Monday, 23 September 2013

Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan Review

When it comes to looking bronzed and sun kissed, I like to have a year round tan but unfortunately, my lifestyle doesn't allow me to spend 52 weeks of the year lying around a pool in the sunshine as unfortunately, I spend the majority of my day at work in rainy Britain.  So for the most part, I turn to false tan in order to get my golden glow.  I've spoken at length about my two favourite fake tan brands on my blog- Xen Tan and Fake Bake but after trying the tan below, the latter pips the former to the post.
Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid*
 Fake Bake have developed a false tan that will completely revolutionise fake tanning.  Their 60 Minutes Self Tan enables you to get ready for a night out at record speed, at the drop of a hat and still leave the house looking golden brown.  It is a liquid tan that you mist onto the skin and leave to develop for an hour before washing it off to reveal a gorgeous tan that looks just as good as a tan that you've left to develop overnight for six to eight hours.  Which is great as it allows you to say 'yes' to that last minute night out with your friends.

I've tried this out several times, both when I've had all the time in the world to get ready and when I've been in a mad dash and I have to say, I am super impressed.
Inside the box you get an easy to follow instruction booklet, an excellent mitt, a set of gloves, a spray pump and of course, the bottle of self tanning liquid.

Preparation for applying this tan is the same with any false tan- shave and exfoliate at least 24 hours before application and apply an oil free moisturisers to especially dry areas before use.  This may seem as though it defeats the purpose of the last minute getting ready dash but the way I like to look at it, is if I keep up with my hair removal and exfoliating throughout the week whenever I'm in the bath or shower then I'll always be ready to pop my tan on for a last minute night out.  I've actually tried applying this tan and then quickly running over my legs with a razor as I wash it off and, surprisingly, my tan still came out looking flawless and streak free.  This method is not usually recommended as it can end up giving you stripy looking legs but that didn't happen with this tan.
To get started, simply unscrew the lid off the tanning liquid, peel away the foil and screw on the spray pump.  You could keep the screw cap but the pump is very secure and has its own lid which doesn't leak so I don't find this necessary.
The spray bottle pump is really easy to use and comfortable to hold in my hand.  It can be sprayed from almost any angle although I find spraying it upside down a little tricky and instead prefer to spray the tan onto the mitt first and then rub the mitt onto my skin.
The kit comes with everything that you need in order to apply the tan so after you've affixed the spray pump to the bottle of tan, pop on your reusable gloves.  These are great as they're quite thick so they're great quality and they're an accurate fit for the female hand.  I'm used to using Mr WLL latex gloves that he buys for work and they're always so baggy on my hands where as these fit just right.

On top of the latex gloves, I wear the reusable Fake Bake Tanning Mitt to apply my tan as this ensures that the tan is distributed evenly across my skin, allowing for a natural tanned look.  For years I've been very loyal to my St. Tropez Buffing Mitt (buy here) to apply my tan and stayed away from mitts such as this one as I couldn't find one that applied my tan quite as flawlessly as the St Tropez mitt.  However now that I have used the Fake Bake triple use mitt, I like it just as much as the St Tropez one.

It is called the triple use mitt as it can be used to exfoliate the skin, apply the self tan and buff the skin.  It has two different sides to it.  The white sponge side can be used with an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells on the face and body to create an even surface on the skin prior to the application of the self tan.  It can then be used to apply the false tan.  The soft cotton pink side can then be used when the skin is dry to gently buff away any excess false tan from the skin to ensure you get a streak free finish.

The great thing about this tan is that it develops in only one hour to create a gorgeous golden bronzed tan.  However it can actually be left on the skin for up to three hours, depending on how deep you would like the tan to be.  I find that one hour is more than enough to create a beautifully deep but natural look.  You can see me wearing the tan after I've washed it off in these posts here, here and here.

The spray bottle dispenses just the right amount of product.  For a spray it isn't too messy either.  I pop a towel down just in case and here I've actually applied this in a bathroom that we're in the middle of decorating at the moment... behind me is a wall with all of the tiles pulled off and half of the other wall is missing- perhaps I'll do a bathroom tour when it's all completed.
The Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan has a lovely brown colour that shows you exactly where the product is going on your skin.  The colour that it leaves, as can be seen below, is very close to the colour that the tan actually develops into when left on the skin for an hour.

The tan applies really evenly and it feels so light on the skin which is great as it dries quickly without leaving you feeling sticky or tacky... which avoids the awkward fake tan poses that I often have to pull while I wait for it to dry.  I also love that this tan can be used all over the body and the face without clogging my pores and giving me spots.  This is great as it can often be a bit of a hassle having to use a separate facial tanner, plus this runs the risk of the two tans being different shades.  I also found that the tan didn't really cling to dry areas of my body like my wrists where I have psoriasis which is great as tans that cling are a giveaway that my glow is faux!
One thing that I really love about this tan is that it doesn't transfer onto my clothes or bed sheets.  The first time I used the tan, I popped some loose fitting PJ's on after I'd taken my photos of the tan on my skin and I just sat in bed reading and the tan didn't transfer onto my PJs, even on the waist band, nor did it mark my sheets which is pretty rare for a false tan.  For subsequent uses, when I've used this when I've been in a rush to get ready, I've just thrown my robe on as I pop my rollers on and things and again, I've had no trouble with it staining anything.  You can do more or less anything while this tan is developing, I've even popped to the shops with it on, it looks that natural.

Another thing that is important to note is that this false tan doesn't have that signature fake tan smell of biscuits mixed with sugar puffs.  It smells mildly fruity upon application and after it has dried down it doesn't really have a scent, even as it develops.  I tend to find with false tans that the longer they're on my skin, the stronger their scent as the tan develops but this tan isn't on the skin long enough in order to develop a strong scent.
After an hour passes, I wash off the tan in the shower and my skin is left with a super natural, deeply bronzed glow.  It is an olive brown colour rather than an orange tan so the colour looks very natural.
I start to exfoliate the tan after the third day of wear, as I do with all false tans and I moisturise with the Fake Bake Skin Smoothie Oil (buy here) that I've used for years and find that my tan easily lasts for 5 days and, more importantly, it wears evenly on my skin.
I'm absolutely over the moon with this tan.  Why apply a tan, sleep in it, staining my sheets then washing it off in the morning before a night out, only to wash again before I get ready when I can just apply it an hour before I need to do my hair and make up?!  This has revolutionised the way I tan and saved me SO much time when getting ready to go out, I can't recommend it enough.
You can buy the Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan direct from the Fake Bake website for £24.95 here, or from Feel Unique for a little cheaper.
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  1. Ooooo I love the colour of this tan :)

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  2. I was using the Sienna-x false tan but after three days it starts to go scaley especially on your face then it takes you a few days to scrub it all off so annoying looking patchy for a few days. Thats the only annoying things with fake tan if you don't do your face you end up putting 5 layers of foundation on to match your neck and if you do your face after two days it starts going really dry and scaley. This tan looks good though might give it a try my only fear is with being porcelain pale whenever I go to wash my tans off most of it comes off my legs and they are streaky.


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