Great for Fall: NYX Butter Lip Balm in Panna Cotta

  This time of year I really like a little pigment on my lips. In the warmer months I’m happy with a clear balm, but fall makes me yearn for berries and browns. This season I keep grabbing the same tinted balm again and again: NYX Butter Lip Balm in Panna Cotta. It has a smooth, creamy texture that lasts for hours and a sort of burnt rose shade that is both flattering and just right for fall. Plus, at less than $4 a tube, I’m pretty sure a better deal for a pretty pout doesn’t exist. 

Lady or Tramp?

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My favorite look this season is decidedly ladylike but not too nice; it’s all about clean lines and classic shades, just a little rough around the edges. A lot of fall fashions are jumping on this naughty-lady bandwagon, and, not surprisingly, I’m embracing it in my makeup routine. Here, my guide to achieving this look on your own:

1. First things first: you want to start with clear skin and a smooth canvas. I keep it simple with a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and some concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes. Then, to give myself a very pretty, very ladylike glow, I blend By Terry Color Skin Enhancer in Glowing Rose into my cheek and brow bones. It smells heavenly and gives a pretty light pink sheen to the skin. Finish with a light dusting of loose powder just where you need it – nose, chin, forehead.

2. Gloss your lips with a sheer nude or light pink gloss. The trick is to find a shade that looks demure and classy, without washing you out. As I recently mentioned, I love Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine (a soft pink), and Korres Lip Glaze in the same shade is a great on-the-go version, as it comes in a tube instead of a jar. I’ve also always liked Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Slice of Heaven (a shimmery nude).

3. Play up those eyes! Curl your lashes and line your upper lash line with black liner. I’m currently obsessed with Noir Long Wear Eyeliner in Forever Noir. It’s a fat black liner that glides easily and smudges well. I like to wing up a bit at the outer corners for a bit of a cat eye; smudge the line a little or a lot to achieve your desired level of naughtiness. Finish with a generous application of Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. This wonder product thickens, lengthens, curls and lasts all day. It’s an easy way to give your eyes some oomph.

4. The final step in the process, and one of my favorite fall beauty trends, is to pair this mostly-prim face with a super-chic, super-dark nail polish. This looks best with shorter nails, and you have to be diligent about touch-ups, but a nice, dark manicure is perfect with this look. I’m hooked on Essie’s Power Clutch, a dark greenish-gray. Essie’s Wicked (a deep, blood red) is another good choice. Pair with your sassiest pencil skirt, your sexiest heels, and your most conservative pearls and you’ll have everybody wondering: lady, or tramp?

Fall Favorite

Every fall I get the back-to-school shopping itch, even though my school days are long over. As a result, I usually do a bit more shopping in September than I really should, updating the work wardrobe, buying a new purse, and, of course, buying new fall makeup.

Despite my love for beauty products I am kind of a makeup minimalist. I love the stuff but really try to never look too made up. I do, however, like to look pretty. I want my skin to look flawless and my eyes should look bright. And every now and then I want to make one of my features  pop.

This fall I’ve decided it’s time to give my lips a turn. (Usually if I’m going to get bold it’s with eyeliner and mascara. I’m definitely an eye girl.) So this season I’m keeping my face clean and pale (I’m absolutely loving Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation, it’s long lasting and makes my skin look pretty), swiping on mascara, and glossing up with what is my new favorite product, Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss in Envy Me, a black currant colored (and flavored) gloss that is ultra shiny and gives my mouth a dark purpley-pink look that is noticeable but not over the top. It’s definitely more pigment than I usually go for, but it’s still subtle enough to be pretty, not tacky.

And it’ll go perfectly with that purple sweater I just ordered.