Home Tags Posts tagged with "glossier"


I Visited Glossier in Los Angeles

Glossier smells like the color pink. It is warm, powdery, with notes of rose and delicate musk — like the way we imagine our grandmother’s vanity smelled. It wafts out of the store and into the sunny, Los Angeles street corner, inviting you to step in.

Glossier opened their store in Los Angeles on Tuesday, in West Hollywood off of Melrose Place. I visited the store on Wednesday and was struck with how uniquely different it was from the New York City store.

I Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los Angeles

It has a very warm, down-to-earth vibe, reminiscent of the desert that grasps at the mountains that cradle the basin of Los Angeles. Desert grass and yellow flowers dot the millennial pink landscape, giving way to counters with neatly organized makeup and skincare. The stations are lined with mirrors roughly the size of a cell phone, and gave me a very distinct Hollywood vibe, as if you’re checking your lipstick in your rear-view mirror before heading off to a fancy dinner.

In the back is a small canyon escape, lit with alternating LEDs, humming with soothing, ambient noise, and dressed with a mirror.

The store carries the full collection of Glossier’s products, from the ever-popular Boy Brow, to the cult favorite Milky Jelly Cleanser that I reviewed, to the newly released mascara, Lash Slick.

There are plethoras of sample products and one-time-use tester applicators, encouraging you to try out everything without the usual fear of product tubes full of germs.

I Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los Angeles

To order, you find one of the lovely Glossier representatives that walk the floor in their pink coveralls, iPad in tow. This does feel a bit more chaotic and disorganized than the procedure in NYC, where you’d simply take a sheet, marked with the items of your desire, to the front desk, where you’d pay and wait to have your name called.

I took loads of photographs while I was visiting, and it didn’t feel intrusive or discouraged. In fact, like most modern makeup brands, it feels encouraged to take a selfie here or there, or pose with a friend for Instagram. There are even decorations on the mirrors as well as a decorated wall facing a mirror, which I can only assume is designed with an almost-singular purpose in mind.

I Visited Glossier in Los AngelesI Visited Glossier in Los Angeles

Overall, the Glossier store is quite a beautiful, Los Angeles experience that is worth checking out if you’re in town.

0 comment
Review: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Last month, I spent a week in New York City. While there, I visited the beautiful showroom for Glossier.


Every product is laid out neatly for visitors to test, organized roughly by function. Moisturizers, primers, serums, and balms at one; powder, foundation, and concealer at another; and lip, cheek, and eye products at another.

At the back of the showroom, there is a washbasin, surrounded by their skincare products. One such product is the infamous Milky Jelly Cleanser.


Of course, by the time I got a chance to test out the cleanser, I had quite a collection of swatches on my hand.

First Impressions

First, the ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that there is no fragrance added. It does smell faintly of roses due to the inclusion of the rose water (Rosa Damascena Flower Water), so be aware of that if you are very sensitive to fragrance or just really dislike the scent of roses.

The cleansing aspect of it is performed by the addition of a polymer (Poloxamer 184), which helps water to mix with oils and other products on the skin, letting them be rinsed away.

The product feels… well… very jelly-like. It’s a really unique-feeling cleanser in that way. I can’t think of any other cleanser that has its texture. It is more viscous that typical cleansers, which are more runny, but spreads easily and feels very “clean.” In that way, it’s more like a silicone makeup primer, but without the powderiness that usually accompanies primers due to the addition of silica (for oil-absorption).


The consistency of the Milky Jelly Cleanser. From Glossier’s Instagram.

I used it for about a week in place of my normal makeup remover, and I must say — it lives up to the claim of being a pretty effective remover. It spread easily and worked just like all of the videos that Glossier has posted on their social media, removing my concealer, eye makeup, lipstick, and most of my mascara with ease. I did not try it with more waterproof formulas, like MAC Face & Body or a waterproof mascara.

A post shared by Glossier (@glossier) on


After use, it left my skin smooth, soft, and clean-feeling. It did not feel stripped, even after multiple days of usage. It also did not bother my rosacea or make me pinker than usual.



The Milky Jelly Cleanser has been a bit of a cult favorite for awhile now, and with good reason. It removes makeup pretty well (though I’d still use a makeup remover for any makeup beyond the light, concealer/mascara/lipstick days), cleanses great, and doesn’t leave skin stripped. Bonus: it lacks fragrance and typical surfactants that can leave skin stripped and tight.

Unfortunately, it broke my skin out after a couple of days usage, but I am also incredibly acne-prone. After just a couple days, my skin had closed comedones all over. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA cleared this up within just 2-3 days of nightly usage.

This doesn’t make me less likely to recommend it however, as it is a great, no frills cleanser and I imagine that a bottle would last about 2-3 months of daily usage.

You can purchase Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser on their website for $18 USD + tax and shipping.

Note on Glossier’s returns: Glossier’s customer service is amazing. After I contacted them to let them know that I purchased this product in store, but was back home in LA without a way to return it, they responded with a friendly note to let me know that they had passed my feedback along and issued me a full refund, no returning of the product needed. 




A NYC Beauty Tour

by Kristen
A NYC Beauty Tour

Note: This post does not contain any product reviews, just a list of places I visited and recommend. 

I live in Los Angeles – the home of incredible film and celebrity skincare experts. So when I tell you that New York City blew my mind in terms of accessible skincare and beauty shopping, I don’t mean that lightly.

I had planned my romp through the available pharmacies and beauty hot spots well in advance, and thanks to the New York subway, I was able to visit most of the locations on my list, despite the cold, rainy weather.

Let’s get right into it, shall we?




Glossier is best known for their makeup. You’ve probably seen one of their ads in your Facebook feed or following you around the web after your cursory Google search.

When I got to the Glossier showroom, I was greeted by a woman at the door who told me to proceed to the top floor of the building for Glossier. There was a large number of people waiting to go up to the showroom, and when the elevator came down, we all packed in.

The door slid open to a bright, neatly organized showroom, bustling with people. There were multiple stations with testers, cottons, and disposable applicators. There was a general arrangement to it all: skincare and makeup primers, blushes and cream eyeshadows, bases and powders, and a washbasin with their multiple bottles of their famous Milky Jelly Cleanser as well as their skin salves.

To purchase products, you simply pick up a sheet with a list of all the products, marking what you want and how many. Take it to the front, pay, and they call you when your order is ready for pick-up!

I found the process to all be very smooth and quick, despite the showroom being so busy and crowded.




oo35mm (pronounced like “oh oh thirty-five millimeter”) is a small shop in Chinatown. It’s a short walk away from Glossier, and a highly recommended jaunt for any Asian beauty aficionado.

Ceiling to floor, oo35mm is stacked with cult classics like Cure, Missha, Biore, My Beauty Diary, and Hada Labo but also slightly lesser known brands such as Benton, Hana, and Cosrx. No matter what you’re looking for, oo35mm is exhaustive in their collection of Japanese and Korean beauty.

You can sample anything before you buy, though there is a $10 minimum on any credit card purchase. Thankfully, there are plenty of sheet masks to choose from to meet your purchase minimum.



New London Pharmacy

New London Pharmacy is everything a girl could ever want. It is the brick-and-mortar home of the beloved Internet brand Stratia, as well as several French pharmacy favorites, such as Avene, Bioderma, La Roche Posay, Caudalie, and Embryolisse.

As a French pharmacy fangirl, I was reeling at the selection inside of New London Pharmacy. Besides housing the big French skincare brands, they’re also…  you know… an actual pharmacy. While there, pick up a tube of Marvis toothpaste or virtually any drugstore skincare brand you can think of (including hard-to-find products like DML Moisturizing Lotion).

I was so overwhelmed that I visited the store twice. The first time, I picked up some Stratia Liquid Gold (the cashier told me that it has sold out twice, and “everyone is coming in for this stuff”), a deliciously scented bar of soap, Embryolisse, and a tube of Cinnamon Mint Marvis toothpaste. Upon my second visit, I bought a tube of the French favorites Hexomedine (known for it’s acne-drying properties) and ialuset (a pure hyaluronic acid creme).

As if this wasn’t enough to choose from, New London Pharmacy also stocks a small selection of European sunscreens that are neigh-impossible to find in the United States.

If you only have time for one stop in New York City, I highly recommend making it New London Pharmacy.



Worth a Mention: Ricky’s NYC

Okay, okay — so it isn’t strictly skincare, nor is it particularly exotic, but Ricky’s is a store that pops up everywhere across NYC. In fact, no matter where you are, you’re bound to find a Ricky’s within a short walk (or subway ride) away.

Ricky’s is the perfect spot to get your Ardell lashes and stock up on your basics, like deodorant, toothpaste, and delicate wash detergent, but it is also a pretty good spot to find The Ordinary, Baby Foot peels, and Embryolisse.