Cocoa Brown Sunless Tanner Launches in the US

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A new sunless tanner has jumped the pond from the UK and is now available in the US. And you will be glad its available here, this is a truly great tanning product and an unbelievable price.

I was sent a sample of their 1 hour tan mousse a product that yields a golden bronze color in as little as an hour! The tanning mousse is  light and airy like shaving cream but creamy like whipped cream. It was super easy to apply and blended incredibly well. I loved the texture of this mousse it was one of the easiest I have ever applied and I have used a lot of sunless tanners.

cocoa brown mousse

I applied the tanning mousse with the mitt, it kept my hand from getting overly tanned and spread the mousse like buttah. I love how quickly the mousse dried, and it didn’t leave and sticky residue on my skin. And one of the best features it smells fantastic very tropical and no hint of the dreaded sunless tanner scent.

cocoa brown swatch

I wasn’t sure how dark the 3 hour curing time would leave me so I rinsed off the tanner just after the 2 hour mark. I put a little piece of tape on the inside of my arm before applying the tanner and was shocked how bronzed my skin was after just two hours. And it leaves a really beautiful bronze color, very natural. As the day continued the bronze color increased leaving me with the perfect golden color. I love how fast this product worked and now 5 days later I still have a golden bronze and the color is fading as naturally as a real tan.

Having using every type, brand and price point out there of sunless tanners I can tell you this is hands down one of my favorites. It works quickly and creates a natural bronze color, all while smelling amazing. And I love that the price won’t break your budget. I will be stocking up to keep a beautiful healthy golden glow all summer.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 HOUR TAN MOUSSE $13.99
Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 HOUR TAN MOUSSE has gained cult beauty status since its launch in 2012, rocking the tanning market by receiving nothing but hundreds of rave reviews and winning multiple industry awards.

  • WINNER RSVP Magazine Beauty Awards 2013 – ‘Best Tan For Body’
  • WINNER IMAGE Magazine Beauty Awards 2014 – ‘Best Tanning Innovation’
  • WINNER RSVP Magazine Beauty Awards 2014 – ‘Best Tan For Body’

Colour Varies between light and dark depending on how long you leave the tan on before showering.

1 HOUR = Light Glow

2 HOURS= Medium Glow

3 HOURS= Dark Glow

1 HOUR TAN MOUSSE is now available in DARK.

Apply tan and wait between 1 and 3 hours. Once you wash it off the resulting tan will last up to 5 days.

– Accelerating ingredients mean that this revolutionary, speedy self-tan develops into a rich Cocoa Brown colour in just 1 HOUR.
– Once rinsed off, your tan will last for between 5 and 7 days.
– Signature Tahitian Gardenia scent-NO fake tan pong!
– Moisturising and kind enough to be used on both face and body.
– Easy to apply mousse, fast-drying, non-stick and fades evenly.
– Vegetable derived DHA and No Parabens = kind to sensitive skin.
– As always Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter tan is brown, not orange.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter is now available in RickysNYC and online at


Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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New! Coola Sunscreen partners with Tommy Bahama


I have been a fan of Coola Sunscreen since my first introduction to the line. Coola has lots of new great products for summer including a line created with Tommy Bahama.  I was able to check out the new Tommy Bahama Day at the Beach and its amazing.

The super light mist makes it really easy to apply and I love how quickly it absorbs. The Day at the Beach scents is a mixture of almond, coconut and orange…pure bliss! My daughter had a softball double header this weekend and we were out in the sun and 85 degree temps for over 4 hours. I used this on my kids and myself. And not a single hint of burn on any of us, and we are very fair. My kids love the smell so much they didn’t mind when I applied it or reapplied later in the day.

A great sunscreen that works well and smells fantastic. You need one of these in your beach bag this summer!

cool day at the beach

TOMMY BAHAMA Day At The Beach Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 $15.99
The beach is calling. As you plan your escape, protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with this broad spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray with 40 minutes of water resistance. Tommy Bahama Sunscreens incorporate the “Perfect 10 Blend”, a cocktail of natural ingredients, and a non-aerosol, environmentally design that can be applied at any angle. Spend your Day at the Beach with notes of almond, coconut, and bergamot.


The Tommy Bahama Coola line is available at and



Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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New! Shu Uemura Art of Hair Innovation in Oil Technology

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She Uemura makes excellent hair products, I am still hooked  on their Color Lustre line. I’m excited to try out the new Cleansing Hair Oil. My hair tends to get dry in the summer with all the time in the sun and water. Oil seems like a different choice for cleansing and so wild it probably works.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair  NEW Cleansing Oil Shampoo for Dry Scalp & Hair!
An expansion of the brand’s iconic Art of Oils franchise, this product contains precious Neroli Essential Oil that deeply purifies and soothes the scalp and hair while providing the perfect dose of moisture. By respecting the delicate balance of the scalp, smooth and shiny healthy hair is revealed.

The Five Biggest Misconceptions About Hair Oils:

  • HAIR OILS ARE HEAVY. – Unlike some oil products that sit on top of the hair, products with Camellia Oil rapidly absorb thanks to a high concentration of lipids and minerals that work to protect and hydrate the hair.
  • HAIR OIL WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR LOOK GREASY. – With the correct application technique and amount of product, hair will appear healthy and shiny – NOT greasy. Only a pea-sized amount of oil should be used on mid–lengths to ends, NEVER roots.
  • OIL SHOULDN’T BE USED ON SECOND DAY HAIR. – Oils are a great way to revive second day hair by working to smooth frizz, hydrate dry ends, banish second day dullness and refreshing shine with an added hint of fragrance.
  • OIL SHOULD ONLY BE APPLIED TO WET HAIR. – In addition to being a great styling aid, oils can be applied to dry hair to add shine, time frizz and flyways, and also as a great pre-shampoo treatment for extra conditioning when applied to dry hair before washing. For extra nourishment, apply to dry hair at night from mid-lengths to ends. Leave on overnight and wash normally in the morning.
  • ALL HAIR OILS ARE THE SAME. – From argan to almond to coconut and Camellia, hair oils each offer unique benefits and nutrients. Choose an oil that is easily absorbed so it doesn’t weigh hair down or leave it looking greasy.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo for Dry Scalp & Hair retails for $57 and is available for purchase at Shu Uemura Art of Hair Consultant Salons and online at

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color

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Sally Hansen has upped the at home gel polish game. Now you can get a great at home gel polish manicure without and special lights or curing with the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color line. With 48 shades you are sure to find a few you love. And the polish is easy to use just two coats of the Miracle Gel Color then apply one coat of Miracle Gel topcoat and let natural light do the curing for you.

First thing I noticed with this polish were the brushes. I likes the wide flat shape, made application much easier and much less messy which is great because I usually end up painting my whole finger.  I found the coats of gel color dried fairly fast and I was able to move on to the gel topcoat. My nails notoriously slough any polish within 24 hours. I even had problems with salon gel manicures chipping in the first day. I applied this on Friday morning and it last me through the weekend. I didn’t get a week or two of color but I did get several days which is much better than usual for me. And as my nails chip easily I am guessing this would last a week or more for most users. I worried how hard it would be to take off but it came off just like regular polish, no soaking or scrubbing needed.

I will definitely be grabbing more colors I think this polish would work great for a pedicure. And on top of the fact it gives me a few more days wear, I love how clean and easy it was to apply.

miracle gel swatch

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color $5.99

The ONLY TRUE 2-STEP GEL MANICURE with no light needed. Over 45 shades that wow! And it’s only from Sally Hansen. Leading the revolution in gel technology.

Find your match. Take the quiz to find your shade!

Step 1: Apply 2 coats of Miracle Gel™ Color

Step 2: Apply 1 coat of Miracle Gel™ Top Coat

OMGel! Let natural light do the rest!


Available at your local drugstore or mass retailer, to learn more or purchase online check out


Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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