Beauty: A Pre-Holiday Glow

Whilst I’ve learnt to embrace my pale skin, I always feel a little self-conscious come summer. If I’m truly honest to myself, I hate the way my legs are so blotchy and uneven. I have a white scar running behind one knee which can look obvious, and I just need a confidence boost. Fake tan has never been a success for me, so trying out a gradual version was high priority this year.

 photo Gradual Tan 1_zps2uo7jyk4.jpgAfter comparing reviews, standing in Boots totting up prices, I finally went with Dove Summer Glow. Apparently it’s meant to smell better than other brands, though if this is ‘better’ I’m not sure I want to try anything else – I find the tell tale biscuit scent to be quite strong. The moisturiser itself is creamy and hydrating, it sinks in nicely and the effects last. The tan element is definitely there, with two applications giving me a golden glow – and an orange tinge to anywhere I’ve not applied properly.

Quite honestly, I’m a fake tan novice and lack the patience needed to apply it. If you are dedicated and apply slowly and carefully I see no reason why this wouldn’t give a seamless tan – but it will streak slightly if you rush it. Still, not a bad colour and with change for a fiver!

 photo 007d008f-ab16-43b6-9490-e526c86a415e_zpsf8a463c9.jpgGarnier BB Cream SPF 50 photo 415f1d60-dde6-4c9b-ab76-cb79ed0529b6_zpsaa3gr7mt.jpgA slightly tanned body, it makes sense to add a little glow to my face too. The high SPF Garnier BB cream is a little dark for me naturally, but when I have a slight tan it gives the perfect light base – I loved using it in Italy! A dusting of bronzer (Bodyshop’s Honey Bronzer is perfect for a non-orange look) and I could have spent a fortnight on the beach, not staring at an Excel Spreadsheet all day.

Do you fake a golden glow? What products do you recommend?

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    Being super pale myself I love the Dove moisturuser, works wonders!

    • ninegrandstudent

      It does, though I definitely can’t use it daily! x

  • I bought the BB cream too but can find it a bit orange if I don’t spend time super blending it! I’m also a self tan novice, I really should try as I am so pale and any kind of blemish sticks out so much but never have the patience for it! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • ninegrandstudent

      Yep, I need to blend it really well too – it gets there eventually! x

  • I actually have never used ‘fake tan’ only tinted sun cream and moisturizer! I seem to be able to tan naturally and keep it afterwards so I’m very lucky! I do recommend St Tropex moisturizer tint though! I used it when I hadn’t been on holiday for a couple of years so needed a top up!


    • ninegrandstudent

      Wow, very lucky! I don’t tend to tan on my legs at all, so my legs always need a going over each summer! x

  • I find the dove one quite good, although I know what you mean, you need to do a thorough exfoliation and moisturise before to avoid orange patches!



    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely. My ankles could do with a bit of evening up right now! x