I have come to the realisation that when it comes to makeup and skincare, I have a slight obsession with radiance and glow. So many of my blog posts revolve around how to achieve this result: from radiance-inducing beauty ingredients to skincare routines and glow-getting range reviews, I’m on a never-ending quest for the ultimate radiance hot list. This beauty result comes in many guises, so here are my latest empties of which a good few are glow-boosting products.
When I wrote the review on Boots’ glow range I predicted this would be the first product I would run out of – and I was right: applying to a cotton pad and swiping over my face morning and evening meant I got through the 100ml bottle very quickly. The tonic contains multi-tasking niacinamide, the active form of vitamin B3 with anti-inflammatory properties (great for mild acne), tackling uneven skin tone and environmental damage. I’d love to know how much niacinamide it actually contains, especially for such a bargain price, but regardless, apart from the over-sweet scent I really enjoyed using and felt my skin benefited from a decent glow. 100ml RRP £4.00
Sun damage is one of the most ageing processes for skin, and as someone with first hand experience of this, Caudalie’s Vinoperfect range remains one of my favourite skincare collections. Containing viniferine, the vine stalk sap tasked with fading dark spots and restoring radiance to your skin, I feel like this serum has helped to even my complexion, but it does require consistent use – and religious application of SPF. With all the new skincare launches I’m constantly trialling for my blog I rarely use the same product twice, so the fact that this is my second Vinoperfect Serum empty says a lot about my dedication to this range. 30ml RRP £46.00
For the dark spot-busting dream team, follow up Caudalie’s radiance serum with this night cream from the same Vinoperfect collection. I only apply a small amount of this cream at night as it’s super thick, which is why it’s taken me a while to work my way through it. It is non-pore blocking though and with this pot of goodness finished, I’ve now moved on to include Caudalie’s Dark Spot Correcting Moisturizer in my evening skincare routine – it’s their day cream but I keep this radiance-boosting duo for the evening to focus on a vitamin C-rich morning routine. 50ml RRP £34.00
So this one isn’t a radiance-specific product but I thought I’d throw it into the mix as an empty. Having worked for Clinique in the past I’ve had the opportunity to try quite a few of their offerings and from a performance point of view (unfortunately not from a sustainability stance) really rate their Moisture Surge and Fresh Pressed ranges. Specifically for lids, lips and lashes, this mini Take The Day Off makes short shrift of stubborn mascara and tenacious lipstick so there’s no need to repeatedly rub to remove every last trace of makeup. I did try to use it all over my face but the oily formula did my acne-prone skin no favours. I would always follow up with a toner afterwards to remove any oily residue. Not my favourite formula but it did the job. Full size 125ml RRP £19.00
Such a lovely gentle shampoo. I grew up with this French hair care brand at home so this felt like a little slice of childhood. Suitable for all hair types and gentle enough to use for the whole family (children over 3 years old), it helps streamline the bathroom clutter and the 400ml format lasted a decent amount of time. My hair felt clean and soft for 2 to 3 days and best of all didn’t irritate my scalp one bit. 400ml RRP £13.00
When I visited skincare expert Lisa Franklin’s Knightsbridge clinic last year for a bespoke facial she gifted me this serum rich in vitamins and fatty acids to – you’ve guessed it – brighten and even skin tone. This product felt richer and oilier than serums I’d usually go for, but it also happened to deliver some of the best results I’ve seen from a serum: hydrated, balanced and glowing skin. It’s not cheap but this is one product where I saw a step up in terms of results. RRP £70.00
I initially thought this was a radiance booster in the style of Clinique’s Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C where you mix a few drops to your moisturiser. But although in a similar packaging it’s actually a standalone serum which I apply on its own before my cream. And yes it does deliver on the brightening front. 15ml RRP £10.49
A lovely everyday moisturiser targeting oily and combination skin thanks to sophora japonica, an ingredient considered to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. I’m a big fan of day creams with SPF and although this one is a low SPF 15 that feels like a great option for the winter months. 50ml RRP £7.95
I continue to work my way through The Merchant of Venice’s Murano discovery set with these two mini sprays from the collection. I’m not typically a fan of incense scents as I find them quite cloying, heavy and unsurprisingly reminiscent of churches, but this one manages to find the right balance between rich, unusual and sophisticated with a little sweetness. Perfect for an evening or winter scent. As for Rosa Moceniga it’s what I consider to be a classic but with a twist: a grown up floral scent with depth and complexity. 6x 5ml RRP £30.00
Which products do you rate to achieve glowing skin? Please leave a comment below to let me know.
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