Friday Favourites - Tanning Feature

Here at The Amazing Blog, we love to have a sun kissed glow all year round. We also know it’s important for it not to look like it’s come out of a bottle. Sunless tanning has come a long way over the last few years, but it’s not just about the tanning product. The preparation and maintenance is key to achieving a good look. We’ve selected a few of our favourite tanning products that will give you a sun-kissed glow without the tell-tale signs.


The perfect pre-tan exfoliator is Cocoa Brown’s Tough StuffThis award-winning exfoliator is a bit thicker than other brands, making it really effective on the problem areas: elbows, knees and hands. You can even use the formula on dry skin if you need a deeper exfoliation. Skin is left silky smooth and tan ready.  Cocoa Brown has another fabulous product called Chocolate Whip. It's oil free, it smells lovely and leaves skin really soft without stripping your tan. The products just start at £2.50 and you can find them all here.

One of our favourite self-tanning mousses is the Rapid Mousse from Sunkissed BronzingThis lightweight formula is easy to apply and smells OK too. We recommend applying the product with a tanning mitt for an even finish. Make sure you give the bottle a shake before you apply so it’s mixed properly. It dries almost immediately, while key ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Vitamin E work to moisturise your skin. Your tan will be completely set and ready to rock in 60 minutes. The best part is that it retails for only £4.99 and you can find it here.


A common issue with a DIY tan is its tendency to ruin your clothes and those nice Egyptian cotton sheets.  Fear no more, the clever team at Tan Guard have created The Original Tansie. The bright pink onesie is made with a unique material that allows skin to breathe while your tan sets, so you won’t sweat which prevents streaks and stains. We found it to be lightweight and very comfortable, so we felt safe and free to relax while our tan set. The tansie is a disposable product, so use it once or a few times before purchasing a new one, no washing required.  You can buy it online here for just £5.



Our final favourite is the West Coast Bronzing Face Serum from Madame LA LA.  We are already huge fans of their self-tan, but this latest addition is our new obsession.  It gives you a beautiful, instant glow while a gorgeous tan develops underneath. The formula has plenty of skin-loving ingredients – coconut water, aloe, green tea and Vitamin E – which will keep your skin hydrated. Dewy, fresh-faced skin was all over the SS15 catwalks and West Coast’s finish is absolutely on-trend. It’s so good, I don't even wear foundation on top.  Madame LA LA is sold in Urban Outfitters and Fenwicks across the UK, but you can also pick it up online here.

Arcaya Ampoules

We here at The Amazing Blog know what it’s like to have skin concerns. Luckily for us, Arcaya Ampoules offers remedies for just about any skin concern.

With 30 Ampoules to choose from, you are sure to find what you are looking for. The Ampoules include Collagen + that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, Multi Vitamin that improves skin’s resilience and wellbeing and Viper which contains Botox-like peptides to correct expression lines.

Arcaya use only pure biological ingredients. They are convinced that nature provides the best remedies for beautiful and healthy skin. All of the ampoules are compatible with each other and can be mixed together. The treatments produce immediate results and leave skin feeling refreshed!

Arcaya Ampoules are designed for professional use only, but you can find out more about them here.

L'Artisan Perfumer - Rose Privee

We here at The Amazing Blog love a good scent. Our friends at L’Artisan Parfumeur have recently launched a new perfume to feed our fragrance addiction that is simply irresistible. The floral Rose Privée incorporates the rare May Rose for a wonderful smell.

The May Rose is fragile, precious and highly prized. It can only be picked when in bloom during the month of May. With this fragrance, L’Artisan Parfumeur is one of the few brands to blend this flower into their product.

Though May Rose is the star of this fragrance, hints of carnation, magnolia, lilac, basil and violet leaves are also present. This is the perfect scent for spring. It is presented in a luxurious package that we love!

The scent was created by Master perfumer, Bertrand Duchaufour, and  his apprentice, Stéphanie Bakouche. L’Artisan Parfumeur values the tradition of French craftsmanship and this scent was inspired by the South of France.

You can buy Rose Privee L'Artisan Parfumeur here for £77.00

English Rose Cosmetics

English Rose Cosmetics is committed to working with suppliers that do not test on animals and use naturally effective ingredients for only the best skincare. We here at The Amazing Blog had the chance to try four of their products.

The “Fair of Face” Gentle Foaming Face Wash gets its name from the Mondays Child Poem. This facial cleanser contains Chilean soap tree bark to regulate oil, shine and acne. Barley Protein moisturises and conditions dry skin, while glycerine locks in moisture. This cleanser is best applied in the shower and leaves our faces feeling brilliant. It can be purchased from the English Rose Beauty Shop for £15.

After cleansing, it is important to use a moisturiser. The Daily Defence Moisturiser is the perfect product to use. Betaine tightens the skin and prevents harmful substances like allergens and pollutants from getting into the skin. With added vitamin C and vitamin E, the skin will be bright and protected from UV rays. It can be purchased from the English Rose Beauty Shop for £14.

Cleansing and moisturising are very important, but we can’t neglect our eyes! Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed Under Eye Cream gives our eyes that extra lift when we need it. Organic silicon makes the connective tissues stronger and more flexible while Vitamin B3 increases blood flow to the tissue to get rid of those dark circles. It can be purchased from the English Rose Beauty Shop for £15.

The Nighty Night Cream is perfect to use on your face, neck and chest after a long day of hard work. Besides feeling amazing on the skin, the pelevita algae helps lighten age spots and inhibit new ones from forming. Our skin feels moisturised and oil free the morning after using this cream. It can be purchased from the English Rose Beauty Shop for £18.

Cheeky Cow Cheese

Here at The Amazing Blog, we love decadent cheeses with our crackers and wine. Our latest search for a yummy new cheese to try lead us to Cheeky Cow cheeses, which are lactose free, have 50% less fat and 30% less salt than regular cheeses and contain only 80 calories per 30 gram serving.

This new cheese is made by Cricketer Farms, a Somerset-based dairy farm with a motivated team of 30 dairy farmers across West Country. They are one of the first dairy companies in the country to sign up for the Voluntary Dairy Code of Practice back in 2012, showing their commitment to quality first-hand. Their cheeses are said to be the healthiest alternative to full-fat cheddar cheeses currently on the market, with high levels of protein and calcium.

At the office, we loved the Cheeky Cow cheeses and their great taste. The individually wrapped cheese packets were an easy way to enjoy a healthy on-the-go snack, while the larger block of cheese could be grated over pasta dishes or cut up to share with friends. The cheese has a sharp cheddar taste that complemented crackers and grapes perfectly.

To support local farmers while enjoying delicious British cheese, head to their online shop here to pick up your own packs of Cheeky Cow cheese.