Monday, June 15, 2015

BEAUTY: St. Moriz Self Tanning Mousse


I have a love/hate relationship with self tanners. In theory, I love them because they offer a way to quickly bronze up when you just don't feel like broadcasting your it-just-got-warm-out pale calves to the world. In reality, I often hate them because they're stinky, usually turn out at least slightly orange, and are just a hassle to apply. Gotta be honest with you, though - I totally don't hate this one.


I've tried a good handful of self tanners over the years, from mists to lotions to gradual color builders, and I've found some to be acceptable and most to be a waste of time and money. I tend to embrace my paleness until I get a sometimes accidental, sometime purposeful tan in the summer, but I recently picked up St. Moriz Self Tanning Mousse in the shade Medium from Ulta, mostly because I was just really impatient for summer. We just had the longest, coldest, snowiest winter of all time (no, like, literally) and I just felt like hitting the fast forward button to summer. I figured self tanner was an easy way to do that, and if it ended up looking horrible, it's still early enough in the season that I can hide the evidence with pants and sleeves. Luckily, I didn't have to!

St. Moriz Self Tanning Mousse in Medium
The first thing I liked about this tanner is the mousse form (they also have a mist and a lotion), which is very light and easy to spread. To do so, I used a self tanner mitt, which made the job SO much easier, though I'd still recommend wearing a plastic glove on your hand in case the tanner seeps through the mitt. Just like every self tanning tutorial on the planet will tell you, make sure to exfoliate beforehand and apply lotion to dryer spots like knees and feet to get more even coverage.

A lot has changed since I first used a self tanner (a regrettable event at age 10, in which I snuck tanner from my mom's bathroom and applied in such a manner that my legs resembled an orange and brown finger-painted rendition of 'Starry Starry Night' the next morning.) For one, there's no more waiting hours and hours to see your color develop - St. Moriz colors as you go. This means that not only can you see the work you're doing - essential for an even application - you can also start enjoying your color instantly. During your next shower (wait at least 6 hours) the guide color will wash off slightly, maybe half a shade, and you'll be left with your true tanner color.

One minute after application. Don't worry, I tanned my hand too.
Another great development is that the color you get is firmly in the olive family, rather than the orange spectrum, which gives a much more natural look. For me, the color was very similar to how I naturally tan, which is something I've never found before in a tanner. The scent is also much less pungent than I recall from others, though it does still have a tinge of that self tanner odor. Once the application is complete, I toss on loose, dark clothes just to be on the safe side, though it truly feels dry in less than 10 minutes. I've had no issues with it staining any clothes or sheets, either.

My color faded evenly all over, a little bit more each day. For me, reapplying every 4-5 days works well to maintain the color. The bottle holds a good amount of product (6.76 fl oz), and it feels like I'd be able to tan my whole body at least 10 times with what I have. It also comes in a Dark shade, if you're looking for a deeper color.

So, no stink, no orange blotches, and simple, smooth application? We've come a long way, baby.

Have you ever tried a self tanner? Are you more into the pale life? What's your favorite bronzing method?


20 comments:

  1. Stunning product. ^^
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  2. I've been wanting to try tanning my legs. This is so helpful!
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, I'm glad it's helpful! This is definitely the best tanner I've ever used - I'm very happy with it! xo

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  3. I love me a good self tanner! This one looks pretty good. Will have to try -xx

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  4. Wow! I'm impressed that there's actually a decent self tanner out there. I've lived in the Caribbean for almost 5 years now so I've got the natural tan going on, but one day we'll move and I'll need to go the bottle route, lol! ~Ree

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    1. Haha! Yeah, this time of year before I get a real tan, I sometimes like to supplement with tanners. This is the least orange one I've ever used! xo

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  5. Oh I really like that it doesn't have that orange color you normally associate with self tanner.

    Mimi & Chichi

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    1. I know, right?! I was shocked how natural it could look. xo

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  6. wow that self tanner looks so real!

    xo,
    Bri
    www.cityfashiongirl.com

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    1. I'm super happy with the olive tan it provides! xo

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  8. This stuff sounds like a winner! There are soooo many things that can go wrong (or be unpleasant) about self-tanners, so I'm glad this one worked out!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. I totally agree! I've tried pretty much every drugstore priced tanner, and none of them are as easy or give as nice of a color as this. Definitely recommend! xo

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  9. That self tanner looks SO natural and I love the idea of it being a mousse!

    be the plebeian

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