glossier phase 2 put to the test

Hi friends!

I hope you all had a lovely spring break if you had one! I just got back to Manhattan last week after a nice week and a half of relaxation back home in Raleigh. It's fun to see how downtown Raleigh is growing every time I come home!

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Last weekend I attended Glossier's Phase 2 Penthouse Weekend with some friends (Gussie, Audra, Nhoa, and Emma). Check out their Instagrams/Audra's blog by clicking on their names if you're interested!

It was a blast and I purchased some new products, so I thought I'd put them to the test and let you guys know how they stood up against my tried-and-true favorite products!

If you're unfamiliar with Glossier, it is a skincare and makeup company founded by Emily Weiss of Into The Gloss. They are focused on making simple products that work. Their Phase 1 set is all skincare products, which garners rave reviews. From that set I have the Balm Dotcom, Coconut Balm Dotcom, and the Soothing Face Mist, which I think has been replaced in the set by the Milky Jelly cleanser that just came out. I haven't been able to commit to the entire Phase 1 set because I already have some great skincare products that I love, but I decided to get all of Phase 2!

To promote Phase 2, Glossier opened up the penthouse of their offices to the public for three weekends.

The penthouse was in Chinatown near SoHo and was covered in beautiful flowers. 

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On the way up, I spotted Emily Weiss, the CEO, and said hello! She was so kind and wonderful. She deserves all of her success! Originally I was planning on just getting the lip color, but the serendipity of meeting Emily in the elevator sold me on the whole set.

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We had a blast frolicking around the space taking photos! 

The company also gave away 500 roses in a subway station, just because. I love companies that are all about positivity and girl power!

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We stopped for a little treat at Maman and then I came home and unpacked the new products!

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I decided on the Stretch Concealer in Light, Boy Brow in Brown, and Generation G in Like.

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Time to put these to the test!!!

My super sweet roommate Nhoa took these in the early morning as I was getting ready. Looking back, I am totally unsure of why one of my eyes looks swollen, I'm sorry you all have to witness that.

These are 100% unedited and give you a look into the products!

Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on makeup, I had a whole experimental makeup phase in middle school where I would spend hours watching YouTube tutorials every night. That ship has sailed, and now I've pretty much found my "holy grail" of all of the basics so my makeup does not fluctuate much. Nhoa is brilliant at makeup and is planning to go into the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing major at our school, so she contributed some comments to this! Thank you Nhoa!

concealer

my regular concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, $29

This is the best concealer I have ever tried! I've been using it since August 2014 according to my Sephora purchase history. I use it for undereye circles, around the nose, and on blemishes. I blend it in with a Beauty Blender and it has great coverage without it looking unnatural.

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Glossier Stretch Concealer, Light, $18

The Glossier concealer claims to "move with your skin, not lay on top of it". This concept intrigued me, so I took a stab at it!

 left side of face: Glossier, right: NARS

left side of face: Glossier, right: NARS

 L: Glossier, R: NARS

L: Glossier, R: NARS

(In the brow picture you will be able to see the results better)

RESULT: NARS won, both Nhoa and I agreed. Glossier's was light coverage so I had to use a lot to cover under my eyes. As I wore it throughout the day, a little bit did settle into a line under one of my eyes. 

I did find myself patting some of Glossier's concealer onto a Beauty Blender the next day and blending into some problem areas instead of wearing foundation, but for some serious concealer action, I would use NARS. Glossier's is very comfortable and light, but definitely meant for days where you have nearly flawless skin. I think I'll be using it a lot this summer when I wear hardly any makeup, but for winter and breakouts, NARS is still my go-to.

brows

Brows are something I take very seriously. Scientists have determined that they are the most expressive part of your face, so brow maintenance is essential. I get mine done every 2-3 weeks at the Benefit Brow Bar (in Raleigh or Herald Square, depending on where I'm at) and I use Benefit's Gimme Brow religiously.

my regular brow product: Benefit's Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Medium/Deep, $24

This stuff takes forever to run out, but MAN is it expensive for what it is. I am a little bit lazy when it comes to makeup, so I chose a tinted brow gel with fibers instead of a pencil. I think it looks pretty natural and I think it makes my brows match my natural hair better!

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Glossier Boy Brow, Brown, $16

There was a waitlist for this product for a long time, so I was hoping it would be great! It should deliver about the same effect as the Benefit brow gel to my understanding, just without the fibers. Hopefully it's better because I will save money on brow products!

 L: Glossier, R: Benefit

L: Glossier, R: Benefit

RESULT: Glossier takes the prize! As you can see in the photo above, my left brow looks a lot more natural than my right. Nhoa says this is because the Benefit brow gel has a powder finish rather than a gel finish. I will definitely be repurchasing!

also: can you see a difference in the concealer performance? The left side of my face still shows blemishes and undereye circles, even with the Stretch Concealer! Remaining a NARS devotee.

lips

I don't have anything good to compare to Generation G. My everyday lip color at the moment is Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick because it lasts all through my shifts at work. This is nothing like that, so not gonna do a comparison on this one.

The most important thing in a lipstick for me is staying power. However, I could tell by the consistency that Generation G would not have much and I was still attracted to it anyway.

I brightened the crap out of this photo so you can see it! The left side is Generation G, and the right is my natural lip color. It's an ever so slight difference, but I kinda love it. Nhoa says it's very "model off-duty". 

I thought I would end up not using the concealer or brow gel again until I run out of my current products, but the next day I found myself using this trio once again! 

It's the perfect no-makeup makeup look. On days I don't wear makeup, which is usually 1-2 days a week depending on the week, I don't mind, but this is kinda a happy medium between the two. You can walk outside thinking "hey, I look kinda cute still and don't have a full 15 minute routine face on". Thank you Glossier!!!

conclusion

Go for the Generation G and Boy Brow, you won't regret it. You can try all of these and more at glossier.com.

summer 2016 on c+c?

Things are changing SO QUICKLY, YOU GUYS. I register for my last semester of the Associate's program in just an hour! Being on this accelerated track is so so nutty and I am drowning in final projects but it's going to be worth it. I am excited to start the Bachelor's program!

I have a lot of exciting news to share but some is going to have to wait until the next post.

But one exciting thing happening tomorrow....

I've been chosen by the Half the Sky Club at FIT to attend the Women in the World Summit tomorrow! This event is sponsored by the New York Times and I am so thrilled to have this opportunity. I'll post a big ol blog post gushing about this next week!

AND

Jordan and I did a fun little photoshoot with my favorite photographer in the world, Gillian Carlin, over break! She's started posting little previews on her Instagram (@gilliancarlinphotography), go take a peek if you're interested! 

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Thank you all for sticking along on this crazy ride! I have SO much planned for this summer, can't wait to share even more news and adventures with you guys! 

love

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