If you’re anything like me, January can be a tough month. The holidays are over, the cold weather seems to have permanently set in, my clothes may feel a little tighter than last year, and suddenly my skin just looks – blah – too. I’m sure a trip to St. Barts could turn things around, but if “resort” time isn’t in your plans either I can at least help you get your glow back. From my fave brightening skincare to some brand new beauties, I’m sharing my personal go-tos for looking refreshed, renewed and radiant from head to toe!
Clarisonic Radiance Collection – Created specifically to help you achieve a more even, brighter complexion, this system has turned my Clarisonic love into a slight obsession! It comes with two cleansers. One is a creamy foaming wash you use in the morning and the other is a gel cleanser + peel combo for night to really exfoliate and remove the impurities we’re literally faced with every day. I love them both! This set also includes a Brightening Serum to apply after cleansing, and I have to tell you that I used every last drop and want more. Considering beauty products fill nearly every open space in my home, that says a lot! With this system I’ve seen a huge change in my skin’s glow factor and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
SK-II Cellumination Cream EX – I feel like I’ve gushed about this Cream in the past, but if it’s your first time reading about my love of SK-II Skincare, this is one of the products I try to always have on hand. You can tell from the gorge iridescence of the packaging this cream was designed to give your skin a glow, and it does! It has a lightweight almost gel-like feeling but is still ultra-hydrating and makes my skin look and feel great every time I use it.
Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream – Another must-have for me … I feel like I’m telling you all of my secrets today! Among my rather large collection of eye creams, this is one I come back to again and again. The formula is perfect to me, creamy and hydrating but not too rich or heavy, it’s my fave dark circle fighter, and it has a Hydra Luminizing Powder that delivers an instant brightening effect so you really see results ASAP.
Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin – Last but not least for my skincare faves, I include this among a new category of products I call “the finishers” because you apply them after everything else, including your moisturizer. For me, DreamSkin almost magically reduces redness and leaves my skin with a refined glow. I say refined because it doesn’t leave a dewy glow like most illuminating and brightening products. I would almost describe it as having a matte finish but with a boost of radiance, which I know sounds bananas but it’s true. I’ve never found another product like it and it’s definitely one I reach for whenever I have an event or my skin needs a little extra glow.
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Nudes Collection – Yes, I adore Bobbi Brown. I also feel like if there’s one person who knows how to do nudes, it’s Bobbi, and her latest collection proves it again. Illuminating Nudes is all about simply enhancing your already gorgeous skin with the right products to give you a sheer glow and light coverage. I’m a HUGE fan of the EXTRA line, so this new Illuminating Balm is at the top of my new product list! She’s also added new shades of CC Cream, which is one of the products I’ve used for some time as more of a daily foundation. It’s light but has enough coverage to even and enhance your skin tone in one quick step. And it should be a given that I’m obsessed with nearly every lip gloss. What I like about these three new shades is how sheer they are. The finish is more like a gloss with a tint of color, so they’re totally wearable and would look pretty on anyone!
Burberry Fresh Glow – One of my best-kept skin secrets is finally revealed! Burberry Fresh Glow is a daily obsession I cannot go without. That glow you love on Kara and Kate in the My Burberry ads, it’s from Fresh Glow. I introduced this to my niece in the Fall … When I accidentally packed the sample I meant to leave behind for her, I had a text waiting when I landed with pics of the product and questions about where to buy it because she was instantly hooked – oops! Yes, it’s that good. Applied prior to or mixed with foundation, it gives your skin the fresh, dewy glow with exactly the right amount of shimmer. Unfortunately I can’t link you to the product, but you can call to order it here 212.494.4765
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder – Shown here in Bronze Glow, Bobbi’s Brightening Powder is very different from her Shimmer Bricks. I know it’s easy to get the two confused. The Brightening Powder is brilliant and I use it daily. Swept on cheeks, the bridge of your nose, forehead and chin, it adds an extra boost of sheer radiance without shimmer. If you’re one of the many who’ve asked about my “glow,” Burberry Fresh Glow and Bobbi Brightening Finishing Powder are a big part of that answer.
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face & Body – All that said, you guys know I have no problem adding a little shimmer to shake to things up. This new Illuminating Shimmer Powder from Urban Decay is amaze! It’s definitely got some sparkle, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’ll add a little to highlight my cheeks at night and place just a touch at the very inner corner of my eyes to give them an instant pop. You can bet as soon as it’s warm enough to stat baring some skin again, this little beauty will be highlighting along my collar bone and legs too!
Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Body – I promised you a head-to-toe glow, so this BB Body had to make the list. It’s only the best slightly shimmering, skin-enhancing beauty balm around to make you instantly feel better about your physique! It’s hydrating formula has a touch of color, but not like a self-tanner, so even your palest mid-January skin can look gorgeously glowing. xx