So it seems that recently there's been tons of hype about self tanners on youtube and several brands have been brought to light ranging from drugstore ones to high-end counter ones.
I would have to admit that although I do like whatever skintone I am at right now, it doesn't hurt to be a tad tanner.
Tanning used to be a pretty daily routine for me in the old days and I would typically hit the beach once every month or so with my girl pals and just tan. Sadly, because of my crazy schedule in college right now, tanning is the least of my concerns and ever since then it's been almost a year since I've gone to tan properly (minus the crazy random visits to parks etc to be sunburnt and have an awful racer-back tank 'sun scar').
Since then my skintone has lightened considerably and I do miss the whole sun-kissed and healthy skin look that comes with tanning. However, it has been so long since I've tanned and I know that going under the sun right now would definitely mean more of a sun-burn then a sun-tan.
Thus, hearing all these bits of information about self tanners had really gotten me excited about these products. I've always heard of tanning beds and spray on tans but I've never really invested or thought much of either because
1. it would cost quite a lot
2. it's just so hard to manage/schedule an appointment etc
3. I'm ridiculously lazy to source far
So I did a few runs to drugstores that I passed by during my week and found out that none of them seemed to carry the more common self tanners that were readily available in the US, such as brands like Jergens etc. Thus, that led me to googling and ebay-ing.
With a stroke of luck, I found out that Mascara Page (the website I bought my Cover Girl Lashblast from) actually carried a Self Tanner from Maybelline. So I immediately (or rather frantically) contacted the blogshop owner Cheryl about them saying that I was interested and the rest was history.
I do apologize for the long essay that accompanies this haul. For some reason I feel an unignorable need/instinct to narrate a back-story before I actually get to the point.
With that being said, here's what I had gotten:
So incase you're wondering why in the world would I need two shades? That's because I had conversed a little with Cheryl regarding what shade would be better for my skintone etc since, as she had mentioned, we were about the same in skintone, just one shade apart (in Za terms).
Generally the Light to Medium is pretty much the same color as the skintone on my arms and it would work great in evening out my skintone in areas that the sun doesn't quite get to such as my chest-area/neck etc. Also since it has a bit of a shimmer/sheen to it, it gives my skintone an extra oomph.
The Medium to Dark would be great for days when I want to appear tanner then my actual skintone, so it sort of acts as a special event sort of a thing whilst the Light to Medium is a great regular-usage one.
Here's how the product looks:
Well they do look kind of similar.
And Cheryl was such a sweetheart as she threw in a MAD Mineral eyeshadow sample in my package as well. How nice of her (:
So that's that!
I'm definitely going to experiment more with self-tanners in future, trying out brands that are affordable and available to me.
I can almost feel an obsession growing.
Thanks for reading!