“The [Americans] are coming!” – Paul Revere (except he never actually said that).
Glossier is finally soaring across the pond and landing in the UK so here’s what you should (and potentially shouldn’t!) get. Of course, get what you want (#prochoice), but these are my suggestions. (shop here for 20% off your first order)
GLOSSIER GOES INTERNATIONAL
WHAT TO BUY.
BODY HERO DAILY OIL WASH. It’s luxurious, not crazy expensive, smells great, and leaves the skin clean, hydrated, smooth and never stripped. And, the pump packaging makes it v shower friendly. (Duo review here)
BOY BROW. For a quick natural brushed up brow with a hint of tint. No sharpie brows here.
GENERATION G LIPSTICK. To get that ‘I apply lipstick then blot with a napkin because I’m a fancy Hollywood star’ look that is natural, pouty, matte, and a handbag staple.
HALOSCOPE. For a dewy and glistening glow that isn’t glittery. It makes your skin look nourished and naturally glowing like you actually get enough sleep, work out for an hour each day, eat raw vegetables by the truckload, don’t binge watch Netflix until 2 am, and drink water instead of your newfound love of whiskey coke. Oh, just me?
MILKY JELLY CLEANSER. A staple if you’re looking for a unique gel consistency that is gentle, doesn’t foam up or strip the skin, and leaves the skin clean, soft, and supple.
STRETCH CONCEALER. For skin like natural coverage that won’t mask your skin, but enhance it, and add dew.
SUPER BOUNCE. To keep the skin soft, hydrated and supple. Great for layering– especially before makeup!
I’d suggest getting the Phase 2 Set since it includes the Stretch Concealer, Gen G Lipstick, and Boy Brow, and it’ll save you $12. Or, get the Boy Brow + Haloscope duo that’s available for a limited time!
WHAT TO SKIP.
SUPER GLOW. The consistency is very watery, and doesn’t make a huge difference even with consistent use. I’d recommend the Ursa Major Vitamin C serum. Within a few days I noticed my skin looking brighter, clearer and glowier. Bonus: in the long run it ends up being cheaper because you get a full ounce of product instead of half an ounce.
BALM DOT COM. This is basically prettily packaged vaseline– an ingredient I’m not a fan of at all. My favorite petrolatum free lip balm that moisturizes, plumps, has made my lip lines smoother, and my lips actually pinker is from Complex Beauty. But, here is a list of some more petroleum jelly free alternatives.
WHAT’S GOOD BUT NOT A MUST.
SKIN TINT. A good one if you have perfect skin and just want a hair of tint, no coverage, and a lot of dew. I like it, but it’s not a go to. Instead, I like to mix it in with heavier and/or matte foundations. Again, I like it, but it’s not mind blowing. It’s something to try later on when you’ve already given the must have products a whirl. Also: if you have MAC Face + Body then you don’t need.
MEGA GREENS GALAXY PACK. Again, it’s nice, but not amazing. It’s supposed to detoxify, but when my skin needs a little impurity cleanse, I prefer the Complex Beauty Baby Face purity mask. It has activated charcoal, aloe, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Green Tea, Niacinamide, Vitamin B5, Pomegranate Seed Extract, white willow bark, and even more. It’s a bit pricier, but the end result leaves you with better, clearer and glowier skin.
SUPER PURE. The two main ingredients– niacinamide & zinc– are really good for blemish prone skin, but you can get a more inexpensive dupe so it doesn’t make the must have list. (more on the supers here)
LIP GLOSS. Don’t get me wrong, I l o v e this gloss, and I’m glad it’s now permanent. But it is just clear gloss. It leaves the lips very glassy and smooth, but get this once you’ve tried the others. Unless you’re clear gloss obsessed. Then by all means, gloss on.
WOWDER. Good for someone who isn’t already in a committed relationship with another powder. It’s lightweight, blurs, and leaves the skin looking velvety smooth– very nice, indeed! But, if you have a powder that already works for you, try the must haves first then come back for this one.
BODY HERO PERFECTING CREAM. It’s a lovely non greasy moisturizer, but not the most hydrating. Being as you’re in the UK, which tends to be much colder, you’ll need something thicker to give your skin more TLC.
PRIMING MOISTURIZER. This is a good pre-makeup base, but if I really want some extra moisture to make foundation apply buttery then Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is the one. It’s thicker, but not too thick, and does a better job at prepping before makeup. Plus it smells like citrus– a major nasal bonus.
The things I haven’t tried: