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Tan-orexic

I'm a bit simplistic when it comes to self tanning. I only ever do it on really special occasions and I'm a St Tropez bronzing mousse devotee. I've been using it exclusively for about 4 years and even then I'm only about half way through my second bottle! That's how rarely I tan these days.
So I was a bit intrigued when the lovely folk who represent He-Shi contacted me and asked me to try out one of their products I was intrigued. And a wee bit scared.
I was even more scared when it arrived and I found that it was so shimmery. I mean look at it! So much gold! And the reds and greens and... So pretty. But also dark. I'm a bit intimidated I won't lie.
But after a couple of weeks of staring at it I've finally plucked up the courage to dive in. So here is my review.
He-Shi Quick + Easy Luminous Shimmer

DESIGN: Not your typical tan bottle or squeezy tube, the luminous shimmer comes in a plastic tub with a tin lid so you can dip your hands/glove/face (each to their own) directly in. Its in between a gel & jelly in consistency  and as you can see from the photos is jammed full of glittery shimmer in all sorts of colours.

Top Images Indoor Halogen Light
Bottom Images Natural Light (Outdoor, Cloudy)
USE: When first dabbed on the skin it is intimidatingly dark and orangey but buffed out it becomes a surprisingly natural tan. The amount used in the image above covered one arm not including the shoulder. You lose a lot of the intensity to the shimmer during application which again makes it that much more pleasing to my eye personally but there is still a nice subtle shimmer that catches the light. I'll be honest and say I was quite conservative with my application (see pictures below) and could have layered it up for the more TANNED! look some people go for rather than the healthy glow I prefer. This isn't a developing tan and is very much water soluble so beware those wintery rainy nights and spilt drinks when you're going out but I wore this for a full day and it was still intact by the time I came to shower it off.
Top Arm With Tan | Bottom Arm Without
Top Image Natural Light (Outdoors, Cloudy) | Bottom Image Indoor Halogen Lights 
Top Arm Natural Light (Outdoors, Cloudy)
Bottom Arm Indoor Halogen Lights (most accurate to real life)

VERDICT: Despite my original fears I'm really glad I tried this because it has resolved some of my instant tan/shimmer issues. I know now that I'm not gonna sparkle like a twilight character, nor am I going to look like a Geordie Shore cast member. I can have a nice natural looking tan that is quick to apply, has minimal drying time and an added level of girly sparkle. Colour me impressed.

Bex


*This product was sent for review but all thoughts are my own*

Comments

  1. Great review Bex....I'm tempted to try myself now. Was lovely to see you on Thursday in Lisburn. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, Avril x

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