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    The Freckle Tan created by Nichola Joss and St.Tropez team for the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi was the hot topic for most at LFW.

    Preen SS15

    Freckle Tan

    LFW 2015 Highlights



    Here, Nichola Joss shares with us on how she created, what would be next seasons most talked about beauty trend!

    'To tie in with the make up, we added just a breath of base colour to the body, then took the delicate dusting of freckles down from the face onto the chest, arms and legs,' said St.Tropez Global Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, Nichola Joss.

    Having added a light veil of colour all over the body with St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium (£10.00), Nichola used an artist's paintbrush to spatter St.Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse (£33.00) over the top to set off the flashes of neon in the collection and give the girls a long-lasting sun-tickled look like they'd spent the day at the beach.

    Follow our STEP BY STEP Tutorial on how to recreate the Freckle Tan:

    Step 1: Apply St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium (£10.00) all over the body and buff it into the skin using the St.Tropez Applicator Mitt (£3.57).

    Step 2  Pump St.Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse (£33.00) into the lid.

    Step 3:Dip a large round paintbrush into the lid then spatter it gently over shoulders, arms and legs for a natural dusting of sun-soaked freckles.

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  • London Fashion Week Shows – St. Tropez creates a glow for the catwalk

    London Fashion Week Shows – St. Tropez creates a glow for the catwalk

     Weekends are usually meant for relaxing, sitting back and forgetting about work. But for the St. Tropez tanning team it was all go during London Fashion Week. On Saturday and Sunday St. Tropez had five shows to attend. Working tirelessly backstage Nichola Joss led her team to create five incredible looks to showcase the SS15 season’s trends. Read on for more details….

    The Mermaid Gleam at Julien Macdonald

    Nichola Joss  at LFW

    We expect a glitzy affair from a Julien Macdonald collection and for his SS15 show fashion followers weren’t disappointed. The inspiration for the collection was ‘under the sea’ and his designs held an ethereal charm. Models paraded down the catwalk in delicate fabrics and detailed bridal wear that were whimsical and floaty with shimmery hues and sparkling sequins.

    To complement the overall look St Tropez created the ‘SS15 Mermaid Gleam’ look. Using the Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil and the new Self Tan Face Oil (which launches in March 2015), Nichola Joss and the St. Tropez team created a caramel glow to give the girls an otherworldly beauty. The result was magical – think A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Little Mermaid.

    St Tropez Luxe Tan

    The Woodstock Glow at House of Holland

    Designer Henry Holland’s muse for his SS15 collection was the hippy-dippy festival goer. This may come as no surprise as his usual front row (frow) crowd, loyal friends and fashion inspirations include party ‘It’ girls Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Rita Ora. Key pieces included oversized applique flowers and paisley shapes, suede fringing and sequins.

    Henry Holland ss15 Beauty Trend

    To create that sun-soaked festival chic look, St Tropez created the ‘Woodstock Glow’ by applying a layer or two of the Instant Tan Lotion in Medium/Dark. Just before the girls hit the runway the tanning team dusted the girls down with the Powder Bronzer Matte to create the caramel latte look of a fun loving traveller on the road.

    With a full day of catwalk shows there was no rest for the fashion wicked on Sunday.

    St. Tropez, especially, had a busy schedule (read more on our London Fashion Week News Hub)with three shows to work on. Luckily global tanning and skin finishing Ambassador Nichola Joss was on hand with her applicator mitt and team of tanners to get the models gleaming for their runway performances… 

    The Fashion Freckle Tan at Preen

    Dynamic designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi are known for their stand out collections and for SS15 they delivered a standout show. Their dresses featured some brilliantly pleasing lines using bold colours and zigzag stripes. Key pieces included colourful beading which added a touch of the carnival spirit while accessories had a sporty detail to them.

    There’s a beauty trick in the fashion world to looking young and St. Tropez made sure to use the method - a face full of fake freckles. While the make-up team worked on the models’ faces, Nichola Joss set to work on crating body freckles using an innovative flick brush technique.

    Preen SS15

    To create a natural smattering of freckles over the arms, chest and shoulders all it took was an acrylic paintbrush dipped in a wash-of dark tan and a flick with the bristles motion towards the skin.

    The Tectonic Tan at Mary Katrantzou 

    Mary Katrantzou’s beautiful collection was inspired by memories, dreams and reflections of the flora and fauna of the land and sea. The opposing fabrics on her garments resembled the tectonic plates and embroidered across them were surreal illustrations from the artist’s creative imagination: squiggles of seaweed and snakes. Dance and fantasy also played a huge part in inspiring the embellished designs with hybrid creatures: part dodo, part cancan dancer and part crab and part ballerina stitched across the garments.

    Catwalk LFWSS15

    St.Tropez took inspiration from the tectonic representation and created the ‘Tectonic Tan’ to compliment Mary Katrantzou’s collection. Mixing together the Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium with the Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser St. Tropez gave the models a healthy all over glow that represented the natural elements.

    The Street Chic Tan at David Koma 

    Sexy shapes and body-con silhouettes are what we’ve come to expect from David Koma. For SS15 he showcased his debut collection for Thierry Mugler as artistic director which proved the label and designer are a fashion fit. The garments showcased on the runway were soft, supple and sleek. Thigh-skimming skirts with sheer fabric and lemon hued panels and tops with asymmetric necklines and jewel detailing represented a modern Parisian street style with a chic, tailored twist.

    St Tropez Luxe Tan LFW1

    As the last show to tan, St. Tropez wanted to create a stunning gleam on the models. Using the Instant Tan lotion the tanning team pulled off the Parisian luxe skin look which was enhanced by the all-white, monochrome and gem encrusted garments.

    For more updates on LFW head to the London Fashion Week News Hub.



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  • In the spotlight: House of Holland LWF SS15

    London fashion week may be over but we are still reminiscing over some of the key shows for us at St.Tropez. We were lucky enough work with top designers to create some gorgeous skin finishes to complement their Spring/Summer Collections.

    In the spotlight for us Today is House of Holland:

    Designer: Henry Holland


    Born in 1983 in Ramsbottom, Holland grew up in Manchester and went on to study at the London College of Printing. He worked as a stylist and fashion editor for magazines before becoming a designer. He came into the style spotlight in 2006 with his Fashion Groupies T-shirt designs ('I'll Tell You Who's Boss Kate Moss' and 'Cause Me Pain, Hedi Slimane').

    Signature Style:

    Holland is known for his daring, colourful and irreverent designs. He adds a fun spin to his style and has created cool, quirky collaborations. A versatile designer, his collections can be found on the high-street and high-end shops – everywhere from Debenhams to Harrods.


    The London girl’s unique aesthetic. Holland taps in to urban trends.

    Key piece:

    Big logo t-shirts and bold print dresses.

    Here are some of the highlights from behind the scenes at House of Holland, we love this stain finish glow we created for them.

    “This is a dusty, powdered, semi-matte glow for an uber cool girl who's developed a caramel colour as the roadside sun tickles the tops of her shoulders, arms and legs” said St. Tropez Global Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, Nichola Joss.

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15


    Step 1Prep skin with one or two layers of St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Medium/Dark (£10.00).

    Step 2 Buff the Instant Tan into the skin using a St.Tropez Applicator Mitt (£3.57).

    Step 3Use a large blusher brush to sweep St.Tropez Powder Bronzer Matte (£20.43) onto the tops of shoulders and along arms and legs to perfect the Woodstock Glow.

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  • London Fashion Week – The highlights from backstage and the frow

    London Fashion Week – The highlights from backstage and the frow


    At London Fashion Week, all eyes are equally on the front row as they are on the models showcasing the new season’s designs (follow them on our London Fashion Week News Hub). The number of high profile people, from celebrities to fashion insiders, on the guest list is longer than the actual catwalk and they’ve hot-footed it around town to head to shows and see the latest fashion trends. Here there are our highlights:

    The show: Julien Macdonald

    The Frow: Abbey Clancy showed up in a flesh flashing fringed frock while Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh was a true lady in red (both dresses were by Julien Macdonald). The latter’s co-star Rosie Fotescue also turned up wearing a laser cut dress by the designer. Other guests found in the frow included DJ and model Mary Charteris, presenter Laura Whitmore and Leah Weller (along with her pet pooch Nat).

    Backstage: While the models were being made up, tanned and styled they, along with the backstage crew, had lunch on the go, courtesy of Itsu. Trays of California rolls, pots of edamame beans and bottles of water kept the team going throughout the afternoon.

    LFW 2015 Highlights

    The show: House of Holland

    The Frow: Alexa and Pixie – two of Henry’s dearest friends and loyal frow buddies sat together. Not too far away were Rita Ora and Daisy Lowe who looked like they were new BFFs. Fashion blogger Susie Bubble came early to nab a seat and get some blogging done before the show started.

    Backstage: While raw chocolate and Vita Coco Water served as healthy teatime treats for the models, the St. Tropez team feasted on a box of Danish chocolate pastries.

    LFW 2015 Highlights

    The show: Preen

    The Frow: Starting exactly 9am the front row was filled with a bunch of bleary-eyed fashionistas. They soon perked up when the show started.

    Backstage: Orange juice, fresh fruit and pastries provided the backstage styling teams a great start to the day while the models got a smattering of freckles before the show.

    LFW 2015 Highlights

    The show: Mary Katrantzou

    The Frow: American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was found in the best seat in front row audience for Mary Katrantzou’s show. She looked impressed by the queen of print’s latest collection.

    Backstage: Nobody was left hungry backstage at Mary’s show. A selection of chocolate bars, sweets and vegetable crisps were laid out for everyone to snack on.

    LFW 2015 Highlights

    The show: David Koma

    The Frow: The last show on the Sunday was packed full of tired but excited fashion followers. Many were fashion editors from Vogue and Grazia magazines who awaited with bated breath to see what the Georgian designer would produce for his debut collection for Thierry Mugler.

    Backstage: After a long day, the tanning team and models celebrated the end of another successful day at LFW with punnets f frozen berries - a cool end to a trendy weekend.

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    St Tropez is proud to be the official tanning sponsors of London Fashion Week and we’re privileged to be working alongside five top designers during their shows including David Koma, Henry Holland, Preen, Julien Macdonald and Mary Katrantzou. In the spotlight today is David Koma with his gorgeous collections that celebrates the female body. Read on for more about this iconic designer. Designer: David Koma History: David Koma was born in Georgia and raised in St. Petersburg. He studied for both his BA and MA at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. He first shot to fame after Beyoncé, Kylie and Cheryl Cole wore his body-con dresses. Signature style: Koma is all about creating sculptural shapes and the perfect fit. He enhances the shape and silhouette of the female body in his designs and likes to create pieces that are timeless with an element of art attached. Clientele: The confidant woman who likes to look and feel good but still feel comfortable. Key piece: The sculptural dress with metal embellishments. St Tropez was excited to be working with David Koma for his SS15 collection during London Fashion week where we helped to create what we called the “Street Chic Tan.” “The inspiration for the Street Chic Tan was a woman who combined an effortless and understated Parisian beauty with a punch of London attitude. We wanted to create a matte satin finish to the skin with just a subtle hint of tan – perfect for any street style fashionista no matter which city they’re in”  St.Tropez Global Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, Nichola Joss.

    David Koma SS15 LFW


    David Koma SS15 LFW

    David Koma SS15 LFW


    Ensure skin is prepped correctly for a smooth application by exfoliating with St.Tropez Prep and Maintain Tan Enhancing Body Polish (£10.00) Step 2: Apply one to two layers of St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion in Light/Medium. Step 3: Use the St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt to buff in the product until you achieve a satin soft, seamless finish that's sheer, dewy and youthful. You can keep an eye out on our blog for more updates on LFW,  but in the mean time you can also follow our LFW story over on our London Fashion Week News Hub for more inside news, backstage beauty and behind the scene gossip. COMPETITION: We're giving away two pairs of tickets - one for Saturday, one for Sunday - to come and join us at London's biggest fashion pop up! Click the link below and enter to be in with a chance, but be quick - competition closes Thursday 18th September. Good luck! Enter here: http://p5trr.emv2.com/LP/lCKSYdz4PWn Full terms and conditions 

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  • Get ready for London Fashion Week 2014

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    One of the biggest events in the fashion calendar is coming to London, and we’re all in a state of frenzy! As the first ever official tanning brand of London Fashion Week we’ve got a hectic schedule ahead of us, but we can’t help feeling excited about featuring in the shows of some of the hottest designers around.


    This year we’re starring in five shows: House of Holland, David Koma, Preen, Julien Macdonald and Mary Kantrantzou. Stay tuned for more LFW news and updates from St.Tropez during the week by logging onto our LFW Hub: ST-TROPEZ.COM/LFW.  If you have a golden ticket for this fashion affair we’ll see you there! If not, don’t despair. There’s plenty to keep all you fashionistas amused around town from Friday 12 to Tuesday 16 September.

    Here are six stylish things to do in London throughout the week.


    The British Fashion Council will launch a pop-up shop to coincide with LFW. The shop will be a celebration of British contemporary style and feature some of the fashion industry’s most high profile names. Launching at the start of LFW on Friday 12th September the shop will be open throughout LFW and during Vodafone London Fashion Weekend (VLFW). In addition to housing AW13 ready-to-wear accessories and shoes the shop will also play host to various events open to the public including flash sales, music performances and guest interview sessions.

    Somerset House, West Wing, Ground Floor, Strand, WC2R 1LA

    LFW pop up



    You may not be able to see the fashions to hit the runway, but you can certainly eat them! The Berkeley Hotel gives traditional afternoon tea a stylish twist. Cakes are decorated like the latest couture on the catwalks. Biscuits are shaped into shoes, hats and the latest pattern trends. Indulge yourself on a plate of the delicious designer goodies. It’s a high tea and high fashion affair. Leave no haute couture crumb uneaten.

    The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightbridge, London SW1X 7RL


    You are warmly invited to the residence of one of the greatest iconic figures of the fashion world…through photography. Sam Taylor-Johnson’s photographic exhibition held at the Saatchi Gallery provides a rare chance to explore Coco Chanel’s apartment for the very first time. Her private quarters situated in 31 Rue Cambon, Paris reflects the style, elegance and timeless grace associated with the Chanel label. The exhibition will run until 22 September.

    Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4RY


    Silent Cinema is hosting a free pop-up, full sized cinema screen for three nights during LFW in Covent Garden. The three films on show will be comedy Zoolander, and documentary films Grey Gardens and The September Issue.  Highlights from the catwalks will also be screened to the fashion savvy audience.

    St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9AB




    Last year Topshop partnered with Google to give unique online access, meaning viewers in the comfort of their own home could experience the show as if they were seated on the front row or taking part on the runway. Burberry have been live streaming its collections on its online site for the past few years for LFW and even experimented with 3D. Most of the other shows are streamed online live on the LFW website, making our sofa the best and easiest place to see the latest trends on the runway.


    Just when you thought it was all over, there comes another event to be excited about. The Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is held on Friday 19 to Monday 22 September and transforms Somerset House into an exclusive designer shopping site. The starting price for tickets is just £20 and the schedule is packed with catwalk shows, pop up stalls, hair and beauty workshops and exclusive talks with some of the top industry leaders, including St.Tropez! Come down and visit us at the event for exclusive LFW sets and offers.

    Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

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  • Jules Heptonstall's TOP 5 Summer Picks

    St.Tropez Self Tan Express Mousse

    The 1 HOUR Tan

    Where do I even begin with this bathroom essential? It’s like 3 tans in one – a great money saving product! Shower off after 1 hour for a light sunkissed glow, 2 hours for a golden glow and 3 hours for a deep, dark bronze – with all these shade options it’s perfect for sharing! Like any self tan, always exfoliate before you apply and ensure your hands, elbows, knees and feet are moisturised to stop the tan from clinging.

    #PROTIP – Set a timer on your phone to ensure you shower at just the right time. When you get out of the shower, pat dry and moisturise your body to give your skin a hit of hydration as your tan continues to develop.


    St.Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse

    The ICONIC tan

    A summer beauty staple – no beauty cabinet should be without one! This mousse is my absolute favourite for delivering gorgeous golden skin that lasts for up to 5 days. Apply on a Thursday night for tanned skin over the weekend, or on a Sunday night for tanned skin through the week. Always exfoliate before to remove any dead skin cells (trust me, it makes a huge difference to your end colour) and apply with a mitt, pumping the mousse onto the mitt before you apply onto your body.

    #PROTIP – Pump the mousse onto mitt and then grip your hand together to evenly distribute the product around the mitt.


    St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil

    The LUXE Tan

    I love, love, LOVE this tanning oil. Fragranced with lemongrass and neroli, it’s like no other tan I’ve ever used. The oil keeps your skin soft and hydrated and the shimmer gives your skin all over radiance whilst it develops. Many of my clients like to apply this in the morning and allow the tan to develop throughout the day, as it’s a dry oil there’s no sticky feeling as the tan develops. And trust me, watching the shimmer infuse into the oil as you shake the bottle never ever gets boring!

    #PROTIP – If you’re nervous about any streaking, take an applicator mitt without any product on and run it around your body to blend the oil.


    St.Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion  

    The SUBTLE Tan

    My favourite for first time tanners, switch your normal moisturiser to this one, infused with tanning ingredients, getting that glow couldn’t be easier. It’s ideal if you have a busy schedule and is my secret weapon to prolong a holiday glow all year round.

    #PROTIP - Always wash your hands and in-between your fingers after applying.


    St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion


    Perfect for last minute tanning, I keep one of these in my desk drawer – it’s like the tanning worlds answer to make up. Apply with a mitt to achieve an instant golden tan that stays on your skin until you shower off with warm soap and water. I love using this in between spray tans when my tan starts to fade, it keeps my skin golden but lets the spray tan fully fade underneath, ready for my next tan.

    #PROTIP - It’s also brilliant to contour with. Give yourself an all-over tan using your preferred choice of self tan (Classic, Dark, Sensitive), then after your tan has developed and you have showered off the guide colour, add an additional layer of Instant Tan Lotion to your inner thigh, your outer torso and underneath your décolletage.

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  • The importance of Prep & Maintain

    by Jules Heptonstall

    With tanning, preparation is often overlooked. The more prep you do, the better your end result! Exfoliating is key, it removes dead skin cells and left over tan, as well as created an even skin surface – which will result in a more uniform colour AND an even fade in the tans colour.

    The magazines are always asking me for tips and tricks to stop tan from going odd on the hands, and my best tip is to moisturise your hands just before tanning. The Tan Enhancing Moisturiser acts as a gentle barrier to the tan, allowing it to be absorbed into the hands without clinging and going too dark. Hands are always the giveaway!

    Use the moisturiser on your hands, elbows, knees and feet to stop the tan from clinging and going darker in these areas.

    During the tans lifecycle, use the Tan Enhancing Moisturiser – it was been specifically designed to work with skin that has been self tanned! Use every day to keep your tan soft and hydrated – this will result in you tan fading evenly and will keep it golden for longer.

    Skin Prep HP

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    The biggest sporting event of the year is well underway but it’s not just the footballers that have captured the imagination of the nation. Inspired by Brazilian beach babes Gisele Bunchen and Adriana Lima, Brits have inundated St.Tropez salons nationwide with tanning and bum contouring requests to replicate dream beach bodies and the famous Brazilian booty.

    We've seen a huge spike in bookings for contour tans in St.Tropez Salons, to book yours today visit our Salon Locator for details of your nearest St.Tropez Salon.

    Contour at home

    St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert Jules Heptonstall explains how to master the Brazilian booty:

    Contouring with self tan is becoming an increasingly popular way of subtly but effectively highlighting and defining parts of the body to give a more toned appearance. First it was boys wanting their abs contoured and now the girls are wising up and chiselling their bodies with contouring techniques.

    Base colour

    Contouring is all about adding another dimension to skin so it is important to have an all over base tan before contouring. Try St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil  as it will leave skin tanned, golden and hydrated - the perfect base for contouring.

    Bum contouring

    To create a more pert and shaped derriere, use a pea sized about of St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion  and apply using a foundation or dual fibre brush, following along the natural curve of the cheek to create a shaded effect. Blend by gently buffing using a buffing mitt.

    Cleveage contouring

    For those ladies lacking in the chest department, you can also boost your cleavage by using the brush to lightly sweep some lotion in between the bust towards armpits and again, gently buffing towards the edges to blend. Work with the natural curves of the bust, contouring is all about working with what you naturally have to create the most realistic effect possible.

    Ab contouring

    Define abs by shading in the natural indents along the stomach, using a tanning mitt to add contours to the outsides of the abdominal muscles. Push your middle finger forwards inside the mitt to give more precision and control when shading.

    Leg contouring

    You can also slim thighs by adding an extra layer of tan inbetween legs to give a more streamlined effect. Stand in front of the mirror on tip toes to see where the muscles naturally indent on calves and thighs and follow the lines using either a dual fibre brush or a tanning mitt.
    If you don’t have time to create a permanent contour then St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion in Light/Medium  is perfect for adding subtle definition before a night out.

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    St.Tropez Festival kit

    - Face wipes - an absolute must.- Carex Hand Sanitiser- St.Tropez Instant Tan - perfect to add a light u contour on top of your spray tan.
    - Violet Skin Illuminator - one of my favourite festival pieces. I like to apply this as the sun is setting to take my beauty look from day to night - it looks great on the skin during a good rave!
    - Mini toothpaste and brush - because someone will undoubtedly forget.
    - Shu Umera UV SPF30 Primer - this foam like primer is great for stopping make up from slipping but also gives the face SPF protection.
    - Paracetamol - always needed post rave.
    - La Roche Posey SPF50 for face- apply as a moisturiser during festival days, great to apply before a primer to give protection when skin is out in the sun all day.
    - Urban Decay glitter pots - little bit of glue and this glitter and your instantly transformed to a festival being.
    - Ear plugs - no chance do I want to listen to my neighbours partying until the sun rises!
    - Bare Minerals SPF Matte Powder Foundation - gives lightweight coverage and minimises shine without that cakey build up.
    - Nivea SPF 30 Body - a no brainer and should be carried and reapplied throughout the day.
    - Estée Lauder Daywear SPF 15 Tinted Moisturiser - gives a light coverage and hydration to skin with a small amount of SPF. A good first layer or great to apply if you're in a rush!
    - Mini Deodrant - dancing + tents = sweat.
    - Claire's Accessories Glitter Spray - my colleague Michaella found this to use during our work on Strictly. It's glitter particles are so big that it gives such wonderful shimmer - great if you're going to fancy dress festivals! I love this product!
    - MAC Pressed Blotting Powder - dab on t-zone to reduce shine throughout the day.
    - Face Paint - I love to draw a little star or heart or cross by my eyes at a festival to give my face a whimsical feel. Also good for writing phone numbers with!

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