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    Glossier: Wowder Review

    It’s not powder, it’s Wowder.

    Last week, Glossier dropped its brand new loose powder after much speculation on whether or not Wowder would be a Glossier product. I was a little hesitant to order this new launch, as I’ve never been a huge fan of powders and I love a good dewy (aka classic Glossier) look for my daily makeup and skincare. Nevertheless, Glossier claimed Wowder to be “unlike any powder you’ve met before,” and my expectations were very much exceeded.

    I purchased the Wowder Duo which retails for $35 (US) and included the powder and a brush with a super cute little pouch. You can purchase each of these individually as well, the Wowder being $22 and the brush being $20. By purchasing the duo, you save $7 which I have to applaud Glossier for. They do everything in their power to make their products friendly to everyone’s wallets, like a few months ago when they reduced the price of the Phase One Set from $80 to $45! While I didn’t necessarily need the Wowder brush, the price of the set altogether was light enough that I had to go for it. Plus, there’s a little Glossier G on the bottom of the brush which is just adorable.

     

    The packaging for Wowder is brilliant. My previous issue with powder was that I would always end up applying way too much and making a mess everywhere. Wowder’s trampoline mesh applicator prevents you from ever making those mistakes. You simply press the brush against the trampoline to release as much powder as you need, swirl the brush around the tub, and voila! You’re ready to apply Wowder, and you haven’t wasted any product. The lid of the Wowder has a piece on the inside that holds itself against the trampoline mesh to further prevent any loss of product. Snaps to Glossier’s packaging team, they couldn’t have done this better if they tried.

    I wear the shade Medium in Glossier’s Stretch Concealer and Perfecting Skin Tint, so I went with Light/Medium for my Wowder. Wowder comes in 3 adaptable shades: Light/Medium, Dark/Deep, and Rich. While some people take issue with so few shades, Glossier’s shade ranges tend to be so adaptable that even a shade slightly too light or too dark will still work for you, especially when it comes to their Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer. Light/Medium Wowder seemed perfect for me as someone with somewhat-tan Asian skin, but I can understand why I’ve heard a couple of girls complain that they are too pale for Light/Medium Wowder.

    I applied Wowder last to set my makeup and “undo the dew.” In my before image, all I have on my skin aside from my usual makeup is Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint and Haloscope (normally should be applied after Wowder) which are known to give you a dewy finish, so this really put Wowder to the test. It’s totally weightless; I almost couldn’t even tell I was wearing it at first. It leaves your skin still looking like skin (you can thank the diamond powder for that!) and it doesn’t cake up like other powders. As I mentioned before, I’m a sucker for dewy skin and I was afraid the matte look would make my skin appear chalky and flat. Wowder still left my skin looking fresh and glowing, and still matte, and I loved having complete control over how much dewiness I wanted. It’s the perfect in between for my taste.

    Wowder is a winner in my books, and I can’t wait to use this stuff religiously as we’re coming into the fall and the dewy skin trend begins to hibernate for the winter.

    Don’t forget, I am a rep for Glossier, meaning if you shop with me, you can get 20% off your first order, plus free shipping if you order 2 or more things. Purchasing the Wowder Duo through my link will knock off an additional $7 bringing the $35 price down to $28. While I am a rep for the brand, all opinions are my own and I wouldn’t recommend a product unless I absolutely loved it!

    TRAVEL

    A Love Letter to Rhode Island

    Growing up a hop, skip, and a jump away from New Jersey’s beautiful beaches, I haven’t had the need, nor the desire to check out any of the East Coast’s other beaches. I figured I had the best of the coast at my fingertips, and if I wanted to find better, the West Coast was where I had to go. I was so wrong.

    On a short weekend trip to New England with family, I was lucky to escape Massachusetts for a few hours to run off to Rhode Island, where I fell in love with Bristol and Newport, and especially the little towns we drove through to get to our destinations. I could immediately see why they make so many films and TV shows about this kind of small town charm (Gilmore Girls, anyone?).

    Jason and I started in Bristol, RI where we wandered Colt State Park and admired the view. We stopped by a little farm and met a bull, a herd of sheep, and the sweetest little cats in New England. We stopped by Quito’s for some clam cakes and fried clams like a true New Englander, which happened to sit right on the water and be the perfect sunset watching spot. The following day we took a drive to Newport, RI where we wandered along Second Beach, unsure if we should feast our eyes on the sunset over the gently crashing waves or St. George’s prep school sitting on the hill that looked like a snapshot from Scotland. It was a multi sensory experience at its finest.

    What I could not get over was how clean the water is – from the surface it looked clean enough to drink, to bathe in… I wish I could say the same about my beloved Jersey beaches. Don’t get me wrong, Ocean City, NJ will always be my beach. It’s a little chunk of home, while RI is more of a vacation spot for me. The ginormous rocks, the homes sitting on the water, the sunsets, left me speechless, not to mention the friendly faces of every one on the beaches and strolling the shop filled streets.

    Rhode Island, I’ll see you in my dreams.

    xx.

    Truly Madly Guilty on Kindle Paperwhite

     

    BEAUTY

    I’m a Glossier Rep!

     

    So it’s not exactly news that I’m a HUGE Glossier fan, nor is it news that I am one of their reps (if you follow me on Instagram I’ve likely bombarded you with posts and stories raving about Glossier). But, with this being a brand new blog, I felt this was worthy of a post. I became one of their official reps this past May, and I was so excited to be asked by a company I adore to be a part of their rep program! As a rep, not only do I have my own page on Glossier’s site, but I get to offer you guys 20% off your order if its your first time shopping with me, plus, if you purchase 2 or more items you automatically qualify for free shipping. My top picks are listed on my page with a little blurb about why I love them, and I also talk a little bit about them in my introductory video! Happy shopping!

    BOOKS

    Book Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

    It’s officially August, the “Sunday” of summer. We’re in the last full month of summer (break in my case), and it’s a little depressing. For me, the perfect cure for when I’m feeling a little down is a light read, which is exactly what I found in Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This novel has been sitting on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads for a short while, after seeing so much hype about it. Truth be told, the plot summary didn’t exactly interest me when I first read the inside sleeve, but what really did, was the book’s gorgeous cover. This is the kind of book I wouldn’t mind carrying around with me and flashing it around at a coffee shop, because it’s just so darn cute. For someone who’s heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover” time and time again, I always find myself guilty judging books by their covers, and this one got me more than the actual plot did!

    “It was about the inestimable burden of their lives: the work, the houses, the friendships, the marriages, the children, as if all the things they’d wanted and worked for had cemented the impossibility of any sort of happiness.” – Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

    The novel begins at a Christening party for Franny Keating, hosted by her parents Fix and Beverly Keating. Albert Cousins shows up uninvited, kisses Beverly Keating, and realizes this is the life he was meant to live. The problem is, Fix is married to Beverly, Bert is married to Teresa, and combined, they have a grand total of six children…but this doesn’t stop Bert. This one kiss at a christening party manages to break up two marriages, while suddenly blending the families together and changing their lives as they know it. The story takes place over the course of several decades, showing how this one action affected them through adulthood.

    “This was the pleasure of a long life: the way some things worked themselves out.”  – Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I had hoped. The overwhelming number of characters was my initial turnoff, followed by the fact that a portion of these characters were extremely unlikeable. Certain plot lines that I’m pretty sure were supposed to be heart-wrenching, fell a little flat on my end, and I don’t think I was feeling all of the emotions I was supposed to feel. What kept me going through the novel was the incredible character development of Franny Keating. While my feelings towards certain characters flip flopped throughout the book, I was constantly rooting for her, as she was just an all around great character, and also one of the funniest. In my opinion, Commonwealth didn’t exactly live up to all of the hype is was getting, but it was exactly what I was looking for – a light summer read. If you’re looking for a novel you can cruise through on a plane or a train ride, Commonwealth couldn’t be more perfect.

     

    Rating: 3.5/5