Lancaster Self Tanning Melting Delight

I have been back in the UK for exactly 2 weeks now, and have managed to maintain a strong tanning regime. I have fooled most into thinking that my bronzed glow is natural, so I definitely can’t afford to have any tanning disasters! 
I packed the Cocoa Brown Tanning Moose and St Tropez Daily Tanning Moisturiser in my suitcase, but whilst browsing the endless beauty boutiques in Tenerife, I stumbled across the Lancaster Self Tanning Melting Delight Sublime Intense Glow. Keen to intensify my tanning regime, I popped the 03. Intense ‘Trip to Copacabana’ formula into my basket.

This is a fast-drying (face) and body cream contains a self-tanning agent with melanin to mimic a natural colour. It is enriched with coconut water extract to keep the skin hydrated and allow for smooth, easy application. Lancaster promise an even, flawless, no-fuss and streak free application – everything that you look for in a fake tan! 

As much as I love using the Cocoa Brown Tanning Moose in the UK, I do find it a little drying in the summer, so would definitely recommend packing a cream or lotion to keep the skin soft and hydrated. The Lancaster Melting Delight is a rich tinted cream which can be easily worked into the skin using upward strokes. I chose the 03. Intense colour as I wanted ultra-dark coverage and this did not disappoint. It creates a gorgeous bronzed colour (no orange tone) once developed, and has a relatively discreet scent that isn’t overly ‘biscuity’. I applied this each night after showering (teamed with light exfoliation) and was left with a natural-looking glow. 

A small amount really does go a long way, so I have plenty of product left to use now I have returned home. The colour is extremely long lasting, yet isn’t an absolute nightmare to completely remove after approximately 10 days wear. Priced at £26.00 from Debenhams, it definitely fits into the medium to high-end price bracket, but it is such a lovely luxurious product to use that it is definitely worth it, and I am keen to more products in the Lancaster range. 

Do you have any Lancaster product recommendations?

Summer Holiday 2015 | Instagram

I have been back in the UK for a couple of days now (sob!), so thought I would pick up my blogging mojo with an Instagram update post – (for those that aren’t following me already, come find me @justinebalfour). I had an incredible 2 weeks in Tenerife and look forward to sharing different aspects (hotel, outfits, sightseeing etc.) over the next few weeks. I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer and I am loving reading lots of sunny themed blog posts – keep em coming!

The day before I jetted off, I booked myself in for an early morning spray tan appointment. I chose the Sienna X Express Tan as it is a natural golden colour and only needs to be left on for 2-4 hours to achieve a subtle glow. I also gave myself an at-home shellac manicure & pedicure, opting for the colour CND Tropix. As we had an afternoon flight, I booked us into Hickories in Chester for breakfast – this is Pauls favourite restaurant, and seen as it was his Birthday the following day, I couldn’t resist! The crispy bacon and maple syrup pancake stack is incredible! Naturally we needed a selfie as we pulled into Manchester Airport Jet Parks before hopping on a shuttle bus to the terminal. I was a little anxious at wearing white to travel in, but I had no food disasters and it showed off my tan beautifully. The fourth photo was taken on Monday morning from my sun lounger entitled ‘I could think of worse Mondays!’.

I couldn’t resist another cheeky selfie on our third evening – here I am wearing a neon pink flowery skater dress that I bought from Select. We spent our fourth day exploring Las Americas and Costa Adeji, and I chose to wear my black and white beach dress from Primark. We did make a quick stop to one of the beach front bars for a cocktails! Pina Colas are undoubtedly my favourite holiday drink – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties! I was planning on putting together a couple of blog posts whilst I was away, but we filled our days with so much that I didn’t get around to it. I did manage a Beat the Heat post detailing this year’s holiday essentials which you can read here.

You can take the girl out of England, but you can’t take England out of the girl - I had a fry up every single day with the most delicious frothy cappuccino and fresh apple juice. We loved Costa Adeji so much that we made a second trip in our Rental Car. This particular spot was postcard worthy and below sat the most gorgeous hotel with double bed loungers and a Jacuzzi pool. On our journey back to our hotel, we stopped at Monkey Park (an attraction not advertised by Tour Operators, but well worth a visit!). They had small monkey enclosures you could walk through – it was certainly one of the most personal wildlife centres I have ever visited. Finally, I picked up the Roberto Cavalli Exotica in Duty Free and it became my holiday scent - since I have returned home, I think back to such incredible memories and experiences each time I spritz. It was certainly a holiday I won’t forget.

Beat The Heat

Instead of putting a June Favourites post together, I thought that I would share some of my Beat The Heat holiday essentials whilst away in a hot climate. I am currently sat (shade) sunning myself by the pool in Tenerife with a piƱa colada slushy in hand - pure bliss.

The Origins Ginzing Moisturiser has several mentions here on Beauty Toolkit, and it is undoubtably my favourite holiday (and mostly all year round) facial moisturiser. The gel-like consistency, strong citrus scent and non-greasy formula makes it perfect for morning and night use during a hot break. I like to store mine in the (mini-bar) fridge for super cool application after a hot bath/ shower.

Bronzer is a summer holiday essential of mine due to a hefty fake tanning routine. The day before I depart, I like to book myself in for a spray tan, and then keep up my bronzed glow using daily tanning moisturisers and lotions. This year I have brought my St Tropez Daily Moisturising Lotion and Cocoa Brown Tanning Mousse away with me, and will be sure to review both products after the 2-week break. The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is a staple in my make-up routine, so it is no wonder that I love their Natural Bronzer compact for both day and night. 

I recently posted a photo of the Pantene Youth Protect BB Creme on my Instagram page (@justinebalfour) and I haven't put it down since. It is a lovely lightweight leave-in conditioner for the ends of dry damaged hair - especially those that have had a little too much sun. It's leaves hair soft and hydrated without feeling weighed down. 

Bold lips were a summer essential of mine last year, and this year it is no different. These chubby lip pencils are great for fuss-free application with a statement look. I wear a variety of the Revlon ColorBurst shades day and night as they finish off an outfit and make it look really put together. 

This gorgeous Elf Studio Blush Compact in shade Twinkle Pink looks fabulous with a tan. The colour compliments a bronzed glow perfectly and is super long lasting - even in hot weather. I simply apply a light application on the apples of my cheeks and blend out. 
What are your Beat The Heat essentials?
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