Monday, July 29, 2013

A Bit of Bronze



I'm one of those people who's never burned a day in my life.  I'm waiting for the pain-free hours of lying out in the sun to catch up with me, but until that day, I've always been able to tan easily and not worry about burning, peeling or maintaining.  If anything, my skin tone is one of those that won't let the colour go -- I never go back to the level of paleness that I was.  I joke regularly with my friends that my skin colour is an amalgamation of a lifetime of sun exposure.

That said, when I heard about Caudalie's Divine Legs Body Moisturizer*, I had to see what it was all about.  Since I'm no longer privileged enough to have summers off, I'm much paler than I've ever been.  I didn't realize how pale my legs start off!

My other issue with self-tanner is that they're often a weird colour.  Even extremely famous versions that are famed for leaving you properly bronzed go a little wonky on me.  My skin is quite olive so I tan a strange taupe-y gray colour, and Caudalie's Divine Legs is the perfect marriage between the colour I would like to be and a colour I can pull off naturally.

The product takes your legs down a few shades, but you can definitely control the depth of your tan by putting more on.  I've also used this on my stomach whenever I wear a crop top -- instant abs.  It's marketed as a body moisturizer so it leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

I enlisted Tod's help for this post -- she's much lighter than me so she's tried a number of self-tanners.  Here's what she had to say:

"It's a pleasant consistency.  I find a lot of them gross -- like, greasy.  At least the ones I've used in the past.  It's one of the more natural-looking fake tans I've had in a while.  It's kind of nice that it's not permanent, that it washes off in the shower.  It's less of a commitment; in case you make a mistake or something.  The other ones that are more permanent that last a few days, if you forget to avoid your knees, then you're stuck with dark knees for four days.  At least if you mess this one up, it's only one day."

For the swatch below, I took one single pump of the product and rubbed it into my thigh -- please bear in mind that I'm 5'10 and my thighs are longer than most people's.


Left: One pump of Caudalie Divine Bronze, Right: bare skin

*PR Sample

17 comments:

  1. Wait, you're 5'10"??? Whoa! That's TALL!

    I have this and I like it a lot! I ended up not taking it with me to Taipei (and I was right. I didn't need that much lotion/extra tanning there), but now I'm curious to see how it works on my more tanned skin!

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    1. I know -- I'm a biological anomaly. I can't wait til I get a bit darker as well! I think it'll still work!

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    2. i never knew you were so tall! thats like my sister. My mom is 5 foot but some how she's 5-10

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  2. oooh I like that it isn't too dark, and it looks more natural~ nice^^

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  3. Wow another Caudalie!
    Honestly I'm not that into tanning/bronzing products as I live in Singapore. But if I were to live somewhere else, this product would be great to try!

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    1. I'm OBSESSED with Caudalie, can you tell??

      I love Singapore -- it's so beautiful!

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  4. I like the natural look this gives, so many self tanners can come up a bit orange which I hate! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. For sure! And no one naturally tans orange -- I have no idea why companies still do that.

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  5. I think Reductionista liked this one too...so between you both maybe I need to pick this one up! I've not had a proper vacation in 2 1/2 year and my paleness is a testament to not being in the sun LOL :-)

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  6. i'll have to give this a try sometime too! :) i'm jealous you are so tall!

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  7. This sounds and looks really good, my pale skin doesn't do well with tan products but this does look really promising :)

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  8. Love Caudalie, and hate most body bronzers - I will have to try this.

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    Details are here: http://bit.ly/wbeautyl

    Hope you can participate...xxMeli

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  9. I stumbled across your blog and I love it! I havn't had the chance to try any Caudalie products, but I think bronzer's so important.. especially for the Winter months in Canada! I've just followed you on GFC, looking forward to your next post love!!

    xoxo, Mango ❤
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  10. Oh my goodness! It is like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, just like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the content home a bit, besides that, this is helpful blog post. A outstanding read. I will certainly return again.
    jeux de king

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  11. *_* gimme your height and ability to withstand sun, pls!
    I love the olivey notes in this -- it seems to resemble my beloved RBR in the bottle. Must try to snag a bottle for my upcoming beach holiday :D

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