1. My Taiwan travel post is coming this week. I’m very excited. I know most of you are probably thinking, she went on vacation? When was this again? It’s been a long time.
2. I was going to save my ‘Tis the Season title for Christmas, but I got impatient. So if you’re wondering whether this is some kind of festive self tanner, well it’s not.
There are times when I wake up and want to rock the Snow White look, and then there are days when I wake up and want to transform into a glamorous bronze goddess. This is were sunless tanner comes in. Last summer, I fell in love with Lavera, waxing poetic on how realistically I could fake that ‘been out in the sun (not holed up in front of my computer watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) glow.’ That tube which still holds a special place in my heart, has now been pushed aside for my new sunless tanner of choice. You all know how I love to make my life easier. Enter Fake Bake Flawless.
It’s a quick-dry liquid, which made me a little nervous, but this is actually a fantastic thing. You spray it on, rub it in, and you’re good to go. No prancing around your room pants-less waiting for it to dry. The other thing I love about this is that it contains an indicator color, meaning you get an instant tint and you can see if you’re making any mistakes. The indicator color will rinse off in the shower, so don’t freak out, it’s not your tan going down the drain, just the surface color. It’s also got a coconut-beachy type of scent, not the chemical, nose-curling smell I sometimes associate with self tanners. One application imparts a subtle color, but I can build it up over a few days.
not quite as pale
The thing I really want to stress about self tanner is that it doesn’t have to be a production. Sure, you can exfoliate and prep and you should probably shave your legs (I didn’t, but then I’m one of those lucky freaks who can get by shaving their legs once a month). All of the above will probably make things easier (here’s a full list of things you can do to ensure flawless application, and more tricks here), but that does not mean that you must do all of them. And look, if you mess up, wear jeans or hide in your house. It’s fine. Just last night, I decided I wanted to have tan legs to go with my white shorts. So I spent 2 minutes putting this all over my legs and then promptly crawled into bed. That was it.
A bottle of Fake Bake Flawless retails at $25. Included in the box are a pair of gloves and an awesome tanning mitt (makes things even easier than they already are). Also, you can walk around with the mitt on one hand and do things like this, which is great:
This is paraben free. You can get it at ULTA and on Fake Bake’s website, among other places, and I recommend that you do. My one complaint is that it does seem to fade quicker than my Lavera tanner (I give it 2.5 days), but a little product goes a long way, and a bottle should last forever. That’s an accurate estimate, by the way.
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