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St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan | Worth The Hype?

Every couple of months, there is always that one iconic product that takes the beauty world and the blogosphere alike by storm. Benefit Roller Lash, Smashbox Primer Water, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette just to name a few. But recently the product on everyone's lips has been this little beauty by St Tropez. But, is it really worth the hype?







InStyle featured a sample of this in their August issue this past month and although I never ever self tan, I just had to give this a try. I am pretty pale and with the claims of this being au naturale, a perfect buy for the lazy girl and great for first time tanners. I, of course became wrapped up in all of this, and tried it out for myself.. without a shower. 

Yep, I'll admit it. I don't actually have a shower, but this did still work using a bath. Have a bath as normal, empty it and get out. Apply the self tan across your body, begin to run the hot water in the bath again whilst you wait three minutes for the tan to set in. Don't forget to rinse your hands thoroughly, to ensure the tan doesn't stain!! Then, just use a bucket or bowl to rinse yourself off with the water you just put back into the bath in those three minutes. The result is still pretty good.

What I like about this self tan is there is virtually no smell, it's pretty faint and from what I can just about make out it's not an off putting fragrance in the slightest. This is also SO EASY to apply, as you're already wet once you apply this it just rubs into the body so quickly and much more smoothly, I can see why this is perfect for the lazy girls out there. Of course, including myself, haha! The three minute wait is slightly chilly but I just brush my teeth in this time, accompanied by a solo dance party in the bathroom. Why not? The tan develops very slowly and I usually don't see much difference until a few hours later. The development is very natural and coming from a seriously pale girl like me, that's saying something! Definitely not on the orange side at all, I actually don't feel afraid to apply false tan anymore. I also love how there is no streaking whatsoever because come on, we've all been there! Depending on how dark of a tan you want, use it everyday until you reach your desired shade. There are a couple of cons with this. As I'm pretty pale, it's pretty quickly for me to reach a desired shade; there's definitely the worry of going overboard so using this everyday isn't necessary for me. If you're naturally of more of a darker skin tone then I don't think this is the self tanner for you. As this is so gradual, I doubt it would make much of a difference for darker skinned girls as from my first use of this there was only a very slight tint of colour. Also, for some strange reason; this does not tan from below my knees well at all. My thighs are beginning to gain more of a colour but below the knee, absolutely nothing. Still as white as snow. As a pale girl, the annoying reality is that you have to use this everyday. When using this every other day the tan fades pretty fast, so to keep up your colour everyday usage is a must.

To end on a more positive note, I would completely recommend this to any first time tanners or pale girls like myself. For a natural and super gradual, streak free finish this is perfect for gaining a slight top up of colour and looking more awake for an event just a couple of days before. Super quick and easy to apply, minus the bad scented smell of usual fake tans. Furthermore, due to the added sweet almond oil, this moisturises the skin for up to 24 hours. Even more convenient for the lazy girl, you can skip the moisturising with this one! For me, this is definitely worth the hype and overall, I would rate this a 7 out of 10! 

Currently, they have this on offer for only £9.50 in Boots. Now that's an offer you don't want to miss! There's also a week left to enter my MAC lipstick giveaway, so if you haven't done so already then you can check that out here. Until next time lovelies!


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