Now that Summer has arrived, a spray tan is pretty much a necessity to ease you back into lazy days at the beach. I mean, nobody wants to be that pasty girl on the sand, sparkling like a disco ball, right? But with a spray tan comes that niggling doubt of what if – what if I go orange? What if I go patchy? Or streaky? Well below I have written my very own guide to the ultimate spray tan so that you can make the most out of this summer.
First of all, exfoliation is key. A spray tan works by staining the outer layer of your skin cells darker (not as scary as it sounds – trust me). By exfoliating, you are removing the dead skin cells that would have flaked off in a couple of days and leaving behind younger skin cells that will stick around much longer which means a more even and longer lasting tan.
On the day of your spray tan, don’t wear any deodorant, perfume or moisturizer to your appointment. Not only do these products create a barrier between your skin and the tan (and only where you have applied it – hello patchy tan!), but deodorant can also turn your tan green! Not a good look.
Once your tan has been applied, don’t swim, shower or sweat until the development time is over. This can range anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours, so make sure that you check before you leave your appointment! Make sure that if you have an Express Tan (30mins-4 hours) that you don’t leave it on longer than the recommended development time – it can overdevelop and may go orange. If you have a 6-8 hour tan then this won’t overdevelop and can be left overnight.
Once your tan has developed, jump in the shower and use a sulphate-free shower gel to cleanse your skin as sulphates found in other body wash products can strip your tan. After showering, pat your skin dry with your towel rather than rub so that you don’t prematurely fade the tan.
Make sure that you use a body butter every day – morning and night – to keep your skin hydrated as this will prevent dead skin cells flaking off and taking your tan with them!
Avoid chlorinated pools, the beach and hot showers as these can all cause premature fading.
Enjoy your summer!
Did you know that the single greatest threat facing orangutans today is habitat loss? The expanding palm oil industry has been a key factor of this deforestation. It sucks because a large percentage of hair and beauty products contain palm oil, but here at Esstudio Galleria we make a conscious effort to only use products that are free of all palm oil.
Okay, so everybody knows that with summer comes a new hair cut, right? And after watching countless beautiful ladies walk out the doors of Esstudio Galleria with a cute, easy-to-maintain bob atop their heads, I’ve decided to take the plunge. But it’s not that simple. With a short haircut comes a whole new world of possibilities. There’s long bobs, pixie cuts, choppy bobs, wavy bobs, sleek bobs, concave bobs – it’s all pretty overwhelming.
And so after hours of scouring the web in search of the ultimate bob I came across this picture of the beautiful Dianna Agron. I am officially in love with this hair. This is it. I’ve found the one.
Cara Delevingne. Demi Lovato. Lily Collins. Audrey Hepburn. Emma Watson. Rita Ora. I love them. Every single one of them. Why? Look no further than their incredible eyebrows. The full-brow trend has been around for a couple of years now and it doesn’t look like its going anywhere fast. That’s great news if, like me, you’ve been bestowed a thick, fluffy pair by the eyebrow gods. But for some, this means undoing years of plucking, threading and waxing in a quest to grow the ever elusive ‘power-brow’.
The key to making this trend work for you is to work out where your arch belongs. The easiest way to do this is to grab a pencil and slant it from the bottom of your nostril to the middle of your iris. Follow this line until you reach your eyebrow – that’s where your arch should sit. If you can nail the right shape for your face, then you’ll be working your brows like nobody’s business. Just remember that your eyebrows are not twins – they’re sisters. They aren’t identical and they’re not supposed to be.
If your eyebrows are a bit fair go to your nearest salon and get an eyebrow tint to darken and define those babies. Too sparse? No dramas – pick up a brow pencil or powder and fill those suckers in. Just remember that you don’t actually need a colour that much darker than your natural colour – one shade should do it. The last thing that you want is a pair of big, dark caterpillars sitting on your face. You can finish off the look with a brow gel to set them for the rest of the day.
Sydneysiders – check out Esstudio Galleria’s Face Frames package; Eyebrow Shape, Eyebrow Tint and Eyelash Tint all for $60