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Review // Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil

I have never fake tanned before. Ever. And to be honest, it has never even crossed my mind. Perhaps having to sit next to orange-skinned teenage girls at school who smelt like biscuits had firmly put me off the idea. It's no secret that I am incredibly pale, bordering on transluscent. I always believed pale and interesting was the best way for me but after watching one of Lydia Millen's Youtube videos about her tanning routine, I thought that actually? Maybe I could give it a go after all. In the Youtube video she used the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil so upon her recommendation, I hurried off to Boots to buy the last bottle on the shelf.

About the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil:
"This Boots Exclusive superior dry oil formula sets in a moment, develops over 2 - 3 hours and lasts for up to a week; leaving you with perfectly bronzed skin that glows from within. Infused with the fresh scent of Coconut and hydrating Argan Oil, Liquid Gold is our longest lasting tan and conveniently requires no wash off. It dries within seconds, is Australian Made, contains Argan Oil and has a coconut scent."

The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil comes housed in a black 150ml bottle which has a spray pump to dispense the product with. The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is an oil so it is very runny in formula and it has a very dark brown shade to it. It has a mild coconut scent which fades after half an hour or so, leaving behind a fairly subtle "tan" smell. It isn't unbearable but the morning after application I did jump in the shower in the hope of washing the smell away.

Let's talk application! As a total fake tan beginner I made sure I exfoliated thoroughly beforehand, to ensure I didn't end up with patchy, orange knees etc. I used the nSpa Cherry Daily Refresh Body Scrub first, then I used the Urban Tan Glamour Grit Salt Scrub followed by an exfoliating glove all over the body to make sure my skin was really soft and so I wouldn't get caught out by any dry areas when it was time for application. Because my skin was so soft I didn't bother moisturising and I am very fortunate to say that this didn't affect the final results!

After exfoliating, I shaved then decided to just bite the bullet and apply it. In Lydia's video she mentioned how she started from the top of her body and worked downwards so I started with my neck and worked down. I squirted a couple of pumps onto my chest and, using an tanning mit, I buffed it in gently before carrying on with the rest of my body. This is where I had the problem. Because it is an oil, it soaks into the skin when buffed in so you have no colour reference. You cannot tell where you have already applied. As a beginner, this is really hard. I just kept squirting it on, buffing it in and repeating. I had no idea where it was going or if I had already applied it there, if it would be streaky.. It was quite the adventure, I tells ya. To me, application is tricky. Because I had no idea where I had applied, I (stupidly) applied the tan twice, just to make sure. Maybe as a beginner I shouldn't have tried an oil-based tan to start off with so the developing stage was really quite telling.

I found that when squirting the tan onto the body, the pump got quite clogged up when held in certain positions so I wasn't getting a full pump applied to the skin. It isn't too much of an issue but you have to make sure which way you are holding the bottle otherwise you don't get too much product dispensed from the bottle. 

Okay. So I had applied two layers of tan, walked out from the bathroom to look in the mirror and kind of expected instant results. I completely forgot about the whole 'developing process' and why would I? I hadn't done it before, nor is it mentioned on the bottle. I was pretty disappointed and decided to go to bed and forget all about it... then got quite the surprise when I woke up the next morning! It had appeared my body had been for a weeks holiday in Alicante over night! One of the best things about the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil is that it dries pretty much instantly so you can dress without worrying about transferring onto your clothes or onto your lovely, crisp white bed sheets either.

I really love the colour of this tan. It is a really natural, golden shade and when I look at my arms I think of myself on Bondi Beach with beachy blonde hair, a cocktail in one hand and a surfboard in the other. I am also 2 stone lighter but hey, we can but dream. As I applied two layers of this tan, I think I may be slightly darker then if you were to apply just one layer but nonetheless, it is still a really lovely and natural golden tan.

Did I manage to apply it without any mishaps? Err, no. Like I said, I am a beginner but I will be wearing long-sleeved items of clothing for the foreseeable future. My arms are a little streaky and I think this is where layer one and layer two of the tan failed to meet. Considering it was my first time I don't think I applied it too badly, actually. My legs look really good, as does my chest and neck area. It's just my arms and upper arms that looks a bit strange but I am not too worried about that. I know what not to do next time, let's put it that way!

Overall, I really love the end colour this fake tan gives you. It has a pleasant coconut smell to it and it dries straight away, meaning no tranferring onto clothes or bedsheets. The tan is oil based so you don't have a colour reference when applying which is really tricky so you have to just hope for the best, otherwise the results can be rather telling. It takes 2-3 hours to develop and the tan is supposed to last around a week before fading. I wouldn't say this tan is suitable for beginners due to not knowing where you are applying but I would definitely use it again - although I may only apply one layer next time!



  1. This was such a lovely post to read as I myself have never faked tanned but have been considering it for ages!! I'm going to finally do it on holidays soon so that if it turns out extremely bad I can just hide away for a week!! Haha I loved reading this and your legs really do look lovely! <3

    Amelia | http://amelia-g.blogspot.com.au/

  2. Lovely post! Your legs looked stunning! I was thinking of buying a fake tan for the summer as I can never seem to tan naturally so maybe I should check this one out! X

    Amyx makeupwithmissa.blogspot.co.uk

  3. I love oil based products and so a oil based tan is definitely something I'll have to try out! Been meaning to try bondi sands tan for awhile so think you've finally convinced me :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  4. the colour looks so natural and lovely on you! oil based tans are always my fave! x

    Becky | BCKY.CO.UK

  5. I used my first fake tanner a few weeks ago. The color looks so natural and lovely on you! Great post!

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

  6. I'm so bad at selfie tanner application -Hanna Lei

  7. I absolutely love Bondi Sands, it's the only fake tan I actually trust and rely on! I love the fact it doesn't smell like a typical biscuitty fake tan smell, but more like coconuts and summer! I haven't tried the oil yet though so I must give that a try. Thanks for sharing :) x

    Amy | The Perks of Being Amy

  8. This looks so nice, I really need to try it. I am also a fake tan beginner and I'm searching far and wide for one without that fake tan smell. xx


  9. I love your honest opinion! I've just brought this product - I tested it in the shop and thought - oh nothings happened but it smells great! The 3 hours later I have one very bronzey looking arm!

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