Sunday, 29 May 2011

St Moriz: A Bit of Glitz and Shimmer...

So after expressing major <3 for the St. Moriz fake tan recently, I was sent a few items to further cement my slight obsession with the company. 

For all of you who have not yet heard of St. Moriz, it is a brand which is taking the fake tanning world by storm. With its' amazing formulation, which does not streak, transfer or have that nasty fake tan smell, it rivals brand leaders such as St. Tropez and Fake Bake. The best part about this brand, aside from the fact it dries instantly? The price! With all of the products in the range having a £4.99 RRP, it's not going to break the bank and with Summer just around the corner and those beaches, bikinis and denim shorts calling us after a tight-bound winter, it's just what's needed. 

You can read my review on the St. Moriz Instant Self-Tanning Mist here.

So, on to the products I was sent:

St. Moriz’s Shimmering Bronzing Body souffle and their Shade ‘n’ Shimmer Bronzing Powder in Light, £4.99 each, can be bought from: Bodycare, Semichem, Savers, Co-op, Boyes, Watts Bros, Gordon’s Chemist ( Ireland) and Independent Pharmacies.

I must admit, these both scared me a little when I opened them, as they are VERY shimmery, but I've used them both over the course of the week and really like them both. 

First off, the bronzing powder:

Mine is in the 'Light' variation, it also comes in dark. I found mine a little too light and golden toned to use as a bronzer, but I think that with the amount of shimmer in it, you'd struggle using it as a proper bronzer anyway. Instead, I've been using it as a highlighter, such as I would a shimmer brick and those kinds of products. This looks lovely over the cheekbones and even as an eyeshadow, and it blends out to a lovely bronze gold colour, perfect for summer and it's a great sized product to throw into your handbag for touch ups throughout the day. 

Secondly, the souffle:

This is a bronze, gel-like, whipped kind of product with a tonne of gold micro-glitter in it. I know, I know, it looks scary out of the tube, but on it's not that bad I promise. It's meant to be used to add a bit of oomph to your tan. The bronze colour deposits slightly on the skin and so darkens up any pre-existing tan a little, or gives you that flush of colour if not, and the shimmer, which is more apparent in person, adds that extra bit of glamour if you're going out. This is one of those day-to-night savior products. You can throw it in your handbag if you're going out after work for example and put it on as you're getting ready and you've got perfect legs and a highlighter too boot. 

The fact that it is so shimmer can put a lot of people off, but the upside to this shimmer is that it doesn't photograph like you're a human glitter ball. Rather, it adds that sort of sun-kissed 'glow' to the skin (as you can see from the above photos). I'd rather this product didn't have the amount of glitter it does, but I really love the colour it gives and the fact that it's wash off, so you can use it to amp up the glamour on a night out and be back to your demure self the next morning. However, saying this, placing this product across the collarbones and down the centre of the shins is really flattering, drawing attention to them and in the case of legs, really slimming them down.

All in all, the bronzing powder I have used every day since receiving it and love the effect it gives my skin. The souffle however, is not an 'everyday' product by any means, nor one I'd personally use all over my body, but I enjoyed the effect it gave me on my legs when I used it, and it really will complement anyone on a night out. 

If you're a fake tan addict as it is, you'll love these two products, and the whole St. Moriz range for that fact! Definitely worth a try out if you pass a store which stocks it, as it really has been my go-to brand for pale-legged emergencies and I've managed to covert some of my St. Tropez addicted friends. 

There is a reason why this brand has become such a hit, the products are great quality with amazing results at prices which make my bank balance happy!

Much Love,

*Disclaimer* I was sent these products to review, however I have not been paid and all of my opinions are my own and honest.


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