The Magnificent Melanin

As someone who is historically melanin deficient I had become used to haunting the High Street with my ghostly whiteness.   I remember many, many moons ago at University having a crush on a very blond boy from Sweden. I had no chance anyway, but always thought if we did get together our collective paleness would create a litter of transparent babies that would have to be kept in brightly coloured babygros so we didn’t lose them.  I attempted to tan over the years. Occasionally trying actual sun, sunbeds (shhh don’t tell anyone) and of course a variety of oddly smelling concoctions that meant I left Mel shaped orange outlines in my sheets every time I slept.

Following years of trial and error I could only come to one indisputable truth and that is I do not tan.  I pink! I red! I orange! But, I do not tan.  So, when an extremely enthusiastic Lisa Stewart and Lisa Helena contacted me about trying their Star Tanning, I thought what’s the worst thing that can happen?  I’d been orange enough times to know how to ditch a fake tan in a hurry if it went wrong.

The bottom line is the sun is not safe.  Real or fake, cooking yourself for a bit of colour at the worst will give you cancer.  At best will leave you looking like a bit of naugahyde. Which is fine if you are a sofa. But, although I occasionally have too much junk in the trunk I would rather not be mistaken for furniture or someone’s handbag.

The two Lisa’s I have to say at this point are very inspirational in their own right.  Amazing women with a truly entrepreneurial spirit.  The passion and enthusiasm they have for their products is absolutely infectious.

11040441_10153275500085955_1891270427_oThe first thing that makes Star Tanning different is the smell.  It is a gorgeous watermelon.  The formula in Star Tanning products are vegetable based and all natural. Amazingly, I did not orange!  Actual bronze!  I was amazed by the results of this product.  There are three parts to the system;  The  PH Balancing Preparation Spray, which is exclusive to Star Tanning adjusts the PH of the skin reducing dry patches and uneven tone.  Part two is the tanning mousse which could not be easier to apply.  It is brown so you cannot mess it up. From my experience it is pretty idiot proof.  Part three is a finishing spray that helps prolong the life of the tan.


The system is easy to use and the results are amazing. I have been using it religiously all summer.  I have even been experimenting with using the tan for contouring.  It has definitely become a regular part of my beauty routine.  I love it and have not been to a tanning salon for a spray since receiving this system.   

I have news that the girlies are launching an after tan tracksuit!  This is huge!! I cannot wait to get my hands on one!!  Watch this space for the review.  But, I have no doubt it will be amazing.

Hitting the brown sauce!!

I have always loved my lighter than light skin.  I embraced my inner goth and always tried to find products that accentuated my lack of pigment.  However, over the last year something changed.  I longed to be bronze!  Maybe to much Towie or just the fact I accidentally got a tan once (long story short, never let a five year old apply your sunscreen) and all of a sudden my skin seemed to glow.  Oddly everything just looks better with a bit of bronzing.  I have quite a lot of scars as a result of my extensive plastic surgery and a tan is a great way of camouflaging them. So, as a result and because I don’t wish to look like a leather handbag I have been a big fan of the spray tan for awhile.  But, in between had some, well interesting to say the least trial and error sessions with home tanning products.  So, when I was given a box of Gorgeous Bronze Salon Tan at Home, to try I was a bit apprehensive.  I wasn’t sure about the idea of the spray.  I am very cack handed with things like this and instantly got a mental picture of me looking like a spotty oompa loompa.  But, I am an open minded woman and I suppose worse case scenario I wouldn’t leave my house for a couple days. So, after putting a towel down for what I thought would be a spray tan massacre I got to work.  The kit comes with an easy to use spray bottle and several pairs of latex gloves.  The gloves are good quality so can be used repeatedly.  As per the instructions I sprayed it over myself waiting for the disaster I was sure this would turn into.  But, I was so so wrong! It was easy to apply.  The mist was really fine and the colour of the spray was dark enough to see the areas that would need more rubbing in.  The results were instant and there was no mess!  Yup, you read that right not a single drip. After spraying I rubbed it over to make sure it was even.  It is not at all sticky and felt completely dry within 5-10 minutes.
As it developed the colour was a lovely golden bronze, not the least bit jaundiced looking and very natural.  My weird places that usually get a bit streaky like my fat knees looked perfect.  No clumpy feet and all in all a great tan! I used the medium to dark which I thought maybe to dark, but it actually worked really well.  Day 4 it still looks amazing!  Definitely a brown sauce worth trying.