Fall ends up being a strange time for my skin. It starts to dry out more, and acne tends to creep up because of it. This means I have to mix up my skincare routine to keep up with these changes in my skin. Here are a few products that I love to use this time of year.
Just because you're busy doesn't mean you have to give up doing your makeup! I'm sharing my go-to, 9-step makeup process that I can do in 15 minutes or less. It's just the right amount in the right places to make you look a little more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (even if you don't feel like it).
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- If you're like me, than you're almost always in a sleep-deprived state. To help hide that, I need my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in the Brightener shade. This stuff is the bomb dot com (does anyone actually say that anymore...?). The salmon undertone cancels out the blueish color of my dark circles, and makes me look like I got to sleep another hour or two. I put a little bit under my eyes by my tear ducts and, using my ring finger, I blend it out to cover the majority of the dark pigments.
- Next, I use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I place this under my eyes, cover up any redness around my nose, and any acne I have. This is a really good concealer for the price, and it lasts all day for me. As with the other concealer, I use my ring finger to blend this out (it's the finger with the softest touch ;) )
- I set the concealers and hide any excess oiliness I have by using Rimmel London's Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent on a big fluffy brush.
- Then, I'll put on blush. This varies depending on my mood, skin tone, and the season. Typically, I'll use Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink, Nars Blush in Orgasm, or Rodial Blush in South Beach. These are all great blush options if you're pretty fair like me.
- Once I finish with my face, I'll curl my lashes and put on mascara. Since I have very straight, stubborn lashes, I'll put on a coat of Maybelline's Volumn' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black first. This has been my ride-or-die mascara for years. 10 out of 10, would recommend.
- After that dries, I'll put a coat of a washable mascara on next. Recently, I've been using L'Oreal Paris's Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. I like it. But... since it's a wetter mascara formula, I do find myself getting it on my eye lid almost every time I apply it. So, I'm not sure if I'll repurchase it.
- Next, it's time for brows. This can go one of two ways. If I want to take a couple minutes, I'll use an eyebrow pencil. My favorite one is the Micro Pencil by Nyx. If I'm in a rush, I'll use a tinted eyebrow gel like Benefit's Gimme Brow. Both are great options, but you get a more polished look with the pencil.
- If I feel like taking a few extra minutes, I'll use an kohl eye pencil to line my upper and lower water lines, and some matte eyeshadows on my eye lids. But in all honesty, if I'm really, truly busy and need to get out the door, I'm definitely skipping this step.
- After I'm done with makeup for my face and eyes, I'll put on some lip color. This is one of my favorite ways to dress up a normally minimalist look. Recently, I've been loving Wet 'n' Wild's Liquid Catsuit matte lipstick in Rebel Rose topped with a light-colored lipgloss.
I'm sharing my go-to, golden, and glamorous eyeshadow look. Added bonus: It's all drugstore products! Check out the product list and video tutorial below.
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FACE (not in video): Rimmel Lasting Finish PrimerCovergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in TransparentNYX HD Blush in Taupe (for contour) Wet 'n' Wild Blush in Heather SilkUlta Illuminating Powder in Pink Diamond
EYES: NYX Micro Brow Pencil Covergirl TruNaked Goldens Palette Wet 'n' Wild MegaLiner in Black NYX Eye Kohl Ardell Demi Wispies eyelashesL'Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest BlackDuo Lash Glue
Ever since moving to cold, northern Michigan, my skin has become much drier than before. Another downside to this cold weather is my coconut oil is as hard as a rock, which makes it really difficult to deal with issue #1. Recently, I started looking for a solution, but it was a little more difficult to find an answer on the internet than I imaged. So, I thought I would share what worked for me.
Let's rewind a couple years. I had just started using coconut oil if my skin got extremely dry thanks to Pinterest. When we live down state, this would only happen during the coldest weeks of winter. So, I would put some oil on my legs and maybe my arms. Then, within a few days of doing this, I was good as new.
Now that we live up north, every week seems like the coldest week of winter, and my skin has been struggling. I was also having issues with my coconut oil getting too cold. When this happened, it was practically impossible to get out of the jar. And yes, I know that I could run it under warm water, but I was constantly forgetting to do this while I was showering. Then, I'd be super cold, wrapped up in my towel after taking a shower, and trying to scrape shavings of this rock-hard coconut oil out of the jar with my fingernails... not my best moment.
I thought there had to be an easier way to use coconut oil in the winter, so I started scouring the internet for answers. Sadly, all I found were recipes to make body butters by whipping shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils together. I didn't have any of these other ingredients, and I wasn't about to start running all over town looking for them. Ain't no body got time for 'dat!
That's when I had the idea... Maybe I could just whip the coconut oil. I was hoping that by adding air to it, it would be easier to scoop out of the jar with my hands. I got out a mixing bowl, plopped in my hard-as-a-rock coconut oil*, and used my handy dandy Kitchen-Aid hand mixer for a couple minutes. Presto, change-o! It worked!
I've been using the whipped coconut oil for a week now, and it's amazing! The oil melts after you rub a dollop of it between your hands for a few seconds, and spreads very easily. I've even gotten my husband to use it a few times when his face looks really dry, and even he likes it!
Once the oil absorbs into your skin and the "buttery" feeling (that's what Jason calls it) is gone, your skin feels oh so smooth. Plus, you smell like a Piña Colada, which helps me pretend I'm on a warm, tropical beach somewhere far, far away.
*Make sure you're using the coconut oil in it's solid state. Don't heat it up, and liquify it when you go to whip it.
A few months back I got my free trial of the Honest Company's Essentials Bundle. Some of them I used up within a week or two, and a few I still have sitting around my house. Keep reading to find out what was a hit, and what was a miss.
Face + Body Lotion I loved this product! It was exactly what my face needed for a moisturizer, and it's fragrance free! This product is perfect for dry winter skin, anywhere on your body (face, hands, elbows, kness, feet, etc.). It's a very light, and non-greasy formula that really does the job. Honestly, if you're not sure if you want to give this free trial a go, I would recommend doing it just for this product. It's amazing!
Hand Soap I mean... it's hand soap. I like the lavender smell. It's nice, but not super overpowering. It got gook off my hands when I needed it to. It does what hand soap is should do. I do still have this half-empty container sitting in our main floor bathroom a few months after getting the trial, because it's basically the same as the hand soap we have in the dispenser. I do like the fact that it's advertised to not have any harsh chemicals... but in the end it's still a hand soap that costs $5 for 11.5 fluid ounces.
Shampoo + Body Wash To be honest, I was little upset when I realized this was 'orange' scented. If you know me, you know I hate oranges. The taste and the smell. Yuck! BUT I was pleasantly surprised, because their "Sweet Orange Vanilla" scent is actually like an orange creamscile, or orange push-pop. So to me that's a million times better than straight orange.
So, onto the product's performance. I thought it worked well as a shampoo and body wash. Nothing that was amazingly spectacular or mind blowing, but it worked. I did use my normal conditioner with this, and my hair styled the same as before. My skin wasn't overly dry, and it didn't leave a filmy feeling either. For me, this isn't something I would buy for everyday use, since the price tag is a little high. BUT! It's the perfect travel bag product, because it's one less bottle I would have to pack. For that reason, I'll probably buy one for me and one for the hubby.
Multi-Surface Cleaner I loved this product. In comparison to the Scrubbing Bubbles Heavy Duty All Purpose Cleaner, this stuff held its own. I had to use a little more elbow grease to get my oven cleaned after splattering spaghetti sauce on it, but it did the job. It also did a great job on my wood surfaces when I dusted with it. All of these surfaces were left shiny and clean like they were brand new.
Also, I really loved the light, fresh white grapefruit scent, too. At first, I felt like my house didn't smell clean because it wasn't like the typical, over-powering lemon scent in most household cleaners. However, after using this for a week and going back to the Scrubbing Bubbles, I hated how strong that product was. This is one product I will definitely buy!
Organic Healing Balm Out of all the items in the box, this one is my least favorite. It did a really great job moisturizing and soothing my very dry, cracked cuticles. However, the smell of the product is a little too...uh... earthy for me. When I initially opened the container I thought it was very skunky. After using the product, it became more subdued but it's definitely not fruity or flowery. This smell definitely makes me think twice about reaching for this product, and I have been using their Face + Body Lotion over this one. At the end of the day, if I need to treat extremely dry skin, then I'll reach for my jar of coconut oil... it definitely smells better.
What are your favorite Honest Company products?
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This year I started using the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes, I've learned a lot about these products over the past few months. It's a gel nail system that doesn't use a UV light to set the polish that claims "In just two easy steps get up to 14 days of color and shine. More chip-resistant than regular nail polish!" Let's cut to the chase, and see if this product lives up to it's claims.
Just two easy steps
This polish system is extremely easy to use, because I only has two steps:
- Step One: This is the color coat. This system does not have a base coat, so the colors will sometimes stain your nail. The instructions call for two coats of the colored polish, but some colors need a third coat if you want them to be completely opaque.
- Step Two: This is the top coat. It has an extremely high gloss finish, and goes on very smooth if you use one thick coat.
In my experience with this nail system it is extremely easy to use, especially for those who haven't work with a standard gel polish and UV light. When you use a polish with a UV light, the polish won't cure/harden/dry until it is placed under the light. Because of this, it can be a hassle to use a standard gel polish. So, I would say this polish is definitely easy to use when compared to the gel polish and UV light systems.
14 days of color and shine
I have not been able to get a completely chip-free 14 day wear with these polish. Typically, I can paint my nails every weekend, and get through the week with no issues. Sometimes, in the middle of the week I'll put on one more Step Two top coat to ensure everything is fully sealed.
Make sure your read my tips and tricks at the end of this post! I share a ton of different manicuring techniques that will extend the life your manicure.
More chip-resistant than regular nail polish
There performance for this claim is why I keep coming back to this polish. I have been able to get a week worth of wear with this polish, and I don't have to think twice about it.
The only times I have issues with chipping is if I get polish that creates a lip on my cuticles or skin, or I've been rough on my nails during the week (opening boxes, peeling off stickers/tape, doing house renovations, etc.). However, I don't see chipping during those circumstances as being the polishes fault. If I paint them properly and do my everyday tasks (office work, cooking, cleaning, etc.), then I haven't had issues with chipping.
My tips & tricks for using this polish
As mentioned before, some of the Step One color polishes may need more than the two coats called for in the instructions to be completely opaque. All of the colors I have only need a max of 3 thin coats of the color plus one top coat to last one week.
Do not paint your cuticle or skin with the nail polish. This tip that will make any manicure last longer, but these polishes release easier if they get snagged since they do not have a true base coat. Take your time when painting your nails, and clean up any polish that gets onto your skin before it dries.
Leave a gap between your polish and cuticle. This is another tip that will help any manicure, but especially with these polishes because they lack a true base coat. You want to leave a gap between the color polish and the cuticle. Then with the Step Two top coat, you want to paint past the color and onto the unpainted nail in this gap. DO NOT PAINT YOUR CUTICLE OR SKIN! By painting on the unpainted nail in the gap, you create a a better seal with your polish. This will greatly extend the life of any manicure, but especially one you wear for a week or longer.
Wrap your polish under the tip of your nail at least once for both steps. If you have shorter nails like me, when you do this you'll have to clean your skin under your nails, but it's worth it. This helps reduce the chances of the tip of your nail not being sealed in fully, and pealing up at the tip. Once again, this is something I would recommend doing for any manicure, but definitely if you plan on wearing your polish for a week or more.
For longer wear, add a second layer of top coat every 5-7 days. I did mention this before, but this is probably the easiest way to get longer wear with this product. By doing this, you will re-seal the nail polish, and reduce the probably of getting chips or keep chips from getting worse.
What are your thoughts on this product?
Warm eyeshadow looks are becoming a major trend, and this is an easy way to get a warm smokey eye look. I also used a fun duo-chrome eyeshadow from Wet n Wild's Comfort Zone palette that is a warm red-brown with a teal-blue sheen. This is also the look I'm wearing in my review of Covergirl's Outlast Coverstay 3-in-1 Foundation. The video and list and products are below.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation: Ivory (805) Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Fair Cover Girl Clean Pressed Powder for Sensitive Skin: Buff Beige Urban Decay Primer Potion: Original Lorac Pro Palette: Cream, Taupe, Sable, Espresso, Nude Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette: Comfort Zone (definer color) Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner: Espresso New York Color Brow Kit: Brunette Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Volum’ Express Mascara: Very Black Ardell Fashion Lashes: Demi Wispies Sephora Bronzer: Los Cabos (3) Wet n Wild Blush: Mellow Wine NYX Lipliner Pencil: Natural Makeup Forever Lipstick: N9 Revlon Lipstick: Fairest Nude (800)
Track artist: MK2 Track title: Drive Away
What look would you like to see next?
I have been trying out the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (yes, that's an affiliate link. Don't be scared. It just means I get commission if you buy something after clicking that link :) ). the past few weeks. This medium-to-full coverage foundation says it has the "lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer, and blendability of a foundation" and it's "Shine free." But is it really? Well, I've worn it a few times and now I feel comfortable giving a review. Along with a written review, there is also a video review of this foundation below. (Yay for trying something new!) So, does this foundation live up to what it claims? Let's break it down...
1) Lasting power of a primer Yes! This product will stay all day long. I noticed it will rub off if you're blowing your nose a lot (but what foundation can live through that?). BUT! This does not do all of the things that primers can do. I have a problem with pores showing up on drier areas of my cheeks/undereyes, and I have to moisturize and prime there to keep this foundation from sinking into them.
2) Coverage of a concealer Sort of... This definitely covered any redness I had on my face, and minimized the look of my freckles. However, when I tried to cover my under-eye circles they were more visible than when I use only my Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I didn't have a breakout while using this foundation, but I think if you do a second, light coat over the zit it will be covered up.
3) Blendability of a foundation If you moisturize your face (or at least dry spots) first, don't use your hands, and use thin layers, then yes. The first time I used this I tried a lot of product to see if I could blend it out with my hands... Nope! However, if you use thin layers and use a brush or damp sponge instead of your hands, you'll be golden.
I recommend starting with one pump then use a half or another full pump to cover any missed spots or excessive redness. I also use a damp, triangle makeup sponge, but I think a synthetic, duo-fiber foundation brush (probably a stippling or buffing type) you can use to spread and pat the foundation with would make blending a million times easier.
4) Shine free Sure...? This does minimize shine, and it keeps my T-zone from turning into an oil slick. However instead of being a full-on matte finish, it's more of a satin finish. I don't have a problem with this, because it looks more skin-like than a matte finish foundation on me. I believe if you use a mattifying primer and powder with this you can definitely get a true matte finish that you very oily-skinned ladies are looking for.
Watch the video on YouTube here!
My biggest issue with this product is it's not very true to color.I wouldn't say the color oxides, but when it dries it was darker and had a much warmer undertone. It was very noticeable for me, because I have always been Buff Beige (#825 in this foundation) in Covergirl face products - Clean Oil Control pressed powder and liquid foundation specifically. However, once this foundation dried it was a shade too dark for me. I ended up getting the lightest color they have, which is 805 Ivory and when that dried darker and the undertones warmed up, it match my skin perfectly.
Also, in one store I was shopping at, the four lightest shades in the collection look almost the same. However, another store I went to had daylight lights installed and I could tell that 805 was the lightest and the next three shades (810, 820 & 825) were the same depth of color with different undertones. So, I would suggest that if 810, 820 or 825 are too dark for you, jump all the way down to 805.
I want to meet the person at Covergirl who suggested the pump on this product and give them a high five, because I wish all foundations came with a pump. It's so much easier (and sanitary) to use and you're less likely to waste a bunch of the product. Plus this pump locks, so I think it makes it a little bit easier/less messy to travel with.
Something else I noticed about this product, is it's very lightweight for medium-to-full coverage. When it sets it feels like it has almost a powder finish and feel - similar to my Bare Minerals Matte Foundation - but it's still covers discolorations. It's almost like you have an airbrushed finish.
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This look is perfect for those days that don't have time to do a lot with your makeup, but you want to look like you did. The smudged liner makes it really quick and easy, because there's no precision needed. Plus, the majority of the products I used are from the drugstore, and are multi-purpose. Video tutorial and list of products are below:
Watch the video on YouTube here!
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Fair
Cover Girl Clean Pressed Powder for Sensitive Skin: Buff Beige
Bare Mineral Matte Foundation: Fairly Light
Wet n Wild Blush: Mellow Wine
New York Color Brow Kit: Brunette
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pencil Eyeliner: Black
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio: Don't Steal My Thunder
Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Volum’ Express Mascara: Very Black
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain: Honey
Track artist: MK2 Track title: Funk Down
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This is such a wearable smokey eyeshadow look. It's definitely a lot more wearable for daytime or a date than an all over dark, smokey eye. All eyeshadows used are from Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette, and I'm wearing Ardell lashes.
Watch the video on YouTube here!
- Urban Decay Eye Primer: Original
- Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: Verve, Tease, Busted, Blackout and Bootycall
- Jordana Fabuliner: Black
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: Brightener
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Fair
- Make Up Forever HD Foundation: 115
- Cover Girl Clean Pressed Powder for Sensitive Skin: Buff Beige
- Sephora Bronzer: Los Cabos (3)
- Wet n Wild Blush: Mellow Wine
- New York Color Brow Kit: Brunette
- Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Volum’ Express Mascara: Very Black
- Ardell Lashes: Demi Wispies
- L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pencil Eyeliner: Black
- Wet 'n' Wild MegaLast Lip Color: Just Peachy
- Rimmel London Stay Glossy: Captivate Me
Track artist: Topher Mohr and Alex Elena Track title: Where I Am From
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