Such an event was made out of this tanning episode. I was so excited about this product because I had read so many reviews and watched so SO many “how to’s”, “what not to do’s” and tips and tricks that I felt so ready for it.
Before buying the liquid gold, I was dead set on buying the mousse. The results looked amazing on so many other girls I just figured nothing could go wrong. However, seeing a few too many “streaks and orange feet” out on the road, I decided to go the more cautious route – which is the tanning oil. This oil is different in that you don’t have to wait for it to dry/develop, you don’t have to wash it off after a few hours and, best of all, you don’t have to scrub it off after a few days to apply it again. I decided to buy the Bondi Sands branded tanning mitt as well – I thought that if I bought the applying tool that came recommended then I wouldn’t have any problems.
I chose a morning where I wouldn’t be rushed, lined everything up, and did the following steps (as I said, I read a LOT of reviews before this):
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Exfoliating loofah/sponge/glove
- Shower gel and shaving cream (optional)
- Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning oil
- Self tanning mitt
STEP 1: Do a patch test a day before. I know this is the irritating part of it all and delays everything, but it’s worth it. Bondi Sands is known to be sensitive skin friendly, but I decided to do a patch test on my stomach just to make sure.
STEP 2: Take a nice warm shower/bath so that you can exfoliate your skin properly. I used the exfoliating glove (as you can see in the picture). It is important to get rid of all dead skin, to ensure the product can be applied smoothly.
STEP 3: Shave your legs. This helps the tan go on smoother. Note not shaving helps your tan last longer. So it helps to shave just before applying.
STEP 4: Apply a few sprays (starting on your legs) and start buffing with the tanning mitt. The key here is to rub in as much as you can. You don’t see the colour immediately so it makes it a bit more difficult blend in. But the key here is to keep buffing. Spray a bit and buff, spray a bit and buff.
The results? I am very happy with the no streak, no orange part of it. The colour was a great, natural tone. However, I did not see any results after doing all these steps once. I figured it was because I did not apply enough on the first time. I was so disappointed because according to all the homework I did, I thought I would see the results immediately. I think I was a bit nervous the first time around because I was very cautious with the amount of product I used. I waited a day and then did the whole thing again. I could then eventually see a bit more tan and more colour on my skin.
TIP 1: Buy a dark coloured exfoliating glove – apply shower gel to the glove
TIP 2: Make sure you scrub your elbows, knees, feet and all other areas that usually have drier skin
TIP 3: exfoliate “upwards” (from your feet upwards) when scrubbing your legs. This ensures that you expose the hairs – which will make the shaving part smoother.
TIP 4: I did not apply moisturiser before to any of the “drier” areas (elbows, hands, feet). My tan came out even and there were no streaks.
TIP 5: Do not be shy with the amount of product you apply! If you think you should spray to sprays on on spot, spray three.
TIP 6: Start at the bottom and work your way up. I like to start on my legs, that way you won’t mess up the parts you have already blended.
TIP 7: Even though the scent is “cocunutty” – it does have that slight (less than other tanners) self tan smell. I did smell it now and then on my skin throughout the day.
TIP 8: You can top up your tan anytime. As I mentioned above, I felt that my tan was not dark enough so I re-did it and I am happier with the colour now.
So even though I was disappointed with the lack of colour my first try – I am very happy with the results the second and third time around. The colour is very natural and streak free. : )
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