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6 Products for That Vegan Summer Glow (in Winter!)
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This article was first published on the now defunct LoveLula Blog and features products provided by them. It has been re-published on Katie Vibes with their permission. 

The weather is questionable; cold, windy - but it's time to get that glow - that vegan glow. A vibrant wholefoods plant-based diet helps along glowing skin but everyone can benefit from a bit of help. Here are six great products that offer the serious glow-factor without any animal-derived ingredients...

 

Prepping for that winter fake tan

In order to maximise your skin-safe tan, prep your body with a good body scrub and oil. Sukin offer various affordable products in these categories and bonus - everything is 100% vegan-friendly. I've picked out Sukin's BioNatural Skin Oil as it's a great basic body oil. It absorbs quickly and is non-offensive in terms of scent. Even if you don't quite get time to exfoliate, this oil will leave you with wonderfully soft and smooth-feeling limbs. Prep-aside, Eco by Sonya's Winter Skin is hands-down the best vegan self-tanning moisturiser. It's easy to apply, leaves no streaks and smells lovely - no tell-tale fake tan smells in these parts!

 

Face time

For the face, a solid skincare routine is important if you want glowing skin. The best areas to invest in would be a brightening face oil and a decent exfoliating mask. My top pick for the latter is something I've spoken about many-a-time, the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel MaskThis mask is quick to use (as no mixing is involved) and as long as you skin isn't super sensitive, it's suitable for most skin types. I find that I only need to apply this mask for 10 minutes to be left with brighter and smoother skin.

I like to follow up a good exfoliating mask with a moisturising and balancing face oil. And the best oils for glow contain naturally brightening ingredients like rosehip oil. Isla Apothecary's Immortelle Scar + Blemish Oil is a great choice as it can be used on both the face and body. As well as rosehip oil, it contains many other ingredients targeted towards fading pigmentation and brightening the skin.

 

Emphasising the glow

Finally any natural glow can be tastefully accentuated with the right products. Inika's Organic BB Cream Foundation offers a fabulous light-to-medium coverage base that evens and brightens the skin. Its finish is semi-matte without being flat. It provides a decent amount of coverage without being too heavy. Shown here is one of the sample sizes (available at LoveLula) which are great if you aren't 100% sure of your shade. For reference, I use Cream for fair to light skin tones that lean neutral or yellow. I have done a full review of this product here.

Of course, a highlighter is also a must in this case and I really love the Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighters. I use Falling Star as its rose gold tone is perfect for paler skins. Alternatively, Sun Halo offers a deeper bronzey look for medium and darker skin tones. These cream highlights are very easy to blend and add just the right amount of glow for any vegan makeup look.

What are some of your favourite products for achieving a vegan-friendly glow?

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Alternative Winter Nail Polish Picks

When I think about the nail polishes that I have been reaching for recently, it seems I've been going for slightly non-conventional choices considering it is now winter. I've also been trying a few new brands to me and I'm quite impressed! Here's what I've been reaching for:

Nailberry Blueberry*
Look at this packaging! Something about Nailberry as a brand absolutely screams luxe. But unfortunately, this luxury is definitely reflected in the price of their polishes. So, when I was given the chance to try them through the LoveLula blogger programme, I was quick to jump on it. I chose the shade Blueberry which is a really lovely royal purple creme shade. It applies really beautifully and I can't help but feel a little fancy when I use it.

Little Ondine Karma
I only own a couple polishes from Little Ondine but they are not that new to me. I bought this last year and I have done a full review on this particular shade in the past. Karma is a really lovely teal shade that is super flattering on the nails. I really enjoy the formula of this shade (as long as it is used with the dedicated base/top coat), but I have experienced some inconsistency within the brand so I cannot speak for the performance of other shades. Little Ondine have a really innovative formulation so I would like to think their other shades work just as well as this one!

Maggie Anne Jasper*
Maggie Anne is another new to be brand, who offer 6-free gel effect nail polish in a variety of beautiful colours. I've been testing out these two shades and the gel effect top coat and loving all of them. Jasper has probably been my favourite; a slightly mauve nude shade. Totally unconventional for winter, but super pretty and professional-looking for work. I'm addicted to wearing this and I've just decided while writing this that I'm going to be applying it next!

Maggie Anne Pearl*
You can't really beat a plain black nail polish and I haven't owned one in years! This colour definitely looks more chic on long nails but the high-shine gel effect definitely helps with it looking a little more grown up than the black polish we wore to school. Just like Jasper, I really like the formula of this and I especially enjoy the size and shape of the brush. It totally reminds me of the Essie brush, something that I really used to get along with. I'm excited to possibly try some more shades from Maggie Anne in the future!