Glossier skin care

Glossier, the aching cool brainchild of Into the Gloss founder Emily Weiss, has been pumping out product after product to wild acclaim. The products work as they're aptly described, but the question of whether they're "clean" depends on one's definition. Phenoxyethanol is in the vast majority of their line, and while that ingredient has been arguably deemed safe and can be found in a number of clean beauty lines (Ritual de Fille, Red Apple, etc...), I generally avoid it particularly as I've been either pregnant or nursing.

Their Milky Jelly Cleanser and Soothing Face Mist, however, are blessedly sans phenoxythanol. The former is exactly what it sounds like, a cushiony face wash that slips on and rinses off readily, leaving the skin feeling comfortable and not overly dry. It's gentle enough to use in the morning, but I find it performs best when used with cleaning device like a Foreo. 

The Soothing Face Mist is, frankly, lovely. It has a delicate rose scent and offers a delicious sensory experience. Use it between washing and a serum to help active ingredients soak in, or as a finishing touch after applying makeup to make things look a little softer and more effortless. (Pssst - True Botanicals users, this is a fantastic way to activate your Vitamin C or Antioxidant powders). 

Y et Beauté


Inspired by a transformational yoga sojourn in Mysore, India, Y et Beaute has come out with the Birkin bag of lipsticks. This is the most luxe lipstick experience, outranking anything you'd find at Sephora or an upscale department store and I'm completely obsessed.

Take the packaging, made in (where else?) Italy. Cool, sleek bullets with the perfect amount of weighted heft, a cap that slides like melted butter and clicks satisfyingly shut with a magnetic closure. This lipstick takes itself (and whomever is wearing it) seriously. 

And then there's the lipstick itself, also manufactured in Italy. The shade I have is Bisou, a densely pigmented warm and earthy pink. It goes on like a classic lady's lipstick in that it's opaque, on the matte side of creamy and stays put. Swipe it on in the morning, and by lunch, you'll still have color. It functions beautifully as a lip stain by tapping it against the lips and blending it softly out with fingertips, or as a long lasting cream blush. 

I'm already eyeing Tranquille, a lively and modest pink for my next acquisition. 

You can find the line now at Credo Beauty, or the Y et Beauté website.