Christmas

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?

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