James Read Express Bronzing Mousse

Sunday, July 5th 2015 0

A golden tan in 60 minutes

For the last few weeks, I've faked a summer glow with James Read's Express Bronzing Mousse.

I am really, really fair and so to develop a golden tan I normally have to apply two layers of even the darkest tans. This one, however, is good to go after just one layer.

Initially, there is a slight guide colour when you apply your tan so that you know what you’re doing and can buff out any lines or patches. It blends really well, not taking ages to work into the skin. After one hour you’ve got enough to colour to feel ready for a night out or work or whatever it is, and after three hours you’re completely golden.

James Read Express Bronzing Mousse

I put this on a few hours before a night out and everyone asked me if I’d had a spray tan. This is unheard of for me so I was really impressed with how much it developed.

In terms of longevity, I’d say you get four perfect days of tan (when you moisturise every evening) but then the great thing is that it exfoliates off easily when you come to do a scrub with your exfoliating gloves. For this reason, topping up is no bother and you don’t go through that awkward patchy phase.

James Read recommends that you exfoliate and thoroughly moisturise before application. I’ve been using two different body lotions that I love – here they are…

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion, £10

Every time I use this I want a cocktail. Have you ever had the Caipirinha in a can from M&S? That’s what it smells like. A light, delicious lotion, this is lovely for all over the body, absorbs quickly without leaving you sticky, and really hydrates the skin. I use this on my legs and arms during the hot weather if I’ve got my skin on show and it just gives you a lovely softness and glow.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion

Aerin Gardenia Rattan Body Cream, £40

A much richer, more luxurious cream, I save this for post-shave to really replenish the skin. Aerin’s fragrances are all divine (Gardenia Rattan being my favourite) and so this is such a treat. How this differs is that it offers slightly more hydration and the scent of the lotion lingers. It’s great to use under your favourite perfume to layer the two and create your own bespoke scent. These are also amazing gifts because the packaging and tube of lotion itself are just exquisite.

Aerin Gardenia Rattan Body Cream

As with all tans this does have that classic ‘tan’ scent to it so I find that using a fragranced moisturiser really helps to neutralise the scent.

Completely obsessed! I can’t see myself using another tan now for the rest of the summer.

James Read’s Express Mousse is available from Selfridges and costs £30.


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