Look at me, two beauty related blog posts in the first 2 weeks of the year! I’ve always said I’m not a beauty blogger (and predominantly I’m not) but lately, I have really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and branching out a little more to this genre. I may not have the most articulate language to describe smells and textures of things but I enjoy it and that’s what important, right? Anyway! When I was sorta, 16-19, I was an avid fake tan wearer. If you knew me in person now, you’d honestly wonder how that was possible and whilst I look back and miss being a bronze goddess, I didn’t have the best skills and knowledge of fake tan. You just put 4 layers on right on top of each other and be done with it, right?
But I was contacted by Tan Out of Ten, a tanning brand which I was keen to try. I’ve never heard of them, nor tried them before so it was a clean slate (unlike my bathroom counter afterwards!) with no expectations. I received 3 decent sized tester sachets of the Medium Self Tan Lotion. They have 5 different products in this new range thus far, including a mousse, lotions in Medium and Dark tones, a matte finish tanning gel and a shimmer tanning gel. Although I’m only trying one, it appears that they have products to suit everyone and different needs / occasions. Sometimes, I prefer a mousse. Other times I prefer a gradual, moisturizing tan lotion. It entirely depends on the situation!
The product: Before we go any further, I know what you’re thinking, “she’s not wearing a mitt, SHE’S NOT WEARING A MITT. GOOD GOD CALL THE TROOPS”, I said I used to be an avid fake tan wearer – I didn’t say I did it properly now did I. No seriously, I know, I need a mitt. I just don’t have one so let’s move on. Despite the back of the sachet saying it recommends using a mitt, clearly I didn’t have one so I used my hands. I started with just my forearms – especially with it being a brand new product, I didn’t want to do my entire body only to find out I’m allergic to it (I’m not, yay!). The tan is very dark in the packaging but don’t let that put you off – once it’s rubbed in properly, I can guarantee it goes lighter.
The Self Tan Lotion was very creamy – it almost reminded me of an Alpro Chocolate Pot. It was very smooth and went on fairly easily – even with fingers. But the thing that stood out for me, was the smell. Mmmmmm. The press release states that it has a papaya and coconut scent and whilst I can’t really pick out individual fragrances (I’m rubbish at describing smells), I can say that it smells absolutely gorgeous. It’s flipping GORGEOUS. Basically, it smells like holiday. It smells like Lanzarote. That’s the only way I can describe it. But trust me, it’s beautiful. It’s very fragranced so have that in mind in case you’re someone that likes a more low-key natural smell. But honestly, I wish this was a perfume.
This is and isn’t a gradual tan. It develops over 6 or so hours to it’s full colour but when you put it on initially, it still has a slight colour. It’s not too dark to begin with though so you do have to leave it for a while to see the finished result but the good thing about the instant colour is that you can immediately see where you’ve missed or any patchy areas, as opposed to the completely clear gradual tans when you only notice the next day that you look like a Wotsit which has been in a washing machine.
I really liked the shade on first application – even though I only did my forearms to begin with, it wasn’t an overwhelming colour which would look odd on me, as I’m very fair. It wasn’t orange, it gave me a nice, healthy glow. Which is exactly what I want from a fake tanning product. I know it’s the dead of Winter right now but any fake tan enthusiast will know that it’s never too late or early to start trying out tans for the summer and getting your fake tanning routine in order. You can find Tan Out of Ten here, on Instagram here and can purchase the products on Boohoo, Amazon, Fragrance Direct, Glitterstore and Xtras.
Are you a fake tan user? What’s your favourite fake tan product? Do you have any fake tanning tips or tricks? Let’s discuss!
* These products were sent to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.