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26 Feb

Do you know what the best way is to achieve that healthy glowing tan? Is a fake one of course! With my new found discovery and obsession with fake tanning, I was more than happy to be asked to give the Bondi Sands Tan Review on the Gradual Tanning Foam. Exactly like the aqua bottle that we see in stores at AMR Hair & Beauty, we are lucky enough to get the bottle in the pink version as these ones are exclusive to Superdrug in the UK and some of the proceeds go towards the Marie Curie Charity.

Bondi Sands Tan Review – About The Product

The Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam is a unique and lightweight formula that is great for no fuss no muss application. Simple to use and you can see the results the more often you apply. With the dual action of hydration and nourishment of the skin, it is enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and delicious Cocoa Butter, all the while building up that golden glow.

Read on below to see how I went for a week with the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam. Lets begin the Bondi Sands tan review!


I had specifically bought a new men’s razor to shave my legs with. So in the shower I went, shaving cream in hand (just the cheap Home Brand Shaving Cream) and shaved my legs from the thigh down.

After that, I used the Eco Tan Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub. I have been so keen to use this and was ecstatic to try it. My first impressions of it were that it came out as a fine scrub and to be honest, I was a little disheartened as I absolutely love exfoliating, so I was expecting to get huge granules of the Himalayan Pink Salts like you would in a pepper mill. But as I applied it, boy was I wrong. It looked like fine grains of sand, but it felt quite coarse and gritty which is what I loved about it. It is very raw and not as processed. I felt like it was really getting in there to remove my dead skin cells so I really enjoyed that particular product, too. And as per usual I used my leefe (the exfoliating sponge that you can get at Middle Eastern Grocers) first to get the bigger surface areas of my skin and then applied some more of that heavenly scrub onto my exfoliating gloves to get into the hard to get areas of my body.

I hopped out of the shower and vigorously rubbed my skin dry with a new, fresh and clean towel. And applied Eco Tan’s Coconut Body Milk moisturising cream onto my skin.


The next day I took a before photo of my fresh skin in the afternoon at around four o’clock. Later that evening after my shower I pumped out four pumps of the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam onto my right arm and rubbed it in circular motions. As I was quite enthusiastic to try this there was a lot of excess left over on my arm, so I had to wipe my right arm onto my left arm to distribute onto my chest and left arm and then pumped out some more twice to apply onto my left arm and chest.

I applied this with my hands as no tanning mitt is required. I slipped on my Little tanning Dress in Natalie and waited for my body to dry up with the fake tan on. I then wore my Natalie Tanning Dress as a nightie to go to bed in.

Bear in mind to change your sheets to a dark colour as you don’t want the nuisance of having to clean white sheets with fake tan stains on them. Been there, done that (my partner grumbled about it).


Waking up the next morning while getting dressed for work. I see a slight discolouration on my chest area and thought to ask my work colleagues if they see a difference.

I asked my work colleagues if they noticed a difference and they said no unfortunately as I have medium to yellow undertones already so it was hard to tell. I shall see how the second coat will go on tonight to look out for tomorrow. I took a photo at four o’clock in the afternoon to monitor my progress.

When I got home I had a shower and used the ECO TAN Cleansing Foam in Lemongrass. It smells divine and zesty. I was looking forward to this product because it was something that I could use to clean myself, but not have to worry about tan stripping. This is a Godsend of a product as it goes hand in hand with my future tanning adventures. I remembered to consciously pat towel dry my body to not rub off the first layer of gradual tan.

I applied the tanning foam at night again, I didn’t go too crazy with the pumps of foam this time. I just pumped out two pumps at a time and applied that in circular motions. Slipped on my Natalie tanning dress turned to nightie and this time I sat in front of the fan as it was extremely hot that night still and I wanted to hurry to bed. Pretty happy with how I’m looking halfway through the bondi sands tan review!


The next morning as I entered work and sat at my desk, a work colleague noticed my tan had subtly gone darker. So, I was excited to get some feedback from all my efforts. I took my daily 4 pm photo to record my tanning.

That night, I did the same old routine. Showered with my Eco Tan Cleansing Foam, pat dried my body, applied the fake tan, slipped on my Natalie nightie, sat in front of the fan to cut down the drying process in half and went to bed. Alternatively, you can use the Eco Tan Organic Body Wash in Coconut and Mint instead of the foam wash in Lemongrass.


When I woke up this morning I noticed a significant difference in my skin colour and more people in the office noticed that I had gone darker. My tan came off quite golden. So, I decided that today would be the last day of my fake tan application when I looked at my usual 4 pm daily photo shoot.

Bondi Sands Tan Review – The Verdict:

It was a different experience to use the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam. I liked how it was simple to use and that I could feel the areas of my body by using my bare hands and not the mitt. It was an experience using a gradual tanner and I liked how it really was a gradual process of turning that golden-brown colour and not a stark Oompa Loompa orange if you have chosen the wrong spray tan colour or the wrong overnight fake tan. I liked how you can control the intensity with the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam. Would i use this again? Probably not as being a busy mum of an energetic toddler i have no time to keep up with the maintenance. I would rather have someone come to my house to give me a spray tan or use an overnight fake tan that would only need one or two applications done in one day. But i would still recommend it to others in using this bottle for a gradual subtle glow as it didn’t take long for it to go to my desired colour.

So, there you have it guys a Bondi Sands Tan Review, get yours in-store or online today.

Tako Phanoraj

Tako is a Beauty Editor at AMR with a Diploma in makeup artistry having graduated in 2015. She is passionate about all things beauty and in her spare time loves to keep up with the latest trends and trialling new makeup. When she is not invested in makeup, she is busy being mum to one gorgeous baby girl.

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