love day loves

love day loves

a day that celebrates love of all kinds is definitely something that i can get behind. while i tend to think that valentine’s day can be a bit overdone, i just can’t help but support a holiday that encourages chocolate and kissing. it also brings out my inner girly girl in a big way and this year i’m craving all kinds of pretty things to help me celebrate in style.

1 – festive nonpareils (my most favorite candy) in a decadent dark
chocolate heart from edward marc chocolatier, $10

2 – five sweet, soft and stretchy hair ties from mane message, $7.40

3 – techno bubblegum nails by deborah lippmann, $18

4 – a gorgeous springtime glow in the prettiest powder blush from mark., $14

5 – a sparkling, flapper-inspired fragrance bursting with spirit from tocca, $20

6 – punchy pink peony lips that are nourished and non-sticky from jouer, $20

7 – a chic + cheery mini pouch in gold + coral from stephanie johnson, $33

tarte cosmetics

tarte favorites

tarte is one of those brands that just keeps getting better and better. they consistently put out a beautiful lineup of natural products that not only perform, but they’re pretty, too.  the brand’s mastery of color cosmetics should not be news to anyone reading, but their latest releases are so good that I was compelled to highlight a few of my favorites – old and new.

collector’s edition maracuja c-brighter eye treatment, $38 – i kind of can’t believe that i never posted about this eye cream before now, because i use it all of the time. it’s a do-it-all formula that hydrates, firms, and brightens. it’s thick enough to moisturize but still very easy to apply. my eyes LOVE this stuff.

lipsurgence skintuitive lip tint, $24 – i am yet to meet a lipsurgence shade that i don’t adore, but this one is definitely my favorite. it’s a pink pop of color that wakes up my entire face. the glossy texture is sheer and stain-y, but the balm-like formula means that i can put it onto naked lips. pure perfection.

amazonian clay 12-hour blush in achiote, $26 – coral blush can be real tricky. select one teensy shade to pink or too orange for you skin tone and you could be in big trouble. tarte’s honeysuckle option is very user-friendly. it’s a silky, matte peachy coral loaded with pink. i find it fresh and youthful.

be MATTEnificent eye & cheek palette, $36 – whoa. what is NOT to love about this gorgeous collection of universally flattering shades? with two liner/shadows, and lid options ranging from sand, taupe and peach to plum and rose, i would take this set to a deserted island. plus, that packaging? to die for.

amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer, $36 – soft and creamy, with SPF, this BB tinted moisturizer really ups the ante. ingredients like chamomile, vitamins A, C, and E work to nourish, moisturize, and calm my sensitive skin. the light-to-medium coverage is perfect for when my skin is behaving and i can’t get enough of the glow.

lights, camera, lashes inner rim brightener, $19 – let’s just say that i could not survive without this product’s wizardry. i use it on my lower inner rims the mornings after a few too many libations (or just not enough sleep) and the rest of the world is none the wiser. it zaps redness and fakes an awake’ness that i haven’t found elsewhere.

do you love tarte’s offerings as much as me? please share any favorites that i may have missed!

trish mcevoy’s makeup planner system

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i’m no stranger to trish mcevoy’s beautiful and impressively effective range of products, but what i haven’t really taken the time to explore is her makeup planner system. i may have makeup ADD, but i can fully appreciate the notion of committing to one (fully customizable) line and packing it all up inside a miniature traveling vanity. essentially, that’s what trish allows you to do. by selecting one of her planners (i find the petite to be more than enough space) and filling it with pages that you can pop any trish pan product inside, you can create a fast and easy way to put your face on each morning. each planner has a bunch of slip pockets for pencils and brushes and a removable zip pouch for tubes and tools. i’m so smitten with this concept!

here’s what’s inside my personalized petite planner:

1 – makeup wardrobing petite page (left to right: translucent finishing powder, blush face shaper 1, highlight face shaper 1, bronzer in golden): i’ve been using the blush (high on the apples) and setting powder (dusted all over) religiously, swiping the highlighter shade onto my eyes (it’s the perfect neutral) and saving the bronzer for sunnier months.

2 – instant eye lift: this product absolutely banishes puff and fatigue if you follow trish’s “triangle of light” as opposed to the half-moon approach that most of us use.

3 – eye base essentials: primes and brightens beautifully!

4 – high volume mascara: the best mascara ever, i wiggle the wand from base to tips for naturally plentiful lashes.

5 – shadow liner in smoky quartz: creamy and shimmery, i concentrate this raisin shade in the center of my lid and blend outward for slighty smoky effect.

6 – precision brow shaper: delivers a fully defined brow. my new favorite trick is to leave the inner corners slightly unkempt for a more natural look.

7 – sheer lip, in vibrant pink: the prettiest pop of peony! color is weightless and conditions lips while you wear, providing color and care in one step.

8 – instant pick me up lips, shimmer: a blooming lip gloss that transforms into a lasting stain. i love the way this shade transforms differently depending on your skin tone.

even with all of that, there’s still room for my favorite foundation, lash curler, and roll-on perfume. this is a brilliant way for gals on the go to bring their beauty on the road, don’t you think?

my ten favorite product finds of 2013

it’s been a very good year for the glossarie and the growth of my beauty bag and makeup routine is further proof of all the wonderful products that i was introduced to in 2013. ten products have become everyday, you-will-have-to-pry-them-out-of-my-cold-dead-hands favorites. these are the bars against which all other products in their category are measured. so without further ado, here are the best of the best:

top 10 of 2013


1 – chapstick hydration lock

2 –stila countless color pigment in lyric

3 – mark. make it rich lip crayon – how these never made it into their own post,
i will never know! coverage is creamy and intense, super comfortable and long-wearing. peony is my winter shade of choice, with punch being my year-round go-to.

4 – maybelline volum’express the falsies big eyes

5 – smashbox camera ready cc cream

6 – bite lush lip tint in orchard – another product that snuck into the top 10 without a post. this glossy, moisturizing, hot pink is the one thing that wakes me up each
morning. i’m obsessed with the formula and the color is so poppy and fresh.

7 – benefit gimme brow

8 – my partnership with simple skincare in 2013 was a true blessing for my problem skin! i have fallen in love with every product in the range and i love the calm, clear effects
that each one delivers with no surprises as to how my skin will react.

9 – real techniques expert face brush

10 – jouer perfume oil

is there something that you discovered via the glossarie
that’s still holding steady in your daily beauty routine?

maggie’s top 10 of 2013

maggie's top 10 of 2013

1 – i remembered that i had eyebrows this year, and that it might be nice to take care of them and even highlight them every once in awhile. it cosmetics brow power perfector is the 5-in-1 powder gel pencil that came to my brow rescue, serving as a fill-in powder, pencil, taming gel, conditioning treatment, and brow brush all in one (i’ve been using the the ‘universal taupe’ shade to define and fill in my arches).

2 – i briefly noted my love for the stella by stella mccartney rollerball perfume here, but the quick mention does not do nearly enough justice to how much i use this bad boy. the sweet and subtle combo of rose, amber and mandarin is my daily perfume and in my purse at all times.

3 – who knew that a free birthday gift from sephora would become one of my top ten beauty staples this year? i swipe benefit’s watt’s up! highlighter under my brows and on my cheekbones every day to wake my face up.

4 – sally hansen’s super shine has become a favorite for DIY manicures. i know matte nails were trendy this past year, but i still love a shiny fnish, and this top coat does the trick (while really making color last – we’re talking a solid five days).

5 – maybelline’s color elixir in signature scarlet has become my new go-to red lip, adding a glossy, youthful twist to an always classic look.

6 – the super dark, completely clump-free and layer-able smashbox photo op eye brightening mascara is now my daily mascara – i love how it separates and defines each lash. a blend of blue pigments in the formula make lashes seems so defined in contrast to the whites of your eyes. i haven’t found a mascara this good since dior’s diorshow.

7 – i’m a sucker for celebrity endorsements, so when i heard about lauren conrad’s hair stylist’s can’t-live-without product, i had to get my hands on it. i’ve been spritzing healthy sexy hair soy tri-wheat leave-in conditioner on after every shower and i am loving the results: soft, noticeably shinier locks (but never greasy). by restoring hair’s ph balance, it essentially presses the “restart” button for your hair. since i’ve started using it i’ve had multiple friends ask me if i’ve gotten my hair cut – that’s how healthy and fresh it’s made my hair look.

8 – like lara, i’ve become addicted to simple’s revitalizing eye roll-on. it’s become my little morning wake-up ritual, after i’ve washed my face and moisturized, to sweep this cooling rollerball underneath my eyes. it de-puffs, wakes me up immediately and is the perfect primer for my undereye concealer.

9 – speaking of undereye concealer, benefit’s fake up was my new best friend in 2013. this super moisturizing concealer hides even the darkest of my circles, and, as it promises, never creases. what a welcome addition to my makeup bag!

10 – i’d heard so much about the magical josie maran pure argan oil, and i have to say it lives up to its reputation. a single drop of it on damp hair makes me feel like my split ends have disappeared, and no other product has made my hair feel quite this silky. the double-whammy oil can also be used to moisturize your skin and has been a lifesaver for my dry winter cuticles.

christmas wishes

christmas wishes

confession: the stocking is always my favorite part of christmas because that’s where all of the beauty goodies are usually hiding. i have a swarm of cosmetic wishes this year and i can’t wait to see which ones come true.

1 – every celebrity and makeup artist under the sun claims cle de peau concealer ($70) to be life changing. it wins at everything from blending to coverage, texture and flawless concealing. it’s about time i bit the bullet. i need it.

2 – i need another neutral shadow like i need a hole in the head, but something about nars mississippi mermaid ($24) is calling to me. it’s the perfect champagne for an overall lid color, inner corner highlight and for brow bone brightening.

3 – these new blush cremes from clarins ($30) are gorgeous. if i could, i would hoard all four shades and cocktail them together for the prettiest in natural and smooth cheek color. bonus: natural oils and vitamin e give them a hydrating leg up over other options.

4 – this bottle promises volume, smoothness, conditioning, strength, and polish, all in one oil-free formula. with weightless shine, manageable body, heat protection, and even static control, living proof perfect hair day ($26) is everything i could ever want and more.

5 – i have learned to love applying my foundation with a dense rounded brush. make up for ever medium highlighter brush ($37) was recently recommended to me for the ultimate in flawless coverage and i can’t get my hands on it fast enough.

6 – overnight hydration masks are my sole winter skin salvation. dr. jart water fuse water-max sleeping mask ($48) locks in moisture bringing new meaning to “beauty sleep.” i love that it does not need to be washed off and works its magic all night long.

7 – and also, world peace.

happy christmas beauties! what’s on your wishlist this year?

november beauty wishes

november beauty wishes

the shopping ban is still going strong here in glossarie’land so as you can imagine, my wish list is growing at an impossible rate. with the holidays right around the corner, i am finding that my lemmings have a festive feel – from glittery nails to a shimmery faux fur cosmetic bag, it truly tis the season.

vaseline lip therapy rosy lips, $1.99 – long lasting moisture that protects as it soothes and hydrates, now with a beautiful pink tint. this beauty has previously only been available in the uk and it has finally landed stateside. (available at food, drug, and mass retailers nationwide.)

sally hansen complete salon manicure in mermaids tale, $6.49 – i normally stay away from super glitters, but the teal tones in this one really speak to me. i’m envisioning the possibilities of an accent nail flanked by my favorite navy lacquer.

tom ford brow sculptor, $42 – brow goddess cara delevigne’s makeup artist recommends that for filling brows in it’s best to use a cream textured product for a natural look. tom ford’s option is serious and i think it’s high time i made the investment.

stephanie johnson alex sparkle cosmetic in geneva black, $48 – shimmering black sequins set against a feathery faux fur? what’s not to love! in truth, i’ve got my eye on this beauty to use as a cocktail clutch because it’s way too pretty to just keep on my vanity.

rms beauty buriti bronzer, $28 – the prettiest cream bronzer that i ever did see, i absolutely must have this iridescent brown in my collection. reviews claim that it’s light and non-greasy but it’s the COLOR that has me crazily swooning.

tata harper resurfacing mask, $55 – my skin needs treating when the weather turns cold. when my skin gets dry, my pores seal up and i’m left with a lovely crop of zits. this resurfacing mask promises to exfoliate and refresh without irritating. sign me up!

a luxe little friday

my ultra luxe wish list

happy freakin’ friday, beauties! i don’t know if this week was as much of a haul for you as it was for me, but i don’t think that i have ever been happier to lay eyes on the weekend.

as some of you know, my husband and i are in the throes of homebuilding (so exciting! so stressful!). if all goes to plan, our house will be done about a week and a half before christmas and i vowed since the beginning that i would go on a shopping ban starting october first until we’re in the new place.

holy hell, this is going to be HARD.

since i can’t shop, i’m counting on all of you to do it for me. just be kind, ok?

here are a few things that i’ve got my wishful eye on and one beautiful candle that is like a little burst of sunshine in our current condo.

i’m picturing this sweet pea tray set atop my dresser, catching all of my beauty products in test phase and stud earrings (which are constantly on the loose). i can also see it as a home for my perfumes and mane message hair ties.

i discovered this jonathan adler specs case via meg biram and it’s got my name all over it! i’ve been on the hunt for a new place to tuck my sunnies and this velvet-paneled, padded, and downright ADORABLE case is obviously the solution.

you might recall that i fell hard for rosie jane’s tilly fragrance. the coordinating soy wax candle is gorgeous! we haven’t even lit it yet and it’s been filling our living room with the sweet scents of summer. love!

is this chantecaille zebra kabuki the most gorgeous cosmetic brush ever? it’s so unbelievably soft and it’s just begging for a permanent home in my life – perhaps on my sweet pea tray. i would dunk it in high definition powder and dust it all over my body.

this might be my favorite designer collaboration of all time: jewelry designer lisa salzer (aka lulu frost) for bobbi brown. the bb team teased this vintage-inspired swarovski-encrusted compact in their holiday gift guide and i just know that i need it. i don’t even know what’s inside (powder? a mirror?) and i don’t care.

september beauty wishes

september beauty wishes


casa ramos (aka glossarie hq) truly is a revolving door for beauty products. i am on a first name basis with my ups man, and the fed ex guy knows that i work from home so he just knocks once and leaves packages at my door. you will never hear me complain about the generosity of the brands that support the glossarie. it is because of their kindness that i’m able to test and review as many products as i do! all of that being said, i am still an avid beauty shopper. my reach goes way past the limits of things that are sent to me for consideration and this month i’m craving a handful of pretty products:

prabal garung for sally hansen in loden green: this one graced the runways in february and it will finally be available this month! army green is going to be my go-to nail shade for fall. i love that it’s unexpected, more interesting than navy, and so surprisingly chic. this particular shade is limited edition, so once you see it, do not wait!

diorshow fusion mono eyeshadow in meteore, $30: this coppery gold will be perfect for creating a sophisticated gilded eye. the metallic finish is so on-trend and the darker shade is a nice update on my usual champagne shadow. i plan to concentrate this shadow all over my lid for a glowy little halo, adding a few coats of mascara for impact.

trish mcevoy instant eye lift concealer, $38: word on the street is that this wonder product goes far beyond the triangle of light. beauty editors have touted its powers in concealing everything from blemishes to around-the-nose redness, and even the occasional scar (arms and legs not excluded). i’m thinking there’s nothing it can’t do.

oribe creme for style, $35: i have been nursing a sample of this stuff since the neiman marcus fall beauty event. i am nearing ever closer to the last drop and it has dawned on me that i will need the full size. when i use it, my hair is full, shapely, and well, perfect. style lasts easily for two days. this might be the best blow-in creme ever.

almay smart shade blush, $11: call me a sucker for cute packaging, but those polka dots are speaking to me. plus, i have never been known to resist a self-adjusting anything and i love the different shades of pink in this one. also, kate hudson (allegedly) wears it and she’s kind of a goddess.

paul & joe limited edition lipstick cases, $5 each: you can pair these with any paul & joe lipstick for the ultimate in beauty accessorizing. i especially love the tribal print, but those peach-toned roses would look so nice on a tangerine orange like once upon a time. any of the three are sure to look so good coming out of my new favorite clutch.

now, which to buy first?

cocktail party pretty

cocktail party pretty
i’m over at belle belle beauty blog today talking about my very favorite party products!