Tanning Routines and Favourites

Its summer now in Australia which means tanning season, and as I just burn instead of actually tanning, I like to fake tan. (Which is not only quicker and better for your skin). This is my routine for each time I tan, and some tips to help your tan last longer and look better.IMG_7302.JPG

The first thing I do is exfoliate, this will remove any dead skin, leaving your skin a soft better base for your tan and help eliminate  splotchy patches. Make sure you also shave before you tan as it will make your skin smooth and if you shave after you tan it will remove it.

It is important to moisturise all the time, this helps the tan last longer. Make sure to put moisturiser on your elbows, ankles, and hands and areas that may be more dry right before tanning to prevent the self tanner from sticking to these parts and turning much darker than the rest.

I like to use a mit to apply the tan, I find it helps with an even application and much easier to apply. The mit also makes sure you don’t have to scrub of fake tan from your hands after. I usually put on my fake tan on before I go to bed so it has plenty of time to develop, just make sure you wear loose clothes, and give it at least 30 minutes to dry before going to bed or putting on clothes.

I like to use the mousse self tanner as it is easily rubs in and drys just quick enough for you to make sure it’s even. One of my favourites it the Le tan Instant foaming mousse, this was the first ones I ever used, and I still use it to this day. This one has a good colour and doesn’t streak, but it does have quite a strong  scent.

I have also tried some other brands such as Rimmel, Models Prefer, and Model Co, which all worked well, but don’t come close to my favourite tan.

Which brings me to my favourite , the Australis Rapid tan, this is what I am currently using. This gives a good dark colour in one coat, it doesn’t smell, its super easy to rub in and doesn’t streak and has a color guard- which is like the perfect fake tan!IMG_7058.JPG

November Favourites

These products are the things I have been loving this month.

Facial scrub- this Nivea face scrub is made from white clay and has little beads in it which help exfoliate the skin. It leaves my skin smooth but it also doesn’t sting or irritate my eyes or face as many other face scrubs do. It works well on my sensitive skin so it is a win in my book.img_6989New fake tan- the only reason I tried a new one was because the store was out of my tan and it was the next option, however I have fallen for it. The first time I used it I hated it, it was a green colour that turned pink and hard to wash off, it also took a long time to rub in. But I also only need one coat, and I also realised that I don’t have to complete rub it in and it will still be streak free, and it develops quickly. So its a dark streak free tan  at a good price- is there anything else you could need?Processed with VSCO with m3 presetMarble place mat- I have been obsessed with marble lately, which led me to purchase these marble place mats. They were both  $4 from BigW and Kmart. I got a round one and rectangle one which adds more decoration to my room and I have also used them for a background of some photos.Processed with VSCO with t1 presetBenefit highlighter- I actually got this quite some time ago, but I applied wrong the first time and made up my mind that I didn’t like it, however, I gave it another go and loved it. It was super pigment and gave me an awesome glow, and now its one of my favourites. img_6999Matte lip cream- I recently purchased the Australis matte lip cream (mainly because it was $5 and I’m all about a bargain) but I love it. It lasts all day, the colour I got is a great nude, its moisturising and pigmented; everything you need in a matte lip cream.img_7009

Night Time Skincare Routine

This is my current night time routine, I am constantly changing this, but these are some of my favourites and current products. Most of these products are cheaper items where you can buy most places, however I believe all these are worth the money.

Step 1- Eye makeup remover, I really only use this sometimes when I have been wearing lots of eye makeup. I use the Innoxa Super Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover which works really well and doesn’t irritate the eyes.

Step 2- Makeup wipes- I always remove my makeup with a wipe before I cleanse to get rid of most of the makeup. My favourite brand is the WotNot Natural Organic face wipes, as they remove makeup with ease and are great for my sensitive skin.img_6897wStep 3- I follow up with a cleanser to remove any makeup and clean the face. I use either the Simple moisturising face wash or Neutrogena facial cleanser at the moment.

Step 4- Nivea 3-in-1 cleanser- this is a cleanser, face scrub and mask in one, I use it a few times a week to remove and dirt and to keep skin healthy.img_6888Step 5- Toner- I always tone after cleansing using the Simple Soothing Facial Toner, this is my favourite toner, it helps to clear up my skin quickly and is very soothing and refreshing on the face.

Step 6- I use the Clinique eye cream to reduce the bags, I also love it because it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eye area. This is one of my favourites and I’ve been using it for years.img_1854cStep 7- My final step is moisturiser. My favourite is the Simple Light Moisturiser, this is also great in the mornings underneath my makeup.

 

Formal

So here in Australia November/October is the formal season. Everyone dresses up and celebrates leaving school together for the last time. For my makeup I had a nude lip and rose gold eye shadow look.

I started with the Savvy smooth finish primer. The foundation I used was the NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat foundation, I use a beauty blender to blend it in. Under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes I used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. To bake under the eye I use the face of Australia translucent powder, also I use their pressed powder to set the rest of my face. To contour I used the Australis contouring and highlighting kit. The blush I used was from the Napoleon Perdis contour and highlight palette. For highlighter I used the Benefit beaming and the Physicians Formula highlighter.

formal-2Using the benefit world-famous neutrals palette, I took the colour thanks a latte and blended it into the crease. Using a smaller crease brush I took the colour ‘quick look busy’ and blended into the outer corner. Then using the Savvy eye shadow pencil in Crema, I applied it on the lid. To add more shimmer I put the art off makeup shimmer powder over it using a smaller eye brush. In the inner corners I applied some highlighter to brighten my eyes. I finished with false eyelashes.formal1f4Now I can’t write a post about the formal without showing you my dress. My dress was from a local store which was only $105. It was bright red, strap less, with only some sleeves around the arm, it has a slight train at the. It was figure hugging with a slight fish tail shape. I had a sparkly black clutch and simple black heels. I did also my hair done in some loose waves.dress

Intro

Alright, let’s do this. I figured I’d share a bit about myself, my name is Emma and I live in Australia. I love photography, makeup and travelling. I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to make my blog about, so I thought I would combine everything. With my biggest passion being photography I wanted to be able to show the photos I take with others. I also love experimenting with makeup and beauty, to create different looks. A big part of my passion is travelling, it just gives me happiness and inspiration as it helps me discover who I am.

As I have just finished school and am trying to balance work life and my actual life, which has shown that adulting is a lot harder than it looks, this blog helps me keep track of what I love and to not give up on my dreams- as cheesy as that may sound.