Hey lovelies! Got another review here for you today, but first I have to admit something to you all... I am a fake tan virgin! Yep, I've managed a whole 21 years without ever using fake tan - partly because I absolutely detested all the "orange barbies" when I was in high school, with their badly applied fake tan and over bleached hair - and partly because I'm terrified of making a mess and looking like a dork.
I recently won a bottle of Lauren's Way Self Tanning Bronzing Mousse and since it's been so sunny recently I thought it was a great excuse to give it a go and get my legs out! I've read lots of good reviews so I was looking forward to trying this!
My legs are relatively brown anyway (thanks Mum, for the Italian skin!) and surprisingly they've held a lot of my tan from my holiday last summer. Here's a shot of my legs pre-bronzing - sorry the lights a bit rubbish!
I went hunting around the house for the tanning mitt that I knew I'd bought over Easter and realised, with dismay, that I'd left it at home... but I decided to be a trooper and have a go at applying it with my hands anyway.
The mousse dispenses easily out of the bottle but as you can see from the photo, it looks a little dubious!! It was a little darker than I was expecting so I was a little bit worried, but as you'll see it doesn't go on your skin as dark as you'd expect from the colour of the mousse. It also has quite a nice smell. I am quite used to the strange biscuit smell of fake tans from having friends that over-used it and this one smells a little more citrus-y I think. It's quite a nice smell!
Hopefully, you can see here (again sorry for the rubbish lighting) than the tan has gone on really nicely, even though I applied it with my clumsy hands! The difference between the before and after is nice and subtle, but it is noticeable enough to feel like I've got a nice glow :) There was no streaks and no nasty dark areas on my knees or ankles - and I didn't even apply moisturiser beforehand. I also found that it dried really quickly and didn't feel sticky or leave any stains anywhere.
Overall, I am hugely impressed with this product as it is perfect to use if it's your first time tanning, you really can't go wrong! Although, word of warning - absolutely do use a mitt to apply it, as you can see from the photo my hands were left a very gross colour after just tanning my legs and I had to use lemon juice (which works wonders) to scrub it off!
Have you used any Lauren's Way products before? Or tried fake tan? ♥
*I was not paid or asked to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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