You know who I blame for my never-ending pursuit of the perfect tan? Francine Pascal. The author behind the widely popular ’80s teen/tween book series, Sweet Valley High, instilled me with the belief that to be beautiful meant I needed to be bronzed. After all, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, the most beautiful 16-year-old twins on the face of the earth, had “sun-streaked, silky blonde hair,” “blue-green eyes the color of the Pacific” and, of course, “sun-kissed skin.” I couldn’t do anything about the blue-green eyes, but for years I “chased the blonde dragon,” which I finally gave up after a hairdresser finally told me platinum hair didn’t look good on me. But thanks to SVH and being California born and bred, I’ve remained pretty obsessed with having a glowing tan. During the summer, I lay out every weekend, though I realize that even with a high SPF, this isn’t the wisest idea. Thankfully, a recent trip to the dermatologist confirmed I am skin cancer-free. (I’m lucky — for about six months in college I went to the tanning salon once a week. Big no-no!) And I always emphasize the tan I’ve got with bronzer — for awhile, I had the boneheaded notion to use bronzer meant for Black women.
Now that I’ve lived in NYC for nearly 12 years, I’ve gotten some distance from my California-roots and have begrudgingly let go of my desire to be tan 365 days a year; during the winter, I leave my naturally fair skin well enough alone (though I still use a little bit of bronzer every day). But summer is on its way and in less than a month I’m headed to Nicaragua for vacation. I need a (fake) base tan! You know, something close to the subtle, sun-kissed glow of Snooki’s knee-caps. Luckily for me, Sephora sent over their Express Self-Tanning Kit For Face And Body and I rushed home to try it last night. Let’s review… Keep reading »
I wouldn’t know if I could tan naturally because I’ve never actually tried. Aside from the fact that, you know, the sun wants to give you cancer and shit, I’m just not someone who has ever liked to bask outside and broil. My brother and I, unlike our medium-skinned parents and the rest of our family on both sides, are both super-fair, easily burnt freckle faces. We often wonder whose children we actually are (in fact, we both bear a slight resemblance to Guy Fieri). In summers of yore I’ve been totally content with my bright white (seriously, I am the whitest) complexion, but I think I’m on the brink of a change of heart. Frightened by the starkness of my legs, and sporting a subtle, summery ombré fade in my hair, I am ready to join the rest of the world and get a tan. Not a real tan, of course — I still hate laying outside. It’s so boring. Whatever! Problem is, I can’t seem to find the right self-tanner for my skin tone. I figured Jergens Natural Glow was a safe place to start, but the incredibly overwhelming smell put me off after applying it twice. Seriously, I wanted to run away from myself. Keep reading »
You’re a smart lady (or dude). You’re on the market for some self-tanner. Do you buy the typical Neutrogena stuff in the respectable bottle, sans glitter, sparkles or neon warnings? Or do you instead choose to coat your skin in a product endorsed and no doubt packaged with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi in mind? I’m asking, because I’m trying to figure out what the target demo for Snooki’s new line of self-tanner might be. Precocious, belly-button-ringed 8-year-olds? Middle-aged moms clawing at their spent youth? Circus clowns and Midwestern grifters? Because for sure — give it six months — you’re going to find bottles and bottles of the stuff rotting away at dollar stores and discount centers, crusting over and near exploding from heat exposure. Right next to all the other Snooki-endorsed flip flops, sunglasses, and perfumes out there.
Last week, Sophie Evans, celebrity skin finishing expert for St. Tropez, demonstrated her tips for getting the perfect sunless tan. Evans has tanned everyone from models during London and Paris fashion weeks to celebrities for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. And now she’s letting us in on her secrets. Keep reading for Evans’ tips for successfully applying self-tanner. Keep reading »
As you’re all well aware, it’s swimsuit season. We’re half happy not to have to wear much clothing when it’s about 90 degrees out, but also half annoyed at ourselves for how self-conscious we sometimes get about the jiggly bits. We’ve all got them, but sometimes the little flaws feel more daunting than they reasonably should. Stretch marks, for example. Infuriating, right? Whether you’ve got one or 50, they’re no fun and it’s a little hard to be totally confident in a tiny bikini when your skin appears to be ripping at the seams. If you can get past them, more power to you; we’re jealous. If stretch marks cause you to spend a little too much time coming up with swimsuit strategies to cover them up, we’ve got an idea: self-tanner. Keep reading »
This may come as a surprise to you, but I was first hired at The Frisky as a beauty and style blogger. (This, of course, was before we realized my true calling was brainwashing the masses with my cuh-razy radicalism.) Back when I was a beauty gal, a company called Sevin Nyne sent me a bottle of Lindsay Lohan‘s Tanning Mist, made of caramel, goji berry and chardonnay extracts and promising a buttery, Lohan-like glow.
My pale ass was so excited. Naturally, I called my best friend, Christiane, and we scheduled a hot date to “Lo-tan.” But because half the notions I have in my brain are never seen through, we didn’t get around to it. Christiane and I dreamed about Lo-tanning for more than a year while she moved to Germany and back. But finally, this weekend Christiane braved the wilds of New Jersey for a “Lo-tanning” extravaganza. I stripped down to my undies … and emerged from the bathroom minutes later looking like that woman who gets stabbed in the shower in “Psycho.”
See my tragic photos of how Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist looked on my skin after the jump. Keep reading »
Though we may be sick of seeing the Kardashian sisters flaunting their bikini bodies on countless magazine covers, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe aren’t tired of showing off their toned figures, perfect tans, and flawless makeup. We’re not at all shocked that the sisters are launching a Kardashian Beauty line, and the very first Kardashian-branded beauty product will be Kardashian Glamour Tan, retailing for $34 at Sephora. As with all self-tanners, this one promises a streak-free look without making you appear orange or splotchy. Interestingly, the Kardashian bronze will be the first self-tanner to include Imudulin, which is essentially an anti-aging product. Maybe Kim can use her new fake tanner to ward off wrinkle lines instead of getting Botox? [Stylelist] Keep reading »
A recent blog post by Elle UK tells us that the deep tan is back. All we can say is ohgodno and pray that this doesn’t give an army of Snooki wannabes sanction to bronze until they’re black. So we have a proposition: Before you sit in the sun for weeks straight, or whip out the über-dark spray tan, take a moment to consider how much “tan” your skin can really handle. If you’re of the naturally olive persuasion, the answer may very well be “a lot,” and we’re ready to support you through the process of getting there. If, however, you tend more towards the pale and fair, consider a lighter hand in your bronzing, trendiness be damned. All we ask is that you think for yourself when it comes to artificially bronzing. Keep reading »
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Tarte’s CelluFIGHT Anti-Cellulite Self-Tanner. This self-tanner is the Superwoman of all self-tanners. Not only does the super powered self-tanner create a shimmery golden tint all over your body, it simultaneously fights the super villain Dr. Cellulite. Tarte’s secret weapon: CelluFIGHT formulated from the not-so-creatively-titled skinTIGHT complex. Sadly for us, CelluFIGHT doesn’t come with a cape, but it does give you the taught thighs of a super heroine. This product uses organic and environmentally friendly materials to fight flab for the short term and anti-inflammatory properties to halt the long-term accumulation of fat under the skin. The only question is, will it give you super powers? [$40, tarte, Sephora]
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With Lindsay Lohan’s first movie in ages, “Labor Pains,” set to debut on ABC Family in just a few weeks, things were looking up for the struggling starlet, at least besides the whole made-for-TV-movie thing. That was until she was slammed with a lawsuit for stealing the formula for her sunless tanning spray, Sevin Nyne. While the $35, Sephora-sold mixture did prove to turn the folks over at PopEater orange, the new suit claims that LiLo didn’t have any hand in making the concoction. Keep reading »