simple micellar make-up remover wipes1

sai bennett

in my head, i look like this every morning at daycare drop off. all sultry bed head, perfect gray tee and subtle jewels.


in reality, i roll up to lou’s school each morning looking far less model-turned-actress and far more unkempt mother: usually having brushed my teeth, always in yoga pants, never having showered. the morning struggle is real, but i’m finding that there’s one thing taming my troll’ness just a tad in recent weeks.

makeup wipes and i have never really vibed, but simple micellar make-up remover wipes are a bit of a lifesaver. the ingredients here are super pared down, so running them over my skin doesn’t feel harsh at all. one dose refreshes and hydrates, decreasing the oil slick i tend to wake up with and gently unclogging my pores. i can quickly follow up with my go-to anti-aging moisturizer with spf and feel like i’m one step ahead of my day.

i have also loved using these at night to wipe the day off on makeup-free days. (since i work from home, i leave my face bare unless i have a skype meeting or heaven forbid, i’m seeing friends or colleagues in person!) they just simply reset my skin without any unnecessary cleansers or chemicals.

i’ve blown through my first pack and i’m well into my second, repeat purchases being the ultimate compliment for any beauty treasure that comes across my desk. if your sensitive skin needs something in the manner of a truly gentle cleanse, i can’t recommend these highly enough. i can’t promise they will have you looking like sai bennett up there, but they might just get you a touch closer to her kind of effortless glow.

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loft fringe pouch0

loft fringe pouch

i spotted this perfectly bohemian pouch over on my friend meg biram’s blog and i knew instantly that it had to be mine. i’m fresh off of the amtrak after four long days in nyc and if living out of my favorite tote has taught me nothing, it’s that i need to get organized. when you’re an oversized bag kind of girl, everything just tends to collect at the bottom, making you feel like a crazy person when you can’t find your lipstick, a pen, your phone, your sunglasses, your business cards, your sanity…you get the idea.

i have high hopes that this pouch is the answer to all of my prayers. for one, it’s going to easily keep all of my daily beauty items and emergency saving graces like bandaids, advil, etc. in on perfectly pretty place, and two, it’s going to look so good coming out of my tote everytime that i need to touch up my lipstick. i love the texture and the fringe, plus black and white matches everything so it can even double up as a clutch when i need to ditch my big mama bag in favor of an option that’s much more fun.

are you as in love with this little beauty as i am?

loft fringe pouch, $34 >

ps – capitol file magazine has featured the glossarie in their roundup of beauty gurus to follow on instagram! i’m so touched by the mention and would love to connect with you over there if you’re not already following along – @theglossarie

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national (non) lipstick day9

national lipstick day

there seems to be a day for everything under the sun and i ignore about 99.9% of them, but it would be highly questionable if i let a day dedicated to lipstick pass me by! in celebration of such a glorious occasion, i am opting to pay tribute to my three favorite lip shades of the moment – all of them not so much lipsticks, as non lipsticks.

first up is lipstick queen frog prince. yes, that there is a green tube of lipstick, but what looks downright frightening, blossoms into a gorgeous rosebud on the lips. it’s sheer, soft, and soothing – such a treat for anyone looking for a tinted balm that’s uniquely yours. click on over to instyle to see what it looks like on three very different skin tones and you’ll get the idea.

next on my list is tarte lipsurgence in energy noir. i am still a big fan of the original version, so a deepened berry shade was definitely calling my name. i love this one because it’s a fresh take on the blooming lip as we head into fall. on me, the color goes a bit more plummy, so it’s dark and sophisticated without being vampy. it’s perfect for toning down my normal go-to pink lip and pink cheek combo. it looks gorge with just a flush of bronzer and a defined brow. (bonus – it’s 30% off now through 8/3!)

finally, i have to call out e.l.f. for basically duplicating everyone’s favorite (yet overpriced) blossoming lip shade for a mere $6. e.l.f. studio gotta glow lip tint is your traditional reactive lip, a true pink that goes on silky smooth. the breaking news is that e.l.f. has brought my go-to, year-round winner to market at a price point that everyone can get behind, with a formula that rivals the best of the best. you’ll want to snatch this one up in multiples because it’s just that good.

so, there you have it, a non-lipstick approach to national lipstick day and three unique options for lips that won’t look like everyone else’s.

for fun, i would love to know your signature shade in the comments below – happy national lipstick day, beauties!

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summer-perfect contour palettes from tarte and mark.0

contour palettes from tarte and mark.

the soonest that i get even a hint of a tan, i crave more. the problem is that i can enjoy about a max of 12 minutes in the sun before burning, so i spend most sunny days hiding out under an umbrella slathered in spf. to keep up with all of you bronze beauties, as summer goes on, my makeup skills become a bit more adept at giving my skin a naturally brown glow – and this season, i have fallen in love with the multitasking contour palette.

for everyday, tarte park ave princess is absolutely perfect. the matte bronzer is light enough to dust on in the traditional “3” pattern. it brings out all of best parts of my true tan without making me look too dark – just healthy and happy. once i’m bronzed, i take a concentrated blush brush and pop the pink shade right onto the apples of my cheeks. then, i use my finger to apply highlighter into my brow bones and the peaks of my cheekbones – it also looks great as a neutral shadow for a super easy champagne gold eye. tarte has nailed all of the right shades for lighter-skinned girls and these formulas last through major sweat and humidity to keep you looking pristine all day long.

if you like a bit more intensity, mark. has got you covered. buenos aires vibe caliente glow blush + bronzer compact is a hot little number featuring a shimmer bronze, a bold coral blush and a super useful highlighting lavender. your favorite kabuki brush is about to get a whole lot of action with this trio! you can swirl all shades together for a stunning flush that lasts until the break of dawn or you can concentrate a smaller brush in each of the three areas for a fresh-from-vacation kiss of color. each shade here is perfectly pigmented to flatter tons of skin tones, and the biggest surprise for me is that pop of purple right in the middle. what looks somewhat scary is actually a pearly iridescent highlighter. i call it the “center of attention” because the light will find wherever you dab this subtle icy shade, leaving you well-lit and so glowy.

i’m not ashamed to say that my summer 2015 tan comes from a compact. if you’re in my same boat, these two are sure to give you beautiful and believable results.

tarte park ave princess contour palette, $34 >
 mark. buenos aires vibe caliente glow blush + bronzer compact, $16 >

mark. continues to make beauty blog dreams come true
by having me as a brand ambassador for 2015!

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living proof full shampoo + conditioner + satin hair serum3

living proof full shampoo, full conditioner and satin hair serum

thanks to the mystery that is postpartum hormones, i am experiencing a second round of ferocious hair loss. i don’t know why since i haven’t nursed since last november (thought i was well over the shedding hump!) but apparently it’s all very normal and a number of my fellow new moms are going through it, too. unfortunately that gives me no solace as my hair continues to come out by the handful, so i reached out to my dear friends at living proof with a cry (i mean, there were actual tears) for help. after trying a couple of things that just did not vibe with my hair’s texture, i have found the most beautiful trifecta for keeping my fresh bob in check.

in the shower, i’m working with full shampoo and full conditioner and they are quite the dynamic duo. since my hair gets real greasy by day three, i need something that cuts through all of the buildup to give me a totally clean slate, but that doesn’t parch my strands in the process. full shampoo is perfect because it’s sulfate-free but it still gives me a ton of lather, leaving my hair pristine, but not squeaky. i use it on my scalp only, then i follow up with full conditioner on the ends below the nape of my neck. this conditioner is the ideal balance between being lightweight for my medium-fine hair, but still slick enough to fully detangle and hydrate. i love, love, love these products.

since i’m still on the straightening streak (going strong for about sixteen years now), but i have no talent with a round brush, i need a styling product to do the majority of the work for me. it must be oil-free (because said hormones are also causing raging acne) and it must smooth things out without stealing volume. living proof suggested their satin hair serum and holy freaking cow, is this stuff awesome. one tiny pump is enough to get my whole head of hair in order. things are left with a natural shape and volume that i can still get my fingers through and i’m obsessed with how smooth and shiny my hair looks when it’s done.

maybe it’s the science behind these products that makes them so good, maybe it’s because they come from my hometown of boston, or maybe it’s jennifer aniston’s golden touch, but these three have not only lifted my hair, they have lifted my spirits. i never mind investing in things that work and my friends, i am telling you, living proof delivers every single time.

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dermelect MEMENTO manicure extender top coat0

steel gray bottle of nail polish top coat

alright, lets’ s talk top coats – because there is nothing more frustrating than rocking a beautiful salon manicure for for a mere 24 hours before boom! chips galore.

to deal with this issue, i have been committed to gel manis for months now because i love the shine and longevity of the polish – although, it can do major damage to my nails. so, when i heard about MEMENTO manicure extender top coat, i had high hopes for its claims of fast-drying, week-long wear and mirror-like shine. it even claims to deliver a gel effect without the UV/LED light – but does it work?

i was a little skeptical about this product because i have used so many top coats before that have made the exact same claims. i wasn’t expecting life-changing results, but i was happily proved wrong. i painted my own nails five days ago and i am here typing this post without a single chip.

if you’re a fan of gel manicures because of how they last, but you don’t love what they do for your nails, you can purchase top coat for the cost of a standard manicure. this little silver bottle has shockingly switched up my strategy and i’m now reaching for regular nail polish. the best part is that i can still enjoy chip-less nails and a gel-like shine that dries almost instantly, without the damage and acetone soak at the end.

do you have a top coat that you love? dermelect has upped my nail game and memento gets a beautiful 10/10 from me!

dermelect memento manicure extender top coat, $16 >

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one love organics the cleansing sponge rose clay heart3

one love organics cleansing sponge pink clay

i scrub my face with a steaming hot washcloth every other morning. it helps to get the blood flowing and it also ensures that i don’t apply my moisturizer to a dry face (a huge no-no according to my derm). when visiting follain a couple of weeks ago, i was reintroduced to the konjac sponge. tara recommended one love organic’s version as the anti-clarisonic and the ultimate way to encourage cell turnover and keep things glowing.

one love presents an upgrade to the original with the addition of pink clay. this skincare wonder works to absorb toxins and clogged oil while also combatting skin irritation and dryness. the pink version is perfect for rosacea sufferers and those with mature or dry skin because it calms and exfoliates at the same time. in other words, it works miracles.

to use it, i soak this sponge until it’s soft and fully expanded. then i run it over my face, massaging in circular motions. once i’m done, i rinse it in cool water, squeeze out the excess and hang it to dry. it’s a piece of cake to use and i notice that my skin is far less angry since i’ve switched from washcloth to sweet little sponge.

it’s such a simple upgrade and it’s easy to travel with, meaning that my skin stays healthy when i’m away from home. plus, have you ever seen anything more adorable in your life? i just know that you and your skin will find this little heart is extra easy to love.

one love organics the cleansing sponge rose clay heart, $10 >

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le traveleur the weekender travel kit0

clear plastic bag with sample-sized beauty products

i’m packing up my stephanie johnsons and heading to atlanta for the wedding of my very best friend this weekend. packing is already pretty much the worst, but there’s nothing more painful than chasing down travel-sized portions of your favorite products. it seems like nothing quality comes in a weekend-sized tube or bottle, so i’m constantly sacrificing my skin and my hair to the hotel product lords – and it has got to stop.

this weekend, however, i’m treating my hair to a leonor greyl shampoo and hair mask, cleansing my face with ursa major, showering up with ayres‘ orange blossom and vanilla, and opting for acca kappa in lieu of my go-to tube of crest. sound heavenly? it should!

all of the above are included in the weekender travel kit by le traveler, a freshly launched, gorgeously curated kit of travel needs. as a road warrior, i am extra obsessed with this concept, but the brand partners are so attractive that i could imagine myself scooping this bag of goodies up just to try several somethings new.

for $35, le traveleur is offering sample sized versions of some high-quality products – but beyond that, they are giving me peace of mind that my skin is going to be pampered all weekend long. alongside the must-haves like face wash and body lotion are some really pretty add ons like those mai couture blush papers and the nuxe dry oil. i also love the idea of testing a new fragrance while away for the weekend! le traveleur has included a vial from one of my very favorite brands – soap and paper factory – and i cannot wait to try.

let me just say that the team at le traveleur has got this one so right. they have already saved me tons of time and worry while prepping for this weekend, eliminating lots of unnecessary drama from my travel routine. i’m curious to know if you think this concept will work for you. please let me know – and happy trails!

le traveleur the weekender travel kit, $35 >

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murad healthy skin facial8

white and orange bottle of vitamin c

beauty confession: before last week, i have had one facial in my entire life.

it was in high school, at the peak of my acne battle, it was painful and my face was red and angry for days afterwards. the aesthetician was too aggressive with extractions and she used all kinds of oils that clogged my pores and trashed my skin. because of the negative experience, i have never gone back, but when murad invited me into massage envy for one of their healthy skin facials, i felt confident that they would give my face the tlc it needs – and i was not wrong.

since i was nervous, i made my aesthetician wakena talk me through everything – and she kindly indulged my every whim. first, we talked about my skin type (sensitive, acne-prone) and she asked me about my product regimen. she told me she would cleanse my skin, then take a look and explain her recommended plan of attack.

the cleansing felt like heaven, you guys. it was the most tender facial massage and it was ultra relaxing. once my skin was clean, wakena took a close look and prescribed the following steps:

1 – intensive-c radiance peel with glycolic acid to chemically exfoliate and improve clarity
2 – manual extractions – piece of cake!
3 – clarifying mask with sulfur and zinc oxide to detoxify and calm my skin
4 – essential-c eye cream to improve my dark circles; the addition of caffeine works to combat a fresh crop of fine lines
5 – anti-aging moisturizer to keep me looking young, without causing breakouts

she explained the need for each step along with the ingredients in every product and what they would do for my skin. i  was most afraid of the steam being too much (but she gladly adjusted it to my comfort level) and of the extractions – but, they weren’t bad at all! she used her fingers to squeeze the gunk out of the pores on my nose and it was practically painless.

i love how wakena checked in with me along the way and adjusted her pressure if i had any discomfort. i could feel every product working with my skin, not against it, and at the end i felt as though i had just experienced one hour of skin therapy. the whole experience was a pleasure and today, my skin is smoother and clearer.

if you want to experience your own best skin, massage envy is offering $10 off their four murad healthy skin facials and a free murad sample now through august 2nd – and if you pre-book an august facial in july, you will also receive a special skincare kit.

to top it all off, since i have been officially bitten by the facial bug and murad’s incredible product range, i’m offering you the chance to win an environmental shield healthy skin regimen kit. enter below and please tell me about your own feelings on facials in the comments.

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we tried it: ombre nail art0

please welcome new glossarie contributor, stefanie! she comes to us with a cosmetology license, a fierce beauty obsession and a love for trying new things. read along as she shares all of the details of her beauty trials this summer!five bottles of nail polish used to create do-it-yourself nail art

when it comes to nail design i usually leave it to the professionals, but sephora’s do-it-yourself ombre kit has me wanting to get creative. it’s definitely out of my comfort zone, but i’m glad that i chose to take the leap – because the results are pretty impressive.

the set comes with one silver base color and four other colors used for the ombre design.
the silver base coat was very opaque and smooth, and it dried almost instantly. the other colors in the kit have a thinner formula, making it easier for the polishes to blend together and create the ombre design. thankfully for this novice, the directions on the box have step-by-step instructions and pictures, making it very beginner-friendly.

the kit comes with three different design options, and i’m not ashamed to admit that i chose the easiest one to tackle. in this case, it turns out that looks were deceiving because as i got started, i quickly found that it was a difficult to keep the darker color at the base of nail as instructed. the colors were so thin that the polishes began to all run together giving my nails more of a tie-dye look then the desired ombre. when i was done, my nails looked different from the pictures on the box, but i was still impressed with the galaxy effect.

purple tie-dye galaxy nail art

so, let’s get down to it: would i still rock these nails?


although they didn’t turn out exactly as i expected, the compliments from people asking if i got my nails done at a salon or what tool i used to accomplish the look are enough of a reward for me. i’m calling my first diy nail art project a grand success – and i will definitely be back to try the other design options.

formula x infinite ombre nail design set, $29.50 >

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