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Perfect glowing skin or the perfect glowing complexion rather, is something we all wish we had. I have no end of magazines on ‘how to achieve’ the perfect glow, but sometimes it’s a fine line between glowing and looking shiny. Glitter and shimmer is not always the desired effect. We want to see the product work effortlessly and look as though we just fell out of bed ala plump face and glowing skin. With that being said, I think Iv found that perfect combination. 

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No filter has been used in the above photo, just natural light. As you can see, my skin appears rather dewy and juicy and has a glorious luminous look all over. This could not be any easier to achieve. I am still quite taken aback as to how easy the whole look is. 

It’s all about the base. I am putting more and more effort into my base recently. Goner the days when I’d slap on the nearest foundation over moisturiser. It’s all about the steps before hand to achieve the perfect base. I start with a bloody good cleanse. If I have more time I use a balm cleanser all over the face, (currently loving Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm)  rinse a hot muslin and place over my face.’I repeat this process two or three times before removing the rest of the cleanser from my face with the muslin. If I don’t have as much time, I reach for a gel cleanser, (I’m currently loving Pevonia Micro Retinol Cleanser) as this is a very easy slap on and wash off number, if time is not on your side

After cleansing, I apply my new favourite serum by Caudalie. I had a sample of this from my last Space NK goody bag, I fell in love and had to have the full size. The Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum does exactly what it says on the bottle. Quenches the skin and oh my, does this make such a difference. I am using some retinol products at the moment which can cause dryness on the skin, this serum by Caudalie revitalises my skin, like a sucker punch of moisture to the face. Pow. My new favourite serum by far. 

Moisturiser wise, I have been using EVE LOM Brightening Cream which is so lovely to use each morning. Light and absorbs really easily into the skin. I have noticed my skin looking much much brighter. Next is the life altering Ambient Light Correcting Primer from Hourglass Cosmetics. As usual I had high hopes for this new Hourglass product and it has not disappointed. I opted for Luminous Light, a natural beige colour which deflects light particles to achieve a perfect base and luminous glow. Once applied you can see just how luminous the skin looks. This is surprising when you see the consistency of the product, it glides on easily and evenly, working it’s way into the nooks and crannies of your face. This is the first time I have felt a primer really work at filling in pores and creating a flawless base. Your skin really is like a perfect canvas to get to work on. 

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On top of the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer I am using their Hyaluronic Skin Tint. Sadly I don’t know the shade as it has rubbed off at the back of the tube, but the effect of this tint is a keeper. Complete with SPF and Hyaluronic Acid – need I say much more? The Hourglass Hyaluronic Skin Tint glides on really easily. It’s rather pigmented too for such a lightweight product, blends really well and absorbs into the skin leaving a subtle but dewy look overall. You can’t help but keep looking at yourself because your look so good. (Ha) It really has that effect. This is the closest I have ever felt to having perfect skin and a glowing complexion. 

Now that my base is sorted, I opted for a few new products I purchased at Space NK recently. I was super excited about the launch of the new NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer and it did not disappoint when it arrived. This is my first purchase of a liquid bronzer and I am totally hooked! It creates contours easily and gives a beautiful sun kissed glow to the skin by simply dotting it on around the face and blending well. This is a must have product in my opinion, it last all day and makes my overall make up look better. I added some compact NARS Casino bronzer ontop, I find Casino to be a nicer bronzer shade so it adds the right kind of definition I’m looking for on top of the liquid. (Fingers crossed NARS release a liquid version of Casino!!) But you could easily use one or the other, this double application was to emphasise the glowing effect. Rather well done don’t you think? 

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The finishing touch was Mascara, I am all about NARS Audacious Mascara – I purchased it as soon as it launched and this is my second purchase (bought a little prematurely because I dropped my older Audacious down the toilet! So a new one was required asap!!). This mascara lengthens the lashes to perfection, it starts off quite inky but it does settle down after a week or so of application which then allows you to really build on the lashes without clumping. I get so many compliments on my lashes when I wear this mascara. It really seperates each lash, even the tiny little ones because the brush has a variety of bristles to really get into those smaller lashes. 

I really love the overall look and it has become my favourite daily look, so easy to achieve with the above mentioned products and quickly as well. I used my fingers for liquid application and a Japonesque brush for the compact bronze, literally five minutes and your done. I kept my lips nude for this look, but you could add some colour with lipstick of gloss should you wish too.

So there you have it. Easy glowing skin in a few steps using Hourglass Cosmetics and NARS, what do you think?

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Words by Danielle Alexandria 

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