Tuesday, 17 June 2014

How To Brighten Up The Skin

Bad skin days and dull looking skin? Yeah, we’ve all been there – some more so than others *raises hand*. Sadly, my skin isn’t exactly sun kissed and luminous at the moment. Getting the eight-hour beauty sleep currently feels like a distant dream, so naturally makeup needs to come to the rescue. Here are my favorite glow-getters, which always find their way into my makeup bag when I want to bring the life back into my face and pretend that I live the dream healthy lifestyle, which let’s face it – I don’t.

My favorite way to perk up the dull complexion is to create the ‘lit from within’ type of look. To help me with that I always opt for my trusty highlighters, which never fail to impress me with the natural results they give. When I am after a bit of a glow, I always look to the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer (here). This illuminating gem could be used both underneath any foundation (preferably mixed with your moisturizer) to make your overall complexion look dewy and also as a liquid highlighter applied on the highest points of your face for some lift. It is grease and shine-free, there are just some finely milled shimmery particles to ensure brighter and healthier looking skin. It’s love. For when I fancy adding sublte light to my complexion this Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Powder (here) is my best friend. This is hands down the best highlighter I have ever tried and I swear by the wonders it works. No disco ball effect, no clownish look – just beautiful, radiant complexion that’s screams healthy. One swipe and you skin is immediately transformed. I use this beauty as an eye shadow all over the lid as well and I love how it brightens up the look and brings out the color of my eyes, making me look fresh and present. Definitely check it out – it’s a goodie! Review here.

A touch of brightening blush is the way to go when your skin lacks its usual spark. I have two blushes in my makeup stash, which always boost my confidence when I’m having one of those days – a pink and a beautiful peach. For pink flushed cheeks there is one product that always leaves me smitten and it is in the form of YSL Cream Bush in #9 Baby Doll (here). It is the perfect pick me up shade that instantly brightens up my face and makes me look awake. The gorgeous, almost fluorescent bright baby pink color looks a bit scary in the pan but once blended it shows its true colors – lovely cool toned pink that compliments the skin tone beautifully and looks as natural as you could get. Using my fingers I just dab this beauty on the apples of my cheeks and enjoy my radiant and brighter complexion. Review and swatches here. If you are not a pink blush kinda gal or you fancy something with slight sheen to it, then Milani Luminoso (here) is your best bet. One swirl of the brush is everything you need for brighter, luminous look. It blends seamlessly into the skin, giving the perfect pop of gorgeous peachy color and I adore how it warms up the face. It is an absolute winner and a little bad skin day savior. Review here.

Lipstick is my weakness, we all know that but it also happens to be my favorite way to boost my complexion when it lacks life. Even when I’m having a no-makeup-day I always have a brightening lipstick at the ready. Can’t say no to an instant perk-up and for me these two shades do exactly that – one coat and I feel ready to head out the door feeling ten times more confident and looking a hundred times more lively. MAC Rebel (here) and Topshop Ohh La La (here). If you’ve been reading my blog for a while I’m pretty sure you know how this goes, so I’ll spare you the tale but honestly these are the best lipsticks when it comes to brightening the thing up. Rebel and all its glory is a firm favorite because of its unique and incredible deep fuchsia berry shade, which even though being on the darker spectrum of things still adds tons of life to my face. It is classy, it is feminine and it does brighten up – little gem! Review here. For more everyday-appropriate lipstick this Top Shop offering in Ohh La La is the perfect companion. Its stunning, almost neon peachy shade with coral undertones is my lipstick of choice for Spring and Summer 2014. It perks up the skin, while still keeping everything as natural as possible and the long-lasting, buttery formula has everything on my lipstick checklist sorted. Love. It. Read all about it here.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which beauty products are your favorites when it comes to brightening your complexion?

Lots of love,


  1. Loved is post I was literally thinking this morning about writing one very similar :)

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  2. Luminoso is such a beautiful blush! Definitely agree with you here! Mac Rebel has been on my wishlist for such a long time! Love the pictures you have, they are so soft and stunning!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  3. I love the lipsticks! Great post.


  4. I definitely use highlighters and bright lipsticks too. Your photos are always so lovely!

    xo, alison*elle

  5. The soap and glory highlighter is the best! I love it for giving my cheeks a little shimmer,

    Laura xx


  6. Wow your photography looks so lovely! I love when bloggers put so much effort into their posts.
    I would like to try out the Soap & Glory highlighter, but I can never find it in Canada!

  7. Good picks, I love that primer in particular

    annie | www.nouveauchique.com

  8. Oooh I love the sound of the Lumi Magique primer, it sounds really similar to the that gal from benefit but much more affordable! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  9. I love brightening powders, the Bourjois one is amazing, you should try it out! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  11. I definitely love bright lipsticks for make myself more put together and have been currently loving MAC's RazzleDazzler! =P


  12. I wish I could get my hands on Milani Luminoso.. it looks like a perfect summer blush!

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  13. I need that Milani Luminoso! It looks so pretty. So does your entire blog by the way... keep up the great work xx

  14. Your photography is absolutely gorgeous! I've got the Soap & Glory highlighter, it's really gorgeous isn't it. I love your choices, really pretty and girly!

    Jade | skinsweet

  15. beautiful choices , really must try the highlighter :D
    Melissa || The Inked Blonde

  16. This is a great post! I really enjoyed reading! I have the S&G highlighter and I love it, a firm favourite!


  17. I love the soap and glory highlighter!


  18. I love Milani's Baked Blush in Luminoso. I've been really liking Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Rose to brighten my complexion. It's the first Shimmer Brick I ever tried and now want to get more colors.

    The Topshop lipstick also looks lovely, such a fun and subtle shade. Never tried any of their lipsticks, but it looks so nice on you in the review post, I might give it a try!

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  19. how sad that I haven't tried any of these lovely products! would love to have them all :)

    Life’s a highway

  20. I just bought the same milani blush.

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