I’m no stranger to a bit of fake tan and have been turning to the little bottle of bronze liquid since I was probably about 12 years old due to being a freestyle dancer. But when I touched down in Australia two months ago I was thrown into a state of confusion because my trusty favourite St Moriz isn’t available over here and the usual brands we get in England – Fake Bake, St Tropez and Vita Liberata – are a lot more expensive Down Under.
After spending a day on Bondi Beach, I had turned into a lobster as my pale English skin clearly doesn’t handle the rays very well – even though I smothered myself in factor 30 sun cream! So, I made the decision to turn back to faking my glow rather than raise my chances of getting skin cancer.
This is when I reached for Bondi Sands – Australia’s first self-tanning brand – and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the results I got after just one application. I used the Bondi Sands foam in dark but they also do a light to medium shade as well as a mist and lotion formula.
The foam is brown when you apply it to the skin so you can see if there any places you’ve missed and if any streaks are present. I use 2-3 pumps of product per body part – legs, stomach, arms and back – so you can get a good 4-5 fake tanning sessions out of the 200ml bottle and I apply it in an upwards motion.
I did find the tan quite sticky once applied but I just put on some tracksuit bottoms about half hour later so that I didn’t get tan over the furniture/white sheets. By the time I went to bed, the tan had fully dried and I could sleep in shorts and a strappy top. It initially gives off a really lovely coconut smell but by the morning (12 hours later) I had started to smell like fake tan/biscuits. However, this went away after I had showered.
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Price: $19.99 (AUD)
Top tips for tanning
- Shave 48 hours before applying fake tan.
- Moisturise the dry areas of your body (elbows, knees, ankles, wrists and neck) 48 hours before.
- Exfoliate your body 24 hours before applying fake tan.
- Moisturise the dry areas of your body again 24 hour before.
- An hour or two before applying, exfoliate and moisturise again.
- Apply fake tan with a mitt.
- Moisturise 24 hours after washing fake tan off
For my UK beauty babes –
Bondi Sands will be launching in 200 Superdrug stores nationwide in February so you’ll be able to get your hands on it without paying postage and packaging from Australia!
*I bought this products with my money and all thoughts and views expressed in this post are 100 percent mine.*