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!

This post is a little later than I had hoped but June is one of those months, it gets very busy! This weekend I’ve been to Wireless Festival (which was amazing!) and Brussels but more on that soon.

Macadamia Volumizing Dry Shampoo, £15
I don’t really love this as a dry shampoo, it’s okay but it doesn’t soak up as much grease (nice!) as the Batiste however it’s the best I’ve tried for adding texture but doesn’t leave the hair feeling too heavy.

Clinique Soft Matte Lipsticks, £18
It has taken a while for me to find matte lipstick that are comfortable for me to wear daily so I haven’t put these down. The colours are wearable and the finish is beautiful but for a full review check out this post.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer, £21.15
I must be the only person on earth not to have tried this blusher until recently but I’ve really been enjoying it. I use it as a normal bronzer but also as a cheek or even eye contour as the matte shade works perfectly.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Extreme Plump in Pink Out Loud £10
Don’t take the word extreme lightly, although it’s not so much the plumping that is extreme but more the tingling sensation. I don’t believe lipgloss can really make a huge difference to the size of your lips although they may look slightly fuller. This shade is stunning for any sort of occasion and I personally love the feeling it gives my lips.

He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Tan, £22.50
I feel like I have spoken about this tan endlessly recently but it’s just that good. The colour is perfect and how quick it is has really been ideal!

Juicy Couture Couture Lala Malibu, £31.50
Juicy perfumes are always a good idea in summer and this is the one I have been reaching for, worth checking out if you need a new summer scent.

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It’s no secret I love fake tan, I have a whole video to prove it (here) and after finding my two favourites (He-Shi Liquid tan and Lauren’s Way Glam Tan) I pretty much stopped looking for anything better.

Recently I’ve been getting up at 5.30am and heading to the gym which has really effected how I fake tan. Usually I fake tan in the evening and wash it off in the morning but I simply haven’t got time for that before 6am and there is no way I could go to the gym with a guide colour!

I decided the only way I was going to have a tan was by using a quick tan which I could leave on for a couple of hours during the day, whilst hibernating at home before washing off the guide colour. I decided to go for the He-shi Express  Hour tan which takes only one hour to develop. In the past I had used it for just 1 hour and although it added a great little glow for me it was too light so I decided to wait it out for about 3.5 hours as I think it gets too dark after 8 hours (plus I didn’t have that time)

When I washed it off I was left with a beautiful dark but very natural tan with no streaks at all. I would say that it is a little drying but I just made sure I moisturised daily. The best thing about this tan is that usually I am asked which tan I have on, with this I get asked if I’ve been on holiday or if I’ve been to the beach. It’s as dark as I would like it but looks very natural and I love that you can wash it of any time after 1hour for your desired effect. I even had very knowledgable beauty bloggers ask if I had been away!

The He-shi Rapid 1 Hour tan is a great new asset to my fake tan collection and I can’t wait to use it again, it may even become my favourite as it’s lasted a good 6 days with no patchy, uneven fading!

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Fake tan can often be quite scary as we are bombarded with fake tan mishaps in magazines and websites. However I absolutely love fake tan and really don’t think it need as be even half as scary as people think it is. With a little bit of practice, some tips and tricks, you will be able to get an even head to toe tan without any problems.

Pre-fake tan- Before fake tanning make sure you exfoliate and shave. I like to do this the day before and my favourite body scrub is the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub, it’s quite abrasive but I think that’s what you need on your body to remove any old tan and dead skin. If you don’t feel like purchasing a body scrub I also think exfoliation gloves are great just teamed up with any shower gel you may be using. Also don’t forget to remove any deodorant/perfume you may be wearing.

Fake Tanning- If you’re a newbie practice on your legs as you can easily cover this up if you do happy to go a little streaky. You also want to work in sections, for example your lower leg and then your thigh, it just makes it easier. Fake tan your hands last and make sure you don’t get any water on your tan. I’d highly recommend sleeping in your tan as this way you are far more likely to be streak-free as you won’t be dealing with water or anything else. Most products take 4-8 hours to develop before you can wash it out which is another reason why sleeping in it is a great idea.

Post Fake Tan- After your fake tan is on for the given amount of time you will need to wash it off and should be left with an even colour. To prolong the tan you should avoid hot baths, moisturise regularly but also every few days to insure that the tan fades evenly.

Check out the video to find out all about my favourite fake tans and more tips and tricks. It is a long one but hopefully it’s got all you need to know.

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I’ve been saving my used up product for the last few months and have a small collection going. Although there isn’t really any makeup in here I have gone through various hair and skin products, some because I simply wanted to use them up to bin the packaging and other because I simply can’t be without them.

 Liz Earle Botanical Shampoo £8.75 // Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence £22 //Sebastian Potion 9 Lite £17.95// Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray £20.50 // Philip Kingsley One More Day £13.50 // Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo £16.55 // BB Thickening Dryspun Finish £21.50 

The one product I have clearly been using lots of is the Liz Earle Botanical shampoo as it has been my favourites for years and I don’t know how I live without it! I have already repurchased a bottle and am still using it. Another shampoo I have liked is the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair shampoo, although it is a little too heavy for my hair it is nice when my hair needs some TLC.

I have used up the Sebastian Potion 9 and the Philip Kingsley One more Day dry shampoo simply as I wanted to get through it and rid of the packaging. They are both simply mediocre products, I would use them again but would repurchase. I’ve also been showing Bumble and bumble some love having finished my beloved BB Thickening Dryspun finish and the Thickening hairspray.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O// Right Guard Shower + Oils £1.99 //he-shi Express Liquid Tan £31.45 // Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser £36.25 // Clarins HydraQuench Cream £34 // Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur £30.60 // Neal’s Yard Aromatic Foaming Bath £15

I have finally ended my love/hate relationship with my Bioderma water; as tempting as it is to use it really ruins my skin and I am happy that I can no longer use it. However I am sad to see my Juicy Couture La Fleur perfume go as it is my perfect summer scent (weird time to finish it!). I have finished and restarted my he-shi Express Liquid Tan as it is one of my favourites.

In terms of skincare I have reached the end of my Clarins HydraQuench cream which has been a favourite for a while but I don’t think I will be repurchasing quite yet. I have also used up the Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser which I had in the perfect little travel size.

The shower product I have finished is the very affordable but beautiful smelling Right Guard Shower and Oils as well as the Neal’s Yard Aromatic Foaming bath which is possibly the most perfect relaxing bubble bath!

What products have you recently finished and repurchased? 
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