A few months ago I finally decided to get my hands on some Glossier products. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, and to see for myself if Boy Brow lives up to its seemingly cult-following.
I am drawn to Glossier because they portray their brand as ‘un-makeup.’ They offer their customers the idea of a fresh, “I woke up like this” face, which stands in contrast to most, layer-it-on makeup routines.
Boy Brow appealed to me because I am always trying to fluff out my brows, and the application looked so easy. The first time I used it though, I was really disappointed. I was expecting it to magically fill in any gaps in my brows. I quickly started using it in tandem with my Anastasia Brow Definer (not pictured here), and I really like the results. I use the pencil to fill in the gaps, and then apply the Boy Brow to darken the overall brow. But my favorite feature about Boy Brow is how it keeps my brow hairs in place, nice and tidy throughout the day.
In the last few weeks I have been experimenting with embracing my brows with a few gaps, and using just the Boy Brow. If I am in a hurry in the morning, it makes my (skimpy) makeup routine even faster. I ordered Boy Brow in Brown, and will definitely be re-ordering when mine is out!
Side note: I am thinking about trying Rodan + Field’s Lash Boost on my brows. I have heard it is supposed to help them fill in. And speaking of lashes, I recently got my second lash lift at Lash and Beauty Lab in Portland, and I can’t recommend them enough. They did not ask me to share this, I just love what they do!
It was really hard for me to pull the trigger on ordering lipstick over the internet. I am definitely a try-on kind of gal when it comes to lipstick. But again, the ‘undone,’ nature of Generation G appealed to me and I decided to take the risk. I went for the shade ‘Like’ which is a soft pink. I have to layer it on quite a bit to get it to show up, and for some reason it always seems lighter on my upper lip. I am happy with the overall look, but I still only wear it a small percentage of the time. It’s the sort of thing I put on when I want some color on my lips, but I don’t want my lips to scream ‘we’re wearing lipstick!’ For example, to a Saturday morning kindergarten soccer game.
Haloscope is a facial highlighting product that goes on sort of like a big chapstick. I wanted to try this out because of the ‘dewy skin’ look it promised. Here, I applied it in semi-circles along the very top of my cheek bones, but it plays nicely into my already dewy cheeks. I like this product quite a bit, though I tend to reserve it for days when I feel like I need a little more impact with my makeup. I really like the way it pairs with bare skin.
I ordered Haloscope in Quartz, which is a soft, pearly-pink shade.
The shift in my makeup philosophy.
My approach to makeup has shifted quite a bit in the last year and a half. I became more interested in skin care (more on that below) and less interested in makeup. I started working a lot harder at taking care of my skin, and have stopped wearing most of the makeup I used to wear. I am not talking about types of product, but rather amount of product. As seen in my last makeup post, my routine used to include concealer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, primer, eye shadow, brow pencil and mascara.
Now, most days (about 5-6 times per week) I am bare-skinned! I moisturize, do my brows, add my mascara, lip color and then call it a day! It is very freeing, and I have finally come to see my actual skin as a beautiful, finished product rather than a bare base to build upon. It took me months to get here. One day, I realized I viewed my made-up face as foreign, instead of my own skin as unfamiliar. I much prefer it that way.
I have no beef with makeup. I still wear mascara every single day. I almost never leave the house without it. In the photos above, I am sporting my ‘made up’ routine which consists of a bit of foundation on my t-zone, a little bit of powder along my jawline, blush, brows and mascara.
My preferred skin care routine.
A little over a year ago I started using the Rodan + Fields skin care line. I was tired of the regular breakouts that plagued my face, and wanted a solution. I have been very, very happy with the results, and have since tried a handful of other products by R+F. If you are interested in hearing more, I can certainly expand on this topic in a future post. I’m still using my CeraVe products (the hydrating cleanser and the moisturizer), which seem to work well with my R+F products. I have heard a lot of good things about Beautycounter, but I don’t want to rock the boat with my skin right now. Though their commitment to clean products is pretty amazing. I’d love to hear from you guys, do you have a favorite brand when it comes to skin care?
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