Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Glowing skin for spring




Now I didn't intend to start with a rhyme but it kinda encapsulates how I feel about the prospect of warmer weather - happy. Spring is finally here, although today might have been a weather blip back to drizzlier, greyer times. Now is the time to start prepping your body, peeling off those winter jumpers and getting those Hobbit-like feet in shape for the summer...
 
When I think of spring I think of healthy glowy skin, and whilst the sun isn't going to tan me just yet I have a selection of products that can fake a glow in the meantime.
 
Starting with skincare, a drop of facial oil mixed with your day moisturiser will instantly perk things up. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is my choice in this department as it hydrates and plumps the skin whilst healing those pesky acne scars. My hero.
 
If you don't fancy using an oil in the morning, primers are a great way of adding a bit of healthy dew to the complexion and they will also help your base stay put all day. Or throw all caution to the wind and skip base all together if you wish. I love using the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm for this step. This is pretty hydrating and can be used instead of moisturiser. It smooths everything out and makes my skin look really healthy. I recently picked up the Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer and really like it so far. It has a lovely radiance inducing shimmer to it without being glittery and is a nice light consistency. If you don't fancy using it all over your face its great when used as a highlighter on cheekbones or even on your collar bones. Highlighting doesn't have to stop at your face after all!
 
On the subject of highlighting, the ByTerry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer is great for concealing a late night under the eyes but also makes a great highlighter. If you wanted something a bit multi-tasking this is a good addition to your makeup bag. Its really lovely used on the cupids bow and under the eyebrows as well.
 
Topshop's Glow Highlighter in Polish is a lovely cream product at a purse friendly £9 and it looks like it will last for ages. They have a darker, more champagne shade as well which is really pretty and I imagine would look really nice on darker skins.
 
Its naughty of me to mention this as its no longer available, but its so nice I just had to. The Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam is beautiful. I must confess I bought this ages ago and promptly forgot about it as I was using a Nars highlighter at the time. A few week's ago I came across it in my stash and it's become a firm favourite. There's nothing subtle about this one that's for sure. Its great used on the body as well, but obviously you can do this with any powder highlighter.
 
On the eyes the infamous Stila Kitten eye shadow brightens things up and can be washed all over the lip or just added to the corner of the eye. 8 hours sleep here I come! 
 
Lastly, my favourite blusher of all time - Nars Luster. Described as a sheer golden apricot, this is really nice on pale skin and somehow sculpts my cheekbones whilst giving a lovely healthy glow.
It has a beautiful shimmer to it that I can't get enough of.
 
Will you be trying any of these and do you have any tips on faking a spring glow?

Laura
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