Glossier 3.0

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I swear at some point I will maybe not talk about Glossier but they are pretty much are my skincare routine now. Bar two products, it is my skin care routine.

And soon it will probably be the only brand that I use for my skincare. I just really love it. Which seems like a cliche thing because some of the stuff is so overly hyped, but rightfully so.

My skin has cleared up so much since using it. And it is also really soft and super hydrated these days. That hyperpigmentation issue is slowly settling down again. My breakouts seem to be mostly hormonal now, which I am not mad about.

It’s working.

I love the routine that I have down for it. It’s simple and effective and going through the process each morning and night is a process for me. It gets me into the day and settles me to get ready for bed.

I mean I also use other Glossier products as well. I swear by Boy Brow because it does real great, natural, things to my eyebrows which is essential. I really like the stretch concealer because it adds an extra layer of coverage to my under eyes which these days is really required, seriously I never don’t look tired. I’m not a huge fan of the tint because it makes my face look hella shiny after like 10 minutes which is not something that I need in life.

I swear by the sunscreen because I really love the fact that it’s clear and doesn’t at any point make me look ashy. Although the shelf life in the summer is a lot shorter. It currently only lasts a month, but it was lasting me 2 months prior to that.

I also just got the Lash Slick in my life. I’ve only used it once and so far I’m unsure of it. I currently am a bit iffy of the wand and also it didn’t quite do what I wanted to my lashes, however that might just be because I am so very attached to my Urban Decay one because it just does the damn thing with my lashes.

I still haven’t taken the leap with the serum yet but I do now know which one I want, so when my current Vitamin E one runs out I will take the jump, or I might just use them both. I’m undecided about that one yet, but it’s coming. I know it is.

Also, my face is due a new face mask and well, they have them. I mean I have a free face mask to claim from Lush first which I am kind of really looking forward to getting because my face has missed Prince of Darkness and also it hasn’t been properly exfoliated in a while so that will be a nice treat for it.

I’ve also been contemplating using the perfume as well. I have had a lot of samples of it because you get them whenever you make a purchase pretty much (or you can choose it, and I usually always do because I don’t need a sample of a cleanser I already use) and I really do like it. There’s something about it that does it for me but similarly to my attachment to my mascara my attachment to my current perfume is pretty intense. I have used it every day for like 4/5 years and the thought of saying goodbye to it is kind of scary, in a really non-important way.

I’m due to make a new order this week anyway because my day moisturiser is pretty much on its last legs and so I need to order more. And we’ll just see what else ends up in my basket and on its way to me…

Basically I’m still a sucker for Glossier and I can’t see it changing any time soon.

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Skin Update

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I feel like I talk more about my skin this year than I did last year when trying to get it to something remotely related to being in check was one of my goals for the year. But I’m taking it about 50% more seriously than I actually did last year because this was the year that the hyperpigmentation of my skin finally started to drive me a little mad.

I was annoyed when it was the only thing that a doctor chose to focus on when I went to see him for something completely different and I hated the fact that he prescribed me all these drugs but did nothing to actually help me with the very anxiety I went there for. In fact he may have made it worse, because I wasn’t even thinking about my skin and the scarring on it until he brought it up. And so I did think about for about a week, but it made my face go really red and made a rash come out on most of it and it really stung almost all of the time and I kept forgetting to take the tablets that I was prescribed so I gave it all up. And ceased to give a shit about the scarring.

Until I sat in a mirror in MAC to get my concealer matched and wow do those mirrors and that lighting bring out all the issues with your skin. Just my gosh. I mean I am aware that it’s not necessarily the best, I’m a spot picker and so the scarring is real but it’s kind of tamed down since my late teens and so I don’t really notice it as much. Until this day where the concealer did all kinds of wonderful to things my face and made it look almost blemish clear and then I decided that it bothered me a little again. This happened in January of this year though. I wasn’t bothered about the appearance of my skin until this year.

To be fair I’m kind of still not that fussed by my skin, I mean I spend most of my days make up free because it’s effort. But yeah, there is a part of me that would like to go back to having clear skin as well as it being super smooth and also very soft (thank you Glossier).

Now I already started making changes to this when I added Solution to my skin care routine at the tail of January and well we’re coming up to 3 months with it now and I talked about it felt like I did definitely feel like there was some improvement with my skin within the 6 weeks that I had been using it at the time of posting.

I also mentioned in that post at the beginning of last month that I was thinking of maybe adding some kind of serum to my life. Well I did so that. It just isn’t currently a Glossier one. I used to use a Vitamin E Oil after I’d applied moisturiser at night which meant that I went to bed with a little bit of a sheen and also to be honest I was never really 100% sure whether that was truly being absorbed by my skin before I went ahead and put my face all over a pillow, but I stuck with it because it’s cheap and on some level it did actually help.

But I was in the market for a serum and I still hadn’t figured out which Glossier one would be right for me (I just know I don’t need all of them) and as I was about to just buy another oil I noticed that Superdrug now do a Vitamin E facial serum. And so I picked one up. You apply it twice a day, so I apply it after I’ve toned in the morning and used Solution in the evening and then I moisturise (and put sunscreen on in the morning). And I’ve been using it since St Patrick’s Day, which is where the second part of this skin update comes in.

The continued use of Solution is continuing to make a difference to the skin on my face. It is really making a difference with the dark marks on my face. They are fading. The process is slow don’t get me wrong, but I never expected it to me quick. I am aware that it may only take mere days for the scar to appear but it will take a fair while for them to fade. So this is doing some of the work. Also, I mentioned in my last post that it seemed that Solution had a shorter shelf life than my other Glossier products. That may have been a premature assessment. I still have the same one that I had when I wrote that post, I subbed it out for a full for the week I was in Amsterdam just in case but it’s lasted a lot longer than I thought it would when I just did it by eye.

The addition of the serum currently feels like I am just adding an extra boost of hydration into my skin. It really adds to the softness and overall texture and appearance of it. It doesn’t target a particular skin issue as such but it does keep it hydrated, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I won’t lie, I did just pick up because there was a part of me that just couldn’t choose a Glossier one.

I thought that I knew which one I was going to pick when it came to them for when this current one runs out and then our hotel room in Amsterdam came with really good bathroom lighting and I learned that my skin is kinda red in places, which a whole new skin issue that I didn’t even know I had and also means now I am back to questioning which one would be best for me.

Generally speaking though, my skin is starting to really improve and I can really tell that it is in a better condition than it has been in the past. Even the oiliness that was making a real strong comeback over the summer has started to be less aggressive.

I mean I am saying all this the week that my skin decided to revolt against me because I wore make up every day for a week and also when the hormonal spots have decided to make their appearance so currently my skin looks awful, but for the most part and in the long run, it has really improved and Solution remains a great addition to my skin care routine.

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Glossier Update

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Now as we all know I became a full on Glossier convert during the last quarter of 2017. I remain one. Then in mid-January they launched a new product.

Solution.

The second it went live on the UK website it went straight into my basket, along with a new Boy Brow because I was running out (and so I also got free delivery, go me) and then two days later it was in my hand.

It promises results within 4 weeks and well I have had since the 20th January and therefore we are have reached that 4 week mark (well, it’s actually closer to 6)  so naturally I am going to talk about it and whether I think it is working for my skin.

First of all I use this at night, You can use it at any time of the day as long as you use it only once so I picked end of day, just because I think it has a bit more of a chance to truly put some work in while I sleep.

Within the first week or so I noticed that my face broke out. There were whiteheads galore and they really helpfully all collected in the same place so patches of my face were just spot only zones. I think that was mainly just my skin adapting to it though as once they had all cleared up my breakouts sort of settled back down to normal. The thing that I’ve noticed about all my spots in my time using them is that they seemed to scab over and reach that really juicy state where they are ripe for the picking a lot quicker. Which I guess is a good thing for the life span of the spot on my face, but is a bad thing when you’re prone to spot picking like I am. It’s the spot picking problem that is causing all of the hyperpigmentation issues (for the most part) on my face that I am trying to get rid of. So it gives and it takes there.

Also I learnt that you really need to heed the warnings when it comes to sunscreen application. I already do put sunscreen on on the daily, but it’s just one my face that I am super on top of. I sweep this over my face and also down my neck and in the first few days that I neglected to apply sunscreen to my neck the skin got suupppeerrrr sensitive. Nothing too major, because it’s winter right now and I live in a scarf that protects it from any potential sun exposure, but enough for it to be very uncomfortable. It only took a couple of days of application for that to go away, so yeah. Sunscreen is important.

The thing that I have noticed in a big way is that my skin is super soft. The cleanser had already gone some of the way of making my skin feel super soft and this just seemed to increase that immensely. Honestly my skin is so soft and smooth.

I kind of made the mistake of not taking any proper progress photos when it comes to this. I am super critical of my skin and super aware of just how many little scars there are and am not convinced that they are actually going anywhere. But when I am not being hypercritical my skin has actually cleared up a bit. Also whilst I’ve been using this I have noticed that my Vitamin E oil has just been absorbed all the way in. And so is my moisturiser so yes, this does help make other products work better. The oil problem hasn’t been that bad for a while and it has now settled down again but there was a week about 2/3 weeks ago where my skin just went to being a straight up oil slick, so I definitely felt like my skin need to adjust to using acids for the first time, but once it did it’s all been moving smoothly.

This is £19 which isn’t super cheap, but also is an investment that is sure for sure worth I feel, it has improved the overall appearance of my skin. However, I do have a slight issue with the length of time it lasts for. I got a new cleanser in November last year and I think started using it at the beginning of December, I’ve only just bought a new one and I’ve still got at least a week left in my current one meaning that it has about a 3 month shelf life. My Priming Moisturiser Rich was bought around the same time and I’ve still got a couple of weeks left with it, I’ve got a couple of months left with the Priming Moisturiser before I need a replacement. I’ve been using this for 6 weeks and am already 3/4 the way through. It kind of only amounts to a month difference I think between the products, but I only use it once a day like the two moisturisers so I was slightly surprised by how quickly I was moving through it. But it’s a small gripe for what is otherwise a damn great product.

It’s been a very much welcomed addition to my skincare routine and there is a part of me that is still itching to try one of the serums and see what they might add to my routine as well. I’m waiting until I get closer to finishing my Vitamin E oil before I make a more considered decision about which one I’m going to try, but I imagine in a few months time there will be another one these updates…

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I did mention way back when that I would do something of a review when it came to Glossier and well, here it is.

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When Glossier launched in the UK in October I kind of knew that I would succumb and find out what all the hype is about the Boy Brow and the Cloud Paint. What I didn’t expect to do was then fall into the skin care section and lose a lot of time in the skin care section. But that is because it came at a time when I was experiencing a lot of breakouts and I had come to the realisation that my skin was plateauing and I needed to make a change and this place was giving me an option for change. And offering it to me in set that means that I can get it cheaper…And also I needed a new sunscreen when I started looking that wasn’t going to make my skin look like an oil slick like the one I was using was doing, and I remember hearing somewhat good things about it so I bunged it in my basket.

So, this is going to come in two sections, my first impressions and then what I think of it now. A tad over a month later.

First Impressions

Milk Jelly Cleanser – Okay, so I’m used to a balm like, oil based cleanser that I rubbed onto my skin dry and then wiped off with a damp cotton wool pad and that was that done. I’ve used creamy cleansers before and I’ve alway fallen out with them. This can be applied to dry or wet skin, the first time I used it I did it both ways. On wet skin in the morning and then on dry skin in the evening.

The first thing is, this doesn’t foam. Which I guess in my head was weird because when I think of cream based cleansers I think of foam. It also means that it’s kind of hard to tell whether it’s cleaning your face or not. I don’t wipe off the residue with a cotton pad and see the work, I just rinse it off and hope for the best. It went on really nicely and felt super conditioning as well. I think it’s kind of the same on both dry and wet skin. One thing it did make me realise was that I needed to invest in a separate face towel that a bit less harsh than my other one. I haven’t had to think about that for nearly 2 years. But yeah, it did feel like it cleaned my skin without leaving it too dry and also it helped with the shiny T zone.

Priming Moisturiser – This is quite a light moisturiser, but it applies really well and it does feel hydrating. My initial thought was that it felt a bit too light to be a night time moisturiser, but they do have a rich version of this that seems a bit thicker, so I might give that a shot. But I might not, this does hydrate and my old moisturiser wasn’t super thick and that worked fine for months. I also like that both of these products don’t have any overwhelming scents, I only like that for my shower gel, my hair products and my perfume.

Balm Dotcom – I got this in mint because I love all things mint (plus the packaging is a hella cute pastel colour). It felt really hydrating the first couple of times that I used it and the smell was good but not overpowering. It’s a bit easy to get carried away with the squeezing of product though.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – I’m suspicious of all sunscreens. I’m convinced that they are going to make me look ashy and take forever to blend away. This was not one of those. It went on clear. It’s a slightly cloudy colour which initially worried me, but it went on like a dream. And it didn’t leave me super oily like my last one. Yes, there was a bit of shine by the end of the day but it was nothing compared to what it used to be.

Boy Brow – Okay, I understand the hype when it comes to this product. It’s good. It’s not dissimilar to any of my other brow products because when it comes to them I am very particular and also I don’t trust myself with anything like a pencil  or a gel, my eyebrows are naturally quite thick and I play to risky a game by trying to go in with those product at the moment. This one adds just the right amount of colour and coverage and just makes my brows look a little bit neater and a little bit bolder without being too OTT.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – The pop up Glossier store showed up near Regent’s Street towards the end of the month and I just had to go. Mainly to get a better idea of this product, because I got to a point where I knew I needed a richer moisturiser for evenings and reading the reviews they were a bit hit and miss. First of all the scent of lavender with this one is way more pungent then the lighter one. But it is thick and creamy and it did make my skin feel like it was getting a greater injection of moisture through it to get through the night.

Skin Tint – This was also something that I considered buying online, but I wasn’t sure what shade to get it in and so the pop store came at the perfect time. I found my shade (Dark) and this is very much a ‘your skin but better’ kind of thing when it comes to coverage. The only problem with that is that I have hyperpigmentation issues and so I kind of need a bit of a stronger coverage. Also, and I don’t know if this is just my skin  or the way that I applied it (with a beauty blender) but my skin looked really shiny after just a few hours and it looked like it was starting to fall off my face.

Stretch Concealer – Again, this was a product that I needed to just double check my shade for, it’s the same as the Skin Tint, but I just needed to check. This is a great concealer. It’s really creamy and applied really well, it blended down into my skin great. However, this is also a relatively light coverage concealer so it’s not too great at dealing with my more stubborn skin issues, like breakouts and scarring.

Impressions Now

Milk Jelly Cleanser – This stuff is still amazing. It’s so gentle and it does get all the dirt of the day off. I’ve worn make up a couple of times in the past month and I typically take off most of my make up with a face wipe and then go through my routine as normal. I did find that when I did that it didn’t get all of my eye make up off 100% and therefore I did wake up the next morning with panda eyes. I decided to do a little experiment and when I had a full face of Glossier on I didn’t remove it with a face wipe first and just went straight in with this cleanser and it did work a treat. But I had no eye make up on beyond my brows so it’s not quite equipped to do that just yet.

Priming Moisturiser – This moisturiser is super buildable and as the weather gets all the  colder I’ve found that it is still really hydrating my skin which I am appreciating massively. I have noticed that my skin is doing that thing when it becomes like an oil slick by the end of the day sometimes and I don’t quite know whether it’s this or the sunscreen. Or just my skin. I don’t use any mattifying products because I cannot be bothered but that might help now that I’m not using a moisturiser that lends itself a bit better to oily skin like my last one

Balm Dotcom – This product is long lasting when I slick it onto my lips just before heading of out the door to work. I’ve also noticed up until last week when it got really cold that I don’t have to apply lip afterwards as frequently as I usually do, which can never be a bad thing.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – Like I mentioned up above, I cannot figure out if it’s this product that’s sometimes making my skin really oily or not. I’m not very good at keeping proper track of what affects my skin and what doesn’t. I mean my diet has also taken a slight turn so that might also be affecting it and making me break out a bit more and not my products. This is also super lightweight and I am still such a fan of the fact that it dries so well and doesn’t me a lifetime to blend in until all the white is gone. I clearly like all of these products enough that I have now repurchased the above again over Black Friday weekend.

Boy Brow – I remain in understanding over the hype of this product. It does great things and you don’t need to much the get the job done.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – This has been such a lifesaver in terms of making sure that my skin gets a really got injection of hydration overnight. This product also really soaks up my Vitamin E oil and I really feel like it’s penetrating deep and making everything just a little bit softer and more supple.

Skin Tint – This applies better when you use your fingers and not a beauty blender. I learnt that last weekend. It allows a better coverage and it’s also easier to build it up over problem areas, for which my cheeks house a lot. I think it’s because it’s so liquid-y and so it doesn’t just get super absorbed by the sponge. This product is super hard to get out of the bottle and I find that I do need  lot in order to get a decent coverage on my face. I know it’s supposed to be one of those ‘your skin but better’ products but seriously, I want some coverage. I feel like I might need a setting powder for this, I mean I need one in a general sense as well, but this fell off my face by the end of the day basically.

Stretch Concealer – I love this concealer, it blends so well and it’s pretty solid in terms of coverage as well. The colour is great and it hides the discolouration on my face pretty well. Again, it’s one of those products that you need to apply with your fingers to get the proper coverage. I’ve sort of switched over to liquid concealers more recently because they have more coverage I’ve found but this has tempted back to the side of cream based ones. And I kind of love it.

Look, if it wasn’t obvious at this point I am 100% a Glossier convert. I love them. I love the packaging. I love the simplicity. I love the quality of the products. I love the whole look of the website. I loved the vibe of the pop-up store. I love them. I would recommend them. So much. I will be honest, the prices are a bit skew wiff. I mean the sunscreen is pretty expensive for the size, but I’ve used it everyday for a month and it’s still going strong. In fact all of my initial purchases are at most halfway done and I use them multiple times a day so it’s not crazy excessive for the length time of they last. I only bought replacements for them because they were on sale, not because I was in dire need.

I love it. I’m so glad I gave into the hype.

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