Review: Glo Skin Beauty

As a blogger, one of my yearly goals is to discover brands that align with my own values for business, beauty, skincare, ethics, and lifestyle. My first discovery of 2019 is Glo Skin Beauty. This brand really caught my attention because its products highlight natural beauty and promote confidence. For Glo Skin Beauty, makeup is an extension of skincare. As a result, the company’s professional skincare products are developed with active ingredients to promote healthy, youthful skin, and its mineral makeup formulations nourish, enhance, and protect all skin types.

Glo Skin Beauty also uses ingredients that are good for the skin and are safe for even the most sensitive skin; skincare products are paraben free, and beauty products are talc free. In addition, Glo Skin Beauty is cruelty free. It does not test on animals and is a PETA approved brand.

Since I am always in search of beauty products that enhance natural beauty, preserve skin health, and respect animals, I was very excited for the opportunity to try Glo Skin Beauty.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Sweet Almond Amaretto Body Spa Duo

The Sweet Almond Amaretto Body Spa Duo* is just what my skin needs after this dry winter. The set includes a Smoothing Sugar Melt scrub which is infused with sweet almond oil and sugar crystals to gently buff away rough patches and leave the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. It also uses vitamins A and C to repair and condition. This scrub is great for prepping legs for shaving. It allows for a smoother shave and the added hydration prevents nicks and cuts. I also enjoy using it before applying self tanner for an even application. The scent of sweet almond amaretto is a nice feature that makes me feel as though I am at a luxurious spa.

Along with the scrub, this duo also includes a Conditioning Body Butter. For me, moisturizing the skin on my body is just as important as moisturizing the skin on my face, so I apply body lotion daily after my morning shower. Over the years, I have tried many body lotions from drugstore options to luxury brands, and I can confidently say that this Glo Skin Beauty lotion is one of the best. The formula is emollient and rich without being greasy. It leaves skin feeling silky and soft for the entire day. It’s keeping my legs looking fresh and smooth in preparation for spring and summer. I also use it, along with the scrub, on my hands before bed. I have found that some hand creams actually make my hands feel even more parched, but this cream maintains consistent hydration all night with its combination of vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and evening primrose oil. Like the scrub, it has a cozy sweet almond amaretto scent that helps me feel relaxed and ready to sleep.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Suede Matte Crayon in Crimson and Trademark

For lips, the Suede Matte Lip Crayon* provides saturated, long-wear colour with a velvety-smooth finish. My favourite aspect of this product is its precise application. My lips are small, so applying lipstick from a standard tube is always a struggle. These lip crayons are such a time saver because I can quickly apply them without accidentally smudging the colour beyond my lip line. I often expect matte lipsticks to be drying, but I was pleasantly surprised by this product. The vitamin C, vitamin, E, mango oil, and shea butter formula feels very light and comfortable. This product is also convenient since I can just throw it in my purse in the morning and I don’t need to worry about bringing along an extra lip balm or gloss.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Suede Matte Crayon in Trademark

As for the shades, I was lucky enough to try two that fit perfectly with my style and skin tone. Trademark is an earthy rose that gives the lips a rosy, natural flush. This is my go-to colour for every day. I like to wear it with curled lashes and a neutral pink blush for a fresh, youthful look.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Suede Matte Crayon in Crimson

For a night out, I love wearing a red lip with a shimmery champagne eyeshadow and a few coats of mascara. Crimson is a cool red, so it perfectly complements my pale, cool-toned skin.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Bonbon and Orbit

For eyes, the Cream Stay Shadow Stick* provides pigmented, lasting colour. I like that this product is very buildable and can be used as a base, a shadow, or a liner. It comes with a built-in sharpener to ensure that the point is always precise. My favourite way to use this product is as a liner. It smudges nicely before it sets, so it’s ideal for creating both a natural look and a smoky eye. In addition to the two darker shades in the photo above, the shade range includes some lighter, shimmery shades that would look lovely as an all-over lid colour.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Orbit

Orbit is matte charcoal shade that is versatile with a modern touch. It makes my brown eyes pop and is a nice alternative to black liner. The photo doesn’t capture just how smooth and creamy the formula is.

Glo Skin Beauty Review Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Bonbon

Bonbon is a deep matte brown shade. In person, it looks less red than it does in the photo. It’s more of a chocolate brown that I think would work well with a range of skin tones and eye colours. It’s a great staple shade for every day.

Overall, I am very happy that I was introduced to Glo Skin Beauty this year. The brand’s natural, effective approach to skincare and makeup is evident in the quality and formulas of its products. It offers a wide range of items, so I believe that there’s something for everyone. In addition to the products that I tried, Glo Skin Beauty has luxurious skincare products for the face as well as additional body care and makeup items. Another highlight of the brand is its curated makeup and skincare kits. I wish I would have known about this company before the holidays because the kits would have been nice to purchase as gifts. I highly recommend this brand to anyone looking for innovative, cruelty-free, beauty products with quality ingredients.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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