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.

Favourite MUA Products

Favourite MUA Products

I have quite a few MUA products in my collection & I find that on a whole their products are very good value for money. They have a really good selection of makeup, brushes & eyelashes. I have rounded up my favourite products from them & thought I would share them with you. I’d love to know what products you would recommend from MUA.

Undress Me Too Palette £4

I have a few of the MUA 12 pan eyeshadow palettes but this is my most used & loved. It has 12 neutral shades in and has been compared to the Naked 2 Palette, I don’t own that palette so can’t say if it holds up as a dupe but I love this palette. The packaging might feel a little cheap and plastic but it is thin and easy to travel with.You get some good mattes and a mix of metallic finishes and shimmers. I have never used the black shade but it is SO pigmented (it scares me). Every time I use this palette I can’t believe how little it cost. For £4 everyone should own this palette.

Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder £3

This reminds me so much of the Mac In Extra Dimensions Collection. I bought this powder not expecting much and it turned out to be a really pretty light pink highlighter. A little goes a long way so don’t use too much of a heavy hand. I put a little on the tops of my cheeks. It really is very pretty and for £3 everyone should have it in their collection.

Bronze Shimmer Kisses £3

This reminds me of the Soap & Glory Solar Powder (which I LOVE). It has 4 colours to swirl your brush in for that perfect bronze glow. I have even been using the lightest colour for a brow and inner eye highlighter too & the colours also work well as eyeshadows. It is a multi use product in my opinion. Which makes them even better value for money.

MUA Powder Blushers

There are six of these to pick from & at £1 each they’re a bargain. I have four out of the six and I use them all the time. They are all pigmented, blend-able and really good quality. The packaging of these isn’t wonderful, don’t travel with them otherwise you will end up with more product in your makeup bag than in the pan! I have seen that MUA have released Whipped Cream Blushers & they look gorgeous too!

MUA Baked Trio Eyeshadow in Chocolate Box £2.50

These are really pretty metallic shadows that can be used wet or dry. They are pigmented and easy to blend. You get a bronze shade, purple toned taupe and a burnt orange. I like all three colours and even after having this in my collection and using it a fair amount I still haven’t made a dent in any other the shades, they’re going to last me a very long time. The packaging it a little bulky & cheap but I think they have repackaged it to be more compact.

MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balms* £2

These have been the newest addition to my MUA stash & I LOVE them. I have done a full review of them here. In a nutshell they’re hydrating, glossy & give your lips a pretty wash of colour ideal for the warmer months. These are part of MUA’s new Spring collection.

Let me know what your favourite MUA products are & if you’ve tried any of the ones I recommend.

** MUA are giving you 10% off your order www.muastore.co.uk Just use the code MUALTB10 when you checkout. Valid until 04/03/15 **

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.

January Treats

January Treats

A few products I purchased in January.

I always like to try different makeup removers and this L’Oreal Gentle Makeup Remover Eye one was on sale in Boots for £1.99 so I thought I would give it a whirl. Let me know If you’ve tried it?

These S&G products were buy one get one half price so I picked up Glow All Out & Solar Powder these are the first face powders I have bought from S&G and I bought them after reading lovely reviews on Amy’s blog SRSLYLOU. They look gorgeous and can’t wait to use them. I don’t own that many blush / bronzers so these are a welcomed addition to my collection.

Soap & Glory Face Powders

Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown – I normally use my HD Brow Palette to do my brows and I love that but I wanted to try this to see if it could be a quicker way of doing my brows. I have been using this for a week now & I really like it. Its like a mascara for your brows & gives me just enough colour & definition for day to day. Its not heavy and looks natural. So far so good. This comes in three shades Deep Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown.

Maybelline Brow Drama

Collection Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in Cotton Candy – I am very late to this party, I know that lots of bloggers love these. First off I noticed how good this smells, its sweet and I guess smells like cotton candy (thumbs up from me). The colour is a pretty wearable pink, and I have enjoyed wearing it, its not sticky and I would say that it isn’t overly glossy. I like the finish of it and how it wears on my lips. Now I have one I want to go back and get a few more shades. There are four shades to pick from Cotton Candy, Powder Puff, Fairy Cake and Angel Delight.

Collection Cream Puff

Have you been buying anything during January? Let me know what you have been loving.

A Few Topshop Favourites

I don’t own all that much from the Topshop beauty range, but what I have tried I’ve loved. I think their products are well priced, great quality and the packaging is always cute. I thought I would share with you a couple of my favourite Topshop products.

Topshop makeup

I have 3 Topshop nail polishes and I love each of these equally. The deep blue is AWOL, the glitter is called Razzmatazz and the pink nude is called Barefoot. These apply really well and two coats gives an opaque colour. The glitter is the perfect topcoat & adds that little bit of glitz to a meh polish. The bottles look cute with their spotty lids. If you have any recommendations for Topshop polishes, I would love to know.

Nail Polish Swatch

The other two products I really like from Topshop are the Sunbeam Highlighter & Cream Blush in Flush. I only have 3 cream blushes in my collection and this Topshop one is my favourite. It is a really pretty peachy pink and gives me a healthy touch of colour. I tend to apply this with my finger and blend it in.

The highlighter in Sunbeam comes in the cutest packaging, this thing is huge too! It is a baked gold highlighter that I always wear when I am going out. It is so very pretty. This thing is going to last me my whole life it is that big. I do wish it came with a mirror, that is my only negative point. The highlighter itself is not for the faint hearted, it gives quite the glow and has a good amount of shimmer in.

Blush and Highlighter

Topshop Makeup

Topshop Sunbeam Highlighter

There is just something really satisfying about Topshop makeup, it makes me very happy. I love having it sat out on my dressing table. Do let me know if there are any products I mush try from their range.