Okay tomboys, lazy girls, minimalists and people who don't want to spend a ton of time on makeup- this one is for you! After months (maybe even a year) of following Glossier on social media, reading the hype, and meeting people who swore by their products- I finally got my hands on some of their items. 

Admittedly, I originally thought they just had a bad-ass marketing/branding team- I didn't take the actual products seriously and kind of panned them as an gimmicky, insta-makeup company. I was so wrong. Every product I've ordered has become an insta-favorite. 

First of all, the packaging is rad. Who doesn't want to open a freshly delivered package of products and immediately see "YOU LOOK GOOD" printed on the inside of the lid? The products themselves come in an awesome reusable pink bubble wrap ziplock bag (longest description EVER- but accurate). Everything was carefully placed inside, which soothes my often makeup-organization-obsessive soul. The actual tubes and pots that hold the product are simple, clean and useful. No extra fussy packaging or fluff.

Click the green links below to scoop some of these super easy, super fuss free products for yourself and don't forget to comment and ask questions in the box below.


Cloud Paint $18 or $30 for two

I went with the shade "Haze". It's a beautiful, purple-y, berry shade. The consistency is kind of a pillowy gel, liquid. Sheer but buildable coverage. You really can't overdo it and all of the shades are designed to compliment every skin tone.  It looks so gorgeous and natural- just a soft, dewy wash of color. You can wear alone, over moisturizer, or layer it on top of a liquid or cream foundation (if you apply over powder, be careful- could end up looking streaky). All you need to apply are your fingertips but you could use a small synthetic stippling brush if you are feeling fancy. You can stop there or add a finishing powder to set. 



Haloscope $22

I chose the "Quartz" shade. This stuff is gorgeous... and also good for your skin. The outer "halo" is made with genuine crystal extracts (aka, shimmer) and the inner is solid oil packed with vitamins and moisture to keep you dewy and hydrated. Similar to  the consistency of a lip balm but formulated for your face. It's a perfect highlighter for the top of your cheekbones and down the center of your nose. Another product designed for every skin tone that can be applied by swiping it on right out of the stick then tapping/blending with your fingers. 



Boy Brow $16

 It's a wonderful little brow gel that comes in something that looks lie a mini-mascara tube. It has a tiny spoolie that is perfect for getting in and taming brows. The formula is a flexible wax inspired by traditional hair pomade. It says flexible which means it doesn't flake or look stiff through the day. It thickens, fills in and grooms brows in one super easy step. Just brush though until you build the thickness you want and you are done.  I use it on both gals and guys.





Wowder $22

This a loose powder that somehow mattifies ugly oil, but allows the right amount of dewy-ness to show through and it doesn't bounce back in photographs (it won't give you a white/ghost face in pics). Blurs lines and buffs away pores. It's self adjusting (which means it will easily blend to your skin tone). The packaging is equally amazing and innovative. The lid is shaped in a way that keeps the product in the well and not in the lid- this keeps it from spilling out everywhere each time you open. The powder is kept behind something I like to describe as a meshy trampoline for your brushes. You just bounce your brush on the mesh, the bristles poke through and you are left enough powder for one cheek. They currently offer 3 shade options- I bought light/medium but will be buying the other two shades for my kit. 






Once again Christmas is less than a week away and until last night, I was still scrambling for gift ideas. It's not that I procrastinate when it comes to gift purchasing- I spend exorbitant time obsessing over the perfect gift. This morning it occurred to me I should gift the ladies in my life with stockings (or Kustom Klutch...) full of my own personal favorite products. After all, these are the go to items I use every day as well as what I keep stocked in my pro kit stash. 

If you are still on the hunt for someone on your list (or maybe you'd like to treat yourself), these products are universally flattering and useful. They can be used for all skin types/ages, are relatively inexpensive and easy to find. You can gift these to a teen just learning to wear makeup, your granny with a drawer full of favorites, or a girlfriend you'd like to impress with your makeup savvy ways.


Keep reading below then follow the links to each product. Remember to comment and let me know if you have a favorite I left off the list.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!






Tarte Rainforest of the Sea- Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette $44

This palette is beautiful lighting in a box. All three shades are flattering but I find myself using the right one most. When applied on top of cheekbone, down center of nose, Cupid's bow and brow bone it gives the most beautiful lit from within glow to skin. It's so finely milled,  it doesn't look sparkly- just dewy and heathy. Also vegan. 


Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer $29

I've never known a bronzer I love more. Looks like a natural tan when applied across bridge of the nose. It can also be used for light contouring on forehead, beneath cheekbones and jawline. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of obvious contouring but, I do like dusting this on for some extra color and dimension. I also like to use it as eyeshadow on my crease (multi use=love). 



MAC Powder Blush Tenderling $23

I switch up my blush a lot depending on season. Tenderling is a nice, almost skin tone color that I use often as a base for other colors. It's a great neutral and is especially good for people who don't like wearing obvious blush. Paired with "Desert Rose" or "Dame" on apples of the cheek (also by MAC) it's really something special.


MAC Lipglass- C-Thru $16

Maybe I should be embarrassed I've been repurchasing product since 2002-  I don't care. I love it. Its a peachy/ mostly nude that can be worn alone atop of a liner (read below) or lipstick. A tiny bit goes a long way,  it can be layered for more or less shine. Some people find it too sticky, I have a love/hate feeling about it. The texture makes it last for hours. 



Sorme Smearproof Lipliner-Tease $10

I don't spend a lot on lipliners. This one has excellent staying power, is a nice neutral shade and has great color pay off. Apply a  bees-waxy chapstick first, layer this over and you have a perfect neutral, with comfortable feel. 



Revlon Nearly Naked Powder $10

Yes, my favorite foundation/powder comes from the drugstore. I have tried countless other powders (from outrageously expensive to hilariously cheap),  this remains my favorite. Buildable coverage, natural finish, doesn't settle into fine lines. It's a wonderful, little gift that I can just pick it up when I run into Target. I'd use it in my pro-kit if people wouldn't look at me like I'm crazy. 


MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot- Quite Natural $22

Another one of my long, long, longtime favorites. I use this with a small angled brush for filling in and holding eyebrows. It looks enhances and looks amazing on EVERYONE. Use a spoolie to brush out and you have a one-product perfect brow. 


Maybelline Volume Express Mascara $5

Don't we all love this one? Personally, I always have 5 of them floating around. A smart model told me to always have 3 on hand, bought a month apart-  one will always remain at the perfect consistency. This mascara does not dry out and become flaky through the day. You never have to worry about the "raccoon look". Glamour Black. Waterproof. 


Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner- Black $10

This is a tough one for me. It's my all time favorite eyeliner and it has been discontinued. I've used it for close to 10 years and can't find anything I like nearly as much. I shouldn't even be telling anyone about it. Actually, this is a good gift for me if you find it. This is the only occasion you should consider buying beauty products from amazon. 


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $7

Another drugstore find that I love. It's the perfect under-eye concealer, blemish camo, and highlighter. I use it on both men and women,  on camera and it always reads as real skin. Consistency is perfect- not so dry that it makes lines more obvious but not so liquidy that it slips around throughout the day. 


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler $22

I'll always be a loyal Shu girl. They gave me my big chance when I was starting out and living in San Francisco. I'm not sure what kind of sorcery they have put into this gadget, but no other lash curler compares.