I don't know about you ladies but, doesn't this time of year make you extra paranoid about your pasty milk bottle legs?! I know it does mine! So what better way to rid the pastiness than a nice bottle of instant fake tan? I love how more confident I feel in dresses and sleeveless tops when I've tanned! I feel healthy looking and did you know... fake tan gives the illusion of a slimmer body? Well if these aren't reasons to give it a go, I don't know what is!
I Purchased this self tanner whilst shopping on good old Fragrance Direct, and was pretty excited when I found it! I've heard a few good things about this self tanner, as it's obviously meant to be a St. Tropez double but for less, and whilst it's on Fragrance Direct it's further discounted to only £2.99!!! I also bought the St. Moriz tanning mitt for £2.99 to help apply the product, without getting horrible orange palms/hands.
First off, the smell as you apply is pretty much like soap and not repugnant or anything which makes the application experience less revolting, as I've used some tanners that smell like biscuits straight away. Unfortunately it does develop the dreaded biscuit smell overnight and you'll start to smell it up to 2 hours after application. I think it's just the product doing its thing, so I don't mind smelling awfully sickly for one night, as I tend to shower when I wake up to get rid of excess product and the smell!
The product itself is dispensed through a pump which is easy to use. It's all very standard for a self tanner in a pump.
One thing I loved was the little directions at the back and top tips. I thought it was a nice touch and since I'm a little bit of a newbie to fake tan, it's always nice to have something to help make me less confused as I'm applying. All of the information is laid out in simple and pretty amusing terms, so it's okay, you won't be confused further with directions made for Einstein It's just nice having information on the back that is straightforward and easy to follow.
This is the outcome after a few days. I feel it looks better after a few days and once it's had a few washes off to fade it out. I am naturally very fair, so if this is a bit dark for you, there is a normal tone tanner by St. Moriz, although I'm not sure on the difference. I did apply a few coats so that could be why it has come out dark, so if you only want a subtle colour, apply only the one coat. The product is easy to work into the skin, and dries VERY quickly. It didn't leave me sticky or tacky at all, and I could get dressed (into loose dark clothing!) about 5 minutes after application. I tend to crack the window in the bathroom and stand near it so the cold air dries my skin faster, you could also put your hair dryer on cool settings and go over your skin with that to dry it further. Like any tanner, I wouldn't recommend any sort of activity that makes you sweat, or anything that involves water for up to 4-6 hours after you've applied the tanner. You'll end up streaky and looking more like a hot mess than hot tanned goddess. I'd also strongly recommend bathing/showering the morning you wake up (if it's been more than 8 hours since you applied the tan) so you can get rid of extra product that may still be on your skin. I went out in the evening one night and didn't shower beforehand to get rid of extra product since I was in a hurry and unfortunately it rained, I didn't have a coat and I ended up looking like a tiger with stripes of lighter brown and un wet patches of dark brown, so please avoid this happening to you and get rid of anything that hasn't sunk into your skin before you venture out into the world!
Another tip I can give is to not apply this or any tan meant for your body, onto your face, as it tends to make you look really dirty and patchy. I don't tan my face because it breaks me out so I embrace a white mask face without makeup, but it means you will have to apply a darker foundation to match your body for the times you leave your house. I also have dry skin in places on my face and the tan tends to latch onto that, not matter how much I exfoliate. If you really need to tan your face, then purchase a tanner for face only. I'm sure that it's not only easier to apply but better for your skin.
Don't forget to exfoliate! Pay special attention to exfoliate your ankles, knees, elbows and YOUR NECK! I've learned that fake tan tends to build up around the folds in your neck, especially the crook between your shoulder and neck, and leaves it looking dirty. I'd also recommend to mix the tanner with moisturizer to play down the colour on your feet and hands/wrists and palms, fingers and ears. Your fingers can look a bit dirty if the tan decides to sink into your lines and knuckles so remember to only apply a small amount and to mix with moisturizers and buff the colour in really well.
Okay... I think that's it!
Over all, I am so happy with this instant fake tanner. I am pretty sure it's my holy grail tan! I'll never turn back! I'm going to stock up on it whilst it's at £2.99.
Have you tried St. Moriz? what did you think?