Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner
If you want a product that will tan your face without breaking you out or leaving streaks, this could be the one for you. I personally cannot get enough of this it leaves a really lovely glow on your face the morning after I've applied it (I apply it after my moisturiser before I go to sleepies). It's that "why does my skin look nicer than usual" kind of glow, and did take me a couple of uses to put two and two together... Doi. Like I said, I pop this on after my standard skincare routine, using a cotton pad for an even appliation, if I want a little extra tan, I pop some on my hand after using the cotton pad and massage it in. Usage of this product without a cotton pad has been known to cause streaking - not something I've experienced yet but you do need to be aware of it, if you're going cotton pad free!
St. Tropez Gradual Tanner (Medium Dark)
My favourite of all the freebies I've ever received in a magazine, the July ELLE definitely hit gold with this one. It says gradual tanner on the bottle, but I really feel that, for me at least, it sits nicely between a gradual tanner and a fake tan. When using other gradual tanners, the product has never been as instantly strong or really felt like it was washing off in the bath. Despite this, the tan does still remain after some has washed off. Sounds weird, but I actually really like the fact that it works like this. There's more instant gratification than I get with other gradual tanners, it smells amazing (but you will experience the occasional waft of biscuits the next day - I quite like it, is that weird?), lasts a while and is build-able. I like to use this every other day, but sometimes use it just once a week. I loved the mini product so much I jumped for joy when my work colleague gave me a second mini version and then could not resist purchasing the full size when it was on offer for £12(!!!!) in Boots.
I'm feeling a slight irony in writing this today, as some parts of the UK are finally starting to get some serious sun for the weekend, but for those of you who are still donning your brollies (or are working all weekend)- this is for you.