a few recent favorites

a few recent favorites

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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!

beautyblender, $19.95
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.

products for your papa bear

products for your papa bear

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let’s face it: guys are much less likely than us ladies to spend any extra dollars in the beauty department – and dads? even less so. with father’s day right around the corner, i’ve rounded up some of the best manly products on the market so you can treat your papa bear to a little pampering:

super powers for his skin: kiehl’s facial fuel heavy lifting, $40
manly ambiance: mcmc fragrances dude no. 1 candle, $48
a razor built with aircraft quality construction: harry’s the winston, $20
liquid courage: 21 drops 03 strength essential rollerball, $29
chic (and cheap!) carryall: merona men’s canvas dopp kit, $9.99
a close, cool shave: c.o. bigelow premium shave cream, $10

side note: my own dad calls gifts like these a “twofer” because while they’re sure to delight your father figure, your mom will reap the benefits of her fresh smelling man.

kiehl’s skin rescuer

kiehl's skin rescuer

as a beauty blogger, my skin is extra stressed. you should see the cocktail of lotions and potions that i’ve got on even as i type this post! i don’t recommend it (and probably, neither would my dermatologist…), but i’ve found something new from kiehl’s that has been offering even my skin some sweet salvation.

skin rescuer is a stress-minimizing daily hydrator that reduces visible signs of stress and flare-ups including skin fatigue and redness. now, that’s a bold claim if you ask me. but again, considering that i have the most stressed skin on the planet, i determined myself to be the ultimate guinea pig – and i was correct.

the product has the consistency of gel, but the thickness of a balm when it comes out of the pump. it smooths over skin to a very lightweight, silky finish and the soft glide along with the way that this stuff sinks right in means that you don’t have to rub and pat very much to apply. (this is extra beneficial to sensitive skin that’s easily irritated by touching.) i love the way that this moisturizer feels – it’s not at all heavy, but it gives my skin all of the moisture that it needs post-shower, no tightness or extra grease

i notice that my skin is much calmer since i’ve been using skin rescuer regularly. it’s comfortable and more balanced in tone and complexion – an achievement very hard to come by when you’re throwing as many different products at your face as i am! if you suffer from sensitive or stressed skin regularly, this is a great everyday moisturizer** and if you face the occasional stress-related flare up, this is a perfect night cream to quiet those minor hissy fits.

i’m giving kiehl’s top marks for this new lotion as not only is it nice to sensitive skin, it actually works to improve it and strengthen it over time – i saw a difference right away.

shop kiehl’s skin rescuer ($40) >

** i should note that it’s missing spf so make sure you’re getting that elsewhere, in your foundation, etc.

on my shower shelves

the glossarie shower shelves

i am dedicating the month of april to the art of the shower!
read more april showers themed posts here.

what better way to celebrate “april showers” than to give you a glimpse of the products that actually stare me in the face as i lather up each day? our shower scene is the perfect picture of cohabitation, complete with his and hers caddy shelves. here’s what mr. glossarie and i reach for everyday to get cleaned up:

top shelf / his:

  • paul mitchell tea tree special shampoo & conditioner, 2 for $20 in salons: as a confession, i have been known to partake in the mister’s shampoo – i love how invigorating it feels and how clean-smelling it leaves my hair. for the record, it works wonders on his head as well (and hair free of sticky man product means extra head scratches in our house).
  • kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser, $19.50: breaks up oil without drying out his face. i have nonchalantly tossed many a facial cleanser onto his shelf over the years and this is the only one that has stuck! he likes the way it leaves his face totally clean and balanced.
  • dove men+care body & face wash in extra fresh, $5: steve is a fan of this body wash because of how clean it gets him after a gritty soccer game or sweaty work out. the scent is great and the price isn’t too shabby either.

bottom shelf / mine:

  • soap & glory foam call, $16: i’m still in love with this body wash almost one year later. i am crazy for the consistency, the foamy lather and i can’t get enough of the scent!
  • colorproof clearitup detox shampoo: the newest addition to my shower continues to impress! my hair is clean, vibrant, with no harm done to its fragile state – win, win, win.
  • simple smoothing facial scrub, $6.99: when the heat goes off and there’s extra moisture in the air, the seasonal change can lead to breakouts. i like to increase exfoliation to twice weekly and this scrub has been a lifesaver. it soothes and smoothens rough skin, keeping my face free and clear of pesky spots.
  • use me moisturizer for fine hair, $29.99: my most favorite of all conditioners. this stuff detangles and softens without weighing my hair down. a little goes a long, long way and this might be the only conditioner not to break out my skin.
  • gillette venus embrace, $11: i won’t get into my frustrations about how they haven’t made more technological advances in the shaving department, but nonetheless, until they do this is the only razor i will ever use. i have not nicked myself once since transitioning over a couple of years ago and it leaves my legs and ‘pits baby smooth without the need for shaving cream.

so there you have it! a juicy sneak peek into the world behind my shower curtain. what do you think: should this be a regular feature? would you like to see what fellow readers and other bloggers keep inside their showers?

show me your lip bomb, marissa

MSchneider_Lipbomb_April2013

name:  marissa schneider
internet home: gilt city
number of products: 20
she says: more than anything, when it comes to beauty, i love to have options!
the bomb:  (clockwise from top)

bobbi brown treatment spf 15 in papaya
erwin gomez liquid gloss in catherine
revlon colorstay soft & smooth in so blushious
bobbi brown sheer color gloss in cabana coral
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i met marissa a couple of weeks ago when she and her team were sweet enough to treat me and several other bloggers to an insanely delicious tasting menu at brasserie beck before the gilt warehouse sale. marissa is a doll and she is flawlessly stunning. we instantly got to chatting about beauty, so when she expressed interest in sharing her #lipbomb, i jumped at the chance to feature her. marissa’s lip bomb is im-pressive! this lady totes a lot of lip product in her bag on the daily and she clearly plays favorites, carrying multiple products from nars and bobbi brown. i’ve got my eye on the baby benetint and the mentha lip shine – looks i’ll be making a couple of additions to my #lipbomb thanks to marissa!
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if you want to see your lip bomb in the glossarie,
send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com
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show me your lip bomb, elizabeth

eliabeth's lip bomb

name: elizabeth
number of products: 5
she says: couldn’t live without any of them!
the bomb: 

fresh sugar lip treatment spf 15 in berry, $22.50
fresh sugar lip gloss in sugar flirt, $18
kiehls lip balm #1, $7
elizabeth arden 8-hour lip protectant, $19.50
estée lauder all day lipstick in spiced cider, $18.50

i plucked elizabeth’s lip bomb from the pile of many for several reasons – not the least of which is its seasonal appropriateness. two lip balms known for their richness and healing, a tinted lip balm, a gloss and a lipstick both beautifully berry in color – it all sums up to one wickedly winter’esque #lipbomb. beyond that, the single thing on my shopping list this weekend has been elizabeth arden’s 8-hour cream and as i popped into my inbox this morning to put this post together, there it was staring me in the face! so thanks for the nudge, elizabeth. this girl has a date with the beauty counter.

if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com.

show me your lip bomb, sarah

lip bomb - sarah

name: sarah
she says: “um, this is embarrassing. this is what I carry with me DAILY in my work purse.”
number of products: 13
the bomb:

kiehl’s lip balm #1, $7.50
c.o. bigelow lime mentha lip shine, no longer available
covergirl wetslicks fruit spritzers lip gloss in raspberry splash, $5.49
revlon colorburst lip butter in peach parfait, $6.16
clinique black honey lip duo, $21
c.o. bigelow mentha lip tint in magenta mint, $7.50
fresh sugar rose lip treatment spf15 mini, (full size tube $22.50)
maybelline baby lips in cherry me, $2.99
arbonne lip polish in coral, $24
revlon colorburst lip butter in pink truffle, $6.16
smashbox limitless long wear lipgloss in endless, $22
mac lustre lipstick in syrup, $15
buxom big & healthy lip polish in brandi, $19

now this is a lip bomb. the almost-empty tube that you can’t give up, the packages with lettering rubbed off, the hair tie wrapped around the lip gloss – beauty ain’t always pretty, ladies! send your #lipbomb to theglossarie@gmail.com.

samples + the safety pin

i am on a serious treasure hunt for my next eye cream, but that’s really a story for another day. the hero of this blog post is the simple safety pin. last night while discussing said treasure hunt with my girl evan (who happens to be the manager at the still new-ish kiehl’s store in tyson’s corner – it really pays to make friends with people in high beauty places), she generously proffered two samples of kiehl’s creamy eye treatment with avocado. as i stuffed them greedily into my silvie, she gave me the most genius tip! she told me that instead of tearing the top off of these precious packs, which almost certainly speeds up the drying out process, wasting valuable product, to pierce them with a safety pin and only squeeze out a little at a time. this way, i’m sure to get the exact right dose each evening as i give the windows to my soul their delicate massage and the samples will last that much longer. best of all, i get to use every last drop and the stuff inside stays nice and fresh while i do.

i. was. dumbfounded.

is this trick new to you? have you been keeping it from me?

looks good for your guy: kiehl’s facial fuel ‘no shine’ hydrator

guys have to change up their skincare routine for summer, too, and in my condo, it’s mandatory – as i’m running a bit of a beauty dictatorship here. lucky for mr. ramos, he doesn’t have to put much thought into it. the right products magically land on his dresser. the latest installment into his man routine is this ‘no-shine” hydrator from kiehl’s facial fuel line. it gives skin a refreshing boost of hydration while reducing shine and zapping oil. this is especially handy for portuguese husbands with mediterranean skin. the product acts like micro-sponges and absorbs oil and sweat keeping the face clean and fresh. the formula absorbs quickly, feels lightweight, and leaves no residue. skin feels hydrated and moisturized without looking shiny. it’s your basic summertime secret weapon.

kiehl’s facial fuel “no-shine” hydrator is $21 and available here.