To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s is a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
I feel like self-tanning got a bad rep and that’s not cool. I mean, self-tanners are life-savers. And not the way coffee is a life saver at 6.07 AM, but like, literal life-savers that save actual lives. Two of my biggest anxiety-starters (AS™) right now are global warming and skin cancer. The global warming issue is, to put it lightly, a hard nut to crack. But the latter is easy-peasy. The solution to my scare is a lil’ sumthin’ called SPF 50, thank you very much. This excessive use of sunblock however, means I look like a human-size soft serve vanilla ice cream all year round. Enter: the self-tanner. Since this is such a big issue for me, I have put together a list of self-tanners that will rock your world, you guys! Wait, does this make me a life saver too? I think so, better put that on my CV.
The sun kissed series has been a staple in my self-tanning-drobe(?) since forever. It’s a no-brainer, easy to use, series that does not break the bank, if you catch my drift. It’s also fail-safe, as it’s gradual and takes a while to build up. You won’t wake up the next day looking like a UFO. But if you don’t have any patience i.e. don’t have a membership to the #tooblessedtobestressed club, this is not the option for you.
Swiss Clinic Self-Tan Pads
These pads are 4 your face. They are non-sticky compared to lotion and have a “barely there” feel to them. By that I mean, after applying, you don’t feel like you have anything on your face. If you put it on before going to bed, you won’t feel like your face is glued to your pillow, which I for one, really appreciate.
Mádara Fake it
Firstly, I love the name of this product. Secondly, it’s organic and vegan friendly. So, you know, if it were a human, it would definitely have a great personality. I’m thinking she’d be a Leslie Knope type of person. If that reference flies over your head, shame on you. This self-tan milk is also revolutionary in the way that it does not smell like a self-tanner. I know, wow, right?
This image features St. Tropez Bronzing mousse, St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Face Mist and my afternoon snack, coconut covered dates. So, yeah. St. Tropez is the most famous one in the bunch here, kind of like the Rihanna of all self-tanners. The mousse is fast-acting which I love because, unfortunately, I am very blessed but also super stressed. The mist is ah-mazing due to the fact that you don’t need nuthin’ to apply it i.e. you don’t have to scrub your hands like a crazy person for 45 minutes after using it. So, you know it saves a lot of your time.
So, if you haven’t bought a ticket to the self-tanning train already, get it now! And also, don’t wear your super expensive white terrycloth robe at any time during this process.
In addition to being a Hobnob contributor, Carin McCormac is head of feelings at ATP Atelier, has a very serious peanut butter addiction and argues she has the cutest dog seen to date.