Looking Ahead: Fall Beauty

Looking Ahead: Fall Beauty

imagesI know what you’re thinking…it’s only July. True. But, August will come soon and fly by, just like all these previous months have and we’ll be looking out at fall weather and falling leaves before we know it.

And as we also know, with new seasons come new beauty releases and a chance to bring out tried and true seasonal favorites, like oxblood manicures.

For me, it’s also a time that I revisit some products that have been on the market for a little while and are suitable for fall/winter weather, but that I haven’t made up my mind about whether I “need” them or not. (PSA: in my head, all beauty purchases are needs, right up there with–and I’m almost embarrassed to admit–before food.)

Here’s another thing to think about: these fall beauty splurges you may want to treat yourself to. Now’s the time to be the smart beauty you are and start stashing your coins away. Even if you’re living a financially comfortable life, it truly doesn’t hurt to make any large(ish) purchases that much easier by spreading out the cost over time, especially since you’d be doing so without paying the interest you would if you used a credit card.

Okay, we now return to our regularly scheduled beauty programming…I like to make a small list of about 5 things that I really want to purchase for the fall season that I can use throughout fall and into winter, or even Spring depending on the product type and shade (if applicable). I prioritize them by desire, research the regular retail price and figure out how much money I’ll stash away each pay period in order to snag at least my most desired item. This way, if something comes up and I can’t get them all, I’ll at least have the item I had my heart set on.

Here’s my list for this year (of course, it’s subject to minor tweaks):

  1. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $19
  2. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, $54
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl, $20
  4. Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Black Honey, $19.50
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Burgundy 5, $32

A few things: first, these aren’t new launches for this year, rather the result of my procrastination  perpetual “be responsible” self talk; second: while in singular these aren’t particularly expensive, I can never just grab one lippie, mascara or eyeliner at a time–can you? And that’s where we can get ourselves started on the slippery slope. So again, I’m firmly in the camp of “stash away!”

And lastly, notice a theme here?? Oxblood/deep wine/burgundy LOVE–hardcore. In fall and winter, Oxblood tones are my boo and we’re in the most committed of relationships, and quite happily might I add ;)

What’s your 5? Let me know in the comments below!

Talk soon. xo-Layla

Let’s Try: Julep Luxe Repair Skin Serum with Power Cell Complex

Let’s Try: Julep Luxe Repair Skin Serum with Power Cell Complex

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It’s mini facial night again!

My skin has been going absolutely haywire, no doubt from stress and lack of sleep–mostly lack of sleep. But I’m determined to get the best skin that I can, so I’m not giving up. With the season changing (sometimes drastically and unpredictably), it can be hard to get a handle on your skin care routine at first. Have no fear, we all struggle with this, even if we do have a few basics that carry over from winter to winter. I’m itching to try many things this winter to see if I can get my skin to behave (for the most part) through the cold weather but I haven’t been able to locate them locally just yet.

In the meantime, I do the best I can with what I’ve got.  Just a week or so ago, I received my Julep Maven Box (I’m a Bohemian Glam in case you’re wondering  ;)) I usually don’t care much about the non-nail polish beauty products, but this time was the complete opposite. While I loved the nail polishes, I was more drawn to the rich, crazy moisturizing Rock Star Hand Crème (I will post a review on that next week) and the star of this post, the Luxe Repair Skin Serum.

I haven’t tried this yet, in fact tonight will be my first time, but I’m hoping this will be the answer to my dry, flaky, itchy skin problem. I did pump out a little product on my hand and it looks like an oil/serum hybrid almost. I like this texture a lot, but I imagine there will be some who dislike it enough to forego trying it even once.

According to Julep’s website, “This rejuvenating serum delivers deep hydration and essential nutrients to help rebuild skin structure from the inside out—for a noticeable difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Designed for all skin types, Luxe Repair can be used as a daily treatment or moisturizer for face, hands, or body.”

They also state the following benefits:

  • Lightweight, concentrated formula enriched with Julep’s proprietary Power Cell Complex™, a trio of skin-boosting superstars:

1) Rosehip seed oil – a nourishing oil (and natural source of vitamins A and C) that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and post-acne marks. Contains natural fatty acids that bond moisture to skin

2) Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ – a lipid complex that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration and works to rebuild skin structure from the inside out

3) Green coffee bean oil – a natural anti-inflammatory that promotes cell turnover

I’m into it. And I pray to heaven that it doesn’t disappoint.

I’ll definitely be giving you guys my follow-up first impression.