The Perfect Self Tan

We would love to welcome our resident Beauty expert, Kat Heath. Kat has been a client and loyal member of the community for many years, and flies the flag for colour, confidence and happiness! Kat has worked for Clarins, Decleor and has a BTEC in Beauty Therapy, as well as her own successful beauty therapy business.

Today she is sharing her tips for creating a flawless self tan, with no streaks!

Over to you, Kat…

Finally after what felt like a long and gloomy winter we have now reached the beginning of Summer!

For most of the winter our bodies have been covered up underneath layers of clothing, resulting in dryness and an uneven and lacklustre skin tone.

However, as soon as the sun is out we all want to expose the skin on our bodies by wearing our fabulous summer pieces which have been stored away in the wardrobe for what feels like an eternity.

This is the time when many of us make the mistake of reaching for last years self tan products (that have probably reached their sell by date) without any skin preparation resulting in a streaky and patchy application that can take days to dissappear.

Here are some tips to create the perfect tan to compliment your summer wardrobe without stress and with ease.

1. IT’S ALL IN THE PREP.

Just think when you paint a wall you have to rub it down and smooth out any uneven patches before applying the paint. The same goes for applying your tan.

Think of your skin as a blank canvas. Always give your body a dry skin exfoliation 24 hours before applying your tan.

Apply your exfoliator onto a dry skin in circular movements working towards the heart. This will not only remove dead skin cells but also will promote a circulation boost leaving your skin looking radiant and healthy as well as smooth.

Make sure you rinse thoroughly ideally in the shower rather than the bath to ensure no grains are left on the skin.

If you shave this is the time to do so as the exfoliator would have lifted the hairs giving you a closer shave leaving you hair free for longer.

2. GIVE YOUR SKIN A DRINK.

Once you have given your skin a good exfoliation you may find it slightly dry therefore it is vital to use a good body cream or lotion which will keep your skin smooth and radiant.

Pay particular attention to any dry bits such as the knees or elbows and always apply towards the heart to promote healthy circulation.

I always recommend a rich body cream rather than a lotion to maintain moisture levels throughout the day. Again do this 24 hours before applying your self tan.

3. APPLICATION

Before you apply any self tan products always make sure there are no traces of moisturiser or oil on the skin as it can act as a barrier to the tanning agents in the products. Therefore always apply self tan after a shower or bath.

If you have any dry patches on elbows or knees apply a generous amount of moisturiser on these areas to prevent the self tan gathering in those area creating an orange patch.

If you are not using a mitt or glove always apply a layer of moisturiser on to your hands to help prevent unsightly staining on the palms and wash throughly with cold water (heat activates tanning) and soap as soon as you have finished applying.

4. MAINTENANCE

Keep hold of your beautifully tanned skin by applying body cream after each shower and bath this will prevent dryness as the tanning agents in self tanning products can dry out the skin. It will also seal the colour for a little bit longer.

And remember always protect your skin with an SPF when outside. Even if your self tanning products have a built in SPF for adequate protection you need to reapply a separate product a few hours later.

Blog written by Kat Heath.

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Steal our Style

Susie: Autumn Pear   Sarah: Spring Rectangle

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Sarah here again! Below I’ve built some classic Susie and Sarah outfits that capture elements of our own personal style and lifestyles. Hope you like it! Can you imagine anything harder then style-analysing the actual Styled by Susie!

 

Susie

Work days

Susie loves a bit of camo – its timeless, great for her season and makes her brilliant at hide and seek. The dress is fitted at the waist and kicks out over the hips, which works brilliantly on a curvier figure. The shirt neckline can be worn fully buttoned or undone to create a V – depending on if you want to make the bust looks fuller or smaller.

The cropped style jacket sits on Susie’s little waist.

Accessories are key, The scarf gives a perfect clash against the dress, the necklaces are worn layered and the chunky trainers balance the whole look out.

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Camo print dress, Mango, £44.99
Pleated polka dot scarf, Zara, £15.99
Ciara chunky trainers, Topshop, £39.00
Necklaces, to be worn layered, Topshop, £8.99 & £13.99
Denim Betty jacket, Oasis, £44.99

Mummy days

As a mummy to a gorgeous little boy, Suz goes for a outfit that is simple and easy, ripped jeans suit her rock chic style, the Breton, slogan tee is the perfect balancer for the ripped jeans (technically a rule breaker for a pear!). The accessories all have a element of edge to them, with the bold earrings, animal print and statement plimsoles.

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Jeans, Topshop Jamie, £42.00
T-shirt, Hush, £25.00
Belt, Topshop, £14.00
Shoes, Asos, £149.00
Earrings, Warehouse, £10.00

Date night

The jumpsuit is one of our fav items of clothing, they are super versatile, stylish and the fitted wrap styles are particularly flattering on the waist. The biker adds cool edge to the floral print, and the accessories are understated and tonal.

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Jumpsuit, New Look, £35.00
Biker jacket, Topshop, £55.00
Shoes, Topshop, £32.00
Hex studs, Wolf and Moon, £16.00
Cuff, Wolf and Moon, £32.00
Perfume, L’occitane, Neroli and Orchidee, prices vary

Sarah

Work days

I’m most comfortable in dresses and skirts, as I feel the most ‘me’ in them, The cut of this dress is perfect for my rectangular shape, as it creates a waist and the illusion of shape! (it should also be noted this dress looks fab on hourglasses and pears too). With a strappy dress like this I will either layer under or over. This cardi is perfect for adding some warmth and glam to a variety of outfits. I always prefer a heel too, not totally practical always, but work is my time when I’m not chasing through fields after my toddler so worth the slight discomfort. I love a clash, so these earrings are perfect, and the ring and necklace finish the look.

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Dress, Warehouse, £52.00
Earrings, Zaar, £15.99
Necklace, Accessorize, £10.00
Initial Ring, Astrid and Miyu, £29.00
Leopard print cards, Zara, £19.99
Wedges, New Look, £25.99

Mummy days

I’m a mum to 2 ‘spirited’ boys and spend a large portion of time having to sprint after the 2 year old. I tend to go for a trouser over a jean, these khaki slacks are ideal, I’ll wear a jumper or tee tucked in, funky plimsoles which for now the boys view as cool, sure that will change soon! I still like to accessorise with pretty earrings and bangles, and carry a variety of snacks and lotions in the backpack.

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Trousers, H&M, £24.99
Rainbow trainers, Zara, £29.99
Jumper, Warehouse, £35.00
Earrings, Aldo, £25.00
Backpack, Gap, (old, similar styles available @ £25.00)

Date night

I can sneak the heel back in here for going out, and tend to go with a short skirt and get the legs out! The simple tee will always be tucked in to create some definition, and I’ll wear a statement necklace with a pop of colour. Euphoria is my go to scent, I’ve worn it for about 15 years!

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Skirt, River Island, £35.00
Top, Oasis, £23.00
Necklace, Topshop, £16.50
Perfume, Euphoria, varies
Shoes, Office, £52.00

The Secret To Looking Effortless

When I meet my clients, they tell me that they want to look stylish but not like they have tried too hard. This makes complete sense to me, as the #goal is to look like you have just thrown something on and it’s a part of your style.

This is possible, and I would say I have got to a stage where I feel my look is effortless. I don’t stand in front of my wardrobe staring at different options, or trying loads on and asking my Instagram followers “which one?”. I just put it on, go with it and own it.

Here are a few little tips that have helped me get to a point where style can be effortless. There’s nothing worse than looking like you have tried too hard, or you look totally uncomfortable in your outfit.

TIP 1 – Plan from the shoes up.

This tip has revolutionised my clients’ way of thinking, and it’s the easiest way to plan your outfit. So many women put together their outfit, and then get to the shoes and think “argh”, which ones?! They then realise their shoes don’t go with their outfit, so the clothes are taken off angrily and the stress begins of planning the next outfit…and they were already running late anyway.

I look at what the weather is doing, and what I am doing that day. If I am having a Mum day at the weekend, where we are possibly going to get a bit muddy, I will think “Dr Marten boots”. From there, I decide what comes next, whether I want to go for skinny jeans, or tights and a dress. Once the shoes are decided, the rest is easy.

Or if I am personal shopping, I will choose a trainer. If I go for a chunky white trainer, it means I can afford to go for something a bit funky on my bottom half as my shoes will balance out my bum and hips.

Planning your outfit from the feet up will be a real game changer, and will make your mornings so much easier.

TIP 2 – Comfort.

As much as I would love to rock a pair of heels, like my colleague, Sarah Lilly – I just can’t wear them for long! As a tall girl, I am quite heavy, so carrying weight around on a heel is very hard work! This is why I live in shoes that feel comfortable. Sarah feels herself in a pair of heels, and they work for her because she can still fly around like Carrie Bradshaw, feeling comfortable.

If you are feeling comfortable then you will look comfortable. This doesn’t just go for shoes. Are you wearing a short skirt that you will spend all day pulling down? A new necklace that you can’t stop fiddling with? Go for style that feels comfortable. I always say to clients that you shouldn’t be aware of what you are wearing. Your clothes should feel like your second skin and you shouldn’t have to tug at them all day through feeling self conscious.

Feeling comfortable in your clothing means that you forget you are wearing a bright pattern or necklace, until someone compliments you. Quite often someone will say they like my earrings, and I will have forgotten which ones they are! If your outfit feels like your second skin and you can run, laugh and wave in it, then you will look happy, carefree and confident…not to mention, effortless.

TIP 3 – Own it.

It’s the big day. You have decided to wear those patterned trousers on the school run. Your heart beats faster as you approach the playground, and you start tucking your hair nervously behind your ear. STOP!!!! Own it! Pretend you have been wearing these trousers for 5 centuries and it’s totes normal!!!

You will draw attention to yourself with your nervous shuffling and hair tucking, so just strut through that playground, and when your friend says “ooh nice trousers”, you say “oh these?” and smile coquettishly like Marilyn Monroe.

TIP 4 – Dress like you.

Just because your friend looks great in a headband and statement earrings, doesn’t mean to say that style will work for you. It’s good not to clone anyone and to be you all the way!

One of my friends is a real girlie girl and looks awesome in pastel colours, floral pretty prints and feminine styles. If I tried to recreate that, I would look like Dame Judi Dench, and therefore, feel uncomfortable. The same as, if she wore Dr Marten boots, fishnets and camo trousers, she would look completely unrecognisable (in a bad way).

So find what works for you. Are you a girlie girl who looks great in Oasis style prints and patterns? Or do you prefer a classic Parisian look with bretons, blazers and white jeans? Dress like you and you will look like you…not a poor imitation. There’s nothing better than individuality, creativity and personality. Work it girlfriend.

TIP 5 – Break the seal.

The first time you wear something new and scary (for me it was dungarees and my camo trousers), make sure you are seeing someone supportive and loving.

So when I wore my trousers, I was seeing my Mum and sister at Hever Castle for lunch. I arrived feeling like every single woman, man, duck, swan and Tudor were looking at my trousers, but I soon got over it and realised no one gives a shit about what anyone else is wearing!!! I had an amazing day, and it meant when I wore them yesterday, I forgot I was even wearing them.

If I had worn them somewhere I was likely to get a negative comment, then I may never have worn them again. So break the seal with appropriate people, and the second time you wear it, you will look so effortless, stylish and carefree.