A few weeks ago I did my first ‘big girl’ self-tan using St Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse. It’s almost summer here in Australia, so I wanted to make sure I was nice and glowy without risking skin damage. If you want to know how it went then keep reading!
I am no fake tan virgin. When I was in high school, I bought a cheap bottle of the Le Tan foaming mousse in the darkest shade – which was the first of many wrong moves. I proceeded to slap it all over my face before heading straight to school, not knowing that you’re supposed to wash it off.
The day was rather traumatic for me so I won’t delve into it too much, but it ended with the boy I fancied telling me that my face was a little orange. He was being very kind. When I looked in the bathroom mirror a Cheeto-dust, Oompalumpa, Donald Trump vision stared back at me.
Needless to say that since then I’ve been incredibly wary of fake tan. Which of course makes it the perfect contestant for Hopeless Ventures.
I want to say, first things first, I did a lot of research before going into this.
I wanted to make sure I had the best chance of getting the most flawless and glowy tan ever. One of the most critical parts of self-tanning is prepping the skin. To get my skin ready, I did the following:
1. Exfoliated my whole body every day with a gritty exfoliator such as The Rough With the Smooth from Lush or the famous Coffee Scrub from Frank Body and a pair of exfoliation gloves (these things are awesome) I just got mine from eBay.
2. Moisturised every morning and night with a thick cream, my prefered body moisturiser at the moment is the Body Butters from the body shop.
3. and finally I shaved 24 hours before I applied the fake tan.
Now onto the actual application. I have to admit I did get some help from a willing bystander (aka my mum) (thanks, mum). I used the St. Tropez tanning mitt to apply and used approx two/three pumps of product for each limb. I won’t go into too much detail on how I applied it because there are so many videos on youtube that actually demonstrate how to do it, so I’ll link the few I used.
My Final Thoughts
The whole drying process was quite annoying, and I’m definitely not someone who enjoys being sticky for long periods of time (cue the dirty jokes). The other thing I didn’t love was that I found that the guide colour wasn’t dark enough when applying, but it wasn’t a huge issue either. And that’s really where the bad review ends.
I loved this product. It is the perfect summer glow without being too orange or too green. It made me feel so confident that I wanted to go out in my bikini every day. It was a little streaky, but I think that was more down to my application – and it was my first go at it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to dip their toe in the world of self-tan. You can decide how dark you want it to be by leaving it on for a shorter or longer amount of time. It really is a beautiful product that will put a little skip in your step.
You can purchase it here.