A teenage mum claims she was housebound for a week after a fake tan fail left her looking 'like she'd bathed in chocolate spread'.
Mum-of-one Alicia Bettsworth slapped on three layers of St Moriz's ultra-dark fake tan all over her body and face earlier this month but then accidentally fell asleep.
The 18-year-old woke up early the following morning and discovered what had happened she started flicking through Snapchat filters.
When the horrified teenager put the light on to get a closer look, her 14-week-old daughter Dolly looked up at her and was so shocked she burst into tears.
"When I woke up the next day and saw what colour I was I thought 'what the hell have I done?',” Alicia said.
"Once I got over the shock I started laughing and thought it was hilarious. I looked like I'd bathed in Nutella.
"It's such a 'me' thing to do – I didn't mean to fall asleep. I jumped in the shower and tried getting it off using body scrub but it wouldn't budge.
After realising her beauty blunder Alicia took a quick snap and sent it to her friends who thought it was hilarious.
"My friends were ringing me in tears laughing – especially after an incident the week before where I left wax on too long and burned my girl bits really badly,” she said.
"They were all calling me a kebab after that incident.”
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Mortified Alicia had to leave the house that morning to buy Dolly baby milk from the supermarket and claims she was stared at throughout the “embarrassing” 20-minute bus journey.
"Even the cashier asked me what happened. I just laughed as I didn't know what to say."
After braving the outside world for little Dolly, Alicia stayed at home for an entire week waiting for the tan to wear off.
"I just stayed indoors and hid from the world. I tried to get it off in the shower it wouldn't go any lighter.
"It was only a week later that I got a really nice tan from it, but in the meantime I just didn't go out.
"I had to cancel going out for lunch with my friends and couldn't go to the baby group I usually go to with Dolly as I couldn't face meeting the other mums.
Despite this, Alicia hasn’t been put off fake tan in the future, and she’ll be more careful next time!
"It hasn't put me off fake tanning in the future, it was completely my fault.
- With reporting by Caters News