Ami Colé, a beauty brand that launched in the spring of 2021, has quickly become a cult favorite within the industry. It initially came out with three (really good) products and a mission to center melanin-rich skin and experiences via minimalist makeup meant for Black and Brown women. Just this month — much to the excitement of its dedicated following — it added a new product to the lineup: the Ami Colé Skin Melt Loose Powder, a talc-free setting powder that aims to help makeup last all day and rid your skin of shine without the dreaded dried out, ashy look.
Personally, I keep my everyday makeup routine pretty simple when it comes to the base. I’ll typically apply a tinted sunscreen and then follow that up with a bit of powder foundation to tackle any unwanted shine, but I never want to lose that dewy glow — which is why I’m always looking for a product that prevents my skin from looking overly drenched but still luminous. So, naturally, a review of Ami Colé’s Skin Melt Loose Powder was in store. Scroll on for my honest thoughts on the new launch.
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Best for: Reducing shine, setting makeup
Your rating: 4.5/5
Brand: Ami Colé
What we like: Looks natural, melts into skin quickly
What we don’t like: A bit messy, easy to use too much
My complexion falls on the combination side, so I mainly get that excess oil production on my forehead, nose, and chin. Since I’m all about my finished makeup look being fresh and subtly luminescent rather than matte, my typical experience with setting powders hasn’t been that great. First of all, it’s hard to find one that blends into my milk chocolate skin tone. Foundation may be more shade inclusive, but powders aren’t quite there yet. Not only that, but lots of formulas wind up sucking all the moisture off of my face and leave me looking ashy or overly matte. Since Ami Colé is a Black-owned brand centered on celebrating Blackness, however, I had high hopes for their take on the product.
Ami Colé’s Skin Melt Loose Powder
As the name suggests, the powder promises to melt into your skin for a natural, matte finish while working to reduce oil-based shine without drying. To deliver on the hydration, the super-fine formula uses hyaluronic acid — a humectant that pulls moisture from the air — and omega-3-rich baobab seed extract. Ami Colé’s Skin Melt Loose Powder is also enriched with powdered amethyst, which is purported to help soothe the skin, and powdered rose quartz to boost your radiance.
You can choose from three shades: Rich/Deep, Deep/Medium, and Translucent (complementary to all skin tones). Much like the other products in Ami Colé’s line — aka the Skin-Enhancing Tint, Light-Catching Highlighter, and Lip Oil Treatment — the Skin Melt works as another makeup essential that gives you that coveted no-makeup makeup look.
I went for the Deep/Medium shade, and when I first pulled it from its vibrant tangerine box and looked at the jar of sand-colored, super-fine powder, I thought I’d screwed up. This is way too light, I thought. Then I recalled other setting powders I’ve tried that looked closer to my skin tone in the jar only to show up too dark on my face — so I figured I shouldn’t judge it until it was on my skin.
Per the instructions, I picked up some of the powder with my brush and tapped the handle on the side of the jar to get rid of any excess. (Pro tip: If you think you’ve knocked off enough, knock off a little more.) I applied it to my T-zone, under-eye area, and jawline — basically everywhere except my cheekbones and temples. I tend to like the extra sheen on those spots for that sun-kissed, light-reflecting effect. I gazed into the mirror and was happy to see that the Deep/Medium shade worked just fine for me.
As advertised — and like magic — in 60 seconds the shine on my skin disappeared after applying Skin Melt, and so too did any visible trace of the powder. The end result? An airbrushed complexion that looked natural and hydrated — and not at all cakey or chalky. Sold.
I’d buy the Ami Colé’s Skin Melt Loose Powder again, and if you’re looking for a lightweight setting powder, you should consider grabbing a jar, too. It does what it promises without looking like a heavy layer of dust is sitting on your face — instead, you’re left with a natural-looking glow in all the right places. Oh, and if your Skin Melt Loose Powder needs a mate, I highly recommend Ami Colé’s recently launched multifunctional tapered powder brush for the application job.
11 E-Girl Hairstyle Trends That Basically Scream Y2K
From regencycore to the coquette aesthetic and the “clean girl” look, TikTok has introduced the world to so many style movements it feels impossible to keep track. Currently, there’s another noteworthy trend on the rise: the e-girl aesthetic (short for electronic girl), a term you might recognize from Doja Cat’s e-girl makeup tutorial.
If you’re unfamiliar, the e-girl look is essentially a mismatch of trends pulled from pastel goth, anime, and indie sleaze styles — the result of which is rather reminiscent of Tumblr circa the late 2000s and early 2010s. And one of its most standout features is the e-girl hairstyle: think two-toned hair colors, pastel shags, and heavily accessorized Y2K-inspired hairstyles, all juxtaposed with ultra soft glam.
“The e-girl look is very cutesy,” says Lauren Milici, digital trends expert and entertainment writer at GamesRadar+ and Total Film. She describes the standard e-girl makeup as having blush on the nose, white eyeliner to make the eyes look bigger, and overlining the upper lip for a “pouty” appearance. As for why it’s so popular? It’s super versatile. “People are able to adapt it to their vibe, whether it’s gothy or bright,” she says. And contemporary TikTok can’t get enough of it: #egirl and #egirls have amassed a combined 19.3 billion views on the platform.
Feeling inspired? Read on for 11 trending hairstyles that’ll help unleash your inner e-girl.
Since the e-girl aesthetic is all about everything “cute,” it’s only logical that one of the most popular hairstyles would pull its inspiration from ultimate cute girl icon Baby Spice with ’90s-era pigtails.
For another way to rock just a pop of color, try a bright, face-framing money piece — think Bella Hadid’s copper-hued highlights. A little bit of color can go a long way.
Nicknamed “grunge buns,” this half-updo is easy to style, works with all hair types, and has been spotted on practically every e-girl imaginable.
The wolf cut, which is essentially a mullet and shag combo, is both edgy and chic — and it’s a look e-girl queen Billie Eilish has recently sported… so it’s a prime example of the aesthetic.
E-girls also love statement braids. You can clip in extensions for extra length or simply braid your natural hair and tie colorful tinsel or string (or any accessory) throughout for a bold Y2K aesthetic.
Sleek buns are forever chic, but for a more Y2K-style e-girl look, go with baby buns, a miniature version that’s customizable — wear them as a single bun or cover your head in them for ultimate cutesy vibes.
If you’re looking for some fringe, you could get some ultra-chic curtain bangs (another look sported by Billie Eilish). The face-framing chop is still edgy, but not too dramatic, and looks good no matter the hair color or texture.
Shags reign supreme in the land of e-girls, and so too do two-toned hair colors. Reminiscent of Cruella DeVille’s iconic ‘do, the look leans more into the “goth” side of pastel goth — and it’s just as legendary as the character who made it famous. (Wait, so was Cruella an e-girl?)
Bubble braids, and their close cousin the bubble pony (as seen on Euphoria) are shockingly easy to style: All you need are a handful of rubber bands. Plus, they can be accessorized according to your mood, so while the style is simple, it’s still show-stopping (and Gigi Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo-approved).
You can never go wrong with late ‘90s, early 2000s-era butterfly clips. The bedazzled look is a whimsical way to add some color to your hairdo.
Miranda Kerr’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine Includes Affirmations
Though she truly needs no introduction, Miranda Kerr is perhaps most notably recognized as the founder of the certifiably organic, sustainable-centric, and completely vegan and cruelty-free brand KORA Organics. Powered by active ingredients native to her homeland (like the antioxidant-rich superfood, noni, which is a common thread throughout the entire range), KORA’s mission is to approach product creation with love for the body and mind, as well as Mother Earth.
Along with being a hands-on CEO and skin care mogul, she also happens to be one of the most sought after international supermodels, a wife, a boy mom of three, an author, a passionate wellness warrior, a home design aficionado, a crystal-loving yogi … and that’s only scratching the surface, as it’s her character, grace, and kindness that truly stood out the most during our chat.
With an exciting KORA Organics launch on the horizon, I had the opportunity to speak with Kerr about the newness, affirmations, and more — just as she was waking up (and fighting jet lag) in sunny Australia, and my afternoon sky began to turn shades of deep blue all the way across the world in New York.
Harnessing the power of the ocean by way of active algae, the KORA Organics Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer brings something fresh to the brand’s range. After incorporating it into my own routine for the past few weeks, I would describe it as a bouncy, hydrating, and light-as-air formula that brings some much-needed calm into my daily routine. Giving my complexion a juicy glow, while working to heal and smooth any blemishes or texture I may be struggling with, the moisturizer’s formula is completely fragrance-free — though the natural aromatherapy quality is softly floral with traces of the crystal-clear ocean, fresh alpine rose, sweet basil, and earthy geranium.
Aside from the powerful formula (that has personally created my most radiant, glowing complexion to date), Kerr goes on to explain the added benefits of incorporating this moisturizer into your routine: “Every single KORA Organics product has its own positive word on the back of the bottle, as well as its own crystal infusion process in addition to the rose quartz crystal that every single product is filtered through. With the Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer, it is energized with aquamarine crystals, which really helps calm and soothe your spirit — so it’s nourishing your mind, your body, and your skin. The affirmation on the back of this product is peace, and is part of that ritual for creating that calming and soothing experience — along with the aquamarine stone, and the actual physical affects of the formula.”
During my college years, when I was in such a state of discovering who I was (and who I wanted to be), I stumbled upon Miranda’s book entitled Treasure Yourself. As an avid journaler, I had always written positive quotes and poems for myself, but Kerr introduced me to the power of using your voice and speaking affirming words into the universe as an act of self-love and care.
In honor of my younger self who needed her words at that time, I asked Kerr about some of her favorite affirmations that bring her peace. “For me, words are so powerful, and I have quite a big toolbox of affirmations,” she tells me. One that she repeats frequently: I am a being of light that is capable of infinite possibilities.
“Even forgiveness affirmations can create a lot of peace in your life — we are all human, and we might think something that is not a high vibration towards ourselves or others, and having that little ritual and peace-making is so important,” Kerr says. “I’ll do forgiveness prayers while I’m brushing my teeth, or putting on my skincare to cleanse my skin and my spirit at the same time. I’ll say something like: I forgive myself, and I forgive anyone that has upset me intentionally or unintentionally.”
Expressing the importance of finding some time to pamper herself and be still each and every day, Kerr shares just how much she prioritizes routine — in more areas in her life than one.
“I’m pretty strict about my children’s routine. My grandmother had four children and many many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she taught me from a young age that routine is the most important thing for them, so that really stuck with me. You can find consistency and moments for yourself around that routine, so when my children go to bed after reading three books together, I often dim the lights, put the lamps on, and light a non-toxic candle. If my husband is finishing work or perhaps at the gym, I’ll then take a bath maybe once a week, or do my skin care routine — and thats when I really lean into those products that are very soothing, and I feel as if they are giving back to me.”
After agreeing that we both love those nights when we get to turn in for bed early, she shares the exact skin care routine she has created for peace and pampering once the moon replaces the sun’s light.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Miranda’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine
Dua Lipa Wears Ugly ’90s Trends So Well
Dua Lipa is a head-turner, to be sure, marching to the beat of her own drum style wise. Be it on stage or off, she loves to take a questionable trend from decades past and turn it into a hyper-chic look worth copying. Ahead, all the times Dua turned the “ugly” so freaking cute.