Achieving a holiday glow without actually going on holidays should be considered an art form, especially since there’s a fine line between ‘holiday glow’ and resembling a character from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (hello Oompa Loompa). The trick is to err on the side of less-is-more, because we’ve all experienced the aftermath of applying one more layer, too many times. A subtle variation to your colour is always the better alternative and thankfully these products really deliver when it comes to achieving that natural holiday glow.
There’s a reason why Ella Baché’s Great Tan Without Sun has won countless awards – because when it comes to tanning, it ticks all the boxes. Easy to apply, next to no odour, even finish, long lasting and the perfect tone (so you never end up looking orange). This hero product also contains moisturising ingredients so skin is left feeling hydrated and radiant.
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If you’re like me and the words fake tan give you a mild case of anxiety, then call this product by it’s name and forget what it actually does. Yes, it’s ultimately a fake tanner, but think of it as more of a subtle tint rather than a full blown tan. It provides natural and gradual colour that will get you out of your winter misery.
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If ever there was a time to not judge a book by its cover then it’s with Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint. At first glance this pigment might come across a little dark if you’ve got fairer skin, but if you follow instructions you’re in for a treat. The perfect product to mix with your daily moisturiser, Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzing Tint provides that just got back from Europe look that we’re all envying right now.
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Inspired by that ‘I-just-got-back-from-Bali’ look we all know and envy, Bali Body’s Cacao Tanning oil will give your skin an instant bronzed glow whilst still protecting your skin from UV rays. This natural cacao goodness will also leave you with the lightest chocolate scent and the ultimate hint of faux holiday colour.
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Whilst this product doesn’t actually give you any colour, it does provide the perfect base for achieving the ultimate holiday glow. Best applied to a clean face, it’s the perfect way to cheat yourself to a flawless complexion. Napoleon’s Auto Pilot Bronzing Skin Primer allows make up to glide on smoothly and stay put – meaning long lasting, glowing skin that takes you from day to night.
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JERGENS NATURAL GLOW TAN EXTENDER
Whether your holiday glow is real or fake, JERGENS® Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer promises to make your tan last longer. With fade-fighting technology, JERGENS® Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer extends your colour (don’t ask me what fade-fighting technology actually is, just know that it actually works). Suitable for all skin tones, it’s the perfect product to keep you glowing for longer.
JERGENS NATURAL GLOW TAN EXTENDER RRP $12.99 For Stockist information please call: 1300 468 318
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If ever we needed a reason to fake it then MAC just gave it to us. MAC’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden is a subtly tinted powder that provides a natural looking colour, giving off that perfect sun kissed look (no sun required). Available in a handy compact with a mirror for when you’re on the go, MAC’s Bronzing Powder is that little bit of sunshine that you can take everywhere.
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The words ‘spoilt for choice’ spring to mind when talking about Natio’s Blush & Bronze, the perfect sunray-embossed palette of five shimmering shades, all in the one product. This multi-dimensional glow kit combines blushers, bronzers and highlighters to give you the ultimate sun kissed and rosy glow.
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If you’re after a subtle glow without looking like they’ve just returned from a month long European getaway, then Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder is just for you. Available in four different shades, the powder gives you a matte finish (so no over the top glow that can sometimes risk looking oily) and the result is a hint of warmth for healthy looking, radiant skin.
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The words ‘glow’ and ‘stick’ might have you instantly thinking back to your younger years, but rest assured, this is no glow in the dark dance floor accessory. It’s actually a highlighter stick that allows you to enhance your complexion with an iridescent sheer cream that glides on smoothly and sets into a powder form. Perfect for application to the cheeks, eyebrow arches and lower eyelids, turning you into an illuminated goddess.
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The aim of the game should always be to put your best features on show and ultimately, enhance what you’ve already got. Scout Cosmetic’s Mineral Illuminate does just that, with its translucent powder highlighting temples, cheekbones, brow-bone and the décolletage. Just dust on and glow!
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When the name promises to Insta Fix, you know you’re on to something. If you want to achieve the perfect glow (sans the Insta filter) then Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta Fix Highlighting Stick is the perfect tool for you. Allowing you to get your glow on in all the right places, the Highlighting Stick is the perfect carry everywhere product. Literally the ultimate highlight in a stick, Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta Fix Highlighting Stick is easy to use and compact enough that you can take anywhere.
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Bobbi Brown’s Glow Stick has a name that encapsulates everything it does, it literally is glow on a stick (or better yet, sunshine in a stick). This ultralight formula glides effortlessly over skin to result in a natural, radiant glow. Housed in an easy-to-use, on-the-go stick, the all-new Bobbi Brown Glow Stick is available in a range of different shades offering you sunshine on the go, no matter your skin tone.
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Unfortunately, any kind of tan that isn’t your natural skin colour will require removal at some point. Antheia Express Fake Tan Remover will remove your tan in minutes, without requiring any harsh scrubbing. This award-winning product, made from non-harmful, active ingredients and the highest quality botanical extracts, works by dissolving fake tan pigment and removing dead skin cells. Too easy!
ANTHEIA EXPRESS FAKE TAN REMOVER RRP $29.95 Available nationally from Priceline Pharmacy and selected stockists. For stockists visit www.shopantheia.com
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Ok so technically it’s not going to give you a holiday glow, but it will protect your skin from UV rays and avoid any chance of that look where your skin resembles a beetroot. Protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun should be your number one priority when it comes to tanning and all things skincare. We Are Feel Good Inc.’s Coconut Sunscreen Lotion in SPF 50+ will have you smelling like you’re on a tropical island, all whilst protecting and nourishing your skin. Whilst it doesn’t give you a holiday glow, it stops the bad kind of tanning and should be an everyday necessity in your beauty routine.
WE ARE FEEL GOOD INC COCONUT SUNSCREEN LOTION SPF 50+ RRP $24.95 Available HERE.
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Reef is the kind of brand that has been around for so long that it is now synonymous with the beach. Reef Moisturising Sun Tan Oil Spray is the go to product for Summer, because it offers broad spectrum sun protection from harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, whilst giving you the perfect holiday glow. It’s an oil formulation that glides on, is fast drying, absorbs quickly and leaves skin moisturised and smelling of Summer!
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