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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Check Out The Hottest New Cosmetics Brand - Glossier


The buzz has been on everyone's lips..."have you heard about Glossier?  Have you tried anything from them?"  Beauty bloggers are stalking each other's reviews to learn more about this up and coming brand.  I've been fortunate to test a few things and I'd like to give you my thoughts today from the cool package I received from this cruelty free company.

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The first thing I noticed right away was the wonderful packing of my products.  They came in this cuuuuutttttte pink bubble padded zip top plastic bag that can be used later as a makeup bag or whatever you'd like to use it for.  I know!!  Packing material, but it's so cool!!!  It makes for nice attention to detail.  I also received a cool sheet of Glossier stickers.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

Now for the products.  The first item I want to talk about Boy Brow, (.11 oz / $16), which has already received cult like status in the beauty world.  It was a favorite in heavy rotation on the Oscar red carpet this year.

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Boy Brow has a 1/4" spoolie wand to dispense product.  This product thickens, fills in and sets brows in place all without a stiffness that some products give.  It comes in blonde, brown, black and clear.  The color that I received is brown.  Key ingredients include beeswax, carnauba wax, oleic acid, lecithin and atelocollegen.

What I really like about this product is that I can wear it alone for a finished brow look or use it as a final step to cover the blonde tips of my brows.  I enjoy using this and I'd love to purchase the clear as well.

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Next are the Generation G lip colors, (2 gm / $18).  I hadn't read anything about these so I was really curious to try them, not really knowing what to expect.  They are a thinner tube which fits easily in a pocket, wallet or bag.  I received the colors Like and Crush, (pictured left and right).

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The Generation G lip colors are a matte lightweight lip tint, more like a matte lip balm than a lipstick.  I haven't used anything quite like these before.  The light powdery pink of Like doesn't show on my naturally very lightly pigmented lips.  Crush is a nice lightweight berry.  They feel moisturizing while being a very natural look.  Some of the wonderful ingredients are blue agave, safflower oil, and triple coated mica which gives the signature matte look while having a smooth glide.  They are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, paraben, fragrance and cruelty free.

Swatches are, left to right, Crush and Like.

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The last color product I received from Glossier is the Stretch Concealer, (.17 oz / $18).  I have it in medium, a perfect match for my both undereye and on the face.  Key ingredients include beeswax, microcrystalline wax, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, adaptable mineral pigments.

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This concealer is designed to move, (or stretch), with the skin rather than drying down to a cakey overlay.  The nourishing oils also hydrate as you wear it.  For as lightweight as this concealer is, it has surprising coverage.  I do have to set it with powder under the eyes or it will do some minimal migrating.  I'm pretty impressed with it.  I don't know that it will replace what I regularly use but I just love the feel with it and how adapting the pigment is to my skin.

And now we're going to cover the Glossier skincare products that I received.  Glossier is all about a healthy glowing skin.  The products are designed to create a naturally pretty look, which begins with fresh skin.

The first treatment I tried was the Moisturizing Moon Mask, (3 fl oz / $22).  This product is good for all skin types.  It soothes, gently brightens and hydrates the skin.  My skin looks plumped up and smoothed when I use it and feels really hydrated.  You can use this day or night to give your skin the beneath the surface boost that you need.  I really enjoy this.  My skin gets pretty dry here in the desert and I can use all the moisturizing that I can get.  I find this product to be really effective.  I also love the packaging.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

Before makeup, I use the Priming Moisturizer, (1.7 fl oz / $25).   One of the most incredible things about this priming moisturizer is that you can layer it to achieve the level of moisturizing that you desire.  It plumps up the skin with hydration and evens out the surface helping to minimize pores.  There are no heavy silicones like in many pore minimizing products.  The anti-redness complex helps to even skin's pigmentation while it gives skin a cushiony surface.  Like the Moon Mask, this is a skincare winner.  And again, the packaging!

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I saved my favorite of all the Glossier products that I've used to tell you about last.  It is another skincare product.  Hands down, Balm DotCom, (,5 fl oz / $12),  is the best lip balm I've ever used.  This is an incredible formula in a squeeze tube and just the smallest amount will provide such amazing hydration to your lips that you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.  No joke.

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This balm lasts for HOURS on the lips as it works to hydrate and repair them.  It's very dense and when I say you just need a little, I'm talking about 1/4 of a pencil eraser worth or less.  This product will last a very long time.  I have the original but there are also flavored varieties available.  If you only ever purchase one item from Glossier, it should be this balm.  Key ingredients include beeswax, castor seed oil, omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, rice bran and rosemary leaf extracts.

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I've really enjoyed my introduction to this brand, especially the skincare.  There are full ingredient lists on the Glossier website.  You can follow them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

I really feel that the skincare I've tried are destined to achieve cult status right up there with Boy Brow.  How about you?  What have you heard about Glossier?   Have you tried any of the brand yet?

Sunday, June 26, 2016

10 Must Have Essentials For Your Perfect Sun Safe Glow






It's here!!!  Summer!!!  Remember the excited anticipation we had when they opened the school doors and let us out for the summer?  Dreams of bike rides, swimming at the lake or the pool, playing games outside and spending time with friends filled our imaginations as we left school on that final day of  the year.  Not much has changed, has it?  Summer is still an exciting time to enjoy friends and family and all that the sunny outdoor world has to offer.  Proper sun and skincare is vital to your enjoyment of the months outdoors but please don't forget that we need proper sun protection all year long.   Even if you've never protected your skin, you can start right now with my 10 essentials for year 'round fun in the sun skin safety.  Why ruin a good BBQ with the pain of sunburn, risking permanent skin damage and premature aging?  Let's see what's in my beach bag for playing safe this summer.


1.   Protect Delicate Scars With ScarScreen By Dermaflage  -  This is the very first skin or makeup application that I do each morning.  The link is to my previous blog post telling you all about ScarScreen SPF30.  This is my number one MUST HAVE sun protection item.  Nothing is as vulnerable to the outside world as delicate scarred skin, whether it is from acne or injury.  You need to take care to protect it and ScarScreen is an absolute must, being specially formulated for delicate scars.  I put it on dark spots, too, because it works so well to keep the harmful rays blocked from my skin.
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      2.   A Makeup Primer With Sunscreen - After I apply ScarScreen, when I am going to wear makeup, I use Sente Daily Repair Complex.  This has SPF30, protecting from both UVA and UVB rays.  It glides effortlessly over the skin and the ingredients help to give a smoother skin appearance, decreasing the appearance of aging skin, lines and wrinkles.  It has the faintest flesh tint which isn't noticible once the product is on but helps it to blend seemlessly into the skin.  If you look at the ingredient list, you'll see it has dimethicone, which gives it the glide and smooth appearance.  This is a GREAT option to wear to a beach or pool party when you'll be outside and want to look a little more polished than naked skin, but without pounds of makeup.  I'm going to cover this brand more at length later and will link back when it's live.  It's really an outstanding product.  Sente is available for purchase on their website and you can check to see what doctors in your area might sell it.



      La Roche-Posay, which is available at drugstores, has an SPF 50 UVA/UVB Tone Correcting Primer.  It also has a tint which helps cover up flaws and diminish the look of aging while wearing it.  The tint is a little more opaque than the Sente, and is recommended for light to medium skintones.  It's another primer that you can wear under makeup or without as it creates a blurred soft focus effect on the skin.


      3.  A Natural Vegan Facial Sunscreen Alternative -  Nature's Gate has a broad spectrum face sunscreen with an SPF of 25.  You can purchase it at Whole Foods and many locations which carry natural products.  This is a great option for the days you wouldn't want to wear a sunscreen primer, or for use on the kid's faces.  Everyone needs SPF!!!  Nature's Gate sunscreens are infused with botanicals and are responsibly formulated with effective ingredients for skin protection.  And, it is cruelty free as well as free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates and oxybenzone.  It is light weight, rapidly absorbed and I've worn it under makeup with no problem.


      4.  Sunscreen for the Body, (and Face)  -  Australian Gold is a good sunscreen brand to try.  It is easy found at most mass merchants and has all the choices of SPF available.  You can choose from oil, lotion and sprays as well.  Australian Gold is a gluten free, paraben free, PABA free, dye free and alcohol free brand.  It moisturizes with olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter and also has aloe vera to soothe and condition skin.  It smells kind of fruity, which I really like.  I tend to choose sunscreens that smell tropical, but I'm loving the scent of this one...I can't really explain it...it just smells fresh and good.



      5.  A Tropical Smelling All Over Sunscreen - I did just tell you that I generally will pick up a sunscreen that smells tropical like Sun Bum.  One whiff and I'm in Hawaii at the beach.  Sun Bum offers UVA and UVB protection.  It is gluten free, paraben free, PABA free, oil free, 100% vegan, and hypoallergenic.  It is enriched with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals.  The Browning Lotion that you see at the right of the picture above isn't a sunscreen, but a browning accelerator that is applied over sunscreen.  Sun Bum products come in lotions, sprays and sticks and are available at mass merchants.


      6.  Chopsaver Lip Sunscreen - ChopSaver was formulated by a musician to keep those chapped lips at bay.  It is a citrus flavor and has arnica oil, a great healing agent.  It has SPF15.  When I was a kid, my lips would get burned in the summer when I was out playing softball.  They've been really vulnerable since and I have to have a good SPF on them.  Don't forget yours and your little one's lips, ears and noses....all areas that have thinner skin and are so vulnerable to the sun's rays.  You can find this at CVS.



      7.  Nature's Gate Glow Lotion - I was never a self-tan fan until I tried this product.  This is what you need when you protect your skin but you also want to have a tan or a glow.  The Glow Lotion lightly tans skin and is buildable with multiple layers.  It is cruelty free and made in the USA.  Nature's Gate is sold at Whole Foods and other locations where natural products are carried.

      In the past, when I've tried other self tanners, my skin felt wierd.  It was like having a mask on it.  I could feel it and I didn't like the feeling.  Or the smell.  Or the patchy way they wore off.  It looked nasty and left me wishing I'd never applied it.  I didn't have high hopes when I used this the first time.  I have to tell you, I just couldn't believe it.  It didn't feel like my skin was coated with anything.  I got it on without streaking and it provided enough color so that I didn't look awkward in Phoenix in my summer clothes.  I hesitated to go from pants to shorts because my legs were just didn't look like I lived here.  One light application gave me the confidence I needed.  And there wasn't any patchy peeling.  I wasn't going for a really dark look, so I can't comment on that, I was just going for enough confidence to leave my jeans in the closet and wear my shorts.  I'm completely sold on this product.  I use it about once a week.  Sometimes more.  Totally love itl.

      8.  Sun Bum Browning Lotion -   The picture is up above and if you've read this far, you read a little bit about it.  It has coffee in it, as well as a few nice oils.  I suspect the coffee kind of stains the skin, because when you put it on over your sunscreen, it looks brown.  I know people who swear by this, so I'm including it in the list for you if you want a browner look to your protected sunkissed skin.



      9.  Face and Body Highlighters - One of the best ways to look more glowy is with highlighter.  Shine up those spots where the sun hits and don't forget your collarbones and shoulders.  Highlighting is still a very strong trend and can totally accentuate your features.  It is your friend.  The three I use the most are the Becca x Jaclyn Hill palette, the Kardashian Beauty Incandescent Lightbox in Aurora. and the Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold, (pictured above).   Run a brush down your forearm for added glow.



      10.  Sunglasses!!  Don't forget your sunglasses, and I don't mean Snapchat filters like this but real sunglasses!!!  Eyes are so delicate and can get severe sun damage.  Kids need sunglasses, too.  Especially when the sun is reflecting off water, sand or snow.

      Be sun safe this summer.  Remember that most of these items will be needed in winter, too, except for the Sun Bum Browning Lotion.  Being sun safe is a year 'round committment.  In the US alone, 1 out of 5 people will get sun cancer.  If that's not enough to scare the sunscreen onto you, I don't know what is.  We had a neighbor that died of skin cancer and I really don't want that to happen to any of you.

      What are some of your favorite sun care products?  

      Sunday, February 16, 2014

      Too Faced All I Want For Christmas Set Sale At Nordstrom Rack

      I've wanted to get this set by Too Faced that came out for Christmas but I waited and waited...I was very pleased to come across a couple of boxes at the Nordstrom Rack recently for $19.99!!!  What a deal!!!!  That saves over $15!!



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      If you have a Nordstrom Rack in your area and you haven't purchased this yet, go check it out!!  The Rack where I saw this one only had 4.

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