A Natural Tan & Ultimate Pick Me Up

As you all know, I am a huge lover of fake tan. Perhaps it’s because my hair is so dark that I feel the need to avoid looking like something out of a horror movie, or the fact that I’m a keen beauty blogger?! Who knows!

I’ve tried so, so many tans over the years and do have my favourites for different occasions and times of the year, but this new found gem is something I will be using week in week out throughout each and every year, for sure!

So, I started this week with an awful cold and looked particularly terrible on Tuesday night. You know the look; sore, dry nose, dull skin, spots from nasty cold sweats and red eyes. I had a lush bath after my tea and decided there had never been a more perfect time to try Xen Tan dark lotion for the first time.

The first thing I did, as with all new products, was take the lid off and have a good old sniff! Wow, this was the sweetest, non fake tan smelling product ever…I didn’t even think non biscuit smelling tans existed! The smell reminds me of Dr. Pepper….sweet almonds, cherries and a hint of vanilla. All my favourite scents. Yum.

Now, I usually apply fake tan with gloves but I couldn’t find any so opted for the next best thing which actually turned out to be one of the reasons for the excellent results; a make up sponge. I bought a pack of 20 make up sponges in the shape of wedges from Poundland the other week, which are surprisingly great quality. I find I can use these around 10 times (washing them after each use) before throwing away due to crumbling of the sponge. My face was clean and completely dry. I pumped a small blob of tan onto the sponge and started to apply this as I would foundation, starting on the forehead and working my way from centre out. I applied quite a thin layer all over my face and neck and found it very easy to use, as the lotion was so dark. I then started to add more bit by bit where I felt I needed it most, such as around the eyes, nose, cheeks and forehead.

The smell was really nice once on my skin too and it didn’t feel tacky at all, which I find most tans do straight after applying. I had a few spots on my chin, which looked darker with the tan, however I was reluctant to remove the product from my spots with a cotton bud as I normally do as wanted to see what the effects were.

I was so tired I went straight to bed, failing to remember I had just put fresh, clean, white bedlinen on (oops!) I awoke the next day and looked a million times better than I felt – the cold had really taken it’s toll! After I washed my face, I was amazed at the results (I didn’t look poorly at all!) and the quality of my skin was so different to any other fake tan product. It wasn’t dry at all and felt refreshed and glowing.

This is now not only my favourite fake tan but my favourite beauty product for all the added benefits it gives me.

I’d love to try the face only version now, as well as the dark spray. Have you tried this?

2 Comments on A Natural Tan & Ultimate Pick Me Up

  1. ang
    June 2, 2011 at 1:18 am (7 years ago)

    This product is amazing! I am very pale and wear two coats,it still looks natrual :) I use make up sponge on hands , feet and ankles ,I use half moisturiser and half tan on these areas! I used the mitt and went streaky a few times :( I changed my body wash , the mitt now works gr8 :) the pump makes it easy to remember how many pumps are needed for each leg x

  2. Xen-Tan
    May 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the glowing review.

    The Xen-Tan Luxury Tanning Mitt is the ideal way to ahcieve a flawless finish on the skin, I really recommend having a go with it next time :-) Cotton pads and make-up sponges are great for tricky areas such as hands and feet x


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