I don’t know about you, but Winter is beginning to get to me. I always find January and February the hardest- the summer and warmth are still so far away, there is none of the Christmassy prettiness left. In terms of my skin, this is the point where everything feels pretty lacklustre too. So, I’ve been making an extra effort over the last couple of weeks to inject a little bit of glow back into my skin.
Have a good old scrub from top to toe- keep away the dry, tired winter skin! I love those exfoliating gloves you can pick up in boots or superdrug, especially as they can used with any shower gel you have around. As a scrub, nothing makes me happier than the & Other Stories Fig Fiction scrub. So. Darn. Figgy. It is summer in a pot and I love it.
For your face, try a brightening or exfoliating face mask. I am currently IN LOVE with the Malin and Goetz Detox Face Mask. It oxidises into a puffy, foamy mask and leaves your skin looking so bright and clear, plus it can be used as a nightly cleanser. It is really moisturising and good for sensitive skin too. This stuff is amazing. I also like the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask for some chemical exfoliation. It brightens and clears skin really well. Plus it smells like marmalade, which can only be good!
After that, I have been using this Instant Bronzing Gel from No More White Bits.* A little bit of fake tan does wonders in the Winter, and I really like this one. A new affordable tanning brand by Anatomicals, No More White Bits have an affordable range of fake tans, from mousses to wash off gels. I really like this one. It gives an instant shimmery bronze sheen to your limbs, and, because it washes off, I don’t have to worry about that fake tan smell or the awkward scaly patchy bit when tan fades.
The Make Up:
After the prep, I have been loving a combination of glow-inducing products. For my base I have started using Bourgios Happy Light Foundation– this really has a lovely finish, it covers well and just makes your face look so good. My biggest issue is the colour- I got no. 50, the lowest and 2 shades lower than my Healthy Mix Serum and yet it is SO dark. I am no real pale english rose, and it is still really pushing it with my mid-winter tanless face. I really hope they work this out soon because it is just lovely on. If you are on the paler side, the Healthy Mix is a better bet.
For under the eyes, YSL touche eclat really does the job. It is a cult product for a good reason, and I find blending it with my real techniques expert face brush leaves my undereye looking bright and fresh.
I have mentioned my love for the Bourgois Java Rice Powder before, and I do just adore it. I am happily using it as a setting powder, and it just makes my face look like it is lit up, in a really good way. It would be amazing if some of the sparkle was a little less sparkley, but for the price, I can cope. It does a good job of keeping a Kevin Aucoin purchase at bay!
The Benefit Bronze of Champions kit is gorgeous. I was lucky enough to get this kit for Christmas, and it contains the Hoola matte bronzing powder and Hoola lipgloss, a mini Watt’s Up highlighter, Bikini-tini cream shadow (a lovely champagne), Thanks a Latte powder shadow (a taupey coffee) and a mini They’re Real mascara. I have been loving the cream shadow and Hoola bronzer is just so good for a bit of contouring. It is a kit that is just perfect for adding the finishing, glowy touches to your look, whilst keeping everything looking very soft and natural.
*this item was a PR sample, but I was not paid to talk about it, nor are any of the links affiliates. I am happy to say that it is just nice to use!