So, you’ve got the Monday Blues, it’s pouring down outside, you’re feeling drab and then you step into the bathroom only to see your face in the mirror – a ghostly pallor that no amount of bronzer can amend without looking like you’ve spent the morning rolling in mud. Well, this week is getting off to a good start, eh?
You step into the shower, have a proper scrub-down with something that smells nice, and feeling slightly better – because that’s what showers do, they make things better – step out to face the white canvas that is your face. You go through the usual steps of toning, applying an oil or serum, eyecream. You’ve opened the lid on your moisturizer, but then reach for a small 15ml bottle of golden liquid and after scooping out a small amount of gloop you let three small droplets of the liquid fall and mix with your moisturizer before applying it to your face. Then you make yourself a cup of tea, enjoy a nice breakfast and go to apply makeup on your now slightly more human appearance.
That little bottle of liquid sunshine is Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, and it’s the most natural self-tan for face that I’ve encountered. While others have left my skin slightly itchy, I mix this with my regular moisturizer and without a second thought to it go about my business. Come to think of it, it doesn’t feel sticky or slippery at all once applied, either, which I’ve expereinced wih other products.
I got my first impressions of the stuff at a course where I got to try it on my hand, mixed with a moisturizer – because you should never ever ever use this undiluted – and forgot all about it (except for wanting to try it for real). A few days later, however, a glance at my hands left me somewhat puzzled. My right hand was a less-than-flattering shade of grey, whereas the left was a healthy golden shade. Having very cold hands most of the time, my initial though was that something had inhibited circulation in my hand, but then I remembered the Golden Glow Booster that I’d tried. Whatever doubt I’d had whether or not this was for me melted like snowflakes in the sun.
This stuff really is a pleasure to use, I get almost immediate results, and after almost two weeks there’s not a streak or unevenness in sight. Sometimes I’ll apply three drops, sometimes two, and sometimes I don’t use it at all, and I get the most natural, healthy, sunkissed glow – which is brill as my face just won’t tan anymore. And mind you, 2-3 drops is all you need, so 15ml is going to last you a long time, so don’t let the size of the product put you off. Also, this reduces the layers of product applied to skin and doesn’t interfere in any way with your other skin care products, so whether your needs are heavy-duty anti-ageing or just a bit of moisture you can add this to your routine.
Bonus points for there hardly being a scent to speak of, and the tint making skin discolourations such as spots and red cheeks less obvious. Also for being a self-tan to which I’ve yet to get any skin reactions – So Clarins, if you’re listening, could I please get a concentrate for to mix with my body cream as well?