Get a Sun-Kissed Glow: Review of Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (& HydraQuench Cream)

The beauty community is buzzing about the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster by Clarins. Dubbed one of the most innovative products launched this year, it has revolutionized the way we think about self-tanning. Rather than having to use a separate self-tanning product after your moisturizer to build colour, this concentrated product was designed to be mixed with “a carrier” and allows you to customize your colour. It involves adding a few drops to your own moisturizer or body lotion for a natural looking sun-kissed glow. What’s really great about this product is that you can achieve a nice, subtle tan while maintaining the moisturizing & anti-aging benefits of your favourite skincare routine. 
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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster – $30 CAD/15ml
Made from 99.8% natural ingredients. The Radiance-Plus Booster formula consists of mostly water but it also includes Aloe Vera, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Erythrulose, Alcohol & Glycerin. The DHA provides the bulk of the colour intensity while Erythrulose (another self-tanning ingredient) develops slower to provide more lasting results. Both ingredients are synthetic.
Application & Results:
This product is very easy to use. Just mix 2-3 drops with your favourite moisturizer in the morning or the evening. Do this for 3 mornings/nights, then reduce to 1-2 drops to maintain your glow. I used this daily for a week (that’s how long it took me to reach my desired shade). Without re-applying the Booster after one-week of use, my colour gradually faded. The Booster works with any cream, lotion, gel or oil-based product to help boost skin’s colour/pigment over time. I love that you can control the intensity of your colour and that it leaves behind no traces of “self-tanner” on your skin. It produces a very natural, even, gradual glow and it can be used by anyone (i.e. fair or darker complexions).  Just make sure that your skin is properly cleansed and exfoliated prior to applying this, to achieve the best results possible.
Although this product claims to be unscented, I did detect a very faint scent a few hours after each application.. but as I’ve mentioned in the past…. I have what some would call super-human sensitivities to scent. The scent was not the typical self-tanning odour that usually deters me from other colour-boosting products but there was something faint definitely present. 
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For testing purposes, I combined the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster with a few different moisturizers. One of them was also a Clarins product. The HydraQuench Cream for Normal to Dry Skin is a nourishing cream that claims to “insulate very dry skin against biting cold, pollution and blistering winds”. Despite the fact that my skin is more combination than dry and it doesn’t usually require intensive moisture, I have to say…..this cream hydrated really well. It was lighter than I expected, but even so, I still found it to be too thick for me to use on a daily basis. If you have extremely dry skin, then it may work better for you? What I did really like about this cream is how supple, soft and radiant my skin looked and felt after just one use! I just wish my T-zone wasn’t so oily, so I could use this product more often.
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Clarins HydraQuench Cream (Normal/Dry Skin) – $49.50 CAD/50ml
How do you get a sun-kissed glow? 
Have you tried either one of these products? Leave me a comment below.