My journey into the wonderful world of skincare began when I started to notice fine lines on my forehead on the eve of my 24th birthday. Before then, I had virtually no skincare regimen – I never washed my face, slept in my makeup, and moisturized once in a blue moon. I know, I know.
All of this is pretty funny when you consider that my mom is probably the most gracefully-aged person I know. She’s 56, and has approximately the same amount of wrinkles and fine lines as I do. Seriously. What’s her secret? Pond’s cold cream. And a whole host of Mary Kay anti-aging skincare products. But I digress…
Once I discovered that fine lines were forming on my forehead, I immediately delved into the beauty blogosphere and started my research. The obvious first stop was Into the Gloss, one of the most recognized beauty blogs out there. Through ITG I discovered Glossier, and the rest was history.
What appeals to me about Glossier is their “you-are-the-expert-of-your-own-skin” approach. Many beauty brands tout THEMSELVES as the ultimate authority, while Glossier encourages YOU to be your own expert. Because, really, who knows your skin better than you do?
For example, take The Supers – a set of three serums tailored to specific skincare needs. Depending on how your skin is acting that day, you can pick and choose which serum to use. Super Glow, if your skin is feeling dull or tired; Super Bounce, if your skin is feeling tight or dry; and Super Pure, if your skin is feeling red or inflamed. My personal favorite of the set is probably Super Bounce – the texture feels amazing on your face, and it’s perfect for my dry-as-the-Sahara skin.
Then there’s the beauty products, which blow my old makeup routine out of the water. Pictured here is Haloscope (a highlighter, in quartz), the Perfecting Skin Tint (in light), Boy Brow (in blonde), Generation G Lip Balm/Tint/Stick (in Like), and the Stretch Concealer (also in light). First of all, let me preface this by stating that for years I was convinced I had an unmatchable skin tone. Every foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer was either too dark, too yellow, too pink, or too light. But AT LONG LAST I’ve finally found the perfect color. It really couldn’t match my skin tone more perfectly. And the other thing I love about the Perfecting Skin Tint is that it doesn’t give you an airbrushed, made-up look – it blurs any discoloration or imperfections while still being super light and natural. This is my kind of makeup.
The next product we should talk about is the Haloscope – Glossier’s life-changing highlighter. The thing I love most about this product is that the center of the highlighter is actually core of solid oil to keep your skin insanely fresh and dewy. It’s also made with real quartz, which gives you a realistic and not-too-sparkly glow.
I like to put Haloscope under my eyebrows to add definition, and on the apples of my cheekbones for a little contouring effect.
The last product I want to highlight is the Boy Brow. It’s a wax formula, which gives your eyebrows shape without being rigid. The applicator is a little brush, so you can comb your brows into shape while simultaneously filling them in. It’s your natural eyebrows, just elevated. Which is what I love so much about Glossier’s products…. none of them are meant to really change or hide your looks. They’re meant to augment and supplement your natural beauty, so you still look like your natural self, just with a little help.
All in all, on a scale of 1-10 cupcakes, I’d give them 9 cupcakes. I’ve deducted 1 because none of their products contain SPF (yet).