As I prepared to pack my whole life into one average sized suitcase for my big move across the pond to study in Memphis, Tennessee, I encountered some problems any self-confessed beauty product junkie would despise. These being, WHICH cosmetics, makeup, hair & body products do I take with me? Will I be able to purchase my favourite items over there? Yes, I should have been more worried about starting my classes, getting along with my professors and making new friends, yet there I was a few hours before my flight was due to leave attempting to squeeze one more eyeshadow palette into the side of my case. As anticipated, I arrived at the check in with 'overweight baggage' and had to go through the horrible process of removing items from my suitcase for my parents to take back home. "You won't need all of this fake tan Zoe", my Dad said, "You're going to be in the 30 degree sunshine!" So, I let him take my THREE bottles of self tan home, albeit reluctantly (I am a bit of a 'tanorexic'), and set off to the States fake tan free. What I did not know was, Memphis is hot. Too hot. No sunbathing can be done here as the air is so thick and humid that it's suffocating. So, my third week here and off I go to Walgreens pharmacy in the search for my beloved fake tan. After prowling the aisles, incredously I find there is only one tanner in the whole store. This is the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze lotion. I couldn't belive the price; only $9.95. In the past I have paid upto £30 for tanners. I've seen the advertisement for this and so I thought, maybe this will make me look like Eva Longoria . Wishful thinking? This one is 150ml and is actually really great. It's subtle enough to wear on the face, and it can be built up to give a lovely bronze glow. I've compiled a list of pro's and con's about this product, so here they are;
- Looks natural, no streaky orange bits.
- VERY cheap.
- Good size.
- Has an instant bronze tint so you can see where to apply.
- Dries very quickly.
- Has a slight shimmer which when in certain lights can make you look like a glitter ball. (Not a good look).
- Can become quite patchy on the skin if it isn't being applied daily.
- Comes out of the tube in little bits which can make the process more time consuming.
All in all, I would give this product an 8/10. It's cheap and cheerful, has a nice natural tint and isn't too over the top. I haven't came across any self tanners that work this well for being so well-priced...not yet anyway!