The Ultimate Guide to Self-Tan Removal

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Tan Removal


Whether you’ve applied fake tan for a special occasion or you’re a year-round fanatic, understanding how to take it off properly is as important as knowing how to apply it.

Getting fake tan off can be tricky, but it’s necessary some of the time to avoid unsightly patchiness and colour build-up. Even the most perfectly applied tan can fade unevenly, and in those cases it’s usually best to strip it back down and start again.

There are several ways to remove fake tan at home, some of which take a little longer than others. If you’ve got time to spare, lucky you! If you’ve had a total tanning disaster and need to get the colour off asap, there are some things you can try to help hit the reset button.

Wondering how to remove fake tan? Read on for our tried-and-tested tips and tricks and get yourself glowing again in no time.

Removing Fake Tan Streaks

If your tan hasn’t developed into a full-blown disaster, you can deal with any unfortunate streaks by removing some of the colour in that area and smoothing over with a little more product – easy!

Choose your favourite method from below and focus on the streaky area, then reapply a small amount of product and rub it in. Evenly this time.

Take a bath

This is our one-hundred per cent favourite way to remove old or patchy fake tan. Run yourself a warm steamy bath and mix in some drops of your favourite bath oil or essential oil. Sink into the water with a cup of tea and a good book, or pop on an eye mask and use the time to meditate.

The oils and the hot water will work together to loosen up your tan, washing some of it away and making any that remains easy to remove with a towel when you get out. The longer you soak, the better the results should be (as if we needed a reason to stay in the bath all night!).

When you get out of the bath, dry yourself thoroughly by rubbing a towel over your skin in small circles. You can use the towel to scrub away any bits of tan that remain – you should find the colour comes away easily after you’ve soaked, and you’ll be left squeaky clean and ready to moisturise.

This technique works best if you have plenty of time to deal with your skin, and is the gentlest way to remove fake tan. If you’re in a hurry, choose one of our quicker but less luxurious options below.

Exfoliate

Double the effects of your tan-removing bath or try this one in the shower for a quicker fix.

NOTE: You mustn’t panic-exfoliate the tan you want to remove, as you could end up irritating the area.

Choose an exfoliator that’s made with oils which will help to break down the product on your skin. Rub the exfoliator into your skin in small circles focusing on any particularly patchy areas and on hands, knees, and elbows, which are often the driest. When you’ve fully exfoliated, rinse the scrub away with warm water and dry yourself thoroughly – gone? We hope so!

Dry brush

If you don’t want to use a product to remove your tan, you can try exfoliating with a dry brush to buff away any patchy or residual colour. Dry body brushing is an important part of our weekly skincare routine, and the practice works wonders when it comes to removing leftover fake tan.

Dry body brushing is an easy and effective way to remove dead skin, which means it can help remove dry fake-tanned skin. Brush your body from your toes to your collarbone, using small upward circular motions, then hop in the bath or shower and let the water rinse away any old skin or tan.

We love dry brushing the most because it also primes skin to absorb products better post-shower, can help prevent any ingrown hairs, and can improve the overall appearance of skin. Need we say more?

Use lemon juice

Another easy way to get unwanted tan stains off is by using lemon juice. Lemon juice for fake tan removal is simple – just dab your skin with a soaked cotton wool ball or pad until the product lifts away.

To enhance the effects of lemon juice to remove fake tan, try mixing it with some sugar for a DIY body scrub. Work the scrub into your skin and let the sugar granules and lemon break down any built-up product, then rinse it away with warm water.

Rub with an oil

By now, you know how effective oil can be when it comes to removing fake tan. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to take a bath or even to exfoliate, try rubbing a little oil into your skin. Leave it to work for ten minutes, then rinse away or wipe off the excess with a towel. Not only will the oil help break down your self-tan, but you’ll also be left with super-soft feeling skin.

How to remove fake tan from clothes and sheets

We’ve all been there – fake tan stains on light clothes and sheets often look like they’re never going to come out, but in our experience, they do (most of the time).

Grab a stain remover and dab the fabric to start lifting out the colour. Then, put it in the washing machine and run it through a hot wash with any other stained or regular light-coloured clothing.

NOTE: Try to remove the stain as soon as you notice it.

Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for more lifestyle, skincare, and beauty advice. Whether it’s everything you need to know about beauty sleep, tips for maintaining glowing summer skin, or the ultimate guide to facial cleansing, we have you covered over at FD HQ. Check back in next week for more!

Autumn Nights Pamper Pack

Autumn Nights Pamper Pack


Icy cold autumn nights call for pamper evenings. Fact. One of the best ways to warm up is to run a bubble bath and get stuck right in. There isn’t much that beats a warm, cosy evening in to de-stress from a busy week at work in the lead up to Christmas. Today on the blog we’ve picked out the perfect products to set you up for the most tranquil autumnal evening you ever did have. Step 1 though, put the fire on and if you don’t have a fire there are plenty of YouTube videos – fake it till you make it they say.



WoodWick Honeysuckle Medium Jar Candle, £14.99 / RRP £18.99
Light up the room and set a sweet-smelling atmosphere with cascading branches of soft orange and yellow honeysuckle with gentle accents of jasmine. WoodWick’s highly fragranced jar candles feature a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire. The candle top even doubles as a heat resistant mat. Perfect for creating that warm and cosy atmosphere in any room especially the bathroom to begin the ultimate pamper session.


Rene Furterer Absolue Keratine Ultimate Renewal Mask, £40.00
This ultimate renewal mask restructures, renews deep down to restore the natural beauty of extremely damaged, brittle hair. After just one application, you’ll be able to feel that your hair feels stronger and restored. This is also great to use for detangling your hair and keeping it soft and shiny. Pop it on whilst you’re running a bath and by the time you’ve finished you can rinse it out or leave it on until your shower the morning after.


NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil, £32.00
After you’re all finished up in the bath, one coat of this oil massaged all over your body, face and in the tips of your hair will have you feeling nourished head to toe in no time. This oil combines intense nutrition and pleasure of using it. It also repairs and leaves a satin finish. In just one step, you’ll feel soothed to the max.


Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum, £60.99 / RRP £70.00
Who says you can’t wear a fragrance in the evening. Marilyn Monroe did once say that the only thing she wears to bed is a perfume after all. You deserve to feel just as good and confident in the daytime as you do in the evening whether you’ve got company or not. This gorgeous Givenchy L’Interdit is a tribute to bold femininity that Features stunning notes of orange blossom, jasmine and patchouli.


Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsule, £43.99 / £55.00
Formulated with optimum levels of anti-oxidant power to improve the visible signs of ageing and counteract the damaging effects of everyday pollution, these capsules are pure magic. To use them, apply the contents of one pink rose capsule in the morning and one green lavender capsule at night after your pamper session. Just twist off the tip of the capsule, warm the oil between your palms and apply to a cleansed face and neck. How funky?

And you’re all set! Which of these products do you fancy treating yourself to this autumn to transform those cold evenings into an ever-lasting warm and cosy paradise?

The Autumn Candle Edit

The Autumn Candle Edit


What better way to welcome October and the autumnal season ahead than with a fresh batch of candles to add that much-loved cosy vibe to your home? As the days draw to a close a little earlier and the temperature starts to drop, candles are perfect for lighting up a room and giving off that extra bit of heat whilst you snuggle up under a blanket and tuck into one of your favourite films.

Price’s Prestigious Woods Medium Signature Candle, £3.99 / RRP £14.00
Bring the musky scent of the forest into your home with this Prestigious Woods Price’s candle. Once lit, this candle will essence your home with a musky aroma that you’ll love. When it comes to picking scented candles, you just can’t go wrong with a dash of nature. There’s a reason everyone tells you to “go and get some fresh air” if you feel stressed or under the weather and that’s because it’s relaxing. With this Price’s candle, you can bring the outside in.

Village Candle Brownie Delight Jar, £9.99 / RRP £12.49
Butter, sugar, dark chocolate and vanilla. How deliciously delightful? Create an aromatic ambience throughout your home with this Brownie Delight Village Candle. Walk into the aromas of an American bakery, filled with the soft and warm chocolate topped we all love. With this scrumptious recipe of luxury dark chocolate mixed with creamy butter and spun sugar topped with a hint of vanilla, this candle will create a mouth-watering and inviting atmosphere that infuses any room with the feeling of sweetness and comfort.

WoodWick Sea Salt Vanilla Medium Jar Candle, £11.99 / RRP £18.99
Soft vanilla blossoms swirled with notes of sea salt and jasmine. Could there be a better fragrance to wind down from the summer with and sink into the autumn/winter season ahead? Not with WoodWick in the picture. This one also features a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire while fragrancing any room with a genuine true to life fragrance. Up to 100 hours burning time – yes!

L’Erbolario Black Juniper Perfumed Candle Limited Edition, £21.50
If you’re a fan of candles that look just as good as they smell, this super trendy, minimalistic creation is one you won’t want to miss. Made by L’Erbolario, this Black Juniper candle featuring the best citrus and woody notes of all time will bring a warm atmosphere to your room while leaving a scent that lingers in all the best ways.

Ted Baker Bergamot & Cassis Candle, £21.99 / RRP £28.00
Blending impeccable style and unique fragrances, this Ted Baker Bergamot & Cassis scented candle is gorgeously sophisticated and also looks incredibly trendy. These days, with the likes of Instagram and all things photo-worthy, we’re all wanting candles that look just as good as they smell and this candle will not disappoint!

Barr-Co. Honeysuckle Apothecary Candle, £24.99 / RRP £35.00
This candle from Barr-Co is scented with their original and signature oatmeal milk and vetiver scent. Each candle is long burning and capable of lasting up to 120 hours. Barr-Co makes their candles from 100% vegetable wax sourced from American farmers, and each candle is hand-poured in the heartland of America.

Elemis Calm Candle, £27.95 / RRP £36.00
Find your inner peace with this soothing scented candle fragranced with comforting herbal notes to promote complete and utter calmness. Formulated with a scientific blend of 15 pure essential oils including Rosewood known for its balancing effect of emotions, tension-taming Clary Sage and relaxing Lavandin. Settle your mind and let the quiet in with this stunning candle.

Abahna Frangipani & Orange Blossom 3 Wick Candle, £40.00
Did someone say they were after a 3-wick candle? Abahna candles are known for their stunning jars and just as stunning fragrances. With a burn time of up to 50 hours, this eye-catching candle will bring warmth and atmosphere to any room. Whether you’re enjoying a spa-style experience whilst bathing, entertaining friends or just relaxing in the evening, this soft glowing light in the addictive scent Frangipani and Orange Blossom will have you and your guests intoxicated.

Beauty Sleep: Everything You Need To Know

Beauty Sleep: Everything You Need To Know


Sleep is ALWAYS a hot topic! Did you get a full 8 hours last night? Are you struggling to drop off? According to stats a third of us aren’t regularly getting enough sleep! A well-rested sleep is essential to waking up feeling energized and alert. But we’ve all heard of the term ‘beauty sleep’ so are you getting enough of the zzz’s to make sure you wake up looking fresh faced and glowing?

Sleep is essential for repairing the skin, when we sleep our stress hormone (cortisol) goes down and our sleep hormone (melatonin) goes up. This means our body and skin is in repair mode, it gives our skin the opportunity to shake of the day and recover from any damage it may have caused.

So, what are the main benefits of getting a good night’s sleep?

Youthful and glowing skin

When we sleep this is your skin’s opportunity to repair itself, new skin cells grow much faster when we’re asleep. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of skin renewal and wake up with fresh, luminous skin.

Slow down the ageing process

Your skin’s clock literally turns backwards when you’re asleep! So even though you might feel like you’re getting older at an alarming rate, if you get enough sleep your face won’t show it. Sleeping on your back helps reduce the pressure on the skin which can cause creasing and lead to set in lines. But the continued cell renewal process you get when you sleep helps keep your skin as youthful as possible so give it time to work its magic!

Allows your skincare products to work harder for you

While the layers of your skin are working hard through the night to repair any damage, it also allows for your skincare to properly penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. Your skin is working to build new collagen, which helps keep your skin smooth and firm. The skincare you choose for your night time routine will help aid your skin’s recovery.

So, how do we drop off with ease?

Make sure you properly switch off before heading to bed, put your phone down and get all zen! Use some sleepy, meditation music if you struggle to fall asleep and try some deep belly breathing exercises. This combination will help place your body and brain into a sleepy routine that will help you get those full 8 hours.

A sleep spray for your pillow can be a great addition to help you drift off; they often contain blends of lavender that work to clear your mind and help you fall asleep quicker.

These are our favourite products to promote a full night’s beauty sleep:

Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner
High Alpine Lavender helps maintain the skin’s natural pH balance whilst effectively clarifying the complexion. It will help close the pores after cleansing and rehydrate the skin. The soothing lavender scent will have you drifting off in no time.

REN Clean Skincare Sleep Pillow Spray
A soothing compilation of bio extracts that help to relax and calm the senses for better sleep. With hints to frankincense to put the mind at rest, relaxing hops extract and lavender help to reduce anxiety. This calming spray helps to reduce stress and easy the body into a restful sleep.

Decleor Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm
This night balm is formulated to work best when you’re asleep. The sensual and aromatic balm relaxes the senses before sleep and has a heavenly melt-in texture allowing it to be rapidly absorbed by your skin. It intensely moisturises the skin to leave it energised, toned and redefined.

AA Skincare Lavender Calming Multipurpose Gel
This gel is made with pure essential oils and herbal extracts, it’s perfect for calming and soothing irritated, inflamed and unhappy skin. The lavender scent is perfect for relaxing you into a deep night’s sleep, rub a bit of the temples to fully absorb the scent.

Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon
This revitalising treatment gel-cream transforms the skin overnight by optimising night time skin recovery. Tamarind Seed Extract creates a nourishing cocoon of comfort for softer, more hydrated skin while encapsulated, motion-activated French Lavender Essential Oil works all night to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier looking skin by morning.

Q&A: MUA Becca Spills On Growing Up With Her Sights Set On Makeup And How Social Media Has Totally Changed The Game

Q&A: MUA Becca Spills On Growing Up With Her Sights Set On Makeup And How Social Media Has Totally Changed The Game


If you’re a lover of Instagram and all things beauty, you’re probably already following at least one or two makeup artists or beauty pages. But what goes on behind closed doors? What is it like to grow up in an academic-driven environment when your dreams are silver-lined with exciting cities, endless photoshoots and a never-ending supply of luxurious makeup? We caught up with Rebecca Owen, formally known as Becca (MUA), who you may have spotted on Fragrance Direct’s IGTV in between her time working as a freelance hair and makeup artist blessing the faces of many beautiful brides and Nasty Gal models.

Did you always want to build your own business?

I did. I think as a makeup artist it’s a natural progression. I was a hairdresser first and I never worked for myself – it was always for a company. Then I worked on the counters at MAC [cosmetics] and I think you just naturally build into going freelance.

Growing up, what careers were you advised to go in to?

Definitely not hair and makeup. When I was at school obviously it’s very academic-driven and I was like, “No, I want to go and do hair” and I wanted to do makeup at the time, but they never came hand in hand. It was either hair or beauty and even then, it was just a tiny bit of makeup because you know I’m 31, I was 16 at the time and if you were a makeup artist everyone said, “Well what job will you have?”. I was very much guided into doing A-levels and going to uni and all my brothers and sisters did. But I wanted to go and do hair and I knew I was more of a creative type then and I’m just glad that at the time I followed what I knew and went into hair from there.

What would you say is the best thing about makeup?

How it makes a person feel; empowered and confident. When I’ve done someone’s makeup it’s not the final look, as in I’m not looking at how beautiful they look it’s just the feeling of seeing someone walk away – it’s just the empowerment of makeup.

What one product would you say is the most empowering to you?

Definitely a lipstick. The days I feel tired or feel a bit down or I’m in a rush or anything like that, I feel like with a lipstick you just put it on, and you look more pulled together. Even if you don’t want to be seen on one of the days, just knowing that you’ve got that makes you feel more confident.

Would you say that you’re often creative and experimental with makeup or are you a lover of natural glam?

On other people, I’m creative and a lover of bold makeup. On myself personally, I’ve had many years where I used to experiment with makeup and when I go out, I like a smoky eye but I’m not as experimental on myself. But on other people, definitely. I just love how you can tell a story with it and to be able to create that is just amazing.

Would you say social media has changed the game for you at all since you started?

Definitely, yeah! I was having this conversation with friends the other day who are makeup artists. When I first started out, social media didn’t really exist – Facebook did but you would never put your makeup on there, it wasn’t really a thing. I feel like I grew and qualified in makeup and became a makeup artist outside of Instagram, so I’ve had to teach myself how to be better on Instagram. That’s why even now, I’m not the best but it’s such a powerful tool and it’s taken me a while to get my head around it and put myself out there. It’s amazing really.

Who would you say throughout your career you’ve looked up to?

Makeup artist-wise, I would say that when I first started out, I used to watch Lisa Eldridge who’s a professional makeup artist when I did makeup in my early twenties and she was just amazing. She did tutorials and was always a bit different from everyone else and I used to think, “I want to live in London and be doing shoots all the time” and I just really looked up to her and felt that was what I wanted to do. Then other makeup artists along the way I look up to and admire are a lot of MUA’s I follow on Instagram like Nikki DeRoest and HarryMakesItUp [Harriet Hadfield]. From the beginning I just really admired them, thought they were really like me almost and they were just really down to earth.

What advice would you give to other aspiring hair and makeup artists that want to work for themselves?

Follow your dreams. Follow your passion. Don’t compare yourself to others – it’s the worst thing you can do especially where Instagram and social media are so big, you just can’t compare yourself to other people. Everybody goes at their own pace. I’m 31 and feel like I’m only now at a point where I’ve still got so much to grow and so many things that I still want to do. I’d say don’t try and be someone else. Makeup is creative, hair as well, and there is enough room in this industry for everyone!

The Best Of Beauty For Cocktail Lovers

The Best Of Beauty For Cocktail Lovers


When it comes to beauty products and the world of pampering, it’s all about scents. Do you have any favourite fragranced products? Why is it you like them so much? The likelihood is, is that it either reminds you of something or you’re just obsessed with that kind of smell. Worldwide, summertime = cocktail season. It’s that time of year where we opt for cheeky alcoholic beverages that are fruity and topped with ice to keep us feeling cool and refreshed day to evening. So, what better way to experience this scentsational fruity feeling every day than to indulge in cocktails themselves. Today, we’ve rounded up some of the best beauty products for all cocktail-lovers whether you’re partial to a G&T or a creamy colada.

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, this is the perfect product for you. CB&Co Pina Colada Shimmer Hydrating Body Tonic is distinctive, fruity and just like summer in a bottle. This fruity blend of pineapple and coconut is perfect for those with a sweet tooth who like to smell sweet and fruity without that dreaded sticky feeling from super thick lotions. CB&CO’s body tonic will instantly transport you to warm sandy beaches and turquoise waters thanks to its lather-rich formula bursting with vitamin C. This powerful product contains ingredients known to hydrate, soften and fight skin damage to keep your skin looking youthful.

In case you didn’t know, summer candles are a thing and there are so many incredible scents to choose from. Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Pink Gin Fiz Luxury Candles are perfect for the home all throughout the year. This exquisitely fragranced candle set is both delicate and light. They have a great burn time of up to 10 hours and sitting in their ultra-cute pink and gold polka dot jars, they look as incredible as they smell. So, the next time you’re cracking open that bottle of pink gin for the evening, why not light this stunning candle set too to fully indulge in the scent?

If you’re a lover of Mai Tai’s, you need to try the CB&CO Mai Tai Body Wash. What better place to bathe in a tiki-style cocktail than in the shower? This fun and vibrant blend of pineapple, lime and orange is appetisingly sweet and will give you that much-needed taste of a tropical paradise whenever you need it. This nourishing body wash lathers up to give your skin a reparative treat whilst its skin-firming and elasticity-boosting properties work their magic in your hands. This would be a great product to get your hands on if you’re in need of that extra dose of energy in the morning too. Within this range, they also offer full body wash sets in cosmopolitan and mojito scents too!

If we take a step into the makeup department, another product that smells just as incredible is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation made with an original vitamin-rich fruity therapy formula resulting in an even complexion with an anti-fatigue result – even better! This fresh, instant blending gel easily glides on to the skin for an even, natural finish. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are all smoothed out and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours. With just a few drops of this fantastic fruity foundation containing litchi, goji berries and pomegranates you can have amazing coverage resulting in radiant summer skin.

Finally, we have a classic for you to try with just a little something extra. The Possibility Gin & Bramble Tonic 3 in 1 Body Wash & Bath Foam is a must-have for all cocktail lovers. Whether you prefer baths or showers, this product is a great all-rounder and would even be amazing to pour into a travel-sized bottle for any holidays you have coming up. As an added bonus, the recipe for the cocktail is on the front of the bottle. Can it really get any better than this? All you need is 50ml gin syrup, 4 fresh limes, 25ml black raspberry liqueur, 240ml water, 200g caster sugar, ice and the method is easy to follow. Check it out – with the incredible discounts you get here at Fragrance Direct, too, this body wash and bath foam bottle is now reduced to just 99p!