THE BEST SELF-TANNERS FOR FACE & BODY

A good self-tanner is like an invisible friend. Effortless and trustworthy. It gives you a natural-looking color, it’s comfortable to use and it doesn’t stink. It results in a beautiful tan that fades away smoothly.

When it comes to self-tanners, you want to know what’s good. Absolutely. At least that’s the case with me. Just prior to posting this, I tried a new product (well, actually an old favorite that had a new “improved formula”) and it was a disaster. All the way from start to finish. The scent was horrible, the consistency was sticky and uncomfortable, the color it gave was just okay and I had to shower a few times before I got the smell off of me.

But hey, I’m ready to take one for the team and test the products for you. And luckily, I have also found a bunch of good self-tanners. The best, really. I use different ones for face and for body. If you have any skin problems whatsoever, I recommend choosing a different one for your face. Also: the face self-tanners you need to apply more often, the body self-tanners last about a week on the skin.

Some of these products are all natural, so if you’re about that organic, natural skincare, here are some good picks for you. And if you’re not that into natural products – well, these are the best and they just happen to be natural as well.

Products were gifted to me (well, except the Clarins one). *Adlink

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THE BEST SELF TANNERS FOR FACE

Here are the best self-tanners for face, that I’ve tried and loved. These are all very very light – either toners or tanning drops. Those are the best option, because that leaves room for your regular skincare products. We all have different skin types and needs.

And obviously, these products are approved by my nose as well. Meaning, no smell.

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

These balance me gradual tanning drops are amazing. They are easy to use: just mix a few drops in your moisturizer and apply all over your face and neck. I love the fact that you can choose how dark you want to go, depending on how many drops you use. 1-3 drops gives you a natural tan whereas 3-6 drops give you a more intense color. This product is also soothing and moisturizing with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. And it doesn’t smell like anything.

I use this in the evening after my normal skincare routine, together with my moisturizer. If I’ve just used self tanner on my body, this is the product I use to make my face match my body (then I just apply 3-6 drops).

I love to travel with this. Also, that way I don’t get the temptation to lay on the beach and sunbathe, since I already have the tan I’m looking for. The size that I have is a sample size, that I got from the lookfantastic 2018 Advent Calendar, but the normal size 30ml is still good for travel!


US/CA: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
UK: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
EU: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Golden Glow Booster drops are another good choice for face.  As with the balance me drops, you apply a few drops to your moisturizer and you can decide how deep of a color you want. Easy! These drops also contain aloe vera. I think this was my first ever self-tanner for face that actually worked.

Also, this packaging is a winner for me. Luxurious and beautiful, but then again, that’s Clarins.

*Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Zuii Organic Gradual Self Tan Face Water

Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

I would recommend Zuii Organic’s Gradual Tan Face Water toner for anyone, who is scared of self tanners. You can not go wrong with this one! The color it gives is not as intense (but you can build it up gradually during a few days) and looks super natural. The consistency is a light, watery gel. It feels nice and light on the skin and has lots of natural moisturizing ingredients in it such as bamboo juice and jojoba esters.

This is a toner and I use it before applying my lotion. I apply this with my fingers. It’s the perfect every day tan color.

*Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

Eco By Sonya Firming Cacao Mousse and Face Tan Water Review

Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

Eco By Sonya’s Face Tan Water is a classic. I used this last year and actually wrote a review on it here already. It’s pretty similar to Zuii’s Gradual Tan Face Water, except it gives a deeper color and the consistency feels like a normal face toner. This is also suitable for all skin types, even acne. Contains Aloe Vera and hyaluronic acid.

This I recommend applying with a cotton pad.

Pro tip: if you want to tone down the color a bit, wet your cotton pad with water before applying tan water in it.

*Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

THE BEST SELF-TANNERS FOR BODY

These are the best self-tanners for body that I’ve found so far. They are all mousses, and it’s not a coincidence. Mousses are very lightweight, so they absorb to the skin nicely and don’t feel sticky. With self-tanners it’s important that the experience is comfortable and the self-tanner feels almost like nothing on the skin.

None of these products smell like your usual DHA. I can not stand that smell and that was one of the criteria in choosing these as the best products.

One thing about showering with these tanning mousses though – don’t use any soap when you shower. The color will continue to deepen during a few hours (or during the night in my case, since I always use these in evening) so you don’t want to accidentally rub off the DHA off of your skin.

minetan violet self tan 1 hour tan

minetan Ultra Dark Violet

This I actually mentioned here briefly already, when I wrote about stretch marks. This self tanning foam is my favorite product for the body right now. It’s so good. It’s making me think, that I don’t ever have to try a spray tan. I feel like the results with this look professional enough.

I usually leave this on for 1,5 and that gives me a nice color. You can leave it on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to go.

US/CA: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam
UK: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam
EU: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam

Cocoa Brown Self-Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown

Cocoa Brown’s 1 hour tan shows that you can get a great product for less as well! When I compare the consistencies, this is the one that dries down the quickest. Using this for the first time I was scared to get an uneven tan, because I felt like the mousse absorbed to my skin so well. But nope – somehow my tan came out perfect. I feel like you can just slap this on somewhat evenly and it’s gonna look great.

You can leave this on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to go. Here as well I usually go for 1,5 hours before showering.

*Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Mousse

Eco by sonya firming cacao mousse before after

Eco By Sonya Cacao Firming Mousse

This was the product that made me fall in love with mousses. This natural firming mousse is as good as it sounds. It’s easy to apply, it feels comfortable on the skin and it gives a natural looking tan. This would be beginner-friendly, because the color doesn’t develop as quickly as with the two other products. I usually leave this on for 2-3 hours and I get about the same color I get with the other products during 1,5 hours.

*Eco By Sonya Cacao Firming Mousse

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P.S. My bikinis are from Esprit (similar *here). Shorts are men’s *Levi’s 501 shorts (I wear size 29).

I will possibly update this list as I find new good ones. What’s your favorite self-tanner for face and for body?

Simple organic luxury makeup [Step by step photos]

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Who knew luxury makeup could be organic and sustainable?

I mean, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m still very excited about the Kjaer Weis products I received. And here’s the most important thing: the packaging is refillable! That’s also why it’s extra beautiful. It’s something you are keeping, not tossing away, like you usually do with used makeup products. You just simply buy a refill and keep using that beautiful packaging.

Genius. And quite simple, really. That is why I wanted to create this simple makeup look with the products. Besides the Kjaer Weis products, I also used a mineral makeup base and a black pencil (that’s been my favorite for years!) from Alima Pure.

I wrote a bit more about the product at the end of this post, but for now, let’s get to the step by step photos of this simple makeup.

Products are pr-samples. Links are adlinks.

Some beautiful Alima Pure products. Garnet blush, mineral foundation and the best black pencil I know.

How to apply mineral makeup?

I love mineral makeup for a couple of reasons. It looks natural and beautiful, because it reflects light. It also kind of blends on the skin making it look even more perfect after an hour or two of application. And – it’s naturally antibacterial! As someone who has battled acne and bad skin, a makeup product that is acne-safe is always a plus.

Mineral makeup is also very quick and easy to apply.

  1. Take some mineral powder on the cap and swirl your brush in it. Don’t try and take a huge amount of product. (The amount shown on the photo is actually quite maximum.) The key is working in light layers.
  2. Once you have some product on the brush, tap the brush against the table to get the minerals to ‘sink’ in the brush. That way the brush releases the powder evenly while you apply it on your skin.

A kabuki brush is best for applying mineral makeup. I used a kabuki from Jane Iredale, but Ecotools also has some great options.

Easy mineral makeup tutorial

Can’t go wrong with a natural-looking glowy base and a red lip.

Alima Pure mineral foundation & Kjaer Weis cream blush – Step by step 

  1. I applied the mineral makeup all over my face in light layers with my big kabuki brush. After that I took a smaller Ecotools brush and concealed some areas that needed more coverage, like the sides of my nose, a few acne scars and any pimples.
  2. I applied the cream blush on my cheeks and on my lids. Thanks to the cream consistency, no highlight is needed – the cream also brings a natural glow to the skin.  Blush colors work beautifully as eyeshadows and a coral shade like this really brightens up the eyes.

Black liner & a coat of mascara

What I love to do, is tightline my eyes. It’s a great trick for eyes, that have only a little visible lid space. This way the liner doesn’t take up that lid space, but it still enhances the lashes and makes them look more voluminous.

My favorite black pencil is Alima Pure’s Ink Pencil, because the color is really black, it stays well on my eyes and it doesn’t irritate them. The mascara is from Kjaer Weis. Natural mascaras are tricky, but this one is one of the best I’ve tried!

Kjaer Weis Amour Rouge Lipstick

How to apply red lipstick

Or any lipstick, really. I always apply my lipsticks like this – it saves time.

  1. Apply your lipstick on the bottom lip. At this point you don’t have to be too concerned about the edges.
  2. Press your lips together, so that the color sticks to the upper lip as well.
  3. Now you have the lipstick somewhat in place. Then you can go over the edges and perfect the red lip. If the lipstick feels too clumsy, you can take a lip brush and use that to clean the edges. I just used the pointy side of the lipstick, since it was still new and quite handy to use.

And that’s it for the simple makeup. What do you think? I love a look like this.

Kjaer Weis review – Refillable luxury organic makeup 

I’ts been a while since I’ve found a new interesting makeup line, so I’m pretty happy about the Kjaer Weis products I’ve used lately. Here are quick reviews on the products.

Kjaer Weis Mascara
As I already mentioned, natural mascaras are a tricky product to produce. But this mascara is one of the best I’ve tried. I think a lot of it has to do with the mascara wand. The consistency is quite thin, but thick at the same time. What I mean is that you don’t get clumpy lashes in one layer. I usually apply two layers – like in these photos – but it still looks natural. I also like the packaging – it’s petite and pretty.
The mascara costs around 34€ and refill 25€.

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Kjaer Weis Above and Beyond Blush
The packaging in this is really interesting, because it has this rotating cap and a mirror on the other side of it. It’s very handy to travel with, since you have a mirror and your makeup with you. Besides using this as a blush and an eyeshadow, I’ve also used it on my lips, especially on the go. The formula is very creamy and nourishing, but it doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. It’s quite pigmented, but still easy to blend. I love this coral shade that is very trendy for this spring.
The blush costs 49€ and refill 29€.

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Kjaer Weis Amour Rouge Lipstick

The lipstick is beautiful. It’s said to have a velvet finish, which describes it well. It’s definitely more on the matte-side, which makes it very pigmented and long lasting. I don’t usually go for matte lipsticks, but this shade was so unique I had to have it. I also don’t mind the matte consistency, probably because of the moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, almond oil and jojoba oil.
The lipstick costs 52€ and refill 34€.

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Alima Pure mineral makeup

Quick reviews on the Alima Pure products I used.

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation Beige 2
Compared to some other mineral makeup foundations I’ve tried, I would say this is quite glowy. It’s said to have a smooth matte finish with subtle glow, but on my skin it’s not matte (and the glow is real). The consistency is great and the foundation blends easily on my complexion. I think I need to let my sister try this, because she has dry skin and I have a feeling this would work amazingly for drier skintypes.
Alima Pure Foundation costs 34,90€.

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Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil Ink
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like talking about a black pencil is somewhat boring. Then again it’s one of the makeup staples and we all appreciate a good black pencil. Right? Well, I’ve used this black pencil for years now and I think it’s the best. It’s black, it lasts well, it suits my sensitive eyes and it can be blended to get a soft line. It’s not too soft and it’s not too hard either. It’s the perfect black pencil, really.
The pencil costs 22,50€.

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Have you tried Kjaer Weis or Alima Pure products?