Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tanning Lotions - Everyone Has a Story

When I was in 9th grade, the cosmetics industry finally saw the huge niche for self-tanning lotions. Me and a bunch of my kleptomaniac friends kifed a bunch of different types and got down to business with them. It was shorts weather! Yea, I was one of THOSE girls.

Fortunately, I didn't get as carried away as one of my girlfriends. Poor girl evidently didn't read the instructions on the Coppertone bottle that said "EVENLY spread..." and "WASH HANDS after". hahahaha - that girl had the most ORANGE legs you have ever seen, and her hands looked like she had dipped them in orange paint and only wiped off the palm and finger tips. It was so funny! The worst thing is I guess she just didn't see the big deal and thought she looked hot. She wore shorts every single day to show off her super tan! I can still remember how awful she looked - how ORANGE she looked!

Ever since, I've been understandably gun-shy about self-tanners and when I do try them, am very careful to spread evenly, and wash hands! I haven't found one that I love yet. Mainly because I just can't see myself walking around my house completely n*ked for 30 minutes just so my clothes don't get stained. It's just not a realistic lifestyle for me - I might get some weird looks from SP and DH, not to mention I'd be cold!

While at my cosmetologist's office the other day, I happened to pick up a new one that she said was really good. I trust this girl, she's not a hoser. And doesn't that just tell you everything?

The thing I loved was that you don't have to wait 30 minutes - just like 1 or 2 before you dress. She said the tan looks very natural and so far, she's been right. It's marketed as an "instant" tan, and that part is true, and it gets darker over 3 hours too. I've so far used it 4x and noticed immediate results with not even a hint of orange. I didn't even wear make up today, which is when I know summer is really here. Lol, except of course the stuff that's tattooed on.

I got it this 8oz bottle for about $23 but on-line I found it for $17.99 at this website. I just Googled 'Gieseie". I'm not advertising...just a small shout-out. Summer's coming!

6 backward glances:

Katie said...

I have never tried tanning lotion... I am so scared of it looking fake because I have only seen people look fake with it.... I will have to check you out tomorrow to be convinced of the lack of orange HEE HEE HEE

Amy said...

katie: i know you'll be honest and i'm glad for that. i'm looking at my face too much and perhaps i have a slanted vision now. i should post the results of your inspection, lol. or perhaps you can! :)

Steve said...

When I was in high school, these things were first coming out (and Sun In for your hair was big, too... remember that?).

First thing that came to mind was to do a "reverse tan." Basically, I taped off a farmer's tan line and then fake tanned everything BUT my arms, neck, and legs. Then hit the beach... in a speedo.

Thinking about it now, doing designs... smiley faces and stuff, would be fun, too. :)

Grace said...

I use to use one that was really good when I worked at HSN eons ago...I believe it was called Tan Secret I think they still sell it but I believe it's in gel form now instead of cream. Anyway, it had a "color guide" and gloves to avoid those "tan palms". I loved it and it dried fairly quickly, but boy I wasn't ready for that "tanning smell" other than that it was great and it did look natural (although I haven't used it in a long time so I don't know what the new version's like.)

Rachel said...

Ok, don't take this the wrong way, but the song, "you're so vain" is going off in my head... :) still love ya!

Amy said...

Steve: I totally remember Sun-In. It was a good friend of mine!

Grace: well, Katie's consensus was that it wasn't orange so that's a good thing!

Rachel: are you TRYING to make me feel bad or did you do it accidentally? geez. a girl likes to feel pretty!