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  • The rise of the Man Tan


    St.Tropez man tan

    The man Tan is an ever increasingly growing treatment and more and more men are ditching the sunbeds and opting for the safer alternative to achieving that all-encompassing healthy glow.

    St.Tropez’s resident tanning expert Jules Heponstall has already worked with a portfolio of celebrity Man Tan fans that include Henry Holland, Ben Cohen, David Beckham and Tom Daley.

    “The most commonly requested tan by my male clients is the deceptive Contour Tan – a technique I use regularly on the torsos of my celebrity clients like Ashley Taylor-Dawson and Ben Cohen when they were lighting up the Strictly dancefloor.” Jules Heponstall.”

    The increasing popularity of the man tan trend has even caught the attention of the press and media with the likes of Daniel Rymer at Attitude magazine becoming a man tan convert.

    “I woke up the next day I looked like I’d been in the Bahamas for a week. For an instant refresher it does wonders and you really do look much healthier.” Daniel Rymer, Attitude.

    For more information on where you can get the man tan visit your nearest salon.

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  • Winner of Allure Best of Beauty Awards 2014

    We are delighted to announce that one of our products have picked up yet another beauty award!  St.Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse has just been awarded the US ‘Allure Best of Beauty Award 2014 –  in the Best Beauty Breakthrough Category’

    Allure Best of Beauty award winner St.Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

    So what is it about the Express Bronzing Mousse that sets it apart from all the rest?

    Express Bronzing Mousse allows you to customise the depth and look of your tan depending on how long you leave it on the skin. The best part is that you can wash it off in as little as 1 hour for a gorgeous looking glow or leave on for 2 – 3 hours for a deep, dark bronze.


    We are calling it “our most advanced formula yet!” it truly is a beauty break through! Needless to say we are pretty excited about the award and we hope you’ll agree that it’s a worthy win. Express Bronzing Mousse has also been featured in Allure SMT, catch the full reports below.

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    allure best of beauty smts video

    To get your hands on the St. Tropez Self Tan Express you can now shop it via:

     UK: St.Tropez online store for UK orders or

    For US: Sephora.com, Sephora stores and SiJCP

    Don't forget to watch our Express Tan application video for tips on how you can achieve a perfect tan.

    How to apply St.Tropez Express Tan

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  • Get the look! Kendall Jenner at MFW

    St.Tropez has teamed up with Pucci at Milan Fashion Week to create an opulent and golden tan. This gorgeous finish was seen on the lovely Kendall Jenner who looked simply stunning with her St.Tropez Luxe Tan.

    Kendall Jenner wearing St.Tropez at MFWKendall Jenner at Milan Fashion Week SS15

    St.Tropez Luxe Dry Oil


    To recreate this look, follow our step by step tutorial below.


    Step 1: Using a St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt (£3.57), mix St.Tropez Instant Tan and St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser together.

    Step 2:Buff over the body to create an even and natural looking tan which hydrates and softens skin.

    Step 3: Once skin is dry, apply St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil to the Mitt and lightly press onto skin, focusing on décolletage, shoulders, arms and legs, to give a golden gleam.

    Shop this look now.

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  • Backstage Beauty at MFW SS15

    The St.Tropez team have been busy rubbing shoulders with some of the top Fashion names at #MFW to include designer Emilio Pucci and top model Kendall Jenner.

    We are loving this opulent tan created for Pucci by St.Tropez Tanning Expert Nichola Joss.

    St.Tropez at MFW SS15

    Kendall Jenner wearing St.Tropez Luxe Tan

    Nichola created the Luxe Tan by mixing St.Tropez Instant Tan (£10.00) with St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser (£10.00) to give limbs a natural looking sunkissed glow and bouncy texture. As the finishing touch, St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil (£25.00) was gently pressed onto skin during lineup to give a healthy gleam.

    MFW Backstage with St.Tropez

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    London Fashion Week has finally come to a close and it finished with a big bang during the Fashion Weekend.

    St.Tropez at LFW 2014

    Being the official tanning sponsors of this year’s event, we were of course at the scene to meet all our lovely St.Tropez fans.

    Needless to say it was complete ‘glow central’ with self- tan demonstrations given by the gorgeous St Tropez team and plenty of goodies and products to go around.

    The hero of the show had to be St.Tropez Instant Tan, you ladies (and gents) just couldn’t get enough of the stuff and we must say you all looked pretty fantastic with your new found glows!

    Our complimentary Tan Enhancing Body moisturisers went down a treat too, with plenty of you lining up the corridors to get your hands on one. Thank goodness there were plenty to go around.

    Having worked with some of the key designers this year including David Koma, Mary Katranzou, House of Holland, Preen and Julien Macodonald we are so thrilled with some of the gorgeous skin finishing touches that we managed to create. The Freckle tan for the Preen shows especially has been the hot topic that everyone is talking about and is already set to be the key SS15 Beauty trend!

    St.Tropez Tan for David Koma LFWSS15

    St.Tropez Tan for House of Holland LFWSS15

    The Freckle Tan for Preen SS15

    To celebrate #LFW we have put together some essential kits to help you recreate your own #FashionTan from home. Each kit contains all the things you'll need to get the Spring/Summer glow that you love all year round.

    You can now shop the following exclusive kits:

    The Iconic Tan, £30. The ultimate tanning partners for a streak-free, golden tan that lasts for days.
    SAVE £9


    EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS! St.Tropez Iconic Tan

    Self Tan Classic Mousse 120ml.

    Self Tan BoosterApplicator Mitt.

    The Luxe Tan, £30. Our most luxurious tan yet for a natural golden tan with intense hydration for up to 7 days.

    SAVE OVER £3

    EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS! St.Tropez Luxe Tan

    Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil 100ml.

    Applicator Mitt.

    One hour tan, £30.  Our most advanced formula yet for a sunkissed glow in just one hour


    SAVE £6

    EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS! St.Tropez One Hour Tan!


    Self Tan Express Mousse 200ml.
    Applicator Mitt.

    The No Commitment Tan, £20. For a natural looking, streak-free tan in an instant. Perfect for showing off your front row legs and for an instant fashion fix.

    SAVE £6
    EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS! St.Tropez No Commitment Tan

    Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium 100ml

    Self Tan Perfect Legs 75ml.

    Applicator Mitt.

    Shop the  full range of St.Tropex LFW Kits now.

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    Designer: Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi

    History: Preen, one of London's most distinctive and successful labels started out as a small boutique in London's Portobello in 1996. They have developed a sophisticated following which has established their status in the high fashion world.

    Signature style: Preen are famously known for their distinctive and clever cutting. Thornton and Bregazzi experiment with asymmetry, draping or folding to produce items to enhance the female figure. The overall results create bold patterns and a distinctive brand of deconstructed chic.

    Clientele: Women who like a bold pattern and clothes that enhances the body shape and creates a sexy silhouette.

    Key piece: Dresses and skirts and tops with contrasting prints and block colour.

    We loved working with Preen to create the gorgeous freckle tan. The models were given a gorgeous base using St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium (£10.00), then splattered with St.Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse (£33.00) to achieve this fun and playful look.

    St.Tropez Instant Tan

    St.Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse

    The Freckle Tan for Preen SS15

    PREEN SS15 LWF shows

    Freckle Tan

    Preen SS15 Shows

    To find out how you can recreate this look then please check out our earlier blog post for the full Freckle tan step by step tutorial.

    Don't forget that you can also visit our St.Tropez LFW social hub for all the latest activity and exclusive gossip behind the scenes at LFW. Hope to see you there!

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    Designer: Mary Katrantzou

    History: Born in Athens, Greece Mary attended the Rhode Island School of Design and then completed both her BA and MA at Central Saint Martins studying under legendary tutor Louise Wilson.  She worked for Sophia Kokosalaki and Bill Blass, amongst other designers before concentrating on her own label. She showed her first ready-to-wear collection for autumn/winter 2008 at London Fashion Week.

    Signature Style: Katrantzou’s hyperrealist aesthetic, paradisiacal graphics and oversized jewellery designs have made her label a must-see during LFW.

    Clientele:  A woman who has a free spirit and attitude with a strong sense of style.

    Key pieces: Dresses with a bold digital prints and mapped around the female figure.

    Mary Katrantzou SS15

    Mary Katrantzou tan SS15 - Copy

    We worked with Mary Katrantzou to create a look that gave the models skin a healthy and breath of fresh air feel using St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser mixed with Instant tan lotion to give a super hydrating and gorgeous sheen.


    To recreate this look, please follow our step by step:

    Step One: Squeeze St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser and St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion  Light/Medium together onto a St.Tropez Applicator Mitt (£3.57); 3 parts Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser with 1 part Instant Tan Lotion

    Step Two: Squeeze the St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt together to mix the two lotions and create a soft, delicate colour.

    Step Three: Use the St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt to buff the mixture into the skin to create a perfectly polished, fresh finish.

    To shop our full range please visit our St.Tropez website.

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    The Freckle Tan created by Nichola Joss and St.Tropez team for the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi was the hot topic for most at LFW.

    Preen SS15

    Freckle Tan

    LFW 2015 Highlights



    Here, Nichola Joss shares with us on how she created, what would be next seasons most talked about beauty trend!

    'To tie in with the make up, we added just a breath of base colour to the body, then took the delicate dusting of freckles down from the face onto the chest, arms and legs,' said St.Tropez Global Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, Nichola Joss.

    Having added a light veil of colour all over the body with St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium (£10.00), Nichola used an artist's paintbrush to spatter St.Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse (£33.00) over the top to set off the flashes of neon in the collection and give the girls a long-lasting sun-tickled look like they'd spent the day at the beach.

    Follow our STEP BY STEP Tutorial on how to recreate the Freckle Tan:

    Step 1: Apply St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium (£10.00) all over the body and buff it into the skin using the St.Tropez Applicator Mitt (£3.57).

    Step 2  Pump St.Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse (£33.00) into the lid.

    Step 3:Dip a large round paintbrush into the lid then spatter it gently over shoulders, arms and legs for a natural dusting of sun-soaked freckles.

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  • London Fashion Week Shows – St. Tropez creates a glow for the catwalk

    London Fashion Week Shows – St. Tropez creates a glow for the catwalk

     Weekends are usually meant for relaxing, sitting back and forgetting about work. But for the St. Tropez tanning team it was all go during London Fashion Week. On Saturday and Sunday St. Tropez had five shows to attend. Working tirelessly backstage Nichola Joss led her team to create five incredible looks to showcase the SS15 season’s trends. Read on for more details….

    The Mermaid Gleam at Julien Macdonald

    Nichola Joss  at LFW

    We expect a glitzy affair from a Julien Macdonald collection and for his SS15 show fashion followers weren’t disappointed. The inspiration for the collection was ‘under the sea’ and his designs held an ethereal charm. Models paraded down the catwalk in delicate fabrics and detailed bridal wear that were whimsical and floaty with shimmery hues and sparkling sequins.

    To complement the overall look St Tropez created the ‘SS15 Mermaid Gleam’ look. Using the Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil and the new Self Tan Face Oil (which launches in March 2015), Nichola Joss and the St. Tropez team created a caramel glow to give the girls an otherworldly beauty. The result was magical – think A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Little Mermaid.

    St Tropez Luxe Tan

    The Woodstock Glow at House of Holland

    Designer Henry Holland’s muse for his SS15 collection was the hippy-dippy festival goer. This may come as no surprise as his usual front row (frow) crowd, loyal friends and fashion inspirations include party ‘It’ girls Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Rita Ora. Key pieces included oversized applique flowers and paisley shapes, suede fringing and sequins.

    Henry Holland ss15 Beauty Trend

    To create that sun-soaked festival chic look, St Tropez created the ‘Woodstock Glow’ by applying a layer or two of the Instant Tan Lotion in Medium/Dark. Just before the girls hit the runway the tanning team dusted the girls down with the Powder Bronzer Matte to create the caramel latte look of a fun loving traveller on the road.

    With a full day of catwalk shows there was no rest for the fashion wicked on Sunday.

    St. Tropez, especially, had a busy schedule (read more on our London Fashion Week News Hub)with three shows to work on. Luckily global tanning and skin finishing Ambassador Nichola Joss was on hand with her applicator mitt and team of tanners to get the models gleaming for their runway performances… 

    The Fashion Freckle Tan at Preen

    Dynamic designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi are known for their stand out collections and for SS15 they delivered a standout show. Their dresses featured some brilliantly pleasing lines using bold colours and zigzag stripes. Key pieces included colourful beading which added a touch of the carnival spirit while accessories had a sporty detail to them.

    There’s a beauty trick in the fashion world to looking young and St. Tropez made sure to use the method - a face full of fake freckles. While the make-up team worked on the models’ faces, Nichola Joss set to work on crating body freckles using an innovative flick brush technique.

    Preen SS15

    To create a natural smattering of freckles over the arms, chest and shoulders all it took was an acrylic paintbrush dipped in a wash-of dark tan and a flick with the bristles motion towards the skin.

    The Tectonic Tan at Mary Katrantzou 

    Mary Katrantzou’s beautiful collection was inspired by memories, dreams and reflections of the flora and fauna of the land and sea. The opposing fabrics on her garments resembled the tectonic plates and embroidered across them were surreal illustrations from the artist’s creative imagination: squiggles of seaweed and snakes. Dance and fantasy also played a huge part in inspiring the embellished designs with hybrid creatures: part dodo, part cancan dancer and part crab and part ballerina stitched across the garments.

    Catwalk LFWSS15

    St.Tropez took inspiration from the tectonic representation and created the ‘Tectonic Tan’ to compliment Mary Katrantzou’s collection. Mixing together the Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium with the Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser St. Tropez gave the models a healthy all over glow that represented the natural elements.

    The Street Chic Tan at David Koma 

    Sexy shapes and body-con silhouettes are what we’ve come to expect from David Koma. For SS15 he showcased his debut collection for Thierry Mugler as artistic director which proved the label and designer are a fashion fit. The garments showcased on the runway were soft, supple and sleek. Thigh-skimming skirts with sheer fabric and lemon hued panels and tops with asymmetric necklines and jewel detailing represented a modern Parisian street style with a chic, tailored twist.

    St Tropez Luxe Tan LFW1

    As the last show to tan, St. Tropez wanted to create a stunning gleam on the models. Using the Instant Tan lotion the tanning team pulled off the Parisian luxe skin look which was enhanced by the all-white, monochrome and gem encrusted garments.

    For more updates on LFW head to the London Fashion Week News Hub.



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  • In the spotlight: House of Holland LWF SS15

    London fashion week may be over but we are still reminiscing over some of the key shows for us at St.Tropez. We were lucky enough work with top designers to create some gorgeous skin finishes to complement their Spring/Summer Collections.

    In the spotlight for us Today is House of Holland:

    Designer: Henry Holland


    Born in 1983 in Ramsbottom, Holland grew up in Manchester and went on to study at the London College of Printing. He worked as a stylist and fashion editor for magazines before becoming a designer. He came into the style spotlight in 2006 with his Fashion Groupies T-shirt designs ('I'll Tell You Who's Boss Kate Moss' and 'Cause Me Pain, Hedi Slimane').

    Signature Style:

    Holland is known for his daring, colourful and irreverent designs. He adds a fun spin to his style and has created cool, quirky collaborations. A versatile designer, his collections can be found on the high-street and high-end shops – everywhere from Debenhams to Harrods.


    The London girl’s unique aesthetic. Holland taps in to urban trends.

    Key piece:

    Big logo t-shirts and bold print dresses.

    Here are some of the highlights from behind the scenes at House of Holland, we love this stain finish glow we created for them.

    “This is a dusty, powdered, semi-matte glow for an uber cool girl who's developed a caramel colour as the roadside sun tickles the tops of her shoulders, arms and legs” said St. Tropez Global Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, Nichola Joss.

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15

    St.Tropez for House of Holland

    St.Tropez for House of Holland. LFW SS15


    Step 1Prep skin with one or two layers of St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion Medium/Dark (£10.00).

    Step 2 Buff the Instant Tan into the skin using a St.Tropez Applicator Mitt (£3.57).

    Step 3Use a large blusher brush to sweep St.Tropez Powder Bronzer Matte (£20.43) onto the tops of shoulders and along arms and legs to perfect the Woodstock Glow.

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