Product Type: Make Believe Sun Care
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Make Believe Self Tan Lotion
Member Name: bluejeanbaby
Make Believe Self Tan Lotion
Advantages: Lovley natural tan
Disadvantages: No guide colour makes even application tricky
I put a product request in for this because when i first considered trying it, i searched for reviews and didn't come up with anything. I'd heard good things about the brand, so took a leap of faith.
At £30 for 200ml, this isn't a budget product, but for somebody with fair skin like me you only have to use it once a week so it lasts well.
This is a moisturising self tan lotion, and appying it is very much like putting on your usual body lotion . According to the blurb:
"An exotic blend of Rainforest, Hempseed, Jojoba Oils and Shea Butter, known for their moisturising and skin softening properties, combine with leading skincare ingredients to infuse hydration, tone and elasticity." (What on earth is rainforest oil?!?!)
It has a fruity tropical smell, but to be honest it does turn biscuity when it dries. However its not as overpoweringly biscuity as other brands.
The lotion is white, with no guide colour, so it can be tricky to know where you've applied but as long as you are careful you shouldn't have any problems. Its easy to rub it, and dries in less than ten minutes (Though I still wait the recomended ten minutes before getting dressed to avoid rub off). Tan develops in 2-4 hours.
Everyone has their own pre tanning ritual, but heres mine.
-For a few days before tanning, I start exfoliating with an exfoliating glove, and applying body lotion religiously especially to dry areas to even out skin texture.
-On the day I want to fake tan, I have a good soak in the bath and a scrub with my exfoliating gloves with plenty of shower gel.
-I then wait half an hour after getting out the bath before applying the fake tan. This is because using fake tan on alkaline skin gives you that 'Just been tango-ed' look, and lots of soaps are alkaline, so half an hour allows your skin to return to normal.
-Moisturise your dry spots (elbows, knees, feet)
-I use latex gloves (purchased for wilkensons)Starting from your feet up, apply the fake tan in circular motions to avoid streaks. Lightly skim over your dry spots, as these areas absorb more product.
-When you get to your face, either use a facial tanner (I use makebelieve night time facial tanner), or mix some of your fake tan with your usual moisturiser for a more natural look. be sure to blend it into the hairline and neck well.
-Finally remove your gloves (or wash your hands well) and use a wedge shaped make up sponge to apply a little fake tan to the back of your hands. Don't forget to bend your fingers to get into the tell take knuckle creases!
-Allow plenty of time to dry. I usually do my fake tan at night so I can just chuck a loose t-shirt on while it dries.
And thats it! Regular exfoliating and moisturising will keep your tan tip top.
The colour is great. I have VERY fair skin, and one application gives a natural golden brown. Makebelieve products enhance your natural skin tone, and this is what attracted me as I knew a darker, st.tropez wouldn't look real on me. The bottle says to reapply until you get you colour you desire, and then apply once a week to top up your tan, but I only need to apply it once and the colour is perfect.
It fades out evenly, i never look patchy (although I can look a bit jaundiced if i leave it longer than a week).
It comes in a tall white bottle with easy to use pump action.
I LOVE this product. It has given me so much confidence (I do love pale skin too, but I've been run down recently and look less pale and interesting and more ill and uninteresting). I would recommend it to other super pale sisters looking for a bit more colour.
**If you are unsure about spending £30, makebelieve do a 'discovery self tan kit' for £15 which contains small bottles of facial tanner, self tan lotion and gradual self tan (rated the best on gok's how to look good naked!), so you can try it out without investing so much money.
Summary: a natural looking tan!
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