I’m really disappointed that Monday is happening again this week. I think weekends get shorter every time!
After I delivered the wedding cake I spent the rest of the day lounging around and, honestly, eating. Our neighbors had a graduation party for their daughter and served traditional Ethiopian food. I love Ethiopian so I was a very happy girl! I got to eat it two days in a row because there were leftovers.
Friday night I decided it was time to test out the tanning towels that came in my Birchbox this month.
I made sure to exfoliate within an inch of my life during my post-workout shower and then enlisted my mother to help me reach everywhere.
From reading the reviews on Amazon I knew it would take both towels to cover my whole body – but I was skeptical that even the two would be enough because I am definitely “above average” size. And I wasn’t wrong about that! So I knew going in that coverage would be an issue.
Three hours later I couldn’t see a difference in my skin color. But by the next morning it was obvious – and so were my coverage problems. My right leg was MUCH darker than my left leg. Some areas picked up the color really well (like my foot!) and others just did not.
And then because I am an amateur there were the obvious newbie mistakes. I have random patches of totally white skin that I completely missed during the application stage. I knew that would happen and fortunately they’re not in highly visible areas.
The good news is that it did not turn me bright orange like I was afraid of. It also did not smell awful and the odor did fade really quickly.
But after this experience I have eliminated self-tanning as an option for me. I’m sure that I could learn to apply a self-tanner really well and have a better outcome but I am too lazy and legitimately don’t have time to mess around with learning how to do it.
You see, I was told back in January that I needed to start tanning for this wedding. I decided then that I was going to be high and mighty and refuse to go back to the tanning bed. Yes, I’ll be wearing a black dress for the wedding and yes I will be wearing gold jewelry but I think the pale skin is probably more my style. And time (as well as a family history of skin cancer) is not on my side to run out and hit a tanning bed!
But in case you’re curious here’s a comparison:Tan in 2008 – I miss that length of hair! Pale in 2009 (it was also December!)
I like the way I look in both pictures. The tan is not too dark, and my pale skin is really pretty. Since we’re down to the week before the wedding my only real option would be to spray tan and I have never been happy with the way my spray tans have come out in the past. It seems like a waste of money to me since I don’t think I will look that much better.
But part of me doesn’t want to be the only pale girl there – and I am wearing a short dress to the rehearsal dinner that might look better with a tan. So I’m a little torn. I’m wondering if I won’t feel more confident with a little color. But I don’t want to risk looking ridiculous for the pictures either.
What do you think? Do you tan? Have you got any awesome self-tanning products that you think will change my mind about the whole thing? Or do you have an idea for how to style my rehearsal dinner “look” so the tan is unnecessary?
(p.s. I’m linking up with Molly for #YOLOMONDAY – you should too! There are no prompts, just link up a new post!)