How I Self Tan with St. Moriz Tanning Mousse

I have always been a total Florida girl and took pride in living in paradise surrounded by white sands and emerald waters my whole life. However, this summer has basically been nothing but rain. So where does that leave me? White as a ghost. No, thank you! After much consideration, I finally decided to do my research and find all the details I could to see what self-tanner was really about. Seeing doctors recommend it as a better alternative, I thought I might as well give it a shot. I looked into the most affordable one I could find that had really good reviews and went for it. Let’s just go ahead and say, I’m very happy!
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I saw great reviews of the St. Moriz Dark Tanning Mousse and at only $6 plus free shipping on Amazon, what was there to lose?? So I got myself a bottle and watched about twenty Youtube videos of different application techniques, tricks, and tips. I won’t be showing application in this post, but if you have any questions or would like to see more let me know and I’d be happy to give my answers or work on a separate post for my application process.

This is supposed to be a dupe for the popular, more pricey St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse and I’ve always heard wonderful things about that one as well. But if you know me, then you know I’m more interested in finding something just as perfect, but at a more affordable price. I’m pretty sure St. Moriz is just that! I was expecting it to wear off a lot faster since it is the more affordable option, but I’d say it lasted me about 10 days before it completely wore off. Very impressive!
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To apply it, I use the St. Tropez Applicator Mit because it was only $0.50 more than the cheaper alternative I was seeing at Ulta. Please excuse the dirty stains it has accumulated! I also wear a rubber glove underneath the mit just to be extra cautious to not get any on the palm of my hands. And I found this cheap, yet dense bronzer makeup brush at Walmart and use that to help blend in the difficult areas such as my ankles, elbows, feet, and hands.
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This is the before picture after my previous tan had completely faded. You can see that there aren’t any patchy areas because it fades evenly. Before I apply the tanning mousse, I exfoliate my entire body and shave to allow for smooth application. I apply a light layer of my favorite C. Booth body lotion all over, focusing quite a bit more on areas like my knees, elbows, ankles, hands, etc. where the mousse might not blend as easily.  
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This is what it looks like once the mousse is applied and dry. The tan does lean a little more on the light side, so even though I have the “dark” version I still have to apply two layers in order to get the color that I want. It says on the packaging to let it process for 4-6 hours, but I like to leave it on for 8 hours as I go through my day. You can see that it doesn’t leave an unattractive color as it develops, so it’d be fine to leave the house with. It does have a bit of a smell to it, but I love that it’s not very sticky at all.
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Eight hours later, I can finally wash it off!! I like to rinse it off first until I see the water run clear and then wash again scrubbing with soap and a textured washcloth. Don’t forget to moisturize because that’s going to help the tan last longer. I’m really happy that this self tanner gives a beautiful, natural golden tan because that’s something I think we’re all concerned about when faking a tan.
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Here’s a side by side look at the before and after results. Definitely a huge difference and you wouldn’t even know that I did it in the comfort of my own air-conditioned, bug-free home during a thunderstorm. I don’t tan my face just because I’m fine with keeping that more pale and fixing it with makeup when I go out. The less chemical-filled products applied to my face, the better!
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Whether you’re a beginner with self-tanning (like myself) or a complete pro, I definitely recommend giving this mousse a try. It’s easy to apply, you can sleep or continue doing other things as it processes. Just be careful not to wet your hands! I’m obsessed with the results and so excited I finally made my way into the self-tanning world!

If you’ve tried this tanning mousse before, let me know in the comments what you thought of it and how it worked for you. I’d also love to hear about your favorite self-tanning products so I can make a list of which ones I might need to try ;)

~Mani Monday~
I didn’t want something too bright this week, but also didn’t want to go too dark either so I chose to bring out an old favorite of mine and wear Rimmel’s Steel Grey. It’s a beautiful cooler toned neutral shade that has just the slightest bit of lavender undertones to it. It definitely needs two coats and doesn’t last the full 10 days that it claims, but I do love the shape of the brush.
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What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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  1. How do you go to the bathroom and not wash your hands all day?

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    1. As far as the bathroom, you can just go about your day as you usually would. The self tanner doesn't make a difference there. For washing the hands, that is more difficult. What I usually do is prep a wet washcloth before applying the tan to my hands and use that when my hands feel dirty.

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    2. Thank you. That or a wipe was my thought.

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    3. I've used those too and they work just as good! :)

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