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Bronzing beauties I never knew existed!

The other day I was presented with a big, sexy package of products from the lovely peeps at St Tropez, and I must admit (while it seems screamingly obvious to me now) before I got chance to play wth these babies, I’d never thought of St Tropez as something that could be a valuable part of my kit.  Ohhh what a fool I’ve been!

I’m not talking the self-tanning side of things (it’s not called “fake-tan” anymore guys, FYI, apparantly that label is so 2005), I’m talking about cosmetics and body makeup, a whole range by St Tropez of products I never even knew they’d created.  And I adore every single one of them, I think these are going to become kit staples for sure.  I’m going to try and keep this brief, as those of you who’ve been keeping up with my posts may have realised by now I do tend to go off on one once I’m on a roll, and there are quite a few products here that I could rant about so I’m just going to pick four and nip it in the bud.


First up the Wash Off "Instant Glow Mousse".  The operative two words there being “wash off”.  If you want a natural tan to the skin, and don’t want to be liable for a botched job of permanent self tan on your model, client or yourself for that matter, this is a Godsend.  I’ve always been a MAC Face and Body girl when it came to bronzing up limbs, but the differences here are many.  This product is none transferable, until it comes into contact with soap and water that is, so no worries about incurring the wrath of the stylist with this one.  It is totally matte, and dries immediately, so is not only super comfortable to wear, but is buildable, which also makes it suitable for all skin tones.  A seriously wicked kit staple I’d say.  Just be sure to get a £3.75 Applicator Mitt to apply it with, unless you want some seriously weird tan lines going on.  On your palms.

Number two, "Instant Glow Face Lotion", £10.21.  Again a wash off product, this one is going straight in my grooming kit, it’s perfect for guys.  Liquid, or gel bronzers have been around for a while now but personally I’ve not had much joy with the ones I’ve tried, before now.  Usually it’s been the done thing, if giving a depth of colour to the skin on the face, to do it with foundation.  Besides powder bronzer there wasn’t much of an option.  The major downsides being the textures each product would give to the skin, may not be the texture you want.  I’m a fan of the insanely natural, barely there base, as a rule, if a guy, or girl for that matter, has good skin but needs a bit of colour, this will be all I’m using.  Worked into the high points of the face over beautifully prepped skin with the fingers, bit of translucent powder, done.

Next up, St Tropez’s (cumbersome “apostrophe s” or what) "Powder Bronzer".  To some folk, a bronzer’s a bronzer’s a bronzer, but this is not the case people! If you love a glittery bronzer, or a pearly bronzer, then by all means shine on you crazy diamond.  But I regularly bemoan the fact that it’s pretty hard to find good bronzers that don’t come with that shimmer that you may not necessarily want.  But here we have a yummy matte bronzer.  In the packaging, I won’t lie, it looks dark, but this is simply because it’s high in pigment, so you need very little.  Plus it’s texture is not too loose, so you don’t end up with the dreaded, sneaky bronzer filled brush that has Tango’d many an innocent face in the past.  Using such a small amount allows once again that really natural bronzing effect, and the texture of the skin itself is able to show through.  This badboy can also be used on the body, is incredibly good for contouring with (it’s wonderful to build up layers with, getting real depth into the socket of the cheekbone), and there is not one hint of orange.  Sold.

And finally the St Tropez "Skin Illuminator", at only £12.26 these are from what is known as BARGAIN CITY.  Here, I really have saved the best for last.  I began to do that “rub, sniff, mmmm” kind of thing that makeup artists do when confronted with a great new skin product when I was introuduced to these.  I wasn’t expecting them at all, and I love them all the more for it!  St Tropez has been quietly building up a strong presence backstage at Fashion Week shows for a couple of years now, and this product has probably been it’s most popular of all.  An illuminating body lotion, with a gorgeous holiday scent that comes in Rose, Violet or Gold, each shot through with it’s own self explanatory pink, violet or gold reflective pigment.  This stuff is heavenly, I used it on album promo shots for a new artist this last week, on legs, decolettage, cheekbones, the lot, and we all agreed the skin looked incredible, airbrushed in fact.  I’m smitten with the three varying options of the subtle coloured sheens in these lotions, a really nice touch.

And there you have it, look at St Tropez go!   Leaving any outdate  Essex Girl connotations in the dust, the brand has emerged with a range of great quality, really usable, desirable products both for professionals and the girl in the street.  Welcome to the kit St Tropez!


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