St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Secret Behind My Tan (Hint: No Sun)

This post is sponsored by Bondi Sands via Shopping Links, but all of my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.


When I first started blogging (nearly five years ago now), one of my most popular questions I got was about my tan. There was no real secret, I just traveled a lot and spent lots of time in the sun.

Looking back it makes me cringe because I really didn’t know about how bad it is for your skin to just bake in the sun nearly every day. In recent years, I was finishing up college and didn’t get the opportunity to travel as often and as a result, I was pale. Luckily, now that I blog full time, we get to travel a lot more. We just got back from Colombia and I’m in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands as we speak.

But since I’m a bit older and wiser, I don’t bake in the sun sans sunscreen anymore. My tan has almost nothing to do with sun exposure and it has everything to do with Bondi Sands. Let me explain.

I discovered Bondi Sands originally on Pinterest. I remember seeing a before and after with over 10,000 repins and thought it was too good to be true. Recently, I gave in and decided to give it a try after all of the glowing reviews and awards. Oh my goodness, I’m obsessed with the Liquid Gold. It is all the benefits of a self-tanner with none of the headaches.

First off, it smells incredible. Like the coconuts in Colombia, but not overwhelmingly so. Secondly, there is no stained sheets or clothes, no streaks and no need to shower after. Yes, you read that right. That is super important to me because our home is almost 100% white! It applies so easily and natural looking and brought my ashy and dry legs back to life.

I like the tanning foam as well, but my preference is to start with the Liquid Gold, because it is less dramatic in my opinion. I use the Liquid Gold as a base and do a second layer in key areas (like inner thighs, outer legs and sides of my abdomen) with the foam for a very flattering effect.

Here’s how it works:


A great tan actually starts in your shower shower. Bondi Sands has a great exfoliating mitt that you can use to make sure you are starting with the best base possible. Dry off as usual and make sure you don’t have any lotions on, just bare skin. The only exception is to apply a lotion to feet, knees and elbows.img_1234

Spray the liquid gold directly on to skin. I used about 5-6 sprays for my entire leg.

Then use their mitt (which is so amazing) so smooth and rub in the spray evenly. This mitt makes all the difference and prevents your hands from getting stained by unwanted color.


As you can see, I just did my left on the right and look how it glows. My left leg looks ashy, lifeless and almost grey in comparison. Do this on your entire body. Use remaining spray that is left over on the mitt for your face, elbows and knees. With this spray, there is no need to shower and it didn’t stain my clothes or sheets and I smelt amazing all day!


After I used the liquid gold, I just went about my day as normal. I did this every day until we left for our St. Thomas vacation (only 3 days). When I hit the beach that first day, I felt (and looked) as if I had already been there for weeks.


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That is my secret. If only you could smell via a computer screen. The days I used this, I actually skipped by perfume because the tanning lotion had the same effect.

As always, thank you for reading.

Bondi Sands ‘Liquid Gold’ Dry Oil

  1. Kellie Wrote:

    how long does it take to dry off? With jergen’s I feel like I had to wait 20-30 minutes before I could get dressed.

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Seriously, not even 5 minutes. That’s why I love it. I’ve tested it with white jeans too! I know what you mean about Jergens.