It's All About the Sun with GM Collin, Smashbox & Xen-Tan!

My favourite look for summer? Tanned skin, white blonde hair (I lighten in spring and darken it come fall) and a high pair of wedges that make me feel like a million bucks.

The blonde hair and wedges, I can take care of, but my pale Scandanavian-type skin needs a little help!

Here are 3 products that will make you look sun-kissed, bronzed and down-right golden:

GM Collin

GM Collin's Self-Tanning Milk can be used on both the face and body and is suitable for all skin types. With Erythrulose, DHA, 7 Herbal Extracts (Chamomile, Arnica, Burdock, Nettle, Horsetail, Betula Alba and Sage),Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamins E & C, you are nourishing your skin as well as giving it a more sensual glow. It goes on easy and finishes with a soft feel and light scent.

I also like their After-Sun Cream which soothes and relieves your sun-soaked skin. I love the smell - warm sun and sand - how it feels thin as you apply it, but it's actually quite rich and it sinks in right away.


If you want the kind of tan that gets you noticed - that oozes of Baywatch beauties and demands wearing only white and pale colours - then Xen Tan's Deep Bronze is for you. It gives you that deep dark tan that you thought was only available via Belize or the Mediterranean!

What's great about this product is that becuase it has been developed with a time release ingredient, you only need to apply it once a week! Which is fantastic, because that means less time in the bathroom and more time on the boardwalk, dancefloor and/or the couch watching your favourite shows.

The other bonus is that because it is darkly coloured, you get immediate results and then within 3 hours, you'll have the long-lasting tan you've always dreamed of - with softer skin and without the streaks.

Oh and it smells like a chocolatey vanilla smoothie! Woo woo!


Smashbox is an amazing cosmetics company that is always developing new and innovative products.

One of their new items is the O-Bronze Intuitive Cheek Bronzer. What makes this so different from the rest is that it starts out white and then customizes itself to your skintone.

How it can possibly do this, I have no idea, but I am grateful to whoever thought this up. As a pale thing, applying bronzer has always been a challenge for me - often it's too brown or too orange.

Now it's just right!

Smashbox has packed this bronzer chock full with their exclusive goji-berry C-complex, gingko biloba and antioxidant-fighting pomegranante seeds, so you can feel good and look good.

There they go thinkin' of everything again. Gosh, I love these guys...

Stephanie Dickison

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