On Monday I shared with you my top Glossier skincare products. Now, I am excited to take it a step further by rounding up my five favorite, can’t-live-without-’em makeup products from the cult beauty brand!

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I am so thrilled to be celebrating my one-year anniversary as a Glossier Rep here, on Haute Mess, all week long! I also want to take the time to thank YOU, my readers, for your continued support throughout the past year; it means so much to me.

Stretch Concealer: Instead of foundation, I use a spot concealer to even out my skin‘s tone. Stretch Concealer applies seamlessly (unlike other spot concealers I’ve tried), camouflaging blemishes, redness and dark circles. To make this userfriendly product even easier, I always let the warmth of my fingers blend Stretch into my skin–no tools necessary!

This product definitely lives up to its name; it stretches over spots without compromising coverage, especially when you allow it about 30 seconds to get tacky before blending it out. Stretch also neutralizes redness and dark circles with an unbeatable real-skin finish. For me, it is the perfect everyday concealer.

Wowder: Glossier formulated the setting/blotting powder of my dreams! I actually have a whole post dedicated to this one-of-a-kind powder, so I won’t go into too much detail here.

But, I will say that with normal-to-oily skin, powder is pretty much a necessity for me. Otherwise, all other makeup tends to slip right off if I don’t put a powder on top. Not all powders are created equally, though.

Most tend to sit on the skin, emphasizing dry patches and looking caky. Wowder, on the other hand, keeps excess oils at bay and makeup in place with a flawless, never-flat finish.

Wowder is virtually undetectable on the skin, even under bright flash. It doesn’t affect skin’s tone or settle into any fine lines–ever. Thanks to diamond powder and Vitamin E, it looks glowy and smooth all day long!

I use Wowder day and night, for both casual and formal occasions (and everything in between).

(Plus, the packaging is great. The trampoline mesh ensures you never waste any product, while the brush is equal parts dense and soft.)

Boy Brow: Even though I have naturally full brows, Boy Brow keeps my hairs in place all day. The applicator makes it easy to brush “sprouts” upwards, making you look more awake and polished.

I use the brown shade to fill in any small gaps and make my entire makeup look look put-together. A little eyebrow makeup is essential for me when the rest of my face is done up, or else my brows tend to get lost.

If I accidentally get a little Boy Brow on my skin, there is never any reason to worry. I just let it dry (it takes between five and 10 seconds), then wipe it away with my ring finger. Quick and easy!

Did you see my recent IG post on how I apply Dusk and Haze? It went live after Glamour mag printed a feature on Cloud Paint.

Cloud Paint: This gel-creme blush definitely took some getting used to, but now that I have the hang of it, I can’t get enough!

I mentioned on Instagram over the weekend that my favorite shades are Haze and Dusk, but I love Beam, too. While Haze is a gorgeous berry color ideal for creating a post-workout flush without the workout, Dusk is a super easy, natural-looking way to create a little definition and to contour those cheekbones.

Beam is my go-to for no-makeup makeup days. It gives a really fresh, sun-kissed glow on the apples of the cheeks, and I’m obsessed.

Lip Gloss: No sparkles, no pigment, no fuss–just long-lasting, nourishing, glassy shine.

I love the look of a glossy lip, but most formulas make my pout peel like crazy. Not Glossier’s, though! This thick gloss, rich in Vitamin E and conditioning polymers, ensures a nourishing and non-goopy experience for the lips, whether it’s worn alone or on top of a lipstick or stain.

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As a Rep, one question I receive a lot is, “What are your favorite Glossier products?”

I love, love, looove Glossier makeup, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to this cult-favorite brand (and beauty in general), I definitely choose skincare over makeup.

To celebrate my 1-year anniversary as a Glossier Rep (I can’t believe it either!), I’ll be dishing G-related content on Haute Mess all week long! And I figured there is no better place to start than with the basics: skincare. (After all, the brand’s motto is “Skin first, makeup second.”)

Though it is pretty difficult for me to narrow it down to just five great products, there are definitely some that stand out more than others.

You’ve already heard me talk about how great these products are in various posts throughout the past year (and beyond), so I’ll try my best not to blab too much about them here today 😉

Balm Dotcom: Ever since I started using Balm Dotcom, I have completely disregarded all other lip balms. A little goes an extremely long way with this long-lasting universal skin salve that (in addition to the original unflavored version) is available in five flavors: Birthday, Cherry, Coconut, Mint and Rose.

If I had to pick, Coconut would be my favorite, but Birthday is a close second. No matter which one I choose, however, these guys *always* have my back through tough workouts, long commutes and harsh weather.

Solution: To say that this chemical exfoliator changed the game for me would be a complete understatement.

For months I struggled with a huge problem area on one side of my forehead, and nothing I did seemed to provide real results–until I tried Solution.

After using this product every day for about six weeks, the problem area cleared up completely! Now, I use Solution 3 to 4 times per week to keep my skin even and clear.

(If you would like to read more about my experience with Solution, check out my previous blog posts here and here.)

Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: As I’ve said a million times, I am a total mask junkie–and Glossier’s is definitely in my top 3. Although Mega Greens is super gentle, it is effective. And the effects are noticeable as soon as it’s washed off.

The Kaolin clay sucks up impurities and excess oils, while the nutrients from greens like parsley, spinach and cress sprout protect the skin from environmental pollutants.

Mega Greens also contains an antioxidant blend of eight powerful, vitamin- and omega-rich super-fruits that protects the skin from damage. This mask truly lives up to Glossier’s claim that it is “like a juice cleanse for your face.”

Tiny specks of bitter orange peel gently exfoliate the skin, wiping away dead cells, and avocado oil and aloe ensure this exfoliating clay mask isn’t too irritating or drying.

Every time I wash Mega Greens off, my skin feels incredibly soft and clean, and it looks noticeably brighter, too! I always keep it in my medicine cabinet because I use it about once a week.

Invisible Shield: Invisible Shield SPF+ is another game-changing product for me!

I’ve been wearing sunscreen on my face during the summertime since I was about 20, but I was never happy about it. Other formulas, even from trustworthy brands like Clinique, left a white cast, felt greasy and irritated my eyes big time.

Now, thanks to Invisible Shield, I wear sunscreen every single day, no questions asked. I love how this clear, serum-like formula soaks into the skin almost instantly, providing a chemical barrier from the sun’s rays, as well as from free radicals and pollution. It goes completely undetected on the skin and feels like nothing!

Don’t be fooled by the small bottle, either. The serum-y formula spreads evenly to cover your whole face with as little product as possible.

(For more on Invisible Shield, read my in-depth review!)

Priming Moisturizer: This multitasking moisturizer does wonders for my complexion. After 23 years of avoiding moisturizers at all costs, I finally became a daily user about one year ago (shortly after I became a Glossier Rep, not-so-coincidentally)

I love Priming Moisturizer because, while moisturizing, it also reduces redness drastically and blurs imperfections. This product definitely makes me feel super confident about my skin. And, much like Balm Dotcom, a little goes a long way with Priming Moisturizer. So, it takes me a couple months to go through one tube.

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A busy schedule is something that takes some getting used to. Throughout college, as well as now, in my professional life, I was able to adapt to an on-the-go lifestyle with the help of a few necessities.

Finding the right products and the ones that worked perfectly for me and my life was a process that definitely took some trial and error.

To make it easier on other women, I decided to share my must-haves for a busy life here on Haute Mess! I truly believe that the secret to a happy life is a busy life.

Erin Condren LifePlanner: Staying organized is *so* important–and so much more so when you are always on the go! My LifePlanner helps me keep track of literally everything.

I looove that it has an overview of each month, as well as weekly spreads with room for more details. This setup is essential for me; I won’t ever buy a planner that is not in this format. LifePlanner also comes equipped with tons of useful stickers that help me on top of everything.

The best part? These guys are completely customizable. You will feel like you’re treating yourself when you order your personalized LifePlanner (but you won’t feel guilty because it’s something important that you will use day after day)!

Unlike planners from office supply stores or chains like Target, Erin Condren’s are top-quality, so they will actually last the entire year without getting worn and torn. The thick paper, durable covers and strong spirals are ah-mazing. Prices vary, Erin Condren

Pop & Suki Leather Notebook: When I say that I would be nowhere without my Leather Notebook, I mean it. I cannot do anything work-related without it. From brainstorm and creating lists to writing first drafts, I put it all in my P&S Leather Notebook.

I am really old-fashioned in that I just *have* to have everything written down. It helps me think more clearly and stay more organized in general. Plus, being able to physically cross something off my list is so satisfying and makes the task so much more rewarding. $40, Pop & Suki

Jao Refresher: Fellow Glossier Rep Amy Serrano introduced me to this product a couple months ago, and now I am a changed woman!

I used to be completely against hand sanitizers; not only are they extremely drying on the skin, they kill *all* germs–even the good ones.

But, when I began taking the train to and from work every day (while spending 8 hours in Manhattan in between), I quickly realized that I’d need to swallow my pride and pick one up.

Jao is a lot chicer than Purell, so I don’t mind keeping a larger one at my desk and a smaller one in my bag. Prices vary, Jao

Glossier Balm Dotcom: If you don’t have a bedside Balm, a vanity Balm, a car Balm and a purse Balm, what are you even doing? I’ve talked about this cult-favorite universal skin salve ad nauseam on here, so I am doing my best not to go to in-depth on here.

But, Balm Dotcom is hands-down the best lip balm I have ever used–and I’ve tried pretty much anything. Now, I don’t want to try anything else!

A little goes such a long way with this product, so one tube lasts forever. Plus, it is extremely long-wearing (even through intense workouts), which is a must for me and for anyone else who is super busy on the reg.

It comes in five yummy flavors, plus Original, which is unflavored. The Cherry and Rose flavors have a red and pink tint, respectively, while the Birthday flavor is un-tinted with a subtle holographic shimmer. I love them all. Currently in my bag? Coconut and Mint. $12, Glossier

Micellar wipes: Whether you are taking your makeup off, or you just need to refresh your face on-the-go, micellar wipes are a must!

I use Bioderma’s because that’s a brand I know I can trust. Sensible H2O Wipes are extremely saturated (so just one works wonders); they are spa-quality at an affordable price. $9.90, Beautylish

Facial spray: Soothe tired, irritated and dry skin easily and quickly with a facial spray! There are so many great options on the market.

You guys already know how much I love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, as well as Lush’s Tea Tree Water toner. Because they both are available in multiple sizes, there is definitely one that will fit in your purse. Currently, I am keeping the smaller Tea Tree Water in mine because I know it has the power to fight all that NYC pollution and bacteria. $11-$23, Lush

Teeth whitening pen: This product is a godsend, so thank-you, Tarte! Not only is it vegan, it’s bleach-free, so it is gentle on teeth and actually protects the enamel.

Pearly Girl perfect for keeping in your bag post-lunch or post-gym (or post-wine). Don’t be that person brushing your teeth in a public bathroom. $22, Sephora

Glossier You Solid Perfume: We’re not in middle school anymore, so I forbid you all from keeping actual perfume bottles in your bag. Time to invest in a solid perfume like an adult.

Because I’m a Glossier Rep, I am way partial to You Solid; it smells exactly like the original You (only a bit stronger because it’s more concentrated), but it is much more travel-friendly. I love how the waxy formula melts into skin, leaving the clean, warm and sparkling scent behind all day long! $22, Glossier

Portable charger: Don’t get caught waiting for the train, the bus or an Uber without your phone! People hate on smartphones, but in my opinion they are necessary for safety and for life in general in 2018–especially if you rely on public transportation like I do.

I am all for leaving your phone in the hotel when you are on vacay or in your bag when you are out with friends, but during the work day, there is no question that it is an essential. So, invest in a portable charger if you are out of the house all day, every day!

This one from Free People easily slips into my smallest bags. (It’s also gorgeous.) $24, Free People

Sensible shoes: Don’t get me wrong–I love getting dressed up and wearing heels to work as much as the next 20-something. But oftentimes, I trade my heels for a sleek pair of sneakers or my Gucci loafers.

I’ve never been a ballet flats type of gal; I don’t like how they look at all, plus they’re not supportive and they do very little to shield your feet from the elements. That’s why I picked up a timeless pair of black Horsebit loafers from Gucci.

The style I chose can be worn as standard loafers, but the backs can also be folded down so that they become slippers. I love how versatile they are, and I know I will gave them forever.

Umbrella, sunglasses and other practical accessories: For me, accessorizing has always been about practicality, not fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look good while being practical.

To avoid a major wardrobe malfunction (like being soaked to the core during an unsuspected rain shower on the way to work), I always keep an umbrella in my tote–particularly, my Little Brown Umbrella from Bloomingdale’s.

Other notable items? Sunglasses, of course, as well as a water bottle by S’well.

Moon Juice Power Dust: I picked this up during a recent sale at Free People on somewhat of a whim.

Moon Juice Beauty Dust and Sex Dust have been all over social media lately, so I’ve definitely been wanting to give the brand a try. Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I decided to go with Power Dust.

Basically, you empty a pouch (or two!) into water, tea or even pancake batter to reap the benefits. Power Dust has an interesting (but not unpleasant) taste. $35, Moon Juice

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Tea Tree Water Toner (Lush), Stretch Concealer (Glossier), Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream (Glossier), Cloud Paints in Haze & Beam (Glossier), BB Cream (Bali Body), Balm Dotcom in Birthday (Glossier)

My skin is sensitive all year long, but more so during the winter months. When the weather is consistently cold, my skin tends to dry out and become flaky. I also get a lot more redness than usual, especially around my nose.

Because of all this, treating my skin right is more necessary than usual; I can’t ease up on my routine the way I sometimes do during the summertime.

Obviously, great skin starts from within (i.e., eating healthy, drinking tons of water, avoiding alcohol whenever possible, etc.), but skincare is a close second.

I start with a gentle cleanser like Glossier‘s Milky Jelly when my skin is in need of some extra TLC, then I’ll go in with a soothing face mist. I am obsessed Mario Badescu’s Facial Mist with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. All three of the main ingredients are incredibly calming, and the mist itself gives my skin a little more moisture.

Not only does Milky Jelly Cleanser get the job done gently with a cleaning agent commonly used in contact solution (making it safe for the eye area), it smells amazing because 1/4 of the formula was replaced with soothing rosewater.

Next is a natural toner. I am obsessed with Lush’s Tea Tree Water Toner; pretty much everything from Lush is great for sensitive skin. Tea Tree is great for treating acne and redness, while the watery formula feels amazing on dry or irritated skin.

I am a serum junkie! There is a serum out there for any skincare dilemma or skin type. For dry, tight winter skin, a formula with hyaluronic acid is a must! Glossier‘s Super Bounce is a trustworthy option because it never causes me any irritation. In addition to hyaluronic acid, it also has skin-suppling Vitamin B5.

Moisturizing is essential–especially for dry, irritated skin. When a buildable, everyday moisturizer won’t do the job, I go for Glossier‘s Priming Moisturizer Rich.

If I’m in need of extra comforting moisture, I’ll do a 15- or 20-minute sheet mask before moisturizer. My sensitive skin responds best to formulas with green tea, hyaluronic acid, collagen or snail mucin. The best part is that great quality sheet masks are super affordable, so I always keep a few on-hand.

Even during the cold winter months, I don’t skip sunscreen. Low temperatures can be deceiving, but UV rays are strong this time of year. Glossier‘s Invisible Shield is alcohol-free, so it doesn’t irritate the skin at all. And in addition to being, well, invisible, it feels completely weightless.

When my skin is *super* irritated, I ditch makeup all together; I don’t want any more products than necessary. But when my skin *can* handle makeup, I’ll go in with a few trustworthy and gentle products.

Bali Body’s BB Cream is loaded with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine collagen and green tea (plus, it’s got SPF 15).

For extra coverage, like around my nose where it tends to get red and irritated the most, there’s Glossier‘s Stretch Concealer, which, unlike a lot of other concealers on the market, never gets dry or flaky. The buildable formula stays dewy. And it *actually* stretches over blemishes (hence the name).

To brighten up my face in a couple easy steps, I combine Glossier Cloud Paint and Haloscope. (My favorite combos are Cloud Paint Beam and Haloscope Topaz, as well as Cloud Paint Haze and Haloscope Moonstone).

I’ll dab a little bit of Cloud Paint on the apples of the cheeks, then tap with the ring finger to blend. After that I’ll apply Haloscope to the orbital bone around they eye, the brow bone, the tip of the nose and the cupid’s bow, then tap around the edges to blend.

Tinted lip balm is the best for sensitive skin that’s in need of a fuss-free beauty routine. Glossier‘s Balm Dotcom in Cherry and Birthday are two of my must-haves, in addition to Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm.

When it comes to the body, I am super picky about moisturizers (maybe even more picky than I am with my face). I can’t stand that sticky, greasy feeling or perfume-y fragrances. c. booth’s 4-in-1 Body Lotion is a great choice because a) it’s extremely affordable, b) the ingredients are great and c) it never, ever leaves my skin feeling gross, no matter how much I use.

I also love the huge bottles they come in because that means I don’t have to restock so often. The 4-in-1 formula exfoliates, hydrates, nourishes and firms.

If my skin is feeling extra dry, add some unrefined coconut oil to my body lotion. Just scoop the waxy coconut oil from the jar, warm between your hands to liquify it, then rub onto your skin the same way you would lotion.

Glossier‘s Body Hero Duo is another fabulous choice. The Daily Perfecting Cream has a light, baby-like scent that leaves your entire bod with a Glossier-worthy glow (without any stickiness or greasiness); it absorbs super quickly into the skin and lasts all day.

Daily Oil Wash has a to-die-for orange-neroli scent that I can’t get enough of. It’s light, frothing formula is such a nice alternative to lathering up in the shower; plus, it’s oil-based so it never leaves skin feeling stripped.

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From left to right: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Gisou Texture Comb, Glossier Solution, Kristin Ess Signature Conditioner & Shampoo, Bali Body Tanning/Body Oil

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks, from top to bottom: Freckle Fiesta, Shawty, PMS

Hi! I am making it a priority to do monthly favorites more regularly in 2018, and we’re off to a good start with a handful of things I’ve really been loving all of January.

Let me know in the comments below what you loved in January! I want to learn all about your favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle things.

Glossier Solution: All I can say about Glossier’s newest launch is wow–especially after seeing the before and after shots on the brand’s website and other digital platforms. This was the product I didn’t know my skincare routine needed.

After trying several different products to combat the persistent problem area on the rightmost section of my forehead/temple, nothing seemed to provide thorough, lasting results–until Solution.

But after one week of use, I noticed a *huuuge* improvement on both the texture of current breakouts and the dark spots left behind by past breakouts. In my opinion, Solution is truly one-of-a-kind because the strong, super effective formula is safe and gentle enough to use every day; its balanced with moisturizing glycerin, as well as soothing aloe and niacinamide.

I love that this product also prevents future breakouts while shrinking pores. Details to come on Haute Mess as soon as I reach the 4-week mark of using this product! But for now, check out my first impressions here.

Kristin Ess Shampoo & Conditioner: Getting my hair back to health is somewhat of a New Year’s resolution for me, so I’ve been on the hunt for the best affordable shampoo/conditioner duo. I decided to try Kristin Ess’ after I saw a handful of my fellow Glossier Reps raving about it. (I also double checked with my hair stylist–hey, Crista!–to make sure she approved. She does.)

I am so happy I didn’t dole out the cash for Kiehl’s, because I was really close to picking up their amino acid shampoo/conditioner duo at Sephora. Although Kiehl’s isn’t terribly overpriced, Kristin Ess is so much more reasonable for something that is, quite literally, going to get washed down the drain.

The first thing I noticed was that it smells really freaking good, like Byredo’s Mojave Ghost. And the second thing I noticed was how soft, shiny and weightless my hair felt once it dried. Kristin Ess’ shampoo and conditioner gave me blowout-worthy hair without any of the hassle (and only a fraction of the cost).

A few days later I noticed that, despite quite a few dry shampoo applications, my hair was still smooth, silky and manageable. I definitely recommend this duo for all hair types, and I am now super eager to try the brand’s Thickening Spray.

Gisou Texture Comb: I love everything I ordered from Gisou in December, but if I had to choose one standout product, it would be the Texture Comb. It may seem superfluous, but this tool has really changed my haircare routine.

Especially when compared to the Wet Brush I was using for five years prior, Texture Comb has done wonders for my tresses. It doesn’t pull at the hair, causing fallout and breakage the way the Wet Brush did. I instantly noticed so much less hair loss after using Gisou’s comb; so much so that I threw my brush into the trash. What can I say? I’m a changed woman.

It’s definitely expensive though, so I am really happy this was a one-time purchase that I won’t have to re-order (unlike Gisou’s hair oil and heat spray).

Oh, and I am so excited for the brand’s hair mask to launch soon! Gisou has been teasing it on Instagram like crazy, and my mane could really use a little more nourishment and deep moisture.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick: These lippies were somewhat of an impulse buy for me, but they instantly made their way to my army of go-to makeup products. I picked up the shades Freckle Fiesta, Shawty and PMS the day after they launched, and I am obsessed with them all.

They’re so comfortable, easy to apply, and the color payoff is strong, even and weightless. The formula, which is smooth and gel-like, is easily one of the best I’ve ever tried in a lipstick. Rihanna really hit the nail on the head with these guys.

Byredo scents: I am definitely a candle junkie! And lately, I cannot get enough of Byredo’s inviting, warm and slightly sultry Bohemia. With top notes of Opopanax and rum, germanium, labdanum and rosemary at the heart, and a moss, sandalwood and vanilla base, Bohemia is the perfect home scent for me.

Now, I’m super eager to try Byredo’s newest home fragrance Woods, as well as Peyote Poem and Safran.

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