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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.



Suzanne Jackson and Terrie McEvoy are once again wowing the nation with a gorgeous product, earning rave reviews for their latest entrepreneurial effort; Stunning self-tan line Bahama Body.

The Irish influencers are solving all of our tan-related summer worries in a budget-friendly way, and we couldn't appreciate them more right now.

Jackson is adding to her collection of beauty collaborations with her latest launch, which is a separate venture to her original tan label Dripping Gold and is in collaboration with McEvoy.


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We all want to glow like a tropical queen in the Bahamas, and the well-known influencers are renowned for their flawless tans all year round. Who else would we take tanning tips from?

Her self-tanning mousse, Bahama Body, is designed exclusively for Penneys stores nationwide by SoSu by Suzanne Jackson's and can be bought online by visiting the SOSU website.

The rich mousse is just €10 (we GASPED), and is available in shades Dark and Ultra Dark. The nourishing formula is enriched with a unique blend of tan enhancers and skin-loving ingredients.


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The perks? It's streak-free, ready-to-wear, long-lasting colour which develops in four-to-eight hours, has a tropical scent and contains goodies like Vitamin E, goji berry and kiwi extracts.

Last-minute night outs have never been so easy, now that you have the ability to transform into the ultimate bronzed beach b*tch. 

Oh BTW, did we mention Bahama Body cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan-friendly? The list of advantages seems pretty endless to us…Head down to Penneys or to the SOSU by Suzanne Jackson website before it sells out.

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We are forever envious of the lovely Vogue Williams. The new mum never fails to look absolutely stunning no matter what the event.

She’s got the most beautiful, healthy glow and now you can too as the presenter has finally launched her own tan range.


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The DJ has been teasing the range for quite some time so there’s no doubt fans are eager to get their hands on it.

The full Bare by Vogue collection features a foam, a lotion and an instant tan. Each product comes in three shades- medium, dark and ultra dark.

The luxuriously rich tanning range is enriched with Super Peptides which help to smooth, plump, firm and improve skin elasticity, all whilst creating a flawless ready to wear colour.

The formulas are enriched with Goji Berry, Oatmeal, Chamomile, Pomegranate and Grapefruit which help to promote natural skin health and the ultimate glow!

We will certainly be treating ourselves to this range. The days of hiding our pasty pale Irish skin will be long gone and we will be glowing like Vogue in no time.

The tan will be available online and in stores from next week:

Foam 150ml: €25
Lotion 200ml: €25
Instant 150ml: €18


Applying fake tan can be quite an ordeal, especially when bronzing those hard to reach places.

Luckily, we can usually convince our housemate or friends at pre drinks to get our back nicely tanned before hitting the town.

One boyfriend who is often roped into helping his lovely fiance apply her faux glow posted a rant to the Bondi Sands Facebook page about the challenge faced by his fellow men when it comes to giving their girlfriends the deep tan they desire. 

"Dear Bondi sands,my fiancé, much like many other women out there enjoy your tanning products and she has no complaint whatsoever. But I do…"

"I, and what I could assume that many other men out there, must assist our lovely partners in their tanning procedure and this includes applying your tanning foam to places they are unable to reach."

"My only and one complaint is that your application mitt is not suitable for my hands. I am, what could be assumed as average size, and can only think that this mitt does not fit many other mans hands out there."

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“Please, in future make the mitt bigger or include an extra mitt for those men out there that must assist the women they love,” he finished.

And as it turns out, the fake tan boyfriends of the world agree with him: "Finally someone said it!" commented one Facebook user.

The post has over 40,000 likes and 10,000 comments, but Bondi Sands has yet to respond. 



It's something we've been looking forward to since she made the announcement that it was gonna happen.

Vogue Williams' tan line is here and our skin is now sorted with the perfect all-year-round glow.

The presenter, DJ, and model always looks flawless and her kind of tan is subtle and a less-is-more approach – we likey a LOT. 

The range, called Bare by Vogue has launched and it's Instagram is now live. 

Vogue took to Instagram Stories to talk about the range of glorious tans.

So, the range has Self-Tan Foams that comes in three colours – Medium, Dark and Ultra Dark, which develops in four to eight hours.

They'll set you back 25 quid. 

Vogue said, ''I usually just sleep in it, it's so easy to put on and it fades really really nicely.''

Sounds fab to us – and it also smells DIVINE – we're talking Goji Berry, Chamomile, Pomegranate and Grapefruit. 

The range also has Instant Tan (i.e our saviour for pale Irish skin)  – in teh same three shades of Medium, Dark and Ultra Dark.

It also smells GORGE nd is asy to use, which is always a bonus and it's priced at 18 quid. 

Vogue said, ''It covers up loads of imperfections and it's 24-hour wear.'' 


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And if you wanna be a bit lazy about it all?

Vogue has that covered too – with luxurious Self Tan Lotion, which is available in the same three colours and also 25 quid. 

It smells of coconut and pineapple – like, yum.

If it helps us have the same dewy glow that Vogue has then COUNT.US.IN.

The tan range is vegan and cruelty-free and now is available on pre-sale on www.barebyvogue.com



Listen up ladies, we've done the digging on the latest and greatest beauty products on the scene right now, so you don't have to spend hours stalking MUA's on Instagram searching for the answer to all your cosmetic questions.

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Have a read, we've got you sorted.

1. Seoulista Beauty Head-to-Glow Glow Box Collection

Four party perfect skin products that will have you glowing from head to toe!

All four packs include three amazing products: high-tech Instant Facial (Super Hydration, Brightening, Correct & Calm or Charcoal Detox) as well as a Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure and a Rosy Hands Instant Manicure.


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2. Wet n Wild Icon Eyeshadow Palette (€8.95)

Looking for the perfect warm-toned eyeshadow palette for winter? The Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Rosé in the Air comes with a mix of coveted colours from shimmery daytime hues to sultry shades for your nights out with the gals. 

3. Moxi Loves Bare Faced

We completely understand the ‘mare of trying to remove make-up, especially with wipes that are infused with harsh chemicals that end up harming your skin.

Bare Faced are gentle cleanser-infused make up removal pads that become activated when mixed with just a few drops of water, created by Pamela Laird, beauty expert and founder of Moxi Loves (€3.95)

4.  Sharlene Collins Luxury Make-up Brush Collection

Demi Rose has joined forces with Irish make-up artist Sharleen Collins as the face of her new 15-piece luxury brush collection, which brings high quality and an affordable price tag.

€79, Available online.

5. CeraVE Winter skincare

Featuring their ultra-hydrating Moisturising cream, moisturising lotions, foaming facial cleanser, eye repair cream and reparative hand cream.

Their collection will literally save your skin during the harsh cold months, you’re welcome. 


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6. Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette

Okay this one has us absolutely SHOOKETH.

Featuring absolutely gorgeous shades of pink, beige tones, vibrant reds and glittery maroon vibes, we cannot get enough of this. Just don’t let anyone borrow yours because you will legit never see it again… #thief #MINE 


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7.  Kiss NY Pro Ireland rose hip infused sheet masks

Delivers soft skin all-year round? Sounds like the answer to our prayers.

They mould perfectly to the skin with a thin gel form that allows for complete absorption of the mask’s maximum benefits that help to maintain vitalising and elasticity.

These highly sought-after masks are available from pharmacies and Dunnes Stores nationwide (€6.95) The Hydrogel range is also available in Penneys (€6.50)


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8. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick 'Bachelorette'

THE life-proof lipstick that will literally keep your lips moisturised and refuses to smudge or wipe off. Long lasting, creamy formula with a matte finish.

It comes in over 50 stunning shades too, and you can eat, drink, make up, break up and mouth-off knowing your lips will be undeniably flawless through it all. 

Image: Kat Von D

9. Morphe Boss Mood Eyeshadow Palette, €26

Just LOOK at all of those unreal colours, you’d never be stuck for a #lewk.

Pure glitter gorgeousness, and at a great price too. Thank us later xoxo

Image: Morphe

Ten: So Sue Me

Dripping Gold Luxury Tanning Mousse: the tan everyone’s talking about at the moment, and for good reason.


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This luxurious tan will have you looking bronzed and holiday-ready all day every day.

Prices come in at an affordable €21.95, and comes in four glamorous tones, as well as offering top of the range tanning mitts.

And so concludes 10 Commandments of Beauty in SHEmazing HQ's Bible, enjoy 'em gals.

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Model and DJ Vogue Williams has had a busy year, with the birth of her first child and her non-stop TV work.

However, the presenter is showing no signs of slowing down, as she took to Instagram to give fans a preview of her upcoming and hotly anticipated tan brand.

She announced five months ago that she is lending her hand to beauty product development, and clearly the venture is progressing.

'I have just gotten the bottle for my new gel tan and how good is this?' she exclaimed, showing her followers the pop-up lid bottle.

'I love the way it opens.' 

The sneak peek is giving us an insight into what Vogue's tan offering will actually look like when it lands on our shelves. 


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The former Fade Street star previously said that while she appreciates that there are many tans on the market, she hasn't quite found one that ticks all the boxes.

'I’ve been working on a product line over the last few months. It's a TAN,' she told her followers. 

'It's still a work in progress… at the moment I am still trialling formulations – testing different consistencies, colours and fragrances (all safe to use while pregnant too btw!)' 

'Launching my own tan is something I have always wanted to do.. there are so many on the market but I have yet to find one that I'm 100% happy with, so why not create my own!'

We can't wait  to see the finished product. 



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.




With over 16 years in the tanning-business James Read has had some extremely high profile clients. We're talking from stunning supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, to household names like Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey, to fabulous singers like Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora. 

So yeah, the man definitely knows what he's doing. While his clientele sounds like a girls night we can only dream about, their tanning routine is very much achievable for us mere mortals. 

Behold the new James Read Tanning Collection. If you're tired of the streaks, the sweating and the waiting around to dry than this new water based collection is for you. Because it's more tan just tan, it's skin care. 

AND it's translucent, so kiss the days of orange, biscuit-y smelling bed sheets goodbye. 


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“It’s all about striped back tanning. We were the first brand incorporate skin care and tanning," Read says chatting to SHEmazing. “It’s a lifestyle tan it’s much more about products that fit with your lifestyle. You can just spray it on and go out instead of waiting around for it to dry. People want quick and easy." 

But just don't take our word for it, the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley swears by Read's H2O Tan Mist. 

“Rosie Huntington-Whitely keeps it in her fridge in LA and takes it out every time she wants a pick-me-up. 

“It hydrates, it moisturises and tans you. The great thing is you can pop it in a bag, you can do it on a flight, anywhere, like Rosie does." 

Jetting to LA to be central to Oscar red carpet prep is just all in a day's work for Read. To say he's causal about holding some of the world's most seen tans in his hands is an understatement. 


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“It’s always nice to get a message saying ‘oh so-and-so uses it’ the products.

“I worked with a lot of celebrities in the beginning and it’s so nice to see them grow up. You kind of grow up with people you work with, it’s like anything really. 

“It’s so nice to meet them again and have a catch up.”

Working with all these big names he must have some funny stories? 

"I've had quite a few, dear," he laughs. "But none I can say on tape." 

Thanks to Read's innovative influence, we can most definitely be expecting a boom in water-based tans in the coming year. 

“I’ll read something and  I’ll research things. I’ll look at what’s happening in Korea and China in the world of skin and what’s big in the world of beauty and turn that into tanning.  I try to step outside the box."

It's all about the natural glow. 

“It’s more about someone complimenting your skin than having an overly dark tan," he explains. "It's all about au natural" 

It's not just the world of tanning that Read is noticing a change in, but in the beauty industry as a whole. 


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“The way women want to be seen is changing as well. Tanning is for everyone, beauty is for everyone, it doesn't matter who you are or what shape for size or colour you are with the proper beauty products everyone can look good.

"I think it’s that confidence I think people are much more about confidence and how they look and feel something now. That inner confidence. If you look good on the outside you feel good on the inside."

Keep going to read Read's step-by-step guide to going from tan virgin to golden goddess. 

Starting out: 

“Go for a gradual tan such as the H20 Tan Mist for the face because you just want it to control it so you just have a little bit of coverage.

"The Sleep Mask is perfect for tan virgins. It's super eay to use, just put it on before you go to bed and it works overnight. If you want it darker than just do it again the next night. 

“Wash off tan is also good for beginners. You can get a perception of how the tan works. You put it on have a little look, see if it looks good and wash it off once you’re happy.

"Take the Coconut Water Tan Mist; you just mist it onto the skin. It doesn't transfer onto your clothes or on your bedding. It dries instantly and you get the most beautiful colour, it just fits naturally with your skin tone.

“The great thing about this coconut spray is that anyone can use it. It fades like a normal and it lasts for ages, like seven to eight days."

Colour control: 

"Overtanning is the worst mistake you can make. Putting too much tan on.

"Also hands and feet. People always put product direct on those areas and it goes too dark. With a tanning mitt put the leftover product from the arms onto the hands and the leftover product from the legs onto the feet and ankles. Keep it quiet natural.

"Avoid washing your hands afterwards as well and with the top lip a good trick is always drink with a straw after you’ve tanned so you don’t get that white topped lip.

"If the tan gets too dark go into a steam room in a gym and it reduces how dark the tan is."

Hard to reach bits: 

"Good tip if you’re doing the back it is to get a wooden spoon and elastic band and tie the tanning glove with the elastic band. Or a mini-paint roller."


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For the photo-finish: 

“If you’ve just got your tan done say for a wedding and you’re not quite sure how dark you want to go take a tan selfie with the flash on and that will then let you see how dark your tan is for real so it gives you more of a perception of how your tan is."

Prepping for the pros: 

“Always exfoliate 24 hours before a spray-tan. And always make sure you’ve left your skin for like three to four days before you tan. You want your skin to be fresh like a canvas. You don’t want to keep building up your tan. Don't go for another tan three or four days later when you still hae the other tan on.

"Always exfoliate three to four days after you tan and moisturise daily to make the tan last longer let it fade evenly. Finally, always make sure you have no oil on the skin before you get a spray tan." 

Check out the James Read Tan Collection at Brown Thomas or online. 



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.



It's no secret that us Irish girls have a bit of an obsession with fake tan. 

Our fair pale complexions weren't exactly designed for direct sun-light, and well, we'd rather get our glow from a bottle than risk damaging our skin.

However, it comes with a lot of questions – from making it last longer to the dreaded patchy spots – the application of fake tan is truly an art form in itself. 

But never fear, because we spoke a CatwalkHQ Self Tan expert some of the most common queries so you can prep yourself for the season ahead. 

What is the best way to prep our skin before applying fake tan? 

"Make sure to start your prep at least a day, if not two days before you want to apply tan. Exfoliate skin to remove any previous tan and to get rid of any dead skin cells to leave a smooth base for the tan to apply to.

"Following this, make sure to hydrate your skin by applying a moisturiser, preferably oil free as this won’t leave any residue that will affect the tan application. Do this in the days leading up to your tanning day."

What steps can we take to make our tan last longer? 

"As mentioned prepping your skin is key, so a good foundation will automatically help this. In the days prior to applying your tan make sure to keep skin hydrated. This will also help avoid that dreaded patchy effect!"

How to remove tan without it going patchy? 

"By moisturising the skin to help prolong the tans wear, this will also have the added effect of allowing it to wear more evenly."

How does shaving affect tan?

"Shaving right before tanning isn’t a great idea as it will leave the pores open and attracts the tan to them.

"Similarly, shaving after isn’t ideal either as it wears the tan more quickly.

"For optimal results shave or wax at least 24 hours prior  to tanning and this will allow time for pores to close. If you are in a rush however and do need to shave and tan within close proximity to one another try running cold water over the shaved areas to help close the pores a little."

Is it safe to put tan on your face?

"Generally yes, certain tans will have ingredients that won’t agree with your skin so try and find one with more natural products. 

"When applying tan, don’t apply it directly to the face. Pump a small amount out onto your mitt and mix with a moisturiser, then using a buffing brush work it onto your face, avoiding the eye area."

Missed a spot? What's the best quick fix? 

"Similar to how you apply tan to your face, pump out a small amount of tan onto a mitt and mix with moisturiser and buff onto the missed area. The moisturiser mixed with the tan will make the colour less harsh and will allow it to blend seamlessly."

With summer fast approaching, how will the chlorine in pools affect our tan? 

"The more contact your body has with water – be it showering, the pool, or the sea – the quicker your tan will fade. Some tans fade a lot more evenly than others.

"Some tips to help avoid patchy tan would be to pat yourself dry as opposed to wiping motions. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise and use an SPF that sprays onto the skin as opposed to a lotion."

Any other tips or advice? 

"When tanning hands and feet make sure to use the same technique as the face. This will give a far more natural look to them. Don’t forget to get in between those fingers and toes too. Tan also doesn't generally have SPF in it is, make sure not to forget it!"


The Met Gala is one of fashion's biggest nights out, with the guest list hand curated by Anna Wintour herself. 

The celebs come out in force, adhering to the theme of the evening and oozing amped up glamour. 

There are always style hits and misses, but this year it was a beauty fluff-up that had everyone talking. 

Selena Gomez stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet in a stunning layered Coach gown, complete with lace accents. 

However, it was her orange, sticky-looking tan that caught the internet's attention.  

Selena looked a little bit too tangoed for her spray tan to be un-clockable, but hey, we've all bee on the receiving end of a liberally laden tanning mitt, haven't we?

Here's what Twitter had to say, and it wasn't pretty: