Brand loyal minimalism

by Jessica Brinck

Jessica is a 31-year-old buyer for Raygun in Kansas City, MO. She loves binge-watching TV, cuddling with her cat, Roo, and going on adventures with her boyfriend, Ryan. She has all the seasons of Gilmore Girls on DVD and has watched every episode multiple times. You can find photos of her house, cat, beauty products, and (many) selfies on her Instagram.

I have never been very good at wearing makeup and taking care of my skin. Thankfully I’ve had pretty good skin for all of my life, but once I hit my thirties I started to notice that my skin looked less bouncy, and the fine lines and bags under my eyes were becoming more noticeable (always listen to your mom when she says you need to take care of your skin while you’re young).

I became obsessed with finding products that could help bring my skin back to life, while not spending a fortune. I also try to be very conscious of the ingredients in the products I use. My mom started making her own tinctures, soaps, salves, etc. a few years ago, so I have to credit her for turning me down a more natural path! I am NOT a morning person, so my routine in the morning has to be short and sweet so I can get out the door on time. I’ve never really worn a lot of makeup, so that helps to cut down on some time! Here’s my typical morning routine: 

  1. The first thing I do is put some Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel under my eyes. I leave it on until the very last minute so it has some time to work it’s magic and depuff my bags. It’s sticky, so even though they say you can apply makeup over it, I wipe it off before doing so. 
  2. Next I wipe my face with a toner. Usually in the mornings I will use Thayer’s Alcohol Free Rose Witch Hazel with Aloe, but sometimes I will use Pixi Glow Tonic, which has glycolic acid to exfoliate your skin. Most of the time though, I reserve Pixi Glow Tonic for the evenings. 
  3. After toner I use serums. If I have any breakouts or redness, I will use Glossier Super Pure. Then I will use Glossier Super Bounce or The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5. They are very similar formulas that help to retain moisture in your skin to make it look more supple. I’ve found Super Bounce works a little better than The Ordinary’s serum, but the cost difference is quite significant, so The Ordinary is a great way to go if you’re on a budget and/or are trying out serums for the first time!
  4. Next up is moisturizer. I have a few different moisturizers in my arsenal. When my skin is really dry I will use Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich or Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Oil. If I know I’m going to be in the sun, I use Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizer with SPF 45. It smells great, isn’t too greasy, and uses physical blockers rather than chemical (yay natural!). In my experience it doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t take too long to rub in. Any other day, I’ll use the OG Glossier Priming Moisturizer. It’s nice and light, absorbs into your skin quickly, and primes your skin for makeup. 

Finally time for makeup! Like I said, my makeup look is pretty minimal. If my face is looking red or uneven, or I’m going somewhere that I want to look more put together, I’ll throw on some Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in the shade Medium. It’s not full coverage by any means, so if you have acne or are looking for something to really cover your skin, this is not it! I like that it blurs my pores and evens my skin tone, but it still looks like my skin. I usually just use my fingers to rub it on. Side note: The Ordinary just came out with 2 foundations, a Serum Foundation that is light (much like Skin Tint) and has SPF, and a medium-full Coverage Foundation. They are SUPER affordable and come in a variety of shades. I ordered 2 different shades of the serum foundation to try and I can’t wait until they arrive! 

For under-eye concealer, I recently went back to an old fave, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I have hereditary dark circles and bags, so I’ve tried a hundred different concealers in an attempt to camouflage them. I tried heavy hitters like Bobbi Brown and NARS Creamy Concealer, and even Glossier Stretch Concealer. The Maybelline concealer just seems to work the best with my under-eyes right now. It covers the dark circles but doesn’t look too heavy or obvious if I’m not wearing any other makeup. I don’t have to set it with a powder, which is great, because that was causing my under-eyes to look very crepe-y and you could really see the my fine lines. For the rest of my eye area, I’ll curl my lashes and swipe on some mascara, and brush up my brows with a spool brush before using Glossier Boy Brow on them. 

Lastly, I’ll put on a shade of Glossier Cloud Paint (or sometimes 2) for my blush/bronzer, Glossier Haloscope in Quartz or Milk Makeup Liquid Strobe in Aura for a subtle highlight, and finish my lips with some Glossier Generation G (Leo is my fave color right now) or Glossier Balm Dot Com. Sometimes I’ll spritz my face with a mist like Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist or Heritage Rosewater Spray, and then I’m out the door!

If you couldn’t tell, I’m very brand loyal, lol! Full disclosure, I’m a brand rep for Glossier, but I was using their products long before I started working with them. I really just like products that are easy to use, affordable, and if it has nice packaging, that’s a great bonus.

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