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I use the Bobbi Brown bronzing brick thingy, also Laura Mercier do one that's a little pinker. I use them very sparingly, though - I think it's very hard to do the full bronzer thing if you're milky pale.
I am a very pale blonde and swear by using the st tropez everyday tan a couple of times a week to take the edge off my naturally milkbottle tone, then using NARS laguna bronzing powder compact (not too dark and no sparkles in it) over the top. HTH!
I sound like your twin . For this reason, I have only ever gone for cheapy (No7, Rimmel etc) bronzers and can truthfully say that they have all been fine if I only use them sparingly and on the places where I would naturally tan if 'twas physically possible.
My newest trick is to use self-tanning facial moisturiser every few days, then a little sweep of bronzer on cheekbones/forehead/bridge of nose, then a pinky blusher on top on apples of cheeks - this seems to give a much more natural and warm effect than just bronzer on its own.
I bleach in the sun too, macherie! V pleased to hear you found a good bronzer - I'll have a look at that No17 one.
The key thing I try to do is summer is not to focus on looking tanned, but looking kind of gleamy. So I use a good quality light fake tan every couple of days, then a tinted moisturiser that is slightly (only slightly) more gold than my usual one (I use Becca in Sand - expensive but SO worth it). Then I use a bronzer with a very slight shimmer to it (NOT sparkly) and champagne/bronze eye cream. When I was younger I used a lip gloss to finish off, but now it's a tinted lip balm.