Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall into Beauty Favorites

When fall rolls around, I am all about getting the essentials, and I am not talking about wardrobe. Last year, I took a big trip to the MAC makeup counter at my local Macy's and called it my “fall wardrobe,” because really, as long as your face looks amazing, nobody is going to notice if you’re wearing a sweater from last year!

Meet Matte:
This year, matte nails are all the rage. Big time brands like OPI, Orly, and Zoya are all releasing the hottest colors in new matte formulas, or you can pick up a new matte top

coat to make your favorite shade that isn’t matte to appear so (check out the one by Orly). I haven’t embraced or even tried the new look, since I adore all things shiny, but for all the newest matte shades and what’s hot right now become a follower of my favorite nail polish blog All Lacquered Up! Or to order your favorite matte shades for a great price check out 8ty8Beauty, or Head2Toe Beauty. Who wouldn’t want the epic summer shade, LaPazitively Hot to carry over into the fall!

Rockin’ the Red:

Red lipstick is a beauty trend that never goes out of style; fall is especially a great time to rock a strong scarlet lip. It is indeed a daring feat that must be approached with caution but when properly executed can complete a look. Last year I picked up So Scarlet by MAC and got so many compliments when I wore it out with a simple bronze eye look. To prepare your lips to take on a red color your first step is to properly exfoliate, either with a toothbrush or washcloth to make sure there is nothing that will make the color look cakey. Then use a liner, either the same shade as your lip color, or clear to gently outline your lips to make sure the color doesn’t bleed. Depending on your preference and specific desire for accuracy you can then apply the lip color directly from the tube (my personal preference) or with a lip brush. Using a brush may also ensure more lasting color. Once the color is applied, blot on a tissue to prevent the color from getting on your teeth and apply a clear, or gold tinted gloss if desired.

Spoil Your Skin:

If you’re like me, the cold air can take a serious toll on sensitive skin. When the seasons change, so does my skin routine. In the summer I can get away with washing my face and just

using a light SPF, but in the fall and winter I have to keep up with moisturizing to keep it from being dry. The only moisturizer I have found to keep my skin soft all day is Mary Kay timewise age fighting moisturizer (in normal to dry). In the colder seasons, I also use a hydrating mask a

couple times a week just for that extra boost of moisture. There are many out there, but my favorite that I have found is Drink Up, hydrating mask by Origins.

Switch Up Your Scent!

One of the things I love about fall is that it’s time to switch out the lighter beachy scents (which will always come back next year!) for warmer, richer scents that remind me of cozy times by a fire, and chilly evenings. I find that these scents tend to cling more to most body chemistries and last longer (so be sure to apply with a lighter hand). Some of my favorite scents for fall are Burberry Brit, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (from Bath and Body Works), or Angel by Thierry

Mugler, but to find your own perfect fall scent, the scent finder at is a great tool!

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Adrian said...

Burberry Brit is the BEST perfume I have ever owned. I'm so glad that I bought it :D

<3 Adrian

Ashleigh said...

I'm in agreement with Adrian. Even though she owns it and I do not, I love it.

Princess Malphaba said...

The funniest part is, I've been wearing it for years, and have never owned a large bottle. I buy the minis from Ebay, or dupes from etailers. I need to bite the bullet and buy it! I've had it on my Christmas list for years, but my silly family just won't bite, LOL

Ashleigh said...

*poke* start blogging ;) heheh i know you're busy!