Fake tan Bronzer and Night Cream?!

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mmask

If you read this blog regularly you will know that I had a bit of a pre-wedding tanning moment, before deciding (again!) that fake tanning was not for me! However, I did really like my Vita Liberata fake tan, and was interested in a couple of their latest products which were sent to me. First up is their Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Tanning Bronzing Minerals (£35). Yep, a self-tan bronzer. So, essentially a bronzer, which you apply like a … [Read more...]

Fake Tan Fan?

Opus 4 tanning machine

During my many years as a beauty writer, I have had many fake tans. Before I was a beauty writer, I had many fake tans. I spent most of my teenage years, in the late 1980s, feeling completely let-down by my peely-wally Scottish skintone, and used anything at all to give me, what I thought, was a golden glow. Thanks to Duo-Tan and the like back then, I ended up more orange than golden, but I was certainly glowing! So, when I started to use … [Read more...]

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins launched their Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face a year ago, and we blogged about it on here. It instantly became a huge hit, and Clarins themselves were taken aback by the instant response the product generated. It finished the year as the number one self-tan product in the premium market, which is no mean feat, after just nine months on the market. Everyone loved it - and wanted more! So, Clarins listened, and a year later, … [Read more...]

All the fake tans!

fake tans in a bag

Okay, that's not strictly true, of course, because there are loads of fake tans out there. We all know the salon brands, St Tropez and Fake Bake, of course. They have great reputations and there is a reason for their popularity. But what about other fake tans out there - and all  the different formulas and formats! Creams, lotions, mousses, liquids, sprays. Wash off, gradual, one-hour, regular, face, body. It's a massive market - we all love to … [Read more...]

Get into the World Cup spirit – with a tan!

Brazilian self tan dry oil brazil

The World Cup starts next Thursday in Brazil, but you don't have to be into football to be inspired by the country. From TV documentaries, to Havaianas flip-flops, Brazil is in the headlines at the moment, and looks like staying there for most of the summer.Famous for its beaches, it's thong bikinis, and gorgeous tanned bodies, it's a paradise holiday we can only dream about. Not likely to get a Brazilian style tan after a weekend at Largs, are … [Read more...]

Vita Liberata tantoos, Alexandra Burke and me!

merle vita liberata tantoo

If you haven't tried luxury tanning brand, Vita Liberata, yet, then why not?! I'm not a massive tanner, but this brand have some lovely products- tanning and beyond. I had a fun night at Edinburgh's Scotsman Hotel Spa this week, learning all about the brand, and had a spray tan as well as a crazy 'tantoo'  - as favoured by X-Factor's Alexandra Burke - check hers at her 25th Birthday party.And here's mine! The tantoo washes off - they just use … [Read more...]

St Tropez tan top models!

BINTM finalists: l-r, Emma, Lauren, Sarah

So, who is excited for the final of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model tonight? Will it be Lauren, Sarah or Emma who walks off with the title? Look out for a fantastic shoot this evening, when the girls recreate the new iconic  Kate Moss for St.Tropez Ultimate Tan campaign shot in a bid to become crowned winner of this year’s show.St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert Michaella Bolder jetted off to Barbados to give the girls the Kate … [Read more...]

Ask Merle!

Ask merle three top fake tans

So, you may have noticed that there was a chance to 'Ask Merle' on the 5pm Health and Beauty Facebook page last month. This will be a regular thing, every month, so if you have any beauty questions you want answered, then please do look out for the Ask Merle FB post, and get asking!This month's question came from Liz who asked "I can never tan my legs properly, and I'm going abroad soon! Any tips?"I think Liz was asking about that age-old … [Read more...]

Be the face, body and tan of Fake Bake!

l-r; Sam Faiers, Sandra McClumpha, Josie Gibson

Be the face and body of Fake Bake! Here's a competition for all you fake tan lovers out there, from Fake Bake. It's an amazing competition actually - Fake Bake are looking for six lucky winners to front their new season campaign.All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and send them a message, saying in 200 words why you should win - tell them as much as you can, filling the 200 words, and if you don't want to enter yourself, you can … [Read more...]

Fake it!

James read fake tan bronzing spray

There is a lot of pasty white skin walking by at the moment, mine included! The sun is out, we're baring our bodies, and they are not bronzed! I'm not a massive fake tan fan, but I like a little bit of colour in the sunshine. These are my legs, tanned up with ModelCo One Night Tan Wash Off Instant Bronze Mousse, £12 boots.com) - it's an instant tanning mousse that I blended on with a fake tan mitt. It gave me a lovely light colour, and washed off … [Read more...]