Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Who doesn't love a good fake bake?!


It's that time again - to attempt to look like you've spent a week in the sun even though you haven't. And if any of you are like me, this is an ever evolving process. I am constantly finding new products to add to my routine, and getting better at applying them. I have tried several products in my quest to get the perfect fake bake. 
I used to go to the tanning bed during my college years, but just last year made the decision to quit exposing myself to those UV rays. I felt like as a nurse I was setting a bad example. Not to mention I am pretty fair skinned and at risk to develop skin cancer. 
I thought I would share with you the products I have tried that work, and hopefully you can tell me what works for you as well!
Clinique Self Tan: I have reviewed this on my blog before, so I am sure you've seen it. It retails for about $25, and I usually get mine from Sephora. This stuff works really well for a fast decently colored tan. I would say it lasts me about 4-5 applications of my whole body. Not too shabby for the price. Clinique is brand that I trust. It has a little sparkle to the lotion that I like. However, as much as they try to mask the self tan smell, you can still smell it. Especially the longer you leave it on. This lotion can also get streaky if you aren't careful about how you apply it. I love that this lotion fades evenly as it goes away - a problem that I have found with a lot of self tanners. 
DIY Self Tan
Fake Bake 60 minute Self Tan: I just tried this self tanner. I have never used this brand before but had heard good reviews. I love love love this product. I can't say enough great things about it. I love that you only have to leave it on for an hour (you can leave it on up to 3 for a darker tan), and then you can wash it off. It has a coloring in it so you can see where you applied it so it is completely streak free! I don't have one streak on my body. The other awesome thing is it doesn't have that self tanner smell at all - it smells like a beachy smell! It comes with a mitt for application, which was so easy to use. It also came with gloves, but I didn't use those. I loved that a little bit went such a long way! I paid $15 to get this from amazon. You can also get it at Ulta for a little bit more.
Types of Self Tanner
Sephora Self Tanning Body Mist: This spray on tan is little harder to apply than rubbing in a lotion, but it does give a great instant color. The self tan smell is there, but only slightly. It also dries really quickly so you don't have to wait for it to settle in before you get dressed. As long as you are careful about where you apply it, there are no streaks. Just make sure that you spray over an old towel other wise it will be all over your floor. The only down side to this product is that it is $20, and it only lasts about 2 applications if you do your whole body. It does however, fade really evenly and five an instant tan!
Best Self Tanner
Jergens Natural Glow Mousse: This is about as basic as a self tanner as you can get, as you can get it at any drug store. Jergens isn't my favorite brand to begin with, but this mousse is a great "upkeep" self tanner. If you can get a great base tan with any of the above products, this is a great way to maintain the color without wasting the more expensive product. It does have the self tanner smell, but the product absorbs fast since it is a mousse. I feel like this product lasts a long time, and you can buy it in different shades depending on how dark you want to be. 
Tell me what products you use to get that natural looking glow so that I can try it too!

52 comments:

  1. What a great list. I all too often just accept my pasty-whiteness. I really should look into these.

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    1. It can be a bit annoying to do the "up keep" of the fake bake which is why i fall behind. But I always love when I look tan!

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  2. Ugh self tanners....so hard to find one that doesn't smell when the color starts setting in! I tend to go with the sprays or foams but I have really been liking the towel ones lately. Great review!
    ~Amanda|Meet @ the Barre

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    1. I have had the best luck with sprays and foams too! That smell can get so bad!!

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  3. I love jergens natural glow. it works wonders on me :)
    XO
    Ellen
    Www.askawayblog.com

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    1. I have used that pretty frequently too!

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  4. Self tanners just scare me...I'm always afraid of looking streaky but the Fake Bake sounds like a great one!! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. It is by far my fav that I have used, even my husband says it looks so natural!

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  5. Great recomms....but I think I'd try that Jergens stuff!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. I have used Jergens several times and it does get the job done!

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  6. Thanks for the recommendations. I want to try the fake bake one.

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    1. Its my fav one that I have ever used, and a little bit goes a long way!

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  7. Love this post! I have been wanting to add a little color to my ridiculously pale complexion! :)

    www.sparklingfootsteps.com

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    1. I know - I was so tired of looking at my white skin!

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  8. I am so glad you shared this!! I have been done tanning for year (except for before vacas opps!) and I have been trying to find a good self tanner--but they seem to either be orange or streaky! I am def. going to try the Fake Bake one you love and see how it goes!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. the fake bake one is my fav of all - my husband even commented on how natural it looks!

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  9. Thank you for sharing! I have made it a goal this season to find the RIGHT self tanner for me and master it! I think I want to try that Fake Bake one and some of the towelettes I've seen others talking about.

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    1. The fake bake on is the best I have tried!

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  10. thanks for the review. While you want a tanned skin, I want a fairer skin xD

    xx,
    felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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  11. I love how many self tanners are on the market these days-- I know I could use a little more color but I get soo lazy about applying it!

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    1. It does get so annoying with all the "up keep" that you have to do for it!

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  12. I've been using Target's brand, actually. I use it every other day - making sure I put on lots of lotion on my tanning off days. Self tanners tend to streak more when your skin is try, so you could even apply lotion before the self-tanner to help.

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    1. I haven't tried that one but maybe I need to put it on my list!

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  13. Ooh I definitely want to try the Fake Bake! Love that you just wash it off. My favorite self tanner are Tan Towels!

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    1. It is my favorite that I have ever tried!

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  14. I just ordered some Fake Bake! I'm interested in trying the Jergen's mousse to upkeep it. Thanks for posting a list! :)

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    1. I have used it several times and it works pretty great!

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  15. I am about to order some Fake Bake! Seriously, great review list. My boyfriend all too often tells me we need to get me out in the sun more. The sad thing...he is 100% right!

    http://blissfulblonde.blogspot.com

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    1. The fake bake is the best I have ever tried and a little goes a long way!

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  16. Such a great post and products! =)

    Please, check out my blog:
    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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  17. I'm a big fan or Jergens and I've heard great things about Sephora. I'm curious to see which ones you like best!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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  18. I looooooove L'Oreal sublime gel! It gives me amazing color!

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    1. I will have to put that on my list to try!

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  19. SUCH a great idea to use the jergens for maintenance. I can't wait to try the fake bake.

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    1. Fake Bake is my fav that I have tried so far!

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  20. I need to start using these products. Thank you for reviewing these, I never know which one to pick!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. There are so many choices it can be over whelming!

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  21. Thanks for the review...I have been debating some of these products!

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    1. Its so hard to know which one to pick!

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  22. Oooh..definitely going to try some of these! I have hated trying on clothes lately, because I'm so pale!

    Just found your cute blog! Stop by mine sometime and say hi...I've got a great giveaway going on right now!

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    1. I know how you feel about that! I will check out your blog too!

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  23. I am so with you on this! I am a recovering tan-aholic! That's what I call it at least, no more tanning beds, I wear sunscreen EVERYDAY now and turn towards spray tan when I want some color! Thanks for posting, I have to try some of these products! :) Happy Spring!

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    1. I know - same here! It was hard to stop going! The fake bake is the best I have tried so far!

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  24. Thanks for those reviews! I've always been too nervous to try one for fear of how they'd turn out! lol!

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    1. I know, there are so many choices to choose from!

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  25. I should probably start using a self tanner, but I just cant. I am too lazy to deal with the upkeep! hahah

    Love Always,
    Elizabeth
    thejourneycreatingme.blogspot.com

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  26. I love that jergens one!
    Www.shotgunsandpearls.blogspot.com

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