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!


“Ready To POP” Baby Shower

Last weekend was baby shower time as my first niece’s arrival is quickly approaching :) I decided to go with the fun “Ready To POP” theme and it ended up being a huge success!

Everyone seemed to love the tissue paper poms, which are so easy, but I think I’ll do a tutorial anyways. It’s really just a fan fold of stacked tissue paper, a twist tie in the middle and pulling each piece out separately. The cake pops were an adventure to say the least haha! My Mom bought me a cake pop maker for Christmas and we were very smart to do a test run 2 weeks ago which I highly recommend! It was so worth it to get a rhythm down and work out the kinks before it’s the night before the party, and for a non-professional, I feel like they turned out pretty great!

We wanted to continue with the POP theme and make some homemade candied popcorn! I found a recipe that uses sweetened condensed milk and JELL-O and we used that for the raspberry and peach. The white chocolate is a separate recipe which I will do a tutorial on, it’s one of those that you just can’t stop eating… so yummy! I also set up a headband making station for guest to create their own headband for Baby Girl to wear :). I bought all the different plain headbands from Hobby Lobby but most of the flowers were made from felt, printed fabric, or out of old t-shirts. I also bought a couple flowers from craft stores and I found that hair flowers/bows from Forever 21 worked great also! They’re only $2.50 for a 2 pack!

The whole shower turned out to be a hit! If you’re planning one, you should try the “Ready To POP” theme, everyone thought it was so fun! As you can see, I’m just a little excited to be an Aunt for the first time. I kept  finding the cutest “Auntie” onesies that I could’t resist! My favorite was from Target it says, “Auntie and Ice Cream… My favorite combo”

I need to throw another shower in March for niece #2 who’s on the way! If you have other ideas for cute baby girl themes let me know on twitter!

XO – Chelsea

Mini Champagne Cupcakes

It’s time for New Years celebrations and nothing says New Years Eve like champagne! I’m not playing hostess this year but I’m making these champagne cupcake treats to take along and share. I’ve made these cupcakes regular size before but I thought the minis would be more party-appropriate plus I’ll get much more out of one batter.

TIP: I’m baking mine tonight, on New Years Eve Eve because the longer they sit, the more the champagne flavor comes out! So if you can, bake them the night before or early the morning of. :)

The recipe, shout out to my baking buddy Miss Betty Crocker ;), isn’t too different than the standard cake batter box directions. You’re just subbing the water for champagne!

Champagne Cupcakes
1 white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 1/4 cups champagne

Champagne Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/4 champagne
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

You know the rest; mix together batter and pour into (preferably cute and festive) mini cupcake liners. I didn’t have time to find cute ones so I guess these plain white liners will be good enough :/.

Bake at directed temperature but I checked mine after half of the recommended time and just pulled them when my toothpick came out clean.

Top with your champagne frosting and some sparkle for garnish!
Let me know how they turn out and how much your party guests loved them ;)

Have a safe & Happy New Year!
xo – Chelsea @chelsrose

Rudolph Cookies

As I’m sure it is in most homes, it’s a tradition every year since I was a little girl to cut and decorate cookies from “Grandma’s Sugar Cookie” recipe! I wanted to share my family recipe incase you don’t already have a good one so you can go on to start a holiday tradition with your friends or family!

I made some last night and I tried a new take on the gingerbread man cutout this year and made adorable little Rudolphs! These are so fun and easy to make, especially with the little ones! :) I waited until they cooled completely so my icing wouldn’t melt, and flipped my gingerbread man upside down. Then I drew on antlers, ears, the mouth and eyes! I squeezed a dot of icing to adhere Rudolph’s red hot nose… I wanted to use red hots instead of red icing so his nose would be bright and shiny!  :) (yes, I am 21 years old) Ha ha! You can use black icing dye for the eyes but I didn’t have any so I used mini chocolate chips instead and they worked great!

How adorable are these?!

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

What you’ll need:

2/3 cup Crisco

1 cup Sugar

2 cups Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Egg

2 tbls Milk

1 tsp Vanilla

First, cream together crisco and sugar. Sift together all of your other dry ingredients in a separate bowl to add later. Add your egg, milk and vanilla to your crisco-sugar mixture. Then add the dry ingredient mixture. Chill in the refrigerator before you roll them out to cut. Then get creative!

Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes.


Tweet me photos of your sugar cookies :)

Happy Baking!

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.


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!

Cupcakes To Dye For

A few weeks ago, I made these pretty (and yummy) “tie-dye” cupcakes and everyone was asking how I made them so I baked them again for a tutorial; and I never have a problem with making cupcakes for no reason :)

I came across the idea online and realized how easy these adorable cupcakes are to make! They are perfect for turning heads at a party and you can even customize the colors to match your party theme, team colors or sorority colors!

One: Mix up a white cake batter as directed on the box.

Two: Separate the batter into equal parts, one for each color you plan on using. I wanted to use 5 colors so now I have 5 batters.

Three: Dye your batters! I used Neon colors I found at Walmart and I think they turned out so fun!

Now I have all my colored batters

Four: This is the fun part! You can start spooning in your batters any way you choose. This part takes awhile longer than making normal cupcakes but it’s worth it :)

Continue on making gorgeous cupcakes until you have this

Five: Bake according to boxed directions and when they come out they’ll look like this

Now you know the rest… top with any frosting and take them to your friends to show off your baking skills! :)

Happy Baking!
XO -Chelsea

Here We Go…

First timer here… blog virgin.
Well see how this goes in the mix of a hectic school schedule, prepping for my real estate license exam, and trying to break into the professional world of advertising along with everything else I have going on. October hasn’t even started yet and I think I have plans for about 80% of the month. This will be a project in itself.

But with the holiday season just around the corner it’s about to be craft central in my house. Within the past couple years I’ve opted with making gifts instead of buying them… so ideal with a college girl budget plus it means so much more. And there will obviously be several yummy recipes thrown in the mix with the help of my mom and sisters!

I wanted some outlet to share the amazing ideas that I’ve either come up with myself or have seen online so this blog will consist of mostly DIY craft/decor tutorials and fun recipes to try out. I hope that you guys will enjoy and get some great ideas to try out yourself!

XO- Chelsea