Glossier Solutions – Review

Solution – Exfoliating Skin Perfector

As soon as the email popped into my inbox ‘Meet Solution” I was hooked. Within a minute it was added to my basket and I was ready to order it.

I am always on the hunt for chemical exfoliators. I use Pixi Glow Tonic daily as the first step after cleansing. With 5% Glycolic Acid it improves skin texture and brightens. My skin does not get on very well with physical exfoliators. I don’t really like using beaded creams all over my face, it feels too stripping and harsh for my sensitive skin. However, I have to say I do prefer gel or balm based exfoliators like Clinique Pep-Start Cleanser or Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm on any super dry areas like around my nose.

I ordered some cotton pads as well, simply to get free shipping on the order. Haha! I mean it was a pretty extravagant purchase for £4 and only 60 pads, but they are actually very good quality.

Solution is designed to be used daily. It contains a combination of alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and polyhydroxy acids.

Lactic Acid – AHA
Glycolic Acid – AHA
Salicylic Acid – BHA
Gluconolactone – PHA

AHAs are designed to remove the top layers of dead skin cells and promote firmness by increasing the thickness of deeper layers of skin. It is water soluble so it’s suitable for normal/dry skin as it helps to hydrate and reduce blemishes and dark spots. It is also important to use sun protection daily whilst using AHAs as it can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight. BHAs are oil soluble and work to improve skin surface and is designed to clear out pores, so it’s perfect for oily blemish prone skin. It is also suitable for sensitive skin as it’s a gentle exfoliant and has skin calming properties. PHAs help to brighten and smooth skin by promoting cell turnover. It also has antioxidant properties to protect exposure to UV rays and helps to reduce flare ups in conditions such as rosacea and dermatitis.

First lets talk about packaging. It comes in a plastic tear bag which I think is a little unnecessary. A waste of plastic for a bottled product. I do like the pump dispenser bottle though. It comes in handy to dispense just enough product to sweep across your face.

I used Solution daily for one week to see if it had any affect on my skin. It helped to improve skin tone and the smoothness of my skin. I was pretty impressed with results after only using the product for one week. But there is a downside to Solution. It leaves a sticky residue on my skin which I can’t stand. Even after using moisture sprays on top, my skin still feels tacky. It also broke me out. I don’t normally get blemishes on my cheeks, but after using it for 3 days, blemishes started appearing, especially on dry patches.

I think I will continue using Solution, but only on more oily areas, such as my t-zone and hopefully I can continue to see the benefits of a three acid combination product on my skin.

Glossier – First Impressions

The cult beauty brand that everyone in the online beauty world is currently talking about is Glossier. It initially launched in the US and is all the rage again since the brand now ships to the UK. I decided to buy a couple of products to see what the hype was all about.

Delivery was prompt and of course it came in the pink padded pouch that everyone talks about. The products are protected and you can reuse the pouch over and over again. It also comes with a sample size of the new Glossier You fragrance.

A great everyday highlight is the Glossier Haloscope in the shade quartz. Don’t apply it straight to your face like a glue stick, but apply it to your fingers and then dab the product onto your cheeks¬† for a subtle glow. The stretch concealer is perfect for covering both spots and dark circles. Imperfections fade away without feeling cakey or creasing.

I use the Milky Jelly Cleanser face wash as a second cleanse after makeup removal. The jelly like texture leaves your skin feeling soft, however I’m not too keen on the rose scent to the product. The Mint Balm Dotcom is your bog standard petroleum lip balm. It’s nice but nothing special. In fact I actually find it quite hard to apply because It doesn’t have a lip friendly applicator, just a tube top.

I feel like Glossier does the basics very well. I probably will try more from the range and with loads of discount codes flying around, there is no better time to get your hands on some new products to try.