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July 2008 Archives

sunlesstanners.jpgSunless tanning has come a long way. Now we can soothe, hydrate and restore elasticity with pretty much every conceivable fragrance-free solution. This season introduces us to new gradual tanners that slow hair growth by up to 50% for some softer hand-friendly tanned gams. I’ve spent months testing the newest self-tanners, here are my top five favorites. (Want more? Check out last year’s top 10 sunless tanners)

Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula

Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self Tanning Formula skyrocketed to our top five list for four reasons:620_L.jpg

1. It’s gentle enough for both face and body.
2. It’s loaded with humectants, botanicals and anti-oxidants like rosemary, rose, jasmine flower and cucumber fruit extract.
3. Even if your application methods aren’t on the highest level, you’re still going to get a glow without serious streaking.
4. It delivers a tan in about three hours and our favorite shade of bronze came after just two applications.

$22.50 at

Neutrogena Color Boosting Sunblock SPF 30

neuts.jpgNeutrogena Color Boosting Sunblock SPF30 is simply our favorite way to get a dose of Neutrogena’s anti UVA/UVB Helioplex protection with a bit of bronze at the same time on the same dime. Just make sure to keep the waterproof formula away from your eyes.

$8.99 at

Olay Touch of Sun Overnight

200-1.jpgThis was our top golden pick for a gradual tanner. The smooth lightly scented formula is loaded with high levels of glycerin to keep skin super hydrated even after the tan tint appears. We also loved that Olay didn’t rub off on our sheets and towels as much as its competitors.

$7.99 at

Quick Tan Sunless Tanning Mist by Body Drench

5541-P9082.jpgQuick Tan excels at creating a browner bronze that sprays dark and dries fast. You have to use your latex gloves to ensure an even glow - and work fast - but this brown lasts and lasts. Mist your body in your shower area for a quick clean up after tanning.

$16.99 at

Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion All Skin Tones

200-2.jpgThe dial a shade container allows you to start out light and customize the exact deepness of your tan. Aveeno Continuous Radiance formula is oil-free, but loaded with moisture rich soy to keep your skin soft for up to 24 hours. The lotion works streak-free on legs and even arms as long as you start out in a lighter shade and work your way to deep dark bronze in a few applications.

$13.99 at

For a perfect application, check out 10 Tips For A Perfect Self Tan


Looking for that perfect streak-free at-home bronze? Here are 10 tested tips to help make you a sunless tanner pro:

1. Tight fitting rubber gloves do work just as good as your hands. They should fit snugly and be thrown away after each use.

2. Elbows, knees, armpits, and under forearms and ankles should always be prepped pre tanning with lotion or a sunscreen to prevent build-up of tanner. Afterwards, designate a wash cloth for a quick semi-damp pat over.

3. Exfoliate from head to toe. Body exfoliation should be done with a non-oily or moisturizing scrub. Oil based scrubs prevent color from applying evenly to skin. Try scrubs that are designed specifically for self tanning like L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Sunless Body Scrub. Salt scrubs should be avoided if you plan on shaving before tanning.

4. If using darkly tinted self tanners, you may want to shave legs the day prior. This is especially helpful if you plan to go on with your day after self tanning application. The dark tint usually settles into fresh hair-free pores and can give off a spotted effect on skin.

5. I am a huge fan of tanning when staying in hotels. This way, you can apply tanner before you catch zzz’s and wake up golden. It also keeps the mess off your sheets at home (come on, they bleach these sheets at seriously hot temperatures so there’s no problem getting self tanning stains removed!)

6. Avoid your facial moisturizer and body creams for as long as you can and be sure not to apply at all until color is in full effect.

7. After tanning, exercise should be a sweat free activity and swimming is completely of limits. If it’s raining, stay indoors. Once you’re caught in the rain, you’ll find tiger streaks rather than an even glow.

8. If you need tan longevity, steam showers, saunas, and hot baths should be avoided during your days of deep glow.

9. Wear dark loose fitting clothing to avoid tan transferring. A tight pair of jeans put on immediately after tanning will absorb tan lotion and leave creases on your skin.

10. After tanning face, be sure to swipe a wet cotton swab across eyebrows and rub out tanner that could have deposited. Also, a cotton ball moistened across your hairline will remove where tanners like to build up during application. This will ensure a no-tell tanned face.

Want even more tips? Beauty editor Mickey Williams shares some in a recent radio interview:


In January 2009, your favorite TV stations are mandated to go from analog to digital. This conversion delivers high definition programming with a picture six times sharper than your previous tube. A crystal clear image exposing every wrinkle, scar, freckle and blemish could cause a stir in Tinseltown. What’s a star to do?

Step in high def makeup. Whether it’s an airbrush application or a silicone powder, beauty is changing and working as a makeup artist has never been more exciting. Although the demand was created for those onscreen and the makeup artists applying it, the consumer at home benefits from better options in traceless beauty products. Every conceivable skin tone and flaw-camouflaging weapon has been thought out in order to keep skin looking natural, just tweaked to perfection.

Make Up For Ever is leading the industry with high def beauty products delivering one seamless cosmetic after another. I worked with several different companies looking for foundations, powders and concealers and could not find a more naturally perfect complexion than with the following three products:

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition PowderP210400_hero.jpg
When you untwist the cap, the ultra-fine micro particles in this colorless powder appear as smoke coming from the cap. You will not find a thinner powder for an invisible set. Makeup Forever’s High Definition Powder contains no talc and is 100% mineral. The end result is a silky, soft focus look that works on every conceivable skin tone. The powder makes mediocre foundations look better and the matte finish lasts beyond your day.

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation
288-f.jpgA silky veil that sits prettily on skin without looking like it’s there. Need I say anymore? I found layering the foundation over a blemish is all you will need for coverage and when used with the HD Makeup Forever Powder it truly looks like the skin you were born with.

Make Up For Ever Lift ConcealerI’ve been a fan of this lifting concealer for years. Its thin, but supplies adequate pigment to cover the biggest blemish or the deepest under eye bag.

Now that you’ve created a natural even-toned canvas, a little bronzer can add the color back to your skin tone in all the right places. A bronzer is the perfect cheekbone companion, but in HD television and real life, you can see the shimmer and dark color associated with most beauty brand bronzers. I’ve found a few contouring favorites to re-sculpt lightly and effectively with gentle pigments and no shine. Just take it easy a little goes a long way:

HydraSUNraysBronzer.jpgBeauty Addicts Hydra Sun Rays

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powders

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