If you’ve been a follower of mine for a while you’ll know that one of my favourite pick me ups and confidence booster is a tan. I honestly think everything is better with a tan, it helps disguise any minor imperfections and I just love the glow and colour.

In the summer I love a real (but safe and responsible) tan but I always turn to a fake tan for my face as sun exposure can really speed up ageing, especially on the face where the skin is thinner.

When picking a fake tan for face I look for one which won’t interfere too heavily with my skincare routine, won’t clog my pores and will give me a beautiful colour too. I have two options which I reach depending on the look I want and how my skin is feeling.

If I want something which I can mix with my moisturiser I will go for the Tan Luxe Illuminating Self-tan drops, it’s on the pricer side but the whole range is beautiful. You have a little more control with this tan as you add it to your moisturiser. I also love using this on other body parts, such as my hands which I also keep topped up with SPF 50 during the day.  For something which you can apply straight to your face without mixing and which is a little more affordable, the Isle of Paradise Hyglo Self Tan serum is also beautiful, great colour and applies perfectly.

I use both products over night as I like to to remove the top layer in the morning. They last up to 5 days for me but I often top up towards day 3 or 4 with a few less drops than I used initially.

If you haven’t tried fake tan yet I would highly recommend you try these out, their colour is light and far less scary than many fake tans can be. I find especially in these usual times it’s a little bit of positivity which I can add to my mood and life.

Tan Luxe Illuminating Self-tan drops and Isle of Paradise Hyglo Self Tan serum are both available art Boots with some other great body tanning options too, which I’ll be going back to soon once my natural tan starts to fade. 

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer and are enjoying the start of autumn.

I get lots of questions on fake tan and in all honestly I don’t fake tan a lot during the summer as I typically tan really easily but from September until May I absolutely love fake tan. It’s the one thing that can completely change my mood and it gives me lots of confidence. Now that my real tan is fading I’ve been reaching for the Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam for a bit of a bronzey top-up.

The Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam is great if you’re a beginner or a fake tan veteran, it’s the best smelling tan I think I’ve ever used (it smells of tropical Balinese mango and guava) , it has a really lovely guide colour and isn’t drying on the skin. It’s formulated with no sulphates, toxins, silicones or paragons unlike most other fake tans and is formulated with 100% natural DHA- plus it’s cruelty free and vegan! It comes in three different shades; medium, dark and ultra dark all of which neutralise redness and create a smoothing effect on the skin. I’ve currently been opting for medium but over the next few weeks I’m sure I’ll be moving onto the dark. You can keep it on for as little as two hours or for a darker colour I sometimes keep mine on overnight. I love that unlike may other fake tans I have used, this one is really flexible and I can keep it on for just a few hours if I’m low on time but still need a bit of a glow. 

When I’m fake tanning I like to always ensure I have exfoliated my skin beforehand so that the tan last evenly as long as possible. I have been using the Coco & Eve mitt (sold separately) to apply the tan which is really good quality, hypoallergenic soft velvet mitt and makes application very easy. There’s also a vegan kabuki brush for harder to tan areas such as hands and toes but it’s also great if you want to do a little fake tan contouring. It’s also important to make sure you moisturise and exfoliate lightly after the second day so that the fake tan fades evenly, which I must admit that Coco & Eve has done! Overall, I’m loving the Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam, which is available on the Coco & Eve website. 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, I’d love to hear all your fake tanning tips in the comments! 

I’ve heard the weather in the UK is less sunny but I’m still hoping there’s a few extra days of sunshine once I get back to London and since some of you may still have some sunny holiday planned I thought I would share my holiday glow secret with you.

So, I love a tan; whether real or fake and I find that it makes a huge difference in my outfit choices too. With a bit of a tan I’m more confident and willing to show more skin and since it’s pretty hot here, showing a little skin is a must. I have been spending a few days relaxing on a sun lounger but find a little bit of gradual tan can make a huge difference and I’ve been using the Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Shimmer for the last few days.

At first I was a little nervous, I haven’t used much gradual tan since I was a teen but I am glad to report that it’s totally different, no strong smell, the tan itself is a beautiful olive shade and it applies incredible evenly even with minimal effort. It’s super hydrating as it has one of the highest levels of glycerin found on the high street which helps skin look super healthy but also minimises streaks. The Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Shimmer combines dermatological expertise with a spa-like experience making sure it delivers intensive skincare with its Cell-Moisturisers technology.

And the scent is really nice! I’ve actually walked into a room and been asked what has made me smell so good- it’s a delicious citrus, floral, fruity scent- again perfect for summer!

I also love the shimmer although I was initially a little unsure, it’s actually perfect, especially in the evening or in photos. I usually bring a shimmer oil with me for photos as I find the shimmer really makes legs look healthier and more even toned but as this also has the gradual tan it’s the perfect product.

I’ve been applying mine in the evening, just before I take my photos in perfect early evening sunset and I’ll be packing it on every sunny holiday from now on.

Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Shimmer comes in medium to dark and the recommended retail price is £7.69.

What are you favourite products for enhancing you holiday glow?

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There’s all these red lipstick quotes, Coco Chanel apparently said ‘If you’re sad, add some more red lipstick and attack’ but I  just don’t really get it. I think red lipstick is great at making me look a little more put together or like I’ve actually made an effort, but no beauty items has such a big affect on my mood and appearance as fake tan.

When I’m feeling a little down, it’s cold outside or I just want to feel and look a little better I always reach for a bottle of fake tan. It’s something I really look forward to and it changes my mood massively. It makes my skin more event, adds a great glow and even makes me look a little slimmer.

I think fake tan is potentially even scarier for people than a red lip is, which is saying something as I know a red lip can be very scary, and although I understand I think it’s an unnecessary fear. Once upon a time tan use to be orange and often result in a patchy applications but now with just a little practice and the right fake tan I think it can be mood changing and potentially life changing. I know that’s such a big claim but it totally changes my mood and even my outlook on life!

I’ve tried lots and lots of fake tans, found some really good ones that I reach for on different occasions but absolute favourite and the one I reach for a few times a week is Bondi Sands Lotion. I switch between the dark and light although I am currently using the light as I find it adds a lovely light glow.

This seems like a slightly pointless post but what I’m trying to say is that fake tan shouldn’t be scary. If you are missing your summer tan give it a go, I think the positives massively outweigh the negatives. I mentioned earlier last month my real struggle with grey winters in London and I really feel fake tan helps combat that, since London doesn’t seem to be hitting 20C anytime soon, I will be staying quite attached to my bottle of tan.

Don’t get me wrong a real tan makes me even happier but that’s currently not an option and at least this way I’m not exposing myself to sun damage.

What beauty product makes you happiest?

I love being tanned wether fake or real however fake tan still has quite a bad reputation. I get so many questions on here, social media and YouTube about what’s the best fake tan and if I have any tips so here goes…

Like with everything practice makes (almost) perfect, so I always recommend the first thing you try to fake tan be your legs, as they are really easy to cover up. You’ll need a mitt, then you simply apply the tan onto the mitt and then onto your body, I like to do a few long sweeps up to distribute the product and then buff it in. Elbows, knees, hands, feet and ankles are typically the trickiest part- cream your elbows and knees lightly to avoid too much product being applied there and apply sparingly to your feet and hands.

I often get asked if I fake tan my face and I do, but it’s personal preference. I like the look it gives and allows me to wear less makeup but lots of people just apply a slightly darker shade of foundation to match the rest of their body. I sometime use face specific fake tans but that isn’t always the case, I do however avoid anything overly drying ones and I don’t find that I have overly sensitive skin so have never had any problems with applying body ones on my face. Again as these are designed for the body they are typically darker than face ones, a little more drying and I would stick to face ones if I had sensitive skin so do bear that in mind.

I typically apply my tradition tans over night, this way I don’t have to go out with the guide colour on, there is no risk I will spill anything on it and other people don’t have to experience the fake tan scent. I then wash the guide colour off in the morning, avoiding very hot water which will strip the tan and moisturise daily. I’d also recommend exfoliating regularly about 2 days after the tan has been applied, it’s tempting not to do this but it’ll help the tan fade more evenly. I also like to remove all of my fake tan every few weeks, give my skin a little break and start all over again but this isn’t really necessary if your good at exfoliating and moisturising. I also find it’s nice to give your skin a slightly longer break as fake tan can be drying, I like to do this over the summer when I am naturally more tanned but I know most people do this in winter when they hide their skin under clothes.

So down to the big questions- which tan do I use?

The truth is most fake tans nowadays are good, they’re all typically quite olive in tone so there is no need to worry about being orange and it’s all about finding what you like.

I find gradual tans too difficult to work with and I want quite quick instant results so they’re simply not for me. That said I do really like the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster which are drops you apply to your regular face cream and body cream for a hint of colour. If I were to use a gradual tan I would go for the Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self Tan as I’m not a huge fan of the slightly cheaper ones.

I think mousses are great for a beginners, they do dry quite quickly so you’ll need to work fast but they offer a beautiful colour, are tinted so you can see where you apply them, are quite easy to control and the fact they dry quickly means you can get on with your day. My favourites are: Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam and Madame La La Self Tanning Mousse.

There are also liquid tans which are similar to mousses but are often a little harder to control (on the actual mitt) but offer a really dark colour if that’s what you’re looking for. My favourites are He Shi Liquid Tan and Lauren’s Way Glam Tan

Personally I find mousses a little drying on my skin so I typically love lotions, I find that they’re more hydrating, fade more evenly and some can offer as dark a colour as the mousse. It does take a little longer to dry so often requires me to wait around for it to dry but that’s not a big problem to me. My favourites are Bondi Sands Lotion, Lauren’s Way Self Tanning Lotion.

If I’ve only remembered I want to tan on the day of a big event (or I just need a tan quickly) then 1 hour quick tans are perfect. They require at least an hour to develop and before you can wash off the guide colour but the longer your leave them on the darker they get. I occasionally leave it on for 3 hours but they do get very dark. The downside to these is that they are very drying so I try to only use them when I have no other option and just make sure I moisturise lots after. My favourites are James Read Express Bronzing Mousse and He-shi Rapid one hour tan

If I don’t even have time for one hour tan then instant, wash-off tan is the best (doesn’t require you to wash off a guide colour, you just wash it off when you want to remove it) and I often use it over fake tan as it offers a little bit of coverage to give limbs a airbrushed look. My favourites are Cocoa Brown Lovely legs and Bondi Sands Wash Off.

When I do use a face one I usually go for Madame La La Face Bronzing Serum, Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask and Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning

I feel that this was such a long post that it may make it seem even more scary but honestly it really isn’t, if you make a mistake you can almost always cover it and it will wash off and fade within a couple of days. If I’ve missed anything than just leave me a commend below or Tweet me @sabrinalovesyou

I really love fake tan and think it has a very positive effect on my mood and confidence, it makes me look slimmer and healthier which is a good thing in my books.

PS. I’m currently using the Bondi Sands Lotion in Light (usually use dark) and I think it’s actually amazing!