Skinny Tan Coconut Mist: Review

I think I’m right in saying that anyone who tans at home, will always be on the look out for that perfect product. Over the years I’ve tried manyyyyyy different brands and types, and I feel like with every product I’ve tried, there’s been pros and cons. Nothing for me has worked perfectly. After hearing good things about the Skinny Tan brand and seeing an ad for a deal including the Coconut Body Mist, I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ve used it 3 times now so have some pros and cons to talk through.

The ad and instructions say to spray the mist on, rub it in, dress and go, and your tan will develop over the next few hours. That was one of the main selling points for me. No one likes getting orange sheets from sleeping in their tan, or the alternative; tanning on your day off, walking around like it’s two days after leg day, trying not to bend your arms too much or cross your legs, and trying not to splash yourself with the washing up water. So I like it for that.

And the tan it gives me is probably the most natural looking I’ve achieved from a DIY product, and I really love it. The website is really informative, with FAQ’s, helpful hints and tips for making the most of your tan, and we all know Coconuts have so many positives for our skin (if you don’t know, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Grab yourself a jar of Coconut Oil, get on Google to see what you can use it for, and start including it in your life!)

One of the biggest problems for me was the fake tan hands. The Oompa Loompa palms ARE REAL.

Before and after, feat. glowing skin and orange hands

The instructions say to massage the mist in with hands, not a mitt. Having spent years as a fake tan user, alarm bells started to ring when I read that, but I thought I’d follow the instructions. The bottle DOES tell you to wash your hands thoroughly after use. Maybe the first time I wasn’t thorough enough, because the palms very VERY orange and I spent the rest of the week scrubbing with the exfoliating mitt every time I washed my hands (they were that bad).

Second time, I used latex gloves. No problems with my hands, but it was really hard to tell where I had and hadn’t spread tan – at least using your hands you can feel where you’ve covered and where you haven’t.

Third time, I went back to glove-less, and WASHED VERY THOROUGHLY after every section… leg, leg, body, arms, face – and though they weren’t as bad as the first time, they were still too orange. So I don’t know what Skinny Tan’s definition of ‘thoroughly’ is – maybe you need to soak yourself in bleach? That’s the only way I can see them getting away with the ‘use your hands’ instruction.

I also made the mistake the first time of not waiting long enough before sweating. As the instructions and video ad suggest, you do all the spritzing, dress, and go. This is exactly what I did. 4 hours later I was at work, sweating a bit (obviously, it’s the nature of the job). When I got home there were definite white patches. So I’d like to amend their original suggestion – apply, dress, go…as long as you’re only going to go and sit somewhere and do nothing – especially with this heatwave we’re having!

So, to summarise:

Pros:

– Good even tan (no streaks)
– Smells nice
– Lasts about a week
– It’s vegan and uses natural ingredients
– Tans face nicely

– No messy sheets
– You can get on with every day life easier than when you’re waiting for any other tan to dry

Cons:

– Fake tan hands unless you use gloves or a mit
– You can’t see it going on – some problem areas (like feet) are hard to get right
– ‘Dress and Go’ is a bit mis-advertised
– It’s not a totally smooth process…because you’re spraying directly onto your body, and it’s a mist, if the bottle is upside down or at an angle, you have to put it back the right way up and pump the top a few times to get the flow going again
– It works out at about £2.50 a time

In conclusion.

Regardless of a couple of downfalls, I really am happy with the tan and will continue to use it to the end of the bottle. I would, however, be interested in trying other Skinny Tan products to see if we can rectify some of the mist’s cons.

If you’ve had any good/bad experiences with this product, feel free to share below!

Lynette x (3)

Rehearsal Geek…


I can’t even explain how much of a rehearsal geek I am. Always have been. Rehearsals finishing late? Running numbers on a weekend? Sometimes running from one rehearsal to another? When I was younger I used to pretend I didn’t like it – that it was a chore. Nope, love it. The typical “sorry I can’t, I have rehearsal” excuse was/is used a lot, but I’d be lying if I said I felt guilty every time I used it… And has anyone ever missed just ONE rehearsal and felt like you’ve missed a whole year? Possibly one of the worst theatre-related feelings ever.

So with show week starting, you can imagine I’ve been in my element recently. Long rehearsals, hard work, trying to be the best you can be. Working with an incredibly talented cast and creative team that you look up to. AND, this time, for the first time in my 24 years – I’m in a show with all 3 of my bestest friends. Which is amazing. Imagine a night with your ‘crew’ or ‘squad’ or ‘posse’ or whatever the cool name is nowadays. Now, imagine you all have a love for the same thing. And imagine you get to do that for a few hours a night, 4 or 5 times a week. You build a special bond with your dance/theatre friends and getting to share the stage with them is just on another level. And d’you know what else, you’re not afraid to tell each other when someone’s doing something wrong – you’ll still love each other at the end of the day!

Sweaty, exhausted, post-rehearsal selfie with my absolute favourites

I tell you what though, my body had a big surprise the morning after first rehearsal. I could barely move. It’s been just over a year since graduation and full time training ended. It’s not like I spent a year doing nothing, I went to the gym, I took class and now I’m teaching too. But nothing can prepare you for a Ms. Denison rehearsal. You go hard or go home. Not that you wouldn’t give it your all every single time – but for non-dancers out there, don’t think you turn up to an HSAP rehearsal and casually shuffle around the stage. It’s. FULL. ON. Thankfully now, a month down the line, my body’s more used to it (though I’m convinced I’ve still got a pulled hammy from that first rehearsal). And I still wake up with bruises on random body parts and wonder how they got there.

In summary – rehearsals give me life. Being in a room with such a talented group of people is an absolute pleasure. And being able to go 110% with your dancing and performance is an absolute joy after a few months without it. I get to dance when I teach of course. But when you’re teaching, it’s about your students. About their growth and development. This has given me the excuse to lose myself in performance again. I can’t decide if that’s selfish or not, being so self indulgent? Or actually the opposite because you’re doing it for an audience, for their entertainment? Or maybe it’s a bit of both? I’m just thinking as I speak here…any thoughts on the subject, go ahead and leave me a comment. At the end of the day, in life, we do what makes us happy. So perhaps it doesn’t even call for discussion if it makes me happy.

Anyway, it’s only a matter of days now until Legally Blonde opens in Harrogate! Watch this space, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of show week thoughts and drama to comment on 😉

Lynette x