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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💋

makeup for glasses wearers

So, I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 9 years old, and let me tell you straight up: I would rather be decked out in my specs than running into walls, ANYDAY! lol.  I’m so serious when I say, I’m blind as a bat without my glasses, lol.  I admit, I wear contacts in the daytime, and have since age 9 as well, so I do like a bit of flexibility. But without 1 of these though, you can forget it! So this post, makeup for glasses is for all my visually challenged beauties out there, we need love too! lol.

Now, back in the day, wearing glasses wasn’t very fashionable! In fact, I was so embarrassed when I had to walk into that classroom, sporting an extra set of eyes on my face, smh. However, over the years, glasses had become a fashion accessory.  By my ninth grade year of high school, I had discovered the power of fashion forward frames, and you pretty much couldn’t tell me nothing, lol.  Now, while I absolutely love my contacts–I wear them 80% of the time, because I’m active most days with the gym, etc. But when I know I have a day to stay in the house, will be traveling all day, or just lounging around a lazy weekend–the glasses are a must!

Throughout my years as a makeup artist, I’ve encountered women who didn’t know how to wear makeup with their glasses.  It was kind of strange to me, because I didn’t realize that some people would see the glasses as a hinderance.  But I guess I can see it, no pun intended:-)  Wearing your glasses, while still trying to rock a sweet beat, is indeed possible. You don’t have to diminish your confidence by going sans your beauty routine, just because you wanna see–I mean who wouldn’t wanna see?! lol.

It’s so easy to look natural and polished with your favorite makeup, and wear your much needed frames. You just have to target 3 major points, and I’ll share them with you now! By the way, if you want to know how I did my foundation and skin in this video, click here to see my everyday foundation routine!

Makeup for Glasses : 3 Simple Key Steps

makeup for glasses wearers

GROOM THOSE BROWS.

Okay. So with your glasses resting on that beautiful face of yours, you have to remember that everything else you put “on” your face must frame them.  So, think of it as not letting the glasses just rest bare on your face.  Grooming your brows frames your whole face anyway, so with the addition of glasses, it just adds even more to the overall frame of your face, and looking overall neater & more polished.

You want to make your brows full and neat, so that some attention can still be given to your eye area.  Because with the glasses covering your eyes, they can easily get lost.  So, groom those brows really nicely when your sport your frames, so that the eye still commands a little attention and doesn’t swim aimlessly behind the lenses!

products featured:

 NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in Espresso 

MAC Espresso Eyeshadow + Angled Brush

Spoolie or Brow Groomer 

PLAY UP YOUR CHEEKS OR LIPS.

So, as you guys know, I promote natural makeup looks, and fun looks that don’t go overboard.  So most days, I don’t wear makeup. Like, at all, lol (I know, smh).  But when I want to wear my glasses, and look lowkey chic–I always play up 1 focal area of my face.  That area is usually either my cheeks or lips.  It’s the easiest feature to play up when you want to still look low maintenance with a pop of glam.  With your glasses being the obvious focal point of your face, by nature of just resting there, lol, you have to give people’s eyes something else to look at as well!  So wear a bright lipstick or a gorgeous blush that compliments your skin tone.  Bright reds, deep plums, or cool toned pinks are great options, and cream blushes that are coral/orange based or a shade of deep berries.

products featured:

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Creme in 404 Passion Red 

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral

DON’T FORGET THE MASCARA.

Again, not to let the eyes get lost behind the lenses, you must do subtle things to make them pop! So because I wouldn’t encourage false lashes, I will encourage you to find a great lash primer and volumizing mascara.  The primer will create an extra layer of fibers for the mascara to latch onto, making the lashes look fuller and longer.  This way, your eyes still pop, even behind those frames!

products featured:

Estee Lauder mascara primer + Chanel mascare– Le Volume De Chanel 

So, I hope these 3 tips helped you guys with feeling confident in your  makeup while wearing your glasses!  I truly love my glasses now, and can’t see myself without them, lol.  I’ve learned to make them fit my style and have become addicted to collecting frames, lol. I just get my prescription put into them, and go on with my blind little life, lol.  What’s your favorite bright lipstick to wear on your low maintenance days?! I’d love to hear!

Thanks so much for checking out my blog, and until next time, bye lovaas! 💋