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Introducing . . . Glossy Grams!

September 25, 2013

by Brittany Fischer

I’m excited about this, girls. In celebration/anticipation of our re-launch (in LESS THAN A MONTH–eek!), we will be posting “Glossy Grams” on Facebook and Pinterest every other day. You’ll get one on Monday (to keep your Monday blues at bay), another on Wednesday (to get you over the humpday hump), and a third on Friday (because every Friday should be a Feel-Good Friday, right?). Each member of the Gloss48 team has pulled up all her favorite giggle-inducing quotes about beauty, aging, and the wonders of being a woman in this world, and we’re so excited to share them with you.

Feel free to post these on your own Facebook walls, tag your girlfriends, moms, sisters, aunts, and coworkers, or comment to share your own musings on the matter. They’re yours to love!

Oh, and if you have an idea for a Glossy Gram, send it my way by posting it to Gloss48’s Facebook page! Kellie, our tech-savvy little Creative Producer, just might turn it into a gorgeous gram. We’re open to anything LOL-worthy, whether it’s a hilarious celebrity quote or your own personal beauty mantra. Get creative, you guys!

Hope to hear from you all soon! Until then…stay glossy, my friends!

Dolly Parton Lipstick Glossy Gram

Psssst…You’re Invited!

September 23, 2013

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B.T.S. @ Gloss48

September 20, 2013

by Kellie Van

Ever wonder what goes on in the world of a Glossy Gal? You’re about to find out. I’m Kellie Van, Creative Producer at Gloss48, and the girl behind the blog Le Zoe Musings, and I’m about to take you behind the scenes of our glossy work life. It has been a crazy week here! On Tuesday, I photographed the staff for the new “About Us” section of the site, during which I discovered the secret of voluminous locks. I call it the “Hair Whip,” Brittany calls it the “Flip and Re-part,” and I’m pretty sure Elle Woods calls it the “Bend and Snap.” Call it what you want–I’ve captured it all on camera for your viewing pleasure. The technique is fairly self-explanatory. I’ve also been sneakily snapping pics of the team hard at work, creeping on Jill and Mara’s meeting, Brit in the kitchen, and Jodi killin’ it at foosball. But don’t fret, I also revealed a shot of my somewhat-embarrassing desk essentials.

Here you are, dolls–feast your eyes!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into a day in the life of a Glossy Gal, hard at work! Stay tuned for future B.T.S. posts, featuring everything from our work wardrobes to our weekly meetings.

Stay Glossy!

XOXO, Kellie

Rockin’ the Runway: Lipstick Looks from NY Fashion Week

September 18, 2013

by Brittany Fischer

First, can we just talk about selfies for a sec? I have to say, I find them to be the most absurdly narcissistic phenomenon. We all know a few girls who seem to post a selfie every time they do their makeup and hair, and I feel like the caption is always the worst part. It’s usually something ridiculous like, “Bored at work” or “Missing my dog” or “So tired right now.” It’s like, are you serious? You clearly did not take this photo because you are tired. You took it because you’re feeling too hot to trot. So I’d like to start a revolution, right here and right now: why not just be blunt about selfies and caption them truthfully? How about, “I’m loving the way my eye makeup looks today,” or “I feel like a total sex pot in this dress,” or “How amazing does my skin look après facial”? I’m still not psyched about the modern day self-portrait, and I think it’s supremely awkward and very vain, but I think an honest approach might help, no?

All this said, I sampled the crazy colored lippies seen on the runway at NY Fashion Week, and I felt it only fair to show you my results—so here you are my loves: the good, the bad, and the ugly. First, here are the pics that inspired me, courtesy of the New York Fashion Week Facebook page (top left: DKNY, top right: 3.1 Phillp Lim, bottom left: Zac Posen, bottom right: Argentine Designers).

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And now, prepare to giggle, here are my attempts at rocking the runway lips (did I mention that I rarely wear anything but nude and light pink lipglosses?):

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Top left: Orange lips were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week. Possibly the hottest lip shade of the moment, models were seen with pumpkin pouts at DKNY (as pictured), Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Suno, Creatures of the Wind, and Kyle Ericksen. According to the Huffington Post, it paired beautifully with everything from black and white to vivid florals. While Rag & Bone’s shade was completely matte and the exact color of a traffic cone, I chose a more wearable reddish orange for myself. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I don’t totally hate it.

Try YSL Rouge Pure Shine Sheer in Orange Magic

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Top right: Brown lips were all the rage at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and I thought it looked fabulous on some models and just awful on others. The latter was the case for me, unfortunately, but c’est la vie. I do think a brown lip would be incredibly fresh and chic with the olive greens and burgundies of the fall, but in my case, I looked like I overdosed on chocolate fondue and couldn’t be bothered with a napkin. (Side note: I actually do know what this looks like because it happened the other night—I found the BEST recipe: combine one cup Nutella with one cup condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stir until it thickens, and voila!)

Clearly, the brown lip is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re feeling ballsy, the makeup artists at 3.1 Phillip Lim created the look by filling in the lips with this liner:

Try Nars Lip Liner Pencil in Kenya

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Bottom left: Dark purple lips were the focus at Marchesa, George Chinsee, Zac Posen, and Nicole Miller. I know it’s intense, but I think it’s the absolutely coolest look. It’s so gothic and sexy, and I especially love the contrast it creates with light blue and green eyes. I’m well aware that this is one of those looks that will terrify the male species, but I’m not phased by that. You shouldn’t be either! Go buy it. Wear it. Flaunt it. Love it.

Try Tom Ford’s Bruised Plum

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Bottom right: Fuscia lips, or autumn’s version of this summer’s hot pink, were seen at DVF and Missoni. Love it. So fem, and I truly can’t think of a complexion that it doesn’t look lovely on. If you’re just beginning your transition into the bold lip, I recommend starting here.

Try M.A.C Pro Longwear in More to Love

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Alright girlies, what do you think? Can I pull off any of these looks? Don’t lie–I can take it!

Oil Spill: Six Skincare Oils I’m Obsessing Over

September 16, 2013

by Brittany Fischer

Oil is the bane of my existence. If there’s anything I despise about myself, it’s the sheen I get on my nose and forehead before the clock strikes noon, despite all my efforts to frost my face with every mattifying product on the market. My beloved college roommate Susan once told me I was “always a little bit shiny” and that it was “my thing.” Believe it or not, we’re still friends. (I think she was secretly mad at me for drinking all our Fresca. Yes, Fresca—am I dating myself?)

That being said, I’ve obviously stayed as far away as possible from all products that don’t basically have the words “OIL FREE” scrolled across the front in huge letters. And beauty oils? As if. The absolute last thing I would ever want to do is put more oil on my face, right? Wrong. I did my research, ran some tests, and concluded that the best way to drive out oil is with actually with more oil, ironic as it may seem. Turns out, beauty oils are a cure-all and can solve almost any skin problem you’ve got, be it oil, acne, dryness, or dullness. After poking around on the web for months, I’ve finally compiled a list of my top picks. Have at it!

Josie Maran Argan Oil is probably the most well-known of the face oils. It has a serious cult following, with a 4.5 star rating on Sephora.com and almost 5000 reviews. Whenever I see those kind of numbers, I’m on it like a fat kid in a buffet line, whipping out my debit card at the speed of light. I’ve used this oil on the reg for months, and I’m still loving it. There have been times when I’ve applied this oil at night when I’m feeling a gargantuan zit forming under my skin. I’ll be fully prepared to discover a monstrous growth on my face in the morning, but instead miraculously wake up to a perfectly clear complexion. This is the oil that has converted me (and many others) into an oil lover, and I consider it a loyal and trustworthy friend that will never let me down. Seriously, I’m in love.

Marula—Omega Rich Pure Marula Oil is even higher in antioxidants and omega 9 than Argan Oil, so it’s an obvious choice for anyone who loves Josie Maran. Beauty bloggers love it because it’s super light and fast-absorbing, leaving a completely matte finish. Other oils can be a tad . . . well, oily, but this one is perfect for someone like moi, who is absolutely terrified of shine.

Iris Moreau Precious Rose Serum smells absolutely divine. The scent is pure heaven, and apparently, so are the results. Make-up artist Iris Moreau created this high-quality organic oil by “stream distilling a whole rose, which results in a pure, crystal clear oil that gives all skin types an immediate vibrancy and healthy glow.” Fans call it “liquid gold” and I conquer; I would bathe in this if I could.

Rodin Oilio Lusso Luxury Face Oil is all the rage among celebs, including Adriana Lima and Stacy London. It’s made from a blend of 11 essential oils derived from flowers and botanicals, including sweet almond, evening primrose, sunflower, apricot seed, and jasmine. Backstage at the Victoria Secret fashion show, world-famous makeup artist Tom Pecheux once famously said, “It’s the one product every girl should have. Just massage, massage, massage!” The only negative thing I’ve heard about this one is that its jasmine scent is quite strong, and takes about an hour to go away. Mmmmm, that actually sounds lovely to me–I consider it a good thing! But, to all the sensitive nostrils out there: you’ve been warned.

Juno Transformative Lipid Serum calls itself a “rare, dry oil absolute that gives skin an obsession-worthy glow.” It’s patent-pending blend, so I know it’s gotta be good. The oils are extremely high in natural retinol, which has been proven to reduce wrinkles better than anything else. In other words, this might be the secret to eternal youth. Just sayin’.

Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil will no doubt be my next purchase. Dr. Hauschka has a groundbreaking approach to skincare that I’ve recently adopted, and the results have been seriously amazing. He says not to scrub your face or wear moisturizer at night. Yes, you heard me: stop exfoliating so much, and put down the night creme. It seems crazy, I know, but don’t you kind-of love any theory that means having fewer products? His claim is that all our scrubbing and moisturizing interferes the natural process of the skin, making it dependent on products just to be “normal.” This day oil, which you spritz on in the morning but skip at night, promises to, “balance excessive oiliness, diminish the appearance of pores and visibly reduce blemishes” while softening and strengthening the skin. I’m sold.

So there you have it, ladies. I never thought I’d say it, but . . . go ahead, grease up!

Shady Lady: Choosing the Right Blush

September 13, 2013

by Tina Liu

Most of us 90’s kids, when we played with makeup, we slathered on blue eye shadow and blush with a result that looked a little something like this:Bad-Blush-Photo

We all (hopefully) grow out of the clown phase at some point and opt for a more natural look. So how do you get that just-got-in-from-the-cold rosy flush?

Blush is an enigma that shrouds most women, but despite not having anything to trace, (like our eyes, lips, brows, etc) applying blush is a lot easier than you think. And it doesn’t have to look like an enormous deluge of red war paint all over your face.

First, you’ll want to choose a type of blush that’s right for your skin type before you delve into color preferences. Between all the powders, cream blush, liquid tints, or shimmers on the market, here are a few tips for identifying the right ones for you.

Oily Skin

Powder is generally considered the best for oily skin and for the longest coverage (since it is the densest). Slick blushes tend to have less staying power on oily skin.

Dry Skin

While powder blush is great for ALL skin types, cream blushes offer dry skin a rich moisture that your skin might be lacking. The trick with cream blushes is that they can have intense color, meaning that it has to be used sparingly and blended well.

Oily to Normal Skin

Gel/Liquid blushes are the commonly agreed upon to be the best for oily to normal skin. Since a lot of these formulas are oil free, sometimes water resistant, and have great lasting power. The key to these formulas is blending the product quickly since they can be hard to spread once dry.

It’s always great for beginners to start off with the easiest formula for their skin tone before moving on to more difficult applications.

Once you determine the type of blush you want, move on to the color that is best suited for your skin tone!

For a natural looking flush, think of what you look like after a light jog.  Pinch your cheeks. Get that color and imitate it. If that’s too vague, try these ground rules:

Fair Skin

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A teensy amount can go a LONG way on fair skin.  Try light shimmers (pinks, corals, and peaches) for an ethereal goddess look. The hint of a healthy glow is absolutely DIVINE on fair skin.

Try:

Jour Moisturizing Cheek Tint in Bare

NARS Blush in Amour

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface

Medium SkinMedium-Skin-Blush

Rosy pinks and peaches are amazing on medium skin tones. Too light and you’ll look like Casper; too dark and you’ll look like a clown.

Try:

Illamasqua Blush in Lover

Laura Mercier in Nectarine

Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color – Tea Rose

Dark SkinDark-Skin-Blush

Deep oranges, bright fuchsias and roses, truly enhance dark skin. A good blush gives a regal glow to the natural beauty of your skin tone. You don’t want to look washed out with lighter colors.

Try:

Tarte Amazonian Clay in Amused

NYX Blush in Cinnamon

Mac Blush in Raizin

With a little luck, trial, and error, you’ll find the perfect blush to add some major color to your skin while avoiding the middle school girl look. Just remember, a little can go a long way!

The Best Curling Iron EVER

September 11, 2013

by Brittany Fischer

I rarely style my hair, as I’ve mentioned before. Typically I wash it, comb it, and let it air dry. Sometimes I’ll blowdry it and run a straightener through it, but my philosophy is, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” more often than not. That said, approximately once a week (usually on a Saturday night when I’m feeling saucy), I get the urge to do something more with it. Curling it is always the answer. When my hair is curled, I feel put-together beyond belief and supremely sexy.

I’ve been using the Sultra Bombshell Curling Rod for years. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a long black rod with no clamp. It comes with a dorky bright pink heat-resistant glove that you wear as you wrap your hair around the rod, and then hold for about ten seconds. It’s fairly fool proof, but I can always find a way to mess something up. Sometimes I come out of it looking like a creepy 26-year-old Shirley Temple, and other times it looks like my hair is going to Prom but my outfit is going to a dive bar. Confusing. But most of the time, it just looks like the ends of my hair are slightly curled but the rest of my hair is straight.

Here’s why: the Sultra gives you the freedom to choose how much hair to curl at once, and how far up you’re going to curl it. For some people, this is a great thing. For me, this is a terrible thing. I unfailingly try to shorten the process by curling only the lower halves of huge sections of hair–so that hardly anything happens. Then, after being disappointed by those results time after time, I’ll decide to stop being lazy and I’ll try too hard, spending an hour curling teensy tiny sections of hair and realizing afterwards that I look completely insane.

Leave it to my mom to introduce me to the hottest new beauty trend. We were getting ready to go out for dinner together in Nantucket, and she whips out this little gizmo like it’s no big deal, and offhandedly mentions that you can only get it online because it’s European and not available in the US yet. How cool is she? It completely blew my mind! It’s called the Babyliss Miracurl Nano Titanium (what a mouthful), and it takes all of the guesswork out of curling. All of it! It does absolutely everything for you—it tells you exactly how much hair to put in (if it’s too big, it won’t accept it), and then it sucks it up, holds for the perfect amount of time, and spits out a perfect curl. It’s as if you’re keeping a Victoria Secret hairstylist in you’re bathroom cabinet. I. Am. OBSESSED.

Here are some pics of me using it for the first time—afterwards, I used the pointy end of a comb to separate the curls and make them look loose and natural, then sprayed the daylights out of it. What do you think?

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The Best Beauty Products for a Bangin’ Bikini Bod

September 9, 2013

by Brittany Fischer

For those of you who may not know: one of the best parts about living in Boston . . . is leaving Boston, and going to Nantucket. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our fair city, a magical little island awaits us every summer, and it happens to contain the most darling hundred square miles on the entire planet. It’s a rare place where absolutely anything and everything you lay your eyes can be described as adorable. Teensy cottages covered in those distinctive weathered gray shingles? Adorable. Enormous bushes of baby blue hydrangeas? Adorable. Cobblestone streets peppered with vintage bicycles and Jeep Wranglers? Adorable. Entire families dressed in seersucker and pastels? Adorable. But it doesn’t stop there: the pharmacy’s adorable, the grocery store’s adorable, the lampposts are adorable. Even things that are not at all adorable, when placed in Nantucket, seem to suddenly become so.

But there are two things that will never be adorable, no matter their surroundings: the first—pasty white skin, and the second—cellulite. I happen to be in Nantucket at this very moment, and believe me, I had to give my body a serious overhaul before I hopped on the ferry. I’m not exactly a gym rat, so I have a few secrets up my sleeve. My weapons against flab? St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Bliss FatGirlSlim Cream.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse and ApplicationMitt

Let me start out by saying, if you want to get down and dirty with these miracle products (and believe me, you do), you’re going to need a night alone. If you have a spouse, lover, or judgmental roommate lurking around, find a way to get them out of the house. You are going to look AND smell absolutely foul for a full six hours, but it’s please trust me when I tell you that it’s worth every second.

I know this is easier said than done, so here are a few suggestions for clearing out your bedroom:

  1. Pick a fight with your significant other and tell them to sleep on the couch.
  2. Do something annoying to your significant other so that they tell you to sleep on the couch.
    [Isn’t it a good thing I’m not a Relationship Advice Columnist? Seriously though, I was mostly kidding about those first two ideas. Mostly.]
  3. Have a “Girls’ Night In” party where you can all coat yourself in self-tanner and laugh at one another. By the time your Meg Ryan Movie Marathon is over, you’ll be ready to wash up.
  4. Utilize a guest bedroom, if you are among the lucky few that have one.
  5. Apply product during the daytime if no one is home, then shower it off before you have to make contact with the outside world.

Okay, assuming you have found some “me” time, the next step is to simply slather your body in the Bronzing Mousse. St. Tropez sells an “application mitt” that makes this process extra easy. Just pump the product onto the mitt and rub it all over your body. The only way that your tan will appear streaky is if you miss a spot, so have at it! Seriously–douse yourself in it! Afterwards, you should resemble a body builder at a competition. You should look bright orange, splotchy, shiny, and totally monstrous. Do not fret—you will be gorgeous in a few hours. Promise. I usually apply the mousse right before bed, and then hop into some loose black leggings and a big T-shirt before I hit the hay. I shower first thing in the morning, and when I get out, I have a perfectly even, natural tan. It’s not orange in the slightest, and I swear something about this stuff does wonders for my face. It clears up my skin and makes it super soft. Bonus!

The FatGirlSlim Cream is even simpler. All you have to do is massage it into your skin like lotion once a day. The smell is not great. It’s a bit like Icy Hot, but subtler. You’ll feel a cool, tingly sensation, which means the encapsulated caffeine is doing its job. I used this for a week and did not work out once. My boyfriend, totally oblivious, saw my butt one day and asked me if I’d been hitting the gym. Ha! As if! I’ve been a believer ever since—and I can see a difference too. Now, don’t expect miracles. FatGirlSlim works wonders, but not absurd wonders. You won’t look like you lost significant weight. It’s not, like, a substitute for diet and exercise. But, with that said–if you have a few little dimples that you could stand to part with, I’m fairly certain that you will see them diminish over time with regular use of this product. You can hold me to it.

What do you guys think? Are sunless tans are tacky or awesome? Are cellulite creams . . . pipe dreams? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Beauty Inspiration: Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall

September 6, 2013

by Brittany Fischer

If you’re anything like me, your summer beauty routine is very low-maintenance. Like, verrrrrry low maintenance. I live in Boston, and this summer has been an absolute scorcher, with humidity levels that rival the steam room at the gym. It has felt pretty pointless to layer on makeup that I know I will completely sweat off by the time I arrive at work. So I’ve simply been popping on a touch of lippie and a few swipes of mascara and calling it a day. And when it comes to my hair, I’ve been washing it (sometimes, anyway), combing it, and that’s about it.

But there’s a difference between being a low-maintenance hottie and, how shall I put it . . . a total slob. To be real, I think there were moments this summer when I was probably straddling the fence. For example, I recently realized I wasn’t putting in enough effort with my hair when I asked my boyfriend how I should wear my hair for date night and he replied, “I like it when it’s . . . dry.” I seriously wore my hair wet that often. Oy.

My nail routine was no less neglected. If you ask me, an immaculate manicure just doesn’t seem necessary for a day at the beach. My ideal “beach look” involves me looking like a mermaid washed ashore, with sexy waves, a stunning tan, and no mani whatsoever. The reality is just me looking like a makeup-less, manicure-less me, but whatever.

That said, autumn is just around the corner, and I am SO excited to grip my morning pumpkin spice lattes with immaculately glossy, perfectly pristine nails. I will accept nothing less. As I’m typing this, I’m already looking down at the sad state of my phalanges (ew, that’s honestly what they look like right now: phalanges) and dreaming of a soft new set of fingers adorned with an assortment of gold rings, and ten absurdly glassy, perfectly square nails. But hmmm, what color shall I start with . . . ?

Pantone (“the world-renowned authority on color”) recently put out their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013. According to the experts, these these are the hottest hues for Fall. All I can say is: YUM. Well, I can actually say a little more: I’m totally obsessed. Starting on September 22 (the first day of Fall), I plan to rock every single one of these colors. I’ll start with Samba, a classic blood red, and move right into Carafe, an earthy cocoa. And Koi, a toasty orange, will be amazing as the leaves start to change—I can practically smell them now! Who knows, I may even be inspired to blow-dry my hair and put on my face every now and then. (Vivacious would be great as a lipstick, no? It’s totally calling my name, but let’s save that topic for another day, mon chou.)

What do you think of these hot new shades? I’d love to hear your favorites, and any other thoughts you have on fall, my absolute favorite season!

Squeal for Teal! Beauty Color Trends

September 4, 2013

by Brittany Fischer, Gloss48

If you haven’t tried out teal eye makeup yet this summer, now’s your last chance!  The metallic hue is the hottest trend in makeup, but it’s also one of the most intimidating. It seems like there are so many ways it can go wrong. To name a few:

  1. It can look “TTH,” a brilliant acronym I use to cover everything from caked-on clown makeup to too-tight clothes: Trying Too Hard. Teal makeup can definitely look TTH because it’s just about the furthest thing from natural.
  2. If blue makeup brightens blue eyes, does that mean it also brightens blue under eyes? I’d rather not draw attention to my dark circles, thank you.
  3. Top lash line?  Bottom lash line?  All over the lid?  I have no idea where to start.

But the appeal of teal still reigns supreme.  If done right, it plays up your eyes in the absolute coolest way.  It looks dramatic and sexy, yet playful and effortless…as if you spontaneously decided to swipe some color across your lids on the way out the door.  It’s edgy, it’s fun, and it’s downright foxy, so needless to say I’m determined to pull it off. I did all the necessary research, and because I love you, I’ll share my
valuable findings:

Keep it simple. To avoid a case of drag queen makeup, the rest of your face should be as bare as possible.  Keep your blush, bronzer, and lip color on the subtle side. Nude is the name of the game.  Seriously—if I have to come over and pry the pinks and reds from you, I will. PUT. DOWN. THE. NEON. PINK. LIPSTICK. I know it’s tempting, but trust me.

From here,there are a few great options, depending on the look you’re going for.

  1. Badass babe: line lashes with a teal waterproof eye pencil. Then, use neutral shadows: browns, bronzes, and nudes.  A little shimmer  is okay, but don’t go overboard. Voila!  Try Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner in Green.

    Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner in Green Source: ASOS

    Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner in Green
    Source: ASOS

  2. Vintage va-va-voom:  channel Lauren Conrad and wing teal liquid eyeliner out at the corner of your eyes. Cat eye couture!  Try Prestige Cosmetics Teal Liquid Eye Liner in LE-13.

    Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in LE-13 Big Teal Source: Amazon

    Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in LE-13 Big Teal
    Source: Amazon

  3. Subtly sexy: swipe creamy teal eyeshadow along your eyelid, staying just below the crease.  Choose your own intensity: use just a touch if you want something barely noticeable or layer on more to really make a statement.  Check out Sugarpill’s Darling Loose Eyeshadow (a “stunning teal”) for a little sparkle.  Ta-da!

    Sugarpill Darling Loose Eyeshadow Source: Sugarpill.com

    Sugarpill Darling Loose Eyeshadow
    Source: Sugarpill.com

And there you have it.  It may not be easy being green, but hopefully now it’s easy being teal.

Ever tried teal eye makeup?  Share your stories here!

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