New season, new you! Every fall, as temperatures drop and you now know that your makeup won’t sweat down your cheeks and that you won’t be wiping your eyeshadow off while mopping sweat from your precious brow, it becomes time to look forward to buying and trying new makeup. I have some thoughts, let me share them!
If you can only spurge on one type of item, make it blue. That is the strongest color trend/update. And it actually does work on all shades of skin. I have 5 suggestions for your blues:1. Kevyn Aucoin Eye Shadow Duo in Taupe/Blackened Blue Shimmer ($42), you can do an amazing smokey eye, line the inner eye with the taupe. Silky powder, fun to work with. 2. Measurable Difference Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner in black pearl (9.99) has a blue shimmer to it, also supposed to pump up those lashes with Regena. 3. Makeup Forever Aqua Matic Glide-On Eyeshadow in Irridescent Blue ($22) use a little as a liner or accent, draw a cateye, do whatever you want- this easy to use pencil has incredible color and staying power. 4. Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mouselli Glideliner in Midnight Blue ($21.75) a true midnight blue, goes wonderfully with gold, great as eyeliner or shadow. 5. Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer in Delphinium ($17) great for a smudgy, slept in eye.
2. Ultra HD and bold lip:
Everyone was all over the Ultra HD Foundation ($43) which comes in 40 featherlight shades, so there has to be a match for you- unless you really just want to be difficult. It actually does hold up pretty well, even in extreme temperatures, as I found out this summer. You can also get the Ultra HD Stick Foundation ($43) which also provides complete coverage, and in spite of my fears, did so with without feeling oily.
The bold lip comes in many forms. There’s the deep and glossy, the kissed off smear, and the dark, matte goth. I still have my reds, just in case, and I have a deep plum gloss that I picked at the discount store.
You might want to get your brows in gear, this season. It seems to be a hot topic. Try this Tweezerman mini-slant tweezer ($16) adorably decorated with a sunny blue sky especially to benefit the Art of Elysium charity. Once you’re trimmed the hedges, you can use Tweezerman Brow Mousse ($12) a clear gel that holds your browhairs in place while you run around doing things.
I’m also recommending the KISS Beautiful Brow Kit ($7.99) for when you have time to make a real brow statement. It has a dark and light powder to fill in, 4 stencils to define your bows and create an arch, a highlighter for your browbone, and a little tray of wax to keep all that work stuck together. I actually love this little kit, it’s so femm-y!! I played with it a lot, then it got hot. I’ll definitely use it again, it’s a great girly thing to have.
For eyes, metallic liners and gold lids are a thing. Major huge makeup artist Pat McGrath has launched her new makeup line with one thing- gold eyeshadow. So you might want to get some from somewhere.
I am not so great with eyelashes. I have no luck. KISS Products keeps sending them and I am just… stay tuned, because I heard you can get lessons at ChicStudios and I think Sephora was doing lessons. But if you like lashes buy theirs, they have soooo many styles! Be you pretending to be Kim Kardashian (or whoever).
Nails are still a priority and a good place to have some artsy fun. I am loving the new Kure Bazaar brand from Paris. Created by model Kartika when she was pregnant, it’s a line of eco-friendly, formaldehyde free polishes that go on smooth, and offer super saturated colors with fast drying time. They are definitely chip resistant as well. Great value, and it’s beauty without the harm. Click here to find out where to buy.
3. Braids, or not:
Braids. Braids, braids, braids. Cornrows, fishtails, pigtails- braids. They are everywhere, on the runway at Valentino for ss2016 and on Sarah Potempa’s instagram for her #365DaysofBraids. Try Aveda’s new Shampure Dry Shampoo ($30), which not only absorbs excess oils and impurities and lifts them from the hair, but provides a bit of hold to and texture to keep those braids together.
Two great new products for nurturing your hair are Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Shampoo ($29) and Exceptional Cream ($40). The Excetional Shampoo gently cleanses even the most delicate hair, replenishes it and facilitates detangling and styling.The Exceptional Cream is a lightweight lotion with boabab oil, botanical keratin and sapote butter meant to create an anti-frizz humidity shield, and will protect your hair from heat styling (up to 430 degrees, after that your’e a maniac).
4. The skin you’re in:The great thing about cold weather is the delicious pampering that is now possible. Hot bath time is here! Kesh Beauty Argan Oil ($40) is amazing- you must try it. What I love? The beautiful non-aerosol spray bottle. You can spray it on your scalp, spray some in the bathwater, spray onto your feet- you’ll never spill it or drop the little eyedropper that most brands give you.
Hands need mega pampering once it gets into glove weather. I got Ritual Ginko Secret Calming Hand Balm ($17) and Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Hand Cream ($48) for when dryness strikes. I also bought extra gloves, just a little tip. I lose gloves all the time, it’s a sickness.
Scrub off all that excess dry skin with Tata Harper’s Smoothing Body Scrub ($68). Made with all natural ingredients like Pink Himalayan and Hawaiian Sea Salts, Cranberry Fibers, Apricot Seed Powder and Organic Sugar, it micro-polishes the surface and buffs away dead skin to eliminate unseen impurities, leaving the skin smooth and conditioned. Wonderful after a day at work, then commuting home.
Yum, Ritual Tao Lao Tze Chinese Mint Foot Balm ($15) sounds like a delicious way to keep feet pampered, especially when they’ll be spending long hours cooped up in shoes.
Fight off dry skin with Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Skin Care Starter Set. For $38, you get the Purifying Creme Cleanser, Exfoliant, Firming/Toning Agent and Hydrating Lotion. Your face will be out in the wintry, dehydrating cold- when you’re not being pelted with rain and snow. You need some backup.
Next up: Cat Footwear SS2016 Press Preview!
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian