by Tienlyn Jacobson


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While my winter might not be nearly as bad as the rest of the country right now (75 degrees right now and that’s the last I’m going to brag about it, promise), I’ve still seen less sun than usual this last month or so, resulting in a pale-ish hue that tentatively borders on ghostly.

So in an effort to not frighten my husband with my ghost-like appearance (ok, slightly exaggerating here but you get the point), I turned to a little help from Bondi Sands for a little self-tan help.

I suppose this is where I should mention that I am not a huge self-tanner fanatic, due to the fact that it usually requires a level of maintenance that, simply put, I just don’t have the energy for. Not only is it usually time consuming to keep up a tan, but getting it even and natural looking is usually a next level kind of maintenance that usually sends me screaming back to my low-key (albeit pale) comfort zone.

However I should have known that out of everyone, the Australians would do self-tanning best! I tried a few products and honestly, there’s nothing I don’t like.

The most intimidating was the Dark Self Tanning Lotion due to the dark color that you can kind of see immediately. However, this (paired with the Self Tanning Mitt) turned out to be a godsend, as I was able to distribute it clearly and evenly with surprising ease. Plus, I was able to add another layer 30 minutes later for an even deeper tan without any fear of streaks, and without accompanying orange palms (major bonus) either. Plus, I looked darker right away and was able to get dressed normally without any of the product rubbing off on my clothing - perfect for impatient people like myself!

Once I had mastered the Dark Self Tanning Lotion, I moved on to the Liquid Gold Dry Oil, which was unbelievably easy and felt like it was moisturizing my skin at the same time! It also seemed slightly more subtle, which is actually perfect for maintaining a serious tan.

Building up a natural looking (but super deep) tan was surprisingly easy. I decided just to go for it to see how dark I could get and what I ended up with were legs that looked like they had spent the last few months in Maui (wish they had).

But my favorite product might be the Exfoliation Mitt - as it is perfect for pre-exfoliation to ensure you get a smooth, even result, and it’s also fantastic for buffing away any accidental streaks post self-tanning results - something I was expecting a lot of considering my somewhat absent-minded application approach, but ended up with very little of.

The verdict? If you’ve been annoyed with self tanners in the past, I definitely recommend this one - it’s perfect for beauty aficionados and low maintenance ladies alike. Just be sure to have your alibi ready when people think you’ve been on vacation for the last few weeks…



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