Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tanning Tuesday: Xen Tan

Hello my lovelies! Today I am bringing you the very first installment of my new series: Tanning Tuesday! In this series, you can expect spotlight posts on different self tanners, preperation products and tips and tricks to achieve a year long glow! :o)                                             I adore false tanners, and have worn them almost every day since I was about 16/17 years old. With that kind of experience I feel fully equipped to let you guys in on all I know about tanning- the safe way, of course!                   

Today I bring you Xen Tan!
This is the Dark Lotion - a formula adored by several of my favorite celebs; Holly Willoughby, Gok Wan and Mollie from The Saturdays, to name but a few. 
The formula when it's right out of the bottle is a dark chocolatey brown, slightly scary looking but very blendable to a gorgeous instant tan finish.
L-R Straight from the bottle, slightly blended, fully blended.

I absolutely love the instant colour that this gives. I often apply my tan in the mornings, before I get ready for my day, so instant colour is a must-have! Also, any of you that have used tanning wipes (the horror!) will know all about the streaky mess that blind tanning (ie. with no guide colour) delivers, so this is a must.

L-R tan applied, no tan applied
Scent isn't something that bothers me as much as it does with some people, I usually find a perfumed lotion underneath or a few spritzes of perfume can fix this, however the Xen-Tan scent is quite honestly out of this world. It is a sweet, rich - yet not overpowering marzipan scent that I honestly believe anyone would be delighted to have on their skin. 
The Xen-Tan tanning mitt is also worth mentioning, most tanning mitts are sponge topped, which can become pretty scratchy and dry over time. However this one is actually made with velour, that soft terry-ish material. I am not going to go on about it too much, as mitts are set to be the topic of another Tanning Tuesday post. For now, all you need to know is that they are super luxe- and reasonable too at just £3.99 here.

So you want to see some before and afters? Please be warned that I like my tan dark, and this lotion is very adjustable if that isn't your personal preferance. However, this is how I like it on an everyday basis!

Also, to kick off 'Tanning Tuesdays', I am posting a supplementary 'reviewtorial' on my YT channel, using Xen Tan. This video includes tips and tricks of mine for application, as well as more info about Xen Tan itself!

Available here!
Have any of you tried Xen-Tan? I would love to hear your opinions!
Love H xoxo


  1. ooo lovely post, this seems a really good idea..i dont tan that often cause i tend to fail at it so it will be nice to see some tips and what not :) xx

  2. I really want to try Xen tan but I dont tan enough to justify the price. I only whip out my trusty St Moriz when I'm going on a very rare night out (Im so old before my time!) lol

    Maybe if its ever on offer or something Ill pick it up and give it a try! :-)

  3. I will have to give this a go!! :) nice post :)


    - Jen xox

  4. Im exactly the same as Leanne, I tend to only tan for nights out so just buy St Moriz which I love...but I love the effect it gives Im just too lazy to do it all the time. I really wanna try Xen Tan though it looks lovely on you xx

  5. I never used any tanning before, I want to try it, but I'm afraid that I'll turn orange or something.
    So If you have any tips for me.. :)

  6. i recently saw this and wanted to give it a try!!!!!! im glad you did a review on it!! :)

  7. @sophielou That's great hun! If you have any questions or requests for this series, I would love to hear them :o) Feel free to email or tweet me ;-) x

    @Leanne Marie I do rate St Moriz also! It's a great budget tan, it will certainly be a feature of another Tanning Tuesday! x

    @jen That's great! Thank you x

    @Hayley Thank you! It is fabulous :o) x

    @Shishoba That is my intention for this series! I am currently uploading a video with my application tips, if you follow them, I promise you won't turn orange! :o) x

    @Megan It's fab girl, if you have any questions or suchlike please let me know ;) x

  8. I never used this, but I'd like to give it a try. I love that summer glow :)


Let me know what you think, lovely ladies... <3


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