Yes you read the title right.. this is my tanning Ritual, and what a ritual it is. As some of you may know I have been diagnosed with a serious condition known as Pale Irish-Girl-itis. The symptoms are pale freckley almost blue skin.
As a result of this I have been on the search for the perfect self tanner for years and trust me I have tried my fair share from high end to bargain basement. To my dismay I found that I was like the goldilocks of self tanners. This one is too orange, this one is too patchy, this one is too expensive. Well let me tell you I have found the one that is JUUUUST RIGHT, and that of course is Cocoa Brown.
Here is my fool proof tanning routine.
I use Cocoa Brown "TOUGH STUFF" to prep my skin for tan. I use this the night before all over my body focussing mainly on the knees heels and elbows as these areas CLING onto tan. I also use this to remove tan before applying a fresh coat. Tough Stuff retails for €5.99 and is available in Penneys and most good pharmacies.
When you exfoliate it is really important to use a moisturiser, as your skin can feel stripped. I love the Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea moisturiser. It contains vitamin E so it is really nourishing for your skin and it smells AMAZING.
For the longest time I saw people talking about this tan and all I thought was...
A. There is no way a tan this cheap can be good.
B. How can it work in an hour?
Even when I saw this amazing results pic from Millie Mackintosh rocking Cocoa Brown, I still doubted it but it definitely sparkled my curiosity!!
Well the sceptic has been proved wrong move aside St. Tropez there a new Queen in town and it is literally a third of the price.
I use the 1 hour tan from Cocoa Brown at €7.99 it is a serious bargain. The mousse is really easy to use and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin... Even on my face!!!
A lot of tans promise "no fake tan scent" but this one literally has no smell and it it brown not orange!! It contains tan accelerators so you get results quicker. I generally will leave it the full 3 hours for a deeper tan before showering and it lasts for me around 4 days.
I just apply the mousse with a mitt: