14 May, 2010

Club Etoile Sunless Tanning

14 May, 2010

UPDATE: Club Etoile’s mobile tanning no longer operates in HK. If you have any suggestions of other businesses that offer that service here, let us know in the comments below!

The lazy days of summer are fast approaching and I am trading in my jeans and blazer combo for short skirts, shorts and tanks. My skin is pale and freckly and I have always been a bit self-conscious about showing off my pins in the summer because let’s face it…. legs always looks a bit nicer when they are tanned.

So, with this insecurity in mind I basically jumped at the chance to try out Club Etoile Sunless Bronzing, which was started by two former “tanorexic’s”. Sian and Alanna wanted an alternative here in Hong Kong to basking in the sun or laying in a sunbed and Club Etoile is Hong Kong’s first Mobile Tanning Service. They provide custom airbrush tanning all in your home.

Prior to even starting the tan, the customization begins as Sian and Alanna ask for a picture of you so they can understand your skin colouring and come up with the right shade of bronze for your skin. The product they use is called SunFX (Australia’s leading airbrush tanning brand) and it is completely natural with no smell, alcohol, oil, parabans or perfume. What was really helpful to me was the 6 bullet points of things I needed to make sure I did prior to the appointment such as exfoliate, moisturize my skin, no makeup.

To me the biggest selling point of Club Etoile is that they come to you! All you need to do is make sure that you have prepped your skin correctly and they take care of the rest. They arrived at my apartment and very quickly put together the black spay tent and went to work. Normally their clients get tanned in their birthday suit (there is no need for tan lines ladies!) and they make you feel very comfortable about the whole process.

After the tanning was over my only job was to put one some comfy and loose fitting pants/shirt (braless is recommended for the rest of the day) and let the tan set into my skin.  Just like in the beginning they also share some tips on the aftercare of your Club Etoile tan (ex: no shower until at least 8 hours after, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize…)

I have to say I loved my tan. It was natural looking and it lasted a good 5 days. It was my anniversary the day I got it done so for dinner that night I put on my shortest mini skirt and was very happy to show off my tan legs for my husband!

Natalie put together a video interview of Sian and Alanna and a little glimpse into my spray tan. If you have any more questions or want to book a tanning session contact them at [email protected] or [email protected]

Sassy Discount: Full Body Custom Airbrushing normally costs $600 but if you mention you are a Sassy member you will receive $100 off the price for your first tan! Price Discounts are also available if you do a group tanning session with your friends!

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