Thursday, 19 November 2015

Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Review

Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals

The beauty industry is always looking to provide new, innovative products. These days a lot of women are busier, have less time and want good quality products. The latest launch from luxury self-tan brand Vita Liberata promises to be an immovative multi-tasker, as it is the first self-tanning bronzer.

Trystal Minerals is a mineral bronzing powder that doubles a self-tanner, building up a gradual tan with each use. The DHA tanning agent in Trystal Minerals reacts with skin when applied over moisturiser or foundation - ideal for paler girls that don't like to use self tan, or to top up self tan in between applications.

Available in two shades, Sunkissed and Bronze, the product comes with a specially designed kabuki brush for application.

My thoughts

Packaging: At a first glance I was very impressed with the packaging. It is simple but of a high quality. The included brush is extremely soft (always a bonus!) and the pot of minerals is very sturdy and distributes an even amount of powder when you tip it out.

Experience: As a bronzer, I love this. I use it all over the face to give my skin a warm glow, and as a separate contour. However, in terms of it building up a natural tan, I haven't noticed any results. I use it daily but it hasn't build up much of a tan on my face unfortunately. After a bit of research I have found out that the tanning agents are meant to work best when the bronzer is applied over moisturiser, rather than foundation, so this could be a reason, but for me I much prefer this as a bronzer rather than a self tanner.

I'm really pleased I tried this and it has lasted me for months, but with a £35 price tag I don't think it lives up to its hype!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Runnin', runnin', runnin', runnin'!

One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2015 was to start running more and, unlike other faddy resolutions like lose weight, eat healthier, I'm pleased to say I actually kept this one up! I am by no means a long distance runner but even the smallest accomplishments in terms of time and distance make me feel so proud.

In the summer I practiced extensively for the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK and was so happy to shave a few minutes of my 5k personal best and raise money for charity at the same time! A few weeks ago I took on the Fleet 10k and while I was by no means the fastest across the finish line it was an amazing feeling to know I had achieved my first ever 10k!

With the weather getting colder and the evenings getting darker it is harder to keep up my running but Cancer Research UK is encouraging more people to get out and about this Winter as the London Winter Series returns! The run series is a 10km run through the streets of Liverpool, London and Manchester, passing iconic landmarks along the way. I will be entering the London event for January 2016!

London Winter Run Series

If you would like to enter any of the events planned you can get £3 off entry with the code 'SIMPELLE'.  All details of the events can be found here: Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Passionata teaches me a lesson in bra fitting

For years I have read articles about how a certain percentage of women aren't wearing the correct bra size, how important it is to get fitted, etc... but frankly, I usually just ignored them because I assumed I was wearing the right size! Admittedly I had never been for a bra fitting in my entire life, I just guessed, and as my bras seemed to fit me I didn't see what the issue was.

Then Passionata invited me for a fitting so I thought 'why not?'! I popped along to my nearest concession at my local House of Fraser store on my lunch break and was looked after by their fitter, Sarah. After taking a few measurements I was surprised to find out I was actually a cup size bigger and band size smaller than I had thought - while this isn't a major difference in measurements it made a huge difference in terms of the fit and comfort of bras I tried on. I was also talked through how certain styles of bra are more suited to different clothing - for example, balconette bras work with boxy tops with square necklines.

Passionata refer to their service as a bra fitting rather than measuring because it is all about trying on different shape & style bras and finding the ones that feel most comfortable for you. I was also surprised to learn that bras should always be worn on the loosest hook and gradually tightened the more you wear them, as the elastic wears down. This confirmed for me that I had been wearing the wrong bra size all my life as all my bras have been worn on the tightest hook!

In the short space of time I was with Passionata (like I said, this was all done in my lunch break!) I felt like I had learnt a lot and was ready to replace my underwear drawer! As a thank you, Passionata kindly sent me an underwear set in the post afterwards - I chose the 'Let's Play' set. The bra fits perfectly and is very comfortable to wear, I almost forget I'm wearing it!

For anyone worried about getting a bra fitting because they think it will be awkward I urge anyone to get it done! I felt so comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole process and it was extremely beneficial. Thank you Passionata!
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