Bronzed Legs in a Flash


I always had naturally darker skin and it never turned red in the sun whilst getting that ideal bronzy look was a piece of cake for me. It just took two to three days of sunbathing to get pretty dark. I never got any freckles or splotchy marks on my skin either. But then I have researched a bit, got informed and the fact that sunbathing isn’t healthy finally got through my thick head. I’ve avoided sunbathing since and after a terrible experience at a tanning salon – I’ve ditched those altogether. Health comes first and even though I do look more like myself from the older days when I’m sporting a tan – I never will look upon sunbathing the same again. With the use of a sunscreen I still catch a nice golden glow on my arms, neck and decolletage just doing errands around the city but my legs rarely do get exposed. I found that a nice self-tanning product comes handy but finding a decent one is quite the task. The heavy orange coloring, the horrible smell, the messy application, trasferring all over my clothes and furniture are all things that deterred me from using one for a long time. Than this mousse came around and I’ve tried to skip it altogether as I was sure it would be a disaster, however – I think I got the hang of things. Avon Magic Tan Mousse is one decent item that helps to achieve bronzed legs in a flash.

Oduvijek sam bila prirodno tamnijeg tena te dok sam se jos suncala (prije barem 5 godina), nikada mi se nije desilo da sam pocrvenila a koza bi poprimila bronzanu boju nakon samo 2-3 dana izlaganja suncu. Nikada mi se nisu pojavile pjegice niti uopsteno fleke od sunca po kozi. No to je bilo davno kada jos nisam bila upoznata sa opasnostima izlaganja suncu i cim sam se edukovala, odlucila sam prestati sa tom praksom. Potom sam se okrenula solariju (da, jos jedna nepromisljena odluka) ali nakon groznog iskustva sam preskocila i njih. Zdravlje ipak treba da je na prvom mjestu te, iako u svojim ocima vise slicim sebi sa tamnijom kozom –  jednostavno na suncanje ne gledam istim ocima. Uz svakodnevno koristenje kreme sa zastitnim faktorom ruke, vrat i dekolte poprime njeznu zlatnu boju no nogice su te koje rijetko kada budu otkrivene. Nakon sto sam ostala bez opcija, proizvodi za samotamnjenje su bili logican izbor. Ipak, pronalazak barem pristojnog proizvoda te vrste se pokazalo kao jako tezak zadatak. Neprirodna narandzasta boja, odbojni miris, neuredno nanosenje, preslikavanje po odjeci i namjestaju su razlozi zbog kojih sam dugo apstinirala i od ovih proizvoda. Potom sam isprobala ovu pjenu za koju sam iskreno mislila da nece biti po mom ukusu no mislim da sam donekle savladala nanosenje te mi doskoci u pomoc barem jednom sedmicno. Avon Magic Tan pjena za samotamnjenje je solidan proizvod uz pomoc kojeg mi noge postanu spremne u roku od par minuta.

Magic Tan Mousse comes in a tall, bronze colored bottle (150ml) with a pump. It’s the classic mechanism which turns liquid into mousse when you pump it out. I think that preparation is the key with such self-tanners. I always exfoliate my legs, shave them, pat them dry and than lightly moisturize them prior to applying this mousse. Avoid oils (they result in a streaky mess), stick to light moisturizers and pay special attention to rough parts of the body (elbows, knees, ankles). When I make sure that my legs are completely dry and that moisturizer got soaked into the skin, then I apply the mousse. One pump is enough for my entire leg up to my knee. I massage the mousse from ankles upwards. Slap and dash, massage and blend – legs done. First thing I noticed is that the mousse doesn’t smell as foul as most self-tanning products. It has a tropical smell, which is a relief. Later I noticed that it only masks the baked cookie smell which appears if I layer the mousse. That means that it’ll remain delicate with one layer but if you apply too much you can detect that specific smell. I do wash my hands immediately after applying the mousse and it doesn’t tint my palms most of the time but once it has left a light yellowish dot in the center of my right palm (faded during that day).

Magic Tan pjena za samotamnjenje je upakovana u bocicu sa pumpicom (150ml). Radi se o klasicnom mehanizmu koji pritiskom pumpice pretvara tecnost u pjenu. Mislim da je priprema kljucna kod koristenja ovog tipa proizvoda. Prije nanosenja uvijek pilingujem noge, obrijem ih, posusim peskirom te laganom hidratantnom kremom namazem barem grublje dijelove koze (kao sto su koljena, clanci i eventualno laktovi). Izbjegavam hidrataciju uljima posto je ravnomjerno nanosenje bilo kojeg proizvoda za samotamnjenje nakon njih nemoguce. Nakon sto se uvjerim da je koza potpuno suha, nastavljam sa nanosenjem pjene. Jedna pumpica je dovoljna za cijelu nogu do koljena a nanosim je masiranjem od clanaka na gore. Otprilike je to rutina koju slijedim nakon cega preostaje samo da se pjena osusi te da boja dobije na dubini. Prva stvar koju sam primjetila jeste da ova pjena zaista na prvi dojam ima tropski miris sto mi se jako dopalo. Kasnije sam shvatila kako tropski miris maskira onu specificnu aromu “pecenih kolacica”. Ukoliko na noge nanesem jedan tanki sloj pjene, sve sto osjetim je tropski miris no ukoliko nanesem drugi sloj – onda osjetim taj specificni miris proizvoda za samotamnjenje. Nakon nanosenja odmah operem ruke tecnim sapunom te mi obicno ne ostaje trag na dlanovima i prstima iako mi se jednom desilo da je ostala blago zuta fleka po sredini desnog dlana (izblijedila je tokom dana). 

I think that the application is somewhat messy but not to the point of me saying ‘I can’t handle this’. Just make sure you shake the bottle well before pumping the mousse out. I find that it does give a nice, warm tan. It’s actually perfect for my legs as it evens them with the tops of my feet which tan first. I’ll continue to use this mousse primarily on my legs. It masks tiny cuts, follicles after shaving and even some smaller veins. It doesn’t transfer to clothes if you just give it 10-15 minutes to dry. I’d skip wearing white altogether though as I’d skip it after using any self-tanner. If you’re very precautious, you can dust some baby powder over your legs with a big, fluffy brush but make sure they are 100% dry. I get five days of bronz-y color with one application and notice light fading after the 3rd day. It does fade away evenly. I’d say that this is not a perfect but a decent self-tanning mousse if you can handle the prep, somewhat messy application and a light whiff of that specific smell of sun-tanners. It will work for medium to darker skin tones but I would skip it if I had pale or very pinky undertones as this bronze borderlines with orange. You can see how it looks on my legs by examining the photo I’ve posted. It is applied on the right leg while it was omitted on the left one. What do you think and more importantly – what are your experiences with such products? Any recommendations?

Nanosenje i koristenje bih ocijenila kao relativno lagano ali uz blagi nered no ne do granice kada se sa tim ne mogu izboriti. Poenta je samo dobro promuckati bocicu prije nego uzmete pumpicu u ruke. Na mojoj kozi pjena pruza lijepu, toplu bronzanu boju. Jako mi se dopada na nogama i mislim da cu je iskljucivo koristiti na njima. Zamaskira manje ogrebotine, folikule nakon brijanja te sitnije vene. Ukoliko sacekam 10-15 minuta da se osusi, pjena se uopste ne prenosi na garderobu niti na druge povrsine. Ipak bih preskocila bijelu odjecu no nju ne uzimam u obzir nakon koristenja bilo kojeg proizvoda za samotamnjenje. Ukoliko ste pak jako oprezne, iz predostroznosti mozete velikim make-up kistom nanijeti malo pudera za bebe preko npr.nogu ali prethodno se pobrinite da je koza u potpunosti suha. Od jednog nanosenja dobijem pet dana bronzane boje a pocinje blijediti treceg dana. Postepeno slabljenje boje je ravnomjerno. Mislim da ovo nije proizvod za samotamnjenje bez mane no Avon pjena je dosta solidna. Ukoliko ste spremne da kozu pripremite prije koristenja, ne smeta vam da se posvetite nanosenju 2-3min a susenju barem 10min i ako vam blagi miris ne predstavlja problem – pjena bi vam se zaista mogla dopasti. Mislim da ce biti izvrsna na srednje tamnom i tamnom tenu dok bih je preskocila u slucaju jako svijetlog tena i izrazito ruzicastog podtona jer – iako nije narandzastog tona, pjena je dosta topla. Mozete vidjeti kako na meni izgleda (pjena je nanesena na desnu nogu dok je lijeva ostala cista). Sada sam pogledala aktuelnu Avon brosuru (str.130) i pjena je snizena na 8,90KM. Cini mi se da je to korektna cijena za ovaj proizvod. Sta mislite i sto je jos bitnije – kakva su vasa iskustva sa ovom vrstom proizvoda? Imate li vlastite preporuke?

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