Art Class for Your Lips



e.l.f. Cosmetics Runway Ready Lip Palette

As a part of e.l.f.'s beauty squad, I received this beautiful lip palette in the mail yesterday. As you know from a previous post, I've been a diehard customer since my middle school days. If little Nicki with the frizzy hair, awkward, thin metal-framed glasses, and the rubber band palette-expander braces knew that she would one day be a part of #elfbeautysquad, I think her rubber bands would've snapped. Like me, learning how to smooth my frizz, e.l.f. only keeps getting better and better. Their premium quality products with beyond affordable prices never cease to amaze me. I wore this lip palette all day today, and like their other cream formulas, this one fades beautifully. The color is still there, but since it's so creamy, it won't look like you just applied it by the end of the day. I prefer cream over matte anyway. I also popped a little on my cheeks for blush, and this is pigmented. Since I'm obsessed with nude everything, I branched out and mixed the rose and lilac shades. This concoction is definitely going to be my spring lip go-to. It's super easy to slip into your purse, and even has a mirror for touchups on the go. My makeup bag now has one more e.l.f. product in it, but I knew that was going to be inevitable with all of their amazing launches happening recently. Next time you're at Target, CVS, or your local drugstore, give them a try. You'll fall in love too.

#TBT: Baby's First Top Shelf

Nicki's Top Shelf circa 2016

Not long ago, this was my baby top shelf. Well, this isn't all of it, but these were, and some still are, my most-loved products. You always need an SPF on your top shelf, a solid face mask (for me that's Glossier's Mega Greens Galaxy Pack), face mist(s), and a special cream (or two, or three, or four... you see where I'm going with this). Having these essentials will simplify your routine, and make your skin awesome. Your makeup will look even better. Bonus. Being a voracious reader of Into the Gloss, I've seen my fair share of top shelves. These top shelves aren't just your average medicine cabinets of Vaseline, moisturizer, and the quintessential jar of miscellaneous skincare. These are a peek into the lives of the people who curated them. Top shelves to me are more of a creative statement captured in a photograph rather than just explaining what certain products are and why you love them. As my top shelf evolves, I'll be sure to document it and share with all of you. Leave me a comment and let me know what your current favorite product on your top shelf is. :)

generation G: The Age of Sheer Beauty, Quite Literally




Whenever I say generationG, I hear the Spice Girls' song, "Move Over" in my head. Anyone else? Only me? k. Alright, so let's talk about these colors. You have Cake - a pale, warm nude, Like - a rosy blush, Crush - a punch of red-magenta, Jam - a true berry, Leo - my favorite of them all: a 90's brown nude with a hint of warmth, and Zip - bright cherry red: named after the red zipper on the famous Glossier pink pouch. Clever. Photographed above is Leo, hanging out with Chanel in Quartz, which is a whole other topic. But back to the lippies-- they go on very sheer, but can be layered to achieve opaqueness. I use Leo for eyeshadow and blush, as well as a lip color. It blends like a dream and adds the best natural color to your face. Also, it's just such a great name. After all, it was named after Leonardo DiCaprio. Shop genG with me for 20% off at glossier.com/reps/nicki :)

Priming Moisturizer Rich: The Answer to Skin Dilemmas




It's a primer, it's a moisturizer, it's rich. First of all, PMR smells aaaa-mazing. Basically like the best possible version of an earthy-scented cream, with a hint of lavender. I would describe this product as holy grail. I wear it even when I don't plan on putting a stitch of makeup on; I just really enjoy looking like I'm glowing, ok? It's a non-greasy formula, which truly makes it a primer and a moisturizer. It plays nicely with all of my other skincare, but then again, Glossier always does, and makeup sits beautifully on top of it. It really doesn't allow your foundation to get cakey because of how satiny it leaves your skin. This one is a big win. I highly suggest running, not walking, to go get some for yourself.

Elf On My Shelf



No, but really. There's a ton of e.l.f. on my shelf. e.l.f. Cosmetics was one of my very first makeup brands. They hold a special place in my heart, especially since last summer I went on a trip with them to San Francisco, made amazing friends, and really launched myself into this thing called the beauty world. Not only is e.l.f. affordable and extremely accessible, it's seriously really affordable. Like, $1 affordable. Don't let that fool you about the quality. It's premium in pigment, texture, and longevity. The brand itself is very inclusive, and just wants people to have fun expressing themselves. That to me, is awesome.

Super Bounce: The One-Stop-Shop for Hyaluronic Acid



This serum by Glossier is aptly named, since it really is super. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 serum are Super Bounce's components, and wow does my skin love them. Although I have oily skin, that doesn't mean it can't get dehydrated. In fact, if I don't moisturize and give it some extra love, too much sebum will be produced, therefore making me look like an oil slick. After cleansing my face, I apply Super Bounce and allow it to sink it for around 5-10 minutes. I'll then follow up with retinol, a moisturizer, and usually some rosehip oil. Taking the extra step in my skincare routine matters. It'll always give me more of a natural glow, evenness, and a smooth complexion when I do. Super Bounce, you are one of a kind.

For the Love of Glossier



Glossier.  Where do I begin.  This brand encompasses natural beauty, lifestyle goals, and a sense of community all in one.  I have the awesome opportunity of being a brand rep with them, and through this, I have met so many incredible people who have inspired me.  To me, Glossier started of as this cool beauty brand with great aesthetic that I was drawn to.

After using their skincare and seeing the results, I was hooked.  I mean, who doesn't want to naturally glow?  Once they introduced makeup, it was all over.  I have been using them close to the beginning of launching, and it's been such a wonderful process of watching them grow.

I'm so excited to see what the rep program brings, and most importantly for the future of Glossier. You can shop with me for 20% off at glossier.com/reps/nicki :)