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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan & 'Lovely Legs' Bronze Spray

We've all been there.  You find yourself invited to a spontaneous night out or event and mild panic sets in when you realise that you haven't fake tanned.  No instagram filter is going to disguise your milky pins and you have less than 24 hours to sort it out.  It's happened to me many a time let me tell you - which is why I always like to have some form of 'quick fix' tan always at the ready in my bathroom cabinet.  As much as I love being bronzed, I really do hate the whole process of fake tanning and if there's anything I can do to shorten it, I will.  When a great number of fake tans take up to 8 hours to develop, it really can become a bit of a chore and there's been many a time I've found myself planning my day around it before a night out which is ever so slightly ridiculous!  The only time I really have to fake tan is after work - so something super quick, easy and fuss-free is a must for me - as well as a product which offers the same colour pay off as any normal fake tan would.  Enter Cocoa Brown's One Hour Tan... a product which promises beautifully bronzed and radiant skin in just one hour.  

Cocoa Brown | 1 Hour Tan | £6.99* | Link  This product has gained cult beauty status since it was launched as well as winning a number of industry awards - I've read so many good reviews and features and really couldn't wait to try it.  I hold my hands up and admit I was very sceptical to begin with - there's no way a one-hour fake tan could offer me the same results as an 8-hour developer, could it? I have to say I was so impressed when I first tried this tan.  Not only does it give such a natural, bronzed glow to the skin, it applies so smoothly and evenly - it's effortless.  The mousse is really creamy and feels luxurious and almost moisturising to apply, giving a flawless finish from head to toe. The scent is really unique too - there's no whiff of fake tan whatsoever thanks to the delicate floral hint.  Once applied, the mousse sinks in really nicely and doesn't leave a sticky residue, meaning you aren't stood around like a lemon for ages whilst you wait for your tan to dry.   After an hour or so, the tan washes off to reveal a lovely, natural glow - not a hint orange in sight - it gives that natural 'caramel' sort of colour which is so flattering on the skin.  It's not the darkest colour I've ever achieved but it's such an amazing 'quick fix' and does exactly what I want it to do. I find it to be quite buildable too - so I'll often apply it two nights in a row mid-week and I'm sorted ready for the weekend.  It's also a nice product to use if you want to 'top up' a tan you already have. 

Cocoa Brown | Lovely Legs Spray | £7.99* | Link  I've only really dabbled in leg makeup sprays once or twice in the past so products like this are fairly new to me.  Although I don't think they're a necessity, i do think they make a fabulous addition to your evening out routine or simply used as an alternative to standard 'instant' tans.  If you've ever tried Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs then this is very similar.  The spray is quite scary when you first apply it as the colour comes out quite strong, but once it's buffed in with a mitt it provides a smooth, even finish with an additional bit of coverage to help smooth and perfect the skin's appearance.  I had a small mark that just wouldn't budge on my lower leg for a while (shaving incident - I'm sure you'll all relate...) I used this spray on a couple of occasions and it helped to smooth out the skin-tone on my legs, covering the mark whilst adding a slight bronzed glow.  It's not something I'd use all of the time but it's definitely a nice product to have in my stash - it comes in very handy for special occasions when you'll be taking a lot of photographs as it gives such a perfected look to the skin.  I'm off for a weekend away with the boy soon and this is most certainly going to go in my suitcase. Used sparingly, it looks really natural and deepens the tan you already have.  Paler skins might find it slightly muddy and difficult to work with, but if you've already applied your tan (or if you're a lucky so and so and are sporting a natural one) then it's a nice product to finish off with before a night on the tiles.

Overall, I've been really impressed with Cocoa Brown.  For less than a tenner, the one-hour tan really is worth having. If, like me, you struggle to find the time to tan it's so super quick to apply after a day at work - all you need to do is hop in the shower before bed and you're sorted - hardly any effort needed!  You can find Cocoa Brown range in Superdrug stores here.

Have you tried any Cocoa Brown products? What did you reckon?  


  1. But just the name itself, Cocoa Brown, should get applause x.

  2. I really like this fake tan, I like the fact you only have to have it on 3 hours tops at a time! I haven't tried the Lovely Legs Spray yet but it looks like a great idea for when you have a special occasion!

  3. I haven't tried this but it sounds good for it's price x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  4. It sounds great! I never heard of the brand before


  5. You made me wanting to get both of them haha x
    xx, marinasirmais

  6. I have never tried them out before, I really want them now though haha! Lovely post as usual! x
    Elizabeth -

  7. I've heard loads of good things about this brand of tan. I've not found a quick fix tan I like yet so I might have to give this one a go! xx

  8. I love their 1 hour tan, like you said, the caramel colour is so lovely.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  9. I have tried a couple of tans from Cocoa Brown and I do really like them, a good drugstore tan! x

  10. Ive heard a few good things about this tan but never tried it! I've currently been loving the Bondi Sands tan just been released in the UK and its amazing. ♥

  11. I tried this a long time ago and I didn't like it, but I definitely need to give it another go x

  12. I love the 1 hour tan!

    Emily x // EmGrace

  13. I need a new fake tan for summer, I like the sound of these, I use St Tropez but time for a change I think!

    Meme xx

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  14. The 1 Hour Tan sounds just up my street! xx
    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  15. LOVE Cocoa Brown, proud that it's an Irish product too! Really enojyed this post, you're a great writer :) xx
    Please check out my blog too, I'd love some tips!

  16. I have to try it!

  17. I have never tried the Cocoa Brown collect but it seems like a super easy quick fix for a weekend tan.


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