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Tuesday 19 April 2011

Could I Really Be A Bronze Goddess?

In a months time this is where I'll be. Lounging by the pool, watching the sun sparkle on the mediterranean sea. It makes me mellow just thinking about it.

Of course, when one visits the south of France, one has standards to keep. I recently went to a showcase of Estee Lauder's summer 'Bronze Goddess' collection. The minute that I walked through the door, I knew that this was going to be exactly what I was looking for in order to keep up appearances in France.

Mr B. will testify that I do get a bit excited about holidays. And, that I do tend to go a bit over the top of smellies to take with me. I like to buy new clothes, new make-up and new cosmetics for holidays. Don't know why – I just do. A holiday feels like a new beginning to me. Ever since going on honeymoon with a ridiculously low baggage allowance I've been learning some tricks about travelling light. Estee may well have helped me out on this front. With the Island Oasis Eyeshadow Pallete, one of their Shadow Sticks, a Waterproof Mascara and a single Pure color lip gloss or lip stick I really wouldn't need to take anything else with me on holiday. There are colours in there suitable for all occasions and all times of day. Genius.


The other main element to the Bronze Goddess range is their bronzing and tinting products. I'm not normally one for fake tans but whenever we go to the south of France, I do tend to experiment a little bit. I've personally come to the conclusion that you can only get a good fake tan professionally – this may be due to my own ineptness. I've been trying the Bronze Goddess liquid bronzer on my face and, although I admit that it does give a welcome colour to my face, it still feels a bit fake. I need more practice.

I am a WHOLE lot more comfortable using Estee Lauder's Daywear tinted moisturising lotion. Why had I never discovered this before? It is an everyday moisturiser with a fresh cucumber smell that reminds me of summer. The special thing about it is a very subtle tint which actually responds to your own skin tone. When you first apply it, it starts to change colour – your initial reaction is “argh, I'm going to look like a...” but then the colour softens and melts away leaving you with skin that looks like your own, but ever so slightly more bright and summery. I love it. I'm hooked.

And, for me to get the slightly tanned look, I'm much happier applying a soft shimmer of Sea Star Bronzing Blush on top of my Daywear lotion. I can't see me using this very often but on holiday I reckon its perfect.

The colours of the eye and lip range this summer are fabulous. They make me feel summery when I'm not even wearing them. I'm even feeling adventurous enough to try the bright flash of blue (and attempt not to look like an OAP). My only complaint about the Shadow Stick is that the colour doesn't last long enough, that bright flash soon fades away and I need to re-apply but generally, I find that with most of Estee's make-up products.

My absolute favourite product from the range is the limited edition Shimmering Bronze nail varnish. I blogged a couple of months ago about having fallen in love with Estee's nail varnishes. This colour is amazing – I never thought of myself as a brown nail varnish kinda person but this makes me feel grow-up yet young at the same time. Summery and sparkly to set off a great tan.. but equally as warm and homely for a chillier time of year.

To finish the look I spritz with just a touch of the new summer fragrance Bronz Goddess Soleil. I have a feeling that this may be the scent of my summer. Its so light and fresh and zingy and I've pretty much used up my bottle of it already. You know when a smell of something reminds you for years to come of a place, an event or an item of clothing. I think this may well be what reminds me of holidays in the south of France for many many years.

And so, putting together the whole ensemble, perhaps I really could turn from this...

… to this

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