As I have mentioned before I have pale skin and although love the results of a number of gradual self tanning products I have never got into a routine using them as I am just too fussy about tan marks etc but with so many great self tan brands on the market now this is less of an issue, a number of them Irish brands which is fantastic and recently I have been kindly gifted products from these brands which I am excited and so grateful for, will post reviews about same when get a chance to use them properly.
However one product I have been using on a regular basis and is a repurchase is the Vita Liberata Body Blur, instant tan, lovely product by itself or alongside gradual self tanning products to give that bronzed glow.
States: From their Irish base Vita Liberata created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and their unique Odour Remove ™ technology is now present throughout the collection. In 2011, states they became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand free from parabens, perfume, alcohol and all chemicals of concern. Please see link here to learn more about the brand and the range of products available.
The Vita Liberata Body Blur is described is an instant body makeup that gives the most flawless skin finish and reduces the appearance of imperfections like cellulite and spider veins.
Apply in small pea sized dots along limbs and then blend well in long circular movements. For face and décolleté apply sparingly with fingers or a foundation brush. Wash hands after application.
Packaging and Cost
The product comes in squeezable tube with screw on lid and has a stick-on label with all the details on it; name, size etc, but with prolonged use it does start to come off as you can see in photo above which is a bug bear for me personally (need to see new packaging to see if still the same) RRP is £29.95 for 100ml (unless on offer, some online stores are selling it for less so check around if going to purchase) – would love to see this with a pump applicator as easier to apply however know this could increase cost further and it is quite expensive already. However there now is a new / mixture of packaging on a number of different online sites so a bit confusing, although have used both versions and have not noticed any real difference same results and colour but just be aware of this if ordering, some packaging does not now state 24 HR wear on it as is one of my issues anyway as if it is very, very warm / wet it will transfer slightly, especially on your arms or legs, so not really 24 hr wear.
I have only seen three shades: Latte Light, Latte Medium, and Mocha, although some sites seem to be showing more or different versions so check around.
Although I have pale skin I do use the ‘Latte’ Medium shade which states was created to give the appearance of flawless skin and is ideal for medium skin tones. The silky lotion gives an instant medium, bronze tint and is suited to a range of skin tones from warm ivory through to deeper, olive shades. I find as long as I am careful how much I apply it gives my skin a beautiful bronzed instant glow, not too dark.
Application and Results
Now on to the application and results, I do use as directed, small amounts and apply on my arms, neck, décolleté, legs and feet but I always sure my skin has been moistured well before hand I love my Kiehls Creme de Corps body lotion as keeps my skin moisturised all day and does not leave a greasy residue perfect for applying the body blur over just make sure it has absorbed well before you apply it as it will leave it streaky other wise. It has a creamy formula but you need to make sure you do not apply too much at a time as it leaves it more difficult to massage / blend in, I always apply with my hands making sure they are hydrated well before hand to help application. I find it blends in really well if you follow these tips and then if you see any missed areas or want a bit more coverage just reapply small amounts on these areas even with a brush. Always leave at least five / ten minutes before dressing as it will transfer slightly but the longer you leave it the less transfer. I find it does cover thread veins ok but not full coverage although you can build it up to make less noticeable. I also add to my foundation to add a bit more colour, helps give my skin that extra boost.
I love the natural looking bronze glow / slight shimmer it gives to the skin, like a foundation / silk stockings for the body / face. I do not apply on my hands until I am almost leaving, if you put some on a brush it is a great way to buff onto you hands, décolleté areas as well. I also take a little in jar with me in my handbag to reapply when needed when I am out, when I wash my hands.
The only slight negatives for me is that it will transfer slightly and you will notice this more on light clothing but does not put me off especially for neck, arms, and hands as just so easy as gives you that gorgeous instant glow. It is also quite expensive but it does last ages and as love results / enjoy using it so much, think it is worth it; and as always I try to purchase when an offer is on .
- Make sure your skin is hydrated before applying,
- Apply small amounts;
- Add to your foundation or moisturiser for extra colour/glow;
- If you have particularly dry skin and find it difficult to blend add a little bit of moisturiser to it, mix well and then apply, it will reduce depth of colour slightly but you can add more with your hand or a good brush;
- Leave to dry as long as possible before dressing.
I think this the perfect product to have all year round to apply as and when needed to give a boost to your self tan or to wear by itself so a definite repurchase for me and I would recommend trying this product if you can, not only for the results but also because it is so easy to fit into your normal routine. You can just apply, wait five/ten mins or so and then go so no need to worry about that surprise event you weren’t prepared for, were not able to get your self tan sorted in time for – another plus for me is there is no strong self tan smell.
You can purchase from a number of online stores which include, lifeandlooks.com (reduced to £24); Vitaliberata.co.uk; Cultbeauty.co.uk; Johnlewis.com to name a few, however as always check around to see where you can get the best offer i.e. discovery sets, discount off, free gifts with purchase, samples or hopefully if you are lucky maybe all of them.
Look forward to any comments you may have. Love to hear if you have tried this product before and if so do you like it as much as me.
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Best Wishes Liz x
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