Tan Talk: St Tropez

St TropezSt Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse, 8oz for $42

I haven’t been quite as committed to sunless tanning this year as previous years. I’ve had less time to dedicate to beauty rituals in general! When I got a deluxe sample of St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse, I was a bit excited – it’s a self-tanning cult classic, after all. Beyond that, mousses tend dry faster than lotions…and patience is not one of my virtues.

After showering and doing the necessary prep (shaving, exfoliation, etc), I gave the little bottle a shake and grabbed my application mitt (ain’t nobody got time for orange palms).

Initial Reaction

Everyone, including me, is surprised by how markedly green the foam seems upon first dispensing the foamy mousse. It isn’t a true green, of course, but there’s definitely green pigment in the formula – the rationale is that it helps offset any orange hue that would otherwise result.

Is it… scented? Oh, no, why?! Research indicates it wasn’t always – but now it features fragrance notes of bergamot, green apple, lavender, rose, jasmine, tuberose, musk and wood. One of my requirements for a tanning product is that it does not have added fragrance. I discuss my, ‘requirements,’ and how, “self-tanner smell,” isn’t the product but the result of DHA reacting with skin in my old post about Million Dollar Tan.

Application

I always use a mitt regardless of the type of product, but it isn’t optional with a mousse. This stuff dries fast. Almost too fast – if it’s your first time with a mousse, I’d say you have a 50/50 shot of getting it right the first time. I’ve even used a mousse product before, but St Tropez dries even faster than Vita Liberata.

Top Application Tip: Work in smaller areas than you would with a lotion. With a lotion, I’d do an entire leg or arm at a time. With mousse, do lower and upper separately.

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Costco Beauty

I’ve shared a a few of my finds at Costco (like the makeup wipes I was using) but I keep coming across more Costco beauty finds that I never thought would be there. I discovered a few more recently, and I couldn’t resist sharing these steals with you.

Clinique
moisturesurgeintense

Moisture Surge Intense

I used a sample packet of the regular Moisture Surge just before my flight home from California in March. Between the ultra-dry air out there and the dry plane cabin, my skin was thirsty. Like all Clinique skincare, Mositure Surge/Intense is unscented. I probably wouldn’t use this as a day cream unless you either a) live in a very dry environment b) are a flight attendant or c) have pretty dry skin. Moisture Surge Intense is normally $52.50, but Costco has it for $29.

Dramatically Different Lotion+

I personally use the gel (which is not sold at Costco as far as I can tell), but the Lotion goes for the same price at usual retailers, but you can grab 2 for $40.

St Tropez

sttropezexpressThis isn’t news on this blog, but the fact that you can get St Tropez at Costco for a fraction of the cost that you would spend on it at, say, Sephora? Worth it! I’ve seen the classic mousse on their site before – it isn’t on there now, but you may be able to find it in stores. They do have a few other St Tropez items in stock online, though – like the Express formula for $26 (regularly $44) and the facial cream for $22 (regularly $30).

 

Beautyblender Two-Pack

beautyblender2 for $30 isn’t as great of a deal of the 8- or 12-packs available to the pros, but us mere mortals will take what we can get. They carry all of the silly novelty colors. Skip the red, it bleeds.

StriVectin

strivectin

The stretch mark cream turned wrinkle reducer is available in a 2 oz two-pack for $99. StriVectin has been a highly rated product for over a decade, so if you’ve been considering buying it or want to restock? This is a pretty good value (compared to $79 for one from Macy’s or Amazon).

bareMinerals Serum Foundation

bareskinThe samples I tried didn’t play nicely for me, but if you’re already happy using this, it’s worth checking to see if they carry your shade. At $22, it’s cheaper than anywhere else. Downside is that they carry a very limited shade range. I’ve seen the Original foundation here in the past, too.

The Bottom Line

By Costco’s nature, inventory does not stay the same forever. If you keep an eye on their site, though, you’ll find (as I did) a slew of products that slay their normal prestige pricing. Unlike Costco stores, Costco.com accepts all major credit cards making this inventory fairly accessible.

Also, Costco doesn’t know who I am, none of this is affiliate stuff. The Costco beauty deals are just too good to overlook.

May 2016 Favorites

Pardon the screwy schedule and format this month – we’ll be back to normal next month!

May 2016 Favorites
1. Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush $7 / 2. St Tropez Tanning Mitt, $6
3. Arm & Hammer Essentials Fresh, $3 / 4. Coconut Acetone , $5

rtlipbrush I can’t say if this is the, “best lip brush ever,” because frankly, it is the only one I’ve ever owned. That said, it makes applying F-Bomb and other bold colors a breeze; you can line with the thin edge and fill in with the flatter side. At $5.49 and usually on sale BOGO 50% off at Ulta, it’s a steal.

sttropezmittI mentioned that it is tanning season, so my St Tropez self-tanning mitt has been getting weekly use. I actually need to get a new one! I’ll never go back to applying by hand.

 

armhamdeoDeodorant isn’t a glamorous thing to talk about, but it is important and with the weather warming up, what better time? I waffle back and forth between this ultra-inexpensive, aluminum-free (so it’s only a deodorant, not an antiperspirant) one and this slightly more luxurious Lavanila one. I’m on my 3rd stick. This clear solid stick is a unisex fragrance – not feminine or, “pretty.” By its nature it is strong but fades quickly enough not to offend.

cocoacetone

Yeah, I thought coconut scented acetone polish remover was too good to be true. I ordered it because my usual stuff was out of stock. I am pleased to report, however, that it does leave a pleasant coconut aroma behind! That said, please don’t get all sommelier on the bottle – it is acetone, and it does smell like acetone. More importantly than its novelty fragrance, though, is that it works. I’ll definitely repurchase. I decant mine into a pump-top bottle for easier use

What did you love last month?

St Tropez at Costco

Do you use self-tanner?

St Tropez at Costco
St Tropez at Costco

I haven’t tried popular self-tanning favorite St Tropez, but I think calling it a cult item would be plenty fair. This recent find might make me give it a shot once I finish up my Million Dollar Tan Cabana Tan lotion(s).

I found that Costco.com carries the 8oz St Tropez mousse for $26 + $2.99 shipping – a steal, compared to Sephora’s $42 and $5.95 shipping unless you have Sephora Flash or spend $50+ to get free shipping. Hell, even Amazon only has the 8oz priced at $38! Unfortunately, this is one of the items on their site that does require a membership (not all items do), but if you have one anyway it’s a no-brainer.

If you’re attached to your tan, in the market, not thrilled with drugstore tanners, want to trim the fat from your tanning budget, this might be a good deal to check out.

Also hey – I realize the timing of this is pretty close to my Kirkland Makeup Wipes post, but Costco doesn’t know who I am. I mean, I bought a membership so they know who I am in that sense but there’s no relationship other than…I buy their stuff with money I earn at my non-blog-related day job.