Whilst I have not been backwards in complaining about our Narnia winter, but I must also admit that I had forgotten how much I love being wrapped up in winter camouflage. The levels of grooming required when shedding ones clothes (like a particularly grumpy snake) at the advent of summer are extremely annoying.
There are the pedicures – because I do not wish to trot around showing my hooves to the world, the hair removal – thank GOD I am blonde and, for me because I am so white I glow, the fake tanning. So HALLELUJAH for St Tropez. I know I write about them every summer, but I still haven’t found another at home self tanner that is this good.
I LOVE this Bronzing Mousse. It is in my all time hero products list. I have the little can for travelling, and the big one sits in my bathroom cupboard. It doesn’t streak, doesn’t really smell, and looks like a lovely sun-kissed glow after one application. Add more and you look proper, like you’ve just spent a week in, say, St Tropez. (See what I did there?) It also seems to last for ages. Which, if I had bought it, I would consider excellent value for money.
I’m still not sure if this is the way that you are supposed to use the mousse but I have excellent results this way: think Karate Kid. For those of you who are too young to understand this stellar movie reference, what this means is that I use the magic St Tropez tanning mitt to apply the mousse – which stops my hands getting stained (brown palms are so 2001), and then – this is the really important bit – I buff my skin all over with the same mitt to ensure an even coverage and no streaks. (The mitt also washes like a dream, rinsed under a tap.)
It has a lovely light fluffy texture, so there’s no heavy rubbing in, with the danger of missing a bit. It takes a matter of minutes to apply, fifteen minutes or so of hopping around naked whilst it dries to stop it transferring to sheets/clothes/dressing gown, and then you are done. It is tinted, so you can see a difference immediately, and that means that next day (I always do this overnight), a delightful steam of brown appears in the shower.
They’ve also just updated their line of complementary products including a Tan Extender – basically a moisturiser with a little bit of self tan to keep your glow going, an exfoliating mitt, and a great shower gel.