Showing posts with label Jergens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jergens. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Products to Get My Glow On

Product Sent for Review I Bought it Myself

Best Products to fake a tan glow

1. Beautisol Self Tanning Lotion: This is my favorite sunless tanner for a natural look without any smell!

2. Beautisol Self Tanner Back Applicator: Ok, I haven't tried this, but it looks genius and it will be in my next order.

3. Beautisol Hamman Exfoliating Mitt: I love quickly exfoliating everything evenly and this mitt is my favorite. It's especially important to not use an oily scrub right before a sunless tanner application.

4. Beautisol Application Mitt: This mitt helps make everything go on much smore smoothly.

5. NARS Multiple in Copacabana: This shimmery silver has a little tan in it, a little pink... It's a great chameleon and I have found that it is the perfect highlighter when I have a (fake) glow.

6. Rimmel Natural Bronzer: This is my go-to "steal" bronzer. The color is just golden enough (mine is quite a bit lighter than what they show in this image), but it doesn't look orange or dirty on my skin. It's a matte bronzer (which seems to be getting hard to find lately), and is a great bargain!

7. CoverGirl Nail Polish in Coral Silk: I definitely look tanner with coral polish than pink or red. This is my go-to shade.

8. Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Self Tanner: I love the idea of this tanner, though I need to be very careful about exfoliating (hello, my Hamman mitt!) or I turn a bit orange.

9. Too Faced Endless Summer Bronzer: This is my "splurge" bronzer, and the color is just a little better for my skin tone than the Rimmel. And yes, for me it really does last all day, or 16 hours!

10. Beautisol Tea Tan: I keep mentioning this product over and over, but haven't written a full post yet! This is super natural, wash off tan that doesn't transfer. It's perfect!

Product Sent for Review I Bought it Myself

Friday, June 07, 2013

A Quick & Easy Glow Without Adding Another Step To Your Routine? I Test Jergen's Natural Glow

I Bought it Myself

Jergen's Natural Glow Gradual Self Tanner Review

While I claim to have embraced my pale, in the summer months I do yearn for a little bit of a tan. Not a lot, just enough that wearing a dress or shorts isn't embarrassing due to how bright white my legs are. Also, any help covering up bruises (I'm a big klutz) and making the hair that is still under the surface of my skin (dark hair and white legs= not pretty) less noticeable is always a good thing.

I refuse to actually expose myself to UV radiation to get this tan. Honestly, in my younger years I tried, and it just didn't work. My skin doesn't like to make more melanin to get a little tan. Instead, it likes to get freckly, but not in the cute spread out freckle way. No, my skin likes them clumped together to look like I have a smear of dirt somewhere. That, my friends, is winning.

So, I like to experiment with sunless tanners. But, nothing that really requires a careful and real application. I don't have time for that. I usually resort to things like sunless tanning body washes or gradual self tanners that are built into your lotion. I've actually tried out the Jergen's Natural Glow many times in the past (in 2011 and in 2008), though they reformulate slightly pretty often.

This year I grabbed the only tube of light to medium skin tone lotion that I could find at my local store, and it happened to be in the Firming formulation. Looking at the ingredients, I see that there is hydrolyzed collagen, which forms a film on your skin (it is way too big to be absorbed) smoothing everything out. (Read more about this over in my Pevonia Spa Clinica Active Ingredients Review.) I see quite a few moisturizers, but I don't see other ingredients that really firm anything/affect tone of the skin.

The lotion itself is a light yellow/tan color and it feels a bit sticky. It doesn't have a DHA smell, instead it is a little floral and overly sweet to me. After application I don't smell anything for a while, but about 2 hours later I do smell that typical "I have on self tanner" smell. It's pretty faint and not even my husband can smell it, but I definitely pick it up!

The lotion is thick and feels a little sticky during application, I've found that it takes about 10 minutes to fully absorb into my skin, which is longer that I remember previous versions taking for absorption. Once it absorbs, I notice that color starts to develop about 2 hours later (right around the time that the scent appears).

I had a noticeable tan develop with just 1 use, and after 2 uses, I turned a little orange in some areas! Usually this takes at least 3 or 4 uses to happen. I wonder if the lotion has more active ingredients this year or something? Luckily I was able to exfoliate a little in those areas to tone it down and have spaced out my use already. I'm still on the lookout for the light to medium facial lotion, it seems to be sold out in my area so I'll probably resort to or something.

My tips for a nice even glow:
• Exfoliate! Use a scrub (non oil based) or exfoliating mitt first, especially in dry areas like around your nails, knees, ankles and elbows. I exfoliate every day once I start using the lotion. Your skin will naturally exfoliate, but it tends to do so unevenly, which means your tan will fade unevenly. Exfoliating also seems to keep me from turning orange.

• Apply sparingly to areas that are usually "lighter" such as the underside of your arms, your arm pits, etc. As well, areas that are drier and tend to suck up self tanner should get a lighter coat, like your knees and knuckles. I usually apply up to those areas and then go back when rubbing in the lotion to spread onto them rather than directly applying.

• Don't apply another moisturizer first. We've all heard that you should apply moisturizer to those trouble spots before applying a regular self tanner (not sure if that tip really works well for me), but doing so with the Natural Glow will just result in streaking. Apply this to your clean skin right after a shower.

• Wash your hands and scrub them with soap right after application. I wash front and back, really concentrating on my palms and around my fingernails. Then after I dry I'll rub the back of my hand against any areas that are still absorbing the lotion (and therefore have a little extra to give up to my hands). No one wants orange palms!

Do you use Jergen's Natural Glow? What tips do you have for application?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Gradual Tanning: Ellery Checks Out Jergens Natural Glow As Well!

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer Review, Sunless Tanner
Yesterday I shared my opinion of the Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, today my cousin Ellery is reviewing the Firming version. We both just happened to buy and review the product! I finished my review, opened my email, and there was her review! Funny that we were on the same wavelength. After reading her review I think I'll be picking up the firming formula rather than the revitalizing next time. Ellery describes a coconut scent, definitely not my experience! Note that Ellery's skin tone is olive and she purchased the medium to dark tone of this product.

Hi everyone! Ellery here from Mom's Life Made Easy with another sunless tanner review.  This time you can find this one right at your local drugstore for under $10.  Jergens Natural Glow Sunless Tanner With Firmer is a pretty thick lotion that has a slightly sunscreen smell to it with a hint of coconut (reminds me of Banana Boat sunscreen).  There really is no "tanner" smell, which is nice, you just smell like you spent the day at the beach.

This tanner is unique in that it gives you a gradual tan when you apply it daily.  I tried it everyday for two weeks and I could see that my skin did look more coppery and did not have an orange tint.  The change was very gradual and not something you would really notice after just a few days.

I also liked that the lotion did moisturize well, so I didn't feel that I needed to add my own moisturizer on top.  It also blended well into the areas I didn't tan, such as my face, hands, and feet.

Now on to the bad news...I didn't notice any firming!  I was all excited to see some slight toning on my thighs and belly, but didn't see a thing.  After two weeks I can't say that I felt or visual noticed any sort of "firming."  So my suggestion would be to just stick with the original and save a buck or two!

Today's post has been brought to us by my cousin Ellery from Mom's Life Made Easy. I've conned her into trying out all of the sunless tanners this year since I've embraced the pale. Ellery is a busy mommy of 3 little ones under the age of 5, but somehow manages to always look amazing!

Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Unembracing my Pale: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Revitalizing Moisturizer Review

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer Review, Sunless Tanner
One of my most popular posts is my review of Jergens Natural Glow Express, from 2008. 3 years is quite a while, and while I did like the formula back then, there have been a few minor tweakings of the formula since then. I also haven't really used sunless tanners in last couple of years. I've actually outsourced all of my sunless tanning reviews to my cousin Ellery from Moms Life Made Easy since I've really embraced the pale. Until this week.

I was wandering around Walmart (as much as one can wander in a quick corner store run for hamburger buns and decongestant), and when I saw the display of Jergen Natural Glow I started to feel super pale in my sundress. Maybe it was time for a retest of that popular review? So, I picked up Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer and Natural Glow Daily Revitalizing Moisturizer, both products in Fair to Medium skin tone. I'm naturally a cool toned pale girl.

Both products are meant to be used as your daily moisturizer on freshly washed skin. The products promise the gradual development of a natural looking tan within several days. While they take the place of regular moisturizer, there's no denying that these products are sunless tanners. There is still a definite DHA smell and I felt it was just as strong as most sunless tanners. I couldn't hide it under my perfume.

While the lotion sinks in pretty quickly, and I couldn't feel it on myself if I touched my skin, I still just felt a little sticky. Not much, just a little, and it only lasts for a few hours (this is about how long the smell lasts as well). I'm not sure why this is, but there you go. The lotion is hydrating enough for my combination skin on my face and body.

I'm super pale, think about 1/2 shade darker than Nicole Kidman. That's super pale. It only takes me 2 days to have noticeable color and after 3 days I'm pretty much at my max color. 4 days and I start turning orange. So, after 3 days I space out my use.

The Facial Moisturizer is SPF 20

My cousin Ellery from Mom's Life Made Easy is my usual sunless tanner reviewer, and she recently bought the Natural Glow as well! Stay tuned for her review tomorrow.

Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizers

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Raise Money for Cancer with Jergens!

This will literally take 1 minute and 23 seconds of your time. Jergens has a great program going on with The Skin Cancer Foundation right now with 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski.

Go to Jergen's YouTube Channel and watch Jane's video. It's short and sweet, and for each time the video is view Jergens will donate $1 to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

So, watch it and then share it with friends and family.

Jergen's YouTube Channel

Image- Joe Kohen/

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jergens Natural's Review

jergens natural lotion naturals review moisturizer
Jergens has just released their new Naturals line. These products contain 92% natural ingredients, which is pretty great for a mass market product. They've kept out ingredients found in most products like Parabens, the controversial preservatives. While natural does not necessarily mean safe (Botox is natural and is still the deadliest toxin known to man), it's great to find such a product so inexpensive and easily available.

I love this lotion! I tried out the Hydrate version, which relies on ingredients like Glycerin, cocoa Butter, Soybean Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Meadowfoam Seed oil, Shea Butter and Olive Oil to hydrate the skin. It has a light fresh smell, sinks into skin easily and just feels amazing! There was no residue left behind. It kept my skin hydrated all day long, which is rather difficult to find in a pump lotion. Overall this is a great everyday body lotion.

Jergens has offered you the analysis of ingredients and what they do which you can usually find in my reviews! Check out the product site below.
Jergens Naturals

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I Glow in the Dark- A Pledge to Save Your Skin!

With all of my emphasis on sunscreen and skin care, I felt it was only appropriate to tell you about the “Glow in the Dark” Campaign to break bad tanning habits.

It is a pledge that you take by signing up on the website, pledging to get your glow via sunless tanners and to protect yourself with sunscreen!

For each pledge, Jergens will donate $1 to The Skin Cancer foundation (up to $20,000), and some people who sign up will get the t-shirt that Kristen Bell is wearing here along with a sample of Jergens Natural Glow Express to try out for themselves!

I've signed up, run over there and sign up for yourself!
“Glow in the Dark” Campaign

Monday, March 31, 2008

Jergens Natural Glow Express

I am super pale. It is true, I'm a MAC N3 foundation shade, which is just about the lightest that they make. I realize that this is due to my English/Irish heritage, and that someone has to be very pale, but I wish that if I had to be this pale that I could at least be the good pale, ala Nicole Kidman. Or have some good red hair to go with it (my sister got that gene, lucky girl). Instead, I'm the pale where everyone asks if I feel "alright" or "did you get enough sleep?"

My skin doesn't change colors in the sun, I don't even really burn. I do, however, change colors with the help of sunless tanners. That color is usually orange. So, I'm left wishing for skin that was tanner, but not orange.

I'm also a bit lazy/impatient. I want minimal effort, a quick result and I want it to be a good, natural looking result. I'm tired of the traditional sunless tanners, I waste so much time only to look streaky in the end. And orange due to the high DHA content.

Enter my experimentation with sunless moisturizers. I've tried Dove (I was pale until I suddenly turned bright orange on day 5), L'Oreal (this is a very picky formula that resulted in streaking), and I've also tried Jergens. I got an ok result after about a week with the Jergens, but I couldn't take the smell.

So, you can imagine that when Jergens asked if I wanted to try their new Natural Glow Express, I was a bit reluctant. But, the PR rep assured me that the formulation was very different. She even confided that she was also a pale girl, had issues with the first formula, but that this one worked much better. Okay, I will experiment on my legs. If I turn orange I have lots of body scrubs that I've been experimenting with, and I can wear pants to work for a week.

Well, it turns out that I actually do like this formula. It still has pretty much the same DHA that all sunless tanners have (they give the products those oh so great scents), but in this formula I don't turn orange. The moisturizer is formulated to work over three days of gradual color build up. It really does need those three days, but getting there is very easy. The formula is very forgiving, no streaking or issues with color buildup (I did apply a light coat of regular lotion to my elbows, ankles and tops of my toes first). It is a bit thicker than regular lotions, but I didn't find it hard to use.

Overall, this was an easy way to get a great tan. I love that the formula is so forgiving, I prefer using it for just one or two days (a lighter tan is better for me), then working on maintenance. The company does suggest that you maintain the tan with their regular Natural Glow Moisturizer (which is much cheaper). I'll be stocking up on this for summer!

Ingredients (For medium skin tones):

You might want to check out their website, they're having a great contest right now that could score you a $5000 travel voucher (where do you want to go?) or a GC for dinner and a movie!
Jergens Natural Glow Express