Right, so heres the story. I'm an Irish girl in her 20's who has never gone near tan in her life. What rock did I crawl out from under I hear some of you saying. Yup, I didn't even know how much a tan mitt would be on average. But after been given a lovey bottle of Baby B Browne by the girls in the RDS earlier this month, how could I not try it out and see if it was worth the effort to look sun kissed. Heres how I got on and keep in mind, I've never ever done this before so if it sounds awful it could just be purely because I'm a gobshite who was trusted with fancy tan. Jesus save us!
My fears? The colour first off, obviously. What the hell am I going to look like and will I ever be able to return to my milk bottle legs? The smell. Every man I know scrunches up their face and complains of horrible smells when you mention tan. And lastly, will it rub off onto my clothes and everything I touch off of for the next week, hence ruining my bed sheets, clothes, bath towels and so on. Oh feck, I was terrified.
First off, exfoliate, shave and then wait for the blood to dry from the nicks you just gave yourself with the razor. Bull in a china shop, me. Then it was time, I used the really handy pump and put some on the mitt. Sweet divine, it was so dark and actually didn't smell awful at all. I was tempted to eat it with the sweet smell drawing me in, but in the name of guinea pig for blogging I started rubbing it on my legs. It was a little darker then my skin but after rubbing it in - which was really easy to spread and do - I was left with sweet smelling, slightly darker legs and a plain scary looking tan mitt. (But a quick soap up of the mitt and it came out looking brand new, so hooray for getting several possible uses out of the mitt.) I only did my lower legs and feet because well, if things went awfully at least I could hid the stumps, ehrr pins. Cough.
That was day one in the morning. Soon after rubbing it in I forgot about it until I swung my legs out of bed the next morning and did a double take in my only half waking state. My legs are tanned, like glowy? How'd that happen? Oh tan, yes. I was genuinely surprised at how it turned out. I didn't look scary OR orange.. Well at least on my legs, the knees and feet needed major work. Hello orange knees and badly, half done feet. How do people tan those bits?! I need serious practice and can say it had nothing to do with the tan itself.
However, on day 3 there was a slight eh, blonde moment on my part yet again. I used my Vaseline moisturiser spray on my legs, the force of it stripping the tan in what I can only describe as 'go faster' strips down the both of them. Oh man, major failing was had with this poor tan. On the plus side at least you can all see the nice before and after shade on my legs? Needless to say it got scrubbed off not too long after so I was no longer faster, sadly. Side note, sorry for the foot picture. How I despise them, its a passion. Thinking about them scares me, not to mention having a photo of them on my screen. So sorry. Oh and awful chipped nail varnish? Yeah, no comment.
Over all I am pleasantly surprised by this tan. I had a few dodgy moments but that was purely my lack of knowledge on the how to's of tanning and not knowing I could pressure spray it off! Would I use it again? Yes, I actually would which even I find shocking to admit. However, this is medium tan for face and body and as much as I really liked this, it will never ever go near my face, or any other tan for that matter. At €14.95 I don't think I'd be running off to demand more any time soon, but the bottle is 250ml and a little seems to go a long way. - Another sneaky thing to add in here. I've been testing out a few different tans for reviewing and for making better comparisons. This tan has been the best one I have used so far! Make sure you keep an eye out for my next tan review, its a shocker.
Baby B Browne* is a Northern Irish brand and is great to see a good quality product coming out of this little island. From starting out as an idea for a good self tan at an affordable price to being stocked all over in salons, this is an amazing achievement. Have a goo at it over here.
*I did not pay for this item, it was a PR gift. Please see my disclaimer here.