Lit from Within: Something Different Sunday - Getting a Tea-totallin' Tan

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Something Different Sunday - Getting a Tea-totallin' Tan

The Beautisol Tea Tan Glow was provided to me for review, through my relationship with iFabbo.  Regardless, I make every effort to have my reviews be unbiased and honest.

Back in my sordid youth, my friends and I were all consumed by wanting to have fantastic tans.  We went to extreme and dangerous lengths - Crisco, anyone? - for that golden glow.  Now that I'm older and wiser, I avoid the sun and if I want a tan, I get it in a can.

Enter Beautisol Tea Tan Glow.  I've never seen a product like this before - it's a temporary tan, in foam form, that you apply and then it washes off with soap and water.

I have had people tell me that I have the whitest legs they've ever seen.  I have totally seen whiter.  But, truth be told, I am very fair - and I rarely tan.  If I do get some sun, I may burn, then it just peels.  This is my before pix.  Please wear sunglasses if you are easily blinded.

The directions called for 2 pumps of the Tea Tan Glow for the lower part of the leg.  I added a smidge more.  Work fast, because you'll get a variance in the shades anywhere that the foam sits on you longer than anywhere else.  It wasn't too much of a problem for me, as you'll see in a minute.

This application mitt is sold separately, and retails for $8.  It's pretty thin, but the description says it is washable and reusable.  It did help keep me from getting the foam all over my palms.

Here's the after shot.  In Real Life, you could see the slightest difference.  In pix, not so much.  I actually didn't put any of the foam on my foot.  If you look really, really hard, you might be able to see the demarcation line where I stopped applying the tan.

Did you see it?  Hint - it's just above my ankle.

Here's a comparison shot.  Only one of these legs has the application of Tea Tan Glow.  Can you tell which one?

This is Pax.  She couldn't tell the difference, either. She may want me to put a little on her muzzle, though.  She's gone white over the years. Girl needs some fur dye.

Here's the thing.  I should be THE perfect consumer for this treatment.  I'm pasty pale.  I would have loved to see a nice, healthy glow for my efforts, but the difference was imperceptible.  For all the work it would take to cover legs and arms and whatever else you want 'tan', the payoff just isn't enough - especially if you decide to do a second coat for more color.  Not to mention, you need to avoid sweating, water, and light colored clothing while you're wearing it.  After all is said and done, I'm not sure who the customer is for this product.  It should be me, but it isn't.

On the plus side, it was quick and easy to apply, had no smell, dried quickly, and came off easily with a makeup wipe.  If you needed a touch-up and were running late, this might help you even out a tan line, or give you the effect of a very light dusting with a bronzer.

If you'd like more information on this product, or other products by Beautisol, you can find it (along with their web store) HERE  (affiliate link) If you use the code IFABBOGLOW, you can get 20% off, too.

Do you use tan in a can?  Would you use a temporary product like this one, or would you want something that lasts a little longer?  Or, do you just soak up the sun?

The Beautisol Tea Tan Glow was provided to me for review, through my relationship with iFabbo.  Regardless, I make every effort to have my reviews be unbiased and honest.


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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by. :) I look forward to your comments!


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