As someone who is only ever tanned after a week or two of diligently sunning myself abroad (and this disappears as soon as I get home) fake tan is a huge must for those times when I just want a bit of extra colour. A firm favourite of mine will always be St Tropez but now and again I like to try something new, especially if it means I can save a few pennies!
I stumbled upon this Tanatomicals self tan mousse as I was searching Superdrug for something that was sold out, and as a big fan of Anatomicals quirky packaging I just couldn't resist. I'm used to using a moisturising self tan so I was really intrigued by a mousse as well!
When the mousse first came out, it was shockingly brown. For someone who's been used to white/creamy coloured moisturisers that gradually tan you it was kind of stressful spreading this seriously dark stuff all over myself as quickly as humanly possibly to avoid any streaks! I was really worried about it drying before I had chance to make sure I was even all over, but thankfully that didn't happen. I really had no need to be so daunted by the look of the mousse as the end colour turned out really well - I just wish I'd known that before I got into a flap and ended up with a big blob of this on my cream carpet!
So, when it's all on and you've left it to dry before putting on some clothes (I would recommend some old pjs because the colour does come off slightly, and definitely don't use this if you have brand new bedding) you may be slightly taken aback by how dark you already look. The first time I used this I went to bed looking so oompa-loompa-you've-been-tangoed-y that I had pretty much accepted the fact I couldn't leave the house the next day, BUT all is forgotten after the morning shower!
I always exfoliate after applying fake tan instead of before because whenever I do this it always fades evenly and seamlessly, so after a good old scrub in the shower I knew that things couldn't be too bad because the water was running off me the colour of mud. When I looked in the mirror I was greeted with a natural looking bronzed glow, no oompa loompa in sight!
The colour lasts a good few days, but doesn't quite stretch to a week, so is perfect for those one off occasions like a weekend away or a festival. I think it would last longer on me if I skipped the exfoliating, but I don't want to risk any patchy fading so I'm just going to keep doing it my weird way! One more thing I ought to mention, this smells so nice! It really reminds me of pina colada and I don't think it could get any better than that!
What tanning products are taking your fancy at the minute? Have you ever tried this one?
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