*Excited, for those among you who might not be familiar with the above slang.
HELLO Glossier UK Shipping, GOODBYE pay check.
Many of you will have seen from my Instagram that I spent a week in New York earlier this year. I’ve been to NYC once before, back in 2016, but that was before Glossier – you know, that wonderful US beauty brand which is all about “skincare first, beauty second” that I’ve mentioned a few times on AFIA AND JAY over the years – had its own bricks and mortar space in Soho. Is it weird to say that visiting the Glossier showroom was one of the first things on my list of things to do/see? No. Of course it isn’t.
Anyway, it’s safe to say that I seriously burned a hole in my wallet that week (not just because I love the products – I do – but also because I had a horrible experience with Air India which meant that I had to replace half of my wardrobe and cosmetics bag). But I digress.
I’ve picked out five of my favourite products from their Phase 1 (skincare) and 2 (makeup) sets in anticipation of the brand shipping to the U.K. from this next Monday onwards (finally! Thank you Team Glossier!)
Take notes and get ready to fill that virtual shopping basket.
The (Birthday!) Balm Dot Com
If I had a boyfriend (which I don’t – *cue Emoji staring eyes*) I imagine he would be as much of a fan of Glossier’s Birthday Balm Dotcom as I am. Why? Because:
- it smells like cake icing.
- It tastes like cake icing.
- It makes my lips inexplicably soft.
- It contains teeny tiny glitter particles which make my lips shine.
I especially like to use it just before bed. It’s everything.
The Milky Jelly Cleanser
Fun fact: both the comments sections and articles themselves on Into The Gloss (the online media platform from which Glossier was born) were – and still are – such a massive help when I was trying to figure out why my acne had gotten so bad and how to fix it (answers: less stress! Less dairy! More Vitamin C! More chemical exfoliation!)
Glossier’s Milky Jelly cleanser is soft. It’s friendly. It makes your face feel calm even when everything the City throws at it (pollution, air conditioning, heavy makeup, sweaty Central line trains and packed buses) tries to aggravate it. I switch between this and my other favourite cleanser, Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip.
The Boy Brow
Sound familiar? It should. I first mentioned Glossier’s Boy Brow back in 2015 in this post about the five different types of eyebrow (that was a fun one), and that was even before I’d tried the product.
Well, while we wait for the Internet to stop trying to make “squiggly brows” happen (it’s not. Going. To Happen) we can rely on the more socially acceptable – and wonderfully natural – lightly groomed brow instead
I use Boy Brow in Black when I really don’t want to / can’t be bothered to wear makeup (this is most days) but want my brows to look a bit more visible. Pro tip: brush product into eyebrows from the outer corner inwards first, then go back from the inner corner outwards. You’ll get more product on your brows and they’ll look even darker and more defined.
The Stretch Concealer
There’s a certain stigma attached to the gym-going babe who likes to apply a touch of makeup before heading onto the treadmill. Yes, the gym is where I get sweaty and gross on purpose and then feel amazing afterwards. And it’s also where I don’t particularly want the people there watching me get all sweaty and gross. But I want to feel more cute and less of the above, just in the same way that you or I look forward to wearing that new Nike top and leggings set to crush our kettlebell swings in the free weights area.
Just like with Boy Brow, Glossier’s Stretch Concealer is for the days I don’t want to look like I have make up on but don’t want to look totally bare faced either. The Rich colour matches me almost perfectly and it’s very light and sheeny (not matte at all). Blends right in with that gym sweat glow.
The Generation G stick
For the more minimalist of you, there comes a moment in the day (I’ll say post 6pm) when your makeup has started to slide off ever so slightly. And don’t you love it when your lipstick becomes more of a stain than a full-on pigment?
Well, that’s the whole concept behind the Generation G lip colours. Every shade (indeed, every beauty product) is buildable, so you can make your lips look as “oh, you know, my lipstick just rubbed off I guess” sheer or “you must look at my lips today because wow” pigmented as you please.
My favourite is the deep purply “Jam” as it looks especially amazing on dark skin tones, but I picked up the light pink “Crush” too which I think is great for summer (and which I wore in this post, with Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer and Cloud Paint too!)
Have you tried out Glossier’s products before? What did you think? And will you be ordering online this month?