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The Pale Girl's Guide To Fake Tan


Hello! I'm sure you can tell from the picture in my sidebar that I'm not the most bronzed girl there ever was, and I have the Irish weather to thank for that! Sometimes I can get bored of my skin being the same colour as a piece of paper, so I use self tan to warm up my appearance. Today I want to tell you about my top four most favourite tans and also share a few of my tanning tips.

I thought I'd talk first about the tan I've been using the longest. Cocoa Brown's 1 Hour Tan Mousse has been a firm favourite of mine for well over a year and the new dark shade is even better! If you're looking for a tan that's easy to apply, gives a really even and natural (not orange) coloured tan and wears off really well, then this is your best bet.

Next up is Bellamianta's Self Tanning Tinted Lotion, the first tanning lotion I've used. The thing I love the most about this tan is how fast it dries. With mousse and even oil tans, they can take a while to 'set' and can leave you feeling a bit sticky as they develop but the Bellamianta lotion dries almost instantly. The only thing I would mention about this tan is that you need to be very sparing with it on your hands and make sure you moisturise well before you apply it.

Another first for me, the Vita Liberata Marula Dry Oi Self Tan with SPF 50 is the first oil tan I've used. I'd avoided oil self tans before this one as I thought streaking would be inevitable and it would go everywhere whilst waiting for it to develop but I was wrong. As this is a dry oil, it soaks into the skin as you buff it in and doesn't feel sticky at all. This tan gives such a gorgeous glow to my skin, (I'm wearing it on my legs in the first picture), and as it has an SPF 50, it's perfect if you like to wear fake tan whilst on holiday!

Finally, we have Karora's Self Tan Mist, which has probably been my most used fake tan recently. It takes almost no time to apply and gives me a really gorgeous dark tan that is almost identical to the colour of my natural tan. This tan has a brilliant lasting time too and I find that I only notice it wearing off after almost a week and a half.

Tanning Tips:
- Make sure to moisturise well the night before tanning, paying special attention to
 your hands, feet, elbows and knees.
- Try not to shave or wax just before tanning as the tan can settle in the hair follicle 
and give you those brown dots on your skin.
- Exfoliate well a few times leading up to tanning as this will help the tan last longer.
- Use an old foundation brush to apply tan to your hands and feet, this will stop 
too much tan being applied and you ending up with orange fingers!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Be sure to let me know what your favourite fake tan is and share any tanning tips you have!


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