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Tubular Products For My Lips: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

So many of the most beloved lip balms and glosses come in a convenient tube. (I am not one for sticking my finger in a pot, and carrying around a lip brush can be a real pain.) There’s something about the slick application of color from a tube that leaves an almost glaze-like finish on lips, with extra-pigmented shine.

Here are my of-the-moment favorites for totally tubular lips. From top to bottom:

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My Purse-Sized Beauty Survival Kit: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

I have a gaggle of Stephanie Johnson’s Mini Pouches and they are the absolute best to throw in my purse for toting around all of the essentials. I love keeping all of these little things together without having to dig for them at the bottom of my bag! Here’s what I have stuffed inside my Stephanie Johnson Mini Pouch:

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Five Shades I’ll Be Wearing on My Nails All Summer: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

As a beauty blogger, I go through a lot of nail polish. With all of the shades that come across my desk, there are a handful of formulas that have risen to the top for me in terms of performance. Here are five of my favorite brands and their best shades for summer (some old flames, and some new kids on the block).

From pinky to thumb:
Sheswai Lacquer in Honey Fox: I am obsessed with this red for fingers and toes, it always looks great.

Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets: I know this one is a bit dark, but I love navy in the summer!

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Pretty For a Penny With Drugstore Skincare: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

I test dozens of skincare products monthly, but falling in love with the really expensive ones can be heaven for my skin and hell for my wallet. Luckily, I found a few drugstore favorites that keep my skin woes in check while doing minimal damage to my bank account.

I use Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser morning and evening to break up oil, detoxify, and remove makeup. It’s gentle yet highly effective on my acne-prone skin.

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What’s On My Desk, From Lara of The Glossarie: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

Take a peek at my desk and you’re sure to see a bundle of beauty products that changes from one day to the next. This week, it’s littered with four products awaiting their turn for the top spot on The Glossarie.

1. Murad Gentle Acne Treatment Gel is currently serving as my night cream. It’s been perfect to help heal my summer breakouts quickly, without wreaking havoc on the healthy skin on my face.

2. Basq Cucumber Tea Soothing Eye Gel is a saving grace for tired, sun-soaked skin. It’s cooling and instantly fights swelling and puffiness. Tip: Store it in the fridge for an energizing boost.

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Guest Blogger: Hobo International Angela

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. While it started as a straightforward beauty blog two years ago, The Glossarie has become a full-on outlet for chicness of all kinds. This week, Lara shares five pretty products and ideas that add a little fun to her world.


While my first love is beauty, my adoration for handbags is not far behind. To showcase my obsessive bag-lady status, I dedicate a weekly post to purses in The Glossarie on Thursdays.

Now if you’re like me, you tote more than your fair share of products in your handbag: a lip gloss here, a bronzer there…now where oh where is my blush brush? Not to mention a mirror, a hair elastic, my phone, keys, wallet, and sunnies. Seriously, it’s a jungle in there! I also find that switching purses from day to evening, weekday to weekend means that I’m constantly forgetting something somewhere.

Until now.

Birchboxers, meet Angela. Angela, meet the Birchboxers. Angela is a super-soft convertible bag from Hobo International with a hide-away strap that allows her to go from shoulder bag to clutch in the blink of an eye. Gone are the days of leaving behind a treasured lip balm in your Saturday/Sunday handbag because your practical weekday carryall just became your go-to evening favorite. The extra tumbled leather gives Angela a broken-in look and the vintage-inspired pleat detailing makes this bag feel fresh for fall. Best of all? The oversize frame means you can stash your life inside her roomy, poppy-printed interior.

Now what about those beauty products?

Well, Angela hides three generous slip pockets, a zip pocket, and a key hook. A strong magnetic closure keeps all your treasures safely inside until you’re ready to touch things up. You can find Angela at hobobags.com starting next month!

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Guest Blogger: My Starting Lineup For Lip Products

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. While it started as a straightforward beauty blog two years ago, The Glossarie has become a full-on outlet for chicness of all kinds. This week, Lara shares five pretty products and ideas that add a little fun to her world.


While some days it feels like I’m a full-time beauty tester, I’m strangely simple when it comes to the products I actually use every day. I pride myself on a well-edited little group, with no piece of permanent beauty booty like another in my stash.  And I must say that I love my current lip collection. Here’s how it shapes up, from top to bottom:

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover: A gorgeous golden pink that delivers more shine than I ever thought possible from a pencil. The glossy finish isn’t sticky at all, plus I can apply it sans mirror, which is a major bonus.

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Enchanted: Moisturizing with insane staying power and especially great for the beach and pool because it doesn’t splash off. I love wearing it when I’m running around barefaced, too. It gives a pretty polish with its youthful, popsicle pink shade.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita: A truly non-drying matte lip pencil—’nuff said. But it’s the shade I really adore. The dusty rose is my go-to for when I want a little something extra. This is my ‘my lips but better’ lippie.

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink: A bold, bright bubblegum-y princess pink and let me tell you, it’s crazy fun. I even sported it to an interview (I got the job!) and now I call it my secret weapon. It’s an instant confidence booster.

Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate: A luxurious lip gloss in summer-perfect coral. This should be in everyone’s makeup bag as far as I’m concerned. It brightens up your whole face and it’s also very moisturizing.

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: The best nude lip shade EVER! It’s warm and rich in color, smells like lemon cookies and feels like a dream on your lips—I swear I will cry if they ever stop making this.

What do you think of my starting lineup? Do you edit your lip collection or would it dwarf mine a million times over?

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Guest Blogger: The Nude Mani Goes Disco

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. While it started as a straightforward beauty blog two years ago, The Glossarie has become a full-on outlet for chicness of all kinds. This week, Lara shares five pretty products and ideas that add a little fun to her world.


I’m crazy about the nude manicure—nothing makes my fingers look more lean and feminine. I didn’t think that I could love the look anymore, but then I discovered this glittery take (below) on my old favorite.

Isn’t it incredible? I’m on a sparkle kick these days and Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow helps me make a statement in a grown-up way. Layered over her sweet and simple Naked polish, this mani is truly swoon worthy.

What do you think about this glitzy update? Would you try it?

For other great neutrals, check out Zoya’s Touch Collection.

Guest Blogger: Stila’s One-Shade-Fits-All Blush Now In Coral

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. While it started as a straightforward beauty blog two years ago, The Glossarie has become a full-on outlet for chicness of all kinds. This week, Lara shares five pretty products and ideas that add a little fun to her world.


My all-time favorite blush is Stila’s Custom Color, so I could not be more thrilled that they’ve expanded the line to include a gorgeous coral hue. The formula is user-friendly and while the original bright pink shade is universally flattering, I’ve shied away from it during the summer months because it just hasn’t seemed right for me when my skin has that sunny glow.

The new Custom Color Blush in Coral brings the perfect pop to cheeks and with its hint of golden shimmer, the shade perfectly compliments sun-kissed skin and warms up even those with fair complexions. Just be sure to use a light hand—you can always build up color as you go.

I’m in absolute lust with this blush and foresee it living in my beauty bag all year round. (Bonus: I have been dusting it on my eyelids as well—a fabulous Birchbox trick that I just can’t get enough of!)

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