Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Beauty Must-Haves

Fall has always been my favorite season. The changing colors of leaves and the slow transition to cold weather have always resonated with me. I find a lot of inspiration in the soft golds and violet reds of fall (in case you haven't noticed I tend to use gold a lot in my looks). Plus, we get to pull out those chunky sweaters, which I love oh so much.

Here are some of my current go-to items for this Fall season.

Origins Zero Oil deep pore cleanser
Smith's Rosebud Salve (lip moisturizer)
MAC lipstick in Rebel
Laura Mercier shimmerbloc in Golden Mosaic
Organix Moroccan Argan Oil for hair

Origins Zero Oil deep pore cleanser:
This is a great cleanser for oily-skin. My skin tends to be on the dry side, but has been oilier lately. When you use a bit too many exfoliants and it makes your skin produce more oil to compensate. I'd been using an exfoliating face wash that was meant to be used daily, but was a bit too harsh for my skin. Origin's Zero Oil deep pore cleanser is very lightweight, but gets the job done. It also smells great!

Smith's Rosebud Salve:
I absolutely love this stuff. I'll admit, I've never been the kind of girl to shell out over $5 for a lip balm. Chapstick has always worked just fine for my lips and no other balm has ever out-performed it. Well, I found myself at Sephora one day without my beloved Chapstick and had no choice but to pick something up -- it was HOT and my lips were very dry. Since then, Smith's Rosebud Salve has been a purse staple, especially during the colder months.

MAC lipstick in Rebel:

I have not yet taken a lip picture that does this lipstick justice. Rebel is the perfect plum-red lip for Fall. If applied the regular way, it can be very bold and in your face. I also like to tone it down by lightly pressing it to my lips so that it becomes almost like a lip stain. While there are dupes out there for this one (I own a few), they just don't do this color justice in my opinion. 

Laura Mercier shimmerbloc -  Golden Mosaic:

I like to use this bronzer/highlighter to add more definition to my face and to add a quick pop of color on the go. I use this all over my face, not only to define, but also as an eyeshadow.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil for hair:
My hair gets pretty dry during Fall, which makes it pretty difficult to style. I've found that for my type of hair, thick and wavy/curlified, serums or oils make it more manageable. I've loved Organix for years, but only recently purchased this oil. I use it after every shower and while I style my hair. For all my hairy struggling friends, this makes a huge difference.

What are your fall beauty must-haves?


Sunday, October 14, 2012

ipsy (formerly MyGlam) - Oct 2012

{What was in this month's bag}:
theBalm What's Your Type? "the body builder" Mascara
Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Lip Stain
be a bombshell Eye Liner
Coastal Scents Eyeshadow mini quad
Pequi Oil Treatment

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theBalm What's Your Type? "the body builder" Mascara
Another of theBalm's mascaras recently became one of my favorites, so I was super excited to see this mascara in this month's bag. 

Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Lip Stain
I was sent the lip bomb in color 4. It's a bold mauve-y pink that I'm surprised really works on me, haha. Pink is often a tough color for me to pull off, because my skin has yellow/warm/olive undertones. The lip gloss (?) is not too heavy or sticky, which I prefer when it comes to glosses. 

be a bombshell Eye Liner
I'm not sure how I feel about this one just yet. While it is a very pigmented liner, the application tip is very thick which I think may make it more difficult for me to apply. It seems like it would be very long lasting (without primer!), because it was pretty hard to remove it after having just swatched it on my hand. This one is still up in the air for me.

Coastal Scents Eyeshadow mini quad
I never expected to receive a full mini quad from MyGlam. I'm really happy they chose to send a variety of colors from Coastal Scents instead of just one. I received Set 1, which has the colors Cloud White, Paris Green, Reef Blue, and Thunderous. I'm glad I received a set of blue-green colors that I wouldn't normally purchase. 

Pequi Oil Treatment

This oil treatment has a soft almost honey-like scent, which is very relaxing. The sample bottle contains a stopper, which I think is great! This is a sample I can take with me on the go, without fear that it'll spill inside my purse. 

I loved this month's bag. I can see myself using each of the items that were included and the bag...the BAG! I'm in love with the bag itself.

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What did you think of this month's ipsy bag?


Birchbox - Oct 2012

{What was in this month's box}:
Ouidad Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream
Sprout Lip Balm Flights
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
(MALIN+GOETZ) Grapefruit Face Cleanser
(MALIN+GOETZ) Bergamot Body Wash

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Monday, October 1, 2012

FOTD - Bronze Flare

Here's a look I wore for a date night with the husband. I tried winging out my eyeshadow more than usual to create a more dramatic eye. Hope you don't mind the messy hair, I hadn't gotten started on that!

Korres face primer
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation in "I'm so Glamber"/Amber
MAC Pro-longwear Concealer in NW35
MAC blush in Coppertone
Laura Mercier shimmer bloc in Golden Mosaic
MAC Fix+ spray

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Swagger Cosmetics in Tranny Chaser
Too Faced Glamour to Go Fairy Edition palette (bronze golden color)
Inglot eyeshadows in 335 (dark matte rust-orange), 325 (deep violet)
MAC Trax, Soft Brown, Ricepaper
MAC Brun for eyebrows
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Elf shimmer eyeliner pencil in Bronze
Avon glimmerstick in Sugar Plum
Urban Decay eyeliner in Zero
theBalm mascara in Cheater!

ELF lipstick in Classy


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