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Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, Tanning Products

NEW 1 Hour Tan: Karora Express Bronzing Mousse

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KARORA Supreme Bronzette Express Bronzing Mousse 150ml (bottle and box)

SUPREME BRONZETTE MODEL

The new tan from Karora, Express Bronzing Mousse, has a quick self-tan development time that allows you to decide how bronze you would like to be. US beauty editors recently referred to it as the “Versace of the tanning world”. With an endorsement like that I had to try it. Well that pic of the girl in their ad…wow, I would love that colour. I would also like that body but I fear it would cost me more than the price of a bottle of tan!  :)

The velvety mousse is easy to apply with a tanning mitt and develops in an hour. Like all rapid tans you will get a better result the longer you leave it on but in one hour you will have a healthy glow. I like products like these since I detest the smell of fake-tan. This way I can rinse it off in rapid time and have the colour without 7 more hours of tan smelling skin. Leaving the product on for two hours gives you a hint more tint.

For a darker bronze it is recommended that you leave the mousse on for three hours. That was fine by me. I applied it in the evening time when I knew I was going out later on. I used a mitt to rub it in at 5pm, had my dinner, did my hair, makeup and chose my outfit. Then I rinsed the tan off at 8pm, applied some nicely scented moisturiser, got dressed and walked out the door and into a taxi  by 8.30pm.

The tan is said to be custom colour so it suits your natural skin tone. It’s not orange, very important. If you have an Irish skin tone like me you will not look ridiculous this Autumn/Winter. The scent is quite delicate, nothing too over-powering. Like any tan worth it’s weight in gold it does have the usual  dha smell whilst developing.

As far as application and developing time goes here are the recommendations:

1 hour: Light Tan

2 hours: Deeper tan

3 hours: Rich dark bronze

The tan also contains botanical extracts, aloe, acai berry, green tea, argan and bergamot oil to renew the skin and help improve your complexion.

The bottom line

I love it!! Sweet lamb of divine this is my new holy grail tan. It goes on better than any tan I have tried, pure luxury. Best of all you can’t possible mess up the application. It doesn’t dry too fast so you have time to blend with the mit. As I mentioned I left it on for three hours and showered it off and the colour was so beautiful! I couldn’t believe it. I had quite a few compliments on my tan too which is always good. I know you’re probably wondering how it lasts. Well for me it lasted 5-6 days before fading. I should point out that I shower twice a day and run regularly so I really put the tan to the test. I moisturise every day and exfoliate once a week so I didn’t change this step at all. Will I repurchase? 100% yes! I think my St Tropez Mousse affair may have finally come to an end.

In the interest of balance I’m trying to think of a downside. It’s definitely one of those tans that you apply at home and stay there until you wash it off. The tan developer needs to be fairly decent to product such a gorgeous colour in such a short time. Most tans need over-night application to get a tan this deep and well I just can’t stand the stink that long. You can also feel the product on your skin after application. For me that just means it’s rich which is necessary in a tan for those with any dry skin. Fast drying, tans tend to cling to me in the wrong sort of way. I’m re-applying this evening so I will start with an exfoliation, then apply, wear my shorts and tea-shirt around the house for 3 hours and rinse. Voila, done for another week.

A bottle costs €29.99 for 150ml. To me that’s a fairly decent price although I tend to compare all tan prices to my St Tropez Mousse which to me is splashing out. It’s available from Doc Morris, McCabes Sam McCauleys and pharmacies around Ireland. It is of course available worldwide.

 Favourite tans at the moment?

Aging, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, Tanning Products

Review: New St Tropez SPF50 for Face with Tan Enhancer

St Tropez have launched a new product for the face this season. If you’re like me and you’re paranoid about ageing but still want a light tan this one may be of interest to you.

I’ve been using SPF50 High Protection for Face with Tan Enhancer. According to the sales blurb it…

  • offers UVA and UVB protection (three star rating) and is suitable for sunbathing
  • contains Melanobronze which is said to stimulate melanin production – melanin is responsible for our tan
  • is infused with Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, Hyaluronic Acid and Raspberry Seed Oil to keep your skin nourished and supple.

My thoughts

My initial impression is that this seems far fancier than my usual Nivea sun cream. I love the packaging and I quite like that it comes in a box (fickle, fickle). It smells different to tradition sun protection products too. It’s quite fruity and smells almost like a fragrance without being over powering. Texture wise, it’s rich and creamy. Because of this I expected the product to just sit on my skin like most creams do on mine but I’m happy to report that it absorbs within a few minutes.

The absorption time is fine since you are supposed to wait for 15 minutes after application before going out in the sun anyway. My skin felt soft all day without feeling greasy and so far there’s no sign of a breakout. I’ll keep you updated.

I have been using the highest sun protection factor that they have available. If you don’t need as much protection as me it’s also available in SPF30.

The 50ml tube for the face is €19.95 and the larger 150ml body tube is €28.50. I’d love to try the SPF20 for the body, especially if it smells as gorgeous as this one. There is also an after-sun available which contains a touch of dha, sounds interesting.

What spf do you use during the Summer?

Reviews, Skin Care, Tanning Products

Review: Lancome Flash Bronzer Anti-Age

Review time! Today it’s Lancome Flash Bronzer Anti-Age, their first anti-aging self tanner for the face.

I know many a Flash Bronzer fan! I think this is because the colour seems to work well on Irish skin tones. I have one friend who has pretty much no pigmentation in her skin and no self tanners actually show up on her yet she loves the Flash Bronzer spray.

Press image used since Mother dearest has the bottle :)


I gave the anti-ageing self tanner a go last week. It felt moisturising without being greasy. My skin has recently returned to it’s normal/combination state, the dry skin is no more. If I had dry skin right now I think this bronzer would have suited me better but as it stands it’s a little rich. In the interest of fairness I passed it on to my mum who has dry skin and is concerned about ageing skin. It has to be said, she’s a little biased as she is a big Lancome fan anyway but she promised she would judge this bronzer based on it’s own merits.

The good:

  • Contains SPF 15. Obviously this isn’t designed for sunbathing but at least it provides some environmental protection.
  • Easy to apply
  • Dries fast on dry skin
  • Vitamin E provides protection and soft skin
  • Contains Algusium C which is said to boost collagen production and provide hydration
  • Didn’t streak
  • Comes in two shades – Golden and Bronze
  • My Mum liked it. She said her skin felt moisturised and that the colour was subtle without a hint of orange. Winner.

The bad:

  • The usual dha tanning smell, but hey, what self tan doesn’t
  • It’s pricey at €35 but then again it’s a self tanner and anti-ageing product in one
  • May not be suitable for oily or spot prone skin

Have you tried any of the Lancome Flash Bronzer collection? What do you think of them?

Previews/Launches, Skin Care, Tanning Products

St Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion – A Review & Pics

It’s that time of year again – I embraced my fair skin all Winter but now that it’s Spring I’m starting to think about a little bit of colour. I can’t stress the ‘little bit’ enough.

I have been trying out St Tropez’s new Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion for the past couple of weeks.


The blurb: A deep tan minus the commitment, the new Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion is designed to deliver an instant glow and flawless finish.

Before I share my thoughts, I will give you a look at what it looks like on my skin.

 

After one application (tan applied to top arm)…

 

And after two applications….

Before I apply this product I prepare my skin as if I was using a tan that develops. I exfoliate my skin, focusing on my elbows and knees. Moisturising is essential for me before I apply tan (particularly instant products) as I have dry skin. Chunks of tan stuck to dry skin is not as good look. I wait until my moisturiser has been absorbed, then I apply the product.

I always apply tan to my body using a mit. I buy mine from my local pharmacy. I think this gives the best finish and you don’t have to worry about staining hands.

Other methods of application I’ve tried:

Rubber gloves – the smell of latex makes me gag. The worst thing about it is that you can smell it off your skin all night. You can buy latex free gloves but I find that it’s harder to work into my skin that the mit and even the small size gloves move around on my hands.

Bare hands – I hate when tan sticks to the palms of your hands. I usually wash my hands with soap and warm water for 2 minutes but I sometimes have to resort to scrubbing –  not convenient if you’re in a rush.

St Tropez Back Applicator -I just couldn’t manage it.

Sponge – I use a sponge to apply tan to my fingers. I have also used the St Tropez Sponge face applicator in the past, I wasn’t a huge fan. This was mainly down to its shape – long and flat, very hard to use on your face.

I’ll be sticking to my mit :)

My thoughts:

I like that you can achieve a rich dark glow which can be removed with soap and water at the end of the night. It didn’t move in light rain, it didn’t even budge after an few hours of dancing. The colour stayed put until I showered the following morning.

The best part for me is the colour – deep and olive toned. There is not a hint of orange in sight. Another thing I love is that there is no ‘developing tan’ smell. You know that smell, the one so many describe as digestive biscuity :)

It’s easy to apply blends well and dries rapidly. I’m glad to say goodbye to the days I used to walk around my bedroom like a robot trying to dry tan.

You can also highlight and contour the areas you want to help sculpt your body (that would take way too much time for the likes of me). I once read that you should use a slightly darker shade of tan on your legs.

It goes without saying that if you don’t exfoliate or moisturise than you can’t really expect this product to look good. Every tan requires a bit of maintenance. In this case, it’s well worth it.

Would I repurchase?

Yes!

As far as where to buy – St Tropez is widely available around the world. In Ireland you can find it in Brown Thomas and pharmacies for €17.40.

What tan are you using right now? Do you use instant tan?

 

Reviews, Tanning Products

Video: Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Review & Spray Tan (LA Make-up Academy)

So I have already blogged about my Xen Spray Tan so I thought it was a good time to review the home version. I bought the Xen Dark Lotion for €23 online, there is no way I’m paying House of Fraser prices. I also do a little comparison between the lotion and the salon spray, enjoy!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnOxP1ofg5U

Thanks for watching :)

What’s your favourite tan?

*I bought this product myself.

Bridal Series, General, Tanning Products, Tutorials

How to apply fake tan to your face

I often get asked how to apply tan to your face without it looking false or seeping into pores and lines. These are a few tips from my experience, please feel free to add your own tips my commenting, I’d love to read them.

To avoid the tan seeping into lines moisturise your face with an oil-free products right before application. Pay particular attention to the hairline and edges of the face, again it can look weird if the planes of the face are identical to the skin at the sides of the face. You want to avoid making your face look flat.

Keep the face a tiny bit lighter than the body. It looks a little fake if your the exact same tone all over as it’s normal for the skin on the body to be a slightly different shade to the face.

I would apply the tan to my face using a damp cosmetic sponge – thin, light coverage whilst working fast. This way you can apply a second night for a deeper colour but aren’t left with tan seeping into lines and pores.

So basically moisturise and use a damp sponge haha

What are your tips?

Bath & Body, Skin Care, Tanning Products

I can’t live without exfoliating gloves!

I am recording my May favourites later and was gathering the products I needed when I realised that there is one item that I have relied heavily on last month. No fancy creams or expensive make-up just exfoliating gloves.

I have tried quite a few brands of exfoliating gloves but my favourites are from Infinity (have no idea who they are). I found them at my local pharmacy for €2.99. The Penneys version are a bargain at €1.50 but I find them a little too abrasive.

I exfoliate like a mad woman before a sun holiday to prepare my skin. I have tried so many exfoliators. Currently in my bathroom I have L’Oreal Exfotonic (love the smell of this one), St Tropez Body Polish, Fake Bake Scrub, Soap and Glory and a few more that have made their way onto the shelf. I like them all but they don’t work near as well as exfoliating gloves.

I find exfoliating products are great for maintenance of already smooth/exfoliated skin but the gloves are Continue Reading

Reviews, Tanning Products

Academie Bronz’Express: The results

If you read my last post you know that I was doing some late night tanning with Academie Bronze’Express. You can have a read of that post to see what my initial thoughts were based on packaging, consistency and scent.

Now for the results:

  • The lovely scent that was there on application disappeared in the first hour. It was replaced by an extremely subtle scent of fake tan, probably undetectable by most.
  • It dried instantly. Now I know St Moriz and St Tropez mousse dry fast but this is unbelievable. This means you have to work fast which is fine for tan application pro’s but maybe not so great for beginners.
  • It added colour right away so you could apply it in the day time if the scent didn’t bother you and have a hint of tan right away.
  • As I mentioned in last nights post I exfoliated like a mad woman the night previous to application so I had no problems with the tan bonding to dry skin. There are some tans that are more forgiving if you have not exfoliated. This is not one of Continue Reading
General, Tanning Products

In the middle of some fake tanning…

I have just covered myself in a new tanning product, well new to me, and thought I would share. Tonight’s  weapon of choice is Academie bronz’express.

I got this in a gift bag from TV3 for being a guinea pig on their Celebrity Salon programme (Celia Holman Lee gave me a facial). I was delighted, I have never tried any of Academie’s products before.

I was expecting this to be rubbish to be honest. It looks watery and like it might sting skin. I know, I’m very judgemental. I decided to stop judging and start trying.

I scrubbed the bejaysus out of my skin last night in the bath so I am looking very pasty Continue Reading