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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

Product Review: Bronze Leaf Tanning Mist

Bronze Leaf Tanning Mist

Bronze Leaf Tanning Mist

This product is quite simply, brilliant. It is the best tan I have tried in a long while, and the list of reasons why is pretty much endless. 

Even before application I was already very impressed with what this tan had to offer. Firstly, this is not only a tan but a built in body treatment. It contains organic ingredients, the effects of which will make sure that it’s not just your new sun kissed glow that gets you noticed!

Tan Woman

The lemon peel extract used helps to improve the look of cellulite whilst the incorporation of hyaluronic acid and aloe vera acts to tone your skin and tighten any problem areas.  As if that’s not enough, they’ve also treated their tanners to a handful of natural moisturisers such as: macadamia nut oil to help protect the skin; bergamot essential oil to relieve dry patches; and centipeda cunninghamii to help maintain a youthful complexion.

Another fantastic ground breaking feature which I must discuss is their tanning mitts. We all know how beneficial it is to apply fake tan with a tanning mitt, but these are not your normal tanning mitts…oh no! Bronze Leaf tanning mitts are velvety to the touch but when I first examined them I was slightly concerned about whether it would ensure a streak free, smooth application. I still used the new mitt because, to be completely honest, it felt wonderful! And it turns out these velvety mitts work wonders. The application was smooth, controlled, quick and completely streak free.

I used the dark tan, but light tan and medium tan are also available. I have olive skin and love a noticeable tan all year round.  If you’re like me then definitely treat yourself to a darker shade. You have absolutely nothing to fear if you do go dark as the result is a beautiful natural look – not a hint of orange in sight. 

This tan takes about 8 – 12 hours to fully develop, so I recommend applying before bed and sleeping in loose fitting dark clothing to ensure your bed sheets are protected. Simply shower off in the morning and you will be left with a stunning result. 

Tan Shower

When applying this tan, with your amazing velvety mitt, you will notice how quickly it absorbs into the skin. Instead of being left with a sticky residue, like many fake tans, you will be left with soft smooth skin almost immediately.  In fact, the tan was so quickly absorbed into my skin that I was slightly concerned that the mitt was absorbing all of the product. However, I was proven wrong by the amazing results the following day. 

Streaks!? What streaks!? No need to worry about streaks as Bronze Leaf have it covered – quick absorption and the velvety partner lead to a perfect application partnership. The product is also free from paragons and alcohol which helps to ensure a streak free, soft finish.

I don’t know how they’ve done it, but they’ve even nailed the smell!

Tea

One of the most off putting things about fake tan is the smell. The common scent of biscuits or even burning is something that a religious tanner has to learn to live with – sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your art. However, occasionally you come across a fake tan that smells so nice it stops you in your tracks during application and this is one of those tans. Even my partner, when applying the tan to my back (bless him) commented on how nice this smelt, and compared it to the refreshing, calming smell of Chai tea!

I loved this tan so much, and because of the amazing organic ingredients included, had no problem applying it to my face either! I have very oily skin and this did not increase any oil build up as other fake tans have in the past. I recommend this fake tan to everyone. Religious tanners will have their tanning passions reawakened and non-tanners will find this product will get them hooked! 

Happy animals

All Bronze Leaf’s products can be found here – http://www.bronze-leaf.com – The prices are extremely reasonable, especially considering what an amazing product you will be getting, and you also get the added benefit of knowing that none of their products are tested on animals.

This fantastic product now has a permanent position in my fake tan favourites!