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Autumn/Fall Must-Have Makeup Products/Trends


Autumn Must-Have Makeup

As summer winds down and the temperatures begin to decline, autumn enters, along with a shift in must-have makeup products (or trends, since I didn’t make specific recommendations).  Here are my three for this fall:

The Dark Lip is a fall trend that never gets old and never goes out of style. It must be the cooler temps that make us reach for those cooler, darker berries and plums–and for those of us who are more daring, our truly vampy shades. There are two essential tricks to wearing and pulling off a darker lip: confidence and technique.

You gotta have the confidence to rock the bold lip–this means throwing out any preconceived notions you have of how you look in a dark lip. We get stuck seeing ourselves in a certain way, but trust me, others see us in less of a box! You look killer in your crushed berry lip stain! (And if you need to build-up your confidence level, wear it around the house and good friends.) Secondly, technique is important; you want to take your time and apply a darker lip color with a lip brush when possible, and lining around the lip (with a colorless lip liner or concealer) and on the edge of lip will give you a very crisp, precise lip look as well as longer-lasting color that’s less prone to bleeding. Keep in mind that adding gloss on top of a dark lipstick often increases the chance it will bleed.

The Plum Blush adds color but also definition to cheeks–and it’s an interesting way to switch-up your usual makeup routine. It’s also nice way to embrace some of the more somber tones of autumn that we see so often on lips but on the cheeks. On cooler complexions, I love pinkish plums, while on warmer complexions, brownish plums work well. It can be applied heavily or softly, depending on your preference, and softer, finer textures allow for a really blendable, sheered out looks, while denser products will yield greater intensity in a single pass.

The Matte Lip is back with a vengeance this fall, but we’ll be seeing different twists and takes on what exactly matte means. They’re just not your old school dry-as-a-bone kind of mattes any more. Thank goodness for the improvements in formulas, ingredients, and technology, because we can now achieve matte lips without chalkiness, dryness, or excessive pulling and tugging. Keep your eyes open for some of those new formulas launching in the next month or so!

What are your must-have products for autumn?

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bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer Review & Photos


bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer

bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer

bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer ($28.00 for 1.7 oz.) is a lightweight lotion for daily moisturizing needs.  The scent is the same as the rest of the product range–a subtle herbal scent.  I don’t find the scent heavy, obtrusive, or noticeable.  It’s available in two sub-formulas: one for combination skin and another for normal to dry skin.   I started using the Combination initially, because the Normal to Dry launched later, but once it did launch, I switched, since it seemed more appropriate for my skin type.

Ingredients in Normal to Dry: Water/Aqua/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/ Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Soil Minerals, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ns, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eos, Ceramide Eop, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Castoryl Maleate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Sea Water, Glycerin, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybridia (Lavandin) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Caproyl Phytosphingosine, Caproyl Sphingosine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Behenic Acid, Cholesterol, Peg-75 Stearate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Steareth-20, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ceteth-20, Ceteareth-25, Limonene, Disodium Edta, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Linalool, Xanthan Gum

I used both variations at night time, because the range does not currently have SPF in it (I think enough people have clamored for it, so we’ll probably see it roll out sooner rather than later).  I loved the Purely Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin, because it worked well as a night cream on my dry skin.  Normal to Dry didn’t hydrate as well as the cream did, which I expected.  If this had SPF in it, I would definitely consider using it during the day time, when I prefer a lighter weight product.  It works better for my skin during the summer, so I think it’s a better fit for normal skin rather than dry.  I didn’t notice any differences in hydration between either formula, though.  I didn’t feel less hydrated by using the Combination (which one might have expected) but the same.

The formula is really lightweight, which is my favorite part about it, and it dries down within a minute.  It spreads easily across the skin without feeling like you need gobs of the stuff for good coverage.  It comes in a convenient skinny cylinder with a pump for easy and sanitary application.  I love pumps, because you can figure out just how much you need and stick with that amount each time.  I’d consider repurchasing as a daytime moisturizer if they included SPF, but I’d rather use the Cream for Dry Skin at night time based on my skin needs.

Ingredients in Combination: Water/Aqua/Eau, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cocoglycerides, Jojoba Esters, Behenyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Soil Minerals, Propanediol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Honey, Panthenol, Sucrose Cocoate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavendula Hybrida Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Punica Granatum Sterols, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acacia Dealbata Flower/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Anthemis NobIlis Flower Oil, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matracaria) Flower Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Limonene, Carbomer, Dehydroacetic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum

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Makeup, Hair, Nails @ VPL S/S 2012

Phyto, Amika, Butter London, Cle de Peau @ VPL S/S 2012

The first show I headed off to was for VPL, which was held at Chelsea Piers, and I went along with the Beauty.com team. It’s amazing how much time it takes to prepare all of the models before the show can actually start. You see manicurists on their knees trying to get the model’s nails done in a couple of minutes, while a hair stylist or makeup artist is maneuvering around them to complete hair/makeup.

Phyto (products) and Amika (tools) did hair for Beauty.com, while Butter London did nails for Beauty.com. The hair was slicked back for that “just out of the shower” look (I didn’t know that could be a trend–will make my life easier!). Everyone kept the hair nets and towels in their hair until the very last possible moment. Nonie from Butter London went with one coat of Butter London’s Nail Foundation as a base coat topped with Tea with the Queen, a nude shade, on top. She advised that a base coat is imperative when doing nude nails, because many nudes are prone to streaking without one.

Cle de Peau was responsible for the makeup look at the show, which was a very neutral, subdued look. They used new-for-spring (2012!) products for the look. They used #208 Eye Color Quad, which is filled with bronzy shades, on the eyes with #12 Gold Luminizing Face Enhancer on the cheeks to highlight. For lips, they used #206 Sweete Watermelon Enriched Lip Luminizer (which is a new formula and will be available with refills).

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Olivia Munn @ CVS/pharmacy & Maybelline New York 2012

Olivia Munn @ CVS/pharmacy & Maybelline New York 2012
Olivia Munn @ CVS/pharmacy & Maybelline New York 2012

Olivia Munn @ CVS/pharmacy & Maybelline New York 2012

Olivia Munn at the CVS/pharmacy & Maybelline New York Fashion Week Event at the Allure Lounge at the Empire Hotel. Olivia was on hand to sign up for the CVS/pharmacy Beauty Club, get a touch-up from Maybelline New York makeup artist, Gabriel Almodavar and watch live-streaming coverage of the runway shows at Lincoln Center.

To get Olivia’s look, Maybelline New York makeup artist, Gabriel Almodovar used the following products:

  • Maybelline New York Fit Me! Collection 
  • Maybelline New York EYE STUDIO MASTER DRAMA CREAM PENCIL 
  • Maybelline New York EYE STUDIO COLOR EXPLOSION LUMINZING EYESHADOW 
  • Maybelline New York FALSIES FLARED by Volum’ Express Mascara & Great Lash Mascara
  • Maybelline New York High Shine by Color Sensational Lipstick

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