Thursday, June 3, 2010

Beauty 411: Bronze & Glow...

I love a good tan against a white dress.

Today’s modern women are all too aware of the damage and dangers caused by the natural sun and tanning beds.

Fake tans have come a long way from the smelly, sticky and streaky lotions of the 80’s and 90’s and applied correctly by following guidelines and advice, there is no reason why you can’t show off those fabulous tanned shoulders, back, arms and legs while floating down the aisle on your wedding day.

With so many product choices you may have a hard time deciding which one is the best for you. Shop around and take personal recommendations and advice from others and above all don’t be heavy handed or you may just find yourself glowing as bright and colourful as the orange blossom in your wedding bouquet.

My self-tan secret weapon:

Somer360° by Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville Somer 360 Tanning Towelettes are a new self-tanning towelette that is easy and smell-free. I love the look of a tan but I usually don't have the time it takes to build up the gorgeous glow. With one Somer 360 Tanning Towelette, I've got it! Of all of the tanning towelettes I've used, this one gives the most natural tan color.

The Kate Somerville Somer 360 Tanning Towelettes are an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet that are very generously saturated with a paraben-free self tan formula. The only "smell" is a light, citrusy fragrance. There is enough product on the sheet to easily do face, neck and body. Like with any self-tanning product, exfoliating before application is a must. Once applied, the product dries in just a few minutes and the tan fully develops in 2 to 4 hours.

Apply the Kate Somerville Somer 360 Tanning Towelette in a circular motion. When you're done, to prevent an unnatural color line from forming on hands (or elbows, ankles, knees), lightly smooth lotion onto hands. I didn't experience streaks or uneven color, but it did take me a couple of tries to get the right "level" of color intensity. I found that the color lasts four to five days.


Kate Somerville Somer 360 Tanning Towelettes retail at $48 for 8 Towelettes and are available at Sephora

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