A bit of a different blog for me today – I had planned on blogging about a Race Look from Lulu Manna today but Mother Nature had different ideas and it hasn’t stopped raining here for 5 days. While I’m loving the rain this has meant no outside photos.
So I decided to share my thoughts on self-tanning products I have been using for the last couple of months.
I love the look of a tan but the only tan I have these days comes out of a bottle.
As the weather heats up and more skin is on show I always feel just a little more confident when I have a little bit of colour.
Skin cancer is something that I’m very conscious of – I don’t leave the house these days without sunscreen on my face, even when I know I’m going to spending all day in the office. I try and make sure my makeup also has sunscreen in it.
So in my search for a bottle tan that won’t turn me into an Oomph Loomph I have been trialling the below three products.
- Clean dry skin
- Exfoliate the night before to get rid of any dry skin
- No deodorant or you will end up with white under arms – I speak from experience
- Don’t shave legs just before applying otherwise you will end up with little brown spots – again I speak from experience
- Apply a quick swipe of moisturiser on the dry parts of the body – elbows, ankles, heels, knees. I also add some to my hands.
- A tanning mitt – I use the LE TAN Application Mitt $9.99 from Priceline. I have used a couple of different ones but I like this one the best. Its double sided, long lasting, the fabric is smooth and allows for an even application, very easy to wash and dry between uses.
- Something loose and dark to sit around in while you develop.
I was put onto this product by Kate from One Cool Mother. Kate is a fountain of knowledge on anything beauty related so when she told me that the gorgeous glow she was rocking had come out of a bottle I had to try it.
What I love about this product is that it is mess free!
For me this is one of the biggest bonuses.
The application is so easy as this oil has very little colour you don’t have to worry about spilling on the floor but the downside about the lack of colour is that you can’t see it on the skin.
You need to be very particular about applying this as you don’t want to end up with white patches from where you’ve missed sections.
On the bottle this has that it develops in 2 – 3 hours but I leave this on longer. As it has no colour you can apply this and once its dry you can put your clothes over the top. I have applied this in the morning before work and gotten dressed and by the time I come home I’m a nice golden brown.
I also sleep in this one, putting it on before bed and washing it off in the morning. Hubby does say that it is a bit like sleeping with a cookie dough scented wife but that is the only side effect, it doesn’t come off on the sheets and I really love the natural colour this one gives me.
♥ purchased from Priceline
Selfie Tan n Go Bronzing Mousse – $19.99
I purchased this mousse when I ran out of the Bondi Sands Oil and when to buy more but found it wasn’t stocked at Chemist Warehouse.
This one grabbed my attention as it had the words ‘1 Hour Express’ on the label and came with a free tanning mitt, I’m impatient and like free stuff so it was a no brainer to buy. Once I got this home I read that the longer that you leave this on the deeper/darker the tan.
I found that only one hour gives you a light glow – I didn’t find this dark enough for me but if I was in a rush and wanted some form of colour then this would be fine.
I have left this on for 3 hours and while the colour was quite good I did find it slightly patchy though maybe this was just down to hurried my application skills.
I didn’t like the tanning mitt that comes with this at all – one side is for applicating and the other side is just thin stretch material. The biggest issue is that you end up with tan stains on the side of you little finger and thumb as the tan soaks through the sides of the mitt.
♥ purchased from Chemist Warehouse.
After a text message to Bev from Iris May Style to ask what tan she used to get her gorgeous tan colour.
I love the colour of the tan it has a lovely natural colour, when I use this I do receive compliment on my tan. The only downside would be that it takes 6 hours to get the full colour.
This is easy to apply, the mousse glides on very nicely. I did use this for my face by just wiping the mitt over my face quickly at the end with just the mousse that was left on the mitt.
For me I only use this when I know I have plenty of time for it to develop for the full 6 hours.
Now Bev assures me that you can put it on before bed put on a onesie and let it develop all night but two things scare me about this 1. that I will end up very very brown and 2. that my bed will look like I’ve turned into a chocolate lady and melted into the bed sheets.
I needed to be bold and gives this a chance maybe I will leave it to a time that I don’t have somewhere to go the next day in case I have a disaster.
♥ purchased from David Jones
I have not been gifted any of these items – the opinions expressed are my own formed after using the products.