Let me preface this by telling you that I am scared of fake tans. Proper scared. I've tried some in the past and have had to wear long sleeves and high necks to hide the absolute mess I made on myself.
So I had the chance to speak to tanning expert James Read who's clients include Kate Moss and Lady Gaga (I know! Who knew Gaga wore tan!) James was here to talk to me about the launch of the new Sublime Bronze Tanning Mousse from L'Oreal. He's all about a tan that's multidimensional and uses tan to highlight and contour the body. You just use another layer of tan on the bits you want to contour! I was vah intrigued with this but as a L plate carrying learner of tanning, doing something like this is miles down the road for me. But something I want to try for sure.
So how does one use this tan? Ok, so basically I apply a dollop of the mousse on my tanning mitt and start rubbing it in. As I'm such a scaredy cat, even when the tan is all rubbed in, I keep on rubbing to make sure there are no harsh lines and this works every single time, it's surprising I'm not raw. This tan is tinted so it shows you where you're applying it which is good for a novice like myself. As the hours go on, you'll see yourself looking a bit darker and even dirty looking but as Braveheart said; "Hold, hoooooooold", just be patient and have the faith. The tan dries almost instantly and after a few hours, you wash off the tint and let the developer do it's business. You'll wake up looking like you haven't been schlepping around in the rain every day for the last month.
For each arm I use about two pumps of the foam and lads, it gives me such a gorgeous light glow. One that I could wear every day to work without people knowing I had fake tan on. This pleases me like you wouldn't believe because I don't like to look like I've fake tan on. I want you to look at me and think I'm looking good. And this does exactly that folks. Not a hint of orange, just an even, golden glow.
The tan itself has a light fruity fragrance when you first apply it but of course it has the lightest hint of that fake tan scent we all know. I have to actually touch my nose off my arm to get the scent it's that light.
I asked James for some tanning tips as I'm a learner and we all know to wax 48 hours before tanning and exfoliate 24 hours beforehand. He advises to apply moisturiser to areas like your hands, elbows, knees and ankles before tanning. I love this next one. If your tan gathers in your newly waxed pores, rub an ice cube over the pores to help close them and then apply the tan over the top. This issue alone is why I hate doing my legs. James says to do the main parts of your body and with what's left on the tanning mitt, do your face, ears, back of hands, feet and parts that are the easiest to mess up. I tried taking before and after photos but holy moly it wouldn't show up on camera. Just trust me when I say that I looked like I'd been out in the sun, naturally tanned and looking healthy.
€22.49 is the damage but I've seen it on sale in pharmacies so keep your eyes peeled as there are bargains to be hand. This is now the fake tanning product to which all other ones I'm about to try will be compared to. Seriously, if you see me looking great and glowy, chances are I have this on!