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Bottle Bronze

Happy October! October is my favorite month of the entire year! Making it even more special is that my very good friend, LEH, is getting married next Saturday. I’m so honored to be a part of their wedding (guess which bridesmaid I am on her bridesmaids post!). I also think our bridesmaids dresses are super cute:

They do, however, show a lot of leg and arm. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem, except I am paler than pale. I’ve always been pale – save for a semester in college I spent tanning. My nickname in jr. high was Albino. I’ve learned to live with this – somewhat. However, I recently tried on the dress (to make sure it fit) and noticed it made my legs look grayish. Not pleasant. Time to hit the (self-tan) bottle.

I began using self-tanner in 7th grade, with mixed results. After one poor attempt, classmates started calling me Toasted Marshmallow. Clever. I’ve always used drug store brands (Loreal, Jergens, etc), but I’d heard good things about St. Tropez.

I purchased St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse from Sephora. It was $30 for this 4oz bottle. Definitely a splurge, but I’d heard good things and needed great results.

Before:

Process:

It’s definitely a mousse and is tinted so you can see where you’re putting it. The smell is so much better than most – more like aloe vera rather than chemicals. It dries incredibly fast. I can feel it on my skin, but it doesn’t feel sticky. In the product reviews, some people noted it rubbing off on their clothes, so I’m wearing shorts to be safe. So far I’ve just done my legs, in case it’s awful. I could always wear nylons at the wedding but can’t really do anything about stripy arms! I would recommend using mitts when applying, which I have never bothered with. I used bare hands and really had to scrub to get all the product off. I even used a body scrub to make sure I got it all!

And after:

[Ok, so here was where I was going to wow you with my golden legs]

The color was very subtle and when I took a shower Sunday morning, it almost all washed off! I had read that some of it would in reviews, but I thought I’d still have some color! [Note: I double checked this was a tanner and not a temporary bronzer]. Balls! I started this post on Saturday and have been so mad about it, I couldn’t finish this post until now. Hoping to try again tonight and possibly use less lotion beforehand.

Tomorrow night we’re going to Game 4 of the Cardinals/Phillies NLDS series! That should sufficiently distract me from my paleness 😉

I’m still alive…

I’m back! Short story, I’ve been uninspired to blog lately, but a lot of things have been going on lately – working crazy hours, adopting a kitten, having our apartment robbed…you know, the usual. Don’t really want to get into it, but needless to say, things have been a little hectic!

On a lighter note, I finally tried a product I’d been thinking about for years:

Dry Shampoo! A little somewhat unnecessary backstory: I have greasy hair. Hot, right? Thanks to my Dad, I have super-straight, somewhat thin hair. Most days, it’s a blessing because I don’t have to straight iron and it doesn’t take long to blow-dry. However, whenever I want curls or to skip a day’s wash, it’s super annoying. This morning, I woke up super late and didn’t wash my hair (don’t worry, I still showered). It was in a pony-tail all day, but when I got home, it looked super gross.

Exhibit A:

So I thought I’d try the dry shampoo I’d purchased a few weeks ago.

In process (also handy if I ever need gray hair for a costume):

Also, that black spot is on the mirror, not my forehead.

And the after:

Overall, pretty decent. My roots are a little light, but I think that may also be due to needing my roots touched up! I think I’ll use this on late mornings, but still put my hair up.

Here’s to more sleeping in and a good week!

Nike Free, a review

So I posted earlier that I finally bought new trainers. Being a lazy ass, I’ve just now busted them out 10 days later.

These are the Nike Free TR Fit, which are the cross-trainer version of Nike’s new Free line. They also have a running shoe, but, as I don’t run, I got the trainers.

On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the best:

  • Comfort – 8
  • Flexibility – 10
  • Traction – 7
  • Style – 5

Comfort – Overall, very comfortable. Normally, I have issues with my big toe falling asleep (or something like it) when I’m on an elliptical for longer than 15 minutes (I know this is not normal), but I didn’t have any problems with these.

Flexibility – This is kind of the draw of these shoes, and they weren’t lying. When doing calf raises the entire shoe bends with your foot. It’s like not wearing shoes, but with the support of wearing shoes! Fantastic. As someone who prefers to move barefoot, but whose knees need a little help, these are great!

Traction – I did experience a little slipping around on the elliptical pedals, but they definitely had some grip on the regular floor.

Style – They are a little goofy looking on. The toe – bed is fairly wide, so they kind of look like duck feet. They also make a little squicky noise when I walk on concrete due to the traction.

Overall, I’d say they were a good buy. At $85, decently priced (compared to other Nikes). Very happy with my purchase and hope to have a long, healthy relationship with these babies! Well, until they wear out…