Spray Tan @ The W with James Harknett

A few weeks back I was invited down to The W Hotel in London for my first ever spray tan*. At first I was a little worried, new experiences are always a little scary even if it is just for a spray tan! The spray tan was applied by James Harkett The Spray Tan Man so I knew I was in safe hands.
At AWAY spa at W London I was met by James Harkett and a menu of tanning menu with four options The New York (SJP’s finest), The London (Kate’s fashion tan), The Barcelona (Penelope Cruz shows her friends how it’s done) and The Santa Fe (J Lo Smolders like burnished bronze). I went for The Barcelona which is applied in layers to give the extra dark tone.

On the day of the tan you are left with a guide colour which doesn’t look perfect and after hitting twitter to share my worries I was reassured that it would be beautiful in the morning. After a shower in the morning the colour was absolutely perfect! It wasn’t patchy and it looked a beautiful natural colour like I had spend weeks working on a beautiful brown glow.  The above photo shows my tan a few days after and it still looked fantastic and lasted about 5/6 days, since I didn’t moisturise as much as I should of.

A few tips for any newbies…
Waxing/shaving should be done 24hours prior
Exfoliate body and face with oil free products
Don’t wear moisturizer, deodorant or perfume (it turns green)
Remove all makeup and jewellery
Wear lose clothing

Only shower 8 hours after
Avoid having long hot baths instead have warm showers
Moisturise often

I really loved getting this spray tan and would highly recommend James Harknett at AWAY Spa in The W.
I can not wait to get another spray tan, life just seems so much better tanned!

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  1. 17th October 2011 / 11:24 am

    looks really natural and beautiful lucky u xx

  2. 17th October 2011 / 12:04 pm

    It gave you a really gorgeous colour! The only ever time I had a spray tan was last year done by one of my boyfriends friends girlfriend (try saying that when you're drunk) I felt really awkward getting my boobs out infront of her, but luckily they broke up pretty soon after so I didn't have to face her anymore haha the tan turned out nice though :p xx

  3. 17th October 2011 / 2:48 pm

    Your tan looks amazing! x

  4. 17th October 2011 / 7:14 pm

    Such a lovely colour! And i would KILL for your figure, how gorgeous are you?! Ooh and could you please tell me where your shorts are from? They're so nice! 🙂 xx

  5. 17th October 2011 / 8:14 pm

    Thanks for all the lovely comments girls!

    My shorts are from Tescos but they are from last year X

  6. 17th October 2011 / 10:32 pm

    It looks so gorgeous! I'm so pale that I'm a bit afraid to try spray tan, but it looks incredibly natural on you!

  7. 4th September 2014 / 2:55 pm

    This is the best tan ever! Just dont go for a level thats too dark for your skin tone, on most people it shows up great with just a medium (2) if its too dark thats when it can look fake. LOVE that its healthy, natural and it look sooo awesome! I also don't wear bronzer for a few days after as it makes my complexion even. Also, it tans skin that doesnt have pigment!!
    Mobile spray tan business

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