everyone has their druthers when it comes to foundation application: fingers, sponge, flat brush, etc. – and i happen to be a fan of the big, fluffy brush. this version from morphe is near perfection. for one, the size is generous but not too big (you’ve still got to be able to get into those eye corners and nose crevices after all). the bristles are the right combination of sturdy, but soft so that it applies foundations seamlessly and at the same time doesn’t irritate. (side poll: have you ever touched a makeup brush to your skin and it just plain hurts? i hate that!) i just love the way that this brush buffs and blends color right onto my face, making it look like second skin. i was so happy to find that for a lesser known brand, the quality here is very high, with not a single hair going astray (my biggest brush gripe!) and a price point that simply cannot be beat. if you’re in the market for a new way to apply your favorite face base, take a look at morphe – i think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
i’m going to level with you beauties.
until right before christmas, i had been using the same hair dryer that i took with me to my freshman year of college. that’s a solid 14 year relationship we are talking about here, and longer than i have known my husband. i loved that thing so much that i traveled with it everywhere, because in my eyes it far surpassed any and all hotel hair dryers or those at my friends’ houses. things were serious.
fast forward to december 2013 and sam villa’s e-t.c. light appears on my doorstep. i was hesitant, but also ready for a change, vowing to take my hair and skincare more seriously in the new year, even if that requires upping my financial investment. the box boasted all things that i was looking for: ultra lightweight, maximum airflow, ceramic tourmaline (translation: better for your hair), even whisper quiet – i was ready to give it a try.
after one (lightning fast!) blow dry, i was hooked. this thing weighs half as much as my previous model, dries my hair twice as fast and leaves it smooth, soft, and shiny. most importantly, it is visibly less dry and damaged, with more fluff and volume than ever before. without a doubt this blow dryer has made my hair healthier and given me back valuable minutes previously lost to my morning routine. needless to say, i quickly parted ways with my prehistoric blow dryer from the year 2000 and made some room in the vanity for this shiny new toy.
my love for this hair dryer has even been endorsed by a stylist friend who says it is the absolute best there is!
now, knowing that this wonderful tool isn’t cheap and knowing that my dear glossarie friends would be interested in procuring one for themselves, i worked with sam villa to create a 20% discount for my readers. using the code GLOSS, you can get 20% off your entire order at sam villa on top of a current february promotion that they are running which brings the cost of the e-t.c down to $135.96 (from $199.99).
i’m not saying that this hair dryer will change your life (ok, i am), but i will wager that it could very potentially be the last one that you ever buy.
i have fallen pretty hard for the butter london color cosmetics collection. i was fully introduced to the line at the ny now market in august and was shocked then to find myself drawn towards blue eyelashes, electric green eyeliner, and balmy black cherry lips. now that i’ve had the time to really play with some things, i have honed in on two clear favorites that i’ve been reaching for daily: cheeky cream blush in pistol pink and lippy tinted lip balm in black cherry. the vibes of these two products could not be more different, but i’ve found that they work beautifully together.
cheeky cream blush ($20) is silky and sheer, easily buildable, and pistol pink is a serious fuchsia that can go from subtle to fierce with the swipe of your fingertips. i’ve taken to applying it with this duo fiber buffer from morphe because the size is perfect for picking blush up out of the pan and it creates the perfect cheek effortlessly with just a few stipples. (also, you can’t beat the price!) now, the color is bold but i love a pop of hot pink on my cheeks!
for lips, lippy tinted lip balm ($20) is your new best friend. these formulas are light and sheer, feeling really nice once they’re on, and wearing a surprisingly long time for a tinted lip. the black cherry shade is a fall must, a wine red with just a touch of edge. i’m the first one to shy away from a vampy lip (i think it looks mean!) but this color has stolen my heart and i like the way that it adds a little attitude to my oft-understated makeup look.
have you tried the butter london color cosmetics yet?
think you’ll give either of these beauties a go?
and ps : can we just give a small round of applause for
amazon’s new luxury beauty department?
they never cease to amaze.
i’ve been a little testing machine lately and sometimes there is just TOO much goodness to share at once. rather than keep you waiting while i craft individual posts for each of these pretty products, i’ve mashed them into one gorgeous little group. i hope you like what you see!
is anyone else a complete sucker for the beauty to go section at sephora? this not-at-all-new pink sponge totally captured me and it was way beyond time that i gave it a try. i have used it both wet and dry to apply my favorite cc cream and i have to say that it has never been faster or easier to flawlessly blend my foundation. i’ve been using the blendercleanser to keep it clean and, well, i may just toss my brushes forever.
kiehl’s multi super-corrective cream, $62
talk about a major upgrade to my fall face care, this ultra thick yet still non-greasy cream from kiehl’s is super luxe. it glides on to my skin and has a slight optical blurring effect. it soothes my tight post-shower skin and it’s thick enough that i can use it as an eye cream at night. it’s extremely hydrating but it leaves my skin matte so it feels like i’ve got nothing on. my foundation blends seamlessly over top and my face feels comfy all day long.
balm chicky sweet baby ginger balm balm, $12
you guys, this stuff is GORGEOUS! the balm chicky line of cheeky balms is too cute for words. they are chunky and oversized (reminding me of my favorite bath & body works balms of the 90′s) and the flavors are to DIE for – melon, cucumber, hot chocolate, honey. yum! best of all each tube has a “friend end” for sharing. they are hydrating and flavorful, and way too much fun. if you know what’s good for you, you will def check these out.
sally hansen fuzzy coat in tight knit, $6.99
this polish was the hero in yesterday’s textured nail art post. it was definitely way outside of my normal nail repertoire but i’m so happy that i gave it a test run because they are really great. you can layer them over your favorite solid shade, put them on bare nails, or even “sandwich” them together different jelly polishes for a fun effect. they were a surprisingly long time and they’re a cinch to remove. definitely a fun little update!
lulu organics jasmine travel hair powder, $9.50
another star from the beautyhabit collection, this hair powder is a fabulous little upgrade on my current go-to. it’s silky and talc-free and its tiny size is beyond perfect for keeping handy on the go. on day two, i often find myself with a need to powder up late in the day as opposed to first thing in the morning. this is so easy to work with in a restaurant bathroom (or wherever you find yourself) and the jasmine scent is delightful.
josie maran argan cream blush, $22
i don’t know where this pretty golden compact filled with soft pink perfection has been hiding, but i sure am thrilled to have discovered it. finally someone has created a cream blush that blends into skin without just sitting on top. the sunrise color is gorgeous, leaving me with a natural glowy flush that lasts all day long. my skin absolutely loves something about the argan oil and i love that it doesn’t “fight” my foundation. pretty, pretty, pretty.
most of you are familiar with my obsession over shu uemura’s eyelash curler. i used it for years and then it all but disappeared from the us markets without explanation. i’ve been happily plugging away with my replacement chanel, but it has always left me wondering what those japanese masterminds have been up to! then, over the weekend, allure teased this new (?) tokyo lash fiesta s eyelash curler and i cannot stop thinking about it.
allure was able to get their hands on one of these mysterious beauties and they are claiming that it’s better than the original because of its open sides and virtually no risk of pinched eyelids. now, the original shu lash curler is beautifully shaped and never pinches, so the notion that they might have improved on that further is kind of exciting.
honestly, i don’t even care if it’s better, i just need it.
i have searched all ends of the internet and there is not a stitch of information on this bad boy. i’m bewildered and forced to wait (not at all) patiently for more news to break on the fresh update, so obviously the only solution to my dilemma was to share this kind-of news with you so that i’m not alone in my misery.
happy monday :)
*update! the powers that be at shu uemura have let me know that the tokyo lash fiesta s eyelash curler will be on sale on their website starting september 3rd!*
i found myself faced with too many amazing products to count this week (always a good problem) so i’m sharing a handful of bite-sized reviews. as always, let me know if you want more : )
dermablend skinperfector blemish and oil clearing primer, $45
summer always means more breakouts for me, but i’ve been combatting the dreaded acne flare up with this primer from dermablend. it goes on light, like a lotion, but it dries perfectly matte, stopping shine dead in its tracks – even when the “feels like” is 107.
real techniques expert face brush, $8.99
seriously where have these brushes been hiding? this one applies bb/cc creams and liquid foundations like a dream and i have not seen one hair out of place. the finished effects are pixel perfect, giving this spendier option a run for its money.
jouer lip sheer spf 15 in santorini, $22
these little lippies are gorgeous and this new rosy pink shade is a creamier counterpart to my favorite from the fall. santorini is the perfect finishing touch to an everyday makeup look, leaving lips flawlessly pink, extra soft, and protected from the summer sun.
lumene time freeze eye perfecting treatment, $15.99
now this is really brilliant. i could kiss whoever thought to pair an eye treatment with a flexible lip gloss applicator! this cooling, fine-line reducing gel is actually fun to apply each night before bed – and the firming / de-puffing effects aren’t bad either!
maybelline volum’express the falsies big eyes, $9.49
i adore this dual ended mascara. with two formulas and brush sizes to separately address your top and bottom lashes, this guy gives excellent volume. it doesn’t smudge or flake and it lifts my lashes up and out, rivaling its beauty counter competitors.
every beauty girl knows the importance of keeping a compact mirror handy. an essential for lipstick reapplication, after-meal teeth checks, taxi cab touchups and flyaway taming, they come in so many adorable shapes and sizes. i’ve rounded up six of my very favorites and even if you’re not in the market, they make a pretty great gift, no?
1 – jetty compact mirror, $28
this vintage-inspired hand mirror from anthropologie is generously oversized,
but still super slim. i love the three different nautical print options
that remind me of summers on nantucket!
2 – squared-away pocket mirror, $25
i’m fairly obsessed with this sunny yellow option from kate spade saturday.
for one, the embossed leather slip pocket is too cute and the simple glass mirror
tucked inside is chic and minimalist, but sure to start a conversation.
3 – stephanie johnson snap mirror, $22
quite possibly my first love, this double mirror is always all done up in the coolest
prints and colors. with 18 (!) options currently available, there’s no excuse not to
“snap” one of these up in every single outfit she comes in.
4 – j.crew liberty pocket mirror, $22.50
i cannot get enough of j.crew’s liberty prints! if you’re not up for investing in a button
down or skinny pant, might i recommend this wallet friendly option that will also keep you looking pretty? (note this print is sold out online, but i have seen it in store!)
5 – lattice rose compact mirror, $13.58
cath kidston is known for her vintage-inspired florals and i adore this twin mirror all
done up in lattice roses. if you need something durable, then this bifold metal choice
could be perfect for you. it snaps up securely and can surely take a beating.
6 – rae lipstick case, $38
technically a lipstick case, this all leather beauty has a little mirror on its flat bottom! hobo is constantly coming up with functional and fashionable ways to keep you organized, but this one takes the cake. slip your favorite balm + stick inside for keeping gorgeous on the go.
it has taken me a long time to learn how to dress up my eyes each morning, but the little tricks i have learned over the years really make a big difference in brightening my face and polishing off my whole look. my go to eye wardrobe is soft, neutral and sparkly. here are the essentials that help me give the windows to my soul their own special treatment:
simple’s revitalizing eye roll on, $11
this is the first thing i put on my face in the morning and i let it soak in / work its magic while i straighten my hair. the cool rollerball de-puffs as it massages my under eyes while cucumber, b5, and glycerin work to wake up my sleepy peepers.
chanel precision eyelash curler, $34
superior shape and spongy pad have made this my holy grail lash curler for over a year now. combine the perfect curler with these tips that i learned from refinery29′s recent video with james vincent and my lashes have never looked better.
mac paint pot in painterly, $18.50
i put this creamy shadow / lid primer on whether i am wearing shadow or not, because it prevents my foundation from creasing. layering shadow overtop locks things down until you’re ready to remove. (at which point i might recommend these little beauties!)
josie maran argan beautiful nudes, $36
this shadow quad features rich neutrals and one shadow liner. the shadows offer a variety of finishes (matte, iridescent, satin) in beautifully coordinated nudes so i can create endless looks that always look good together. it totally takes the guesswork out of eye makeup!
sephora collection pro visionary lash fan brush, $18
finally! a brush designed to make tightlining easier. dip this mini fan into your favorite black cream liner and stamp it right into your lash line for precise and simple definition. it emphasizes lashes and also doubles as a lash separator. you need this!
clinique instant lift for brows, $16.50
the ultimate in finishing touches, this double-ended product from clinique houses a natural-looking pencil to give fullness and intensity to brows and a pearly highlighter that creates contrast and adds a magic lift to your arches.
i take better care of my brows than i do my car. they are a source of pride and i’m obsessed with keeping them in perfect shape. as i hopped out of the shower this morning and plucked a few stray hairs, it dawned on me how long i’ve been relying on my favorite tweezers. i bought them the summer between my freshman and sophomore college years (when i was still flying home for haircuts and brow waxings – dedication, people), meaning our partnership has been going a whopping 11 years strong. i have tested so many other options over the years, thinking that things must have advanced in the tweezer department through the decade, but i keep returning to these. they grab on the first pinch, painlessly pluck the tiniest of hairs, and make it so easy for me to keep my arches under control. i’ll be sad if these suckers ever leave me – because let’s face it, there’s a better chance of me losing them than there is of them wearing out.
grab your own tweezermans here – it’s the best $22 you’ll ever spend.
note: technically the set pictured is the tweezerman professional tweezerette which might still be available at some pro beauty locations if you keep your eyes peeled!
we have much to discuss in terms of this brush.
for starters, it is the highest quality brush i think i’ve ever used – holding it makes me feel like a professional (and we all know that couldn’t be further from the truth!). not a single hair has come loose from use (a miracle) and it comes with a protector cap that makes traveling a cinch.
for a bit of a backstory, before this brush, i was considering buying new foundation because i was having major mid-day breakdown. on a whim, i decided that maybe i should upgrade my old stippling brush and go for something sturdier. perhaps the problem wasn’t with my foundation, but in the application.
well, the purchase saved my routine! the dense bristles of this brush are ultra soft and buff my favorite makeup on for an airbrushed finish. i don’t know how to describe it, but this brush makes my skin look better. it’s glowy, but not greasy. my foundation lasts longer and the results are flawless. if you’re a liquid foundation girl, this brush might just change your world.
the sephora collection pro airbrush #55 is $34.