5 Jan 2019 21 comments

One Big Makeup Reshuffle For The New Year.

Glowy skin for winter…

While I’m not one to overhaul myself for the new year, I do tend to give my makeup routine a switch up to make way for winter – I find my complexion around this time of year really takes a beating. My skin right now is pale, dull and even a little grey (yikes!)… I need a pretty solid line-up to see me through!

On top of that, I find January such a long, exhausting month so my routines usually take a back-seat out of sheer laziness. I need products that will perk me up without much effort from me; a foundation that packs a punch, a bronzer that rivals my summer glow and a faux flush that will make me look even remotely alive!

Let me introduce my go-to products for giving January skin an overhaul…

Dewy Skin

If January isn’t bad enough with the post-Christmas come down and seriously freezing temps, my skin is having some sort of seasonal meltdown too (could be all the booze, but let’s blame the weather…)
Although it’s probably the clearest it’s been since my teens, there’s literally zero glow to it – I need a lot of help in the radiance dept. right now.
I’ve been using my trusty Clinique Even Better Glow foundation in the hopes of injecting a bit of dewy-ness, and it’s been doing my complexion one hell of a favour. This is a foundation I always seem to come back to because it’s such a ‘do all’ kinda product. 

Even More Radiance

I never, ever skip highlighter, even on my most minimal days! Lately I’ve been preferring an illuminating powder for added glow, as opposed to a cream which I usually favour. I adore the Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Trio, the shimmer is so fine that it gives such a beautiful radiance to the skin – and I love that you can tailor a glow from the three shades to suit your look.
I’ve also revisited the much loved YSL Touche Eclat in a bid to disguise my sallow complexion, I usually sweep a small amount of this under my eye area and down my nose and quickly blend to revive my tired skin – it really is a cult product for a reason.

For The Flush

Cream blushers are my absolute wonder product at this time of year, I find they’re the ultimate product for adding a healthy glow. I’ve been loving this Wander Beauty On The Glow Blush and Illuminator dotted high on the cheeks, it’s the perfect pink for healthy skin.

Extra Warmth

I haven’t seen the sun since September, so bronzer is an essential step of my routine at the moment! I feel like I should be sweeping it on with a broom. 
I’m all about the Benefit Hoola bronzer, just a quick dusting around my hairline, temples and under my cheekbones lifts my complexion so much. 

A Quick Fix For Eyes

I’m probably the most low maintenance when it comes to my eyes – I like defined brows and big lashes (although a little sparkle never goes amiss), but that’s really about it.
I’ve got a really good thing going with my brows at the moment, thanks to my wonderful brow girl (I highly recommend Taffy if you’re Glasgow based!) so for the first time ever I’m able to get away with just a sweep of the Benefit Gimme Brow gel. I love that this adds a bit of volume too, it’s a great all-rounder.

After that I sweep on the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara for lots of lash volume, and then follow it up with a creamy eyeshadow pencil on my lower lash line. I find this is perfect for an effortless look, it adds a tiny bit of definition and takes just seconds.
If you haven’t already tried the Bobbi Brown Creamy Shadow Sticks, take it from me – they are everything! I love every shade I’ve come across, although Sunlight Gold is a favourite.

Effortless makeup at its best! I tend to come back to these sorts of radiance-boosting, complexion-warming products because they really work to give skin a bit of life… which is definitely needed come winter!

Have you tried any of these?

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  • Ana

    Although I’m Spanish, from the Atlantic corner, my complexion has more similarities with British girls than with my compatriots. I also became very minimal on cosmetic after using roaccutane. I love Hoola bronzer but I’m always afraid of applying it wrong, I’ll try your steps today. This afternoon Edinburgh can’t look dreich-ier! I’m also a highlighter addicted, since I moved to Scotland though, maybe there’s a connection 😀

    • Hahaha yes you have no doubt picked up the glow-loving from us Scottish gals 😉
      I used to think the same about Hoola but if you blend it well, it’s always fine. Maybe you could try the lighter version, Hoola Lite, it’s lovely x

  • I love ♥️the YSL touché eclat, it is indeed a good product to have. Great Winter beauty steps!

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I could honestly have glowing skin all year round!

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  • The Wander beauty cream duo looks amazing! I need to try it out 💕

    Arianna | Southernbelleforever.com

    • I feel like they’re such an underrated brand, I love so much from them x

  • Lisa Autumn

    Glowing skin is everything!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • I really want to try the Bobbi Brown shadow sticks, they sound so good!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Love your photos, they’re really inspiring! ♥

  • I was on the hunt for a glowy foundation, thanks for sharing!

    Mariya | http://www.brunetteondemand.com

  • gold trio by CT seems such a lovely new product (is new right? (: i tend to forget new launches and stuff)

    wishing you a wonderful start of 2019 Kate(:
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer is one of my all-time favourite bronzers! I love the look of the Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Trio x


  • I’m all about healthy, glowing skin when it comes to makeup! It’s one of my biggest focuses too, so thanks for all of these great product recommendations, especially the highlighter rec! <3 🙂 Can't wait to try it!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Glowy is goals! My skin has been particularly troublesome over the past couple of months but I’m trying not to let it get me down and still make an effort with my makeup. I’ve been loving the Glossier Cloud Paint for a more natural rosy cheek.

  • Loving all these pink tones 🙂


  • I love your photos! 🙂 I’m switching up my makeup routine for the new year too xx


  • Benefit hoola bronzer has forever been my go-to for a quick dusting of warmth on my cheeks!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Natalie Redman

    All about the glowy look this year!