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I have never had a tan, with my pale Irish freckled skin and auburn hair I am the one you will see smothered in sun cream hiding under a tree. I love my natural coloring's but can't help feel a little twang of jealousy as my friends all catch the rays and I run from them ! Once we went on a girly holiday to Turkey, they all came back a beautiful golden colour and I was as pale as ever due to my factor 50 ! Well this year I decided I too will be a golden girl and the only way for me to do it was fake it !
I went to House of Fraser and spoke to the lovely ladies there, I was quite worried I didn't want to look orange or chocolate I just wanted a sun kissed look. They recommended Fake Bake as they said it adapts to your natural colourings and prevents any tangoness.
There were a lot of different formats to choose from mouse, sprays and lotions, but as I was a beginner the consultant recommended the lotion, she said it is 'fool proof'. So I bought the Original self tan lotion, it cost £27 which was a bit more than I was expecting to pay, however I was in the moment and the sales lady said it was brilliant and I was thinking of having it done at the salon which cost £30 so thought hey why not.
The lotion comes with some disposable gloves and a big set of step by step instructions - make sure you read them. It is easy when it comes to things like this to think 'how hard can it be' but believe me there is little tips and techniques in the instructions that will help you get your glow.
My five quick steps.
1) First of all exfoliate, then exfoliate some more and then just a little bit more for luck especially around your knees, ankles and elbows. The first time I did it I didn't exfoliate properly and it showed in the end result.
2) Body lotion yourself up, again especially around the knees and elbows, make sure the body lotion you use is oil free otherwise the Fake bake will just glide off and not soak in.
3) Time to tan, put on your gloves and squeeze a little lotion in your hand, starting at your feet rub the lotion in using a circular motion. The best bit is the lotion comes out brown so you can see where you have been and avoid any streakyness. Remember to do all the nooks and crannies like behind your knees etc. I always get a friend or my hubby to do my back, as I find I can easily miss patches.
4) Time to bake - by now you will be looking like you have had a mishap with a chocolate fountain (that's on my bucket list BTW) don't worry you will not be this brown when you wash it off. You should now leave it for about six hours to develop. I always do it before bed, so then when I wake up I just have a bath. It takes about twenty mins to dry but then after that it doesn't come off on the sheets or anything.
5) Wash it off - after the six hours or so hop in the shower or bath and wash it off, I promise you will be amazed at the result. A natural tan with no streaks. The lady in the shop was right, it really is fool proof.
One application is all I need to give me a subtle golden glow, which is the look I like and seems natural on me. For darker complexions or people who like a darker tan they recommend a second application.
Once your happy with your colour, make sure you use a nice lotion to stop it drying out. My colour lasts about a week before it starts to fade. It will not wash off so you can still bathe and swim as you would usually.
The Fake bake does not have an SPF so it will not protect you from the suns harmful rays. On the Fake bake website they say if you use in conjunction with a sunbed or sun bathing you will get a more deeper satisfying tan. I would say this defeats the object for me, Fake it instead of baking your skin in the sun. But if you are fully aware of the dangers of Skin cancer and skin damage that sun beds and the sun can cause and still wish to do so then that is your choice.
I love having my glow, it makes me feel better and I think look better, it is very natural and my freckles still show through, I wouldn't want it any darker but I expect most people would.
You can buy Fake bake from most department stores, salons and on their website. This lotion cost £27 and I would say it lasts about 3-4 applications. I think this is pretty good value considering the natural look it gives and that it lasts for a week.
I would recommend this for anyone who wants a natural looking tan with no streaks. It is so easy to do and as long as you follow the instructions you will get a lovely glow.
I've been staring at this bottle on and off for about an hour, looking through the fine print and everything, I'm not seeing an expiration date. I've got a REV date, whatever that is. I am not happy at all. I got myself all exfoliated, gloves on, and splat! Yeah, it made a splat noise. And it was green. It looked like some kind of aquatic diarrhea. I'm going to go back to risking skin cancer because this can't be THAT much better.
I've previously reviewed the Fake Bake original and if you've read the review you'll know I'm a huge fan. It's easy to use, has a great guide colour, doesn't smell too horrific (although all self-tans smell bad, admit it) and most importantly of all does NOT turn my vampire white skin orange under any circumstances. It's also streak free provided you put a minimal amount of effort into the application process. It does go green if you keep it for too long; the easy solution would be not to keep it too long. Even when it's gone green however it's still useable and I've always acheived good results, green or no green!
Fake Bake also produce a Fake Bake Fair. On first sight I thought that this was maybe a paler shade of tan for the paler skinned amongst us. It is, however, a gradual tanner intended to be used on multiple days to acheive the correct depth of tan for your skin tone. The blurb claims that it too contains a guide colour, albeit a paler one - quite understandably you'd think. Well my skin is white, really white. Anyone still unsure as to the colour of my skin? Think bleached A4 copier paper and throw in some ugly green veins and you're about there. Well I bought the fake bake fair and applied some and I really cannot see the guide colour on my skin. I figure if I can't see it then nobody else stands a chance. This was disappointing as I find the guide colour in the original very useful. I did, however, develop a slight colour from the Fair version but I wasn't impressed. Even after three applications it was nowhere near the lovely colour I acheive with one application of the original. I did find it useful for maintaining the colour I get from the original though. A few days post spplictaion the colour starts to fade and daily applications of fake bake fair seem to keep the colour topped up. I won't be repurchasing though.
Fake Bake Gold is another in the range and claims to be ultra moisturising and contain lots of beneficial 'goodies' for your skin. To be honest I didn't notice a difference between this and the original Fake Bake (except the £2 extra it cost me). The packaging looks much more modern however. I will now use Fake Bake Original and Fake Bake Gold interchangeably depending on which is cheaper on eBay!
I most recently tried the Fake Bake Passionfruit Body Polish which is an exfoliator. It comes in a bottle similar to the Fake Bake original but is see-through so you can see the lovely orangey/pinky colour and all the tiny scrubby bits within it. The polish claims to leave no residue on your skin so is perfect for use before self-tan application. The first thing I noticed is the smell which is gorgeous. I'd quite happily repurchase for the fragrance alone. It fills my whole bathroom with a lovely, fruity passionfruit smell which I can't get enough of. The exfoliating properties were alright, probably more geared towards those with delicate or sensitive skin as it wasn't too rough or scratchy. Personally I prefer a more substantial scrub but that's maybe just me. I have used it before tanning on numerous occasions now and have found that it has no adverse effects on the resulting colour I obtain and does help to smooth drier patches such as elbows and knees. Also great to use after tanning incase you do have any mildly streaky bits.
All in all a great range that I can't recommend highly enough, just steer clear of the Fake Bake Fair!
For a really long time I have lead myself to believe that in order to get a decent looking tan I either need to get myself abroad and into the sun or have a spray tan done professionaly. For years I have relied upon Johnsons Holiday Skin and im now massively regretting it.
A local beauty salon got me on the Fake Bake bandwagon and i've not looked back since. Retailing at around £25 it's pretty steep but a quick search on ebay and I managed to find the exact product for £15.99.
I must admit I was pretty nervous about taking on this fake tanning task without the help of a professional but the product is designed for easy application.
Fake Bake comes with a pair of latex gloves to help stop the telling brown stained fingers and with a flip cap to prevent spillages and leaks. Exfoliation and moisturisation is advised prior to the application. The lotion is a dark/chocolate brown colour and can be off putting, but rest assured this is just a guide. It allows you to see exactly where you have applied and the areas you have missed. You may get brown smudges but this shows where some extra attention is needed and some thorough rubbing in. Once the application is over let your skin dry completely and then go to bed! Be warned: if you have light coloured sheets the chances of them being slightly brown in the morning are high. This does however wash out easily. A quick shower and you can see the excess lotion washing off and you are left with golden brown, natural looking tan and all sun damage risks are avoided. Even the elbows and ankles are not too much of a tricky spot.
The full effect lasts around 2-3 days and can be topped up whenever for a more intense colour. It is a good value for money product as a little goes a very long way and the 170ml bottle has already lasted me 3 months and it's still feeling pretty full.
The downsides are very few. The bottle I find is quite tacky and cheap looking which can have negative effects on the product. It took me a while to pluck up the courage to use this as I was convinced I would end up 'Tangoed'. Also the use of gloves sometimes makes application tricky.
When tanning my arms I also need to tan my hands, in order to do this I cant be wearing gloves. Then I risk tanning my palms and so my hands need washing and it all gets a little messy.
Overall though, i'd say this is an excellent product with some of the most natural looking effects and little 'fake tan' odour to give away your secret.
As most women know, finding the perfect fake tan for your skin can be a complete nightmare!!
I have natuarally very pale skin, I do not tan easily and I am not a fan of sunbeds so my only option for the 'sunkissed look' is fake tan.
Now the usual problem I have with fake tan are.. the orange look, the length of time it lasts and most of all... the smell. I needed to find a fake tan that actually left me looking brown and did not leave me smelling of biscuits.
I first discovered the fake bake range in Boots, a bottle of the spray cost around £30.00 which is a little bit more expensive then any fake tans I had used before.
The air spray came in a silver tin and worked just like any other 'spray mist'
I found the tan very easy to apply, the tin I bought lasted me a very long time. I was able to apply the tan all over my body including my back with no problems. It did not streak or smudge.
The tan lasted about 2 weeks and gradually faded rather than rubbed off. The colour was great. I have continued to use this Fake Bake tan as in my opinion it is the best on the market at the moment.
Product:- Fake Bake Tanning Mousse
Purchased from Amazon.co.uk - £18.95
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 17.1 cm ; 209 g
Due to my unsuccessful relationship with Saint Tropez regarding my misguided attempt at becoming a tanned, bronzed goddess throughout the winter season and ditch the Morticia Adams look. I decided to try Fake Bake another well known brand within the Fake Tan Industry. After researching the product online and ordering through Amazon. My pale, dry skin was still in the recovery phase from the Saint Tropez experiment so I hoped that Fake Bake would provide a "top up effect" without causing further patchy skin issues.
I really, really, really like this product and it scores highly for me due to the following:-
Usability and functionality - As a consumer of quite a few beauty products, functionality is often neglected especially when considering that beauty products and in particular Fake Tanning can fall into the messy product spectrum. What I loved about this product was the simple yet ingenious wipe able... take note... plastic wipe able squeezy bottle. When tanning, I tend to be a grubby urchin and get tan almost everywhere due to constant re-application in the bid to beat the winter pasty look and emerge a bronzed goddess. Being able to wipe the bottle time and time again is a great feature and the squeezy bottle also came in rather handy, whilst grappling with bottle in one hand with slimy, tan covered mitts. The lotion is neither too thick nor too thin in consistency and was easier to apply than the Saint Tropez mousse that I had previously used which due to its moussey texture tended to disintegrate during the transition from palm to body.
End result:- My skin glowed, glistening and shone and suitably mimicked the effect of lying on a tropical beach for a week. With a spring in my step I walked to work and was complimented throughout the day regarding my newly acquired even tan. The tan was only patchy on my face and ankles and this was due to my poor application skills and the fact that I hadn't researched the Tan market thoroughly and have now discovered that facial tanners are available to compliment your body tan. From the nearly effortless application to the even toned, dark brown tan this product is a winner for me.
Fake Bake packaging appears to me as rather kitsch 70's and evokes Charlie Angles Farah Fawcett connotations - which I surmise is due to the bronzed, 70's flick haired lady adorning the front of the bottle.
The Bottle is a plastic almost oval shape and is a chocolate brown, meatallicy color. The front of the bottle presents a transparent label with a lady positioned in an almost crouched position highlighted in Gold. The Fake Bake Logo is a quite script type font in gold and lies at the top of the bottle. I presume that the bottle is brown in order to evoke bronzed, tanning connotations and imagery to a potential buyer.
The Packaging would definitely stand out against Saint Tropez for example when placed on a shelf in a shop. But I am not convinced that the product would stand out for the right reasons. I personally thought the packaging looked quite cheap. The lid is placed at the bottom of the bottle and is a flip lid top in the same chocolate brown packaging. The bottle was easily wiped clean after being mauled by my tan stained hand during the application process.
The Flip lid and squeezy bottle was extremely user friendly and I thought that the squeezable bottle was a good idea regarding functionality. The Lotion came out of the flip lidded top with ease; the lotion itself was a very dark brown color and quite a thick consistency. There was a strong odor which smelt quite chemically but with a sweet undertone. The Lotion was surprisingly easy to apply, due to it's thickness I thought it would be quite difficult but the lotion dispersed onto my skin and absorbed easily. Upon application the dark brown color didn't diminish and rightly or wrongly, I used the brown smears as a guide to how badly my application skills were.
The lotion did require quite a lot of blending in and I found that the more I blended the dark brown patches, the more I seemed to be rubbing off the tan. I did find that the lotion took a long time to dry on my skin and I waited for 40minutes before I stepped into some loose fitting clothing and carried on with my evening. My Partner did comment however on the smell and that it smelt of moldy biscuits.
I would recommend exfoliating and moisturizing the skin prior to application to ensure an even tan and not to over blend the product even if it looks patchy. If you have dry skin, moisturize before applying the tanning product for a longer lasting smooth tone for your tan. For superb hydration use our Oil-Free Moisturizer before and after treatments.
Fake Bake guidelines are as follows:- Week 1:- Apply Fake Bake 2-3 nights in a row to build a good base tan as desired. Following weekly:- Apply 1-2 times weekly for maintenance or as desires
I kept the Lotion on for 12 hours and showered in the morning, as with the Saint Tropez the water ran quite a dark color. But... I was very surprised by the end results. The Tan was actually very dark and lacked the orange color that Saint Tropez had left. The tan was evenly distributed with my ankles again being the tell tale area. I think the feet and ankles are my Tanning Achilles Heel so to speak.
The color lasted for 3days without re-application and daily showering didn't diminish the depth of the color. Again the application around my face was very patchy and I can only concede that it may in part be due to my large oily pores and that maybe a fake tan designed specifically for the face is my best option.
Fake Bake originated in the U.S.A. in 1995. Fake Bake was the first self-tan to combine naturally derived tanning agents DHA and Erythulose - guaranteeing longer lasting (up to 50% longer), more natural-looking results. The retail range was an instant success with beauty experts and celebrities alike. Accolades and endorsements quickly followed. However, what really triggered the rapid rise of the Fake Bake Phenomenon was when the range was voted No.1 self-tanner (tested against 22 other self-tans) in the influential New York Times. In 2001, salon owner Sandra McClumpha introduced Fake Bake to the UK, where she developed Fake Bake into a premium spa/salon treatment and convenient, flawless spray tan. Beauty Therapists were trained to exceptional high standards in the application of Fake Bake to ensure customer's expectations were exceeded. Source:- www.fakebake.co.uk
Purified Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Dihyidroxyacetone, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Dimethicone,Glyceryl Stearate Peg 100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Erythrulose, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 86, Cethyl Alcohol, PPG 5 Ceteth 10 Phosphate, Benzophenone-3, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Pvp/Eicosene Copolymer, Dehydroacetic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthum Guru, Panthenol - aka Vitamin B5, Citric Acids, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Caramel, Guaiazulene, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #1,FD&C Yellow #6, D&C Red #33.
There is an array of chemicals in the Product but also some natural ones too, I have selected a few of the ingredients below to enable the consumer to make an informed choice regarding the purchase of the product based upon the natural/chemical balance of the product.:-
Ethoxydiglycol is generally used as a solvent and carrier in skin care products and is also know as Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether. Ethoxydiglycol is a used to thin out products and increase viscosity.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, more commonly known as aloe vera gel, is the liquid or its dehydrated solids from the leaf of the Aloe barbadensis plant. The juice from the mucilaginous inner fillet has traditionally been used in cosmetic and nutritional (drink) applications due to it's nutritionally rich properties which soothe and hydrate the skin.
Soyabean oil is popular as a cosmetic ingredient due to being high in natural source lecitihin, sterolins, and vitamin E. Soybean oil is easily absorbed and leaves a smooth sensation to the skin.
Parabens have been under considerable attention the past few years and there is a huge debate regarding their safety within Cosmetic products. Essentially Parabens are preservativesand can be found in cosmetics and all manner of hair care products. They are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and the debate regarding usage was ignited by a study which linked parabens in deodorants to breast cancer due to parabens mimicking human estrogen which is known to stimulate cancer. Since publication the study (which sadly I can't remember who it was by), has been discredited and to date no more scientific proof has been offered to support the original theory. Although from an Environmental perspective Parabens are not good news due to the estrogen mimicking effect of the products which are absorbed by the body and deposited as waste into the water systems or directly flushed into water systems in the form of shampoo and shower gels. The Contraceptive pill is also being flushed into our water supply via human urine, the high levels of estrogen in the water supplies and its impact upon wildlife is currently being studied and anyone who is interested in researching this further would be well advised to Google paarabens and water supply.
Fake BakeTM contains DHA (Dihydroxy acetone - derived from sugar beet) and Erythulose tanning agents. Both are naturally clear in color and work by "tanning" the melanin cells which lie at the very top layers in your own skin - safely! The higher the levels of melanin you have, the darker your tan will be. Fake Bake do not test on animals which is a positive for me.
.........Value for Money........
The Product is great value for money and the tanning liquid goes a long way - I have used the product 5 times over two months and still have more than half a bottle left. I don't think the current Amazon offer of £18.95 for 209g is excessive and feel that Fake bake is a good investment regarding a quality tanning product.
It has been a long long ride to find the best natural non orange fake tan and I think I have found it. Firstly, let me tell you about me, I have olive skin, I have dry (not overly) but it is and I am 32. For 10 years I have tried tan lotions, tan mousses, tan in a can airbrush tans and I will tell you all about the fake bake brand. I have been on sunbeds and loved the results but I felt so guilty for doing it that I actually stopped completely. I also love sitting in the sun, however again time is problem for me and also don't like the uneven tan it gives. I have been there, VIP parties etcs, no, this is not about my experiences in life but one needs to play the part and look good without spending a hefty fortune. This is why I will never move from fake bake:- Firstly it's safe to use, moisterising and ir promises what it says. I never believed in the 'preping of skin before the tan' because I am always a little weary about companies selling on products. So I use normal moisteriser after my shower. But I actually decided to give the fake bake polish and gen u wine oil free polish/moist a try. It can be found on eBay. I must say - it is fantastic. It improves the look of your skin and does again, exactly what it says. I wont be turning back. The spray fake airbrush tan gives fantastic results but the spray tip can get blocked even after cleaning and I had to throw away a perfectly good bottle because of it. So I tend not to use it anymore. The best by far is the mousse. Why? Well firstly it doesnt leave a mess in your bathroom or shower, secondly the mousse is easy to apply, quick yet soothing. It is a miracle bottle. It leaves a great looking natual tan and it is long lasting I'd say 7 days max. It doesn't smell unpleasant and it doesnt leave streaks. The airbrush tanning is wonderful if you don't mind the messy part. But I did find it hard to control the areas you wished to avoid like toes or under the feet. The spray does get everywhere. I had to cover my head with a towel each time before applying the spray. It just got a little boring and tiring. Now the cream, brilliant again but I like the results the mousse gives. I was a little worried moving from the airbrush to mousse because I wanted to still keep the intensity of the instant brown tan. You get the same results I am pleased to say even better! It doesnt take long to dry and it leaves an overall healthy glow as it's slightly tinted. I feel all sexy and ready to head out the door! The tan makes you look smooth, even and professional. I cannot stress please use gloves, especially ones that are supplied from fake bake. They are awesome - they really make a difference. What else is there to say, its better than st tropez, its better than any other fake tan Ive ever used. I adore it and it lasts for just over a month if applied every week to the body. I am quite tall so it goes a long way!! Buy with no hesitation, try eBay for best deals. Thats where I head to when I need my supply!!
After using tonnes of high-street fake tans I was very apprehensive about trying Fake Bake but decided to give it a go. The first time I purchased Fake Bake was from www.lookfantastic.co.uk and was in a set which included Fake Bake origional lotion, body scrub and body oil and I was left with not much change from £50.00!! I thought it must be something special at that sort of price.
I followed the instructions that came with it and started off by using the body polish all-over in the shower. The Body Polish is great it smells great too, it doesn't take long to apply and makes your skin feel and smell gorgeous.
I then followed this busy using Fake Bake Body Oil, which as smells great. The oil is sprayed on whilst the skin is still wet and rubbed in gently. I then towel tried my skin and prepared myself for the fake tan.
I used the latex gloves and was plesently suprised by how easy it was to apply. Fake bake has what they call a Colour Guide, it comes out the tube a very dark brown almost black colour so you can see exactly where you've missed. I had no trouble covering all over appart from a tiny patch in the centre of my back which my boyfriend has to give me a hand with.
Once the tan was applied all-over I went to bed with a fairy even colour all-over. The Colour Guide can be slightly missleading as it is very dark but when I came out the shower the next moring I was left with a golden brown and gorgeous looking tan.
Overall, the first time you use Fake Bake can be tricky but practice makes perfect and the more you use it the easy it gets. I couldn't live without my Fake Bake now and us it weekly (I usually apply it every Friday Night ready for a Saturday night on the town). The initial intense ness of the colour lasts around 2-3 days but you're still left looked healthily bronzed all week. I also use Fake Bake origional on my face aswell, it says not too on the bottle but I've never had any problems.
I would definately recommend Fake Bake as all my friend us it too, and even if it's not for you its definatley worth a try.
I have tried a number of different fake tans in the past all without great success. My previous favourite had been St Tropez but I found that to be a little streaky with a slight greeny tinge if you did a few applications in a shorter space of time. A friend introduced me to Fake Bake about a year ago, she uses sunbeds (much to my disapproval!) and keep a bottle of fake bake handy to also top up her colouring as and when.
I buy the tri pack version which includes 1 x Self Tanning Lotion (170 ml), 1 x Body Polish (170ml) and 1 x Skin Smoothie Oil (170ml) and one pair of re-usable gloves all contained in a PVC clear drawstring bag. I have found this for about £25-£26 online which is just over the listed price of the fake bake lotion alone from the UK Fake Bake website.
The body polish (exfoliator) can be used to prepare the skin by removing dead skin cells and helping to create a longer lasting tan. This can also be used 5-7 days after tanning to ensure your tan fades evenly.
The skin smoothie oil (moisturiser) is used to help prolong your tan. Some moisturisers containing alkalines may react with the tan causing the colour to stripe and the skin patchy.
The Fake Bake lotion consists of a unique blend of exotic oils and natural ingredients. It's practically odourless or at least doesn't have that typical 'fake tan' smell which is always a bit of a giveaway! Using the gloves provided, it is easy to apply using small circular motions and the 'show where it goes' formula acts as a cosmetic colour guide which enables you to gain an even application in order to prevent streaking. Be sure to pay extra attention to the ankles, knees, elbows where the colour can sometimes sit. I personally apply it at night and wash off the following morning (it is suggested that the colour is left for a minimum of 6-8 hours) Do be prepared to look very brown (ie, you definitely wouldn't go out in public!) but this will wash off leaving a nice coloured base colouring.
Onto the slightly negative, if you have light coloured bed sheets they will be covered with the tan by morning. It does wash out without any problems but I do tend to wear full armed/legged PJ's in the effort to reduce the sheet discolouring. Also, a day or two after tanning it tends to leave the colour on my clothes if I wear light colours, again, this washed out without any problems. I also don't think the colour lasts that long, I would have to use this at least twice a week in the effort to maintain a consistent 'normal' colouring (I'm naturally fairly pale).
Overall, definitely the best fake tan I've used, I'm always sure there's always a bottle in the house! I wouldn't pay full whack (about £25 just for the lotion) but there are plenty of cheaper prices to be had online.
I now consider myself to be a bit of a self-tan guru and have, through the years, tried everything from tan towels to foams; and from mousses to professional sprays. This is the Mother of all fake tans I can guarantee it. Unlike all the other products I have tried, there is no streaking, no sticky residue and no awful, lingering smell, often associated with any cheapo fake tan products.
You're looking at about £20 for Fakebake spray, as well as the mousse, but with fake tan, you really do get what you pay for. No more £1 tan towels from Poundland.
The result is a streak-free light tan which you can develop over several days and build up to your desired strength. It is subtle and not immediately glaring or bronzen.
Fakebake products are often hard to come by in UK shops; but a wide array can be found at any Superdrug outlet. I have never seen them on sale in Boots. Forget Piz Buin and other streaky self-tans, this is the one to buy.
Fake Bake airbrush tan is the best self tan I have ever used without a doubt. If you're anything like me you will have gone through the baptism of orangeness, streaky legs and arms, smelling of curry and spreading tan all over your sheets with various different brands - not to mention the lovely 'wacko jacko' effect when it starts to wear off!
I was lucky in that I was given a bottle of Fake Bake but I think it retails for around £25 and I would pay that and more because it is worth every penny.
The airbrush tan is what it says on the tin - a 360 degree nozzle on a spray can. You get gloves in the box but to be honest as you don't really touch the tan they're not necessary. I was confused when I first got it as the instructions aren't great and the product title doens't make it clear if it is supposed to be self tan or like a make up wash off tan like Rimmel Sunshimmer.
ANYWAY! It is a self tan and to apply you literally spray a fine mist with the can about 10-15cm away from you, all over your body. I'd advise rubbing some moisturiser into the dry bits like heels and elbows to protect against that fake tanned look. Like San Tropez it leaves you with a rather grubby looking brown colour on your skin which looks streaky - but be patient. I do mine before bed and in the shower in the morning the nasty brown rubs off and voila beautiful tanned skin.
It doesn't smell utterly vile or like you have just stepped out of an indian restaurant either and so far, no wacko jacko when it rubs off. I love this stuff.
I've always been happy using my usual L'Oreal tan but I became curious about Fake Bake, after reading a few positive and negative reviews I decided to buy it and see for myself. I was shocked to find it is sold for around £25 for a 170ml bottle. But I had a search on the internet and found it at cheapest for £15 from an online tanning shop which is doing an offer.
The tan comes in a dark brown bottle with gold writing. The bottle is nice but not as exciting looking as I expected from an expensive brand. There is a detailed explanation on the back of the bottle on how to use the tan. It advises you to exfoliate and moisturise right before using the tan, to always use gloves when applying, then to allow it to dry for 20 minutes before dressing or going to bed. It continues to advise that during week 2 you exfoliate twice to keep the tan going. I found the instructions helpful and they made me feel a bit better about using the tan.
I wouldn't necessarily use my usual tan right before bed but I had read this one is better to use before bed as it does leave a colour which can rub off on your clothes. So I had a shower and exfoliated, and applied moisturiser. I had already bought some disposable gloves which I kept on the whole time.
The tan is a black colour and when I was rubbing it in it was like rubbing mud into my skin! I made sure I rubbed it in evenly which took quite a while. I also applied it to my face in exactly the same way. I instantly looked really dark and almost a bit grubby looking, but I had read that the colour you see is actually just a colour guide so you can see where you are putting it, and that this doesn't actually represent the end result.
The tan smelt really strong but not quite like other ones I have used. It was more like a really strong old woman's perfume, I think this smell was more of a perfume cover up for the real smell though. I found once it had sunk in you couldn't really smell it though.
The next day I got up and had a shower straight away to wash off the guide colour. I had heard not to use harsh soap the day after so I just rinsed it off with clean water.
I was quite pleased with the results, the tan was a nice golden colour which certainly didn't look orange. It wasn't at all streaky and looked more natural than other tanning lotions I have tried. The only problem was it wasn't as dark as I had imagined. It looked like I had been sunbathing a bit but I wanted something more extreme. Determined not to give up on it I ended up reapplying it that day and leaving it on for the day. This gave a slightly stronger colour which I was satisfied with.
It did say on the back of the bottle that the tan can be reapplied as many times as you like to achieve the desired colour, so maybe this is normal.
After 2 days the colour is still strong and lasts a lot longer than cheaper fake tans.
I really like the fact that the colour is so natural looking and not orange but I'm not sure if I could be bothered applying a few layers of the tan each time when I can use my usual tan only once (despite the colour not being as natural looking) Also it does take a lot longer to apply which has put me off slightly as I prefer a tan you can quickly apply anytime. Also because of the colour guide it does leave your bed sheets in a mess.
Im definatly a fan of fake tan so when i heard about fake bake supposidly being amazing i just had to give it a go. I first tried it at a local beauty salon and i had the spray tan with fake bake, you stand in a pop up spray tent and they spray you usinga machine, you do have to be careful afterwards as a few times iv been caught in the rain and ended up speckled like a leopord ! You are told to leave on over night to get the best results as it gradually goes arker and adjusts to your skin tone, then shower off in the morning and wow what a result i got ! i was well pleased ! it cost me £15 and lasted around 5-6 days after that it does tend to go a bit patchy. For best results make sure you are exfoliated and moisturised before having this done. However fake bake des come in different forms such as the tan in a can, tanning wipes tanning cream etc all of them have left me happy with the results but deffinatly the spray tan is the number 1 for me
Fake Bake Lotion
Being from cold Scotland I am absolutely addicted to fake tan!!!!!
My first fake bake was professionally applied in a salon a few years ago and I've been addicted to fake bake since. After a few more professional applications I decided to start applying this by myself. After much practise I've discovered it's easy to get a flawless looking tan when you know how and take your time. Anyway so here's what I do....
Morning of "tanning day" - take a long hot shower/bath and exfoliate well using a loofah on body and a face scrub. Shave!!! (If you wax you should do this the day before or you will get some patches). Apply moisturiser all over.
Wait for 8 hours before applying the tan for best results as this gives the moisturiser time to be completely absorbed.
Immediately before applying the tan put a little moisturiser onto your knees, elbows, hands and feet - don't rub it in though. Put latex/rubber gloves on or use a tanning mit (my choice).
When you squeeze the tan onto your gloves it's a dark brown colour - it's messy to apply until you get the hang of it so I don't really recommend fake bake for fake tan virgins as you might end up a bit of a mess and be put off fake tan for life!!!! Smooth it between the gloves and apply in light circles doing shins, thighs, knees, feet, stomach, upper chest and neck, back, arms then face in that order. I like to mix a little bit of moisturiser with the tan before putting on my face as I don't like my face really tanned. For your hands squeeze a little drop onto the back of one hand and smooth it over with the back of the other hand. Put a dab of moisturiser on your wrists and rub them together so you don't get a line.
Wait 10 mins then get dressed. Please note Fake Bake DOES stain clothes and bed sheets but it ALWAYS washes out of even white clothes on a normal wash. I wouldn't recommend applying this and then going out as you'll end up with marks all over your clothes. Wait until you've rinsed the guide colour off.
When you get up in the morning (I always apply before bed) rinse off the tan in the shower and hey - bronzed beauty!
I find I stay a nice even brown colour for about a week as long as I moisturise every couple of days. Exfoliate after a week and start again if you want to stay brown all the time.
I'm a major fake tan addict and this is my favourite. I apply before bed and at 1st was shocked at the muddy brown colour I was. It does turn your bedsheets a dark pink/orange colour but it washes off on a normal warm wash. I used it on holiday and all my white clothes went green or pink on the inside from the tan but again it came off easily in the wash. Pretty hard to apply if you're a beginner - I struggled my 1st few times and have been using fake tan for years but the secret is to exfoliate, shave and moisturise the night before applying and shower and exfoliate and apply a generous amount of moisturiser to knees elbows and feet half an hour before applying (don't moisturise anywhere else before as this dilutes the tan). Wear gloves and apply to one area at a time - bottom half of legs, top half of legs, stomach, lower back, chest, upper back and underarms, arms and then face and neck. Wait 20mins, go to bed, gently shower off the muddy colour in morning and way hey - a nice golden brown colour!
Lasts about 5 days for me although when on holiday it disappears after 2 days with all the sea/sand/pool/suncream.
P.S. if using on holiday do not use a dry oil suncream as these quickly strip the tan. Use a lotion instead.
Voted the best self tanner in the New York Times