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Extending the Summer: Faking a Little More Glow

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Now that Labor Day weekend is here, I know that I can’t be the only one unwilling to let go of the summer! I’m not quite ready for Pumpkin Spice and jeans. I’ll settle for temps in the 70s and maybe wearing a long sleeve t-shirt with my shorts instead of a short sleeved shirt! That’s about as far as I am willing to go into fall at this time.

I spend a lot of time in the pool all summer long. So, despite being really good with my sunscreen, I have a little bit of a tan. It feels like summer to me, and I love to emphasize (and prolong) that tan.

I grabbed these products during a recent trip to Walmart, I walk right by their brightly lit and pretty beauty area while I’m shopping and I can’t help myself! Lately they’ve been killing it with amazing Walmart Beauty Exclusives, which includes all of these L’Oreal products.

1. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Water Mousse
Obviously the best way of extending your tan is to create more tan. This is an easy to use, not likely to streak sunless tanner. I’m a big fan of mousse tanners like this one, I think they are less likely to streak. It doesn’t look orange at all, and the tanner scent isn’t horrible. I apply at night and wake up to a slightly darker tan.

2. L’Oreal Paris Summer Belle Beach Bae Face & Body Liquid Luminizer
I know in the bottle this looks super shimmery, but it isn’t. This is the perfect, light catching shimmer in a bottle. You can apply all over your body, on your face, mix it in with your foundation, the options are endless. I swear it makes my little bit of tan look better, it’s a must have for the end of summer!

3. L’Oreal Paris Summer Belle Bronze Please! Bronzer
Remember back when bronzer was all about looking sun-kissed, instead of contouring your nose? Welcome back to sun-kissed. This matte bronzer is just the right (aka- not orange) shade to sweep across your cheeks, forehead and down your nose. This bronzer is the one I’m reaching for over and over, ignoring other (much more expensive) bronzers on my vanity. If you need a good bronzer, snag this one!

4. Copertone Glow SPF 50 Lotion: As much as I’m talking about extending my tan and summer, I am not going to risk my skin by skipping sunscreen. I love that this one has SPF 50 and a bit of shimmer, perfect for the pool. Again, not enough shimmer to make you look like a disco ball.

5. L’Oreal Paris Summer Belle Glowing Lip Gloss, Sea You Soon
This lip gloss has been living in my bag and the pocket of my shorts since I bought it. I’ll likely be buying another soon! This has a lightly sweet taste, isn’t sticky, and a very faint pink tint. I’ve been layering it over just about every lipstick I own, but I also love it solo.

Have you made any beauty changes to enjoy the last few days of summer?

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I’m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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  1. 9.9.19
    Kelly said:

    Are any of these products pregnancy safe?
    I also have at home Dove Dermaspa summer revived. Would you mind telling me if you feel it’s pregnancy safe?
    Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glycol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Caramel, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxystearic Acid, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Myristate, Maltodextrin, Palmitic Acid, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate-60, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Stearamide AMP, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 16255, CI 47005
    Link: https://www.dove.com/uk/skin-care/self-tanner/dermaspa-summer-revived-self-tanning-body-lotion-medium-to-dark.html

    I recently saw a YouTube recommendation from a pregnant mother for Bali Body self tanners. I have found some ingredient lists online. This might have been marketing smut, though.
    Gradual tan >> Water (Aqua), Dihydroxyacetone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Coffee Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tocopherol, Cucumber Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Linalool.

    🙏 Thank you!

    • 9.9.19
      15mins said:

      So, in the US many physicians recommend avoiding all sunless tanners while pregnant (Dihydroxyacetone and Erythulose based). There are cases of liver failure associated with their use, which means that it gets systemic, and that makes “us” (aka- doctors) nervous. In the UK, there’s actually an official stance from their medical community that sunless tanners are safe. Personally, I am not comfortable clearing any sunless tanners as safe.

      • 2.17.20
        E said:

        Liver damage to the fetus or the mother/ woman?
        Asking because I’m curious if self tanner can be fatal when not pregnant? I’ve been using sunless tanning since a teen so this is scary to me.

        Are there safe alternatives to have some color for special events like wash off body color?

        Thank you in advance for the Info

        • 2.17.20
          15mins said:

          In adults, there’s actually an ongoing debate currently about its safety overall and whether it should be allowed to be sold still. It hasn’t been linked to anything in babies yet, but we know it gets into the systemic circulation and with those case reports I don’t feel comfortable saying it is safe to use while pregnant, and most physicians in the US don’t either.
          I don’t currently have a list of wash off bronzers, I’ll work on one!