Sun Kissed

Tanning 3 Even though I’m South African, my skin is naturally pale. My British genes on my Dad’s side are strong, and achieving a natural tan is a challenge. We all know it’s not healthy to lay out in the sun all day, so I’m achieving my sun kissed look with self tanners. The improvement in self tanners over the past few years has been dramatic. Less orange, more natural results, and at very reasonable price points.

This summer, I’ve been sent so many tanning products to test out, and I’ve found some real gems. It’s very much a personal preference, and a bit of trial and error to find the perfect product but I’ve done the leg work (pardon the pun) to give you some insight into my favourites. And who doesn’t want to look sun kissed and bronzed in the summer?

Tanning 7ST. TROPEZ
St. TropezΒ is known as one of the best self tanning brand for achieving a deep, rich colour. It creates natural bronze looking skin almost instantly, and sets into a noticeable tan. I love their Gradual Tan Classic foam. It easy to apply and makes you look like you’ve been on a really good summer vacation. For your face, their gradual tan veil is perfect for daily use. It’s quick drying, allowing you to apply your make up shortly afterwards.

Tanning 10Tanning 8CHARLOTTE TILBURY
I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s make up line, and her tanning products did not disappoint. Apply the Overnight Bronze and Glow mask before bed and wake up with sun kiss skin. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? This has been my go to face bronzer this summer, and I LOVE the results.

The Beach Stick is perfect for on the go make up. The golden shimmers are easily blend, illuminating your skin with colour saturated pigments for a sun kissed glow. You can apply it on your lips or on your cheeks for a pop of colour.

Tanning 9JERGENS
I’ve been using Jergen’s self tanner for years. I like it because the product builds colour gradually, allowing you to control your level of tan very easily. It also ensures no streaking, and a natural looking tan. If you’re new to self tanning, or have fair skin and don’t want your tan to be too dark, this is a perfect product to begin with. Jergen’s has multiple lotions and formulas that double as a moisturizer. It’s cheap and cheerful, and available at your local drugstore.
This brand was new to me, and after testing it, I can highly recommend Vita Liberata. Their Ten Minute Tan is a rapid performance tanning lotion that allows you to shower ten minutes after application. It’s fast acting tan delivers a perfect, natural, golden tan within 4 – 6hrs. Vitamin C from Neroli, and Omega Oils from Rosehip further lock in moisture for deep hydration, which is so needed after time in the sunshine. This is the perfect product to use after a day in the sunshine to make your natural colour look even better!

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Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite tanning products?
Let me know in the comments below!

  • Cindy

    Oooh – love all of these options. I’ll have to check them all out. I love that you’ve included ones that have differing price points too! xx, C.

    • Thanks Cindy! The Charlotte Tilbury mask is SO good. Gotta love waking up sun kissed πŸ™‚

  • Kate

    Jergens was my go to tanning lotion back in high school. I never knew that they came out with new formulas

    • Yes, they have a whole range of new one. The scent is much lighter, and they double as moisturizers.
      Let me know if you try it again πŸ™‚

  • Popofstyle

    I’ve just started using the Jergens in the shower lotion and I’m hoping it works! I love me some St. Tropez though! Great post lady πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Missy! Jergen makes some great products, I haven’t tried the shower lotion yet! St Tropez is awesome if you want a really deep tan quick, that still looks natural! Thanks for stopping by Style Calling xo

  • Great reviews! I have to many tanning products but never use them because I’m scared of turning orange haha. Thanks for narrowing down the choices! That CT one sounds really good!

    TFM Life & Style blog

    • The CT one is definitely a winner! It just gives you that perfect sunkissed glow. I would highly recommend checking it out πŸ™‚

  • Love jergens!! I need to give St. Tropez a try πŸ™‚


    • Love Jergens too! The St. Tropez is ideal if you want a deeper tan, that still looks natural. Thanks for stopping by Style Calling Allie πŸ™‚

  • Isabelle

    this has been such a great post, being naturally pale I have been keeping an eye out for some good self tanners and havent found one I like yet! So this was a perfect post for me.


    • I’m naturally pale too, so I’m happy to hear this post was helpful for you! The Jergens is a good one to start with, and Charlotte Tilbury’s is fantastic too. Happy Summer πŸ™‚

  • Great round up Lyndi and not a moment too soon because I’m in desperate need of some colour. Super curious to try Charlotte Tilbury’s self tanner, it sounds like a dream! And… peonies!! Aw, missing them already!! xo

    • Thank you lady! I’m so happy to hear you found this helpful! So nice to be sun kissed in the summer. The Charlotte Tilbury overnight face mask is such a goodie! You’ll love it. Hope you’re having a great start to the week πŸ™‚

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  • Dominique

    I need that Charlotte Tilbury mask in my life!!!

    • Yes you do! AH Dominique it’s such a good one! Charlotte Tilbury knows whatsup πŸ™‚

  • St. Tropez sounds like such an amazing brand. Would love to try them out!

    Jessica |

    • It really easy! Especially if you tan naturally. It makes you look cocoa buttery brown. Perfect for mid summer πŸ™‚

  • Great edit babe! I’m so surprised I haven’t heard more about Charlotte Tilbury tanning products now, as they sound really impressive. I’m so pale it hurts haha, reaaaally need to get around to bronzing my skin before summer ends!

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    • Thanks so much Gabrielle! The Charlotte Tilbury tanner is new this season. I’m so impressed. It’s perfect if you’re naturally more pale skin and don’t want a dark tan. It’s more natural, but still sun kissed. Happy Summer!

  • I’ve always been a huge fan of the Jergons gradual tanner, I’m too sloppy for the instant stuff!

    xo Annie

    New England Romance

    • Haha I totally know what you mean Annie! Jergens is great for that gradual tan. Less margin for error!
      Happy Summer Time πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for this overview! I’m looking for the right tanning product for my legs – they’re always a different color than the rest of my body. So I’d love to make them glow a bit more.

    xx Yasmin

    • Oh I’m so happy to hear you found this helpful! Tanning products have come so far the last few years. Lots of great products on the market. Jergen’s is a good one to start with. Happy Summer time πŸ™‚

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I don’t use self tanner – because I like my skin extra pale. I also avoid the sun because I don’t like my freckles which I get really easily. I know if St Tropez – I think they might be Australian. We also have gotten Jergens here just recently. They have a massive range. I liked the look of their stuff – but I prefer to buy Australian brands. The CT beach stick sounds great!
    She is doing a huge push here…
    Set to Glow

    • Oh I bet Australia has some of THE best tanning products!! I’m such a big fan of all of Charlotte Tilbury’s products. I have yet to try one that I don’t love. Her bronzing products are amazing so I knew the tanning products would be fantastic too! Hope you’re having a great start to the week πŸ™‚

  • These sounds like great products! I don’t use a self tanner too often, and when I do it’s usually just on my legs. Luckily I am headed to Greece, so I’m all about that natural tan from here on out haha. Though I always always use sunscreen. πŸ˜‰


    • Oooh have fun in Greece! That’s going to be such a wonderful vacation. Have fun!

  • Amy Eade

    I always use self tanners instead of lying out in the sun! My favourite at the moment is the Dove gradual tanner, I’d love to try the Charlotte Tilbury one!
    Amy xx

    • I haven’t seen the Dove Gradual Tanner! I bet it’s really good – I love their moisturizers.
      You’d LOVE the CT one if you don’t tan in the sun. It’s give you just a hit of colour. Happy Summer πŸ™‚

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Oh those products sound so interesting! I really like the ones from Charlotte Tilbury <3
    xx, Carmen –

    • Thanks Carmen! Yes, that one from Charlotte Tilbury is awesome. She has really great bronzing products too!

  • I love Charlotte Tilbury! The overnight glow mask is the best!! I just tried that and am totlaly obsessed!

  • I love the overnight glow mask from Charlotte Tilbury! It’s my favorite self tanner!
    The Grey Canvas

    • Isn’t it awesome?!! I was really impressed with the results
      Thanks for stopping by Style Calling πŸ™‚

  • Siffat Haider

    I’ve heard incredible things about the St. Tropez gradual tan. I haven’t tried it quite yet, but it’s definitely on my radar. Personally, I use the Vita Liberata Body Blur and love it. I love that it has no wait time, but on the downside, it leaks all over my clothes lol! I need to try their 10 minute tan.

    • Oh it does?? Downside of tanning products! You rinse off the 10 minute tan so theres less transfer to clothes. St Tropez is always a goodie. Perfect for a deeper, richer tan. Happy Summer time xo

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    Thanks for sharing these with us.
    It is too bad that I don’t wear tanner, I am self taned as it gets.
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  • Violette

    I heard so many good thing about ST. Tropez, I should give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi sweetie, thank you for sharing your tips! I know St. Tropez and Charlotte Tilbury brands.

  • Great review of tanning products! I’d go for the St Tropez one.


  • I need to try that Vita Liberata 10-minute formula! How handy!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I’ve heard so much about St. Tropez and Jergens, they really seem to be favorite among many. I’ve yet to try them though. I didn’t know CT made a self tanner, so good to know and I love the packaging too, I’ll have to keep it in mind. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on these tanners, girlie, and I hope you have a great week ahead!



  • I never tried Charlotte Tilbury one yet, but I have heard so many good things about it. And The St. Tropez one sounds so amazing too!


  • These sound great! Thanks for the recommendation. Gemma x

  • Vanessa

    I’ve never tried products like this, but I may have to! Love these recommendations and the peonies, of course!


  • Caliope Couture

    Gorgeous photos! I have to admit I don’t use self tanners as I’m very pale by nature but these products sure sound great.

    Christina β™₯

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