My Fake Tan Removal Tips

Let’s face it, taking off fake tan is a bloody nightmare, and at times virtually impossible! From living in a house with 4 other women who love fake tan as much as I do, it has helped me compile a list of the best ways to take off stubborn fake tan:

 

Exfoliating Gloves

You can get these gloves in Boots, Primark and most pharmacies and they are a life saviour when it comes to taking off tan! Don’t even bother taking off the product without them, as you will not get the same effect.

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Tanning Eraser

Having a tanning eraser on before you shower, definitely helps when it comes to fake tan removal. I wouldn’t say it takes everything off, but it certainly helps. Try and apply the eraser as far in advance of your shower as you can, for best results.

 

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Baths

If you have the time to have a bath instead of a shower, then this will definitely help when taking off your tan. It gives your skin time to soften and soak in the hot water, making it easier to scrub off remaining product.

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Lemons

Lemons are also a great way to remove fake tan. You can either slice up a few segments and throw them into your bath, or use a wedge to directly scrub off stubborn tan!

 

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Salt Scrubs

When used with an exfoliating glove, salt scrubs are also great for exfoliating the skin and targeting stubborn fake tan. It leaves the skin super smooth, making for a better base for when you re-apply your tan. You can get these in Boots, Superdrug, Tk Maxx etc.

 

My Current Skincare Routine

I thought it has been a while since I updated my skincare routine on my blog, so I thought I would share my current skincare routine, featuring all the products I have been using recently:

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For Anti-Ageing:

Retinol is supposed to be great for anti-ageing, however it is a very strong product so avoid using every night, and make sure you start with the smallest dosage and work your way up. The Ordinary products are great for this, as they are set in squalene, so you can start to build up a tolerance gradually. Also be aware to always wear SPF after you put it on, as the sun can directly damage your skin when exposed to retinol. I apply this product before bed 3-4 nights  a week.

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For Eye cream:

As I recently turned 27, I have noticed a puffiness under my eyes that is really starting to irritate me. I came across this product by chance at a train station in NYC, but had heard great things about the brand, and so far have been loving the product. It comes in a larger container, but I’d advise trying the small one (below) first to make sure you like it. I apply this in the morning or evenings whenever I am feeling tired or think my skin is looking puffy.

 

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For SPF:

This is one of my favourite skincare products as it is so light and smoothing on the skin. A little also goes a long way with this product so it tends to last a very long time.

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As an alternative I also love La Roche Posay 50+

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For Serums:

I tend to suffer from dry, rather than oily skin, so I love serums that are super hydrating! I now never use a regular face moisturiser, as I don’t find them affective enough for hydration – serums are definitely the way to go. The two I have been loving are:

 

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

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For Cleansers:

I always switch back and forth between 2 cleansers, one being a slightly more affordable option than the other. My 2 current favourites are IMAGE at the higher price point and Liz Earle at the more affordable price point. Both of these cleansers are very gentle on your skin and help to clean your skin without being overly invasive.

 

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For Face Tanning

For facial tanning, I have been loving the TanOrganic face product. It gives a really natural glow and with natural ingredients, I don’t feel like I am doing excess harm to my skin.

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For Dry Lips

Dry lips during Winter are an endless battle, but this product I swear by, because it actually works! It’s super cheap and you can get it in Boots and definitely beats using Vaseline or Carmex.

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Exfoliant:

This product is a 3-in-1 micro exfoliant with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acid to refine, brighten + renew your skin. Glycolic Fix Scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes and can help reduce signs of ageing. It’s also very affordable and available in Boots.

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Winter Haul

ZARA SOFT-TOUCH OVERSIZED SWEATER DETAILS
£29.99 

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H&M Cable-knit polo-neck jumper
£34.99

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H&M Wrapover top
£17.99 **Also comes in Red

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H&M Balloon-sleeved blouse
£34.99

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COS DOUBLE-BREASTED WOOL COAT £190

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TOPSHOP Scallop Wrap Top £32.00 (Black & Red)

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TOPSHOP Stretch PU Trousers
£36.00

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WAREHOUSE STAR EMBELLISHED CUFF JUMPSUIT
 £75.00

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WAREHOUSE PLEAT WRAP WIDE LEG JUMPSUIT
WAS £52.00 NOW £39.00

 

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M&S COLLECTION Patent Stiletto Heel Ankle Boots
Price £45

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September Beauty Favourites

 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml:

This product is amazing for hydration! Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water and can be applied either in the morning or evening before your other face creams. This product also contains Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration. If you have dry skin in any way, I would highly recommend this product! The Ordinary products are also so cheap for what they are, given their concentrated formulas. Available on ASOS.com, beautybay.com and feelunique.com.

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Wetbrush:

Similar to the Tangle Teaser, the Wetbrush was created to be used on both wet and dry hair. Hair is weakest when wet, and pulling at it can snap it like a rubber band. This is why you should brush with a tool that gently loosens knots without pulling or breaking hair. I cannot get over how great this product is, and have really found a difference in the condition of my hair. I have also recommended it to friends who have said they love it! The standard brush is £12 but I recently found them in TK Maxx for £3.99! Also available on cultbeauty.com, beautybay.com and boots.com

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The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane 30ml £4.90:

This water-free solution contains 0.5% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing.

Retinol not only works by stimulating the production of newer cells, and thus has great anti-ageing properties, but also works to reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation, skin effects from hormonal changes and blemish/acne scarring. By putting the product in squalene it means it is less abrasive on the skin. The brand recommends putting this product on at night and it always use SPF if you are in solar exposure after use. Available on ASOS.com, beautybay.com and feelunique.com.

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Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation 40 ml:

Over the past year and a half, I have stopped wearing foundation during weekdays, as I like letting my skin breathe Monday to Friday. However, for weekends and events, I like to wear foundation for fuller coverage. Overall, my skin is quite good and tends to not take too well to heavy, matte foundations. So I began my search for a light-weight foundation, that doesn’t dry my skin and provides me with long lasting coverage.

I had always heard great reviews about CT foundations, so I decided to try their Light Wonder foundation, and I have honestly not looked back. Finally I have found a foundation with light coverage, a dewy finish and a product that blends into my skin rather than sitting on top of the surface. I wear shade 5, as I would always wear fake tan at weekends. Available on CT website or feelunique.com.
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June Haul

I picked up a few bits over the past two weeks and thought I would share what I got…

 

MULES WITH METHACRYLATE HEELDETAILS 29.99 GBP

I can’t get over how comfy these shoes are! I hate heels that hurt my feet so these were the perfect summer shoe, at a ridiculously good price!

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PRINTED TURBAN-STYLE HAIRBANDDETAILS 7.99 GBP

This headband is perfect for summer, and comes in a variety of other colours both instore and online.

 

Blue Rinse Wash Distressed Denim Mom Shorts £17.99

Considering the price, I was quite surprised at how much I loved the fit and quality of these shorts. They are also not too short – so need to worry about them riding up at the back!

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Yellow Crochet Vest Top £12.99

 

 

Bodysuit with contrasting straps £12.99

This bodysuit also comes in a variety of other colours.

 

JUJU Brighton Off the Shoulder Polka Dot Top

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H&M Cropped T-shirt £6.99

This t-shirt also comes in an orange and royal blue.

 

Victoria Sport Knockout by Victoria Sport Pocket Capri

Victoria Secret currently have their semi-annual sale across Sport, PINK, bras, panties, beauty, sleep and accessories. I ADORE VS sports stuff, the leggings are super thick and durable and last for a very long time.

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March/April Beauty Favourites

 

I have been trying a variety of different beauty products over the past month or two, and have been absolutely loving some of the stuff I have been trying. I decided to compile a list of my favourite products….

 

MAC Viva Glam II

I absolutely adore this nude shade from the Viva Glam range in MAC. The colour has mauve undertones and a satin finish. This lipstick works really well with MAC Boldly Bare lip pencil. (£17.50)

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

It was actually my sister who introduced me to Becca Cosmetics. I had never used any of their products before and ended up trying one of their highlighters. I LOVE this highlighter – it has a really natural finish but is super pigmented at the same time. (£32.00 Cult Beauty)

 

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser  SPF 30

I’ll admit, I used to use this product but only recently switched back to it. I hate wearing a lot of make up at work, as I like to give my skin a chance to breathe during the week. This moisturizer is super light weight and smooth and gives a natural, dewy finish. I cannot recommend this product enough to people looking for a more natural look. I used to wear the colour Finland, but as I am wearing more tan in Spring, I went for the slightly darker shade of Alaska. (£30.00)

 

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Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Med – Dark Lotion

I recently bought this product in Boots, when they had run out of the Garnier tinted moisturizer, and so far I am a big fan! I think both products are equally as good but its a great, affordable alternative to other tanning moisturizers. (£7.79 in Boots)

 

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Benefit Precisely my brow eyebrow pencil

For those who like natural, but fuller eyebrows, then this product is a great option for you! The product comes with both the brow stick and brush so you can shape your brows exactly how you like them. It also comes in a variety of shades, but I would have the Benefit staff try it on you first before you choose the right shade for you. (£20.50)

 

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L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil

I have started using this oil again in my hair and found it leaves my hair so silky and smooth and keeps it from getting frizzy after blow drying. To use it, I wash my hair as normal and dry with a towel to get the main wet out. From there I take a pea drop size of the oil and massage through my hands and run through my hair. One bottle lasts at least a year so it is definitely worth it! This product is also a great alternative to the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil, which is at least double the price. (£9.99 in Boots)

 

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Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Once again, I borrowed this product from my sister when I was home recently. I had a heard a lot about the HUDA beauty products but had never actually tried any. The eye shadows are soo pigmented, I was blown away! This palette is also so handy if you are forever doing make up on the (go like I am,) as it is small and compact! (£25.00)

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Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix

I have said before that I have quite dry skin on my face. I try and make a homemade exfoliator where I can, but if I need something compact or on the go, I have been loving this glycolic exfoliator from Nip & Fab. It’s really gentle on the skin but is great at removing dry/flaky skin. (£9.95)

 

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Spring Haul

During the heatwave 10 days ago, I was inspired to do some Spring/Summer shopping! I realised I needed both casual and work clothes that I could wear when the weather gets warm again in London!

Earlier this week/this weekend I targeted Oxford Street, despite the weather being utterly freezing again! I went to Zara, H&M and Bershka and couldn’t get over the range and value of the Spring/Summer stuff! H&M was great for light, summer dresses you can wear to work and unsurprisingly I wanted to buy every single item in Zara!

Now I just need to wait for the weather to get good again…

 

SPRING HAUL

ZARA PRINTED SATIN DRESS DETAILS 29.99 GBP

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ZARA AUTHENTIC DENIM LOW-RISE JEANS DETAILS 25.99 GBP

 

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ZARA SPLIT SUEDE LOAFERS DETAILS 29.99 GBP

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ZARA EARRINGS WITH CHAIN FRINGING DETAILS 12.99 GBP

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ZARA METALLIC SUNGLASSES WITH COLOURED LENSES DETAILS 15.99 GBP

 

Bershka V-neck shirt £14.99

 

H&M T-shirt with a tie £8.99

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SPRING/SUMMER WORK HAUL

ZARA MIDI DRESS WITH BUTTONSDETAILS 29.99 GBP

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H&M V-neck dress £24.99

H&M Flounce-sleeved dress £14.99/£19.99

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H&M Pointed ballet pumps £12.99

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