Ladies, today I am sharing A Few to Make you Glow, beauty products from skincare to makeup that I have been using to create that perfect healthy glow. Glowing skin starts before piling on the highlighter, it starts with a good skincare routine, a routine that gets rid of dullness and clogged pores while maintaining the integrity of the skin.
Once you have skin that is radiant and hydrated, that is when you add the highlight!
A good exfoliator is one of the most important steps in my skincare routine, it leaves my skin radiant and smooth, and helps my makeup look so much better too. You can either scrub (physical exfoliator) or peel (enzyme or chemical exfoliator) which is less abrasive yet more powerful. The *Filorga Oxygen-Peel Re-oxygenating micro-peeling lotion is a daily acid toner to be used every evening after cleansing. This isn’t going to make your skin flake, this is a ‘slow and steady wins the race’ product. It contains a cocktail of acids, Glycolic, Gluconolactone and Salicylic to remove dull skin and improve skin texture, Phytic, Citric and Mandelic to even the complexion and boost radiance and lastly Hyaluronic for hydration.
I get a slight tingle from this when applied, which I love! My skin loves acids, and if you have a look at my Birthday Wishlist you will see how much, and it loves this. My skin looks clearer and more radiant, and this is one I will use to the last drop! Talking about dropping, I love this pump style bottle, which means I will never waste this precious liquid by tilting too much or dropping it!
When skin needs a quick instant radiance boost, a mask is the easiest way to achieve it, and a sheet mask is the least messy. The Sephora Collection Pearl Sheet Mask fits my face perfectly, and leaves my skin looking luminous and plump. This is the best addition to my skincare routine before a function, it just leaves my skin looking amazing!
Now that the prep work is done, it’s time for the fun!
The *REN Perfect Canvas is pretty much good skin in a bottle, a very elegant fancy looking dropper-bottle! It plumps up the skin, smooths out pores and fine lines to create the perfect base for makeup, while also protecting the skins barrier and increasing hydration thanks to the inclusion of ingredients such as Probiotic Extract and Hyaluronan amongst others. Although it has a soft matte finish, it still leaves my skin looking fresh and healthy and most importantly feeling hydrated. Its a clear liquid that melts into the skin feeling undetectable, it definitely isn’t your typical pore-clogging silicone primer. I take 3-4 drops on my fingertips, and sweep and press into my skin before applying makeup, alternatively you can mix it in with your foundation.
Getting that glow is as much about the products, as it is about the tools and application. I know makeup sponges have been around for ages, and give quite a dewy radiant look, and although I have used a few on and off, I have never been so blown away by the shape of one before! The *Ecotools Total Perfecting Blender has been my go-to for makeup application for three reasons. Firstly it swells so much once wet, secondly it has a long flat tip which is perfect for the under-eye area and lastly there are two large flat areas that are perfect for the whole face and it doesn’t take forever to bop around. I use it damp to apply my foundation and concealer, as well as to press the highlighter into my skin so that it really blends in and looks as if I am glowing from within. I also use it to apply powder under my eyes to set the concealer, although it shouldn’t be too damp, or it will start to move everything around as well as mess up your powder! It also comes with a cute little stand!
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I think the most important thing for a glowy look is as little coverage as possible, which is why I have been enjoying the Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation. It is lightweight and dewy, and just perfects the skin without covering it up. I use concealer to cover up anything else that I need to, and although this foundation can be built up, it won’t offer more than medium coverage.
Once you start with a setting powder, the glow starts getting dim, so I have been reaching for the Laura Geller Balance + Brighten Baked Foundation. It doesn’t look ashy, doesn’t make my skin look dry, and brightens the area, it also adds a small bit of coverage. Most importantly, I don’t use powder all over my face, but rather just under my eyes to set my concealer, and on my forehead and nose. The best tip I have about setting powder is to focus on the center of the face, and let the rest of the face glow! It is very easy to overdo the powder which will take your look from glowy to matte very quickly.
And now to top off the glow, highlighter! The trèStiQue mini highlighter has such a wonderful texture, and when blended into the skin adds a luminous glow. When using stick products I find that the best way to use it is to colour some onto a sponge, or pick up some product with a brush and then apply to the skin. When applied directly onto the skin it always seems to shift my other products around, and also can apply too heavily.
These are definitely not all of my Glow Getting skincare products, but to avoid this post becoming too long, I will be doing a separate post focusing on radiant skincare!
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I’ve heard such good things about the ren products.
I love REN skincare, it’s one of the best brands!
That ecotools sponge is like one of my favourite sponges on the highstreet! I love how it applies my foundation and that it doesn’t break the bank
It is so wonderful! I am so glad I discovered it!
ooo such a good post! I love your pictures
Thank you Sarah!
My skin is so dull right now so I think I’m going to have to treat myself asap x
Yes do it!
Such a great post. Totally agree on the exfoliator.
Thanks Mel! Yep, it is such an important step
The Laura Geller Powder looks so cool, would love to try it out myself! Xx
It is pretty awesome Laura!
The Filorga toner sounds amazing. I love when products contain salicylic acid and omg the pump! Yay! xxx
It is, I love everything about it!
I really want to try that Sephora mask! x
I highly recommend it, the rose one is pretty amazing too!
I love the REN perfect canvas primer, it’s amazing!
It is Gemma, just healthy skin!
I love that Sephora mask – I bought a few last time I was in Dubai…we need a store in the UK!
It is lovely! Have you tried any of the others?
These sound like fantastic products. I so agree that makeup goes on better if you take care of your skin first! x
They are great Emma, will definitely be keeping on with them!
Everytime I come on your blog my bank balance cries a bit haha! So many lush picks here! x
Hahaha, sorry about that!
ooooo they all sounds incredible! I love the look of the perfect canvas though, its beautiful!
Erin || MakeErinOver
It is lovely, just healthy skin in a bottle!
I need this, my skin is so dull at the moment! I need some sunshine xx
Dull skin is the absolute worst!
I always find that my makeup goes on so much better when my skin is hydrated! Love these tips! X x
Yep, me too, it is all about the skin!
I’ve never heard of any of these brands/products but the highlighter looks gorgeous! 🙂 xx
Yasmina | The July Journal
The highlighter is so pretty, and I love the cute packaging!
I love all of these photos x
Ah thanks Heather
I totally agree with you that it starts with good skincare! That highlighter is stunning! xx
It is super cute, isn’t it!
Couldn’t agree more with that statement about hydrating the skin! Mines the same x
Yep, it really does start with skincare Alice
I’m all for products that are gonna give me that glow! Great post x
Me too Terry! Especially that natural glow
That Smashbox foundation looks amazing!
Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za
It is lovely Candice, and so light!
I have used Ren products before and can only say good things about them! Ooh that highlighter looks amazing!
Yep I do love REN!
I love toners with Glycolic Acid in, they really help with achieving that glow!
Me too! I love acids!