Today I wanted to talk about how to get that inner-sparkle (link to sparks post) to grow outward. For me, it all starts with skin care. We all know to drink a lot of water (about two liters a day, i.e. two large size Smart Water bottles), and we all know to cleanse our faces daily, etc.… So I wanted to talk about my favorite glow products that really help me up my sparkle quota.
Once I’ve cleansed (which is either First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser or Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel), I apply No7 Early Defense Glow Activating Serum. The packaging claimed that you would see a “difference” using it twice daily for a week. It was a little nebulous as to what that difference would be, but ultimately, I was fairly impressed. Not only were my worry lines diminishing, but my skin was actually more radiant and plump. For the price of twenty-five bucks at Walgreens, it’s hard to beat.
Next, for day time, I apply Glam Glow’s Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. I got this as a sample initially, as I’m hesitant to indulge in a fifty dollar product before making sure I’m in love with it, but I totally fell in love. Firstly, it smells great. I’m also sensitive to that, and I was pleasantly surprised. Second, it really works as a moisturizer. My skin feels supple but not slick; like, ample dewiness but not sticky. Although the real factor with this is the sparkle: it’s very fine-milled, so it’s not like, annoying, you’re-wearing-glitter-LOL sparkle. It’s more like a shimmer that I can absolutely get on board with. And because the moisturizer is technically in the color “Nude Glow,” it offers a little bit of pore blurring action, and is a nice base for my primer.
Yes! My primer! The product I’m most excited about. I use Becca Cosmetics’ Backlight Priming Filter Face, and it has changed my life. Layered on top of any moisturizer, it’s flawless; layered on top of the moisturizer I mentioned above, it’s sparkle heaven. It helps your makeup cling to your face all day, as you want a primer to do, but it adds this element of glow that I’ve found to be unparalleled. AND on casual days I’ve been finding that I don’t even need to use proper foundation; I can just layer everything right onto it. Between its light tint and its general gleaming elements, I have a beautiful luminescence, if you will, simply from this primer alone.
Now I change my foundations depending on what I’m doing during the day, but the one thing that remains in my regime is Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. (They say this is a moisturizer and primer, however I’m not a fan of that product being an oil.) It has 24k gold flakes, and vitamin E and rosehip oil, which have a lot of anti-aging properties. What I like to do is mix about three drops of it into my foundation. This adds a nice glow to whatever foundation I’m using, and additionally, it helps to reduce any cakiness that may have otherwise occurred. Voila!
Lastly, exfoliation. When old skin cells build up on your face it can start to look dull, so to maximize glow, you have to minimize this happening. Exfoliating two to three times a week refreshes everything and keeps your skin ready to shine. (But not like, gross, oily shine, of course… Ideally it’s apparent that all of this shine I’m discussing isn’t that…) The other thing is that by not exfoliating you are more prone to blemishes from excess oil and clogged pores, which nobody wants. I’ve been using Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub for years. It’s gentle enough to not leave you feeling like you just did a chemical peel, but sufficient enough to do the job… And do it well.
I hope some of this may help you in your sparkle journey. Feel free to reach out to me with your favorite glow products, or if anything I mentioned struck your fancy, and you tried it, let me know that, too!