Vita Liberata Tan

I have to be honest, I am SO not sad that my wedding is during the Autumn!  And if it were during Spring or Summer, I’d steer (incredibly) clear of anything “tan” at all – self, or sun. I know a little bit of “color” can wake up the complexion, but over the years, the quest for a self-tanner that doesn’t turn you into a giant tangerine (along WITH your clothing!) has been littered with ones that DO.  The wedding gown can be spared!

That aside, the orange’d hue is often accompanied by the telltale, and frankly repugnant redolence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone.) Not a good look, and definitely no fun when your body heat turns up – dancing under hot lights caused a cocoon of the scent (cloying to me AND anyone in my remote proximity!)  Not to mention those rivulets of sweat making for fun, streaky skin…since the formula just couldn’t hang on.  


Well…Vita Liberata’s pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is one of those products that endeavors to eliminate those mishaps, to keep you golden and glowing…and fragrance-free! BudgetBeautyBlog posted a review a little while back – I liked it because she sports a pallor also, and beginning with fair skin can often lead to curious results.

Sephora photo

Sephora photo

Addressing the issue of lasting power – something many brands fail to conquer – the pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse sticks around for two to three weeks.  BRILLIANT!  I could have saved a good amount of money NOT having to double self-tan for Ballroom competitions with this streak-free, hydrating, and non-scented mousse!  Per the description on Sephora: 

Research results after just 2 applications: 
– 80% agree pHenomenal tan lasts 15 days or longer 
– 100% agree that skin was silky soft after using pHenomenal
– 100% agree that they were comfortable enough to go straight out after applying pHenomenal
– 100% agree pHenomenal tan is quick and easy to apply
– 90% agree pHenomenal tan faded like a natural tan

Budgetbeautyblog photo

Budgetbeautyblog photo

I haven’t tried this myself as yet, but I feel like if I do have an event to attend – at which my ghostly white gams might be “too much” for the crowd – it might be worth a try.  Bronzed without consequence of skin damage?  Nice to have the option!

Innovative Bronzing

Self tanning has EXPLODED over the years – forget beds and stand-in spray booths, the types of products, and applications are astounding.  

Fortunately, I caught the beginnings of the trend when I was a Ballroom competitor – if you aren’t familiar with the sport, being bronzed was a MUST.  No exceptions.  As someone who can appear nigh translucent (oh, how well I’d blend in during Elizabethan times!) I often had to get spray tanned TWICE before competitions.  

Then there was the actually face bronzerpowders that were touted for being spectacular in every major magazine, but ones that hot lights would…most definitely...MELT.  Yes, even my beloved NARS would streak from time to time – 20 latin dances in a row and there was no possibility of not sweating some of it off.

Enter the new, innovative formulations of 2015…

Make Up Forever Pro Bronze Fusion maintains that it is a “waterproof bronzer that blends on like a second skin.”  I can tell you right now, if I was still competing, I’d be buying my shade in this. My I’ve-been-sprayed-down-twice shade, that is.  I will definitely snoop around for reviews myself, and suggest that you stop into a Sephora store to play around with it!  Sadly, I’m not sure they can shave a sample of this particular item (I LOVE that Sephora samples!), but you can still get your paws on it!

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Now then…Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals (long name, but true) is even another step further.  Frankly, it sounds pretty miraculous.  Once again, I’d have run out to play around…and likely purchase…this powder!  As per the claim…

“This revolutionary self-tanner offers pure mineral coverage, instant bronzing, and a lasting tan. The natural bronzed effect suits all skintones and can be used to contour or provide allover glow. The tan deepens over a four-to-eight hour period and lasts up to five days.”

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Um.  Seriously?!   So you get the at-that-moment bronzing effect, and it deepens during the day (or half day)…and it lasts for up to FIVE days?!  Oh…AND it suits a variety of skin tones?!  That’s pretty amazing! :-O

Though then again…maybe it’s better I’m NOT competing?  I’m saving myself money on the spray tans…AND the awesome newness on the market (which I kind of want anyway!) 😉