July 2013 / Charley Lucy



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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

No Candles Allowed

That's right, once I move into my new flat I'm not allowed to burn candles in case one were to, say, burn the place down. I adore candles, fruity, cinnamonny, vanillary...I have them all! I figure I can't be the only one with a steadily increasing candle addiction and nothing to do about it, so I began to look into some alternatives.

If you're not bothered about scent you can go ahead and purchase a flickering LED wax candle from a whole range of stores, they come in all sorts of sizes tea light to towering, though some I've seen look a lot more appealing than others. I bought one last year for my room and it do so incredibly dusty I ended up packing it away somewhere. I've found this great set of vanilla scented ones on Amazon for just £4.99!

I've recently been seeing some gorgeous reed diffuses (something I previously assumed was exclusive to Great Aunts and New Age stores). My favorite comes from ASDA and has a ceramic bird on top and sells for just £5. Pretty, don't you agree?
In my search, I even found some cute scented hearts I found for your drawers too! I think I might just end up investing in a god ol' fashioned air freshener instead. But my candles will be sorely missed!

Do you have any candle alternatives?

La Riche/Directions Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Review

Let me start by  saying I have used A LOT of hair colourants from a lot of different brands: permanent, semi-permenant, wash-in wash-out and hair chalks... I've been dying my hair different colours for about five years now.

I have used a few different shades from the La Riche Range: Atlantic Blue, Mandarin, Rose Red and Turquoise. To view the full range of colours click here. The best way to review these products would be to talk about each colour separately as I find that the results and lasting colour seem to different by shade.

ATLANTIC BLUE: I used this colour back in February time, I wanted to test out ombre but, did not yet want to commit so I used this atop my dark red locks. It looked really great and I loved it. At first the colour was almost black and it washed out the this beautiful purpley colour because of the red in my hair. I think this was one of  my favorites of the range, it lasted about 3-4 weeks (from two 15 minute treatments) and washed out completely, not staining my hair.

MANDARIN: I used this when I had my beached ombre hair (click here for a link to the blog post) because I've always liked the idea of being ginger. You could definitely see it in the hair but I would recommend bleaching it first if this is the colour of your choice. I think it washed out completely after about 2-3 weeks (1x 15 minute treatment). It was nice but I just didn't seem to love it as much as my other colours.

ROSE RED: This was my first attempt at whole-head La Riche Directions colour. I warn you now, it WILL STAIN YOUR SCALP and usually takes a few washes before it regains its normal colour, so DON'T use it if you're off out that very same day (goes for any of the dyes). However, the colour was beautiful on my gingery red locks, I absolutely adored it! There was however a massive downside, this dye stained my bathroom and my pillows and it took some serious scrubbing to remove. On the flip side it's very highly pigmented and will give even dark locks a hint of colour.

TURQUOISE: I purchased this dye after picking it for a friend, it looked gorgeous on her so this is next up on my list to try!

Three Top Tips for Packing

Today things are manic with packing as I'm trying to disentangle my life from the stuff I need and the stuff I won't see for two months, all whilst packing and washing bed sheets, towels and a weeks worth of holiday clothes. It's definitely taking some time.

I sat here wracking my brain on what to blog about and figured, why not packing, how to pack, what to pack, when to pack... and show you some more items I've purchased for my new home in part two later in the week.

Over the past few months I've been looking out for stuff but, unsurprisingly it all turns up two weeks before moving day. Rule #1, without a doubt, is to start packing early. I've been chucking stuff into boxes for weeks now but that doesn't mean it's pack, does it Rule #2?

I know some of you may feel this way after hours and hours of trawling through your stuff. But, Rule #2 is pack smart. Pack towels with toothbrushes and sheets with slippers. That way, when you get to the other end it's relatively simple to unpack and your rooms will be organised in no time.

Rule #3 is to pack pretty, not junky, if you're limited on space you want a few knick knacks to make it homely but you don't want junk. Yes that teddy bear is adorably cute to fit next to your jewellery box AND ornament AND photo frame - but do you really need it?

If you've got any other top tips for packing, please let me know in the comments below!

Image courtesy of http://stockvault.net/photo/126187/leather-bag

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Gorgeous Summer Jewellery

These are two of my favorite pieces to wear this summer, they're both fun and have subtle hints of colour in them. The first has quite a tribal theme which is still very in, in the form of Aztec prints.

The second I purchased last summer, it was sitting all alone on the sale shelf and is far too big for me, but it was just far too beautiful to leave, so I fixed it to a chain and wear it as a necklace.

What are your favorite summer picks?

Photographs taken and edited by me.

Furnish your Room for Less

As you already know, I'm moving into my first University house at the end of this week. I think it's important to furnish and decorate your room to make it feel more like home and less like a prison cell, but one of the the major problems is that FURNISHING COST MONEY. Especially if it's your first year at university, your loan doesn't come through until the beginning of October, so until then you're pretty much up the creek without a paddle. If this sounds like you, I would advise you to prioritise, get some basic kitchen equipment, some bedding and towels and read my previous post about How to Decorate your Room at College/University.

In the second year, you'll typically be moving into your first house and, yep, have got completely different furniture and a double bed so goodbye to those single duvets from the first year and hello MORE shopping. This year I wanted a completely different theme so it didn't work out too badly but it still meant hours of trawling the net for affordable bedding. In the end I managed to pick up two different monochrome double duvet sets and fitted sheets for about £22 and even managed to bag a sheet of Mum, no doubt your parents will always have to one spare. I also managed to pick up a feather duvet for the absolute bargain price of a fiver at the local boot sale, just make sure you air it out on the line first!

As I already have all of the kitchen and bathroom supplies I'll need from first year, I began my search for decorations, anything to make my room less white and bland. After shopping round IKEA, Argos, Asda... I turned to the boot sale, I picked up two floral pattern feather throw pillows (50p a piece) and a scarf hanger to maximise the space in my small wardrobe (£1) at the local boot sale, I also discovered a cute little decorative box that has the phrase 'Wonderful Things' written on top for £1 also that I'm going to sit in between textbooks on my book case.

The following day I trekked into town and began looking at my local home decor shops, a tenner for a plastic jewellery box large enough to hold about three rings? No than you. As per, I turned to the charity shops and bagged a large wooden jewellery box (painted cream) for £4 - something I really wished I'd thought of first year, everything got so  tangled! - and an old-style, navy blue, five-bottled wine rack for just £1.

Total spend: £13

Total number of items: 7: a feather duvet, two feather throw pillows with floral covers, my box of wonderful things, a painted wooden jewellery box and a wine rack.

All in all, not a bad spend considering you'd be lucky to get just one of those items for the price of the overall spend. Happy shopping.

Monday, 29 July 2013

National Lipstick Day: Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss Review

Today is National Lipstick Day so I thought I'd go ahead and outline favorite lipstick of all time! Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss...

This product glides on as easy as a lipgloss but gives a matte lipstick-like finish that lasts all day long. You can kiss you can eat, you can drink and now have to worry about topping up your lippy for hours! I swear by it, it's my number one go-to lip product, plus they have a great range of long-lasting colours.

The best thing is the whole range is double-sided with the matte lipstick on one end and a choice of gloss or lipcoat to keep your lipstick looking luscious for longer. I have at least six of these in my collection and love to chop and change the ends with each other to create my own perfect lippy or even use the gloss by itself for more of a subtle look. My favorite shades are the darker, wine-reds like 220 Crystal Rose that comes with a shimmering peach gloss but they do some gorgeous poppy reds like 500 Red Alert and 080 Cherry Blossom.

Image courtesy of Emporium Cosmetics.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream Review

A few years ago when beach hair was all the rage, I purchased a sea salt spray by Vo5, now whilst it worked great and gave me the beach waves I desired it made my hair... well, crunchy. It even smelt a lot like the beach too.

But times have changed and now you can get softly tousled locks that smell amazing thanks to the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly range. Admittedly, I've only tried the Finishing Touch Cream (RRP £4.19 but is currently on sale £2.39 for with a bunch of other Herbal Essences products at Boots) but I have every intention of testing out the rest of the range once I wade through my mountains of TRESemmé.

Reasons why I Love this Product:

1. It smells great. Supposedly it's supposed to smell like violets, I'm not exactly sure what violets smell like but this cream smells divine!

2. The results. It produced gorgeously tousled waves that hold, they aren't greasy or crunchy, they're bouncy and soft.

3. The compliments. I'm all for having maximum impact with minimal effort. I've had this in my hair, and I'm talking straight out of the shower, apply cream and allow to dry, my hair is normally a frizz bomb! But no, my friends were actually dying to know what magical new concoction I was trying because they just loved my hair!

4. It's great if you're running short on time. The directions say to use this on damp hair or dry and it definitely looks great on either!

The full range includes: shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray spray gel and the styling crème. Have you tried it yet?

Pale Foundation Routine for Less than £10

I have always been pale. Even in this 30 degree heat and - albeit occasional - scorching sun. I am still pale. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate my paleness, except when it comes to buying anything skin tone. And I am not just talking make-up here guys, it's everything - tights for example, fake tan - let's just say I tried it once and Umpa Lumpas got nothing on the way my skin lights up. Beauty wise however, there are whole ranges I have to steer clear of simply because of my skin tone. On the bright side, it makes shopping a little easier, I make a bee line for the palest product and if it doesn't match then I can just move straight on - there's never, EVER any deciding between two shades. Sound familiar anyone?

Don't get me wrong, there ARE products out there meant especially for those cursed with the vampiric skin - and no, I don't mean the sparkly kind! But the problem is they usually cost a bomb (or a kidney) to buy! So here are my top three bargain beauty products especially for us pale people.

#1 Foundation - NYC All Day Long Foundation in 737 Classic Ivory - RRP £2.99
This, and I cannot stress this enough, took me FOR-EV-ER to find. I'd tried everything. We're talking Revlon to Stila to Maybelline to Rimmel, EV-ER-RY-THING, I even found most BB creams and tinted moisturiser too dark to handle. Prior to discovering this little beauty I was using Collection 2000s Lasting Perfection Foundation in the shade Ivory 002, mainly because no where in the UK I could stumble across stocked the lightest 001 shade.

I've been using NYC's All Day Long Foundation in the shade 737 Classic Ivory for about 2 months now, and I still have just under half a pot left. It comes in an easy to use pump, each time you pump some out the bottom of the packaging rises so you can see exactly what you've got left so you know exactly when to buy a new pot, you'll never be left without foundation again! The coverage is light-medium and it lasts over 7 hours shifts at work - what more could you want? And so far, it hasn't broken me out. Overall, thumbs up.

#2 The Concealer - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Shade 1 Fair/2 Vanilla - RRP £4.19
This has been my swear-by concealer for what must be the best part of 4 years. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in either the shade 1 Fair or 2 (which I think is Vanilla). I find both to be incredibly long lasting and give great coverage. Sometimes I even find Fair 1 to be a little pale on my skin so I mix them together. I'll even just go out wearing this rather than applying my foundation. The one I'm currently using I bought over 2 months ago and it's still going strong with just under half a tube. The only criticism I have about this range is I find the writing on the packaging to come off really easily in my handbag, which is annoying when you're trying to remember what the product's called. Other than that I love this and I'd highly recommend it!

#3 The Powder - Collection 2000 Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory - RRP £1.99
Probably the palest of the lot is Collection 2000s Pressed Powder in the shade 18 Ivory. It looks almost white in the pot. I originally purchased this to combat the orange effects of my foundation a couple of months ago. I have semi-oily skin and it's great for clearing the sheen before I leave the house, it lasts a fair time but I do often find I'll need to re-apply it throughout the day.

That's your entire foundation routine's worth of make-up for less than a tenner!


Guys, I know you're out there, or, at least were out there, until yesterday, when I failed to write my daily blog *sobs*

I was super busy with work and packing for moving and cleaning out stuff that before the time I realised I was back from the late shift work and I was just too tired to string complete sentences together. My brain functioned something like: home, food, shower, sleep, me like sleep...

This post is all about you guys and what you want to see on my blog and how frequently you want me to post and what stuff you'd like me to post about, so get your thinking caps on and leave your requests in the comments below, or if you like you can tweet me @charleylucy or e-mail me at charleylucy@live.com and I promise I'll try respond and and get through as many requests as I can!

Secondhand Jewellery

Afternoon all,

Today has just been one of those days. This morning we did a spot of carbooting, well I say this morning, I really mean at that ungoodly 6am-on-a-Sunday hour until gone 1pm. On three hours sleep and many cups of tea. Anyway, here's some of what I bought, taken on my old lady camera due to all of my batteries and handheld video cam running away and hiding from me (I don't blame them, I'm in a terrible mood, they'll come back later).

I picked up the ring on the left first - 6am start did have its perks - for the humongous charge of £1 and then the owl necklace - that were all the rage some three years back but I never had one so it's fine - on the right at about 1pm just before we left for the sum of 50p. Total spend on the above: £1.50. Whadoyathink? I also picked up a fake plug for 50p but it's currently in the jewellery hospital waiting to be seen by Mr Glue Gun.

I have plenty more picks from the 'boots finest - would you be interested in reading more secondhand hauls?

Friday, 26 July 2013

I'm Moving in a Week!

That right, in just a little over a week I'll be packing up and moving 80 miles up the country to my new house!

I'm so excited! Today I've become totally absorbed by looking into room decor, I'm an obsessive planner at best but this was horrendous even by my standards! I must have spent over two hours just on bed spreads, a further hour comparing the pros and cons of photo frames and further three of nick knacks for my book shelf. I've quite literally scoured the internet for anything that can be delivered in the next week or so.

I even made a room plan over at Plan your Room! It's simple to use and great for rearranging the furniture - but not the best thing in the word when you've forgotten your dimensions like me! All I need to do now is get motivated for packing!

Have you got any tips for moving?

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Oh My Love! Clothing & Website Review

Last month I had my first University ball which naturally comes hand in hand with countless hours trawling the net in search for the perfect dress and throwing fits when they have it in all but your size. This is when I stumbled across my saviour, the website Oh My Love - I'm sure some of you will already know them for supplying to the well known chain Topshop.

Their website is clean and easy to navigate and I found that I liked a lot of their items - even more so when they were on sale! I managed to pick up a dress for just £15 (reduced from £40) and received free shipping on a promotion, and they hadn't even reduced them in store yet! Plus they've got some great ideas for outfits and accessories, just check out their Lookbooks.

The good news doesn't stop there, they also offer an exclusive 20% off for students and have a great range of styles from bohemian to grunge to nineties.

My parcel arrived within a week and was packaged in the cutest pink and white wrapping with their logo. I was super chuffed with my dress and, though I didn't wear it to the ball (you can never have too many dresses - right?) it remains one of my favorites.

Image courtesy of: Oh My Love

Get the Aztec Look for Less

Aztec prints are a great new fashion trend this summer and can be seen from the likes of Topshop to Primark. There's something for everyone, bold print- leggings and shirts to the more subtle items such hand bags and bandeau tops. Here are some of my top picks for summer 2013.

#1 The Bag - This cute and colourful embroidered bag from Topshop provides just the right amount of zingy summer colour and is sure to to brighten any outfit this August. Plus, it's got a cracking lime-green interior to make you feel happy both inside and out. Topshop Embroidered Aztec Pouch - RRP £29.99
 #2 The Top - For something more subtle, I just love this Aztec Space Dye top by Warehouse, it's even on sale! Warehouse Aztec Space Dye Top - RRP £38.00, NOW £26.50
#3 The Scarf - With the 30 degree heat, you're probably not thinking about wrapping up for winter just yet, but this Jacquard Aztec Pashmina is just too good to miss and is an absoloute bargain for just £4.00! The perfect transitional item to wear from summer to autumn! Peacocks Jacquard Aztec Pashmina - RRP £8.00, NOW £4.00

#4 The Shades - These are the most fun sunnies I've seen all year and are an complete steal for £10.00 over at River Island. Black Aztec Print Retro Sunglasses £10.00

#5 The Necklace - Over at DP they're currently having a huger summer sale where you can pick up bargains such as this Long Aztec Pendant with 70% off! A must have! Dorothy Perkins Long Aztec Pendant, RRP £10.00, NOW £3.00

#6 The Leggings - Matalan currently stock a great range of aztec print leggings for just £8.00 a pop, they're practically made for your oversized tees and chunky jewellery! Matalan Aztec Print Leggings - RRP £8.00

Images courtesy of retailers.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

How to Make your own Terrarium for Free

Recycle your candle and coffee jars to make cute little terrariums. Terrariums seem to have become trendy a little while ago and I've seen them in home decor stores and online for an elaborate price tag for what is essentially a glorified jar of dirt. So here's how I made mine in less than 10 minutes for free.

I finally cracked about a month ago and decided that my poor cactus was looking a little worse for wear and, as I'd have to re-pot it anyway why not give a terrarium a go? After locating an old discarded glass coffee jar (Douwe Egberts, in case you were wondering) and filled it about 1.5" with pebbles from the driveway and then a further 3" with soil from the garden (if you can get your hands on compost that would be ideal!). I then made a little hole for my cactus and added a little more soil to support it. On the top I added a little moss for decor and a shell and pebble from an earlier trip to the beach but you can add whatever you wish or even leave it bare.

It's worked wonders for my cactus and it's grown no end after being stunted for so long in its little ceramic pot. I think it's something to do with the sun shining through the glass and heating the terrarium up so it's a little more like the climate they're used to. Are you going to make a terrarium? If so please post your pictures below! I'd be delighted to see what you come up with!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Summertime Lip Care

I refuse to leave the house without a pot of lipbalm - rain or shine. It drive my boyfriend nuts, I probably put the thing on in excess of 10 times a day. I typically use Vaseline or anything vanilla flavoured such as Soft Lips, but have recently gotten into the ones that make your lips tingle that provide cooling relief due to the heat. I'm currently using Einstein's Lip Therapy with vitamins A+E, it comes in a pack of two with a lip exfoliate that in my opinion is more like a lotion with a few pearl thrown in. I much prefer Lush's exfoliating Lip Scrubs that come in three flavours: Bubblegum, Sweet Lips and Mint Julips that are great because not only do their job they smell and taste great too - you can just lick them off right after use!

Tinted balms are also great for summer as they provide a hint of colour without having to worry about full on lipstick in 35 degree heat. Particularly look out for the ones with SPF in them as the 'wetness' of some lip balms can act in simialr effect to a magnifying glass and ruin your lips if you're out in the sun. I personally can't wait for Maybelline's tinted Baby Lips lip balms to hit UK stores in early August, to view my earlier post on the release of Baby Lips just click here.

A Great Natural Snack

I discovered this a while back and have loved it ever since. I find it's great served with yogurt for breakfast or for desert has great health benefits too!

What you're going to need:

A Microwave

The method is dead simple. Chop the banana into even slices and place into a bowl. Drizzle liberally with honey and place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. This allows the banana to become warm and the honey to melt without the bananas becoming mushy and like baby food.

Why Bananas are so good for you? Banana's are chocked full of potassium. They're great to eat as part of lunch or before a work-out as they have been shown to noticeably sustain your blood sugar for longer. Plus, they're great at aiding digestion and act as a probiotic. To read the full list of 25 Powerful Reasons to Eat Bananas visit http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

Health benefits of honey: You might think just because it's sickly sweet, honey is not all the good for you. Put quite simply you'd be very wrong. Honey is frequently used in throat lozenges to reduce cough and throat irritation, and this is partially due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, meaning that it's also great for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like gastroenteritis and ulcers. Honey has also been linked to the prevention of serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease. A great sweet treat with plentiful benefits.

Serving suggestions: Serve with yogurt for a healthy breakfast snack or ice cream for dessert, you can even wrap them in a pancake or serve the whole thing up on toast or in a sandwich.

Stay tuned for my upcoming post on fried bananas, a slight less healthy but super-sweet treat!

L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre Kit Review/How to

A while back I coveted the ombre style. I've dyed my hair plenty of colours before - reds, browns, pinks, greens, gingers and blues - but never bleached it before so I was a little anxious as I knew what it could do to your hair. After months of debate I finally went out and purchased the L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre Kit in shade No.3 (the darkest). At the time I currently had one of the red Live Colour XXL dyes so admittedly expected the result to be a little brassy.


The kit came with a great little brush to put the bleach on, I still use the same brush with some of my dyes today.I parted my hair at the back and marked, with hair ties, where I wanted the ombre to finish. This allowed my to concentrate the bleach on the ends and add less as I worked my way up the hair so that the overall look would appear more gradual. When I reached the hair ties I removed them and with a clean brush used the existing dye to blend then bleach into my hair. If you've never used bleach before you are totally unprepared for the smell, it absolutely stunk and made my eyes water, to the point where I had to open a window. The first half of the application was fairly slow, it was only at about the half way check I began to notice a difference. The washing out process was easy enough to do over the sink unlike traditional dyes.

After the Application:

For few of months I was happy with the result. I put other semi-permenant colours on top of the blonde (such as La RIche and Crazy Colour) and loved their brightness. But the dry, straw like feel of the ends of my hair would not go away even when I used deep conditioning products. When my roots began to show in the red I simply re-dyed the top of my hair, leaving the ombre in tact. It was not until I came to dye my whole head that I found a massive flaw, the dye did not cover it. I dyed once, then twice over the ombre using Live Colour XXL reds and the ombre still showed through. It was a pain to get rid of and I eventually went for the chop and dyed my hair a beautiful chocolate brown similar to my natural colour, to hide the damage.


+ A great product and gives you exactly what you want.
+ I loved the look it gave to my hair.
- Dries hair out - even when compensating with deep conditioner (but doesn't all bleach?).
- A pain to dye over/get rid of.

If you have any questions about any of the products used in this review don't hesitate to ask/comment below.

Mini Homemade Bruschetta

A great as a starter of for dinner parties. It's cheap, fast and easy to make.

What you'll need:

A baguette
Tomato and herb sauce

Extras include: chopped tomatos, fresh basil...


1) Set the oven or grill to pre-heat whilst completing the preparation steps.
2) Chop the baguette into slice about 1"-1.5" thick.
3) Open your pasta sauce and use it much like a jam, spreading plentifully but evenly over your baguette slices.
4) Now it's time to add the cheese, sprikling heavily.
5) Lightly add a dash of oregano - it really does make all the difference!
6) If you're going to add any extra toppings eg. chopped tomatoes, now's your chance.
7) Place in the oven to grill for 2-3 minutes, keeping a eye on them!
8) Add any fresh ingreditents like basil and serve.

Serving suggestion: serve with salad for a light and healthy snack, or with pasta for a more substantial meal.

Monday, 22 July 2013

App Review: Runtastic's New Heat Rate App

These handy little apps have been around for a while, and I mostly though they were destined to fail. Heart rate can only be measured by taking a pulse or using specialist equipment, right?

You can pick up Runtastic's Heart Rate app for free on the Google Play Store or fork out £1.99 for the Pro version. The free version is great for a simple check, it allows you to enter how you're feeling at the moment via a range of smileys and add notes and, although it displays ads I would consider them minor. The downside is, at max you are going to be able to monitor your heart rate (displayed in BPM) once before running, once during and once after before you reach the daily cap. If you're planning to use the app more frequently I would definitely suggest forking out for the full version.

The app generally it works smoothly although it does sometimes take a while to find my heart rate - but this will vary from phone to phone depending on the strength of the flash and camera. I love the little input graph and have been monitoring my heart rate for a few days now - when I wake up, at particularly stressful situations at work, at the end of the day, it's a great little piece of knowledge to have and will entertain you and your friends. Although it may not be as accurate as going out to purchase proper heart rate monitor kits, it's definitely cheaper, even for the Pro version and definitely more fun.

You can pick up the free version here on Google Play: Runtastic Heart Rate App

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Sun Tattoos: It's all Fun and Games until Someone gets Skin Cancer

Sun tattoos are one of the latest trends to sweep the nation - we've got the sun, the scorching heat, it's the perfect time to test out tattoos without having to permanently commit to a design - sounds too good to be true am I right? Sun tattoos, in case you haven't already guessed, are essentially carefully constructed tan lines. Part of the skin is obscured using either opaque tape or sun cream and all you have to do is sit in the sunshine or pop to your local tanning booth and wait for the tan to develop, leaving a lighter patch of skin where you've applied the block.

Where the problem lies is people often forgo the sun cream in order to tan, or even burn faster, eager to see their new tattoos. This opens them up to all sort of damage to their skin - painful burns, increased risk of wrinkling, sun spots and even skin cancer. So I;d like to share my way of following the trend without paying for it later.

Method #1: Fake it! If you simply love tats, go buy a set of temporary tattoos (how very nineties of me) and give them a test run, why sport what everyone else is sporting? Be original!

Method #2: If you've got your heart set on the sun tattoos, go grab a bottle of fake tan and some opaque tape, this will give you the exact same results using instant or gradual tan (if you save the sticker and apply it over a few days).

If you're going about the traditional method, ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN. Now you can even by sun screens that actively aid the process of tanning, and, even if your tan takes a little longer to develop you will reap the benefits later on.

What's your opinion on sun tattoos, love 'em or hate 'em? Or would you just prefer to bite the bullet and get some real ink instead?
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