Fall lipstick picks

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Top: L’OREAL La Lacque in #207 / Middle: Revlon’s ‘Classic Red’ / Bottom: Neutrogena’s Moisture Surge Color Stick in ‘Amore’


Here in Georgia, Fall is in full swing. It’s time to think about transitioning your makeup for the cooler temps, if you haven’t already. The easiest, quickest, and most economical way to put your best Fall face forward is a new lipstick haul. Nothing says Fall makeup, quite like deep red lip tones: burgundy, plum, cocoa, brick red lip stain, and rich ruby tones, all convey warm Fall colors. Think leaf shades, and red wine. Dark, Earthy colors and warm campfires. Don’t be afraid of vampy, Gothic darks either – Some people can pull off black and look very couture! I like bold, chestnut browns – A favorite of mine is ‘Spice’ by L’OREAL Colour Riche.

If you are wearing a dark lip, make sure to strike a balance with the rest of your makeup. A good rule of thumb is: Dark lip/ light eye, and vice-versa. For Fall, I almost always choose a dramatic lip, paired with winged black or dark brown eye-liner, and generous mascara, but no eye shadow.

I don’t like a lot of eye shadow (if any) until Winter. By the time Winter comes, my lips are not in “spot light” condition, because of winds, cold, and moisture depleting indoor heat. So, Winter is when I put my eyes on display, and let my lips take a back seat. My lips are happy with their soothing smear of lip balm 😉 Basically, in the Winter, I flip-flop my Fall regimen. More on that, later!

Happy Fall Y’all! …And enjoy those cinnamon dolce lattes, in a red lip-stained coffee mug. Cheers!!

 

Warmly, Sarah

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Top 3 mascara picks

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Behold, the trifecta of mascaras! This is the mascara dream team in my book. These 3 are my top favorites, my tried-and-true.

When I look for top performing mascaras, I’m typically searching for one to build length in my lashes. Volume is secondary to me, because what I really need, and love, is length. Also, I like very black, ‘noir’ mascara. Mascaras are tricky, because you can’t walk into an Ulta or Sephora, and swatch them onto your hand, like you can a lipstick. You need to buy a new tube (do people really sample mascaras? Eww) and apply a couple coats, then wait a few hours to see how the mascara performs. Does it flake? Does it coat evenly? Does it dry too quickly, preventing more coats? (I like a few coats.) It’s also worth mentioning that I like to be a little vampy with my lashes – I go big! My makeup is generally pretty natural, but I like some OOomph in the lash department. Every girl needs to find what’s best for her lashes. Let me know if you try any of my picks, or have your own favorites! Call them out in the comment section, I’d love to hear them.

Here’s what I reach for:

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational – My everyday. A nice, curved fan brush. Lengthens & separates lashes well.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real! – Date night mascara. Va Va Voom! Straight, spiked brush. Lash nirvana. I’m serious.
  • L’Oreal Miss Manga –  Church, or Girls-Night-Out. Did I just say that in the same sentence? Ha, ha ha. Don’t let the packaging scare you (it’s cartoon-ish and juvenile.) Straight wand, but the brush twists and turns every which way. Which grabs every last lash – genius design! It’s my middle-road, somewhere between the Lash Sensational and They’re Real.

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