March was such an exciting month for me because I officially became part of the Glossier team! I am now a Rep who uses my position as a blogger and social media influencer to promote Glossier’s entire range of skincare and makeup products.

As many of you know, I’ve been a Glossier fan for a year now–and an Into The Gloss reader for even longer. The brand has really changed the way I look at beauty products, and I am so excited to share my experiences with Haute Mess readers.

You can checkout my must-have Glossier goodies and shop the entire range through my Rep page. Plus, you will receive 20 percent off your purchase and earn free shipping each time you spend $30!

Now, let’s get into this month’s favorites:

Alo Yoga leggings: Even during the warmer months, I am much more comfortable working out in full-length leggings–I find that they stay in place much better than shorts do. Because I wear them nearly every day, I’m always in the market for a comfortable new pair. I’ve heard so many great things about Alo Yoga from fellow bloggers, so when I spotted this super cool, new-with-tags pair on Poshmark for nearly half-off retail value, I had to pick them up!

The white and gray color scheme mutes the otherwise flashy camouflage pattern, ensuring these pants totally match all the sports bras in my closet. They are comfy to run and lift in, aaaand their high-waist is really flattering. Thrifted via Poshmark

Airbrush Legging in White Camo, $88,

Balm Dotcom by Glossier: This universal skin salve instantly become my holy grail beauty product the second I started using it in late February–not exaggerating! I wish I ordered this product sooner.

Not only does it treat dry patches without causing my face any breakouts or irritation, it is leaps and bounds above any other lip balm; trust me, I’ve tried them all. Again, not exaggerating. You can even use it to moisturize cuticles. If you only try one Glossier product, make sure it’s Balm Dotcom. It is my stranded-on-a-deserted-island must-have. $12, Glossier

(Psst! Save 20 percent on your first Glossier order + enjoy free shipping when you spend $30 by shopping through my link!)

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea by Mario Badescu: As soon as the weather starts to warm up, my hair and skin become a little oily throughout the day, so facial sprays are a must for me this time of year. Last year I relied on Lush’s tea tree water toner, but this year I decided to switch it up.

Not only is Mario Badescu’s aloe, cucumber and green tea spray less expensive than Lush’s facial spray, it works just as well–if not better! This product is super refreshing; I use it a couple times a day to maintain a dirt- and oil-free face, while keeping my makeup in its place. And, it doubles as a soothing agent for irritated post-shaved or post-waxed skin. $7, Ulta

[source: Allure]

White Charcoal Mattifying makeup setting spray by Boscia: I’ve never owned a setting spray before! But, like I said, my skin tends to gets a little oily, so I was in the market for a little something extra to help my makeup stay put during the day–especially as weather starts to warm up.

Lauren Elizabeth, one of my fav YouTubers, mentioned Boscia’s White Charcoal Mattifying setting spray in her recent video, and I decided to check it out for myself. When I noticed 1 ounce of Boscia’s setting spray for an affordable price at Sephora, I decided to pick it up.

As many of you know, I favor Glossier’s dewy products; although they look amazing, they tend to slide around, especially in warm, humid climates, so I definitely need something to keep them down. This setting spray gets the job done with only two or three spritzes!

The magic of charcoal controls excess oil and detoxes the pores, while vitamin- and antioxidant-rich black tea visibly minimizes pores and protects skin from harmful free radicals. $12, Sephora

[source: Olivia Frescura]

Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers strengthening milk by Maui Moisture: I deal with hair breakage and loss as a result of coloring and styling my mane over the years, and I have yet to discover a strand-saving product. Coconut oil work wonders, but I was desperately in need of something I could use more regularly.

Maui Moisture’s thicken & restore range was highly recommended to me by a friend who also has weak hair, so I decided to try the strengthening milk this month as a replacement for my usual Garnier leave-in conditioner. After only a handful of uses, I am noticing less hair loss every time I wash or brush my mane. Plus, every day that I use this leave-in I am guaranteed to have killer, cooperative hair.

Because this range contains castor oil, which is known for its restorative properties, it is extremely thick, so I definitely recommend using only a little of this product at a time–or else you will end up with a weighed-down mane that looks greasy and is difficult to style. $8.99, Ulta

Amy Serrano’s no-heat hair straightening tutorial: My natural beach-y waves are great during the summer months, but they’re not really appropriate most months out of the year. Typically, I attempt to give myself an at-home blowout with a hair dryer and straightening wand, but that is super time-consuming and, as everyone knows, not good for the hair.

While browsing makeup videos on YouTube earlier this month, I stumbled upon a no-heat hair straightening tutorial by fellow Glossier rep Amy Serrano.

This technique, which Serrano refers to as el tubi tubi, is slightly tricky to get the hang of at first. But, once you get it, it definitely becomes second nature. And honestly, the results cannot be beat: el tubi tubi gives you glossy, blowout-style hair overnight–without the heat and with half the effort.

[source: Amazon]

Hermit in Paris by Italo Calvino: It has been raining a ton here in West Virginia, so I’ve been devouring books and magazines like no other. This month I picked up Hermit in Paris by Italo Calvino, which is a series of autobiographical writings by Cuban-born Calvino. His stories definitely provide an instant pick-me-up for those dreary days when all you want to do is daydream about living like a Parisienne. Prices vary, Amazon

Collagen: There is no doubt that collagen has been a major trend over the past few months–and what’s not to love? It is packed with anti-aging benefits, and it promotes joint tissue regrowth while preventing bone loss. We all need collagen in our diets, so instead of investing in pricey supplements, I decided to eat more of the foods that are naturally full of it.

The usual suspects, such as fish, dark green veggies and antioxidant-rich berries, have already been some of my lifelong favs. But, this month I also learned that red and orange veggies, citrus fruits and garlic (the best seasoning for all types of dishes in my opinion) are also rich in nutrients that promote collagen. I’ve been loading up on these foods all month long, working towards a brighter, flawless complexion for years to come.


Cloud Paints finally made their way into my beauty lineup earlier this week! I ordered Glossier’s newest release in the two darkest shades: Dusk and Haze.

These one-of-a-kind gel-cream blushes instantly became essential to my makeup routine because they apply so easily and look completely natural. Or, as Glossier puts it: they are seamless, they help achieve that flushed-from-within glow and their sheer, build-able pigment looks as if my skin made it.

Basically, they make you look like the Snapchat pretty filter IRL; you know, the softly lit one that low-key brings out everyone’s inner Gisele.

Cloud Paint in Dusk (top) and Haze (bottom)

No matter the time of year, I always opt for a glow-y bronze look in favor of cake-y Kardashian-inspired makeup–and cloud Paint in Dusk definitely helps me do just that. For this look in particular, I stayed away from powder products completely, so that I my face stayed as dewey and fresh as possible throughout the day.

Products I used:

  • First Aid Beauty oil-free Mattifying Gel
  • Bali Body BB Cream in Natural
  • Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Brightener (160)
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk
  • Glossier Haloscope in Topaz
  • Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
  • Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying makeup setting spray
  • Benefit Roller Lash mascara
  • Buxom Full-on lipstick in Sydney

Step 1: Apply FAB Mattifying Gel to a clean face, concentrating on the t-zone. Allow a couple minutes for it to dry.

Step 2: With fingers apply BB Cream all-over, again concentrating on the t-zone.

Step 3: Use Stretch Concealer to cover any blemishes, as well as redness around the nose. Allow the face to “bake” for 1-3 minutes before blending.

Step 4: Apply Instant Age Rewind concealer under the eyes, and wait 30 seconds to 1 minute before blending with a beauty sponge (I use Real Techniques’ Miracle Complexion sponge). Use the sponge to spread the product all over the eye area, including the lids.

Step 5: Suck in cheeks as if making a “fish face,” and apply Cloud Paint in Dusk to the hollow areas, focusing closer to the ears and hairline.

Step 6: Highlight the cheekbones, as well as the orbital bones around the eyes, with Haloscope in Topaz. Use fingers to blend edges for an airbrushed effect.

Step 7: Use Watt’s Up! to highlight the brow bones and the cupid’s bow.

Step 8: Brush Boy Brow through eyebrows starting in the middle of each brow, then focusing on the ends and inner sprouts.

Step 9: Spray Boscia’s setting spray all over face.

Step 10: Apply one even coat of Roller Lash to lower lashes and two even coats to upper lashes.

Step 11: Line the lips with Buxom’s Full-on lipstick in Sydney, then fill them in evenly with Sydney as well.


I’m a total Glossier junkie! Since the online beauty brand launched in 2014, I’ve gradually added a quite a few Glossier products to my makeup and skincare collection. Last year I stocked up on Haloscope, Glossier’s dew effect highlighter, in Topaz and Moonstone. I love to use these natural-looking highlighters as part of my everyday routine, and they are such a great change of pace from traditional opal-toned highlighters. For the holidays I received the limited edition No. 1 Pencil, a charcoal gray gel eyeliner that smudges perfectly for a sexy, just-rolled-out-of-bed Parisienne look.

Amidst a stress-induced breakout, I placed my largest Glossier order ever earlier this month. First was Super Pure: one of Glossier’s three serums. I was super tempted to purchase Super Bounce and Super Glow as well (after all, you save $19 when you order all three), but I ultimately decided my sensitive skin would be better off trying them one at a time.

Because the 3-year-old brow gel I already owned dried up, and because my concealer is close to running out, too, I added both Boy Brow and Stretch Concealer to my makeup routine. After hearing a ton of great reviews on Boy Brow from some of my favorite It girls (think: Emily Ratajkowski and Devon Lee Carlson), I was dying to try it out for myself.

Lastly, I picked up Balm Dotcom, a skin salve, because my skin tends to suffer from dry patches during the cold, windy months, and winter is far from over where I live.

Super Pure serum: This was my first time ever trying a skin serum, so it took my skin a little while to get used to it. Even though this product is intended to calm breakouts, it is still thicker than most products my face is used to, causing my super sensitive skin to breakout a little more before it got better. Once Super Pure started working, however, my breakouts quickly dried up and were easily covered with a little spot concealer.

I definitely would not recommend Super Pure as an everyday product, especially for those with sensitive skin, because it took a few uses for my face to warm up to it. But, it is great for tough breakouts–and, the easy-to-control applicator makes it perfect for treating specific problem areas.

Balm Dotcom salve: It didn’t take long for Balm Dotcom to become my holy grail beauty product. This odorless salve instantly heals chapped lips and dry patches without causing any breakouts or irritation. In addition to my lips, I love using Balm Dotcom on the dry areas around my nose and eyebrows. It definitely isn’t an all-over moisturizer, but it is perfect for quickly treating dry spots, including cuticles!

Balm Dotcom is also easy to use with other lip products–even matte liquid lipsticks. Because a little goes a long way with this salve, it applies smoothly over and under your lip color of choice. Plus, the squeeze tube packaging doesn’t pick up any color that you may have already put on your lips–something glide-on lip balms are very guilty of doing. You can even go a step further by mixing your favorite lip color with Balm Dotcom before you apply.

Whatever look I’m after, I cannot go a day without this product! The best part is, I only have to reply a handful of times throughout the day; Balm Dotcom has some serious staying power–even through tough workouts! No other lip balm compares to it.

Stretch Concealer (medium): When it comes to concealer, I 100 percent prefer pot formulas over liquids, which tend to look cake-y and unnatural on my skin. So, when Benefit’s Erase Paste, my long-time favorite, hit pan, I decided to switch things up with Glossier. Stretch Concealer absorbs into the skin, giving you that natural, dewy #NoFilterJustGlossier look, which makes it a great product for covering any blemishes or redness.

Boy Brow (brown): I have naturally thick brows, so I definitely prefer a gel product over a pencil when it comes to my arches because they are ideal for filling in small gaps and keeping the hairs in line all day. Boy Brow in brown matches my natural brow color perfectly, and it brushes “sprouts” upwards, instantly making the entire face appear more polished. This brow gel is saturated with product and packs a ton of punch without the dreaded “drawn-on” look.

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Eyebrow sprouts [source: Instagram user @glossier]


By now most of you already know how obsessed I am with Poshmark, a website and app that allows you to sell new and pre-loved clothing, shoes, accessories and makeup to other users.

Fast fashion production is the second leading cause of pollution in the world, according to EcoWatch, so shopping secondhand plays an important role in conserving the environment. Plus, thrifting can be so fun. It is a great way to find super unique goodies for your home or wardrobe, and in my opinion it’s something we should all do more often. Thanks to Posh, I can enjoy all thrifting has to offer from my iPhone or laptop and connect with others’ who have similar closets to my own.

Over the past two months, I sold quite a few pre-loved pieces on Posh, and I was able to purchase a few things I’d been eyeing with my earnings. Needless to say, many of my newbies made it into my favorites for the month of February.

Oversized white fishnets: My first favorite is an awesome pair of oversized white fishnet stockings. Even though fishnets are almost a little too trendy right now, I honestly can’t get enough of them. For Christmas I received a thick pair of fishnet socks, and I had basic black fishnet stockings leftover from Halloween. But, I’ve been wearing both pairs to death, so I decided to invest in another earlier this month.

Because they don’t make as much of a statement as traditional fishnets do, this oversized white pair is perfect for daytime. I love the way they look with miniskirts, or peeking through ripped jeans. They definitely stand out without looking obnoxious, and they are so subtle that I don’t even feel weird about wearing fishnets in the middle of the day. Shop similar here.

Denim miniskirt: There’s nothing better for showing off a sweet pair of fishnets than an old school denim miniskirt. Via Posh, I found a pre-loved medium wash denim mini from Guess Jeans. I love pairing it with a basic white t-shirt or bodysuit, a chunky knit cardigan and black booties. For more on how I style this must-have piece, check out my lookbook hereShop similar herehere and here.

Kyshadow burgundy palette: I also picked up Kylie Cosmetics’ Kyshadow palette in burgundy at an unbeatable price thanks to Poshmark. Bloggers and YouTubers have been raving about the quality of this palette, and I was definitely in the market for some new eye shadow, so I think this purchase was meant to be.

While I was considering another Naked palette, I needed a change of pace. And, when I saw that fellow blogger (and girl crush!) Lissy Roddy creates her signature warm eye look using Kylie’s burgundy palette, I knew I had to have it.

I’ve never really considered myself a #KylieCosmetics type of gal (in fact, I’ve never even owned a lip kit), but there’s something about her burgundy palette to which I am so drawn: the colors are absolutely gorgeous. Its warm nudes and browns make the best all-over lid colors; the deep oranges and reds work perfectly in the crease and on the lower lash line. I seriously cannot get enough of this palette!

For some reason I’ve always thought of myself as a cool-toned, gray and black eyeshadow kind of gal. Don’t get me wrong: I still absolutely love using my Naked Smoky palette for a night out, but Kylie’s burgundy palette is ideal for creating stunning daytime looks and even some more casual evening looks. $42, Kylie Cosmetics

Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit in Ultimate Glow: My last Poshmark purchase was a highlighter palette from Anastasia Beverley Hills. All three highlighters I already own are creme formulas, and even though I love them, I have been really eager to try a powder one.

I spotted ABH pressed powder highlights on my last trip to Ulta, and they instantly caught my eye. Because I already own opal, golden and silvery highlighters, I wanted to add a rose gold hue to my collection, and this six-color collection features just that.

Amber Gold is a natural, warm rose with a gold luster, and like all the other shades in this set, it is creamy, blend-able and intensely luminous. I find that using a powder highlight, as opposed to a creme, is so much better for highlighting smaller areas (like the nose and cupid’s bow) because it allows you to choose the size of the applicator you use, and a smaller brush means more control.

While I love Amber Gold on my cheeks, White Sand, a warm beige, is ideal for creating that exclamation point down the nose; snow works really well along the brow bones and in the inner corners of the eyes. Honestly, there’s not one shade in this palette that I don’t love! #Obsessed. $45, Ulta

Buxom Full-on lipstick in Sydney: I am definitely guilty of stocking up on statement lipsticks and shying away from everyday pinks and nudes. This season I decided to take a break from deep reds and my signature flashy purples in favor of something a little more natural: a feminine, taupe-y mauve.

Buxom’s full-on lipstick is perfect because it moisturizes and plumps lips naturally, while doubling as a lipliner so the application process is always flawless. It also dries to a soft, velvety finish that blends evenly with your lips’ natural color, appearing effortless. $20, Sephora

Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Seduce: Even though I am a diehard Nars Orgasm gal, I wanted a blush that was a little less pink and more neutral. I am also a big fan of Benefit’s Rockateur, but that really is not the best for daytime because it is super sparkly and sultry; I needed a happy medium between the two.

Enter: Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush in Seduce. I’ve heard so many great things about Tarte’s Amazonian clay range, so I decided to pick this blush up after Christmas when I had a little extra spending money–and it really delivered. This blush is seriously everything I hoped it would be: a rich, pigmented nude with natural rosy undertones. $20, Sephora

First Aid Beauty oil-free matifying gel: Anyone who knows me knows that I live by Glossier’s “skin first, makeup second” motto. Although this is not a Glossier product, First Aid Beauty’s oil-free matifying gel does wonders for the skin.

It moisturizes, which is great because I always forget to moisturize otherwise; it mattifies oily skin so I never look greasy; it refines pores and even reduces redness for fresh, glowing skin–and, the best part, it lasts all day long! Though this gel sits really well under makeup, it is nice to wear on its own, too. Plus, a little really goes a long way with this product, so it is definitely worth the price. $30, Sephora

(Psst! Stay tuned for an upcoming post reviewing my recent Glossier purchase!)

Do Less by Rachel Jonat: I received this book for Christmas and finally finished it earlier this month after being busy with readings for my grad classes. Do Less truly helped me organize my space by teaching me how to downsize my wardrobe, my workspace and beyond. This book is broken down into easy-to-read sections, so I plan on keeping it on my bedside table for quick access every time I need a refresher course in minimalism. $9.60, Amazon


When Glossier launched in 2014, it completely revamped the way women (especially Millennial women) see beauty products. Founded by Into The Gloss blogger Emily Weiss, Glossier (pronounced gloss-ee-ey) offers “beauty for real life” and lives by the motto “skin first, makeup second.”

Though all Glossier’s products are sold as separates, the company offers multiple kits, including Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1 is skincare; Phase 2 is makeup.

Phase 1 [source: Les Petites Pestes]

Phase 1 includes Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, Balm Dotcom (a skin salve) and Perfecting Skin Tint, which comes in five different shades that remind me a ton of the five skin tone options for iOS emojis.

Phase 2 includes Boy Brow, a number-one bestselling brow gel, Stretch Concealer and Generation G, a matte lipstick. Boy Brow is available in four different natural shades, including clear, while stretch concealer is offered in the same five shades as the skin tint. Generation G comes in six collectable colors that flatter all complexions.

In June 2016 Glossier introduced Haloscope, its “dew effect” highlighter in the shades Quartz (pearl) and Topaz (a sun-kissed gold). Unlike any other highlighters on the market, Haloscope features a “dual-delivery formula” according to Glossier’s site.

“The outer halo is infused with genuine crystal extracts for all-day enlightenment, with a solid oil core of vitamin-rich moisturizers for a hydrated, dewy finish.”

The Supers [source: Glamour]

Three months later the New York-based company launched The Supers, a collection of three skin serums. Super Glow revives dull skin; Super Pure eases redness, blemishes and breakouts, while Super Bounce replenishes tight, dehydrated skin.

Essentially, The Supers (which come in adorable, baby bottle-like containers) are essentially “supplements for your face: potent, fast-absorbing treatment serums packed with vital nutrients to bring your skin the boost it needs today,” according to the site.

Like I said, you can buy all three individually, but Glossier offers a $19 discount on the set of three, because “you’re not just a ‘skin type’—your needs change throughout the month, and your product lineup should help you adapt.”

Other notable Glossier products include flavored Bomb Dotcom (in cherry, rose, mint and coconut), two face masks (including Mega Greens Galaxy Pack to detox skin and Moisturizing Moon Mask to soothe dry skin) and the heavy-duty, yet lightweight Priming Moisturizer Rich, which launched last month.

Authentic Glossier skincare and makeup is only available through its official website, as well as at in its New York City showroom. Not only do these products really work, Glossier’s packaging–its aesthetic, if you will–is in a league of its own. Clean white containers with black italicized writing and powder pink (also known as “Millennial pink” and, of course, “Glossier Pink”) accents look perfect on bathroom counters (and Instagram feeds) across the globe.*

British-born, Orange Country-raised model and activist Emily Ratajkowski achieves her signature bushy brows with the help of Boy Brow, and Italian blogger-turned-musician Patricia Manfield does the same.

Emily Ratajkowski getting ready at home for a night out [source: Into the Gloss]

It is safe to say Glossier knows what Millennials want when it comes to beauty; it is a happy medium between the drugstore makeup you wore in middle school and the aloof high-end products sold at Sephora. And, even if you still enjoy certain drugstore and high-end skincare and makeup, Glossier’s goodies will fit right in with all your long-time favorites and current go-to’s. In fact, everything from Glossier has the potential to become one of them.

Personally, I own Haloscope in both Topaz and Moonstone (a limited edition silvery shade released during the 2016 holiday season), No. 1 Pencil (a limited edition charcoal-colored gel eyeliner also released during the 2016 holiday season), Super Pure, Bomb Dotcom, Boy Brow in brown and Stretch Concealer in medium.

Haloscope in Topaz (left) and Quartz (right) [source: Bustle]

I know firsthand that all of Glossier’s products arrive at your doorstep in impossibly cute, on-brand packaging. No matter what you order, you receive a reusable pink zipper pouch (perfect for storing pens, pencils and, duh!, toiletries) and a sheet of Glossier stickers that just so happen to apply flawlessly to the company’s products.

For those of you who can’t seem to get enough Glossier, you can also order a set of three pink zipper pouches, a gray crewneck sweatshirt and a terrycloth headband–both emblazoned with the company’s logo–through the website.

Of course, there is always social media, too. Glossier’s Instagram feed (@glossier) is full of real-life women who use the company’s products, as well as short clips of the products in action and a ton of other inspo. The best part is, every single image and video perfectly reflects Glossier’s one-of-a-kind style. This is a company that knows its audience and uses new media optimally in order to attract hundreds of thousands of followers–403,000, to be exact.

*While Glossier currently ships only within the U.S. and to Puerto Rico, It girls all over the world stop by the showroom to stock up on their Glossier must-haves.

Click here for 20 percent off your first Glossier order!