Just before I headed off on holiday last month I broke my final beauty frontier: the spray tan! Despite being absolutely terrified of patchiness, turning orange and smelling of biscuits for the rest of my life, I decided it was time I conquered my fears, and accepted the kind offer of a Decadence Spray Tan.
|Bushras Beauty Salon, Mary Street Mall, Dublin 1|
I’ve been interested in Decadence since they launched earlier this year. It’s a natural, organic Irish brand that’s not tested on animals, and is free from parabens, sulphates and mineral oils. Ingredients include seaweed, aloe vera, vitamin E and various essential oils, so its kind to the skin. So I popped into the bustling yet calming surrounds of Bushras Beauty Salon to pop my spray tan cherry. (Oh, and while I was there, I paid for a mani/pedi and an eyebrow threading, too – prices were reasonable and the staff were great. I’d recommend.)
|Squeezing in a quick pedicure while I was there!|
I’ll be honest: I was a bit rubbish at preparing - exfoliating, moisturising and all that jazz. And I was completely unsure of the protocol – should I wear these funny disposable pants? Why is she handing me Vaseline? How long will I have to stand here pulling poses? (Answers: not if you don’t want tan lines, it acts as a barrier to stop the tan staining your hands, and about 15 minutes).
|Looking naturally tanned - and slightly alcoholic - in Spain!|
The next day, the colour looked alarmingly dark. And I won’t lie, I could definitely detect a faint whiff of biscuits – but nothing unpleasant or overpowering. Once I’d showered, I was delighted to uncover a natural looking golden glow, with only one tell-tale patch on an elbow to give the game away. I felt like I looked healthier and even, dare I say it, thinner somehow. Off I flew to
and as my two week holiday
progressed, the tan faded nicely and evenly, with no streakiness. I
was definitely impressed. Spain
Next time – because there will be a next time – I’ll rub some of that Vaseline on my elbows, too.