You Glow Girl: Products to Help You Get Your Glow Back
As you might already know I’m a Lookfantastic beauty ambassador and every month, Lookfantastic sends across a bundle of products to test and try. This month’s bundle is all about plumping the skin up along with some glow-boosting products. We lose volume in our faces as we get older, due to collagen and fat loss which can give a sunken, haggard look. Also, skin tends to get duller as we age (another thing to look forward to). So here are some products I’ve tested out and tried this month from Lookfantastic. Here’s to glowing skin!
Hydration is the key to plump, glowing skin. I hadn’t heard of SVR the brand before so this was my first time trying it out. The SVR Priming Replumping Hydrating Concentrate is an essence so you can use it after toner and before serum or simply on its own as a serum. This essence is all about hydration and the texture of it feels amazing on parched skin. I recently went on holiday to a very hot and dry country and my skin literally drank this in. It sinks in quickly and you won’t even know it’s there until you notice your skin start to look a little bit fuller and more hydrated.
Plumping and glowing should go hand in hand right? I’ve been wanting some liquid highlighting drops for ages and so was thrilled when the L’Oréal Paris Glow Mon Amour Liquid Highlighting Drops landed on my desk. And let me tell you, they are gorgeous and give such a beautiful glow to the skin you won’t know what you did without them. I like that the highlight looks natural as well – I’m not a fan of the dipped your face in glitter kind of look. I’ve been mixing mine in with my foundation for a dewy glow which is stunning for the summer months.
I love BB creams and prefer them over foundations for a dewier look on the skin and one where you still look somewhat natural. The L’Oréal Paris Bonjour Nudista Skin Tint BB Cream also arrived in my Lookfantastic bundle and I was pleasantly pleased with it. Now this is a skin tint so it will even out your skin and you can almost think of it as a slightly heavier tinted moisturiser. It also contains Shea Butter as well as Apricot and Coconut Oils so hydrates and covers at the same time. Great for a fresh-skinned look.
Now if you are into luxe skincare like I am then the CULT51 Night Cream is a real treat. The brand spent TWO years in the research stage of this product so it’s a well-thought out and scientific formula with results. It definitely plumps and smooths the skin. Why? It actually contains 51 anti-ageing elements – hence the name. In a nutshell this will help smooth fine lines and it’s great for the neck too. A great night cream if you are looking to invest.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that my lips are looking thinner which I really don’t like. I’m a fan of plump lips but not a trout pout – full, natural lips I can appreciate. And I LOVE to wear lipstick – it’s my favourite cosmetic of all time so I really like to experiment when it comes to lipstick colour. Therefore, I’ve now found myself thinking of alternatives so was excited to see the Instant Effects Instant Lip Plump in the Lookfantastic bundle. This claims to increase lip volume by 20% in 2 minutes so it really is an instant effect. How does it do this? With a combination of oxygen and hyaluronic acid. What I can say about this product is that it does appear to make the lips fuller very quickly which is great and it’s also really moisturising at the same time. So if you are looking for lip plumping products this is a good one to try!
Move over millennial pink, it’s all about the peach tones. Part of a beautiful glow is having some colour in your cheeks and all over the face for that matter, where the light naturally hits. This is a blush but for my skin tone it really works well as a bronzer – giving my skin a sun-kissed look, like I’ve just spent two weeks on the beach in the sun.
We can get glowing skin through skincare but really accentuate it with cosmetics and in particular highlighter. The L’Oréal Paris La Vie En Glow Highlighting Powder Palette has four shades that you can either mix together or use on their own. I actually found one of them to be an amazing eyeshadow. Sweep the powder across the cheekbones, browbone and jawline to accentuate that glow.
I talk a lot about skincare for the face and neck but that doesn’t mean that I don’t consider the body skin just as important. The same thing happens to our skin all over – it loses volume as we age, simple as that. The SVR TOPIALYSE Intensive Balm can actually be used for both the face and the body and it’s especially meant for extremely dry and irritate skin (think eczema). As I mentioned before, I recently travelled to a very hot and dry country and it really sucked the moisture out of my skin so much so that my lips were peeling and my skin felt dry and tight all over. When I got home I immediately applied this cream and it really did instantly soothe my dry, tight skin. So, if you do have extremely dry skin, then this will certainly provide some relief.
I know I keep mentioning this hot holiday but seriously, my skin was so parched from it and I could really feel that my skin just needed a good long drink. And luckily the Lähde Nordic Hydra Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask from Finnish brand, Lumene, was waiting for me when I got home. You can either use it as a mask or as an overnight treatment – either way your parched and dry skin will thank you. And again, if your skin is dry you just simply can’t have glowing skin so it’s important to always keep your skin hydrated. The mask contains mineral-rich Nordic Birch Sap and absorbs faaaast.
I love essences, which you apply before serum to boost your skincare. This Lumene Valo Glow Boost Essence is full of Vitamin C which helps to nourish and brighten the skin. And not only brighten, this essence contains TWO types of Hyaluronic Acid which helps to plump skin to give it that glow. In other words, this little bottle just might be your skin’s new best friend.
Longer lashes give a more youthful look so I’m always looking for ways to enhance my lashes. The Instant Effects Instant Lash/Brow Volumiser not only works to volumise and thicken lashes but also works on brows. I think fuller brows are the way to make your face look instantly younger and as I get older, mine are getting sparser. With daily use of this product ‘lashes increase in thickness by up to 40% in 2 weeks’. I can’t wait to start using it!
When I come in from a long day out and about the first thing I want to do is take off my make-up. The longer make-up, grime and pollution sits on the skin the duller and worse for wear skin can get so it’s important to take it all off the moment you walk through the door. If you don’t want to go through your entire cleansing ritual then simply swipe a cotton pad with the SVR PHYSIOPURE Micellar Water and take it all off! It’s super gentle as well and great for travel. You can also use it on lips, eyes and face and it takes off waterproof products too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some products to help you get your glow back. Summer here we come!
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