Saturday, 19 May 2012

St Tropez Gradual Tan



We are in spring - believe it or not! Hopefully the rain will stop pouring soon and we will be able to reach for our summer clothes again. So I thought what better time to talk about my favourite self tan.

St Tropez is one of a kind in my eyes. They have a range of different products to suit the kind of tanning that works best for you, whether that be mousse or lotion. I find that so many tans on the high street can make you go streaky and orange which really isn't my desired look but there is one special quality about St Tropez that helps you know you'll be golden brown at the end. For example, the mousse comes out as a goldy-greeny-brown type of colour. This is the key sign to look out for to help make sure you look naturally sun kissed. In many other self tanners, you will get an orangey brown substance which sets you off straight away for David Dickinson look.

Anyways, going back to talking about my favourite product - I love St Tropez Gradual Tan Lotion. As you can see, this lotion is white, but once rubbed in it still gives you a beautiful glow to your skin. With many lotions and moisturisers that contain tan, it seems to take a while for the colour to build up. I get fed up of waiting for it to be honest. Having said that, you don't have that problem with this lotion. The colour, depending on what shade you pick up (mine is light to medium), will build for the four hours after you apply the lotion. You end up with a visible tan from the very first usage. If you want to go a little bit darker then just apply some more the next day, or perhaps buy a shade up.

You never ever get streaks from this lotion from my experience. It is an absolutely perfect option for novices who are worried about doing it wrong first time around. I would recommend that you moisturise the dry areas of your skin like your elbows, knees and ankles, and perhaps exfoliate before using this so you achieve the most even colour that you can. But I do find that this tan can be very forgiving.

Of course it does have that typical self-tan smell of biscuits. There is no way you can avoid that as far as I know, but if you are going to self tan, it comes with the territory. 

This product can be a tad on the expensive side. However in the summer Boots often have an offer where you can pick up 3 for 2 or buy one get one free. I definitely recommend picking them up at this time as the product's use by date is a year later so you can always save them up.

I hope you enjoy St Tropez just as much as I have. But if you have any other recommendations for great tans please leave them in the comments below and I shall give them a go :) 

6 comments:

  1. I used to dable in self tanners when I was in my teens but haven't tried anything else in years, so this was interesting to read! xo

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  2. I got this as a gift a while ago and I've never gotten around to using it. I've heard so many mixed reviews on it. I'm going to try it soon to see what I think. Great Post xxx

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    1. Hope you enjoy it :) Which shade have you got? xxo

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  3. I bought the mousse and the gradual lotion last year and I'm waiting for the weather to get a bit better before using them. I am using the Clarins liquid bronze for my face and I love it, it's so natural, it doesn't go streaky or patchy and it smells lovely, no biscuit smell :-)

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    1. Oooo the Clarins one sounds lovely! may have to check that out :) xxo

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