Saturday, 24 September 2016

Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam Review


I wouldn't call myself a regular tanner, and I'm afraid to say I don't honour Tanning Thursday or see it as a day of celebration. However, from time to time, I do enjoy marinating in DHA, and waking up the next day with a golden glow.

The one tanning brand I have always used, and keep going back to is Bondi Sands. Australian made and not too expensive, it has always drawn me as a brand with a variety of products to choose from. I have been using the Self Tanning Foam in Light/Medium (read my full review HERE) for a couple of years now, and have also tried the new Liquid Gold product (a tanning oil, where no 'wash off is required' – branded for convenience. I will do a review on this product soon!).

Recently, I have been using the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk to maintain and enhance my tan, whilst moisturising my body. While this works a treat, I was pulled in by the sound of the Gradual Tanning Foam. The Gradual Tanning Foam has the exact same benefits as the milk, except that it is in a foam formula. It even has the same scent, Cocoa Butter.

I definitely prefer the Gradual Tanning Milk over the Gradual Tanning Foam. I find that the Foam leaves my skin extremely sticky and does not sink in properly, unlike the milk which you don't notice is there after a while. I also found that it took a lot longer to sink into my skin. In terms of the colour, I found that it maintains the tan fine but does not make you any darker. Which is fine by me. It made my tan from the Self-tanning foam last for more than its usual 7 days.

The main problem I have with this product, is that it made me break out in an itchy, bobbly rash... I don't usually have sensitive skin, and I've not had a problem with any of the other tanning products I have used before from Bondi Sands. I wouldn't recommend using the product everyday, perhaps every other day if you have sensitive skin. I feel like I have to use it now as tanning products aren't the cheapest on the shelves!

The price for this product is £12.99 which is ever so slightly more pricey than the milk. At the moment it is on offer at Superdrug, literally a day after I paid full price for it which is a bit annoying! I would recommend the Gradual Tanning Milk over the Gradual Tanning foam, which is also on offer at the moment, so go grab a bottle! 

Have any of you tried this product before? What other brands would you recommend?

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Mysterious Disappearance of SugarPlumPosts…

Who? Sugarplumposts? Exactly… so where have I been these last few months? When I ask myself that question I start to think… what exactly have I been doing?! I have been nowhere, I have done nothing. I moved to a new city, got a new job and it has taken over my life. I have a boring routine… work, sleep, work, sleep…then the weekend arrives and I find I’m bored every weekend trying to think of something to do before the work, sleep cycle takes place again.

I completely gave up blogging. I thought what is the point? I don’t have the time anymore and no one reads it anyway! I felt completely unmotivated. I don’t have any other hobbies… I don’t play sport, I don’t do knitting much anymore, and I don’t play the piano anymore... I even invested in some sports clothes and a yoga mat with the mantra,’I WILL TAKE UP YOGA. I WILL TAKE UP YOGA…’ with only doing one session and realising I am the most unflexible human alive. I was starting to get stuck in the thought that I am only 22 and have no life apart from work and sleep.

However. When I take a step back, I realise, on a whole I am happy, and even though what I do is boring compared to some other people, I still have fun and I have a wholesome life.

I have a wonderful boyfriend who loves me and we are going to be renting our first place together, which is extremely exciting!

When I want to I really do have fun! Recently, I went camping in the Lake District which was beautiful and a good laugh. Something I’ve never done before.

I have a family home in Yorkshire, in a tiny village in the countryside. And I love going back home for visits.

I have also been almost adopted into a family in Manchester too. I live with my boyfriend’s parents and they are the most supportive, lovely, accepting people. I will always be grateful for everything they have done for me. I have the best of both worlds. My crazy family back in Yorkshire and the beautiful countryside, and living in Manchester with my boyfriend’s parents (soon to be in our own place!) with the hustle and bustle of a city.

I have started to make new friends at work too and feel a lot more comfortable with what I do… oh and there is a cute office dog too!

I am a young person who has responsibilities, and I like that.

And I do want to change the hobbies situation! I want to start blogging again! I want to practice yoga…. Exactly that, PRACTICE. With practice in anything we all get better.

So I think the message of this post, is to stop thinking about what everyone else is doing, and appreciate everything you do have and appreciate it when you do have fun! You don’t have to spend a crazy amount of money and go out every night to have ‘fun’.

See you all soon with a new post ;)