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Old Favourites

VDM has existed as its own little corner of the Internet for over four years now and I often forget that 99.99% of you weren’t there for my first post featuring a peek into my makeup bag, written in Times New Roman font and containing pictures taken from my phone that blasted out polyphonic ringtones. It’s long gone (though my first YouTube video is still up for the world to see if you want some cringey viewing), but you lot just keep growing – which I am forever grateful for, thank you (sending hugs, love and brownies). So I thought seeing as the summer could make an appearance soon – ‘could’ being the operative word there – I’d let you in on a few warm weather favourites that get cracked out every single year. VDM long-timers take it as a refresher course, newbies – hello and welcome to your daily dose of beauty release where you can comment on cosmetics till the cows come home if you want to – this one’s for you…

The Body Tanner That RulesXen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe. I don’t possess enough fingers and toes to count the amounts of faux tanners that I’ve tried and tested over the years, so let’s just say a lot. But three years or so after cracking out this one for the first time, it’s still my favourite. A moisturising lotion that doesn’t fade in a weird fashion and washes the skin with a not at all orange tinge of tan, surprisingly I find a bottle lasts me yonks, years even (but that’s because I mostly just tan my arms – shhhh).

The Grim, But Great PurchaseTweezerman Foot File. Easily one of the best purchases I’ve made in recent years. I won’t go into the ins and outs of foot filing for you, but let’s just say though the noise it makes it vile, the results are heavenly.

The Sole SmoothersThe Margaret Dabbs Foot Set. These bits and bobs along with the file exclusively make up my at home pedi set which whenever I can be bothered to reach for makes my feet feel like I’m walking on little fluffy clouds. The scrub gets to work and the oil is dreamy – I apply as the last step, slip some socks, go to bed and wake up with soles that feel almost slippery. It’s a lengthy process, but one that means that a professional doesn’t have to go near my ridiculously tickley feet.

The Sun Lotion That Smells Like SummerInstitute Esthederm Adaptasun Body Milk. I love this stuff. Twice now I’ve been abroad, used this liberally and not burnt once. The science behind it is a bit of confuzzling and it doesn’t operate in the standard SPF way, but for me anyway, it does what is says on the tin. And it smells incredible. Holidays in a bottle; a pricey pick but one big bottle easily has me sorted for 10 days away.

The Facial SPF That Tack-FreeKiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50. There are a fair few SPF’s now that have joined my crew of shine-free, non-gloopy, nice feeling formulas – post coming soon – but I will always have a tube of this on my skincare shelf. Light, moisturising but not overly so, it does the job of an SPF while feeling like it’s not even there. Lob it on, however thick you like and you still won’t feel it. Promise.


  • I’ve just watched some of your older videos again, as you mentioned them, and I have to say that I really love the longer hair on you! It suits you so good and makes you look fresh and young, my opinion πŸ˜‰

  • Need to try the XenTan, it looks amazing! x

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  • Abi Thrasher

    Would love to try the XenTan! x

  • Just bought the Kiehl’s and liking it so far!

    Ella x

  • I really must try some of these new products, in preperation for summer.

    Jess x

  • They all sound lovely, if only the weather could act a little more like summer and less like autumn… x

  • Sybil Mae

    I have recently just started to try out the Xen Tan range and so far I am loving the Deep Bronze Luxe! πŸ™‚

  • It’s always a nice feeling to get those summer products out.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  • I’d like those brownies you mentioned please πŸ˜‰ x


  • I love he-shi tans but must give xen-tan a go!

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • Nina Zane

    I must try some of these, always scared of breaking out with skincare πŸ™‚ xx
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  • I’m a girl who is happily a bit paler than everyone else, but with all this talk about tanning, I may have to give some of these products a go! πŸ™‚

    Beth. x

  • I am really interested in the self tanner, never heard of this brand before. The Kiehl’s sunscreen sounds like a lovely product too. With all the information available about the harmful effects of the sun, these products are a must.

  • Parisian To Be

    Ah, Anna–I’m a long, long, long time fan and I love these posts that you do, revisiting old favorites. x

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Hope

    Need the Xen-Tan, need to get my glow on for summer!! H xx

  • Emily Knott

    I remember all your old videos! You’ve come such a long way! Still yet to try the Xen-Tan!

  • Alexandria Sese

    Foot files are definitely a must for the summer. Do you keep using it during winter? I’ve sadly neglected that and now it’s taking a little more patience to get my heels smooth >_<

  • emiller1233

    Sun screen is a necessity for me, tomatoes are only in season so long!

  • Allison

    LOVING that old video your brows have made quite the comeback
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  • Chelsea Leigh

    I’m definitely in the market for a good sunscreen that you can’t feel! Def have to try the Kiehls!

  • Laura

    Ahh, Anna – such memories! I remember the good ol’ days when you were in Uni πŸ™‚

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • trudy

    Love the Kiehls sunscreen πŸ™‚

  • MarΓ­a

    You read my mind! This is the exact post I Washington needing

  • Natalie Williams

    Need to get me one of den foot files. Gross, true – but if we do get anymore sun (bah) this year my feet need some preening before I get them out!

  • julie s

    If you’re looking for another option for a non-sticky, non-gloopy, nice feeling SPF, I would highly recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid lotion for the face. It feels lightweight on the skin, sinks into the skin quickly, and has a nice matte finish. Ontario (Canada) summers can be incredibly humid and this is the only sunscreen I can bear to put on my face when July and August roll around.

    Here’s a UK link in case you’re interested:

  • Amyzz

    Anna please please do a post on facial tanning products!

  • Daniella




  • Love the Margaret Dabbs foot oil, perfect for getting feet summer ready, S.

  • Lauren S

    great picks, the sun lotion sounds awesome ! I use MAC Prep and Prime SPF 50 and that saved me ! (except when i forgot it cycling across the golden gate bridge owww)

    Lauren x

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  • Amber Hunter

    I’ve been looking for a good tacky free SPF for a while so the kiehl’s option sounds like one I need to try. I actually live in south florida and am in the sun quite often so SPF is definitely an important part of keeping my skin healthy!
    Amber | Lovely Notions

  • I will definitely be picking up that Kiehl’s SPF it sounds amazing!

  • LeeLee

    Great items. I really loved your brownie recipe. So good!

  • Sarah Reed

    I have to say, I went back and watched that first video of yours and I loved it! I miss the days of YouTube when things were less scripted, unedited and more personal. I feel like too many people have lost themselves and become giant commercials, losing their creativity and uniqueness. I have always loved your videos (and still do) but watching a few of your old ones was such a breath of fresh air! Keep up the good work but don’t forget to let us see you reach up to turn off your camera every once in a while πŸ™‚

  • Kayla

    It’s always so much fun (and embarrassing really) to look back and see how you’ve grown from your first post/video. The crazy thing is every day we keep getting better and posting better content! Can’t wait to see where VDM goes next ( :