Fall 2014 Trends – Metallics, Brows, Contour, Matte Skin


Earlier last week I was chatting with my aunt (who is one of my makeup inspirations) and she asked me what I thought the big trends would be this fall. I thought it was a great topic, so here are my picks.


Bold Brows

Bold brows have been in for some time now and, they aren’t going anywhere this fall. Big is still in. I find the easiest and fastest way to fill mine in are a pencil (like the Hourglass Arch or the Anastasia Brow Wiz), but I am also a huge fan of the MUFE Aqua Brow which is more of a liquid/gel. Powders are a great option of you are going for a softer look.


Matte Skin

All about the matte skin this fall. I feel like more-matte always comes back in style around this time of year, but this fall it seems especially prevalent. Almost all the big foundation players (YSL, Laura Mercier, Chanel) have come out with matte foundations recently. I am a long time lover of Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+, but I also enjoy the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish if you want something with a lighter texture.


Metallic Plum Eyes

Metallics are here in a big way this fall. Shadows in bright and glistening metallic shades are hitting the shelves big time (my favorite release of this kind being the NARS Dual Intensity Shadows but also check out the Ardency Inn Modster Pigments). More than just metallic, plum metallics will be big on the eyes (and they are a bit fun and unexpected without being too colorful).


All the Contour

Contouring is still a big trend. Put down your bronzer and pick up your contour this fall. This trend is in full swing with contour palettes coming out in droves (Smashbox and Anastasia have joined the party recently in powder, for cream look to Becca).

What do you guys think? Any big trends you see coming our way this fall?

Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry is a Fall Staple




Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry

I love lip pencils, and since fall is basically here (the weather is getting cooler every day!!) I wanted to scope out some possible color options. I went with Laura Mercier Plumberry, because honestly, the color is just my prefect idea of a plum lip. Perfect. Exactly what I always imaged a great plum lip color would be.


Love for the Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry Swatch

I am also a fan of the texture and formula of this pencil. I love a very traditional lip pencil formula. Mostly because I find the drier ones to last longer on my lips and slip less. Those more moisturizing lip pencils can slide around some and fade faster on me. The Laura Mercier lip pencil formula is right up my street. Its a bit dry, the pencil is a sharpening kind (it even comes with a sharpener!) and, its very long lasting. The finish is matte, but you can add on a lip balm or gloss (I usually add some lip balm for hydration) and it still lasts about 4-5 hours on me (which is very long as I am a serial snacker).


wearing Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry on my lips

I love plummy lips for fall and, as I mentioned earlier, this color is just perfection. Add in the great formula and I was sold. I am actually eyeing some of Laura Mercier’s other lip pencils (but those new matte NARS pencils have my attention as well).

You can get this lip pencil at Laura Mercier counters, online and at Sephora for $23.

The rundown: A+

Five Traveling Makeup Tips


I know I have done posts on this topic before, but with the frequency I have been traveling lately, I wanted to update you guys on my 5 favorite tips.


Tarte Rainforest After Dark and Naked Flushed Palettes

1. Take palettes. I love all in one palettes like the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette, but cheek palettes like Naked Flushed or eye palettes are all great. Just take a palette. It saves space and provides a large plethora of looks for your time away. I usually take neutrals, but thats up to your taste.



2. Take minis. Not only are they super cute but they save space. Even when I’m not cramming a ton a liquids into a quart size bag, I find minis really help make the ton of products I take with me fit in a small space. Plus they are just so darn cute.

3. Take samples. Sorry for the lack of picture, but moral of the story, I know you spend a lot of time and money in Sephora or some department store (if you are here spending time reading this blog, lol). Go there. Ask for a sample size of your foundation, serum, moisturizer, primer, what have you. You spend money there to no end, some samples every once in a while is the least they could do. This is in the same vein as the minis, it just saves space and makes packing easier.



4. Take powders. I know this might be hard for those of us with dry skin or who simply do not enjoy powders. But it is just so much easier than taking a lot of liquids (when you are flying). No spilling, no leaking, no mess and, no ounce limits. I also suggest pressed powders, but loose can work too.


Few Lip Products

5. Take few lip products. I find I never wear a ton of different lippies while I am away. I tend to just grab for one color and something moisturizing. If I bring too many, they just sit unused (but I’m also mostly an eye person, so if you are all about the lips apply this to shadows).

What about you guys? Have any tips you always use when you are traveling? I hope you are having a good day so far. Happy hump day!!


Naked2 Basics, a Powdery Love




oh boy oh boy oh boy

I picked this guy up at Sephora last week and, if you have been a reader of mine for a while, you know I love great matte shadows. I use my Naked Basics (the OG) all the time. Its just so handy. I was debating getting this one, since I’m not a huge cool toned shadow girl, but when I saw it in person I just caved. I had to have it (makeup addict talk there).

Since this guy is pretty new and exciting and all that, I’m going to be putting up my review of the Pulp Fiction palette next week (but in case you hadn’t heard yet, I love it!! Like a lot, like a ton).


Naked2 Basics

Okay back to this mostly matte neutral palette (Urban Decay is just churning them out right now). This guy comes with 6 shades, 5 matte and one shimmer/satin finish. The satin in this palette is Skimp, which is a cream/skin tone shade with shimmer (I really love this one). The mattes are a gradient in cool toned grey based shades. Stark is a bit pinky, which is pretty for under the brow or all over the lid. Frisk is a bit plummy/grey, also a great lid color or a very soft crease color (on my skin tone). Cover is a great crease shade, it has a bit of that purple undertone to it too (love it). Primal is a dark brown, pretty straight up (great for brows as well if you have dark hair). Last is Undone, which is a not-quite black shade. Its a bit grey and sooty. Not pitch black.


Naked2 Basics Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

Let me say, I really love this palette. Its very handy, the colors are great for eyes (and brows since they are quite cool toned!), they blend beautifully and, last all day over a primer without creasing (using the NARS primer since my eyes are as oily as the rest of me). I have one beef with this palette. The shadows are just way too powdery. They kick up so much powder when you dip your brush in. I guess its not a huge deal, but it just feels like such a waste of product (plus its just so messy). Just be sure to tap the brush off before going to the eyes and all is well. I will say I do not have this issue with Naked Basics (the OG).


wearing Skimp in the inner corner, Stark all over the lid, Cover in the crease and the liner is UD Perversion (the pencil) smudged into a cat eye (which I really love the look of with this eye makeup). Sorry about the brow, I was letting them go fairly natural so the front looks a little crazy. 

I have to say I do enjoy the palette and the looks I get from it. I think if you enjoy matte shadows, cool tones and, a convenient package this one is for you.


wearing Naked2 Basics on my eyes

You can get this palette online, at Sephora and, at Ulta for $29 (which I think is a great price for the quality and for 7.8g of product).

The rundown: A-


A Small Duty Free Haul


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the goods

I was recently in the UK for work but, because of my crazy work life and since the trip was fairly short, I didn’t do any shopping. Like at all. Until I got to Heathrow for the flight back to the states. After the 11 hour days (the 5 hour time difference did not help at all mind you) I was banking on getting something at Duty Free since time for shopping otherwise was nonexistent.

I was planning on getting a new bottle of my daily go-to perfume (which I am mostly out of, beauty blogger achievement here!), Gucci Premier (the eau de parfum, gotta go for the full strength stuff). I found a huge bottle, at 2.5 floz. At this point I was basically done and happy (or so I thought).

Now this Duty Free was sneaky, while you stand there waiting to check out, there are more products lined up for your perusal. Which is exactly how I ended up getting the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. It was a trap, that is my only excuse (and I just love these lip products!).

I know I missed out on some great British and European beauty, but I am consoling myself with my giant bottle of perfume. I’ll just have to go back soon :)

An Attempt at a Video


Happy Sunday everyone! I tried my very inexperienced hand at a youtube video of me (basically) applying my makeup. Mostly, the cropping and aspect ratio are pretty atrocious (but I think I know how to fix it). Let me know if you enjoy the content and I might try to do this more regularly (maybe once a week?).

Hope you enjoy!

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A Guest of the Wedding Makeup Look


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the look in outdoor lighting

I went to my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding about 2 weeks ago now and, let me tell you, it was so much fun. It was the most beautiful wedding I have been to yet and we both had a great time.

I wanted to do something glowy and light since a wedding is a happy, fun event. I ended up going with metallic bronze eyes with pink lips. On the eyes I have NARS Dual Intensity Shadow in Himalia with a mid tone brown matte in the crease (any will do but I used the shadow in the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette). Then I used some liquid liner for a clean flick (used my Kat Von D liner in Trooper). Mascara is Lancome Hypnose Star (which I have been loving lately, I think I just needed it to thicken up some).


the eye look

On my cheeks I have all the products from the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette. Bronzer, blush and the highlighter. Going for glow here.


indoor lighting

I then used Bite Beauty Rose lipstick as a stain on my lips. That just means that I tapped it onto my lips (no swiping) and the pressed it in with my fingertips for a long lasting punch of color.

I think its a pretty, easy, light look. I really love it in general (like for everyday) but I think its especially suited to fun, joyous events. Its very naturally beautiful, which I love.

What do you guys think? Have you been going to any events or weddings lately? What looks have you been rocking?

My Current Foundation Routine


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the terrific trio

To start this off, I have very oily, acne prone skin. I have a lot to cover because of that, but the heat in the summer makes keeping anything on a bit of a challenge. I have been playing around with products and finally found a product combination that I have been loving.

I start with a thin layer of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (my review here) since it does not budge. Its a great base for oily skin. It doesn’t break apart or melt away. It really holds up on the skin all day. Its also perfect since it prolongs the wear of anything you put over it.

For concealer I have been loving my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (review here). I have been lazy these summer days and using it both under my eyes and on blemishes and other skin issues. It is possibly the only concealer I have found so far that correctly does both. It is mega high coverage, but the consistency blends amazingly, so it doesn’t look cakey on. Its been perfect.

I then set that whole shebang with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (review here). It has a bit of color to it, which I prefer in my setting powder (it keeps you from looking ashy, I think). This powder has a satin finish, so it looks very natural on. Its not very matte, so it doesn’t look harsh in the summer but its not sheeny so you don’t look oily before your’e actually oily (aka around 4 hours into my day).

What have you guys been loving this summer for base? Have you had a hard time finding a routine you love? I certainly did.


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