Now, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve gone through my fair share of fake tans – St.Tropez (average at best), Xen Tan (good) Fake Bake (meh), St.Moritz (good on a budget), Johnsons (too subtle), Piz Buin (what’s with the colour?!) – pretty much any one you name I will, at some point, have laboriously applied with painstaking precision in my quest for that perfect bronzed glow.
What you need to know about me is that I am constantly craving a darker tan. I have a very fair complexion after months out of the sun, and I like to be able to see a dramatic difference with my fake tan. What frustrates me is that beauty boffins think just because I am pale that I want a light tan – NO! In fact, “adjusts to your natural skintone” is beauty blasphemy for me.
Yes, my name is Jodi and I am a tanorexic.
Previously I’d switched between Xen Tan and Fake Bake Extreme (the regular Fake Bake stuff was just not dark enough) that is, until I came across this little wonder: Famous Dave’s tanning range.
Never heard of it? It’s not surprising; the brand doesn’t buy in to flashy advertising and marketing, instead replying on word of mouth to spread the good news. And with 17,000 customer testimonials, and now with pride of place on Boots shelves nationwide, you know you can’t go wrong!
I use Famous Dave’s mousse and have done for a couple of years now. It glides on easily, has a guide colour so you can see exactly where you’re tanning, and it dries quickly - important if, like me, you like to tan before putting on your pjs and heading to bed. And the proof is in the pudding (or should that be tan?); after my nighttime application I wake feeling like a bronzed goddess. I’m left with a gorgeous deep glow that is natural but looks like I’ve just spent two weeks on the Riviera. And, even better, NO STREAKS!
My tan lasts around five days, though it could be more with regular moisturizing (yes, I’m lazy).
The only downside I’ve discovered with Famous Dave’s mousse is that it fades patchily. This is a pitfall of false tanners in general, and something I’m willing to put up with considering the quality of the tanner. A few good scrubs with some exfoliating mitts and it’s gone.
So, if you’re fed up of trying to find your ideal tanner and you’re looking for a natural but deep bronze colour that’s foolproof then this may very well be the tanner for you.
The range includes a mousse, lotions, wipes, scrubs, sprays and accessories with many products available in light, medium or dark and is available at Boots nationwide.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, yes, Famous Dave does exist!
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