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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Thrifted vegan moto jacket (Poshmark), Levi’s (Melrose Trading Post) and shoes (NYC)

I am an expert thrifter; my entire family is, really. I grew up thrifting alongside my mom, my aunt and my cousins. (My cousin Devon even bought her wedding gown secondhand from a vintage shop, which is ah-mazing. Hey, Dev!)

Over the years I’ve gathered a ton of tips and tricks for successful thrifting, and I am thrilled to be able to share them with my community. Not only is shopping secondhand an environmentally friendly alternative to fast fashion, it is a great way to find unique, high-quality pieces at an affordable price.

It’s no secret that clothes, shoes, accessories, even home furnishings aren’t made with the craftsmanship of yesteryear, and for this reason alone I believe thrifting is worth the hassle it can sometimes cause.

Thankfully, technology has made thrifting something you can do from the comfort of your couch with a bowl of popcorn. For more of my preferred methods, keep reading!

  1. Your local, trusted tailor is your best friend! This is my first tip because it is the most important! Americans don’t utilize tailors like they used to, and for that reason, we modern Americans suck at dressing ourselves. By supporting your local tailor, you’re actually doing yourself a huge favor, too: not only will you be more comfortable and confident in your clothes, you’ll actually get more wear out of them. Because thrift shops almost always stock one of each piece, it is unlikely all your finds will be the right size. DON’T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU. I cannot emphasize this enough! If you find something you love, but it’s a little to big, a little too long, or needs some patching up, take the time to bring it to a tailor you can trust. It’s worth it. This tip is especially useful for petite gals like me; I’ve found that vintage retailers tend to stock sizes 27 (i.e., size 4) and up. Sizes 24 (00), 25 (0) and 26 (2) are super hard to come by.
  2. Download buy & sell apps! Poshmark and Depop are my favs, but there’s also a handful of others like Mercari or even Etsy. You can make bank by selling your own pieces, and you could also score pre-loved goodies from across the country or around the world! Spend a Saturday or Sunday uploading to your virtual closet so that others can shop from you, then settle down and explore what’s out there! Though a scammer may try to contact you every now and then, they are pretty easy to spot, and the apps, which are businesses in and of themselves equipped with 24/7 support teams, are safe and reliable. Poshmark even allows returns if your purchase doesn’t arrive as listed. However, I will say this: STAY ON THE APP AND ONLY BUY/SELL DIRECTLY FROM THE APP. A surefire way to spot a scammer is if they message you, reply to you or comment on your page asking if you’ll buy from them or sell to them off the app (either through Paypal or some other method). Politely tell them that you only buy/sell directly from the app, and block them if necessary. And definitely don’t give them your email address.
  3. Pictures matter! When it comes to selling on apps like Poshmark and Depop, pictures matter! Your potential buyers want to see clear, well-lit, unfiltered and unobstructed images. Think about it–you wouldn’t want to purchase something if the picture of it is crappy, so why would others? Invest some time in taking good quality pictures for your virtual closet (smartphone cameras work fine!), and remember that if you model your pieces, they are more likely to sell.
  4. Be patient! This tip applies to real-life shopping, as well as shopping through apps. Every once in a while, you may get lucky by finding your dream piece right away, but most of the time, it will take time! For this reason, thrifting digitally has a clear advantage over thrifting IRL. Most of the apps allow you to save a piece for future purchase by “liking” it, whereas leaving a piece behind on a thrift store shelf in hopes of finding something better can give you that one-that-got-away feeling. If there’s something super specific you’re looking for, apps are your best bet. You can check for it by typing a word or phrase into the search bar multiple times a day and on multiple different apps to maximize your chances. With a little patience, you’re sure to come across the right one in a matter of weeks, days or even hours! As far as thrifting IRL, strategic searching takes time, energy and even a little research, but it is almost always rewarding!

Some of my absolute favorite pieces were thrifted by yours truly. If you’re in LA and love thrifting as much as I do (or are a first-time who wants to get into thrifting), stop by my go-to spots Melrose Trading Post (open only on Sunday’s–get there early!), Reformation Vintage (8253 Melrose Ave) and Wasteland. The best part is that these spots are all on the same street, with walking distance of one another (although Wasteland has two other locations in Santa Monica and Studio City, both in the LA area).

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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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