Love This … Cocoa Brown Self Tan Giveaway


Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter – Review And Giveaway!


So here we are now in July! Can you believe it?

The weather is steadily picking up ready for our scorcher of a summer (I have my fingers and toes crossed!), and things are already looking bright after last weeks whopping heat wave!

So, it goes without saying that it’s the time where we strip off the layers to reveal our sullen and pasty skin, a time that if any of you are like me, you completely and utterly dread!

I’m not really one for stripping off anymore, as I feel far too over exposed, but if I’m going to do it, I’m going to need help!

In the form of a bottle!

Good old fake tan! My secret best friend!

A tan makes me feel and appear slimmer! I become far more confident and to be honest – I think I look lots better in the clothes I wear too!


Some weeks ago now, I was sent a product which got me excited, a bottle of Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter.

Now, the wiser part of me would probably not want to write this post at all, as realisitically I’m just highlighting how super-duper wonderful I have found this particular product! But then again, I’ve never really been one to keep much to myself, especially the juicy bits – so luckily for you – it’s that side of me which has won and I’m therefore going to shout about how amazing this product is!!

(Obviously I’ve already been to the stores and mine-swept the shelves before I’ve posted this though!!)

Only joking – I’ve left some for all of you.

Anyway, back to the fabulous Cocoa Brown..


The Branding & Packaging:

One word. Pink! In which case I loved this product the moment I laid eyes on it. It’s fun, flirty, and girlie which to me is a bit of a winner.

The Product:

The product I was kindly sent to test out is the Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan – which as a busy mum I have really loved. It’s just so amazingly easy to use it daily as a moisturiser – just apply once you’ve dried after a bath or shower – and hey presto – let the magic do it’s work.

It’s a very subtle brown, but the colour can be built up daily if you choose for a deeper colour.

The cream is of a brown colour so it is easy to see where you are applying it.

The thing I loved best was the brown colour itself. It’s exactly that, a lovely bronzed brown colour. The majority of products I’ve tried in the past leave me a little jaundice looking to be frank, so it was rather a good feeling to have so many people comment on how healthy and glowing I looked, when they were astonished I’d not just returned from a lovely hot holiday in the sun!

The smell was good too – it didn’t have that same old ‘chemical’ odour you can get with other products. Plus – after application it didn’t leave me feeling sticky, just lovely and moisturised. Another big bonus was that when I applied it prior to going to bed, I woke to find I still had white sheets – something my long suffering husband was pleased about too!

The colour develops pretty quickly – although they do have another product which is designed exactly for this – their One Hour Tan – so I must make sure I try this on out too!

The Cost:

This product I tried, the Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan, retails for just £5.99. What a bargain!

Where you can buy it:

Available from Penneys, Primark, Boots Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Heatons, Superdrug.

Stockists in the UK are Tesco, Superdrug, Primark, Lloyds Pharmacy.

Also available online at Cloud 10 Beauty, and Lloyds Pharmacy.

See for more information.

The Range:

I thought I’d just add this picture as it shows just how many amazing products there are in the Marissa Carter Cocoa Brown range. Fab huh!!


My Verdict

Well, quite simply – it’s my new favourite fake tan and I will be stocking up fast!

Some extra Self Tan Tips to keep you looking fabulous this summer…..

· Try to keep your skin in tip-top condition prior to using any self tan lotions.

· Exfoliate on a regular basis to get rid of all that nasty dry skin

· Moisturise daily to ensure your skin is always lovely and soft and the perfect base for tan products.

· But remember, if you moisturise on the day you are going to apply your tan, make sure it has fully been absorbed into the skin and is free from any lotion residue before application.

· If you apply a coat of nail polish to your nails this will stop the tan from staining them.

· Plus, if you apply some Vaseline to your brows and hairline, this will help eliminate the possibility of those tell-tale tide marks!

· Application mitts or latex gloves can be used to avoid bronzed palms! You don’t want to end up looking like me in this post!

· I often use a wet cotton wool pad just to blot those stubborn dry areas such as the elbows, ankles and knees.

Now time for the giveaway….

cocoa brown prize

The lovely people at Cocoa Brown want to send one lucky winner the above selection of AMAZING products, just so you can try them out and see for yourselves what I’m going on about…..

The bundle will include Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff Body ScrubCocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual TanCocoa Brown Exfoliating Mitts and Cocoa Brown Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser!

All you need to do is enter below for your chance to get your hands on it.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition will close on Sunday 19th July at midnight, so be sure to get your entries in by then.
The winner will then be selected at random and contacted via email.
Unfortunately this is open to UK residents only.

*Disclaimer: I was sent these items for the purposes of this review and giveaway, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.1


  1. Natalie Crossan
    18th July 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Wonderful giveaway x

  2. claire little
    18th July 2015 / 11:13 pm

    get the best tan you can afford to buy.

  3. Caroline Signey
    18th July 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Exfoliate well

  4. jessica newman
    18th July 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I always exfoliate and moisturise for a few days before applying fake tan for even coverage

  5. Wendy Smith
    18th July 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Exfoliate skin before attempting to self tan

  6. 18th July 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Always us a tanning mitten it gives a much smother finishes and less streaks. And your hand don’t stain 🙂

  7. kim neville
    17th July 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Do a patch test first to make sure all ok. Shave 12 hours in advance as shouldn’t apply on red or irritated skin. Exfoliate before you tan. Use disposable gloves

  8. Minnie15
    17th July 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Exfoliate and use tanning mits! 🙂 x

  9. Lauren Old
    17th July 2015 / 4:30 pm

    Use a glove!

  10. donna l jones
    17th July 2015 / 3:44 pm

    make sure its even

  11. teresa sheldon
    17th July 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Take your time don’t rush doing it as it will end up patchy and streaky

  12. Nicola Holland
    17th July 2015 / 7:46 am

    To keep skin hydrated 🙂

  13. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    17th July 2015 / 7:24 am

    Moisturise first as it gives a more even coverage

  14. Katie Hodges
    16th July 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. My husband helped me do my back a couple of weeks ago and I forgot to warn to him to wash his hands. He had brown hands for a few days after!

  15. Richard Moore
    15th July 2015 / 4:05 pm

    Make sure to exfoliate first then apply plenty of moisturiser.

  16. Cheryl Kean
    15th July 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Always exfoliate x

  17. EJ Dunn
    15th July 2015 / 7:34 am

    Exfoliate the day before and then ensure you are moisturised before you tan

  18. charlotte
    14th July 2015 / 12:02 pm

    done rush the tanning or it goes all over :’) from personal experience haha

  19. Megan Kinsey
    13th July 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Exfoliate and moisturise!!

  20. Nora Saab
    12th July 2015 / 6:48 pm

    use an oil-free moisturiser

  21. Karen Laing
    11th July 2015 / 11:33 am

    Exfoliate,exfoliate,exfoliate,any dry skin will make the tan look blotchy and then moisturise to within an inch of yor life ! x

  22. lynn heath
    10th July 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Exfoliate first to remove dead skin!

  23. Doreen Mccarthy
    10th July 2015 / 8:19 pm

    exfoliate and moisturise, and I always use a tanning mitt x

  24. kay lou smith
    10th July 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Always exfoliate first 🙂

  25. barbara clarke
    10th July 2015 / 10:01 am

    I’ve never self tanned before but would love to try it

  26. rebecca nisbet
    9th July 2015 / 4:53 am

    i dont really have any, my friend does it for me.

  27. 8th July 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I love a bit of fake tan too, especially the gradual tan ones. Would love to try this! x

  28. Kaci Soderstrom
    8th July 2015 / 4:16 pm

    I have never applied self tan before, so I don’t have any! I could definitely use some though as I’m so pale I’m almost translucent.

  29. Lindsey Stuart
    8th July 2015 / 11:04 am

    Thankyou for the super blog and giveaway! 🙂
    My top tanning tip is to make sure you apply your tan to clean sugar scrubbed skin, pop a little vaseline on your knees and elbows so you don’t end up with crazy dark bits 🙂
    Also remember not to put on your clothes until at least thirty minutes after you have applied the tan 🙂 It is good to wear a tanning mitt too or you may look like you have really dirty hands haha.

  30. Lauren Tourle
    7th July 2015 / 12:11 pm

    I don’t personally self tan i am entering for my cousin and she says, don’t forget to use a good mitt and use the 3 rub method to cover evenly 🙂

  31. Kirsty Fox
    6th July 2015 / 11:22 pm

    I always add moisturiser to my fake tan when putting it on my knees, ankles and elbows as it seems to stop the streaks.

  32. 6th July 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Ooh it looks fab Steph, I need all the help I can get I am so pale xx

  33. Sara JaneG
    6th July 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Exfoliate before you tan

  34. Alison
    6th July 2015 / 8:09 pm


  35. lynsey magowan
    6th July 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Exfoliate before you tan and apply a body lotion to dry areas (knees, elbows)

  36. 6th July 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, this sounds fab! I’ve been looking for a new one to try and this one looks brilliant. I definitely need this in my bathroom! xx

  37. Lynsey Buchanan
    6th July 2015 / 7:14 pm

    exfoliate before applying tanning products

  38. debbie smith
    6th July 2015 / 5:02 pm

    scrub elbows knees and ankles before applying to get rid of those rough areas that stain xxx fab giveaway x

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