Fall Beauty Refresh

Fall Beauty Refresh

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The arrival of fall has me eager to make some updates to my beauty routine (though I steadfastly refuse to dress in seasonally appropriate attire as long as possible). My skin has a tendency to get a little drier around this time of year, so I’ve been using cleansing oil followed by a hydrating mask a few times a week and it definitely makes a difference. I’ve also switched over to this primer, which leaves my face amazingly soft and smooth and keeps foundation in place all day. Seriously all day. I’ve been doing midday touch-ups way less!

I’m really into cream eyeshadows right now – they’re so easy to work with. This one from NARS is my favorite; it’s super blendable and long-lasting. Would it be fiscally irresponsible to buy one in every shade? A deep berry lipstick is another fall staple, and I have my eye on this one from YSL. It’s vampy but elegant at the same time, which I love.

My summer tan is fading, so I’ve been relying on Hourglass Ambient Lighting for a subtle glow rather than use full-on bronzer. I also want to try this under-eye brightener for an extra little boost – apparently you wear it under your concealer and it makes you look radiant. I’ll have to report back to you on that…

Last on my list of beauty updates is a flexible hairspray (do your worst, Seattle weather) and a perfume that’s a little richer (ahem, sexier) than my usual signature scent. I really like Narcisco Rodriguez For Her, so I’m excited to try the new twist on the original!

What are some of your favorite beauty products for fall? Are you experimenting with anything new this season?

♥ Mil

The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief

Hey beauty lovers! I cannot believe it’s almost the end of August. I’m clinging desperately to the last few weeks of summer, trying to cram in all the beach days, outdoor movies, and BBQs I possibly can. I’m so not ready for sweater weather yet! Partially because I only have, like, three sweaters. Anyway! Read on for a few products I’ve been loving this month. (Full disclosure: I love Diorshow mascara all year round.)

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

You know how you can just feel some foundations sitting on your skin? bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is the total opposite of that. Infused with vitamin C and jojoba, this lightweight serum foundation feels as good on your face as it looks. However, while it will give you a luminous, dewy glow, it only provides light/medium coverage – so if you’re trying to cover up a breakout, this probably isn’t going to cut it.

Lipstick Queen Endless Moisturizing Lipstick

I am a sucker for packaging, which means Lipstick Queen products won me over the first time I ever laid eyes on them. The punchy colors! The saucy name! I just love it. And when I tried Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick, I knew my love was justified. Enriched with vitamin E, this stuff goes on super smooth like a balm, but has amazing color payout. My favorite shade is Aloha, a sheer, bright red.

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

Guys, Diorshow Waterproof Mascara is hands-down the best mascara in the world. No contest. A few swipes of this will give you lush, thick, glamorous lashes that require very little combing out to look absolutely perfect. Plus, it’s waterproof, so you can swim or watch sad movies to your heart’s content without worry. However, there’s a new formula out and I’ve heard mixed reviews. I’m a little afraid to try it…

What beauty products are you into right now? I’d love to hear about your current faves!

♥ Mil

Get It, Girl: Three Summer Makeup Looks to Copy

You guys know that I love playing with makeup all year round, but summer in particular always has me experimenting with a wide range of looks. It’s the perfect time to break away from your usual routine, whether that means trying out a playful turquoise eyeliner, a blazing hot red lipstick, or going au naturale with bronzer and little else (eek!). Here are three looks I’m loving right now, paired with the essential products you’ll need to recreate them.


Three Summer Makeup Looks


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Which of these is your favorite? Do you have a go-to summer beauty look? Mine is probably closest to the last one, but with a bold coral or hot pink lip instead of red…

♥ Mil


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The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief // via South by Northwest

Hello beauty lovers! I’ve been dutifully playing with products all month so I can share my findings with you guys. This month’s roundup is all about laid-back summer beauty, from the triple threat face spray to the hair styling creme that will make your morning routine a million times easier.

Bumble and bumble Don't Blow It Creme

When it’s 95 degrees out, the thought of blow drying my hair makes me want to weep. Enter Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It Creme! Spread a dollop evenly through towel-dried hair, twist into a loose bun (or twist hair in sections around your fingers, then let it hang loose) and allow to air dry. You’ll get body, texture and softness with virtually zero effort – always a big win in my book. I like to use this on weekends and days when I work from home since it takes a couple of hours for my hair to air dry.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil

I actually started using this in the winter when my lips were super chapped, but Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil is perfect for summer, too. That tropical scent! That refreshing coolness! In addition to being intensely moisturizing, it has a nice glossy shine…plus, it’ll only cost you a few bucks. Your lips will love it!

Coola Makeup Setting Spray

This stuff is technically a makeup setting spray, and it does the job just fine. But I bought it to use as a sunscreen and makeup refresher. It’s made with green tea, aloe, and hyaluronic acid, so it’s both soothing and moisturizing – and with SPF 30, it keeps your skin protected throughout the day. A spritz of this feels heavenly after being out in the sun for a few hours.

NARS the Multiple

Ah, the Multiple. Who among us isn’t obsessed? This multitasking cream stick is a summer staple; you can use it as a blush or bronzer, and some shades even work on your lips. My favorite is South Beach (pictured), which creates the perfect golden beachy glow.

What products are you loving right now? Anything you’re dying to try? Has anyone gotten their hands on the new Naked palette yet?

♥ Mil

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