Achieve The Perfect Golden Glow With Million Dollar Tan

I love to use self tanning products in the summer.  I have very light skin and I try not to spend too much time in the sun.  A good self tanner is essential to a great glow in the summer time!

Million Dollar Tan recently sent me some products for my honest review.  I really enjoyed how easy they are to use.  Here are my faves:

Mermaid Mousse Extreme Face and Body Dark Sunless Tanning Mousse
Mermaid Mousse Extreme Face and Body Dark Sunless Tanning Mousse

Mermaid Mousse Extreme Face and Body  Dark Sunless Tanning Mousse ($74.00 for the pair, or purchase them separately) — Mermaid Mousse Extreme is a more intense, yet just as fabulous, version of our whipped tanning mousse. Still ultra-light and effortless to apply, it has an extra boost of color for those with darker skin tones or anyone wishing to be ultra-bronzed. Don’t let the word “extreme” scare you off—like all of our products, this mousse provides a gradual, buildable color that always looks natural. It’s also packed with vitamins and seriously hydrating moisturizers for enviably smooth, soft skin. Use it with our extreme face mousse for the rich all-over color you crave!

Mermaid Mousse Extreme Face is a deeper, richer, more intense version of our luxurious whipped face mousse. It’s perfect for anyone wishing to be ultra-tanned! We’ve added our revolutionary new FaceFirmTM Age Defense Super Pack, clinically proven to dramatically lift, firm and tone skin. This fabulously light formula won’t clog pores and is effortless to apply; you’ll have a stunningly irresistible glow in no time! Put your best face forward every day with this dazzling, multi-tasking mousse!

What I think: This dynamic duo has really given me a great summer glow!  This is a buildable color, so the first time I used it, I got a fair to medium tan.  But using it every day or every other day increased the color to a beautiful deep tan.  It is a creamy mousse that blends so well!

Million Dollar Tan Summer Sun
Million Dollar Tan Summer Sun

Summer Sun ($42 USD) has it all—it’s everything you need for gorgeous, summer-ready skin in one bottle! Based on our best-selling line of Mermaid Mousses, this amazingly light and airy mousse will give you an even, all-over tan that’s even darker and more luminous than our Extreme formulas. With rich, ultra-bronze tones and a natural sheen, you’ll have a perfect tan that will leave you wondering how you ever got through the summer without this product. SUMMER SUN also contains our exclusive TANlock technology, a proprietary blend of botanicals designed to make your tan last longer, stay more radiant and fade more evenly. And because no one wants to smell like sunless tanner, we’ve added Deoplex, a natural odor neutralizer that keeps tanning a totally fresh and revitalizing experience for all of your senses. Like all of our formulas, SUMMER SUN is completely natural and made with raw, organic DHA, so use it as often as you like for the best tan (and summer!) you’ve ever had!

What I think: Another easy to blend mousse, this one is perfect for those who want a darker tan that what you get with Mermaid Mousse Extreme. This is Million Dollar Tan’s newest mousse and it is as easy to use as their other products.  It’s just the thing when you need a darker tan quickly, instead of using a gradual tanner.

Million Dollar Tan All That Shimmers Dry Oil Shimmer
Million Dollar Tan All That Shimmers Dry Oil Shimmer

All That Shimmers Dry Oil Shimmer ($32 USD) — This amazing dry oil shimmer adds an extra bit of bronze sheen to your sunless tan, or use it on its own for just a touch of color and subtle luminosity. Hydrating botanicals pack a powerful, skin smoothing punch—even dull, dry skin becomes instantly refreshed and radiant. Perfectly shimmery and never glittery, it’s party-ready sheen that’s actually good for your skin! With a hint of bronzer and a bit of shimmer, you’ll dazzle in the sunlight or the limelight.

What I think: I usually don’t use a lot of shimmer on my body, but this is a very nice product.   It is easy to blend to add color and shimmer.  I like to apply it to legs, shoulders and décolletage.  It is nice for going out because it adds a glow to the skin.

Blend Friend Tanning Mitt Set
Blend Friend Tanning Mitt Set

Blend Friend Tanning Mitt Set ($24 USD) — Made with a one-of-a-kind micro-soft sponge material, this face and body mitt set is ultra soft and makes it easy to apply any sunless tanner, even in difficult or hard to reach areas. The special stretchy fabric and unique design allow you to comfortably place your hand inside the mitt for superior control over where and how much tanner you apply. The inner lining ensures that tanning product does not find it’s way to your hands, protecting your palms from becoming too tan. With separate mitts for the face and body, these are the only accessories you’ll need to have an even, smooth and perfectly blended sunless tan every time.

What I think:  I love these mitts!  They are easy to use, are so soft and blend like a dream!  The only thing is that if you use a lot of mousse with them, it does soak through a little.  But I just wash my hands afterwards and it doesn’t stain.

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Get And Keep A Gorgeous Summer Glow!

I love self-tanning in the summer.  It is so hot here that I rarely go outside, unless it’s to a water park, where I proceed to get burned!  Self-tanning is really the only way I can get some color on my pale skin!

I try many kinds and they can be tricky to use.  Gradual tanners are nice, because it is easier to get an even coverage.  Darker, one time tanners are great to give color in a day, but if you are not careful, they streak or (I) have patches without color or with too much!

One of my favorite self-tanning tips is to exfoliate before tanning. Plus, I apply lotion to my feet and knees kind of as a buffer between the color.  That way they do not end up too dark.

Below are some of the ones I have been testing this summer (I will be reviewing more later!):

Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self Tanning Face Oil
Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self Tanning Face Oil

Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self Tanning Face Oil ($42 USD) — Natural DHA provides a radiant bronzed glow while Josie Maran Blueberry Argan Extract, coconut water, black tea extract, aloe vera,
and chicory root work together to nurture, hydrate, and soothe skin while improving clarity and skin barrier function. Apply 4-6 drops to clean, dry skin. Massage and blend evenly over face and neck. Wash hands after use and allow product to dry before applying makeup. This hydrating concentrate can be used in place of your traditional moisturizer. After 8 hours, your skin and soul will be glowing and golden.

What I think: I am using this right now, hoping it will develop well overnight!  It has a nice scent, sweet and almost like vanilla or chocolate.  The oil is dark and thin, but it only took a few drops to cover my face.  I also applied it to my neck, chest and arms to see what it would do.  It gives an instant glow and a bit of natural color.  I love that it also has skincare benefits!

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Hampton Sun's Sunless Tanning Gel
Hampton Sun’s Sunless Tanning Gel

Hampton Sun’s Sunless Tanning Gel ($36 USD) — Using natural ingredients including Walnut Extract, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile, the gel leaves the skin incredibly smooth and moisturized, with no harsh chemical scent or sticky film. Want an even darker tan? Simply apply two coats to achieve a deeper glow. The long-lasting formula dries quickly and once tanned, the advanced formula fades down evenly. Hampton Sun’s Sunless Tanning Gel is oil-free, dermatologically tested and hypo-allergenic so it’s perfect for all skin types and is safe to apply to your face, as well. Apply two to three times a week to ensure that your tan is maintained.

What I think: This has a fresh, soft floral scent that is so nice when applying it! I love the light feel to it and it sinks in quickly.  My skin is soft and not sticky after I apply it!  It is clear, so I have to be careful to apply it evenly.  It gave me a medium golden tan.  I love the color!  Next time I’m going to try two coats to get a darker shade.

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Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Instant Tanning Mousse
Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Instant Tanning Mousse

Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Instant Tanning Mousse ($13.99 USD) — New from the self-tanning experts at Sally Hansen: AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse, a light, velvety mousse that dries in a minute to deliver an immediate natural sun kissed look.  Build to a tanned look in just one hour. The mousse, with fast-acting technology glides on smooth and quickly absorbs into skin providing an even, fast, and flawless color that develops in an hour into a tan that lasts up to seven days.  Perfect for any season, Sally Hansen: AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse is formulated with exclusive coconut water extract and provides a seamless tan leaving the skin smooth. This mousse is transfer-resistant and streak-free without the self-tanner odor.  Look flawless and get the perfect glow in minutes!

Sally Hansen AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse is available in 2 shades: 01 Medium & 02 Dark

What I think:  I received a sample of the Dark to test.  I applied it with an extra pair of latex hair coloring gloves I have.  It’s a good way to apply when you don’t have a mitt.  I applied a little at a time, but it doesn’t really spread around, so try to apply it quickly and rub it in.  The mousse has color, so I could tell where I was applying and got an even application.  My skin was pretty pale, so when it developed, it is a very dark color.  It took a little to get used to it!  This is affordable and really works! Maybe get medium if you are very pale!

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Ready To Tan? — Do It Safely With Self-Tanner, and Protect Your Skin With SPF

I am a huge advocate of using sunscreen all year round, but especially during the warm seasons when I go outside more than usual.

But, I also love not being pasty white in the summer!  So I have not only intensified my sunscreen efforts, I have began self-tanning.  I never get super dark, but I do like a bit of a glow.

Below are products to help get ready for the sun — and to help you look like you’ve been soaking up the rays!

Fake Bake Fair
Fake Bake Fair

Fake Bake Fair ($25.95 USD) — As summer approaches. Fake Bake’s Fair is Fake Bake’s build-your-own self-tanner that is as easy to apply as any moisturizer and smells amazing! There is no better way to give your skin a light, golden, natural glow! Fair is wonderful on even the palest of skin tones and builds gradually so the effect is easy to control. It also has Fake Bake’s signature guide color so you can see exactly where it¹s going as you apply it.

What I think:  If you want to get a gradual, natural looking tan, this product is for you!  I love the guide color, it makes it easy to see where you have and have not applied the products yet.  And it smells nice, which is important if you decide to apply it every day.

Fair is available at leading salons nationwide.

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse
Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse – Dark ($54 USD) — This must-have Tan Lotion gives instant, flawless color and develops into the longest lasting, ultrahydrating tan. It is formulated with revolutionary pHenO2 technology to guarantee the longest lasting tan in the world (up to four times longer than regular tans) with a completely perfect, natural fade. The lotion formula is packed with organic botanicals and is so moisturizing, it can be used on the face as well as the body. It contains unique Moisture Lock™ technology for silky-soft and super hydrated skin that lasts for 72 hours. Odour Remove™ promises zero smell for the most natural tanning experience.

What I think — This comes in Fair, Medium, and Dark.  I like using the Medium.  This is very easy to apply.  Just squirt the mousse onto a tanning mitt or gloves, and rub in.  Really fast!  It does last longer than a long time without fading, which I love. It smells pretty good, but there is a faint smell to it.

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Jane Iredale Powder-Me
Jane Iredale Powder-Me

Jane Iredale Powder-Me ($45.50 USD) — This dry sunscreen can be used on the body, face and scalp for UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Powder-Me SPF contains titanium dioxide and natural clay which is completely free of contaminants and atmospheric pollutants. Available in three shades: Translucent, Tanned, and Golden.

What I think:  This sunscreen is easy to apply with the built-in applicator.  I have it in the Translucent, which is good to use on the face, body and hair.  I think the other two would be fun to try in the summer, especially in cute summer outfits!

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Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers - SPF 50
Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers – SPF 50

Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzer – SPF 50 ($7.99 USD) — delivers unsurpassed sun protection with instant, natural-looking color. Sport a sun-kissed glow even on your first day at the beach!

  • Delivers an immediate, natural-looking glow with Kona-coffee-infused bronzers
  • Contains Kakadu plum extract, a native Australian fruit that provides exceptional levels of vitamin C
  • Provides Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection; Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Signature Australian Gold Fragrance
  • Available in SPF 15, 30 and 50

What I think:  I have been testing this in the SPF 50.  For me, the higher the SPF, the better!  I really love the scent, but I don’t see much of a bronzing color.  But, I love the high SPF!

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Get Your Tan On with TanTowel and Mystic Tan

Looking for a quality self-tanner that will give you a safe glow for the summer? Then you’re a lucky girl (or guy) because I have recently tried two of the most popular brands, TanTowel and Mystic Tan. And I am happy to let you know what I think of these brands! 

TanTowel Classic Self-Tan Towelette For Face & Body—Fair to Medium Skin Tones ($21.00 USD for 5)

What it is:
A self-tanning towelette for fair-to-medium skintones.

What it does:
Each Tantowel® Towelette is concentrated with a self-tan formula to give you a quick and even application with no streaking, mess, or fuss. It has a light, citrus fragrance and produces a uniform, natural-looking glow within 2 to 4 hours.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petro-Chemicals
– Phthalates
– Triclosan

My thoughts: I love the convenience of this product. One towel covered my face and body completely. It dried in about 10 minutes and the color started developing in a few hours. The scent is very mild, too. I only got a little “self-tanning” scent on my hands. You also need to be careful to wipe over all exposed skin so you don’t get any patches of white. I had some patches on my legs and was careful to get the whole area the next time I applied the product.  visit or to learn more and to purchase

Mystic Tan Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer™ Body SPF 15 ($29.00 USD)

What it is:
A daily moisturizer that delivers SPF protection and sunkissed radiance.

What it is formulated to do:
Mystic Tan Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer™ Body SPF 15 offers the skin daily nourishment and sun protection—the best tools for preventing damage and signs of aging. A dose of DHA gives you a safe, even, beautiful touch of lasting, buildable color. This is for you, smart golden gods and goddesses!

What else you need to know:
Color will begin to appear with one or two applications. Continued use allows you to choose the perfect shade to complement your skintone.

My thoughts: This is a great combination moisturizer/SPF/self-tanner. I applied it all over my body and used a lot to make sure I covered every inch. I shouldn’t have been worried because the next day I had a light tan and no patchy spots. I built the tan over days and it looked very natural. The best part??? No smell at all! Visit or to purchase this great product!