Spring is upon us, so what better time of year to to rock a light, healthy-looking base? I've also included my favourite products for making my skin look fresher and more glowing, which are essential if I'm going for a natural look.
My main skincare goal at the moment is for my skin to be hydrated and look glowing, however I am combination so I also don't want anything that's too heavy or greasy. Acid exfoliants are the perfect way to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresher complexion so I have two of these products in the mix, as well as a couple of others that give my skin a healthy glow.
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32 | This translucent gel-like face mask contains both Glycolic and Lactic Acid. It's one of those products that gives you instant results; you just apply it and leave for around 10 minutes and rinse. Once removed I notice an incredible improvement in the texture and appearance of my skin - it give instant radiance as well as getting rid of any dry patches.
Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | When I don't feel like or don't have time for a full-on face mask; this is my AHA quick fix. Whilst it doesn't give quite such dramatic results, this is great for giving a bit of a glow boost and evening out the skin's texture and tone (as well as fading imperfections in the long-term). I use this after cleansing when my skin is a bit lacklustre.
Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil* | £22 | This is a lightweight but incredibly effective facial oil that I often use overnight. It's so hydrating, leaving my skin soft, smooth and moisturised without being greasing. At the same time it also gives my skin that radiance and helps to improve the appearance of any blemish scars.
Pixi Glowtion Day Dew* | £24 | This is a really interesting moisturiser, unlike any product I've tried before. It has a lightweight, lotion texture, which leaves the skin looking and feeling fresh. As well as being hydrating, it also contains a very subtle sheen, giving the skin a natural, luminous glow.
Prepping & Priming
One of my favourite things to do (because I have combination skin) is to use a satin or matte finish foundation but pair it with a hydrating, luminous primer or cream. When my skin is drier, I go for 'hydrating' on both counts! Although one or two of these products are traditional primers, most of them are skincare-makeup hybrids that can be worn underneath your base or mixed in with a foundation or tinted moisturiser.
MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite | £24.50 | swatch | This priming moisturiser has the most gorgeous gold shift to it. As well as having a moisturising texture (that's nothing too rich or heavy), it gives a natural, dewy glow. It doesn't look like there's glitter on your face or anything like that, it's just a very natural sheen. You can use it as a two in one primer and moisturiser, after your skincare or mixed in with your foundation.
Too Faced Hangover Primer | £27 | I'm sure I'm boring regular readers to death with my talk of this primer! However it deserves another mention here - it's a lightweight, almost lotion-like product. Whilst it may not do a lot to fill in your pores, it leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated. It ensures my base doesn't cling to any dry patches as well. This is also one of those primers you can use even without foundation on top when you're having a 'no makeup' day.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32 | This seems to have become the ultimate glow-y primer in the blogosphere, probably thanks to Jaclyn Hill! It's a seriously luminous but glitter-free primer with a moisturising formula. You don't need to apply too much of it, or you may risk looking greasy, but it's one of those products that makes a 'can't put your finger on it' difference.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal | £34 | This is essentially a liquid highlighter but you can use it in a number of ways; on top of or in place of a primer, mixed in with your foundation or used on top of your foundation like a normal highlighter for a very natural dewy finish. This comes in a wide range of shades, so I think there's a colour in the collection for everyone. I personally love Opal, a sort of pearly cool-toned gold with very slightly peach undertones. It gives such a fresh, glowing look to the skin no matter how you wear it.
Onto makeup; obviously there are a load of base products in here to give your that naturally flawless finish. I've also thrown in a few cheek products that I gravitate towards for a fresh-faced look.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St Moritz) | £30 | review | Ok, so it's another product I don't stop going on about! It's funny because I originally picked this up for a summer holiday, however it's since become my go-to in colder weather. It's so hydrating (but not shiny), lightweight and natural. It evens out the skin tone without looking like you're wearing much makeup at all. It makes my skin look healthy and radiant and is in fact the product that turned me to the concept of 'your skin but better'! Combination and oily types will want to set this with powder in any problem areas but overall it's long-wearing.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (4.5 Warm Natural) | £34 | review | This is the perfect option if you want a bit more coverage than the Nars. It still has an incredibly natural finish that blends into the skin as opposed to sitting on top of it (probably because it has a very watery formula). It evens out the skin tone, giving a perfected look whilst still allowing it to breathe. It's not the most long-wearing formula on my skin, however I know drier girls will love this.
Clinique Chubby in the Nude Stick Foundation (Grandest Golden Neutral) | £23 | review | This is a stick foundation but isn't at all heavy, like some other formulas. It gives a glowing look without having a greasy or dewy finish (though I do find it lets through some oiliness around the t-zone after a few hours of wear), which is fairly unusual. It's definitely a foundation and gives you a good light-medium coverage, however looks incredibly natural.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup (4W1) | £28 | review | This is probably the most full-coverage option in this post, but don't be fooled by the name, because despite having the longevity of the original matte formula - it has little in common with its namesake. This is a much more natural skin-like formula; neither dewy nor satin/matte. It gives a medium coverage and a healthy, flawless look to the skin without masking it.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Medium Neutral) | £19 | review | Obviously my favourite concealer is in this post! It's just so natural, so easy to blend and so hydrating without being thin or greasy. It has amazing, long-lasting coverage whilst still looking incredibly natural on the skin. It never looks dry or cakes under my eyes either.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand (Shade 3) | £29 | An under-eye brightener is an everyday essential for me and I'm currently using Charlotte Tilbury's. It also has a decently-hydrating eye cream on the other end. The highlighting concealer end has surprisingly good coverage and as well as giving a brightening effect it also has a slightly peachy tone to it, meaning it also corrects.
No7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter | £9.95 | This is a criminally-underrated product! It's a cream (but not at all greasy or glittery) formula that has the most stunning, natural metallic sheen. It just gives my skin a subtle, sun-kissed glow, which I love.
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso | £10 | This is one of those 'barely there' blusher shades that's perfect for a natural look. It has such a lovely, smooth formula with a natural, luminous sheen without any glitter. It gives the cheeks such a healthy glow.
Which products do you reach for to make the most of your skin?
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So excited to start thinking about Spring skin! I've been loving the Pixi Glow Tonic for the past couple of months. I am dying to try the Too Faced primer xxReplyDelete
Rhi | www.rinkydinkyrhi.com
Oh my so many of favourite products here! I am in love with pretty much all the skincare products you mentioned, but that REN Face mask and the Pixi Glow Tonic are definitely two products that I keep in my skincare line up at all times - they are just so effective at improving skin texture and appearance. I also love the Too Faced primer, one of the best I have tried for keep skin hydrated and make up in place all day! xxReplyDelete
Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au
I totally agree - I love AHA products :) xxDelete
Perfect choices for Spring. I love Luminoso it brings my skin to life! xReplyDelete
I was looking for Rosehip oil last night at the store, so the pai one is a good option for me! The pixi glow tonic makes a nice subtle difference, however I've never thought to try the moisturizerReplyDelete
MAC's Strobe creams are amazing! You seem to be all set for the Spring. <3ReplyDelete
Crystal Lynn | http://cryslynn.net
I love it - I can't believe I've only just tried such an iconic product! xxDelete
I adore the REN facemask, makes my skin look great!ReplyDelete
I've purchased Pixi's Glowtion and am just waiting to use it. I'm even more excited now after reading your review of it!ReplyDelete
Deanna | www.luxandvitae.com
Love makeup that gives you a nice healthy glow. I have combination skin too, so it's hard to find products which mattify certain areas, whilst moisturising others. I also have issues finding good foundations - "dewy" finishes make my skin look oily, whilst "matte" finishes make me look ashy - this list is defo helpful! I've found the Vichy range is great though to help prep and prime the skin!ReplyDelete
- Lubna | The Digital Review
I totally feel your pain! I hate anything that makes me shiny or feels too drying xxDelete
I'm all about healthy looking, radiant skin and products with AHAs are my skin saviours :)ReplyDelete
I'm excited to start using Luminoso again! x
Mummy's Beauty Corner
I have been going for the a light makeup look lately, and I think it makes my feel more confident. The less makeup you wear the less can go wrong I guess.ReplyDelete
A Sparkle Of Grace
Love Pixi Glow Tonic and the Pai oil! My skin always feel and looks so good in the morning after using them! I find if I'm having a good skin day Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk or the Vincent Longo foundation and perfect my skin but better bases!ReplyDelete
Danielle's Beauty Blog
I've somehow still never tried Luminous Silk! xxDelete
I'd like to try that Double Wear stick foundation because it sounds like something I would enjoy using. AHAs are a Godsend! lol! xxReplyDelete
Some great products here. Pixi is on my list to try next!!ReplyDelete
I'm desperate to try Pixi's Glow Tonic, the amount of positive feedback has leaves me with high expectations! I always spend a ridiculous amount on makeup, but never enough on skincare- time for a change!ReplyDelete
Gabija | everylittlethingblog.weebly.com
It's amazing - a total game-changer :) xxDelete
Love your picks Jasmine! I used to be a huge fan of that REN mask but I ran out as I loved it so much, I must repurchase it sometime soon! Love the look of that No7 highlighter, looks gorgeous!ReplyDelete
The Makeup Directory
I've never tried Pixi products but I've heard only good things about them! I've also seen they have a makeup range as well?! I don't really know what to go for: makeup or skincare? What to you recommend?ReplyDelete
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Lots of love,
I've been meaning to buy the Pixi Glow Tonic for so long, it seems like a wonderful product and I have read so many great reviews! xReplyDelete
Ariadna || RAWR BOWS
You've got me onto Double Wear Light and now I'm dying to try the cushion one too :) xxxReplyDelete
I'm digging the lighter bases for this time of year. Really want to give the Clinique stick foundation a go! Sounds nice & lightweight :)ReplyDelete
Nicole | The Glam Surge
Absolutely love all your picks except for the Too Faced primer. I just find that to be a do nothing product honestly.ReplyDelete
The REN Mask and Glow tonic are definitely favourites of mine. I really want to the Day Dew next. That sounds right up my street. Also love the Too faced and becca primers. The NARS skin tint is next on my list xxReplyDelete
I think you'd really like the Day Dew actually :) xxDelete
I love the sound of this MAC tinted strobe cream, and this REN mask sounds amazing as well!ReplyDelete
Tia | The 10am Blog
I actually find that Luminoso is pretty intense on my fair skin, but I love it! It's a very "there" blusher, but I think it gives me the most beautiful flush. Also the NARS tinted moisturizers really appeal to me, I might have to pick some up eventually.ReplyDelete
The Bookworm Beauty
I really want to try the glow tonic, and I am so desperate to find a lightweight foundation I actually like, I am tempted to get the It Cosmetics one lilypebbles & anna loves!ReplyDelete
Erin || MakeErinOver
Yeah I wish there was a good shade for me in that range - they're all so neutral toned :( xxDelete
Spring and summer are my favourite seasons for makeup, as I much prefer a glossy, fresh finish to my skin. I haven't ever spotted or heard anything about the No7 Bronzing Highlight before, but it's stunning!ReplyDelete
Alice / Alice Grace Beauty
There are so many good options here!ReplyDelete
I've had the Pixi Glow Tonic for ages, but it's only in the last few weeks that I see a result from it. The Pai oil has been on my list for years, but I've become so comfortable using the Trilogy Rosehip oil, but I need to try so many of these.
Milani blushers look so beautiful! It's unreal.
Shanelle || SLovesAutumn
I used the Trilogy oil before this one and do still really rate it but I think Pai has overtaken it now! xxDelete
Love the image for this post! I'm so keen to try some skincare from Pixi. Also need to look into the Too Faced Hangover Primer again..I had a small sample once and I remember enjoying it but never took the plunge on the full size!ReplyDelete
Thank you for all of your comments :) xxReplyDelete
I love the Milani as I have it myself but it looks too intense on my pale skin :/ will have to try it when I have a tan :DReplyDelete
thanks for sharing! I like milani. http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/ReplyDelete
I'm really into "your skin but better" and no-makeup makeup currently so this post is perfectttt for me, love it! XxxReplyDelete