Beauty Review: Caribbean Tan Review

Mid-winter is possibly the perfect time to talk about fake tan, right?! Today I’m sharing my space with Kirsten who is sharing her thoughts on her fave Caribbean Tan products below…

I absolutely adore the sun, I could think of nothing better than to bake under some warm rays on a hot day. But the dangers of spending too much time in the sun is a very real thing… so I do limit my sun time and when I do go out into the harsh rays (which is hardly ever anymore and not for long) I always wear a good SPF 50.

The last summer season I spent very little time outdoors, I spent most of it on stage in fact, playing a Puerto Rican (a rather pale one). Feeling slightly out of character with my winter skin in Summer, self tan became my dear friend!

The first one I tried was this version… The Carribean Tan Bronzing Mousse.

It was so easy to use (if you obey the rules that is). Conveniently in a pump bottle that pumps out a white foam, it really is no mess, no fuss. It is easy to spread evenly all over your body because of the thin foamy liquid. Once applied to clean, exfoliated skin, one should not exercise for at least 5 hours afterwards (which I did sooner than 5 hours, I went straight into evening performance – dancing and sweating) and one should wear baggy loosely fitted clothing (which I didn’t do either – sorry costume ladies for the tan stains) Other than all those rules which I didn’t adhere to, I thoroughly loved the product. It is honestly the most I have ever enjoyed a self tan. There was a slight “self-tan smell” (which is hard to get around) but it didn’t bother me. The tan was natural and didn’t look artificial and orange.

Recently I had a family event and I planned on wearing a dress, but the pale legs! This was the perfect time to try the Caribbean Tan Tanning Spritzer. This time I abided by the rules, exfoliated and shaved a few hours before and then sprayed and buffed on my instant tan. I found the colour of this self tan to be a lot more intense than the mousse, but I was well impressed. The buffing mitt was so great to avoid streaks and to just spread the tan evenly around those awkward areas like the ankles and feet. I must say I probably could have gotten away with a B level of tan instead of a C, even though I have olive skin. I found that the colour was SUPER tanned and was great, although I probably should have put it on the other exposed body parts when wearing the dress, like my forearms. It is day 4 and the tan has faded slightly, but it is still there.

Overall I think the Carribean Tan Bronzing Mousse was my favourite, but I will definitely give both of these a go again.

What are your thoughts on self tanning? Love it or hate it?

Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Kirsten is a Cape Town based Hair and Makeup Artist and Model. She also has a passion for performing on stage in musical theatre. She has an insatiable appetite for all things beauty and loves educating women with beauty advice, helping to make it attainable and unpretentious, yet still trendy and cool. She loves trying out Foundations, Highlighters (cream and powder) Mascaras, Matte Lipsticks and Cream Blush.

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