Q & A :: Sun Labs Sunless Tanning Lotion

Summer-like weather is finally here! Hooray! 

Because everyone is wanting to get a bronzed bod back, I’ve been getting so many questions about my little safe tanning secret, Sun Labs Tanning Lotion. To avoid answering the same questions several times, I just decided to write this Q & A post.

I have been using Sun Labs Instant Tint Lotion for about a year now and anyone who knows me will say I’ve basically been the brand’s spokesperson for the year. Haha! I am constantly recommending it to everyone! It is such a great product, and I have been anti-tanning bed ever since.

I know the color seems scary but you just gotta go for it! :) When you pump it onto your skin, just keep rubbing it in. It will even out.

I never used to like sunless tanning lotions because nothing would ever give me the same color that I would get from a tanning bed. So once I found one that gave me the same color as a bed would, there was no need for them anymore. The color that this product gives you is like a summer tan in mid-July :)

–By the way, I’m not some sunless tanning guru. I just love this product and get questions about it all the time.

What is it?

Sun Labs Sunless Tanning Lotion is an INSTANT TINT! There is no gradual build up which I love because I can’t stand waiting 5 days just to slightly see some color. Gradual lotions are the safe route, but don’t expect to see great results with it. Initially looking at the product is kind of terrifying, I know. But if you want great results, you have to be willing to take the risk :)

Where do I get it?

I always buy from Amazon. I’ve had really good luck with the stores there and shipping is always super fast. When buying from Amazon, or any other store, you really have to take the time to make sure you’re getting the product you’re looking for. SunLabs has several different products. The three most popular are: the exfoliate, the tanning lotion, and the maintainer.

The exfoliate is pretty much the same as any sugar or salt scrub that you probably already have lying around the house from 3 Christmases ago. The purpose of this step is to remove any dead skin so that when the color is applied, it will look as even as possible.

The maintainer is a product that is meant for using between lotion applications to keep the color looking fresh. I’ve found that the gradual tanners are a good replacement for the maintainer. Sometimes I don’t even use a tinted lotion in between applications but it definitely helps your color stick around longer.

I don’t spend the extra money on the exfoliate or the maintainer.

How often do you apply it?

This varies for me, as it will for everyone else. There is no specific time when someone should or shouldn’t apply it. Basically, I apply it when I feel pale. Most of the time that ends up being once every week/week and a half. In the summer, when I’m more likely to be in a pool or lake, I will have to use SunLabs more often like once a week. And sometimes I just use it on my hands or my feet.

How much do you use?

Again, this just depends on preference. I put it on just like I would any lotion. You have to be careful though around areas that tend to be dry (elbows, knees, inside of wrists, etc.) You will learn how to apply it in a way that looks most natural, and even when it doesn’t look perfect, it’s not really that noticeable.

Do you put it on your face?

Yes, I do. However, I apply much less than anywhere else. It doesn’t take much, and remember you can always add more.

Do you use gloves to apply it?

Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I think the color holds longer and just looks better when I don’t use gloves but that obviously leaves a brown mess on my hands. If you have the time to clean your hands off properly (which I’ll get to in a minute), it’s absolutely worth it to not use gloves. Times when I’m in a hurry, I use gloves. It does the job but I feel like the lotion just doesn’t stay as long.

How do you get the color off of your hands?

Don’t knock this method until you try it because as you can see in the photo, this is like magic. After applying SunLabs to my whole body without gloves, my palms look pretty bad. I like the tops of my hands to be tan but no body likes orange palms. The solution is to take a dark washcloth, wet half of it, and on the wet side, place a little bit of hand soap and a little bit of whitening toothpaste. Fold the washcloth so the two mix a bit and begin scrubbing your palms. You can quickly see the lotion coming off of your palms. You may have to add more soap or toothpaste to clean them completely and don’t forget to scrub between your fingers!

Does it wear off blotchy? 

I’ve seen the color wear off in some places before others, but for the most part it fades evenly. I know that it’s time to reapply when I feel pale again :)

Final Thoughts:

  • I know the color in the bottle is scary but you just have to go for it. I can’t say I guarantee you’ll love it because everyone is different but chances are if you love being tan, you’ll love this product. If you’re really scared of the color, just try it on your legs first.
  • Keep in mind that the color continues to darken for about 4 hours.
  • I normally buy DARK. The last time I ordered, I guess I accidentally got MEDIUM (shown in photo).
  • Also, props to the brand for sending product to a bunch of YouTube beauty gurus for review. Great way to get your product recognized.

I hope this helps answer some of your questions/concerns. If I forgot anything let me know in the comments below.

Happy safe tanning!

Chelsea

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Ultra-Girly Pacifier Clips

Niece #1 is here and could not be more gorgeous! I’m just a little obsessed with her :). So now we await baby girl #2 in the family, Miss Lola Belle who’s momma has already given her an ultra-girly style with her name, nursery and tutus ;). I came across these pacifier clips online and they could not be more perfect for Lola!

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I am, by no means, a seamstress. My head was spinning as my patient Mom walked me through the steps of using the sewing machine over and over. My main concern with this project was being able to find the girly material. But my beloved, Hobby Lobby never fails to pull through for me! :)

These “Sugar & Spice-esque” clips were all pretty easy to do. You can see that the two rose clips have pink bias tape on the backside for support, and to secure the velcro. I had to hand stitch the tape on because if I would have used the machine, I would’ve smashed the roses. –I recommend using the machine to sew on your velcro though, because it’s very difficult to get the needle through it.– The white and pink ruffled one is actually 2 separate ribbons. I just hot glued the pink/pearls to the white ruffles.

The floral beaded one is more just for show rather than practicality. I know that beads and babies don’t exactly mix safely but it will still be adorable for display in her room if she doesn’t want to use it :). That one was tricky to attach to the tulle. I had to thread through beads on the end and then sewed that onto the tulle. The all tulle one was the easiest: I just got hot pink thread so there would be a good contrast with the tulle.

The rest is pretty self-explanatory: the tops are just threaded through the clip and sewn down, and the bottoms have the velcro for pacifier holding. I know I didn’t take pictures for each step so if there are any questions, just comment or you can ask me on Twitter.

I hope this inspires some uniquely-adorable-pacifier-clip-making!

XO – Chelsea (A very happy Auntie) @chelsrose

Homemade Doggie Treats:: Frosty Paws

I wanted to share this oh-so-easy recipe for homemade dog treats that my boys just go crazy for! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like the typical dog biscuit treat would get old fast. (Not like they don’t get my scraps almost every night after dinner :p)

Most dog treat recipes call for odd ingredients, like dry milk, that you typically would have to go out and get. That’s one thing I love about these treats — the ingredients are ones that I usually have in my house all the time!

1 banana

2 tbls creamy peanut butter

2 tbls honey

2 or 3 6oz. yogurt cups — this is where you can get creative. I usually use vanilla but one time, all I had was strawberry and mixed berry so I made them with that and they loved those as well!

Blend ingredients together in a bowl, and I like to use a melon baller to scoop them into a mini cupcake pan. (If you don’t have a mini cupcake pan then you could use ice cube trays.) Then freeze overnight, pop out with a knife and store them in the freezer! I usually bag about 5-6 treats per baggie. Brody comes running when he hears the freezer and a zip-lock baggie opening!

PS. Don’t forget to let your furry one lick the beaters ;)

I’m going to be making more treats this week for Alf’s birthday on Friday so stay tuned and follow me on Twitter (@chelsrose) for new posts!

XO – Chelsea

UPDATE: I just wanted to add a quick note. Alf, my Bull Terrier, loves these but for some reason he didn’t like chewing them (I guess because they’re cold?). As a result, he kept choking on them and coughing them back up lol. (I know it’s really not funny that he chokes but he’s fine). All my other dogs, Brody (shown above) and my brothers labradoodles eat them just fine. Anyways, just make sure you watch your dog eat them for the first time to be certain they can eat them safely. Alf is weird ;)

“52 Things” — Auntie Version

I just wanted to share with you all one of the gifts I received this Christmas from my soon-to-be first niece! ;)

(She will be here in February… the wait is almost over!)

My sister-in-law thought of an adorable spin on the 52 Reasons Why I Love You craft: 52 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Aunt Chelsea”.

This is a great gift to give if you are pregnant or if you’re not the prego one, you could even give this gift at a baby shower and title it “52 Things To Do With Baby” for the parents to have. They sky is the limit here… it will work with any way you want to spin it.

She used a Breast Cancer Awareness deck of cards which was the perfect touch when it’s from a baby girl. :)

So here’s how it turned out and some of my favorites!

Hope this inspires more ways to use this craft that’s always a hit!

Send me photos of yours – @chelsrose

xo – Chelsea

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Hey you procrastinators! (I’m also looking in the mirror when I say that because I JUST finished my gifting… and I still need to wrap) Just because you only have a few days left doesn’t mean you can’t craft a personalized gift! So here’s a few of the crafts I made this year, some are more time consuming than others so you can decide what you have time for :)

I found this gorgeous DIY decor piece from Delightfully Noted, great blog full of adorable decor tutorials! I thought this project would be a breeze but I ran into a few, frustrated, speed bumps. Lucky for you, I’ve just made all the possible mistakes so I can tell you what NOT to do and how to do it RIGHT! Don’t let that scare you away from doing this project though, I think the end result is well worth it!

I started by going to Hobby Lobby to buy the “W” initial and a black frame that was bigger than or the same size as the width of the letter. Then I found backsplash tiles at a local hardware store but you can find these at Lowes or Home Depot also. I had to get 2 sheets to fill my 12×18 frame. I used black spray paint for the letter and a dark brown for the smaller letters/numbers. I’m not sure if it’s just my location… but it took me FOREVER to find those smaller wooden letters. –I feel like every craft store’s small letters are so childish looking :/– Anyways… I found them at Michael’s so go there and avoid searching store to store like me :).

Here is my MOST IMPORTANT TIP: After you take the glass out of the frame, measure a piece of white card stock or cardboard and cut to fit in the frame. (Use white so it blends in with the tile netting) Put it back together with the cardboard and frame backing, that way you can adhere the tiles from the front. Does that make sense? I tried to place the tiles into the frame after I attached them to the cardboard (like you would place a photo) and it was extremely difficult to get them in place and attach the backing. How you adhere the tiles is your call… Jennifer from Delightfully Noted said she used hot glue but I thought my tiles were too heavy for hot glue to hold. I used a ceramic bond but it wasn’t clear so I wasn’t too happy with how that looked. In hindsight I think I should’ve used liquid nails or something.

Finishing is the easy part, hot glue your spray painted letters to the tiles and to add a little extra embellishment I added a little flower. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I’m so excited to give my sister-in-law this gift!

Looking for a faster gift?

Love Map –

Always a favorite to give to parents, grandparents, or married friends and so quick and easy! I bought a map at Wal Mart and used a stencil to cut out the hearts. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby and used some extra matte I had from past projects. For the words I just printed them from Word, adhere and wa-la! Personal, thoughtful, one of a kind decor for your giftee!

Frame – $10, Map – $6

 

Twine Wrapped Letter –

Joann’s has great letters of all sizes to choose from and you can find twine at any craft store or Wal Mart. The actual wrapping part does take awhile but it’s something you can easily do while watching a Christmas movie :) I secured my twine every few wraps with hot glue. To add extra embellishment at the end, I just tied a ribbon bow and used that for the hangar as well! Boom! Another gift, done!

Letter – $3, Twine – $4, Ribbon – $3

Neutral Wreath –

A wreath is always a safe gift (for a woman) because she can always use it. I decided to make a season neutral wreath so she can use it off and on throughout the year. This is a one stop shop-gift. I bought the wreath, ribbon and flowers all at Hobby Lobby. All it takes is a little hot glue and ribbon tying and you got a great gift! The options are endless when it comes to ribbons, flowers, or other decorative garland!

Wreath – $4, Flowers – $12, Ribbon – $3

Alright procrastinators, I hope this helped! Good luck with your last minute gifting and let me know what you put together!

XO – Chelsea @chelsrose

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

You’ll have nothing to “wine” about after seeing these one-of-a-kind Wine Bottle Tiki Torches! This is a unique gift idea that’s a guaranteed hit… like the kind that makes guests say, “Where did you get that?!”

I made these last week for my Sister-in-Law’s birthday and it was a huge hit!

I found this link on (you guessed it), Pintrest :) and the original tutorial, as well as the photo above, came from Gerardot & Co., a strategy and design firm. Be sure to check them out!

This project is a MUST for anyone who enjoys entertaining friends on the back patio/porch. It’s so easy, and relatively cheap especially for the finished product you get!

Now don’t be deceived by the hardware… I am the LAST person you would find hanging out in a Home Depot, and I found all the materials very easily (with the help of the Home Depot guys of course!)

Here is your supply list. This is for 1 torch so if you want to make more, just multiply by however many you’re making:

1. An empty wine bottle. Make sure it is glass, and the neck is 1 inch in diameter.

2. Teflon Tape

3. Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

4. 1″ Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

5. 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper Coupling

6. 1/2″ Copper Cap

7. 2 Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws

9. Replacement Tiki Wick

10. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (Gerardot & Co. said he bought a 3 ft rod and cut it down, so that’s what I did too. Mine were being mounted to a deck railing so I had to measure the overhang and I cut it to fit that.)

11. Tiki Fuel

So here’s how I managed to do this:

First, I wanted to get the labels off my wine bottles so I soaked them in hot soapy water.

I was giving these as gifts so I couldn’t exactly start with mounting… So I just put them together as much as I could and the rest would have to be taken care of by my brother (or the giftee)

I started by wrapping the larger end of the couplings in teflon tape.

Basically just keep wrapping until it will fit snuggly into the top of the bottle without falling down into it. After it has enough tape wrapped around it, you can thread the wick through so it sticks out about 1/4 inch.

And here’s a photo of why you have the copper cap… Just to have as a top while the torches aren’t being used.

The next thing I did was put the hardware together. If I can do it, you can do it!

Here’s a guide to Hardware For Dummies :p

After you have most of your hardware put together, place the neck of your bottle into the split ring. Hold up the other half of the split ring, and tighten the screws. (A craftsman’s tip was to tighten each screw a little at a time to avoid one side being tighter than the other.)

If you’re giving these as a gift, that’s the most you can do. You wouldn’t want to fill the bottles with torch fuel and put them in a gift bag :O haha!
I just put them in a bag as is and brought the torch fuel to give them after they opened the torches.

So if you’re still with me, you’re done! It wasn’t that bad right?

Oh and if you’re making these for yourself and mounting them, I will send you to Gerardot & Co. because they have good tips on mounting.

Thanks for tolerating my girl-talk about hardware haha :)

Let me know what kind of reactions you get from giftees or guests when they see these one-of-a-kind, made-with-love tiki torches!

XO – Chelsea – @chelsrose

PS. Christmas is just around the corner AND I will be an Auntie TWICE within 4 months next year so be ready! I’ll be slingin’ CreativeLittleBird posts like there’s no tomorrow! ;)

Safety Note: This project is intended for outdoor use only. Never leave torches unattended and use the same caution and common sense you would with any open flame. Each user should assume responsibility for deciding appropriate uses, storage or shipping of items. Chelsea Williams disclaims any liability for damage or injury which may result in the final product of the above instructions.

Best Boyfriend Gift Award

Am I the only one who thinks boyfriend presents are some of the most difficult to find?

Especially an Anniversary gift because boys are hardly as entertained as we are with mushy-I-Love-You type gifts.

But it’s time to thank the Girlfriend Goddesses… I’ve found the best boyfriend-gift ever (thanks to my recent obsession with Pintrest).

Not only is it extremely heart-felt, it is wonderful for a college girl budget! :)

52 Reasons Why I Love You.

Sound cheesy? Yes, I know. But when it’s been 3 years, I’m not too worried about being embarrassed.

I’ve seen a few different examples online that were pretty generic (“You have a great smile”, “You care about my feelings”) blah, blah, blah.

I decided that I really wanted mine to be personal using specific memories that have brought us closer over the past 3 years. I thought it would take awhile to accumulate my list but it was shockingly easy (we’ve been through a lot).

I think he would agree, this was one of the best gifts I’ve given him :) It’s also a great keepsake to display in our home that we can always look at and think about special memories from our first 3 years together.

Okay, I’ve talked too much about love… Let’s make it.

Materials:

A deck of cards (I assume most people have this lying around the house which means… FREE!)

Hole punch

2 binder rings… You could also use yarn or ribbon

Computer paper… I printed mine out but you could hand write them too

Scrapbook supplies for cover decoration

The rest is pretty self explanatory…

Make a list of 52 reasons why you love your significant other,

Print or write them out on small pieces of paper,

use scrapbook tape to adhere paper to cards.

It’s really important that all the holes match up, so you can take a ruler and make small dots on each card so that you know where to punch.

After each of your cards has a “reason” on it, make a cover.

I went to Hobby Lobby and got 3 pieces of card stock, and 4 sheets of stickers for $4! DEALS!

And that’s it!

Easiest, cheapest, most meaningful gift you can give your man :)

Here are just some of mine to help you think outside the box:

Haha he hates the fluffy one but he knows I won’t stay over if he steals my flat pillow :)

There’s a reason why I have a pink fishing pole and actually notice what kind of cars are around me

Haha! Oh those darn company holiday parties.

True story!

I hope these inspire some great ideas! It’s really fun to think back even to early memories, he’ll be surprised when he reads them!

Send me pictures of yours and let me know how he reacts!

XO  Chelsea – @chelsrose

Autumn Mumkins


‘Tis the season for harvest themed decor!
And who doesn’t love cheap and easy decor that looks fabulous?!
Two of my “mum’s” favorites are pumpkins and fall mums so we decided to combine them both.
This project is so eye catching and festive, guests would never think how quick and super easy this is!

“Mum” and I got 3 good size pumpkins for $2.50 each at Aldis

(we always love a great deal!)
You only need one pumpkin for one “Mumkin” but we wanted to have 3.

Start by cutting the top off of your pumpkin(s) just like you would if you were carving.

I started with a smaller hole because we wanted to make sure there wouldn’t be space between the mums and the pumpkin. I did, however have to end up cutting more to make the opening wider.

 After discarding the top, we originally planned on scraping out the insides of the pumpkins but we decided that it would be  good padding for the dirt to rest on so we left it in there.

This is the part where you might have to cut a bigger space in the top.

When we took the mum out of the container, it was bigger than we thought so we cut more and it fit perfectly. Be sure to have newspapers or something laid out because, as you can see, it got a little messy :)

Be sure to smash it down really good so the dirt is packed tight and so there are no spaces between the pumpkin opening and the mums.

This part is optional, but we thought the ribbon added the perfect touch. I mean, we’re girls, what do you expect? :)

And here is the final product… I’m obsessed! So festive and unique!