REVIEW: VITA LIBERATA FABULOUS SELF TANNING GRADUAL LOTION

As I mentioned many times before, I’m not really a ‘tan gal’. What I mean is, I’m not a member of the Thursday Night Tanning Club. I frankly could not be bothered with the upkeep. Especially if I have no weekend plans. I’ll schlap on some Sally Hansen or Be Bold for instant tanning effects for a night out or have a professional spray tan for a special occasion the odd time, but generally overnight tan and I never seem to work out! I like the idea of a gradual tan, as any streaky mistakes tend to be subtle enough that they can be easily rectified. I’ve had some very unsuccessful results with in-shower gradual tans recently. I needed to try something else! With a recent wedding coming up, I picked up the Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion which was on offer in Boots at the time. Continue reading

REVIEW: ST TROPEZ IN-SHOWER GRADUAL TAN

This product launched last year and I recall being really intrigued by it, but alas I never got around to trying it. Until Summer suddenly arrived in Dublin and I realised pale, corned beef skin was not a good look for me. This product gets mixed reviews online, but I saw some really impressive before and after photos that convinced me I needed to try this. So I forked out €19.99 for the St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan and hoped for an overnight miracle. In theory, it sounds like a bizarre idea, an in-shower tan? Baffling!

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REVIEW: COCOA BROWN GENTLE BRONZE

You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Cocoa Brown Tanning products, if the name doesn’t ring a bell it’s likely you have spotted the bright pink and white packaging in your local Penneys/Primark or local chemist. Cocoa Brown was founded and created by Marissa Carter and has taken the tanning world by storm! Cocoa Brown is loved by many celebrities and Cocoa Brown was even the official tanning product at the 2014 Oscars! Hey, if it’s good enough for Hollywood elite…

I want to start off by saying that I am NOT a ‘tan girl’. What I mean by that is, while I love to have a tan (personally it makes me feel great and I like how it looks on me) but I am not dedicated enough to maintain false tan on a weekly basis. All power to those who take part in ‘Tanning Thursday’, but I frankly…cannot be bothered! Pair that with the fact that my legs take tan weirdly and I usually end up with streaks and patches.

I recently jetted off to Portugal for a long weekend with a group of gal pals and made the ‘executive decision’ NOT to check in a bag. I planned to fit everything in my carry on and I’d just have to deal with it! For this reason, I was limited to the amount of beautifying paraphernalia I could bring with me. An instant tan product was pipped to the post and I decided I would try Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze for the week running up to my holiday!

COCOA BROWN GENTLE BRONZE GRADUAL TAN

COCOA BROWN GENTLE BRONZE GRADUAL TAN

Application

I would recommend prepping your skin by exfoliating in advance, for this I highly recommend Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff. It is an AMAZING body exfoliator and is cheap as chips at RRP€5.99.
Essentially, Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze acts as and is applied like any regular body moisturiser, however I would recommend you use a tanning mitt to apply this body moisturiser to avoid build up on hands. If you prefer to use your hands, just make sure to wash them afterwards.

This product smells pleasant with the scent of Tahitian Gardenia. It dries quickly and smoothly, no stickiness! I did find that after it dried there was a faint ‘digestive biscuits’ fake tan smell, but it was very subtle. I can live with that because amazingly, this doesn’t leave a fake tan scent lingering on your skin after showering, which I am delighted about. Now gals, while I am most certainly no tan expert, I do know that your face must match your body when it comes to tan (and make up…let’s not pull at that thread!). Thankfully Gentle Bronze can also used on the face as it is oil-free and non-comedogenic, so no fear of pre holiday breakouts!

Gentle Bronze is really nourishing and hydrating on the skin and fades well. I would recommend using Cocoa Brown’s oil free Chocolate Whip body moisturiser  (RRP €5.99) to ensure longevity of your tan and an even fade.

COCOA BROWN CHOCOLATE WHIP (OIL FREE MOISTURISER) AND TOUGH STUFF (EXFOLIATOR)

COCOA BROWN CHOCOLATE WHIP (OIL FREE MOISTURISER) AND TOUGH STUFF (EXFOLIATOR)

I used this product for about five or six days before my holiday and I was delighted with the outcome. Lightly bronzed, soft and smooth skin with no streaks! Want proof?

THE RESULT; SUBTLY BRONZED!

THE RESULT; SUBTLY BRONZED!

Gentle Bronze is an absolute winner for any tan novices out there. I will most certainly be using this on a regular basis!

There are lots of products in the Cocoa Brown range, make sure to take a look here.

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Moisturiser retails at RRP€5.99 and is available from Penneys, online and from leading supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

Any Cocoa Brown fans out there?!