Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Glisten & Glow Purse Essentials

Good afternoon, dear readers!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and those in the east coast were safe during the storm!  I used to live in North Carolina, and I definitely don't miss the stress of preparing and then holding down the fort during hurricanes.  I have several friends in the north east coast, and I know a few are currently without power.  I am hoping that everything is remedied very quickly so that you all can resume your normal lives!

As for today's post, I have a couple items by Glisten & Glow I wanted to share with you.  My friend Jill is the creator and mastermind behind the brand of luscious customizable bath and body products, and there is something for everyone!  From the basics like shampoo and conditioner to pampering products (I'm looking at you bubble bath and massage oil!), you can find something for all the men and women in your life!  What sets Glisten & Glow apart from other bath and body lines is that it is truly customizable.  Products are not pre-made and waiting to be shipped, and customers get to choose their choice of fragrance from a jaw-dropping list of over 90 scents.  Interested in a particular scent but think it may be too strong?  Talk with Jill and she'll scent it very lightly.  This feature alone has been a blessing for me since I am so sensitive to smells now.  Jill has very kindly provided the scents that I love but toned them down so I can still enjoy them.  Another feature of the brand that I love is that the labels themselves are customizable!  It is a nice touch that makes the products truly feel like they are yours, and you can stake your claim by having "All Mine" written on the labels.  :)  Can you tell that I am excited about the brand yet?

I have a few Glisten & Glow products to review for you, and I decided to break it up into two posts.  This first post I am going to focus on what I consider to be purse essentials.  Let's do this!

Beeswaxed Lips
First up is the Glisten & Glow Beeswaxed Lips.  I had to get the limited edition Pumpkin Cheesecake flavour, and it smells so yummy!  I'm a big fan of lip products, and this one did not disappoint.  A blend of beeswax, oils, and vitamin E, Beeswaxed Lips is very nourishing for dry, chapped lips, but it still feels amazingly light.  It is not thick, goopy, or greasy, and is a welcome addition to my bag.  Due to the nature of flavoring and scents, Beeswaxed Lips are not available in all the scents offered by Glisten & Glow.  Pumpkin Cheesecake is one of three flavours that are part of the limited edition fall lineup available in a jumbo tin, and Glisten & Glow offers other flavours in the standard-sized tin.  Due to size contraints, the Beeswaxed Lips labels are not customizable.  

Hand Sanitizer
Another essential for in my purse is the hand sanitizer.  Glisten & Glow offers this product in three sizes: 2 oz, 4 oz, and 8 oz; and the 2oz bottle fits perfectly in my bag.  With my education in microbiology, I am far from a germophobe, but hand sanitizer is a necessity now that cold and flu season is quickly approaching.  I have used a lot of different hand sanitizers, and the first thing I noticed about the product from Glisten & Glow is that is isn't quite as thick as some other brands.  Woohoo!  No fighting to get a too-thick gel out of the bottle!  I'm sure it seems petty to some people, but I find it irritating when I have to struggle to even get a product out of its container.  At best what it means is that it goes unused in my bag, and at worst, it gets tossed in the nearest trash can regardless of how full it might be.  Wasteful I know, but seriously, what is the point of holding on to something you don't use?  I digress, so let me get back to the review.  I love that I could get the product out on to my hands easily, and it was wonderful!  Another surprising feature was the finish it left on my hands.  If you use hand sanitizer, you know just how drying they can be, but this was not the case with the Glisten & Glow hand sanitizer.  My hands felt smooth if not a touch moisturized, and I dare say this is the perfect hand sanitizer.  Did you look closely at the picture yet?  If so, you may have noticed that the scent is Coconut & Lemongrass, a scent not officially offered by Glisten & Glow.  Yes, dear readers, yours truly can sometimes be a bit of a pain in the tuckus, and Jill graciously blended her coconut and lemongrass scents for me at my request.  I must say the combination is awesome, and I now want everything to smell like it!  As much as I love coconut, the scent is just a tad too bland for my liking, and the lemongrass adds the perfect touch of pizzazz to win me over.  Of course it may explain my sudden craving for Thai food....

Glis-tics Cuticle Oil

The final product in my Glisten & Glow purse essential lineup is the Glis-tics roller ball cuticle oil.  Thanks to the dry weather in Arizona and doing a lot of polish swatching for my blog, I go through a lot of moisturizers for my hands, but cuticle oil truly is the best at nourishing dry, cracking cuticles.  Cuticle oils can be messy to apply and not something you want to deal with when you are out and about, but the Glis-tics roller ball is the perfect solution to this problem.  A quick little roll across the cuticles adds just the right amount of oil where it is needed and *gasp* no more getting oil drops on your clothes.  Bye-bye mess!  I can be a bit of a packaging snob, and the blue glass vials are so elegant and classy.  I feel like a million bucks when I pull this baby out of my bag, and I have to admit, that feels pretty darn good!  As for the scent, I decided to go with Sangria White Peach, Glisten & Glow's top selling fragrance, and oh my, is it delicious!  It may be a little more suited towards more people than my beloved coconut & lemongrass combination, and I can certainly see why people love it!  Now if only I can decide what I want my next scent to be....

Here are some links that you may want to check out:  Glisten & Glow's Facebook pageBlog (which also has links to Glisten & Glow products long the top), and the Bigcartel shop.

Until next time, dear readers, stay good, or just don't get caught!  ;)    

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