I'm fully aware that I'm a US girl at heart, and that I'm supposed to refer to the time of year from September to November as 'fall', but you know me and my European pretending, so here we have the Autumn edit.
Now, don't dig out the chunky knits, chai lattés, and pumpkin pie spice just yet (unless you need to by means of staying warm, and, on that note--I'm jealous), but, if you can handle the wait, it's just one more week until the first day of autumn *spoken in British accent* and before you put away the denim shorts and all-other-things-summery, I'll give you a week to get all your cold and cozy ducks in a row and feast your eyes upon this post.
I'm sure we're all sick of the sweaty makeup references and need for powders and all that shebang, but, on the contrary, autumn and winter are all about hydration. A few of my favorite hydrating picks? For hair, I'm already in love with the Bumble and bumble Quenching Complex, but the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler will be assigned as my general pep-up, hair moisturizing, and frizz ridding spritz, not to mention that it smells lovely. Skincare wise, I ran I wicked love affair last winter with the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. Well, it's time for a revival up in here because I haven't touched it allll summer...and it needs some love. On the daily hydration front, the Aura Cacia Rose hip Seed Oil has been dosing my skin in moisture and scar busting powers--and it's application shall proceed.
Normally, makeup isn't all that skincare related, but some recent releases have made makeup that little bit more skincare-esque. The first that comes to mind? BB and CC creams--I know, shocking. I think we've all found our way through the BB bandwagon, but I've recently been trying the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream. In one word, it's amazing. Lightweight, yet it eeks out a mesmerizing dose of coverage. It's also ridiculously long-lasting and balances the perfect mix of matte and dewy. Powder-wise, I think I'm stepping away from my beloved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder at the moment and going for a bit more of a skincare-makeup hybrid--the half primer, half powder, By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder. If I'm honest, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it, but it does keep skin feeling ridiculously smooth, perfected, and adds a dose of hydration.
Speaking of primers, most people use summer as an excuse to get away with everything dewy, but I'm a master at rocking the 'natural glow' during those months and need a little more help in the winter. Cue the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. Glowy, dewy, and all things awesome, it's definitely one for skins that want a hint of radiance in their daily slap, not to mention it means that you can skip the highlighter, an oft-neglected step.
I'm. obsessed. with. bronzer. NARS Laguna, to be exact, but I'm not quite sure if I can get away with it anymore *tear rolls down cheek*, but I couldn't ditch my 'cheek bones'. The Kevyn Aucoin Scuplting Powder means you'll be looking all 'movie star' in no time and means that you won't have to feel so bad when you down the tub of Ben and Jerry's...again...because you've still got some cheekbone faking up your sleeve.
Perfume and lip products--perhaps the most unloved genre in my stash. For one, I spend far too much time pressing the snooze button to have time for either, but it's no doubt that the Tocca Stella Perfume and the Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine have the autumn, most-will-be-grabbed title. Stella is a blend of bitter and blood orange, freesia, orchid, musk, and sandalwood to create a mix of a sweet, yet sultry scent, just heavy enough for fall, but still casual enough for day time. For the lip butter, the nourishing balm that ooods a bit of a mauve-nude shade means that it's subtle, yet eye-catchingly gorgeous.
My non-nail-polish-loving habits are, mostly, due to the fact that my talons are pretty high maintenance and require loads of nourishing treatments, oils, balms, and creams to keep them in tip top shape. When they're not screaming for some TLC, I will, once again, be reaching for the colors. The autumn pick? Essie's Merino Cool. You know I love Essie, but the burnt, taupe, purple shade means that it's anything but the minty greens that we were rocking in the summer, just a shed-load more chic.
Well, I'm sure I could ramble about my pre-mature,
fall autumn excitement for much longer, but, excuse-moi while I go craft a chai latté, not to mention grab my knits. Yep--I know Frosty isn't coming yet, but I just can't resist *cranks down AC to sub-zero temps*.