Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Quickest Way to Give Winter Skin a Healthy Glow


For many of us Winter means stodgy food, not much exercise and perhaps, if we’re honest, too much booze. Couple that with environmental challengers such as freezing temperatures, blustery winds and central heating, and it’s no wonder that our skin complains!

We may be back at the gym again, and eating more healthily after Christmas, but it’s going to take time for these lifestyle changes to filter through and benefit our skin. So, it’s at this time of year, perhaps more than any other, that I rely on liquid face shimmers to help me out.

These can give skin an instant hit of radiance, a luminosity at a time when it is perhaps looking (and feeling) anything but glowy - February may be just around the corner but we’re still very much in the thick of Winter.

I like the liquid formats because they are so adaptable - you can blend them with your foundation, apply underneath for a ‘glow from within’, or dab on top as a highlighter.  My two current favourites are *Nourish’s Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer


A pearly white illuminator with a golden shimmer that melts into the skin. It contains tonka bean extract to emit light and golden mineral powders to add shimmer.

This really does give skin a most gorgeous iridescent sparkle. If you swatch it on the back of your hand and cast under a light you’ll get a good view of the golden flecks – they’re nicely subtle, not overly glittery.



I use this all three ways: sometimes under foundation, at other times mixed into it, and – when I can dare to sport a more natural look – applied over just moisturiser.

Nourish has packed some of my favourite anti-ageing ingredients in to this formula – soothing aloe vera and skin plumping hyaluronic acid. It also has the most gorgeous slightly nutty aroma - I’m guessing it’s the argan oil (yes, it has that too). Plus at £16 (30ml) it’s a good price.  Nourish's Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer is available here.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector


A sheer water-based illuminator that creates an instant light-defusing glow, is how Australian beauty brand Becca describes this. I can’t argue with that. The light reflecting particles bring light to darkened areas and help to even out skin tone.


It’s available in 5 shades from light (pearl) to dark (rose gold). The colour swatched is Opal.  I got this particular sample as part of a Space NK gift with purchase offer, and as it’s a peachy colour I prefer to mix it in with my BB cream and apply as one (though you could wear it alone as it does blend down).  I then use a finishing powder (currently By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, reviewed here) to set.

It contains antioxidant vitamins A, B, D and E, plus broad spectrum 20SPF, making it ideal for daytime if you don’t want to apply a separate sunscreen (it’s just as important to sun protect skin in Winter as it is in Summer).

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector costs £33 (50ml) and is available from Space NK here.

* PR sample
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12 comments

  1. This looks great, I have such a pale complexion I am sure I look half dead in the winter months. Looks like this might make a difference. I also love Space NK products which is an added bonus!

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  2. I haven't used Becca products before but I love the results using their Shimmering Skin Perfector, I could certainly do with this to bring some life back into my skin.

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  3. Oh wow I love the look of this as would be perfect for my wedding this May, looks like get a nice glow to your skin.

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  4. Not heard of Becca products. This cream looks luxurious and I would love to try it.

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  5. Oh this sounds gorgeous and yes this will help to give some glow into that stressed winter skin. Not too much winter here though but we have a little cold front right now but probably nowhere you are in the UK- lol. I also just discovered a beautiful iIluminizer that looks quite like yours from Josie Maran and I am really loving it. Kisses my dear, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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    1. Another US brand I've not heard of Sissi - Josie Maran. But I've just googled. Looks interesting :) Tx

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  6. You are so right, January is a horrible time for the skin. I usually fall back on fake tan, but I'm always after inspiration for a bit of a facial pick up and these sound great!

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    1. I use fake tan (on the body) in Winter too. Subtle but I just hate my pasty white flesh, even if it is covered up under clothes ;) Tx

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  7. oooh this sounds really interesting and great to help banish dull skin.

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  8. Sounds like something I could use! It's so cold and dry here. I've not had much outdoor time at all; due to the cold temps, and I feel my skin could use something to "brighten" it a bit. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh, the effects of both are so nice, but I think I like the Becca one better! Most likely because it's more readily available here. :o)
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    1. I love the effects too and Becca is a great brand. Tx

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