Monday, 23 April 2012

Fake tanning troubles

After not being on holiday for a few years I would call myself a ghost. I am pale and it's not the pale look that's in at the moment, it's the 'oh you look ill' sort of pale. So thank goodness I'm going abroad this year!

I have fake tanned once. And it was a horrible experience. I picked up a bottle of the St Moriz mousse and lightly put it on my arms, slept with it on and washed it of in the shower the following morning. At first the colour looked great, natural and not orange. But then as the day went on I noticed the product had started to collect where my arm hairs grow and it looked hideous! For the following 3 days I wore long sleeved jumpers to cover it up because I was so embarassed.

Anyway, last year I decided to use something lighter - Garnier summerbody moisturiser - and I have to admit it smells divine! It doesn't have any horrid 'fake tan' smell and it doesn't streak at all. I used this as an all over body moisturiser all year and didn't have any problems with it. I did look lightly sun kissed, but there wasn't a hugely noticeable colour difference, I just looked glowy and healthier. So I've been on the hunt for something a bit more powerful.

So, off I trotted back to the shops and saw the Dove summerglow nourishing lotion for normal to dark skin on offer. 

This stuff is great! The first time I used it I just put it on my arms to be safe and the next day I looked sun-kissed and so natural looking. There were absolutely no streaks and best of all it hadn't clung to my dry elbows. I've continued to use this for three months now and I have to say that I am so chuffed with this product. In my opinion the smell isn't as nice as Garnier's gradual tan, but it's definitely not unbearable. When I returned to university after the Easter break I had numerous people asking me where I had been on holiday, that's always a good sign!

Do you guys have any fake tan stories?

Kat xx  


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    1. It is great, the colour it gives is so natural too :) x

  2. I LOVE Garnier Summer Body Moisturiser! I never really liked the smell of the Dove tan either though. I also have the ghosty pale look going on so I bought the Garnier Summer Body Moisturiser in Deep instead of my usual fair/light shade and its WAY better. I don't look orange at all, it just looks like I've applied the fair shade every day, very natural!