Today I’m giving you the low-down on Isle of Paradise Self Tanning drops which I took away with me on a recent girls holiday to Mallorca and yeah, I liked them!
Let’s acknowledge the fact that I haven’t done a beauty post for aaaages. Sorry about that. I realise it’s time, so here we are.
I’m also mindful that whilst my last post *really* resonated with lots of readers (my stats went through the roof, and I was
inundated surprised with lots of lovely comments) it would be nice to talk about something a bit more upbeat.
Disclaimer: if you’re not into the tanning biz then this post probably isn’t for you. You are SO welcome to stick around of course (please do) but I know you like me to be upfront.
These are not glow drops, so there is absolutely no logic to this, but I keep thinking about the saying “horses sweat, men perspire, and women glow” (sidenote: I’m definitely a horse right now). I just wanted to mention it, because hey, the mind works in mysterious ways!
Why does a pasty gal even want to tan up?
I think most people look better with a tan. And on a girls holiday, it’s kinda a must (as is spending circa £60 in Boots the day before… please tell me I’m not the only one!!).
We all know that I’m super pale. I need at least two weeks in the sun to have a hope of returning with white bits. Therefore, I’m all about faking it (safer too – just saying!).
So, what are Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops like then?
Well, they’re organic, vegan and cruelty-free. So we like that.
The bottles are filled with pastel-hued tanning drops, and all three shades (we’ll come onto that) remind me of the well-photographed, pretty, Amalfi coast. You’ll probably have already seen these drops doing the rounds on the grid.
The bottles are 30ml which makes them perfect for hand luggage only flights with the likes of Ryan Air (sigh). And, gym bags. Or handbags.
It’s not all that obvious from the packaging, but Isle of Paradise Self Tanning drops are a gradual tanning product. I’m a big fan of the gradual. So much more forgiving than their instant sistas (hello orange ankles, elbows and that awkward area in-between your fingers).
With the apply-and-go guys mistakes are… glaring!
The magic is in adding a drop or two to any moisturiser or body lotion. This feels cost-effective and gives you complete control over the colour. If you’ve already been sunbathing, you should add a couple of drops to your aftersun. It works a treat!
Having tested the drops on my face too I can thankfully report that there were no Jodie Marsh vibes. Hurrah.
You have three shades to choose from (pick according to your skin tone). There’s light (peach coloured), medium (green) and dark (violet).
I’d been so desperate to try the drops out before our holiday, that I wildly bought dark (after discovering that the other shades were sold out).
Erring on the side of caution, I was mega disciplined with drop size and managed to get a nice even (faux) tan.
My sister had also packed her drops (in light), and overall, there didn’t actually seem to be much of a difference between them.
By the end of the week the combination of sun and regular top-ups had us all looking more than a little bit sun-kissed.
Where to buy
This tanning product provides control in terms of the overall colour you’re into which is great. Overall, it gets a big thumbs up from me.
Have you tried the Isle of Paradise drops? What did you think?
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