Monday, August 1, 2011

Beauty Watch: A Golden Glow + Jergens Natural Glow Review

Happy First Day of August!!!

I can't believe summer is almost over. For some, school will start in a couple of weeks and for others, it may have already started. :/

But despite our summer almost coming to a close, we still have a lot of time to hit the beach (or the pool), read new books and magazines, do absolutely nothing, sleep in 'til 12... basically do whatever you want to do. ;)

For a lot of people, summer means being tan, right? I love being tan, but I've never tried going to tanning salons (and I'm not sure if I ever will), and I also don't like staying under the sun for too long. Luckily, there are ways to get a "healthy-looking tan without the sun". :)


I achieve my tan by swimming and using tanning lotion. I haven't been working too much on maintaining it though, mainly because I have to go out there and try some other brands.

Here are some products People recommend:

1. For Instant Tint: St. Tropez Wash Off Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion, $18

2. Gradual Color: L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel, $10.49

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3. Bronzing Blush: Estee Lauder Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush, $34

4. Face&Body Wipes: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad Anti-Aging Exfoliating Self-Tanner with Active Vitamin D, $34 for 20 towelettes

Have you used any of these tanning products? Which of these do you recommend?

The tanning lotion I use is Jergens Natural Glow:

Jergens Natural Glow...

I like this lotion because it helps me keep my tan all-year round. At first, the smell is a bit off, but I got used to it, and it will definitely grow on you.

The thing that I dreaded about using this is waiting for it to dry - it takes quite some time. And I always used to bend my arms, so there was this huge white patch on my arm (the other side of my elbow... is that what it's called?). Yup, not good. And you have to make sure that you always wash your hands after!

I also use their face tanning moisturizer. It works the same way as the body lotion.

I don't really know the actual price, but I'm pretty sure it has to be under $10.

All in all: This is a good tanning lotion to start with. Very affordable, and easy to use. Once you get the hang of this lotion, you can probably move on to another brand if you wish.

Oh, and I think they repackaged this line, so they probably don't look like those photos above anymore, haha. I just picked those photos because that's the packaging I had. ;)

Have you used Jergens Natural Glow tanning lotion? What did you think of it? Any brands not mentioned here that you can recommend?

Have a fabulous first week of August, everyone! :D

***images from Google***


  1. Oh I love this post!! I am always on the hunt for good sunless tanners!! I am bookmarking this and printing it for reference when I go shopping next!

  2. Lindsay-- yay, i am happy you love this post! :D

  3. I couldn't take the smell of the Jergens. Though it is a nice gradual build-up. If I want a fake tan, I like Neutrogena's Foam and L'oreal's sublime bronze spray.

    xx Vivian @

  4. I love St Tropez suntan lotion!!!! I normally buy it at a salon nearby when I want a fake tan lol I mean I am already tanned enough just wanna get darker haha

  5. In my opinion if I needed a tan I just sit on a beach for 45mins and I am good for the whole year :P I have never tried fake tan tho...Altho I sometimes am curious what it would do :D hehehe...maybe I should try this sometimes ^^


  6. Vivian-- yeah, my sister couldn't stand the smell either! i eventually got used to it. ;) thanks for the product recommendation!

    Rinz-- i'll definitely try that one then. :)

    a!k0-- hahaha, good tip! i just hate lying under the sun for too long, it gets really hot here in california. ;)

  7. I've gotta start bronzing very soon! My legs are sooo damn white!

    Thank you for your lovely comment, dear!


  8. Rowan-- you're welcome! and i gotta get back into using tanning lotion as well. ;)

  9. Awesome post! It is fascinating to know though, that there are a lot of products out there to achieve the skin tone I naturally have (and don't want)... I'm actually trying to get myself lighter. LOL. I'm not that dark but naturally tan-skinned. :) Maybe I could try these just to even out my skin and to get a glow.. Hmm...

  10. I haven't tried a fake tan before; I usually just tan the natural way haha. But these do look like some interesting products! I'm curious on how well the glow pads work.

  11. Great review! I have never tried Jergens Natural Glow Tanning Lotion before, but I have contemplated purchasing it many times in the past. It sounds like an incredible product! :)

  12. Always on the look-out for these bronzers, they make all the diff. The jergens one i tried before and it was great

  13. I had a bad experience with self tanner about 15 years back and have never tried any again. They are probably all so much better now so I should get over my fear haha!

  14. have a great month and loving your sunless tanner ideas!

  15. I need to try some self tanner :)

  16. I've used that before and you are right, the smell is funky but it does work. I just wish it would dry faster.

  17. nyanzi reports-- thanks!

    Raeny-- haha, yes, a lot of girls here would kill for you skin tone. ;)

    Audrey-- i'm curious about that too! ;)

    Erika-- it's definitely a good product. :)

    About Last Weekend-- i want to get a good bronzer too. :)

    Leeann-- haha, it took me quite some time to get back to tanning lotion again after that white patch thing. ;)

    Punctuation Mark-- have a great month too!

    Katie-- there are a lot out there to try. :)

    Amber Blue Bird-- yes, i wish it would dry faster too! ;)

  18. I've been trying so hard not to get really dark this summer, all for my senior portrait. But this looks great. Once, I've taken my portrait, I'm definitely going to try tanning products.


  19. Carrie-- yeeeaah! i was tan when i took my senior portrait, and i ended up looking a bit too red. haha. ;)

  20. i, obviously, don't worry about getting a tan (lol) but maybe i can pass one of these products along to my hubby. :)

  21. I'm definitely going to have to give some these products a try! They sound great!

  22. I'm not a fan of Jergens Natural Glow, I'm super pale but it seems to do nothing for me! ):

  23. nice reviews! it's crazy summer is almost over, well I work full time so I never did have a vacation summer, damn miss those university days :D

  24. I tried self tanners like J & J Holiday Skin but now I'm hooked on Sally Hansen's Brush on tan. It washes off but legs look so good when it's on!

  25. i totally want the starfish bronzer just because of the starfish!

    Chic on the Cheap

  26. I've used Jergens but my skin didn't like it, I was itchy and red after applying it : ( I love Kiehl's self-tanner but i really want to try St. Tropez!

  27. Cheryl-- :D

    Tasha-- i want to give them a try too! :)

    G A B Y-- aww, sorry to hear that! :/

    Pop Champagne-- aww, i sure hope you get enough breaks from work! :)

    Kavery-- oooh, i'll check that out! :)

    LyddieGal-- haha, i knooow, isn't it cute? ;)

    Marie-- aww, no! :(
    but yay for kiehl's! :)

  28. thank you so much for this great advice!!

    andrea g.

  29. andrea-- you're welcome! :)

  30. I have the Dennis Gross Alpha Beta glow pads, and I really like them. Definitely use a lighter hand because it WILL make your face very tan! They are so easy, too, and don't leave streaks at all.

  31. Lindsay-- that sounds great! thanks for telling me about it! :)

  32. Gosh, I wish I could tan, haha! No matter how hard I try, I could never really get a tan. -_-

    Oh well, these are great products to try!

    xoxo, Bree

  33. Bree-- awww! maybe some of these products will work for you. :)

  34. Great Post Mimi! The Jergens Natural Glow sounds awesome, I'll have to get some 8)

  35. Dizzy-- let me know how it works for you! :)