Vita Liberata, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a luxury self-tanning brand that, in 2011, became the world’s first ‘non-toxic tan’. The company prides itself on using certified organic and Ecocert ingredients, not having a horrible developing smell and being a favourite with celebs like Kim Kardashian.
A while back, I got to try their pHenomenal 2 – 3 week tan mousse in medium and really, really liked it. Still, at R965 it’s not the kind of thing I could afford to douse my body with, so I ended up using it on my face and got a lot of use out of it. In terms of colour result, ‘eveness’ and lack of developing smell, it reminded me a helluva lot of St Tropez, but obviously the latter doesn’t have the added benefits of being organic and containing hydrating ingredients like aloe leaf water and antioxidants like pomegranate extract.
Anyway, following that positive experience I was happy to receive a Vita Liberata spray tan in dark (usually about R4oo at salons) at the company’s head office courtesy of Darryn, their sales executive/spray tanner extraordinaire. He did a great job of making me feel super comfortable (being spray-tanned by a boy, regardless of whether he’s not interested in vaginas could’ve felt a little weird) and paid attention to all the little things – like putting a barrier cream on bits like elbows and knees, where your skin is thicker and thirstier so it can suck up more tan and end up looking darker.
Once I was all done, thanks to the dark colour guide, I looked fabulously bronze. This dried really fast, wasn’t sticky or smelly and I could happily slip into my little dress and head out the door to perform the rest of the day’s errands. The ‘tan’ looked so good I was more than happy to hit up Garden’s Centre and delighted in running into friends who marvelled at how healthy and glowy I looked without a stitch of make-up on. Sooo much fun for me ‘cos, in my natural state sans tan, I’m pretty much a flesh-eating zombie.
I snapped this in my car straight after getting spritzed as I had to pullover and download and enormous email attachment o’ death. Can we all agree that no make-up selfies look sooo much better when you’re tan?
Anyway, the next day, the top coat ran down the drain in my shower and I was left with a golden glow that was a few shades lighter but incredibly flattering and very, very natural-looking. The peeps in my office where all impressed and I ran around sucking up compliments like a greedy little sponge. It’s now four days since I got spritzed and I’m pleased to say the colour’s lightened up a teensy bit more but I still look glowy, tan and mooi. Better yet, the colour fade is incredibly even.
On the left you’ve got me rocking my natural pallor and on the right I’m showing off my tan the day after washing off the top coat. For the record there’s no Valencia going on there – it’s an unfiltered shot so you can see the glowiness for yourself.
So, are you keen to nab a Vita Liberata spray tan for yourself? You’ll find selected salons around the country. Or… you could win one, provided you live in Cape Town.
To enter, simply tweet me the following, completing the sentence: ‘Hey @lipglossgirl, I’d love to win a @VitaLiberataSA spray tan!’ and include the link to this post. Alternatively, drop me a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘I need a Vita Liberata spray tan STAT’.
This competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday and the winner will be picked using a random number generator.
Good luck girls!
UPDATE: Good news girls! Anyone entering the competition will get R100 off their next Vita Liberata spray tan, provided they’re in Cape Town and go to the head office in Gardens in to get it. This means you’ll only pay R300 for your gorgeous bronze glow!
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Tracey Branfield on winning a Vita Liberata spray-tan.