In a time, when values have shifted from permanent investments to temporary life decisions i.e. renting your dress, purse, house, and even phones, I have been a huge skeptic of this “pop-up” store craze.

I was even MORE skeptical of this brand, Glossier, which had been circulating my Instagram for the past year. Any advertisement that portrays an Emily Rajajkowski look-alike teaching me how effortless this eye brow enhancer can make me look like said, Emily dopple-ganger, count me OUT. Lets be real, no amount of mascara or “Boy Brow” will give me that a**; just over here being honest and incredibly insecure. I digress.

When I heard they were coming to Chicago, for a limited amount of time, I thought “oh great. another opportunity for me to either be debilitated with FOMO, shamelessly scrolling and secretly envying all of the swag, OR, a chance for me to wait in a very long line while possibly having a panic attack in the midst of buying lipgloss because everything has Coconut and why the f*ck AM I HERE?”. 😬 Ranting again…

I had two girlfriends visit me in Chi this weekend and they are some of the most courageous and hilarious people I know. When I mentioned it was here, they were immediately in and half-way through ordering the Uber. I was nervous but followed suite. We saw the line and I said, “You guys! This is crazy. Lets go get mani-pedi’s and maybe circle back? Or not? ha? ha?” “Yeah, no, lets get in line!”. Okey doke, there I was, about to enter this world of blush pink that I was conflicted between excited and creeped out by the fact NONE of the workers seemed to have any make-up on and were all glowing like angels!

It was our turn in line and my stomach began to flutter. I was EXTREMELY excited by this point because even though the line was almost the entire length of the alley it was down, we only stood there for 15 minutes! Just long enough for me investigate each product I was interested in for any traces of coconut! Guess what, only ONE of them I wasn’t able to buy! GIVE ME THAT KOOL-AID! MAMA. IS. THIRSTY.

Upon entering, it was a little crowded because of the narrow space, however, they only let in a certain amount of people which creates a fun, functional, non-stressful atmosphere!

Women, girls, toddlers (not really but omg have you seen 16 years old lately?! As Hillary would say, EX-SQUEEZE ME?! Ranting. Got it.) were all swirling the shop enhancing their skin, brows, lips, and cuticles with these products of trend and ease. I nervously approached the counter for the Zit Stick and nervously yet failing to cover my enthusiasm, I chuckled at the salesgirl saying, “I have adult acne!”. She smiled and said, “ME TOO” pointing to the blemish on her chin. She stated this device, with the cool, metal-ball roller will shrink your zit in hours and before she could finish and pulled out my credit card.

The cool thing about this store is that you get to try, EVERYTHING, you have seen advertised online. At the end, each of the cuties of the pink jumpsuits will check you out with their iPads, you wait for your order to be made (about 3 minutes) and they give you your bag, and you’re off!

I had SUCH a blast, and even booped my pink jump suite soul mate, Gabriella. I HIGHLY recommend checking out this store if you know of their brand or are looking for make-up that is highly effectively, minimally hurtful, simple and trust worthy.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s for YOU, Glossier Pop-Up!

We had a blast, and know you will too, regardless if you have the courage on your own or some crazy friends that’ll drag you there, quietly, against your will.

And yes, I bought the “Boy Brow”.

To ‘grammers and general shoppers alike, the Bagnet is a product on the market that has them all scratching their chins. This is a device that has been designed to easily attach to your favorite purse [via a spring clasp] preferably one you do not want to set on the floor, and magnetically adhere to any metal surface while holding up your bag thus keeping it clean.

Here is the video that sold me!

“Does this magnet actually work?”

“There is no way it can hold MY purse!”

These are just a few comments I received from friends after ordering said bag holding magnet.

I am here to tell you this product, is gold, baby. Solid. Gold.

The moment I was sold: my purse contained 2 outfits, a full liter of water inside a metal container, keys, wallet, and A BOTTLE OF WINE. My husband and I were out to dinner and this baby was packed to the brim. Refusing to ask for a third chair and have Louis be, once again, third wheeling date night, I cautiously reached under the wooden table and found it was indeed being held up by a metal stand.

I grabbed the Bagnet, and AH-HA, my moment of truth. It firmly clasped to the tables base and DID NOT BUDGE!

I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to shout in the middle of the restaurant… scream it from the roof tops! Instead, I settled for a small dance of victory in my seat while my husband watched in confusion.

I have used this device every time I bring my purse outside of the house! In fact, I am so obsessed I bought another for my work bag.

If you’re anything like me and wondering, how much weight this baby can hold? Taken directly from their website, here is the answer:

The weight Bagnet holds depends on the object you’re hanging it on. For instance, if you were to try it on your refrigerator it would hold very little weight – just a pound or two (or not at all if it’s stainless steel). If you use it on commercial grade metal such as bar stools, table bases, restaurant chairs, etc, it holds anywhere from 8 to 10 pounds. It also depends on if the metal is flat or curved, textured or smooth. This is why we recommend trying it for yourself in multiple environments and situations.

Available in so many chic adorable color combos. they also have mini Bagnets , kids styles, luxury, and a special sport design without any leather.

I currently have: the Sophie and the Katie and love them both equally.

For under $25.00 a pop, I cannot believe what a game changer the Bagnet is! If you’re looking for an awesome gift for a loved one, or maybe for you, I HIGHLY recommend this product!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hands down, this is my favorite product I have tried, yet.

 

Hi sexy!

HAHA I mean HEY! Too soon for sexy, right? Anywho.

The pictures above are from December 5th, 2017. Exactly one month ago (yesterday!).I struggle with cystic acne and the first set of pictures, I am here to tell you my face literally hurt. All the time. It was inflamed and I was so self-conscious going anywhere without any type of make up on. What you are about to see, are pictures from precisely 30 days afterwards, and how my skin has improved.

 

For someone with porcelain skin, maybe it’s not perfect, but for me, it’s a drastic improvement. Curology is a 5 ⭐️ product all of the way through. It’s a subscription that appoints you a personal PA that is a specialist in Dermatology. If you are anything like me and hate leaving the house (not all of the time but just a lot of the time, because I’m a lazy American, OKAY) then going to the Dermatologist in your free time sounds like something close to a nightmare. This service is wonderful for a couple of different reasons:

  1. You don’t need to leave the house to buy it.
  2. Your first month is $5.00.
  3. Your subsequent months are $25.00 for the unique solution that they’ll change depending on how your skin is responding.
  4. YOU GET A FREE  AIR HEAD WITH YOUR BOTTLE. EVERY MONTH. I’M NOT JOKING. IT’S AMAZING.
  5. Your PA is available 100% of the time for you to talk with, send pictures to, and adjust your treatment with.
  6. The community is amazing. Check out Curology’s website to be flooded with support and people just like you, who are struggling, and winning their battle with acne.

I love this product so much. My PA has told me that it takes a little longer than a month to work but my FACE DOESN’T HURT. And that my friends, is priceless.

Xoxo,

Andi

162954f5-6ca0-4fe6-bfc4-756a411feeeaimg_4124fullsizeoutput_345Long story short…

I rate Teami Blends ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

*If you have a queasy stomach please do not read the second or third paragraph.*

They are a brand that delivers. Literally and figuratively. Teami Blends, to be honest, is what launched me into @glamorgrit on Instagram. I saw a celebrity promoting it and I was like “Absolutely not. She is endorsed and making thousands from people subscribing to this, and wow, she looks great”. A few minutes later, yes, I used her promotional code and got 10% off of my purchase and bought my first tea-tox.

With the seductive advertisements that the skinny tea had been promoting circa January 2017, I fell victim but was also very skeptical of this whole “drink tea and be skinny” business. Three days later I was fully stocked and ready to rock this Teami Blend bandwagon. Within the first 4 days of the 30 day program, I felt the “inflammation” (AKA raw cookie dough I had been eating fists full of) start to decrease. I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome Type 2 (IBS) (ALL THE LADIES IN THE BACK SAY “HAY”. Oh. You don’t have it? Me either.) (Yes I do.) (What?) which is the kind where you become constipated vs. cannot stop Jason waterfalls. Whenever I am slightly stressed or in a new place (my high-rise lobby, for example) my entire digestive system seems to paralyze itself and shut-down. This year I traveled to Beijing- China, Tokyo- Japan, the entire country of Ireland, two impromptu trips to Colorado, NYC multiple times, Hong Kong, followed by a more than long week in the Maldive Islands off the coast of India. As you can imagine, if a bathroom located literally in the same building as my home flares up my IBS, these trips would have been enough for a person to go into sepsis.

I, however, did not, go into sepsis. I did the 30 day Teami Blends detox with a month in between doing the 3- month detox program. The biggest thing that the 30 day detox did for me was regulate my bowels. I know this sounds like a moot point but hear me out.     As a nurse (my favorite phrase, just so you know I’ll be using it a lot), the pathophysiology behind the program is what stood out to me. The science behind their “Skinny Tea” and “Colon Tea” detox are, that over the years of your life, regardless of your health, stool and bacteria that have accumulated in your intestines leaving a coating, if you will, inside the areas that are needed to properly absorb nutrients. This is similar to the effects that the warm water and their proprietary tea blend has on your kidneys and liver with the toxins that have just been sitting there taunting you for years, not allowing you to lose weight. Even being in your 20’s, in order to stimulate your metabolism and give your body a fair chance before even working out or changing your diet, you’re going no where fast if your body’s still focussed on plaguing itself of all of the junk that has accumulated over the years. This program has not only completely reinvigorated my metabolism but has left me with a sustained energy that coffee can never compare to.Their “Skinny Tea” has oolong in it which is a caffeine like substance that goes through your liver instead of your kidneys and because of that you have more energy all day! *Graphic description alert* The difference here is with other caffeine being filtered through your kidneys, you urinate out. With oolong going through your liver, in order to eliminate it, you have to poop it out. It makes sense that it lasts longer (all day for me) though, right? How many times do you #1 vs #2 a day? #2’s are a lot harder to come by (especially in my case!)

I saw the best results with their 90 day detox program. At first glance, I thought it was just a way to sell me more tea and for them to make more $. Needless to say, after the first 30 days I was sold and needed more. In their 90 day program, you must take off a week in between sipping their “Profit” blend which gives your body a chance to not plateau.

Side note: Teami has a-lot of pop-ups on their site. Don’t let it deter you from checking out their items; they’re a relatively new site and it seems that their founders are young and just getting started. Find their 30- Day Tea Detox Program and make sure to order a Teami Tumbler (I swear to God I do not work for them) because they are seriously adorable and convenient! I have the pink, yellow, white, and green. I personally love the white the most because it doesn’t show any signs of wear or tear!

The only things I will warn you with:

  1. DO NOT LET THE COLON TEA STEEP MORE THAN 2 MINUTES. EVER.
  2. If you’re looking to also replace coffee, buy the Energy Tea– it’s REALLY good and leaves you with energy way longer than the java does.
  3. If you’re purchasing the 90 day program, make sure to buy the Teami Infuser because their Skinny and Energy teas are loose leaf.

Just get into the habit of boiling water vs. starting your Keurig and you will absolutely love this program! I will show you my before and after pictures from the 90-day program and I hope that explains my obsession!

As always, e-mail me at glamorgrit@gmail.com or leave a comment below- I love to hear your feedback, Please let me know if you have any questions!

xo

Andi

Hi there,

Welcome back! I am so happy to see you! I thought it may be worth it to go over my rating system, just so when you see my first review you know exactly where I’m coming from! 

I like to review products on a star system; I feel that it is an oversimplified system that allows me to get my point across without ranting for. ever. Here’s how it works:

5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  = I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW I EVER LIVED WITHOUT THIS PRIOR TO TRYING IT. I am already on Amazon, with 7 in the cart and 5 on my face. I. CANNOT. GET. ENOUGH.

4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = Majority of the components about this product or trend was so satisfying BUT there is that oneeeee little glitch. A little glitch for me means: outrageous costs for shipping/ inability to easily access the item, too expensive to afford regularly purchasing (>$100.00/month), or something that is a small unpredictable but may hinder me from using again.

3 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  = I felt indifferent about the purchase. The product or trend* wasn’t intolerable, but I didn’t feel, ya know, ooshy gushy about it.  I don’t know what to call it other than a “trend” if it’s not a “lifestyle activity” or something ridiculous.

2 stars ⭐️ ⭐️  = I think you get it. I semi didn’t like it. But there’s a little give there… perhaps the learning curve was too long/complicated and not worth it, pricey, etc.

1 star ⭐️  = 😔  Why you put this on market tho? Why you make me look and feel like fool on Instagram tryna use dis? HOWEVER, I saw where you were coming from, I feel your intentions, and there was one little quality that I could see a very particular person using and enjoying. 

0 stars = Yeah. That can happen. I’ve never given 0 stars BUT, if I’m actually insulted purchasing something you’ll be the first to know. That big fat, 0. Sorry br0. Don’t play me tho!

*Trend (in my jargon): I mean something like, Soulcycle, Kayla Itsine’s workout app., HelloFresh, Barry’s Bootcamp, etc. Something you go out of your house to do or intentionally make a habit with it to enhance your lifestyle.

Having that said, just please be aware that though I try so honestly to stay unbiased and objective, I am a middle class, 27 year old, white, 5’2″, blonde, living in Chicago and I have off days where I come home and the only thing that’s going to get ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ is a bottle of ice cold La Marca Prosecco. Yeah, that link takes you directly to Amazon’s wine store. I’m just saying, we all have off days and please don’t take everything I say on here as fact, though it is my promise to you, that I will always:

  1. Try a trend for at least 30 days (I really feel this is how long it takes to see any type of results if it’s fitness, health, wellness, beauty amplifying etc. related).
  2. Try a product for at least 3 weeks (if it’s a hair mask, for example, and it says to try twice a week– you have my word, I will give it at least 3 shots to work it’s magic).

BEFORE I write a review. 

If you follow my Instagram I like to post a lot of things in #mystory to show the process on a daily basis.

Please e-mail me if anything has caught your eye lately to try: glamorgrit@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading.

I love you.

JK HAHA

TOO SOON?  

xo,

Andi