Hi my lovelies!
Happy Thursday to you all! My goodness, how quickly has this week flown by? I can barely believe it’s Thursday again! And you know what that means… It’s time for another “product of the week” review. So, let me start by saying this – for the past couple of weeks now, I’ve been raving about GOSH Cosmetics’ tanning range. I’ve already reviewed three of their tanning products (if you missed my review go here now), but in that review I actually left one product out because I hadn’t yet tried it – the Gradual Tan lotion.
Now, I’m not one for “gradual tan” products… If I’m going to dedicate two hours of my evening scrubbing down my body and twisting my body into all sorts of funny positions to seamlessly apply a fake tan product, I want to wake up looking like a bronzed goddess. I’ve had a few pretty bad experiences with gradual tan products in the past. For example, the St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Medium/Dark, which is pretty expensive, did nothing for my skin but give it that horrible fake tan smell. Ugh! Seriously, it gave my body no colour at all. It was like a regular body lotion – with a R450 price tag, though. So that was disappointing and a complete waste of money.
So, yes, I was hesitant to try GOSH’s gradual tan lotion. You’re probably wondering why I bought it and, well, the answer’s simple: It was cheap. For some reason the Edgars in Melrose Arch is always having a promotion on GOSH products. So I picked up a bunch of different tanning products from their range for cheap-cheap. And, this week, I finally got around to trying out the Gradual Tan lotion – and, my wonderful subscribers, was I ever so surprised! In a good way…
GOSH Cosmetics Gradual Tan in Medium to Dark
GOSH Gradual Tan is a super-light, super-natural fake tan lotion. I opted for the Medium to Dark shade. When I first swatched it on my hand, I thought oh no! It’s at least five shades lighter than GOSH’s normal self tan lotion. So, when I pumped a bit of this out onto the back of my hand for the first time, I was super disappointed and naturally assumed this product would be too light to add any colour to my skin. Then, last night, I decided I’d apply this stuff to my entire body. It’s almost the weekend so, yes, I was in need of a tan. But I’d also just spent the best part of my evening ironing and putting on fresh, crisp white bed sheets – so I didn’t exactly want to wake up to not-so-clean white bed sheets this morning thanks to dark fake tan excess.
Anyway, so I applied the lotion using my normal Caribbean Tan tanning mitt with latex gloves underneath to avoid my hands getting stained. After finishing applying the lotion to my entire body and face, I was impressed by the result. One thing I must admit I really adore about GOSH tanning products is that they give your skin instant colour. Now, I’m really pale. As in, really, really pale! But this lotion perked up my super-light skin and gave it a gorgeous, healthy, natural-looking tan straight away.
While I let the tan dry for five minutes (yup, it only takes that long to set before you can put clothes on – another bonus!) I took a look at the ingredients list and that too impressed me. Aloe vera, shea butter, sweet almond oil and goji berries are among a few of the fabulous ingredients that go into this product. So, it’s no wonder this lotion is so wonderfully nourishing!
I went to bed with my fresh coat of tan on, and woke up this morning with an even bigger smile on my face! Overnight, the tan developed super well. I woke up a good 2-3 shades darker than I went to bed. I jumped in the shower and splashed my body with water to get rid of the excess and then, voila! I was a (lightly) bronzed goddess. The best part is it looks natural – no one will guess this came out of a bottle.
I must also note that I have sensitive skin, so I’m sometimes hesitant applying fake tan to my face. But sometimes I’ve just got to, to try it out, you know? This lotion didn’t irritate or tighten my facial skin at all! Many others do, so this especially impressed me. The lotion is so light, and it sank into my face and body so well.
Overall, I adore this product! I think it’s gonna be my new go-to for when I’m wanting a light, natural-looking tan. It’s a great lotion to use to pep up pale skin in minutes. Plus, it’ll leave your face and body feeling super smooth without clogging up your pores or leaving your skin feeling super-oily. I definitely recommend this faux tan to you all! Especially if you’re a novice fake tanner or haven’t used fake tan before – it’s that easy to apply!
Have you used this product before? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!