Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10 Fall Essentials

10 fall essentials

Hi there. Yes, it's been a while since I sat down and wrote a blog post. I have been frequently doing videos on my Youtube channel, but there's something about sitting down and typing that I really love. I wish I had more time to do this, but alas... Anyways, instead of doing a video today, I thought I'd do a round up of my 10 fall essentials to share with you. This way I don't have to do my makeup and can take a break to relax (woot).

This round up is a mix of beauty, skincare, fashion, food, and lifestyle favourites. First off is my black beanie. A beanie is a must for those days in which you just really don't want to wash your hair, but you don't want people to know your hair is dirty. Those are the days in which dry shampoo just does not cut it. And black is universally flattering and works with any casual outfit. Next, you may notice the snacks. Who doesn't love Clif Bars? And these fall inspired flavours of pumpkin pie and pecan pie scream YUM. If you need a little pick me up, one of these autumnal energy bars should be your go-to in fall. You can also enjoy that snack with ye olde cup of tea. Here I have chosen the Stash Holiday Chai black tea, but you can get something decaf if you prefer. Chai is my addiction all year long, but having it in the colder months just warms you up from the inside out. For makeup, I've chosen a deep red lip colour, because red is even better in the fall. This one is NYX's "Snow White", which I mentioned in my favourites video last month. It continues to be a flattering deep colour on my skin tone. It's not too blue or too orange, but right in the middle. Along with that, a hydrating foundation is a must for me. It is in these colder months that my chameleon-like skin decides to be dry instead of oily. Using Maybelline's Dream Smooth Mousse gives good coverage, a flawless finish, and hydration to the skin. My candle of choice for the fall is a subtly spicy scent from the brand White Barn and is called Nutmeg & Spice No.1. I believe I bought this at Bath & Body Works last year, but they have many similar scents that you can enjoy. Burning this makes the entire house smell like fall and the holidays are here. What could be better than cozying up in a blanket with a relaxing cup of tea and this candle burning? For the body, you typically need something to keep hydrated when the cold harsh times bring you dry crackly skin, especially on the hands. This body lotion doubles as a hand cream, and smells a lot like a chai latté. Cinnamon Vanilla Twist from Beyond Belief (found at Sally Beauty) literally makes your hands smell edible. Nina Ricci's Nina is a perfume I've had for years, but have recently come to appreciate more. It is a little musky, so if you don't like stronger scents then this is probably not for you. It's definitely something that lasts all day and you can sometimes spray too much of it. I like to spray it in the air and walk through it to avoid that, and it also makes your room smell good at the same time. I consider this is a fall scent because of the notes of apple (being a harvest fruit and all), as well as the praline (which gives it a bit of a sweet dessert type smell). The next item on my list is a cleansing cream. As mentioned before, the colder months lead to dry skin. Sometimes using a cleansing cream instead of a foaming or soap based cleanser, helps keep the face more hydrated. The Black Sugar Cleansing Cream by The Face Shop smells like a deliciously sweet fall dessert (maybe pecan pie?), and works by removing blackheads and skin impurities. I love this stuff because it feels so good on the skin and it does a good job of cleaning my face while still leaving it hydrated. If you haven't tried a cleansing cream before, give this one a try. It pretty affordable, as most items at TFS are. Before you go about your day, you need to hydrate your skin and face. Josie Maran's Argan Oil is a great multi-purpose product for the fall. I like using it on my face as a mask (just use a few more drops that usual and towel off when finished), or adding it to my regular night cream on those really dry and cold days. When I said multi-purpose, I wasn't kidding. You really get your money's worth out of this oil. You can  use it on cuticles, on your hair to help boost those dry split ends, on dry patches on your body, and you can even put a few drops in your bath water!

I hope you all enjoyed this installation, and I'll see ya next time!

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