You guys know from watching my videos that I love tanning. I have naturally sallow skin and two days in the sun and I'm as brown as a chestnut. However Irish weather kills me at the best of times, as long days of sunshine are rare. To get a tan in Ireland we sometimes need to revert to sunless tanners. Over the years I have used a lot of self tanners and would almost say Im an expert at knowing whats hot and whats not when it comes to fake tan.

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, what tan are you wearing? Nine times out of ten its Cocoa Brown I love it for so many reasons. 

Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan is an Irish company created by Marissa Carter and as you all know Im all about supporting my own. I have been using cocoa brown for the last year and a half and its one of the only tans I would recommend to a friend. The tan is a mousse formulation which makes applying it a dream. It has a colour guard and I couldn't be more thankful for that. Iv had a few too many tanning disasters from tans with no colour guard, I end up missing half my arm or my hands and it looks horrendous. I use the dark shade of Cocoa Brown but its also available in a lighter shade if you want to look sun kissed and not overly bronzed.

I apply the tan in the morning and then I shower it off at night and it gives me a lasting tan for up to 5 - 7 days depending on the condition of my skin prior to application. 


Before

Prepping the skin 
I first prep my skin by exfoliating in the shower, just to remove any dead skin cells and stop my tan from rapidly fading. I then moisturise my skin and let it soak in for 5 - 10 minutes. I add vasaline around my nails, wrists, side of my hands and elbows as these are the areas the tan can cling to an go extremely dark and unnatural.



Application
I always use a mitt to apply my tan, they are so inexpensive and make applying it a dream. I put the tan on the mitt, ensuring to point the Cocoa Brown bottle downward like if you were spraying a can of cream, this will stop the product from going all over the place (its not fun when that happens). I then apply it to my skin in circular motions and it comes out a lovely caramel shade. After 1 hour you can wash the tan off but I leave mine to develop for about 5 - 8 hours before showering. 


  After

One of my biggest complaints when it comes to tan, is my body smelling like a leftover takeout! This tan has a pleasant scent thank god, as that can make or break a tanning product for me. I should mention that I suffer from eczema and its hugely irritated by tans, but cocoa brown has no effect. 

Maintaining my tan
Have you ever had a bad experience with tan coming off and it looks scaly and flaky and oh so unattractive! You need to jump into the shower and scrub your skin raw to remove the remnants of it or face looking like a scaly lizard. Well fortunately this never happens with Cocoa brown as when its coming off it just fades away to your natural colour and doesn't look patchy.  There is little or no maintenance with this tan and what I mean by that is you don't have to reapply ever two seconds due to rapid fading a streaking. 

If you are looking to try a new tan give Cocoa brown 1 hour tan a go. I always recommend it and for all of you wondering how I get my glow on look no further.

Pros
- The price point cant be beaten at €7.99 for a 150ml bottle
- Ease of application and lasting power 
- No transfer (your white bed sheets will be thanking you)
- Fades after 5 days and doesn't look unnatural while doing so.
- Has a nice smell as tans go

So guys, there you have it. Pick up your bottle of Cocoa Brown in your local pharmacy, Pennys/Primark or Tesco and get your summer glow on.

Lots of Love,

Aisling xxx


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