Cocoa Brown Tan Night and Day Review


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Cocoa Brown Night and Day tan Mouse is the €8:50 Irish tanning brand taking the UK and Ireland by storm, and fast becoming a rival to the king of all tans-FakeBake. The other day I was sent out this little beauty, along with their “Tough Stuff” pre tanning scrub, and I gave it a whirl this bank holiday weekend.

Night and Day is an instant tanning mouse, that goes on very very dark for a night out, but then when you shower the next day, it washes away, but leaves behind a light natural looking sunkissed glow that’s just right for daytime.

Initially I thought “this is a gimmick” what difference does the time of day make to your tan? But then I thought back to all the nights out I’ve ever had. Sure, in Dublin it’s beyond normal to go out so tanned people wonder if you have Italian relatives. But then…in the cold light of the next day, when you rock up to college/work in that same super tan, well, it looks a bit walk of shame. So something like night and day is the perfect solution for people who like to work hard and play hard.

So how did it go? Well, I’m not the biggest tan fan these days, but I used to wear it every day, so I know each and every tan out there and what you can expect from them- which is not much. So when I tried this out I can honestly say it was first class! It actually looked like I had a real tan –not a fake tan! It was actually brown without a hint of orange in sight, you know, like how a real tan looks (that brown thing you get on your skin when you live in a hot country).

It’s really easy to apply, due to its dark colour you can instantly see if you have missed anywhere, and its oil free mouse formula means that it dries instantly and you just have to sweep up in quick straight lines to apply. So there’s no massaging in and then spending hours waiting around in your underwear for the stuff to dry like you do with a creamy formula. You also don’t have to use very much because one pump of this on a tan mitt is enough to tan one leg. I did my whole body and I still have loads left.

I can see why it’s compared to FakeBake. It’s very dark and natural, with that green cast undertone FakeBake has that masks and cancels out the pink tones present in fair skin. But it doesn’t stick to the hairs on your arms like FakeBake does, making you look like your serioso gorilla hairy, unless you rub it in like mad, like a gorilla.

The only drawbacks are that even though its an instant tan, its definetly not a low maintenance- last minute tanning system. With CB You have to use the “Tough Stuff” scrub and the oil free “Chocolate Whip” moisturiser the day before you tan, to avoid streaking and patching in dry areas like knees and elbows. And that even though I did this, I still had a slight bit of patching on my knees and elbows. And that’s not a great sign considering I have normal skin without any dry patches, so if you have dry skin this dry oil free formula could potentially be problematic.

But if you can get around that, this would be a great for glam girls who have had to cut the credit card and say goodbye to expensive spray tans and brands like FakeBake and St Tropez. And hey, it can’t hurt to support Irish brands. Well, so long as you can get around the knee and elbow patching.


Best French Pharmacy Products. French Pharmacy Haul

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These badboi’s are just back from Paris! I was chomping at the bit to get them out and use them once I got home because I am such a fan of French Pharmacy products; they are almost the best part of the trip.

French Pharmacy products are such good quality, they are almost on par with high end equivalents, particularly moisturisers and suncreams, and you would be hard pressed to find one that isn’t hypoallergenic, or, made without volcanic thermal water. And each brand seems to have its own spring. You will also find some of the fashion and beauty industries biggest cult products that every makeup artist, model, blogger (yours truly) and beauty editor makes a bee-line for the second their flight fits the ground.

So, what did I get?

Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellaire solution.

Well, my first port of call was Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellaire solution. This is a makeup remover with probably the biggest cult following amongst fashion and beauty insiders! It’s on every beauty editor’s dessert island list and I’m yet to meet a makeup artist or model who doesn’t stock up on it the second they hit Paris. It’s actually quite hard to get your mitts on this anywhere outside of France. There is only one place in London and one place in New York that sells it – for £60 a bottle – and forget about trying to buy it anytime near September or March (Fashion week) because that’s when all the fash-pack descend, so it will be totally sold out.

In France however, it’s a different story. Yours truly got a big big 500ml bottle for just €19:99….but walked out of the chemist with that illicit “looking over your shoulder feeling” you get when you buy Neurophen plus.

Nuxe Prodigieuse oil.

Another very much lusted for cult product I got was Nuxe Prodigieuse oil. Ah- JAYSUS, it’s fantastic! If you’re a fan of Moroccan Oil- you will like this baby, because it’s like it’s grown up, swanky sister! It’s a multi-use dry body oil (read- not greasy /something you would rub onto an unfortunate male stripper) with the most luxurious expensive scent! You can use it on your skin, you can use it on your hair to tame frizz, or as a shine enhancer, cuticles, lips, anything-anywhere! I got a limited edition bottle that was €28 for 100ml, and in Ireland it’s usually €32 for 100ml and the regular (not half as purdy) bottle.

Nuxe Reve de Miel lipbalm,

I then got another cult product Nuxe Reve de Miel lipbalm, which again, is so gorgeous! It’s a matte lipbalm that moisturises and protects similarly to Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, (I know what you’re thinking lipbalm cant be matte) But it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and particularly great under matte finish lipsticks like MAC, which dry the bejaysus out of my lips, honestly- I look like I could get the starring role in “The Mummy Returns” . But with Nuxe– its nux problem. It was €10 and I think it’s around €13 here in Ireland.

Vichy Normaderm

Even though I have clear, normal to oily skin, and rarely ever break out, I used to have terrible acne, so I use an acne face wash once a week as maintenance (I’m sure every acne sufferer out there has just thrown their eyes to heaven reading that) but I do. So I bought myself a big big 400ml Vichy Normaderm Deep cleansing purifying gel for €13 and Normaderm Complete Hydrating protection gel €13. I’m not too keen on the scent of the Purifying gel – it’s an awful lot like floor cleaner (which makes me suspicious, because I’ve heard rumour Clinique use that in their toners) but it foams up loads and gives a great deep down clean feeling. But I could probably only use it once a week because it gave me that tight slightly hot feeling after. The moisturiser is great –lovely smell, lovely texture- but boy does it dry skin out! I had barely even made it out of the bathroom before that dry clay like feeling constricted my face! Again for me – only once a week- at night only!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL velvety lotion SPF 50

My next port of call was suncream! I am the biggest Spf junky around! My two brands of choice are La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL velvety lotion SPF 50 which is gorgeous because it just melts in perfectly moisturises all day but isn’t shiny, has never broken me out yet and doesn’t give that hideous congested feeling some high SPFs do. I got a 200ml bottle for €13, and a 100ml tube is €21 in Boots.

Vichy Capital Soleil Spf 50

My second is Vichy Capital Soleil Spf 50 it also has an amazing silky light texture, and is shine free and comedogenic and skin suffocation free! I got a HUGE 300ml bottle for €13 and in Ireland it is around €18. So I’m delira with myself after that! They are so big they will probably last a year between the two of them!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5

My final port of call was La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 it’s a heavy duty “wonder balm” product that cures everything from regular dry skin, to sunburn, to nappy rash, to eczema – literally anything that doesn’t involve broken skin! I tend to get seriously dried out cheeks and lips in the winter (and occasionally have some scary looking rashes after testing out products) so this baby is a godsend! I got a big 100ml tube for €10 and it is around €12:89 in Ireland.

Until next time …..