Christmas and New Year is all fun and games when you are kicking back on the sofa hugging your tin of Quality Street, but when it comes to slipping into that little party dress preparing for your kiss at midnight, there is always one requirement in my books - the fake tan. In the midst of winter, I am definitely at my palest so I do like to top up my tan levels slightly and have recently been testing out the Garnier Ambre Solaire new, no streaks range. Whether you favour a mousse or mist, dark or light, face or body, they have a product to suit everybody.
The dry face mist is a winner if you like to tan your face but always worry that your normal body bronzer is going to be too heavy. It is an ultra-fine mist that easily dispenses all over your face, and doesn't require any rubbing in. It dries pretty instantly and has a pleasant, fruity, apricot aroma. The spray doesn't have a guide colour but develops after a few hours, so is best to apply at night and then you shall awake to a natural, golden glow. I found the 'fair to light skin' option a little too subtle for me, but can imagine the original one would pack more of a punch.
The self-tanning dry body mist has a similar concept to the face mist but is suited to bronzing your entire body and in particular those hard-to-reach areas, such as the back of your legs and upper back. Again you don't need to rub this tan in so is great if you are in a rush, but because it doesn't have a guide colour, you do need to be careful that you don't miss a patch! I used the medium body mist and loved how quickly it dried on the skin, so no frantic flapping needed - a blessing on a winter's evening. Again I left it to develop overnight and loved the golden colour it gave me - not too dark, not too fake, just nice and natural.
Finally, my absolute favourite from the range is the self-tanning mousse with golden shimmer which applies really smoothly with the applicator mitt. I have always liked mousse tanning products and this one has really impressed me, particularly because it dries so evenly and doesn't have that cloying, self-tan smell. I wouldn' be put off by the golden shimmer as once it dries and you have showered, they are barely noticeable. This was the product that gave me the most intense and long-lasting tan, keeping my bronzed for a good four days before going a bit patchy. This mousse does have a guide colour when you apply it, so is a good 'starter' product if you are fearful of the streaks or those telltale white patches which can often put people off fake tanning. You can see my before and after photos above when using the self-tanning mousse.
If you have recently jumped on the tanning bandwagon or just want to pick up a few hints and tips for streak-free bronzing, then the guys at Garnier how produced a few "how-to" videos to help you out. I would love to know which fake tan you swear by and if you've tried anything from the new Garnier range?