If we’re being honest, literally everyone looks better with a tan. Of course, there are boundaries where tasteful tan ends and Oompa Loompa begins. How to find the sweet spot without getting sun spots?
The big trend of the summer? Every Pinterest-ing gal has decided to become a mermaid. And really, who wouldn’t want some mer-life? Spending all day in your bikini with permanently shirtless men sounds pretty good to me.
Let’s face it, ladies: we all look better with a bit of a glow, but the trials of maintaining a healthy tan are fraught with skin cancer risks, nasty scents and orangey streaks. I’ve had my share of run-ins with self-tanner, and even tried Mystic Tan in a spray tanning booth, but one thing I hadn’t done? Custom airbrush tanning. Jenny at ChromaTan right here in lovely Phoenix, Arizona introduced me to the wide world of airbrush tans and how superior they can be to other tanning options.
ChromaTan specializes in products from Aviva Labs, which are high-quality airbrush tanning products. Jenny told me one advantage is they do not contain oil, which acts as a repellent and would make the spray tanning less effective. She even came out to my home to tan me for my convenience – how awesome is that?
Jenny noticed that I was vampirically pale (the winter has gotten to me), so she opted for a shade from Aviva called Winter Glow, meant to naturally warm up us pale chicks without getting that unseasonable Real Housewives look. To answer the question on everyone’s lips, yes, you do have to strip down, but Jenny made me feel totally comfortable. Plus, I was surprised at how affordable airbrush tanning can be – pricewise, it’s comparable to Mystic and the value is better since you’re custom-tanned by someone who can see where you need touchups, etc.
I’ve been thinking about my New Year’s resolutions for awhile. After all, I can’t just make decisions for the whole year in one day! While there are plenty of non-superficial goals I have for this year, I thought the beauty related ones would interest you all more. Here’s what I want out of my looks this year:
I know tanning is an odd topic for a Thanksgiving Day post, but squint your way through your turkey coma and hear me out. Tanning is a toughie. Tan in a tanning bed, and you risk developing skin cancer. Mystic Tan can be expensive and usually lasts a week or less, depending on showering. Tanning yourself at home can be one of the most economical, easily maintained and safe tanning options, but is it easy enough for the average girl to pull off herself? I tried out L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-tanning Mist in Medium Natural Tan to find out.
I loved the 360-degree continuous spray; it made it easy to spray all the way around my leg in one simple motion, rather than to have to stop and start in the hopes that you don’t overlap or miss a spot. It dries really quickly, too, without having to rub it in. The mist sprays so evenly and lightly, you can barely tell you have anything on you. Overall, the application process really satisfied me – above and beyond what I expected from a self-tanner!