Fall 2016 is all about six trends (courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar); Blackout, Modern Gothic, Glitter Bomb, Glow On, Art Show, and Stained Red. Follow these trends with the products below to fully embrace the best looks for fall.
Blackout is all about greasy, black eyeliner and eyeshadow. The easiest way to achieve this look is with a black eyeliner pencil, like the Liquid-Like Eye Liner Pencil from Milani ($7.99). If you’re feeling rebellious, use any black eyeshadow to help smudge the eyeliner into a smokey eye, like Mac’s eye shadow in Carbon ($16.00). A cheaper option is Colour Pop’s eyeshadow in Roulette ($5.00).
You can also switch up this trend with dark-colored eyeshadows. My go-to brand for eyeshadow is Colour Pop, because they’re inexpensive and the quality is amazing. For fall, I’m really into burnt reds (like Drift and Call Me), and dark greens (like Shameless and Workout). You can find even more colors on Colour Pop’s website.
Colour Pop eyeshadows in Drift and Shameless ($5.00 each).
Modern Gothic consists of dark lipstick (think very dark, almost black reds, plums, and browns) and minimal eye makeup. There are a few different lip products you can use to achieve this trend. If you want to try dark red, purple, or brown lipsticks, I suggest NYX’s Simply Vamp Lip Creams ($6.50 each). The Simply Vamp collection comes in six shades, with four shown below. NYX also makes a V’Amped Up! top coat ($6.00) to instantly darken any lipstick you have on.
If you want to try something different, Colour Pop makes some dark-colored blues, greens, and blacks you can try. I suggest Bull Chic ($5.00) or Dr. M ($6.00) if you want a rich black or green. Dr. M is pictured below.
Glitter is back and better than ever. Many makeup brands have already started incorporating glitter into their products, some of which I show below. The easiest way to wear glitter is on your eyes. You can find glitter eyeshadow almost anywhere. NYX has one of the best face and body glitter collections for only $6.00. Their Crystal glitter, pictured below, is my favorite. NYX also sells a Glitter Primer ($6.00) to help apply your glitter and keep it from falling off your skin during the day.
Another way you can incorporate glitter into your makeup routine is with lipstick. Many brands are offering metallic lipsticks, like the Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Lipsticks I reviewed earlier in September. Other options include the Melted Metal Metallic Lipsticks by Too Faced ($21.00), and the Amore Matte Metallic Lip Cremes by Milani ($8.99).
I’m excited to try this trend, especially glittery lipsticks. Pat McGrath recently released the Lust 004 kits, which you can buy to create his iconic glittery lip look. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a kit, there are DIY tutorials you can watch to get the look (like this one from BriannaJoy).
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Pretty Problematic, and Too Faced Melted Metal Metallic Lipstick in Metallic Debutante.
Highlighters have become increasingly popular, making it no surprise they are autumn essentials. If you have yet to hop on this trend, I suggest buying a basic highlighter to start. I invested in Mary-Lou Manizer ($24.00) from The Balm Cosmetics, and I love it. The Mary-Lou Manizer is honey-hued, and works best for light to medium complexions. For darker complexions, try Betty-Lou Manizer, and for a pinker highlight, try Cindy-Lou Manizer. You can also buy a palette with all three highlighters, called The Manizer Sisters ($28.00) (pictured below).
If you want to try a bolder highlight, Colour Pop just released Bardot ($8.00), a rusty red with a Pearlized finish.
While dark colors are always in for fall, bright colors are starting to emerge as well. Designers like Fendi and Jeremy Scott use bright eye and lip colors to make bold fashion statements. I’m not a huge fan of this trend because I prefer darker colors, but you can easily integrate bright colors into your makeup collection. Colour Pop offers seven brightly-pigmented eyeshadows ($5.00 each) you can try for a very low cost.
For bold lips, NYX has a large selection within their Macaron Lippies collection ($6.00 each) (pictured below). Other bright lipsticks from NYX are their Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6.00 each) in Paris, Moscow, Havana, Morocco, and Amsterdam, and their Cosmic Metals Lip Creams ($7.50 each). I recommend the SMLCs over the Macaron Lippies because they’re more wearable colors.
Everyone needs a good red lipstick, regardless of what time of year it is. There are so many colors from different companies that it would be impossible to list them all. Some of my favorites are from NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6.00 each) in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Copenhagen, Transylvania, Budapest, and Vancouver.
While all makeup is an investment, you don’t need to spend a lot on lipstick to get the perfect red. There are countless dupes for expensive brands if you’re not willing to pay full-price. Below are some cheap dupes for Kylie Cosmetic’s Leo and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ American Doll.
Aloepure time repair serum by aloette
L’oreal studio secrets magic perfecting base
Milani eyeshadow primer
Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation in 117
Maybelline master conceal in 10 fair
Milani face powder in fair
Makeup geek contour powder in infidelity, cocoa fair
Nars blush in Madly
Lorac Mint Edition Palette Highlight
Makeup Geek shadows in
Maybelline lash sensational waterproof
Milani infinite liquid eyeliner in 05 everlast
Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil in 001 dark brown
Wet n Wild Matte lipstick in 914c mocha-licious
So I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Makeup Geek, with a recent MannyMUA collaboration, as well as a highlighter palette collaboration with Kathleen Lights. Makeup Geek was kind enough to send me over a few products to try, and it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed. Below are some photos and swatches, but I’d like to focus on a few things. Firstly, holy hell the packaging is adorable. The little boxes with metallic rose gold are super cute, and then the product’s actual packaging is also really beautiful and high quality.
The compacts the blush and contour powder come in are metallic and really beautiful. They feel sturdy and look great, and are some of the cutest packaging I’ve seen in a long while. I’d also like to mention how great the contour powder is. I’m using Infidelity, a fair cool toned shade that works incredibly well with my skin, blends beautifully and looks like natural shadows in the skin. I like to work with a flat topped buffing brush and buff it into the hollows of my cheekbones. Then, I highlight the top of my cheekbones, and my jawline, and it works great. I can’t wait to try more of the face powder, specifically more blushes, since I think that contour color is the perfect one for me. In an upcoming #MOTD, I’ll show how great it comes out, so stay tuned.
I also love the eyeshadow pans. They’re mega pigmented, blend easily, and look great. Again, in an upcoming #MOTD, I’ll show a look I created with Shimma Shimma, Cocoa Bear, and Creme Brulee. I cannot wait to try more shadows, specifically more darker, red based shades for fall, and I also am DYING for the foiled and duochrome shades.
Finally, I’d like to shoutout the pencil liner in Obsidian. It’s incredibly creamy, long lasting, and essentially glides on. I usually only use liquid eyeliner for a winged cat eye look, but I tried this, and it lasted all day, as though it was waterproof, even though it’s not. At the end of the day, it came off incredibly easy with makeup remover wipes, and I can’t say enough good things about the formula.
I can’t wait to try more from Makeup Geek, it’s quickly becoming a favorite. Affordable, high quality products in great shades with awesome customer service will always win my vote.
BoxyCharm was kind enough to send me their August box, and I’m in love! The box features 5 full size products, monthly, and while you only pay $21 per month, you’re getting over $100 in products. It’s a great deal, and each month’s box is curated by the creators. Plus, if you sign up for a few months at a time, the price goes down even further.
If you’re interested in signing up, you can view past boxes here, and can sign up here.
BoxyCharm processed and shipped the box quite quickly, and as you can see below, everything in the box was packaged very nicely. The box comes with some confetti, the products, a card explaining everything in the box, the prices, some tips, and more, and finally a coupon code to one of the retailers.
The August box was jam packed with goodies, including:
Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Mini Palette
Aloette Time Repair Serum
Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Crimson, a orangey red
Doucce Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer Mascara in Black
Beauty For Real Shadow Stx in Ever Starstruck, a champagne shimmery nude
The Shadow Stx is fantastic, and stays all day, and the soft shimmery champagne color can be used as a brow bone highlight, in the inner eye, or as a cheek or jawline highlight on my skin.
The Aloette Time Repair Serum is great for anti aging, but at 21, I like to use it as a pre-primer, as a moisturizing, smoothing base. It’s light enough to wear under makeup and soaks right in.
The Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick is a really lovely formula that stays well, but the Crimson is a little aggressive for my uber fair skin. It will work well for a statement lip, with understated eyes.
The Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Mini Palette (and brush) are really fantastic. They’re highly pigmented and will work great on medium skin. The highlight and bronzers are my favorites, and will add a nice glow, but the blushes are also very nice.
The Doucce Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer Mascara has a really nice, chunky brush, and does add a lot of volume, but as it’s not waterproof, and I have fairly watery eyes, I won’t get too much use out of it, but for someone with less annoying eyes, it will work great.
When I saw ColourPop restocked their Ultra Metallic Lipsticks ($6.00) a few weeks ago, I immediately ordered “Zebra” (top swatch in the image below) and “Maneater” (bottom swatch in the image below). I’ve wanted to try these colors and test the Metallic Lip formula for a while, but they were sold out every time I visited the website.
The first shade I tried was “Zebra,” a metallic bronze that I instantly fell in love with when I saw it online. This is definitely my favorite color from the collection, and easily my favorite lipstick at the moment (probably because it’s darker than “Maneater” and I love dark lipsticks).
“Maneater” was more of an impulse buy, but I’m still super happy with the color. A metallic rose gold, “Maneater” is the perfect color for a summer concert or night-out. “Maneater” is lighter than “Zebra,” but more strongly pigmented. If I want a brighter, bolder lip, I go for “Maneater.”
I’ve also found that these two colors combine really well with other lipsticks. I love wearing “Maneater” with NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Antwerp” for the perfect gold-pink (top swatch in the image below), and “Zebra” over NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Vancouver” makes a really amazing dark purple-bronze (bottom swatch in the image below).
The formula for the Metallic Lipsticks is consistent with the quality of the other ColourPop products I’ve tried. The lipsticks are highly pigmented, relatively moisturizing, and will last for a long period of time before you need to apply another coat.
Image below: “Maneater” (Left) and “Zebra” (Right)
L’oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
L’oreal Magic Lumi
Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Double sided Naked 2 brush
EcoTools powder brush
Wet n Wild eye brush
01 Creamy Vanilla- Milani 2 in 1
10 Fair- Maybelline Master Conceal
Elf HD Setting Powder
Light –Mac Mineralize Skin Finish
Havana –Anastasia Beverly Hills
01 Romantic Rose- Milani Powder Blush
Fawn –Anastasia Beverly Hills
Banana- Anastasia Beverly Hills
Ivory- Maybelline Coverstick Concealer
Champagne- Covergirl Eye Enhancers
Yeyo –urban decay
Tease- urban decay
Foxy- urban decay
Naked- urban decay
From Naked 2 and the Smoke Out Kit in JuJu
001 Dark- Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil
05 Everlast- Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner
M-401- Artist Rouge Mat
I invested in the Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced at the beginning of August, and absolutely love it. So much so that I decided to skip my usual cat eye, and wear only the mascara and soft eye look for today (using Wet n’ Wild’s “Pixie” as my base).
Foundation: Cover Girl Clean liquid foundation in Ivory, and Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Mascara: Better Than Sex (Waterproof) by Too Faced
Eyeshadow: “Venus,” “Faint,” and “Naked 2” from the Naked Basic Palette by Urban Decay, and Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes creme eyeshadow pencil in “Pixie”
Eyebrows: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/Brown
Contour: “Bahama Mama” Bronzer by The Balm, and Master Strobing Stick in Medium/Nude Glow by Maybelline
Lipstick: ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip in “Zebra” (review coming soon)
I have known of Colour Pop, a make-up brand based out of Los Angeles, for a while, but never had the opportunity to try any of their products. I finally decided to check out their website and order a few things after hearing the hype surrounding their Metallic Lipsticks (which are currently sold out). As an introduction to the brand, I ordered the six products shown below.
The first two items I had to try were the Lippie Stix ($5.00) and Lippie Pencil ($5.00) set in “Creature.” I was drawn to these products because they are part of Eugenie Grey’s (a.k.a. Feral Creature) collaboration with Colour Pop. I love dark lipsticks, and wanted to try “Creature” because it looked like the perfect dark red color. Eugenie describes the shade as “a sultry, fierce red for the world dominator.”
The pencil/lipstick combination are amazing. Both glide on very easily, and the liner helps keep the lipstick in place all day long. This set is easily my favorite purchase from my haul.
I’m always on the search for the perfect matte lipstick, and figured I would try the Ultra Matte Lip ($6.00) in “Kapow,” a muted grey taupe. I was attracted this shade because of its grey undertones, and I’ve been on the look-out for a balanced grey/brown lip color.
“Kapow” is everything I hoped it would be; it is easy to apply, matte, and long-lasting. I look forward to trying out more shades in this collection, namely “Chilly Chili,” “Lax,” “StingRAYE,” and “Tulle.”
Wanting to try more lip products, I heard a lot of praise for Colour Pop’s Ultra Satin Lipsticks ($6.00), and decided to test “Toolips.” I was attracted to “Toolips” because of its dark plum/brown color, but I also wanted to test how successful the formula for the Satin Lipsticks were.
Although I didn’t love “Toolips” as much as “Kapow,” it was still a great, long-lasting lipstick with strong pigmentation. I can see myself buying “Prim,” an even darker red, and “Marshmallow,” a dusty lavender, in the future.
Since I was buying a few lip products, I also decided to try Colour Pop’s Lippie Primer ($5.00). I wore it under all the different lipsticks I bought, and was impressed with how hydrated it kept my lips. It was lightweight, and it even help make some of the colors more long-lasting.
My one complaint about the primer is its size and its consistency. At first, it’s a little stiff when you apply it to your lips. I had to rub it over my lips a few times before I felt like I had enough to then apply my lip color. The tube was the same size as “Creature,” although I expected it to be a little larger.
Lastly, I decided to try one of Colour Pop’s eyeshadows. After searching through the seemingly endless list of colors (seriously, there are so many options), I landed on the Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00) in “La La,” a rose gold with a Metallic finish.
I love this eyeshadow because it has a strong pigmentation, and it is very easy to apply. It is also relatively cheap, at only $5. I will definitely be purchasing additional colors because of much I love “La La.” Some others I want to try are “3,” “Cricket,” “Game Face,” “Shameless,” “So Quiche,” and “Weenie.”
I was overall very satisfied with the products I bought, which I received less than a week after purchasing them. I wanted to try a few other products in addition to the ones I bought, but they were unfortunately out of stock. These items included the infamous Metallic Lipsticks in “Zebra,” and Colour Pop’s highlighter in “Hippo.”
I strongly recommend you check out Colour Pop’s website if you haven’t tried any of their products yet.
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The video below has been circulating the internet for a few weeks, showing a new trend from Janine Ker Hair Aristry.
Hair graffiti was initially created by Janine for Buzzfeed, and incorporated graffiti-based designs sprayed directly onto a hairstyle with spray cans. In the video, Janine uses stencils to create different shapes and colors.
I think the end result looks amazing, and introduces a new way to style your hair. I am in love with the three styles Janine creates in the video (especially the first one with the triangles), and am definitely willing to try out this technique for a weekend out.
What we put on our faces.