Glossier Haul + Mini Reviews

In my last post, I gave you a peek inside the Glossier showroom in New York City. Today, I’m sharing more about what I picked up during that excursion and my thoughts on each product.

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The one Glossier product I was dying to try was the Perfecting Skin Tint. This tint offers sheer but build able coverage and I picked mine up in the shade Medium. It evens out my skin tone but I don’t look like I have a ton of makeup caked on my face.

Another hyped up Glossier product is Boy Brow and it definitely lives up to the hype. It subtly fills, shapes and grooms brows in one easy step. The shade I use is Brown but it also comes in Blond, Black and Clear. If you want a quick, simple way to make your brows look a bit more polished, you need this product in your life.

Generation G is a sheer matte lip color I spied at the showroom and ended up going home with a tube in the shade Cake. I’m more of a gloss girl so this product isn’t my favorite but I’m still glad I gave it a try. If you’re after a natural looking lip color, Generation G is for you.

Glossier’s newest addition is Cloud Paint, a gel-cream blush available in four sheer shades. I bought one in Dusk, a warm bronzey color. You can apply this product with a brush, sponge or your fingers and it lasts all day long!

Have you tried any Glossier products? Tell me your favorites in the Comments section so I can try them too!

 

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Product Review: Aztec Secret Clay Mask

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the world’s worst skin. However, it does take a lot of work to keep it looking somewhat decent. Because I’ve had to work hard for my skin for quite a while, I’m always on the hunt for new products to improve my complexion.

I head about this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask on YouTube and decided it was worth a try.

When you first open the jar, it looks like a bunch of dirt. Which it basically is. All you do is mix equal parts of water with the clay. You can also use apple cider vinegar. This is what it looks like:

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Once you’ve got the clay all mixed up, it’s time to apply it to your face! Apply it very thick–the directions say to make the mask 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It took a long time for me to apply this mask to my face, but I’m still not sure I got it on thick enough. This is what I looked like with the mask on:

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That would have been a good look for Halloween, right?

Once you’ve got the mask on your entire face (and you look as scary as I do in the picture above), make sure you let it dry completely. This should take about 20-25 minutes. According to the directions, you are supposed to feel your skin “pulsing” while the mask dries, but I didn’t notice anything unusual.

To remove the mask, just wash your face with warm water. If your face experiences any redness, it should disappear after about 30 minutes.

Overall, my skin felt nice and clean after using this mask. I didn’t notice a huge improvement in my complexion, but, as I already said, my skin really isn’t that bad. While this probably won’t replace the masks I use regularly, I did have fun trying out this product. If you do have some skin issues, you may want to give this a try.

Have any of you tried this mask? What are your favorite masks to use?

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October Birchbox!

I absolutely love seeing what everyone else gets in their Birchboxes, so I thought it was time to share what I got in my October Birchbox. This month’s Birchbox is all about 2013’s top beauty products and trends. Some of the products I received were winners, and some just weren’t for me.

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Alison Raffaele Reality Base Foundation: This is an oil-free, light coverage foundation that is full of antioxidants. I’m always on the search for the perfect foundation, so I like trying new ones. However, I don’t think this one is for me. The coverage quite isn’t quite enough, but it’ll be nice to have on hand when I’m having a particularly good skin day! I prefer my Jouer Matte Moisture Tint or L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: I’m all about skin care, so I was very excited to get this in my Birchbox this month. Liz Earle is a brand from the UK that just recently became available through Birchbox, and this cleanser is one of their best-selling products. It’s creamy and leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft.

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth: This cloth is meant to be used with the Liz Earle cleanser as a gentle exfoliator. Once I run out of the Liz Earle cleanser, I’ll probably continue to use it with my regular cleanser.

POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia: I’m definitely a lip gloss kind of girl and I always like trying new ones. This is the first POP Beauty product I’ve ever used and I really like the consistency of this gloss. While the fuchsia color wouldn’t usually be my first choice, the color is sheer enough that it doesn’t look too pink on me. However, if I ever did want to pull off Barbie pink lips, this product is nice and buildable.

ChapStick Hydration Lock lip balm: I will openly admit that I’m a ChapStick addict. If I ever find myself in a situation without ChapStick, I don’t even know what to do with myself. Seriously. This ChapStick doesn’t work as well for me as I had hoped, but it’ll be nice to have on hand if I ever do find myself in a ChapStick-less situation (God forbid).

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