Product Type: Boots Sun Care
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Colour Me Good!
Boots No7 Self Tan Quick Dry Tinted Lotion Fair/Medium
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Boots No7 Self Tan Quick Dry Tinted Lotion Fair/Medium
Advantages: A fantastic natural tan which will be the envy of your chums!
Disadvantages: It's a bit on the pungent side!
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!
Summary: A reasonably priced tanning product that will leave your skin radiant!
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