Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Perfect Pins.

As I’ve finished my holidays for the year, I can’t be bothered to constantly fake tan to stop myself looking pasty, especially as it takes so long for me to build up the perfect colour, so I thought I’d write about a product I can’t live without – the instant tan. I mainly use this for my legs when I go out and haven’t had problems with any I’ve tried but these are my favourites.

The one I’m using at the moment and my personal favourite for all over my body, not just the legs is Rio Blush City Girl Firming Leg Shimmer (RRP £40), as used by Kim Cattrall on set of Sex and the City: The Movie. It claims to firm and tone the skin whilst creating a natural, dewy glow but I can’t really feel that, however, the colour it leaves is lovely and natural and can be layered to go darker. There is a slight glitter in the lotion but this just makes the skin look really toned, and it washes off easily. Having said that, I did wear it on Saturday night in the rain, and had a few speckles on my legs where the rain drops had hit – not a good look but only noticeable to me!




Secret Beauty Verdict: Gorgeous but on the expensive side, very natural colour but beware of raindrops!


The first body shimmer I ever used was Ted Baker Divine Shimmer Body Lotion (around £5 RRP) which leaves a shimmery golden glow all over and washes off with soap and water, making it better for wearing out in the rain. Very similar to Rio Blush, but has a slightly less natural colour as it has a gold, rather than pink base.




Secret Beauty Verdict: Great Value for Money, I used this for years before Rio Blush came along and had no complaints!



St Tropez Perfect Legs (RRP £35) is a clever little product as it is one tube but split into two, with two separate pumps. One side contains a fake tan to put on the legs, while the other is an instant colour to put over while the tan develops. The first time I tried this I was shocked as the instant colour comes out really dark and I was tempted to wash it off, however, stick with it as after a couple of minutes it blends in completely and looks really natural. The fake tan is great too and after just one application the next day my legs had a very light, but very natural tan with no streaks.




Secret Beauty Verdict: Natural colour just for the legs without shimmer, which I feel is better for day wear when you need a little colour.


Although not strictly and instant tan, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (around £10 RRP) is my fave for when I don’t want to put colour all over or when the rest of me is too pasty to look right with tanned legs! This is pretty much foundation for the legs and sprays on in an almost powdery form to cover up imperfections and taking away the ‘I need sunglasses to look at your legs’ problem I so often get! The legs basically look the same as they do with clear tights on, it stays put until you wash it off and comes in four different shades.




Secret Beauty Verdict: Perfect for when tanned legs look too much, but tights aren’t quite right either (especially with peep toe heels!)

20 comments:

  1. I'm horrible...I still lay out. Terrible, I know. I LOVE the pinup girl pic.

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  2. Oh great tips there, hadn't seen the first one, looks good.xxx

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  3. Thanks for the tips... two questions though..

    1) Do you have any problems with any of these leaving marks on clothing?
    2) Any tips for how to apply to hard to reach places like your back?

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  4. Hi Angela,

    I've not had any problems with the products leaving marks on my clothing, but I've made sure I've let it dry for around 10 mins before dressing, I don't think you need to leave it that long though. Also, because they all wash off so easily, they won't stain.

    As for reaching your back, I've managed to do my own when wearing a top that doesn't go too far down, but anything further than that I've had to get friends/boyfriend to help. If it's fake tan though I use ones in a spray bottle and they work amazingly.

    Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! xxx

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  5. Thanks so much for the answers! I truly appreciate it. :)

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  6. Hi, I just subscribed to your blog and love it. :) I was wondering if you had tried, heard about,or know anything about the Rodial Skinny Beach Sticks? I was thinking of trying these before i go on holiday this year and seeing how it the tan pans out! Seeing as you are at the forefront of beauty i wondered if you had any views of this product?

    Sophie-Rose
    xxx

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  7. Hi Sophie,

    Thanks for joining! I've not tried the Rodial Sticks but they are a brand I really trust. I know with other pills like that they can work, as they increase the melanin in your body to produce a deeper tan, but I always feel a bit funny popping pills for that reason as it seems a bit 'unnatural' to me! Having said that, the Rodial ones do look better than others.

    A product I've tried which seemed to work is EcoTan Accelorator (around £15 RRP)which is a gel you apply to your skin a week before you go on holiday, and then continue throughout sun exposure. I did come away with a better tan than usual so I'm guessing it was down to this product but I could be wrong! I just applied it before going away and then in the evenings when I was away before I put my aftersun/moisturiser on. Let me know if you need anything else! xx

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  8. omigosh, i was wondering if the sally henson airbrush legs were still in production! haven't been able to find them in my local beauty stores lately...great post!

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  9. Me and sun don't get a long so I welcome these products, lol. Great post!

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  11. The Pump It Up dvds are so much better than others i have tried! good music, workouts and beautiful bodies to aspire to! thanks for your advice on Rodial :) i will probably give it a try now! Thanks Xxx

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  12. Just discovered your blog... I LOVE it!

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  13. Just discovered your blog, it's great, I need all the help I can get x

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  14. Hello, I just came across your blog and read your profile. I believe having an honest opinion about a women's product by a women is GREAT! I agree without testing and spreading the word about a product how will anyone ever know? Great blog. I love the pin up picture.

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  15. Great tips! I love the leg shimmer.

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  16. Very useful tips. Your blog is very nice. The images are very beautiful. God is Great. Best wishes.

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  17. I like St Tropez but not tried it since it re-launched as odourless. Is it really as smell-free as they claim??

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  18. Hello,

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your post. Love your writing - the whole blog is just great & really interesting.

    Thank you for sharing your thought and pictures !

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  19. Thanks for getting back to me on my blog about the St Tropez- I'm going to have to get some more if it is odourless, the only thing I don't like about it at the moment is the smell!

    Great blog BTW!

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  20. I've not had any problems with the products leaving marks on my clothing, but I've made sure I've let it dry for around 10 mins before dressing, I don't think you need to leave it that long though. Also, because they all wash off so easily, they won't stain.


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