September 23, 2014

Fall Beauty Must Haves | What I'm Currently Loving

Fall Must Haves
Links and descriptions for above products are listed below (keep scrolling....keep scrolling....there!)

Here I am wearing just about every single thing listed above and below! I say "just about" because I'm obviously only wearing one shade of the two blushes and obviously I don't have two facial moisturizers on...but you get the gist. I'm literally using everything in the above collage right now and I am LOVING it all. I didn't list my basic things I use and talk about all the time (i.e. foundation, brow powder, concealer, etc.) because I want you all to use what you love and just hear about some fun little nuggets I've been digging lately! If anyone is wondering what mascara I have on below, it's Ulta Amped Lashes Mascara in jet black.

Here's what is pictured in the top collage:

1 | Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion Okay here's the scoop with this lotion. I have had it for-EVER because a little teeny squirt goes a long way. What you need to know if you have sensitive skin: you're going to feel this stuff "working" (translation: tingling. Or if you're super sensitive...burning). If you've never used a lotion with alpha hydroxy acids or glycolic acids, it's best to mix it with a bit of a fragrance-free, sensitive skin formulated moisturizer until your skin gets used to it. You can keep adding a bit more (and reducing the other lotion) until you're using just this. Also important: just use it at night. There is no SPF and it makes you sensitive to sun so you'll want a daily moisturizer in addition to this powerhouse. Makes skin SO glowy. Pores smaller. Fine lines gone. If it had lips, I'd kiss it for what it does to my skinny skin skin.
2 | NYX Butter Lipstick in "Licorice and NYX Retractable Lip Liner in "Plum" Such a pretty plum shade. I'm wearing both the lipstick and liner in the photos above. It's cooler undertoned if the deep brick red lips of the moment are too "warm" for your liking. This plum would work on any skintone.
3 | Schwarzkopf Osis+ Hold Miracle Volume Mousse I'm bringing mousse back! I always feel like a bit of an 80s girl when I put a pump in my hand but I adore the volume it gives my little bob that I'm growing out. The body lasts all day and it makes my hairs feel plump!
4 | MAC Eyeshadow in "Texture" I'm wearing about 3 different shades of eyeshadow here, but if I had to tell you to run out and buy one shade of shadow, it's "Texture" by MAC. Every time I wear it, people ask what I have on my lids. It is the PERFECT crease shade and I also use it as my transition shade all the time (the area right above the crease). It's warm, it's flattering, it works with every single damn eyeshadow I own. Go get it. Do it.
5 | Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm *Aaaahhhhh* <-- Hear that? That was the sound of angels singing if you didn't quite catch it. Cleansing balm...evvvver heard of it? There are quite a few of these out there running around, but Clinique's is impressively effective and the price is oh-so-right. You take a little scoop out with your finger and massage it into your entire face INCLUDING your eyes. It will dissolve any makeup on your face including waterproof eye makeup. If you're like me, you like to use a warm cloth to wipe the gunk off. If you're a minimalist when it comes to makeup and your skin is parched, you can tissue it off and bask in your new, dewy, supple skin. 
6 | Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream Okay, peep this, shorties. I was walking through the travel section of my local Target, looking for toothpaste, and I saw the CUTEST mini jars of Pond's face cream. I had to have them. They looked so cute and chic! I grabbed the Rejuveness (pictured above) and the Clarant B3 formula (which is great for normal/oily skin and for lightening dark spots). Each was under $2 and you get an alarming amount of product for your money. I was so impressed with both formulas that I bought the regular size jars. I bounce back and forth at night with these ones and the moisturizer from #1 up top on this list.
7 | NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation I think I talk about this stuff a bit too often so I'll save my breath (and your eyes). It's my go-to finishing powder. It's legit. It will make you look airbrushed. 'Nuff said.
8 | Kinerase Advanced Eye Cream  Before I tell you how amazing this eye cream is, IT IS ON SALE AT ULTA RIGHT NOW. I'm sorry if you're reading this post after the price goes up. It attacks every undereye problem. Bags? Yep. Dark circles? You betcha. Fine lines? Totally. Puffiness? Sure thing! It's a multi-tasker in every sense of the word.
9 | Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat This is just a fun little bottle to have in your polish collection. Turns any nail polish into a "matte" finish. I love matte. Colleen + Matte = Love.
10 | Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in "Plum Wine" and "Coffee Cake"
I picked these blushes up in two colors that are a bit outside of my comfort zone. I say that because I typically go for petal pinks, warm peaches, soft get the idea. I'm wearing "Plum Wine" in the photos above so you can see how pretty and wearable it is. In the package, it looks pretty intense. You of course could build it up if you wanted it to be more dramatic. I love this shade. The other shade I grabbed is called "Coffee Cake" and it looks like it sounds. I LOVE THAT COLOR. It is a really gorgeous light but warm tan color and it is glorious on the skin. I wore it the other night and I got so many compliments on my complexion. If you haven't tried these blushes (I think there are about 10 shades in the line) they can be applied with your fingers like a cream blush, or you can swirl a brush into it and apply that way. They are incredible for the price and I don't think I'll rest until I have them all. You hear that, Dream Bouncy Blushes?? You will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine.

That's it for now! If I discover any new goodies (and I'm sure I will) I'll be sure to let you lovelies know! I am so thrilled Fall is finally here! Enjoy the cozy weather, the beautiful colors and all the GREAT food!

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  1. You look so gorgeous and I just love that lipstick!!! Thanks for sharing with #BeautyBuzz!!!


    1. Aww Janise you are too sweet! Isn't the lip color fun? It's definitely my favorite so far this season and it's under $5 which is such a bonus! So glad you stopped by! Keep the awesome posts coming! I just adore your blog!


  2. That's a gorgeous shade of lipstick.

    Visiting from the link-up.

    1. Thank you!! It was such a fun find and the price is almost as amazing as the color! Love finding these killer deals (especially when they have great pigment)! So glad you stopped by from the link-up! Hope you stick around!


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