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Extra Glow {But REALLY Ruddy Expensive}

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

This is a post about spendy beauty products. Just incase you really don’t want to be encouraged to part with your hard earned cash on cosmetics I’m warning you in advance.

Nothing wrecks havoc on my skin like lack of sleep and stress. Not even a poor diet or extreme climates. I’ve been looking like absolute sh*t lately. And I’m not angling for compliments or exaggerating. I just haven’t been sleeping properly. And I’m stressed because I’m not sleeping. And I’m not sleeping because I’m stressed. And then it’s just one massive dodgy grey-skinned merry-go round of perpetual doom.

There are too many ideas in my head and too many things on the to-do list. Don’t worry I’ll be fine soon – I have a few weeks off in April for some much needed rest and recuperation.

In the meantime, no amount of fancy serums, paint-stripper scented liquid exfoliators or vitamin enriched creams are going to make my epidermis glow. At times like this the only thing for it is to fake it with magical make-up. At the moment therefore I’m using more products than I perhaps normally would, but at least I’ve got the confidence to face the world without wearing a paper bag.

Let’s start with the most expensive shall we? The Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder Morning Aura is AMAZING. SO much so that it was limited edition and they bought it back. Because folks DEMANDED they do. It’s basically a sheeny pearlised primer that adds a subtle lustre.

I put on a thin layer over moisturiser and look distinctly less knackered. It’s £68 from Selfridges. Apologies in advance.

On top of the Aura I’ve been applying Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 02 “Champagne”. It’s got a slight yellow/golden tint to it that evens out your skin tone yet looks like nothing at all. I fluff a bit of loose powder on top to “finish”. The base also comes in “Rose” (a more pinky shade) and a more bronze-y “Peach”. I like it because it is neither greasy nor drying. And it doesn’t settle into fine lines or emphasise pores.

On the subject of Clarins, I’ve also been reaching for their Instant Concealer which is illuminating yet medium coverage. It’s raved about on social media frequently by beauty bloggers and vloggers alike and I can see why. A little goes a very long way and you get 15ml in a tube compared to 5ml which is the standard for most of the clicky pen type alternatives – so it’s actually really good value. I pat it on gently with my ring finger and it does a super job of hiding stubborn blue/purple tones.

I’ve developed a rather clever method (even if I do say so myself) of enhancing my lips using Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in Pillow Talk and her new lipstick in the pink/beige shade “Valentine“. I generally think lip liner is a faff but I have to say, this particular pencil is soft, subtle and quick to apply and really does make a noticeable difference to both shape and longevity.

A pretty pout isn’t going to make me look less like death per se but I figure it will at least take the emphasis away from my dark circles and recent bout of rosacea. Winner.

Last but not least my last recommendation is admittedly, slightly ridiculous. But life is short so…..WEAR THE EYE FOIL. Yep you heard that right. Not only is Mrs Beckham enhancing your mug with her aforementioned wake-up call that is Morning Aura, she is also adding a glinty twinkle to your lids with a tube of liquid shimmer. I have the shade 02 “Blonde Gold” which is surprisingly natural yet ever so slightly disco.

Selfridges are only allowing you to purchase three at a time due to the limited availability (!) – I wouldn’t suggest buying multiples just yet but I can promise you it will be product lust at first application.

Do let me know if you own any of these items or if you’ve recently purchased something that will take away the grey in the comments box below.

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16 thoughts on “Extra Glow {But REALLY Ruddy Expensive}

  1. Oooohhhh I’m in the market for some glow enhancers and I’ve not tried any of these except for Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in Pillow Talk (of which Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in East End Snob is an exact colour dupe btw, not quite as buttery but still excellent for the <£7 price point).

    One weird and life changing thing I will mention though is apple cider vinegar. If you're game enough to take two tablespoons of it every night in a shot of water (it's the most vile taste but totally worth it) you'll have Disney princess like sleep regardless of how many hours your getting. I've also noticed a distinct difference in the lustrousness and strength of both my nails an hair since doing this. Gavin and I both take it (and have converted many a friend too) and notice a HUGE difference in how poor our sleep is on the nights we forget.
    Get organic ACV, try it for a week. Honestly, weird but game changer.

    1. Scratch that… I just checked the price of the Rimmel lip liner and it’s £3.99!! I’ve been paying Australian prices for far too long. Roll on Boots shopping sprees!

    2. Most random thing I’ve ever heard re. apple cider vinegar….. looks in kitchen cupboard. Deffo giving it a try!

  2. Ooh – this is very tempting indeed and I’ve read nothing but good reviews about most of the range! Do you think the Morning Aura would suit all skin tones? Always a bit nervous that skin illuminators will make my asian skin look a bit grey/ashy!

    1. Hi Mrs N, I would advise trying it in store if you can, I think it’s very translucent but I wouldn’t want you to make such an investment and for it not to turn out right x

  3. Definitely going to try Naomi’s gross vinegar thing. It sounds significantly cheaper than VB’s Morning Aura, though I can’t guarantee I won’t buy that too…

    Actually I want all the Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder range. When I win the lottery I’m buying the whole set for £850!

    Charlotte, please Instagram yourself wearing the eye foil – I think I need to see! x

  4. Charlotte, does the Clarins concealer best the Estée Lauder brush on glow? As you and I both know it’s the bomb, but I need to know if I will be making a new purchase!

      1. Hi Jessica! I LOVE Estee Lauder as you know but I would say the Clarins offers more coverage and stays on a bit longer. Hopefully when I’m less tired I’ll go back to EL – I love the ease of the pen and it’s so natural, but the Clarins is brilliant for dark DARK circles x

        1. Ooh! You’ve sold me. Off to the bullring this weekend and heading straight to the Clarins counter! Xx

  5. You’re terrible Muriel!

    That Morning Aura looks very tempting…

    As someone who has suffered from sleep issues for years I feel your pain. Have you tried This Works Deep Pillow Spray? Smells lush and v calming..

    I bought Bare Minerals Serum Foundation which is nice and glowy. It’s fairly low coverage and I’m having a wee outbreak just now so I have been patting on a bit of my YSL Touche Eclat Foundation on top!

    Hope you get some shut eye soon Charlotte 🙂

    1. Oh Lynn love the sound of a serum foundation! Seriously my skin is actually falling off in sheets today (an over consumption of erm…..Moet (!) has probably assisted in this dry-phase. So my own stupid fault entirely).

      Think I need this pillow spray you speak of – thanks for the recommendation xx

  6. Rosie for Autograph does a great radiance cream which I’ve been wearing under make up- it’s been helping this new mum look slightly less sleep deprived! I got it for Christmas so not sure of the price but bound to be a lot cheaper than the VB one! Xx

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