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Top 5 | Ways To Look Tan in the Winter

Hey dolls! Anyone expecting snow this week? *Raises hand* We're supposed to get hit three times this week. The first storm just hit today and we got totally dumped on. I can't help but think it moments like this, "Can't a girl just get some warmth and sunshine?" I might have to wait a few more months to walk out in shorts but at least until then I can fake it!

Wearing: Toma's Air Brush Spray / Benefit Hoola Bronzer



Fake Bake Flawless and Bare Minerals Faux Tan
Ah, my two favorite self tanners! Yes, I'm one of those girls that sometimes feels better with a tan. No, I do not like tanning in tanning beds (it's just not for me) and no, I do not think everyone looks better with a tan. Everyone is naturally gorgeous in whatever skin color they have or choose to alternate. Phew. I think that's every question that I'm sure will be asked. *Pictures from Google.com

Bare Minerals Faux Tan was the first high-end fake tan out of the bottle I ever used. Out of the pump-style nozzle comes out a very dark brown lotion with a greenish tint to it. The greenish tint is always a good sign and means that when it develops, it won't be orange. When applied to the body, it remains dark so you can see where you put it. I really like using a lotion with a tan guard because I'm horrible at remembering where I already put it. Application wasn't messy but I always recommend wearing gloves or using a mitt when applying any self tanner so your palms don't get all tan (it looks weird, I promise you). Of all the years I've used this, I have yet to experience streaking. With the tan guard, it's basically a no-brainer. Normally, I put this on before I go to bed. I wait about 10 minutes for it to completely dry before I hit the sheets. In the morning, I'm tanner then tan! How dark you get completely relies on how long you leave it on. If I leave it on for five hours, I get a light tan. Overnight, I'm a completely different skin tone. The smell is alright. When applying, it has a nice cherry almond smell that goes away after about 8 hours. This tan lasts about 4-5 days and fades pretty gradually.

Fake Bake Flawless is a liquid spray fake tan. It comes with a spray nozzle to spray the liquid onto a mitt and rub it in. Unlike Bare Minerals Faux Tan, this has a red undertone. Again, this tanner also has a tan guard on it. I like to spray on my body and then rub it in with a mitt but you can also spray onto the mitt and then rub onto your body. The scent is tropical which is nice and doesn't seem to stink after it dries. This dries QUICK which is nice and doesn't rub off on your sheets if you tan before you go to bed. This tanner lasts about 3-4 days and fades first in any part of your body that rubs together (inside of your elbow, etc.) which is a bummer. I really like using this tanner when I'm in a rush because the tan guard looks natural enough to wear out if need be.

* For a great tan that lasts always exfoliate first (I like LUSH Ocean Salt Cleanser) and moisturize your rough spots (elbows, knees). Always be careful applying to your face. Some tanners are not recommended to be used near the eyes so always check first.

Benefit Hoola and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Benefit Hoola Bronzer is one of my favorite bronzers of all time. It's matte, it's brown without any orange-y tint to it and does the job perfectly of making my skin look nice and tan. $30 for a bronzer can be a hard pill to swallow. I've heard Wet N Wild Bronzer in Sunny is a close dupe. 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is another great bronzer. A bit darker then Hoola but still matte and gives a great tanned glow. This smells absolutely amazing! Like a chocolate bar on your face due to the actual cocoa in the bronzer and yes, it tastes sweet. Not that I recommend liking your bronzer or anything.

Swatches of Benefit Hoola | Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Toma's Tan Self Tanning Airbrush Spray
Basically, tanning heaven in a can. I first heard about this through Miss Cara from Maskcara who used this on her clients to give them a quick glow without all the waiting from a fake tanner. Please note that I used this like her, not as a full body tanner but as a quick tan to the face. I do not know how long it lasts on the body although I heard not long at all. It always washes off at night using soap. Anywho, I absolutely LOVE this stuff. It's quick and easy and actually smells like 7-Up. I actually like to spray the tanner onto the dampened sponge and then apply as to make sure I don't get it in my eyes.

* I feel like people should know this but please always be careful when using a tanner (nonetheless a spray one) near or on your face. Especially near your eyes.

These are my five favorite ways to look tan in the winter but I'd love to hear yours! What are your favorite self tanners and bronzers? 

41 comments

  1. Great tanning items you talked about :)

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  2. I love the Chocolate Soleil. I used to tan in the winter but after having a kid now I'm too lazy. It takes up too much of my time having to apply the lotion and sit around.

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    1. I totally understand. No kids yet but I already sometimes think, "But it's going to take foreverrrrrrrr." before I do it. Hahaha.

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  3. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer gets a lot of good reviews. I'm not sure how it fairs on darker skin tones. Great post

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    1. They make a Chocolate Soleil in a medium/dark shade. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how it looks on darker skin tones. When I'm super tan (NC30), it still shows up but anything darker than that I'm not sure.

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  4. When I was first getting into makeup, I would sweep Chocolate Soleil all over my face and BOY did I look tan :P

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  5. Your face looks great with the bronzers in that first photo! I like using Beautisol on my body in winter for a tan effect. It washes off but it actually applies evenly and I look like I'm not Casper the friendly ghost when I wear it LOL But I don't mind being pale and can't be bothered half the time with tanners

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    1. Thanks baby cakes! I totally understand. Fake tanners are rough putting on and keeping up with. I need an assistant to help me! Hahaha.

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  6. I have been looking for Tomas!!! Thanks for the roundup!

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  7. It's rough being pale... stupid winter weather... I love Beautisol for my fake tanning =)

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    1. Girl, I hear ya! This Beautisol everyone talks about. I'm definitely going to need to check it out.

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  8. I love this color on you, it makes your skin look nice and dewy :)

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  9. Tan? Winter? That's a hard trick to pull off. You've got some great choices for it.

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  10. Love that..I am a tan-aholic as well...I lvoe the St. Tropez and Beautisol selftanners, just the best color!

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    1. Oooh St. Tropez! Another good tanner!

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  11. I have tried the Fake Bake and I like it!

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  12. I have a Beautisol product that I need to try.. I am ridiculously white, especially since I live in Florida! I would rather protect my skin from the sun and use fake tan, though!

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    1. I've heard some fantastic things about Beautisol. I'll have to check them. Girl, me too! I'm paler than a sheet of paper. Amen! Me too!

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  13. I really want want to try the hoola bronzer from Benefit

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  14. hoola is one of my favorite bronzers of all time.

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  15. Great reco! I like Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. Geez, I'll freeze to death in snow. At low 60s here in Hawaii, I'm already feeling cold!!!!

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  16. I've got some faux tanners to try. I used one when I was in high school on my legs and it was awesome. But I'm always so worried about trying them on my face.

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    1. Oooh! I wonder what it was. I get nervous too. I usually like to buy the tanners made for your face or mix some moisturizer in to the tanner before applying to my face. It's nerve wracking because you can always hide your arms and legs if it goes orange. Not so much with my face :x

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    1. Thanks! It's one of the only bronzers I can justify spending $30 on.

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  18. Thanks. I will try one of this sometime. Meanwhile, You may also go to Portland’s most desirable tanning salon at 2160 West Burnside Portland OR 97210 or just call this phone number 503.926.8622 and we’re looking forward to serving you and doing everything we can to help you achieve your deepest, darkest tan.

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