Bondi Sands Pure Review | March 21

Bondi Sands Pure Review | March 21

I mentioned in my buying beauty products online post about my love of Influenster and their VoxBox campaigns where you can test products in exchange for posting a review. I was selected for the Bondi Sands Pure collection VoxBox campaign and was sent the three products in the range to try. Just to disclaim, it’s not part of the campaign that I write a blog post, and I’m not being paid for this, but I did receive the products for free as part of the campaign. That being said, I always review products honestly and I liked this range overall, so I thought I’d share my thoughts.

Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Foaming Water

Infused with hyaluronic acid for long lasting hydration, the key selling point for me was the added vitamins C and E to to nourish skin and protect from pollution, UV rays and blue light, making this the ultimate fake tan for a day in town with the girls or a city break. It is cruelty free, vegan and suitable for sensitive skin so I was really excited to give this a go. For packaging, it’s a water but a squeeze bottle, so not the easiest to get out of the bottle without it going everywhere and as it’s transparent, it’s hard to wipe up. This does lather when it hits the skin but it’s easily controlled – a long way from the green mousse we used in our teenage years. The issue with the transparency is you can’t see how much is going on, or if you miss any parts. I did this while watching TV and ended up with a few streaks. It was a really rich colour, my skin felt soft and it lasted a long while. My skin could breathe too which made it really comfortable to wear. I put this on about 5pm, and it did slightly transfer to my sheets overnight, but it wasn’t too bad. Overall, I liked the colour, how it felt and the ingredients, I think the bottle would benefit from a pump and with practice, the application would probably be much easier.

Bondi Sands Pure Self Tanning Face Mist

This is the product I was most excited about. I always found face fake tan tricky to apply and it clogged my skin. This product has all the good stuff of the others above, so I was excited to give this one a go. The pump is tricky to work, I actually thought it was broken and while it looks good, it’s a bit too much frill and a standard spray would’ve been better. Once you get it working, the spray is really fine so it’s easy to get a good, even coverage. A few sprays and then I just ran the mitt over my face to even out. Considering I wash my face more than my body, this lasted almost as long as my body colour so I didn’t re-apply this and just topped up with bronzer. I would quite happily purchase this, if the spray could be fixed.

Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Sleep Mask

This was the product I was least excited to try, sleep masks in general just make me switch off. I think because when I was younger I assumed you went to sleep with a full on face mask and had to lie like a mummy all night, even though I know what’s the not the case, they still make me screw up my face. I was a little bit nervous because the face mist was pretty dark, so I thought this would be a stronger colour. Actually, I couldn’t have been more wrong and I liked this more than the mist (mostly because the packaging was easier). It’s just like a moisturiser but is hydrating, and leaves your skin glowing. I have somewhat sensitive skin and it didn’t clog my pores or make me break out. The colour was even and it lasted well.

Overall

This was my first experience with Bondi Sands and I’m really impressed with the colour, how nourishing it felt on my skin and the longevity. I like the packaging is fully recyclable and it’s cruelty free, and Vegan. I’m more of a gradual tan within a moisturiser type gal than an all-in tan. I noticed they do a Gradual Tanning Milk which sounds so up my street, It’s in my Wishlist for my next online shopping splurge.

Buying Beauty Products Online

Buying Beauty Products Online

There’s not much I won’t buy online. From clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, homeware, furniture, you name it. I don’t have the same anxiety about ‘seeing it’ in real life that others have, until it comes to beauty products. Foundations, lipsticks, even eye shadow palettes cause me so much stress when I need to buy them online. Pre-2020 this wasn’t an issue, my second home is a shopping centre and wandering around Boots or Superdrug with 7 swatches on my hand was a normal Saturday. Then the shops closed, and the shops that stayed open removed all their testers, so there was no merit in going to a shop to buy make-up. I started looking online and found a few tricks to make buying beauty online a little bit easier.

Findation / Match My Make-Up

Run out of your foundation, want to try something new but have spent hours agonising over Goggle images trying to find swatches? Sites such as Findation or Match My Make-Up provide a matching service. Put the details in of a foundation type, and shade, that matches you well and let it do the rest. This was a lifesaver when I wanted to buy a new Charlotte Tilbury foundation during lockdown but I didn’t know my shade.

Influenster

Think TripAdvisor but for products. There’s not much, beauty or not, that aren’t on Influenster. Detailed reviews with user photos, the ability to ask questions, as well as it’s own awards, Influenster will make sure you have all the information before checking out. I use this all the time and I contribute reviews as well as reading them. It is American based so not all UK brands are on there but I would say the vast majority will be. Influenster also has VoxBoxes where contributors can receive a VoxBox in exchange for reviews, there’s different campaigns for brands and you get a tailored selection of products or the full release. If you like to review products of all kinds, and you’re not on Influenster, I would recommend you sign up.

Blog Reviews

My favourite types of beauty posts to read are product empties, favourites, or new in beauty. I find it so helpful to see what other bloggers enjoy using and would recommend and find it re-assuring if I’m buying a product I’ve never tried, or seen before. Some of my favourite beauty buys have been discovered via blog posts. If you’re a beauty blogger, or enjoy beauty blogs, please leave your links in the comments below so other people can check out your beauty recommendations.

Read the Product Description

This sounds basic but I think the majority of people, myself included, have been caught buying products because of how they look, the name or because they’re heard other people talking about them but don’t actually know what the product is supposed to do. It’s so important to read the full product description and

Do You Know What You’re Looking For?

Understanding your skin is difficult. Everyone’s skin is unique to them and your skin type not only changes with so many factors, it can be difficult to understand in the first place. With brands throwing so many claims around about what products do, you need to wade through a lot of noise to get to what the product is, what it should do and more importantly, will it work for you. While we all have the luxury of time, if you haven’t already, I’d recommend putting some time in to research all things skin. You’ll be able to make more informed choices, reduce the time spent scratching your head and build a skincare/make-up routine that works for you. If you’re not sure where to start, I’d recommend Skincare by Caroline Hirons. The book is fantastic, it explains everything you need to know and gives some product recommendations.

I hope this post as been helpful and has given you a couple of ideas when buying beauty and skincare online. If you have any other tips, I’d love to know so please leave them in the comments below.