Today I am sharing my self tanning routine. I get asked a lot how I self tan and what my favorite products are so I wanted to write it all out and link my favorites. Most of the time I am using my Tarte Brazilliance self tanning gel with the mitt that it comes with, I LOVE this stuff so much! It’s awesome. I also like the Tarte tanning face towlettes. Another one of my favorites is the Jergens Instant Sun Mousse, I use this with a mitt too. The Kate Sommerville tanning towlettes are also awesome but they are kind of expensive so I don’t use those as often. If I want a quick tan that is just meant to last for the day, the Benefit Hoola Zero Tan Lines is great!! I like to self tan 2-3 times a week but sometimes things get crazy and I go a week or two without doing it. It really is so easy and quick though, it only takes 5 minutes for me to do my whole body!

HOW I SELF TAN: 

  1. I always start by exfoliating my body in the shower before I do any self tanning. You don’t want any dead/dry skin making your tan streaky or uneven.
  2. I don’t know if this is the right thing to do but I always put on lotion before I self tan. Maybe you are supposed to put it on after but I do it before and haven’t had any issues. I give it a few minutes to dry so that when I do put on the self tanner, it doesn’t get all swirled around with the lotion.
  3. Apply your self tanning product in front of a mirror (and use a mitt)! I never really even paid attention to the fact that I was using my mirror to make sure I didn’t miss any spots until I took these pictures of me applying self tanner outside and realized it is a lot harder when you cant see what you are doing! I never ever EVER use my hands to apply self tanner. Ever. I ALWAYS use a mitt and it ends up looking a lot more natural and you don’t get stained hands. One of my friends was using rubber gloves to apply self tanner the other day and personally I don’t think that would work as well as a mitt but you can try out either method, but I would 100% say to not just use your hands! Also I only have a swimsuit on since we were taking photos, but normally I don’t have anything on since I don’t want any lines or streaks.
  4. Let it dry for at least 10-15 minutes before you put on any clothes. Sometimes if i’m in a rush I will get dressed before that and I always feel sticky and like the self tanner is transferring to my clothes. If you let it dry completely you shouldn’t have any issues like that!
  5. For hands/feet/face it can be a little bit hard to make sure things look even and not too orange. I don’t have any amazing tips for this so if any of you do, feel free to leave them in the comments down below! I usually just really try to make sure that everything is all blended out and looks natural, the mitt helps with this a lot when it comes to your hands. I don’t know about you guys but I feel like the #1 thing that gives away a fake tan is orange hands/feet! I definitely don’t feel like the Tarte self tanning gel is orange at all but if you don’t blend it out enough on your fingers/knuckles it’s going to look a little weird. I also don’t like to use the gel on my face, I love the Jergens tanning face lotion or the Tarte face tanning wipes like I mentioned earlier. These products are made specifically for your face so they are going to be better for your skin!

And that’s it! I hope this was helpful to some of you guys. :) I have been messing around with self tanning for years and always had really really bad experiences before I tried out these products! I used to use the St. Tropez self tanning mousse a few years ago and I think I just didn’t know what I was doing/it’s a little dark for me and I have some serious regrets hahaha!! I remember I did a big meetup with my friends in Chicago a few years ago and I used the St .Tropez tanner and looked SO RIDICULOUS because I was soooo bad at applying it!!! I still have the St. Tropez self tanning mousse and I actually like it now and use it sometimes and it ends up looking fine so I don’t know what I was doing wrong back then but seriously I remember it looking so bad! It’s actually really embarrassing to think about… Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any other favorite tanning products!

 

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Hey everyone! I wanted to share some of my favorite spring dresses with you all! I LOVE these two that I brought on my trip! This gorgeous blush colored one is from Lulus (one of my favorite places to shop for dresses) and the printed one is from Spell. I am heading to Florida in a couple weeks and just ordered a couple new pretty pieces so I’m excited to show you guys those too :) Let me know where your favorite places to shop are! I always stick to the same places and want to branch out and try something new!

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TOP – Urban Outfitters | SKIRT – Free People | HAT – Urban Outfitters (similar)

How amazing is this beach villa!! We stayed at the Sun Siyam Resort for the second half of our stay in the Maldives. It was so so so pretty and we loved it so much. This island was so different than the last one we stayed on, the water was a lot more blue and I thought it was a lot prettier. We stayed in a villa instead of an overwater bungalow this time and it was fun to have a change! When we were getting a tour of our room we were freaking out at how cool it is. The bathroom is outside and it has a giant hot tub, an outdoor shower and a swing! We also had a private pool and cabana! We relaxed a lot at this hotel and just enjoyed our last few days here. It was great!

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