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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