As a fellow manager of a tanning salon for many years many moons ago, tanning was life for me. I used to tan all the time. I loved it. While I know it's bad for me, I still tanned for a while on and off for a lot of years. But, I'm trying to take the healthier route and use sunless tanner. Finding a vegan and cruelty free self tanner, that doesn't streak, leave you orange, and actually tans your skin... I had a task set out before me.
My mom has a weird obsession with QVC. She watches it for hours lol. She came across MineTan and bought the original one and wouldn't stop ranting and raving about it. She likes finding new cruelty free and vegan things to tell me about, and she is trying to buy more cruelty free and vegan items, which I'm proud of her for. My mom has always been my biggest supporter in all journeys of my life, so whenever she tells me about a product, I always look into it.
One night while she was over and talking about QVC, she brought up the MineTan again, so I hoped on eBates, (because I always get cash back however I can!), headed to Ulta's website, and looked up the different kinds of MineTan. After doing some research, I chose Endurance Ready, which is Online Only for Ulta, but most of the other formulas they have in store.
I chose this formula because it has caffeine and guarana to stimulate blood flow and help firm your skin. Ironically, it's meant for those who live an active lifestyle and are built actively built, I don't live that life. But, I like the firming ingredients, and it slims and tones your body (apparently), and it lasts 7-10+ days.
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Honestly, I have pros and the most small con. There's no smell, especially that awful sunless tanner smell. There's actually no smell at all. There's a mitt you purchase to apply it, and my only small con I mentioned above, is that the mitt should have something inside to grip it because when applying it, it's easy for the mitt to slide off. That's pretty much my only complaint. Other than that, the formula is fantastic. It's a foam, it applies evenly and dries quickly, and it doesn't really leave that sunless tanner feel. There is a small bit of texture that gets left behind, but honestly it's minimal.
It's best to apply to freshly cleaned skin, so I got out of the shower, and applied it. It's surprisingly easy to apply too. One coat usually does enough, and you can see it right away, and it just keeps developing. What I prefer to do is apply it at nighttime when I get out of the shower, just on bare skin, no lotion or anything. I wait about 10-15 minutes before getting dressed. Then I throw on some PJs, and it doesn't leave any streaks, orange color, funky smells... nothing! As the time goes on, it gets darker and darker. I prefer to leave it on overnight, and shower regularly the next morning. You can leave it on for 1-3 hours, and then get a quick shower, with no soap or anything, just rinse off. Either way, your tan will develop over the next day. I have used it twice so far, and even as it fades, which is minimal, the fade doesn't look "dirty" or patchy, like it does with most sunless tanners I've used.
This is the only sunless tanner I will use, although I will try different formulas, but MineTine is definitely my tan. It's awesome! You can get it on their website or on Ulta's website for $34.95 and the mitt is $7.95, the foam really does go a long way so the money you spend is 100% worth it. Don't forget to use your eBates and get the cash back if you order through Ulta's website. I recommend this stuff whole heartedly, and I think you'll love it too! Check it out!