I follow a lot of fitness girls for inspiration and motivation on Instagram. Most of them are from Australia and promote a self-tanner called Loving Tan. I had never heard of it, but was so envious of their beautiful sun-kissed look.
I have literally purchased most of the major self-tanners on the market just to have a beautiful tan for a day, just to completely wash it off and be pale the next. All of that hard work seemed to go down the drain literally. It is not easy maintaining a sun-kissed look without the sun. I refuse to keep cooking in the sun for a few reasons; sunspots all over, wrinkled skin when I get older, cancer, etc...... I finally ordered it when my favorite makeup YouTuber Lauren Curtis said that she had started using this self-tanner because it is so wonderful.
Loving Tan is free of parabens, alcohol, no animal testing and is made with naturally derived ingredients. There is aloe vera in it to keep your skin hydrated (which most self-tanners dry out the skin). Every time I use a self-tanner, I am drenching myself in lotion. They also claim it is waterproof.
I didn't mind the price ($29.99-$34.99) + FREE SHIPPING!!!, the packaging is so cute and girly! I ordered the 2 Hr Express Mousse in Dark and the mitt. They have a really good medium shade, but I feel like I want to be really dark so it can wear off longer. When I went to the checkout, they had taken a percentage off of the cost and it brought it down a bit.
The 2 Hr Express formula is a mousse that goes on extremely dark, you leave it on for 2 or more hours and it can be washed off. I bought this particular formula because I hate leaving tanning lotion on all day. It is so sticky and gets all over my clothes and I feel like I can't do anything with it. I just wanted to have it on for a few hours, wash it off and move on with my day.
The mitt comes in a little box and bag. It has the softest velvet material that surpasses any other tanning mitt I have ever owned. So great for blending!
I always lotion up the areas that I don't want the color to stick to like my knees, elbows and around my ankles. I pumped just one pump of mousse onto the mitt and started with my legs. The color wasn't that dark when I first applied it, but as time went on it got darker and darker. The initial color is just the color guide color to show you where it was applied. Just one pump goes such a long way! It was blending nicely, but as I used it more and more, the color kept sticking to one area and I was having a really hard time blending it out. It is a quick drying formula and I am thinking that is why it kept gathering up in little areas. It took me quite some time (45 minutes) because I kept trying to blend and blend and it just wasn't working well for me at all. My husband did my back and had the same complaint. I felt as though he was going to literally give me burns on my back from trying to rub so hard to blend. I looked pretty ridiculous with so many streaks all over me. I left it on under 2 hours because I was ready to go to bed, so I took a shower to get all of the sticky feeling off. Almost all of the color came off and I had wondered if I had done all of that hard work for nothing.
The next morning I woke up with a golden tan. It had developed overnight, and for not leaving it on the full 2 hours, it was pretty dark! Not as dark as when I had applied it, but still dark nonetheless. You can always layer it on as well to get even darker. That tanning smell was not strong at all, and only lasted a day. I also noticed that my skin was not completely bone dry all of the time. There was no change in my skin from usual and I loved that fact so much! I also noticed that all of the millions of streaks were not there. It was the most even tan I have ever gotten from any self-tanner. I know now not to spend all of my time trying to blend it out because it will be even when the tan develops after I wash it off.
I also wanted to test out it's waterproof claims that they make on their website. I had a really hard workout and drenched myself in sweat. Most tans always bleed onto my clothes when I sweat and the tan comes off too quickly. I even wore a sweat waist belt to see how well the tan would stick. Whenever I use this belt after I have self-tanned, the tan literally sweats off in that area of my stomach. I was so shocked!!! It didn't even wear off onto my sports bra like they always do! The tan hardly budged from my stomach from the waist belt! I wore a white shirt, and no tan sweat on it at all! I was so impressed!
The best part about this tanner, is that I applied it last Sunday, and I still see remnants of it. It has lasted longer than anything I have ever tried. I think the best one I used before lasted a good 2-3 days at most. That even includes St. Tropez. I was so impressed with it, I actually decided to spend another $20 of shipping and ordered 2 more bottles of different formulas (extra dark and dark). I will use this especially when I am going swimming or to the beach because it stays on so well. They even have a waterproof makeup to use for swimming that won't budge.
You can see a lot of the before and after pictures from their website to get a good idea of the color. www.lovingtan.com
***I paid for these products myself and I am not paid or endorsed by Loving Tan. These are my own opinions and experiences using this product***