Self-tanning adventures part 2 featuring Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist and FakeBake Bronze on the Glow


I’m back with more self-tanning product reviews. You can read all about my story with self tanners, as well as reviews of three other self-tanners here.

In terms of bronzing and self-tanning, I’ve done it all. From the gradually-developing spray-tans in an automated booth, to the somewhat awkward experience of being bronzed with an airbrush while standing in my undies before a technician – I’m a self-tanning veteran. For your quick reference, I have rated the following products on their ease of use, as well as the intensity of the tan after a single application from 0 to 5. 0 is equal to no noticeable change in color after a single use, and 5 is equivalent to the darkest result achievable without looking like a reject-extra from the Jersey Shore. For those more experienced with self-tanning, I would compare a result of 5 to a salon spray-tan where you achieve the final level of intensity after a single visit.

Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner review

Next up is the Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner. Unlike the first two products, this product is a gel formula that promises to deliver results in two hours. It is applied with your hands all over the body like a moisturizer and it promises to be quick-drying and moisturizing.

I’m not even sure where to begin with this product because it is so appallingly terrible. Firstly, it reeks. The initial scent is reminiscent of sunscreen and is rather pleasant, but after oxidizing on the skin it smells very strongly of coppery-chemical self-tanner, which does not dissipate until being rinsed off.

My biggest problem with this product is that it is sticky and not quick-drying in the least. I applied this product all over my body a few hours before going to bed, and I was waking-up in the middle of the night because I was so, so sticky from the application that my bedsheets kept getting glued to my body. It never really seemed to get better, either. I had to rinse it off the next morning to get rid of the stickiness and smell.

Initially, I spent as long as I could not getting dressed after the shower, trying to wait for the product to dry, but it never did. I really hope that if you chose to use this that you stick to wearing black clothes for the next several days. Even after a second shower, I noticed that it left orange streaks on my bathroom towel.

The one somewhat redeeming quality is that this tanner made me very dark after a single application, and that even though I had clothing and bedsheets literally glued to my body for most of the first night, the application was still somehow even. However, this product is so torturous to wear and apply that I will never use it again. It’s thick, smelly, disgusting formula is not at all off-set by its somewhat decent results.

Ease of Use: 0/5

Color Intensity after One Application: 4/5

Repurchase? Never.


Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner ingredients

Next, I have the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist from the Body Shop. Unlike the gradually-developing self-tanners mentioned above, this product is meant to wash off and it does not stain/color your skin in the long term. This product is great for giving you a bronzed look if you don’t want to wait overnight for a self-tanner to develop.

Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist review

Generally, I stay away from tinted, wash-off tanners because I like to have a somewhat more lasting color. However, I am very impressed with this product. Not only does it smell absolutely divine (like honey!) but it is extremely easy to spread around streak-free. It gives you a nice, deep chocolate color without any orange undertones. If you already have a nice bronzed base, spritzing a little bit of the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist will darken your color and give you a nice boost for a night-out.

This product stays put until your next shower, and after drying (in under a minute) I have not found it to stain my clothes or smear with wear. Also, it comes with a non-aerosol dispenser which is eco-friendly! Jus rub it in with your hands after spraying on the skin and you are ready to go!

Ease of Use: 5/5

Color Intensity after one Application: 3/5

Repurchase? Possibly.

FakeBake Bronze on the Glow review

Lastly, I have the FakeBake Bronze on the Glow instant wash-off tan. This product is similar to the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist in that it is a tanner that is supposed to wash off, and it doesn’t color or stain your skin like a developing self-tanner. This product is dispersed through an aerosol nozzle and it comes out slightly shimmery and beige. I have also received a foam mitt to help with the application of this product.

Personally, I don’t love this product. I think that the shimmer is a little heavy, and I would prefer a more matte finish. Additionally, it doesn’t dry as fast as the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist and unless you really work on the application with the foam mitt, it is prone to coming out a little streaky and uneven.

On the bright side, it dries extremely fast (in seconds) and smells of lovely vanilla/cocoa undertones. As mentioned earlier, I am partial against wash-off tanners so I cannot see myself using this product frequently because it isn’t anything revolutionary, but it is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of temporary bronzing.

Ease of Use: 3/5

Color Intensity after one Application: 2.5/5

Repurchase? Probably not.

FakeBake Bronze on the Glow ingredients

That’s it for my summer self-tanner reviews. Have you seen anything here or in my earlier post that piques your interest? Do you rely mostly on self tanners or do you go out into the sun for a tan?

This post was written by Liza


Sun protection: physical versus chemical sunscreens, featuring Avene, Vichy, and Arbonne

As  follow up to my last sunscreen post where I talk about sun safety and the importance of sun protection and also some good sunscreen options from La Roche Posay, I have a few other sunscreen options to share with you. In today’s post, I will also be defining the difference between physical and mineral sunscreens. Both types of sunscreens provide protection against the sun, and it mostly boils down to personal preference and skin sensitivity as to which type to use. I personally prefer chemical sunscreens because I find them to be lighter in texture and don’t give off that white cast.

Physical (AKA mineral) versus chemical sunscreens – we hear the terms thrown around, but what does that mean? The easiest differentiator is that physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that form a protective and reflective layer on the surface of your skin which reflects sunlight and the accompanying UV rays. Chemical sunscreens (Dr. Jennifer Beecker, the National Chair of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Sun Awareness Program, says the term is misleading because everything is a chemical – it’s more like organic sunscreen) contain ingredients that absorb the UV ray and neutralizes them. The most common ingredients in chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

Physical sunscreens are more recommended for those with extra sensitive skin, such as increased sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation or if you have allergies to certain ingredients. The issue is that most physical sunscreens often come with that ghastly white cast that’s hard to get rid of. Thankfully, recent technological improvements have diminished that white cast, or have added tints to the sunscreen itself to lessen the effect of a white cast.

Arbonne's Liquid Sunshine

In terms of purely mineral options, Arbonne’s Liquid Sunshine line is great. In this range, there is a Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 For FaceMineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 For Body, and Lip Balm Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15. The Lip Balm is excellent because most people forget that your lips need sun protection as well. I found that the white cast is a lot more minimized with the Liquid Sunshine range, which is great. You also get that SPF 30 full spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 for Body contains Zinc Oxide 7.9% as the active sunscreen ingredient, and the Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 for Face contains Titanium Dioxide 1.7% and Zinc Oxide 4.4% as the active ingredients.

Arbonne's Liquid Sunshine
avene sunscreen review

I’ve also used the new sunscreen range from Avene. The range includes Very High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50+ (with Titanium Dioxide 18.99%), which is a purely mineral sunscreen; High Protection Lotion SPF 50+ (with Titanium Dioxide 2.6% and a mix of chemical sunscreen ingredients), which is a mix of physical and chemical blockers; and High Protection Spray SPF 50+ for face and body (with Titanium Dioxide 3.4% and a mix of chemical sunscreen ingredients). I have to say that I really dislike the Very High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50+ because it leaves a really thick and really opaque white cast that’s extremely hard to blend out. I used this on myself as well as my mom, and while I liked that it must have really good sun protection (because it’s so opaque), it’s just not entirely wearable for every day. I plan on taking this with me on vacation when I really do need that very high sun protection. The High Protection Lotion SPF 50+ is a tinge better, while it still leaves a cast, it has more of a light beige tone rather than pure white. This makes it a lot more wearable. The High Protection Spray SPF 50+ is great for the body because you can easily spray it on your friend or your child and just rub it in the skin to help it absorb (yes, that rubbing step is necessary).

avene Very High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50+ review
avene High Protection Spray SPF 50+
Vichy Ideal Soleil review

For those who prefer chemical sunscreens (I am one of them!), I really enjoy using the new Vichy Ideal Soleil line. Vichy has a lot of marketing around its signature patented Mexoyrl XL-SX sun filtering system, but the low down is that it is a chemical sunscreen system that provides protection against short and long range UVA rays, and UVB rays. The Ideal Soleil range comes in a huge variety of creams, mists, lotions, and sticks with SPF 30 or 50, depending on your personal needs, as well as a product for kids, a tanning care product, and after-sun care. The Face Ultra Light Lotion in SPF 30 and SPF 50 are both among my favourites in terms of Western sunscreen products (I generally prefer Japanese sunscreens, but I use Western sunscreens when I’m going to be outside for a long time because they seem to protect for longer periods of time compared to Japanese brands).

Vichy Ideal Soleil review
Vichy Ideal Soleil review

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or dermatologist, and I’m not a specialist in sun care. Information presented here was gathered from my online readings as well as my conversation with Dr. Jennifer Beecker at the La Roche Posay event. For further information about what I’ve written about, please do your due diligence and do your own online research. It’s the only way of being (more) certain that whatever information you read is correct. You should never take information from one source as the be all and end all.