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A great lip color has the ability to instantly transform your look and pull together an outfit. In my daily life, I tend not to wear too much makeup. This can be problematic when I have plans after work or something unexpectedly comes up where I want to look a little more polished and put together. This is why I always, always keep a few luxurious lipsticks with great color on me – at my desk, in my purse, gym bag, and car. As I talked about in my last post, I’m a huge believer in little daily luxuries. Fancy, luxurious lipsticks definitely counts as well. I love the way high-end lipsticks feel, how pigmented they are, and how luxe the packaging is. Here are my favorite high-end luxurious lipsticks at the moment.

Favorite High-End Luxurious Lipsticks

Favorite High-End Luxurious Lipsticks

My current 5 favorite luxurious lipsticks

MAC – MAC was the first “high-end” lipstick I ever bought for myself. The formula isn’t always as creamy and luxe feeling as some other brands, but you can’t beat the color selection and the price is comparatively a steal relative to high-end brands. My everyday go to nude? Velvet Teddy. Date night red? Ruby-woo. And vampy dark color? Sin.

Nars Velvet Lip Glide – I LOVE this product. It goes on like a gloss, but has a satiny, velvet finish. I personally find super matte products to be way too drying and make me look older, but glosses are overly sticky. This is a beautiful marriage of the two.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Damned has been my go-to for years. The perfect dark berry color perfect for nighttime.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick – YSL makeup products never fail. The packaging is sleek and beautiful, the colors vibrant, and this lipstick is so moisturizing. It feels like a gloss/balm and has a shiny finish – I adore this product for spring and summer.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche – my absolute favorite luxurious lipstick at the moment. SO many colors, goes on smooth, lasts forever, and the texture is hydrating and rich. I have it in 4 shades, but my favorite is FIG.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day ; ). If you’re looking to complete your makeup look for Valentine’s Day, make sure you check out this list of the absolute best bronzers. What are your favorite luxurious lipsticks? I LOVE drugstore versions as well.

xx, Amy

Hair Essentials

As you may already know, I colored my hair for the first time about a year ago. I didn’t realize how high maintenance coloring your hair is, not to manage the damage it does on your hair. Since then I’ve had to completely rethink my hair routine and find ways to keep it as healthy as possible. My mantra is always quick and simple, I can’t be bothered to spend hours doing my hair every day (not to mention the number excessive styling does to your hair) so I’ve assembled a little arsenal of products I use on the reg but still feels relatively low maintenance. These are the best hair products I’ve tried, definitely check them out if you haven’t.

The best hair products I use everyday

1. Wet Brush – for a long time I didn’t brush my hair often. I like it a little beachy and dirty (lol). Unfortunately, my hair did not like that – especially when I would go a little too long in between cuts. Talk about a tangled mess. I really didn’t feel like paying out for a boar’s hair brush (I’m sure they’re amazing), so instead I got the Wet Brush. Under $10 on Amazon and it does the job. Tangles and knots are gone, even on wet hair (hence the name).

2. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – my holy grail hair product. I try not to use too much product in my hair (I like to go as long as possible in between washes and too much product weighs your hair down) but this is the only thing I use every time I style my hair. I run a curling wand through my hair (really randomly and quickly, the whole process takes less than 10 minutes) – happy to do a tutorial someday – and then spray this stuff all over. It smells amazing and gives your hair the perfect second day gritty/beachy texture you want if you’re into that stuff. A bottle lasts me a long time – if you’re going to buy one hair product this is it. So worth the price tag, I promise.

3. T3 Micro Featherweight – I usually air dry my hair, but if I’m going to blow dry it myself, I use this baby. It dries my mop insanely fast and leaves it so soft. Love.

4. Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips – I really have to thank The Skinny Confidential for this one. Her sleep bun tutorial changed my life, but more than anything I like wearing these around so I can put my hair up without creasing it with an elastic. I get a lot of comments and weird looks from people who think I’m wearing a chip clip in my hair but I don’t even care. Not a fan of blowouts, but these clips are just my favorite.

5. R+Co Pinstripe Detangling Spray – see #1 Wet Brush. This product helps with the brush when sometimes my hair is just too tangled. It happens. This spray helps. I’m super paranoid about my hair thinning, so this conditioning and detangling spray helps me avoid yanking out too much hair with my brush.

6. R+Co Palm Springs Masque – I use this masque before I shampoo once a week (if I remember). It smells so good, reminds me of my favorite weekend getaway spot, and helps treat and condition my colored strands. I know a lot of people go on and on about coconut oil but it just seems to weigh my hair down and doesn’t do anything for my texture, this stuff actually feels light and refreshing.

7. Oribe Gold Lust Oil – Oribe products are my fave, but they’re really pricey. This stuff is worth its weight in gold and therefore appropriately named, but if your hair reacts well to coconut oil that’s a good cheap alternative. Keeps my ends soft and like all Oribe products, smells like paradise.

8. Olaplex – my colorist swears by this stuff, you use it once a week before shampooing. I like to put it in the night before and let it soak in before rinsing it out, it helps strengthen and repair colored hair and I swear is the one thing that has kept my highlighted hair as close to its natural state as possible.

So there you have it – all the hair products I use regularly. Have you tried any of them? What are your go-to products and styling tips?

xx, Amy

As a longtime reader of Into the Gloss (top shelf fan for life!), I was ecstatic when they launched their in-house line of beauty products, Glossier. I only recently purchased Phase 1 and Phase 2 for myself (I know, totally late to the party), but I’m excited because I feel 100% ready to give an honest Glossier review. I’m a super loyal Sephora customer (embarrassed to admit I’m VIB Rouge) and always like to try on beauty products before buying, but I made an exception to the rule for Glossier. Maybe it was the marketing or the super cute packaging, but I knew I had to try it for myself. One thing I noticed when doing research prior to purchasing, was how hard it was to find honest reviews. Bloggers and YouTubers alike seemed to give complimentary reviews, but the actual site doesn’t have a section for customer reviews.

An Honest Glossier Review | The Luxi Look

Yep – even the box the products come in is cute.

After a month of using their products, I thought I’d do my own HONEST Glossier review of the products and have you see for yourself if the products are worth purchasing.

[ FYI -this post isn’t sponsored in any way. ]

Phase 1:

Glossier’s motto is skin first, makeup second. Phase 1 consists of 4 makeup products that get your skin ready for makeup (or no makeup at all, if you’re blessed enough to go without wearing any!)

An Honest Glossier Review | The Luxi Look

Milky Jelly Cleanser – probably my favorite product in the Phase 1 set. I love the jelly like consistency/texture and the subtle rose scent. I have somewhat sensitive skin and it is able to remove all traces of makeup without any irritation. I have several cleansers I love and use already, but this one will definitely be a permanent player in my rotation.

Priming Moisturizer – I think this moisturizer is a nice compliment to the cleanser. It isn’t really thick or moisturizing enough for nighttime or when my skin needs an extra boost, but I like it for daytime and I feel like it has made my skin softer and plumper. If I apply makeup on top, it seems to go on smoother as well. Thumbs up for this product.

Balm Dotcom – honestly, I’m not sure how much better this is than using vaseline or Aquaphor, but I do really like it. I’m sure I would love the coconut version even more. It’s a solid lip balm but for the price, I’ll probably stick to my usual drugstore balm.

Perfecting Skin Tint – probably the thinnest foundation I own, way more watery than any tinted moisturizer. I use the shade “dark” and don’t see too much of a difference in my skin when I use it, but I think if you layer it on it does smooth out minor imperfections. If you’re looking for a smoother and more flawless coverage, I would pass on this.

Phase 2:

After you’ve primed your skin with phase 1, it’s time for phase 2. In general, Glossier products are for the makeup minimalist. They may not be the best if you’re going for a more full on glam face, but if you’re looking for a “I woke up like this” natural look, they might become your new favorite products.

An Honest Glossier Review | The Luxi Look

Boy Brow – this stuff is gold. My new go to brow product. I use the shade “brown” even though I have very dark brows. This is by far the best brow mascara I’ve ever tried. I want to hoarde this stuff in case it ever gets discontinued, which I don’t see happening because everyone seems to love it. It fluffs up and thickens your brows and keeps them in place all. day. long.

Stretch Concealer – not the biggest fan of concealer but this formula is extremely buildable and doesn’t seem to crease as the day goes on. I got it in shade “medium” but wish I had purchased in a darker shade. It functions as a bit of a highlighter since the shade is slightly lighter than I would prefer for my undereyes.

Generation G – probably the only miss out of all the products I tested. The tube seems small for the price, the product is somewhat drying, and the shade I purchased, “like” is meant to be a “your lips but better” shade when in reality it doesn’t show up much unless I use several layers.

After testing out the entirety of Phase 1 and Phase 2, I can say that there are a few items that will become permanent standbys in my beauty lineup. My favorites by far are the milky jelly cleanser and the boy brow (as beauty bloggers say, “holy grail status”), I do love the priming moisturizer as well (and hear they are coming out with a richer, more moisturizing formula in the coming months!). For real though, in this 100% honest Glossier review the rest of the products get a solid thumbs up as well, but if you’re not looking to buy the full sets, I recommend the milky jelly cleanser and boy brow above all.

Needless to say, I’ve been converted and I’m now a devoted Glossier fan. Dying to try the highlighter next. The only thing that would make it better is if Sephora carried the products…

xx, Amy

PS: here’s 20% off your first order : )

While there are several products that get the job done whether they’re from the drugstore or a high end department store, certain things are worth saving up for. It’s important to know when to spend and when to save – so here are the beauty products I think are worth the splurge.

Foundation

This is definitely a beauty product that is worth splurging on, in my experience. High end foundations tend to have better formulas and more pigments. It’s worth trying out a variety to find the right coverage and finish for your skin. I love Nars tinted moisturizer for daytime (it has SPF!) and Armani Luminous Silk foundation for when I want slightly more coverage and a flawless finish. I had to look twice at the price tag, but it is 100% worth it (makeup artists and celebrities everywhere agree). AND right now it’s 20% off at Sephora for VIB Rouge members (use code: 20ROUGE) and VIB members from November 11th – 14th (use code: 20VIB).

Hair Care

I think high quality hair products are SO important, especially if you color your hair. It’s important to use products that are paraben and sulfate free to preserve your color. My favorite line of haircare products, by far, is Oribe. Needless to say, I’m completely #oribeobsessed. I love everything from their Gold Lust line as well as their dry texturizing shampoo.

Because I wash my hair infrequently (aim for 1-2 times a week… call me gross, whatever), a bottle of shampoo and conditioner lasts me almost 2 years (to the point where I should just throw the remaining product out). So I really don’t feel bad splurging on Oribe products because they last forever and the quality cannot be beat (bonus: you won’t be able to get over the scent!).

Skin Products

Your skin is your largest organ and the one that everyone sees (duh). I would prioritize skincare over splurging on makeup products ANYDAY. Obviously diet and lifestyle factor into the quality of your skin, but the next best thing is nourishing your skin with the right products for YOU. This takes a lot of trial and error over time, but once you get your skincare routine down pat – whether it’s simple or a crazy 10 step regime – it’ll be one of the best things you can do for your appearance.

Lipsticks

Something about a nice lipstick just makes you feel more put together and honestly, fancy. The formulas of high lipsticks (Chanel, YSL, and Tom Ford especially!) are tough to beat – they glide on smoothly, stay put, and have the most gorgeous, vibrant shades. It might feel like a lot to spend $30 on a lipstick, but it’s one of those small little luxuries that is perfect for the days when you just need to #treatyoself.

What products do you splurge on, and where do you save? If you’re a VIB Rouge or VIB at Sephora, take advantage of the 20% off sale right now (this stuff NEVER goes on sale). Have a fabulous week, babes!

xx, Amy

Hello, hello! It’s been almost a year since I last posted my skincare routine. Since then, I’ve incorporated some new products I want to share. Skincare is so important – even more so than a solid makeup routine IMO. Especially when it comes to your face. Remember my post on eating your water featuring a fun Murad giveaway? Here are some updates to my routine I’ve made:

Murad Refreshing Cleanser – this is a great, light cleanser. I like to workout in the morning before work, and this has been a lifesaver in my gym bag. Takes away any traces of makeup gently and isn’t drying. LOVE.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum – I always make sure to use a product that has a concentrated amount of Vitamin C. This helps your skin fight sun damage and improve your skin’s radiance. I also throw this in my gym bag to use after my cleanser and it’s a great on-the-go product.

Emininence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum – I love the Eminence line because everything is all natural and organic. A lot of their products have yummy fruit based ingredients – this serum smells like strawberries! Also, hyaluronic serum is AMAZING for your skin. Why? It helps your skin retain moisture, which in the long run will keep your skin firm and wrinkle free longer. DEFINITELY get a product with hyaluronic serum.

Dermalogica Phytoreplenish Oil – I was using Aesop’s Facial Oil (LOVE!) but recently ran out. Since then I’ve been using this one by Dermalogica. I have dry skin, so facial oils are especially great for my skin type. However, even if you have oily or combination skin, don’t let that shy you away from trying facial oil! The moisturizing benefits are unreal and I especially love a dewy, glowy look!

Sheet Masks – as much as I love facials, I think sheet masks are a great alternative (especially for your wallet). I try to do one once a week, usually on Sunday nights. I bought a bunch from Peach and Lily (Korean skincare ftw!) and to be honest can’t tell the difference between any of them. I do love them all, though! Since I have dry skin I just look for masks that are hydrating – my skin sucks up the serum and actually glows for days after. They have different masks for every type of skin, so check out Peach and Lily or Sephora!

Oh, and if you haven’t entered the $150 Murad gift card giveaway yet, it’s not too late! Seriously no strings attached, and their products are AMAZE. See below for details : ).

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! What are your plans??

xx, Amy

 

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