Monday, 15 September 2014

Clarins Eyes & Brows Giveaway

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GIVEAWAY TIME!


I've got a special treat for you all, as a sort of Happy 4th Birthday for my blog, which I may or may not have unintentionally bypassed in July! I'm always so appreciative of your support of Sequin This and I've loved sharing my thoughts and everyday life with you guys for the past 4 years. So without further ado, here's what you, my ever loyal readers, can win...

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WHAT CAN I WIN?
Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette
Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in Taupe
Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in Sparkle Grey

(See my review of them here)

*Note: This giveaway is not affiliated with Clarins*

The giveaway is open to UK readers only & closes midnight 23rd September, full T&C on the Rafflecopter app below:


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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Getting Golden with St Tropez

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Just before my holiday to Mallorca, I was contacted by the girls at St Tropez asking me to pop down to their Skin Finishing Studio in Selfridges Trafford Centre for a spray tan. It was literally a few days before I was due to go on holiday so I obviously jumped at the opportunity to get a bit of a pre-holiday glow! 

I'm well known for being really pale and I've only had a spray tan once before and fake-tanned a handful of times. St Tropez are actually my tan of choice (I use the St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion and St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion for Face) when I do though, as they're really reliable for an even, bronzed (not orange!) tan. They also lack that overwhelming biscuity smell that some cheaper tans have. So I was confident that I was in safe hands with my spray tanner, Kay, who was super friendly, chatty and really put me at ease.

PRE-SPRAY TAN PREP

Before my spray tan I was given a few preparation instructions to ensure I would achieve the best results:
  • Exfoliate and moisturise the whole body 24 hours before
  • Wax or shave 24 hours before or after the spray tan
  • Avoid any heavy perfumes or deodorant on the day
  • Wear loose, dark clothing after the spray tan

THE SPRAY TAN

Once I arrived, Kay sat me down in the Skin Finishing Studio that was hidden away in a small room behind the fragrance counter. We discussed my skin, any allergies I had (none, woo!) and what look I wanted to achieve from the spray tan. 

St Tropez don't just offer one standard spray tan, they actually offer four: The Kate Moss Tan, The 1 Hour Tan, The Discreet Tan and The Dark Tan. In the end, I opted for a bit of mix to give me a slightly lighter version of The Dark Tan.

I have to say, Kay was amazing. She was really thorough and talked me through what she was doing at every stage. She took extra steps to make sure my hands, feet, knees and elbows would be protected from getting overloaded with fake tan, as they're obviously the more dry areas of the body. From start to finish, the whole process (including consultation) probably only took about 40mins. Ideal if you're popping in after a shop in Selfridges Trafford Centre or London!

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THE RESULT

As you can see from the photo above (full outfit post here), which was taken on the second day of my holiday, I was left with a really even and subtle tan. Even though it sounds a bit silly to say, I really did feel miles more confident on holiday with a bit of colour in my skin. I wore my bikini with pride and didn't feel the need to slather my face in makeup every day.

A huge thank you to Kay and St Tropez for letting me come in and experience their Skin Finishing Studio, I would 100% recommend popping in for a spray tan if you've ever got a special event or occasion coming up. Or even if you're just feeling in need of a little confidence boost! They also offer a loyalty scheme, so after your 5th spray tan you get one absolutely free.

My spray tan was complimentary of St Tropez but all thoughts & opinions are my own.

Selfridges Trafford Centre
Manchester
Tel: 07803149689

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

White on White

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Everyone knows about the unwritten law of wearing white on your last night of a holiday, right? Trying to show off your slightly-more-tanned-than-usual skin with the lightest colour of clothing you can find. I'm not sure it worked but I definitely felt a little more confident wearing it than I usually do back home. Wearing white with skin as pale as a ghost doesn't usually look too great for me.

My dress was a last minute pre-holiday purchase from Missguided, it's their Nikola halterneck shift dress in white and only comes in at £24.99, bargain! It's made from a chiffon material and double-layered, so it doesn't feel see-through at all, which is always a plus when wearing white. I teamed it with some stone & white peep caged peep toe heels from New Look, which were only £27.99 and look pretty gorgeous with light coloured clothing. 

I'm not usually one for white or nude coloured clothing, but this outfit might just have converted me. What do you think? 

SHOP THE LOOK
Nikola Halterneck Dress - Missguided
Nude Caged Heels - New Look
Gold Multi Row Necklace - Topshop
Small Shoulder Bag - H&M
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