Whenever I post my WhatLauraWore outfits on my blog and Facebook page, I tend to get comments on my legs. I find it so funny that I never paid attention to them until I started posting outfit photographs online.
With the party season coming up and plenty of photo opportunities available, I thought I’d share with you a few tips and products that I use to make my legs ready to be on show and looking good in photos.
|Nair Tough Hair Removal Cream*|
The first step is to get your legs fuzz free. Now I’m not just talking about the lower leg, I’m talking about the upper leg too as Christmas is the perfect time to get that Little Black Dress out and you don’t want to risk any stray hairs. I use the Nair Tough Hair Removal Cream as it removes all of my unwanted hair in around 8 minutes flat.
The extra strength formula is great for coarse or dark hair without irritating the skin and it contains Rice Oil to moisturise the skin and Grape Seed extract for extra moisturisation and protection as well as radiant skin that is silky and smooth to the touch! Buy it from Boots, Superdrug and Chemist Direct.
Using a good body scrub like Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush (review here, buy here), or any of the Victoria’s Secret offerings, in conjunction with your hair removal routine will work wonders to keep your pins looking smooth and silky, particularly during the dry, scaly leg winter weather.
The body scrub I’m using at the moment is the Victoria’s Secret Smoothing Body Scrub in the Such A Flirt scent of star fruit and white orchid. This abrasive scrub is great at sloughing away the dead skin from your legs, leaving them looking and feeling soft and smooth.
Once your legs are fuzz and scale free, I’d suggest moving on to tanning.
Although we’re into November, some of you lucky readers may still have the hint of a summer tan and if that’s the case, prolonging it is imperative. Following this guide on how to prolong your summer tan, created with beauty and travel bloggers in association with Hayes and Jarvis, will have your summer sun kissed skin lasting well into the winter months. As well as helping you with your tan post holiday, it also gives step by step tips on prolonging your tan before you leave and during your holiday too which is great if you’re planning a little sunshine getaway this winter. I didn’t know that eating and drinking certain things can keep you bronzed for longer but I do now!
If, like me, you’re not lucky enough to posses a real suntan, then fake it till you get one. Since moisturising is key during the winter months, I’d recommend going for a tan that will keep your skin hydrated as well as give you a subtle pop of colour- nothing too dark during the winter time otherwise people will know how fake it is! My tan of choice is the Dr Ceuticals Body Tone and Tan (buy here).
|Dr Ceuticals Body Tone and Tan*|
This is a refreshing, firming gel that claims to battle cellulite and promote centimetre loss… now we’ll glaze over that… but as far as daily self tanners go, this is one of the best on the high street. It massages into the skin with ease, dries pretty quickly and gives a glorious hint of a sun kissed glow without the false tan biscuit smell; more of a clean, fresh scent.
|Dr Ceuticals Body Tone and Tan|
Smooth this onto your legs twice daily for optimum tanning and cellulite busting abilities. Keeping your pins looking bronzed and beautiful also helps them to look more toned and slimmer so give it a try and see the results of tanning for yourself.
|Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone and Shimmer*|
Next its time to add a bit of shimmer which can go a long way to making the skin on your legs look even more healthy and radiant. I have two options for you. The first is an all over glow with the Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone and Shimmer (buy here).
|Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone and Shimmer|
This shimmery gel was developed to help users to reduce cellulite and target wobbly bits, all the while adding a gorgeous shimmer and sheen to the skin. As the last step before getting dressed, I smooth this onto my legs and wait a quick couple of seconds for it to sink in before revealing a gorgeous subtle shimmer that looks great, particularly when worn over a tan. It gives the coolest, pearliest glittery shimmer that catches the light. I love it.
|Swatch of Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone and Shimmer|
The second is a little more of a little trick that I picked up from a friend who works as a model and dancer. That tip is to add a subtle streak of shimmer down the front of your shins to highlight that area and in turn, slim the look of the legs. It also works when used on the arms too and its a trick that lots of celebrities and make up artists use. To highlight the shin bone, I’d suggest using either a shimmery bronzer like the St Moriz Shade ‘n’ Shimmer Bronzing Powder (review here, buy here) with a very light hand or the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (buy here) on a big fluffy brush.
|Heels from Nelly|
The final step is to put on a killer pair of heels. Now I know that this isn’t for everyone as a pair of sky scrapers are often painful to say the least but if you can totter about in them then do as they’ll do wonders to improve the appearance and tone of your legs… and if all else fails you can always pop a pair of flats in your bag!
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