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Summer Tanning Essentials 

Summer has hit us with full force this last week!  I’m struggling to keep up with my transitional wardrobe – Since summer is not usually seen until July, this morning I had to dig out from my under bed storage a maxi dress to keep cool.  With the onset of summer weather I have pulled out my Summer tanning ritual as well.

I am a pale individual, and I abhor wrinkles like there’s no tomorrow, so I have been on the self tanner kick for years. Quite honestly it feels like it’s taken years to find the right combination and formulas for the best tan (for me) I can “create”. 

Here’s my weekly routine

Saturday with my daily shower, I exfoliate, with a good scrub – for this exfoliation I use St. Tropez prep, it smells very perfume by the beads are small and do a great job.  Then I lotion up well with my Coconut body butter from Trader Joe’s – that stuff is awesome and will moisturizer the crap out of anything 🙂

Sunday evening – Around 7 for me, since you need a good hour and a half to do this – I take a quick shower to get the grips off, and do one last exfoliation with the Slow it body wash from the – European Wax center – I find it doesn’t leave any lotion-y feel to your skin and that helps with the application.

Once out and I’m sure I’m dry – because no one wants a streaky tan!  I put lotion on my wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, heels and toes – yes toes too! I let it sink in while I’m applying the tanner to my face.

I apply the Tarte Brazillance towelette all over my face,ears, neck and back of neck, while I’m waiting for that to soak in, I start with the St. Tropez one hour tanner on my legs and work my way up. 

The awesome thing about both tanners is they’re very mild and very gradual – I leave the Brazillance on overnight and wake up with a pretty healthy glow in the morning, I rinse the St. Tropez off after an hour – more so later in the summer 🙂 and have a gorgeous non smelly tan when I get up the next day.  

I do exfoliate once or twice during the week and definitely have to keep the tanning up to once a week in the summer time to keep consistent but I have found it to be an easy addition to my beauty routine and aside from the hour or so of trying to find something to do while mostly naked and afraid to sit on anything – lol – it’s really not that bad – OK I’m kidding it is that bad, but it’s what we do right?  I have taken to putting my IPad on the ironing board and scrolling through my social media feeds to pass the time a bit, it work 🙂

I hope you find this helpful, let me know what your Summer tanning routine looks like.

XoXo – Sarah 


Prepping for a big event – Skin/hair/face

I have a rather elaborate skin care routine – I want to preface my post today with that because I know most people I talk to, do not. And if you’re a wash and go type of girl with a little sunscreen and mascara more power to you. Me? Unfortunately I’ve done major damage to myself over the years, not enough sunscreen, smoking, too much alcohol, salt. So now in my late 30’s I’m trying to repair damage at the same time trying to treat the signs of aging and God willing, age gracefully – but not too soon!

If you interested in my daily routine let me know and I put another post together of my daily/weekly regimen – you’ll be amazed at the process – lol. Here’s a few of them below.

There are times thought that require a little more effort – for me that is this weekend! My Cousin is getting married and I am in the wedding party.  I am also the oldest bridesmaid by at least 5 years and the next oldest has beautiful red hair and fair skin that I’m sure came with a lifetime supply of sunscreen 🙂  – needless to say I’m a little self conscious.

So this week in addition to my regular routine I added a few extras to make sure I was photo ready – in a completely supporting role kinda of way – for the big day.

A week prior to the event (Sunday) – I got a facial – and this go round I did get a stronger anti-aging facial – to help my skin boost collegen production over the week.  This also meant I’ve been babying my skin for a few days after with extra moisture to balance the redness and drying effects of the retinol.

3 days before the event (yesterday/Thursday) – I went for an obligatory waxing apt (I would not suggest first time waxing for any event, at least a month before try it out and see how your body reacts to the process) for me this is close enough to have smooth skin, and still far enough out to self tan before the big day.

Also 3 days before the event I did a deep conditioning  hair treatment – this will give me enough time to wash my hair one more time ( the treatment leaves my hair beautiful, but limp) and have 2nd day hair for the wedding, perfect for styling for the big day.

2 days before the event – although not listed, we’re all going in for a mani/pedi – but that is part of my monthly maintenance – lol.

One day before the event -(tomorrow/Saturday) apply self tanner (again I would not suggest this for a first timer and please use a brand that you know and love) I love St. Tropez – they have a 1, 2, or 3 hour tanner that you wash off in that time frame and you don’t smell like nasty tanner.  I use it once a week in the summer and have a great glow.

The day of the event (Sunday) – I picked up a gold mask to help tighten and brighten everything up for the big day.  I have not used one before but I have used the brand and am hopeful on the results.

Again I know it sounds like a lot but with a little planning, it can easily be added in to prep for any big event, as a bonus you’ll have pampered yourself each day before the big event, and hopefully will look and feel great too!
XOXO – Sarah


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