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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

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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

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!

Another Christmas Treat just for our followers!

We are really spoiling you this year. Behind the scenes I have been negotiating special discount from some of our favourite brands we’ve worked with this year.

FOM Pink Age Defying Facial MoisturiserYou will recall our previous product reviews recently from ‘Freshness of the Morning’ (FoM Cosmetics) firstly was my article on the Age Defying Facial Moisuriser. Such a gorgeous moisturiser pack full of yummy vitamins and essential oils. It fast became my go-to moisturiser.

Then the lovely Gillian Douglas-Rea got to try out and review their extremely aromatic Revitalising Hair Serum, and what a review that was! She loved it!

Without discount this products are very reasonably priced so to get these with some special added discount, it really is a Christmas Treat.

The lovely team at FoM Cosmetics have agreed to offer The Beauty Cloud followers a limited 15% off all orders. Not only that, they will also give you FREE DELIVERY! Thats quite a treat, right?! Well thats not all! If you spend more that £45 you will also receive a FREE GIFT! You will receive a Revitalising Eye Care Balm (worth £28) absolutely FREE!

All you have to do is go to www.fomcosmetics.co.uk and enter the code ‘FRESH‘ at the checkout.

Happy shopping my lovelies!

Tanning Friday! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser

False Tan, Fake Tan, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Golden Bronze, moisturiser

Just because it’s getting colder and darker, doesn’t mean we have to give up the on the dream of a suntan! As our skin has a pretty hard time facing the cold elements of winter, why not rid both pasty skin and dry, chapped skin all in one go!?

This week’s fake tan is by Palmers and uses their incredible cocoa butter formula. This truly is one of the most delicious smelling products out there. If like me, your partner despises the infamous smell of most fake tans…I very much doubt they dislike the smell of chocolate? Therefore, they will love this one.

False Tan, Fake Tan, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Golden Bronze, moisturiser

This tan formula is a gradual tan which I would recommend applying about 2 – 3 times a week to maintain a deep, luxurious tan. The colour is very natural and noticeable, and as it is essentially cocoa butter, it is extremely moisturising for your weather beaten skin, and a dream to apply! The only place I would not recommend applying this product is your face as it is fairly oily. This is fantastic for all of your body, but not for your face if you have oily or combination skin.

False Tan, Fake Tan, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Golden Bronze, moisturiser

 

The bottle has a handy pump to ensure a no mess application, and you can also apply with your hands if you do not have a tanning mitt as it goes on so smoothly! Just always wash your hands straight away once the tan is applied! You don’t want orange peel hands.

If you exfoliate your whole body once a week, and apply a few times during the days in between, you are guaranteed to have a beautiful natural looking tan throughout the winter months, as well as perfectly soft skin. As always, I recommended applying before bed, therefore allowing the tan to develop for around 8 hours while you sleep. Make sure you sleep in loose fitting, dark clothing.

As this amazing formula is only available at Boots, Superdrug and many other online and high street retailers for a generous price of just £5.35 – you have no excuse not to give it a try! Your skin deserves it!

GRAB YOURSELF A BARGAIN – Superdrug now have an offer on this great product meaning you will pick it up at a reduced price of  £3.56!! Click on the link below to get yours!

www.superdrug.com/gradual-tan/palmers-cocoa-butter-natural-bronze-tan-lotion-250ml/invt/355798

Product Review and GIVEAWAY! – Benefit Cosmetic’s Triple Performing Facial Emulsion.

One thing I am always looking for is an effective light-weight moisturiser which can be applied right before makeup application. It doesn’t sound like too much to ask for right? Well you’re wrong! So many moisturisers require a waiting time before applying makeup, some even up to 20 minutes! But let’s face it, who wants to get up for work in the morning, wash their face, moisturise and then have to wait 20 minutes before they can finish off getting ready and putting their makeup on.  Then if you don’t wait that 20 minutes, your makeup is ruined!

Benefit Cosmetics Triple Performing Facial Emulsion Product Review www.TheBeautyCloud.co.uk

Therefore, when I got to try the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion by Benefit Cosmetics, I was over the moon. I love this product. It absorbs well into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. It is oil-free and has Broad Spectrum UVA and UBA SPF 15 protection in it, so it helps prevent premature aging.

It isn’t called Triple Performing for no reason. It’s because it unleashes a trio of superpowers every time you apply it on your skin; Hydration, Protection, and Soothing Loveliness! (I’m pretty sure that isn’t an official way of describing it!). Every time I apply this lotion to my skin I feel so refreshed. It leaves your skin feeling wonderful and the smell is so invigorating. Saying that, because it smells so beautifully, I would avoid applying over your lips ( just trust me on this one).

Benefit Cosmetics Triple Performing Facial Emulsion Product Review www.TheBeautyCloud.co.uk

Although I am not proned to spots or break-outs, I do get little whitehead blemishes very easily, and it’s usually caused by the moisturiser I am using. I can tell within a few days of using a product if it is being absorbed efficiently into the skin as I will get a build up of these pesky blemishes.

However, I have been using this moisturiser for over a year now and I can honestly say that there is no residue left behind on my skin to cause blemishes or breakouts. I find that this product works well on all skin-types.

If you suffer from sensitive skin, I would call in and ask for a sample of the product before buying as it does smell REALLY nice. So if you skin is sensitive to perfumes this may not be the product for you. I haven’t actually had this problem with any of my clients, but you are better safe than sorry and the girls at the Benefit Counters are more than happy to give you a sample of this product to try before you buy.

Benefit Cosmetics Triple Performing Facial Emulsion Product Review www.TheBeautyCloud.co.ukThis moisturiser comes in a lovely glass bottle with a cork effect lid. The lid pulls off to reveal a pump dispenser. I love the dispenser as it helps to limit your product usage, preventing wastage. You need very little of the product to do the job. I think a bottle of this will last anyone around 8-9 months.

Triple Performing Facial Emulsion is priced at £20.50 for a 50ml bottle. Personally I think it is quite reasonably priced in comparison to other major cosmetic brand skincare products. I would expect to pay around £45 for a great complete moisturiser; and by complete I mean anti-aging! This moisturiser does help prevent aging via its Broad Spectrum SPF, however, it doesn’t claim to be Anti-Aging.  Therefore, I find Benefit Cosmetics price of £20.50 well thought out and reasonable for this product.

You can buy this moisturiser at any Benefit Cosmetics Counter or online at www.BenefitCosmetics.co.uk or www.BenefitCosmetics.com if you are outside the UK.

Now for some even better news…. I am having a GIVEAWAY of Benefit’s Triple Performing Facial Emulsion on my Facebook Page at the moment. Click here to see how you can WIN a bottle – I have 3 to giveaway!!

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?

Product Review: Lush Cosmetics – Imperialis Moisturiser

 

Following a recent visit to Lush Cosmetics in Belfast. I was given some of their ‘Imperialis’ Moisturiser to try out. I was advised that this would be good for my skin type (Combination).Imperialis Moisturiser by Lush CosmeticsI love using products which I know are ‘feeding’ my skin with Natural goodness. Some of the natural ingredients in this moisturiser are Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion,Orange Blossom Water, Organic Extra Virgin 

Orange Blossom waterOlive Oil,  Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerine,  Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract,  Elderflower Extract,  Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract and Alkanet Extract. (Click on any of the ingredients above to read more about their wonderful properties and why they are in this product). In other words, a little tub of this moisturiser is packed full of earthly goodness!

Lavender Flower InfusionI have heard a lot of people say that they aren’t too keen on the smell of ‘Imperialis’. However, in my opinion, I would rather use something which is good for my skin than using a product loaded with perfume.  I find this product has quite an antiseptic smell to it, which may be the Sweet Violet Extract or Lavender Flower, saying that, it could be many of the beautiful products and essential oils.

It may be a good time to tell you that Lush Cosmetics are strictly against animal testing. All of their products are vegetarian and where all their products are not Vegan-Logo-from-The-Vegan-Societyclassed as ‘Vegan’, the ‘Imperialis’ Moisturiser is.  Lush invent all of their own products and make them fresh BY HAND! They use little or no preservatives. They use minimal packaging and encourage recycling of their tubs, offering their customers free face-masks when they return 5 empty tubs.

I found this product absorbed into the skin well and where I found I have a few breakouts in the first couple of days of using it, they cleared up and my skin has been clear and bright since. This may be due to the fact that I stopped using this product at night and used it only during the day time after cleansing. This product doesn’t leave a heavy residue behind and is quickly absorbed into the skin, so it is great for using before make-up without having to wait before being able to apply.lush1

In summary, I feel this is a great moisturiser. When you consider all of the natural plant extracts and oils put into this product, I think the price is very reasonable in comparison to other products of this nature.

The ‘Imperialis’ Moisturiser comes in a 45g tub and is priced at £12.50. It is available online at www.lush.co.uk for worldwide delivery or at your local Lush Cosmetics Store.

Have you tried ‘Imperialis’? If so, why not leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.