Faking A Summer Glow

Faking A Summer Glow

I look better with a little color on my body during the summer but with the talk about sun safety, I definitely wouldn't tan myself under the sun so I just fake it. Finding the right mix of products to achieve a natural looking fake tan has been a challenge for many summers but I'm seeing an end to my my quest this year with these three.

Karora Express Bronzing Mousse ~ Supreme Bronzette
haven't used any self tanners in a few years but was excited when I read about this award winning botanical based line from Ireland. The chemical and paraben free mousse formula which dispenses via a pump has a subtle touch of color and smooth texture that makes it easy to apply which I do with their application mitt. It dries quickly allowing me to get on with what I have to do without worry about trailing any residue. This is the first self tanner I've used which you have to rinse off. I usually leave it on for an hour and a half and the color which develops is believably bronzed and natural looking without any hint of orange. I really liked the pleasant and very light citrus scent which wears off pretty quickly. The color lasts for about a week during which it gradually lightens.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
I use BB cream on my face so why not on my body. This product works well on it's own and also helps to extend the life of my self tan. The lightly tinted cream hydrates my skin and imparts a luminous glow with a slight touch of color. With continued use I've noticed that it does actually enhance and improve the look of my skin while minimizing the look of imperfections like that bug bite I got last week while sitting out on my terrace.

Boots No7 Silky Leg Oil

This oil effectively moisturizes and smooths my skin leaving a soft glowy sheen which nicely compliments to my enhanced color. The vitamin E enriched blend of grape seed, jojoba, sweet almond, argan and evening primrose oils is emollient without being greasy and a little goes a long way. It absorbs well. I use this on my arms and shoulders as well as my legs. I think I might be using this one during the winter months when my skin is drier as well.

Do you fake a summer glow? What products do you swear by?


44 comments

Beautetude said...

I am always scared to try tanning products. I always feel they leave streaks I will check out these products though.
Beautetude

SHE Jenmarie said...

I have the BB Body Cream but I don't think it does much. But maybe I'd notice more of a difference if I used more than one product like you mentioned. I love the idea of a glowy sheen.

Carmen Vecchio said...

great products!
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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Thank you for the intro - I haven't used any of these, but am curious about the mousse. x

Lilli said...

Hi Rowena! You know, I dont use self tanner from ages as the ones I tried left my skin orange and then my clothes were always dirty, very hard to clean well. So I stopped to use them and now Im going to the beach I prefer to get a bit tan with high protection. But these products sounds very interesting, I didnt know the brands of each and Im inspired by the Karora mousse in particular :) Have a lovely Wed, hugs! xo

Madaline said...

I have the worlds driest legs ever (overshare, no?) so this leg oil looks amazing! Going to check out target and see if they carry this...

Emmylou said...

I'm totally buying that Jergens one to try. Thanks for sharing, Rowena. :)

Jackie Harrison said...

Great tips I need to try origin product.
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Style and Paper said...

Great tips!!

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fashionwise said...

must try it ! <3

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Kizzy Von Doll said...

Super tips doll, thankfully I come with a tan, so I've never needed these things. But, getting a good fake tan is better than sitting in the sun too much!! Have a sweet day xx

Diana Ashuayem said...

Great products, would love to see how it looks on you!
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Sam said...

I have never tried self tanning before, don't think it would look good on me although Id rather try these than sit in the sun all day. Have a great week further dear :)

Shirley Tay said...

Oh Rowena, I love your post title! It's really not easy to find a good bronzer :)
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Plearn Nataricha said...

I like Jergens product and that BB body cream is really interesting! I will check them out!

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Lia Crystal said...

Amazing products, but I´m afraid to use tanner products, I tried it once and it didn´t end up good. :)
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Lady Lilith said...

This looks like a really great idea.

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Great products my sweet Rowena
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MaysaAndSunshine said...

Hi Rowena: The idea of having tan skin never really crossed my mind until moving to the US. As you know most ladies in Asia prefer lighter skin tone but I think tan skin is as beautiful. My baby step is to start with Bronzer. Your picks look like good combo.

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Jane said...

sounds like a great way to sport a tan!

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My Garden Diaries said...

Ok I am so writing these down!!! I never had luck finding any that were both natural and looked natural so I gave up. My friends and I went on a girls weekend to the beach and they all laugh because I literally put a towel over me when we were out in the sun! But like you I like a bit of color so this just rocks!! You are now my personal beauty go to person!!! Have a good one you! Nicole xoxo

Alicia Mackin said...

Yep I do, and that BB cream sounds great! It must be good if you can use it on your body. And I will check out that oil in the fall for sure. I like to use oils in the colder months.

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Paola Lauretano said...

These products sound interesting Rowena!!!
Kisses darling!!!!
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Mihaela Pojogu said...

I don't use and either will go to the beach, but I saw some good products with nice results.
xo

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I don't tan either. Aside from the negative effects, I actually burn anyway. I definitely use lotions to help fake a glow. hehe
xo,
nancy

Milu Sosa said...

Great tips!! I get so tan so quickly haha so I might not be using this too much but I would totally use it in winter :)
XOXO

Milu
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Midnight Cowgirl said...

I've been embracing my paleness this summer, but maybe it's time to try a fake tan,,, :)

little luxury list said...

Thanks for the recommendations Rowena! The blend of oils sounds awesome and I definitely recommend jojoba oil for moisturizing!

xoxo,
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Sherli Sukangto said...

lovely photo and tips
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Random_Hi_D said...

I'd like to try that leg oil. Sounds really good.

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Anonymous said...

Great options for those who don't want to grill under the sun!

Marcela Gmd said...

Great products!!!
Have a nice day!! and my like's in bloglovin for you, dear Rowena!!!!:)))

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

Christina Langner said...

Really enjoyed reading through this post!

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Tamina said...

really interested post and products :-) I believe that lots of people are interested in that. me especially, I don't like so much lying under the sun ;-) but luckily I always have a bit of a tan

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What Kenny Hearts said...

Want to try the Jergens one! Hope you have a fun filled Friday. :)



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Emma Henderson said...

Yay! Love seeing an Irish product. Irish tan brands are the best - we're the biggest users of fake tan per capita on the planet (probably because we get so little sun) and because Irish complexions are typically pale and lots of people have sensitive skin, they tend to be very natural looking and also very skin friendly x

Rosemary Nardone said...

Fake tan is the only way to go Most healthy anyhow and I do like Jergen's products I have to look for that leg oil as I do love the boots line as well! Great post as always!!

Jessica said...

I really need to try that silky leg oil.

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

This is my first time hearing of these three brands, not familiar with them, perhaps coz I don't do tanning *_^ Don't think we have them here as well. Good to know that at least the Karora mousse is paraben-free!

Am sure you are rocking your tan look now! enjoy the summer *_^

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

Oh my bad, I do know of No.7 as I often see their ads on foreign magazines like Elle UK and what not, but have never tried any of their products so far :))

Leslie said...

I'm faking a tan right now, on my legs anyway. I use the silk oil. It makes them so soft! I'm stopping by from SITS & I hope you have a great Sunday!

Kim Alston said...

I use Jergens! It's soooooo good! Great post Rowena.
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Kim Alston said...

I use Jergens! It's sooooo good! Great post Rowena!
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