Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Instant Island Goddess: VS Beach Sexy Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray

Tonight (well, okay, last night, technically, since I'm writing this a day before it posts. It's all timey-wimey and confusing...anyhoo, tonight...) is my choir's annual dinner. It's nothing fancy. We meet at one of the nice, but mostly casual restaurants in the Downtown area for a few drinks (we're Catholic) and good meal. We try to hold the dinner at a local eatery each year, and this year, the pick is my absolute favorite: La Pizzeria.

Yeah, I know, it sounds like a pizza joint. I assure you, it's not.

La Pizzeria is a beautiful little Italian place. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is beautiful, and they even have an adorable little cottage in the back for private parties. This is the main reason for my excitement. We'll be in the little cottage tonight. I've only been back there once before, and that was the night Thomas proposed. It is now my favorite little place on this Earth.

(For those of you who don't know the story, Thomas rented the little cottage, took off from work, filled it with candles, rose petals, flowers, and a tuxedo-clad teddy bear. I didn't realize the cottage was a separate building, and it wasn't till I walked in and saw it only held one table that I caught on to his plan. He got down on one knee, asked if I might want to marry him, then promptly lost his balance and fell over. Best night of my life. Moving on...)

Because this is a special place, and I'm going with a special person, and it's one of those rare special nights that I get to dress a little snazzier, I pulled a precious kelly green vintage-inspired sundress out of the closet...and immediately realized that I was too day-glo white to wear it. I mean, I looked like Casper the Friendly Ghost's identical cousin. I didn't have time for a gradual tanning lotion, and my usual sunless tanner reeks. What's a girl to do?

Thank God for Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray (that's a mouthful)! I picked some of this up a couple of weeks ago, because I have to wear a pale turquoise strapless dress tomorrow night (tonight? Oh, I give up!!) at my voice recital. Since it was in the house and I was a little bit desperate, I thought I'd give it a shot a day early.

Please note: this is not a self-tanner. This is body makeup. It will wash off with soap and water, but will not transfer onto your clothes. This stuff is awesome. The product comes in a spray applicator, very similar to spray sunscreen. You spray a body part, rub in, then move onto the next section. After about a minute's drying time, you can get dressed and show off your gorgeous, healthy, natural glow. Seriously, it's really that easy! I'm tanned, but not tangerine, and the best part is that there's no tanner smell! Instead, there's a very pleasant, Summery fragrance that I'm quite enjoying.

I have never used a spray bronzer or tanner before, so I really took my time. Even so, the whole application took about ten minutes. I used a good moisturizer first, to aid in blending, then stood in the shower to apply the spray to my feet and legs, just to make sure I wouldn't bronze my bathroom along with my body. It was an unnecessary precaution, turns out. The spray works best if you hold the can at least 6 inches away from your body and spray lightly. You can always apply more coats, but spraying too close can cause splotches. They blend easily, but it adds to the application time. One really cool thing about the airbrush applicator: you can use it to sculpt your abs and thighs, too, for at least the illusion of being a little more cut.

Right now, I am glowing from my head to my toes, and it's absolutely beautiful. I'll definitely want to get a "real" tanner before I go on vacation, but this is perfect for those days when you need your natural coloring needs a quick perking up.

Final Verdict: 9 out of 10. This is quickly earning its place on my counter.


  1. i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE la pizzeria. i was hanging out with the man when he was still down on the coast one night, and we were trying to find dinner. i have no idea what's in mississippi anymore, and he'd been there for awhile, but he wouldn't pick. finally, i said, "fine, you won't choose? i will. take me to la pizzeria." he said, "that's in mobile." "fine - you pick something else around here."

    we were at la pizzeria within 90 minutes of that moment. i love that joint. for the food, and for the memories. i mean, i used to get dropped off for elementary school on that street. we had art classes in that building.

    dang. now i want la pizzeria. and to be back in third grade...


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