1.16.2017

GLOSSIER: Haul + Demo + Review

Have y'all heard of the brand GLOSSIER? It was created by blogger Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss plus beauty editors, with the philosophy of Skin first, Makeup second. This high-end brand features skincare with a few makeup items.

Think of Glossier as easy-to-use basics. Since I know many of you want a simple routine made with good ingredients, I thought I would give Glossier a try.

Um...blogger confession, I purchased the products in November, but wasn't able to try them out until almost the new year. But I think it was worth the wait. I've got a Glossier haul, with a demo in the video at the end! Please watch :)


Glossier Coconut Balm DotCom--$12--Skin salve that comes in 4 scents. Very thick and perfect for a nighttime treatment on lips, chapped skin.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer--$25--A light moisturizer that is great to apply before makeup. It didn't blur any pores or hide redness as described, but it definitely left my skin hydrated.


Glossier Stretch Concealer--$18--This has elastic micro waxes that move with your face instead of caking on top of it, and nourishing oils that give a dewy, glowing finish. The buildable formula covers everything from dark circles to redness and zits. I did not have this experience at all--you've got to check out the video to see--and found this really slippery and it settled into fine lines.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask--$22--Sweet almond oil, plant-based squalane, and hyaluronic acid do a deep dive beneath the surface to instantly plump skin up with hydration, helping to smooth fine lines and restore elasticity. Licorice root and lemon fruit extract work quietly behind the scenes to gently brighten and even out your complexion, while honey and aloe act as soothing agents. It takes a lot to impress this DIY mask-maker, but I really, really liked this mask. It's so soothing and a great way to wake you up in the morning.


Glossier Generation G--$18--Gives the look and finish of just-blotted lipstick, without the blot. I got Cake, which really, just looked like my lips already, so I'd want to try another shade, as they have 6.

Glossier Boy Brow--$16--3 shades. The creamy wax formula is inspired by traditional hair pomade for soft, flexible hold that doesn’t stiffen or flake. A sheer pigment load gives a natural oomph of color so brows look fuller and more even, and the tiny tapered brush allows for precise application. I love the formula and the small wand on this brow mascara.




I created this look using the products mentioned above, plus a few extras.

Would I recommend Glossier? If you're looking for high-end, quality, skincare with basics in makeup, then YES! There are also masks and cleansers for oily skin, plus serums that I hear good things about.

Here's Charlie helping me out (he's in the video too) with pics. I cannot say he is the best assistant, but he is the cutest. 






Have you tried Glossier?
Which items caught your eye?


or try here: https://youtu.be/sbJMP7VJrN0

1.13.2017

Life Lately: Mid January

Hey y'all, I hope you don't mind me skipping the beauty and just getting personal. My heart isn't feeling beauty today.

I rarely talk on here about my day job as a nanny, but I found out that, come August, I will no longer be working for the family. The youngest will be in preschool then. This was a surprise to me, and it was devastating. I have loved working for them. Most people (I'm guessing) don't get excited about their job every single day. I always had fun there. I loved making the kids laugh and sneakily getting them to learn. It makes me tear up thinking about not being apart of those two special little girls' lives. But after 7 years there, I know how lucky I've been and how not all nanny positions last that long. I've only taken sick days three times in those seven years, as I loved it that much. I'm hoping time will go by slowly. ;)

So now that gives me a lot to think about. Do I want to get another nanny position? Maybe I should do part time so I can work more on my blog? Should I switch to my blog full-time? Do I do something else? I feel a little overwhelmed with possibilities, but it will all work out. In the meantime, if you hear of someone in Atlanta needing a nanny in the fall, please let me know.

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Some good news: Maybelline reposted me again! The second time in a month! This made me happy since the original pic didn't get many likes on my Instagram. What the heck is going on with Instagram, anyway? My likes have dropped like crazy. Super frustrating, but this was nice to see! You can see my haul from them here.

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I thought this was random: most people didn't get my Christmas cards that I mailed out before Christmas until last week. I was wondering why I never heard from anyone! It all started because I got one from Bare Minerals' PR that was sent before Christmas last week. Did that happen to anyone else?
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Thank for your support on this post. I was SO worried I was going to get negative feedback. There's always that one person that finds fault in everything you do, right? But I am so blessed to have such a supportive community. There's so much more I wanted to share about it, so I can't wait to get another post on it up. Thank you again, as it truly means a lot.


In this post, you might remember I was on the hunt for these Wet N Wild cushion compacts. I told y'all drugstores were getting into the cushion game. Well, the wonderful Hannah of LoubsandLips saw that and sent these to me! I've had fun testing them out. More soon on these. Thank you again, Hannah! It cheered me up.


And that's my Life Lately!
Have a great weekend!

1.12.2017

Maybelline Cushion Foundation Vs. L'Oreal Cushion Foundation


Cushion foundations are popping up in drugstores, and I'm a huge fan. Maybelline released their cushion foundation this month (review here) and I wanted to compare it to L'Oreal's version. Neither have SPF, by the way.


Maybelline DREAM CUSHION™ 
FRESH FACE LIQUID FOUNDATION

  • 8 shades
  • "Dream Cushion™ Fresh Face Liquid Foundation delivers complete luminous coverage for fresh-faced perfection."
  • INGREDIENTS AQUA / WATER / EAU BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE METHYL TRIMETHICONE DIMETHICONE DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE GLYCERIN LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE PENTYLENE GLYCOL BUTYLENE GLYCOL TRISILOXANE PEG-10 DIMETHICONE TALC MAGNESIUM SULFATE ACRYLATES/STEARYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER PHENOXYETHANOL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER LAUROYL LYSINE ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE ASCORBIC ACID PANTHENOL ADENOSINE PANAX GINSENG ROOT DISODIUM EDTA TOCOPHEROL CITRIC ACID
  • $15.99












             L'Oreal TRUE MATCH™ Lumi Cushion Foundation

  • 16 shades (usually 12 can be found)
  • Luminous finish with sheer to medium coverage
  • Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL, TRIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, LAURYL PEG-9, POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL, DIMETHICONE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRISILOXANE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, ACRYLATES/STEARYL, ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE, METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, 
  • DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, LAUROYL LYSINE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID,
    STEARIC ACID, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, LECITHIN, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ADENOSINE,
    POLYGLYCERYL-3, POLYRICINOLEATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENYLETHYL RESORCINOL, TOCOPHEROL
  • $16.99
The packaging is pretty much the same on the inside and out, as they are made in the same place.


The coverage is better on the Maybelline, pictured left, but both give sheer-medium coverage.  L'Oreal is on your right.

I've applied Maybelline to one side (left) and L'Oreal to the other (right). I'm wearing the Zooeva Cocoa palette that I won from Zoe's blog, by the way!



















And here's a shot of them both, and it's hard to tell the difference, isn't it? 
I'm using lighting here to demonstrate the luminous aspect.

So which was better? 
This really depends on your preference. I felt like Maybelline had better coverage but definitely showed my fine lines more on my dry skin. They both lasted the same amount of time, and I wasn't able to get a full day of wear. I like them both, but personally, I like L'Oreal more. I have compared these to compacts from Lancome, Sulwhasoo, and Laniege and found the two I reviewed to be different from those, but similar to one from Amore Pacifc.

Have you tried these? Which is your fave?
Extra Elle:
I went a little crazy in the dollar section of Target for Valentine's Day stuff. They get me every time!
I can't believe we had snow on the ground still on Monday and 70 by Friday.


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