Rodial Brazilian Tan – Review

Rodial PackagingSo we can’t all have that perfect skin shade and we know that spending too much time in the sun is bad for our skin, so for most people the only option is fake it!!! Well it certainly is in my case! My skin is naturally very pale and can burn quite easily and more often than not I go red then back to white so I either make do with being pale or I fake it!

I rarely fake it, but last night I finally got round to trying the Rodial Brazilian Tan that I had picked up on the front of Elle Magazine! Yep I’ve had it almost a month!

So due to actually having smooth pins from wearing my Proskins for the best part of a month, this was the perfect opportunity for some no flake tanning!

Elle were offering the Rodial Brazilian Tan in three shades – Clear, Light and Dark. I opted for light as I am naturally very pale, so didn’t want to end up looking orange.

Rodial is a firm skincare favourite in the celeb world with the likes of Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer swearing by the brand, so I was keen to find out what all the fuss was about. The brand, established in 1999, is the brainchild of Maria Hatzistefanis whose beginnings started in beauty journalism and who now runs the Rodial empire which also includes brands such as Nip+Fab and Nip+Man. You can find out the latest from Maria by following her on Twitter – @MrsRodial

First off… Initial Thoughts

The tan didn’t have any obvious fake tan smell… already a winner in my eyes! The colour straight out of the tube appeared to be a caramel hue… none of this usual horrible browny black colour that you tend to get from a lot of self tanners.

Rodial Gel

I applied the tan using a mitt. I get quite dry hands (I’m currently using Rodial GLAM BALM Hand for this) so even after washing a number of times I still end up with those tell-tale fake tan marks around my knuckles and between my fingers and I find when I use a mitt I don’t get that.

I started to apply the tan and as soon as you rub in the colour disappears… this scares me! When doing a fake tan yourself you really need to make sure you cover absolutely every little bit of your body and I was concerned that I had maybe not got certain area or in some cases went over them twice ‘just in case’. I have woken up with a few white patches this morning and some areas a little darker than others. These are minimal however and is down to the application – next time I will take even more care and I’m sure it will come out perfect! I did put it on midweek as a trial before using for something significant so I can cope with the little mess ups as I’m not going anywhere special, but like I said – nothing majorly obvious!

Sometimes fake tans can generate a smell whilst they are developing. Not in Rodial’s case! There was no need to shower immediately this morning so I have tried to top up the white areas to even out. I’ll be hitting the gym later so will shower after and then report on  the staying power!

Overall however, I am impressed with the shade it has generated, once I sort out the application I think this could quite possibly be my go to tan! Especially whilst it’s on offer and with the Elle discount (see underneath picture).

Rodial Skin Sample

Elle are currently offering a 20% discount off any products purchased from Rodial by entering ELLE20 at the checkout. Not only that but the tan has been reduced from £35 to £27 so a great time to grab a bargain!

Also if you subscribe to Elle by 3rd July they are also offering Rodial’s Skincare On The Go Kit worth £35

Edited to add:

I tried this again making sure to take more time and pay more attention to the application. I applied a methodical process to ensuring all areas were covered, once again using a mitt. I am pleased to report that my hands and arms came off rather well but this could be due to the fact that I have managed to obtain a little bit of colour due to the recent warm weather we have had, however my legs looked streaky! Which resulted in an emergency dash down to the supermarket to pick up some Rimmel Instant Tan to fill in the blanks! Review to follow!


Fab Fitness Haul

What started as the need to find a new gym bag that fits EVERYTHING in has turned into a bit of a shopping spree!  So I thought I would share with you some great bargains I have managed to pick up this week in my quest for an on going healthy and active lifestyle!

Fitness Haul

To start off, the gym bag I bought from American Apparel at ASOS (£20.50)- I have been eyeing this one up for a while but wasn’t quite sure just how big it was but it’s massive! I have had rucksacks and so on in the past but find that you struggle to fit a change of clothes, towel and toiletries into easily. Therefore I wanted something quite large but lightweight that I could just chuck everything into. I’m useless when it comes to compartments so it may as well all be in the same one.

Another item I have been on the look out for are some resistance bands so I thought I would pop into TK Maxx to see what they had to offer. Main reason being when I travel I tend to take mainly carry on luggage which means I am unable to take my gym kit with me, so I wanted something that I could easily pop in my case and do a hotel room workout. Introducing ’empower’ Total Body Toning System £7.99 (RRP $29.99). It includes an upper body power cord, a lower body power cord with padded ankle cuffs and a door strap along with a workout guide and the whole package takes up less room than a pair of trainers! This is a beginner / Intermediate kit which offers resistance up to 15lbs (6kg).

Total Body Toning

After picking up the above I was just about to walk away from the fitness section in TK Maxx when I saw the ’empower’ Cardio Core Fitness Hoop lurking at the back of the shelf and for £12.99 (retail $29.99) I had to grab it! I love the Power Hoop class that I do at the gym but with both myself and the husband having jobs that involve travelling and childcare to consider getting to a class isn’t always possible and with my 30th birthday only a couple of months away I need to do as much work on my core as possible. Although not as heavy as the Power Hoop, it will do for adhoc fitness at home. Perhaps if I was going long haul on business I could break this back down again and take with me if I didn’t have access to a gym as it doesn’t take up too much room.

Moving on to clothing. I am always on the lookout for a decent top for the gym, one that’s not too tight, but not too baggy but I just can’t seem to find one that is quite right. This top from MPG Sport was just £12.99 from TK Maxx and looked to be just what I was after. I thought I had bought a Small but upon getting home it turns out it’s XS. It fits ok so I’m not going to bother taking it back but hopefully in a few more weeks it will fit even better! MPG are currently offering 25% off your order if you like their page on Facebook!


After spotting the lovely Nic from Nics Nutrition picking up a pretty decent fitness kit haul at Primark, I decided to check it out. Unfortunately Primark in Huddersfield didn’t have a decent range, but if you are after some introductory kit then it is worth checking out. On offer includes sports bras, pants, tops and I saw one Jacket that Nic managed to pick up but unfortunately not in my size. I opted for a sports bra (£4) in a size 10 and although it fits rather nicely I don’t think I would wear it for running, instead opting to low intensity class work. However, for £4 it’s worth having when my others are in the wash. I also picked up a pack of 7 neon sports socks for just £2.50. Again handy for having to hand (or foot)! The picture only shows 5 pairs but you got 2 pairs of pink and grey.


As you can see I’m loving the neon colours at the moment. Apparently it’s in? I’m usually a black and grey type of girl but when it comes to working out I need bright colours to motivate me so regardless as to whether it’s the latest trend it’s getting worn!

So with all that shopping I decided I should get myself a couple of treats. The first of which was this Rodial GLAM BALM Hand for just £11 in TK Maxx (RRP £39!) I suffer with shockingly dry hands made worse by over washing and I find they are always pretty dry after I’ve been to the gym too. So I’m really hoping that this does the trick! It sinks in nicely and smells divine! I did however get home and check this out online to find that Rodial are offering it on their website for just £9.50 with free delivery, so if you want some get some now!


Finally I treated myself to some Panda Natural Raspberry Liquorice , Health & Herbs Peppermint Tea and some WheyHey Protein Ice Cream (to be blogged about later) from Holland & Barrett. I’ve heard liquorice has health benefits and is fairly low in calories so instead of reaching for the chocolate I shall be reaching for this… in moderation of course! Peppermint Tea however is my love!

Hopefully this makes up for the Afternoon Tea I had with a friend yesterday at Neaversons where I ate (half of) and drank this! Welcome to my life Parma Violet Fizz!

See, every wannabe fitty deserves a treat every once in a while!