Glossier Just Dropped A Sunscreen! Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ Pictures and Guest Review

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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After 2 years in the making, meet the Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+.

Oooooh! Aaaaah! The packaging on this is completely not what I was expecting by the way. I always envisioned a squeeze tube and their traditional white and Glossier Pink color scheme, so the columnar bottle and shocking chartreuse threw me through a loop. Personally, I'm not a fan of the aesthetics of this package but hey. The bottle is filled with 1 oz/30 mL of product and retails for $34, however you can get 20% off your first order if you shop with me, and because of the price this automatically goes over the threshold of $30 for free shipping.

The Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ was formulated because the people over at Glossier couldn't find a sunscreen that everyone agreed on, and so instead they decided to formulate one without any greasiness, no white cast, that wouldn't mess with makeup applied on top of it, and that didn't feel heavy on the skin. In addition to sounding like the best sunscreen known to man on paper (I can't sign off on these claims just yet, folks), it's supposed to also protect against pollution which, next to UVA/UVB damage, is one of the most harmful external forces on your skin. So lemme get this straight... 35 SPF with pollution/free-radical fighting ingredients? This is more than I could have ever dreamed for.

The key ingredients of this product are as followed:
Active Microcapsules: Tiny spheres packed with UVA/UVB filters freshly delivered to your skin with ever application.
H2O: Watergel formula with no drying alcohol and no thick, greasy ingredients for a texture that disappears onto skin. 
Antioxidant Complex: Powerful mix of Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli, and Aloe Leaf extracts help neutralize free radicals inside skin.
Fermented Yeast and Vegetal Extract: Create an invisible and breathable matrix on top of skin that prevents pollution from getting in.  
Sweet Orange Essential Oil: For a pleasant citrusy scent.  
Aaaand here are the ingredients:

I've been keeping a laundry list of items I wish Glossier would come out with, and SPF is right up there with a mascara, so I was delighted to learn that May was the month all - ok, half - of my dreams would come true! I will say that I am a little iffy about the orange essential oil since I tend to find orange scented things nauseating, but hopefully it's a subtle hint and not a strong waft.

I wasn't lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of this during the pre-launch, but you can bet your mother that I was up as early as possible to ensure I grabbed a bottle this morning. Now, like thousands of other Glossier and skin care enthusiasts, I'm waiting rather impatiently for my little cardboard box to get here in the mail.

Even though I can't say anything about the formula, I do have a fellow Glossier rep, Dymond Moore, who managed to get her hands on it, and this is what she has to say;

TheScienceOfChic: How long does it take to sink in?
Dymond: It sinks in almost immediately after application. I'm talking 10 to 15 seconds.
TSOC: Does it leave any feelings on the face, i.e. tightness, powderiness, oiliness... anything at all?
D: It doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or sticky like my other physical sunscreen. 
TSOC: Have you noticed any interactions with it and makeup? 
 D: It plays well with Perfecting Skin Tint, Cloud Paint, and ColourPop Blush, but I haven't tried it with much else. 
TSOC: Tell me your favorite AND least favorite things about it.
 D: WHY IS IT $34?? I hate the price - not good for a student budget, and I just don't think it's worth the price. It's average (to me). I like that there's no white cast, and the lemon scent.

Beauteque April BB Bag + Coupon Code!

Monday, May 1, 2017
PR Sample

Howdy, y'all! I know I haven't talked about it much (or at all) on this platform, but I've been really getting into Korean skincare as of late. You'd be hard pressed to find a more innovative and exciting region for skincare since brands are constantly having to stay on their top-game with products and innovation to please a very informed and picky consumer base. That is precisely why I'm so intrigued by it - there's always something new and there is never a dull moment. If you remember my last post, you know that I no longer say yes to working with companies or reviewing products just to stay up-to-date, instead I want all of my content to be enthusiastically created just like this post. Thank you so much to Beauteque for reaching out to me and sending me their BB Bag.

The reason I'm making this post is to fill the gaps in my unboxing video. I wanted my reactions to be genuine, and since it was so off-book, I found myself completely unprepared to talk about most of the products since nearly all of them have instructions in - you've guessed it - Korean! Plus, some of these products are really pretty and I wanted to get a few shots of them in before I inevitably demolish them... seriously, I go through skincare like water.

The first thing I saw in the box was their card for this service. Large, cute, and to the point! I REALLY like that Beauteque included pictures, information, and prices about the products since sometimes that isn't a given with subscription services. The card also has a very thoughtfully placed QR code that has even MORE information about the products, and, most importantly, the list of ingredients.]

The packaging on the Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Magic Wand For Lip & Eye Remover  is absolutely adorable, plus the convenience of having pre-loaded remover swabs is really nifty! I don't regularly use makeup remover since my cleanser does a great job of obliterating anything on my face, but I'm excited to test them out when I fly up to Oregon in a few weeks.

Ingredient list and analysis.

I've heard of A'Pieu, but I've never tried it before. This Aqua Nature Dewdrop Clouding Cream is one of two items from the brand that I'll be testing out. For a $14 cream, I'm really impressed with the packaging - it makes it look a lot more high-end. Since I'm always on the prowl for good, yet affordable skincare, I'm hoping this one works out for me! Oddly enough, this does contain Titanium Dioxide, but it doesn't specify that it has SPF properties anywhere on the packaging. 

Can we just talk about the *~AeStHeTiC~* here though? What a handsome product! This A'Pieu Base Maker came at a really great time since I've been a few weeks without facial SPF (whoopsie). This has 30 SPF with a PA++ rating, so not the best protection you can get, but also not the worst. I've actually used this a few times and it seems to work on my skin quite nicely, which makes me happy because it's only $9 and leagues ahead of the American ones in terms of comfort and price... plus it's really effing pretty. It is really thick though, so I like to thin it out with a serum to make it easily spreadable. It also has one hell of a white cast, which makes sense because it is a literal white base.

This Somang M Cerade Professional Texturizing Hair Essence was the wildcard of the bunch for me since it was the only brand that I wasn't familiar with. Honestly, I thought there were going to be more brands or more products that I'd never heard of, but this ended up being the only one *shrug*. I've been wanting to try out a hair essence for a few months now, so it's pretty cool that one ended up in here, but I'm surprised at how thick this thing is. The texture, and scent, is very much like a gel-ish conditioner. I haven't had the opportunity to try it out yet, so I can't report on how it works, but a review is pretty likely to pop up eventually. Also, there is/was a bit of a discrepency on pricing on this between the card (listed as $17.99), and the website ($15)... I don't know what that was all about, but I've put the correct(?) price in the link. 

I didn't include the ingredient analysis on this because the website wouldn't allow me to make a page on it, but feel free to peek at them in the above link.

Heck yeah, sheet masks! Well, heck yeah even if this Etude House Honey Jelly Lips Patch isn't technically a sheet mask, but is still in the same category. Etude House is another brand that I've heard about, but have never tried, and I don't even know why since this stuff is pretty accessible here in the States. I've used a few lip patches in my day, but all three varieties were domestic, so I'm going to have some fun seeing how they stack up to an O.G. 

Ok, so I totally misidentified the Skin Food Vita Nail Essence as a nail polish in the video, but can you really blame me? It comes in a polish bottle and even has the phrase "formula COLOURS and covers in one quick, mistake-proof stroke". After using it, I can definitely confirm that it is indeed an essence and is not a nail color. It's a'ight... not amazing, but it does condition the cuticles a bit.

I'd include an ingredients list, but it literally says "vitamins and keratin". Wat. I can't find it anywhere else either, which is a little weird. 

This bag is valued at $59, which is a little more than twice the subscription cost of $24 + $3.95 shipping. Not bad... not bad, says I. There is a decent variety in the six, full-size products making this bag totally worth it to me!

If you're interested in this and want to save a lil' cash, you can use the code "YOUTUBE10" for 10% off your first bag. I'm not getting any commission from that code, btw. Just wanted to be transparent.
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