Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Hey dolls! We all know how much I love self tanning and today I'm back with another self tanner to show you: the Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse in Medium! I've heard so many amazing things about this tanner from fellow beauty bloggers and have been dying to try it since.

The tanner comes with a card that has a handy "Mousse Application Guide" on one side and "Tips and Tricks" for before application and after on the other which is really nice. Before tanning, I exfoliated and applied some body lotion to my elbows and knees so the tan won't get super dark in those areas due to super dry skin.

Depending on your body type, this mousse application guide will help. Since I have a belly and am gaining weight, I used a bit more then recommended.

The consistency needs to be shaken before applied and is a super dark foam mousse that thins out nicely once you apply to your skin. I actually love working with mousses so much more than lotions now. They're just easier to spread out with less product to use. 

This tanner does have a light tan guard which is always nice so you know exactly where you're putting the product. Unlike other tanners I've used, the tan guard is an actual brown (no reddish tones, no orange tones) and that's due to the color correcting pigments in the tan that ensure a natural tan every time. Lastly, the scent. Ah, the scent. Using their "Pure Scent" technology, there's no gross odors during application nor during developing. The scent legit smells like fresh laundry. No joke. How do they even do that? It smells SO good, guys. For application, I 100% recommend buffing this tanner in small sections (ie: forearm first, then upper arm instead of tackling your entire arm with one go). It just seemed easier and I experienced streaking when I tried to do a whole part of my body at once. It might be more time consuming but it's definitely the best way to go.

Along with the tanner, I was sent one of their Beautisol Application Mitts which I used to apply the tanner. I was unsure about it because I'm so used to applying tanner with my Fake Bake mitt using the velvet side while the Beautisol mitt calls for using the thick foam side to apply. At first, I didn't like it. It was leaving my arms super streaky with the way I apply (to the foam and then rub it out on the body) and was super frustrating. I went to the Fake Bake mitt and smoothed out my arms. I decided to try out the Beautisol mitt one more time on my belly and tried a different method: more buffing in smaller areas and that seemed to work way better. It gave an even and smooth application from then on. The one thing I was bummed about was that the tanner did leak through and start to tan my palms but I caught it in time before it got crazy.

Dry time was about three minutes although I noticed my under arms felt sticky for a few minutes longer. This tanner is definitely one of those that you put on before you go to bed since it takes about 6-8 hours to develop. I don't recommend wearing white or tight clothing with this on but rather dark, loose clothing until it developed.

The morning after, I woke up to a nice dark tan (from the tan guard). I noticed a couple of spots I missed like my knees (how do I do that!?) and in between a few of my fingers which is no biggie because hey, my fault. After taking a shower, I was bummed to see that a lot of my tan went down the drain. I was left with a still nice tan, just not as dark as I thought it was going to be. I also noticed I looked a bit splotchy, like my tan didn't develop in some areas. I'd like to say I've been doing this for a long time and wouldn't make that mistake of not tanning myself in those areas so that was weird.  I also checked my body before going to bed to make sure everything was even. Lasting time was about 3-4 days. If you exfoliate often, it'll be even shorter.

- A lovely fresh laundry scent when applying.
- Foam makes application easy-peasy.
- The tan guard is a nice brown with no reddish/orange tones.
- The color (although not as dark as I thought it would be) was very flattering and nowhere close to orange. YAY!

- Time consuming because you should buff in the tanner in small areas instead of trying to conquer a whole body part at a time. If you don't, streaks are unavoidable.
- Showering took off a lot of color.
- Left my legs splotchy like the color didn't develop in some parts.

Overall, I'm left feeling 50/50 on this. I did like the color I got after showering but was left scratching my head on how some parts developed while some didn't. It's really nothing that I can't fix by just going in and applying more tan to them but it was definitely odd. The scent was amazing and even in the morning (while you're sweating and all that fun stuff overnight), I didn't wake up smelling like DHA. I also love that this contains no parabens, propylene-glycol and is vegan and cruelty-free!

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