To say I was a bit sceptical of the St Tropez Self Tan Express is a big understatement. I had read all the hype about it when it was released in the summer and most people seemed to love it. Therefore it might seem a bit random that I decided to buy a fake tan in the depths of winter but hear me out.
First of all, the St Tropez Self Tan Express was in the sale on ASOS with about £10 off so it was essentially a bargain. Secondly, I think it's a safe time to test out tanning products in the colder months because if it goes wrong, no one is going to know! And by summer you'll have the golden goddess technique down. Thirdly, I don't know about you but I've been feeling rather pale and pasty recently and since I'm not going on holiday any time soon, I thought I'd try and recreate some winter sun at home.
My thoughts? Well I was excited by the prospect of a tan developing in as little as an hour. The thought of sleeping in fake tan literally makes me shudder so a tan I can wear for a few hours while I'm doing chores sounded ideal. You leave this on for one hour for a light tan, two for a medium tan and three for a dark tan and then after you wash it off it carries on developing. I applied the mousse with a tanning mit (that lovely thing on the left in the photo) one afternoon and then left it on for three hours- since I'm pale I thought I'd see what it could do!
I'm not going to lie, it does smell and it did feel sticky after application but once it dried it wasn't soo bad. The good thing is that this feeling only lasts for a few hours max and then you're left with a nice golden colour after washing it off. The next morning I definitely woke up a bit darker and I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. I made sure my skin was kept moisturised which prevented it from fading too quickly and becoming patchy. So far so good St Tropez! I don't think I would bother buying another traditional fake tan now (apart from gradual ones) because this gets the job done so much quicker. Have you tried the Express Tan?
Lots of love,