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Monday, 3 August 2015

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil

Posted by Hannah Kiziwoo on 09:30 with No comments

I've not really touched on self tanning products much this year on my website. Possibly because I haven't tried anything new until now. So, basically I found out about the St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil while watching Ally Valentines 'June Favourites' on YouTube - if you don't know of Ally or her YouTube Channel the link is here -https://youtu.be/neg0Y-DSn98 . I decided to add this to my shopping list and I'm so pleased I did!

First impressions overall are good ones. The packaging has a expensive feel to it and unlike its St. Tropez counterparts the bottle is glass rather than plastic. The glass is frosted so you can see inside a beautiful golden glimmering liquid. On the glass the writing is embossed in gold, and the lid is also gold - although my lid doesn't seem to fasten on straight, it's wonky! When you remove the lid you'll find it has a plastic funnel that allows the liquid to drip out rather then pour (which would obviously make a terrible mess!)
The fragrance is unlike any of the previous St. Tropez products, this one has a citrus scent to it. Neroli, Lemongrass and Grapefruit essential oils are used which leads to the lovely non-fake-tan fragrance. These essential oils also improves the skin suppleness and is clinically proven* to help moisturise the skin for upto a week.
St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil is fairly easy to apply using a tanning mitt, I'll explain why I say 'fairly easy' in a minute. I worked from the feet up, applying the Luxe Dry Oil to my skin in gentle strokes, taking care around the ankles, feet and hands (you don't want tell tale lines there!).  Although the Luxe Dry Oil soaks in faster than the St. Tropez Lotion you don't have to rush application, just work at a gentle pace.
Now when your applying this Luxe Dry Oil you'll immediately notice the guide colour isn't what you'd expect from St. Tropez. Rather than your skin having a muddy colour, you'll notice a lovely golden shimmer - this is your guide! I worked hard to make sure I didn't miss any parts of my body that would be on show, yet when I woke up the following morning and showered I found I'd missed bits of my legs - fail! It wasn't the end of the world as the weather has been a bit cooler here so I've kept them covered but next time I need to really make sure I get every piece of leg coated in the Luxe Dry Oil. That aside, I need to talk about the colour, oh my it is gorgeous! I'm golden and sun kissed after an 8 hour sleep, what more can I girl want! The colour of my skin is now darker than previously but not dark that people would know its from a bottle....it is perfect!

The verdict

* Would I buy the St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil again - YES without a doubt. My skin feels soft and moisturised, The colour is great and although my legs are patchy I'm very pleased with the result.

* Would I recommend it - Again YES however if you are new to self tanning I would avoid it due to the 'guide color' not being great. New self tanners would be better to use either the St. Tropez Gradual Tan products (or similar). Feeling brave? go for the St. Tropez lotion or mousse, where the guide colour is nice and dark so you'll know immediately if you've missed any bits.

I purchased this from BeautyBay.com and it was reduced to £16.31 



Saturday, 1 August 2015

Swiss National Day 2015

Posted by Hannah Kiziwoo on 11:00 with 1 comment
The 1st August means one thing - it's Swiss National Day. For those of you unfamiliar with this day here is a little history about this Swiss public holiday........

"The Swiss National Day is the national holiday of Switzerland, set on 1 August. It is an official national holiday since 1994, although the day had been suggested for the celebration of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy as early as 1889.

The day of independence is typically celebrated at a local, municipality level though certain events draw nation-wide attention. Since the mid-19th century, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen has illuminated its 25 meter high waterfalls for special events. Beginning in 1920, the waterfall has been regularly lit for the national holiday and since 1966 is now lit only for this holiday. At the historic location of Rütli Meadow above Lake Lucerne, a representational celebration is staged in the location where the legendary pledge of alliance, the Rütlischwur is said to have taken place. In Basel there are fireworks at the Rhine."

I would like to send all of my Swiss and Expat friends my best wishes and hope your having a wonderful Swiss National Day xx

Friday, 31 July 2015

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics

Posted by Hannah Kiziwoo on 09:30 with 1 comment


 I think it's safe to say I am truly late for the Urban Decay Party! Over the years I've seen them bring out new palettes with delightful colour combinations, and although I know they have a massive following among beauty bloggers and makeup artists I've just never taken the plunge......until now! 

While checking out the Beauty Bay website I spotted the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics. This palette is the cooler toned version of the original Naked Basics Palette, so it's right up my street. The colour combination in the palette in my opinion is perfect; you get 6 neutral shades in taupes, pink, brown and greys - 5 of these are exclusive only to this palette! You may have noticed on my pictures that of the 6 colours only one is a satin finish. This is the lightest shade called Skimp, you could use this to highlight the brow bone and tear duct area. The rest of the colours as I said are a matte finish, which to touch feel smooth and silky.  

Here's a little rundown of the colours included - 
* Skimp - Pale Nude Satin
* Stark - Nude Pink Matte 
* Frisk - Warm Grey Matte
* Cover - Cool Mink Matte
* Primal - Muted Brown Matte
* Undone - Deep Smoky Brown Matte

My pigmentation expectations are always high when it comes to matte colours. I find if the pigmentation is lacking they can be hard to build up and on older skin look a little chalky. This however is not a problem with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics, the colour payoff is fabulous so you can wear a simply wash of colour over the lid or go for a more 'put together' eye look. 

I'm sure everyone will be with me when I say "you always reach for one colour more than others in eye shadow palettes". Well I've found I reach for the colour Frisk the most. For me it's a good colour to apply in the socket when I need to get ready quickly in the mornings. Using this along with a coat of mascara makes my eyes look wide awake and ready to face the world. When I have a little more time, this palette has all the colours I need to create great makeup for day or evening wear.

And lets not forget the packaging. I wasn't sure how big the 'Basics' palettes were as I hadn't seen them in the flesh (unlike the the Naked Palettes). I have to admit I was surprised at how small it was! So for anyone else like me the palette is slightly smaller than an iPhone 4S or 3/4 inch bigger then a bank card. That aside, the actual packaging is really good quality. It has a rubbery feel to it with raised words, which I think is a nice touch. The only downside to the Naked Basics Palettes is they don't come with is the Urban Decay makeup brush. I know they aimed to make this handbag size but if it had been a little bigger they could have fitted in a makeup brush like the other Urban Decay palettes. 

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
I'd love to know what your thoughts are :) x


Thursday, 30 July 2015

ZEO Low Calorie Drink & 'Run Or Dye'

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PRESS RELEASE *
This year Zeo has teamed up with the UK's most colourful 5k charity run 'Run or Dye'
At Run or Dye you become part of the rainbow as you run/walk/dance your way through the course. You will be showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant based powdered dye at every kilometre.....turning you into a technicolor canvas.
Zeo has a new look for Spring/Summer 2015 and is set to dispel popular myths that soft drinks contain high calories and artificial ingredients by introducing a lightly carbonated flavour range. All flavours contain just 30kcals per bottle and comes in at just 2.2g of sugar (putting it ahead of Coconut Water which is 5g and Coke Life at 6.8g) .
To celebrate it's crisp new flavours, Zeo has partnered with Run or Dye as part of its #BrighterSide campaign. Zeo will be refreshing 25,000 participants across the UK at the end of each event. 

As part of the #BrigthSide campaign I was kindly sent three new Zeo flavours to try and I'm super excited to report back how great these are - seriously if you haven't tried or heard of Zeo you need to shop for them asap! 
First up lets look at the packaging. Zeo drinks come in sleek glass bottles with a twist lid. They are clear glass so you can really see how tempting these drinks look. They are very much a 'grown up' soft drink and come in a handy 275ml size. We found this was enough for us to share a bottle when we had lunch. Each 275ml bottle contains just 30kcals so they are a good choice over other 'healthy' 'low calorie' drinks.
The new flavours we had were 'Peach & Grapefruit', 'Zesty Lime' and 'Blood Orange & Citrus'. From these flavours I'd say my favourite was 'Peach & Grapefruit' it has a lovely sweet fruity flavour that I found very refreshing. Mr said his favourite was 'Zesty Lime', this was similar to a cloudy lemonade - just lime instead of lemon. I'm personally not fond of Orange drinks, however Mr reported back 'Blood Orange & Citrus' was again a lovely flavour combination although not his favorite of the three. We also found these drinks had the absolutely perfect amount of fizz. We have found in the past some carbonated drinks to be so fizzy to can't taste the flavour; you know you end up with a fizzy head and that's all you can taste.

For more information and location dates for Run or Dye check out the link HERE . And for more details on the ZEO range of drinks follow the link HERE 

*This post contains press release information. All opinions in this post are my own and have not been clouded by receiving samples!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dental Hygiene for Children

Posted by Hannah Kiziwoo on 09:00 with 1 comment
My husband text me a link last week that he had seen on the BBC News* website. The article comes after The Royal College of Surgeons recommends that parents should brush their children's teeth until the age of 14 years old. This is due to the high levels of tooth decay in children, leading to the premature removal of baby teeth. 

This has spurred me onto writing this post, which I’ve been thinking about doing for some time. Rewind to April and my sister told me about the FREE Oral-B Disney Magic Timer App** for my ipad. The app helps encourage children to brush their teeth for the correct amount of time (2 minutes) thus helping maintain good dental hygiene.

To start using the Oral-B Disney Magic Timer you create a profile for each child in the household. This is simply done by adding the child’s name (for example ‘Kiziwoo’) no need to add personal details, just the first name. Next up you need to select your Disney character, this is the ‘avatar’ who you’ll see when you open the app ready for brushing. Then you’re ready to get started!


Oral-B Disney Magic Timer has a selection of ‘Albums’ you collect ‘stickers’ for each time your brush your teeth. As the timer counts down the bubble covered image reveals a new picture ‘sticker’ that will be added to your album. The screen also shows a toothbrush, brushing bubbles away - mimicking the area you should be brushing your teeth (top, bottom, left, right). I hope you’re following me! Once your 2 minutes are up, the alarm goes off and you see your new sticker which is added to the relevant album.
By default the first Album you access is Winnie the Pooh. You collect new albums by buying Oral-B products which you scan using the app, this unlocks new stickers to collect.  We now have the Mickey Mouse album and Cars album; each have their own Magic Timer theme tune and timer.
You earn extra stickers with repeat visits to the app as a reward which is a nice touch. Plus if you forget to use the app you can manually add the missed days on the calendar. You can also mark your dental appointments on there. Below is a little video I filming showing you how the app works -


We’ve found it a great app to use with Little Miss. She brushes her teeth along with the toothbrush on the app, then Mummy/Daddy does them again to check she hasn’t missed any areas. At the moment this works well and I only pop a tiny amount of toothpaste on her brush so she feels all grown up brushing them. Little Miss also enjoys selecting a new avatar; which seems to happen every day now! As well as seeing which sticker she has earned for each brushing session. For a free app I think it's well worth downloading if you have little ones in the house. Have you used the app? x


*BBC News link with arcticle & video report - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33517909
**This is not a sponsored post!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Golden Eye 'Make-Up'

Posted by Hannah Kiziwoo on 09:30 with 1 comment

I'm back this week with another makeup look. This one uses an old palette I have by MUA (Makeup Academy) and is called 'Undressed'. I love this colour combination, it really makes blue eyes stand out, although mine are looking more green in today's photos! My eye color changes depending on what I'm wearing for eye makeup or clothes; some days they look blue, others they look green.
Anyway below is a list of products I used to create this weeks look. As I've done before, all products I've reviewed will be linked.

BASE
* Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights - 100 Bare Light
* Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation - 200 Soft Beige
* YSL Touché Ećlat
* Essence Blush Stick - 020 Bronze Babe

EYES
* Avon Glimmer Sticks Brow Definer - Blonde
* Benefit Gimme Brow - Light/Medium
* Maybelline Expressions Kajal Eyeliner - Brown 38
* MUA Undressed Palette - Shade 1 / Shade 6 / Shade 8

LIPS
* Maybelline Color Sensational - 725 Tantalizing Taupe



Friday, 24 July 2015

Parent Tip #1 - How to preserve the glitter....

Posted by Hannah Kiziwoo on 10:30 with 1 comment


Today I have a slightly random post in store.
Little Miss is at the age where is adores Disney Princesses! She has watched the films and we bought her the dress-up clothes for some of them. She has also got several of the dolls which leads me to this reason behind this post. For those of you with 4 year old little girls at home you understand when I say they love anything pretty and sparkly!
Yup sparkly = glitter, which is something we find everywhere!!


The Disney Princess Dolls are easy to find in most supermarkets these days, however they have one major problem with them. They drop glitter! Now the doll has a removable skirt but the body of the dress (you’ll see what I mean in the pictures) is moulding onto the doll. They are very pretty but the glitter falls off as soon as you touch them. So I have found a solution - Every time we get a new Princess in the house, I paint clear nail varnish over the bodice of the dress. This preserves the glitter meaning she looks like new - so long as you ignore the tangled hair that is!

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon x