What Is It?
TanTowels are individually packaged towelettes that when applied to the body, give you a natural looking and easy to achieve tan without having to expose yourself to harmful UVA and UVB rays.
As a California girl, I love to be tan. Fortunately (and unfortunately) I quit baking in the sun over a year ago, so I am constantly on the search for self tanners that will give me a natural looking glow year round (it’s 80 degrees in the middle of November as I speak). The sun is always shining, therefore the women of California are always tan
With TanTowel, you can choose from two different formulas, their Classic Towelette, or the Plus Towelette. The Classic is geared toward those with fair-medium skintones and the Plus is for medium-dark skintones. I am naturally fair-medium skinned, but of course, I found myself leaning toward the Plus lol. I decided to test both; I applied the Classic on my legs, and the Plus on my chest and arms.
Applying TanTowel was extremely easy. After opening the packaging, you unfold the towel and rub it on your body in a circular motion, making sure to hit every inch. There is no initial color so it makes it somewhat difficult to know if you’ve missed a spot or applied too much. I love how fast the product dried! I was able to apply my tan, and be dressed in under 10 minutes.
Tip: The circular motions are very important! The first time I tried it, I slapped the towel on and rubbed in all over. End result: I was a streaky mess!
The smell of the towelettes when applying TanTowel is very pleasant! It smells light and citrusy. Many people complain about the gross smell of self tanners and this is one of the best smelling tanners I’ve used. After several hours, once the tan began to develop, I was able to smell that familiar “self tanner” scent, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as most, and it washed off easily in the shower.
After about 4 hours, I began to notice my tan developing on my arms and chest (where I applied the Plus). The color looks very natural on my skin, which I love. It’s not orange at all. I’m not as dark as I expected to be, but it still looks fantastic.
On my legs (where I applied the Classic), I can barley see a color difference. I would recommend the Classic towelettes for those with very pale skin, or those who want more of a “glow” than a tan.
Overall, I love the results that TanTowel gave me! It’s been over 5 days and although the color has lightened a bit, it still looks great!
Where Can I Buy It?
You can find a TanTowel retailer near you by clicking here!
-If you don’t apply properly, you will be left with streaks. Make sure to apply in a thorough circular motion!
-Even though one Full Body Towel is supposed to cover your whole body, it dries out relatively quick. You will probably have to use 1 Full Body Towelette + 1 Half Body Towelette in order to tan your entire body.
-The price is pretty steep especially if you are a regular self tanner. A pack of 5 Full Body Plus Towels is $25!
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What is it?
Scott Barnes is a celebrity makeup artist with a client list to drool over. He has made up the faces of Beyonce, Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Celine Dion. Barnes is most known for being Jennifer Lopez’s makeup artist for over 11 years, and he is solely responsible for her signature “glow.” Lucky for us, Scott Barnes has created a shimmering body moisturizer to gives everyone the opportunity to look sunkissed and red carpet ready like the stars!
Keri Hilson Wearing Body Bling at the Grammy’s
Why is it Amazing?
I have been testing out Body Bling on myself and at shoots for the past week and I’m obsessed with it! There are two different colors you can buy; Original, which gives your skin a gorgeous bronzed glow or Platinum, which gives off a lighter, champagne colored glow. Platinum is perfect for fair skin because it doesn’t apply color, just a natural golden shimmer. I can’t decide which one I like more!
Up close and in sunlight, the product is very shimmery but step back, and the shimmer blurs, making your skin literally look like it is “lit from within.” Bonus: It also evens out small imperfections.
Last week, I used Platinum Body Bling on a photoshoot for a “young hollywood” actress and I loved how it translated on camera!! The photographer asked me if I had done anything to her skin because he loved the “healthy, glowy, already photoshopped” effect.
I love that Body Bling rubs effortlessly into your skin without leaving unattractive streaks all over your body. It also lasts forever, I still had some on even after I showered!
This product is super versatile too! You can wear it at the beach when you want to add a little sexy to your suit, or rub some on before a date so you sparkle in low level lighting of your favorite restaurant.
Scott Barnes Demonstrates How to Apply Body Bling
Where Can I Buy It?
You can purchase Body Bling on Scott Barnes’ website: Here OR find a retail location near you that carries it: Here
-This is a high end, luxury product so unfortunately it’s expensive. ($38 a bottle for 4 fl oz)
-Some people might find the product to be too shimmery (up close) or too “glamorous” for their taste.
Jennifer Lopez’s Infamous “Glow”
Disclaimer: From time to time, companies will send me products or samples. I pride myself in providing my readers with honest feedback of the products I am testing. I will not recommend something I would not use personally or professionally.
Although the first official day of Summer doesn’t start until June 21st, it definitely already feels like the season is upon us. The weather has been gorgeous (at least in California ), kids are getting out of school and everyone is slowly beginning to post beach pictures up on their Facebook pages. When temperatures heat up, naturally, people start heading outdoors while unfortunately exposing themselves to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Of course, you would never forget to wear your sunscreen, but how hard is it to remember to reapply?? Check out this awesome new gadget that will make your life a little easier and a lot more safe.
What is it?
The UVSunSense is a new product that has been gaining a huge amount of recognition in the press. It’s an easy to wear bracelet that indicates when you need to reapply sunscreen and also when it’s best to get out of the sun!
How Does it Work?
When you first apply sunscreen, apply it to your UVSunSense bracelet as well. It will turn bright purple when activated by sunlight and the color slowly starts to fade, the longer you are in the sun. When the color reaches light pink, you need to reapply sun protection. When it gets to light yellow, you should probably head indoors.
Where Do I Get One?
The UV Sun Sense bracelets are available many places online such as Amazon.com or CVS.com, or check out their website to find a retailer near you!
How Much Are They?
$6.98 for a pack of 7 bracelets.
-Unfortunately, it’s not the most attractive piece of “jewelry” you can wear to the beach haha. I can definitely see some people dismissing it because of how “uncool” it may look, but with that said, I have no problem compromising my fashion sense to avoid wrinkles and skin cancer
-Since everyone’s skin and sensitivities to the sun are different, I cannot imagine that the bracelet will work the same for everyone.
Review: The Best Self Tanner
Summer is sloooooowly coming to an end. I know that it’s almost impossible to tell, since it’s 500 degrees outside, but that is what my calendar tells me, so I have no choice but to believe it. Just because it’s (almost) time to say good-bye to our swimsuits and tank tops, doesn’t mean we have to bid our tans adieu as well.
I used to be obsessed with tanning. I have been baking my body since I was 10 years old, and have finally been convinced of the dangers of skin-cancer (hopefully not too late!). It’s been a difficult transition to self-tanners, and I have tried and tested countless products on the market searching for the perfect one that will give me a believable result. Not the easiest task, as you probably know!
So one day, I randomly picked up a bottle of Banana Boat’s Sunless Summer Color at a discount store because it was really cheap, and fell in love! This self tanner goes on sooo smooth, and is super easy to rub in. It takes about 5 minutes to dry but leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized with no nasty smells. If you take care to rub it in, you will be 100% streak free!
*Beauty Tip*Your elbows, knees and hands tend to pick up more color. Rub a little lotion on these areas before applying and they will blend in much better!
Upon application, you will see only a tint of color, but it gradually increases for the next 24 hours into a gorgeous, deep, natural looking tan. Trust me, even my friends don’t believe that it’s fake and they used to be as obsessed with tanning as much as I did. When we were in high school, we used to have contests during the summer to see who could get the darkest. If they suspected me of cheating with a self-tanner, they would sprinkle water on my arm to see if it would run. Sick, I know. My natural color is pretty pale with a hint of olive undertones. I use the Deep Dark color and with only one application, I have as much color as I want without having to spend weeks in the sun! I will post a before and after pic next time I use it.
I buy it from Drugstore.com because they sell it for cheap, and always have good deals. Right now it is going for $6.92! I have seen it at a few drugstores, but it is few and far between. When I do find it, I literally buy 6 at a time lol!