There’s a new generation of skin-boosters that up the radiance without OD-ing on shine.
Often when it comes to products that are created to add glow and even a bit of shimmer to the complexion, they come so overladen with that shimmer that when you apply them, you feel as though you’re off to audition for Love Island. And that’s never a look I’m aiming for.
However, there are a few recent launches in this category that I want to recommend highly as they add just the right amount of radiance, and give your skin a lovely boost in appearance while still looking natural.
Firstly, there’s Versed Mood Lighting Glow Drops (£14.99, versedskin.com). These come in two shades: I like Sheer Golden, but there’s also Sheer Bronzed. This liquid loveliness gives just the vaguest hint of colour to skin – enough to warm it up a little, take the edge off paleness and add some life to any tone. The colour is buildable, too – not exactly to a bold bronze or anything, but you can keep adding for a little extra goldenness. It also comes with polyglutamic acid – an even more effective hydrator than hyaluronic acid – so it gives skin an added boost. You can use it alone – I do – but it works as a great base for a foundation, too.
Then there’s Vieve Skin Nova Instant Radiance Primer (£27, vieve.co.uk). The idea behind this is a similar hybrid approach: a dewy finish. However, this one comes in a pump dispenser tube, so if you prefer not to deal with a runny liquid, this is for you. It has a more golden sun colour but this blends in seamlessly once applied to the face and just gives a wonderful boost that makes you look fresher, brighter and generally that bit better. This too comes with skincare benefits, in this case, some beta-glucan to hydrate; rose water not only to hydrate but to calm and add glow, too, and niacinamide, which is good for skin tone. Again, use alone, as a primer or mix with foundation.
Lastly, there is Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Crème (£17, glossier.com). This is a tad different from the above two as it’s a bronzer, but it’s a bronzer with a difference: it comes in a tube with a doe- foot (sponge tip) applicator, and the texture is like a light, whipped gel. I love the practicality of it, it’s so easy to use: just put a few dots of product at the hairline, contouring under the cheekbone, along the jawline and add a touch to the middle of the nose, too – then blend in with fingers.
Old-school charm? It’s in the bag
I’m always on the search for a wonderful make-up bag and have a fairly retro, romantic view of them. Yes, I want them to be practical, but I also want them to look stylish, beautiful and be the kind of thing I’d have seen my mother using when I was a little girl – you know, that old-school glamour approach to the essentials of a beauty routine. So I was delighted to learn about this new collaboration between legendary British textile makers Colefax and Fowler and beauty brand Aerin (as in Lauder, the granddaughter of the esteemed Estée). The range features Colefax and Fowler’s classic Eloise print of hand-painted hydrangeas and includes this linen cosmetics bag (pictured in large, £60, it is also available in small, £45) and silk eye mask with a matching cover (£90). Both are available now from Colefax and Fowler, 110 Fulham Road, London SW3; 020 7244 7427.
Embrace a greener life
A favourite body care and lifestyle brand of mine is Green & Spring. It was founded by boutique hoteliers Jessica and Peter Frankopan of A Curious Group of Hotels (their portfolio includes The Portobello in London and Cowley Manor, the fantastic spa destination in the Cotswolds). They’ve given Green & Spring a little bit of a makeover, relaunching it with even more sustainable packaging created from 100 per cent reused consumer plastic, all fully recyclable and made in the UK. There are also hand-painted candle pots (£35) that come with removable brand stickers so you can use them as mini storage jars after they’ve burned their last. I particularly love the new Revitalise Exfoliating Body Wash (£22), which is made – as with the rest of the body products – using aromatherapy oils. The rest of the range includes a body wash, body lotion, hand wash and cream, plus a diffuser and sanitising room and surface spray, which are all available in three wonderful scents: Revitalise (peppermint, spruce and grapefruit); Relax (lavender, rosemary and marshmallow) and Restore (bergamot, orange peel and coriander). greenandspring.com