St. Tropez…

No not the St. Tropez you might be thinking where the sun is warm and there is sand between your toes, sounds amazing I know.  Then you realize… wait its winter and I am sitting here freezing cold and pale as a ghost (or at least I am)!  I am talking about the St. Tropez self tanning mouse that I am obsessed with, especially in the winter time!

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For a while in High School and College I was tanning in tanning beds which we all now know are horrible for your skin and can lead to sun damage and skin cancer.  My dad is continuously having to go to the dermatologist to have pre-cancerous spots checked and I have already had one removed myself.  It’s just not worth risking your health for that perfect tan you can achieve from the actual sun.  So wear your sunscreen and fake it instead!

This is a product that I have been using for a couple of years now after a string of bad breakups and experiences with other brands.  I won’t mention the “gradual” tanners I have tried that literally left me looking like I should have been a cast member for the Wizard of Oz.  I have very fair and freckly skin so I a lot of self tanners just looked horrible and un-natural on me.  They make an entire range of products from body polishes to moisturizers to help extend the life of your tan.  Personally I just make sure to shave and moisturize the next few days and it has worked perfectly!

I definitely recommend purchasing the tanning mitt that is sold separately which is genius because it protects your hand and the texture of the mitt helps the mouse glide on perfectly with no harsh lines or streaks.  I usually use about 2-3 pumps for each leg and about 2 for my arm and chest.  I now purchase the large bottle and it will last me for months!  The formula is great and I feel like it naturally fades away and I have never had it peel and get patchy like my tan from the spray machine at the salon which was a complete and total disaster!

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I like to use this once a week just to not look invisible in the winter months, but if you have an event or something special coming up I highly recommend finding a tanning technician who will use a spray gun to personalize a tan for you.  I have had this done a few times and they are fabulous deff a little more money but they look great and you can customize the color and even have them contour your body to make you look slimmer!

I feel like self-tanning has gotten a bad rap from people like tan mom and toddlers and tiaras, but there are great products out there that will give you a little color without making you look insane!  This product is buildable so you can determine how dark you want to be and when you apply the product it has a guide that will wash off after you let it soak in over night so that you know exactly where you have tanned.

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I also for the first time picked up the formula for the face and so far am loving it!  This is a formula that the company says also has skin care benefits along with their signature self tan formula.  The formula is a light weight lotion that is brown and goes on very smoothly with the little face mitt that is also sold separately.  So far it hasn’t irritated my skin caused any additional breakouts which is great!

*If you want to check out more of my thoughts about this product and other beauty products I have been trying this month check out the link below 🙂

xo Meg

Winter essentials…

Tis the season for holiday makeup! These are some of my favorite go-to products especially for the colder winter months.  How gorgeous is this issue of Harper’s Bazaar?! I seriously couldn’t get over it when it came in the mail Kate Hudson looks stunning and its so festive for December!  Most of my beauty products I cycle through year round and get stuck using certain products because its easy or I forget to look and see what else I have.  For me I like a moisturizing foundation because I get much dryer in the winter, and I love a good dark nail polish for the colder months.  It’s so important especially in the winter to keep your skin hydrated, not only will it look and feel better, but it will help your makeup go on much smoother and prevent that dry skin flakey look!

Something else that I think is great to have would be a self tanner that works well with your skin tone.  Personally I love the St. Tropez because you can use a little or really build it up.  In the winter its nice to put a thin layer on so that I don’t look like Casper’s twin sister.  Just remember that less is more in the winter with sunless tanners, I always want to keep layering it on but I have to restrain myself so that I don’t look like tan mom next to my family!

One of my favorite fragrances would have to be Versace Crystal Nior, if you have never smelled this you have to!  It is like no other fragrance I have ever tried, most give me a headache but this is so beautiful.  It’s absolutely perfect for winter because it’s a little darker but just smells so good and you only need a tiny spray to last you all day long.

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YSL matt pressed powder is great for the winter
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MAC Studio Sculpt foundation
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Lately I have been really into gold, these are some of my fave pieces, watch is Guess from my hubby for our anniversary, and the bangle which im obsessed with is House of Harlow from my sisters for my b-day.  I love a statement necklace with a simple sweater, this one is J.Crew from my bestie Alex!
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These are some of my must-haves year round, a good dry shampoo, root booster, sunless tanner, spot treatment, a hair doughnut for the perfect huge bun, base and top coats, and a good under eye cream from origins!

There is nothing better than curling up with a good magazine and a cup of tea on a chilly day!

xo Meg