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.

Origins Make a Difference Overnight Hydrating Repair Cream

Origins Make a DIfference Night Cream

Origins Make a Difference Overnight Cream

Origins Make a Difference Overnight Hydrating Repair Cream*

This is Origins latest addition to their already popular Make a Difference Collection. It has been developed to enhance the skin’s overnight repair function using ‘location technology’ to relocate moisture from the skin’s deepest layers, restoring lost moisture during sleep. I love products that work their magic whilst I’m sleeping.

This cream has been my Winter Skin Saviour. It feels cooling and lightweight on the skin and is a cream that you can use daily if you want to. I like to switch up my skincare quite a lot so I tend to use this 3 nights a week and I have seen a difference in my skin over the past 2 months. By morning my skin is looking fresh and after a couple months of use my skin is visibly plumper, brighter and smoother. This is an ultra rich cream but its non greasy which after a minute or so has left my skin smooth and soft to the touch & the cream has been completely absorbed. I’m pretty smitten with it.

It includes these three key ingredients,

Rose of Jericho – Which is a desert plant that opens when moisture is present and closes up as if dead during short or long dry spells. It’s also known as a Resurrection plant, because even when it dries out and lost 98% of its water content, it comes to life again when rehydrated by just a drop of water.

Watermelon – another key ingredient, can boost Filaggrin production (a pivotal role in skin barrier function), and this is a protein that promotes healthy skin’s barrier function and helps retain water.

Lychee extract – is added to keep healthy moisture balance and improve long-term hydration

So the plant extract & natural ingredients in this cream are centred around hydrating the skin but also repairing its natural function to repair and lock in moisture. So its perfect for parched skin.

Now the scent, that might be the one thing that might get you. Its very botanical & quite strong, I like to use the Mega Mushroom range from Origins which has a very distinctive scent so that doesn’t phase me. If you’re not overly keen on heavily scented products you might want to visit a counter first & have a test of this first. Scent aside, it is a cream that will not only lock in moisture but also quench your skin and if you have dehydrated skin it will help repair the natural moisture deficiency. This is helping me combat central heating & the cold windy weather we’ve been having. Its my overnight hero.

Let me know what your favourite range is from Origins & if you have tried this Make a Difference Overnight Hydrating Repair Cream

Origins Make a Difference Overnight Hydrating Repair Cream £34.50 for 50ml

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.

Valentines Treats From Roger & Gallet

Roger & Gallet Rose Collection

Roger & Gallet are a French Perfumery House founded in 1862 by merchant Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Matial Gallet, their products have such a rich history & they are famous for their perfumes and body products.

With Valentines Day fast approaching Roger & Gallet have lots of collections which would make beautiful gifts for that special someone but I have to say the Rose Collection is the one for me. Roses are so romantic and these Rose scented products are 100% better than being given a bunch of roses.

Roget and Gallet Rose Perfume

This fragrance is inspired by the wonders of nature, Rose Imaginaire is an Eau Fraiche* is a sensual and refreshing fragrance. It has notes of tangerine and juicy tones of strawberry, this freshness merges into the velvety scent of jasmine and violet to reveal the milky and elegant softness of sandalwood and patchouli.

The Rose Imaginaire perfume is the ideal fresh scent, not overpowering or heady but light and floral. I know most people think Rose scents are targeted at an older market but don’t pass this collection, I think it is perfect for any age. Its easy to wear & makes the perfect daytime fragrance. I like that the fruitiness comes through and adds a refreshing twist to the overall scent.

Roger & Gallet Valentines Gifts

Rose Hand & Nail Cream* – Is lovely to have in your handbag or sat on your desk. It is enriched with shea butter and rose extract to keep your hands soft & nourished and it smells beautiful. The formula isn’t greasy, it leaves your hands smooth and the cream is absorbed quickly. A hand cream that does a great job!

Rose Body Lotion* – formulated with rose petals & almond milk to keep your skin hydrated, smooth and silky soft this body lotion is a little slice of luxury for your body. Its a lightweight cream and is easily absorbed. I love that it has a pump, it makes applying it so much easier & fuss free. I’ve had gorgeously silky smooth legs since I’ve been using this.

I have to say that all three products would make sweet Valentines gifts & if you want to have a look at the full Roger & Gallet Rose Collection you can do here. They have a lovely selection of products, I would say the Rose Imaginaire is just beautiful and it would make such a thoughtful gift.

Do you celebrate Valentines Day?

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.

Blemish Free Skin

Favourite Blemish Products

We all get blemishes / spots and I thought I would share with you 6 of my favourite products for preventing & treating my breakouts. Let me know what you like to use and if you have any product recommendations, or if we share any of the same favourite products for keeping those blemishes at bay!

Origins Super Spot Remover £15.00

This spot treatment gel is instantly cooling on the skin and you can feel it working right away. It can sting a little but I find that only lasts a few seconds. As this is a targeted treatment you only need to put it on the area where you feel a blemish coming or if you have a blemish thats already erupted. I don’t suffer too badly with breakouts but when I do I pop this on anytime of day and it instantly helps calm and treat the area. It stops blemishes from becoming too sore & angry and helps them clear up much faster too.  This bottle might be small but the contents are pretty mighty & I don’t know how I’ve lived without it.

Murad Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

This Murad Gel is quite like the Origins Super Spot Remover in that it is a targeted blemish treatment. This has really calmed my breakouts and it helps reduce the redness and size of blemishes. I use it morning and night when I have a breakout. You just massage this in to the area where you have blemishes or are prone to blemishes. Its quite thin in consistency & isn’t sticky at all on the skin. I find this Murad Blemish Treatment better for treating larger areas and I keep the Origins Spot Treatment to put on single blemishes.

ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask £28.00

This is a lovely soothing Mask, when I use this I put a few drops of my ESPA Pro Serum underneath just so my skin doesn’t dry out & to add a little boost of something extra. This dries like a standard clay mask and leaves my skin feeling very clean, but not stripped at all. I use this at night so when I wake in the morning my skin is looking calm & radiant. This mask is very good at helping with decongested skin too & I find that my skin gets quite decongested in the summer with all the facial SPF so its nice to use a cleansing face mask. The packaging of ESPA products is as luxurious as the skincare inside, this is a lovely glass jar & the lid is so pretty it looks like marble

Favourite blemish products

La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray* £8.50

There is a lot of hype that surrounds this product & I was so excited to get my hands on a bottle a few weeks ago. I have never been so excited to try a product. So this is a new release in to the UK from La Roche Posay (its been a cult product in France for many years) & now available on Escentual.com. This is a toner that’s great for calming irritated skin, soothing blemishes and preventing breakouts. You can spray the fine mist either directly on to your face after cleansing or you can spray it on to a cotton pad and sweep over the face. Either technique works well.

This product contains only 3 ingredients – zinc sulphate, astringent sodium chloride and thermal water. Together these three ingredients target blemishes, marks and excess oiliness, ensuring your complexion feels fresh and comfortable at any time of day. I like that this has so few ingredients and that they all have a purpose. This face mist is antibacterial, blemish busting, sebum reducing and I have been spraying this morning & night. I find it cooling and the mist is just perfect for lightly covering your skin & not soaking it. It does help control my oil as well as keep blemishes as bay. If you haven’t already then you need to add this to your skincare regime. Its been a welcome addition to my routine.

Nip & Fab Deep Cleansing Fix £7.95

This is quite a thick cream but it’s easy to massage in to the skin as a cleanser or smooth over the skin as a mask. It contains sweet almond oil which nourishes and smoothes whilst the tea tree oil cleanses pores. So your skin will feel clean and look bright. For the price this is a cleanser you should have in your arsenal for those days when you’re skin feels decongested, dull or you need some thing that packs a punch to help those blemishes heal quicker. Did I mention how huge this tub is?! 300ml is bigger than most body products so this tub will be with you for a very long time. Which is good news for the bank balance.

Anatomicals World Pore 3* £7.00

Anatomicals is a beauty brand with a fun attitude, their products have the best tongue in cheek packaging but don’t let that fool you into thinking their products are gimmicky because they’re not. I don’t often get blackheads but I do use pore strips on my nose & chin just to keep the few I get in check. These ones from Anatomicals do the job well, they are super sticky so if you have any peace fuzz expect it to take that with it too! I tend to use these once every couple of weeks, not too regularly as they do pull at your skin, I like to cleanse first as I find that helps remove more blackheads. Let me know if you have any Anatomicals product recommendations. Oh & you get 10 strips in a box.

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.