Every winter, around this time, I begin to get so tired of my pastey-pale winter skin. I start getting excited about wearing new spring clothes (and shoes!) and cannot stand how they look with my bright white legs and arms.
I used to be all about the faux glow all year round but since I’ve become a mommy, I’m just too darn tired to worry about that stuff all the time… I mean, it’s good enough for me that I shave my legs every once in a while and even that feels like a chore half the time (you all know you feel the same!)
Anyway, if I have somewhere to go or if I just feel like giving myself a bit of color boost, I think I have gotten it down to a science. The below items are my all-time favorites when it comes to achieving the perfect faux glow!
NARS Body Glow: This is a short-term bronzing product, as in, after you shower, any color will wash away. Such a wonderful product for winter and pretty much all year round. This formula is made from soothing oils and has a shimmery bronze glow, so when you apply it, it does actually soothe and moisturize your skin while giving you a pretty bronze shimmer, but not fake-looking at all. Plus it smells AMAZING! My husband always notices when I have it on. It smells like soft coconut and a tropical floral scent all mixed together. This is wonderful for a wedding or special event, or when you need a quick faux glow. Shop this product here!
Chocolate Sun Cocoa Glow Self Tanning Cream: The name really says it all here! I used to not worry about what I put on my skin when it came to self tanners but when I became pregnant I searched for something that was natural and did not contain a ton of chemicals. I stumbled upon Chocolate Sun and found some AMAZING products! This self tanner not only smells wonderful – like chocolate heaven – it is completely natural, only made from organic botanicals, herbs, shea butter, coconut oil and aloe. The DHA in this product is derived from sugar beets which gives you the color you desire, instead of heavy chemicals like other brands. I highly recommend this product and if you need a tanner for darker or lighter skin, they offer three different shades but I think the Cocoa Glow is pretty universal. I am fair and it gives me a nice subtle color without looking orange or fake at all. Love this!!! Shop this item here!
NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna: I have tried many different bronzing powders over the years and this is by far my favorite! Second place would be Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light shade. This bronzer is a great way to get a super-fast tan look with a quick makeup application. This is definitely less of a glowy look and gives more of a tan look, because it is more pigmented in my opinion. I love the color and I use it first and then add some bright pink blush on my cheeks to give a sun-kissed look. If you are very fair and you use this on just your face, it might look a bit strange, so then I would definitely recommend to use it if you have applied self tanner the day before and already have a bit of color. Other shades are also available for different skin tones. NARS makeup is definitely a winner for me and I highly recommend their products! Shop this product here!