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I can't recall when or why I first purchased No7 Quick Dry Tinted Lotion, but whatever the reason, it is a product that I have stuck with and feel that I'm unlikely to trade it in for another brand. Recently I have decided that, as I am in my 30s and had waved goodbye to my youth quite a while ago, I need to up the ante on the beauty front. I can't be bothered with going to the gym and eating berries and mung beans- so my answer to maintaining an acceptable level of attractiveness is to plaster on a few extra layers of war paint, suck the stomach in when wearing vest tops and slap on the fake tan even when I don't have a wedding or holiday on the horizon. Yes, you read it right- I now wear fake tan when all I have planned for the week is a trip to Tesco and a gossip at the nursery gates. I am officially the most glamorous woman in the chip shop queue on a Friday night- never without a natural looking sun kissed glow whilst anticipating my battered sausage.
The packaging of the self tan is nothing to get excited about. It doesn't sparkle in the bathroom or look like it's owned by a fairy princess. The box is brown, the bottle is brown. But hey- this is what we hope to end up to be ourselves right? In which case- it aesthetically advertises itself well I guess! It's not an entirely unattractive bottle though, and has a slight shimmer to it and a nice white pearly lid. It's cylindrical so it's easy to hold. When popping the lid off, one is greeted by a pump dispenser, which I think is great as it means that you don't have to handle the bottle mid tanning, avoiding sludgy, slippy bathroom drama. Fake tan is messy enough without having to worry about bottle handling practicalities.
**Apply and Prepare to Look Glam!**
The instructions advise you to exfoliate before you use the product- a stage which I discovered the hard way, is pretty much paramount when attempting to make like a bronzed Goddess- otherwise you may look like you've had a fight with a carton of orange juice and lost.
Once you have exfoliated and ridded yourself of body hair, you're ready to apply the lotion. When you actually pump the lotion out, it looks rather like a thick chocolate sauce- which I found somewhat surprising, given that the title 'tinted lotion' puts me in mind of a thinner more watery product (maybe that's just me!). The lotion glides on easily and rubs in nicely. I find that, as long as you rub it in until you can feel no more moisture- this pretty much guarantees even coverage. This is another reason why you must exfoliate- as if you don't, you'll end up with brown bits of rolled up skin over your palms, which is never a good look.
Once you have applied the lotion to your entire body, minus your bottom purely for comedy effect to cheer up your husband/partner/milkman, you must prance around the house naked for ten minutes as the bottle advises to avoid dressing for this amount of time. Do NOT apply your fake tan therefore, when the vicar has popped round for tea with your elderly mother- apply when alone, or lock yourself in the bathroom with a comic and a cake.
The disadvantage to this tan is the smell- it's quite over powering. For the life of me, I will never know why fake tan makes my underarms smell so peculiar, but it does so after about ten minutes right up until I shower. Unfortunately you are stuck with smelling a bit like a wet dog after a dip in a stagnant pond for at least two hours until you are permitted by the back of the bottle to bathe.
**Colour Me Good**
After an hour or two, you will find that you have transformed from pale and interesting to healthy looking and glowing. Overnight, the tan deepens and you will wake up Goddess like and golden. At which point you should demand a divorce as you will find that you are far too glamorous for your husband!!! However he may bring you down a peg or two by declaring that you smell like a drainpipe.
It really is a fantastic colour. Friends notice and compliments roll- many people have asked what brand I use, which is always a good sign. There isn't a hint of orange in sight and the overall effect is very natural, even on your face, which is always the part that makes me nervous. Follow the advice of the bottle if you require a deeper shade- and repeat the whole painful process after 24 hours. The lotion is very moisturising from the outset. I need to apply moisturiser to my face within two minutes of showering before it cracks like arid land, but after applying the tan, it's sufficiently soft and supple to get me through to night cream time.
It wears off nicely and doesn't go patchy, provided that you exfoliate every few days- generally you will get at least four days of good colour from this product and if you top up every few days, you can maintain an all year round gorgeous radiance!!!
**Would I Recommend No 7 Quick Dry Tinted Lotion?**
Yes, I think it's fab! I've tried much more expensive brands that don't perform as well as this one, and quite frankly, parting with 12 quid for 200mls of liquid ego booster is well worth it in my opinion!
I recently purchased the No7 Quick Dry Tinted Lotion as I had a £5 no7 voucher which seemed to make a great difference to the state of my purse after buying it.
No7 claim that the self tan is a quick dry tinted lotion that glides on easily to give an instant hint of colour. The tan is then waterproof and should be streak free 'due to a complementary blend of self-tanning actives giving a lovely natural looking colour'. The tan can be used on your body and face.
Whe purchasing the self tan, you receive a the bottle in a box which gives you some information on the product and how to use it. I seem to have thrown this box away so cannot give much of a description on it.
The lotion itself comes in a large, thin 200ml bottle. The bottle is a bronze colour with a white lid which pulls off. The front of the bottle has black writing with product logos and a box that claims it is a wear off tan. It also says whether the tan is light/medium or medium/dark.
The back of the bottle has small black writing which decribes the product and how it gives you a streak free tan. Underneath this is the directions for use.
No7 recommend that you exfoliate your skin before applying, to ensure an even tan. Once you have prepared, apply evenly onto clean skin. It is recommended that you use cotton wool or bare hands.
Give the lotion atleast 10 minutes to dry before getting dressed, to avoid staining and wait 2 hours before bathing, swimming or applying suncream.
The tan should start to develop in 1-2 hours, reapply after 24 hours if you want a deeper shade.
I was very excited about using this self tan, as I had heard great reviews about it. I followed the instructions on the bottle step by step, to ensure that I had applied correctly and would achieve an even tan.
When I had applied the tan, I noticed that I had big orange patches that seemed to be peeling off my skin. However, as the bottle says you can shower after two hours to remove any excess tan, I didn't worry too much about this.
I was shocked when I showered and noticed that I had big orange patches on my legs, and some white patches. I thought this may have been a fault of my own, so asked my sister to apply to tan to my arms to see if I had done it wrong. Two hours later I was back in the shower, again, when I got out I had orange and white patched all over my arms. Also, I used the tan on my face three times and it didn't seem to make any difference!
I wasn't very impressed with this product and definately will not be buying it again.
I bought this tanning lotion a few months ago as it was on offer for under £5 in Boots and I had one of those £5 off No7 products....so in theory...FOR FREE! I have used a LOT of self tan lotions, from Piz Buin to Johnsons Holidays Skin.
The bottle I have isn't like the piccy above but a nice curvy bottle like most No7 products come in now.
I only use this product on my arms and legs as I have a specific self tan for my face so I use that.
The product in the bottle is a dark brown colour, which was kind of unexpected since the lotion is fair/medium. It smells nice in the bottle but upon applying it to my body, rubbing it in and leaving it for a while it smells pretty horrible.
But the results are amazing and worth putting up with the horrible smell! I normally put it on at night before I get into bed so it can work its magic overnight.
The lotion is pretty thick and gloopy and comes with a pump on the top. Two pumps normally does my whole arm and three or four for my legs. It is easy to rub in and absorbs quickly into the skin. I normally roll my trousers up and my sleeves then just stay very still for a few minutes to stop my from getting and lovely orange streaks over my bedcovers.
The tan normally lasts two to three days after one application, but I do use it over a few days everynight to build up a lovely olivey/"just got back from a hot beach holiday" kind of tan. Although I recommend using tan removing wipes to remove any excess from your palms or in between your fingers so there are no orange stains - I picked these up from Tescos but I'm sure you can get them in most supermarkets and chemists. Or you can just do what I used to do and run to the bathroom quickly after applying and dip your hands half in water, so you don't rub off the tan on the tops of your hands.
I personally love this product and especially with it being so cheap, I think it is normally around £10 when it isn't on offer, but even at this price I will definately buy it again when this bottle runs out. I think it is just as good as the St Tropez tans which are more than double the price!
The bottle says that it contains "vitamins and moisturisers to soften your skin" which I think it does as my skin is lovely and smooth in the morning. I have thrown the box that it comes in away so can't give you any ingredients. It comes in a 200ml bottle which has lasted me for at least three months so far and still feels about half full. I normally use it at least once a week, so this should last me about another three or so months, therefore around 6 months in total.
One of my must haves for winter when I want a tan without hitting the sunbeds or getting a spraytan. =]
I've been using a fake tan lotion from the Body Shop for a while, however they recently decided to discontinue it. I decided to try Boots No7 Tanning Lotion because I've used quite a few No7 products and been impressed with most of them.
The product comes in a stand up bottle which is bronze in colour and has a pump dispenser, the pump dispenser is pearlescent. I'm not keen on things which have a pump dispenser as you always end up with a bit left in the bottom.
The lotion is creamy in colour and as is typical of No7 products doesn't really have a smell to it. I always apply fake tan using a mitt, I got mine from the body shop, but they are widely available.
The product applied easily and within a few hours I was able to see the tan. I did feel that I had to apply it two or three times to get the colour I wanted, but I do this with every fake tan product I use. The finished tan was smoothly and evenly applied - I do think this is as much to do with using a mitt as the quality of the prduct itself. The colour was natural looking, sometimes the colour of fake tan is just a bit too orangey to look real
I noticed that usuallly when you use fake tan you smell of beer afterwards, although I did feel a it smelt a little bit, my office at work did'nt end up stinking of beer as it has been known to do when I've used other products!
I will be buying this product again, it costs about £11 full price, but I bought mine during the winter and No7 had all their sun related products half price.
Buying beauty products is my little vice. I suppose that since I don't smoke and rarely drink, it's OK to have one. Or at least that's how I justify it to myself! One of the things I seemed to have amassed quite a lot of, is fake tans. I think the reason for this, is that I rarely find one that works, therefore keep on buying them in the hope I'll find one that works for me.
The product I tend to use most is Sally Hansen Airbrush legs, which is a make-up for the legs rather than a tan, but as I'm whiter than a pint of semi-skimmed, it still gives me colour. I also quite like Rimmel Sunshimmer, but the problem I find with both of these products, is that they are wash-off, and I'm always terrified of getting caught in the rain, and having horrible brown make-up dribbling down my legs!
I had a look through my giant box of beauty products, and came across No.7 Quick Dry Tinted Lotion. I have no recollection of buying or using this, and although the bottle was virtually full, it was obvious it had been used (or maybe tested) at some point. It's described as a wear off tan for light/medium skin tones (there is also one for medium/dark) and can be used on the face and body. It contains aloe vera and camomile extracts as well as vitamin A and vitamin E.
The bottle pictured above is the old packaging. It now comes in a rounder, more sleek looking bottle, which is dark brown in colour with a white pearly lid. It's quite a plain and simple design, but full instructions for use are included on the back. The bottle also has a pump action dispenser which can be twisted to lock in place - quite handy I think, as it will prevent spillages.
Before applying this, I shaved, exfoliated and moisturised my legs, to hopefully make this go on better. I used a Boots Soltan Self Tan Mitt to apply it, which I also found in my box of stuff, and is basically just a glove to apply fake tan with (I'll review it if Dooyoo accept the suggestion!).
When I pressed the pump down, the first thing I realised is that only a tiny bit of the lotion comes out at once. This means I had to press it down several times to get enough lotion onto the mitt, which was a bit of a pain.
I was surprised that the lotion does not have that classic fake tan smell. It actually smells quite nice (for a fake tan, anyway), and is quite floral. It's tinted brown in colour, the idea being that you can see where you are applying it. Unfortunately as soon as you start to rub it in the colour all but disappears, so you still don't get a clear idea of where you're applying it.
The lotion is described as quick-dry and it did seem to dry pretty quickly, although I cannot be certain of timescales, I would suggest about 15 minutes to be fully dry. Once it has dried you need to wait for the colour to develop.
The colour seemed to take a while to develop - an hour or two perhaps, although I can't be sure. I applied it at night, and under artificial light, I thought my skin looked rather red - almost like I had sunburn rather than a tan. Once morning came and I could check it out properly, it looked totally different - much more natural, but still maybe a tiny bit orange. One thing I was really pleased about, is that it did not streak at all, and apart from one tiny patch on my lower leg which seemed to have been missed, it was fairly even.
I found that the tan lasted several days, and over time it just seemed to fade to a paler colour, rather than actually go streaky or patchy as normally happens. Bathing didn't seem to have any effect on the colour, so it really didn't wash off
This costs £11.50 for a 200ml bottle.
I was really impressed with this tan, it was quick and easy to apply and left my legs streak free. The only negative thing was a very slight orange tinge, but it wasn't so over the top that I would be embarrassed to go out or anything like that. This is definitely the best wear-off tan I have found so far.
Finally a self tan lotion that's easy to use and doesn't leave big orange marks!
This self tan gives the nicest bronze colour to your skin wherever you apply it and No.7 give good, clear instructions on how to apply it, making it easy to use.
The product works most effectively on well moisturised skin. I find the best moisturiser to use is good old E45 (I usually buy these two products together!)
Give yourself a good amount of time to apply this product and to let it dry properly. I do feel that it takes longer to dry than the stated 10 minutes, however this may be affected by the amount of moisturiser you use prior to applying your self-tan.
The lotion formula applies easily and you can see where you have applied tan and any spots you have missed. Also, a little goes a long way!
The end result of this self tan is a lovely, natural bronzed tint to you skin.
If you are very pale like me, this is the self tan to use.
Cons: No orange marks Recommend to potential buyers: yes Full review ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Ladies, I have found yet another excellent self tanning lotion that you must try. There really is no excuse for white pasty skin any more! This self tan is from the No.7 range and it's priced at £9.50 for 200ml which I think is a reasonable price. It's a special fake tan because it is tinted so when you apply the fake tank you can see where you have applied it and where you have missed. It comes in a yellow box and it states that it contains jojoba extract, cocoa butter and vitamins A and E to moisturise and nourish skin. It also says that it is Hypoallergenic and non pore blocking which is the general rule about N0.7 products. You can use this on your face or body so no need to buy a separate one. I choose the fair/medium type but if you have darker skin or want a darker tan then choose the medium/dark colour. The fake tan looks a dull orange when you apply it, but don't worry as this isn't the colour that your legs will become, it's just the colour of the tint. It is easy to apply and blend in. Preparation ----------------------- For a perfect self tan follow these directions. I find that using this method always gives me excellent results. The day before applying the fake tan shave or wax your legs. Exfoliation. This is important as it gets rid of dead cells that will flake off making your fake tan look really "fake". You must pay in particular great attention to rough, dry areas such as elbows, knees, tops of your feet, and hands. You can use any type of body scrub for this. Moisturise. This is the key to a real good looking tan with out any dark orange patches. Use any moisturiser to moisturise your skin especially the rough parts like elbows and ankles. To apply the self tan start at the bottom of your body and work upwards. When applying to the legs apply the self tan in an upwards direction so you will be going against the growth of any hair. Don't do your knee just yet and carry on doing your thigh's the same way as the lower legs. For your knee and feet apply the fake tan with the residue that is left on your hands. These area's don't need as much self tan as they are very porous and this is where it will look orangey if you put too much on. Carry on applying the self tan to the upper body and carry on working in an upwards direction. For your arms, section them off avoiding your elbows the same way you did for your knees. At the very last moment use the leftovers to brush over each elbow. I always get someone to do my back for me. If you can get away with it, just do your shoulders. Re-apply the moisturiser over the knees, elbows, and the tops of your feet, to water the tanning cream down. This prevents any orange marks and any orange lines. it will help to blend in the self tan making it look more real. Face. Apply the self tan over the top of your moisturiser. Be careful of hair and jaw line that you blend in well. Wash your hands really well as otherwise you will end up with orange hands as your hands have more pores than anywhere else on your body. To apply fake tan to your hands, get a cotton wool pad and use that to apply the self tan. Use the moisturising lotion afterwards. The tan will develop between 1 and 2 hours but I found that the colour was still developing after 4. It dries within 10 minutes, but I would suggest to wear dark clothing afterwards as the tint will still be on your skin. You can wash the tint and residue off after 2 hours, but I left mine for longer. The results where amazing. I have got smooth legs thanks to the jojoba extract, cocoa butter that is in the fake tan. And I have also go beautiful bronz
ed pins with no orange marks!!! It's all in the preparation. The bottle says if you want a deeper colour tan then re-apply after 2 days. The tan does last four days and then gradually wears off.
Creates a beautifully natural tanned look / Starts to develop a semi-permanent tan over 1-2 hours / Lasts for 2-4 days, then fades gradually, just like a real tan / Light-textured lotion guarantees perfect application whilst moisturising and softening / Fast