How much do we have in common? Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

We all have our own personal likes and dislikes. I am continually fascinated with the concept of false-consensus effect. False-consensus effect is a fancy psychology term that means that people tend to assume most people like/dislike/believe/do whatever it is they themselves like/dislike/believe/do. Marcia and I are partners and created Beauty Info Zone together, but we have very different preferences within our common love for cosmetics. She loves BB/CC creams and pale lippies…I love full coverage foundation and bronzer. We are both crazy about cosmetics, but it never fails to amaze me how different our taste is when it comes to products!       

 PR sample

With that in mind, before I tell you that the Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan ($30) is a perfect facial tanner, here are my personal preferences so you can see right away if we have a lot in common.

  1. I love multi-tasking products.
  2. I love vanilla scents.
  3. I love great skin care products with cutting edge ingredients.
  4. I love self tanners.

If you have similar preferences – because I promise I won’t just ASSUME that you do! – you should definitely read on as Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan has everything you could want in a self tanner.

Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

Fresh Face Tan was designed for use by those with even the most sensitive skin. This isn’t just a self tanner, it’s also very effective skin care. Check out these ingredients:

Optimum Complex-30, a breakthrough ingredient containing DHA and Melanin while working with your own pigmentation for smooth, long-lasting color that looks like an island vacation tan  

Ginkgo Biloba, packed with antioxidants, to brighten and energize the skin

Peptides that promote collagen production

Aloe Vera that retains the skin’s natural moisture

Vitamins D & E, Green Tea, and Broccoli Seed, the latest antioxidants in skin care that work to prevent skin damage

Fresh Face Tan is a lightweight moisturizer that gives a medium tan. It has a delicious vanilla scent that sadly dissipates in about an hour…I wish it hung around longer! The tan develops in about three hours, so I usually use this at night before bed.The great ingredients are wonderful for my skin and I wake up with glowy skin that looks naturally tanned.

several shades darker with Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

several shades darker with Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan

While I often assume that most people are just like me, I know that we all have our own likes and dislikes. If you are like me, then you are in for a real treat when you pick up Xen-Tan Fresh Face Tan. You can find it at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Ulta stores nationwide. – Lisa

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Color me GUILTY – of tanning, glowing, and sparkling!

My self tanner addiction...

My self tanner addiction…


Well. Now I feel a little ashamed…I mean, this amount of completely unneccessary products is basically obscene. Guess my self tanner/bronzer/shimmer addiction is now officially out of the closet!

*PR samples/purchase by me/affiliate links

I honestly had no idea how many of these types of products I had going until I gathered them all for their family pictures. These are the ones I have open…I decided to leave the second cousins (those awaiting to be christened) for another time. I think I am addicted to self tanners because they hide uneven skin tone and give the illusion of looking slightly thinner. Here are all (well, most…I found some more after the pics were done!) the self tanners I have open right now:

Self tanning lotions

Self tanning lotions

Self tanning mousse

Self tanning mousse

Self tanning sprays

Self tanning sprays

I have three different types:  lotions, sprays, and foam/mousse. I use the lotions in the winter when my skin is at its driest. The foam/mousse are great when I am in a hurry because they need a little less work to get them applied correctly. I use the sprays mainly in the summer. I have a thing about not putting on any heavy body products when it’s hot out – it makes me feel funny. Anyone else weird like that??  I especially love Xen-Tan and Vita Liberata (the latter isn’t pictured because it was shy and said no photos today, please).

My addiction doesn’t stop at self tanners…I am also addicted to body bronzers. I have sprays, lotions, mousse…I love them all.

Body bronzers

Body bronzers

No one does shimmery bronzed skin like Scott Barnes and I adore Guerlain and Red Carpet Kolour (RCK).

Also addicted to spray on shimmering bronzers…if it has a coconut scent, I can’t do without it!!

Spray on shimmer and sparkle

Spray on shimmer and sparkle

I am sad that tarte doesn’t have the Celebutant Dry Oil Spray anymore. I highly recommend the Lucy B Frangipani Bronzing Oil Spray and the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Spray. Hampton Sun makes amazing shimmer sprays too.

Oh, and how could I forget — every day I put two drops of this Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate in my moisturizer to keep a consistent color. It’s subtle but awesome.

Paula's Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate

Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate

So there you have it. I have no more secrets. And if you really want to know why I need so much self tanner, just take a look at the classic blogger tan lines (courtesy of Tan Towels)!  – Lisa


*some products PR samples, some purchased by me.  Affiliate links.

Tanning without wearing self tanner?? Check out Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra

XenTanWait…is this some sort of trick? Like, who is buried in Grant’s tomb?

Xen-Tan’s claim that it’s possible to tan without wearing self-tanner got my attention, so I was of course up to the challenge. They sent me their TRANSFORMATION ULTRA ($65) to test, and guess what? It is possible to tan without wearing self-tanner!

I did, of course, have to first apply the self-tanner…the trick is I only needed to keep it on for 45 minutes. At that point, I washed it off and it definitely worked, resulting in a light to medium tan about 2 to 3 shades darker than my normal skin tone. Leaving it on longer gave me a much deeper tan, more like 5 shades darker than my normal skin tone.


There are lots of self-tanners on the market that actually require rinsing after an hour or two, so this self-tanner isn’t as unique as it initially sounds in that regard. I personally don’t mind wearing self-tanners since I typically put them on before bed, which means I sleep through any irritating side effects like stickiness or self-tanner smell. If you aren’t a fan of the way self-tanner feels, though, this is a great option.

Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra Self Tanner

Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra Self Tanner

I like how I can decide the level of tan based on the length of time I leave it on. I also like that I can opt to not rinse it off at all, since most self-tanners that are rinse-able seem to make rinsing a requirement, not an option.

I use this as both a body tanner and a face tanner. The only time I have any issues on my face is on nights when I also exfoliate using a retinol product. I find the self-tanner stings a bit, so I just don’t combine the two and avoid self-tanning my face on the nights I also exfoliate. Otherwise, I have no problems and the color guide makes a streak-free, even application very easy. Transformation Ultra does have a scent, although it’s a refreshing cucumber-melon that doesn’t bother me at all.

Xen-Tan’s Transformation Ultra has a formula that binds Melanin with 100% natural DNA so the tan looks incredibly natural. The elegant formula also contains broccoli seed for skin protection and Moroccan oil for mega moisture. Plus the tube is HUGE and will last for months.

I am a big fan of Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra. It is a reliable self-tanner that give me great color with very little effort on my part. And if wearing self-tanner while it does its magic isn’t your thing, then this is the answer to all your problems!

You can find Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra at Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.  – Lisa

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Get your tan on with Xen-Tan

I am well aware of how bad the sun is for my skin but I love to have a tan during the summer months. I am always on the lookout for excellent self tanning options and the BIZ recently received several self tanners to try from Xen-Tan. Xen-Tan is known for self tanners that have a more olive undertone, so the look is fabulously natural. Their products also feature odor erasers so there’s no nasty smell.

Here are some awesome options for face to feet faux tanning:


Xen-Tan Face Tanner

I am extremely impressed with the Xen-Tan Face Tanner ($22). This has a time-release ingredient that is pretty ingenious. Your face gets exfoliated far more than your body so it’s not easy to maintain an even, natural looking faux face tan. This gives gorgeous color with the first application and just a little bit applied each night after cleansing and moisturizing keeps your tan looking perfect.


Xen-Tan Face Tanner

This light lotion doesn’t have that self tanner stink and it’s full of great ingredients like shea butter, aloe, green tea, and ginko biloba leaf extract. The color has olive undertones so it looks terrific and the skin friendly ingredients make this a real winner.


Xen-Tan Mousse Intense

The Xen-Tan Mousse Intense ($29) is a perfect option for those of who are new to the self tanning game. This pumps out an airy, creamy mousse that smooths on easily and it gives an instant tan that lasts for about a week.


Mousse Intense applicator

Because you get immediate color, you see any missed areas right away. The mousse is very moisturizing but it dries down almost immediately, so you don’t need to wait for an hour to get dressed again. Like all the Xen-Tan products it has a light, clean scent that smells great and it’s so easy to use that I reach for it all the time.


Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel

The Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel ($35) is like no other self tanner I have ever tried. This is a clear, quick-drying gel that also has gold shimmer. You can use this several ways:

1.  Use it by itself for a medium self-tan; once a week keeps the color perfect.

2.  Mix it with a self tan lotion for a more sheer instant color.

3.  Use it every so often to enhance your tan from any other self tanning product and give yourself a shimmery glow.


Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel

When you first apply this, there is no color – but there is golden shimmer!  You can use this on your face and body, but just know that until that first shower you are pretty sparkly.


see the golden shimmer?

Another plus – because this initially goes on clear, there is no fear of self tanner transfer to your clothing. This is a really cool and unique product that is a lot of fun for the summer.

With all these terrific options, Xen-Tan is truly a line worth exploring. Just ask Lady Gaga, Guiliana Rancic, and Ashley Tisdale – they are all Xen-Tan fans. Get your tan on and find Xen-Tan online and at Nordstrom.  – Lisa

*pr samples


The best new bronzers for spring part two: Carlene K and Xen-Tan

To be completely honest, I think I am addicted to bronzers.  I am constantly collecting them, testing them, and looking for the latest and greatest to add to my arsenal.  Previously, I reviewed my top bronzer picks for spring in the categories of self tanner for body and bronzing liquid for the face.  Today, I am going to review my top picks for body bronzer (not self tanner, this is the stuff that washes off) and then a surprise product that is either a self tanner or a bronzer for the face and body – or both, if that’s what you choose.

My favorite new body bronzer is Carlene K. Shine Body Bronzer ($29.99).  From what I understand, this is quite a Hollywood mainstay – many of the people you see on the red carpet have that glowy, gorgeous tan thanks to Carlene K Carlene K. is a famous makeup artist who actually created this bronzer while working with the Pussycat Dolls.

The bronzer is just like body lotion.  It spreads evenly and quickly, and dries down super fast.  It’s very moisturizing, and is anti-aging because of the plant derived collagen and Vitamin C and E.    It also has pumpkin extract to help the skin retain elasticity and firmness.  I adore the color it gives – it looks extremely natural, no orange tones, and gives a fabulous glow.  You can see in the swatch above how there is golden shimmer in it, which isn’t obvious but it does give that wonderful luminosity.

Here are pics of my arm before Carlene K. Shine Body Bronzer, and then after.

Love the color, and I had no problems with the product transferring to my clothing.  It washes right off in the shower, and it has no discernible scent when applied.  If you are looking for a body bronzer that is easy to apply, easy to wash off, and gives a beautiful instant color, look no further!  You can buy the Shine Body Bronzer online and in various stores across the U.S., just check the website for locations.

My last favorite new product in the bronzing arena is by Xen-Tan.  This is a truly amazing product that you just have to check out.  Xen-Tan products are available online, at Norstrom, and at Ulta, to name just a few places.  They have a wide array of self tanning products, and I tried out the E! Live From the Red Carpet Perfect Blend ($43.00). 

I fell in love as soon as I opened the box and saw the gorgeous starlet – super cute packaging!!

This is an extremely unusual product.  It is a self tanner and it’s a bronzer, you can choose to do one or both based on how you place the dial on the bottle.  You can also decide the depth of the color you want.  The color is very natural looking, and the lotion smells nice, like cucumbers.  And, this bronzer/self tanner works great for both the body and the face.

You can see up at the top the different settings to choose from, from 100% self tanner to 100% bronzer.

Here I have it set to 100% self tanner.

And here is the 100% self tanner swatched.  It’s a light lotion that spreads easily.  I have used this tons of times and have never once gotten any streaks, which is unusual for a self tanner without a color guide. 

Now here is the bottle set to 100% bronzer.  Like the self tanner, the bronzer works for both the face and the body.  Here is a swatch:

The bronzer can be used on the face because it doesn’t have any shimmer to it.  Usually the ‘glowy’ body bronzers aren’t face appropriate because the ‘glow’ is too obvious.  This one gives a very pretty, deep tan look that works on any part of your body.

So here is the super cool part – 50/50!!  With this setting, you get the best of both worlds – your self tanner is working while the bronzer gives you immediate color.  Genius!!!!  

Here is a swatch of the 50/50.  How fun is that??

So many bronzers, so little time…and these are fabulous options that I think should be in everyone’s faux-tan arsenal.  – Lisa