Product Review: Glossier skincare

This is the second part of my Glossier brand review, and since it’s focused on their skincare products, I needed a bit of extra time to see how my skin reacted to their formulas. Having extremely sensitive skin, and pushing 40, I wanted to see if the hype around Glossier’s dewy-fresh, moisture-boosting results was real. For the most part, I really love the skincare products that I’ve been using for several years. But there are several products in the Glossier lineup that have achieved cult-favorite status, and so I wanted to compare and see for myself.

As I mentioned in my Glossier makeup review, I’m impressed that Glossier offers kits to introduce you into their regimens and save money. In the kit that I chose, you get to choose the flavor of the Balm Dotcom all-purpose skin balm – I chose “mint”. The other kit components are their best-selling Milky Jelly Cleanser and Priming Moisturizer. Like their makeup, their skincare is paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and cruelty-free. Let’s get into each product:


a. Mint Balm Dotcom: I chose mint as I knew I’d primarily be using this as a lip balm. I have had issues in using other products that have peppermint oil added, but so far I’ve had zero irritation with this. The concentrated balm is super silky, and gives a non-shiny finish on lips, cuticles and other rough patches. I love using this at night, as it absorbs quickly, and I wake up with soft lips and healed cuticles. There are several flavors to choose from; from rose to cherry. I think the next time I order this, I’ll get the Original, which is fragrance-free, so that I can use it in more areas on my face and body.

b. Milky Jelly Cleanser: Of the three products that I chose in my kit, I’ll admit that I’m not as in love with this as I am with the others. This cleanser stays in a jelly-like texture, and does not foam. It is very hydrating, and can be applied on dry or wet skin. I found that it just didn’t stand out to me against my usual routine. While I don’t question that it is a best seller, and especially great for those with very dry skin or rosacea, I will probably stick to my other CeraVe, Clinique, and Trader Joe’s favorites. Having sensitive skin, I do appreciate the fragrance-free, super soothing formula.

c. Priming Moisturizer: I really like the results of this product, as it delivers exactly what is says it will do. Per the Glossier website, this is also considered a best-seller. The moisturizer creates a smooth / even base for makeup, instantly hydrates, and fights redness. It’s buildable as well, meaning that you can control the amount of moisture without it feeling goopy or greasy. I also love that it comes in a tube! Jars can create issues with bacteria growth, and pumps don’t always travel well or give the right amount of product when dispensing. I’ll be buying this again, especially since it works as a great moisturizer for anytime of day.

Overall, I have to say that I’m impressed with the Glossier brand, and their alternate approach to beauty standards and product staples. Their site offers a growing assortment of innovative products, and I’ll be keeping my eyes on their lineup additions. I can definitely say that I’ll be reordering their Balm Dotcom, Lip Gloss, Generation G lipstick, Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, and Priming Moisturizer. One of their products that I’m looking to try soon is Haloscope, a dewy creme highlighter stick. I love finding new brands to mix it up and play within my daily routine, and especially that have products that are easy to use and deliver results. Give them a try!

© 2018 28daysbeauty

Beauty Topic: seasonal skincare switch

Now that it is officially Fall, it’s time to swap out some of your skincare to plan ahead for dry and colder air. Two of my favorites come from Clinique, because they are effective, incredibly gentle, and can be used comfortably by just about any skin type. It is essential to treat your skin according to climate changes, since no amount of makeup can cover up poor skincare choices. If you plan ahead accordingly, you’ll easily transition from Fall into Winter.

Top cleanser pick for Fall: Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser


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my go-to cleanser for fall and winter

If you have combination skin, it will naturally be oilier in Summer, and drier in Winter. Add in sensitivity (like me) and occasional breakouts, and you’ve got one of the most finicky types of skin to care for. That is why I love this cleanser, because it is fragrance free, removes ALL traces of makeup and debris, and is incredibly gentle to skin. Plus, a little goes a long way. Not kidding about that – if you apply too much, you’ll be rinsing for a while. When I worked for Clinique, they always had us recommend this in addition to the 3-step skincare regimen, as only a makeup remover. But to be honest, I found that it was just fine using it as my cleanser and then toning and moisturizing after. If I used soap after I washed with this cleanser, it dried me out too much. Regardless, I love this cleanser to keep my skin comforted and balanced as the weather starts to get transitional.
Top intense moisturizer for Fall: Clinique Moisture Surge


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one of the most versatile moisturizers for fall
Simply put, this stuff is a dry skin saver. It can be layered over other moisturizers for a boost in hydration, used as a mask, mixed with foundation to create a tinted moisturizer, and makes skin feel extra smooth after applying serums. Fragrance free as well, it calms chafed and irritated skin. I usually get really dry skin around my nose during winter, and this prevents cracking and peeling. Even oily skins will love the gel-cream texture, since it feels weightless and will not add shine.

Give these a try if you have difficult skin to care for. Both of these last a while, so you’ll great a great value as well. Enjoy! 

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