Saturday, June 13, 2015
Towel? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Bikini (and high-waist bottoms)? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Bronze-y glow? Double check! Let's get real: none of us are out in the sun to get tan anymore. I'm all about that fake tan life. As much as I love staying skin cancer-free by not laying out in the sun, I'll admit that constantly applying fake tan can be a little time-consuming.

Vita Liberata is trying to change all of that - at least for your face. This year they've come out with the Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals - the first loose mineral self-tanning bronzer that creates a long lasting tan. It's also gluten, oil, paraben and cruelty-free which are all pluses in my book.

The Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals come in two different shades - Sunkissed (light) and Bronze (medium). Trystal also comes with a super soft and dense kabuki brush that works beautifully with the powder to create an natural, even tan. It's basically foolproof, guys.

So, the directions say to apply this over a foundation or moisturizer but I found applying this on bare skin or very light moisturizer gets the best results. Maybe it's my foundation (Estee Lauder DoubleWear) but it almost blocks the tan from through to my skin to create a lasting tan. Womp, womp.

I apply this on bare skin/lightly moisturized skin starting in all the spots the sun would kiss my face/every where I would normally bronze. Cheeks, forehead, chin, neck, chest. Then I go back in and contour. I apply a bit more on the hairline, under the cheekbones, under my jaw, etc. What I love about this is that the powder is so sheer yet creates such a gorgeous tan. It's incredibly lightweight and doesn't clog your pores. At the end of the night, you just wash it off and are left with a nicely tanned face.

 I'm also happy that you can just use this as a normal bronzer (with an added plus that it'll last a few days!) without any orange-ness or streaks. The kabuki brush that comes with it is perfect for contouring with and sculpting out your features without it getting messy. 

I've read that this is also great for your body as well but can admit that I have not tested it out anywhere other than my face and chest. The lasting time using my method got me about three to four days. Using the method of wearing this over foundation really only got me that night until I washed it off.

Before | Right after application

Two days after applying

Overall: I recommend giving this a try. As someone who does fake tan somewhat often, I found this to definitely cut some time out. For me, the face is always kind of tricky with getting an even fake tan without looking too overdone. This gives a gorgeous, natural tan that blends with the rest of my body. I even feel confident rocking just the Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals and some mascara and heading out the door! 

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