April 19, 2019


I get lots of questions about what I use to get my color, so today I'm sharing all the info!

First of all, I do not tan in the tanning bed. It's kinda useless, my skin just doesn't tan well. If anything, I get kinda golden, but that's about it. I'm also covered with freckles and moles, and skin cancer isn't something I want to experience, so I'm a big fan of rubbing on my tan.

I've been experimenting with some sunless tanning products since I canceled my Sun Tan City spray tan membership a few months ago. The mist in the spray booth is always freezing cold, when the tan starts coming off I kinda look like a snake, and I was going like every 5 days. Pain in my butt. Basically, doing it myself at home is cheaper, easier, and the tan fades off much more naturally. Win win win!

I started off using Fake Bake Flawless because my friend Becky loves it, and now I do too! I actually prefer Fake Bake Flawless Darker because it's still a natural and pretty tan color, but a darker tan than just the flawless. The flawless doesn't transfer on your clothes and sheets as much as the darker formula. It washes out though! Each box of Fake Bake always has a new mitt and rubber gloves to use when applying.

The next thing I integrated into my tanning routine is the St. Tropez Bronzing Face Water.  Olivia Rink talked about it on her blog and now I'm hooked. I hated to pay $30 for such a small bottle, but it's a super light mist and is proving that a little goes a long way! I use at least every other day. Tanning products seem to fade more quickly on my face due to makeup and washing it off every night. This face water is so easy to spritz on after I wash my face at night and I have a tan glow in the morning.
Side note, I've always heard great things about the entire St Tropez line. Their colors are fantastic and so natural! This product doesn't irritate my skin at all, but their tanning mousse makes me break out in these rough little bumps all over that last for 3-4 days. My mom uses the mousse with no problems, though! I'm always jealous about that, haha.

I switch between the Fake Bake and Josie Maran Argan Tanning Oil weekly, because I love them both, but I think I like Josie Maran's a little bit better! The mitt is nicer, softer, and since the formula is an argan oil, it's moisturizing and doesn't create rusty looking elbows, knees, knuckles, wrists, and ankles. The color isn't as dark as Fake Bake, but it's a gorgeous sun kissed glow. Besides all that, my favorite thing about the oil is that IT SMELLS LIKE MAPLE SYRUP. I always want pancakes so bad after I tan myself, hahah. You might not agree on the maple syrup thing, but either way, it smells delicious and doesn't have the stinky generic tan smell.

My Josie Maran oil came from QVC, so that's why I also have the honking jar of delicious smelling sugar body scrub. It's $14 more but is on easy pays right now! However, if you don't care to have the scrub, Sephora also sells it here, and it's the tanning oil only and is just $39.

As always, I hope this was helpful!! Products are linked throughout the post, but you can also shop them in the widget below!