Brand focus: Glossier

Glossier Blogger Review

One of the biggest beauty brands to hit the UK over the past few years is undoubtedly Glossier.

With the tagline 'products inspired by real life', the cosmetic giant create stunning, simplistic treats for the face and body, with a spritz of fragrance thrown in for good measure.

Glossier started out as oh-so popular blog, Into The Gloss (which is 10/10 if you are a newbie to the site). Fast forward a few years and the beauty company was born.

Playful, innovative and easy on the eye, Glossier products are now a staple for many - and for good reason.

If you're looking to sample their delights but are unsure where to start, here's a round-up of some of my favourites...

Glossier Balm Dotcom - £10

Sold in an array of flavours, Balm Dotcom is a universal skin salve that works wonders on dry skin.

Not only does it do good, but it tastes lush too. The balm is also ideal for minimal makeup days, with the majority of flavours (bar mint and coconut) having a sheer tint. Highly recommend!

Glossier Futuredew - £23

This dreamy oil serum hybrid is marketed as a skincare product - to be used as a final step in your routine following serum/moisturiser/spf. Whilst that may work for some, I personally find it works best implemented as part of my makeup.

The glossy liquid can be applied to the full face or dotted along the cheekbone (my preference) and is a must for those looking to achieve a hydrated, glossy look to the skin.


Glossier Stretch Concealer - £15

Those with skin on the drier side will love this little pot of goodness.

Buildable, hydrating and non-cakey (yes!), the Stretch Concealer is quite literally a dehydrated gals dream.

Whether you're wanting to cover dark circles, blemishes or redness, this does the trick.

Even better, choose from an impressive 12 shades.

Glossier You - £45

With notes of ambrette, iris root and sparkling pink pepper, Glossier You is a unique fragrance housed in a gorgeous pink (50ml) bottle.

Thanks to the base notes, the eu de parfum adapts to your unique skin chemistry, meaning it will smell different on each person - because who wants to smell the same as everyone else, right?



Top 5 Wellness Podcasts

The past six months I have truly rekindled my love for a good podcast.

Free, informative and oh-so enjoyable, podcasts are now becoming part of a daily routine for many.

Whether you're getting ready for the day ahead (a.k.a. getting ready for a day in the house) or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, podcasts are the perfect accompaniment for the task at hand.

Although there are many a classic out there, with the likes of Emma Gannon Ctrl Alt Delete, and Ted Talks Daily, my go-to genre centres around wellness.

From mental health and exercise, to diet and supplementation, there's something for everyone.

The Doctor's Kitchen
Dr Rupy Aujla's podcast has been going since 2017, with over 60 episodes covering a wide array of focus points, including habits, depression and yoga. Each episode, Rupy, who is a medical doctor specialising in general practice, welcomes a guest onto his channel to discuss the subject of the week.

Most of The Doctor's Kitchen episodes span anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and they really are such a fantastic investment of your time.

Recommended episodes: The Brain Gut Connection with Dr Rabia Lalani  Motivation with Joe Wicks  |  Eat for Inflammation with Dr Anita Mitra

Get Your Glow Back with Madeleine Shaw
It's almost guaranteed that you will already be familiar with Madeleine and her (fabulous) work in the world of wellness, but did you know she boasts her own podcast?

With weekly uploads, she delves into conversations on stress, meditation, food and more. Get Your Glow Back is primarily aimed at motherhood, though many of the episodes hand themselves to topics useful for all, whether you are a parent or not.

Madeleine's bubbly and knowledgable persona keeps her loyal listeners coming back for more every Tuesday.

Recommended episodes: Skin Nutrition with Erica Rodriguez  |  5 Minutes to Change Your Life with Dr Ragan Chatterjee  |  Combatting the Anxiety Epidemic with Chloe Brotheridge

Happy Place
Alongside launching a wellbeing collection in Boots, publishing three best-selling books and organising her own festival (yes, really), famed TV and radio presenter, Fearne Cotton also hosts an incredible podcast, Happy Place. There's no denying, she is a busy woman indeed.

Bringing in celebrities and experts, her podcasts are published on a weekly basis, with over 40 episodes spanning back to 2018 to enjoy. Topics covered include everything from mental health and positivity, to daydreaming and transformational breathing.

Recommended episodes: Russell Brand: In Isolation  |  Sam Fender  |  Bryony Gordon  |  Dolly Alderton  |  Rebecca Dennis

Deliciously Ella
Back in 2015 Ella Woodward quickly became a household name for those interested in the health and wellness industry.

What started as a personal project for Ella transformed (almost overnight) into a business that includes cookbooks, snacks, an app and a successful podcast - to name just a few.

The Deliciously Ella podcast is a go-to for those looking to both inspire and motivate themselves. Each episode brings a new topic, so whether you're keen to explore the ins and outs of gut health, the steps towards accepting failure, or the power of digital detox, there's something new to learn in under 60 minutes.

Recommended episodes: How to Build a Healthy, Happy Brain  |  Do We Need a Digital Detox  |  Creating a More Mindful Life  |  How to Break a Habit and Make Lasting Changes  |  How to Have a Healthy Gut

The Neom No B.S. Guide to Wellbeing
First things first, if you're yet to experience this beautiful, beautiful brand, you must visit the Neom website at once.

The Yorkshire-born wellness brand has a history not too dissimilar to Ella Woodward's, starting off small and blossoming into a well-respected, natural business that can be found in stores throughout the UK.

Alongside the products, The Neom No B.S. Guide to Wellbeing podcast launched in June 2019 and consists of six inspiring sessions with industry experts. You will find yourself learning about sleep, energy, mental health and the all-important wellbeing toolkit. A must.

Recommended episodes: All of them! Though the Chloe Brotheridge: The Anxiety Solution episode is quite appropriate for recent times.

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