Beating the Winter Blues with St. Tropez

Trying to beat the winter blues with a healthy glow can seem like a challenge. I’ve tried a number of self-tanners in the past but either the streakiness, uneven tone, or that awful smell turned me off right away. I heard a ton of buzz about St. Tropez and finally decided to splurge on it when I saw how great it worked for my roommate. This week I’m doing a little review on my experience using the product – tips for getting an even, lasting tan and what to expect.

The Products:10959507_10152736030485888_8616918206834226804_n

What to expect:

  • I decided to go with the Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse which is an expedited formula. With this particular one you apply it then wait either 1 hour for a light glow, 2 hours for a golden bronze, or 3 hours for a dark tan, then shower and rinse it off with warm water. The formula is a mousse which makes it super easy to spread evenly – but I would definitely recommend buying the applicator mitt as well to ensure it’s applied smoothly.


  • Exfoliate first! Before using St. Tropez (or any self-tanner) it’s important to shave and use a good shower scrub to get rid of any rough patches and dry skin.
  • Moisturize rough patches before applying. Elbows, knees, knuckles – any place the tanner can cling to should be nice and nourished before applying!
  • Check out the great video they have here on tips for applying for an even tan, and how to get the hard-to-reach areas on your back by turning your mitt over.

The pros:FullSizeRender (7)

  • Pleasant smell – I don’t mind it at all.
  • Super even colour – when you use the mitt the colour seems to apply flawlessly.
  • The colour is noticeable – most self-tanners are “gradual” which means unless you apply them religiously after each shower will you see much of a difference. After applying this brand I notice the change immediately and the colour continues to build 8 hours after.
  • With the Express Bronzing Mousse you get to control your colour by how long you leave it on.
  • No stains! After using it I didn’t have any marks on my clothes or white bed linens.
  • love the face moisturizer! I’ve been using it in-between applications to keep the healthy glow. It hasn’t caused any dryness or breakouts, and usually I have trouble trying new products with my sensitive skin.

The cons:

  • The one downside I found with St. Tropez is that it is on the pricey end. It can seem like a lot of money ($44 at Shoppers or Sephora) to put forward on a beauty product, however I do believe it’s worth it. When you consider how much you can spend on using tanning beds – and how bad they are for you, I much rather invest in an alternative that won’t damage my skin.

All-in-all I would recommend it! Let me know your thoughts and experiences with St. Tropez!

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