A Skin Tint Roundup | Kosas Tinted Face Oil, Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint, & Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

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When it comes to foundations and base products, I certainly have a type. If it’s marketed as lightweight and glowy, I’m there. Recently I’ve picked up the Kosas Tinted Face Oil (ed note: it was recently when I started writing this blogpost in November, whoops), and I wanted to see how it compared to two of my favorite skin tints: the Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint and the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. All three promise similar things: light coverage that smooths over the skin and leaves a natural, radiant finish.

The first thing I notice is that the Kosas is the runniest of the three, and the Milk Makeup is the thickest (or it seems that way at least because of the packaging. You have to be careful to not let pretty much the whole bottle of the Kosas Tinted Face Oil spill out into your hand, despite it having one of those dropper spouts. The Glossier Skin Tint has a similar delivery system, and it comes out drop by drop.

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Consistency-wise, the Kosas feels like a dry oil and sinks into the skin quickly while leaving the veil of pigment behind with a satin finish. The Milk and Glossier feel more emollient, gliding over the skin as you blend them in and leaving quite a dewy finish. I’ve noticed if my skin is not exfoliated and moisturized properly, the Kosas will show dryness, while the Milk just glides over and hides this. The Glossier is somewhere in between, not totally gliding over dry patches, but not catching on them as much as the Kosas. This is not to say the Kosas is not for dry skin types - it really is, you just have to prep your skin properly.

Over the course of the day, all three fade evenly. I’d say the Glossier lasts the longest on me, followed by Kosas, and then the shortest wear time is Milk. Glossier and Milk remain quite dewy throughout the day without veering into greasy territory (though my skin is on the dry side), and the Kosas gets a little dewier over time - it starts out as a satin finish and ends up being quite glowy by the end of the day. This also never gets greasy on me, and it certainly looks better and better as you wear it. If I find it catching on a few dry patches when I first apply it, I always notice it goes away and looks smooth and even after about an hour of wear.

Despite all having the word “tint” in their names, I find these all have quite different levels of coverage. The Kosas has the highest coverage of the three, although it’s still quite light and allows some imperfections to show through. I’d say it’s a step above typical light coverage - maybe on par with something like the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation. The Milk is next on coverage levels and has about the same as a tinted moisturizer. I think it has similar coverage to the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. The Glossier has the least coverage of the three by far - this has just a whisper of coverage, just offering a sheer veil of color to gently even out the skin.

I’ve been asked a lot which is my favorite of these three, and honestly I can’t pick one. I always think I have a favorite and use it constantly, and then I start using one of the other two and fall in love all over again. Right now I’m using the Milk Sunshine Skin Tint almost daily - my skin is majorly dry right now, so this is the most forgiving formula.

If you’re just looking for a lightweight foundation, I don’t think you need all three. I’d go with Kosas if you’re looking for coverage, Milk if you’re looking for a serious glow, and Glossier if you want something to even out your skintone on minimal days.

Which one would you pick?

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The Best Bronzers for Pale Skin

This post was meant to go up last Thursday, but I didn't get around to writing it. But this works out nicely because I feel like it's a good followup to my review of the Glossier Invisible Shield from yesterday - they just did a post about bronze-y looks yesterday on Into the Gloss, too.

If you've met me/seen a picture of me, you'll probably know that I'm super pale and also quite pink-toned (those Irish genes though). If I don't put some kind of color on my face, I tend to look sick/dead, so I always make sure to use a blush or bronzer or both when I'm wearing makeup. I feel like it's been easier to find flattering shades of blush (especially when I've got my favorite Glossier Cloud Paints to play with), but bronzer is a different story - it's too dark, too orange, too yellow, too muddy. I've finally found a few that I love and that mimic the look of catching a little bit of a tan without even needing to go out into the sun.

The Warm Ones

I have to be careful with warm tones - if I go too far, it's really easy for me to go into Oompa-Loompa territory. A super blendable formula that's not too deep is perfect here, because you need the ability to add just a touch of warmth without going overboard. I've loved the Guerlain Terracotta 'Joli Teint' Bronzing Powder in 00 since I got it last fall. It's a nice shade that adds just a touch of color to the cheeks, and I love swirling the blush shade into it, too, to add a bit of a flush. A stunning and spendy option I couldn't resist was La Mer The Bronzing Powder - it's quite a bit warmer than I was expecting, but it doesn't cross the line into unwearable for me. This is one of the most stunningly blendable powders I've ever tried. I love that there's different sections to mix together - sometimes I avoid mixing in a lot of the second shade to tone down the warmth. If you've been wanting to treat yourself, this is a must for sure. Do be aware though that both of these options are quite fragranced, in case your skin is sensitive to that.

The Neutral Ones

Because of my cool tones, neutral bronzers are the easiest for me to wear. They still add warmth in comparison to my skin, but it never verges on orange. I'm always drawn to cream products, so the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in Baked is one of my favorite bronzers. It melts into the skin and blends out super easily with fingers or a brush, so it's perfect on the go. A new addition is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light - this is their new shade meant for fair/light skintones. It adds such a lovely luminous look to the skin, so it's the one I always reach for in a rush. It really eliminates the need for extra blush and bronzer, and it just makes the skin look "done" in one swipe. A foolproof option is the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion - they're quite sheer, so it's virtually impossible to go overboard. They have so many shade options, too, so it should be easy to find a good match. I have the shade 15I, which is the lightest luminous one, and they have matte choices as well (they have an M in the shade name).

The Red Ones

Hear me out - you'd probably think you'd want to steer clear of red tones, but if you're pale like me, you might tend to go a little red rather than tan. So a bronzer with more of a red tone is really the most natural-looking option. I've been singing the praises of the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sunkissed since I got it last summer - not only is the compact beautiful, but the product inside is as well. This is the one that turned me on to red-toned bronzers. It gives my skin the most beautiful, just-got-back-from-the-beach flush. My favorite of them all, I think, is the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder. Again, there's many shades in the line, but I have Elvis Duran. This is also specifically formulated with red tones to emulate the most natural tan. Again, it's actually super flattering on my skin and leaves me looking sunkissed rather than sunburned. The formula is beautiful, pigmented, and blendable as well.

What are your favorite bronzers? What kinds of shades are you normally drawn to?


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?


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!


A Look | Glossy Skin & Bold Lips

I've been super into playing around with my makeup lately - when I'm not quickly slapping it on at my desk at work, that is. I recently got NARS Dragon Girl, and it inspired me to pair it with a minimal, glossy look.

I started off by using the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich* as my base - this really hydrates my skin and makes it plump and smooth and ready for makeup. I also patted on a bit of the Milk Makeup Blur Stick around my nose where my pores are the largest to blur them out and help my makeup go on a little more smoothly. The Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint has been my favorite base product as of late, and when I need a little more coverage I've been mixing it with the Stretch Concealer before applying. It leaves me with super dewy skin, and you can't even tell there's product there. I have a few spots of hyperpigmentation from old breakouts, so I spot concealed them with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - I put a tiny bit on the spot with an eyeliner brush and blended out the edges so the heaviest coverage is concentrated only where it's absolutely necessary. Dark circles were taken care of with the Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir,* which is still a favorite.

I wanted to stick to all cream products to keep my skin looking dewy and glossy. I used the darker shade of the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate as a bronzer, and it really adds a healthy, subtle glow to the skin. For my blush I used the Glossier Cloud Paint* in Beam - I feel like my favorite shade of these changes every week, but currently it's the peachy pink Beam. It makes me look so awake, like I got over 8 hours of sleep, so it's hard to want to wear anything else. Besides the lip, the most important part of this look is the highlight. I started off with my usual layer of Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, my go-to. I really cannot go a day without wearing this - it makes my skin look super dewy. To amp up the dewiness and glossiness, I patted a bit of the Ciate Dewy Stix on top. This is basically a clear face gloss in stick form. It's not sticky in the slightest, just pure glossy dew.

Going along with this glossy theme, I used the Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Color in Young Adonis. It's a taupe shade that has that specific kind of shimmer that makes the eyelids look wet. I applied the cream shade and patted a bit of the matching powder on top in the center of my eyelids. I beefed up my eyelashes with the Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara and a bit of the tightlining with the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Brew-Haha. And brows were taken care of with Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, of course. 

As the finishing touch, I went in with the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl - this is my new obsession as of late. It had been on my wishlist for literal years, and I finally got around to buying it. It's such a blue-toned red that it borders on being bright pink, which is absolutely perfect for me. To set everything and keep it all looking glowy, I used the Pixi Glow Mist.* I've been loving using this lately - it really hydrates the skin and brightens everything up.

What's your favorite bold lip color?

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