Get Prepped for NYE with the St. Tropez Golden Glow Kit

Pale and proud. That’s my motto in the winter. But even I admit, a winter tan is such a special treat (and a way to fight SAD!) I can think of no more convenient time to break out the St. Tropez than for New Year’s Eve. Consider the new St. Tropez Golden Glow Kit your go-to for tan-worthy events. For me, this kit will be a winter essential. 

For $35 (with a value of $58.50!), the Golden Glow Kit includes radiance in the form of:

  •  Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 4 fl oz
  • Gold Skin Illuminator, 1.6 fl oz (full size!)
  • Applicator Mitt, for even application (this is ALWAYS a must with the Mousse…trust. Or your hands will reveal your secrets!)

Let’s talk about Gold Skin Illuminator. This is where the “golden glow” comes from.  It creates a transluscent shimmer to accentuate cheekbones, add dimension to the décolleté and legs, giving your skin a 3-D finish. Just be careful not to overindulge. St. Tropez offers the following advice on using the illuminator to accentuate your best features:

On the body: Use sparingly on the legs, from the mid shin down onto the top of the foot and from the mid of the thigh to the upper outer hip and thigh area to give the appearance of longer limbs. Sweep the top of the collarbone and the sides of the décolletage to accentuate your natural glow. If your skin is extra dry, mix with a bit of moisturizer for a luminous every day glow.

For the face: Use a touch on the upper cheek bone to add definition and luminosity and add a hint to the lips to create a dewy glow.

And before you even get started using the self tanner, make sure you exfoliate well in the shower.

Find out more on the Golden Glow Kit at Sephora.

Faux Glowing: The Best Self Tanners at Every Price

Sunless tanning is a way of life. From the maintenance, like regular exfoliation, and of course, proper application. No sugar coating here, a lot can go wrong in the self tanning process. Everything from streaking and patchy spots to orange skin and burnt looking hands. It’s all of these factors that lead me to take great pride in my faux tan. In fact, most everyone mistakes it for the real thing. But I’ve got no interest in exposing my skin to actual sun – at least not without my SPF 30! Here’s my tips, tricks and product recommendations for achieving that perfect faux glow.

Best in Skin: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads. I cannot say enough good things about these. I pretty much use these exclusively to tan my face. The color I get is natural looking and healthy, and it’s fragrance free. I love that it’s not only a sunless tanner, but skin care. It has anti-aging properties and encourages that much needed cell turnover. Oh, and it contains active Vitamin D. $32 for a box of 20 at Sephora.

Best in Longevity: TanTowel. I actually am not the hugest self-tanning towelette fan, believe it or not. I find that this is where streaking and blotching is most likely to occur. But I do like TanTowel, a lot. I get amazing colorwith these, and it seems to lasts longer than any other iteration of this style of product. I’d say I can get about 4-5 days out of this until it really starts to fade. And even then, I get a few more days of semi-tanned skin. The key here is apply in circular motions repeatedly to ensure you’re not missing a spot, and to open a new towel if it starts to dry out. I use about two TanTowels at a time, at night only. The citrus smell is lovely at application, but the self tanning smell does appear once the color develops. $27 for 10 applications, Ulta.

Best in Budget: Jergens Natural Glow Express. This gets our vote for best drugstore self-tanner. It transforms your skin shades darker in just three days (I was satisfied after just two!), and there’s two different versions based on skin tone, so no worries if you’re on the fair side. When I first used this earlier this spring, I was winter white and it worked magic. $8 at the drugstore.

Best in Natural: Josie Maran Argan Self Tanning Cream. Not only is this the first self-tanner to contain 100% organic Argan Oil, the natural formula is infused with caffeine molecules to wake up cells and tone the skin’s surface. It can be used head to toe, and is scent-free! The secret is DHA derived from sugar beets and sugar cane that work together with your skin’s proteins to create a natural-looking tan. $32 for 4oz., Josie Maran.

Best in Maintenance: St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body. St. Tropez gets the gold star for its self-tanning products — it’s what they’re known for. I especially love the Everyday Gradual Tan lotion for maintenance. I use it as a body lotion post-shower (no tanning smell, at all – promise!) and it deepens and maintains the tan I’ve already built daily. I use the Light/Medium. $30 for 6.7 oz., Sephora.

Best in Temporary: MAC Skinsheen Leg Spray. There are times where a temporary tan is needed. When you’re wearing a skirt, shorts or just out for the night. I love MAC’s formula – it’s a hybrid mousse gel that looks so good on the gams. This offers a subtle sheen and evens everything out very nice. It can also be used on other areas on the body if needed. Once it dries, it stays until you wash it off. Your white clothing is safe. $26.50, MAC.

Any self-tanning tips and tricks to share? Or…any horror stories? We’re all friends here – dish!

An Oldie but a Goodie

One reason that I love the holidays is that its so much fun dressing up for parties. When else do you get to wear a fabulous satin bejeweled mini-dress? Given the season, it is reasonable to pull off the look with Scarlett-Johansson-like pasty pale legs. I personally choose to go the opposite route.

St. Tropez Self Tanning Lotion A nice subtle tan makes me photograph better, gives me a healthy glow, and most importantly, makes me look 10 pounds thinner. My all-time favorite tanner has to be St. Tropez Tanning Tinted Self Tanning Lotion. Here’s my routine: I shower, exfoliate, wait about 10 minutes to dry off, and then apply moisturizer to dry areas of my skin (elbows, knees, hands). I smoothed the tanner all over my body and at first was alarmed at how dark and streaky it seems going on. My hands almost turned black but it was a good thing that I had St. Tropez Self Tan Remover Packets readily available. They are little disposable pouches filled with a lemony scrub that take off every spec of tanner so that you can avoid the telltale signs of self tanning.

St. Tropez Self Tan Remover I blended the tanner into my wrist so that there wasn’t an obvious delineation in color. I then used the blow dryer on a hot setting to activate the tanner and have it dry faster. After I showered in the morning, I had a beautiful, even, natural-looking tan. It is amazing how streak-free the application is, it’s almost goof proof. I am also impressed by the saturation of golden color that I was able to achieve with only one application. St. Topez is my go-to product when I need an instant boost in color and confidence.