I know what you’re thinking…
How did this girl go from a whipped crème sundae to a bronzed goddess overnight? How did she get that LA glow from rarely stepping foot outside in not-so-sunny Peterborough?
Two (or three?) words..
Madame LA LA.
The brand has taken inspiration from the beautiful city of Los Angeles and the Hollywood lifestyle. Picture being in the land of opportunity, with Southern California’s gentle ocean breezes and 329 days of sunshine a year – it’s the dream right?! Nicole Dash Jones, the American-Brit founder of Madame LA LA, has captured the essence of LA.. and put it in a bottle.
So what does this mean for us regular folk? The depressive realisation that we will never be sat on Malibu Beach? Hell no – who needs a real tan when you can FAKE it and be just as beautiful?!
Blake Lively, Gigi Hadid.. Move over.
The indie beauty brand focuses not only on the perfect tan, but also the importance of wellbeing, slimming and anti-aging. All of Madame LA LA products are vegan and not tested on animals. What makes the formula unique and separates it from other brands is the use of Coco Water – which has massive hydrating skincare benefits.
Madame LA LA’s product range includes:
Before we get the the review I want to talk a little bit about my skin. I’ve come to the conclusion my skin actually repels UV rays. Sunbeds every day for a month? No problem – only that I have now wasted 270 minutes of my life and still look like a porcelain doll. Of course, I have burnt.. Many times. And if that does turn to tan? Give it a week and I’m back where I started. White girl problems. (Literally, has this phrase ever been more relevant?!)
To be honest, I’m glad I’ve given up trying to get a tan. Don’t get me wrong, fake tan can be a pain in the ass and look ridiculous, but the damaging effects of overexposure to UV rays is real. Sun induced skin damage changes the texture and weakens the elasticity of the skin. It causes premature wrinkling, sags and bags, pigmentation disorders and easy bruising. Not to mention damage to the eyes and skin cancer.. Nuh uh. I will forever wish I was a Barbados beauty, but alas, I’m white AF.
Madame LA LA Tan Light 200ml // £30.00
The ‘La La Tan Light’ is a lightweight tinted mousse designed especially for lighter skin tones. If you have paler skin, this is perfect for you as it gives you beautiful a subtle glow. Typically I always reach for ‘dark’ or ‘medium’ tans – and this is probably where I go wrong as it can look unnatural. Surprisingly, even though this is the ‘light’ version, it comes out a great colour. I definitely wouldn’t say it was too light, and even if it is you can always apply another layer to build on it.
Madame LA LA have created a “DD” (Dynamic do-all) tan. Which means the tan is suitable for both your face and body. I stopped using fake tan on my face as I was continuously breaking out in spots (Can’t believe I clogged my skin up that bad – makes me cringe now) I’m still struggling with my skin but it has improved a lot. When I applied the tan I thought I’d give it a go on my face. I’m happy to announce that I DIDN’T break out! Yay. I think this is due to the organic and natural ingredients found in this tan.
The tan combines many hydrating and anti-ageing ingredients. What makes this tan unique is that it is infused with ‘Coco Water’ – a Hollywood must-have. It also contains Aloe, Green Tea and Vitamin E. These ingredients and the built-in skin finishing perfecters ensure your skin is well cared for, resulting in a long lasing natural tan. It also claims to have colour customising technology that ensures your tan looks natural whilst adapting to your individual skin tone. The quick-dry tan instantly colour corrects, which reduces the appearance of cellulite, lumps, bumps and uneven skin tones.
TANNING PREP, APPLICATION & AFTERCARE
1. SHAVE / WAX
3. MOISTURISE DRY AREAS (e.g. knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, feet and palms – make sure this has soaked in before application)
4. USE A MITT OR LATEX GLOVES (using latex gloves will make sure no product is lost – as mitts soak it up)
5. DO NOT SHAKE BOTTLE (different from other tans I’ve used – so something to remember)
6. SPREAD TAN USING LONG STROKES
7. USE WARM WATER ON PALMS OF HANDS TO REMOVE TRACES OF TAN
8. MOISTURISE (keeping skin hydrated is the key to keeping your tan looking good and stop it cracking)
After applying the tan, you should wait 10 minutes before dressing to allow the tan to dry, making sure you wear loose clothing. The ‘LA LA Tan Light’ provides an instant bronze that develops into an even sun-kissed colour in 3 hours. You should then not shower for 10 hours. (longer than the tans I’ve come across – however I would leave tans this long anyway)
After 5 days, the tan has turned slightly orange on me. However, I feel this was because I applied too much of it. Applying too much tan can have this effect.
The price roughly matches the price for a lot of the high-end self-tanners, at £30.00 it’s not cheap and will put some people off. However, personally I would happily pay this much for a good quality tanner and I do think Madame LA LA’s tans are worth it. I find the cheap tanners smell horrible, wash off after one or two washes and transfer onto clothes and bedding. I haven’t got the time or patience to be re-applying tan every couple of days. A bottle of expensive tanner will last you three times as long.
The majority of self-tans have a ‘guide’ colour that helps you see where you have applied it. With other tans, this colour tends to have a greenish hue on me. As I don’t usually tan my face during this stage I end up with a ghostly white face a body the colour of a mouldy digestive. I mean, I do avoid going out like this but if I do happen to see anyone, it’s not an attractive look. With the Madame LA LA Tan Light, I actually didn’t get this – which I was really happy with. The tan is a streak-free formulation and i must admit it did come out very evenly on me.
The tan claims to last 10 days.. I’m not sure if it will last that long but what I can say is that it has been 5 days and it is still going strong – which I am amazed at! I tend to bath a lot, and bathing in hot water literally strips your tan, so tans don’t last long on me at all. I honestly think this is the longest one has lasted.. the staying power of this tan is brilliant! Usually for about 3 baths after I’ve tanned the water is brown and scummy (gross I know) but with this tan the water was only slightly discoloured.
This is also one of the nicest smelling fake tans I’ve come across – it has a lovely beachy coconut fragrance. The tan also didn’t transfer onto my bed sheets – WINNER!
Madame LA LA Bronzing Ball 5g // £14.00
Madame LA LA’s Bronzing Ball is such an innovative design.. A 180° twist up cream bronzer for an instant sun kissed glow! Like the other products it is also infused with Vitamin E and Coco Water and you can tell how hydrating it is on your skin. I love how easy this product is to apply, it just glides on effortlessly so there is no need for brushes. To blend it I just smudged it out with my fingers – easy peasy!
There’s really no rule on where you should apply this. It can be used for bronzing the face and body, contouring and highlighting the lips, cheeks and eyes. It is amazing at sculpting and illuminating. It is handy for when you are on the go and has a coconut fragrance. I used a powder bronzer before discovering this but honestly, I don’t think I would go back to a powder bronzer now, as this cream bronzer is so easy to blend and gives you a natural healthy glow. I love it.
.. just because