Glossier is about living in—and embracing—the now, not the past, and not the future. It’s about fun and freedom and being OK with yourself today. It’s about being nice to people and knowing that a smile begets a smile. Snobby isn’t cool, happy is cool. – Emily Weiss (founder/creator/HBIC of Glossier)
a few months ago i came across glossier via instagram. based on their feed alone, it didn’t take long before i was smitten – simple but sleek packaging, dewy skinned models and this overall cool-girl vibe. and then of course, the concept. providing women with products that aid in perfecting that “no makeup” makeup look… enhancing your natural features, not covering them up. i had to have it. all. so, as a treat to myself on my 35th, i purchased phase 1 – moisturizer, balm, face mist and the tint. the products came in a pink bubble wrap pouch (i die) with stickers (a la lisa frank) to decorate my bottles and tubes and even my trapper keeper if i feel like it. ha!
i’m excited to share my review of this line because i love what it stands for. plus, emily is a kick-ass business woman who has created a line that is geared towards celebrating (your) natural beauty. major girl crush for that alone. i also love that the glossier team has cultivated a fun, interactive online presence. especially on instagram. they want you to share your experience and they often regram and share photos. it’s just fun. they make you feel like you’re a part of something. so! on to the review…
(included in phase 1)
a very light-weight moisturizer that is meant to sort of “plump” and prepare the skin for makeup. i really want to love this, but as a daily moisturizer, under makeup, it just made my face feel oily after a couple of hours. i have since started using jojoba oil as a daily moisturizer and it works wonders for my skin type. this moisturizer might be best for dry or combination skin.
mega greens galaxy pack + moisturizing moon mask
(not included in the phase 1)
love love love! a must have. i’ve tried many a face mask in my day and these far surpass anything i’ve used. the mega greens is literally a detox for your face. it will pull some shit out, so be prepared. the moisturizing moon mask is incredibly moisturizing. my face feels so soft and looks radiant for a day or two after using. i’m telling you, these masks are perfection.
(included in phase 1)
fun little play on words, eh? balm dotcom is a fancy version of aquaphor. no joke, throw this little tube in your purse and you’re like the MacGyver of beauty. it’ll take care of just about anything – chapped lips, a paper cut, jacked up cuticles, dry elbows…
here’s a tip: swipe a little bit across your eyebrows! sounds silly, but for real! i’ve been brushing my brows up and the balm sort of acts as a pomade. i also tint my eyebrows, so when the tint starts to fade, the balm makes them look a bit darker.
soothing face mist
(included in phase 1)
my other must have. made with rosewater and aloe, this mist is meant to calm and hydrate the skin.
tips + tricks: mist your face (instead of using water) to dampen skin before applying the masks. it’s also great as a toner. simply spray it on a cotton pad and apply to your face! i don’t wash my face in the am, so this is a great way to prep it for moisturizer.
perfecting skin tint
i prefer a bit more coverage for work or going out; however, this is a great product if you’re looking to add a bit of color but don’t want to look “done up.” i’m talking running errands on the weekend, maybe a day at the beach, a trip to the gym, etc.
have you tried any glossier products? if so, share your experiences below! and i’m happy to answer any questions.
*the beautiful illustrations you see above were created by my super talented friend kim. she’s a graphic designer/illustrator who blogs over at KRB. she is also responsible for the house of ginger logo. (if you’re looking for a graphic designer – she’s your girl.) thank you so much, kim! as always, you’re amazing.
someone recently asked me – how would you describe your style? i honestly had to think about it. the truth is, i like a little a bit of everything! from tailored trousers and vintage blouses to high waists and flared denim, shift dresses and maxi skirts – if i like something, i like it. plus, it really depends on my mood. some days i feel like a woodland nymph, running around barefoot, wearing a gauzy maxi dress, but then other days i feel like james spader’s secretary. to each his/her own. don’t judge. anyway…
through it all, one thing remains the same – less is more. that is how i would describe my style. like, wear those drop crotch “hammer” pants (as seen above), but maybe they should be black and not 90’s neon squiggles. or wear the neon squiggles, but maybe the top shouldn’t be a purple members only jacket. then again, i know some girls who could pull that shit off like no biggie. so what do i know?
i guess what i’m saying is – i like to add an element of uniqueness, but i also prefer to keep it simple. i’m not one to pile on the trends like so many women do these days. a belted sweater over a blouse with a statement necklace – so trendy, much fashion. no. not for me. it’s boring. it’s expected.
when i was nominated as a finalist for the redbook real women style awards, i immediately compared myself to the other contestants. i doubted my style. i wondered why i was nominated. after all, my looks are pretty simple – pants, tops, a skirt here and there… there’s not a lot of “styling” in my outfits. but that’s okay! i’d like to think that maybe i represent the chicks who don’t cater to the trend salad mentality. who reach for a tshirt and a great pair of jeans and pile on the gold jewels. who wear a little black dress and a sassy pair of hot pink heels. YAS. that’s what i’m talking about. also, to represent the chicks who don’t max out their credit cards to wear the latest and greatest. i’m the girl who finds an 80’s tropical print blouse at goodwill and wears it with a pair of high waist jeans. that’s enough for me. if 80’s tropical print isn’t a statement, i don’t know what is.
ladies, you don’t have to wear all the things to be stylish. that’s all i’m saying. fist bump.
so if you don’t mind, please click the link above and vote for me. i’d actually love to be on the cover of redbook magazine. how awesome would that be?! remember, you can vote daily until may 22nd.
thank you! and happy Monday.
*photo cred to mark persson
i’m currently reading the husband’s secret by liane moriarty and i’m really enjoying it. i have maybe 100 more pages to go. i can’t wait to see how it ends. has anyone else read it?
*if you’re interested, my reviews and ratings are on goodreads! just click the links above.
i still intend to share more makeup and skin care posts, but today let’s talk about armpits. in my attempt to find an aluminum-free deodorant, I’ve ditched the dove solid and started using the weleda spray deod in sage. i’m not sold. i like the way it smells… ish, but i definitely need a few refresher sprays throughout the day. ain’t nobody got time for that! i think the point of a good deod is to put it on in the am and not have to worry about it… right? right. so, i’m planning to finish the bottle (um, hello $14) but i’m pretty sure i won’t be buying it again. i haven’t given up on the aluminum-free concept, though… i’m still searching and considering, so if you have any suggestions – let me know!
i’d say the best part of this week was taking a bubble bath with zoey. you know, when i’m in the office, the days often drag, but as soon as 4 pm rolls around, the evening gets away from me quickly – i feel rushed. from pilates to picking zoey up from school to making a stop at the grocery store, making dinner, throwing in a load of laundry, cleaning up after dinner, etc etc etc… i know, we all have to do it. i’m not complaining, it’s just rare that i get to slow down before 9 pm. so a few nights ago, zoey asked me to get in the tub with her and i thought – why not?? it was relaxing and she was so elated. two birds, one stone kinda thing. quality time – i’ll take it however i can get it.
so it’s friday – hooray! enjoy the weekend.
oh! and don’t forget to vote for me, please! redbook real women style awards
redbook has picked me as one of the 25 finalists in their real women style awards! pretty cool.
if i’m chosen in the top 6, i’ll receive money to go shopping and a chance to be featured in the magazine later this year! possibly even end up on the c o v e r. whaaaaaaaat?! anyway, in order for that to happen i need your help! please click here > #realwomenstyleawards and vote for me! the contest runs until may 22nd and you may vote daily.
thank you so much for your support. i feel honored to be included in this group of beautiful and stylish women!
when you have pretty long hair, you want to show it off. you take the time to treat it properly with regular trims… you’re more inclined to purchase salon-grade shampoos and conditioners… you may even invest in deep conditioning treatments and the like.
but when you’re tired of your long hair, you give zero effs. you can’t be bothered to regularly wash/dry/style it because you’d rather sleep in. more often than not, it ends up in a pony or under a hat. also, you’re sick of getting hair stuck in the vacuum roller and could probably make a decent wig with what hair you find all over the house – on the floor, on the couch, in your food, etc.
so that’s when you get a hair cut. because it makes you feel sassy and polished and you get to sleep in. i don’t even care that everyone and their mother is getting the “lob.” i haven’t regretted one second of this awesomeness.
the girl on the right has her shit together.
*running errands/chores around the house (what’s with the leaning?)
i could seriously live in this outfit.
pants – couple years old from lucky brand
top – gap (similar style) i wish i would’ve purchased this top in every color. it’s perfection.
trucker hat – free from a Malibu earth day event
*a visit to the bookstore, dinner with parents (yes, i got dressed up for the bookstore. and?)
striped tshirt dress and denim jacket from target
gage huntley hamsa necklace
*after work errands and dinner out
top and bralette – local boutique
sweater (no longer available) – target
pilcro jeans via anthropologie
ankle boots (no longer available) – no rest for bridget
*i’m selling these boots if anyone is interested. size 7. worn once.
i just found the auto-timer on my phone, so here we are. not as clear, but zero side eye from the neighbors.
hello! for those of you who follow me on instagram, you know that i tried to sell this vintage beauty a few weeks ago. well… no bites. so i’m posting it here and on facebook, as well. genuine leather, size xs/s, in perfect condition. a great spring jacket for those nights when the air still carries a bit of a chill or for warmer weather winters. i’ll take $40 for it.
it smells like sex. the leather. well… not literally because ew. but i mean, it smells as good as sex is. know what i mean? no? ignore me.
but if you’re interested, please comment below or send me an email. houseofgingerblog[at]gmail[dot]com.
so what’s the word, friends? we had a wonderful weekend full of fantastic weather, a visit from IL family, brunch with friends and mimosas x3. winter in california is officially over and that is all for now.
is it friday yet?
let’s talk about HUM supplements. i’m not typically one to take vitamins/supplements (do children’s chewables count?), but a few months ago, my hairstylist mentioned that my hair felt thinner (i used to have the thickest ginger mane!) and she suggested that i consider supplements.
after doing a bit of research, i came across HUM and i liked what i read. their products are pure, gluten-free, non-gmo, sustainably sourced, rather inexpensive, aaaaaaand… the packaging is pretty. come on, we’re all suckers for packaging.
so, i took their 3-minute quiz to get a personalized assessment of which supplements would be best for me according to my lifestyle, what i eat, my level of activity, etc. my “nutritionist” recommended the three supplements that you see in the photos above:
runway ready – promotes healthy hair, skin and nails (this might be their most popular.)
OMG omega the great – fish oil that helps support even skin tone, a healthy heart, brain + body. and no fishy aftertaste!
daily cleanse – an herb nutrient blend that cleanses the skin, liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs. (contains antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. so good for acne prone skin!)
nails – they’re much stronger/thicker and growing so fast! i think this is important if you’re a gel manicure kinda girl (which i am!) i love the way gels look, but they can wreak havoc on the nail beds, leaving them brittle and ruined. i’m hoping this will help.
hair – i don’t know that it’s thicker (i may need to try biotin or b12), but it definitely feels softer and looks shinier.
skin – my skin has never looked better! even tone, fewer blemishes (i still get one or two on my chin before my period, but they’re not as bad and seem to heal faster.)
how to purchase
i ordered my first supply via a monthly subscription on the website. there are several different payment plans and you’re never locked in. if ordered online, shipping is free when you spend $50 and you’ll get 25% off if you order 3 items or more. PLUS – use my referral code F6C27 and we’ll both get $10 off!
bottomline – i dig these supplements and i’ll continue to take them.
let me know if you give it a try! i’d love to hear what you think.