Rosemary Mac Cabe

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The Modelco self-tanning range

So a couple of weeks ago Modelco sent me a few samples of their latest fake tan range to try out, and on Friday I finally took the plunge and went for gold. Or, eh, bronze. You know what I …

Mon, May 2, 2011, 10:30

   

So a couple of weeks ago Modelco sent me a few samples of their latest fake tan range to try out, and on Friday I finally took the plunge and went for gold. Or, eh, bronze. You know what I mean.

They sent me a whole host of things – in fact, a full set of products, which is something I have never before invested in. You know, exfoliators, moisturisers, fake tan, instant fake tan and a tanning mitt, along with some kind of instant self-tanning wipe that, frankly, terrifies me.

So I started out, well, where they tell you to start out: with the exfoliator. I’d been using a strawberry body exfoliator from The Body Shop (have you entered my competition yet? It closes tonight, I’ve just decided) but it smelled a bit like strawberry Quality Street sweets and the exfoliating parts were a little too big for my liking. It’s as if you exfoliate a tiny part and then the large exfoliating bead falls down your arm / leg / plug hole and you’re not exfoliating any more. So I was expecting a bit more of the same with the ModelCo exfoliating scrub.

But I was pleasantly surprised! The exfoliating beads are really small, so it feels like exfoliating with salt or sugar or something . . . it works really well, in short. It’s a really decent scrub (would be amazing if you had an itch, or, you know, sunburn) and it rinses off really well – no residue and no beads on the bottom of the shower. Top marks!

Then, after I’d dried off, done a face mask (and a hair masque – never one to do things by halves, me) it was tan time – tanning mousse time, specifically.

That’s what the mousse looks like. Amazers, right? The point is, it’s described as a mousse but is really more like a foam – quite a runny one, which makes it quite tricky to put on. It spreads easily, but almost too easily, and comes out a frightening orange colour. So it’s a little off-putting. I put it on my legs first, then did my arms, and then my torso, then buffed myself thoroughly with the mitt. But my hand kept slipping out of it as it was wet from the tan, and I could see a few scary looking streaks along my arms already. I then scrubbed my hands (but still a little orange, uh-oh) and moisturised em (and the insides of my wrists) before putting on a pair of loose PJ bottoms and T-shirt . . . and then, I waited.

Stay tuned to see how my fake tan experiment turned out!

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