Glossier Haul #2

By making my 2nd order with Glossier already, you can tell how much I’m loving this brand (let’s skip over acid gate though!). Check out my first order here (LINK). I was recently coming down to the last quarter of my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, and after loving this so much I didn’t want to be without a back-up in my bathroom cabinet – hence why I decided to make another order. After adding the Milky Jelly Cleanser to my basket, it only made sense to take the opportunity to try out a few more products from Glossier. From hearing so many reviews from my favourite bloggers, I picked up; Invisible Shield – Sunscreen (SPF 30), Stretch Concealer and another Balm Dotcom, this time in Coconut.

I’ve been in the market for a good face sunscreen ever since watching Cherry Healey’s BBC1 documentary The Truth About Looking Good – did anyone else catch this a couple of weeks ago? If not, trying catching this on the BBC iPlayer. During the first part of the documentary Cherry investigates the real contributor to aging skin – the sun! Cherry goes to a dermatologist who takes some very close-up photos of a lady who is a bus-driver, and the difference between her left side and right side of her face is quite astonishing – showing the right side of her face with more wrinkles due to this side always being in view of the sun coming through her driver’s window. I’ve always known the importance of sun protection, but seeing this really highlighted just how important it is come rain or shine! I then saw a beauty favourites video from Lily Pebbles and she was talking about how much she liked the Glossier Invisible Shield – Sun Screen, so I decided to try it out for myself. My initial impression is that it does the job very nicely! There is no offensive smell which often sun-protection tends to give off and I really like the texture too. It’s a gel consistency which smooths nicely over moisturized skin acting almost like a primer for your makeup. It’s currently the best facial sunscreen I’ve tried yet.

Throughout December and January I watched a lot of yearly favourites videos and a common favourite was the Stretch Concealer and also the Balm Dotcom in Coconut. I’ve already tried the Balm Dotcom in Birthday and loved the texture, so knew this would be a win. The coconut scent however is gorgeous – can’t get enough! I saw it previously described by Suzie from Hello October as smelling of shortbread biscuits and it really does!! The Stretch Concealer is also really great. I’ve used it a couple of times now without any complaints. I would say it is best for under the eye rather than covering any tough blemishes though.

Have you tried any of these Glossier products? What is your favourite Glossier product?

Beauty Pie Haul – My final orders

(Top shade – Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby / 2nd shade – Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girl)

If you have read my post back in December you will know that I signed up for a 3-month membership to Beauty Pie. And if you aren’t sure what Beauty Pie is, have a look back at my previous post here. Since then I have made my final two Beauty Pie orders and wanted to give you an update on my thoughts of the brand.

I made my second order in Dec and picked up; Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal (rrp £75 / member cost £8.37), Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girl (rrp £18 / member cost £3.47) and Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby (rrp £18 / member cost £2.66). With the membership, Beauty Pie give you a monthly allowance of £112 (rrp) but you’ll basket will only charge you the member-cost (at factory prices). What I however quickly realised is that if you want to buy their skincare range, that £112 limit does not stretch very far. With my final order, I bought; Super Pore-Detox Black Clay Mask (rrp £50 /member cost £6.15), Unbeatable Concealer in Shade 75 Neutral (rrp £20 / member cost £4.10) and Wondercolour Nail Polish in Le Milk (rrp £14 / member cost £4.10).

My Verdict:
Starting with skincare, since the buzz surrounding acids lately in the beauty industry, I was most excited to try out their Retinol Night Renewal from their Retinol range they released in November. I was just a little disappointed I couldn’t order more from the range though due to the membership budget limit. After looking through the range I opted for the Super Retinol Night Renewal cream. I’ve used it for a couple of weeks now but I’ve not seen a huge difference if I’m honest, but I will keep you posted on my progress. I do however have to say the pump on this bottle is a little naff, and in order to get a decent amount of product you have to pump the lid a fair few times. The Super Pore-Detox Black Mask however is really great! I’ve used it once a week since ordering it and I do think its made a difference to keeping any spots away, leaving my skin feeling super clean and un-clogged.

The make-up items overall are great for the price tag too! The nail polish in Le Milk is my second polish from Beauty Pie, and I’m super impressed by the quality (you usually only need one coat of polish) and lasting power – I would definitely recommend trying their polishes if you are interested in signing up to Beauty Pie, and only £4.10 – bargain! I’ve also really enjoyed using both lip products – Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girland Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby. Both are really lovely shades and the texture of both styles apply really nicely. The best of the bunch though is the Unbeatable Concealer! Used under the eyes, it has full coverage and the texture means it stays in place throughout the day.

So will I join Beauty Pie permanently? If I wasn’t such a beauty addict, wanting to try everything out there, I actually might spend £10 a month to be able to buy all my makeup from Beauty Pie. The quality is really good, but I would feel I needed to buy something every month. I would definitely however sign-up for a three month membership again in order to test out more of their skincare. From what I can see from their range, they are really trying to challenge the market, bringing quality products and ingredients at affordable prices. I would really recommend checking out Beauty Pie!

Have you tried anything from Beauty Pie yet? Or will you be signing up to check out their products for yourself?