Hoarding Diaries – Intense Illuminations

The other day on Twitter I was caught saying ”OMGsss CAN’T BELIEVE PPL HAVE SO MANY BLUSHERS THEY CAN CHOOSE A TOP 5” (or something to that effect, obviously with better spelling and grammar) Anyway today I was looking for something I knew I had somewhere amongst my make up and realised, shit man, I’m a massive hypocrite! I discovered loads of products that I have many variations off. So I thought I’d blog about them and go through the hits and misses out of my ”collections”. It may help to prevent other people from making such hoarding faux pas’s?! To start with I’m going to go through my ‘illuminating’ skin care. It’s in the form of primers and moisturisers, all ‘under make up’ stuff basically. 
 (l-r; benefit the porefessional, benefit that gal, soap and glory hocus focus, superdrug vitamin E radiance moisture cream, technic prime it, cetum creme de lite, eyeko cream, mememe seventh heaven {click product name to see previous reviews})
 Apologies for the grottyness of some of these bottles and tubes. They’ve been in the bottom of baskets and bags for god knows how long. You’re probably thinking I don’t actually own that many illuminating products compared to most, but considering it’s not a ‘look’ I want to go for I really don’t know why I keep purchasing things! 
 Some of this stuff is really old too, I remember buying that Eyeko cream when they first started stocking it in Superdrug stores for a fiver.
 I think my favourite from my ‘range’ is the Soap and Glory Hocus Focus. It has a really nice pinkish glow to it, it can seem a little bit runny but just means you only need to use a little bit of it. It seems to stick in place on your face a bit better than illuminating primers tend to, as when I put foundation over some of them it seems like they almost just rub off.
 The idea of Hocus Focus is to reflect the light and minimise the appearance of imperfections on the skin. I have a great deal of imperfections and it seems to help a tiny bit more than other illuminating skin care I have. Overall this wins for consistency, smell and all round goodness.
 As you’ve probably seen reviews everywhere of the other products in my ‘collection’ the only other product I’ll talk about is the Eyeko cream. I’m not sure if they even still make or sell this after the Eyeko revamp (I much prefer the old branding and prices by the way) but it’s quite a good all rounder.
 The consistency is really thick but you can put it all over the face smoothly with a bit more rubbing and create an effect similar to Hocus Focus or mix it up with moisturiser for a more subtle glow. As the formula is quite thick also you can use it as a highlighter on the cheeks or brow bones.
I think the ‘misses’ out of this stuff that I use the least are the mememe seventh heaven and benefit that gal; both of which are meant to be primers and both of which do nothing for me I’m afraid!
What’s your favourite highlighting/illuminating product?? Are you also a secret beauty hoarder?
I’ll be doing more posts similar to this showing my other collections of STUFF. I’m a bit shocked at how much I have! 


  1. March 4, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    the eyeko one is one that I add to foundation before applying, makes me look LUMINOUS I tells ya!

    • March 4, 2012 / 1:09 pm

      I might try that actually! Its very sparkly though, might look like im off freakin twilight.

  2. March 3, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    i look for this sort of things, i hate dull skin! L'oreal are bringing out a lumi primer soon 🙂 lots interesting! x

    • March 4, 2012 / 1:09 pm

      Oooh sounds good, soap and glory have a foundation with primer mixed in so might try that

    • March 4, 2012 / 1:09 pm

      Thank you.

  3. March 3, 2012 / 11:45 am

    All good stuff, I have tried most of these but particularly love Porefessional too. Ugh, couldn't live without such heavenly product!


    • March 4, 2012 / 1:09 pm

      Its great but not for me, I can see why people love it though!

  4. March 3, 2012 / 9:59 am

    This is a great post, looking forward to the rest! x

    • March 4, 2012 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you!

  5. March 2, 2012 / 7:25 pm

    I had the Eyeko stuff years ago too. I wasn't really sure how to use it so I put it on underneath foundation and it looked awful, it made my face all cakey. Think I threw it away!
    My favourite is the Superdrugs vitamin E radiance cream.

    Holli x

    • March 2, 2012 / 7:39 pm

      It is quite hard to blend, you have to have JUST the right amount and rub it in well!

    • March 3, 2012 / 11:47 am

      Kind of regret chucking it now, I'm sure I could make it work now that I'm more make up experienced! x

  6. March 2, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    seems like very good stuffs here 🙂

    have a nice weekend!

  7. March 2, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    I remember my mum bought that eyeko cream from The Clothes Show (we went for my 16th birthday, i'm now 21) !! And i also, much prefer the old branding and prices! I'm such a beauty hoarder too!!

    • March 2, 2012 / 7:39 pm

      It is REALLY old! But I still crack it out now and again.

    • March 2, 2012 / 1:34 pm

      They have quite a few very similar products in the soap and glory range, I'm not sure why I chose hocus focus out of all of them though! They have a similar product which moisturisers too but I forgot the name!

    • March 2, 2012 / 3:55 pm

      Hocus Focus looks good, I'm surprised I've never spotted it before! I end to use either Nars Orgasm Illuminator or the Nars Luxor Multiple for highlighting or illuminating but admittedly I don't really use either of them that often.

  8. March 2, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    Love this post! 🙂 What camera are you currently using? (sorry if you've already said!) x

    • March 2, 2012 / 1:33 pm

      I use a Nikon D40, its really old and the flash is broke but it does the job!

    • March 2, 2012 / 1:33 pm

      I heard that, but I've not tried the MAC strobe cream to compare!