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Real Talk: I Replaced 95% of my Makeup with Glossier

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It’s unavoidable. There’s no way that this is the first time you are hearing about Glossier because frankly, I feel a little late in the game with this post.  If you haven’t been following them on Instagram, you should. If you haven’t stopped by their incredible NYC showroom, you should. If you haven’t gotten your hands on at least one of their beautifully-millennial-pink-packaged-products.  Jesus Christ, you  really, really should.  

I know, for a while, I too didn’t believe the hype - even from some of my best friends. But then I did it. I basically threw out 95% of my other makeup and replaced it with, you guessed it, Glossier.  And in case you don’t read the fine print on my posts below, (like most of my blog posts, I wasn’t paid for this) I, Libby Rasmussen, reached out to Glossier for this collab, because I wanted to really see what the fuss was all about. So, real talk, here’s what they sent me and here’s what I loved.  Spoiler alert: everything.

Now let’s talk the products I use, one by one. While I haven’t tried every single Glossier product, I have a pretty good idea of what they really have to offer.  And my skin has been living proof of just how great both the makeup and skincare are. 

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Skin Milk Cleanser – DREAAAAAMY AF.  I get the most questions about this because I think people like to stick with their skincare systems and I get it, it can be scary to venture out and try something new.  As someone who doesn’t struggle with acne (knock on wood) I can’t speak to how this clears skin, although one of my best friends who has struggled with adult acne, said it has done miracles for her complexion. I personally love it for the silkiness and its ability to really remove all of my makeup gently.  While I love a good scrub once and a while, giving my skin a break and pampering it with skin milk.  

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Priming Moisturizer – I truly can’t get enough of this shiiiii. I rush out of the shower, ice roll, and immediately put this on my face and décolletage.  I use small pea-sized dots around my face and honestly, it takes serious restraint not to smother my entire body in this stuff.  It’s really that dreamy.  It’s cool, it smells fantastic, and it applies gently and leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy.

Balm Dotcom – Ding Ding Ding this is the BEST in my book.  The smell, the thickness, the taste, everything. So damn good.  I particularly love the Coconut balm dotcom which you can use on your lips, cuticles, elbows, heels, really anywhere that needs some love.  For me, this is 100% my elbows so I loved putting a little on my lips and using the excess on those dry little ‘bows. I was also sent the cherry balm dotcom which is tinted red but also smells fantastic.  One night, I left the house without remembering blush and just took a little of the cherry balm and dabbed it on my cheekbones.  Easy.  

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Cloud Paint – PIGMENT PIGMENT PIGMENT. I am so pleasantly surprised with how pigmented this liquid blush is.  I was given the Dusk shade, which I love because well frankly, I’ve never used a peachy-colored blush before this.  All you need is the smallllllest dab and you’re good to go.  I also use it on my eyelids for a dewier look.  I have a strong feeling I will be purchasing Puff and Haze in the very near future.  Best part, you can blend them together for fun custom shades.

Haloscope – I was sent the Moonstone, which is probably the most neutral and subtle of the three highlighters and it was great for everyday use.  It blends super well and goes on incredibly smooth.  I will say, I really want to try the Topaz color for evening or times I’m feeling extra and want to really shine. Next to the Boy Brow, this was many of my friends’ favorite product.

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Boy Brow – Since getting my brows microbladed, I’ve had the best time with my brows. LOL it’s really been a great year together. Always a fan of the bushier/darker brows (I used to gently brush mascara on them to darken them) now, I don’t need much coloring and have been loving the clear boy brow.  Hands down this is the #1 product that my Glossier friends love and use most.  Also, you can use it in under 7 seconds. Seriously, SEV-VEN SECONDS.  They even tested this out one day at the Glossier headquarters and trust me, it can be done.  Unlike a lot of brow gels, it’s lightweight and is a great product to help keep them brows in place and more importantly, effortlessly bold.  I don’t leave the house without brushing my teeth, and now, my brows.

Generation G – I was sent the Generation G lip in Zip (poppy red) and typically I shy away from any red glosses, stains, or sticks but this one is just different.  It’s incredibly light and really just heightens my lip color rather than changing it completely. I think as winter approaches and I wear more neutral colors, I will be more likely to use this color.  But for now, I already have my heart set on getting the Crush.

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Here’s what I’m dying to try:
Wowder
Stretch Concealer
Cloud Paint in Puff
Lip Gloss
Glossier You Fragrance  

Wearing boybrow, cloud paint, haloscope, and balm dot com

Wearing boybrow, cloud paint, haloscope, and balm dot com

Overall, what I’ve loved most about all of these products and being a “Glossier Girl” is how much I’ve just learned to embrace (clap) what (clap) I (clap) got. 

“It’s so subtle. If anything, the criticism would be that our products are too subtle than too intense. But I think that’s so important to be able to build. So few of us are makeup artists. We want the products to be universally flattering, to be very intuitive, very easy.” None of the products require brushes; it’s all designed to be slapped on in the back of the cab.”
-Founder, Emily Weiss

Truly effortless. Believe me, believe the hype. Try it out and see for yourself. Ask for it for the holidays. Give it to your Mom, your sister, your bridesmaids. Hell highlight your cat for all I care, just try it. SHOP BELOW! 
 

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Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were given to me as a partnership with Glossier. All of my opinions (as always) are my own and I only write about products, people, and places that I love and support. If you purchase from the links in this post, I will receive a small affiliate bonus for the reccs – so go head and get your shoppin on.

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Beauty for Breakfast: Morning Skin Routine

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My skin is truly at its best in the summer.  I wear less make-up, more sunscreen, and try my best to hydrate more. All good things, but occasionally I need a little recharge and reminder. I'm noticing sunspots where none used to be.  I sometimes "forget" to wash my face at night and properly remove my mascara. And, like many of us, are 100% guilty of not drinking enough water.  So here's a little reminder to myself that I thought I would share with you all. 

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Sunscreen - I've talked about this before but you guys, I really mean it. We MUST use sunscreen on our faces every. single. day.  It's so important. Not just for the obvious reasons *cough cough* wrinkles but that harmful sun damage that newsflash, your Botox or chemical peel wont be able to combat the rest of your life.  Being "naturally tan" shouldn't be your excuse anymore and I certainly wont say it anymore either.  Also, most "built-in" SPFs aren't strong enough which is why I use a liberal amount (quarter-size) or more on my face and neck every morning. Yes, it's going to be a little thick at first but this is when you can take the time to drink some tea or even better, Restorative H2O (see below) and let it absorb into your skin. This R+F sunscreen is easily my favorite. 

Lifting Youth Creme - I was given this creme as a gift from Saks in Tysons a few months ago and have been hooked. Just a little bit of this creme goes a long way, which is great considering this is quite the luxury skincare item. What is does: It's infused with the brand's exclusive Floralixir™ Dew, and promises stunningly radiant, youthful skin. Yes please. It also delivers Ultimate Lift technologies and rejuvenating nourishment.  The Floralixir Dew helps to reawaken the skin powers of visible regeneration, strength and youthful renew. I apply just a little bit on the tops of my cheeks, forehead and neck.

Vitamin C Serum – In addition to protecting my skin via sunscreen, I also use a Pure Vitamin C serum to help boost collagen production, which provides an anti-oxidant protection and exfoliates my skin and gives it a natural glow. Pure Vitamin C can penetrate faster and deeper into the skin when applied.  I typically use a few drops on my face, neck, and the tops of my hands.

Foam Cleanser – The best way for me to really rid my face of any makeup or surface impurities is with this La Prairie foam cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling calm, smooth, and purified. I’ve found in the past that some cleansers that I use tend to feel like they take off almost too much of my skins natural oils and leave it feeling dry and dehydrated.  I’ve stuck with this one for a while because it leaves my skin soothed and hydrated.

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Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Serum – I was sent this serum to try a few weeks ago and have used it nearly every day ever since. It’s essentially a two-for-one with its combined powerful collagen-stimulating peptides and advanced anti-aging properties with potent plant stem cells. The formula is really smooth and infused with rejuvenating vitamin B3 and stable time-released vitamin C to visibly diminish the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. I’ve had some spots on my nose and cheeks for a while and this has definitely made them less noticeable, to me at least. I’ve been using a lot of it at night and a little in the morning.  I love the way it applies and feels cool on my skin after a hot shower. 

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Ice Rolling

I’ve discussed the benefits of ice rolling before numerous times, particularly in this post. But in the summertime, I feel like my skin craves it the most.  Ice rolling is a favorite morning routine of mine because it cools my face after a hot shower or de-puffs after a night of drinks or salty food.  Typically, I’ll ice roll after applying my brightening serum and sunscreen.  The roller helps to evenly disperse the products into my skin, acting almost as a paint roller.

Beauty & Restorative Water

This year I got verrry very into Collagen Peptides.  I add a scoop to my coffee, water, cereal, you name it. So when JRINK launched their new line of Restorative Beauty waters, I was alllll about it.  We all know that beauty comes from within (blah blah blah) but really, it truly does.  What we put into our system plays a serious role in how we look and feel.  JRINK covered four essential bases for their waters and I’m seriously hooked. The four waters include: GLOW (Pure Rose, Collagen, Lemon, Beet, Alkaline H20) for glowing skin.  RELAX (Pure Lavender, Lemon, Beet, Alkaline H20) for stress relief, and relaxation. NOURISH (Pure Blue Pea, Collagen, Lemon, Alkaline H20) for your hair. Fun fact: Blue Pea is an excellent source of Bioflavinoid. Never heard of it? Well, it boosts hair growth and health. DETOX (Chlorophyll, Mint, Probiotic Acidophilus, Alkaline H20) for a cleaner, healthier liver. 

Interested in trying out JRINK's new Resorative Waters? Do it. I love them. Make sure to use my friends + family code LIBBY10 at the checkout to save 10% on your first online order.  

Remember, wear sunscreen, get enough rest, and drink plenty of water to stay prettttty this summer.  Thanks for letting me try out these waters JRINK! *As always, all of my opinions are my own. 

Saks Beauty Week Tyson's Galleria

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This past year I've made beauty regimens a serious priority of mine. While I'm still guilty of "forgetting" to wash my face after a night out from time to time, I'm working on improving my overall skincare and beauty routine.  For me, this was starting with better quality products. Less drugstore, more department store.  Saks Tyson's Galleria truly has it all so when I found out about their beauty week, I was thrilled.  

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If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you saw that I stopped by Saks last week for the dreamist La Prairie facial.  I also had a chance to check out some of their latest and greatest products for beauty week. 

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You can find so many of my favorites from the store in The Spring Beauty Book.  My overall favs would have to be the Estee Lauder Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Creme for Face and Eyes and Hydrating Creme Cleanser. Another goodie was this Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Palette, which I desperately needed for everyday use.  In addition, thenSaks Beauty Dept includes offerings from Kilian, La Prairie, Chanel, La Mer, Dior, YSL, Clinique, Lancome, Kiehl’s, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Jo Malone, SKII, Cle De Peau, Sisley, Tom Ford and more.


I also love the beauty ritual guides that Saks is offering for Beauty Week.  We have our eyes set on the Trish McEvoy 'Power of Brows' tutorials on Thursday 2/23. 

Make sure to shop soon. Saks is offering this complimentary tote bag (in stores and online) with any $150 or more purchase. Even better, at $300, you'll get an adorable wristlet to match. Say hello to my new beach bag!  Saks Fifth Avenue in the Tysons Galleria is located at 2051 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102.

Current Beauty Obsessions

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No. One Kari Gran Lip Whip As someone who doesn't love wearing lipstick, I'm drawn to alternatives that are easy, light, and most importantly, pretty.  These Lip Whips from Kari Gran are so easy and actually last longer than most of the tinted chapsticks I typically use.  I love the peppermint in the whips and the colors are fantastic. 

No. Two Charcoal Teeth Whitening and Lemon Charcoal Water Charcoal is one of my top beauty obsessions at the moment.  A few weeks ago I wrote about the products I'm using to help get a whiter smile and charcoal is my #1 at the moment.  Typically every other day I use the Tuxedo charcoal powder when I brush my teeth.  It can get a little messy so I usually brush them in the shower. The raw coconut charcoal is the best for making my morning lemon charcoal water. It's great for teeth whitening and calms my stomach in the morning.  The charcoal fizzes a little, creating an seltzer-like water.  Best part, it's not gritty at all. 

No. Three Primally Pure Complexion Mist Sometimes you just need a pampering, which is exactly why I love using a floral complexion mist. This mist specifically, uses oils of ylang ylang (revitalizes skin and balances sebum secretions) and palmarosa (antibacterial and astringent) leaving my skin feeling really nourished and refreshed. It's really one of those small luxuries that I love having in my beauty routine.  

No. Four Blissoma Solar Repair Serum This year, I made a promise to myself in my 26 Before 26 List, #19 - Start Wearing Sunscreen Daily. In keeping this promise, I've started protecting my skin with sunscreen and repairing it with this facial solar repair serum.  

No. Five Acure Coconut + Argan Face Wipes  Try as I might to wash my entire face every single night, sometimes happy hours get the best of me and I can't possibly be bothered to do my whole nighttime skincare routine.  Which is why I love these Acure towelettes.  I keep them in my side table for those late (and lazy) nights and they smell amazing. I got these from Grove Collaborative and absolutely love them. 

No. Six  Hansderma Ice Roller  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm OBSESSED with ice rolling.  It has easily become my favorite part of my morning routine.  I love taking just 3-5 minutes every morning to relax and roll. Not sure about ice rolling, make sure to check out my post below on what it's all about! 

Make sure to check out my last post about Ice Rolling here. 

You NEED to Start Ice Rolling Your Skin + Hansderma

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Ice what? If you have a freezer, you can start ice rolling sooner than you think. (Make sure to check out my giveaway at the bottom!)
 
We all know what it's like to wake up in the morning with a puffy, red face.  Regardless of how many hours of sleep or martinis you racked up the night before, there really hasn't been a solution to instantly cool and firm your face after waking up, until now. Like so many women, I am no stranger to the old frozen wet spoons trick for my cheeks and under-eye circles.  Now, the first thing I do after getting out of the shower, is ice roll. 

Still confused? Let me break it down a bit more. 

Ice rollers are incredibly popular abroad and have only recently started to gain notoriety in the states.  Often found behind-the-scenes at photo shoots and runway shows, many make-up artists swear by ice rollers to calm the skin. Everything about ice rolling ice simple, right down to the actual roller.  The Hansderma SkinCool Ice Roller I love and use daily is an easy handheld device filled with water and gel.  All I do is take it out of the freezer, and gently roll and massage across my face.  Within seconds of using the ice roller, yes seconds, I can feel my skin tighten and the see the puffiness and redness dissipate. I especially love using it on my under eye circles. I've also started to apply a few drops of my favorite nutrient-rich Glossier serum, on my skin before ice rolling.  The ice roller then evenly spreads the serum on my face and feels absolutely amazing

Men have also found ice rolling beneficial, especially after a close shave to help eliminate razor burn and redness. I've also used my ice roller for the countless times I've bumped my knees on anything and everything in my apartment.  Bye bye bruising.   

I know what you're thinking, this seems completely unnecessary and a bit of a production. I can assure you, that once you try it, it will seem as crucial as brushing your teeth. If you're still skeptical, make sure to check out this article (number 3 could not be more true.) This YouTube Tutorial is also great! 

If you're ready to start your soon-to-be new favorite routine, make sure to snag an Hansderma Ice Roller, for only $30, also sold on Amazon
 

This post was done in collaboration with Hansderma. It should be noted that I only review products I love and use regularly. My blue off-the-shoulder top is from Whistles