Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A few weeks ago I briefly mentioned my plans to start using gradual tan in preparation for summer, and given that my prom is in less than two months I've started already so that I don't look like a ghost!

I bought Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream when Boots introduced their 'Bring On Spring' 3-for-2 offers and I've been using it once a day for about two weeks now.


Advantages

The gradual tan is subtle but not non-existent. It may not be obvious (at the moment) that I'm trying to tan but my skin definitely has a glow that wasn't there before.

There are no streaks and there's no orange build-up, as promised, and whilst it's not the most moisturising product I've ever tried it doesn't dry skin out either.

Disadvantages

The smell, oh my word, the smell. Now, I always associate Simple products with being quite natural and gentle but there's no other word for it, this moisturiser smells chemical.

It does wear off fairly quickly but this is not a product to put on when you're just about to see people! I've compromised by applying it in the evening and using my regular moisturiser in the morning.

I appreciate the UVA/UVB protection, but there's no SPF number on the packaging, so it makes you wonder how much protection there really is.

Also, I have an issue with the price. It's £4.99 for a 50ml bottle, yet their travel products, also 50ml, are only sold for £1 or so. I'm hoping that this bottle will last me for a while because £4.99 for only two weeks supply is just not worth it.

NYC Nail Polish in Park Ave

Monday, 9 April 2012

Recently I've been looking for a neutral shade of nail polish that I can wear with anything, but I'm a bit bored of the peachy nudes and French manicure pinks that I'd usually go for.

Browsing in Superdrug last week I spotted In A New York Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish by New York Color and picked up the shade Park Ave, which seemed to be the perfect choice.

I haven't really used any products by NYC before, apart from their Cheek Glow in Central Park Pink, which is a really nice blush for pale girls like myself, so I was looking forward to trying the nail polish.


NYC Nail Polish in Park Ave

"At last, a manicure that moves at the speed of Manhattan. NYC's In A New York Minute nail polish is slick, glossy polish that goes from wet to set in less than sixty seconds with a special control flow brush that dispenses just the right amount of colour for perfect application...even if you need to apply whilst heading across town in a taxi. Be vibrant, be brilliant and be bright for less."

Personally I found the consistency quite runny; the first coat was very sheer but another two coats soon solved that problem. I liked the brush and had no problem with smudging polish on to the skin surrounding the nail like I often do, although that's probably just me being clumsy.

The colour itself is a sort of dark mushroom; it's neither brown or grey, just a mix of the two.

The thing that most impresses me about this polish is its staying power. I managed to wear it for five days without top coat (I always forget) and got no chips whatsoever, which I found very impressive. And for only £1.79 from Superdrug, I think I found myself a bargain!
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