My Top Three: Powder Bronzers

It has been a looong time since my last Top Three post.  I thought it was about time I recorded my favourite bronzers for posterity.  You know, so future generations can be sure of which bronzers were my actual favourite, at this actual moment in time.


The body shop honey bronzer h&m solar flair bronzer sheer tan bourjois maxi delight bronzer


While I do own a couple of liquid bronzing items, I do find powders to be the most user-friendly, and foolproof options.  None of these bronzers are new, and in fact I almost definitely mentioned each of them at least once before. But that just means I love them, not that I’m boring. …. I hope.


the body shop honey bronzer


The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder is probably the most idiot proof of them all. I have shade no. 2, Fair Matte, and it is a cool toned bronzer that is completely matte.  For winter days, or when I am looking for a subtle hint of colour, this is the perfect option.  I love that it is easy to blend, and doesn’t leave a massive brown spot where the brush lands. It does take some building up, but that may be the shade choice, rather than the product.


bourjois maxi delight bronzer bronzed tanning tanned face make-up


For a deeper colour the Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer is my top choice.  This particular bronzer was a ‘gift with purchase’ in Boots last year, and a good one at that.  According to the back of the pan it should ‘[enhance] and prolong [your] tan’, and it contains mother-of-pearl and Beta-Carotene. I can’t vouch for its tan-prolonging properties, because I very rarely tan, preferring the fake kind.  However, as a bronzer to warm up the skin on pale days, it’s fab.


H&M solar flair bronzer bronzing powder sheer tan bronzed make-up flattering face


Finally, an offering from H&M.  I absolutely love the Solar Flair Bronzing Powder in Sheer Tan.  It’s a satin matte, and on my skin tone it is just enough to give a light dusting of bronzy goodness. The powder itself is light and easy to blend, and not at all terrifying, like some bronzers.


As we enter summer, I will be utilizing my bronzer stash a lot more, in the quest for warm, sun-kissed skin.  These three are my most reached for, and remain my favourites, even after so many months.

What are your favourite bronzers? Or do you prefer to keep things more natural?


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My Top Five: Barry M Nail Paints

I can’t actually remember a time when I wasn’t fanatical about nail polish.  As a teenager with very little money, my make-up collection was very basic, but I did love to match my nails to my outfit.  Somewhere along the way I stopped matching, but my collection continued to grow. A little while ago I discovered Barry M, and I was hooked. This blog post was meant to be part of my ‘Top Three’ series, but do you think I could narrow it down to three?! Not likely.  So, here are my top five Barry M Nail Paints.


L-R Barry M Nail Paint Lap of Honour; Grapefruit; Sugar Plum; Blood Orange; Eat My Dust

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Lap of Honour (£3.99 here  ) This gorgeous muted lilac is a perfect spring/summer shade and is subtle enough to wear to the office. Maybe. The brushes on the Speedy Quick Dry line are a little bit wider and flatter than the normal brushes, and cover the nail in only a couple of swipes.  The formula for all Barry M nail Paints is fabulous; creamy, thick and opaque, and this is no exception.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Grapefruit  (£3.99 here). This unique colour is more than a basic pink, and is so pretty and unlike anything else that I own.  It’s really a summer shade, but that doesn’t stop me rocking it in November.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Sugar Plum (3.99 here ) Another purple/pink colour.  I didn’t realise how many of these I had.  This one is a little less subtle, but just as gorgeous as the previous two.  I love to pair it with either Lap of Honour, or another complimentary or contrasting colour.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Blood Orange (£3.99 here ) Now this bright red polish is such a gorgeous hue.  It is pretty vampy, so maybe not one for a conservative work place.  In my opinion Blood Orange is perfect for all four seasons, and I know I’ll be wearing it loads coming up to Christmas.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Eat My Dust (£3.99 here) I can’t decide if this polish is grey or very pale blue, but either way I love it.  It is easy to wear; being very pale it is less obvious when it chips.  In typical Barry M style, it is another excellent polish, that goes on smoothly and evenly.


As I may have mentioned, I have great affection for all Barry M Nail Paints, because they are so affordable, and excellent quality with it.  I have fallen for the hype in the past, and spent crazy amounts on high end nail polishes, but I really do not see the benefit in spending more than a fiver on a bottle of nail varnish.

What is your favourite nail polish brand?  Do you prefer high end, or a more affordable option?

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