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Apr. 24.

Tested Thursday: Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze

tt-cocoabrown-thI’ve become a bit of a tan addict. Well, ever since trying the original 1 hour tan by Cocoa Brown. However, being the lazy type, I’m always looking for shortcuts. Which is why I’m really interested in the new Gentle Bronze moisturiser and gradual tanner from Ireland’s tanning powerhouse (they were at the Oscars, don’t you know?)

Reading the back of the generous 200 ml tube you see the usual barcodes, contact information, social media icons, the fact that it’s not tested on animals, and the claim, up at the very top of the signature pink tube that “This silky body moisturiser hydrates skin while giving you a gently bronzed, healthy glow”. It also gives instructions to apply it to clean, dry skin every day, and to wash hands after use (nobody wants stained tan hands)


Now, there is really only one way to test a product like this, and that’s to use it, so, on Sunday night, after a long leisurely shower, I dried myself off and got to work with the tube. The first thing that hits me is the scent of Tahitian Gardenia that is to be found in all Cocoa Brown products, followed by the fact that this is so easy to work with. I started with my feet and legs and worked up, as it seemed like the easiest way to avoid missing anything. It sank in really easily, and after just a few minutes I was ready to put on my pyjamas. There was really no colour at first, but overnight it developed to more of a glow than a tan. It is nothing too intense, so there is no need to be scared of it. I’ve just been using regular moisturiser for a couple of days and the tan is holding up really well too, but I think it’s time to use it again, just to go a bit darker. With the fact that you can use it as often as you want to either build up a tan, or maintain it, I’m finding Gentle Bronze to be a real winner of a product from Cocoa Brown.


Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze costs €5.99 and is available from all Cocoa Brown Stockists.

What do you think of Gentle Bronze? Have you a favourite product from the Cocoa Brown Range? Is there a gradual tanner you swear by? Let me know in the comments.


Note: Product was provided for review.

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Feb. 06.

Best of Beauty: Skincare Saviours

Vichy-thHi, and welcome to the first of my Best of Beauty series, devised by the gorgeous, intelligent, kind, totally awesome, but sadly not single, Sam from All the Buzz. Every Thursday I will be sharing my Best of Beauty, starting today with week 1, and my skincare saviours.

My skin is a combination of normal to dry, so at times it does need a bit of help, but at the same time I don’t want to use anything too harsh on it, as that will just make things worse. These little beauties are just the ticket.


On the face:

You’ll see I have much love for Vichy products here. They are not overly expensive, are very effective, and most of all are gentle on my skin. In fact, all of these are due for repurchase soon, as they are all just about out.

Vichy Idealia Cream (€26/50ml – Boots.ie / SamMcCauley.com): I use this day and night, and my skin laps it up. It smells great too thanks to the Kombucha tea extract.

Vichy Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser (€13.95/200ml – SamMcCauley.com): I find this to be a more heavy duty cleanser than the Micellar Solution below, but is still very gentle. It is also great for taking off even the most stubborn eye makeup.

Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution (€13.95/200ml – SamMcCauley.com): This is a great day to day cleanser. It is very light, and still quite powerful. It is more suited to day to day makeup, but even using it around the eyes it does not cause irritation, unless you’re pouring in serious amounts.

On the Body:

Not everything has to be upmarket. These next two are cheap as chips, and are HUGE! Seriously, look at the size of them! They’ll go on forever!

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff (€7.99/200ml – Cloud10Beauty.com): The pink scrubby exfoliatey one. You don’t really need to use this one all over that often, but on areas that are known to suffer from slightly harder, tougher skin, a little bit of this will soon have it back in shape. It’s followed up by…

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip (€7.99/200ml – Cloud10Beauty.com): The chocolately, flowery, skin softener supreme. This smells gorgeous, soaks in super easily and punches far above what it’s price would have you think. If you haven’t heard of these yet, what rock have you been living under? Get out from there and get them NOW!

Honourable Mentions:


I haven’t included these above as they’re not things I would use every day, but if you’re looking for a bit of a skincare treat, these are worth considering.

Benefit B.Right Refined Finish Facial Polish (€27.50/127.5g – Debenhams.ie): I love using this once a week to help clear away any build up of dead skin cells. It’s super gentle, a little bit goes a long way, and I love the packaging. It is not the cheapest out there, but it does a great job for the price.

Benefit B.Right Ultra Radiance Facial Rehydrating Mist (€30/133.1ml – Debenhams.ie): Work in an office? Feel yourself drying out from heat in summer and heaters in winter. This is the thing for you. I originally bought this in duty free in Gatwick as I was trapped indoors for hours and was drying out rapidly. Fortunately this did an amazing job, and I now swear by it. I’m not using it as often while I’m not working, but I always appreciate a moisture boost when I do turn to it. Its light fresh scent is pleasing on the nose too!

So, talk to me. Do you agree with my saviours? Does it inspire you to try any of them? Have you tried any of them already? Let me know in the comments!


Best of beauty blog series:

  • Week 1: Skincare Saviours
  • Week 2: Hair Heroes (13 Feb)
  • Week 3: Makeup Must-Have (20 Feb)
  • Week 4: Pamper Products (27 Feb)
  • Week 5: Princess Product (6 Mar)
  • Week 6: Budget Bargain (13 Mar)
  • Week 7: Beauty Treatment (20 Mar)
  • Week 8: Beauty Bloggers (27 Mar)

Want to join in? Certainly do. Write up your “Best of Beauty” posts and share them with everyone on Twitter using the Hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge!

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Dec. 12.

Taking the plunge – Cocoa Brown Tan

oopmaCan you turn a milk bottle into a golden Goddess? Or just into a tangoed terror?

This has always been my big problem with tan (well that and I can’t tan naturally – I’ve the best Irish skin ever), so I have always been a bit afraid of fake tans. However, being the intrepid blogger that I am, and having been inspired by Marissa Carter, owner of Carter Beauty and creator of Cocoa Brown Tan, I decided to take the plunge and try it out. Would I reach the golden Goddess nirvana, or just look like an overgrown escapee from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Read on to find out?


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