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Making Yourself A Tanned Goddess

Hello lovelies! That greeting seems only appropriate considering this blog post is all about tan. As we are dragged away from the dark days of winter and are edging towards the sunny season (or as sunny as it can be in Ireland), we are left in the middle of Spring. The big question is…. should we be tanned??? Is it too soon to be a bronzed goddess… my answer? NEVER. So here are a few of my all-time favourite tans and why.

Bellamianta Luxury Tanning – Dark – Rapid Mousse

This is definitely an all-rounder for me. I use it in dark, so for those of you who just want an inner glow, you can wash it off after 2 hours and it will be perfect. It is perfect for nights out, or on holidays when you want to be that bit darker. It has a very golden-olive colour, which I absolutely love – you always want what you can’t have! It say ‘odour neutralising technology ‘ on the packaging, and at the start it does smell quite nice – but I will say if you don’t wash it off on time, it does have that ‘tan smell’. It is not as strong as others, but still is not odourless. There is also a Bellamianta tanning lotion  that I absolutely love, but I do prefer the wear off of the mousse. Also, it dries in 6 seconds, so you better have quick elbows to tan your body or you may be left streaky, haha!


bBold Tan Lotion – Dark

I love this tan because it is a lotion and for me, they feel much nicer on the skin. However, that is just personal preference. I also find lotions do not dry as quickly, which is great for tanning the hands. I always mix in some moisturiser when tanning my hands though, just so I don’t look like I was out on the farm for the day, haha! It has Cocoa Butter so the wear off is really really even and lasts SUCH a long time. Also, the Cocoa Butter is SO moisturising. There are antioxidants in the Vitamin E, which reduces the signs of premature ageing!! Win win! I really like the smell of this tan too!


Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan – Dark

Now I am SURE most of you have heard all about this tan! It is a mousse and develops in 1 hour, but you can leave it on for 3 if you want it to be very dark. The tan will still develop after you shower so don’t worry if you look much paler after you shower. I will say the smell is the worst thing about this product, but I can get over that because I love the colour of this tan. It never develops orange, or mucky. I love the more bronzed look, especially during the day because it looks more natural.


Cocoa Brown – Gentle Bronze

This tan is GORGEOUS for the face, which is the only place I usually wear it. I know other people apply it all over the body, which does look fab. However I am usually a lot darker on my body than my face because I wear makeup. It is oil free so does NOT block your pores or cause any break outs. I think that is what people are afraid of when it comes to tanning the face – the tiny pores being filled up and looking like you have tiny black dots all over your face. This does the exact opposite and moisturises your face while giving it a fab bronzed look.


Bare Minerals – GEN Nude  Buttercup Lipgloss

I know it can be really hard to find a nude that suits a very dark tan. It can look like you have no lips if it is too light, and a browny nude can often look dirty. I saw this on Jaclyn Hill’s Sephora Haul, hyperventilated, cried and bought it. I got it in the shade ‘Groovy’ and it is literally the best gloss I have ever used. I have never used such a moisturising gloss and there were a lot of questions about it on my Snapchat so I thought I would just mention it here. It goes perfect with tan, and in my opinion it is nicest without any liner or liquid lip. It is a peachy nude and will literally suit almost all skin tones! Fab!!!


Tanning Tips:

  1. Always exfoliate for 3-4 days before applying the tan for an even application.
  2. To have your tan last longer moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Use an oil free moisturiser so it does not break down the tan.
  3. Always pay extra attention the the hands, elbows, knees and ankles when tanning yourself – moisturise them very well so there is no build-up of tan!
  4. If you are looking for even more of a GLOW – use a dry shimmering body oil. There are many  ones on the market that are fab, but Cocoa Brown do a good colour range, with three different colours for different shades your tan may be at!
  5. DO wash off the product when it recommends on the bottle, because if you don’t you may spill something, sweat or get rained on (likely in Ireland) and ruin your tan.


Yours bronzedly,



My Top 5 Beauty Products

Hey guys! I hope your weekend is as wild as mine (currently drinking tea and doing assignments) Here are my top 5 Beauty Products recently.

1) Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

This foundation is INCREDIBLE. It is very creamy, so be warned – a little goes a LONG way!! It is full coverage, but is definitely buildable, and does not go cakey on me. I purchased mine from Space NK on Grafton Street, but there is also a Space NK in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum. It was 50 euro, which is quite pricey, but in my opinion definitely worth it, because it will last a long time. If you are looking for something similar (full coverage, buildable and a stick) the Makeup Forever HD foundation Stick would be perfect, and is 35 euro instead. The only difference I find, is that the Hourglass stick is higher coverage, which I love (us girls would justify anything for makeup).

2) L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer – Guerlain

I purchased this Primer when I was away in Prague during the Christmas, and I have not seen it in any of the Guerlain counters that I have been to since! However, it is not discontinued so I would definitely suggest keeping an eye out for this primer. It contains ‘pure gold complexion-perfecting flecks’, as it states on the Sephora website. So this primer definitely costs a small fortune at 70 euro, but luckily I walked into Sephora on the right day and got a 40% discount in their sale, costing me 42 euro (how could a girl say no to a gold face primer? Lol) Although I don’t know if the gold flecks actually do anything I do know that the primer really hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling cool and fresh before putting my makeup on. If your skin is on the drier side, this primer would be perfect for you.

3) Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel

This product, without a doubt has been the most used and abused! It is an absolute lifesaver if you don’t feel like tanning your entire body, or simply want a natural glow. I usually apply it to my neck, hands and ankles to make it look like I am a bronzed goddess lol. Although initially it will look really dark coming out of the tube, after you blend it into the skin it will make you gorgeously bronzed. I use the Cocoa Brown brush that can be purchased in Meaghers Pharmacy for 13 euro, which makes all the difference when it comes to applying it. It makes it much easier, and doesn’t soak up half as much product as a tanning mitt does. I usually mix in the Rose Gold Goddess Oil  which can also be purchased in Meaghers Pharmacy, to give you even more of a gorgeous glow.

4) Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Kim K.W

This lipstick is the perfect pinky-nude and suits all skin tones! It is almost totally opaque and is very creamy and moisturising on the lips. The only thing I will say is, after a while it will ball up on the lips if not used with a lip liner – Koko K from Kylie cosmetics is fab with this!

5) Soleil Tan de Chanel

This is my FAVOURITE cream bronzer ever! Now it is by Chanay-nay so it is pricey at 45 euro, but it is huge and will last you a very long time! I am much more into the overall bronzy look recently, instead of very sharp contouring, as I think this looks much more youthful and fresh. It has a very dewy, soft finish and although there is no actual glitter in it, it leaves your skin with a lovely glow. Not to mention the smell is delicious!! It only comes in one colour though which makes no sense to me because it will not be a bronzer for all skin colours, but it is for mine! I usually apply it with a synthetic brush, because it picks up much more product than a natural hair. My favourite foundation brush and the one I use for applying this bronzer is here. Always start with a small amount and build it up, because it is always easier to build rather than take away. If you want an even softer bronzed look, apply it with a beauty blender, but I will say it soaks up more product than a dense synthetic brush.

I hope you found this helpful.

Please comment below and let me know what you thought?