Best Products For Glowing Skin

I am just going to say it, if your makeup is too matte or too flat it will age you! Add in a number over 30ish it can be even worse. I am 37 and talk about this openly on here and on my Instagram all the time. My skin is not perfect by any means but when my skin is glowing I feel better, its that simple. When your skin has a dewy youthful glow with dimension it looks well, youthful! Now do not get me wrong we all have to add in some powder here and there on our face because of oily parts but if you have oily skin do not be afraid to add in glow!!!! MAC Cosmetics has a fabulous video on dewy skin and this is when I had a AH HA moment about placing powder in certain areas ONLY. I use to do it to my entire face. Never again!

When it comes to glowing skin it has to start with your skincare. After I had my kids my skin changed. It was more dry, dull and textured. I started to focus more on my skin and less on makeup. I am going to break down products that I use to get my glowing (no special order – if you want to see a full skincare routine let me know in the comments).

EXFOLIATING IS YOUR FRIEND

I have an oily T Zone and my forehead gets so much texture. An esthetician told me in the summer especially I need to exfoliate 3x a week. When you are exfoliating you are getting rid of dead skin cells, which creates a smoother surfaceThe only product I use is from Origins.

Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion: This does come with a higher price tag of $40 however you do not need a lot and it will last you. On the origins website you can buy a smaller size for $21. See them HERE and HERE

One other product that just came across my desk to test is the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub. Stay tuned as I am almost out of my Origins and will be trying this. The price is $29.00 so its a little less.  Of course that are a ton of other scrubs on the market for less but I just have not tried them. As long as you are exfoliating with whatever works for your skin ect it will help get your glow.  When it comes to skincare when something works I stick with it. The Origins one was introduced to me when I was 26. Have not looked back.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum: This product was my introduction to acids and I am hooked. This can be an irritate to some.I have sensitive skin but its been great! It has a small amount with 12% AHA/BHA.  I started off every two to three days with this product to be safe. I can easily use it everyday now but still do it every other day plus it will make this last longer. It is very pricey but worth every penny. Per Sephora Site: “Resurfaces dull skin, lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-looking complexion…Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one practically overnight” That literally speaks for itself! I did try the Pixi Glow Exfoliating Serum  as its cheaper by a lot but it did not work for me. I broke out.  However that does not mean it will not work for you! You can see it HERE. 

Another product by Drunk Elephant I am using is the Baby Facial which has a higher percentage of Acids and I have really loved this. My sister in law got it for me for my birthday as she knew I was really wanting to try it.  A more affordable option ($7!!!!) for this product is by the Ordinary and can be found HERE. I have not tried this product so I can not speak of it but it has great reviews.Glowing Skin

FACE OILS

 Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate (Day Time): My holy grail face oil for during the day. You can add ONE drop to your moisturizer if you need to, put it on your face alone or even add to your foundation for a more dewy look. This is a lightweight oil. It will not make you feel weighed down. I like to feel dewy too as feeling dry on my skin in general drives me bananas. This is not for everyone but I want to see the hydration. I would rather look oily or wet than dry and matte. Per Sephora: “strengthens skin’s defenses against daily aggressors to keep skin radiant and youthful-looking. It provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of naturally-derived oils—including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu—to help skin feel fresh and look energized, morning to night” See it HERE

The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil (Night Time): I do not use a moisterizer at night, I use oil and this has been my go to! Guess what? Its UNDER $10!!! See it HERE . So what does this oil do? “This luxurious-feeling oil fights free radical damage, hydrates the skin, promotes elasticity, and helps restore a radiant tone” – Beautylish Site

MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER 

If your face and eyes are not moisturized / prepped for makeup properly it will show when you are done with your makeup.  Just like taking care of your skin, the prep is just as important. Three moisturizers that are fool proof for me and give you dewy perfection just as is are:

Belif The True Cream Bombs (Aqua & Moisturizing): Korean Beauty has made its way into my routine and I have fallen in love. Which makes sense because Korean Beauty is all based around hydration! The Aqua bomb is gel based and perfect for summer while the Moisterizing Bomb is a cream and out-stands Chicago Winters.  See Them HERE and HERE

PONDS Crema S Moisturizer: A gem at the drugstore. Its under $10 and will give you a all the glow you need. I do not use this as much as I use to because I have started to notice reactions to certain products. My skin was very sensative after kids. I probably should give this a whirl again but it is scented which could have caused reactions for me. See it HERE at Target.

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream: I absolutely love this and they now make one with a SPF which is a plus. I go back and forth  between this one and the ones from Belif. After I apply I never feel that dry feeling around your hair line and cheeks. Which is why I love all of these so much. See it HERE

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WANT YOUR UNDER EYES TO GLOW? I DO LOL!!!!

Crows feet? No thanks. I want my eyes prepped for concealer and ready to look glowy and dewy. Here are two I can not live without!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado: This under concealer creates the most beautifully hydrated under eye that allows you to glow! Your concealer will never dry up or crease with this! See it HERE.

Origins Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: This does EXACTLY what it says it does. If your face is glowing and looking dewy you want your eyes to match. INSTANTLY brightens. See it HERE

Best Products For Glowing Skin

ENDLESS MAKEUP PRODUCTS BUT HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVS TO GLOW

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LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS

When it comes to makeup products to glow, liquid highlighters are probably my absolute favorite way to achieve it. I use them in many different ways including before foundation for an all over a glow, mixed with foundation, alone on no makeup days to get my skin looking fresh and as a spot highlighter.  Three of my absolute must have are:

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops:  See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE 

L’Oreal Glotion: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

POWDERS

Sometimes we think powders are the enemy when it comes to glowing skin but its about finding ones that enhance your glow and that are NOT matte. Also the placement of powder I talked about above. I use to powder my whole face and its just not something that works for me anymore. Whether it’s a bronzer or a setting powder its about finding the right one for you for this specific type of looking skin. Some setting powders come in a natural finish not matte.

Hourglass Bronzer: This bronzer looks so natural and warm on the face and is fused with Hourglasses famous lighting powder in Diffused Light  to mimic a ray of warm sunlight.  There setting powders create the light on your face so this is the best of both worlds because it mixes a bronzer and setting powder in one. See it  HERE. and see my post about other fav bronzers of mine HERE

Colourpop Highlighter in WISP: A powder but its so creamy its like a cream on your skin. It glides on with ease and is only $8. When I tell you I reach for this over any other highlighter I own I mean this. Powders tend to look off on my skin these days but again you have to find the right formula that works for your skin.  See it HERE 

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes: Just like BECCA Highlighters (another must have but I feel everyone knows about these already lol. If not see them HERE) the MAC glow palettes are soft, creamy and not chunky. Even though its a powder its smooth and gives your skin a dewy look. Never dry. See them HERE

FOUNDATIONSThe last piece of the glow puzzle is foundation! These four give me all the dewy goodness I crave with or without adding in liquid highlighter. Of course if I love a matte foundation I just add in liquid highlighter or apply all over my face then apply the matte foundation. However with these four they have a dewy glowy finish. These are staples for the summer. Who am I kidding, I use them all year long!

NARS Sheer Glow – See it HERE

Maybelline Dewy & Smooth – See it HERE

MAC – Next To Nothing – See it HERE / review and swatches see HERE 

L’Oreal  Pro Glow – See it HERE 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!!! Of course these products are not in any order but one thing I can say over and over is glowing skin comes from proper skincare and taking care of that first. Also dont forget what works for me may not work for you but that is why return policies are FANTASTIC lol!!

Get your GLOW  on and happy shopping!!!

 

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MAC COSMETICS & MACY’S EVENT: Girls Night Out!

I wanted to give you all a run down of the MAC Cosmetics X Macy’s Meet and Greet in case you could not attend or join in on the live demo on Instagram! First and foremost I want to Thank all the amazing and very talented people over at MAC and Macy’s on State Street who gave me this honor. You all were incredibly welcoming and so fun to hang out with! For all my Chicago followers if you are in the area please make sure to check out this location for your MAC Cosmetics and beauty needs!

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MAC Artist Michelle getting the DJ ready for the Event: Instagram Handles – @michelleadamsartistry @lovebug_chicago

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The guests and I had so much fun just talking about MAC products we love and why we love them, shared tips and talked and talked and talked all night, all things beauty! One guest loved my makeup that night and wanted to know how I get a natural looking makeup application. We grabbed some of my must have MAC Products along with suggestions from the MAC artists for her skin tone and started a live demo on my Instagram Stories where I discussed why I love these products, shared beauty tips and answered questions.

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MAC Demo &Product Breakdown:

MAC Cosmetics MUA: Clarissa – Instagram Handle @letsbrushnmakeup

Follower and lovely Model: Natasha

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Clarissa created a natural look that had a smokey eye that can be worn during the day with a nude lip but adding a pop of color on the lips gives the look a stamp of glam approval. Not only did Natasha love the way her makeup looked but she loved the way it felt! She doesn’t wear a ton all the time so I felt it was important for her to try some of my fav MAC MVP’s that are fool proof in my opinion. This is what many of the guests talked about, natural looking makeup that gives a “this is me but better than me look” Too many steps and products can be very intimidating and even though I am a “Beauty Blogger” I am an everyday woman who doesn’t have a ton of time to get ready and myself can be intimidated at times with too many steps (insert the perfect smokey eye… gets me everytime lol)

Before & After Shots:

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Before Makeup Application

 

 

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After Makeup Application

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MAC MUA Clarissa: Instagram Handle @letsbrushnmakeup

Thank You so much to all my followers and guests that came to the event and joined in on Instagram Live. Your support and sweet comments in my DM’s means so much and I truly enjoy interacting with you daily on all things beauty! I am testing out some new MAC products and wanted to give you the run down. Please let me know if you have tried these and what you are loving right now from MAC.

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WANT MORE MAC POSTS: 

  1. Must have MAC Nudes Part 1
  2. Must have MAC Nudes Part 2
  3. Must have MAC Red Lipsticks
  4. Summer Approved Bright Reds
  5. MAC Liptensity Line
  6. MAC Vampy Lipstick 

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TOP MAC PRODUCTS: MAC X ULTA

Dreams really do come true! MAC is now sold at Ulta Beauty and I could not be happier. While its currently only online it will be available in select stores starting in June. Most of you already know I prefer Ulta Beauty over Sephora as I love my drugstore makeup and their rewards program is so much better in my opinion. The fact that I can now redeem points on MAC  just gives me all the feelings and I am here to give you my picks for Top Mac Products to place in your shopping cart. PS for all my Ulta Beauty platinum holders out there I have been informed that just like all of the other prestige brands the 20% off coupons are excluded. However you know we tend to get surprises with those 20% off coupons so lets hope and pray  MAC is included on some of those. My advice? Stay platinum and keep your eyes open for that!!! Can you imagine?!! 20% off MAC…. I will just be over here waiting lol

Here are my pick for Top MAC Products you can purchase from Ulta Beauty:

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation: My first first foundation and I have never looked back. I have repurchased this soooo many times. Its a powder foundation that settles like a liquid. Talk about easy application with a matte finish and medium coverage. I am in the shade N5

Prep & Prime Fix + Spray: This spray has a cult following for a reason and if you are not a follower, believer or user please please just try it.  It is packed with vitamins and minerals and gives your face the hydration you need. Not only does this finish your makeup, you can use it to enhance the pigment of eyeshadows, spray it on before your makeup for a boost (I do this in the winter ALOT when I am real dry) & I have also sprayed my beauty sponges to dampen them when I do my makeup at my desk and don’t have water lol PS this comes in a travel size and its the perfect place to start to try this product.

Mineralize Skinfinish: The shade soft and gentle is iconic however because I wanted a more bronzy looking highlighter I opted for Global Glow and this product is just perfect. I know I will be adding more shades to my collection. This product is a slow baked powder with a radiant finish. You can use it as a highlighter or an all over face powder for a sheer glow to the skin.

Extra Dimension Blush: New to MAC’s blush family this blush is very very special. If you are new here I am a blush addict so I am picky and wow this formula is fabulous. So creamy and blendable and looks flawless on the skin.  Per the Ulta Website: “combining the smoothness of a cream, blendability of a liquid, and finish of a powder with long-wearing colour and prismatic reflections” 

Lip Products: MAC Lipsticks are my number 1 lipstick. I have tried numerous brands and finishes and I always go to my MAC in my collection or to MAC to purchase new colors I want in my collection. Liptensity is a new formula to the MAC family and I am in love. I can literally go on and on and on about them but instead I will leave you with some of my must have shades that are sold at Ulta.

  • Honey Love: Matte Finish
  • Lady Danger: Matte Finish (9 times out of 10 this is the ONLY red I wear)
  • Spirit: Satin Finish (totally underrated nude that I have made my mission as a blogger to make this shade a thing. Its perfect)
  • Blankety: Amplified Finish (go to nude)
  • Burnt Spice: Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
  • Driftwood: Liptensity

Prep & Prime Lip: At first I was not sure about this product. I kept reading about it and how much people have loved it. I gave in and bought it and oh boy the hype is real. This is perfect for your matte lipsticks to fill in those little lines and to prevent feathering. I wear this all the time with my red shades or liquid lipsticks.

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: My go to setting powder. Its a natural finish so its not too matte and not too dewy. This powder can he used to fix makeup throughout the day as well and on those days I just want a little bit of something to my face I will just use this after I moisturize. It literally wakes up my skin. I am in the shade Medium Plus

Eyeshadow X 9 Palettes: Small palette that packs a lot of punch and variety for you. These are great for everyday, to travel and to throw in your purse for those nights out after work.

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Liquid Foundation: If you ask my mother who has been so influential throughout my beauty journey she says nothing looks better on my skin than this foundation. I mix it with the strobe cream as this is a matte finish however its a natural matte. Its not too matte but I just prefer to have a more dewy glow. The color range for this foundation is amazing and my shade is C3.5 and that is why I just make it work for me because the shade is pretty much spot on. Per the Ulta Website: “A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium to full buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF 15 and PA++ protection. Applies, builds, and blends easily and evenly. Comfortable and long-wearing, it helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish

Strobe Cream: Since I just mentioned this iconic MAC Product lets talk about it next. It comes in 5 shades and can be used alone as an all over face product, mixed with foundation or on the high points of the face to highlight.  I love mixing liquid highlighters in my foundation and moisturizers and this is my go to. I prefer the shades Goldlite and Peachlite 

MAC has always been my go to. They were the first luxury brand that stole my heart at 16 and its been 20 years and I do not fore see any breakups in the future. I truly hope this helps you for your next Ulta Beauty purchase. Let me know what you plan to pick up or what some of your top MAC products are!

Want More MAC? Or to see MAC Swatches? Please see posts below:

* Swatches of the entire Liptensity line here
* Swatches of NEW Metallic Lipstick line here
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
* MAC Shadescents Line Information here
* My Custom MAC Eyeshadow Palette here 
* Three Must Have MAC Redlipsticks here
* Review on MAC Prep & Prime Oil / LipScrubs here
 Top MAC Products
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