self tanner

Dear mermaids,

Many of y'all have asked me how I keep my bronzed glow. I do have Italian and Greek blood so that can help a little, but in the winter that glow starts to dim. These are a couple of my favorite at home self tanners.

If you are on a budget I recommend using loreal sublime bronze. I used this all through out high school. You put it on after you shower and wake up with a gorgeous bronzed glow. It really does create a beautiful color with a little bit of shimmer.

If you want to splurge a little and get the good stuff, I would try st tropez! I love this stuff and have been using it for awhile now. Make sure to get some gloves to go with it so you don’t have brown palms and streaky skin. The color that this spray tan provides is so natural that people will truly think you just got back from Hawaii.

Buy these products:

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gelee

St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Lotion

St. Tropez Self Tan Perfect Legs Spray


Summer Time!  Take care of your skin! :o)

Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise Eau de Parfum, 3.4oz • Estee Lauder • $80.00
Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub • The Body Shop • $14.00
Yes to Grapefruit Rejuvenating Body Wash grapefruit • $8.99
Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector • Tarte • $39.00
OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray • Ulta • $7.99
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer • Jergens • $9.99
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs - Light Glow • Sally Hansen • $11.79
Bliss all buttered up set • Bliss • $73.00
Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil • Bobbi Brown • $31.00
Soap & Glory Sugar CrushTM Body Scrub • Soap & Glory • $25.00

I keep getting press releases saying Spring is just around the corner, which is kinda sorta a lie? but it makes me feel less bad about waxing lyrical about my recent 7 days in Miami, where I felt sun on my sad, pale body and where I fell in love with this incroyable body glow product that I so badly needed to blend in with the locals.

If you are naturally on the paler side, you know the pain of body bronzing: often streaky, always smelly, disappointingly faux and rarely your friend.  I literally never turn down a sample offer for body bronzing products because you never know - I forever hold out for that holy grail of glow. Bring me your strippers, your drag artistes, your “celebrity” “stylist” what-have-yous … if you invent a bronzer, I will try it.

SO FINALLY I found it and it’s the most cultest of things …


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Melanie Mills is an Emmy-award winning makeup artist and she won that jam for Dancing with the Stars so need I say more?  She invented Gleam Body Radiance to shortcut to beautiful bronze (or just a gorgeous glow) on a range of skin tones. 

What’s different about this product? It’s makeup, not self-tanner, so there are no surprises. It’s completely blendable and buildable so it’s mistake-proof.  It’s amazing how easy it is to blend, as well. And last but not least - IT SMELLS AMAZING - like sex summer summer sex in a tube (what? you know what I mean). I put this on every day/night in Miami and it made me feel human in the best possible way. You can put it on your face too …


Does This: Incredible, blendable body glow in four shades (clockwise above - Rose Gold, Deep Gold, Bronze Gold, Light Gold - I used Bronze Gold).
Is This: Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance
Get This: Here
Price: Available in 1 oz ($15), 2 oz ($30), and 3.5 oz ($40) so buy a few!

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