An Ode to Glossier

 

If there’s one brand that speaks to millennials right now, it’s Glossier. Their “Skin First, Makeup Second” mantra caters to the young twenty-something crowd who are way too busy going to school or work to spend 30+ minutes on a full face of makeup. And you know what? It has me hooked too!

I have only tried a few products from Glossier, but I can already tell that I like how the products perform and how convenient they are. So far, I have tested out: the Cloud Paint in both Puff and Beam, The Balm Dotcom in Coconut, and the Super Pure Serum.

Cloud Paint

This has been my favorite purchase from this brand so far, which is a big surprise to me. I hate cream blushes with a passion. Why? They fade, they’re patchy, and they’re so sticky. Somehow Glossier really hit the nail on the head with these little guys, because the formula is so incredibly dreamy. Both colors are gorgeous; Puff being a bright baby pink and Beam being a soft pinky-peach color. I love that you only need a teeny tiny amount for both cheeks, which will make each tube of product go a long way. My preferred method is to dot the product on my cheeks, and then go in with a flat stippling or kabuki brush to blend everything out. I love that I can get a light flush of color or layer for higher coverage without getting blotchy, which can happen with other cream blushes.

Balm Dotcom

I LOVE this stuff! First off, the coconut scent is amazing; It smells like actual coconuts rather than a cheap sunscreen like other lip balms. It also does a really amazing job with moisturizing my lips without being too thick. I sadly lost mine when I had half of a tube left, but I am definitely ordering another one in the very near future.

Super Pure

So a quick back story: Last September I bought a Clarisonic and it completely ravaged my skin. My skin is pretty normal with only a few break outs here and there, but I have never had such bad reaction to anything in my life. Some reviews I read warned of a purge period during the first few weeks of use, but this was something else. For months I tried all sorts of treatments and pimple related products, but nothing really seemed to help the acne that had formed. I tried this on a whim since it’s reasonably priced and the modern packaging was right up my alley. I wouldn’t say it completely cured my skin issues, but it definitely helped calm things down a bit. I can’t use it all over my face because my skin is so dry, however when I see a new little pimple pop up I go after it with a few dots of this serum. I’m tempted to also get Super Glow as well since my skin is so lackluster now.

 

Have you tried anything from Glossier? Has there been anything from the brand that you loved or something you just didn’t click with? Let me know in the comments!

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Self Tanners, Yah or Nah?

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So I’m going out both Friday (today) and Saturday this weekend, which is huge for me. I’m more of a laying in bed or just hanging out type of gal, but one of my best friends and I had birthdays this week. And birthdays are something to be celebrated, no matter how badly I want to lay in bed!

For some odd reason I decided that yesterday was they day I really tried self-tanning, so I ran out and grabbed the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. I’ve heard really great things about this and it has pretty high reviews online, so why not?

Sadly I didn’t think about blogging my experience until just now (uuuuuugh), but I hope to make up for my lack of pictures with a very detailed description.

To begin with, this tanner is green-ish which will give a realistic olive glow. It pumps out like a normal mousse would, but once you touch it it’s much more liquidy and very spreadable. I do definitely recommend using a mitt to apply this to avoid lame streaks, but I suppose it’s not a necessity.  Another recommendation is to pump the product ONTO the mitt and not dot it on yourself. I somewhat made this mistake by doting it on my face so I wouldn’t get a ton of product on one area, however it kinda left a blob-like stain on my face. Luckily this product is amazing and the blob stain didn’t appear in the end result.

The actual application process was much easier than I thought it would be, with the product spreading evenly across my skin. It dries very fast and the scent isn’t overbearing. I don’t have a super sensitive nose so self-tanner scents never bother me, but this one was noticeably light. You’re supposed to leave it on for 4-8 hours before rinsing it all off, but I lazily left it on for about 11 hours – oops.

The end result was a pretty light tan, that’s perfect for winter in Chicago! One thing that worried me was going to bed pale and waking up 7 shades darker, and happily that is not the case. I have a realistic and light glow that wakes my complexion up a bit and not one bit of streaking.

Winter Skin Issues

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I love the beginning of winter, which to me is mid-November through early January. I love the holidays and I love laying in bed watching bad reality tv. The only issue is when I do decide to venture out with people, is the weird crap that happens to my skin at this time of year. Cold Chicago weather just kills me sometimes…

This year my issues have kind of gone to two extremes, with one side of my chin being dry and flaky and the other half has pimples popping up. So what are you supposed to do when your face decides to declare war against you? Bring out the big guns obviously.

To combat the dry flaky patches I have been using the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to give everything a quick dose of hydration. I grabbed a sample of this at Sephora over the weekend, and it’s doing a terrific job already. Sometimes I feel like my thicker moisturizers just sit on my face and don’t do much, but the Origins mask really penetrates the layers of my skin to soften things up.

I also find that using a face oil before regular moisturizer at night can really help lock in that extra moisture that dry skin needs. I  would personally recommend the well-loved Josie Maran Argan Oil. Everybody and their dog has talked about this stuff, but it really does work!

As for the pimpled half of my chin, I’ve been using the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask to draw out the gunk and really clear out my pores. This mask is just great, and lasts for eons. I normally use it once a week just to give my face a good clean through and I typically see fast results.

Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Gel Cleanser

About 4 or 5 weeks ago I was getting some weird dry patches around my mouth and chin area, while my cheeks were getting breakouts. I typically get my cleansers and moisturizers from Target or Ulta, but I was pretty freaked out by this combination and decided to finally delve into fancy-pants skin products to see if they really made a difference. I did some online Sephora research (this happens ALL the time), and I began reading some of the descriptions for Boscia products. I liked that they weren’t obscenely expensive and based on their online reviews they seemed like a pretty reputable brand, and I initially decided on getting the Tsubaki hydrating mask to see if that would get rid of the dry patches. But being indecisive ol’ me, I went to Sephora and was overwhelmed with my options and ended up getting a sample of the mask and purchasing the Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel.

boscia - Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel

http://www.sephora.com/tsubaki-cleansing-oil-gel-P384108?skuId=1565118

At first I didn’t think that the cleanser was really “cleansing” my skin because it just felt so weird. It’s more of a gel-like consistency and smells a little like grapefruit, but my skin never had that tight and clean feel to it. Now I know it’s because of the oil that my skin feels less dried out/stripped and more supple and healthy. I kid you not this stuff got rid of all my dry patches and pimples in like 3 weeks and I still have over half of the bottle left, so I’m pretty pumped about that. It did take me a minute to figure out which moisturizer to use with this cleanser but I’ve been using a Ulta bronzing face moisturizer since it isn’t too heavy or light. All in all I totally recommend this cleanser if you’re in need of something gentle but still powerful.  The Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Gel is $28 for 5 oz and is available for purchase at Sephora or Sephora.com.

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