I Tried Glossier: Here’s What I Think

With tons of new beauty lines launching every week, I’m skeptical to try a new brand comes out. After all, can it really be better than my go-tos like Nars? So when I heard about Glossier, I didn’t think much about it. Flash forward a few years later and Glossier popped up in Vogue, and I thought – THIS IS LEGIT NOW. I must try it. For a bit of background, Glossier was started in 2014 by Emily Weiss, the blogger behind Into The Gloss and former Vogue staffer. In just a few years, Glossier has amassed a huge cult following, with up to 10k waitlists for new lipsticks.

Scroll down for my first experience ordering Glossier, the final look and “would-I-buy-again?” decision.  This is very serious makeup business.

Here are the three products I ordered.

First impressions: It arrived in 3 days, even though the site said 5-8 days. I also had forgotten I ordered it, so it was like surprise makeup. Opened to find free samples and a sheet of stickers – a fun touch. The products I ordered came in a pink zippered pouch made of bubble wrap, loving that idea. No plastic waste and I have already repurposed that bubble bag. The Boy Brow and the Generation Lipstick are smaller in size than I anticipated for $18 but it’s not a deal-breaker. (p.s. The website is super easy to navigate and checkout was quick).

IMG_8582.jpgIMG_8586These three products together lent themselves well to a berry-colored palette. I loved this look for daytime! It felt light and pretty, but I still got some full brow coverage. The only other products I’m wearing are:

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The Best Beauty Gadgets You Need Now (That Actually Work!)

Ladies – there’s a lot of beauty gadget nonsense and hype out there. With all the new products coming out all the time, how do you know what’s worth the $$ and what’s not? Behold, my favorite tried and true gadgets you won’t regret (at all price points!)
Eyelash Curler
If I could have only ONE beauty product for the rest of my life, an eyelash curler would be it. It is literally the best invention of all time (better than electricity and indoor plumbing? Maybe.). Using an eyelash curler takes 10 seconds and makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, more lovely, more awake. And don’t cheap out on a $5 drugstore version, invest the $20 in one that works better and will last for years: Shu Uemera or Kevyn Aucon. Just buy one. Don’t break my heart.

 

 

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Quick and Easy Smoky (Metallic) Eyes

Gorgeous smoky eyes… We love the look, hate the time and skill it takes to actually put the makeup on, am I right? Lucky for us all, I’ve discovered a smoky eye that takes only 5 minutes and 4 products to complete – and the steps are so simple, your makeup experience level can be zero.

It’s the the perfect solution when you have approximately 15 minutes to go from eating ice cream in sweatpants to your best friends’ birthday party. That’s hypothetical, of course. Check out my tutorial below, and be that girl at the party with the eye makeup everyone wants.

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10 Fall Fashion Finds From Zara

Zara is so hit or miss for me. Sometimes I can’t even find a single t-shirt that works. On the flip side, when I want one thing, I want EVERYTHING. I took a peek at the new fall season and it’s sooooo gooooood. To save you the time, I spent my Sunday night combing through their website for the very best finds (I find it therapeutic, really). My must haves below, get ready to swoon.

1: Black V-Neck Jacket, $79: So classic glam. Worn with a lace cami, totally work appropriate, without… Friday night here we come.black v-neck jacket.jpg

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The Best Beauty Spots in Chicago

I couldn’t share my Chicago trip with you and not mention all the best beauty spots! Have you met me? Even if you’re just in town for the weekend, I recommend you find an hour and check out one of the below places. Basically I’ve made you my ride or die beauty checklist in Chicago. The Flywheel class is the best solution to the food from this post. Ps my Insta is live! Check out @thechampagnechic, and tell me what you think!

Arch Apothecary: Consider this place your own personal glam squad. They do makeup application, blowouts, eyebrows, waxing, updos (if you’re feeling fancy)… you name it. I’ve been here dozens of times since it was steps from my old apartment and the entire staff is super nice and just as important, excellent at what they do. Head in with your bff before a night out or for just a little pick-me-up mid-week.

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7 Swimsuits You Need Before Summer Ends

There may only be one month of summer left, but that isn’t going to stop us from squeezing every last drop out of it. By now you are one of two people: 1) You have worn your current suits so much they are faded or stretched, 2) You never even bought a suit and/or haven’t hit the pool yet this year (say it ain’t so!!!). For both of you, I found a great range of must-have suits to keep the summer love going. The good news: a lot of them are, or will be, on “end of season” sale! Just remember 30+SPF facial sunscreen or a straw hat to keep that gorgeous face young and healthy (no wrinkles ’round here!)

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L Space Farrah Bikini, $96: I love this suit! I have done everything from lounging to snorkeling to paddle boarding in this style. Good to have in the vacation rotation. But note the bottoms are cut slightly high in the back and the top is not adjustable, so keep that in mind for sizing. Continue reading “7 Swimsuits You Need Before Summer Ends”

Fashion Find: An Army Green Jacket

I bet you have a casual army green jacket just waiting until the weekend to live it’s life with your jeans and t-shirts. But I’m here to tell you an army green jacket is the new black blazer, so put it to work. Add a bright dress, a belt, and voila!, work-wear. Bright colors = army greens’ best friends. I love purple (below), red and also pink. This look is great for smothering humidity (you feel me Chicago?): you can ride transit to work in a sleeveless dress and then throw on the jacket when for the zero degree air-conditioning. (Did you know the temperature in offices is is based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds.) Don’t even get me started on that.

I am totally obsessed with the possibility of this jacket so you’ll definitely see it again.

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