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Spray Xen-Tan: My first Spray Tan (at LA Make-up Academy Dublin)

I had my very first spray tan a few weeks ago. The fact that a beauty blogger has never tried one seems strange to people. To be honest I never gave it a second thought.I have been experimenting with tan since I was sixteen and I like to think that I can now apply it properly. This is the main reason I never saw the point in me having a spray tan done. Why pay to have it applied when you can apply it as well yourself? I couldn’t have been more wrong!

I had a Xen spray tan in LA Make-up Academy on Chatham Street. A lovely girl called Lorna looked after the application that day.I was expecting it to be an uncomfortable experience, as most experiences are when one is standing almost naked on front of a stranger. Not so.

Lorna was very friendly and explained everything to me like the spray tanning newbie that I am. The tanning room itself was calming and pretty. There were candles lighting and hot cloths at the ready for make-up removal if I so wished.

I was informed that I could leave my make-up on as the tan can be sprayed on top and still develops. I held on to my own underwear bottoms and passed on the paper thong, I just couldn’t.

The application took about 5 minutes during which I was required to place myself in certain poses to ensure even coverage. Ok, I felt like an eejit, but they see this all the time!

I dried myself off for a few minuted using the air from the compressor and got dressed. I choose an old dress that I was happy to ruin in the name of a good tan. It was also loose so it wouldn’t leave any lines or marks. I was also told to avoid water and  exercise that would cause perspiration until I could shower the tan off in the morning.

I left the building a deeply bronzed yet tacky (as in sticky) woman. It was an extremely humid day in Dublin and the sun was shinning. This didn’t bode well for the no perspiration rule. I made a quick dash for the car.

I have to say that I was a little tanned to begin with. I had the tan applied about 4 weeks after I came back from holiday. I was amazed by the colour. It was olive based rather than golden or orangey and it lasted about six days with daily moisturisation.

I have recently tried the Xen bottle tan (more on this tomorrow) but it’s nothing like the spray tan result.

I will definitely get another one for any events of holidays coming up.

What has been your experience with spray tans?

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  • Jane

    Hey Amy,

    I just had my first spray tan the other day and I am very happy with it! The lady that did mine however didn’t recommend to spray tan my face since she said that i would be washing it a lot and it’ll probably fade super fast. So did you have your face spray tanned as well? How did you deal with the foundation issue? My only thing though is that, I’ve been trying to find a foundation shades darker than mine and somehow, my face still looks very white. At least in pictures. I hope you can give some suggestions! Thank you!

  • Amarya

    Hi Amy, thanks for the review and pics. Sounds like a good idea for holiday periods and when you hit the beach.

  • Claire

    Big fan if them before holidays to avoid the Irish pasty look! I usually get rockstar spray done but I def think that all spray tans just end up looking way better than lotions that you buy!

  • Ciara

    Always been put off by the people i see looking orange and blotchy! Never got a spray tan, but sure im only 15! but know loads that have got them. The Xen tan one looks great. But i love the Rimmel sunshimmer airbrush tan, in fair or golden.
    Im trying to embrace the pale, but sometimes my legs look kinda blueish!

  • Nancy

    Well, one better has heat there :-) :-)

  • Alethea

    Your tan looks fab Amy!!! I’ve always been too body consious to go for a spray tan, and like you, perfected the fake tan application myself, so never bothered to waste money paying someone else to put it on me :-)

    • Amy

      I know the feeling Alethea. It;s not the ideal place for those of us with body issues. I just reasoned that the lady who was applying it looked at mountains of different backsides every day and was unlikely to remember one in particular haha

  • ashlie

    Thank you for this! I have been dying for my first spray tan, but unsure of where or what to do or go! This makes me feel relieved that a great spray tan, and how to avoid some bad, and messy situations-super thanks Amy!

    • Amy

      Thanks Ashlie, keep me posted when you get your first tan :)

  • laura

    It looks great!
    I resently had my first spray tan!
    They are amazing!!

    • Amy

      Can’t believe we were missing out! haha :) x

  • Anna

    You look gorgeous Amy! The tan looks amazing! I’ve never gotten a spray tan either! <3

    • Amy

      Knew there were more of us out there! haha Love your little avatar, so so cute :) x

  • Caoimhe

    It looks so good! How much was it? I think I HAVE to try…!xx

  • Lyndsey

    Wow, that colour is good for a spray tan! I have had a few patchy, orange spray tans incidents in the past that have put me off them for good. However, I haven’t tried Xen tan, so never say never……………..

    • Amy

      Oh no! That sounds awful! That is exactly what I thought mine would end up like. glad I was wrong! :)

  • Nancy

    Hey Amy,

    I got two spray tans in my life so far and I am not impressed.
    It just didn´t stay as long as I wanted it to stay (even with a scrub before and daily moisture) and always started to peel off between my boobs after two days. :-) Also I don´t like the hassle, take dark clothes with you, go out in public looking like an idiot, being careful not to get in contact with water (hello? taking off make up, washing the dishes? etc.).
    I would do it again for a special event, but to maintain a tan its way to exhausting for me.

    • Amy

      Nancy I have to agree with you!
      Ans what is it with the boob wear off? That’s the first place it moved on me too, luckily that wasn’t until day six. Must be the heat or something haha

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