16 July 2015

Review: St Tropez Gradual Shower Tan

St Tropez Gradual Shower Tan is one of the most spoke about products in the beauty market at the moment, it's new, it's different and it's a brilliant idea. I jumped on the bandwagon when I first saw it being spoke about on by one of my favourites ViviannaDoesMakeUp on YouTube. I fell in love with the idea of a self tanner that you can apply like a shower gel, that's gradual and won't streak so when I visited a Boots store I picked it up when it was on offer.

I'm going to warn you now, this review is a little bit longer than you may anticipate due to me being an absolute bell.

St Tropez Gradual Shower Tan-St Tropez Gradual Shower Tan Review

I have to admit that I never use self tan (there's a reason I'm always white), the only time I've used a tanning product was back in school.. Garnier face wipes were meant to be easy to use and give you a golden tan, but no it just looked like I had dipped my face into the middle of a jaffa cake, no exaggeration. Let's just say baby wipes and foundation were my best friend back then. Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent here, let's get back to business.

I read and watched a lot of reviews about this tanning product before I even went near using it and everyone said how it builds up during the day, there can be a slight biscuity smell and standing in the shower butt naked for three minutes can seem like hell, but overall it was positive.

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Off I went into the shower, I only wanted to tan my legs as a sort of tester. I showered like usual, I then applied the product in circular motions to my legs, set my phone timer and washed my hands. Whilst I was waiting I decided to towel dry my hair and put it up and tidy up a little bit. Three minutes were up, so the shower went back on and I started to wash it off which seemed very strange, I actually found out I had to work hard to make sure I got it all off thoroughly, but i got there in the end.

Fast forward quite a few hours..
I was in a restaurant with my boyfriend when he goes "what the fuck is with your elbow" I looked at my arm and I knew straight away. There were huge random orange patches on both arms so when we got back home I had to sit there with a baby wipe scrubbing away. The next day I checked the rest of my body and it turns out I accidentally streaked product up my side, I also had a patch on my right boob, small spots on my hand and a small patch on my collar bone. I worked out that my arms would of got the product on when doing my legs without me realising and I must of transferred it from my arms to other parts of my body, and obviously it didn't get washed off so it developed for a lot longer than three minutes which caused it to go so dark.

I decided I needed to tan my entire body, the patches and streaks were causing too much effort to get rid of and I thought it would make sense to give it a full test. I got my boyfriend to do my back and I made sure every single inch of me was covered and my hands were washed thoroughly. The three minutes went quite quickly and it was time to wash it off, it lathered so much I thought I was going to be there all day but I got there in the end.

From a personal aspect I haven't noticed much difference, I still have a bit of tan from my holiday anyway so I wasn't too white in the first place. My Mum however knew I'd used the tanning product again which shows it makes a difference. I definitely want to use this to build up a nice colour, it's the perfect product for someone who hasn't used fake tan before and it's also perfect to top up on the holiday tan. If you are looking for a product that will give you that 'have you been on holiday?' look then this definitely isn't for you unless you're willing to use it consistently, but I don't think it's worth it.

Have you tried the St Tropez Gradual Shower Tan? x
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