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.My experience --->
Okay maybe not quite never ending...wouldn't that be great! But it has lasted for years! I must admit (sorry mum if your reading this) that I actually 'borrowed' this from her about 3 years ago?! And it has only recently run out!! (I use bronzer pretty much every day!!!) so i'd say that's a pretty good run! (this is about a 12g compact)
It gives you the sunkissed glow with a SUBTLE glimmer, not like these cheap bronzers you get and once you walk out the door your covered in glitter!!! It is available in a medium bronzed shade. In the YEARS this one product served me (and my mum when she got her hands on it!) it never crumbled! The sturdy compact complete with mirror ensures that it doesn't break (unless we were just extremley fortunate!!!) Application ---->
Apply with a nice big bronzer brush, I always think the brush is equally important, I see some of my friends with horrid thick brushes all matted and I don't understand how they don't hurt their face when applying make up! Get a nice fine brush with soft bristles and apply as much or as little as suits. If you are going for a 'just sunkissed' look apply a soft sweep over the nose, cheeks, forehead and shoulder bones. If you are wanting an all over bronzed look apply a light sweep accross the whole face and ensure you sweep down to the neck ensuring you don't have a bronzed face and pale neck ;) For a deepr colour repeat the process!
Where to purchase/pricing --->
You can buy this from various retailers including boots (in the fake tan isle!) House of fraser, Debenhams, ASOS etc. I have scoured the internet and the cheapest price I could find is £7.18 at World Wide Shopping Mall ... Overall --->
I LOVE this product, again, I am a cheapscate so prefer not to pay big prices (one big downfall for me) since running out I haven't allowed myself to pay the price and instead went for a cheaper one cough*collection200* cough which crumbled into little peices almost straight away and have gone through 3 others since including fake bake and rimmel. Next payday I am going back to St Tropez and I'm sticking to it! :)
As a person who is quite obsessed with tans I will say I love this product!! I use the St Tropez Foam I bought mine from Boots for around £20 - £22.50 240ml bottle. Ok so it seems a lot but this honestly has last me over 6 months!!
The product is best to be used and applied wearing gloves.I would exfoliate first aswell so the tan is even. The St Tropez range do sell exfoliator but I always use like a £2 one it still does the job!! You will otherwise be paying an extra £15 for there exfoliator!
I have used many other cheaper self tan products and believe me nothing compares to this! It gives you a natural looking tan (so we dont look like Jodie Marsh do not over apply!). If used within propotion this makes you look like you have been on a Summer 2 week holiday!! The best result is to do one coat over your body and the tan will deepen within 3 hours, should you still feel like you want more reapply one further coat after the 3 hours.
I will add I have used the lotion product before but think the foam gives you a much better result!!!
Should you find you have some streaks it is very easy to correct just give your self a little scrub where the streaks are and it will blend right in!!
Best self tan out there!!
Being a natural shade somewhere between 'milk bottle' and 'Caspar the ghost', I'm always on the lookout for that elusive product - the perfect fake tan. I've tried loads of brands over the years, but struggle to find one that isn't too dark, doesn't go streaky, isn't too expensive and (the big one for me) doesn't smell too bad.
Well, now summer's coming round again, I find myself drawn to that shelf in Boots again and overwhelmed by the choice on offer. I spotted St Tropez Everyday self-tan in the fair-medium shade as it was on offer at only £8 instead of the usual £14 or so. This is more expensive than the usual brands I buy (Dove, Nivea etc) but I'd heard good things about the brand, and thought just maybe, you might get what you pay for. I was also attracted as it claimed on the packaging to include ingredients which negated the nasty smell, so I thought I'd give it a go.
This product comes in a white squeezy plastic tube with the brand logo and details printed on in black. It's quite a good size unlike some of the luxury brands so I thought it would last a while. It also incorporates the lid at the bottom, so you can get the last bits out and not waste any.
When I squeezed it out onto my hand, my first impression was that it really didn't smell too bad. It wasn't exactly lovely and there was a hint of something chemical going on, but it didn't smell like burnt biscuits like so many tanning products. This is intended to be used like a body lotion and applied all over, over a period of days to build up the colour. I went quite cautiously and applied a thin layer to my arms and legs. It was very easy to apply and didn't feel sticky. It was very moisturising and sank in quickly, so I could put my PJs on and go to bed!
The next morning I woke up and was pleased with the results that had developed overnight. I had just a hint of a nice (non-orange) glow and wasn't streaky at all. The smell had intensified a bit, but was still much better than any other product I've used. I had a shower but I think the colour continued to develop next day, as I seemed a little bit browner by next evening. I think if you're as pale as me, you don't need to use this every day to get the desired effect - I've been using it every other day and am very happy with the results.
At £8 I might buy this again; however I can't afford to spend more so I really wish this was cheaper! I'll be looking out for special offers though as I really do think this is better than the cheaper brands.
I've been using St Tropez products for quite a while now and when they brought out the new Aero Bronzer I thought I'd give it a go. I'm referring to the new spray type in a can and not the lotion or mousse. The secret with all St Tropez products I think is to exfoliate thoroughly first but unlike the lotion of mousse I found it easier to apply and there were no heavy streak lines on my elbows or ankles. You have to apply it as though you were painting, that is to say lightly and evenly and then go back and do the same again with a second coat. I tend to "rub in" the first application and yes, I do spray it on my face with eyes closed of course. Obviously, the density of colour is a personal choice but I have no wish to appear like an ageing Jaffa orange so two coats is just right for me but again I stress these must be applied sparingly. Because it's a spray you will have to be cautious about where you apply it (maybe the shower) otherwise you'll end up with a discoloured floor! I bought the 170ml can and this came with a paper shower cap to protect the hair.
I am what my friends call a fake tan 'expert', not because I am ace at applying it etc but because I have tried practically every brand available.
A year ago I bought and tried the St Tropez pump action tinted lotion. I followed the instructions exfoliated and moisturised using other St Tropez products and I was not happy with the results. Firstly I am quite pale and the tan turned out WAY too dark for me. Secondly it smelt very strongly of that fake tan smell. Thirdly it had taken me AGES to apply. However it did last a long time and did not streak which I suppose are bonuses.
But this year I bought and tried the St Tropez whipped bronze mousse and am sticking with it! It applies quicker and easier than the lotion with a faster drying time. It is also not as dark and therefore suitable for my pale skin. You exfoliate and moisturize as usual, then apply the tinted mousse wearing plastic gloves. At first it looked a bit streaky just after application but when it was still tacky to the touch I GENTLY buffed my skin where it was patchy with a dry cloth. I went to bed still a bit apprenhensive. When I woke up I hopped into the shower and gently washed off the guide colour not using any shower gel. Then I moisturized again revealing an even, natural looking, NOT orange tan.
It is a bit pricey though at around £18 but worth it I'd say as it lasted about 7 days. I have also used the 120ml bottle several times now and have still got some product left so it goes quite a long way which could justify the price. I'd recommend the mousse to those people who want a hassle free tan that is not too dark. I also found this fake tan very easy to maintain.
Other fake tan tips:
When you buy a fake tan don't buy a bottle that looks faded or dusty, fake tans 'go off' after about a year (depending on the make) and can change if placed in direct sunlight/exposed to extreme temperatures.
If you are looking for a cheap fake tan that works I recommend L'Oreal sublime bronze spray. It gives a natural golden colour and is moisturizing to the skin. It is also widely available.
If you want a perfect fake tan for a special occasion I would reccommend an airbrush tan done by a beauty therapist. These tans ususally turn out much better than one you'd do at home. A su-do airbrush tan lasts 7 days and can cost between £15-£25 depending on where you go. I had one done for my mum's wedding, all the bridesmaids and the bride went and it was a really fun, girly thing to enjoy!
It took me a few years of self-tanning before I decided to upgrade and try a "premium" brand. I decided on St Tropez as it seemed to be the choice of the rich, tanned and famous. I bought a small bottle from Boots and settled in for a night of pampering.
First I had a shower and exfoliated as the instruction leaflet suggested, then I applied the lotion. It was easy to apply, and the guide colour made it really easy to see where I had missed. Someone had told me that baby lotion makes a good substitute for the St Tropez moisturiser, so I used some of that to reduce the tanning on the underside of my arms and around the knees.
Once it was all applied I washed my hands, and boy did they need washing! They had turned a rather alarming shade of dark brown, much darker than the lotion! However this did wash off, although it took a good scrubbing with an old flannel to remove every last trace. Maybe I should have used plastic gloves as it suggested ...
The next step is to go to sleep! Make sure you wear old clothes to bed as it can rub off a bit in the night. Then when you get up in the morning you have to get back in the shower to wash off the guide colour. I was left with a lovely natural looking tan.
All was well, I was enjoying my newly bronzed body and lapping up the comments from friends asking where I had been on holiday, that is until the next day when I woke up scratching and itching. I had an excema like rash on my face and arms. At first I wasn't sure it was the lotion that had caused it, but I applied it 3 more times over the next few months and it happened every time. The rash consisted of itchy red bumps on my face and arms that lasted for about a week. It was a real shame, as apart from that it was the perfect self tan.
I haven't heard of anyone else I know getting this reaction to St Tropez, so go ahead and give it a try, but it wasn't for me. That is the only reason I give it an average rating.
St Tropez Self Tan Lotion has been around for quite a while now. Loved by top celebrities, the people that always seem to have an emaculate tan, with no streaks. Something that seems impossible to most of us, unless you choose to fry on the beach, or opt for the sunbeds, which in my opinion you would have to be mad to do, unless you want to look like a dried up old prune not so far down the line, and not to mention the risk of skin cancer. So what can you do? I'm sure 80% of us have tried to fake tan with disastrous results, enough to put you off for life....and some people make it look so easy!
I have read the opinions, the magazine articles, the celebrity endorsements, it was time to give St Tropez a go. After all, it is meant to be 'foolproof'.
I bought the 'Step 3, St Tropez Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion, 240ml off ebay for £19.99, although I then noticed it somewhere else for cheaper so my advice is to look around to get yourself the best deal. The fake tan comes in a thick, white plastic bottle, with a pump action nozzle to make things easier for you.
======= To Apply =============
This is the directions given on the back of the bottle.
Step 3: Smooth St Tropez Auto-Bronzant evenly onto skin; let it absorb do not over-rub. For best results apply at bedtime and shower next morning. May appear streaky as product dries - this is normal and showering in morning will uncover a beautiful, even tan. To deepen tan, apply 3 nights consecutively. For a lighter tan, blend to desired shade ONLY with St Tropez Body Moisturiser. To maintain your colour, apply 1 to 3 times weekly. To maintain your tan, moisturise daily and use St Tropez Body Polisher every 3 days.
I had a shower and exfoliated two hours before application. When I dried myself off I then moisturised my whole body and waited an hour before applying the self-tan. I used my own brand of moisturiser, and I know most other people do this, regardless of what it says on the bottle. When the hour was up, I applied the self-tan, I followed other peoples advice, and applied using rubber gloves, although some find it easier to do without them. The first thing I noticed when I pumped some of the fake tan out of the bottle onto my hands, was the colour, the self-tan was a dark brown colour, although I knew not to panic as after reading a few reviews on it, I knew what to expect, this is not an indication of the end result, as the colour apparently develops underneath this.
I carefully applied the lotion to my face, arms, chest, stomach and legs, being careful not to miss any spots, although this would be hard to do given the dark colour of the lotion. I smoothed it onto my skin, again, being careful not to rub too hard. I then carefully washed my hands, and avoided spashing any water on my wrists and arms that would cause streaks. After my full body and face was covered, there was nothing left to do but stand and wait for ten minuites on it drying in. Standing there like a female mud wrestler, and already having serious doubts, I noticed the smell. I know a lot of people have said it to be pleasant, but personally I did not like it, the smell is impossible to describe. When the ten minutes was up, I went to bed. Again, I took other peoples advice and slept naked, to avoid perspiring.
The next morning I got up and went straight to the shower.
=======So, did I look like a bronzed goddess?========
Well, not exactly! After drying myself off I looked in the mirror. Yes, I was tanned alright, a dark, obvious fake tan, that looked ridiculous with my pale blonde hair! Perhaps I applied too much, or did something wrong......but you did say it was foolproof! Although the tan WAS streak free, so that's something I suppose!
Looking through the reviews again, in my blind panic, I read that the product should last between 3 days to a week!! Well, there was no way I was going to walk around like a blonde Diana Ross for that long, nothing left to do but try and scrub it off. So, if you are looking for long lasting Self-Tan, this is for you, a lot of scrubbing, and moisturising later, I still looked much the same. The next day however, after my morning shower the colour had faded significantly.
Almost all of the opinions I have read on this product have been positive, so don't necessarily let this put you off. This is just my own bad experience with the product, and I've decided pale and interesting is perhaps best after all.
Thanks for reading.
I had tried several products for self tanning, and a lot either sent me orange or were unnoticeable.
I had seen St Tropez 120ml on QVC in a set with exfoliater 240ml and moisturiser 240ml and decided to give it a try.
I followed the instructions that were in the box, first of all I exfoliated all over to remove dead skin cells, then moisturised elbows and heels, Then the lotion had to be applied all over. This was a bit messy as I looked like i'd been rolling in mud.
The fragrance was nice and fresh.
To even the colour a bit more I used an old towel after about 15mins and buffed my body. I then looked human again.
It lasted very well and only need topping up once a week, but had a tendancy to go patchy if you didn't exfoliate to remove old skin.
You could go out straight away as the base colour once buffed looked fine.
I have found other tans which I do prefer but this one is very good.
I've been using St.Tropez for over two years now and I LOVE it! I, like most other vain young girls used to go on sunbeds religiously, but had to stop when the amount of moles I have was growing rapidly (my back is like a dot to dot!). So I tried St.Tropez and was absolutely amazed at how good the result was, and I still am. I've tried most of the self tans, including Fake Bake, Lancaster and Palmer Cutler but St. Tropez is by far the best. Not once have I ever been asked what tan i use, in fact people are always asking me where i've just come back from! St. Tropez is easy to apply, but quite time consuming. You have to exfoliat daily once you start using it and befor your first application, you should also keep moisturising. I would say it takes me about 45 minutes to rub the bronzing lotion into my whole body (by the way I find the lotion better that the moose and spray), most of which is spent doing the dodgy ares ie. knees, hands, ankles ect. But the time is well worth it, because you just wait a few hours, wash it off, moisturise and Bob's your uncle... you've got a fab tan which will last up to 5 days. I cant stress enough the importance of exfoliating every day though otherwise it WILL go patchy, oh and i've found that it doesn't react very well to Chlorine so try to avoid swimming pools for the first couple of days. I have also found that you dont need to buy the St.Tropez moisturiser or exfoliator, you can just buy cheaper alternatives... They work just as well. The St.Tropez back applicator and glitter puff are both really good, and so is the bronzer...But not as good as Benefit's Hoola! Hope this helps some fellow tanning fans out there!
I am the "Queen" of fake tan having tried at least 15 different brands over the years! I can honestly say that St. Tropez is the winner! I also would recommend Ecotan from QVC which is great for topping up a natural tan but not really strong enough when you have zero colour and are starting from scratch! I was quite alarmed the first time I used St. Tropez as it does go on incredibly streaky and you do look like you have smeared yourself in mud! Be patient you can buff the streaks with a special glove after about 10mins and you don't look quite so bad but this is best done at night and then go to bed in loose pyjamas. I use the original lotion for my arms, legs and front of body and I use the sparay for my back. Once the colour is well established the spray will top it up well and as it dries in a couple of minutes you can do your back and front in the morning and let it develop under your clothes but legs and arms are definitely best done at night. I use cream mixed with the fake tan on a cotton wool square for my hands and feet, this works well and I always dilute with moisturiser for face too. It lasts at least a week particularly if you keep yourself well moisturised. Good colour no hint of orange! THE BEST DEFINITELY
Ive never found it hard to get a tan - I only have to so much as step out the door on a sunny day and I turn brown. However, one year when I had no holiday abroad planned I was in work during the sunny daytime and realised I wouldnt get a chance to catch any rays that year (and Im rather hesitant to overdo it in the sun what with skin cancer and looking like a prune in my older age).
So I wanted a perfect sun-kissed tan without the skin cancer and premature ageing. I mentioned this to the girls at work and they told me about a St Tropez tan. They said it was the fake tan that all the celebs used and the one that they applied in all the best salons. Hmm, I thought, fake tan though, doesnt that mean orange stripes and brown palms? :/
Despite this, I did some research on St Tropez and it sounded like a really decent product. I thought, if this is the best fake tan and it doesnt work then Ill resign myself to staying my natural colour, but in the mean time Id give it a try.
ST TROPEZ WHIPPED BRONZE INSTANT SELF-TANNING MOUSSE
What a mouthful!
The bottle is not particularly striking or attractive when you see it in the shop but when you get it home you realise it is certainly well designed. It is made of thick plastic with the name Whipped Bronze and small St Tropez logo on the front. It is green and white with black writing and has a fat nozzle dispenser on the top for ease of application. The dispenser is easy to use and not at all stiff to press down so you can use as much or as little as you want at a time. It also has a lid on top of that in order that the bottle doesnt leak, or press itself when it's in storage.
They're not that comprehensive! You have to use your common sense with applying this product. The mousse is called Step 3 because they recommend Step 1 and 2. However Step 1 and 2 are simply exfoliator and moisturiser, which I already own, so I dont wish to pay for 'special' St Tropez ones (and neither should you!)
The directions for Step 3 are:
Smooth St Tropez Whipped Bronze evenly into skin. Reapply to deepen or maintain color as often as you like. To ensure even fading moisturize every day and polish every 3 days.
The day before I am planning to apply the tan I remove all necessary body hair (you shouldn't do it on the day because the tan can go darker where your pores are open). When I decide to apply the tan I have a warm bath/shower and exfoliate* the whole of my body. I make sure my skin is silky soft and then dry myself off as usual and apply a very thin layer of a quickly absorbed moisturiser* to the whole of my body.
I wait for a good 30-60 minutes until the moisturiser has completely absorbed into my skin and I have cooled down.
Its not impossible to apply it alone, but its just a little harder to do your back - so a willing volunteer could be helpful for doing your back. I always wear tight fitting vinyl gloves because this prevents your hands from turning a nasty dark brown patchy colour. (They sell packs of these in Tesco for about £1 for 10 pairs which you can easily reuse if you choose to).
I dont *always* do my body in the same order but I find its normally easier to start at the top and work down.
Although a liquid in the container and a mousse when you squirt it out, theres no need to shake this before you apply it as it seems to have a special nozzle dispenser that converts it into foam. When you squirt it out the mousse is fairly thick and foamy but still very liquidy which makes it easy to spread quickly.
Dont be alarmed at the colour! It is dark grey, and although this looks horrible (makes you look slightly like a corpse when you apply it) its a real advantage because you can see areas you have covered and where youve got left to do.
NECK - Squirt a very small amount into the palm of one hand and then spread it very quickly around the neck and up to the hairline.
BACK - At this stage I normally get my boyfriend to spread a large amount (about 2 full squirts) over my back. It is easy for someone else to do this as they can spread very quickly with ease - it's not *so* easy on your own but it can be achieved if you can reach your back. I have found that the best way of doing it is to squirt a small amount into one hand and reach over your head and down to do the top half of your back (aiding yourself with the other hand) and then to repeat the process but this time reaching up your back to do your lower back.
ARMS Do these next as you dont want any funny marks left from not blending the adjoining areas together quick enough. I usually do one full squirt into the palm of my right hand and spread it quickly and evenly over my left arm. I try and apply a rough but fairly even layer and then spread it round my arms by wrapping my fingers round my arm and moving swiftly rotating my hand round my arm ..going from the bottom to the top and then blending the shoulder with the area I covered on my back. Repeat for the other arm.
CHEST AND STOMACH Squirt two full pumps into one hand and then rub palms together. Spread from the middle of your chest up towards your neck and then down towards your stomach. I do it this way because I find it gives a more even tan not collected at the bottom nor the top or my torso.
SIDES - Squirt one half squirt and rub palms together and then spread it on my sides (to blend the stomach and the back). This area is easy to overlook, but dont forget it or youll have a white side profile!
BUM Squirt two full squirts and rub palms together and reach behind me and cover my bum to blend into my back. (Unsurprisingly my boyfriend does this if hes helping me).
LEGS Lightly moisturise each foot and then take one leg at a time. Squirt two full squirts and rub palms together. Then in a swift action cup your thigh between both hands and rub all the way down to your ankles. Once the tan is applied I quickly blend my legs using the same method as for the arms (cup your hands and rotate your hands quickly round, going up and down until it looks even), not forgetting to blend your thighs into your bum. Repeat for the other leg. Once this is complete, check that you have subtly blended the ankle into the foot without the foot looking too dark.
If all has gone to plan then you should look evenly grey all over. If there are any light bits you can touch them up and this point and blend them in, or wait to see the result and do touch-ups later. I find the tint really helpful because it shows up any parts youve missed, unlike some fake tans which have clear formulations.
They state on the container that this mousse dries in 60 seconds. I would say it does dry fairly quickly, but Id leave it around 5-10 minutes until you put on clothes (if you have to). It says on the container avoid contact with fabric until dry. May stain light hair, wool or nylon. So I presume it means you can touch fabric after 60 seconds? I usually sit on an old towel if Im sitting on the sofa, just to be safe.
One thing to definitely note is that once youve applied it you need to stay well away from any water for at least 4 hours and avoid perspiration. I have come into contact with water before it has had a chance to develop and unfortunately I got funny little tide marks on my wrists! So just be careful when youre washing your hands, run the tap very slowly and dont splash yourself!
I cant normally notice a change within a couple of hours, but after 6-8 its fully developed. After Ive applied this my boyfriend usually comments on the smell of the product. Im not sure whether he likes it or not, but I quite like it! It doesnt smell like anything Ive smelt before but its kind of sweet, and not too overpowering. The only setback is that the smell really gives away the fact that your tan is not real.
If the mousse has been applied well then after the 6-8 hours you will have a lovely natural looking all over golden tan: no streaks, no youve been tangoed effect and the softest skin youve ever felt (due to Aloe Vera being the most abundant of the ingredients). This formulation (unlike the St Tropez lotion) does not really require rinsing off, because if you get in the shower and watch the water going down the plughole its not brown. The colour you have after the developing time is the final result.
If you slept in it and there are any marks on your bedsheets, don't stress! It's only vegetable dye and will come out in a normal machine wash.
I have never consciously counted the exact amount of days that my tan lasts, and it would actually be hard to. This is due to the fact that it fades naturally, but obviously quicker than a real tan. I would say if you want to stay fairly brown the whole time you would need to top it up about once every 3-5 days. I try to keep my tan for longer by moisturising twice a day, to keep my skin soft and hydrated.
PRICE AND AVAILABLITY
Mine was £26 for a 240ml bottle from Superdrug and I have rarely seen this for much cheaper than that, which is a shame because I much prefer it to the lotion version.
PROOF OF THE PUDDING....
When I have worn this I have actually have people ask me if Ive been abroad. When I told them it was a fake tan they were quite surprised so it really does look like a genuine tan, not a cheap nasty orange glow!
*The products I use for preparation:
Exfoliator) Cliniques 'sparkle skin' Body Exfoliator (Boots) £16.50 a tub - 250ml
or Origins Cocoa Therapy Scrub @ £20 for 250ml
or Origins Paradise Found scrub @ £20 for 250ml
Moisturiser) Palmers Cocoa Butter £3.99 for 400ml ASDA
Palmers Moisturizing Body Oil (Boots) £4.50 for 250ml bottle
I think the method takes a little bit of perfecting as I messed it up a little the first time. I was so eager to get it on that I didn't even exfoliate and had darker elbows and knees (and any area where my skin was drier). I also had brown palms because although I had washed my hands straight after application it had already dried.
Since then, I have fine-tuned my application method and I can get a pretty much perfect tan every time (even without the help of my boyfriend!)
Although £26 may sound a lot for one product, I cannot stress how long this lasts. My bottle is nearly finished and I would estimate that Ive used it about 15 times. So thats about £1.70 an application. Probably expensive to some people, but to those who will pay £20 for one salon application its an amazing bargain!
Using only the one bottle I maintained a nice brown tan throughout the summer and still have some left. It is also cheaper and not as dangerous as using sunbeds.
See www.sttropeztan.com for more info on this and all their other products.
PLEASE NOTE: This product does NOT provide any SPF so you must still wear sun tan lotion when in the sun.
carly_pussycat - Ciao UK ©
I have aspirations of being a bronzed Brazilian beach babe, strolling along a beautiful shoreline in my dental floss bikini. Unfortunately, my pasty white complexion wouldn?t look so good in that scenario. But one can dream. So, at least once a week I resort to the little bottle with the squirty top, that sits on my bathroom shelf. I can testify that this brown lotion immediately makes me feel confident and more at ease with my imperfections. Somehow wobbly bits don?t look quite so wobbly when they?re brown? (Maybe this is a mental thing) I personally use the body lotion, rather than the instant mousse. I have tried both and I feel the lotion is much easier to blend and therefore leaves fewer streaks. And I don?t use the exfoliator and moisturiser you can buy with the range. (I use my own, as St Tropez? are so expensive) Time after time I have flawless results, very natural looking. I usually put it on before bedtime and wash it off in the morning. This gives the lotion plenty of time to develop. But you don?t have to wait that long- 4 hours will suffice. The idea behind the tan is that it develops to one shade all over, it may look quite streaky and uneven before you clean the lotion off, but it washes off to reveal a golden glow. This usually lasts around 4 days before going slightly blotchy. Although I find the foam goes blotchy much quicker than the lotion. I also find it leaves my skin silky smooth, and that?s definitely a good thing. A little goes a long way, and the bottle lasts a few weeks with half body application. It also doesn?t smell quite so bad as other fake tans that I have used. But in all honesty it does still stink! The ?Step 3? lotion that I use costs £17 from my local boots store. You can purchase the range at many chemists and make-up counters and also in St.Tropez online Store. Instant Self Tanning Mousse (240 ml) : £26 Bronzing Mist Spray (240 ml) : £26 Body Polish:
: £13 Auto Bronzant : £17
I had a very important event to go to so i wanted to look my best (not my usual milk bottle self)! I have to say I am the queen of fake tan i must have tried nearly every product on the market from expensive to cheapo fake tans such as clinique, clarins, fake bake, loreal sublime and avon, it was st tropezs turn! I shopped around and got a real bargain, all the shops seem to sell the 240ml bottle of the tanning lotion for about £25+ if i remember rightly and i got mine for £17.99 free p&p too at a website called www.pleaseonline.com (i dont work for them!!!) St tropez claim the Auto-Bronzant lotion : works instantly for a streakless application that will last for days. This aloe vera based lotion is non-greasy and quick drying, with a relaxing aromatic scent. Conveniently formulated in one maximum strength shade that can be custom blended with St. Tropez Body Moisturizer to your own desired shade Anyway - the packaging is fairly boring to be honest not very appealing to say how much you pay for the product! The product does come with instructions but here are some tips i found helped: *The morning before applying the tan have a shower and exfoliate and moisturise *That night moisturise all your dry bits like elbows knees heels and i find my ankles seem to go blotchy too. *I always wear latex gloves to put it on - makes life so much easier (and no orange hands) St tropez do sell them but you can buy them cheaper from tescos and places like that. *When u apply it dont rub too hard as it might make the tan blotchy! Right then a review of the product... To be honest I found it a nightmare! I?m used to wearing fake tan which u put on in 5mins and throw your clothes on. With this I stood about with no clothes on freezing for what seems like hours!! I felt like the mud monster from the black lagoon smeared with smudgy brown fake tan (hey at least my family and boyfriend had a laugh at my expense!) then I
ruined my lovely white sheets when I went to bed (it does wash out but its still a pain) One good thing was it didnt smell too bad - quite refreshing on application. The morning after the application you can wash the smudgy bits away? and it left me with a lovely golden tan and no streaks! It looked great! I had a fab day and felt like the bees knees. I followed instructions to moisturise everyday after application ? I knew nothing could be that good ? the next time I showered (not exfoliated though) id gone all blotchy ? white bits everywhere! Overall I feel that St Tropez is good for an occasion but a couple of days after it just looks blotchy. In my opinion loreal sublime bronzing gel is better for everyday tanning.
As I am very pale my sister took sympathy on me and bought me a St Tropez gift set for my birthday. The set cost around £20 and contained a can of Whipped Bronze self tan mousse along with a small bottle of body scrub and a small bottle of moisturiser. The instructions made it sound like a dream - you simply shower or bath use the body scrub all over, moisturise dry areas (heels, elbows etc) and then apply the mousse. It states that the mousse give a lighter effect than the original formula but is quicker to apply and will dry in 60 seconds. So I showered and exfoliated. The body scrub is a bright blue in colour and smells fresh. It has rounded beads so they do not tear your skin. The moisturiser has L-Tyrosine in it to promote tanning. To apply the product I used a tight fitting pair of latex gloves, St Tropez sell their own but ASDA's are cheaper! The product pumped out and was a deep reddish brown colour mousse. This spread over my body easily but left horrible streaks. I didn't panic as it says that the product will only tan to one level even if you overload or streak any areas. My body was a sort of deep chestnut splodgy colour. It took 5 mins or so to dry so they were a bit out on their promo leaflet. The product didn't smell too bad either! After application you leave the product on for at least 3 hours although overnight is recommended. I got up the following morning still dark and splodgy and headed for the shower. It took a decent amount of shower gel to wash off the excess product to find the results. My legs were awfully streaky - despite the product claiming not to streak. My face and arms looked great, a nice golden tan colour. My torso had places where the tan just hadn't taken at all. I e-mailed St Tropez and they said that the leg problem would be a result of shaving - it appears that you should not use St Tropez for at least 24 hours after shaving your legs. This seem
ed strange as other products say it is OK to shave as it is a good method of exfoliating the skin. They could come up with no reason as to why my body was patchy. The tan lasted for about a week and, despite regular moisturising and exfoliation, faded more quickly in some areas than others leaving me so blotchy I had to use an instant tan product to blend the shades in. I was very disappointed with the results of the St Tropez tan, especially considering th premium price you pay for it. I have had much better results with "budget" self tanners. In fact the Banana Boat Sunless Tanning Spray that I got from Poundland has given me consistently good results. Save your money folks and use a cheaper product - the results are as good as from the expensive ones! THE UPDATE After the last attempt with the St Tropez it sat on my shelf until yesterday when I decided it was skirt weather and whilst tanning my legs I should do the rest of me (may take the attention off the sunburned arms!!!). I applied as per the instructions, and earlier section, only this time I made sure I hadn't shave my legs. Washed it all off this morning to find patchy legs again. There are parts of me that look great - face and cleavage but my lower legs look like my 8yr old applied the product. I had my husband check for gaps and there weren't any. It looks like where the guide colour streaks the tan does what it claims not to and processes deeper. I'm gonna keep this for my face and use something else on my legs as it clearly isn't suited to mine!!! Oh, yeah - my tip for blending streaks is rimmel Sunshimmer in the glittery variety mixed with any body moisturiser(although Palmer's Cocoa Butter has a summery smell) and smoothed over. The glittery particles reflect the light amd help detract attention from the streaks!!!
This wonderfully light, easily absorbed facial moisturiser cleverly combines serious skin care benefits with a touch of self tan / Infused with soothing aloe vera and antioxidant Vitamin E which will help to gradually build a golden colour everyday / Our innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance / Massage this lightweight lotion into clean, dry skin, as gently and evenly as you can allowing a minute or two for it to absorb / Try to avoid your eyebrows and blend in carefully up to your hairline / Try to make the most of your natural looking tanned skin, use daily for a subtle golden boost to winter pale or sun tanned skin as a freshener between self tan applications.