WANT IT WEDNESDAY: An Overachieving Tan Towel and the "Scent of (Parisienne) Spring"

Exfoliating; anti-aging; acne-fighting; hair-reducing; bronzing -- is there anything this towelette doesn't do? Plus, a chic French fragrance to conceal the telltale tan smell.

Apr 25, 2012 at 5:00pm | Leave a comment

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Don't you just hate it when you decide to apply self-tanner, but there isn't time to exfoliate first? What about when you straight-up haven't showered? It's annoying! Sometimes I feel like tanning myself when I get home after a night out -- I might even be a little drunk -- without streaky repercussions in the morning. Going a shade darker shouldn't be such a big production.

One self-tanner that allows for spontaneity is Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads with Active Vitamin D Exfoliating Self-Tanner. It eliminates the time-consuming prep by packing all the pre-tan steps into one really substantial towelette. This is important since some self tanning wipes are sort of child-sized. If that's not enough, the Alpha Beta Glow Pad also claims to reduce breakouts and hair growth as well as firm skin and fight aging. See what I mean about overachieving?

The directions say to "apply in circular motions," but I didn't pay attention when I tested this out last night. Instead I wiped everything really haphazardly, taking no care around streak-zones like feet, elbows, knees and that point where the thighs and butt converge. Is there a name for that part?

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It takes two to tan

When I woke in the morning, my entire body was noticeably darker and even despite my lazy application style. I had scented my bed with the unmistakeable smell of fake tan, a small concession for believable results. At the office Madeline and I compared shades -- she tried an Alpha Beta Glow Pad too -- and we each had distinctly different results.

I'm convinced that the fake tan smell is still wafting from my pores -- a dead giveaway -- so I've been misting myself with this new Tocca Violette fragrance, a romantic floral scent inspired by "springtime in Paris."As Madeline pointed out, that's some pretty vague imagery. Paris isn't always chic, sometimes it's really seedy. Either way, I'm enticed by Violette's heavy glass vessel and the idea of a seasonal scent.

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What's your take on fake tanning? Do you have a favorite product or method? And fragrance: Do you change up your scent each season or are you committed to just one? Let's talk about it!

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