Cabana Tan Gradual Self Tanner Review!

Friday, April 5, 2013

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Who is ready for Spring and Summer? We all know I am! Remember when I did a post about a review of self tanners? Well, I am back with another one! I am not saying everyone should be tan, but for me, personally, I like to have a bit of color on me. It makes me feel better about myself for some reason. Because of that, I have tried a lot of self-tanners, since I try to avoid using tanning beds (scary!) I really recommend checking out my first post, and looking at "what to look out for" concerning skin cancer. Now, let's get to the newest self-tanner obsession!


Meet my newest love, Cabana Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion. This product is made by Million Dollar Tan. I did receive this for free, for my thoughts and consideration ( I am not being paid to say anythign!) First, let me just promise you my full honesty. Second, I waited over a month to review it, just to be absolutely sure that this was a product I wanted to be on my blog. Clearly, it is. Here is a discription of the product from the website:

Apply it like a lotion and in just 6 hours, your skin will have a gorgeous, healthy glow. GUARANTEED!
This is the sunless tanning lotion you've been wishing for. It's an amazingly bronzed color that's easy to put on and lasts a week. This product is a MUST TRY. It's so easy and gives you such great color, you'll love it. Million Dollar Tan products are water based, non-pore clogging, never tested on animals, organically made and free of any parabens or any other gross additives. 

Let's break down its claims, which also include no streaking, smell, or mess. 

1) Did I have a glow after six hours? Yes, I really did. Here is a before and after from my application. The first picture was the night I applied it, while the second was 2 days later (2 applications total). More than 6 hours before the second picture was taken, but I assure you, I woke up with color! 






















Is it just me, or is it a little awkward to only see my legs and nothing else? hah.

I am really happy with the color I got when using this. To me, it isn't overwhelming, or orange-y. In person, I think it looks even better. It states on the bottle that it is a gradual self tanner, which means it may take a few applications to get the color you want. Personally, I would of been happy with one application, but I did two applications before taking the picture, just for good measure and review purposes!

2) Did it streak? No, it really did not. If you read the description, it does say it is a lotion, and it really applies like one. I didn't have any streaking with this product, because it was so easy to rub in. In the past, I have used products with more of a gel consistency, which are nice, but they seem to absorb faster, and that is when you run into problems with streaking. 

3) Was it messy? No, not to me at least. Since it does apply like a lotion, it really isn't a problem! I am sure you could make it messy, purposely, but who wants to do that? Transfer wise, I did not notice it rubbing off onto clothes, bedsheets, etc. The color of the actual lotion in the bottle is an off-white shade.

4) Did it smell? This, to me is hilarious, Only because I never read that claim, until today, when I looked on the website. It is funny to me because from the get-go, when I first applied it, I was like "Okay, well if I review this, how do I describe the smell, because it doesn't really smell like anything". I promise. My thoughts were all over the place, wondering how I would tell you it was basically scentless, and that even though I suck at describing smells, this one was a doozy to pinpoint a smell! It's not fruity, beachy, foul, gross, or overwhelming. Guys, just trust me on this, somehow it is nearly scentless. I didn't even wake up with a weird "tanner" smell that you sometimes get with products. For some, no scent might be a negative, since this does apply and moisturize like a lotion. However, I think it is nice without  scent! 

5) Lasting time? Eh, I would say 5-8 days. I don't normally exfoliate every night when I shower, so I am sure that affects the lasting power, but I think that is pretty dang good. I also got into the habit with applying this every few days, once I figured out how long it last with one application. I did this to mamaintain color, moisturize my skin, and also darken the color I would get.  

6) Pore clogging? No. Not that I have noticed. I also used this on my face, as it says it won't clog pores on the website. I never had any issue with breaking out because of this. It isn't oily, or sticky on your skin, which is great, because who wants to put something like that on your face? Not me. It absorbs well and just does its job. I did see that they have developed a tanner specifically for your face, which is something I would love to try, just to see if it is any different than applying the lotion meant for your whole body! If anyone has tried that one, let me know!

Do I truly recommend this? Yes. I promise it is one of the best self-tanners I have used, and is actually more affordable than a few other tanners I have recommended before (not from the drugstore). The particular one I am reviewing retails for $20. Do I have any cons? No, not really. I only wish I would of chose the one in the "Extreme" version, just to see how dark it could get me! I know it seems weird to not really have any cons, but I think I just got really lucky with this product, and maybe you'll love it too! If you get a chance, and you love self-tanning, or just want to venture out and try something different, I do recommend this. Please let me know if you have tried it, and what your thoughts are!

-Extra tip for self tanning: If you have a self tanner that is gel based, dries too fast, or seems to dark for you, try mixing it with lotion! Not only does it give you more time to rub it in, but it also allows your tan to develop gradually, because it won't be as pigmented when dissolved in another lotion. This helps you control the level of tan you get! Love doing this with some of my self-tanners!

Hopefully this was helpful and not too long! Thanks for reading,
XO, Kelsey

Denim, Floral and Sunnies!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oh hey there. Back for another outfit post, and this one is a doozy. Okay, not really. But if anyone wants to get excited with me that Spring possibly is showing itself here this week, I would be happy to celebrate with you!
Dress: Hollister (Old) similar. // Tights: Not sure! // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Denim Jacket: Black Asphalt (Old) similar. // Shoes: similar.

Lets all hope that this weather is around to stay! Hope you all have a great week!
XO, Kelsey

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Blabbing and My Easter Weekend!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


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With the current class I am in right now, it sort of seems ill-fitting to include that picture up there... maybe it will liven up my mood, since we are talking about death and dying with nursing. Not going to lie, it doesn't seem like anyone is paying attention (this is our final lecture of class, what?!) But, it is a sad and somber subject, although we have to know this process and what to do when a patient passes. Oh education. I wrote this post last night, but I decided to add this little addition to it before I hit publish! I had a nutrition exam yesterday, and I was holding out a small glimmer of hope that she would tell us it was a long planned April Fools joke, and that there is no exam. Good thing I studied, because it wasn't a joke haha. One very exciting part of my life is that in 3 weeks, I will be done with this year of college, and even closer to getting my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and being an RN. Cannot wait for that day!

I also recently picked up a few spring/summer clothing items from Kohls, and I may or may not be super stoked to wear them. I promise, they are CUTE! Also cute is all these clothes from Garage! I don't think a girl can have too many items on her want list ;) To be honest, I really should go through my closet and get rid of a lot of items; some of the stuff is from over 6 years ago...and I still wear a few of those items! I need to part with them, and maybe reward myself with these wedges. Adorable, summery, perfect.

This post is a lot of rambling going no where, but I think I like it. Since I just love to jump from one topic to another, I will give a recap of my Easter weekend, which I drove home for from college. I visited with my mom, and her side of the family, and did a little easter egg hunt with my niece and nephew on Saturday. On Sunday, I went to my dads, met up with his parents at the country club and had a brunch, then went to my stepmoms brothers house for an easter egg hunt. If I didn't already have enough food in me from brunch, I pushed it to a whole other level when we ate lunch at Applebees. It was a great weekend, and I am very thankful! Since I have about 15 blogs to catch up on, I should probably wrap this up, but before doing so, how about a small photo-dump?
 Feeling Spring-y with my denim jacket & shades // my adorable niece and nephew on Easter // Easter basket that my step-mom made up for me! // my little brother laying next to the 3 foot puzzle we put together :)

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Easter-and that you get through the week happily! Only 4 more days until the weekend (haha).
XO, Kelsey

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