The Best Self-Tanners For Glowy, Bronzer Skin This Summer

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With summer just around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about achieving that perfect sun-kissed glow. But with the risks associated with sun exposure, self-tanners are where it’s at. Yes, there are many options on the market, ranging from affordable drugstore brands to luxury options and it can get a little overwhelming, but don’t fret. Here’s a breakdown of the best self-tanners to try this summer for looking like a glowing goddess on your next vacay, Instagram selfie, or your building’s rooftop.

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, In-Shower Self Tanner Body Lotion, Medium To Tan Tone - 7.5 fl oz, image 1 of 10 slides

This self-tanner is perfect for those on a budget. The moisturizer is applied while skin is still wet, making it easy to incorporate into your shower routine. The formula gradually builds a natural-looking tan over time, and it’s also infused with coconut oil, providing hydration to the skin.

Shop It: Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, $10.47, Amazon

St. Moriz Professional Fast Tanning Mousse

This affordable tanning mousse provides a streak-free, natural-looking tan that lasts for days. It’s easy to apply and dries quickly, making it a great option for those who are short on time. Plus, it comes in a variety of shades, ensuring you’ll find the perfect match for your skin tone.

Shop It: St. Moriz Professional Fast Tanning Mousse, $8.30, Amazon

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

These drops are a must-have for those who want to achieve a customized, natural-looking tan. The drops can be added to your favorite moisturizer or serum, allowing you to control the intensity of the tan. Plus, the formula is infused with avocado, chia seed, and coconut oils, making it nourishing for the skin.

Shop It: Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops, $30.40, Amazon

Vita Liberata Tinted Tanning Mousse

This high-end self-tanner provides a long-lasting, natural-looking tan that lasts up to three weeks. The formula is free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin. The mousse is easy to apply and dries quickly, providing a streak-free finish.

Shop It: Vita Liberata Tinted Tanning Mousse, $35, Amazon

Bondi Sands Aero Self-Tanning Foam

This self-tanner is perfect for those with dry skin. The foam is infused with aloe vera and coconut, providing hydration to the skin while delivering a natural-looking tan. Plus, the formula is lightweight and fast-drying, making it a great option for those who are on-the-go.

Shop It: Bondi Sands Aero Self-Tanning Foam, $29, Amazon

Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum

TAN-LUXE - Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum 1.01 oz/ 30 mL

This self-tanner is perfect for those with oily or acne-prone skin. The serum is infused with hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate the skin without clogging pores. Plus, the formula provides a natural-looking tan that can be customized to your desired shade.

Shop It: Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, $49, Sephora

The bottom line: yes, there are so many self-tanning options available for you to try, but these are the best for each and every skin tone and concern. At the end of the day, the best self-tanner for you will depend on your desired results, although none of these will have you fearing turning orange. With the options listed above, achieving a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow this summer has never been easier.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Contour Wand Is Always Sold Out—But We Found A Similar Product That’s *Actually* In-Stock

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Let me just start by saying that I absolutely *love* Charlotte Tilbury products. That said, I don’t love how quickly my favorites sell out. Sure, that only means that the world thinks they’re as bomb as I do, but what’s a girl to do when she needs to restock her favorite contour wand? Get a similar tube to hold her over, of course.

And, because I’m just like you, I’ve found myself  turning over to the same place for my product recommendations now—TikTok. The TikTok girlies are basically giving us one honest review after another (even if it means de-influencing), and when Alix Earle gave Tarte’s Sculpt Tape Contour Wand her approval as a ringer for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Liquid Contour Wand, I knew it’d sell out just as quick. But, thankfully, I was able to get my hands on it before that happened.

For those who aren’t familiar with how these contour wands work, allow me to give you a quick breakdown. They have a fluffy sponge applicator and a dial that turns to get the pigment out. Once you squeeze about a dime-sized amount of product, you dab it in dots across your face (to contour you want to get your forehead, cheekbones, jawline, and the sides of your nose). From there, you can use a sponge, such as a Beautyblender or a contour brush to blend it out.

My favorite feature about the Charlotte Tilbury wand is how well it blends, and I was pleasantly surprised that Tarte’s had similar, if not the same power. Don’t believe me? See Alix’s side-by-side video comparing the two formulas below.


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Told you so—they’re practically identical. Tarte’s version is available in five different shades: warm bronze, cool bronze, soft bronze, deep bronze, and rich bronze. All are designed to work with a range of skin tones and matching undertones so that everyone can enjoy the sculpting magic. And you can save some money if you get your hands on Tarte’s contour wand as well, since it’s $35 compared to Charlotte Tilbury version at $42. Snag yours directly at Tarte or at Ulta, before the word gets out and it’s gone. Trust us, your vanity and your newly-chiseled cheekbones and jawline will thank you.

Tarte Sculpt Tape Contour #1

Shop It: Tarte Sculpt Tape Contour, $35, Ulta

This Week’s Sephora Weekly Wow Has Tarte, Smashbox, & More For 50% Off

It’s another week, which means another Sephora Weekly Wow. Praise be. We’re only a week away from Halloweekend, so I mean, what better time to stock up on new contour, highlight, and color correcting palettes in order to pull off the best Riverdale, Big Little Lies, and Wonder Woman looks possible? This week’s beauty goodies are 50% off (ugh, there is a god) and to top it off, it includes obsessions such as Tarte, SMASHBOX, COVER FX, and Clinique. RIP to every penny we’ve salvaged from our last direct deposit. All for good reason, obviously. As usual, this wondrous sale lasts only a week, or until the shit sells out. Given these amazing picks, the latter is more likely, so shop now, or don’t say I never did you any favors.

1. Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

This universal palette features six powder and cream shades, each with a custom undertone for natural-looking results. You can wear them alone or layer some up for chiseled cheekbones. The v healthy formula is packed with a shit ton of nutrients and some sort of Amazonian clay. Not that I know what that is, but it sounds legit, so I’m already sold. The glowing look is sure to last all night, even through sweaty bars the worst of times, without running or making you look streaky.

Tarte Highlight Palette

2. SMASHBOX Create and Transform Master Class Palette

Four different face palettes in one, that’s literally all there is to it. That should make you want to add it to your cart without reading the rest of this paragraph. Each palette offers a wide range of warm and cool shades designed for your lips, cheeks, eyes, and face, so you can create over 76 of your very own personalized looks. Mix and match with shimmer, blush tones, vampy lipstick shades, and so much more without having to buy a dozen different palettes. Each of the four palettes pop out of the cute little packaging, so you can apply on-the-go, and spice up your makeup routine every once in awhile.


3. COVER FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Offered in two different shades, light and dark, this customized highlighting palette makes all of our strobing dreams come true. The four different highlighter shades feature two cream-based and powder-based formulas, so you can create a glowing look based on your #currentmood. The cream helps create a natural-looking radiance, while the powder finishes off your look with just a touch of sparkle, without making it look like you doused your face with glitter. Bless. Plus, you can totes use this on your body (aka for bomb cleavage, duh) for the same effect.

Cover FX

4. Sephora Collection: Sephora + PANTONE UNIVERSE Correct + Conceal Palette

Finally, makeup that will erase any evidence of my lack of sleep and “occasional” alcohol binges held every Wednesday night, because sometimes getting through the week is tough, you feel? The palette comes with 15 creamy concealer shades that target specific areas in need of serious TLC. The color correcting magic helps eliminate dark circles, redness, and dullness. This miracle worker works on light, medium, and deep skin tones, so you’ll def find the one that complements you.

Sephora Pantone

5. Clinique: Great Skin, Great Deal Set For Dry Combination Skin


As the weather gets increasingly colder by the hour, our skin is slowly crying out for help. Whether it’s your lips, cheeks, or literally your entire face (story of my life), you’ll need intense hydration and moisturizing to get through fall and winters to come. The set is a three-step regimen that comes with non-drying facial soap, an exfoliating lotion, and multipurpose moisturizing lotion. Guys, this is also less than $20, so I’m not saying you’re an idiot if you pass this up, but let’s just say you’d be making a big mistake. HUGE.

Pretty Woman Mistake

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