Category Archives: Tanning

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

Become a Festival Fittie with our hand-picked favourite products!

Festival Season is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year! But lets face it – It’s not always the most attractive. Fear not my lovely little darlings! I have round up our authors to give you their favourite product to get you through your festival mischief!

So here you go, our Prize Picks :

My Prize Pick:

Benefit Cosmetics, Big Easy, BB Cream, Concealer, Foundation, Cream, Powder, festival, party, product, pickBenefit Cosmetic’s ‘Big Easy’ – £27.50

When it comes to Festival time, unfortunately we won’t have our little vanity dressing table set up in our tents waiting for us to beautify ourselves. So my prize pick has to be Benefit Cosmetics Big Easy – ‘Bigger than BB’. You can apply this super BB Cream with your fingers completely in the absence of a mirror, it blends on like a cream and sets as a powder. It is the perfect product to even out skin tone and conceal blemishes. So you can look naturally hot and flawless at all times!

 

Jennie’s Prize Pick:

St Tropez – Self Tan, Dark Bronzing Lotion  – £33.00ST_0023_Self_tan_dark_bronzing_lotion_200ml Benefit Cosmetics, Big Easy, BB Cream, Concealer, Foundation, Cream, Powder, festival, party, product, pick

Old faithful! I have always been a massive fan of St Tropez! This is perfect for any festival goer as it will keep you looking bronzed, but without any give away that the tan is fake. Let’s face it, at a festival you’re not spending hours lazing around in the sun, so your tan needs to be extra good to ensure people won’t know that it is fake! In my opinion, this product gives off the most natural colour of all products that I have tried. Their  advanced formulation contains innovative melanin technology that ensures your tan is tailored to suit your individual skin-tone. Winner!

 

Louise’s Prize Pick:

Nails Inc. Bling It On Neon kit – £12.00 bling-it-on-neon2, nails inc, neon, nails, festival, party, manicure, fun

White nails will be in full swing this festival season, perfect for complimenting our beautifully bronzed skin tones whilst rocking out to our favourite bands.  However we know that festivals always require a bit of adornment & embellishment, whether it be your hair, outfit or nails.  This Bling It On Neon kit is perfect for jazzing up this seasons go to nail colour.  I’ll be putting it in my bag so I can keep my white & neon glitter mani topped up at all times!

 

Gillian’s Prize Pick:lush-no-drought-dry-shampoo, fesitval, fun, party, summer, pick, hair

Lush – No Drought Dry Shampoo –  £3.75 – £6.75

Well it’s got to be dry shampoo, without a shadow of doubt!! A few days ago, I got handed  Lush’s ‘No Drought Dry Shampoo’.  I don’t want to give too much away (because I have an awesome review coming very soon) but I am really impressed. Not only does it clean up but it also deodorises the hair as well. It is most definitely the first thing in my festival bag after my wellie’s!

 

So there you have it – Our top product pick’s to get your through those festivals all while looking amazing! All that is left to do is dance your heart out and enjoy! ♥

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

Bronze Leaf Spray Tan? Yes Please!

I’ve learnt to embrace my porcelain skin.  However, as we move from spring towards summer more and more flesh is slowly being uncovered and this year I have decided to join the ranks of the bronzed brigade. Why?  Well, in May, whether rain or shine, I’m dancing down an aisle in a white dress with my pins out – and my current white cloth on white skin look has me worried our guests will mistake me for a zombie bride.

I’m not a fake tan virgin but I’ve never had a spray tan.  It’s not because of being prudish or lacking in body confidence… it’s because of Friends – the one where Ross get a tan.  Putting the Friends episode to the back on my mind, I decided to jump at the chance to try out the acclaimed Bronze Leaf spray tan courtesy of Beauty Cloud’s friends at Vamp Beauty Salon on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.  I had heard so many good things about this product that I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

Vamp Beauty Salon

I was greeted by the fantastic Vamp staff and instantly put at ease with a cup of tea then shown up to a private room, told where to store my clothes and handed sticky paper pads to pop on my bare feet, a shower cap to protect my hair and a paper thong for a little bit of modesty.  I was left to get undressed and got ready for crunch time as I entered the spray tent.

My Vamp spray tan specialist was professional, friendly and fun which made all the difference as it doesn’t matter how confident you are, it’s never easy getting your boobs and body out in front of a stranger – especially when you’re asked to do ‘tanning tai chi’ by placing your legs and arms in lots of different positions.

The spray tan was different to what I was expecting.  I thought it might be cold and wet but instead, as it was being applied with what looked like a spray gun, it felt a little like someone using a hair drier but without the heat – just a slight tickling sensation.  Once the spraying was finished I popped on my clothes with no fear of damaging them or my new tan as Bronze leaf absorbs in a flash!

Bronze Leaf Fake Tan

 

The spray was used for both general coverage and to give contours – both gave incredible results.  The tan gave a subtle sun kissed glow – a perfect step up in colour for my pale skin.  The contouring had me and my other half convinced I’d lost weight as it gave the impression of a more toned body.  The results were worth a day of walking around smelling like a digestive biscuit – a small sacrifice to make.  Needless to say, I will definitely be going back for more.

One final word of advice to any other spray tan novices out there – roll down your paper thong a little or this might happen:

Spray tan accident

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!