When there’s no sun, fake it

So our London summer has been pretty rubbish so far to say the least (although there has been some improvement this weekend) and when you can’t get the glow naturally, a nice bronzer does the trick.  This is something I wear all year round anyway, but tend to wear more obvious bronzers and put more on in the warmer months.  An all year round one that has fared really well is  The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (£13) which is matte so even takes some shine off and I find it lasts really well and you only need a light dusting to get a good natural colour (but you can build it up if you want to.)  Unfortunately I dropped mine at a wedding recently (thank god I had just used it as it was a beach wedding in Miami and my make up had all but slipped off in the heat so the matte in the bronzer really came in handy once I had freshened up.)  There wasn’t time to buy a replacement out there so I bought one as soon as I got back to London and fancied trying something new.  I came across a Kiko Milano store in Covent Garden one rainy day and was blown away by the huge selection of goodies and really reasonable prices.  I must add I had just been in the Charlotte Tilbury shop across the road and wanted absolutely everything in there, but my mum was treating me and I didn’t want her to spend too much.  So back to Kiko. A very helpful assistant listened to my requirements and suggested I try the limited edition Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer.  I was sold as soon as I saw it was encased in the most beautiful summery and glamorous compact and is massive so will last for ages (provided I don’t drop it, but I don’t think I’ll be carrying it around anyway…) It gives a really beautiful sunkissed look with a real glow as if I have been sitting in the sun, but nipped inside just before my face starts to get shiny.  And, like the Body Shop one you can build it up as much as you like.  I got the matching brush as well.  Unfortunately I can’t see it online so it must have sold out, but hopefully you can still find it in the shop.  From what I remember it was approximately £22 for the bronzer and £13 for the brush.  You can find some other Kiko bronzers here and check out the whole range as I plan to try more. I must add I personally don’t like bronzers that are shimmery and sparkly as use mine mostly for day than night and the sparkles end up on my hands and over my sons face over the duration of the day.  It’s like glitter on greeting cards; I can never get the damn stuff off and it ends up everywhere.  I just remembered one of my favourite bronzers was an Elizabeth Arden minerals one (Pure Finish Mineral Bronzing Powder) which comes in a pot with a little Kabuki-style brush, but I bought it on a plane back from holiday a few years ago so didn’t try it first and it’s a little dark so I can only wear it when I am naturally tanned.  It also has a lovely matte, long lasting finish. You can find it here which means they still sell it which is great (£26).So let’s hope we can all enjoy some sunshine soon, but in the meantime there are plenty of ways to fake it.

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