Sunday, 12 July 2015

Cocoa Brown | Tough Stuff Body Scrub & 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Anyone that reads my blog will probably know already that I am a massive fan of fake tan. I hardly ever go a week without tanning, there's just something about having a tan that makes me feel good and I have tried out so many different brands. Over the last few months I have been seeing Cocoa Brown tanning products talked about everywhere, it seems to be a current favourite with beauty bloggers and even Kylie Jenner has said how much she loves it! 

I have been meaning to get my hands on some for awhile, so I was really excited when I was sent a couple of products to review on my blog. 

I decided to choose the Tough Stuff Body Scrub* and the 1 Hour Tanning Mousse*. I was so excited when they arrived, as you can see they came beautifully presented in this pink packaging and there was a lovely personal note from Marissa herself saying 'Happy Tanning Jenny' which made my day. As a blogger I absolutely love trying out new products, and I especially couldn't wait to try out one of the most talked about fake tan brands at the moment! 

Tough Stuff Body Scrub - £4.99
I jumped straight in the shower that evening to try out this tough stuff body scrub. At the time I had some old fake tan which I needed to get rid of so it was perfect timing to use this scrub to remove it and prepare my skin for a new application of fake tan. It can sometimes feel like a chore scrubbing away old fake tan and exfoliating skin before applying more tan, but this scrub made it really easy. The first thing I noticed was how gorgeous it smelt, it has a really sweet, refreshing smell and it is a lovely bright pink colour. 

It is essential to exfoliate the skin before fake tanning as it will give you a much more even tan. This scrub did such a good job. I normally apply it into my hands and then rub it into my skin directly as I have quite sensitive skin, but if you like a deeper exfoliation you can rub it in with an exfoliating mitt. What I liked the most is that it didn't irritate my skin or make it red at all which can sometimes happen when you have sensitive skin. I didn't feel like I had to scrub the same areas over and over again, the old fake tan seemed to come away quite quickly.

1 Hour Tan Mousse - £7.99
After I had exfoliated my skin and removed the old tan with the tough stuff body scrub, it was time to apply some fresh tan and I couldn't wait to use my new Cocoa Brown tanning mousse as I have heard great things about this particular product. What appealed to me the most is that it gives you colour in just one hour - this is a feature I always look for in a tan as I often apply it before I go out, so I don't want to wait too long before washing it off. 

I was kindly sent a new fake tan mitt as well, so I used this to apply the mousse all over my body. I much prefer applying tan with a mitt rather than gloves as I find it gives a much more even coverage and allows you to apply the tan quickly. I was impressed at the speed at which the mousse dried on the skin, I didn't feel like I had to hang around waiting for it to dry before getting dressed which can sometimes be a pain with other fake tans. I also noticed straight away how lovely it smells, I couldn't pin point what it was but after looking on the website I can see the scent is ' Tahitian Gardenia' which is just gorgeous. 

I left this tan on for around two hours before washing off and it left a lovely colour which I was really happy with. It wasn't orange at all and gave a medium glow which is said it would do on the website after leaving on for two hours. This is one of the features I like most about this tan, after one hour you get a light glow, two hours a medium glow and three hours a dark glow. It is very versatile and therefore will suit the needs of a lot of people - you can read more about what it does on the website here.

The tan lasted for around 3-4 days on my skin from only one application which I think is really impressive. It faded evenly and I didn't notice any patches in awkward areas like the elbows and knees, probably due to the tough stuff body scrub which is now definitely a favourite! I have since applied this tan again, leaving it on for longer and applying it two nights in a row, this gave such a lovely deep tan which was exactly what I wanted before going on holiday so I didn't look pale before getting a natural tan. Now that I have come back from holiday I will be continuing to apply this as my natural tan is beginning to fade and I don't believe in using sun beds (fake tan all the way). 

I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to try out these Cocoa Brown products as I can honestly say I love them and they definitely live up to the hype surrounding them! I have noticed they have a few more products in their range, I particularly like the look of the Chocolate Whip Body Moisturiser and the Lovely Legs Spray - I think I might be purchasing these soon as they are so reasonably priced. If you are in the UK, Cocoa Brown products are available to buy in Tesco, Superdrug and Primark. For all other places you can find Cocoa Brown you can see here on their website. 

Have you tried Cocoa Brown before? What's your favourite product?

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