Products To Get That Spring Glow

Favourite Brightening Products

I wish I had naturally radiant skin – I am working hard to eat more fruit & veg oh and drink more water but I do have naturally dull sallow skin so I take all the help I can get. In this post I am sharing with you a few of my favourite products for achieving more radiant glowing skin.

Balance Me Radiance Mask* Oh my, this is a wonderful mask. It is a thick creamy consistency with fine exfoliating walnut shells. You smooth a layer over the skin & leave it whist you relax & let it work its magic. You then massage it off lightly letting the fine walnut shells exfoliate your skin. To reveal smooth, hydrated & radiant skin. I promise your skin will feel so smooth after using this. Balance Me say you can use this product in two ways – if you’re in a rush then you can use it as a face wash or if you have time on your side you sit back, relax and use it as a treatment mask. I do like a multi purpose product. This product removes dead skin, replenishes lost moisture and soothes & smooths your skin. I love it!

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser – This is a foaming cleanser & I find it gentle and soothing on my skin. You can use this to remove your makeup but I like to use it as a second cleanser only because it stings my eyes a little. This cleanser is enriched with lots of lovely ingredients such as African red tea which calms and soothes the skin, vitamin C  which Stimulates collagen synthesis and fights environmental damage and Grapefruit, orange and tangerine extracts which purify and brighten with astringent, antiseptic and aromatic qualities. So it is jam packed full of radiance boosting ingredients.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter 01 – I like to use this to brighten my under eye area & also sweep a little down my nose too. It is a peachy salmon pink shade & the formula is creamy and easy to blend. I think these kind of pen highlighters are so easy to use & carry in your makeup up bag. This won’t cover dark circles or blemishes but its perfect at reflecting light & giving your skin a gorgeous boost of radiance.

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Primer – This primer is great at giving the skin a subtle brightness, not shimmery but a peachy pink glow & I have worn this as a primer under my foundation or if I’m going for more of a dewy look I mix a little with my foundation. This bottle is going to last me a long time as you need very little product. It is a great addition to my makeup routine & amazing at keeping my skin looking bright & healthy.

Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel – I have been using this on those mornings when I haven’t had enough sleep & my skin needs some extra TLC. I smooth a generous amount on to my skin & leave it for 10 – 25 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. My skin is left feeling smooth and looking radiant. It contains Glycolic Acid integrated with Pomegranate Enzymes which exfoliates the skin without being abrasive. It also contains Aloe Vera and humectants which help maintain the right moisture balance. I have a few of these sample sized tubes & I love to take them with me when I travel, just to keep my complexion looking its best.

Avon Magix Eye Radiance Wand – This is a great products for brightening your under eye. It is nice and creamy and I like to use my finger to pat it in. I also think it makes a great primer for my concealer as it smooths out my fine lines & leaves the area smooth. My concealer sits well on top of it & lasts all day.

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Starlet Mosaic – This is the most gorgeous baked highlighter if you swirl your brush through all the colours it gives you a pretty peachy glow. I’ve even used it a couple of times as eyeshadow and the colours are pigmented and really help brighten the eyes. All 4 shades are really pretty & have a frosted finish. Its great for giving your look an extra radiance boost!

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Blogger Influenced Purchases

Blogger Influenced Purchases

I read so many blogs & I have purchased quite a few products over the past couple of years based upon reviews and recommendations from some of my favourite bloggers. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products that I discovered due to fellow bloggers.

Barbara Daily Longwear Cream Shadow Sticks – These are amazing and I discovered them thanks to Describe The Sky – I saw them on Vicki’s blog & rushed out that night to Tesco & bought 2 shades. I have done a full review of them here with swatches. These are better quality than my Bobbi Brown ones & thats saying something. They are beautiful and wear a really long time, they’re effortless to apply & the packaging looks luxurious & pretty. If you like to wear cream shadows then you need to get your hands on these.

Olivine Love & Roses Beauty Mist – I really like face mists and always have one on my desk. I use them to keep my skin hydrated, to refresh my makeup and I think the scent of this one in particular is quite soothing. I saw it on Sandra’s blog – Beauty Balm earlier this month & knew from the packaging alone that I needed it. The packaging is very Pinterest worthy, its a glass bottle with gorgeous font. It looks very pretty on my desk & I highly recommend trying it if you like to use a face mist.

Soap & Glory Love at First Blush – I spied this multi colour blush on Through Chelsea’s Eyes last year and thought it looked like a pretty Spring Blush & it so is. It offers great pigmentation as well as a pretty highlight. I like to swirl my brush and pick up a little of each colour & apply it lightly to my cheeks. They have updated the packaging since Chelsea bought her’s and it now comes in a much more durable plastic compact.

Bourjois Colorbrand Eye Crayon in Brun dadaiste – I have quite a collection of chubby crayons for eyes & when A Beauty Junkie in London blogged about these Bourjois ones being released I wanted them all (I still do) I limited myself to one just so I could see if they worked for me & they are really good. No creasing on my lids and the pigmentation is spot on. I will be heading back for more colours.

Pixi Lash Line InkLilly Melrose always used to blog about this & I have been through quite a few of these over the past couple of years. Its the perfect liner for achieving that super precise cat eye flick with no fuss or mess. The nib is long & thin and goes into a really fine tip that is sturdy but still has flexibility. It doesn’t drag on your lid and the liner goes on evenly and very black. I will always repurchase this.

Soap & Glory Solar PowderVivianna Does Makeup sold this to me after I saw it on her video last year. I’m so glad I have this in my collection now because I use it daily, I can’t even remember what bronzer I used to use before this came along. It gives a natural glow & it never looks orange or muddy. I LOVE it, I have hit pan on it & the rubbish (cheap) cardboard packaging is almost ready to give up the ghost so I am in need of a new one. If you’re quite pale then this is the perfect bronzer for you.

Revlon Photoready Skinlights PrimerKate from Ghostparties was my influence for purchasing this primer & Katie has the most gorgeous flawless skin so I just had to get it. This primer is great at giving the skin a subtle brightness, not shimmery but a peachy pink glow & I have worn this as a primer under my foundation or if I am going for more of a dewy look I mix a little with my foundation. This bottle is going to last me a long time as you need very little product. It is a great addition to my makeup routine & amazing at keeping my skin looking bright & healthy.

I’d love to know what products bloggers have inspired you to buy. I have quite a few more but I’m saving those for part 2.

My Lip Crayon Collection

I love to see what other beauty bloggers have in their Muji Storage or just how they store their makeup in general. I am that person who can watch makeup collections on YouTube for hours. I don’t have a huge collection because I just don’t have the space to store it and I like to give products to friends & family that I don’t often use or that don’t work for me. So I thought over the next few weeks I would show you a peak at how I store my makeup & let you see the products I keep.

MUJI Makeup Storage

Today is what I like to call my lip crayons drawer, crayons are easily my favourite lip product I do have a few liquid lipsticks in there too. I like the packaging of lip crayons and how easy they are to apply. I also love that so many brands have released their own versions. The lip crayons in the top drawer are the ones I use most often and this cute 2 drawer Muji Storage is the perfect size & depth to keep them in.

Lip Crayons

Top Layer

No7 High Shine Lip Crayons - I have two of these in the shades Delicate Pink & Day Dreamer. They feel and look glossy on the lips. They don’t have much pigment but look pretty as an everyday lip colour, especially if you like minimal makeup. These are mini as they were a Christmas release.

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butters - I have two of these in the shades Vintage Rose & Perfect Plum. Both colours are pigmented and look so pretty on the lips. The plum shade is vibrant and the rose is a soft and elegant peachy pink. These are not overly glossy and don’t feel slippy or greasy on the lips. They wear really well on me & I think these are my favourite budget lip crayons.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense - This is in Roundest Raspberry & WOW does it pop a colour. Its very similar to the Collection Perfect Plum, just more glossy & long wearing. I think this shade is a limited edition colour but I know that Clinique have a great selection of these chubby sticks.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil - This is in the shade New Lover which is quite a complex but pretty shade. In some lights it looks like a dark pink & in other lights the shimmer comes through & it looks peach. It looks incredible and glossy on the lips. There is a definite shimmer to this pencil so I don’t wear it during the day but it is a pretty night lip look.

No7 BB Lips SPF15 - In Blink Pink. I have had this for quite a while now & love to use it in the warmer months, its the glossy sugary pink shade. Its quite pigmented for a gloss & I like that it has SPF 15. I keep meaning to buy more of these when I have my No7 vouchers. Let me know if you have any of these & what colours you would recommend.

Wet n Wild Lip Shimmer - In the shade 106 Spice. This has no shimmer in it, so the name is very misleading. It is a tinted lip balm (but has the pigmentation of a lipstick) & reminds me very much of the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. It is a deep mauve pink shade & if you build it up it can look quite red. I love this & for the price I wish I’d bought a couple more. I use this all the time & always forget how pigmented it is.

Origins Kiss-Zing Lip Crayon* – In the shade Rosemance. It’s a pretty creamy brown shade and it’s the ideal lip colour for when I want my makeup to look low key but still put together. It is a neutral easy to wear light brown shade which is also hydrating & nourishing for the lips. It has Meadowfoam Seed and Jojoba Oils with Mango Seed and Shea Butters, so jam packed full of beneficial ingredients to keep your lips healthy and smooth. These come in 6 pretty wearable shades, perfect for Spring / Summer.

These Kiss-Zing Lip Colours are a new release from Origins & I have done a full review Rosemance, so look out for that on the blog next week.

Bottom Layer

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - I have the shades Galaxy, Luna and Celestial. They’re glossy, pigmented and have great staying power. They can be quite messy and a little product goes a long way. I don’t wear Luna too much, it is a peachy orange shade and looks pretty in the warmer months. Celestial is a warm pink and is such an easy colour to wear. Its low key but very brightening and quite a nice Spring shade. Galaxy is my favourite of the three, mostly because I think plums / berry shades look better on me & Galaxy is a deep plum and might be more of a Autumn / Winter shade but I like to wear it all year round. It is glossy and pigmented but you can blot any of these with tissue to reduce the colour and they still look amazing.

Lord & Berry Twisticks* - In the shades Shut Up & Rock and Rose. Rock & Rose is a gorgeous bright girly pink. I was a little scared of this shade at first but it was so nice on. With my fair skin & dark hair this shade really popped, it stood out but in a good way. Shut Up is a gorgeous berry pink, It gives my lips the prettiest wash of colour. One coat is enough, no need to build it up as the colour payoff is so good. These are really good quality and are long wearing.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains – I have two of these in the shades Lovesick and Cherish Devotion. I wore these so much when I first bought them and must say since getting the Lord & Berry and Collection ones they haven’t had much love. Lovesick is a bright pink, its bold and very pigmented. Cherish Devotion is more of a baby pink and is very glossy. They both have that minty scent which I am not overly keen on but it doesn’t last too long. Revlon have such big range of lip crayons in all different colours & finishes. What are your favourite from their range?

P.S Love Lip Gloss Crayon - This is from Primark & doesn’t have a colour name but it is a glossy nude shade. It looks natural and pretty, the staying power isn’t wonderful but I don’t mind reapplying throughout the day. This has a sweet scent and I tend to wear this when I’m popping out & have very little makeup on, as its so subtle but makes my lips look even and glossy.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream - In Cotton Candy. The colour is a deep pink which applies evenly and creamy on the lips. It feels moisturising & it dries to a velvet matte finish. Despite this being a matte finish it doesn’t feel drying at all & wears off the lips evenly after a few hours. Its pretty, cheap & it smells so good! Thats 3 reasons you should buy it, if you haven’t already.

Let me know how you store your lip products & if you’ve tried any of the ones in this post.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Glo & Ray Makeup

Glo & Ray Makeup

Glo & Ray are a new discovery for me, it is a British made brand (which I like) and they made their debut in 2012 so they’re still quite a young brand. Although relatively young their products have been so well received and have quite a following so I was excited to try out a few products from their range.

All three of the products I have been trying have the most sleek, sophisticated black packaging. They look & feel expensive and really good quality. You’re not frightened or hesitant to throw these products into your makeup bag & take with you on the go. I have had the lippie in my handbag for weeks & the cap never comes off & the packaging is holding up very well indeed.

Glo & Ray Makeup Packaging

Glo & Ray Mariposa Golden Dunes Quartet Eyeshadow*  £12.50 – These shadows look gorgeous in the pan and they scream Summer bronzed makeup to me. I love that sun kissed beach look in the warmer months & this is the quad for achieving that look. The shadows are soft and easy to apply, the lightest cream shade is a little harder to work with and not very pigmented but it still gives you enough colour and brightens up the lid. The metallic grey shade is also quite light that doesn’t let this palette down as the gold & bronze shades are utterly gorgeous and are beautiful worn alone or as a more intense smokey eye.

I have been wearing the bronze shade on its own quite a lot with a touch of the lightest cream just in the inner corner. All the colours are long wearing and I found you can build them up without them looking powdery or getting fall out under they eye.  Packaging as I said is lovely and sleek, and there is a good sized mirror inside which is so handy.

Glo & Ray MakeupGlo & Ray Lipstick in Freeze

Glo & Ray La Amo Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Freeze* £12.00 – This is a very pigmented matte nude lipstick. If you’re into the Kylie Jenner lip look which is popular at the moment then you will love this colour. It has a slight rosy tint to it which really warms up my face. Although it is matte it doesn’t feel drying, it has a slight sheen to it when you first apply it.

Lipsticks never wear very long on me but this lip colour did a great job of staying put & even after drinking a few cups of tea I had a good even coverage still on my lips. This wouldn’t have been a colour I would have picked for myself but I have to say I am converted to a nude lip now.  The packaging has a magnetic close which is a nice touch and the sleek black packaging with simple white lettering looks grown up and expensive.

Glo & Ray Golden Dunes Eyeshadow QuadGlo & Ray Blush in Stardust

Glo & Ray Nuage Solo Blush in Star Dust£11.00 – Well I wasn’t expecting this to be as stunning as it is. It is a beautiful peachy pink with an iridescent finish. This will be my Spring / Summer blush of choice as it adds a fresh bright colour to the cheek which lifts your whole face and makes you look healthy and glowing.

The updated formula of our Nuage blush contains Refractive Crystals for a multi-dimensional look.

I think it is quite a good dupe for NARS Deep Throat Blush, although I think the Glo & Ray one is prettier. It is so buttery and pigmented, there is no shimmer in it so don’t worry about looking like a disco ball. This has been a gorgeous addition to my makeup bag & I want to try more of these solo blushes as they come in a pretty range of colours.

Glo & Ray Stardust Blush

L-R Star Dust Blush / Freeze Matte Lip Colour / Golden Dunes Quartet Eyeshadow

I think this is a brand to keep your eye on in 2015. I have seen quite a few reviews of their Balloon Pop Eyeliner Set & they look beautiful and pigmented. Let me know if you have tried anything from this brand and if you have any recommendations for products I should try.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.