glossy, glossier, glossiest

Happy Friday, Magical Creatures!

It’s no secret that my skin issues are nonstop and raging when I least expect them.

This has turned me into a skin-product hoarder, a label which I accept with great pride.

Ally (my favorite esthetician/bff) got me hooked on Glossier, specifically the Milky Jelly Cleanser which I featured in my skincare routine post a while back. Since then, I’ve tried quite a few of their products and I’ve started using their skincare line (almost) exclusively!

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Glossier is genius every step of the way, from their branding to their products. Buying these products feels more like an experience rather than a purchase. The whole purchasing process feels like a dream. I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t even notice the $86 I dropped…whoops. Features on the website include a virtual skin-tone matching program and clips of diverse and effortlessly beautiful women applying and using each product individually.

The experience doesn’t end after purchase. A feminine dreamland arrives in an unassuming cardboard box sealed with “glossier” tape. Upon opening, I am showered with unexpected presents (stickers and samples) and dainty little packaging. The inside of the box is lined with millennial pink and a unique message scribed on each lid (mine said “skin first, make-up second”). The products are tucked in Glossier’s signature pink bubblewrap bags for safe transport.

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And if that wasn’t enough, there are still the products! Ugh. So in love.

Following are the products I’ve tried so far. All Glossier products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested and cruelty free.

1. milky jelly cleanser

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You know the drill. No harsh cleansers, a gentle and solid clean. Means you can wash your face morning and night without stripping your face of its natural oils.

2. mega greens galaxy pack

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A detoxifying mask for those of us who are acne prone. Pull imperfections to the surface to cycle through those breakouts faster and eventually prevent them from ever happening in the first place. I use this nightly in the shower (or bath if I’m feeling fancy). Goes well with a glass of rosé. I’ve been following this with the moisturizing moon mask.

3. super pure serum

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A serum that balances and soothes breakout prone skin. Reduces redness and penetrates pores to clear out built-up impurities. I use this nightly after my mask to seal the deal.

4. priming moisturizer

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The everyday lotion moisturizer. Usually I go with a gel moisturizer, as I explained in my last skin care post. After a while, I felt like the gel moisturizer was just sitting on my skin and wasn’t being absorbed. This felt heavy when I first put it on (just a tiny dab) but was absorbed into my skin within a half hour, leaving my skin soft and smooth with no residue. It doubles as a makeup primer, but I like to let it soak in a bit before I put any makeup over it.

5. lip gloss

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Tagline: “it’s the glossiest.” A simple, classic, glossy lip gloss. No fussing with pigments or shades. Leaves lips flawlessly 90’s glossy.

 

I know these products are little expensive, but from my experience (so far) they are stretching a long way and definitely worth the investment. Click Here to get 10% off your first purchase.

Have a good weekend, magical creatures!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

my new skincare routine (aka WOW)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

About a month ago, I was complaining about how frustrated I am with my skin to my friend, Ally, who happens to be an esthetician. I was at the point where I felt like my skin would never be beautiful, no matter what I did to it.

I started getting acne my sophomore year of high school, and it hasn’t ever fully gone away.

One of the reasons is because I have anxiety, and stress faithfully produces acne no matter what I do.

Also, again as a result of my anxiety, I have a habit of popping and picking at my face relentlessly, which just makes it worse. I do it subconsciously, so it’s a hard habit to break.

Lastly, I have tried a thousand skincare products, but I always struggle with being consistent. Also, I never understand the difference between a good product and an expensive product.

Luckily, Ally is a licensed skin-care expert, and she helped me find some new products that really work for my skin.

the routine…

step 1: cleanse

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Ally gave me 2 different cleansers to try. At night, I’ve been using Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser to get a really deep cleanse. In the morning, I use Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser as a refresher. I also use the Glossier Cleanser to remove eye-makeup.

From Ally: Hannah is an oily girl who is breakout prone. Knowing both of those things, I chose the Dermalogica cleanser to help keep her oil at bay. The clay is absorbing her leftover oils while the sage and cucumber is keeping her skin calm. You don’t want to use too many clay based products thinking it’ll help with the oils, because it could also be drying out your skin. The Glossier cleanser is just a good, everyday cleanse. It’s not a bad idea to have a deep cleanser at night, and a gentle one for the morning.

step 2: exfoliate & tone

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Ally picked out Pixi Glow Tonic, which is a gentle chemical exfoliant and a toner. It comes as a liquid, or in “to-go” pads, which are way more convenient. I use the little pad after cleansing, paying particular attention to places where my pores get easily clogged to break down the trapped grime.

From Ally: There are two different types of exfoliants, chemical and physical. Physical exfoliants are usually the face scrubs you find in any store. St. Ives (a.k.a. the devil because it uses walnut shells to exfoliate the skin, which causes micro-tears and can lead to more breakouts and hyper-pigmentation) is a good example of a physical exfoliant. The Glow Tonic is a chemical exfoliant with a low percentage of Glycolic Acid, so it’s basically working by itself morning and night. I chose the Glow Tonic for Hannah because it’s not as abrasive as a physical cleanser, and our goal was to help with her breakouts.

step 3: moisturize

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As featured in my last post, Ally suggested that I use Neutrogena Hydro Boost. I use a sponge (to discourage myself from touching my face) to completely saturate my skin, which feels so refreshing after using the tingly Glow Tonic.

From Ally: Being an oily girl and trying to find a good moisturizer can be hard. Some moisturizers can be too rich, which can lead to more breakouts. Others, however, can lead to dehydration, or flaky skin (fun fact: when your skin gets flaky in certain areas, it’s lacking water, not oils). With that being said, I chose the Hydro Boost for Hannah because its oil-free, it doesn’t clog your pores, and it has hyaluroniacid in it, which is something we naturally produce in our skin. Any gel moisturizer is going to be targeted for oily skin because they are water-based.

step 4: treat

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Lastly, Ally told me I should try using a clay mask as a sleep-in spot treatment. I’ve been using the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Anti-Stress Mask at night to really clean out my pores, and dry up my active pimples. After my moisturizer dries, I dot it on my active spots and leave it on all night.

From Ally: I personally have been doing this whenever I have a small breakout and let me tell you, IT WORKS. The clay is going to help dry out that particular spot, and the sea minerals are going to keep your skin calm. You wouldn’t want to coat your whole face with this mask because it is very drying. Using it as a spot treatment on top of a good skincare regimen won’t irritate your skin because the process is so temporary.

the results…

Now, no skin routine is ever going to completely get rid of breakouts.

I’m prone to breakouts for a variety of reasons including increased hormones during my period, my oily skin, and the fact that I’m going through some high stress situations (job searching while having two jobs anyone?!?).

Naturally, this means I’ll still suffer from the occasional breakout. Here are some progress photos over the last 4 weeks. Sorry for the quality hair and facial expressions, at first I was just doing this for my own reference!

Also, I took all of these after my morning routine, which adds extra redness because I’ve been touching and washing and whatnot.

Week 1:

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Week 2:

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Week 3:

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Week 4:

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I think what I’ve noticed the most over the past couple of weeks is that I still get spots, but I they cycle through much faster, meaning I have less of them at a time.

The other thing I’ve noticed is the improved quality of my skin. It looks much brighter overall, not to mention a reduction of redness and rash-like acne. My skin rarely looks splotchy anymore, which used to be a constant.

Here is a photo of me on my best skin day over the last month, in some really great lighting.

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I am so grateful to Ally for giving me another chance to do skincare right, and for her contributions to this post! Any of you who live in Warsaw, check out all of her services at jThree Salon on Center St.

On another note, I officially accepted a full time job this week! I’ll be the Office Coordinator at High Alpha.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

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i <3 these things (aka may faves)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I want to finish off the month of May by sharing a few of my favorite things.

If you just hummed The Sound of Music, go ahead and include yourself on this list.

1. I’m Drinking: La Croix

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Or, the new Diet Coke.

I’m constantly fighting the hydration battle. I’ve never been good at carrying a water bottle or remembering to drink when I’m not thirsty. And, I’m ashamed to say it, but WATER IS SO BORING.

This month, I have been trying to transition to drinking something a little healthier than Diet Coke. It still satisfies my carbonation craving, but is free of artificial sweeteners!

My go-to is the Peach-Pear flavor, but Grapefruit is a classic.

2. I’m Watching: Bill Nye Saves the World

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Bill Nye is still targeting millennials in this new Netflix original, but don’t worry, he’s grown with us. In each episode, Bill tackles a different controversial subject, debunking myths with help from his correspondents and a panel of experts.

I love science, so watching this show was a no brainer for me. But if you think science is lame, who are you, and also, you won’t after watching this show. Bill educates his audience in entirely entertaining ways, as usual, and all in an array of classy bow-tie-and-suit combinations.

His dad-esque humor and wacky experiments make me feel like a kid again.

3. I’m Wearing: Bobby Pins

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Bobby pins are always in my hair because I’m growing out my bangs, but I’m not complaining.

Some people try to hide their bobby pins, but I say wear them loud and proud.

Showing off pins is a strong feminine statement. It says, “Yes, I work hard to look this good. Don’t underestimate me.”

I have some cute colored ones as well as the classic kind, which are a little more functional. I love them piled on in an up do, or just pulling hair out of the face.

4. I’m Reading: Girl on the Train

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I’m right in the middle of this book, so don’t worry, no spoilers will be given because I don’t even know them yet.

I mostly started to read this book because I wanted to see the movie, but I’m enjoying it far more than I initially expected.

The structure of the narrative makes my heart happy. It has a creative timeline that keeps me on my toes, not to mention the complex and relatable characters that author Paula Hawkins has dreamed up.

5. I’m Using: Neutrogena Hydro Boost

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Yes, this is the product on those commercials with Kristin Bell where she has the best looking skin you have ever seen. And surprisingly, it is actually real.

I mean it’s not going to give you Kristin-Bell-level skin, that’s just good genes. But it DOES work.

Thanks to my extremely talented esthetitian/beauty-guru friend Ally, I have a new skin care routine that is changing my life (post to come in the next month).

I learned that my skin isn’t dry, it’s dehydrated. Instead of a lotion moisturizer I am now using a water-based moisturizer! It’s hydrating my skin like crazy. My skin actually has glow now, which I’ve honestly never seen before.

It’s on the high end of pricing for Neutrogena, but I think it’s worth the splurge for a good moisturizer.

6. I’m Listening to: Future Islands

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Just check them out, okay?

All I have to say is that they are officially my summer crush. And I have them on repeat.

 

Thanks for checking out my post, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, magical creatures!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

obsessed with these 5 beauty products (aka spring-y)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

As spring is in full bloom, I’ve been obsessing over the season’s trends.

Not only am I stocking up on ruffles, block heels and two-toned denim, but also new beauty and skincare products.

My springtime beauty motto: natural, lightweight, floral and fresh.

With spring comes terrible allergies for me, so I’m trying to stick with simple beauty products that keep me feeling clean, cute and comfortable all day.

I’ve been focusing on re-vamping my skincare routine, and I think I’ve finally come up with one that helps keep my skin under control (curse you, adult acne).

Below are a few affordable, spring-y products that might add a little magic to your beauty routine.

1. Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity

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This is seriously the most amazing face soap I’ve ever used. I have combination skin, so I need a soap that purifies without drying, and this is it. It has a thick consistency that makes my skin feel clean and bouncy. It has a moderate amount of micro-beads to gently exfoliate the skin.

Unfortunately, the downside is that micro-beads aren’t biodegradable, which is crazy harmful to our water supply.

It’s only $12 and is available at Ulta and Target among other retailers. The bottle is GINORMOUS, so this product comes at a decent value.

2. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

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I honestly never loved using toner before, but adding to my routine has totally revolutionized my skin. Basically how it works is that you dab it on your face after cleansing and it minimizes your pores to keep dirt and other impurities out. This means that acne never has a chance to form in the first place.

Seriously, I’ve noticed a huge difference since I started using this toner about a month ago. I like this one better than other toners because it is a classic, tried and true formula that leaves my skin feeling fresh. Also, it has the most delicious spring-y rose scent that makes me feel like I’m one big turkish delight.

I order this 12oz bottle off of Amazon for $11.

3. Deep Steep Lavender & Chamomile Bubble Bath

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If you know me, you know how passionate I feel about baths. This is the perfect light, springtime scent. It’s an all-natural product and makes me feel so calm when I get stressed out (hint: that is often).

This is another Amazon purchase, at $12 for this 17oz bottle. Economically, I like to get a bottle of bubble bath rather than use a $4 bath bomb every time I want to take a bath. It just makes sense.

4. Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix

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GUYS. This is technically a primer, which blurs imperfections and minimizes the look of pores, fine lines and blackheads. I, however, use it as a minimal coverage skin perfecter. I don’t like wearing heavy makeup, and I usually go with a natural and lightweight look. This is PERFECT. It is so smooth, and doesn’t feel thick on my skin.

If I want more coverage, I dot concealer on my problem areas and use this with a sponge to blend the concealer in.

Nip + Fab is a British beauty company, so I ordered this online from their website for about $20. It is beautiful. Seriously, I love this product.

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I’ve used these products before, but I recently bought a mini tester set of all three shades of Benefits lip & cheek tints. I haven’t used them in a while and I totally forgot how in love I am with them. The Posie Tint is a light pink, the Cha Cha Tint is coral and the Bene Tint is a darker mauve.

These are the perfect lip stains. They last all day, and they are completely dry and natural to the touch. Even after eating or drinking they still look like I just applied them. When applied to cheeks, they look rosy and sweet.

I bought the mini tester set from Ulta for $18, but if you want to buy them individually you can get the full sized Posie, Cha Cha or Bene Tint for $30 a piece.

 

All of these products are serving me that fresh, clean, natural and floral look I try to embody in the springtime. They are putting me in the most positive, blissful spring mood.

What beauty products are you guys into right now? Leave me a comment!

I’m off to buy a plant for my front porch. I’m sure a picture or four will be popping up on Insta shortly.

Have a wonderful weekend, magical creatures.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

P.S. I went to buy a unicorn frappuccino and they were SOLD OUT. I almost said, “Okay…but do you, like, know who I am? Please give me one? I really need it to take a picture with?”

bangs in the wind (aka smh)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I did it. I got bangs.

Curly hair and bangs are usually a no-no, but why would I obey that rule?

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If you can tell by my oozing enthusiasm in this picture, there are quite a few reasons I may have wanted to obey that rule.

In the past two weeks I have encountered obstacles that I expected when I committed to this new look.

I have also encountered obstacles that I did not expect.

CURRENT OBSTACLES:

  • bangs do not automatically “bang,” they need a bit of training while wet
  • bangs flip out instead of in sometimes
  • bangs curl in a way that isn’t like the pretty girls in the magazine
  • wind
  • bangs do not listen to pleading or crying, they think I am a sissy
  • bangs look like furry unibrow when viewed from my own eyes
  • bangs look greasy if conditioned properly
  • I am lazy and bangs require motivation

I am beginning to suspect that the magical curly-banged Pinterest girls actually work hard to get that effortless tousled look

As with I do with everything in my life, I have been researching like crazy to try to figure out some ways to make my new bang-ed life a little bit easier. Here are a few tips I have for anyone thinking about doing the chop.

INVEST IN HEADBANDS

I should have bought headbands before I cut my hair. Some days, bangs just aren’t worth the work. That’s where headbands come in to save the day. Other valuable assets include cute clips, bobby pins, bandannas and headscarves.

CURLY HAIR WORKS IF YOU WORK

I have found a few methods that help me to have cute, voluminous bangs without slaving over them. Sometimes, I blow dry them down before I go to bed. It takes about 30 seconds. Or, I twist the wet bangs into cute curly sections, and let them air dry. I separate and style them after they’ve completely dried. Occasionally I’ll use a curling iron to curl them under; a straight iron will make them stick straight out. Not cute.

REMEMBER THAT WIND EXISTS

Generally, styling  bangs is a struggle so when you finally get them in place you desperately want them to stay exactly like that. Then, you go outside and the wind is like, “OH LOOK BANGS WHY DONT I JUST COME IN AND MESS THEM UP FOR YOU.” The best method I’ve experimented with is a lightweight hairspray to tame them slightly. Another solution is a compact mirror to immediately fix your hair when you get inside again.
If any of you bang-ed beauties have any advice on this matter PLEASE share. I’d love to try anything you have to offer.

Have a good weekend, magical creatures! I’ll be attending the Women’s March on Washington (the one in Indy) with my sis. I hope to see some of your fine, feminist faces there!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

my top five lip products

Happy Friday Magical Creatures!!!

This past week has been so absolutely beautiful that I’ve been spending all of my spare time just wandering outside going on adventures. Which explains the lack of blog posts, but we’re back up and running!

I just wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite lip products today.

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These five colors cover my basic needs for any occasion.

I’m going to start with my Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick, for obvious reasons.

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Lime Crime is an interesting little company that is based out of LA. Disclaimer before I talk about how much I unfortunately love this lipstick, Lime Crime is a pretty shamble-y business. The CEO is kind of a mess, and their business practices are super shady. Sorry, Lime Crime. The worst part is they have beautiful products; the shades of lip colors they have are so magical it makes me want to cry.

This Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick in D’Lilac is a super fun addition to any outfit. I love the texture and the pigment is just absolutely incredible. I like to wear it to parties or with a really relaxed outfit when I’m just out and about.

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You can get this on Lime Crime’s website, but I wouldn’t suggest it because of so many complaints of shipping problems, credit card breaches etc. I purchased mine at Urban Outfitters for $18.

This next product is my girly go-to.

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You can tell because its obviously very run down. This is Too Faced’s La Creme Lipstick in Taffy. It’s almost a nude, but has a beautiful pink color that looks super sweet. This color is great for wearing to special occasions where you want to look clean and simple.

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You can get this on Too Faced’s Website, I purchased mine at Ulta for $22.

My next product is an everyday gloss.

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I literally wear this lip gloss every single day. This is Urban Decay’s Naked Lip Gloss in Sesso. This is a sheer nude gloss with some great orangey undertones, perfect to complement my hopelessly pale skin. It has a great texture that goes on smooth and never feels clumpy or sticky, and has a super high-gloss finish.

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I actually got this in my Urban Decay Naked On The Run box, but you can purchase it separately for $20 at their website.

This next product is a newbie but has immediately become one of my favorites.

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I really wasn’t familiar with Colour Pop Cosmetics until just recently, but I’m so happy they came into my life. This is Colour Pop’s Lippie Stix in Pitch, a rich, chocolatey brown/red. The coolest thing about this specific product is that unlike a traditional lip stick, it doubles as a liner. These come in a million shades, in fact I doubt I’ll have to buy lime crime ever again, the pigment and texture of this lipstick is perfection. It’s really long lasting and easy to apply.

Warning, if you are as pale as me, you might look like a vampire. Generally, I am okay with that, but you might not be.

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Oh yeah, the actual coolest thing about this is that is sells on Colour Pop’s website for $5. That’s right, I’m ordering at least four more shades of this. And you should, too.

Colors are fun, but let’s not forget the most important part of lip care.

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So obviously Aquaphor is an oldie, but it sure is a goody. Especially living in northern Indiana, things get REAL dry in the winter. Moisturizing your lips is so important. Putting a thin layer on before applying lipstick results in a smoother finish, or brushing some on over your color can add a mild gloss that will last all night. Put it on at night before you go to bed and wake up with super soft lips! Please, PLEASE moisturize.

You can get Aquaphor at any drug store for $3.

Thanks for tuning in to my first beauty post! Hopefully this can give you some inspiration for trying some new colors, or just finding your go-to!

Also, thanks to Livvy for being my lighting expert/all around encourager for this post.

Have a good weekend, you mystical beings, you.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn