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When it comes to fake tan, Ireland as a nation definitely has a reputation for loving the stuff. 

Whether it's a full body bronze spray tan for a night out, or a quick splash on tanning water for a golden complexion, rarely are Irish women without a faux glow. 

In a recent study conducted by Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter, it revealed that a staggering 95 percent of women wear fake tan throughout the winter months.

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Most Irish women like to tan from head to toe, with 71.3 percent saying an all over glow is key.

However, we have all been in that rushed situation where you want to add a tan but simply don't have the time to do the full body. 

25 percent of women admitted to only tanning their arms and legs, while 5.7 percent of women just tan their ankles.


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As for when Irish women like to tan – one day of the week reigned supreme. 

A whopping half of all people surveyed said that Thursday is their traditional tanning day. 

It makes perfect sense – tan on Thursday night, shower it off on Friday to reveal a gorgeous glow just in time for the weekend. 



You asked, they delivered. Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter's bestselling Instant Tan Bronzing Gel in Matte is back by popular demand AND IT'S VEGAN. 

The new and improved formulation delivers an immediate flawless, radiant, glowing golden tan. It's the ideal product for tanning on a deadline as it dries immediately meaning no transfer – just glow and go.  

Forget cakey tan, the Instant Tan Bronzing Gel will give you the glow you deserve whilst still being sheer enough to look like the real deal. Add to that the fact that the Instant Tan Bronzing Gel is water-based and oil-free, meaning no blocked pores, and you’re on to a winner.  

Speaking about the Instant Tan Bronzing Gel, Cocoa Brown Founder and CEO Marissa Carter says, “Never in five years has a product been more requested by our customers than our Instant Tan Bronzing Gel.

"When we discontinued the Gel I honestly thought no one would notice and that it would go gently into the night. How wrong was I? Fast forward three months and we’re back, better than ever. Panic over ladies.”

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Vegan Instant Tan Bronzing Gel Matte, €7.95, is available from Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter stockists nationwide.



Earlier this year, one of Ireland's biggest names in beauty announced that a makeup line would be  her next venture. 

Taking to Instagram, Cocoa Brown Tan guru Marissa Carter told her followers that she would be be releasing a full line of makeup, and it officially lands in Penneys, Mary Street today. 

The collection has already arrived in pharmacies nationwide, but now fans of the 103 item collection can pick up their favourite pieces along side their fluffy socks, CB tan and packs of earrings. 


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“Beauty has always been my passion,' says Marissa. 

"Before Cocoa Brown I owned my own salon, Carter Beauty and the satisfaction I got from seeing a woman watching herself transform was second to none."

"Carter Beauty is almost an ode to that. It’s really important to us that our customers get value for their money without skimping on quality.”


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Carter Beauty brand has something for everyone, from dewy foundations to affordable eyeshadow palettes.

Just like Cocoa Brown, Carter Beauty is cruelty-free, much like the PS…Beauty range in Penneys. 

Carter Beauty Cosmetics will be available in Penneys nationwide in October, so keep your eyes peeled. 



The tan Gods are shining down on us in the form of Cocoa Brown's Man Mitt.

Are you tired of trying to reach your back or the back of your legs? 

Problem solved – your boyfriend can now do it thanks to this genius invention.


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The miracle workers at Cocoa Brown have launched Marissa Carter's ‘Man Mitt.’

The Velvet Tanning Thumb Mitt is also perfect for the man in your life.

But let's get real, you know it's all about us, after all we are queens. 


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Larger in size, gone are the days of his hand getting crushed into a smaller glove.

No longer has he the excuse to moan about rubbing that magic brown tan into those hard to reach places.

This gorgeous black tan mitt is made with luxury velvet to give him the perfect application – whether he is applying it to your body or his own.

Wave bye-bye to oompa-loompa orange hands as the inner waterproof foam-lining keeps them protected from any staining. 

The Mitt will give you both a flawless finish with even, streak-free results. 

They really do think of everything, as it features a thumb for better grip and comfort when applying the tan. 


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For envious results, wear the mitt, apply a coin-sized amount of tan to its surface and buff onto clean dry skin.

Don't forget to hand wash the mitt between tanning sessions – hygiene people!

You can thank us and Cocoa Brown when you finally don't have to stretch to reach those annoying spots.

And, your boyfriend can too when he's roped in to your tanning rituals and he develops his own!

Happy tanning.




Cocoa Brown have taken to social media to clear up some queries regarding their cruelty-free stance.

The iconic Irish tanning brand had to defend their animal by-product free production after amn unnamed blogger alleged that Cocoa Brown was not cruelty-free as it includes urea. 

Responding to the claim, CB said:

'Urea, which is an ingredient that is found in Cocoa Brown Fresh Start can be manufactured synthetically or from animals.'

'We use the synthetic version.' 


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 At a time when the emphasis is on securing animal rights in the beauty industry, it the claims needed to be addressed.

Cocoa Brown features on a number of cruelty-free company lists in Ireland.



As much as we love having a golden tan when we're travelling, bringing our tanning supplies along can be tricky.

The products are too big for our carry-on bag, or we're worried they'll accidentally spill all over the clothes in our checked luggage.

Thankfully though, as many people are beginning to jet off on summer holidays (or sitting at home, hoping the sun will stay out), Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter decided to swoop in and save the day.

No longer will people be asking if you're Casper when they look at photos from your trip to Ibiza, all thanks to Cocoa 2 Go Travel Size 1 Hour Tan Mousse.

It does exactly what it says on the tin: gives you a beautiful bronzed look in just ONE hour – with a fresh holiday scent to boot.

At 95ml, you can just toss it into your carry-on, no worries. Stay gold, ponyboy.


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CEO and founder of Cocoa Brown Marissa Carter says of the new product, ''Cocoa 2 Go Travel Size 1 Hour Tan Mousse is 95ml and will slide into your carry-on luggage so staying wonderfully bronzed has never been easier.  

"As with all Cocoa Brown products, Cocoa 2 Go simply glides on with an instant colour and develops into a rich Cocoa Brown colour in just one hour for a false tan that lasts on the skin for up to five to seven days.''

The Cocoa 2 Go Travel Size 1 Hour Tan Mousse is available in Original Medium, Dark and Extra Dark from €5.95 at stockists nationwide.



Marissa Carter, CEO of Cocoa Brown, has finally announced the name of her long-awaited makeup line. 

Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter will be rocking the beauty world through eight makeup stands in Cara Pharmacy this summer.

According to the makeup brand's own Twitter page, it's set to launch in July.

The countdown has already begun – we are so ready to see what Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter has to offer!



Is there anything worse than horrible left over tan?

You know that flaky horrible layer left over about a week post application? Well, worry no more my queens.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter has launched Fresh Start to wave goodbye to all your tanning woes!

Cocoa Brown ‘Fresh Start’ removes all traces of tan in under five minutes – no joke. 

The revolutionary tan eraser formula contains no harmful ingredients and will leave skin fresh, clean and ready for your next tan application.

Cocoa Brown CEO and founder Marissa Carter says, Fresh Start is a "fast-working formula that is tough on tan yet gentle on the most sensitive skin."

The moisturising formula is designed to leave skin silky smooth while removing all signs of residual tan.


Say hello to #CBFreshStart and wave goodbye to all your tanning woes 

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Instructions for use: Apply Cocoa Brown Fresh Start to dry skin 3-4 days after applying self-tan.

Step 1: Pump foam applicator and apply Fresh Start directly to the skin.

Step 2: Leave for at least five minutes.

Step 3: Shower with warm water, using a wet face cloth to wipe away the tan. Step 4: For stubborn areas such as the knees, feet and ankles, use an exfoliating mitt to gently remove tan.




Ladies, one of Ireland's biggest names in beauty has just announced that a makeup line is her next venture. 

Taking to Instagram, Cocoa Brown Tan guru Marissa Carter told her followers that she will be releasing a full line of makeup in the next three months. 

Sorry, but can you only imagine the bronzey goodness coming our way? 


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'So today was the first day that I showed my new brand to a buyer,' Marissa told her followers.

'I know a lot of you may have guessed already what the products are so I may as well just come clean,' she continued, detailing how delighted the buyer was with the range.

'So I'm going to be launching… a make-up range! An entire collection – everything from foundations, to concealers, to mascaras, to eyeliners, blushers, highlighters, bronzers, lipsticks, lip-glosses…'


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With the astronomical success of Marissa's tanning brand, there's no doubt that the makeup line will see the same triumph.

So far there's no news on the price point of the range, or what exactly we can expect style-wise from the brand, but by the sounds of things it's going to be a wide variety of products. 

We can officially be Cocoa Brown from head to toe now. 



Here at SHEmazing HQ, there's nothing we love more than a good Irish success story.

Whether it's food, fashion, or beauty, our home grown products are up there with the best of them, and one woman who knows this all to well is entrepreneur extraordinaire, Marissa Carter.

Marissa's cult tanning brand, Cocoa Brown, is a favourite among beauty lovers at home and abroad and now it looks the beloved Irish brand is headed for Russia.

Following on from a successful Canadian launch, this is the first of three new markets the award-winning tan will launch in before Christmas.

Marissa took to Instagram today to share the news: “Never ever let anyone tell you to slow down. You grow or you die in business and sometimes ambition makes others feel uncomfortable,” she wrote.

“Those who love you want you to be realistic so you’re not disappointed when you fail. Those who don’t like you want you to stop moving so fast so they can catch up. Don’t listen to any voice but your own when you’re setting your goals.”

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter will now be available in 21 countries and over 15,000 stores worldwide.

We really are taking over, aren't we?



It may still only be November 16, but here at SHEmazing! we're already thinking about – whisper it! – Christmas shopping. 

Because trying to navigate town picking up gifts for your extended family, your boyfriend, and your dog on December 23 is an affliction not worth enduring.

So sit back, and let us do all the hard work for you… 

Clockwise: bareMinerals Grab & Go Get Started Kit €34.94, feelunique.com; 
Dazzling Nail Polish £10 Marks & Spencer [UK stores only];
Vichy gift set with four products from the cleansing range €19.95, nationwide; 
Bellamianta lotion gift set, €28, bellamianta.com


Marc Jacobs Daisy 50ml, €72; littlewoodsireland.ie;  
Star Of The Night handcare duo; €17; marksandspencer.ie
LanaiBlo in pink, €99.99, lanaiblo.com;
BODY set by Yon-Ka Paris, €61, yonka.ie


Clockwise: Vichy Homme gift set with three products from the range; €29.95; nationwide;
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, €40.95, The Loop at Dublin and Cork airports, theloop.ie;
COMFORT set by Yon-Ka Paris, €83, yonka.ie;
Handmade Soap Co candle, €16, designist.ie


Neroli blossom & lavender fragrance diffuser, Brooke & Shoals, €29, brookeandshoals.ie;
InStyler MAX in black €99.99, instyler.ie;
Sheer Indulgence Skin Kit IMAGE €117.50, renaissance-skincare.com


Keshi perfume, €4.99, in Lidl stores nationwide from Nov 28;
Fake Bake Flawless Travel Kit, €21, littlewoodsireland.ie;
See Chloe by Chloe eau de parfum, €49.50, debenhams.ie


MAC eyeshadow X15 palette, €50.60, The Loop at Dublin and Cork airports, theloop.ie;
Cocoa Brown By Marissa Carter, Goddess Collection, €17.95, nationwide;
Vichy gift set with four products from the cleansing range €40, nationwide; 
Jo Malone Wood collection, The Loop at Dublin and Cork airports, theloop.ie €70.40


Clockwise from top left: Next Lipstick Gift Set, €25, next.ie;
Ritual Revitalizing gift set, €29.50, eu.rituals.com;
Instyler Straight Up Straightening Brush €69.99, instyler.ie;
Vichy Homme gift set with three products from the range €29.95 nationwide;
Jerome Alexander Bronzing Kit €19.99, argos.ie;
 Silvercrest Nail Studio Set, €49.99, in Lidl stores nationwide from Dec 5




Having quickly become a staple in beauty bags across the nation, it’s no surprise that Cocoa Brown’s product range is continuing to expand.

Following the launch of The Goddess Collection in Dundrum TC this week, the Dublin based tanning company has announced that it is spreading its roots across the Atlantic by opening its first New York office.

In a post which appeared on Instagram yesterday, brand founder Marissa Carter wrote: “By the end of next week we’ll have our US company incorporated!  The #CocoaBrown #NewYork office will open January 2017.”

Speaking about the venture to Goss.ie, the beauty entrepreneur explained that a Manhattan base for Cocoa Brown “makes sense” because “New York is the hotspot for global PR and marketing activities”.

We wish Cocoa Brown furthered success in the US.