Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Giving good tan

Recent picture of me and one of my best friends Nikita at the school leavers prom... notice the glowing skin and effective use of Benetint on the cheeks... another recommended product ; ) xx

It's the summertime, and the tanning is fine.... well it should be in my opinion! Summer is officially here (although looking out my patio doors right now I almost have trouble believing this!) and giving good tan is what it is all about. In the winter, I can take or leave a tan; boots and jeans do not require gleaming bronze legs beneath them. In the spring/summer however, when the winter layers are peeled away and dresses and skirts become part oif our daily wardrobe, having a beautiful, even tan is of the upmost importance. Nothing ruins a summer look faster than pasty limbs!

I have been using fake tan since I was about 16. A whole 9 years then! Tanning formulations have come a very long way in this time, and we are now spolit for choice, with mousses, sprays, liquids and creams cramming the shelves of all self respecting beauty emporiums and department stores. With so much choice out there, it can be difficult to know what to pick, and with the average higher end product costing around £25, it can be risky if you have not done your research first. Having read various blogs and reviews over the years, as well as utilising good old word of mouth, I have my own favourite brand that I am reluctant to deviate from: Fake Bake. For many years now I have been using the airbrush spray tan, knowing that it gives excellent results. No matter how much of a hurry I am in, sprayed on in two thin layers and rubbed in with a tanning mitt, this tan in a can gives a perfectly bronze, streak free finish that I love. The picture at the top of the page shows off this tan in all its glory...

I have recently tried another product in the Fake Bake range: their Beyond Bronze Mousse. I was confident in buying this product, trusting the brand name, and I have to say, it has not let me down. I found this product even easier than the airbrush spray to apply, being a mousse I applied it straight onto the mitt and then rubbed in. It was less messy than the airbrush as well (which tends to cover my whole bath!) and gave just as good a result.

I also use the Fake bake beyond bronze wash off tan in matte medium when I want a top up or quick fix, and find this product gives an extremely good result as well.

What self tanning products do other bloggers like? My list of must-trys in the future include St Tropez (had a spray tan at a salon once with this and loved the result) Xen-tan (gives a deep, dark tan according to reviews) and the new range of tanning products by Lauren Goodger from The only way is Essex (fellow blogger Laura who really knows her stuff recommends this highly, see here http://passionaboutfashion.blogspot.com/2011/06/way-to-go-lauren.html)

And foolproof tanning tips? Always moisturise dry areas such as knees, heels and elbows prior to tanning, use a mitt for even, streak-free application, buff off excess with a dry towel after application, build up in thin layers for a longer lasting result and exfoliate every third day! xoxo


  1. thanks for the tip! i prefer fake baking as well!
    and it does give you a nice glow!

    i just came across your blog. i think its great. i hope you will come visit mine and maybe we can follow eachother!


  2. i dont use self inning products i am afraid to be orange.. thanks for folowing! i am your newest follower! xx

  3. Hey doll! Thanks for visiting my blog :) I have used the Jergens tanless lotion and it's great (except for the chemically smell). You should check out my blogging friend's site (Her Late Night Cravings). They have amazing tips on sunless tanning.

  4. Thanks Figo, I will definitely check yours out and follow xx I agree, so nice to have a golden glow in summer. Haha yes there is always the risk of turning orange Judith and sadly, we are always reminded of this when celebs and people in the street get it so wrong! The better tanning products out there have green undertones which make sure you stay olive as opposed to orange! When you have found a good product, stick with it I say!! xx

  5. We have a few Jergens products now in the UK so I will have a look out for this xx Ooo I will check out that blog, thanks hun xx

  6. I've been using mark.'s Got To Glow gradual tanner this year! It smells amazing and leaves you with a little bit of shimmer. I used to use Jergen's but couldn't stand the smell!!!

    Thanks so much for the comment <3

    xo Jackie

  7. This sounds like a fabulous product. And you look FANTASTIC with that gorgeous glow! It looks shockingly natural, actually.

    I don't use tanning products because I was born lucky. Haha! But I do have a few good friends who are obsessed with tanning. I should tell them about this. :)

    PS. Following you now. xoxo

  8. I need to tan! Lovely glowy look.

    Maryjane xoxo

  9. Looking fab :)


  10. you look great and glamorous! this really good article and very use full! great post dear! xx Joice

  11. I never tried fake tan, but I love your post!You look beautiful!xoxo

  12. I have always want to try xen-tan and Sally Hansen airbrush legs I have heard they are good.

  13. lovely post! you look great!

  14. Yep I have heard Sally Hansen airbrush legs is good, I have a friend that uses it all over!! I want to try Xen tan too xx Thank you for all your lovely comments ladies xx

  15. Im going to have to give the fake bake a try :) great post.


Thank you for all your lovely comments, I read each and every one xoxo