Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Styled by Helen: Summer Tan

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It seems to be a Wardrobe Conversations tradition to do full on summer themed posts just as summer is coming to an end. Last year it was a Tropical Girl Gang shoot with Mint & Chillies and this time around we're talking about tanning. The problem is that in Scotland you're never quite sure if summer was even here. A couple of days of sunshine here and there but it can never be relied upon. And now the nights have started getting longer and I'm sitting typing this post wrapped in a blanket. Farewell summer! So testing out Bellamianta Rapid Tan Mousse was the perfect excuse to bust out some summery clothing for (probably) the last time this year. You know, unless we get that surprise heat wave we're always promised.

Playsuit | Nicely Eclectic
Shoes | Dorothy Perkins
Glasses | c/o Spex Pistols
Sunglasses | Vintage
Belt | Charity Shop
Necklace | Made by Me
Earrings | DIY
Umbrella | Paperchase

For me summery clothing equals a jumpsuit from Nicely Eclectic. Last time I borrowed a colourful 90s number but this year I actually bought this fruity piece. I purchased this playsuit way back in February at Lou Lou's Vintage Fair and haven't had many opportunities to wear it since. In fact I think I've only worn it three times. And two of those were with thick black tights. It was nice to actually wear it with bare legs. Even if it was a tad chilly, rainy and generally unsummery. I felt much better getting my legs out with a bit of colour on them. Even if it may not look that noticeable to people who don't look at my legs everyday (ie people who aren't me), there is a definite difference. I usually wear nude tights so you may not be quite familiar with just how painfully pale my pins are. To show you the difference I spent my Sunday tanning half my body. It may be subtle (and hard to capture with my camera) but the mousse certainly gives a healthier glow. 
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I'm very much a fake tan novice. I haven't really tried the stuff since I was at uni, and that wasn't yesterday. I'm usually pretty content with the pale and interesting look. Mostly because even when the sun does appear, I still can't achieve a natural tan. I can be found in one of  two shades - white or red, and I tend to do everything I can to avoid the dreaded sunburn. So it definitely felt nice to have a bit more colour about me. I felt happier wearing less makeup, ditching the tights and getting my arms out. Not that I feel overly bothered about these things normally, but having a bit of a tan did boost my confidence a tad. While I probably won't be adding fake tanning into my weekly routine (pah! Like I have routine), it's nice to experience now and again. Plus it helped to trick me into feeling like I had actually experienced summer. Despite my novice status, I wanted to share a few things that I learned along the way that might help you with any future tanning endeavours.

1.) Preparation is Key (but not always)
Prepping your skin with proper exfoliation and moisturising is important for the best results. Also leaving the right amount of time between said preparations and application is usually a good idea. Kimberley is good at doing this kind of thing and you can see the results of that in her post. But, don't worry to much if you're like me and are a tad lazy when it comes to proper beauty etiquette. I didn't complete all the proper prep and I still got a result I was happy with. I'm sure putting in the time and following all of the instructions could have improved the result further but this is real life.

2.) Helping Hands
Tanning alone can result in some weird lines. While it may not always be possible to have an extra pair of hands on site, it can really help with covering the hard to reach places. Kimberley and I had a bit of a pamper evening while we were applying. The addition of wine, ridiculous 90s tunes and a friend to laugh with certainly made the application more fun, as well as more even. 

3.) Legs First
In my limited tan experience, I've found the legs to be one of the trickiest spots. Products never take
 to this area as much as others. Perhaps this is down to my lack of preparation (see point 1) but I found starting from the legs upwards helped. I then went back and applied a little more to my legs which also add some more colour and meant they tied in with the rest of my body.

4.) Old Undies
The Bellamianta Mousse dried quickly so I wasn't worried about it transferring to my clothes or bed sheets but I did manage to get some on my underwear while applying. Luckily I was  wearing my Bridget Jones pants so wasn't fussed about this. It did wash off but just to be on the safe side it's best not to wear your favourite knickers for this job.

5.) Small Steps
Both Kimberley and I were very conscious of not wanting to look like we'd been tangoed. We watched the clock very closely to make sure we didn't let it develop too long. I think this was a good idea as it gave us a feel for the product and it's effects. Different brands and methods of application can make for different results and Bellamianta was new to both of us. On my second application I felt a lot more confident that I wouldn't end up looking like David Dickinson, so was happy to leave it on for a bit longer. But I was glad that I'd been cautious the first time. It's easier to add more rather than have to scrub away at your skin to get it off.    

Do you have any other tips and tricks to help this novice out?

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Thanks again to Bellamianta for letting us try this out and for providing us pale girls with an end of summer tan.

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