Friday, 31 August 2012

Which is the best fake tan for me?

L-R -- St Tropez Bronzing Mousse*, Dove Summer Glow Normal to Dark, Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe*, St Moriz Medium Mousse.
I'm sure at some point in your life, the majority of you will have tried fake tan. I tried some many moons ago which scarred me for life, and it was only years later I tried it again and realised products had advanced and I didn't need to look like an oompa loompa after all! Let's face it, general rule is that the more expensive a tan is, the better you'd expect it to be. I'm about to show you a few bargains and that the best tans aren't always the most expensive.

St Tropez is a well known brand, celebrity used and available in many spray tan booths, although I am still yet to have a spray tan, shock horror, I've been let down by their home self tan products. I have been trying this out over the past few weeks and it hasn't wowed me in the slightest. It's an okay product, nothing special for me, but I think I do prefer lotions. 
St Tropez Bronzing Mousse is available from Feelunique currently for £22.99 (RRP £30.64).

Next up is my most go to product, the Dove Summer Glow. Although, not directly advertised as "fake tan" this is my holy grail of moisturisers/fake tan. I tend to bulk buy when I see offers and absolutely love it. I started off using the lightest shade, but then the last few bottles, I bought the normal to dark version. It's not once streaked and is so easy to apply. The biscuit smell does linger, but hey that's what perfume/body sprays are for. Superdrug do regular offers so watch out for that but it retails the £5 mark normally. 
It's available in tons of places such as Tesco, Boots, Superdrug, Basically any "drugstores". Online, the cheapest I have found it is ChemistDirect £3.40, Tesco £3.00 and Lloyd Pharmacy £2.39. 

Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe* is an all round brilliant tan. This was my favourite, until I decided actually, the dark one is! The smell ah, if you can go nearby and try it, go just to sniff it, honestly it's amazing. It's vanilla whiffs are enough to make me re-purchase alone! I did a more in-depth review on this recently, so check that out here!

Finally for my first batch, is another bargain fake tan. I found this years ago but applying using just my hands or latex gloves meant it just went streaky and terrible. Things have improved since then and I can apply a little better. This is the mother of all cheap fake tans. I use the medium one just because it seems to be easier to obtain from nearby shops and find it's a nice colour for me. It can streak sometimes and the smell is awful, but you have to get over that sometimes. 
You can buy this from places like Home Bargains £2.99, Tesco, Chemists and Amazon for £3.13

L-R -- Xen Tan Dark Lotion Hale Intense*, Asda Instant Lotion Self Tan, Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturiser*
I'll start with the absolute best all rounder tan that I've ever tried, Xen Tan Dark Lotion*. Of course, everybody is different and some only like it light, I used to be one of those people until I tried this tan. I actually got this in a goody bag at an event I attended and was so happy with it that I've ordered a full sized version, which is hopefully due soon! I love Xen Tan as a brand and think their ethics to tanning match my needs as a completely pale girl. This is on offer at the moment on Feelunique for £19.75 including delivery! Steal, normal RRP £28.99, get yours here

If you tan properly, i.e. exfoliating, moisturising, prepping the skin properly, then the majority of the time you shouldn't get any streaks, although I can't vouch for how orangey some tans are!

The Asda Self Tan is one I bought last summer while throwing things in my basket, as you do, it was only £3.50 so I had to try it. This shows how scared I was even 1 year ago with trying to darken my fake tans. This is light, really light in fact, so I tend to only use this on my face these days. This is a great colour and I'm pretty sure they do a darker version, don't quote me on that though!

Another Xen Tan to the collection (not the last either). The Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturiser* is another favourite, although quite hard for me to wear on my face like I originally wanted. It does go a little streaky on my face, I sometimes have to really buff it in, in fact as I'm writing this I am wearing it today and just noticed it's gone a little cave-girl ish (if you know what I mean) all around my cheeks and jaw-line, not pretty. This is also on offer on Feelunique for £24.30 plus free p+p!

L-R -- Tanatomicals Me Tarzan, You Jane, We Cheaters, Instant Spray Tan in a can*, St Tropez Perfect Legs Spray
I couldn't pick between these two which I loved the most, so I threw them both in. I put off using the Tanatomicals Instant Spray Tan in a can for a while, until I needed some last minute tanning before leaving the house and spraying it, the first time I did it was completely messed up. Word of warning, do not do it too close to your skin, this isn't the way forward! I used it approx 30-40cm away from my body and sprayed lightly, having a tanning mitt on hand to get rid of tell-tale signs of fake tanning. It's quite dark which I like, but if you don't, this may not be for you! You can buy Tanatomicals Spray Tan in a can for £6.99 from Superdrug or ASOS for £7 with free delivery at the moment.

The St Tropez Perfect Legs Spray is a tad lighter, the only thing I think is ridiculous is how tiny this can is. I got this in some form of beauty box (I forgot which sorry!) I like this, but I just wasn't wowed by it. A lot of people swear by St Tropez, but unfortunately it isn't for me! You can buy this for £10 from ASOSFeelunique (Currently £7.50 UK only) and Boots and Superdrug stores.
Fake Bake Gradual Fake Tan Fair Skin
Last but not least, hold on we're nearly done guys, is the Fake Bake Gradual Self Tan lotion for Fair Skin. I used to love this as a treat back in my scaredy cat days and it's forgotten about these days, but I still love it just as equally. It's a great buildable day-to-day tan and the fair/light version gives a very natural glow. 
Feelunique sell this for £20.25 and Amazon £19.36 (both free p+p)

Hope this mammoth post helped you somewhat and let me know if you think I should include any others! I haven't tried any Vita Liberata (Hello Millie Mackintosh) or Famous Dave's tanning products (next on my list) so if you recommend those, let me know too!

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  1. I had only tried St Moriz fake tan, even thought I'm really pale I always reach for the dark version. I also like the Xen Tan Dark Lotion, gave me such a lovely colour. xo

    1. I like them both too! St Moriz is so cheap too, but I've not tried their lotion or spray so will have to give that a go sometime x

  2. The only tans that I have tried are the St Tropez gradual tanner and the Garnier gradual tanner. I prefer the Garnier one as I had a reaction to the St Tropez one. I really want to try some of the tans from Xen Tan.


    1. Ah really, that's strange. I don't like Garnier after having a few bad experiences with them but I definitely recommend Xen Tan next time you get some English goodies! :) x


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