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Strictly Come Dancing Live: The Tan Diaries

4 Min Read Sunday 12th February 2017

The Final Glow Session

Carly Hobbs, Sienna X Brand Ambassador

Wah! The last Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour tans are all done. My final Sienna X Tanning suite pop up was at the luxe Liverpool Hilton overlooking the beautiful Albert Docks, Liverpool Eye and the glistening River Mersey. Talk about tan tour views.

I kicked off all things glowy with the beautiful Karen Hardy, former Strictly pro, top dance judge and all round tan fan. ‚ÄòI loved what you did last week and had to come back for more,’ she said as she popped in for a 16% mist all over.

Next up I saw dancers Luba and Chloe, who had come straight from a chilled out spa day and were ready to carrying on the beautifying. Both ladies have been dancing their butts off and had suffered a fair few bruises all over their legs thanks to the lifts and hardcore tour schedule. To help blend in these blemishes, I first did a classic once all over mist – 12% for Chloe, 16% for Luba. Then I went in again on the legs only, spraying then pressing gently over the bruised areas with my Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt to give added tan and depth to the affected areas. This will blur the things clients don’t want anyone to see FYI.

The dancer boys popped in next – Kevin, AJ, Jake and Busola – who all loved their tan looks, that were so natural as soon as I’d finished they were happy to pop off to the cinema and for tapas – all very good day off treats, right? Charlie, one of the pro dancers, was also off out for tea, but she popped in for a 16% all over first of course.

It was a soft, gentle glow on order for the beautiful Louise Redknapp, who had a light spritz of 12% from top to toe. ‚ÄòI can’t believe the shows are nearly over,’ she told me. ‚ÄòI’m looking forward to getting back to my boys though.’ Earlier that day she took the Strictly ladies off to infamous Cricket aka the ultimate fashion shop in Liverpool run by one of her friends. I was a bit jealous as I tanned late into the night to fit around everyone’s schedules so all the shops were shut by the time I folded up my tan tent at 11pm!

It was worth it though, as just before pack up, my number one Strictly Tan Fan, Danny Mac came for one last visit and full on glow. ‚ÄòIt’ been amazing,’ he said. ‚ÄòI’m going to miss tanning.’ Although I don’t think this will be his last Sienna X tan with me, I always make sure my clients, Strictly or otherwise know how to get hold of me when the need for a tan pops up. Danny’s fianc√©, Carley Stenson, formerly Steph Dean in Hollyoaks, is also a Sienna X fan, she came to my hotel room suite for a tan as well – you know me always happy to accommodate!

Shout out to my top tanning assistant Emma Williamson from Polish’d for helping out and keeping me company in our fancy pants Sienna X Suite.

And as it was the last tans of the tour I made sure each and every dancer and celeb left with their own bottle of Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub, to ensure post shows they could buff away to their heart’s content – important with twice weekly tans over a short month period. They loved their mini gifts nearly as much as their Sienna X Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour tans.

Right and that’s a wrap! Well for Strictly anyway, keep your eyes on the dancefloor in Liverpool and London this week to admire my handy work and the award winning Sienna X Official social media feeds and Facebook page for all my behind the scenes antics, top tips and more!

Keep tanning…

Carly x

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