Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam Review

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam
*This product was gifted, however all opinions remain 100% my own and honest.

When Bondi Sands got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to try out their new foam, I jumped at the chance. I've never actually tried any of the Bondi Sands tanning products, but I have always wanted to as I've heard such great things about them and the tan itself always looks very healthy on other people. This tan retails at £14.99 (shop here).

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

This tanning foam in particular is different to the original Bondi Sands foam as this one doesn't need to be washed off- Amazing! You just leave it on your skin for at least 6 hours and then wash it off, but you can get dressed within moments. When I first heard about this I was shocked as it sounded like all of my prayers had been answered. I love the look of being tanned and when I do find the energy to tan, I always feel 10x better, although I just find the process of tanning too much like hard work. For me, this product removes all of my bug-bears about tanning: I don't have to sit and wait for what feels like an age after I have applied the tan before I can slip on some loose clothes. I love that if I forget to tan for an event or occasion, it's not a problem as I can just tan and then get ready, head out the door and within 2-3 hours, I'll suddenly become bronzed! ....are you as enticed as I am yet?

I found this foam so easy to apply onto my skin. I instantly noticed that it smelt so nice, which I think is the coconut that it is infused with. The foam itself is a pale beige colour so I found it hard to see where I had already applied it so at first I thought 'wow this isn't very dark'...so I put two thick coats on but then after 2-3 hours it developed and I was very dark*!!! So the foam colour itself is misleading so that's something to be aware of to not make my mistake. 

* In my opinion of being tanned, as I don't usually tan at all and I am used to being as pale as casper the ghost. I think one coat of this would have been perfect for me, as I don't usually tan, so after two coats I do feel very bronzed but it's the perfect colour for me if I was going out on a night out. For a more subtle glow, I'd probably stick with one coat.

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

To test out this tan, I applied this product to the whole of my body using the Bondi Sands velvet tanning mitt (gifted) but missed my right leg and thigh to see the difference in colour that this product would give to my skin. I applied the tan around 6pm and as the tan dried really quickly, I put on my PJ's a few moments later and got on with my evening and then slept in the tan too. 

Usually, after I use fake-tan I feel really sticky and dirty but I was honestly so shocked that I had to keep reminding myself that I had tan on during the evening, as I kept forgetting as it felt so comfortable on the skin. This is a huge win for me because I hate the feeling of fake tan whilst it's developing before I wash it of, it just feels so sticky. However, because I didn't have that same feeling with this tan, I think I might become hooked...

Also, when I woke up, there was only a slight bit of transfer onto my pillow and my PJ's, but it was hardly noticeable and the sheets weren't stained at all. 

Another huge winner for me!

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

Here is a before and after photo of using this tanning foam. This photo was taken the morning after I had applied this tan. As you can see, my left leg which I applied the tan to the night before looks super bronzed and amazing and my right leg had no tan applied to it. I think this tan is a really lovely, healthy tan shade and I love how it turned out. However, my skin afterwards did feel very dry after I had this on, particularly my hands, despite the product being enriched in Argan Oil. 

The tan itself lasted around 5-6 days on my skin before it began to get patchy. I noticed it first went patchy around my wrists and hands but it seemed to fade gradually elsewhere before I scrubbed it off. I was really impressed with how long this tan lasted on my hands as usually the tan off my hands wears off after a day or two as they're constantly being washed but I found this Bondi Sands tan stayed on a lot longer. Overall, I am super impressed with this tanning foam and I'll never look back! I'd rate this tan a 9/10, because it is life-changing for me as it dispels all of my annoyances that I have with tan and gave me a deep, healthy glow, but it did make my skin feel really dry, but I suppose that just reminded me to keep on moisturising which helped it to stay on for longer!


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72 Hours In The Lake District

Grasmere

The Lake District is a BIG place, covering 912 square miles, so I'd say it has something for everyone. My boyfriend (Jack) and I went to the Lake District last week for three days for a little mini-break as we are both in the midst of our masters' degrees and in dire need of some rest, relaxation and recuperation. Over three days we didn't get to see everything that the Lake District has to offer but considering we went for a rest, we certainly saw the sights. We had a car and the weather on our side but no pre-planned itinerary, so I thought I would share with you what we got up to!

Wednesday

We arrived at our little Lodge near Windermere late Tuesday afternoon and spent the evening settling in and relaxing. When we woke on Wednesday morning, the sun was shining through the curtains and the skies were bright blue so we decided to head down to the pier at Bowness-on-Windermere and hire a boat.



I thoroughly recommend doing this! We had so much fun sailing into the middle of the lake and turning off the engine and relaxing together on the back of the boat. It was picture-perfect and I can still remember the feeling of the blissfully warm sunshine beaming down on my face. The prices range depending on which boat you go for but ours was £35 for an hour which felt like plenty of time to us. 

Bowness-on-Windermere




After the boat ride, we explored the town of Windermere and ate our picnic that we had made and then got in the car and drove to Kendal. We spent an hour or so there browsing the shops but we weren't too impressed with Kendal, especially the 'Westmorland shopping centre' which is raved about on all of the tourist information leaflets! All that was there was a small Topshop, The Body Shop, Superdrug and a Poundland...

We then drove back into Bowness-on-Windermere and went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant which I highly recommend called 'Trattoria'. I had the salmon pasta and Jack had the tomato Gnnochi. Both were delicious. 

Trattoria

Thursday

Today was yet again another beautiful, sunny day so we decided to drive North to Keswick first to visit the town and go for a walk there. Keswick is a lovely town with lots of cute, quaint shops and tea rooms.

Keswick
Keswick 

In the afternoon we then headed back to Bowness-on-Windermere and stopped off at Ambleside for another short walk, as we had spotted how beautiful the town looked as we drove through it to go to Keswick. There are some amazing views on this journey as you drive past Rydal Water and Grasmere which both have stunning lakes. Me and Jack both said how we felt like we were abroad driving through these towns. On the walk I got up close and personal with some sheep which called for an illusory photograph....

Grasmere

Grasmere

After a full day, we drove back to our lodge and had a night-in with a takeaway!

Friday

On our final day in the Lakes we woke up early for another day packed full of adventure! We drove to Coniston and hired out bikes from the Coniston Boating Centre. I highly recommend visiting Coniston for a walk or if you're feeling more adventurous, visiting the Boating Centre as they offer bike and boat hire and there is a stunning cafe called the 'Bluebird Cafe' which is situated facing the lake. The bike hire was £15 each for 2 hours so that cost us £30. We had made up a picnic again and brought that with us so we were able to take a break and sit facing a lake and eat our picnic, which was so lovely and peaceful. Begrudgingly, yet exhausted, we then headed home after a busy, yet relaxing trip away.


Coniston boating centre

Coniston boating centre

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