Before I start, Happy Valentines day to those who celebrate it!
First of all I have a few apologies to make in advance about this post; the bottle had been used at the time of taking the photos; normally I hate doing this because I just don't think it looks as good but I totally forgot to take photos of it before I started using it because I was so excited to get it cracked open after all the hype around it!
What do they say about Xen Tan?
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 6 months, you should have already heard about Xen Tan, a bit of a cult product really; raved about by some of the biggest beauty bloggers and first introduced to most people when a sample tube featured in one of the first GlossyBoxes.
Paraben and oil free, this tanning lotion applies with a sheer finish and has subtle olive undertones. It's supposed to be the 'weekly tan' so it encourages the assumption that it should have some staying power. It is vanilla scented; which to me is a refreshing change for a tanning brand to admit to it having some scent because often they say 'fragrance free' but it actually leaves you smelling like a biscuit tin.
What do I say about Xen Tan?
Before I got this I was a bit tan-o-phobic to be honest, I'm quite pale and I have a right panic on with most tans because I'm worried about ending up like an Oompa Lumpa.
But given the hype I thought I'd take the plunge, invest in a tanning mitt and try this bad boy out. Please be warned, you are about to see a photo of my very pasty, chunky, white legs.
Glad that's over, I thought it was better that you saw a before and after picture rather than just after because then you'd have nothing to compare it with.
Before I applied this I used some Xen Tan Exfoliator in the shower to get rid of the dead skin, It smells divine but I shall tell you more about that anothet time.
So when you apply the product it does leave a trace of where it's been so you don't forget where you've been and cake it on. I only apply quite a thin coat and it soaks in well and doesn't leave your skin at all greasy; in fact I'd say my skin feels really moisturised after using this. I usually apply it before going to bed so I can sleep on it for a good 6 or 7 hours and wash it off in the morning so I know it's had enough time to develop.
This is what my legs look like after Xen Tanning.
I absolutely love it, it's the perfect colour which I totally didn't expect. I actually applied some of this when I came back from Greece because I don't tan at all and everyone commented on what a lovely colour I was.
The only downside to this for some people is that is does smell, but strangely enough I actually like the smell. The other half doesn't, he said when I've tanned it's like getting in bed with a Caramac haha! The smell does pretty much disappear after your first shower though so it's nothing to worry about too much!
Unlike some tanners i've tried, this fades gracefully and doesn't end up patching around your elbows or knees which is a massive plus, and it does have some decent staying power unless you wash excessively or go swimming a lot.
This is a bit of a pricey product at £21.50 for 236ml but I think it's definately worth it because I've had a fair few uses out of it and it's still got about a quarter left in the tube.
You can buy this on the Feel Unique Website
I'm dying to try some more Xen Tan products, next on my hit list are the facial tanner and the gradual tanner!
*This product was a giveaway prize. As always, this does not affect my opinions in any way*