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.

Oh, Sephora…

Sephora is a beauty junkie’s ultimate fix: a limitless supply of products and tools all gathered into one store. I love ordering myself a big ol’ box full of treats from www.sephora.com; it is not unusual to find me gleefully tearing open a package filled with lip glosses, eyeliners, body lotions and various other beauty tools. This past week I ordered myself a variety of new products to try, and yesterday I came home to find them neatly packaged along with two perfume samples and a slew of haircare samples designed to keep my hair from frizzing. Sephora’s selection and service are what got me hooked initially, but the generous samples (you can pick three free with every order, and deluxe samples are often available with new promotions) and free shipping (with 50 dollar orders) have made me a loyal Sephora customer for years.

Of my latest beauty purchases, one product already stands out as worth mentioning: Benefit’s “Hello Flawless!” powder makeup. It comes in a cute mirrored case, with both a powder brush and an applicator sponge included. I found that the velvety powder did almost nothing for me when I used the brush, but when applied with the sponge my skin looked, well, flawless. It’s very smooth and natural looking, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone that  likes coverage but isn’t a fan of thicker liquid foundations.

A word of caution to fair skinned ladies: I chose the lightest shade available, and it’s still bordering on being too dark. It’ll work for me in the summer months, but come winter (and pasty skin), I’ll have to go with something lighter.