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.
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!
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: