And yes. I’m now as obsessed as everyone else is. Ugh. Don’t you hate it when you give into hype and then regret not giving into it sooner?

I made my first Glossier purchase about 2 months ago. I did my research and decided on a few carefully selected products. After testing them out for a couple weeks, I made a second purchase. Fast forward 2 weeks and I’m totally converted.

Glossier Product Review

 

Check out my full review below:

Boy Brow in Brown

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

It’s as good as they say. Light hold (this is no Anastasia Brow Gel), texture, a tint that lasts. If you have barely-there brows and are used to a full dip-brow routine, this may not be for you. But the spaghetti monster in the sky blessed me with a natural mono-brow so my everyday brow products tend to be light pencils to fill in gaps and/or clear gels to keep those suckers in place. After using Boy Brow, I’ve found my HG brow product and obviously, a new reason for living.

Generation G in Crush, Zip, and Jam

Generation G in Crush Glossier Generation G in Zip Glossier Generation G in Jam

The first shade I bought was “Jam” and I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t crazy about it at first. It gave me wine lip. You know what I’m talking about. When it’s winter and you’ve got chapped lips and you just had 2 glasses of red wine and it’s accentuated all your cracks with deep purple, post-mortem nightshade? Yeah, that. Which is great if you’re into that kind of thing!

But personally, wine lip (unless from a true wine-colored matte lipstick) is just not my jam (get it?) Glossier’s Jam applied to bare lips on a cold November morning clings to dry spots and accentuates cracks like nobody’s business. I let it hang out in my makeup bag for awhile until I realized that applying a thin layer of lip balm underneath it changes EVERYTHING. Errrythang.

And yes, your lips should be properly exfoliated and moisturized before applying any lip color but REALLY. Who has time to do that every morning before rushing out the door? Ideally, a well-formulated lip color doesn’t accentuate dry lips and I admit that I may be adding extra steps to make this product work but ya know what? I LOVE the final look.

And it really is a unique product. There’s not many truly matte, truly sheer lipsticks out there. I picked up Crush and Zip in my second Glossier order and I’m officially a convert to the Generation G cult.

If Jam gives you wine lip, then Zip gives you Cheeto lip and Crush…idk, maybe makes you look like you just ate jello? I don’t really eat jello.

Anywho, now that I know how to use these, I can’t recommend them enough. They’d also be great for anyone who wants to wear a matte lip color but is afraid of anything too bold.

Haloscope in Moonstone and Quartz

Glossier Haloscope Swatches

I love a good highlighter and these do not disappoint. It’s been awhile since I’ve used a cream highlighter (I’m a big fan of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors and Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders) and I’m starting to wonder if I’ve been missing out on the wondrous world of cream highlighters! Haloscope is a bit more like a balm than anything else but fortunately, after using it regularly for a month I can confidently say, it does NOT break me out.

Moonstone is a sheer white glowy shimmer that turns fair complexions into little snow angels. Quartz is a little more golden and ideal for medium skin tones but still works on my NC/NW 25 skin. These both last really well throughout the day (8 hours, easily) and add a very realistic glow – noticeable enough to be worth applying but not as noticeable as say, Becca Opal. I probably won’t be purchasing the third shade, Topaz, as it’s probably too bronzy to work on my skin tone. I’d definitely purchase both of these shades again but I doubt I’ll have to, as the stick is pretty chunky and will probably last forever.

Clear Lip Gloss

Glossier Clear Lip Gloss + JamOkay, you guys know that I don’t do glossy lips. But I was watching a beauty blogger talk about this and she said it was just nostalgic and reminded her of the days when she was a teenager and wore clear lip gloss. I, too, remember those days when the only makeup I wore was Maybelline Great Lash and clear Bonnie Bell lip gloss. For many of us, a little tube of clear gloss was our first introduction to makeup and what can I say? Nostalgia made me do it.

Plus, Glossier has a deal where you can buy the Clear Lip Gloss + Generation G Lipstick for $6 off. I’d practically be LOSING money if I didn’t buy it…right guys? Right?!

Anywho, I love this lip gloss. I don’t know if it’s just been forever since I’ve worn a clear gloss or what – but the formula is sooooo smooth and luxurious. The doe-foot applicator is extra soft and cushiony and is just a dream to apply.

I still have bad memories of that hair-stuck-in-gloss phenomenon…so I’m not sure if I’ll ever step foot outside of my apartment with a shiny gloss on a windy day. That being said, I’ve already worn it a few times to the gym (with hair up tightly in a ponytail) and I’m kinda digging it…

How long until super shiny lips come back in style? Regardless, I would definitely repurchase.

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

I was so intrigued by the name of this cleanser and once I heard all my favorite bloggers raving about it, I knew I had to give it a try. After using it for a couple months, I don’t really know how I feel. It smells nice and has a nice texture but it definitely doesn’t remove makeup. Like, at all. And I don’t even wear the heavy-duty, waterproof stuff.

Also, I’m not totally confident that it’s really even all that cleansing. That being said, it rinses clean without drying your skin out and is totally decent for a morning cleanse or as a second cleanse in the evening (after makeup is removed). I’ll be using the rest of the bottle but probably not buying it again. 

Super Bounce Serum

Glossier Super Bounce

Glossier makes 3 different serums, Super Bounce (with Hyaluronic Acid), Super Glow (with Vitamin C) and Super Pure (with Zinc and Niacinamide). All three of these are all-star, anti-aging, antioxidant-packed ingredients so I had high expectations. I decided to pick up Super Bounce since ya know, WINTER IS COMING and I figured I’d need the extra moisture.

Sadly, this did absolutely nothing for my skin. Literally, nothing. It didn’t break me out at all, which is something considering I have sensitive skin but I might as well have been putting water on my face. Speaking of water, that’s basically the texture of this serum. It has JUST enough to it to keep it from running down your face.

Based on the reviews I read, this is the best one of the bunch so I probably won’t be trying out any of their other serums. The price isn’t expensive for a serum but it’s so tiny that I ran through the whole bottle in a month. And my face isn’t even that big. Thumbs down.

Balm Dotcom in Rose

Glossier Bam Dotcom in Rose

This is a pretty standard, subtly scented, pink-tinted lip balm. The packaging is super-cute and I enjoy using it but other than that – how much can I really rave about a lip balm? This layers great under the Generation G lipsticks and I probably will purchase it again just to try out the other scents but I wouldn’t say this is a MUST-buy.

 

The Verdict

Overall, I’d say give their makeup a try. I’m pretty impressed by what I’ve purchased so far and will probably give the Stretch Concealer and Wowder a try in the future (holla if you want to see review for those too). All three of the products I purchased in the makeup category are pretty much must-buys and all three now have a permanent home on my bathroom counter and in my makeup bag.

*Note, I’ve heard really positive things about the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint foundation and I’m sure I’d love it since I prefer watery, sheer foundations (like MAC Face & Body). Unfortunately, both the Glossier Skin Tint and MAC’s Face & Body contain Cyclopentasiloxane – an ingredient which breaks me out so badly, that even using it in my haircare will cause my back and neck to break out in huge cystic zits. Ugh. This ingredient is totally fine for most people so don’t let that deter you from trying out Glossier Skin Tint.

The skincare is meh. It didn’t break me out which, again, is really saying something given how many products out there just don’t work for me but I don’t think it’s anything that special. The formula of the Milky Jelly Cleanser is certainly unique and enjoyable to use but it’s not life-changing.

Glossier Packaging

Lastly, can we take a moment to talk about the packaging? I absolutely adore these little pink bubble wrap ziploc bags and have already started using them in my purse. Plus, I love it that they send out these cute stickers. I may be a grown-ass women, but I haven’t forgotten my Lisa Frank days. Emily Weiss and the Glossier team definitely know their target (millennial women) market.

Have you guys tried Glossier yet? What are your favorites/least favorites from the brand?

 

 

 

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See my review of the Maybelline Matte lipstick collection here. 

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude LipsticksI have a love/hate relationship with nude lipsticks. Whether it’s matte or glossy, I find that a lot of nudes wash out my fair, slightly cool-toned complexion. But alas…I keep trying to find that elusive, perfect nude and that led me to the Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude lipsticks.

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

Maybelline describes this collection as their “creamiest matte lipstick in 10 nude shades. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone.”

I have to say that these are, indeed, pretty creamy in texture – SLIGHTLY creamier than Maybelline’s standard matte lipstick formula. Personally, as much as I love a matte lip, I don’t mind the creamier texture. Nude lips can look sickly if they’re too matte so a smoother texture lends itself well to these kinds of shades.

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

I have 5 out of the 10 shades and really like 4/5 of them. Check out the shades on my NC/NW 25 skintone below:

Honey Pink

Words cannot describe how much I hate this color on me. I don’t know what sugar demon possessed me to buy it but alas, we are long past the 30-day return policy on this one so I guess Honey Pink and I are stuck together.

I would imagine this color would look way better on someone with red or blonde hair or as a fresh pop of color on very dark skintones. I’m smiling in this picture but I’m dying inside.

Maybelline Honey Pink

Almond Rose

This shade is oh-so romantic. It’s the perfect neutral rose for day or night, any season.

Maybelline Almond Rose

 

Brown Blush

This one is more like a dark mauve and pairs great with a golden/bronze eyeshadow look. It’s very on-trend for that cool-toned grunge look. If that’s your thing.
Maybelline Brown Blush

Raw Chocolate

Does anyone else sometimes buy makeup products based on the shade name? I think I was craving chocolate when I bought this one and I have #noregrets. It’s warm, chocolatey and rich without being too dark and pairs pretty well with just about any eyeshadow look.Maybelline Raw Chocolate

Toasted Truffle

Mmm…toasted truffles…if I wear the lipstick, will Maybelline feed me truffles? Sadly, no. But this is a gorgeous shade worthy of its name. It’s pretty dark on me but because it’s still so neutral, it’s not difficult to pull off on a random Wednesday morning.

 

Overall, I’d give these lipsticks an A+ for formula and shade range. My favorite, most-worn shades are “Almond Rose” and “Raw Chocolate.” What are your thoughts on nude lipsticks? Love em’ or hate em’?

Comment below with your favorite nude lipstick <3

 

 

At this point, I probably don’t need to tell you that I’m completely obsessed with matte lipsticks. My cup literally overflow-eth with various matte lip formulas from Rimmel to Nars. I would have to say, that one of my favorite, most-worn matte lipsticks is actually from that old drugstore standby – Maybelline.

These babies come in at $7.49 a pop and if you can get them while Ulta has one of their bogo sales, you can get two for under $12 bucks. Not too shabby.

I have 8 out of the 20 shades and I have to say – these are killer quality for a drugstore lipstick. They’re super pigmented, matte as hell and reasonably long-lasting.

Maybelline Matte Lipsticks

Maybelline Matte LipsticksIn terms of comfort, it’s a matte. So if you usually think matte lipsticks are too drying or uncomfortable, you may not like these. They’re classic matte formulas which I personally love, but I know some people may not find them comfortable. That being said, I wear these every day in the dead of winter and as long as I’m slathering on that lip balm at the end of the day, I’m fine.

Okay, now let’s get into the fun stuff. Here are the shades!

Clay Crush

This color wears like a warm, terracotta, medium-toned peachy nude on me. It’s pretty wearable year-round and with a variety of eye looks.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush

Clay Crush

 

Lust For Blush

I don’t tend to wear this one as often as I should but it’s a really cool-toned pink without being too “barbie.” I don’t really feel like it’s “me” but I imagine this color would flatter a wide range of skin tones. When I do wear this, I like to pair it with a warm/bronze/gold smoky eye to balance out the coolness of the lip.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush

Lust For Blush

 

Touch Of Spice

Touch of Spice, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…it’s neutral without washing me out, has enough of a pink undertone to be flattering but not so much that it looks like a pink lip…it’s perfect for fall/winter but I’ve definitely worn it in spring.It pairs perfectly with pretty much any of those neutral MAC lip liners (spice, soar, whirl etc.)

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice

Touch Of Spice

 

Nude Nuance

This is like Touch Of Spice’s bitchier sister. It has a little more of a cool tone than Touch Of Spice and doesn’t have any pink in it but is otherwise pretty similar.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Nude Nuance

Nude Nuance

 

Siren In Scarlet

When I first bought this, I was all about the bright lipstick shades and this is a classic, bright, fire-engine red. I prefer the Rich Ruby shade below, but if you like a brighter red from the drugstore, look no further.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet

Siren In Scarlet

 

Rich Ruby

This shade is super appropriately named, rich and classic. It’s perfect for all your holiday soirees, as well as with a casual makeup look for day. This is one of my most-worn shades.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Rich Ruby

Rich Ruby

 

Divine Wine

I love a good wine-colored lip and this one does not disappoint. It’s a little more purple-toned than the famous Rimmel 107, but still enough red to be flattering on warmer complexions. Again, I love to pair this one with a warmer eyeshadow to keep the overall look from becoming too frosty and cool-toned.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine

Divine Wine

 

Burgandy Blush

Yowza. This color is almost black but if you’re into a gothic lip or just want to try it out, the formula and drugstore price tag make this one worth looking into. Something I love about this range, is that the formula is consistent across all the shades. Frequently, darker lipstick shades apply patchier than lighter shades but that’s not the case with these babies.

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Burgandy Blush

Burgandy Blush

My most worn are definitely Touch of Spice, Rich Ruby and Divine Wine. These are great shades for the fall/winter season but honestly, I wear all three of those pretty regularly September – April.

I also wanted to give an honorable mention to two of my other favorite Maybelline matte lipstick collections – the “Inti-Matte Nudes” and the “Loaded Bolds.” I may do a second post on those collections in the coming weeks since I wear a lot of those shades as well.

Overall, I give Maybelline an A- for their matte lipstick range. If you like matte lipsticks as much as I do, I’d recommend giving them a try. They’re super reasonably priced and if you really hate them, most drugstores (including Ulta) will take returns.

 

 

 

“Self-care” has become a little bit of a buzzword lately. Older generations may view it as another hallmark of millennial selfishness but those in the know (i.e., psychiatrists, therapists, life coaches etc.) view it as a sign of “emotional intelligence.”

Apparently, my generation spends over double on self-care essentials (diet plans, life coaching etc.) than the baby boomers. Apparently, this has something to do with access to the interwebs and a wealth of scientific research to support the very real, tangible benefits of self-care.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde

With that being said, check out my 15 steps to better self-care. When I’m feeling run-down, this is what I do. And I try to make a habit of it.

1. Learn to say no.

Do whatever it is you have to do, but life is too short to spend time doing things you’re too exhausted or busy to do. Recognize your limits. If you need some downtime, communicate that to the people in your life and if they love you, they’ll most likely respect that.

2. Use that extra time to pamper yourself.

Take a long, hot bath (or shower if that’s your deal). Personally, I love to take a bath. Use your favorite bath products, and sink into a good book or magazine. Bonus points if this is part of your wind-down time (see #6).

3. Book some couch time.

Get in your favorite comfy clothes, slap on a face mask and watch your favorite movie. Make popcorn and hot tea (or even some mulled wine for those hygge vibes) and relax.

4. Take a night to stay in and cook your favorite homemade meal.

You’ll get a sense of accomplishment from making something delicious plus you’ll enjoy eating it and even sharing it with your family and roommates.

Veggie Fajitas

5. Involve the outdoors in your morning routine.

Take a brisk morning walk or enjoy your morning coffee al fresca. Develop a morning routine that doesn’t involve hitting the snooze button 20 times and rushing out the door. Waking up a little earlier will be worth it for your mental state in the long run.

Morning Walks

6. Allow yourself time to wind down at bedtime.

Light some candles, read a good book or practice some relaxing yoga routines. Your choice, but do something in that last 15-30 minutes before bed that doesn’t involve work or screen-time (that means NO tv, computer, iPad or phone before bed).

7. Have some quality time with your pet.

…Preferably a furry one. Whether you have a dog or cat, it’s been statistically proven that petting an animal can improve your mental state.

8. Take the time to learn a new skill.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to take a pottery class or learn photography. Whatever it is, take some time to grow. Bonus points if the activity is physical like a dance class or furthers your professional career. But remember, this is for YOU! So if you won’t enjoy doing it, don’t do it.

9. Spend time with family and close friends.

This one’s tricky because sometimes we can be so exhausted from social obligations that we need more time alone, but the opposite can also be true. Isolation can wreak havoc on your mental state. Spend some quality time with someone you love and feel comfortable with.

10. De-clutter your space; de-clutter your mind.

Yes, cleaning sucks but taking the time to organize and de-clutter will do wonders for you in the long run. Take a little time to clean each day, and allow yourself time to do deeper monthly de-clutters to keep your life organized.

11. Set the mood.

Light some candles, plug in the fairy lights, create a playlist of relaxing songs (ambient, chillstep and classical piano are my favorites). If you create a routine out of this, then anytime you’ll hear those songs you’ll instantly feel a little more relaxed. I love playing a relaxing playlist while I’m at work to help make me feel calm on a stressful day.

12. Make appointments to get your life in order.

From doctor’s appointments to haircuts, take the time to do what ya’ gotta do to get your business handled.

13. Get rid of stuff.

This one sort of goes with #10 but takes it a step further than simply “de-cluttering.” Do a full wardrobe clearout – get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Things that don’t fit, that you haven’t worn in years, things with stains or things that remind you of bad memories. Getting rid of items like these will be therapeutic plus it’ll free up a bunch of space for new purchases.

14. Get exercise. Preferably outside.

Go for a hike, jog, bike ride – whatever. Even if it’s just a walk around the block, get some fresh air in your lungs and get your heart rate up. Sometimes, when you’re in a bad mood, this might be the last thing you feel like doing. But once you do it, you’ll feel better. Promise.

15. Set aside some “you time” every week.

Put it on your calendar or just add it to your to-do list. You may only need a couple hours or you may need a whole day but either way, setting aside real time for it helps you keep this promise to yourself. Treat it like you would any other appointment with a friend or at work. This is important for you. <3

So there you have it – 15 steps to incorporating self-care into your daily life and routines. Even when things get chaotic, working in some you-time can do wonders for your emotional health.

What do you guys do to de-stress and practice self-care?

Murder, intrigue, a snowy mountain train ride, and rich, wine-colored lips. What do these things have in common? It’s “Murder on the Orient Express!”

I saw this movie with my boyfriend the other night and totally fell in love with it. The whole film oozes cozy winter vibes, and of course, it’s an engrossing mystery. Despite this, I couldn’t help but keep noticing the makeup.

“Murder on the Orient Express” Makeup Looks

Countess Elena Andrenyi

Countess Elena Andrenyi = makeup goals.

Miss Mary Debenham

Miss Mary Debenham, toned down makeup for a reserved governess…

Caroline Hubbard

Caroline Hubbard throwin’ some serious shade.

Makeup in the 1930s involved deep reddish/wine pouts, flushed cheeks and pencil thin brows. Check out my interpretation of the look (with thick 2017 brows), below.

"Murder on the Orient Express" Makeup

Products used:

Face

  • Kat Von D Lock-it Primer
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Sand
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Urban Decay Naked Flush Blush/Bronzer/Highlight Palette in Nooner
  • Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Lorac Pro Palette 3 (I used shades “almond pearl” and “dark mocha” blended together)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in “Bourbon”
  • L’Oreal Feline Mascara in Black

Brows

  • Glossier Boy Brow in brown

Lips

  • Rimmel 107
  • Revlon Colorburst gloss in “Bordeaux”

This makeup look is ideal for date nights or fancier occasions but could also be toned down for every day with less of a smoky eye or a more muted lip like Mary Debenham’s character.

What do you guys think? Have you ever seen a movie from another period in time that inspired you to switch up your makeup routine?