9 Apr 2018 16 comments

The Glo-Up Essentials.

The glow edit…

Your girl has had aglo up *fire emoji* *fire emoji*. Not really, I’ve discovered facial tanner and a new highlighting brush, but if that’s all it takes, I’m in.

I reshuffled my makeup recently and I’ve really found an edit of products that are very low effort but big impact. I’m talking a good glowy base, the right amount of bronze and probably too much highlighter – and I feel FAB.
In the past few weeks I’ve had a few requests for the deets, so here we are… welcome to my glo-up edit.

I owe a lot to the Isle of Paradise range, I’d forgotten how glorious it feels to be tanned – and I’d also forgotten how easy it can be. I use the Dark Self Tanning Drops and they’re just the ticket for a good hit of colour that is neither orange nor leaves you looking like Ross Gellar. I’m a big fan!
I mix a little in to my evening moisturiser, and since it’s colour-correcting I feel like it perfects my complexion too – hides redness and minimises imperfections and all that.

Come morning, I start with the Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer, a great all-rounder for giving you divine skin in a quick slap-on application.
It’s the kind of product that gives you an even, radiant base to work with – so foundation application is easy peasy!

Speaking of foundation, I absolutely have to give a shout out to my numero uno right now. NARS Sheer Glow worked its way back in to my stash and I am obsessed. I’ve found the best way to apply this is with a Beautyblender – although I’ve never been a fan of these before!
I run it under warm water, squeeze it out so it’s nice and soft and only slightly damp, and then stipple the product in, moving quickly and applying a touch more over problem areas. So dewy, so perfecting… it’s next level skin in a bottle!

For under my eyes, I’m loving the new Estee Lauder Custom Coverage Correcting Duo. This has a light and heavy option and is available in a ton of shades to correct everything from redness to blemishes and pesky dark circles!

And then there’s highlighter. This time it’s not so much the highlighter I adore (I’m using the Illamasqua Beyond Powder… what does everyone think of this? I’m undecided), as it is the brush.
I discovered these fan brushes for applying highlight and I’m CONVERTED. I used to use a blusher brush and would wonder why I resembled a disco ball, but the slim fan shape means you can dust the perfect amount of product on to cheekbones, Cupid’s Bow, brow bones and even the very end of your nose. It’s life-changing, and no I am not exaggerating. I use this Body Shop version, FYI.

Finally, let me end on an absolute favourite makeup tip of mine at the moment. Warm tones on the lower lash line. If you’re in to low-maintenance looks with a punch, this is it. I have blue eyes and I find warm metallic golds or rosy champagne shimmers smudged in to my lower lashes looks incredible – my favourite is this now discontinued Kiko Cream Shadow Stick in 01, but I’ve been all about the new Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow Sticks too. A touch of glitter finishes off every look, if you ask me.
I dare you to give it a go – and let me know what you think!

Oh, I do love an ultra glowy makeup look. Have you tried any of these?

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  • Emma Furniss

    Loved this post! Have been wanting to try the CT Primer for some time, definitely my next purchase. I’m not a big fan of the Illamasqua highlighter – never without my Mary Lou Manizer from TheBalm but recently discovered Huda Beauty’s 3D highlighter palette in “Pink Sands” and its devine! xx

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  • I would love to try Ilamasqua highlighter and I definitaley need to try thing with warm colors on my lower lashes!


  • Alix

    Thanks for posting! I’ve been waiting to try the nars foundation looks lovely. Have you tried the mousse or water in isle of paradise range and have any thought? With the drops do you wash off and does it come off on your clothes or sheets if you’re applying at night? Or make them smell like fake tan? Thanks for your thoughts love the blog and your YouTube channel!

  • i need to get the isle of paradise tan and also, sheer glow is one of my all time faves.


  • 为啥我又来,因为这里百看不厌!

  • Flo la vita

    I’ve heard so much about the isle of paradise tan! it sounds amazing, but I am just a little bit worried about fake tanning because I have quite fair, pale skin.


  • I’ve heard great things about this actually. I guess every girl needs something like this. The glow it gives looks amazing.

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  • Same about the lower lashline! I have blue eyes and my favourite (when I actually wear proper eye makeup) is to run a bit of a warm rust-colour underneath. Sounds crazy, but for some reason, the red tones just REALLY WORK. Literally my favourite thing at the moment!

  • Isle Of Paradise sounds like such a gorgeous brand!! x

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  • Loving all of these great products! They’re perfect for the spring! <3 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth

  • I’ve been thinking about re-introducing Nars Sheer Glow into my beauty arsenal again, and reading this just makes me want to do it quicker! I love Nars Velvet Matte too (which I remember you love too – unless you don’t anymore?) but the shades available just don’t match me as well as Sheer Glow’s Syracuse! I wish both ranges have the exact same shades, so then they will REALLY cater to everyone. Ah well.

    xo, Liyana | Affordorable

  • I always wanted to try the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I love all the products you have mentioned, they’re perfect for spring xx


  • Love the sound of the CT Youth Glow! I always use cream or liquid products to get my glow, I find they sit much better on my skin and allow my skin to shine through!

    Jasmine xx

  • Noelle Marotta

    NARS foundations are my favorite. I loved sheer glow first but I love their luminous one too. Its super light weight, it doesn’t even feel like you have foundation on. 🙂 You look beautiful!