Sunday, August 16, 2015

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Review

As far as fake tanning goes, I am a virgin. I've always been one of those annoying people who tans deeply and the tan lasts for months on end. Now that I'm 21, I am finding it more and more difficult to have the time to sunbathe (even if the sun was out..) and I think my parents have decided that I'm too old to go on holiday with them. On top of that, I've become more conscious of sun damage.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Review

So, I decided to give fake tanning a go! I didn't want to go the down the road of fake tanning in the night, ruining your sheets and washing it off in the morning. My skin is not that pale, so it seemed like a lot of unnecessary effort to go through seeing as I'm not thaaaaat bothered about being brown. This product seems like an easy way for me to try out fake tanning, without breaking the bank and wasting a lot of time and effort!

I had seen a lot of good reviews by fellow bloggers as well, was everyone sent one but me? Sad times. I didn't want to be included anyway...

When I was buying this in Boots, I mentioned to the cashier that it was good value for money (£9.50!) and her deadpan response was 'yes, if it works'. Besides the fact that I love chit chat too much and her not being the best saleswoman, she makes a good point. Does it work? 

How to use

The instructions for the product was really straight forward. You pop it on your wet skin, massage in circular motions, wait 3 minutes and wash off. It is supposedly gradual, not activating straight after the shower. 

I have decided to test this out for 7 days, using it everyday on just my arms. I've had my first shower and so far so good. It hasn't left my orange or with dry skin. The only thing that is noticeably different is the smell of my arms, which is a nice almond scent. Edit: 2 hours later and it has started to smell of fake tan. It's not very strong but it's a little bit stronger than faint. Maybe this means it's working! 

I know a lot of people would consider waiting 3 minutes annoying but it's not too much of an imposition for me. I like to keep my conditioner in as long as possible anyway. Also, most songs are around the 3 minute mark so it's easy to keep track of the time. 

1 Week Later

I actually feel really sad for past Gweni, who was so full of hope. Look at all that text I wrote! So optimistic.. So no, this product did not work for me. I'm sorry if I got your hopes up.

Ok so these aren't the best before and after pictures I could have taken, I was in a rush on the day I took the "after" pictures. But trust me, there wasn't any difference. I ended up freezing my little botty off for 3 minutes a day and having a light fake tan fragrance for 7 days and for absolutely nothing. Sad times ey. 

The one thing I will say is that it might work better on people who have lighter skin than me. My arms were already quite brown before trying the product. Perhaps one day I will bother trying it on my legs, as they are a bit paler. But right now, I cannot be bothered for the life of me. Bronzer does the trick in much less time! 

Let me know if you've tried this, especially if it worked for you! Thank you for reading.

Love G xxx 

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