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  1. Last week I posted a photo of my legs on Facebook. This was not my usual post and honestly, my bare legs don't 'get out' often enough for them to be frequently snapped. It was, however, for a very good cause.


    My actual legs - for all the world to see!!


    The 18th - 22nd of June was Just A Card Week. Just A Card is a social media initiative, created to highlight the need to support small, independent businesses, artists, makers, bakers and shops. The idea is that every purchase - even if it's just a card from an independent business means the world to the person behind it.

    just a card 2

    Each day of the week we were tasked to post on social media and image or quote relating to a suggested theme. It culminated in showing the world our 'happy dance' - you know, the one we do whenever we get a sale.

    The Just A Card campaign was not just for fun, there was a serious message behind it which is so relatable in this uncertain climate. Retail is vunerable at the moment, catious consumers and rising business rates are turning our high streets into ghost towns. Independents and the big brands are forced to close or downsize as it becomes more and more unsustainable to keep the business going.

    There is also this idea that online stores are the enemy - but we are not. Online independent businesses are just as vunerable and believe me, I would love to take KUKShades to the high street but I am priced out at every turn. (That's a whole other blog post for another time!)

    The truth is I will never be able to compete with the £3 beach tote from Primark or supermarket fashions - and I don't want to. Firstly, because there is room for us all and secondly, I value quality over quantity and ethical production and varity over fast fashion. I have so much respect for the small indie businesses I buy from and I feel that by supporting them I am making a difference. I wouldn't be without those magnificent creative individuals that make and design what I sell.

    So why did I post a picture of my legs for Just A Card week? To show you that there is a real person behind this business. A woman with integrity, passion, commitment and a family to support. I work for myself so that I am there for my children at the start and end of everyday... and days like today when my daughter sends an SOS from school because she feels unwell and I'm there, in 20 minutes without making excuses to leave work. A women who is dreaming big and who wants to make a difference, who is sometimes unsure if she can make it work. So yes... I do feel like dancing every time a sale comes in. I feel supported and it does mean the world.

    happy dance

    So if you are visiting the Sun Room at KUKShades for the first time, THANK YOU for being here. If you have been a customer, YOU ROCK and if you just follow and like a few of my posts on social media, (of legs or anything else) even share a couple, or say hello, you are an AWSOME indivudual and have no idea of the difference you make. 

    Indie businesses are what will save us in this uncertain time, I truly believe that. They will pave the way and be there with colour, personality, passion, ethics and creativity when our high streets turn grey. So - support them. Remember that every small purchase of a badge, a pen, a notebook, a scarf, a beach bag or simply just a card means the world and gives a real person a reason to do a happy dance.

    Candice x


  2. Looking after your skin in the summer months is a priority. We need to moisturise and protect our skin daily to prevent damage and aging. Like me, you may have tried a range of summer skin products, including self tans, bronzers and various SPF moisturisers and sun creams. So when I came across Tancream via Twitter, I was natually curious.

    Tancream is a new, premium sun cream, founded by Gillian Robson and Katy Foxcroft from York. It offers SPF50 protection, 5 star UVA protection, an instant bronzer, a gradual self tan and with a blend of organic sunscreens is moisturising and anti aging. Oh... and on the bottle it claims to be odour and streak free. This is the FISRT TIME an SPF50 suncream and a self tan have been formulated together! It is also made in the UK. Now you can see why I was so curious, how wonderful to find a product from a British brand that had all you need for glorious summer skin, in one beautiful bottle. 

    tancream image

    Before I had the chance to get in touch with the company to try it for myself, they contacted me to see if I would be interested in adding Tancream to KUKShades. I was thrilled. Soon after that my bottle arrived, ready for me to test and review for The Sun Room. 

    As you know, when I'm considering adding a product line to KUKShades I am quite particular. I would never add anything I didn't feel was genuine and quality is the very top of my checklist. To get straight to the point... I would be thrilled to add Tancream to the store. I love this product and here's why.

    • THE TEXTURE: It's an SPF50 sun cream like no other, the texture is velvet smooth with no sticky residue on the skin. It honestly feels like I'm putting on body lotion not sun protection. If you have been advised to wear a high protection sun cream but find it 'clogs' the skin, you need to try this!


    • IT'S ANTI AGING: Tancream has 5 Star UVA  protection (which is the maximum). This kind of protection will defend against skin aging as well as harmful rays. All those lovely organic ingrediants help keep the skin moistuised too. That's what we like to hear.


    • THE BRONZER: I tried this on my face as a bronzer, which gave gave my skin an instant warm glow. I do have sensitive skin and a little redness in the cheeks. Tancream did not cause any irritation and went on smoothly with a matt finish. Other facial bronzers I have tried have left my skin a bit shiny afterwards and consequently breakouts - not Tancream.


    • THE TAN: As a self tan, the coverage is very good. Tancream is easy to apply using the pump bottle and I didn't experience any streaks. You need a good amount for coverage and the colour you get, as you apply, is very natural. One application will give you a lovely glow in preparation for a night out, or you can build up your tan daily. I think this is ideal for those of you who have been advised to wear a high SPF on holiday - but you'd still like to take on a little colour. 


    012One application.


    • THE SMELL: I'm sorry, what smell? We have all dreamed of a self tan without that familar biscuit smell. Tancream is virtually ordourless. It's amazing. 


    • THE FADE: After use & a few showers later, the colour has a gradual fade without looking patchy. This makes reapplying easy. 


    The price for a 100ml bottle is £39. This bottle can replace your SPF50 suncream, bronzer and self tan. So with that in mind and having tested the product, I do feel that is it excellent value for a premium product.


    Tancream is already taking the industry by storm, with nominations for beauty awards rolling in. To be honest I'm not surprised as there is nothing else like it. 

    I have really enjoyed testing Tancream and if you want to find out more about the brand, the founders, the technology or to treat yourself, then visit: www.tancream.co.uk 

    So, will I be stocking Tancream in the future? Watch this space!

    Candice (tanned, protected and ready for summer) xx