Glossier: A Beauty Brand Inspired By Real Life
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As a professional makeup artist for almost 9 years now (yikes! 👵🏾), it’s literally my job to be knowledgeable of SO many different kinds of makeup looks. I enjoy doing any and all of them, from avant garde, colorful, costume looks, to bronze, sexy, celebrity styles, to really bare, natural, classic looks. Recently, one brand in particular has definitely caught my attention, and that’s the lovely brand, Glossier!
Alexis Loves Aesthetic
Here on Alexis Loves, I always aim to promote the more wearable versions of the pop culture influenced heavy makeup looks. Simply because it’s a more timeless approach, and I believe there is something to be said about standing out and being different.
Crazy as it sounds, it really is.
Everyone wants to be ‘beat’ beyond recognition. But for those who don’t, don’t worry I got you! Always. Promise 💅🏾
Today I’m featuring a brand that caters to this mindset of approaching beauty in a minimalist, and very natural way. Glossier is a brand I’ve wanted to check out for the longest now. I must thank them for sending these products my way! I remember when they first appeared onto the beauty scene, I thought:
–Wow, they really get it! Glowy skin, light textures, I love it. Hold up. Where the darker colors tho?!
Lol. Well, the mixologists over at Glossier must have caught my vibes, because lo and behold-now they’ve extended their color range to be more reflective of women of color! *inserts awkward dancing*
I decided to do a little beauty challenge with my new Glossier products. Doing my face with only 5 products. Stick with me for my review of the products and to see exactly how I pulled off the challenge!
I began with the skin. Because, well, duh! lol.
I’m a big believer that good makeup starts with good skin. Besides, I don’t wear makeup for about 6 days out of the week, so having well taken care of skin is the only way I can afford to do so!
The priming moisturizer rich is definitely my new favorite. The texture is thick enough to believe it does what it claims, yet light enough to not feel like you need to blot your face afterward, lol. It smells incredible, and it blends onto the skin like silk!
The formula is great for all seasons, and there’s even an anti redness complex, if you happen to have sensitive skin. The priming moisturizer sets your skin up, (primes) for a flawless foundation or tinted moisturizer application to follow.
Vitamin C Serum
Before the moisturizer I used the vitamin C serum. It’s packed with magnesium, vitamin c, which we know aids in repair and ‘energizing’ the skin. These days, I’ve been working on quite a few business ventures, and unfortunately, not getting enough sleep. I know, I know. But this serum purports to brighten and rejuvenate on days when your skin look sallow. With key ingredients vitamin C and magnesium, this sounds about right!
I simply pushed it into my face with my fingertips, and let it sit for few seconds pre moisturizer. It gives a very uniform glow to the skin–you know– the real kind of glow, not the glitter patches or random oil spills. Just a beautiful gleam.
I’ll give it another 2 weeks to see if I notice any long term benefits to the condition of my skin, but it looks like it’s going to be a winner!
Perfecting Skin Tint
After addressing my skin, I went right into ‘makeup’.
I requested the skin tint in 2 shades, here’s why. When you’re unfamiliar with a brand, and only have the internet to judge shades, always request a shade that looks like your skin tone, and 1 more-either darker or lighter. If you can afford to do this, it will save you the frustration of prematurely disliking something, just because the color is off!
In this case, I got the shades. Honestly, the shade looked too light and the shade looks a bit too dark–so I was anxious to see how the mix would turn out.
Using my hand as a palette, allowed the heat from my body temperature to lightly ‘warm’ up the shades–making the mixing process a lot more seamless.
I groomed my brows with the very famous, boy brow gel. I requested shades brown and black, again, because I wasn’t sure if the brown would be prominent enough for my darker features & skin tones. Let me just say guys, this product is here to stay in my beauty routine! It’s pretty much amazing.
Available in 4 shades: clear, blond, brown, and black, there’s a color for everyone! The wax formula is SO incredibly long lasting and provides enough creaminess to truly thicken the brow hairs, while also taming those unruly ones. The tint in the product is perfect for filling in any gaps of hair or just thinned brows from over plucking or waxing. I loved all the products from Glossier, but this was the star for me! (And obviously many other people as well, read this!)
The stretch concealer was a pleasant surprise for me. I’m what they call an “OG” when it comes to concealer. Concealer was actually the 1st real makeup product that sparked my interest in cosmetics, due to my genetically darker under eyes. So, all that to say, I know a good concealer when I see one!
However, this stretch concealer, truly exceeded my expectations. I often leave the house wearing concealer only, so I need one that will
a) decently cover my dark circles
b) be long lasting
I applied the shade 50 first, which is my exact shade, then followed up with shade 40–for a slight highlight. I can easily get away with just applying shade 50 for daily wear, and feel totally confident in the color matching. What was awesome about this concealer was the texture. While it was SUPER creamy and blendable, it wasn’t too sheer, and ‘weak’, this baby has some staying power! It really did cover up my darkness under my eyes, AND my acne scarring on my forehead. It’s not so creamy that it disappears upon application, and is buildable–so layer away if you need fuller coverage!
Finally, we have the gorgeous highlighter, so appropriately named, the haloscope. This comes in 3 shades, topaz, quartz, and moonstone. I received the shade topaz, and it’s brown girl beauty hheeaavveennn! It’s definitely more for the tan and darker girls, and applies so effortlessly.
The outer layer is infused with crystal extracts, while the inner core is full of vitamin C, for all day moisture and dewy goodness! I love that this highlighter is not glittery, it melts onto your skin, making you look genuinely ‘glowy’. This was probably my 2nd favorite product!
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