Battle Of The Tan: Drug-store Vs High-end…

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

It has literally poured out of the heavens this weekend. Shockingly enough I even had to dig out one of my winter woolly jumpers to keep the goosebumps at bay *sob* On the other hand when the sun does decide to make an appearance I’m often found parked in a little shaded spot of the garden to avoid getting burnt to a crisp… as I’m sure you can imagine I’m not exactly the most sun-kissed of beings *sigh*

With a craving to enhance the shade of my insipid limbs I decided to embark upon testing out a few new products that have recently graced my beauty shelves. Of course with so much tanning choice out there it’s a bit of a toughie deciding on whether to splurge or save… so being the curious little kitty that I am I decided to give one popular drug-store & a raved about high-end daily tanning lotion a whirl to see if there really are any major differences when it comes to parting with more or less of your hard earned cash.

Sitting comfy? Time for the reveal…

Drug store tan

Dove summer glow

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Product

Dover Summer Glow Nourishing Body Lotion

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What’s The Hype?

“Dove believes having a fresh, sun-kissed look should not be reserved just for the summer. Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion with a subtle gradual self-tanner nourishes your skin whilst gradually enhancing your natural skin colour, for a beautiful summer glow all year round.”

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What’s The Pocket Damage?

RRP is usually £5.25 however it’s on special offer for a mere £2.62 in Boots at the moment so get your skates on if you fancy bagging a bottle!

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Pros

Let’s start with the obvious: it’s super affordable! Even at a RRP of just over a fiver it is an all year round bargain. Apart from pampering my purse strings, the bottle size is pretty darn decent at sizeable 250 ml so there’s plenty in it to keep your bronzed buns topped up for *most* of the summer. It’s also super easy to apply, leaves no visible sign of streaking & is incredibly easy to build. For us bestowed with virtually translucent skin it’s the perfect way to gently build a seemingly natural summer glow – without looking like you’ve accidentally stood behind a muck spreader. It also leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and supple too!

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Cons 

That damn biscuity smell just lingers in the air, especially if it’s a warm day and you’re prone to getting a little hot under the collar. This was the major turn-off for me! Seemingly though I have the scent detector of a well trained hound dog as after launching my arm towards Steve’s nose and insisting he sniffed, he (initially) reassured me he couldn’t smell a damn thing… until a minute later when he enquired if anyone was eating digestive biscuits *sigh*

Another grumble was the drying time. It states clearly to allow the product to fully absorb before dressing. Ten minutes after applications & I was still feeling a tad tacky, however as I was fearing hypothermia was slowly creeping in I threw caution to the ‘self-tanning lotion laws’ & swiftly stepped into a cosy pair of pj’s. Needless to say I don’t think it had any bearing on the finished look whatsoever.

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Result On Skin

Setting the nose twitching smell to one side I actually adored how this product looked on my skin. It left such a lovely soft glow that seemed to omit a healthy dewy look it certainly didn’t have before. After a few applications I really began to notice the subtle hint of colour that looked so darn natural. Okay ladies, its unlikely to leave you looking like J-Lo but it doesn’t claim to be an ‘all bells & whistling’ bottled bronzer… however if like myself you just need something to warm your starky white limbs then this more than adequately does a super job!

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Where Can I Buy It?

Pretty much everywhere – Tesco’s, Sainsburys, Asda, Superdrug, Boots etc. However to take avail of that super Boots special offer then just *click here* to check it out!

High End

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster Review

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Product

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

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What’s The Hype?

Add customised radiance and a healthy glow to your daily skin care routine with Clarins new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.
Simply mix the self tanner with any Clarins face care product to add an extra self-tanning benefit to all of the hydrating, anti-ageing and firming actions of your usual day and night creams.

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What’s The Pocket Damage?

Okay, £18 for 15 ml might sound like a tad steep but considering you use such a small amount each time it’s actually not so bad –  it could take quite a while to get through this neat little bottle depending on usage levels!

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Pros 

Firstly the packaging: it simply oozes quality. Having been a fan of Clarins for quite a few years now I have to say I love the simplicity of their packaging – basically does what it says on the tin/bottle/tube. Being an odourless formula that’s to be mixed with your everyday moisturiser there’s absolutely no nasty biscuit smell whatsoever, a  HUGE win in my book considering that I have no desire to omit wafts of ‘Eau de Hob-Nob’. This is ideal to travel with too, the teeny bottle makes it more than easy to slip into an over night bag (or an embarrassingly large travel trunk in my case)

Being able to mix it with my normal moisturiser means my skin has already adapted to the main base of the formula that’s being self-massaged into the pores, no risk of nasty break out surprises as my body is more than used to what’s being smothered on it. The fact that you can add anything from 1-3 drops depending on the results you’d like to achieve is a great idea too, especially for warming the complexion so it doesn’t look like you’ve mistakenly smeared yourself in Marmite.

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Cons

I have to admit this took quite a few days to produce any kind of  glow, after getting a tad frustrated by the third night I stepped up the application by adding 3 drops (instead of 2) to my usual dose of body moisturiser… finally after a few applications it started to bear its fruits. If you’re expecting to wake up with your limbs oozing summer sassiness then you’ll probably have to wait a few days before actually noticing it.

Another (albeit) teeny niggle is that being a bit of a lazy daisy (when it comes to moisturising) I have to say I’m a fan of something that I can literally apply and go. Mixing formulas together just seemed like extra faffing that I couldn’t be bothered with – the quicker the better in opinion.

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Result On Skin

When the result was *finally* obvious I have to admit it left such a natural looking glow on my skin. Nothing too deep, just a warmth that seemed to make my skin really hydrated & healthy looking. Being completely buildable I could’ve continued to keep it up to achieve the level of warmth I wanted, it never looked streaky and merged really well into my daily moisturising cream (Dove Pro.Age lotion)

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Where Can I Buy It?

Just take a virtual trip over to Clarins website by *clicking here* or you can call into any of the big department stores such as House Of Fraser, Debenhams etc to pick up a bottle of you own!

Overall verdict:

Honestly ladies I’m not overly impressed with either & am still on the hunt for the perfect gradual tanning pal. Neither of these are a re-purchase for me. The distinctive biscuity smell of the Dove is just too much for my senses to cope with yet the lack-lustre results of the Clarins just seems a little overpriced and faffy for my liking 😦 It’s a meager 6/10 for both these products.

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Have you found a must-have gradual tanning lotion? Would you go high-end or drug store? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below!

Wishing y’all an awesome Monday chums…

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57 thoughts on “Battle Of The Tan: Drug-store Vs High-end…

    • Yes, I’ve been reading fab reviews about that one – I just haven’t noticed enough of a change in the body one to justify it Ingrid 😦 Shall continue my search with optimism though lol Happy Monday to you too lovely XXXXX

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    • It is really popular Lauren – the reviews are awesome! I just didn’t see enough results from the Clarins to justify repurchasing it for the body huni. Let me know how you get on if you do manage to test the facial one 🙂 XXX

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      • That’s too bad! Its even more annoying when you’ve spent a lot of money on something and it doesn’t give good results! I will let you know if I do get it though I might end up waiting til next year since the weather hasn’t really got me in a tanning mood haha! I always hear a lot about the St Tropez products, they are meant to be the bees knees! Whether thats the case or not, I don’t know since I’ve never tried them!

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      • Know what you mean – I’m beginning to get a little half hearted about it all too lol Have just picked up a Garnier daily one which smells incredible so shall give it a go first to see if it’s any good 😉 Fingers crossed eh? haha XXX

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  1. I love Dove products! You’d think after using it, you’d feel like a “dove.” No, hmm, maybe just me 😀 that’s too bad it took a few times for the Clarins to actually work. That can be frustrating, especially when a product is expensive! They add a high end name and rake up the price. That’s how they get you. Happy Monday 🙂 xoxoxo

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  2. I’ve heard a lot about the St. Tropez gradual in shower tan or something like that? It’s gotten good reviews and it seems very interesting, I’d want to try it but I’m just not sure I can fork over 25 dollars for something that has never been a priority!

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    • Yes, I’ve heard a good few mention it too huni – it was free in a magazine not so long ago over here – wonder if I can still find it?! Honestly though I’m with you – the more pocket friendly the better 🙂 XXX

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  3. the 1-3 drops is for the Clarins face product ! For the body product you have to add 4-6 drops… that’s why it took your skin so long to get some colour I think ! I used the dove before but that smell… now I’m hooked on the clarins drops (4-6 for the body 2-3 for the face product 🙂 ) ! OK it’s expensive but at the end it ‘s much cheaper ànd healthier than going to the solarium !

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  4. I love this product face-off, Karen! Too bad both of them ended up being a bit lackluster…my favorite tanning product of the moment is actually a sunscreen – Aussie Gold Continuous Spray Bronzer is awesome! It washes off at the end of the day so maybe not technically a self tanner, but it gives you the most lovely, natural golden glow. I am obsessed!

    xo Mil
    https://southbynorthwestblog.wordpress.com/

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    • Absolutely Mary, I think the competition against the high end products is rife… although there are a few little items I’d love to splurge on lol
      I haven’t tried a huge amount from them to be honest but seems very hit or miss – quite disappointing when there’s a considerable price tag attached 😦 Thanks so much for the feedback – much appreciated lovely 🙂 Xo

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  5. Great review and comparisons! Sorry to hear that these don’t work the best for you. I really think you should try Cocoa Brown Tan! The 1 hour stuff. When you apply it and leave it on for 1 hr you get a nice subtle glow, leave it on for three hours you will be darker. This stuff you put on, leave on for the desired amount of time and rinse it off! No putrid smell! Here is my review post on it to refresh your memory: http://wp.me/p4Aog5-Or It was actually shipped to me from Ireland because they were introducing it into the U.S. It’s not very expensive either! I am actually thinking of applying it again soon and I would purchase it on my own. Either way, I hope you find a good fake tan that works for you. I hope you’re having a great week! ❤ XXXXXXX

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    • Yes, I spotted that Katie but with always being in such a darn rush to get out to work in the mornings I’m not sure it would work – plus I love the moisturising idea! I think I’m a bit weird when it comes to these tanning products, I seem to shy away from the rinse off kind lol Have bought a bottle of the Garnier so will use that up first and see how it goes & then maybe give the Cocoa Brown a whirl – need to step out of my tanning comfort zone *rolls eyes* lol XXXXX

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    • Thanks V, Katie mentioned it too – she seems to really like it though with me being so pale & having so little time in the mornings I love the idea of a gradual one… have bought a bottle of Garnier so will try it & then give the Cocoa one a go to see how I fair 🙂 XXXX

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