Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Ten Glowy Products

It doesn't matter the time of year, I love to add a little bit of glow within my makeup routine, and with Spring on its way I thought it was the perfect time to share with you Ten Glowy Products that I have recently bought or have had in a beauty box or goody bag. The majority are fairly new and there are a couple of older favourites amongst them too.
I have two glowy primers within this selection, the first being the Physician's Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer (£12.99). This is available in the UK, but I did buy mine on holiday in December as the drugstore had 50% off, so I get quite the bargain! This is a 30ml glass bottle with a push-down applicator and is an illuminating primer that blurs, corrects and protects the skin to give it a beautiful glow. The formula is enriched with antioxidants and includes five filtering pearls to approve the appearance of your skin tone. A little goes a long way with this and it can be worn on its own for a healthy glow or underneath a foundation. You can find it at Boots here.
My second primer is the Revolution Pro Goddess Glow Primer* (£10.00), which is a very similar product to the Spotlight Primer. It comes in a 30ml glass bottle, and with a push-down applicator, and again you only need a small amount per application. This has a golden tone to it and is infused with light reflecting particles to give the skin a natural radiant glow. As with the Spotlight Primer, this too can be used on its own for a pretty glow, or underneath your foundation as a base. I actually received this in PR before Christmas and have been super glad to be able to try it out as it really does make a difference. You can find it at Revolution here.
I also have a couple of glowy foundations, the first being the Revlon Candid Glow Foundation, which at the time of writing this post isn't yet available in the UK. Again, I bought this on holiday in Orlando before Christmas because I love glowy foundations and I always get compliments on my skin when I am wearing one. My favourite is the IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream, but this is about a third of the price, so I thought it might be a good everyday option. I went for shade 110, which on reflection may be a little light for me, especially come Summer, but I can warm it up with bronzer. It has a push-down applicator and you get 22ml of product, and whilst I think it is a great foundation, I wouldn't say it is anywhere near as illuminating as the IT Cosmetics.
The other glowy foundation I have is the NYX Born To Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation, which is fairly new and available in over 20 shades. You get 30ml and the packaging is a tube. I do find this Foundation much more illuminating than the Revlon to be honest, and it looks really pretty on the skin. It has a medium, buildable coverage and helps to reduce the appearance of pores with a 12 hour wear time. The Born To Glow Foundation costs just £10.00, which I think is really good value in comparison to the quality and other radiant foundations on the market. I am fair-skinned and I went for Porcelain, and I find the shade works really well for me. You can find it at Boots here.
The No7 Custom Blend Highlighting Drops (£13.50) are available in four different shades and as I am pale-skinned I opted for White Gold. These are a multi-use product, and so you can mix them in with your moisturiser or foundation, or use them as a liquid highlighter on the cheekbones, cupid's bow, tip of the nose etc. The formula is a liquid highlighter and contains multi-faceted light-reflecting pearls to give a stunning natural glow. You do only get 15ml of product here, but you only need a very small amount and so these are still going to last you a long time. You can find them at Boots here.
I then have three liquid highlighters for this post, starting with the Suva Beauty Liquid Chrome Illuminating Drops (£25.00), which I think I received in a beauty advent calendar maybe. I am not 100% sure, but I have tried some products from Suva before and have always been super impressed as they aren't a brand that is as well known as a lot of other beauty brands. They Illuminating Drops come in a little tear-drop shaped glass bottle, complete with a glass dropper applicator and you receive 15ml of product. I have the shade Trust Fund, a light champagne shimmer which is perfect for lighter skin tones. You can find this liquid highlighter online at Beauty Bay here.
Moving on to the iconic Iconic London Illuminator, which was one of the first and best liquid highlighters that I used. It is £30.00 for 15.5ml, which can be quite pricey, but again you only need the tiniest amount per application and I still have my first bottle at home. I received this in a beauty advent calendar I believe, in the shade Original, which is a champagne-toned shimmer to add a golden shimmer to the skin, although there are three other shades to choose from. It comes in a glass bottle along with a glass dropper applicator and if you haven't tried a liquid highlighter before, then I would recommend this one. It can be used as a traditional liquid highlighter, or mixed in with your foundation for alllllll the glow. You can find it at Iconic London here.
The third liquid highlighter I have is the Revlon Colorstay Endless Glow Liquid Highlighter (£9.99), which I did get in Orlando, but it is available here in the UK. At 8.2ml it is the smallest of the bunch, but it is definitely one of my favourites as it looks super pretty on the skin. There are three shades available and here I have 001 Citrine, a light champagne shade with a hint of light pink to it, so great for lighter skin tones. The applicator on this is a sponge doe-foot applicator and so it is different to the others, but I also find it easier to use. The formula contains light-reflecting particles which gives off almost a crystal-like glow. You can find it at Boots here.
On to more traditional glowy products, we have the elf Metallic Flare Highlighter (£6.00), which comes in four different shades, of which I have White Gold. This is a pretty very light champagne shade which is lovely for lighter skin tones. This powder highlighter isn't the very best of the bunch, but if you are on a budget, elf is always a great brand and it still has a lovely shimmer to it. The formula is quite buttery once you start using it and gives the skin a multidimensional, high lustre glow. You can find it at elf here.
Finally, my new favourite powder highlighter, the Revlon Skin Lights Prismatic Highlighter, which I did get in Orlando and at the time of writing this post this isn't available in the UK, but I do know that it is due over here soon. I imagine there are other shades available too, and I opted for 201 Daybreak Glimmer, the most beautiful champagne gold I have come across. The texture is silky soft and applies to the skin delightfully, to give a crystal-like effect, but without the glitter. Because I love it so much, I have since bought the Revlon Skin Lights Bronzer as that is now available here, and that too is beautiful.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*Items marked with an asterix have been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

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