Author Archives: Jennie Longdon

Tanning Tips – Choosing the Correct Shade

With so many different tanning products available, and so many different shades to choose from, it’s hard to know exactly which one will suit you. To make life even more difficult, fake tan can now be applied in several forms, including creams, gels, sprays and mousses.

Tanning products: Mousse, gel, spray, wipes, cream

Tanning towel/wipes tend to give a lighter tan, as will tinted moisturisers and, depending on application, gradual tanning products.  However, most other forms of fake tan will generally provide the same tanning results.  For example, if you use St Tropez mousse you will be able to achieve the same tan tone as you would using their cream version of the exact same product.

How do you know which ‘dark’ tan is really dark and which ‘light’ tan is truly light?
The fact is, you don’t and won’t until you’re caked in the stuff.  It is always sensible to try out a patch test first. Apply the fake tan to a small area of skin, wash off after 8 hours and then you can judge the result. However, just like when you try a paint sample on a small part of your room, this is never a completely accurate test of what the entire end result will look like.

Bad tan. Tanning disaster! Wrong tan shade.

My advice for those of you who have fair skin and want to go slightly darker but are not sure how dark – do not go for ‘dark’ or even ‘medium’ tanning options. Instead, go for a ‘light’ shade and build it up to your preferred tone. A couple of applications may seem like a lot of effort, but it will be worth it as you will be in charge of the result!

If you already have a base tan, or have olive skin and want a dark result, then you can afford to go for a ‘dark’ option. However, if you are worried about the true colour and tone of the tan, then start with a ‘medium’ as it is likely that this will not show up too much on your skin, so you can judge the over all colour without a really strong result. If you are happy, then go for the ‘dark’ stuff! And enjoy looking fabulously tanned!

Article by Jennie Longdon

Jennie started writing for The Beauty Cloud in July 2013. You can follow Jennie on Twitter

Any questions, email jennie@thebeautycloud.co.uk

REVIEW: St Tropez Self Tan, Dark Bronzing Lotion

I have to begin by tSt.Tropez the ultimate tanhanking St Tropez for igniting my now huge obsession with fake tan! It was the
first GOOD product that I ever used, and I have been hooked ever since.

If you are new to fake tan or if you’re interested but unsure about what to use, I would strongly recommend St Tropez. It is easily one of the best, and most reliable tanning brands available.

St__Tropez_Self_Tan_Dark_Bronzing_Mousse_200ml_1366390526So now let’s focus on one of their fabulous products –  specifically the St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse.  I was not surprised to be completely blown away by this product. Old faithful came through again! This is their darkest, most intense colour yet and wow does it look good. Be sure not to let the words dark and intense scare you – when using St Tropez, you are always in safe hands.

Even if you are not after a really deep tan, this product, whilst being dark and intense, adapts to your skin tone. The ultra-absorbent hydrating lotion contains extra skin conditioners and protective ingredients, to provide an even, streak-free bronze finish, that tailors completely to you.

This ultimately makes it pretty much impossible to tell that you are wearing any fake tan at all. I cannot stress enough how natural this product looks. The innovative melanin technology ensures a completely realistic finish.

St-Tropez-Tan-Application-MittWhilst applying the product I was very happy to see that the liquid was dark. I definitely prefer this as you can see it going on, making it more manageable! It is a lovely, slightly thick consistency that makes it very easy to smooth onto your skin with an Applicator Mitt.

I recommend leaving it on for about 8 hours. In my opinion, it is always best to do the application before bed time and sleeping in loose fitting, dark clothes, before showering off the product in the morning. This tan drys almost instantly and your skin will feel very smooth and soft, so sleeping in it is no problem at all.

After showering you will be left with a rich, natural, even tan that will last about a week. St Tropez recommend exfoliating twice a week for an even fade, and moisturising daily for optimal results! But we all do that anyway don’t we!?

This is a brilliant fake tan, and in my opinion has the most natural results of all of the tans that I have reviewed to date. At around £30 for a 200ml bottle, I think it is worth every penny! Oh and Kate Moss loves it too…need anymore convincing?

Kate Moss St. Tropez

 

Article by Jennie Longdon

Jennie started writing for The Beauty Cloud in July 2013. You can follow Jennie on Twitter

Any questions, email jennie@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Every Traveler’s Summer Tan Essential

 

With summer on the way we know that we are a lot more likely to be spending time away from home – maybe heading off on a dream holiday, spending time with relatives, or camping over at festival! Wherever you may be spending your sunny summer months you want to make sure that you can stay on top of your tanning game, and always be prepared.

Fake Bake have not only made this possible but also easy! They have invented a perfect, handy compact travel pack with all your tanning essentials included. The Fake Bake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit has everything you need to create the perfect self tan.

Fake Bake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit

The pack contains…

– 60ml Passion Fruit Body Polish. This will leave your skin perfectly exfoliated, hydrated, soft and smooth – ensuring it is ready to fully absorb the fake tan!
– 60ml Original Self Tan Lotion. This is one of Fake Bake’s best selling products, and it is not hard to see why. It is a light, fast drying and non sticky self tanning lotion that gets to work right away upon contact with the skin.
– 60ml Oil Free Moisturiser. You’ll want to use this on particularly dry areas like elbows, feet and knees before and after applying the self tan to ensure smooth application and to maintain and extend the life of the tan.

Fakebake don’t stop there, oh no…to make life even easier, they have also included a pair of application gloves!

All products smells absolutely amazing and truly capture the essence of summer!

The Fake Bake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit costs around £15, and for what is included and the peace of mind that it allows you, I think this is a total bargain! I will not be without it this summer!

Written by Jennie Longdon, our tanning enthusiast. You can follow Jennie on Twitter.  Any questions, email jennie@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Spray Tanning – We’ve Got It Covered!

When you’re having a spray tan, it’s easy to assume that all of the hard work will be done for you. This is mostly true, but there are certain things that you can do to ensure you look as blooming marvelous as possible!

Spray Tan TentPreparation
Firstly, essential skin prep MUST BE DONE before having a spray tan. This includes shaving/waxing any part of your body where the tan will settle. I recommended doing this at least 24 hours before your spray tan. This will give your skin time to calm down before adding a new product to it.

Legs Shaving

Always scrub your body from head to toe a few hours before a spray tan. Like with any fake tanning, scrubbing your body removes any dead skin cells and leaves you with a beautiful, smooth canvas for the tan to be applied to. I use a natural exfoliator like this one available at Boots and apply it in circular motions using exfoliating gloves.

Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Radiance Exfoliator

It is always good to ensure that you do not have any lotions or deodorants on your skin. Depending on which tanning product it is there is always the risk that it could react with any product on your skin so I always remove everything just in case.

 

My final recommendation is to make sure you wear nail polish. Even if it is just a clear layer of polish, this will eliminate the risk of staining your nails, which can turn them a horrible, dull yellow colour.

What to Expect
Every spray tan is different due to the person doing it and the equipment used. However, for the most part, the spray is fairly cold and will feel sticky afterwards, this is perfectly normal.

After the spray tan you will be asked to stand still to let it dry. Resist the urge to touch your skin; you want to make sure that your tan dries completely untouched, to ensure a perfect finish!

Spray Tan 1

It is up to you what you wear during the tanning, some people like to have one in their entire birthday suit, and others will wear some form of underwear/swimwear. If you decide to keep something on, then I recommend it is dark and not your favourite pair of pants, as the tan may stain them.

The whole process is pretty quick and very simple so enjoy it in the knowledge of how great you’re going to look!

Written by Jennie Longdon, our tanning enthusiast. You can follow Jennie on Twitter.  Any questions, email jennie@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Facing Fake Tan

Sometimes fake tan can be scary. Even the most experienced fake tanners can make a mistake here and there. So when it comes to tanning your face, a lot of people just simply opt out and don’t bother at all. In my opinion, if you’re already beautifully bronzing up your body then why shouldn’t you treat your face as well?

There are a lot of fake tans out there designed solely with your face in mind.  Ensure you use a facial fake tan, not one intended for your body as your face has different needs in order to achieve a natural even glow.

Fake Bake Face Self-Tan

One of the best facial fake tans out there is Fake Bake’s Face Platinum. This product is not just a fake tan, but also an anti-aging lotion. It combines Fake Bake’s signature triple tanning agents with the latest anti-ageing ingredient – PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica, created from stem cells extracted from the rare Swiss apple Uttwiler Spätlauber.  This is the kind of 2 for 1 combination we can’t say no to as your skin is left with a beautiful golden glow, added vitality and a more youthful complexion.

I adore this product. It develops over a few hours so I applied it before I went to sleep and rinsed it off with water the following morning to discover a gorgeous bronzed look. It is the most natural looking facial tan that I have tried – it doesn’t sit in your pores, so it isn’t obvious that you have been fake tanning.

For those of you, like me, who like a very dark tan you will need to apply the Fake Bake facial tan a couple of nights in a row to get your desired look but you won’t be hearing any complaints from me as the option to build up this facial tan is exactly what I was looking for as it allows you to tailor the depth of your tan.  This is a facial tan that caters for everyone!

I have quite oily skin.  This can make me a little nervous about tanning my face.  However, once this product is applied it is absorbed quickly, without any oily residue or shine.  This matt finish is an added bonus and it means you could consider applying this product in the morning and allow it to sit underneath your make up, or even use it as your base if you don’t mind having to wait a few hours for it to develop. It doesn’t dry out your skin either.  Instead, the anti-aging ingredients have a moisturising effect which ensures your skin is left soft and balanced.

Fake Bake Face Polish

Fake Bake also have an excellent Bamboo Buffering Face Polish. This gently, but effectively exfoliates your face, removing impurities and dead skin cells. This ensures a more even application. All you need to do is apply to wet skin, gently rub in, and rinse away. Trust me when I say it’s worth it. The sunflower seed oil and avocado fruit oil moisturises your skin, leaving it soft and fresh, creating the perfect base for your tan application.

I think everyone should give these great products a try. Don’t be afraid of facial fake tanning anymore, Fake Bake have made it very easy for you!

For more information about Fake Bake’s amazing range of products see their website http://www.fakebake.co.uk

There’s a New A-Lister in Town

Recently, we’ve been spoilt with award ceremonies.  From the Oscars to the Brits…all of our favourite celebrities have been out in force, glamming it up and parting until the small hours of the morning.

But there is one attendee that has really stood out for me. No, I’m not talking about the extremely handsome Jared Leto and his amazingly silky hair…

Jared Leto

…I’m not talking about the gorgeous Pharell Williams and that ridiculous hat…

Pharell Williams

…I am in fact, talking about the new kid on the block, the thing that everyone wants to get their hands on…Vita Liberata.

Vita Liberata

If you are not familiar with this brand of fake tan, then shame on you. It is easily one of my favourites. And it’s not hard to see why the celebs are going crazy for it!

The lovely staff from Vita Liberata were backstage at this year’s Brits Spa. After spending two days beautifully tanning up our favorite celebs, the staff and the big head honchos at the O2 Arena, it’s no surprise that on the day of the Brits, the VL staff were completely bombarded by A-Listers who were going crazy for the stuff.

One of the most popular products seemed to be their Capture the Light illuminating skin finish. This amazing product comprises illuminating skin finishers with Opaque or Translucent coverage which can be used as stand-alone skin perfectors, or alongside the Vita Liberata tanning range to accentuate a natural bronze tan. It retails at just under £30 a bottle, and is worth every penny.

Beyonce and Katy Perry

James CordonBut if you don’t trust me, maybe Beyonce can convince you? Her team completely stocked up on this product before her amazing performance.  Not a Beyonce fan?  Then, perhaps Katy Perry can persuade you? Her makeup artist helped herself to lots of this magical stuff too.  And it seems it’s not only women who want an illuminated finish with James Corden grabbing a bag before the show began.

VL productsI strongly recommend trying out the Vita Liberata range. From their pHenomenal 2 – 3 week tan to their Anti Age Tanning products, they really do get it right every time. Their products not only create a beautiful, natural looking tan, they also cater for your skin’s needs.

I would say that this brand really is leading the way into the future of fake tanning! (Full range can be seen on their website – http://www.vitaliberata.co.uk/)

If it’s good enough for Beyonce…it’s good enough for me!

Review: Fake Bake – Luxurious Golden Bronze – 60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid & Professional Mitt

Fake Bake

With so many products on the market these days, it’s becoming more and more difficult for one to stand out. This tan however, is completely unique and heads and shoulders above most products out there.

“Why?” I hear you ask. It’s all in the name…’60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid’.

I am one of the biggest lovers of fake tan going but, as anyone who has ever regularly used fake tan will know, it takes dedication – especially when you have to sleep in the stuff once a week.

We do it because we love the result.  Looking like bronzed gods/goddesses never gets old! But, imagine a world where you can sleep comfortably every single night of the week, and still rock a gorgeous tan…

Sleep with Fake Tan on

 

…Fake Bake have now made this possible. Once applied, this tan can be washed off after just 1 hour.  1 HOUR!

The guidelines state that 1 hour will leave you with a golden tan, 2 hours result in a bronze tan, and 3 hours develop into a dark tan. Naturally, loving a darker hue, I left this product on for 3 hours before showering.  The results were amazing. It was dark and noticeable, whilst still managing to look extremely natural, and there wasn’t a streak or patch in sight. I would have been extremely impressed if I had had the same result after 8 – 12 hours, but to have this result after just 3 hours… it’s quite simply astounding.

However, it’s not just the final result that is amazing, the product in its entirety is brilliant. From the smell to the consistency, I could not find a single fault.  It has a lovely tropical scent – an unexpected surprise. I know you only have to have this tan on for 3 hours maximum but I would have happily accepted having this pleasing smell around me for longer.  The consistency is easy to control and blend.  It is absorbed straight into the skin, making sure you’re not left with a sticky residue.  It is also free of Parabens ensuring almost everyone can use this product to achieve a beautiful, natural looking tan. 

Fake Bake Velvety Pink MittFakebake also include a cute, pink, velvety self tanning mitt. These new velvety mitts are absolutely brilliant. Not only do they feel fantastic, they almost always ensure the smoothest application (assuming you’ve done your basic tanning preparation of shaving, exfoliating and moisturising dry areas)!

They are spoiling us, right!? Well, prepare yourself reader… they have also thrown in a pair of application gloves to ensure you don’t end up with those dreaded orange hands!

Final verdict: a fantastic, ground breaking product. 

Fake Bake