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HOW TO: Get Up & Glow


It's Friday the 13th, but we'll be having no bad luck coming our way today. It's Friday which means the weekend is so close I can almost smell it, and what a great way to start the weekend than some top tips to achieve that get up and glow vibe that's in the air.

If you've been around these parts before then I am sure you will know I am all about the glow when it comes to my skin. I often get questions on how I look glowy and fresh faced, but stay on the right side of the grease ball line, so I thought I would put together an edit of products that I use and share some of my tips along the way. 

SKINCARE: The first step to radiant skin is all in the preparation. Cleansing is an important step in my routine and I like to use a gel cleanser that boosts my skins natural radiance to kick start the glow. The No7 Melting Gel Cleanser is my current go to as it's nourishing enough for my skin but it's not too much that it makes me super oily, although natural oils aren't a bad thing for this kind of look. The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is also a great one but I have to admit the drugstore alternative from No7 is the one I have been going to the most in the last few months. 

Masks are a great way to boost your skins radiance and it's also some time you get to relax and just allow the day to melt away. My current faves are the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Radiance Peel Off Mask as this only takes 5 minutes if you're in a bit of a rush or if you are using this in the morning, and peeling it off as always fun. My skin looks so healthy and radiant after using this mask and it hasn't failed me yet. It feels very similar to the REN Glycolactic (something something) mask, but I prefer this as it's much more gentle on my skin but gives similar results. But for those occasions where you want to relax and pamper yourself a little, sheet masks are a great way to do this and can be a lot more beneficial for you than just a radiance kick. My faves are the Masque Bar Brightening Mask, or the StarSkin Brightening Bio-Cellulose Mask and you simply apply either of these for about 25-30 minutes (which means plenty of time to take horror movie serial killer selfies) and then once removed, simply pat in the excess serum. Even straight after using these my skin looks great but by morning, holy moly my skin just looks so healthy and juicy and that glow shines through my makeup. 

Finally for skincare is one that I am 100% on board with and truly believe the benefits of using not just for that glow factor but for other things too and that is oils. Oils, oils, oils. There are a lot around, and I have tried a few but have settled on a couple recently that just seem to be giving the best results. First is the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, which is a blend of oils, vitamins, anti-oxidants and their skin-brightening complex which leaves skin feeling calm, nourished and plump with a refreshing healthy glow that I struggle to replicate with any other skincare product. It's £46 so it's expensive but for the results, I'm not surprised it's got the price tag it has. 
I have found a product which does something very similar but doesn't give quite the dramatic visual results as the SC but the The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil is slightly less on the price spectrum at £28 but does a great job at soothing and hydrating the skin and by morning I have a fresh and glowing complexion so definitely one to try out if you need an oil in your routine. 

MAKEUP: Now onto the makeup portion of the glowing skin and I don't have as many products as I have whittled it down to my favourites that never fail me. So starting off with an illuminating primer, the Becca Backlight Priming Filter has been a staple in my makeup bag since I got it a few months ago. I have used it every single day without fail, whether it's as a primer, or mixed in with my foundation, or if I want a subtle sheen to my cheekbones I simply tap it on and blend with a Beauty Blender. I also like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, specifically the liquid formula as this is great to also use mixed in with foundations but also as a base for my highlight, I again tap this onto my cheekbones and anywhere else I want it, blend with a BB, and then go over with a powder highlight to intensify and lock in place so it lasts all day.

Speaking of powder highlighters, there are a couple that I always go back to and can never replace. First is the infamous TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer, this is a cult classic and is the most pigmented highlighter.  I love the shade, I love the intensity, it's not too glittery not too subtle, it's just amazing and you get so much product I doubt I will ever hit pan on this thing. I also am obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow highlighter as this is a really pretty gold champagne that makes my cheekbones visible from space. Seriously it is so stunning and lasts all day on my skin (using the techniques I have previously posted about). Using these products, I really can get my glow on and rock it like J-Lo. Add in an illuminating face powder like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders over the rest of your skin, or simply don't powder and let your natural oils come through and you have maximum glow power. 

BODY: I thought I would throw this one in here as I have been loving it recently. The Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Moisturiser has been around for a long time but recently I picked it up again to help m dry and sensitive skin look a little more alive and what better way than to add a natural radiant glow. This has the hydration that my skin needs with the cocoa butter, and it's a non greasy lotion that's formulated to bring out your skin's glow. How amazing is that. I like to use this either on it's own or it's great to add a little bit of the St Tropez Tinted Gradual Tanner for that extra bronzey-ness to mute the pasty-ness that I have going on right now. 


Chemical and manual exfoliators are a great tool for boosting your radiance levels as these work to get rid of any dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. The Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix range is great for this as it includes Exfoliating Pads, a Scrub and a Mask which all use Glycolic Acid for that chemical exfoliant and they're very affordable. 

If you don't want to spend a lot of money on your oils, then you can simply search your kitchen cupboards and find something like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Pure Raw Coconut Oil. You could even use something like Jojoba Oil as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturiser in one - find out more here. You can get your hands on these for less than a fiver each. Check out my coconut oil benefits post here

If like me, getting your legs out is a bit of an ordeal because they're so pasty white, or you have bruises or veining or any other imperfections that can really knock your confidence. Then remember this simple trick and I promise it will boost your confidence no end. Applying self tanner isn't always convenient or a quick fix is needed and your skin is looking a bit dull or a bit porcelain-esque (especially after winter). So adding a dollop of liquid illuminator in with your body moisturiser/instant tanner will give your skin that summer glow that everyone lusts after. It's a great way to add a sheen, plus with an instant tanner you get a beautiful sunkissed bronzey effect that will have compliments falling at your feet. I love this trick and have been doing it a lot to give me the confidence to get my legs out in the random day heat waves of the UK.

I really hope you enjoyed today's post. Getting that perfect glow is important and is the topic on everyone's lips at the moment now that the Spring is in full swing and Summer is so close you can almost touch it. If you have any questions, or some tips of your own then I would love to hear them and if you're a beauty blogger, leave your links in the comments so we can all take a look at your blog. Have a great weekend.


For tips on how to intensify your highlight see HERE 
For info on how to achieve the strobing trend, see HERE
Plus for some of my other highlighter favourites, check out my guide to highlighters HERE.  

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