Countdown to Christmas – Advent Calendar Day 23

Just as much as I had vowed not to convert into a tea drinker (HA!) or to ever drive on the left side of the street (HAHA!), I once declared to my pasty, continental European self never ever in my life to succumb to fake tan.

Seven rainy summers, countless home experiments with St. Tropez and a few minor accidents later (they do say ‘wash your hands vigorously’ for a reason), and I am openly confessing: I love myself a little bit of a glow. You know, not the kind of TOWIE tan, but a healthy, radiant, slightly fresher version of myself.

Over the years, St. Tropez has become a Met Mum bathroom cupboard staple. I love them in the summer – much healthier than roasting like a chicken in the midday sun. And I adore them in the winter – their lighter products give you a bit of a healthy glow, without any of the potential dangers of ‘proper’ fake tan.

Today’s Advent Calendar surprise is glow in a jar aka St.Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan for Face. Plus, I am sharing celebrity make-up artist Karen Alder’s Snow Queen Skin secrets with all of you:

STEP 1: With central heating and cold windy weather parching the complexion, hydration is key for this look and as the temperatures drop, skin needn’t get drier. Skip foundation and apply St.Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan for Face to infuse the skin with moisture and vitamins whilst adding a subtle base glow that gently blurs imperfections

STEP 2: Groomed brows are a must, use a brow shaping gel to define your natural brow and add hold without being heavy or obvious

STEP 2: For a shimmering wintery finish take a fan brush and contour and define the cheekbones with St.Tropez Bronzing Rocks – with an almost iridescent quality they ensure the skin gleams

STEP 3: The St.Tropez Bronzing Rocks can also be used along the eye socket line to make the eyes really pop, blend upwards with a brush for a seamless shine

STEP 4: Lashing of mascara completes the eyes.  Curl lashes and then take time to build up mascara using a fine wand for the fluff factor

STEP 5: For warmth, apply a dab of rose gold crème blush to the apples of the cheeks blending carefully for a natural flush

STEP 6: Most importantly, add an icy edge to the look using the St.Tropez Violet Skin Illuminator.  Apply to the cheekbones and inner eye corners, the stunning violet hue glimmers and enhances any skin tone

STEP 7: Finally be sure to follow the Snow Queen glow through to the body.  Blend the St.Tropez Violet Skin Illuminator with your favourite body lotion for a luxe frosty luminosity

And St.Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan for Face goes to (Mostly) Yummy Mummy. Congratulations! Please email me and I will post it to you.

As for tomorrow – another British brand I have grown to be very fond of. You can find their items everywhere in my house, even in little L’s bedroom. From gingham curtains to winter candles, can you have a guess?

Leave a comment below to be in the draw for the last day of the Advent Calendar.


  1. Lisa Day says

    Don’t worry u arn’t alone i look pasty too lol.I’d like to enter the competition too please .Remember not to get too rushed and stressed with christmas eve approaching 🙂

  2. Silvia says

    Perfect for this time of the year (mince pie and mulled wine doesn’t really help!!)

  3. Sinikka B. says

    Uhoh, last chance approaching… count me in please. 🙂 And to you and your loved ones a peaceful, merry CHRISTMAS!! 😉

  4. Thanks for such a brilliant giveaway. Hope you have a fab Christmas.
    Please count me in for the final day.

  5. Gabrielle Svensson says

    Maybe Laura Ashley? please count me in for tomorrows draw! x

  6. Katherine Aitken says

    Shame this is coming to an end. Had fun, and please enter me for the last day.

  7. cassy young says

    last day? noooooooo. Count me in for the last one 🙂 x

  8. Elizabeth Moreno - Otter says

    Oh fingers crossed for the last one. It’s been fun!

  9. The last day! That went quickly… Have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year and I’m looking forward to seeing all your decorating efforts in the New Year xxx

  10. jessica whitehead-stevens (@jessws2011) says

    last day crossing fingers again

  11. Hazel Rea says

    Laura Ashley was my first thought. Include me please. Thanks.

  12. Dawn Trask says

    Excellent! I am always a pale face this time of year ..

  13. Joanna Baker says

    Please enter me into the draw for number 24 – I think maybe the White Company too….Happy Christmas to one and all! x

  14. ingrid says

    Last chance fingers crossed. Have a great Christmas and thanks for the fun competition.

  15. Sarah N says

    You’ve had some lovely give-aways. Count me in for tomorrow!

  16. Shelley Jessup says

    Just wanting to take this chance (whilst entering into your competition) to say a BIG thank you for all your giveaways, it is very kind.
    Please enter me into today’s competition.
    Just wanted to know how you know if you are a winner?

    Merry Christmas

  17. Hello…so your advent giveaway has been a major undertaking! So generous of you. Tomorrow must be White company or Laura Ashley? Anyway, much as I’ve loved the daily lure of treats I will be looking forward to you returning to your normal blog self! Lou x

  18. Big M says

    Ohh I wonder if you had time to get me anything as busy as you have been. Maybe you are all gifted out now ;-(

  19. Rachel Southern says

    I have no idea. Must have been out of the country for too long.

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