Self Tanners: Worth the splurge? + a giveaway!

I hadn’t tried a self tanner for years, so I was interested to see new developments in products. The self tanner I remember from the past was thick, stinky, and left you orange and streaky! That is not the case anymore. Over the past 2 weeks I tested out 2 different self tanners. Was it worth the splurge? Plus, make sure to check out our giveaway so you can enter to win one of these products!


SPLURGE: St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

$18 for travel size (what I used) or $42 for 8oz

BEFORE                                                 AFTER

You can definitely notice a slightly bronzed look on the right photo. I loved the mousse texture of this self tanner. It was so easy to apply using the applicator mitt (see photo below). It was light and totally streak-free. The color lasted about 2 days. It took 8 hours for the color to develop (the photos were taken 1 day apart). You can buy this on St. Tropez’s website or at Ulta, which is where I found it. It is a little more exclusive and harder to find.



SAVE: L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion

$8.09 for 5oz

BEFORE                                                AFTER

It was raining the day I took the before pic, so I had to take it inside!! A shadow was on me in the after pic, so it wasn’t that dark but definitely darker than the before. I was really impressed with this self tanner. It went on totally streak-free and it smelled good! I definitely noticed a bronzed glow after I applied it and the results were almost immediate every time. I used it daily for 5 days to achieve my desired tan. Then, I stopped using it to see how long it lasted. It lasted 3 days before I noticed it starting to fade. It also has a shimmer to it, which is perfect for a summer glow. I preferred the smell of this one to the St. Tropez mousse. I purchased this at Target, and it can be found at most general drugstores and grocery stores.

RESULTS: NOT worth the splurge!! Even though I loved the St. Tropez, I was just as equally impressed with the L’Oreal product. I loved the smell and how it built up over time and lasted longer. The quality of self tanners really seems to have improved over the years, so the less expensive options are catching up to the luxury!


If self tanners aren’t really your thing, I stumbled across a great lustro shimmer oil from BeautyCounter. It gives you a healthy glow without the bronzing effect. The photos I took of my before and after don’t do it justice, so I found this video: that shows a great before and after. It smells great and was really easy to apply. You can even use it on your hair!!

Why I really love it is because Beautycounter is a fantastic company with an even better mission. They use only the best, safest ingredients with hopes to get safer products into the hands of everyone. They’ve banned over 1,500 ingredients that other beauty companies use.


Good news!! Beautycounter representative Susan Mendelsohn has been kind enough to donate a bottle of Beautycounter Lustro Shimmer Oil ($58 value!) for us to giveaway to one lucky reader!

HOW TO ENTER: SHARE this blog post on Facebook with the hashtag #Pulsebeats and tag us @Pulse Fashion


  • 1 entry per account
  • 1 winner will be chosen on 6/10 and announced via Facebook.
  • No purchase necessary, item cannot be returned or redeemed for cash

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