AOTD: Tanned, Glowing and Manicured {Partially}


AOTDAll it seems to take is that first swipe of self tan, and I am a goner. I did the legs, and then got some sun from horseriding, and then decided it was the arms’ turn.

Behold, one of said limbs, adorned with Xen-Tan Weekly Self-Tan with Moroccanoil {€30}. I was actually quite alarmed when I dispensed some on my tanning mitt. It was dark! Even more taken aback when I applied it to my arms. It was really dark! I mean, there’s fake and then there’s fake. Luckily, I slept on it, having showered post-horse, and had enough for it to dry before I retired for sleepytime.

Next morning, the sheets were free of skidmarks, but I did get some water on my arms from washing up, and things went a tad streaky. I’d say this needs the full monty, in order to stop it developing. Maybe? I’m not sure now that I should have gone to sleep with this on? Ah, sure, it’s grand. It looks like I’ve been on a cruise in the Aegean. It’s the kind of brown that I struggled to achieve in high school. This is my inner teenager’s dream tan.

It’s grander still, with the application of Pixy Glowing Body Butter {€12.99}. The tin, she is small, at just 100gs, but the glow, she is large. I wouldn’t expect to use this all over the bod, perhaps only on highlight points like arms and legs and collarbones, so that’s no big. It smells gorge, too.

And, finally, may I present the ESSIE MORE MERRIERWorld Famous Supermodel Thumbnail™, proudly displaying one of essie’s new summer nail varnish colours, the more the merrier {€9.99}. Oh, yeah! And this is after a few hours spent in horseriding gloves, and with no top coat to speak of. Impressive!

And, honestly, that really is the colour of the arm, maybe even a little darker. Photoshop and I decided that there was to be no fakery because it looked true, even for an iPhoto.

Well, that’s me, bronzed for the duration. At least as long as the sun is shining…


Xen-Tan is available at Debenhams, and/or on


Pixy Natural Skincare and That Magic Mischief Giveaway! Enter Now!

Okay! I hope I have not made a dog’s dinner of this!

Click here to be in with a chance to win a gorgeous Pink Love Hamper from Pixy! Details can be found in an earlier post.

Via the latter, you can read all about the products included, a value of €39.95.

Via the former, you’ll be directed to like Bright & Beautyfull! on Facebook. If you already do, you are away in a hack. Either way, go there and click on the Rafflecopter giveaway tab, and enter now…


The fine print:

Giveaway begins 19 February 2013 and ends on 26 February 2013.

Entries are collected via Rafflecopter.

Approximate retail value of prize is €39.95

The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.

Winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about 26 February.

Bright and Beautyfull! is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.

Winners will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Valid address is required.




Lovely Linkage: Pixy Ireland and That Magic Mischief

PIXY LOVE HAMPERI chatted with the folks over at Pixy ahead of the upcoming giveaway. I have to say: am in envy mode for whoever gets this Pink Love Hamper, which includes

This magnificent gift contains a luxurious strawberry shower mousse, a deliciously softening heart-shaped massage bar with aduki beans to stimulate the skin, a gently cleansing heart-shaped scented soap, a moisturising loofah foot scrub in a pretty flower shape, a conditioning foot cream in a cute heart-shaped tin and adorable heart-shaped lime body scrubs.

THAT MAGIC MISCHIEFI really like the sound of that aduki-bean massage bar. I’ve tried samples from the Pixy range of soaps, and have been only delighted by them. I’m a fan of the shower mousse especially.

So! Do head over to a digital purveyour of eBooks, buy your copy of That Magic Mischief, and prepare to be in with a chance to win! there will be a question you’ll have to answer based on a detail in the book. Hint: it will have something to do with the pooka…


Have a look at the rest of the Pixy line over at


Festive Feet: Pixy Pedi Gift Set

Ooh, what could this beeeeeeee?

It is a clever and cute giftie from Pixy, Ireland’s natural beauty brand. Based in Co Cork, they’ve made a splash — ha, ha — with their bath bombs and bath muffins, bringing not only jobs to the south, but also clever and beautiful products for the rest of us to try.

I love the bit of ivy! Well, you know, it’s not real, but everything else about this is. The foot scrub is loaded with cocoa butter, and the peppermint foot cream with… yeah, you can figure that on your own.

Adorbs! I’ve also gotten my hands on a Pixy Dream Gift Set, which includes one bomb, one muffin, a shower mousse that comes with one of those scrubby yokes, lip balm, body oil, and a slice of soap — the last being my fave of all things. I suspect it will last me a long, long time. Added bonus is that it makes the whole bath smell lovely, but doesn’t overwhelm.

There are loads more on their site at, and you could pretty much sort out all the female members of your family, and possible all your pals as well.

Shipping in Ireland is free for orders over €50!


Pixy Pedi: €16.95
Pixy Dream: €29.95