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Watch out the two vlogs I did of the girls weekend :
Now I actually live in Arizona so obtaining a sun-kissed glow from the big star in the sky is relatively easy. However, A. it is beyond hot and I don't have the comfort level to sit outside for any amount of time. And B. I'm not really up for getting skin cancer.
Normally do my own sunless tanning through lotions, mousses and sprays at home but I wanted to do something a bit more special for this trip. I decided to indulge in a custom air brush spray tan !
I have never had a custom spray tan before. I have done booth spray tans before but I had a terrible experience with them and streaky legs are just unacceptable for a Cali vaca.
Believe it or not I came across Luminosity Spray Tan on Instagram.
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I was excited to see that Christy, the owner, uses Infinity Sun products which I had already heard really great reviews about. Luminosity Spray Tan also offers the option to be sprayed in the comfort of your own home or at her home studio.
Visit the Luminosity Spray Tan site for appointment info.
I decided to make my appointment an 'in home' one and for the day before we left for California. That way it would allow the tan to have at least 12 hours or so to fully develop.
Christy called me the day before my appointment to touch base on any questions I may have had and to go over a few pre tanning rituals. Head over here to read up on some great tips and trick to a fab custom spray tan.
I gently exfoliated my skin in preparation for my spray tan with the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt. I actually got in this in the Spring 2014 FabFitFun box.
Day of the spray I was so super excited and looking forward to feeling bronzed and sexy. I don't know about you but I always feel more confident and comfortable when I am sporting a gorgeous tan.
Christy arrived on time and began setting up her portable studio right in my living room. All the while chatting with me about all things girlie and beauty related. She is seriously the sweetest and made me feel comfortable right off the bat.
Pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen !
I did decide to get tanned while wearing a strapless bikini since this was my first time and I just personally felt more comfortable this way. Prior to starting the spray she applied a barrier cream to my knuckles, elbows, knees etc. As well as provided these funky little filters that are inserted into the nostrils to alleviate any inhalation of the spray. She also did a quick once over my body with a ph balancer using the spray wand. This is supposed to help the tan develop and wear off naturally and evenly. I highly recommend this step !
Once the spraying began Christy had me hold my arms and move my legs in a certain fashion to ensure even application and drying. The whole process start to finish, including set up to take down took maybe 30 minutes? Keep in mind that is with us chatting up a storm in between each step.
Mere hours after my spray and I am looking gorgeously tan!
It only took a few hours before my tan began to be pretty visible and the next morning ( I hadn't rinsed off or anything yet ) I was DARK and I loved it !!!!!
On the car ride to Cali.
My tan came down to an even more natural shade after my first rinse off. LOVE LOVE LOVE !!!
Taken the day after my spray. No streaks !!
As with any sunless tanning it is recommended to skip harsh soaps the first time showering post tan.
At Generation Beauty on Saturday.
The tan lasted me at the very least a strong week before wearing off to a natural subtle glow. Also remember I was in California and live in Arizona where I am sweating a ton and needed to shower every single night. I believe because of the elements it wore off faster than I could have made it last.
I was sprayed on a Thursday ... This picture was on Sunday !! Still super tan.
I also want to mention that my skin didn't get dried out during this process at all. If anything it was softer and smoother. Especially with the post tan enhancer and extender lotion packets Christy gave me to try. I didn't really get the I've sunless tanned 'smell' to my skin until mid way through the day after my spray. Which is totally my fault because by that point I should have done a quick rinse off but we were in the car on the way to Cali soooo that wasn't possible.
I couldn't have been happier with my very first custom spray tan by Luminosity Spray Tan.
If you have an event or party coming up and want a natural looking tan but don't want to risk getting skin cancer.
I highly recommend you head on over to the Luminosity Spray Tan site and book your appt ASAP !!
You won't regret it.