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If there’s a beauty brand to hit the radar in the last couple of years that listens and relates to real women, it’s been Glossier. Founded by creator of mega-beauty blog, Emily Weiss of Into The Gloss, it’s truly been a #girlboss labor of love. Anything built from the ground-up by a smart and savvy woman like Emily is worth my attention so I started my collection of Glossier with their flagship product – Perfecting Skin Tint – and have since raved about other additions on Brighter, Darling along the way.
Expanding from a beauty blog to a fully fledged beauty brand, Glossier includes a core line up of basic yet effective skincare and no-makeup makeup products – including super sheer Skin Tint, subtly enhancing Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer and Generation G Lip Balm/Stain hybrid. They’ve JUST launched their Haloscope highlighter sticks in Quartz (an opalescent shade) and Topaz (a golden copper bronze). I was super excited when Glossier contacted me to share these products and also even MORE happy that they’re giving me two (2) sets of both shades to give away to my readers 😀
Let’s get into the full review and giveaway deets…
Get to know Glossier…
I had to share some snippets of Glossier’s philosophy about skin care and beauty for those who may be totally new to the brand. I pulled these snapshots straight off of Glossier.com. I hope you start to see why I’m totally a fan and admire everything they launch:
I LOVE that their branding is just so authentic. I respect that they’re embracing the naturally enhanced look. Don’t get me wrong, girlfranddd loves her makeup, but I also love that fresh-faced, healthy natural look that everyone strives to have… #iwokeuplike this, right? Just search hashtag #Glossier and #NoFilterJustGlossier and you’ll see what I mean.
My thoughts on Haloscope…
Haloscope is a highlighting stick that comes in two universally flattering shades – Quartz and Topaz ($22/each). Both formulas are infused with real crystal extracts from Rose Quartz and Golden Topaz. Haloscope has a solid oil core rich in Vitamin E to give a dewy sheen – it’s not sparkly at. all. You won’t be glowing from space, but you *will* look angelic.
I received both shades to try because although Quartz is definitely more of a brightening highlighter, Topaz brings a healthy warmth and can even be used as a glowy bronzer stick for those more fair to light. In trying these highlighters, I was a bit worried the solid oil core would make me look like a greaseball. However, once I found the right application technique, this was completely irrelevant and it’s actually one of the very few highlighters I can pull off without looking shiny or greasy. The first day I tried Haloscope, I had a full-blown conversation with the cashier at my local Walgreens because she loved how healthy and glowy my skin looked!
If you don’t usually use a full face of makeup on a day-to-day basis or just use a lightweight skin tint/BB cream without a setting powder, apply Haloscope straight from the tube to your cheekbones, bridge of the nose and upper lip/cupid’s bow for a gorgeous I-drink-organic-green-juice-daily-and-sleep-10-hours glow. Dab/blend with fingers very lightly.
If you use foundation or any sort of powder all over your face AND/OR you’re more oily, you’ll want to apply Haloscope a little differently. I made the mistake of swiping Haloscope over my set-with-powder foundation and it smudged it a bit. Apply Haloscope onto your fingertips after you have done all of your makeup, including any setting powders. Tap-tap-tap onto the high points of your cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow. Take a dampened beauty blender/beauty sponge (like Real Techniques), to blend out the edges and absorb any excess product.
Personally, I like to apply Topaz first to give a slight warmth to my more medium/olive complexion and then top it off with a layer of Quartz for that pop of glow! Oh, also, Haloscope is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, fragrance free and not tested on animals.
wearing Glossier Haloscope Topaz & Quartz mixed on cheekbones
Because I’ve been such a loyal fan of Glossier, their team is giving me two (2) sets of Haloscope (so yes, you’ll get Quartz + Topaz) to two (2) of my readers for free 😀 All you have to do is enter below and complete a few (mostly) optional tasks. This giveaway will run for ONE WEEK – starting TODAY June 15, 2016 12:00 AM CST until June 21, 2016, 11:59 PM CST – to U.S. residents. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 on my blog and by email. Enter below:
Good luck to all who enter and happy glowing,