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My days of laying in the sun baking my skin to a golden brown are done. Like anyone with common sense I slather on thick SPF and always wear a hat. But, that doesn’t mean I have to look like I cower from the sun. Thanks to the beauty gods, or more accurately science, there’s an ever growing list of self-tanning products on the market. There are lotions, gels, sprays, BB creams — and now the first ever self-tanning bronzing powder.


I love my mineral based make-ups so I was excited to give Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals from Vita Liberata a test run. The world’s first self-tanning bronzer offers pure mineral coverage, an instant bronze and best of all a natural looking lasting tan. The tan deepens over a 4-8 hour period and it can be gradually built with regular use. It gets major points for being cruelty-free and vegan. And it’s also free of gluten and nasty stuff like sulphates and parabens.


Now the only question is — does it work? As a mineral powder and bronzer this gets full marks. It blends easily, doesn’t clog pores and looks great all on it’s own. The first time I wore it someone literally asked me where I’d been on vacation. I’m a huge fan of having a nice, sun kissed glow and that’s precisely what Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals delivers. This is by far one of the best bronzers I have ever tried. Plus the kabuki brush that comes with the product is fantastic and it makes applying the bronzing minerals super easy. The key to getting a nice natural bronze is to apply this with a very light hand, because it’s designed to actually tan your skin it does goes on pretty dark, so just remember less is more. $45 at Sephora.

About The Author

Allison Swan was born and raised in Canada but after graduating journalism school she moved to California in search of success -- and sunshine. Three days after arriving in Los Angeles, Allison was interviewing A-list stars at an Oscar party. Since then she has covered everything from the Academy Awards to the Winter Olympics and even managed to land her own column, The LA Insider in Australia’s New Weekly Magazine. Curious what life is like in the LA fast lane? Check out her new novel KissnTell @

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