Summer Skin


Summer skin, something we all lust for…. Healthy glow and beautifully bronzed skin! Tanning is something I never really cared for until last year when I received the Cocoa Brown self tanner which I absolutely loved and it also makes for the perfect budget buy if your looking into trying out tanning for the first time. Since then my focus has been trying to perfect self-tanning by using various devices and the traditional mitt, alongside a good body scrub.


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As you might already know my skins very pale and tanning was the last thing I’d think to be doing as it always comes out patchy or much darker than expected on my skin; this in return making it look un-natural and uneven. Since trying Cocoa Brown and expanding on to Xen-Tan, tanning has become my new favourite confidence booster for giving that healthy glow and more toned appearance. Today’s post will be focusing on a combination of my favourite tanning tools and products! I will also be reviewing everything mentioned in this post individually over the next coming weeks so stay tuned for that!


Step One: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate, I can’t repeat this enough!! It’s the number one source to getting that flawless fake tan that looks natural and even. My current exfoliator at the moment is from Nip and Fab as its extra scrubby and leaves my skin really soft ready for applying my fake tan. When exfoliating you can use a body brush on dry skin just before applying your tan or in the shower on wet skin alongside your exfoliator of choice! Another option would be using the Magnitone pulsar, another excellent tool for exfoliating the skin. The great thing about the Magnitone is the fact the device can be used for multiple things with the different brush heads for the body and face, this giving you more flexibility when it comes to getting a good exfoliation and increasing overall circulation.


Step Two: Applying the tan, this used to be an art form when using your hands, but now most retailers stock tanning mitts! These mitts are an absolute god send when it comes to applying your tan as it applies the product evenly and precisly; giving natural looking results. I wouldn’t go back to using my hands to apply self-tanner now as the results using mitts really does out way hands and doesn’t make your skin patchy or uneven, it covers every area. I’ve mentioned Cocoa Brown as a great budget friendly option, and Xen-Tan is another favourite of mine from a more higher end scale but it’s definitely worth the price if your looking for something more hydrating and packed full of moisturising butters. For All My Eternity is a new self-tanning brand I recently stumbled across through The Blogger Programme and they stock lot’s of different shades and tanning formulas that come packed full of natural extracts and organic oils. I went with theย FAME tanning mouse dark tan gold edition, and currently loving this over all the other tans I’ve used; purely because it’s natural and doesn’t contain harmful DHA and other substances that I’ve heard can be bad for your skin.


Step Three: Keeping your tan topped up is key to a flawless finish that lasts day’s! I love the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ORย shimmer body oil as it hydrates the skin beautifully, whilst leaving a subtle golden glow with tiny shimmer particles that really help enhance the overall colour of the tan and keep it looking summer ready. Another great product I’ve used is the Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel that works as a barrier to top up your tan and darkens the skin more! This also contains shimmer particles and includes hydrating oils to keep skin soft and smooth. You could also try Hawaiian Tanning oil to make your skin appear more tanned whilst protecting the skin from harmful UV ray’s.


Hopefully you’ve found this post useful and let me know your thoughts/tanning tips?


xo, Jenny


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  • I have been using the Nuxe oil for so long it is just amazing! I love the smell!

    • It’s so good isn’t it! I’ve actually just put a review up of the oil but it’s definitely one of my summer favourites but winter too as it adds a gorgeous golden sheen to the skin for a healthy glow! x

  • Great post and super helpful ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never actually tried any of the products mentioned so looking forward to hearing more about them!! I definitely love life more when I’m tanned ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ahh I think I’m getting that same attitude now as honestly a tan does make things seem so much better haha, I just feel happier and healthier for some reason! I guess being so pale all my life it’s nice to see something different for a change x

  • I’d really love to try one of those exfoliating tools!

    • Thanks Vanessa <3 highly recommend the Magnitone but if your looking for something cheaper and does the same job try a body brush! I find them very harsh but it definitely gets the blood flowing! x

  • Great pics! The shimmer oil sounds nice and I love the colour of the magnitone pulsar!

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  • I just love this post, and so many of my favourites. Although I must try FAME!

    Annabel โ™ฅ
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Its so good! You should definitely give them a try as it’s just like the Xen-Tans and comes out really natural and even! The best thing about FAME for me would be the natural ingredients so it’s always great from that aspect xx

  • I’ve tried the Nuxe oil in a shop once and immediately fell in love! It smells so incredible ๐Ÿ™‚

    Valรฉrie | Moonlit Stories

    • Me too! I actually picked it up in Marks and Spencer and loved it but the price put me off! Then I went online and got it through lookfantatsic with some discount and really like it <3

  • I’ve been wanting to try this shimmer body oil by Nuxe for so long now! Lovely post (:
    Nati xx

    • Thanks Nati and highly recommend you try it! I’m sure they do smaller sizes as it can be pricey but you can use it as a hair oil too! x

  • I kinda wish it was always hot and sunny so I wouldn’t have to worry about fake tan, but alas, this is the struggle of living in the UK! The best thing I have ever done with tanning is investing in a good mitt, fake tan hands are not attractive!

    Hayley-Eszti |

    • Ha,ha definitely! Try living in Scotland it’s even worse! :S we never get any sun so it’s pretty dire! The mitts really are a life savour and wouldn’t be without mine now! x

  • I’m a bit obsessed with fake tan lately, so this was a great post for me. Useful tips too x

    • Thanks Lily and me too! I highly recommend you check out the FAME tans! They work just like Xen-Tan but packed full of natural ingredients x

  • Justyna F

    I’ve heard a lot about the Nuxe oil…but have never had an opportunity to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ and the Nuxe oil is very luxurious, I bought the shimmer one as it’s great for summer and leaves my skin glowing x

  • These products look so good ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful post..Keep In touch dear..

  • Some very useful tips on there, even for veteran tanners like myself, there’s always room for improvement! I’ve never used a Nip + Fab exfoliator but I’m always trying new ones as I like the harsh exfoliators! // courtney xo

    • Thanks Courtney and I’m still learning but finding these tools give the best results and room to build on your tan gradually for natural results ๐Ÿ™‚ it makes a huge difference from the days when I used to buy the darkest/orangest tans and use my hands to apply them ha,ha! It was so streaky and just didn’t look good at all ๐Ÿ™ xx

  • Jamie RS

    great review! these products looks great and sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer

  • Some fantastic tips! I’ve never fake tanned before because I’m too scared, but I definitely trust your advice as you’re a pale girl too! I love the idea os using the Magnitone for prep.

    Tara x

    • Thanks Tara and I was so scared too! Being so pale it never seemed to work out for me but I really enjoy it now ๐Ÿ™‚ the Magnitone is great and I also like using a regular body brush as it works just the same! xx

  • theano

    wonderful post! ๐Ÿ™‚