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It’s the beginning of a new month! That can only mean one thing in blog/vlog land. It’s monthly favourites time πŸ™‚ Here is my round up of February favourites for 2017!

My February favourites consist of all beauty related products. There is a mix of makeup and skincare. I do have an honourable random mention at the end of the video though. You can click the video above, or watch it directly on my YouTube channel here.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Range is first. You can see the range in more detail over on The Body Shop website here.

Garnier Pure 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub & Mask. You can pick this in Boots stores and online here. It costs €7.49.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk. I have a full review and details on this here.

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Mac Soar Lip Liner is on the Brown Thomas website for €17.50 here. Not the cheapest lip liner in the world, I know. But I haven’t found a similar colour for less money as of yet. I will keep hunting though πŸ™‚

Spring Sheen Blush from Mac. I am definitely having a bit of Mac revisit at the moment, I know! Again, this is on the Brown Thomas website here. €24 is a bit steep, but you can buy Mac blushes in pan form too.

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Then my final February favourite is the Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream To Powder Eyeshadow in 09 Silver Rose. I cannot find a link to this particular colour in Debenhams or Boots. But it is avialble to buy online from CH Tralee chemist for €22.50 here.

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And that sums up my February favourites in one blogpost, oh and a video too :). Do you have any stand out products for the month? Beauty or otherwise of course? Let me know and as always thanks for clicking and watching.

Gemma

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It’s May Favourites time….eek we’re halfway through 2016, can you believe it? I am a bit late to the favourites party this month, I wasn’t well (as I’m sure you know if you follow me on Snapchat πŸ™‚ )

May FavouritesBut I got here in the end so here are my May Favourites in video form if you’re interested. Just click on the video at the top of the page or you can click the link here.

Here’s a list the list of my faves with any links that might be helpful.

Joico Moisture Co & Wash Full details on Irish stockists are here. The Joico Moisture Co & Wash costs €18.95.

St Moritz Pro Advanced Primer. I have a full post on this and all the other products in the collection here.

Jade facial skin roller. Here’s the link to the ebay user I used, but there’s lots of Asian sellers of the same product on eBay.

Thalgo Sun Repair Cream Mask. This costs €22 and you can get it from the Thalgo website here.

Vita Liberata Body Blur. I was gifted this by Roches Pharmacy, they have it on their website here, Cloud10beauty also sell it online here.

I have a full review and swatches of theBalm Meet Matte Hughes in Committed here, and you can pick them up online from Cloud10beauty here, if you’re interested πŸ™‚

And there you have it, my May Favourites are complete for 2016. Any of your favourites in there?

Let me know what you’ve been loving too, I always love to hear and if you liked my video, don’t forget you can subscribe to my Youtube channel here. I’m trying to put up a video once a week, as well as keeping up with blogposts aswell on Beautynook.

Thanks for taking the time to click in and watch, I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

Gemma

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We all know St Moritz tan. The brand have been in Ireland since 2009 and are still going strong. It’s such an affordable range and is available nationwide in Penneys, Mc’Cabe’s Pharmacy,McCauley’s and Bradley’s. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of their new range this week and wanted to show you up close the St Moritz New Releases.

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They have repackaged, relaunched and launched some new products!

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First up we have the Exfoliating Skin Primer.

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According to St Moritz this

  • Preps & primes
  • Exfoliates skin
  • Flattens & evens skin tone
  • Creates optimum base for tanning
  • Ideal for beginners or experienced tanners, but essential for all to create a beautiful streak free tan.

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It is a really fresh smelling gel with really fine exfoliating particles in it. A 200ml tube costs €6.95

Next up in the list of St Moritz new releases we have their Moisturising Tan Enhancer.

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According to St Moritz this:

  • Preps & maintains
  • Has a moisture rich formula
  • Is oil free
  • Prolongs tan with aloe vera
  • Ideal for beginners or experienced tanners, but essential for all to create and prolong the ultimate tan

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This, like the scrub is a gel like formula. It has a coconut scent to it. You can use it on any rough areas of skin like the elbows and knees before tanning too! A 200ml tube costs €6.95

The 5 in 1 Tanning Mousse is next.

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According to St Moritz this is:

  • Longer Lasting
  • Has a bb skin finish
  • Is moisture rich
  • Is skin smoothing
  • Has patented mood enhancing fragrance technology
  • Is available in medium and dark
  • Contains 100% naturally derived tanning agent
  • Has an instant guide colour

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In the bottle this to me smells really nice. I’ve yet to use it so cannot comment on how good it actually is…I’ll keep you posted πŸ™‚ It’s liquid in the bottle and then pump releases it in a mousse formula. This costs €10.95 for a 200ml bottle.

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Their Velvet Finishing Gel according to the creators is:

  • Moisture rich
  • Skin soothing hydrating
  • has a non greasy finish
  • Has even coverage
  • Has patented mood enhance fragrance technology
  • Available in medium & dark
  • 100% naturally derived tanning technology
  • It also controversially doesn’t have a guide colour. I think the reason for that is you can apply and let it develop without having to shower!

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It has the same clean smell in the tube as the others and will set you back €10.95 for 175mls

The last product from the St Moritz new releases I have is their Fast Response Tanning Mist.

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According to St Moritz this:

  • Has an guide colour
  • It is fast developing 1-3 hours depending on shade
  • Ultra light
  • Non greasy
  • Patented mood enhance fragrance technology
  • New actuator for a controlled spray
  • 100% naturally derived tanning agent

I have actually given this a go (if you follow me on snapchat, you would have seen πŸ™‚ )

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I applied it to my legs with a mitt, I wouldn’t suggest using your hands with this. It applied really easily, smelled nice going on and dried super quickly too. I am quite pasty and left it on for about 2 and half hours. It gave me a hint of colour, but I did have to go over with an instant tan to bulk it up a little. I would definitely have to keep it on for longer. This costs €10.95 for a 150ml can.

There is also a Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse in the St Moritz New Releases. I don’t have it in my possession though. According to them it:

  • Gives instant colour
  • Instant tan and gradual build up
  • No mess & no fuss
  • Tested on sensitive skin
  • 100% naturally derived tanning agent
  • Ideal for fair skin
  • Patented mood enhance fragrance technology.

For a 200ml bottle this costs €10.95.

You can check out their website here for more information.

So there you have it, all theΒ St Moritz new releases in a nutshell πŸ™‚ A product to suit every tanning mood. Any of them take your fancy?

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I was lucky enough to the head of the launch of the newest Irish tan on the market a while ago. Simply named The Tan, It was created by the beauty powerhouse duo The Jenns who own the very gorgeous Vanity Rooms in Stepaside.

Let me start by saying…I bloody love this tan! I am down to the bare bones of this bottle of their Super Hydrating Liquid Gel Tan already.

Tanning if I’m honest is such a faff I don’t enjoy the process at all. The scrubbing, the application…the drying oh the drying. Standing on a towel naked with your arms and legs akimbo in the middle of your bedroom for 40 minutes waiting for tan to dry is one of the most annoying things to do in the world right?

Well I can honestly say you won’t have that problem with The Tan, it dries so quickly, I was astonished, five minutes and I was able to put clothes on without any transfer or sticky residue, hurrah!

So onto application.

My skin started out before showering with some left over tan on from the week before.

Here’s my lovely freckly Irish arm skin in all it’s glory πŸ™‚

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Before Using The Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt

I used the Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt from Glove Your Body, with the Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash which I reviewed here. I am loving this combo at the minute when I really want to scrub my skin. The mitt is is gritty but doesn’t pull the skin, and the body wash is lovely and foaming so together they do a great job of getting rid of all the dead skin cells and the remainder or tan or product you may have on your skin without stripping it completely. The Scrub Your Body will cost you €9.99 here

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It’s not the most photogenic product in your beauty arsenal, but it does its job very well πŸ™‚

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After Using the Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt

So next step is applying The Tan. I have been using the Glove Your Body Tanning Mitt to apply my tan for the last few weeks and I have to say I am really enjoying it.

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Glove Your Body is another Irish owned company which is fantastic. The Mitt itself is quite big as you can see. Inside, it has little elasticated rings to hold all your fingers in place…I know pretty nifty right? It means your fingers can still grip but you have the handiness of a flat surface on the outside on the mitt itself. The Glove Your Body is really soft and can be used on both sides without any products getting through and ruining your hands. It is also really durable, you can just pop it in the washing machine and it comes out like new! It will set you back €19.99 but it will last you a really long time so I for one think it’s worth the investment.

I am not a professional tanner, I just dive in and hope for the best πŸ™‚

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So, I apply some of The Tan Super Hydrating Liquid Tan Gel onto my glove.

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I find the Glove Your Body doesn’t soak up any of the product so you can do a little a time. I start from the bottom of my body up in small circular motions personally but whatever works for you is a ok πŸ™‚

The Tan gel is tinted so it’s really easy to see which I love, as I am forever missing spots! After application, your skin will already have a hint of colour which is handy if you have somewhere to be straight away. The Tan is a gel formula so it doesn’t slip and slide when you apply it, it soaks in really quickly and you are left with soft non sticky skin.

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After Applying The Tan

As you can see my pasty freckly arm already has a bit of colour, and that’s before development.

I tend to leave my tan on to develop overnight but you of course do whatever works for you skin.

The next day, my skin looks a bit like this.

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The Tan The Next Day Before Showering

 

The Tan develops into a night golden tan with no streaks. I’ve applied The Tan now on my skin probably about six times, and it didn’t streak any of those times. When applying it has a nice watermelon scent. It does smell slightly when developing, but honestly I have never ever used a tan that doesn’t yet!

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The Tan After Showering

After showering I am left with a nice golden colour much more pleasing to my eyes anyway then the pasty red toned skin after scrubbing πŸ™‚ Some people were blessed with lovely porcelain white skin…I was not πŸ™

The Tan Super Hydrating Liquid Gel Tan has lovely ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil. The Jenns say this mix helps your tan fade evenly. I think it really does. I don’t find it goes patchy at all, if you stop using it and exfoliate it just disappears.

Overall, I am loving The Tan products. I use their Gradual Daily moisturiser too when I want to prolong my tan and like the Hydrating Liquid Gel it soaks in super quick and leaves you skin feeling soft.

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If you don’t like to tan yourself, The Vanity Rooms also offer professional spray tan using their products, so you don’t need to miss out πŸ™‚ Well done Jenns, you are a force to be reckoned with. The Hydrating Liquid Gel will cost you €19.99 and the Gradual Daily Bronzer is €14.99

Also, Glove Your Body is such a handy tanning tool as is the Scrub Your Body Exfoliating mitt, I am completely converted..

Take it from a tanning novice, these products combined do the job and do it well πŸ™‚

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