You know what I love? Being tan. I feel better when I look tan. It makes me feel more confident and I feel like I look slimmer, if that makes any sense. You know what I don't love? Melting in the heat in the dangerous sun to get said tan. Most sunless tanners are awful. They smell bad and they look bad. You just end up looking like an Oompa Loompa and that's not a cute look.
One day as I was browsing through Instagram, I can across EcoTan's page. All natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty free sunless tanning. The before and after photos looked unbelievable. The color looked so natural and real. I knew I had to try it. To be honest, I have tried SO many sunless tanners that have failed I wasn't expecting much. And the price was pretty high considering, but you just never know!
EcoTan also offers vegan body wash and lotion, and vegetarian sun care. All of their ingredients are organic and vegan. They offer two different types of sunless tanner. The Invisible Tan is for medium/olive skin tones. This gives you an instant tan over 8 hours. You put it on before bed and when you wake up, you're tan! This stuff is promised not to stain your sheets or your clothes. The Winter Tan is a gradual tanner suited for lighter skin tones. With each application your color builds. I chose the Invisible Tan because I'm not super pale to begin with. They also suggest, like most sunless tanners, you exfoliate 24-48 hours prior to tanning. I have an exfoliating scrub already, but their Pink Himilayan Sea Salt Scrub sounded so fancy. Plus, it's meant to target dry skin, cellulite, and stretch marks. Clearly, this stuff is no joke. So I purchased that as well.
The price is high, but not that high if you have tried tanners like Fake Bake and St. Tropaz. You don't want to go cheap on your sunless tanner or you will look like you got a cheap fake tan. The scrub and the tanner are both $44.95 each. Shipping was $12.95, which considering it's from Australia it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I also got a free totebag and a free Coconut and Mint Body Wash ($31.95 value) with my purchase because it was over $100. The free stuff more than made up for the shipping. And, speaking of shipping, I got my stuff in 4 days! I ordered it on Memorial Day Monday, and got it that Thursday! From Australia to USA in 4 days. That's outrageous! So, the $12.95 shipping was way worth it. I will note that they did forget my body wash, but I contacted them when I received it, they emailed me back the same day, and sent me a body wash out and another tote bag completely free and I got it Monday. I was blown away by their shipping and excellent customer service. A++ for that!
Thursday night before my shower, I used the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub. EcoTan suggest you use their exfoliating glove, but I just used my hands. It was gentle enough that it didn't destroy my hands, but instead exfoliated them pretty well. I smelled the lemongrass, which was pleasant. The coconut oil in it made it very moisturizing. And a little went a long way, which I appreciated. I did not use it on my face. I wouldn't suggest using it on your face. I used my Yes to Tomatoes Acne Scrub on my face to exfoliate it, and I just put a little extra elbow grease in it to really get the dead skin off. I also suggest you shave this day as well. How the self tanner works is that is adheres to dry skin. That's why you exfoliate 24-48 hours before, so you get an even surface to work with, so your tan isn't all patchy.
Friday night after I got home from work, I took a shower and applied the tanner on clean dry skin, as directed. Here are my legs before:
As you can see, I'm not super pasty, but I used a white towel so you could get the full effect of my actual skin color. I'm not ghostly pale, but I could use some color. Especially because primarily, all I wear is black. These legs against black, whew! Here's what the product itself looks like:
Honestly, the lotion does have a bit of sunless tanner odor. It's not as strong and as chemically as any of the others I've used before. It took me awhile to figure out what it smells like and I think I finally got it: powdered iced tea mix with a hint of toasted caramel, as strange as that sounds. The caramel explains why my fiancé told me I smelled like cookies after I was all done lol. Overall, despite my strange explanation, I find the smell to be pleasant. I applied it sparingly over my elbow and knees. I did a thin coat, not knowing how I would look afterwards. I waited about 15-20 minutes before I got dressed. It was a very hot and humid day, so I felt sticky the entire night honestly. I don't know if that was just the weather, or if it was the product. But, I wanted to mention it. Also, I applied a thin coat to my face. I was scared to do it, but I figured I was off the weekend so who cares? If it was bad I would just use extra make up. Here's the results I got:
I did a side by side collage so you could see them together. Here that is:
Now, my before photo was at night so you see the bathroom light, and my after photo was in the morning with natural light. My face didn't look really any difference, but, overall I think you can see a difference for the rest of my body. I also want to point out I'm not like a professional sunless tanner user, so you might do a better job than me lol. I was hoping for more but I plan on trying it again this weekend and using another layer, like on Friday night and one on Saturday night. I also think it's wise not to use any moisturizer after you exfoliate. The color adheres to dry skin, and I don't have dry skin. I have eczema, but I use so much lotion and coconut oil on my body that my skin stays soft. So, next time I'll avoid lotion for 24-48 hours and see if that helps. The color lasts about a week, and they say you get enough in each tan bottle for 5 full body applications. I think you can get more than that, especially if you're a tiny person like I am, and if you only use a thin layer. And, their claim to not stain the sheets or your clothes? 100% true. Nothing got stained. I even wore my favorite light pink Ariel tank top, and it was perfect the next day!
As for the body wash, the scent is great. The mint is a natural mint, none of that artificial mint smell, which I hate. You can also smell the coconut. Neither scent is overpowering and they blend well together. It doesn't suds up a lot, which I anticipated due to the coconut oil base. So, you need more than a regular body wash. The bottle is a really good size, and you get a lot for your money. I would imagine one bottle when used every day would equal about five weeks, which is about how long a bottle of Invisible Tan would last.The body wash is supposed to help extend the life of your tan. I don't know if I would say it extends it per say, but rather it doesn't have ingredients like mineral oil and what not that strip your skin of color. I'm not a fan of mint scented items, like at all, so despite the quality ingredients, I personally wouldn't purchase it myself.
One of my most favorite beauty products in the whole wide world is nail polish. It's a fun and simple way to change your look. There's a color to complement every mood, outfit, style, everything! I think well manicured hands and feet look cleaner and nicer. Let's be honest, feet are disgusting overall, so adding some polish really can make all the difference.
Before I went vegan, I cleared out all of my nail polishes that weren't vegan, all 50+ of them, and by the time I was done, do you know how many bottles I had left? 4! I am always on the look out for new brands of vegan polish. About a month or so ago, while I was drooling over the latest VeganCuts Beauty Box, I saw a brand of nail polish in there called Cult Cosmetics. One of the many things I love about VeganCuts is that they do all the work for you in finding brands that are vegan and cruelty free. So, I knew this Cult Cosmetics brand was A-Okay for me to use and I was so excited!
So, I went on their Instagram page to check them out. Their a cosmetics brand based out of Cali, which is apparent by their colors and the names of their polishes. Their products are made for women by women (girl power!) so they keep up with the latest color trends. And are vegan, cruelty free, and 5 free. So, I made my way went to their website. As it turns out, they were having a buy one bottle, get two free sale, plus free shipping. That's my kinda sale! Each bottle retails for $12, but literally they are always having some type of sale, and I feel like you're never paying full price for anything. Two weeks ago they had like 20% off your entire purchase. And even now, they're having a sale where you get $20 off your purchase of $40, plus free shipping. So, while it may seem high per bottle, you can get great deals on their polishes.
I am a very boring person with my nail polish colors; I won't lie. I wear all shades of purple, black, and gray. Occasionally, I'll throw in a French Manicure here and there, but I'm pretty plain over all. I decided when I was placing my order that I was going to go out of my box some here. As you can see by the picture above, I didn't go too outside my box based on the two shades of purple and the gray, but nevertheless, I still went outside it. From left to right, top to bottom, here are the names of the shades: Hollywood Hills, Marina Del Ray, Malibu, The Roxy, Dogtown, and Belmont Shore.
My first time using them I decided to do a little pink ombre. The colors are super pretty and girly. The darker pink is Belmont Shore, and it just reminds me of like bubblegum it's so bright it really pops. The lighter shade is Malibu, which makes me think of like Barbie Pink. Really soft and feminine. The lightest shade, which looks almost white in the picture, is Hollywood Hills. This shade is a super light white-ish pink. It makes me think of a more feminine shade of white. I don't wear a lot of pink in general, but I really loved the way these nails came out.
This is actually my current colors now: Marina Del Ray and Belmonte Shore. Marina Del Ray is actually a favorite color of mine because it's like a lavender gray, but it's still bright and fun enough for the spring/fall months. I love how these two colors look together.
So, you can see I like the colors, but what about the actual polishes themselves? Overall, I like them. The polishes hold up well, and coming from me that says a lot because I have OCD and I'm a germaphobe so I wash my hands 50x a day AT MINIMUM. They have a wide variety of shades that no matter what colors you're into you're bound to find at least one (probably more) that you'll like. And the names are so fun that they make me wish I was in Cali. BUT, there is one downside to these polishes. Cult offers a single coat guarantee that you'll never need more than one coat. I found that to not be true. When I used one coat it was streaky, and I definitely needed a second coat with all of these colors. If you're just a one coat girl, no base coat no top coat, you might be disappointed. I use: a base coat, 2 coats of polish, and a top coat every time I do my nails. So for me, this wasn't like a huge deal, but to others it might be.
My overall recommendation: definitely try them! With their constant sales, you'll probably be able to get them for a great price. And, even if you're not happy with them, they have that money back guarantee! They offer a refund or exchange if you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, which I think is awesome! That's one of the reasons I tried them in the first place! And, I've never had a reason to use it yet! =)