Okay so I know that tanning is bad and all but sometimes, no matter how much sunscreen you put on, developing a tan is inevitable during the hot summers–especially if spend the majority of your time outside enjoying the beautiful weather (as you should be!). Seriously, it does no matter how much sunscreen I apply or how high the SPF–if I spend more than an hour outside, I will always, always come back in about 1-2 shades darker. It’s like I’m immune or something! Still, I’ve really enjoyed having a little color this year, as last year I was white (or as white as I can be, anyway ) and pasty year-round.
And I don’t care what the color of your skin is: everyone looks healthier and more radiant with a touch of color to their complexion (which is why bronzer is so popular, no?). So I’m always sad to see my tan fade away come fall/winter. Yes, bronzer is easily applied to the face for that glow but what about your body? If you’re like me and are deathly afraid of self-tanning products, why not try reaching for one of these glow-enhancing body oils this year*? Guaranteed, they will leave your limbs glistening, glowing, and radiant from fall through winter and spring!
*these oils are not meant to be used in place of self-tanner. They just provide a very slight touch of warmth and radiance to the skin which, I find, compliment and subtly enhance a natural tan quite nicely
First up is May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil. Now you may have already heard me wax poetic about this luscious elixir here but it’s so good, it’s definitely worth the extra mention! This silky golden concoction from May Lindstrom’s eponymous skincare line is nothing short of incredible. I usually don’t go for very foody scents but there’s just something about the scent of The Good Stuff…it’s warm and intoxicating and sexy–all without being overpowering or heady or sickeningly sweet.
The initial scent is quite cocoa-y–not in a super rich, sugary way but in a raw, kind of earthy way. Think natural cacao (or in this case, cocoa oil) vs. a Hershey’s bar, for example. Once it has settled into the skin, however, the scent almost “dries down” like a fragrance would into a more complex aroma. There’s still just a hint of cocoa but with an underlying touch of sweet floral from the rose absolute oil and lavender oil. I know it sounds strange and you’re probably thinking “ew, a chocolate-y floral??” but trust me, it works. Remember, this is coming from someone who is not a fan or gourmand-y scents.
The Good Stuff isn’t really a dry oil, though it does have a nice, silky feel and doesn’t feel thick or greasy at all. For this reason, I do recommend The Good Stuff for home use and post-shower use. The scent also really lends itself to a relaxing night in due to its subtlety and warm, soothing notes.
Still, the lovely sunshine-y gold color and glimmering gold particles in the oil add a dash of luxury to the otherwise mundane task of hydrating the skin. The shimmers are not too bling-bling but add just the right amount of glimmer to the limbs. It’s an incredibly effective ward against both dry skin and a dull winter pallor.
–the gold shimmer is just a tiny bit more noticeable in real life, though not by much. This is a very subtle shimmering body oil–
Next, we have Nuxe’s wildly popular body oil: the Huile Prodigieuse Or. I have wanted to try this oil for so long–practically everyone in the beauty blogging world raves about this stuff! When I finally got my hands on a bottle, I was not disappointed. First of all, the scent is just heavenly. It’s definitely more along the lines of what I’d hoped the Lierac Huile Sensorielle would smell like. It’s light and feminine–playful but not at all adolescent. It’s a scent that will appeal to many and suit just about everyone!
The Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil. It’s very light and leaves no greasy mess behind, only smooth, hydrated, delicately perfumed skin.
The shimmer in this oil is much more intense compared to The Good Stuff, as you can see from the swatch photos below. For this reason, I think it’s a great oil to use prior to going out. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily residue, so you can get dressed right away; it can replace your fragrance; and it leaves your skin glowing as if lit from within. Who wouldn’t want their skin to look that way before a hot date or a big night out?!
–doesn’t it look like molten sand? Beautiful!–
–you can definitely see the shimmer in this oil a lot better than in The Good Stuff–
Aside from smelling insanely amazing and leaving your skin glowing, I’ve found that both oils also give your limbs a slightly toned look as well. There are just no downsides to these guys!!
Both are absolute winners in my book and of course, neither one is limited to use for just day or night. Since I have both, that’s how I personally like to wear them but they both work beautifully no matter the time of day. It really just depends on the glimmer-factor and scent that you are looking for. I love them both equally though so if I were you, I’d splurge and just get them both. You’ll thank me later!
On a side note, did you guys know that today was the first official day of fall (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least)? Hope you all enjoyed your summer–here’s to the start of a fantastic fall season!
What have been some of you guys’ go-to lip products this summer? I’d love to know!
*these products were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge for review purposes. Despite this, my opinions are always honest and I only included products in this post that I truly use and love