The Glossy Eye

As I said at the end of last week with my Metallic Lips post, I'm not normally one to hop on trends. But the new glossy eye trend is really speaking to me. It often creates such a grungy, lived-in look that I'm all about. It also helps that my favorite makeup artist to follow on Instagram, Katie Jane Hughes, has been doing a lot of glossy eye looks lately, so I just had to hop on board. Of course I can't just try using one product, I had to go all in on the trend and try out a bunch.

Before getting into dedicated eye glosses, I began experimenting with products I already had, just in case the trend actually wasn't for me. My first foray into a glossy eye was using the Glossier Balm Dotcom (the unscented original version). It's just a simple, do-it-all skin salve, so it doesn't irritate my eyes. I just blend the tiniest amount onto my lids to leave them looking seriously dewy. Another Glossier product I've been loving on the eyes is Haloscope - I have Quartz pictured here, but all three shades are stunning on the eyelids. Like the Balm Dotcom, these give the eyes such a dewy sheen with an added touch of shimmer and color. You can get 20% off your first Glossier order here.

When I'm wanting something dewy like the Haloscopes without the color/shimmer, the Ciate Dewy Stix is my go-to. It's a little thinner in texture than the Balm Dotcom, so it's more comfortable on the eyelids. This one is stunning and smooth, and it's perfect all over the face.

As for the dedicated eye glosses, the Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl was my first one. I heard it mentioned on Fat Mascara, so I knew I needed to try it. I got the shade Bridge, which is a sheer nude that pretty much looks clear on the lids. This one is super shiny and a little tacky, but just enough so it doesn't slide around. It's not uncomfortable on the eyelids. I love that it comes in a click stick too, so you don't need your fingers to apply. If I'm doing my makeup at work, I make sure I throw this in my bag.

The cream of the crop for me is the Kevyn Aucoin Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss. I had been adding and removing this from my Sephora cart for months, and I finally bit the bullet for my birthday. This is absolutely stunning. It's full of tiny shimmers, but you can't even see them on the eyes. It's just a super shiny look that layers well over other shadows. This one can be a little messy to apply, but the effort is 100% worth it. This is another one that feels slightly tacky on the eyelids, but it really doesn't budge despite being so dewy. I even put it over a powder eyeshadow with no primer and didn't notice any creasing. If you're into the glossy eye look, this is a must for sure.

Have you tried any eye glosses? What are your favorites?


Re-ignited Love | Falling For Old Favorites

I recently did a clearout of my makeup collection and got some fancy new drawers to reorganize everything. In the process, I happened to dig up a few things I used to rant and rave about but had stopped using for awhile. It really inspired me to start using them again and also figure out a system to not forget about my favorites anymore.

I never really stopped using the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, but lately my love for it has grown even stronger because I've been mixing it with just about everything. My favorite thing to mix it with is the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - something I had completely forgotten about in my collection. I take a tiny pinprick amount of the SSE and mix with my usual amount of Skin Tint - about 8-10 drops. It gives the Skin Tint more coverage without compromising the glowiness or the skinlike finish. It's a new favorite base for sure.

When I haven't been using the Skin Tint + SSE combination, I've been all over the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion. I love cushion foundations, especially on days when I'm in a rush or need to slap some makeup on at my desk, and this offering from L'Oreal is just as good as some more expensive ones I've tried. It's a light but buildable coverage, and it gives the skin such a beautiful glow. It doesn't go cakey or totally disappear on me throughout the day, either.

I went through a period of wearing no eyeshadow at all, but lately I've been getting back into it. I've been cracking out my MAC Cool Neutrals Palette (review) again, and I had forgotten how much I loved it. MAC eyeshadows used to get so much hype, and they're still some of my favorites. As much as I love my warm-toned eyeshadows, I think cool tones just suit me a little better. The collections of shades in this palette are stunning and are pretty much what I would have chosen had I made this palette myself. I love the two far right shades in both the first and second rows the most.

With the launch of Glossier Cloud Paint, I haven't been reaching for powder blushes much. But I uncovered the Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy when I was organizing, and it's such a stunning shade that I haven't been able to resist using it almost every day again. It's such a good "no-blush" blush shade, as it gives more of a hint of definition rather than a rosey flush. Like blush, I haven't been giving my powder highlights much love either, until I was reminded of how beautiful the CoverFX Perfect Light Highlighting Powder in Moonlight is. It gives the skin such a subtle, lit-from-within sheen that it looks like a cream highlighter anyway. I love layering this over my Glossier Haloscope as well.

I've been pretty good about rotating my lip products and not forgetting about most of them, but getting the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Adrienne recently has reminded me how much I love the classic Rouge Coco Shine in Boy. It's such a pretty pink-y nude shade - it looks like nothing special in the tube, but it's just so beautiful once applied. This is a wedding lipstick contender for sure.

Have you fallen back in love with any products lately?


The Twenty-Fifth Birthday Splurge

One of my goals for the year was to spend less money on new beauty products. And so far, I'm failing miserably. I had been good (well, better than usual) for a couple weeks, and since 25 is kind of a big birthday, I decided to treat myself to a few things using some of my birthday money. I'm hoping this will be my "last hurrah" of sorts, especially because we set a date for our wedding (!!) so saving money for that feels a whole lot more real now.

La Mer The Bronzing PowderI tried to resist this one, I really did. I certainly didn't need another bronzer, let alone one this expensive. But it's just so beautiful. I can see myself using this for years to come, and it makes me feel so happy to take it out and use it. It's such a lovely shade when all four sections are mixed together - not too orange, not too gray, with just a hint of glowy-ness. It's super smooth and pigmented and blends over the skin effortlessly. It does have a bit of perfume to it, so that's something to keep in mind if your skin is sensitive to that.

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush, 'Vintage Pink' | I found this beauty while perusing Sephora's website and decided the shade Vintage Pink had to be mine - I've been into brighter blushes lately. The formula of this is insane, so much softer and smoother than I was expecting! It kicks up a little bit of powder, but that's not something that ever annoys me about a product. I convinced my sister she needed the peach shade, and she vouches for how gorgeous it is, too.

By Terry Rouge Expert Click Stick, 'Bare Me' | I had heard nothing but rave reviews about these lipsticks, and being a fan of the few By Terry products I've tried, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try one out for myself. I of course chose one of the nudes, Bare Me, and it's a beautiful color - not too beige, not too pink, just right. The formula is lovely as well. It glides onto the lips so comfortably and smoothly, and yet it's quite matte. It doesn't feel dry at all, though - this may be a dangerous new find.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration GelDespite knowing this wouldn't be hydrating enough for my skin type on its own (gels never are), I wanted to try this to layer underneath more hydrating creams as more of a serum step. I had tried it on my hand recently in Sephora and was amazed at how smooth my skin instantly felt. So far it's been love, as is everything else I've tried from Drunk Elephant.

Dior Addict Lip Glow PomadeThis just looked too chic to ignore. I'm a huge fan of the original Dior Lip Glow balm, so I needed to try its new(ish) gloss counterpart. It doesn't really give my lips a color like the original does, but it's super comfortable and a beautiful gloss nonetheless. It feels quite nourishing on the lips and not sticky whatsoever - it's one of those "cushion-y" glosses.

Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl, 'Bridge' | I'm suddenly VERY into the glossy eyelid look (more on that soon), so I wanted to try one of the Eye Vinyls from Milk Makeup. I like that it's in a convenient click-pen so I can use it on the go without my fingers getting sticky. The color bridge is a sheer nude color that pretty much looks like a clear gloss - just what I wanted. I use a thin layer, but it doesn't feel sticky or goopy at all and gives me that editorial look I've been wanting.

Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye GlossEven though I got the Milk Makeup product, I just couldn't resist this one. I had been adding it and removing it from my cart since it came out, so I finally decided to bite the bullet. This one is GORGEOUS, and if you just want to find the best of the best for eye gloss, this is it. It has tiny shimmer particles suspended in it, but this only adds to the glossy look once on the eyes - it doesn't look glittery in the slightest. This feels a little tackier than the Milk option, but it just means it sticks around longer. It's not going to keep your eyes glued open, A Clockwork Orange-style, or anything.

Have you gotten any fun new beauty products lately? And let me know if you're an April baby, too!