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My Fall Must Have Beauty Products

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Once again it’s that time of year when the leaves fall from the trees, and Starbucks introduces those yummy spiced pumpkin lattes. It can only mean one thing; it’s fall. I don’t know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I just love how pretty the trees look and how the weather isn’t too hot or too cold – it’s the perfect time of year.

Today, I thought that I would share all of my must have Fall beauty products with you. For everything you need to know about the beauty items I have fallen in love with for this Fall, keep reading!

Cream-to-powder foundation

I don’t know about you, but during the colder months I find that my skin becomes incredibly red and shiny. Although I can use a light foundation or even a BB cream in the Summer, come Fall I need something a little heavier.

While I am a fan of liquid foundations, for the colder months a cream-to-powder foundation is an absolute must-have for me. If you choose to invest in one of these bad boys, don’t make the mistake of applying it with your fingers, always use a sponge or brush. If you have a look at Sigma cosmetics online, you can find lots of fantastic sponges and brushes to choose from.

Dark shades of lipstick

I might love pinky shades and red-toned lipsticks during the Summer months, but come Fall and I am all about the darker colors. My go-to fall colors for lipstick are beige, orangey red, and deep red. While I love the lipsticks that are even darker in color, I tend to stick to these colors, instead.

As well as my stash of Fall lipsticks, I also have a couple of dark colored lip crayons which I love. These babies are fantastic for when you are on the move as they don’t need the same amount of precision as lipstick. The added bonus of lip crayons is the fact that they are incredibly moisturizing so as well as giving a boost of color, they also keep your lips healthy.

Deep conditioning masks for my hair

I don’t know about you, but I find that once the colder weather hits, my hair suffers. As soon as Fall is upon us, I tend to notice that my hair becomes drier than normal. While I still use my regular conditioner each time I wash my hair, I also like to deep condition it a couple of times a month.

There are lots of hair masks to choose from, but some of the best ones are the masks that need to be heated before use. These are great as the heat of the mask along with the rich conditioner, do wonders for your hair.

If you don’t like the idea of buying a hair mask, you could always make one yourself. If you have a look online, you can find lots of ideas for DIY hair masks.

I am crazy about beauty products but come Fall, these are my absolute must-have items.

This post has been contributed by Amie

The Game Changing Gloss

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My name is Coleen…and I’m a lipstick addict. I’m not ashamed to admit it; I’ve fallen deep down into the depths of lipstick nirvana and I love it. Yet for someone who has such a strong love of lipstick, I have an equally as strong loathe of lip gloss. The sticky, shiny, wet-lip look that traps your hair in the slightest gust of wind and makes it look like you’d slide right off your beau with the slightest kiss. Yes, I know thats quite descriptive but I’m serious. I hate it.

I have a few semi-glosses that I’m a fan off, but I wouldn’t quite put them into the gloss category. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered a game changer. A lip lacquer that I can’t stop using, and can’t help but loving. And there is no denying that this is in the gloss category. It’s the new Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in the shade Petalite, and it may have officially shaken up my 23 year long lipstick/lip gloss debacle.

Similar to the Ultra HD Lipsticks, this new lip lacquer consists of Revlon’s revolutionary wax-free gel formula, which allows for high impact shine with a lightweight feel. It’s not heavy and sticky like most gloss formula’s and with a small brush applicator it is quite buildable – thin layers for a subtle shine or thicker layers for more colour. I find that the usual doffer lip gloss applicators don’t allow for that much play. After application I use my finger to pat it in a bit to lessening the shine, but the initial shine isn’t that wet glossy look that I dislike so much. The shade Petalite is my perfect natural lip shade with a hint of pink for the Spring weather. I think I’ll be wearing this on a daily bases for quite a few months. I’m in love!

What are you thoughts on the lipstick/lip gloss debate?

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Lip Prep and Prime

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My lips have needed a little help lately. They’ve been chapped, sore, and are peeling and flaking like crazy (odd for the warm summer months). As I usually wear lipstick any chance I get, I need to make sure the lipstick goes on smooth and doesn’t cake and crumble. So a little prep and prime is in order. 

Step 1: Exfoliate – There are a lot of great lip scrubs and buffers on the market, as well as some great DIY scrubs online. But I love the C.O.Bigelow Apothecaries Mentha Lip Buffer, a mint infused lip exfoliator with peppermint oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. You just need a tiny amount to rub between your lips, you can even use your fingers. Then just remove with a tissue or washcloth. Don’t want to purchase a buffer or exfoliator? Simply use a soft toothbrush and gently massage in circles on your lips. The bristle will work just like a sugar scrub to gently remove dead skin and leave your lips smooth. 

Step 2: Condition – I don’t usually condition my lips right before I apply lipstick, but I sure do condition them often when my lips are bare. I have to make sure I’m doing what I can to keep them soft and smooth….am I right? I’m sure you’ve all heard me talk about the Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment before. I’ve yet to find something that I love as much as this. If only it was in stick form so I don’t have to stick my finger in the pot (I use Qtips as applicators often).

Step 3: Prime – Before the lipstick application, you have to prime the lips. I’ve only started doing this recently and I can’t believe that I’ve been missing this step this whole time. I use my recently purchased Sephora Universal Lip Liner which lines the lips to prevent feathering and primes the lips all over for a smooth application and a perfect finish!! The primer makes the lipstick stick to the lips much better than without. It’s also waterproof, so no need for reapplication. 

And there you have it! Your lips are prepped and primed and it’s time to apply your fav lipstick!! Do you have a favourite lip prep or prime product?