Friday, 17 June 2016

The Glowing Complexion Kit

I need to rebel against myself. I need to do what I most fear.
- Chuck Palahniuk

Recently, I have been obsessed with naturally glowing skin, subtly enhanced by a good highlighter. I would say - add some glow to tanned skin and you’ve got yourself complexion to die for #quoteoftheday. I have been carefully putting together my personal glow kit and given that I’m very happy with the results, it’s time I shared it with you.

I’ll start with Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser (shade #02). I saw this on a friend’s face and was amazed by how flawless and dewy her skin looked. Mind you, this is the lady with the most sensitive skin in the history of human kind (love you!) so seeing that she was using it and being more than happy with the great results made me want to desperately try it. So I did. I have to admit that before I went on holiday, this was a tad too orange for me. I tend to have a more yellow/ grey-ish sunless skintone and the moisturiser sat a bit strange on my skin. After some tan though, we became a definite match. Even though it’s a tinted moisturiser, it still has good light to medium coverage, ideal for my taste. The important thing here is the finish – it gives a lovely natural, glowy complexion.

And here comes the Glow Enhancer – L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer. This is the only budget primer I have found (£10), which makes the skin glow from within. I wouldn’t use it by itself because I’d be a bit scared of getting that sweaty face look but it does miracles with Clinique’s tinted moisturiser. I just put them on the back of my hand and mix well – one or even half a pump of the primer and you’re good to go. Swatch below, look at the difference between my hand where I have blended the primer and my arm. Love.

The absolute star here is Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer. I was using this maybe 4, 5 years ago but it was the wrong shade for me and I just moved on from it as my make-up game progressed. I am so happy I returned to this little miracle in a tube! The formula is creamier than anything I have ever used and the coverage is actually great. I am a girl with big blue circles around her eyes and I need to have them covered at all times. Not only does it stay put the whole day but it gives the best glow ever. I would gladly cover my face with it (should probably try the foundation!).

Another glow enhancer – enter the Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette. The blush and the highlighter in this palette are just perfect – finely milled shimmer, gorgeous shades which would fit most skintones. The bronzer is matte which is a huge plus for me but the shade I find to be a bit ashy and it doesn’t do as much for me as say, Benefit Hoola. Having said that, I think it can be good for another skintone, just not mine. Despite this, the palette contains some great powders and is light enough to travel with. I am definitely taking it with me on my next trip. 

And last but not least, here is an unedited photo of my glow face so you can see the combo doing its magic. It's a phone photo but the selfies with the DSLR just don't work very well for me.

Well this ended up being a bit long! Pardon me, I haven’t been around in ages and I have got the blogger bug. 

Stay tuned! 

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