pain – the horrid stinging that sticks around for minutes at a time and made much worse if you have any cuts or flakes around your fingernails!

I picked up 3 different color variations; the Concrete Jungle which is an elegant off-white, the Sweet Tooth which is a soft pink, and finally the Made of Steel, which is a mix of deep blue and silver. All of the colors dried exactly the same as they appeared in the bottle, which was a great bonus as I’ve often used nail varnishes that are a shade lighter or darker in the past.

Once applied, the varnish took just a few minutes to dry with no assistance and lasted well over the course of 72 hours. By the time I wanted to switch colors, I applied a tiny amount of nail varnish remover and the color came off so smoothly that I had to check twice for the Concrete Jungle shade.

Overall, these are a great set of nail enamels with the added bonus of being gentle on sensitive skin! Since testing, I’ve purchased another 4 colors and they’re a lot of fun to mix and match and as they’re all glossy; they all go very well together, even if the contrasts aren’t something that you’d normally go for.

Mix Or Match learning Your Make Up Colors

woman latinLearning how to mix and match your makeup can be as enjoyable as it is effective, but how can you be sure to mix the right colors and match the best themes? Well there are plenty of ways to apply your makeup, but we’ll take a look at some of the most popular methods for mixing and matching your beauty products so that they’re as effective as possible.


Using a Color Palette


One of the most effective ways to make sure that your makeup matches is to limit your color palette. If you’re going for high contrast tones, try to limit them to just one or two. If your palette will consist of pastel colors, then you can vary the shades from soft to dark. One of the most important things to bear in mind is that when you apply your makeup, if you want it to match, you’ll want to blend your colors as neatly as possible. This technique might take a little longer, but it can help you to fade between gradients with barely any interruption to colors and shades.


Using High Contrast Schemes


There’s nothing more eye-catching that a makeup scheme that uses vibrant colors to really grab attention. The two main places that you can enjoy vibrant color schemes are around your eyes and on your lips. Vibrant colors don’t have to clash either – you could use the same shape of red for your lips as on your eyelids for example. So what are your options for using two high contrast colors, without risking clashing? Well the first thing that you can do is check out which colors work well together. Green and purple are strange partners, but they seem to work on lighter skin to give a futuristic-appearance. Red and black are also hugely different but provide a great combination when paired.


Why not try playing around with a range of color combinations? You’ll be surprised with what you can come up with and you’re bound to find a color scheme that suits you.