bronzed beauty – game changer

So I am a fan of being tan.

I mean, who isn’t?  I just feel so much better when I”ve got a little color in my skin.  Especially if I”m feeling insecure about my body, sometimes a good tan is all I need to lift my spirits and my confidence.  I mean, let’s take a little tip from the perfectly bronzed beauty herself, Kim Kardashian.  Love her or hate her, the girl’s got the tan down like no one else.

With nightmares of melanoma from my days as a dermatologist surgical assistant, I can’t bring myself to step foot in a tanning bed and let’s be honest.. the last time I layed out in the real sunshine was oh about.. 9 months before Harlo was born.  My idea of catching rays now is chasing my kids around the beach or working in the yard as they splash around in their kiddie pool.  Not exactly the thorough tan I am envisioning.  But I believe that moms should not give up their dreams, even the smallest of them to look like an island princess year round if we wish.  Finding a good “fake” tanner can be a painful and not-so-pretty process, but I threw myself into the fire to find the perfect one and I’m ready to share my expertise.

Spray Tanning – I’ve tried 4 different spray tans and while I have enjoyed the bronzing effects and the no-streak look, It can get pretty expensive to keep up on.  Not to mention, it’s a little smelly.  I’m all about the low maintenance-high maintenance. ie: do it yourself beauty.  It’s the same reason I do my own mani/pedis and color my own hair.  If I can’t spend $15 for a polish change, you better believe I’m not spending upwards of $30 on a spray tan I’m going to need again next week.

Tan-in-a-can – I never dared try a self tanning out of a bottle until about 2 years ago.  Maskcara recommended sun laboratories, and when Maskcara recommends something, we should all run to our nearest amazon and purchase it.  Am I right?  So I have been an avid user of sun laboratories since.

Until… someone asked me if I had ever tried Fake Bake.  I had tried the Fake Bake lotion and I did really like it as far as color and no-streak goes, but I felt that my sun laboratories lasted longer.  But I had started falling out of love with my beloved sun labs due to sometimes splotches on my wrists, ankles and forearms even after I had properly lotioned the areas just as Maskcara told me to.  So, a couple weeks ago I got a wild hair and got on to look at Fake Bake again.  To my surprise, they have a bunch of awesome products and one in particular, Fake Bake Flawless, caught my attention.  One thing I don’t love about the sun labs brand is that it’s a lotion and you work up a pretty good sweat bronzing yourself from head to toe.  I liked that the Fake Bake Flawless was a spray and had a mit to apply. (Similar to what I’ve seen of the million dollar tan, but less than half the price.) I wanted to try it and for $13 it was worth a shot!

For me, it’s a total game changer.  I love the color of this tan – not orange in the least! It’s buildable so it’s perfect for someone who just wants a little glow and for someone who likes a deeper tan.  It’s EASY TO APPLY which is amazing.  I am virtually streak free and have absolutely no build-up around my wrists or ankles.  Glides on like butter, I tell you!  I think even Maskcara herself would approve!

A bonus is that it comes with the gloves and directions of everything you’d need to know about getting a great tan. It was very similar to what Maskcara posts about, so you can check out her tips for flawless self tans here.

What I really love about this product though that outshines any other, is their dedication to keeping it as natural and paraben free as possible.  The shelf life on this tan will be about 10 months because it’s made with all natural ingredients.  If you keep it in the fridge, it will last longer and keep the color better too.  I love knowing what I’m slathering all over my body is not poisoning me.

Keep that tan lasting extra long with a little of this jergens natural glow through the summer and consider yourself a true bronzed beauty – the healthy way!

You’ll thank me later. ;)

xo, C

(This is not a paid post, but if you know the owner of Fake Bake, send them my way! ;) )


15 Responses to bronzed beauty – game changer

  1. AnaLisa April 18, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Thanks for the tip! I think i’ll need to try this fakebake stuff!

    I have tried and used the sunlabs lotion but sadly it makes me kinda stink! Kinda not so good. I dunno if it is clogging my pores or what but I really loved everything else about sunlabs.

    • Cass Miller April 19, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      I agree, AnaLIsa! It smells on me too. This one DOES NOT have the same smell. :)

  2. shea m April 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I have actually been thinking to myself I need need NEED some sun so I don’t look dead anymore. Unfortunately like you said sun bathing and children don’t go easily hand in hand. Not to mention I’m prego now so I don’t feel great spreading chemicals on my skin. I’m going to have to look into this fake bake you speak of.

    • Cass Miller April 19, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      Congrats on expecting again, Shea! So exciting. I’ll have to look into if it’s safe for pregnant mamas, but I know it’s made of 99% natural ingredients, just with an organic preservative to keep a shelf life. Definitely worth looking into because a tan in pregnancy can make all the difference of making you feel like a goddess! ;)

  3. kellyntay April 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I saw her post about that tanning lotion and almost bought it right then! I may have to give one a try out first though because of the cheaper price haha.

    • Cass Miller April 19, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      It’s about $5 cheaper and I love when the cheaper option wins out! I’m pretty confident when I say, you’ll love it. ;)

  4. Lyndsay April 19, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    So, I’ve already ruined my skin. Living in FL at the beach… it’s just too tempting as a young sun goddess. :) But the ever-deepening wrinkles around my eyes (and my genetics-so much skin cancer in my fam) are making me want to stop the madness. But I’ve tried so many self tanners, and the one thing that stops me from using them is the foul smell. I can’t even describe it! Weird chemical + burnt skin? I don’t know! So when I saw that Jergens took the smell out I was the first in line to buy it… but they LIED! It still stinks. Okay, so all that to ask, does Fake Bake have “the smell”?????? Because I’m totally wanting to try it now!!!

    • Cass Miller April 19, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Don’t I know it, Lynds! I live in the desert where the only thing to do is go to the pool or the lake 10 months out of the year. I have definitely done my damage in the sun, but now I can lather up in all the spf my heart desires AND rock a great tan.
      My very favorite part of this and reason for switching is that the smell is seriously non existent. I think because it’s made of all natural ingredients, there’s no chemical-ish, burned skin smell. Always a bonus. ;) It smells like coconut going on and when it dries, the smell is gone. (and good coconut too, not the coconut that is trying to cover the burned flesh smell!)
      Jergens is definitely getting better, but I agree that it’s not completely up to par. I usually apply my Jergens at night and my regular smelly-good stuff in the morning. The more you lather in lotion, the better your fake tan will stay!

      Good luck!!

  5. Leona April 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Where can I pick this up to try?

  6. liv May 7, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    this stuff is GREAT! I got it on your recommendation, and I love it!! I get compliments all the time on being so “sun-kissed.” Haha, I’ll never tell my secret! ;)

    • Cass Miller May 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      So glad you like it, Liv! And absolutely no need to tell! A lady’s got to have her secrets! ;)

  7. Caitlin February 21, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I have been looking for a safe way to get a little glow but I am breastfeeding and have a 3 month old who wants to put his mouth no everything (my face, arms, neck). I obviously wouldn’t put it on my chest but do you think it would be safe to use on the rest of my body??

    Thanks, and I love your blog. Just found you thru Maskcara.

    • Cass Miller February 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      Hi Caitlin! I am 8 months pregnant and I use it. I have done some research and haven’t found anything that a pregnant mother can’t use in it as it’s all very natural and almost all organic. Also, once it dries it doesn’t come off with water (or slobber) :) so I think it would be okay. I plan on using it while nursing as well. :) Hope that helps!

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