Monday, August 4, 2014

Get a Natural Looking Tan with Fake Bake Flawless

When I was a kid, I tanned so well that you'd think I was from a different country. Nowadays? Not so much. I'm often mistaken for Wednesday Adams.

I don't really mind my pale skin. I actually think Wednesday is kind of cute, so it doesn't bother me when people make the comparison. I relish in the idea that my neighbors think I'm a vampire. But, you know, sometimes a girl needs a change, and since I'm not one for baking in the sun, I decided to take the easy way out.

That's where my Fake Bake Flawless review comes in.

* Product purchased by me for review purposes.

always do a ton of research on products before I purchase them, and I read through almost every single review on Amazon regarding Fake Bake Flawless before I had it shipped. I paid about $15 for one kit, and $3 for shipping. My legs just couldn't wait.

My bathroom light is kind of yellow, so my legs don't look as pale as they really are. I mean, they are WHITE. And no, my knees aren't dirty. Promise. It's just a shadow.

Anyway, the kit comes with a spray bottle of the tanning solution, plastic gloves, and a "buffer." What you're supposed to do first is exfoliate in the shower (and don't you dare forget those knees and 'bows, unless you want to look like you haven't showered in a week), and then apply the product.

To apply, you're supposed to spray the solution directly onto the skin and then quickly buff it in small circles until it is evenly distributed all over your body (or wherever you want it). Once you're covered, let it dry, and then keep it on for about 6 hours and rinse it off. It's supposed to leave you with a nice even tan. After you've achieved your desired shade, you can use it once a week (you do not have to exfoliate each time) to maintain your tan.

These are my results (on my legs) after two applications.

Clearly, I have a tan. A fake tan, but a tan nonetheless.

I truly love this product. Here are only a few of the reasons why I recommend it.

Pro #1: It provides an all-over, even tan.

With other self tanners, you often end up with patches that are still pale, or crazy streaks. Fake Bake Flawless doesn't have that problem. As long as you're meticulous about where you're applying, you'll end up with a beautiful sun-kissed glow that only the sun could give--or Fake Bake Flawless, of course.

Pro #2: It actually comes out brown, not orange.

I've tried nearly every self tanner on the market, and I kid you not, all of them come out orange. One even made me look yellow! Fake Bake Flawless is brown and it totally looks like you've laid out in the sun all week. Once you apply it, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Pro #3: Dries quickly.

Forget waiting 30 minutes before putting your close back on, because Fake Bake Flawless dries almost as quickly as you put it on. I've never had to wait longer than 5 minutes before I was able to get dressed.

Pro #4: The smell is pleasant.

You know how when you can tell that someone just put on self tanner? Well, no one will be able to tell that you're going the sunless route. Fake Bake Flawless has a pleasant smell. It's actually kind of a "tropical" scent, so not only do you get a tan like you've been in the tropics, but you also get the fragrance. Win-win!

Pro #5: Very easy to use.

It's simple. You don't have to deal with goopy lotion falling all over the place. You simply spray the formula directly onto your skin (or on the buffing mitt, it's up to you), and rub it in. It dries almost instantly, and you can see where you're applying it because of how dark it is (it lightens up a bit after you shower, but you can continue "building" the tan with daily applications).

There are a few cons, too, but nothing too worrisome, and nothing that you can't avoid with a little bit of effort.

Con #1: Sweating causes streaks.

While you're wearing this for the allotted 6 hours or so, if you work-out during that time, or sweat quite a bit, the color will run and streak. You can avoid this problem by only applying Fake Bake Flawless when you're able to relax or do only light work. You may also wear it to bed, but be careful if you have white sheets, because it will rub off until you rinse the next morning.

Con #2: "Peeling" look after exfoliating.

It's recommended that you exfoliate before the first application, but once you have built up a color, exfoliating will only cause it to scrub off. If you must exfoliate, be very, very careful, and use a gentle exfoliating formula.

Con #3: Dark knees and elbows.

This one is easy to avoid by applying a bit of lotion or Vaseline to your knees and elbows prior to the application of Fake Bake Flawless.

Con #4: Dirty look on face prior to rinsing.

I wouldn't recommend applying Fake Bake Flawless to your face and then going out to run errands. It gave my face a kind of "patchy," dirty look to it. Once you rinse it off, you have the nice glow, but while you're waiting for it to marinate, so to speak, it's just not very attractive.

One more thing that people seem to complain about (that I didn't have any problem with) is that the buffer begins to fall apart, leaving behind brown "lint" particles. The only advice I have to avoid this is to avoid drying it on high heat after washing, and to stop rubbing so hard.

This is my go-to summer product and I would recommend it to every pale mama like myself, and every dark-skinned mama looking to boost her skin color.

Go ahead! Check out Fake Bake Flawless! You won't be disappointed!

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