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i think it’s safe to say i’m a glossier og. i purchased the phase 1 set only a few months after their launch, mostly after watching emily weiss’ video with leandra medine. i’ve loved the brand since then and some of their products i just don’t think i could do my makeup or skincare routines without. however with the introduction of “glossier reps” and the insane marketing all over instagram, which truthfully has more to do with said reps than the brand itself, i feel far less enamored with glossier than i used to be. it is my honest opinion that the brand is insanely hyped up and not all of the products live up to that hype. the reps that i see all over instagram can be extremely obnoxious, especially when you have the knowledge of the rewards they get for selling a certain amount of product, including trips to new york. just feels like we are being used, you know? it is important to remember that glossier is also incredibly expensive when you consider the amount of product you actually get, especially in their sunscreen and powder, so that is a huge turn off to me as well.but anyways, because of all these reasons, i think i am a fairly good person to give you a brand review. like i said, some glossier products i really do adore, and some have missed the mark. i relate very strongly to the “skincare first, makeup second” and overall undone aesthetic, but strongly dislike the marketing ploys.
please note, i am in no way trying to rag on glossier as i really do love the brand and the majority of their products, but as always i want to be completely honestly with you. if we can’t discuss our likes and dislikes on our own blogs, what can we discuss?!
the original phase 1 //
perfecting skin tint // my all time favorite glossier product. i couldn’t have created a better base product in my wildest dreams. it’s glowy, lightweight perfection. it evens out the skin the littlest bit and makes it look slightly more perfected, but not like you are wearing anything. i typically wear this on it’s own but love to mix it with other tinted moisturizers that have a little more coverage or don’t have as much hydration. i wear medium in the summer and light with a few drops of medium in the winter.
priming moisturizer // another staple in my makeup bag. this is pretty exclusively my summertime moisturizer as it’s the perfect weight while not skipping out on hydration. in the winter i layer this over my skincare and daily moisturizer, usually putting it on right before doing my makeup if i did my skincare earlier in the day. it’s extremely lightweight and runny, but moisturizes and hydrates beautifully. adds that coveted glossier glow.
rosewater spray // i feel like this is the one glossier product that never gets mentioned anywhere. this is a pretty basic rosewater but sadly burned my eyes. if i was extra careful and left my eyes closed for enough time after spraying i was fine, so i finished the bottle, but not a repurchase in my opinion.
balm dotcom // i only had the original balm dotcom this one time, but it’s a pretty basic vaseline-type skin salve. nothing remarkable but somehow a necessity at the same time. i’ll mention the flavors a bit later. great size for throwing in your purse or backpack.phase 2 //
boy brow // my shade is brown. it took me a really long time to admit to liking this product. and it only works for me if i wipe most of it off on a paper towel first. this is really a pomade type product, so it is thick and heavy. if i don’t take most of the product off, i hate how clumpy and thick feeling it is on my eyebrows. however, when lightly applied, it offers a great amount of tint and volume, as well as hold, to the brows.
stretch concealer // i originally bought this in shade medium but found it to be incredibly orange on me, even if the shade was correct for my summer skin. i gave that shade to my sister and i just bought light, so now that i am more pale this works better. i would much rather use the rms concealer to the glossier, but those shades are far too yellow for me and this has the right amount of pink. i don’t really conceal under my eyes, but i like this because it offers a little brightness without really hiding any darkness (i think that looks cool, ok?!). also nice around the face on any redness but definitely won’t conceal blemishes. i think this is a must have product for people that use concealers like this more than i do, but i am getting a lot of use out of it and i do like.
generation g // the second generation (he he) of these is far better than the first. the first ones were not as pigmented and a lot more drying. of the new generation i have zip, a beautiful poppy red, and cake, a peachy nude. i truly love both of these shades and wear them quite frequently. perfect for someone who loves a more blotted effect on the lips without the faff. i have had other shades in the past, but these are my favorite. i did a little comparison of the gen g’s with the colourpop blotted lips here. i didn’t own these two particular shades when i did that review, so they have slightly changed my opinion. i prefer the colourpop iteration but wish they had more wearable shades. others //
haloscope // my sister got me the shade quartz for my birthday. this is very comparable to my favorite rms living luminizer but with more oomph. i love the glossiness that this gives and the shade is perfect on my fair skin. i don’t apply it directly to my face as it does tug from the applicator, so i usually get a more subtle look. i’m not sure if i will repurchase this as the living luminizer is mostly what i reach for, but i really do like having it and am happy to have tried it out.
priming moisturizer rich // another birthday present from my sissy! isn’t she the best? honestly i liked this more as a hand cream than a face cream. the lavender scent was extremely overpowering and it felt very silicone-y on my skin. even as a dry skinned person i find the regular priming moisturizer to be a far superior product.
milky jelly cleanser // this is a great product and one that i went through about 3 containers of. however, even as a minimal makeup wearer, this is not an effective makeup remover. that isn’t the biggest deal as i usually remove my makeup with a micellar water before washing my face anyways, but i do think it should be mentioned. i have been drawn to more true cream cleanser lately, but i do think i will repurchase this again in the future. it’s a pretty basic cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, so that’s a pretty big plus in my book.
moisturizing moon mask // this is another one of my “holy grail” glossier products. it is so soothing on the skin and always feels cooling. it is a pain to get off, but so worth it. i apply this after any other mask that i use, as i always want to follow up with something hydrating after using something more drying or detoxifying. also makes a fab hand mask. glossier really nailed it here.
galaxy greens mask // this is a clay mask that i really do enjoy. it’s not the best detoxifying mask i’ve ever used, but it’s a solid product. this can be pretty intense so be careful and patch test first. i use this only where i need it and never for the entire length of time recommended. i’ve had my tub forever but probably won’t repurchase when i finally get through it.
flavored balm dotcoms // coconut is my everything! originally the scent was quite nauseating but now i can’t get enough. i like to put it on my lips, eyelids, and nostrils pretty much every night. i also have the mint which is super refreshing and not fake smelling at all. this is nice under the nose as well because you get the fresh scent and the tingle of the menthol. great for when you have a cold!
the supers // i bought all 3 super serums when they first launched and they were definitely my introduction into serums and skincare layering. i quickly realized, however, that they really weren’t doing much of anything. the only one that i continue to use and have repurchased is super pure. i apply that mostly to my chin where i have some hormonal breakouts and it really does help the redness and length of the activeness. i saw absolutely no changes or benefits from neither super bounce nor super glow. one thing to note: a product like super glow should be in a dark bottle with some sort of airtight pump because of the activeness of the ingredients, so the ingredients lose their potency far faster than you could ever use this all up. if you are interested in purchasing one of the serums, i recommend the pure.what are you glossier favorites?
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you might be sensing a bit of a theme here on baby bohemian these days – your girl is feeling low. like i said in this post, it’s just something that happens to me from time to time and i’m pretty good at self-soothing and letting myself revel in and then break free of the funk. besides lounging around and binging on books/movies/tv/youtube videos, i also find it extremely helpful to get out and get active. so here’s a real life account of how i made myself feel better last weekend. side note, all of my friends happened to be busy or away this particular weekend, so that’s why it was a very solitary one. usually i recommend dinner and/or drinks with friends; that almost always cheers me right up.1 // work up a sweat. i can hear my mother now: you know you always feel better after you work out! eye rolls aside, this advice is absolutely true. even though i don’t always feel like endorphins work on me (anyone else feel worse about yourself after working out?!), when i’m feeling sad this really is the best pick me up. going to yoga class, running outside, or going to the gym is a quick fix that gets me dressed, out of the house, and moving my tush. plus i consider sweating basically a good cry for the body, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
2 // explore your neighborhood. taking pictures is one of my favorite hobbies. many years ago i invested in a ridiculously expensive camera (i clearly thought i was going to be the next diane arbus but i don’t have to tell you how that turned out) and i make an effort to use it whenever i can. i have considered selling it many times, but it’s just one of those things that’s nice to have once you have it. last weekend i walked around my sweet college town, just taking pictures of flowers and houses and anything else that caught my eye. it’s such an easy activity and don’t feel like you need a big ass camera to do it. i usually have a disposable camera hanging around and quite honestly those usually end up being my favorite pictures anyway. you can even fit in the aforementioned exercise at the same time! 3 // find a street fair or farmer’s market. this is a harder one, but now that fall is coming i bet it will be easier than you think. i attended both my weekly farmer’s market and a labor day street fair last weekend and both lifted my spirits tremendously. i got a gorgeous bouquet of end of summer/fall flowers and two bulbs of fresh garlic at the farmer’s market, along with a farmer’s market tote that is huge and perfect for grocery shopping. i popped the flowers in a mason jar and they have already lifted my spirits and had a couple recipes that i wanted to attempt last week, so the garlic is being put to good use! i also stumbled upon a labor day street/art fair in my town this weekend. there were probably 50 artisan booths from all over the country. i picked up a gorgeous handmade mug with the most stunning colors – the artisan is from maine and told me he mixes all of his colors by hand. i am a huge mug collector and i couldn’t resist this beauty. sometimes all you need is to make your morning coffee that little bit more special. 4 // get ready for the week. sometimes it’s as simple as getting ready for the days ahead. i was babysitting my sisters dog last week so i wasn’t been at my own home very much, but when i was i made the most of my time. from cleaning and organizing to laundry and dishes, i made my space clean and fresh for the coming week. i also did some meal planning (new for me, sadly!!) and completed a very thorough grocery shop. trust me, preparing your space, clothes, and fridge will clear your mind and make you feel more organized and ready to start a new week.
5 // prep blog posts. now you might not have a blog, but any kind of creative project will do here. writing posts and taking pictures is one of the greatest creative joys i have, so it’s (usually) relaxing to spend time doing so. it can be stressful and sometimes sets me off on the wrong path, but typically i can relish in the creativity even if i’m not feeling as inspired as a i’d like to be. even spending time on pinterest can give me the motivation to make a collage or set up a flat lay, and creativity just can’t be discounted in my opinion.
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a little summer, a little fall, overall simple and achievable. these are the looks inspiring me right now…images via pinterest, fashion me now, tendances de mode
oh august, the sunday of summer…elizabeth arden 8 hour cream // something you may not know about me is that i interned at elizabeth arden when i was in college. i can honestly say it’s where my love of beauty came from, and i look back on that experience fondly (for the most part). i haven’t used 8 hour cream since then, but i couldn’t resist this cutie cute special edition tube that i saw at macy’s. the smell is sooooo nostalgic to me and this is such a nice all around product. i’ve been wearing it on my lips, on my eyelids, on my cheekbones, a little bit in my brows, on cuts and scrapes…it truly is a miracle product.
herbacin kamille hand cream // to be quite honest, i randomly grabbed this while at the grocery store and in need of hand lotion. it’s a nice jelly type formula that sinks into the skin incredibly fast and leaves almost a matte finish on the hands. sounds weird, but it is very beneficial when talking about hand lotion. the smell is honestly groooooss, it smells like public restroom soap, but i make it work cause this lotion is pretty dope.
pixi glow tonic // i have previously used the pixi glow tonic pads, but i am having much more success with the actual tonic. it’s probably because i am using it regularly every night, but whatever the reason i am loving this product the second time around. the actual bottle allows me to use just a little bit and is lasting me a very long time. this is the perfect gentle exfoliant for sensitive and dry skin and i can tell that my skin is more even toned and perfected than usual.
real techniques deluxe crease brush // i’ve had this brush for a very long time and have only recently found a use for it. i don’t know what made me use it for concealer, but i did and it is the perfect brush for patting in concealer on blemishes. it doesn’t mess with the coverage of the concealer or make it look cakey, it just speeds up the process of patting concealer in. sephora bright future gel serum concealer in parfait // i recently mentioned this concealer in this post and also mentioned it all last summer. this is my go to summer concealer because of the extensive shade range and the creamy, hydrating formula. it has great coverage for blemishes and is so hydrating that i’m sure it would be great under the eyes as well. even around the face i find it blends into my skin beautifully without looking cakey or overdone. also they changed the applicator – it was previously a weird, hard oval (i don’t even know what this means but it sounds bad) that you couldn’t swipe across the skin – to a slanted doe foot that is very easy to use.
wet-n-wild eye shadow in nutty // a few months ago, i read about this eye shadow here and then went on a hunt to find it, only to realize that it is impossible to find and i could only get it on ebay (except now it is apparently available at walgreens.com?!?!?!?!). i forgot about the shadow and went on my way, as you do. then this month, while visiting my parents on an extremely small island with a little pharmacy that hardly ever gets good makeup, i found two of them, just sitting there, waiting for me. this shadow is absolutely gorgeous, so pigmented as wet-n-wild shadows always are, and the perfect cool-toned but warm-toned browny taupe. it’s .99 cents so honestly if you can find it, buy the lot.
neutrogena nourishing eye liner in spiced chocolate // i hardly ever wear eyeliner, but my makeup look for august has been clean, dewey skin with a thin line of warm shimmery brown eyeliner and curled lashes. this eyeliner from neutrogena is the perfect slightly shimmery warm brown that blends easily but stays put all day. the formula of this eyeliner is quite ideal, and i really like how small the nib of the product is. if you are looking for a liner that is similar to mac teddy (at least in my mind this is), i recommend neutrogena spiced chocolate.
collecting magazine inspiration // i have a looooooooot of old magazines at my parents’ house. well not anymore because i’ve recycled them all, but before i did that i went through every single one and ripped out the pages that inspired me the most. i’m not sure what i am going to do with them – i’m considering doing a collage wall in my bedroom and i just recovered my planner with some favorite images – but honestly i’m just enjoying perusing them. it’s almost like my very own magazine filled with every single item that i actually want to see. i don’t buy magazines as frequently anymore, so i’m loving going through the pages and seeing them as if they are new.
target notebook with sharpie pens and le pens // i got this notebook for about $3 at target at the beginning of the summer and it has become my constant companion! from lists to doodles to schedules, pretty much every detail of my summer is present here. sharpie pens and le pens are my absolute favorites for clear writing and working on fun lettering.
full coverage podcast // as you know i have been absolutely loving harriet hadfield of harry makes it up this summer, so it was only a matter of time before i started listening to her podcast. she and her cohost, lindsey kelk, are absolutely adorable and such a pleasure to listen to. each episode is, of course, about beauty and skincare but with a specific theme and the occasional special guest. it’s relaxing but also stimulating to listen to, so i’ve been playing it while cleaning the house or driving long distances. i think i’m a podcast convert now.
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sometimes blue just doesn’t cut it. perhaps one of my favorite parts of breakfast at tiffany’s, both the book and the movie, is holly’s spot-on description of the mean reds. not quite the blues, not quite anxiety, but something more…
the mean reds are described two ways. in the movie: “the blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. the mean reds are horrible. suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of.”
in the book: “but, doc, i’m not fourteen anymore, and i’m not lulamae. but the terrible part is…i am. i’m still stealing turkey eggs and running through a briar patch. only now i call it having the mean reds.”i love truman capote so much perhaps because of this idea. this wholly accurate feeling that i could never before put words to. he encapsulates this feeling not just in the idea of the mean reds, but in holly herself. the feeling of spinning out of control, of feeling so far away from who you are but not really being that far at all. of searching and ignoring and looking for someone, anything to take the pain away.
of course i could tell you the clinical reasons for why i feel so scared and alone sometimes, but it’s more than that. it’s more than the descriptions on the doctor’s note…it’s the real cutting emotion that goes on inside my head, my heart, my soul. it’s that feeling of needing to cry for no apparent reason, of feeling so alone even in a room full of people you love. the sadness that only a long nap and a cup of tea can seem to help, but never cure.
i guess what i’m saying is that i accept this sadness that creeps up on me from time to time. i know how to handle it, make myself cozy and comforted, take it easy, and then wake up the next day feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. but sometimes it’s hard to see the end, the light, the next day. it’s hard to feel so sad and scared. and when that happens, like it did today, i think about holly and truman and moon river. i light a candle, put on frank sinatra, and let myself cry.
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