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Glossier: A Beauty Brand Inspired By Real Life

Hello my loves! If you haven’t been here in a while, welcome back, and thank you so much for checking out my little corner of the interwebs.🤓  You can also find me on Instagram HERE, and Youtube, right HERE.  Hope to connect with you guys over there as well:-)

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!

Priming Moisturizer

blogger wearing glossier priming moisturizer rich

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!

glossier priming moisturizer rich
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

glossier super glow 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!

glossier super glow serum
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

blogger wearing glossier 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.

glossier skin tint dark

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.

blogger wearing glossier skin tint

Boy Brow

glossier boy brow

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.

african american blogger wearing glossier boy brow

blogger wearing glossier boy brow

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!)

glossier boy brow

Stretch Concealer

glossier stretch concealer

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 

blogger with glossier stretch concealer

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!

Haloscope

glossier haloscope topaz glossier haloscope topaz

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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Get the Look:

blogger wearing glossier priming moisturizer richafrican american girl blogger glossier Shop Glossier Products here and tell me what you think!

If you’re already a Glossier fan, leave me a comment below of your favorite product:-)

Bye loves💋

Photo credit: Radiofacts.com
Photo credit: Radiofacts.com

Who’s Roxanna Floyd?

About 4 years ago, I was on a job and it was a great day on set!   I was doing my makeup thing, just creating a master piece of sorts, you know–the usual, and the team had a brief break.  The other artists on the set were a bit older than me, but that was no hinderance–most of my jobs are with older artists, not sure how that always happens, lol.  Then, out of nowhere, the hairstylist gave me a few compliments, and said, “You remind me so much of Roxanna.”.  Trying to think of who this Roxanna could be, because she went on with her tasks, as if I knew, lol.  Finally I asked, ‘Who’s Roxanna?’.  She quipped back, ” Roxanna Floyd . Makeup artist! You know, Roxanna!  She passed away, but you’ve definitely seen her work.”  I smiled, and again, graciously thanked her for the kind words.

Later that day, (because I’m a nerd), I looked up this Roxanna Floyd. And let me tell you, she’s everythaaaannggg!

The images I’ve been drooling over for years, were a product of her masterful hands.  Roxanna was a celebrity makeup artist to stars such as Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett, and most notably–Whitney Houston & Queen Latifah. Her work was STUNNING!  Here’s an awesome article written about her for the esteemed publication, Makeup Artist Magazine, plus her cover work for issue 24.  A quick screenshot of some of the article:

makeup artist magazine roxanna floyd

‘Natural’ Makeup Artist to the Stars

Scanning her social profiles, the compliment I’d received earlier that day, now meant so much more–as I noticed everyone praised her personality just as much as her craftsmanship.  I became a fan of Roxanna that evening, and was so glad I was able to add to my list of beauty heroes.

 She was dedicated to the ‘natural makeup’ aesthetic, as am I.  How refreshing to know, I am in great company!

A few well recognized shots of Roxanna’s work:

roxanna floyd whitney houston

roxanna floyd queen latifah

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roxanna floyd angela bassett

 

gabourey weaver roxanna floyd

yoko ono roxanna floyd

Originally, this beauty post scheduled for today was going to be a recreate of 1 of my favorite entertainers, Ms. Lauryn Hill.  And ironically, the image is 1 that Roxanna did the makeup for.  Crazy huh?  So I decided to turn this beauty recreate into that AND a tribute to the late artist.  My blog post is a ‘Brown Girl Beauty’ #Throwback, sparking a new wave of celebration for the beauty of 90s makeup, that allowed brown skin to soar.

But Roxanna did it with ease! The women she painted looked effortlessly flawless, and their faces didn’t SCREAM makeup!  Something only a true artist & diligent student of the craft can pull off.

roxanna floyd

Today would have been Roxanna’s 56th birthday.  All the more fitting for this post to serve as a recreate of 1 of her looks + a tribute to the artist herself.  Happy birthday, Mrs. Floyd, I pray you’re resting in sweet peace💜

My recreate of this beautiful look. I don't look like Lauryn, lol, but this makeup I think is pretty spot on! What you guys think?!
My recreate of this beautiful look. I don’t look like Lauryn, lol, but this makeup I think is pretty spot on! What you guys think?!

lauryn hill makeup

90s lipstick

lauryn hill 90s makeup look

I hope I did this recreate justice, it was a ton of fun doing it!

I’m always so careful about doing recreates, because, let’s be real, every look ain’t for everybody–I don’t care how on trend it is, lol.  Plus, I like to do the ones that are a bit more interesting:-)  If you hadn’t heard of the late Roxanna Floyd before now, I hope I was able to inspire you by sharing her work and remembering her life!

Leave me comment below and share this tribute + celeb recreate on your pages!

Also, if you want the product list for my recreate, pop me comment below, and I’ll list them for you:-)

Until next time, bye lovaas💋