COVER-UP: Elan | BLUSH PROFILE SWIMSUIT: Top / Bottoms | HAT: Brixxton | BAG: Steve Madden (also here) | SANDALS: Valentino (dupes HERE) | CACTUS IPHONE CASE: Sonix (on sale!) | NECKLACE: Gorjana | SUNGLASSES: Revolve
This is a one size fits all dress - I wore it as a cover up though! The sleeves are the major selling point - wayyy too cute.
That past two months I've had an overwhelming about of questions regarding what kind of self-tanner I use before & during trips.. I wanted to go ahead and cover that step-by-step. (I was born with a rare disease that keeps me from being able to spend much time in the sun so I swear by self tanners & spray tans to keep some color on my skin.)
1. The night before I go on a trip I always go to a local place that has Mystic Tan booths. I like Versa Spa and Mystic tan equally. I don't necessarily do anything before I tan - I just make sure I've showered, shaved, etc. that way I won't have to do that the next day (shaving makes your tan go away faster!). Also, make sure you don't have super dry skin when you go to a Mystic Tan booth, but also make sure you don't have lotion on your skin when you go to the booth bc it may not stick to your skin as well. Oh - also, I always always get the darkest shade! (If you are a fellow Tulsan, I like Tan Your Moon best!)
2. Now to maintain the tan while I'm on a trip, I always pack two lotions. One that is super moisturizing and another that has gradual tanner inside of it... The gradual tanner one is the one I use at night but the moisturizing one I use in the AM. This just allows for your skin to stay super hydrated while also not losing color. (And by gradual self tanner it could be drug store like Jergens or something a bit stronger like THIS one.)
3. If you are not big on getting spray tans or you want to do this at home -- I have two self tanners that I always keep in my bathroom. The first one is THIS ONE by St. Tropez. I purchased this in Aspen and wasn't sure if it would even work bc I have tried tons of St. Tropez products and didn't like them, but this one made me SO brown! The next one is more affordable, it's called St. Moriz (you can get it HERE) and every person I've recommended it to tells me they are obsessed. For both of these - make sure you have a mitt on hand! Do not use your hands! I always pick up new mitts when I go to Ulta bc they run BOGO sales. (I buy cheap mitts, not the expensive ones.. ie. THIS ONE.) Oh, I should explain - the reason I always buy the darker shades is because light & medium don't do much for my skin tone. For example, Caitlin and I purchased a medium shade while on our trip and neither of us saw it show up at all. **Okay... adding this in.. I also love Xen-Tan. It makes you brown (as opposed to orange) & wears well also!)
Lastly, I have THIS product in my shower - it actually does work. BUT, you have to leave it on for 3 minutes and for some of us..it's hard to find time to stand in the shower for 3 minutes trying not to get wet. But it is good stuff.
Okay! I hope this helps you all!!! Let me know if you have a secret weapon for self tanning - would love to hear about it!!!