May 02, 2014

Disclosure: I was sent these products for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own. 

Karora is a company based out of the Emerald Isle of Ireland who have taken the faux tanning experience by storm with their botanical bronzing skin wear collection which recently hit stores at Ulta beauty stores across the United States. 

The Karora collection includes a range of different tanning products like bronzing mousse, instant tan, gradual tan, and CC cream. I had the pleasure of testing out the bronzing mousse which included the the self tanner applicator mitt along with the sample sized instant tan, gradual tan, and CC cream. I have never really been much of a sunless tanner, however the older I get the more I realize that the sun really does cause a lot of damage to your skin whether it's sunspots, wrinkles, and/or premature aging. Sadly it's taken me 22 years to discover this, but on the bright side I am now a huge supporter of self tanners.

Express Bronzing Mousse:  exotic colour in just 1 hour with moisture boosting botanicals for the longest lasting tan
Instant Tan:  fuss free flawless colour with superb coverage that washes off
Gradual Tan:  subtle sun-kissed colour with intense hydration for face and body
CC Cream:  a colour correcting, skin perfecting multi-tasking miracle cream

Karora really impressed me with their line of skinwear products down to the very fact that they're made with skin caring botanicals and are formulae free from nasty chemicals. I also loved that the Express Bronzing Mousse developed within just 1 hour and left my skin feeling moisturized with it's boosting botanicals. The application was effortless and easy as well as dried within seconds plus it smells pretty great being applied although post shower it smelt just like that funky sunless tanner smell I remember. While we're on the topic of application if you have the self tan applicator mitt then you'll be set to go for that easy application I was talking about a sentence ago. The mitt helped me to apply the self tanner evenly without leaving streaks as well as kept my hands from getting orange. I would definitely recommend getting one, although, with the purchase of any Karora product at Ulta you receive this mitt as a free gift so win, win. I would say the entire process of applying the self tanner took me about 10 minutes, but it was 10 minutes well worth my time.

I left this product on for an hour and 20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower and found my skin beaming with a natural glow afterward almost like I had spent the day out in the sun. If you had 3 hours to spare then leaving it on the full amount of time would have left you looking like a bronze bombshell unfortunately for me I can't sit still that long. Overall, I loved how evenly my tan developed as well as how my tan looked so natural without looking orange or fake.

Of the samples I received, I have tested out the CC cream and really loved how clear it made my complexion look after applying. I was afraid it wasn't going to blend well with my skin tone but to my surprise it worked wonders blurring away any and all imperfections.

Overall, the Express Bronzing Mousse is amazing. I would definitely recommend giving this product a try if you are looking for a quick, easy to apply self tanner that really delivers good results.

Let's face it life is better with a touch of color!

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  1. Omgsh as someone that loves fake baking I have to try this! Life is def. better with a touch of color! I use to be such a tan freak but now that I am more conscience of getting too much sun and aging I lean more towards sunless tanner! great review..I will def. be checking this out:)

  2. I am actually a self tanning junkie but this product hasn't hit the Ulta shelves near me yet! I have tried a TON of self tanners so I'll be keeping my eye out for this one!

  3. Oh, i'm glad to read that you liked it and that it blended well. That's always my biggest worry with stuff like this. I'll have to keep my eye out for some.

  4. I'd love before and afters!!! I JUST bought self tanner literally like 10 minutes ago but I wish I had read this first!

  5. My friend swears by this stuff, and when we head to Mexico next month I'd love to be all one color... just being honest ha! I would love a before and after if you have one to share. SO happy to hear it blended well!

  6. I NEED this. Seriously, I need color like nobody's business! LOL - thanks for the tip!

  7. I've been testing out this brand as well! I like that it has almost no scent. I also love how soft the application mitt is. Most mitts are a spongy material that I don't really care for. I've left this on all day and even over night and the color turned out great! :) Doesn't rub off on sheets or clothes either.

  8. I'd love to try that cc cream!!!

  9. Going to have to check it out. I am totally pasty. Need some fake tanning.

  10. I am trying this now and I am obsessed!


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