The Gradual Glow

So the first sunny/marginally warmer weekend has finally happened! When I say warm, you guys know I mean higher than 11 degrees. I like to celebrate an occasion like this by cracking out the gradual tanners. I’m not one for the full on fake tans, but these go the treat and give me an “I’ve just been on holiday” kind of glow.

The holiday glow can be super hard to maintain when you’re a face washing fanatic. Guilty. Facial scrubs and flannel buffing is normally the prime culprit of your face looking like it belongs on someone elses body. For this the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning is my little sun giving saviour in a bottle.
I apply this every other day and exfoliate a couple of times a week to make sure the tan applies evenly. I use a 10p sized blob on a cotton pad and smooth it over my skin around 20 minutes after applying the usual skincare suspects. On first look you would think that this would make paler girls look orange, but I found that this actually works best when I’m pale and the results are pretty much non existent when I’m sporting a natural tan.

When it comes to body tanning, I’ll never be a fake tan kinda girl but the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Every Day Body Moisturiser (in medium dark) sits nicely between a light gradual tanner and a fake tan as it still packs a nice little punch. I apply it in the evening around 20 minutes after any other body products have been applied. The colour builds up nicely and is noticeable from the first use, so I find this is a good one to use as a one off if you just want a little colour or every day for a constant healthy glow.

I may have missed the one hot day down south this weekend by being in Edinburgh, but it doesn’t mean I can’t look like I spent the day at a bar on the beach! Now, if you’ll excuse me ladies, I need to get my gradual glow on before I go back to work…


  1. Lisa
    23 Apr 2013 / 1:04 pm

    The Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning sounds like something im going to have to try out! My face is looking too pale at the moment! Thanks for the review!

    Lisa xo

  2. Maddy
    23 Apr 2013 / 1:23 pm

    I use the St Tropez gradual tan and really love it! The Clarins face tanner looks really amazing though! xxx

    Maddy from

  3. Shradha G Loves
    23 Apr 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I use the coca butter version which is also amazing
    S xx

  4. Claire
    23 Apr 2013 / 1:45 pm

    I really need to pull out my Clarins tanner, I'm still stuck in winter and I go on holiday at the weekend, ooh noo 🙂

  5. Olivia Law
    23 Apr 2013 / 2:11 pm

    I'm definitely a gradual tan kind of gal – way too clumsy! xo

  6. Talisa Tossell
    23 Apr 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Really wanna try the St.tropez stuff!

  7. Joanna Kay
    23 Apr 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Really want to try the st.tropez tanning things, they sound so good 🙂

    Jo xx

  8. makeup lover
    23 Apr 2013 / 4:27 pm

    I really want to try the Clarins gradual face tanner! I'm definitely going to buy it! At the moment I'm using Garnier's gradual tanning moisturiser, and it works really well, there's light and dark too. x
    Amy |

  9. Kelly
    23 Apr 2013 / 4:27 pm

    I'll admit I tan in a bed but only because it is the only way my extremely pale skin can get even a little bit tan. I'm thinking on starting to use some tanning lotions though this summer. But I was at Sephora and the St. Tropez products all looked so orange!

  10. Millie
    23 Apr 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Love the Clarins Face tanner, definitely one of the best I've used!! 🙂 ♥

  11. Patch
    23 Apr 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Haha ummmm it looks like I'll need to get this gradual tanner! My skin is too pale…and it's almost Summer time!!

    Yay for it being a moisturizer too – and not just a fake tan spray.

  12. Amy
    23 Apr 2013 / 7:16 pm

    I want to get my hands on the clarins face tanner, I'm far too pale! x

    Amy –

  13. Julie
    23 Apr 2013 / 7:33 pm

    I love the st tropez gradual tan! Have you tried the Garnier summer body? It smells lovely & is a more affordable alternative, I find that it works nearly just as well. I really want to try the clarins liquid bronze but my skin is so sensitive, I'm worried that it'll break me out :/

  14. Kat
    23 Apr 2013 / 7:39 pm

    I LOVE the St Tropez gradual tanner, it was the only one I used and it never failed me! I'm experimenting with some cheaper versions at the moment but I've not found one yet that quite beats it. The Clarins face one looks good too! xx

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

  15. Leanne Marie
    23 Apr 2013 / 8:11 pm

    I really need to start with the gradual tanner again! So much easier than regular fake tan! He Shi is my go to brand at the moment! It develops into a beautiful natural colour!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  16. Marie
    23 Apr 2013 / 11:54 pm

    I swear by the Clarins Liquid Bronze, easy to use and really pretty results! xx

  17. Rebecca
    24 Apr 2013 / 11:44 am

    I use both these products too, they work amazing and are so subtle :)x

  18. Pippa Jones
    25 Apr 2013 / 2:15 pm

    THe clarins one is definitely something to try out! 🙂

    Pipp xx

  19. Kelly
    26 Apr 2013 / 9:33 am

    I have the Clarins liquid Bronze and just put some on this morning!! this stuff is amazing and so easy isnt it?? also used the st tropez gradual tan which is also very good

  20. Sarah
    30 Apr 2013 / 8:47 pm

    the clarins liquid bronze looks so good! I've never seen it before but will definitely be searching for it now 🙂


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