covergirl outlast lipcolor moisturizing topcoat0

birmingham bridesmaids

i had the distinct honor of serving bridesmaid duties for a dear friend in birmingham over the weekend. for me, the best very part of getting all dolled up for the occasion is sitting in the makeup artist’s chair and grilling her intensely about her favorite products. this time around, i had the best time chatting with kelsey at morgan ashley salon. (if you are in the birmingham area GO SEE THESE WOMEN NOW. you can see the absolute masterpiece of an updo that wendy crafted for me here.)

i was seriously impressed with all of the products kelsey used on me, but none of them was a more amazing performer than the moisturizing topcoat she slicked into my lips as the finishing step. first of all, it made the super sticky liquid lipstick that she applied feel like heaven (so hydrating!) and secondly when i tell you that my lip looked the exact same at 9:00 p.m. as it did at 9:00 a.m. that morning, i mean it looked the exact same. and i was no dainty doll the day of this wedding either. i ate bagels, drank coffee, drank beer from a bottle, drank beer from a can, sucked down way too many captain and gingers, ate sliders and wedding cake, and danced for three hours straight without so much as a crack or smudge.

if you’re thinking that kelsey must be a sorceress, you’d be half right (her artistry skills are impeccable) but she also has a little $4 trick up her sleeve from covergirl. she applied it with a lip brush almost immediately over top of my lip color and i didn’t put a single thing on my lips for the rest of the day or evening.

if you wear lipstick and can’t stand the thought of it fading in a weird way (or at all) this is quite possibly the very best investment that you can make. and if you’ve known about this product forever and you’ve been keeping it from me, my lips and i bow down to your product prowess.

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peter thomas roth acne-clear invisible dots

so by now we all know that i was not blessed with good skin. call me the acne product testing queen, because i try them all. my biggest gripe with spot treatments is that i never feel like they are concentrated enough to make an impact, plus you have to rub them in, smearing them all over the clear skin around your spots that really doesn’t need any harsh doses. it has just never seemed like a very efficient process to me, and it’s nearly impossible to find something that makes an impact overnight.

peter thomas roth acne-clear invisible dots are changing the game a bit, solving all of my problems with one tiny and impossibly clear disk. for all intensive purposes, these are zit stickers. they are seriously concentrated and very sticky, so they don’t pop off in the middle of the night. they come in multiple sizes to treat offending acne of all varieties and they work.

here’s what i have found after using these dots to clear two persistent cystic spots:

they cover the area, completely sealing it off which does three things – it protects the sensitive infected area, it prevents the spread of bacteria to other areas of your face and (possibly most important of all) it prevents me from touching it, allowing it to actually heal. after wearing these overnight, each spot is drastically reduced (i’m estimating by at least 50% or more) and redness is also far less evident thanks to hyaluronic acid that calms the skin, preventing irritation and combatting the harsh effects of salicylic acid (that’s what actually kills the zit).

peter thomas roth is on to something major with these dots and any/all acne sufferers are going to sing their praises. it’s been a long time since i have tried a treatment this innovative and this effective – zit stickers for everyone! #yourewelcome

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my fashion week favorites0

fashion week walgreens

another fashion week has come and gone, bringing all kinds of gorgeous beauty trends to the scene for spring 2016. this season had some of my favorite looks to date and i love to see brands and artists pushing the envelope for new and exciting shapes and applications.

here are just a few of my top picks:

  1. barely-there face makeup.

almost every single runway featured nearly nude, fresh-faced models sporting some major glow. more than ever this season, i saw designers celebrating the individual girl instead of turning their model lineup into carbon copies. How refreshing! a quick glance and you’d think these girls were going makeup-free, but a look backstage into the artists’ kits told us otherwise.

to get seemingly flawless skin while still letting your individual freckles and tone shine through, reach for something like boots botanics radiance balm all bright. it delivers a smooth and radiant base, erasing the effects of fatigue and stress on your skin. it gives my face an instant lift and i love wearing it on its own.

if you want to help your skin along while you sleep, add a couple of drops of boots botanics triple age renewal smoothing facial oil. it restores moisture loss and nourishes skin, helping you to wake up with that youthful visage we all so desperately crave. this will give you some added confidence to let your skin shine through next season.

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  1. desert goddess bronze

while most designers stayed away from heavy contour, the scene at alice & olivia had a sunny look featuring gold encrusted eye makeup and a softly shaped and shaded face. the makeup artist used a bronze shade above the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose to give the effect of sun gleaming off the skin. love that!

get your own sun-kissed glow by picking up no7 perfectly bronzed mosaic bronzer. you can blend a mix of shades together to get a customized color, then grab an angled brush and apply it to the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits.

  1. modern classic nails

mani monday looks extra fresh for spring. my favorite looks were simple, yet bold – like the spring garden mauve used at ulla johnson. it’s pretty and super easy to do at home with a shade like essie romper room. i love essie because you get gorgeous color saturation in one coat. to match the spring runways, finish it up with a matte topcoat to give it that modern edge.

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  1. pop art eyes

it’s always refreshing to see some color on the lash line. artists swiped a gorgeous royal blue eye paint onto the models at marc jacobs and monique lhuillier opted for an electric green. to make this trend a bit more wearable, you can choose something like circa beauty vivid vinyl eye lining fluid in blue topaz and shape a dramatic cat eye. it’s strong and sultry, the perfect complement to a girly spring ensemble.

if you’re even bolder you can venture into a pomegranate eye like shown at SUNO. the backstage artists used a lip gloss to get the look, but i’m a fan of more traditional formulas. you want the vibe to be unfinished so i like colour prevails eye shimmer powder in ruby rust. the addition of mica brings a brightness that will mirror the lip gloss effect without going all of the way.

colour prevails ruby rust

as i’ve said before, spring beauty is always my favorite. this season, i think these unexpected trends balance out spring fashion beautifully – bringing some edge to what is typically a whimsical and feminine season.

which one will you try first?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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stowaway creaseless concealer0

stowaway creaseless concealer

during my early morning internet browse, i stumbled into claire mazur (of ‘of a kind‘) sharing her beauty uniform over on cup of jo. among other brilliant and lovely recommendations, claire called stowaway creaseless concealer “the single most dramatic change i can make to my face.” umm, that’s a bold claim there, claire – but, remembering that i had one of these little tubes in the glossarie test lab, i quickly put it to work.

let me just tell you that claire is not wrong. this is probably the best concealing, most seamlessly blendable formula that i have ever patted underneath of my eyes. it creates an un-penetrable and smooth wash of color where blue shadows used to lurk and it makes my whole face look as though it hasn’t spent the last 36 hours in a stress-filled wind tunnel of work madness in new york city. hel-lo, gorgeous!

my only tiny regret here is that i think i got a shade too dark. going one shade lighter into “fair” would mean that i am 99% certain this tiny tube could also make my blemishes vanish – and i do love a two-for-one product.  no harm, though. i’m in need of a second and third tube anyway, so that i do not have to be out of arm’s reach of this goodness.

if you haven’t given this buzzy brand a go, start with this perfect product and then expand into their other categories. lots and lots of bloggers and celebs are raving – and now i see why.

stowaway creaseless concealer, $16 >

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kerastase k curl fever

almost overnight, baby lou has become a toddler – and i don’t have nearly enough time to shower as often as i’d like, so you can imagine that painstakingly blow drying and straightening my hair has become a thing of the past. my natural texture falls somewhere between wavy and curly, but it never really looks all that “done” when i let it air dry because it’s on the finer side. in short, while rocking the curls is less work than straightening the bob, it still takes work to look put together.

you might have noticed that air drying has become a thing. there’s definitely a revolution of leaving the hot tools behind and embracing natural hair. products have arrived on the scene totally dedicated to the air-drying phenomenon, promising frizz-free hair with minimal effort, but none of these has impressed me or my hair. i need a product made to work with curls and while i have previously professed my love of salt sprays, they’re just not giving me enough hold anymore.

kerastase is really on to something with curl fever. it was made for fine, lackluster curls. it’s billed as a gel, but it’s more serum-like if you ask me. there’s no stickiness at all and it’s a cinch to apply evenly without flattening my tendrils. once dry, it’s virtually undetectable. it vanishes right into my hair and all that’s left are beautifully shaped curls without frizz or fluff. the best thing about this stuff is that it helps my curls to last for more than just one day. i can sleep on them and scrunch them back to life in the morning, buying me even more time. win!

also high on my list of reasons to love curl fever is that it’s oil free. oil does three things to me – 1) it weighs my hair down 2) it makes it a grease-fest by day two and 3) it will surely cause an acne outbreak. obtaining hydrated curls that are soft and natural without oil is a wonderful (and rare thing) in my book.

so, thank you to kerastase for giving this crazed momma a little sanity and a lot of good looking hair.

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matte lips from mark.0

mark. lipclick matte full color lipstick

every season my friends at mark. step it up and things are looking extra luxe for fall. my favorite among the season’s new releases are hands down these lipclicks in super-rich shine-free shades. not only has mark. nailed the ultimate formula, giving us something that delivers intense matte color and glides on easily – i mean the application here is gorgeous – but the shades are so spot on. siren is a classic and creamy red that won’t feather or fade, vixen is a fall-perfect deep berry (hello, date night!) and starlet is a punchier surprise for fall as a bright medium pink.

these are non-drying, feel almost balm-like and give a subtle fullness to my lips when i wear my go-to, starlet. you can achieve a flawless look right out of the bullet – color is rich and pigmented, seriously some of the most saturated i’ve found – or, if you prefer to go a bit more carefree, i like to start with a smoothing primer (fine lines are the devil when applying a bold lip) and then use my finger to dab and smudge the vibrant shade in place.

as if perfect execution of one of fall’s hottest trends isn’t enough reason to shop the matte look from mark, this month the brand is working to stop dating violence by donating $1 from every order to m.powerment by mark. i love any reason to look good / feel good and i’m thinking this is the perfect opportunity to do both – beautifully.

mark. lipclick matte full color lipstick, $11 >

lucky me! i’m working with mark. again this year as a blogger ambassador :)

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clinique smart custom-repair eye treatment

my quietly aging eye area has been craving attention. i’ve tried a few things recently – a natural approach, some firming drops – but nothing has thrilled me, and more importantly nothing has made a dent in the suffering skin around my eyes. it’s not that i’m facing anything tragic, just some dryness, light lines, and the occasional blueish tint from lack of sleep. the problem? it can be really tricky to know which type of undereye treatment will impact my issues in a positive way, especially when there are so many of them out there.

when clinique adapted their smart technology to target the eye area, i couldn’t get my hands on the serum quickly enough. the product claims to brighten, firm, plump and repair. it arrived last week and i am practically snuggling up to this little silver bottle at night, because it’s doing all of the right things for my eyes.

first of all, it feels incredible. it’s a silky serum that sinks right in without irritating or feeling sticky. it’s super hydrating right on contact, but it feels light and you only need a very light touch to apply it. the texture of this stuff must be felt to be believed, so get yourself to a clinique counter stat and rub a little bit into the back of your hand.

results-wise, the skin around my eyes is already looking more healthy and vibrant, practically overnight. it’s definitely the most change that i’ve ever seen from an eye product in such a short amount of time. i can’t speak to how this will tackle more serious eye issues like deep wrinkles or severe dark circles, but i think this is a fabulous little product for anyone who is facing general aging and lack of moisture under the eyes. i’m currently using it twice a day and i can really feel it working to target my skin’s needs.

if you’re confused about what your eye area needs, but you know that it needs something i would highly recommend clinique’s latest treatment serum – and if the $49 price tag has you hesitating, ask to take home sample, use it for a few nights and feel the difference. something tells me that you’ll be going back to grab the full-sized bottle in no time.

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skyping with isabelle masson-mandonnaud + a perfume giveaway!20

sabe masson le soft perfumes new

after six years of writing the glossarie, i’ll admit that pinch-me moments are hard to come by. i still feel incredibly lucky over what this blog has become and all of the amazing experiences that it brings my way, but opportunities like getting to spend some quality skype time with isabelle masson-mandonnaud a few weeks ago take the cake.

isabelle is the founder of sabé masson and the creator of one of my very first beauty obsessions, crazylibellule and the poppies. aside from being absolutely darling in the package, her solid scents, now called le soft, are impeccably constructed and last all day long. i love pretty products that work, and i love any chance to speak with someone who adores beauty products as much as i do.

isabelle’s story

in her 20’s, isabelle interned for a tiny perfume house called shop 8. (fun fact, shop 8 would later go on to evolve into the beauty mecca sephora!) she quickly fell in love with the solid perfume concept, as presented by estee lauder in beautifully designed compacts and she began hunting down solid perfumes in antique shops, obsessed with their history (dating all the way back to egyptian times), simplicity and ease of use.

le soft perfumes

convinced that there are not enough products in our life that are easy to use, isabelle kept circling around the concept of lipstick – in her mind, the most fabulous beauty invention to date. she created her very first solid perfume in a tube like a lipstick and remembers being questioned by strangers whenever she would apply it in public, educating them all about this new-yet-old beauty concept.

what makes them special

isabelle brings even more innovation to solid perfumes by adding skincare “virtues” as the calls them into her formulations. she chooses the most nourishing ingredients like shea butter, to create a perfume that is very well constructed, natural in composition, with added benefits for the skin. all of her customers can take comfort in knowing when they slide one of her solids onto their wrist or neck, that they are not only going to smell great, but they are doing something nice for themselves. she also noted that traditional perfume sprays are full of alcohols and other ingredients that are actually harmful to skin. her advice? spray perfume on your clothes, not your skin.

that packaging, though

i am obsessed with a pretty package, so i had to get the scoop on the artful designs dressing up le soft perfumes. it turns out that every perfume begins in isabelle’s notebook as a colorful sketch – then, she gives it a name. she gives the page straight from her notebook to a designer who creates the packaging, then she gives the name and color inspiration to a perfumer – leaving them perfectly free to create the corresponding scent. i found this fascinating! isabelle explains that every scent is new and different because every drawing and name are unlike something she has created before.

what’s new?

8 incredible new scents have just launched, along with two discovery sets – all available at beautyhabit. read through the descriptions of each one to pick your favorite. there’s no way that i can choose just one – and i love how each scent has a meaning behind it. (but if you’re twisting my arm, i’d have to settle on belle furieuse!)

what’s next?

aside from an upcoming feature in glossybox, isabelle is also working on opening a shop here in the states. she revealed not only that sprays are coming soon (very soon!) but that she is working on powder perfumes, reminiscent of vintage hollywood glamour. (picture the round box and the big powder puff – what a chic and sexy way to apply perfume!) isabelle is focused on making the perfect combination of scent and skin benefits, and i cannot wait to see this new formulation come together. the woman is a genius and her brain continues to create non traditional but gorgeous ways to add fragrance to our lives.

after chatting, it’s no surprise to me that isabelle is a true creative and loves to make her life beautiful. i was so tickled to be a part of any small moment of her day – although, i could have talked with her for hours. my virtual deskside with her was a beauty dream come true and i’m so grateful to my friends at beautyhabit for making the connection.

as we were wrapping up our call, isabelle begged “come to france!” and she offered to search high and low for any remaining tubes of my beloved crazylibellule.

isabelle, i’m on the next plane!

to celebrate my dreamy skype sesh with isabelle and the launch of le soft’s latest scents, the team at beautyhabit has generously offered to give away a sabe masson discovery set to two lucky winners. enter below!

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mane message headbands for little ones0


if you’ve got a baby girl in your life, i am so excited to share news with you that mane message has launched headbands for little ones! i have been working on this project in collaboration with owner olivia since the start of the year and we have had so much fun creating this collection together. (of course, 100% design credit goes to olivia and her team! i just provided feedback and the occasional baby head for fittings and photo shoots.)

baby headbands are a major market, but when lou arrived, i couldn’t find a single option that i would actually want to buy and have her wear. there was a lack of sweet and stylish headbands that weren’t over the top. so, olivia and i began working with fabric swatches and bow composition, quickly coming to a format that works.

mane message headbands for little ones

the best thing about these is that they don’t lose their shape and they’re extra easy to wear on my wrist when louisa inevitably decides that she is over it – but, these are so soft and lightweight that she hardly knows they are there. i love how comfortable the band is and how the bows are size-appropriate for little heads. the fabric choices couldn’t be more fun and the color combinations and perfectly feminine styling is just too precious for words.


i’m really proud of this collaboration and, to celebrate the launch, mane message is generously offering 15% off all baby headband purchases through 9/5 with code baby15.

i hope that little ladies and their moms love these just as much as lou and i do!

all photos of lou modeling mane message headbands for little ones are by my insanely talented (and kind! and patient!) friend kate headley – shooting a 10 month old in a garden on a 100 degree day is a task i wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.

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spring fashion week beauty predictions0

if i had my pick between new york fashion week in september and new york fashion week in february, i would choose september every time. for one, new york is heaven in september (not so nice in february) and second, spring beauty trends are always my favorite. over the years, some of my best pinch-me moments have been backstage in the tents at bryant park or sitting front of house inside lincoln center. it’s always magical, always a big deal, and definitely the highlight of my blogging career.

this september, my day job responsibilities won’t allow me to head to new york, but i’m brainstorming some predictions for spring beauty trends just the same. in spring, everything is soft and girly – it’s all about glowing skin and tightly twisted ballerina buns, rosy cheeks and lots of lashes. here are my beauty trend predictions for spring 2016:

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1 – an iridescent glow.

fresh skin is the basis for the best beauty looks. backstage, the skin care products don’t get the most attention, but they’re often the reason the model’s skin looks so insane walking down the runway. to get a beautifully youthful look, try a serum like no7 protect & perfect advanced to prep your face before foundation. peptides, antioxidants and salicylic acid give off radiance like you have never seen.

to up your glow game even more, bring some light-reflecting goodness from a liquid highlighter like boots botanics radiance highlighter pen to your brow bones and cheekbones. it can be easily blended with your fingers and just a couple of dabs bring out a fresh, natural glow.

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2 – shimmery metallic eyes.

we usually see heavy metals on the fall runways, but i think the classic palette will be brightened up with bronzes and champagnes this spring. the best part is that this trend is so easy to achieve. for a simple smoky eye, take a soft color like circa color saturated eye crayon in pure topaz and scribble liner into your upper lash line, and then buff it out with your ring finger. take the same shade into your crease, smudging as you go and just take a second to define that v shape in the corner.

once you’re all smoked out, curl your lashes and add several coats of volumizing mascara. i’m currently reaching for no7 lash impact because it’s dramatic and you can layer without clumps. it makes me look like I have so many more lashes than i really do! the finished look is glamorous without being overdone.

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3 – a mix of pinks

call me a traditionalist, but i love any spring look that features shades of pink. while a blended lipstick has been the norm over the years (patted on – less formal, more lived in), for 2016, i’m predicting the return of high shine gloss. formulas like circa lustrous shine lip polish are going to be the hero of many spring and summer looks. circa has nailed a product that can be worn sheer or layered over your favorite lip shade, it’s got a touch of tiny gold shimmer to make it special and it goes on smooth and non-sticky for moisturized lips. just gorgeous.

do you love spring beauty as much as i do? any trend predictions of your own?

i can’t wait to watch the runways and see all of the beautiful face charts come to life!

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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