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How to Achieve a Sunless Holiday Glow This Winter

If you’re looking for the kind of glow that won’t look out of place with a cozy sweater, you’ve come to the right place! For the most convincing results, our sunless and spray tan team of experts called the Golden Girls recommend “just dropping your tan down one shade” from your regular summer glow goal. Which to some sunless lovers, this means rinsing off an express self-tanner a little sooner, such as one hour instead of three. That way it doesn’t develop to its full strength. Or consider trying a clear water formula instead; we know you’ll love its lightweight feel! Another option for tan fans who want to sleigh it this holiday season in their sunless at-home routine, may opt to go the gradual route. That way you’re in full control; If you don’t find it quite dark enough after one application, you can just apply your self-tanning product again the next day. It’s easier to build that way.

To celebrate the joyous season and add some extra swoon-worthy shimmer wherever you go (or stay), our Golden Girls have rounded up the best 6 products to achieve a natural glow at home during the holidays. Whether for your own personal use, or purchased for someone special on your shopping list, give the gift of “a healthy golden glow” with our holiday gift guide below!

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This velvety mousse is created with VIO-7, a unique blend of anti-orange bronzer pigments, designed to counter an unwanted orange undertone for a natural-looking tan.



“Wondering what to get that ride or die girlfriend that always has your back and just knows when you need an egg nog latte on those rough days? Look no further… Norvell Venetian Mousse is a safe bet for all your besties with different skin tones! Giving the gift of a natural beautiful golden hue is the best gift for this season. The Norvell Venetian Mousse is not only gluten free, paraben free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic but it’s also an orange-free sunless product! Meaning this is a bullet proof solution making sure only her natural inner goddess arrives at this year’s holiday party. Don’t forget to include a mitt for application because ain’t no body want those type of tan lines.”

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“Have you ever had one of those days where you just need to buy a really decadent piece of chocolate? This is how I feel about Mine Tan’s Luxe Ultra Dark Self-Tan Foamed Oil. The colour is so rich and the hydration you get from the 7 heavenly oils packed inside this golden bottle is to die for! Another bonus, it’s that quick fix you need as it can develop in as little as an hour! Want darker? Leave it on for three.”

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FACIAL TAN MIST | GRADUAL TAN ILLUMINATING FACIAL TAN MIST INFUSED WITH SOOTHING ROSE WATER Illuminate and add radiance to your complexion with the soothing benefits of rose water. Our Rose Illuminating Facial Tan Mist treats your skin to an unparalleled hydrated, conditioning finish to make your tan look more natural and last longer. This gradual tanner has been designed specifically for the face to prolong your tan and help you build a gorgeous golden glow.



“Winter calls for cold air outdoors and high heat indoors… Which means my skin is super dehydrated and needs some TLC. What better way to give it a boost of moisture than with soothing rose water! And even better? The gorgeous natural-looking colour I get from using this Rose Illuminating Facial Tan Mist! Depending what day of the week or mood I’m in, I have two ways for application. I either start my day with “tantouring” (a tip I learned from a TikTok trend hashtag) where I spritz the mist directly on my makeup contour brush so that the definition lasts even when I remove my makeup at the end of the day. Then I use a powder brush to sweep the spray where the sun would naturally hit like my nose, forehead and the top of my cheeks, this way it gives me a “I just spent the whole weekend skiing in Whistler Blackcomb” sun-kissed look! Whereas on relaxing low-key weekends I like to keep it super simple and just lightly spritz Rose Illuminating Facial Tan Mist all over my face straight from the bottle. Either way, my facial skin is treated to ultimate hydration which also helps prolong my tan and maintain a holiday glow all winter long!”


dark 1 hour self tan mousse when all you want is a natural dark tan. shed the moon kissed sun of winters past and embrace the unnatural natural sensation of fake tan. you’re looking for a natural, perhaps even fashionable tan to rock during the day and into the night. something that, like your diamonds, looks real but... hey, there’s nothing wrong with faking it until you make it. how dark...? rinse in 1 hour for a natural dark tan... or leave on for longer if you dare to go darker. how to use... first up, get naked. or at least naked enough to tan your super hot bod. apply mousse with your b.tan tan mitt, wait at least an hour and, then shower. If you want it crazy dark - double coat it, leave on for 4+ hours. streak free, vegan friendly, paraben free & 100% natural DHA



“This is my fav self–tanner for the winter months! Unlike the name states, let’s be honest we all don’t want to look fake and none of us can pass off that we just came back from a luxurious vacation on a tropical beach right now, so this is the perfect solution. This fake it til you make it self tan mousse by b.tan gives a perfect subtle glow to keep that cute but sexy Christmas party dress looking fine, without anyone knowing before application your legs really were ghostly. So fake it till you make it girl!”

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“I don’t know about you but I do enjoy the comeback glitter has made in beauty and skin care these days. Not sure why… perhaps my spirit animal is a shimmering unicorn? Regardless I’m never upset when Norvell Essential Dazzling Shimmering Mist meets my skin, it’s like an army of bronze and gold glitter soldiers have landed ready to go to work and accentuate areas of the skin light hits to give a flawless finish. I find the areas I apply most often are the shoulders and décolletage but ultimately you can use it anywhere including your hair! A must have for any occasion, even Zoom dates with the girls.”


BOOST + ENHANCE | GRADUAL TAN LOTION A SILKY SMOOTH TAN MILK YOUR SKIN IS GOING TO LOVE. BUILD OR MAINTAIN A NATURAL BRONZE GLOW. A Gradual Tanning Milk for a silky smooth golden skin finish your skin is going to love. Enriched with coconut oil, argan oil and macadamia oil it intensely hydrates and nourishes skin for deeper, longer lasting self tanning results. Providing up to 48 hours of intense hydration, use this Gradual Tan Milk every other day as part of your post-tanning aftercare routine or to gradually build a fresh bronzed glow.



“Who needs to go outside to build a snowman when you can gradually build a fresh bronzed glow indoors? Spending the holidays at home, I always find time feels like it slows down. Especially this year, being isolated inside has given me extra time to relax and reflect to appreciate the simple things in life: The snowflakes falling.. The warmth from the fireplace.. The cheerful Christmas carols I sing-along to blaring from my Sonos speakers! Well, add Mine Tan’s Gradual Tanning Milk to the list because it’s definitely one product I appreciate during the winter wonderland I see outside. Typically I am bundled up every day in cozy sweaters and wool socks, but I actually enjoy applying this silky-smooth lotion when I get out of the shower! Especially knowing it provides up to 48 hours of intense hydration! The blend of coconut oil, argan oil and macadamia oil melts into my skin and nourishes for a deeper, longer lasting tan. For best results I use this Gradual Tan Milk three times a week as part of my self-tan aftercare routine so I get my glow on all over! You know the feeling you get when you wear matching underwear, it makes you feel more confident? Well my hydrated skin thanks to Gradual Tanning Milk gives me a major confidence boost too because I find myself looking in the mirror a little longer to appreciate the fact I can keep my tan-game strong all winter long… even if it’s cold out!”


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