Just fake it!!

I am Summer ready! I have shaved, moisturised, and fake tanned every inch of my body that I may be forced to reveal.

Naturally, I am a pasty white colour, almost translucent, a nod I think, to my Celtic roots.

Therefore, fake tan has become essential, or at least very important to me.


There was much excitement in our office a few weeks ago when we learned, that St Tropez had brought out a gradual tan that you could apply in the shower.

I decided to give it a go and to compare it to my usual and reliable, Dove ‘Summer Glow”. I also promised a review, so here it is.

St Tropez Gradual Tan


For two weeks I washed, applied this St Tropez gradual tan, waited for three minutes, rinsed it off and patted myself dry.

The formula also includes almond oil which left my skin feeling soft and cared for.

Furthermore, I did not get that awful smell, you know the one, that always seems to accompany fake tans.

However, although I might have looked slightly less pasty than usual, it didn’t really feel as though it had made that much of a difference.

The test for me is, if I would leave the house with bare legs and after these two weeks the answer was a definite no!

Dove Summer Glow


I have been using the fair to medium version of Dove’s Summer Glow for a number of years now. I either put it on after my bath/shower in the evening or, in the morning.

It doesn’t stain the sheets like the first generation of fake tans did.

It always leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised but, it does definitely have that particular odour.

However, it works on my resistant skin from the first application and, as always, my legs were ready to be bared after two to three applications.

Therefore,  although I love to try new products, this time my old faithful definitely proved to be the best.

Have a lovely day!

*I have not been sponsored to do this review – gosh I wish I had, I spend a fortune on these and many other products ha!

My love affair with all things Liz Earle!

imageI started a new job last week and all anyone wants to talk to me about is my skin care.  It seems that I don’t look old enough to be a mum to Ms Glade, who knew?!?

So I thought, if I am sharing my skin care routine with all and sundry in Liverpool’s business district, that I really ought to be revealing all to you. This is not a sponsored post ha!

In the early nineties, there was a beauty expert who regularly appeared on breakfast TV, she was called Liz Earle. I remember that I used to watch her in the morning and then,  pop out and buy most of her recommendations in my lunch hour, this was obviously before I was a parent!

When I was on maternity leave in 1995,  she launched her own range of skin care. I remember lusting after it for about a  year or so before I was able to buy my first Cleanse and Polish, money was tighter in those days. And so my love affair with the range began.

Like all love affairs, there have been times over the last 20 odd years that I have got bored and dabbled with something new, but I always end up returning to Liz Earle pretty quickly. The reason, I have sensitive skin that airs on the dry side, essentially, I have learned, it doesn’t like too many harsh chemicals, it much prefers the softer plant oils and extracts that can be found in all of the products though out her entire range.

There is no animal testing or animal extracts in any of the products,  an important consideration to us vegetarians! They also smell gorgeous.

Now I don’t want to be seen to be over egging the pudding here, I am prone , just like everyone else,  to break outs from time to time. Damn you hormones! But my skin care routine and drinking plenty of water tends to sort them out pretty quickly.


I start every morning with cleanse and polish. The container acts as a pump and dispenses one measure with each push, clever eh?!?

I remove it with a muslin cloth, I usually get one free when I buy my monthly supply, and wet it under a warm tap and then, gently wipe my face and neck until it’s all been removed. I wear a ton of make up and it removes every trace, I actually feel that the make up melts away. My skin feels so clean at this point.

I use a spray bottle to spritz my face and neck with the Instant Boost Skin Tonic that acts as a toner, it really perks my skin up. Then finish with a small blob of moisturiser for Dry/sensitive skin while the skin is still damp from the spritzing. I think that is what gives it the look everyone asks about, it’s often described as a glow.

imageSometimes I use Superskin moisturiser as a night cream, or in the winter – I am of a certain age, I need the help.

The picture opposite shows the used version of the face mask, sometimes I sleep with it on for a treat and then remove it in the morning, it leaves my skin feeling really soft and supple.

The Superskin concentrate I use over night in the depths of Winter when a lot of help is needed to combat dry/sore patches. I wake up the next morning feeling soothed with my skin looking better hydrated.

The last product is the Eye Bright, I suffer from awful hay fever and the spring is particularly punishing on my eyes. I soak two cotton wool pads with this product and place it over my eyelids, it instantly soothes the irritation and calms the puffiness that all sufferers will identify with.

So there it is, my skin care routine, I honestly can’t recommend these products enough. I love how gentle and kind they feel and yet still work. Also, despite my wait 20 years ago, they are actually very reasonably priced, especially given the high end quality of all the products.

Sorry if you were looking for the selfie ha!


Have a lovely day!