This post contains gifted items from Bondi Sands which have been marked with *. The company has provided them for review but have not had any control of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
As summer approaches I like to add a little colour to my skin. I don’t sunbathe at home (only on holiday and with a good sunscreen) and I don’t use anything like tanning beds, of course (does anyone still use those?), so I like to fake it til I make it!! I’m generally pretty pale and have to be careful with fake tans as I can go orange very quickly if I’m not careful. My usual go to is Superdrug’s Gradual Tan and while I love it, it has to be built up over a few days so if I need some last minute colour then it’s no good. Time to introduce Bondi Sands. I was very kindly offered to try something from their range a couple of weeks ago and I picked the Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil *. They also very kindly sent me the Self Tanning Mitt * to go with it and OMG it’s the best tanning mitt I’ve ever seen! But more on that later.
Bondi Sands was inspired by Australia’s most well known beach and a desire to make the ultimate tan accessible to everyone. They produced a salon quality formula that gives you a even, naturally golden tan that also hydrates and nourishes your skin. Their aim is to capture what makes Australian summers iconic and bring it to you every day. Australian’s always have the most gorgeous tans, so I was pretty sure that their products were going to be good and I wasn’t disappointed.
Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil * is an oil that you spray onto your skin and then rub in with the tanning mitt to ensure it’s evenly spread out. So being the relative newbie that I am to fake tan (my history very much consists of gradual tans and St Moritz Foaming Mousse) then I maybe went a bit overboard with this the first time! It says on the website that it develops over 2-3 hours, but it doesn’t say that on the bottle, so when I applied it I was expecting a bit of colour to show up instantly but it was only very faint. So I added more. 3 layers more! The picture above shows these applications immediately after on my right leg and my left leg has no fake tan on. So I then applied a couple of layers to my left leg to even it out, waited for it to dry and put my joggers on to go about the housework! I didn’t think much else of it until I got undressed for bed later and Anthony said ‘your legs are really brown’. I looked down and oh my god – they were so dark! I also had patches around my feet from where I’d not rubbed it in properly! Total rookie mistake which was pretty funny, but at least I know how to use it now. On the plus side though once he’d stopped laughing(!) Anthony actually said how much of a natural colour it was and it didn’t look orange at all – even on my pale skin. When a guy notices that then you know it’s good! Below is the tan after a day to develop and yes, my right leg is still darker than my left!
So once I’d got to use this properly I’ve been really impressed! I only used one layer on my upper half and the colour came out lovely. It’s very brown based, not orange, and it’s pretty much streak free as long as you rub it in evenly. I had a gorgeous, natural-looking glow that looked as if I had been on Bondi beach for the day 😉! It does have a little bit of a guide colour to go by but not as dark as what I’m used to, so it is a little more tricky. As long as you’re paying attention though it’s pretty easy. The main thing that drew me to this is that it claims to ‘dry within seconds’ and although it’s not quite seconds it does dry really quickly (around 5-10 minutes) and you don’t need to wash it off either. So you can just apply it in the morning, wait for it to dry and then off you go out the door. You can add another layer after though to deepen the colour if you want to. I also love the smell of this when you first apply it as it really does smell like coconuts, however I did find that towards the end of the day it had developed into a normal fake tan smell of biscuits. Wear time is pretty great too – it lasted a good week without really fading and even longer on my legs because of the extra layers! It also faded really evenly and didn’t go patchy.
The Self Tanning Mitt * is also amazing. It’s so thick and luxurious and makes application super easy. I’ve only ever had cheap mitts before that have the padding one side and the thin fabric the other, so using this is a dream! It’s so fluffy meaning its easy to smooth the tan onto the skin and it really buffs it in instead of letting it sit on top of the skin. Once you’ve applied your tan you just rinse it under warm water to clean it and let it sit out to dry. Considering the thickness of it it did take a couple of days to fully dry but it’s come out clean and fluffy!
I’d definitely recommend this tan if you’re looking for a new summer glow. Even if you’re pale like me this isn’t one that is going to turn you super dark and orange – unless you add 4 layers like I did, but even then I wasn’t orange at all. I’m definitely going to be sticking to this as my summer colour this year and it’s made me look into other products in the range too. Their Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk looks really good too and I’m debating picking that up to use to prolong the Liquid Gold even more. There is currently 30% off on the Bondi Sands website too, until 16th May, so go check out their sales.