Some people are creatures of habit that don’t adapt well to change. This often shines through in their beauty regiment by remaining loyal to one or two brands they’ve found to work for them – resulting in all their makeup coming from these limited companies. However, some of us are slaves to trying new products and get exhilarated by testing new lipstick shades on the back of our hand, or ordering a product online that’s just been released.
For the past couple months, I have had my eyes on products from the up and coming beauty and skincare line, Glossier. Based out of New York City, this brand is still in its honeymoon phase, which explains the boutique aspect of their products availability. As quickly as they release items on the website, they are just as quickly scooped up and out of stock. As this has been the case for me the past few times I have tried to place an order, I made sure that this time I would be successful. After subscribing to all of their social media accounts, signing up for email updates when products were back on the market, and keeping a close eye on the site itself, I finally filled my shopping cart with the couple essential products I wanted to test.
A little background on Glossier for those of you who may not be familiar: a million years ago when we were all slaves to The Hills, there was a character named Emily Weiss that worked at Teen Vogue NYC. We all hated her for snubbing Whitney any chance she got (or at least I did). A couple years after the show ended, I got the chance to meet Emily at an event for Teen Vogue and I realized that my bias against her couldn’t be more distant from whom she actually was. After listening to her speak about her love of beauty, lifestyle brands, and interest in business, it was immediately apparent to me that she was a total girl boss visionary and I wanted to be her best friend. From then on, I followed all her endeavors. She had started a website called Into The Gloss, which profiles new beauty trends, has interviews with celebrities and creators of all types. Shortly after this website took off, a new project surfaced for Emily: Glossier.
This line of products was something she was able to build from the ground up based around distinctive things she loves. The skincare line is all about putting your skin first in your beauty regiment as your foundation with simple and effective cleansers, moisturizing options and healthy masks. The makeup options are unpretentious, high quality, and made for the millennial girl on the go; additionally none of the products made by Glossier are tested on animals, which says a lot about a brands ethics in an industry driven by quick production at any physical expense. The overall brand identity resonates with a very distinct style of our generation. They are spunky, clean, and effortless. This rings true in every facet of their being – the website, the packaging, the social media curation, and customer service. Glossier also connects with the millennial generation in their price range. All of their products are accessible to you for around $30 or less, and they have great combination sets; currently on the market are Phase 1 & Phase 2.
When I first try a new line of cosmetics or skincare, I like to purchase their most well-known and popular products. I’ve found this to be very successful over the years as these products are usually an accurate reflection on the brand overall, and the easiest products to find reviews on. As far as Glossier goes, their most admired options are the ‘milky jelly cleanser’ and the ‘balm dotcom’ universal skin salve. As someone who likes to switch around skincare regiments once every couple months, the cleanser was something I could not wait to try. For the balm dotcom, I splurged and got myself the rose scented pink tint, being a lover of all things floral.
Once I checked out, all I could do was sit and wait for the products to come my way. To my surprise, they were at my doorstep in 2 days – already a reason to become a returning customer in my mind. Normally, I wouldn’t openly admit how geekily excited I was to get this box, but it truly was an experience, which was obviously an intentional choice on Glossier’s part. The packaging is size appropriate and easy to open, this is not some sort of tape maze that will leave you with regrets of even purchasing anything (we’ve all been there). Their brands color is this lovely shade of baby pink which envelopes their packaging. Inside the box I found my purchases tucked away in their signature pink bubble wrap zip locks, a great carrying case for your products especially in travel times. You also receive a tester packet of another product; mine was their priming moisturizer, along with a double-sided graphic poster, and a fun pack of stickers. I would be lying if I said I didn’t already put all of them on my MacBook case. Overall, even just the process of opening the box was an occasion that made me even more pumped to finally test it all out.
Product review: ‘milky jelly cleanser’
This cleanser is a very unique find on the market because you can use it on dry or wet skin. It is recommended to use it on dry skin at night to remove your makeup from a long day, and start the morning off using it at the sink or in the shower. After doing both – I can genuinely say a face wash has never made my skin feel cleaner after almost 10 years of being dedicated to my skincare. It left my face feeling stripped of anything dirty without leaving me dry or patchy. While my skin is combination, I believe this would work great with oily or dry skin as well. A major aim of Glossier is to be a line of products that will work on everyone. After using the recommended 1 ½ pumps, I found it to be very flowery and also sterile smelling. It did not foam, and for anyone who is not a researcher of products; that’s a good thing. The presence of foaming in any beauty products usually mean they contain sulfates which are no good for anyone. My skin felt soft and bright and I can’t wait to keep using it consistently to see further results.
Product review: ‘rose balm dotcom’
I would highly recommend this product to anyone out there that loves moisturizing without feeling greased up. The fact that this is petroleum based really gives it a smooth, silky texture that makes application and wear completely enjoyable. It also has a long lasting effect that left my lips and cheekbones glistening for hours after application. Because it is a ‘universal skin salve’ there is no process of having to cleanse your hands after use because you can literally put it anywhere. The bottle itself states, “use it on lips, on cuticles, on elbows, on your friend… anywhere that needs some love”. I don’t know about you, but I love multipurpose items and that’s exactly what you can expect from balm dotcom.
Although I may be an Emily Weiss fangirl, I’m very objective when it comes to the products I use on my face and in my hair. I’m a firm believer in mix & matching any product from any brand to create a regiment that is tailored to all your needs. After the use of these 2 products, and hopefully ALL of them in the near future, Glossier is everything that it claims to be and more. For the price, the customer experience, and the exclusivity factor of the brand, they truly allow the person purchasing to enjoy being a member of the Glossier girl gang.
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