Time To Tan




{BCBG hat, Antik Batik blouse,  Liberty United Bracelet, Miansai bracelet}




What better way to spend a Summer day than on the balcony of the Montage Hotel (Beverly Hills) soaking in the rays?  It was the perfect opportunity for me to take advantage of  the beautiful weather while getting in some color. Maybe it’s the history of bad sunburns, or paranoia from witnessing my asian mother cover herself up silly from the sun, but I’m not one to lay out and sunbath for hours. I have fairly sensitive skin, so i’m usually able to withstand the heat for about max 20-30 minutes. I’ve been a loyal fan & user of self tanners, and I thought I share with you today a few of my favorite products and {safe} tanning tips so you can get a natural glow for the Summer.



1. PREP YOUR SKIN- I’ve seen a number of bad {faux} tans,  and I like to believe that most people overlook the importance of prepping & exfoliating your skin before the application. For that airbrushed silky smooth effect you want to make sure you exfoliate in hot water to get rid of any dead skin.

2. PICK A SHADE THAT IS SIMILAR TO YOUR NATURAL COLOR- No matter how dark you want to get this Summer, make sure you build up from your natural color. Its important that you moderately increase the color level, and not aggressively jump from a 1 to a 10.

3. APPLY IN MODERATION- Ever seen an orange tan? Well, that is the reason why you don’t want to over apply  the products on your skin. Apply sparingly, and be patient to see the results before deciding to apply some more.

4. MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN- To keep that summer “glow” you want to make sure your skin is extremely hydrated. Also if your skin is hydrated the tan will last longer.

Below are my ultimate top 5 favorite self tanners that I’ve used in the past, that I highly recommend for this Summer.


1. Clarins Instant Gel – This is a unique gel formula that soaks into your skin instantly in no time. Perfect for the girl on the go that wants something quick, easy, and instant. (Works for both body & face)

2. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess– I’ve always had a hard time finding a great natural self tanner for the face , until I found this one! It gives that natural “lit from within” glow to the face…. perfect for girls like me who have sensitive & delicate skin!

3. St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil– Absolutely love this one! Because of the oil, it not only nourishes your skin but it also helps the tan to last longer.

4. Jergen’s Natural Glow– You may recall from this post HERE, where I shared with you my 3 day experience with this product. It’s still currently one of my favorites, and is great for a gradual (yet instant) color change.

5. Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Face Towelettes– Pads & towels are the easiest and quickest of all the self tanning applications out there. This towelette not only moisturize, but it also brightens your complexion!


Special Thanks to the Montage Hotel Beverly Hills

Photography by Karen Chen

  • Stunning pictures! I love all your accessories too, although I must remember to take them off before I go for a dip in the pool! Thanks for the tanning tips, there’s so many different ways to do it!

  • Claire says:

    I got the Jergens when I saw your post and it’s currently my fave too! It gives the most beautiful tanning color on the skin. Love it <3
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    xoxo, Claire from Vancouver, Canada

  • Carola says:

    sorry.. hat! :)

  • Carola says:

    Amazing photo! So inspiring me, this hay so beautyful!!!
    xo !

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  • Alina says:

    I tried Jergen’s natural glow, the tanning cream. And I thought it was a bit to much and did not look natural, but would love to try the cream, should be softer and contain less color.

  • Haley says:

    Love St. Tropez! I use Sunology, it’s a natural sunscreen. Obsessed! Have you tried it?

  • Martha says:

    I love your arm candy in this post!
    – Martha

  • Cristina Bas says:

    Love the bikini top! Where is it from?

  • Very nice pictures! That drink that you have, looks delicious!!

  • jennie says:

    beautiful photos Chriselle!
    Love the lights in it and your bikini is so cute!

    I T I S J E N N I E

  • Hanna says:

    Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous! The location, the outfit, love it! And thank you for the great tips on self tanners. I’ve seen way too many self tannings gone wrong, and I’ve been afraid I might end up the same way if I use it, but thanks to your tips I’m willing to try one of these products. Thank you!

  • Juliana says:

    I was actually looking for tan lotions and this is perfect, thanks!

    XOXO JuJu

  • Lindsay says:

    Great post. Love the hat!

  • Laura Dunn says:

    Hi Darling! I can’t wait to have lunch! Please give me a date and I will bring an amazing lunch to you and the staff! Lots of love!

  • Thanks for sharing! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I couldn’t link through to your previous post on the Jergens tanning experience.

    You look lovely and chic in your photos, as always. Love that nail polish too!

  • Thanks for all the product suggestions….and what a beautiful location. So jealous!


  • I love number 4! Definitely will try the others!

  • Colleen says:

    I’m so happy to hear you don’t tan that beautiful skin of yours! I like the St. Tropez self tanner as well,do you use the Clarins one on your face?

    I just posted an interview with a dermatologist on my blog and her no.1 recommendation against skin aging was sunblock!


    I´d rather prefer self ten cream than sunburns. Thank you so much for sharing your favorites

    XX Luba

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  • Mariah says:

    I usually avoid the sun like the plague since I have really pale skin and burn pretty easily after being out for about an hour or so. I would use self tanner, but I have heard too many stories from friends about the mess and streaky outcome. Oh well. I really don’t mind my pale skin.

    Theatricality by Mariah

  • Natali says:

    What a beautiful beach outfit!! You look so lovely!

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