My ancestry on my Mom's side is partially Irish. On my dad's side, I'm not sure of the specifics but based on our last name there must be some Scandinavian heritage in there. That is what I blame my fair skin and inability to get a natural tan on. I don't say blame in a derogatory way, but I sure do wish the Italian blood in me could have been a little stronger so I could have that beautiful tan, olive skin! Or maybe I'm just too American and overexposed to magazines and supermodels and Real Housewives of wherever to appreciate my light complexion. (However, I can't really complain that I regularly use SPF to avoid burning my skin, and in doing so will hopefully prevent skin cancer!) Personally I just feel like I look a little better, a little healthier with a touch of a tan. So to get it, I turn to self tanners.
Self Tanning Lotions:
I feel like I have probably tried everything on the market as far as self tanners go. The best and most natural looking that I have found, at least on my own skin tone, is by far the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gelee. I *love* this stuff. I go through bottles and bottles of it when I'm applying it regularly, which for me would be 1-2 times a week. I apply it before bed and then shower in the morning so I can get the color from it but not have to smell like it all day or have to worry if it could rub off on my clothes. The smell is not so bad really. It does have a little bit of that self tanner covered by a fragrance smell, but it's pretty light. And I haven't actually had it rub off on my clothes unless I was sweating or got wet some other way. (Once I applied it before going to a water park.. not so smart.)
I use the ELF flat top powder brush pictured to apply it to my hands and face, as seen in the video from Ressa777 aka Brunette Beauty Blogger. (Watch the video below!) Her tip for using the flat top makeup brush is one of the best tips I have found, I am so glad I learned this tip to apply tanner to my hands and face. Goodbye to streaky lines from washing your hands! She is a genius. :)
The L'Oreal Sublime Bronze retails for about $10 a bottle, and a bottle usually lasts me 5-6 applications. You can often find it on sale at Ulta for BOGO 50% Off, and if you combine the sales with one of their typical $3.50 off $10 purchase coupons you can stock up on this stuff for really cheap. That ELF Brush that is in my photo (and it's the same one she uses in her video!) is only $3 and available at Target. Worth every penny! (I actually probably have about 4-5 of those brushes between using them self tanners and foundation. They are so multi-purpose.)
Also pictured is the Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer, I included this in the photo because I use it sometimes as well. I have another version of it that has SPF in it that I actually use more often that the bottle pictured, but I don't have the store bottle of that anymore as I transferred it to a travel size squeeze bottle to take to Vegas. I would use the SPF version if I was going to the beach or the pool or something where I would need SPF but wouldn't mind getting a little color out of it also. :)
What about you? Do you use any sort of self tanning lotions or other products? What has worked for you and what hasn't? Feel free to share your tips in the comments below!