Glow-Giving Products | Skincare to Makeup

One if the most important beauty lessons I've learnt is that no matter whether you're dry, oily, combination or normal; it's possible for your skin to be dehydrated and to look dull. Of course, getting the balance of nourishing, shine-controlling, blemish-busting and glow-giving products in your routine is tricker if you're combination like me! So whatever your skin type, these are my favourite glow-enhancers, whether you want to boost your skin's natural radiance, add it in later with makeup or do a bit of both.


I've mentioned many a time how I feel about this cleanser (in short: far too expensive for what I expected it to do), however I can't deny that it leaves my skin looking and feeling fresher. It contains vitamins as opposed to AHAs so it's not one for if your looking for a dramatic result, however it maintains the glow whilst being gentle enough for everyday use.

I've also mentioned before that this was more what I expected the Oskia cleanser to be like. Look past the slightly rubbish packaging (I think most of the lettering rubbed off within a fortnight of me buying this!) because inside is some really good stuff. I love the smell, I love the way it feels on my skin (it's almost gel-like in formula) and best of all; I love the results. This contains AHAs, which are chemical exfoliants. Unlike a toner, you are rinsing this off but I still save this for once a week, when my skin is looking particularly lacklustre. Immediately after rinsing it away, my skin looks healthier and more glowing so it's the perfect quick fix.

This isn't the most expensive mask in the world but when I could buy a cute new top for the price of a skincare product I do expect results. As you may have guessed by this being included here: it delivered! It's unlike any mask I've used; it has a gel texture and smells quite fruity. I use a couple of pumps, leave for ten minutes then rinse. The results really are incredible! My skin is left so glowing that I did a double take the first time I ever used it. This may not be great for very sensitive skin though and I only use it once a week as it's pretty intense.

My Pixi Glow Tonic was running out when Merumaya asked if I'd like to give their AHA toner a go. I've had some real issues with my skin following an allergic reaction; once it had cleared up it was left the driest it's ever been. I was hesitant to go back to my usual AHA-based products as they aren't the best for sensitive skin. So instead of a face scrub or more intensive exfoliants, I was only  using this. It's so gentle and didn't irritate my skin during that time when it was so sensitive. It does a great job of removing dead skin cells, taking care of the dryness and giving my skin a much-needed boost of radiance. Even though my skin has recovered and is more or less back to normal, this is one I reach for.

For a little bit of an overnight glow-boost I've been loving this little cream face mask. I just pop it on in place of a night cream before bed and by morning my skin looks more radiant and fresh. It's not as intensive as the Glycolactic Mask but it's more suitable for sensitive skin and can be used more regularly and as a top-up in between stronger products.


When my skin is dehydrated and I want a light, natural base I reach for this. It feels hydrating but doesn't make my skin really shiny. It gives enough coverage to even out any redness and gives a natural, radiant skin-like finish. It also doesn't irritate my skin or feel heavy in the slightest; it just lets everything breathe.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | £31 | post

This is a funny one as it isn't really a 'sheer glow'; it's a medium coverage with a satin finish. It's not matte but it does give this inner luminosity to the skin. This is pretty much a glowing foundation for combination and shine-prone skin, which is why it's my holy grail!

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer | £7.99

If you want an all-in-one correcting and brightening concealer then definitely give this a go. The shades are a bit rubbish but the deepest shade works for me. I think it definitely contains some form of light-reflecting particles and is perfecting whilst feeling very lightweight on the skin.

YSL Touche Eclat | £25 

I really don't know what I was doing before but I just can't finish off my base makeup without a highlighting concealer these days! I still use a normal corrector or concealer but I just add this as a finishing touch to brighten up the dark circles under my eyes. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light | £38 | post

I do think this is far too expensive for what it is, as it wasn't life-changing for me but if you can get it as part of a palette then it's better value. After I've let my under-eye concealer 'dry' off a little bit, I finish it with this highlighting setting powder. It's fairly neutral in tone and has a shimmer-free pearly finish, which means that for those 'no makeup' makeup days it works nicely as a subtle highlight on the cheekbones and down the centre of the face as well.

When I want that full-on dewy highlight, it just has to be Champagne Pop! I absolutely love how creamy and easy to blend the formula is and how smoothly it applies. It doesn't sit on top of the skin, it just gives it the most amazing glow. It's a sort of champagne gold colour with a hint of peach.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure | £32 | post

I'm not very impressed these have gone up in price and are now on the wrong side of £30, making the purchase that bit less easy to justify... However it still is my all-time favourite blusher shade! It gives the skin that gorgeous, glitter-free 'lit from within' look and I love the plummy-mauve colour of it. It applies beautifully and has a good but natural level of pigmentation.

What are your favourite glow-giving products?


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  1. This is my first time hearing about Merumaya, is it also good for oily & acne-prone skin?
    Thank you!


    1. It would work as a chemical exfoliant on any skin type :) xx

  2. Using products containing AHA and facial oils has improved my skin's condition so much that I can't be without them anymore. For years I treated my combination/oily skin so harsh that no wonder it looked so unhealthy. I also love products that add subtle sheen, glow to my skin like the Hourglass powders or blushes. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. I'm exactly the same! They're so much kinder to my skin xx

  3. This line up looks amazing xx

  4. I've wanted to try the REN mask for so long, definitely tempted to pick it up now! I agree with all your base products, Hourglass makeup leaves you with the nicest glow xo

  5. Great post, all of the products you mentioned sound amazing! I'm dying to get Champagne Pop, or any Becca highlighter for that matter, I can't take this anymore! I'm the only one without it haha! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

  6. Mac strobe cream has to be my number product when I think of getting a glow :) Lovely picks!


  7. Fab post lovely, some really great picks! I really want to give the Nars Tinted Moisturiser a go as this sounds so lovely, and I love that it has a decent coverage :) Champagne Pop is such a gorgeous highlighter and a definite favourite of mine :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    1. It's become one of my absolute favourite bases :) xx

  8. The Nars Tinted Moisturiser sounds perfect, i have oily skin but it can still be quite dry and dull so this would help alot.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  9. Jasmine, you need to try Oskia Renaissance mask! I love the Ren Glycolactic mask too but the Oskia mask is a step up! I love so many of the products you've mentioned here too xx


    1. I've heard a lot of good things, I'm just scared of being disappointed as it's so pricey! xx

  10. Normally I have oily skin, but winter makes it really dehydrated and looking dull. It is really hard to get my skin look decent. Nars moisturiser sounds good, getting really shiny finish is bad for people with oily skin! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  11. I'm also combination skin, and the struggle between radiance and glow is SO REAL. Especially because I live in Louisiana where it's so humid, I feel like my skin gets really oily really fast. But if I do anything to prevent that, it's so dull! I'll definitely have to look into these.. I've been using Watt's Up and MAC mineralize skinfinish for some radiance recently, but it's nothing that covers my entire face, you know? Thanks for sharing!!

    toast the girl almighty

  12. I love the Becca Highlighters! Great product choices, I'm definitely wanting a glow right now. My skin looks so dull!


  13. I love the sound of the Pixi mask. I love anything that promises to give a glow. At the minute I'm loving the Becca Back Light primer - it really does give an amazing dewy, natural finish! xx


  14. Cool post Jasmine! I have been eyeing on the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser for a quite a while now. Last time it was sold out in my local store but I purchase the Pixi Glow Mist and I am in love with it. It is good stuff and I use it very single day. x

    Ninz/ www.ninzbeauty.com

  15. You've included some of my absolute favourites here: REN Glycolactic mask, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, Merumaya Toner (new fave, love it!). I've been lusting after Dim Light for ages, might have to bite the bullet on that one, and I really want to try a NARS foundation. Debating between the new Matte Skin Tint, Sheer Glow and the Luminous Weightless foundation. FAB post as always!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  16. Love the sound of the Pixi cleanser! :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  17. First of me hearing that Hourglass put their prices up, as if they weren't high enough already :( I really do need to get another, even at that price tag. Mood exposure is my favourite too.

    Sheer Glow is next on the wishlist too, I wish I lived near a counter :(


  18. Great products, don't forget to use solar protection too


    1. Point taken and I did mention this in all my previous posts however I didn't feel the need to repeat it here as most people here in the UK aren't really seeing much in the way of daylight! It's pretty much the time of year when you leave the house in the dark and come home in the dark so unless you're extremely pale I wouldn't think you would need more protection than what is available in makeup or moisturiser. Also I am not Caucasian so it's even less of a concern for me

  19. really want to try the new bourjois concealer, i am willing to try anything that helps to brighten up my undereyes! i have also been lusting after the hourglass ambient lighting powders for the longest time, but can just never bring myself to spend so much money on it!

  20. Fabulous post! I keep thinking about trying the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, I think I need to just go for it as I hear nothing but good things.

    alice ♡ // beautybyalicee

  21. Any of the Becca Highlights are amazing for me at the moment! Currently trying to search for the Pixi Glow Mud mask in Aus but I can't find it! It sounds amazing! <3


  22. We have been lusting after the oskia renaissance cleansing gel! We've heard so much about it, but like you said the price tag is keeping us from picking it up.

    M + K

    1. It's a 'nice to have' but if you're looking for an investment it probably isn't the best you could make! xx

  23. Dim Light looks absolutely stunning as a subtle, glow from within, highlighter! I've never tried anything from hourglass but I'm 100% going to be changing that this year, starting with this beauty. Lovely post.

    Isabelle | www.isabellekategm.co.uk ♡

  24. So many great products!! I really want to try some more Pixi Products after loving the Glow Tonic, the Mud Cleanser may have to be next on my list x


  25. Gorgeous post, and love the new profile picture at the top!
    I really love the Oskia cleansing gel, I find it works so well on my dry-ish skin - I use it a lot in the morning. Have you tried the new hourglass strobing powders?


    1. I haven't yet - I'm a bit on the fence as they looked quite shimmery when I saw them in person but I'm not sure if that would translate to the skin! xx

  26. The becca highlighter looks so pretty! X


  27. Those are some really good recommendations, definitely going to get my hands on that Pixi Mud cleansers, since I absolutely love the Pixi glow tonic, and that Hourglass blush in mood exposure looks stunning (adding it to my wishlist).

    Sam || Beautydetour

  28. Fabulous post Jasmine, I adore glowing skin so this was an ideal read! I love using cleansers, exfoliators and oils to give my skin a glow, Jurlique is one of my favourite brands for it! I definitely want try some Pixi skincare after reading this!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

  29. Thank you for your comments :) hope this post gave you some ideas! xx

  30. I've been using the Oskia cleanser for a few weeks now and I'm just testing it out on it's own to see how it reacts with my skin, but I think using a combo of that and the REN mask is actually a really brilliant idea. I'm all about getting more glow to my skin, I feel like even in summer it can look really dull and just 'blah' you know?


  31. Where did you get the basket from? I have been searching for one of these for aaaaaages and this one is perfect! xx

    Miss Charissa // http://misscharissaxo.blogspot.co.uk/

  32. I actually have a very high opinion of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, though I can see why some think it's too pricey for its effects. For me, however, it's one of very few cleansers I can use on a daily basis without causing inflammation/breakouts/dryness or other issues and it gives my skin a very healthy glow.

    Your skincare basket is full of my absolute faves, I had a sample of the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask recently and it was so gentle but effective that I'm desperate to purchase the full product. I've still got most of my Oskia Renaissance Mask to use up and the products do much the same thing so I can't quite justify it. (Though if you're considering the Oskia Mask I'd stick with Ren, it's more effective, smells nicer and almost half the price)

    Roisin // roisinfarmer.co.uk

    1. Ah I've heard some people say it's better but I guess I'll stick to the REN in that case! xx


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