Monday, 10 June 2013

My Favourite Radiance Boosting Products

When it comes to skin, this skincare junkie gravitates towards products that leave the skin looking radiant and glowing.  I have oily skin so using the right products on my face is crucial so as not to go from looking glowing to sweaty and greasy.  I've got a whole host of radiance boosting products tucked away in my beauty drawers and today I'm going to share with you some of my favourite products.


When it comes to creating radiant looking skin, the most important element is moisture.  In order to look radiance and glowing, the skin must be moisturised and hydrated so that it can reflect the light, thus giving the appearance of radiant looking skin.

The first step is to slough away the dead skin cells with a good exfoliator as the dead cells on the surface of the skin can act as a filter, stopping the light reflecting off the surface of the skin and stopping any moisturising products from completely working and absorbing into the skin.  I use the Dirty Works Vitamin C Brightening Mask (review here) twice a week to deeply clean my skin and get rid of the dead skin cells that leave my skin looking dull and lack lustre.  This scrub leaves my skin looking bright, clear and glowing, ready for a hydrating product to be applied.

On mornings where I've had little sleep, I lean towards the Origins GinZing eye cream (review here) to brighten and hydrate my eye area.  It is a salmon coloured cream with light reflecting, radiance boosting particles that really makes me look more bright eyed and bushy tailed.  I've ran out and really must repurchase this eye cream.


I then move onto applying a radiance boosting skincare product all over my face.  I really enjoy applying the Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrating Radiance Elixir (review here in my How to Look Wide Awake in the Morning post) but my favourite radiance boosting product of all is the Caudalie Vinexpert Broad Spectrum Radiance Day Fluid.

This is a lovely light, milky lotion that applies really easily onto the skin on the face and neck.  It has a light lemon citrus fragrance and is light pink in colour which I think really helps to make the skin look radiant and reflect the light.  I find that it leaves my skin looking healthy and feeling firmer yet soft.  It seems to really hydrate the skin, pumping it full of moisture and making it look glowing.  It contains Resveratol-Oleyl which encourages the production of collagen and elastin which stops the glycation process that causes wrinkles- I certainly don't want any more of those!  I'm always concerned about using radiance products on my oily skin, particularly in the summer when its hot and, when I'm travelling, humid but I needn't have worried about this product as it is oil free so it doesn't clog my pores or make my skin produce excess sebum and look greasy.


It also has an SPF of 15 so it's great for preparing your skin for the sunshine as well as helping to illuminate the skin and giving it that radiant glow.

I got the Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Fluid for £28.10 for a 40ml tube from the Beauty Expert which has possibly the largest selection of Caudalie products I've seen in one place!  I'd really recommend checking them out as this was a great saving off the original RRP of £39.00.

There's also a couple of make up products that I think are great for giving the skin a radiance boost.  The first being the infamous YSL Touche Eclat applied just under the eyes, on the cupids bow and down the centre of the nose and Dior's Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder.


I first discovered the Dior Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder when I went to repurchase the Dior Amber Diamond highlighting powder from Debenhams.  I opted for this one as it was a new release and I fancied something a little different to try.  It is much more versatile than the Amber Diamond highlighter, in my opinion, as it is more champagne coloured, like mother of pearl, so it would lend itself well to both warm and cool make up looks whereas Amber Diamond is much more gold and bronzed tone so I find I can only wear it with warm make up looks which is great in the summer, but not so fabulous in the winter time.

The Dior Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is beautiful to work with- its finely milled so it doesn't leave your skin with chunks of glitter on it and it doesn't have any fall out.  It is really buildable so you can take it from a subtle radiant glow to a full on highlighted Kim Kardashian make up look.  I use this on my brow bone, cupids bow, down the centre of my nose and on the tops of my cheek bones using a little bulb shaped brush from MAC that they discontinued not so long ago.  The sponge applicator that comes with this is more or less useless so I'd give that a miss but other than that I'd recommend this powder.

I wouldn't recommend Debenhams as somewhere to order from online as I've had several bad experiences with their service however I would highly rate Feel Unique who have this powder for £32.  The price may sound a little steep but this powder will last you an absolute age as only a small amount is needed.

So there's my capsule collection of radiance boosting products from skincare to make up.  I'm always on the look out for products to make my skin look glowing and healthy so I'm sure I'll have another one of these posts for you in the future!

What are your favourite radiance boosting products?
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