2017 Winter Beauty Essentials

Fall Beauty Essentials 2017

It's about that time, y'all-- cooler temps, cozy sweaters, and all the hot chocolate you can drink (extra marshmallows for me, please)-- the winter season is coming and I couldn't be happier about it. But the actual reason I'm here is because when the seasons change so do my beauty needs. Today I'm sharing my minimalist guide to winter beauty essentials. Now get cozy, grab a cup of cocoa and read on...

Fall Beauty Essentials 2017
Fall Beauty Essentials 2017

hair // ORIBE Thick Dry Finishing Spray

Similar to it's "sister" product, Dry Texture Spray, the Thick Dry Finishing spray adds volume, texture, and a tiiiny bit of hold to the hair. I love this one in the winter because it's not as drying as the other one can be.

skin // OMOROVICZA Moor Cream Cleanser

I have normal-to-dry skin so as soon as the temperature gets cooler my skin starts losing it's moisture majorly. That's when I start incorporating cream cleansers and oils back into my regimen. This one by Omorovicza is equally therapeutic & purifying. Great for all skin types too.

fragrance // BURBERRY Women Eau De Parfum

I haven't been able to stop wearing this fragrance. Johnny actually picked this one out for me on his own. He completely surprised me with his ability to pick out what would become my absolute favorite scent. It's warm, a tad masculine + spicy...if you haven't, I challenge you to find a good warm/masculine scent this winter. It's the best!

Fall Beauty Essentials 2017

For makeup in the winter, I love a minimal look with an edge. A softer shade of bronzer, smudged eyeliner or eye gloss, with a deeper nude, matte lip is all I need to feel totally effortless, cool-girl...

eyes // KEVYN AUCOIN Moonlight Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss

This is my ultimate go-to when I'm either rushed or can't be bothered with eye makeup. I've bragged on this product before, but I'm kind of obsessed, sooo you need it. Although it's overall texture isn't sticky or tacky it is glossy, so I like to wear this when my hair is styled more out of my face.

eyes // TRISH MCEVOY Intense Gel Eye Liner*

On days that I'm not wearing the gloss, I like to keep my eyes defined by smudging eyeliner at the base of my lashes and applying a thick coat of mascara. This liner is perfect for this technique because it's super soft and creamy but then sets in place after a minute, so work one eye at a time with this one.

cheeks // TOM FORD Terra Bronzing Powder

My skin gets pretty pale in the fall/winter months so I always opt for a more subtle bronzer, this one by Tom Ford is utterly perfect. It's just enough warmth and pigmentation to sweep over the face and neck for a natural glow, and can we talk about the packaging?? LOVE!

complexion // MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oil

Use a few drops mixed in with your daily moisturizer, mix a drop or 2 with your foundation, or even apply directly to the skin with fingertips for moisture, added glow, and soothing hydration. I adore this product and use it differently depending on my skin and the look I'm trying to achieve.

lips // SMASHBOX Safe Word Matte Lipstick*

I'm a 'nude's' girl, always have been, (probably) always will be. But in the winter I reach for more of a deep nude to add a bit of drama/depth to my look. There are sooo many lipsticks out there, but I come back to Smashbox again and again. It's a comfortable wear and the colors are beautiful.

There you have it, my complete guide for all things beauty this fall/winter season. What are you using as of late? Any updates in your beauty regimen with the changing of season? Alsooo, I know it's been forever since I've posted, I would love to write up a life update for y'all. A lot has changed in my world and I would be happy to share a little more about it. Hope to talk again soon(er than later).


>>> Products marked with an '*' were given as gratis. My opinions are 100% mine and are not influenced by any company mentioned above.

Latest Beauty Buys - Kevyn Aucoin

Keyvn Aucoin Makeup

It's been a hot minute, y'all! I've missed blogging and creating content so much! My time away...well, that's for another post, another day. But todayyy, I'm jumping right back in and I'm here to talk about my latest beauty buys. You guys-- Kevyn Aucoin has done it again! From a new foundation, to the prettiest burgundy lipsticks, and a seriously, amazing eye gloss the Fall 2016 Collection, BLOODROSES, is definitely not one to overlook. 

The BLOODROSES Collection includes:

  • The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation - $58
  • The Essential Eye Shadow Set - $58
  • The Expert Mascara - Burgundy - $29
  • The Expert Lip Color - 5 new shades - $35
  • The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss - Moonlight - $38

*see entire collection here.

Along with a few pieces from the collection, I decided to grab a couple of cult favorites that I hadn't gotten to try:

  • The Volume Mascara - $28
  • The Precision Brow Pencil - Ash Blonde - $26
Kevyn Aucoin Makeup
Kevyn Aucoin Makeup
Kevyn Aucoin Makeup

As I said, I didn't pick up the whole collection, but I've had a chance to play with it (perks of working at a cosmetic store) and it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I've been wearing The Etherealist Illuminating Foundation for about a week now. At first, I was a little disappointed because I was under the impression it was going to be super glowy/illuminating, but it's actually more of a satin finish. If you're an oily skin type, I think you will really enjoy it. My skin is normal to dry, so in the dead of winter I'm not sure this will be a go-to for me, but for now I'm loving it. If you'd like a more in depth review let me know.

I picked up 2 of the lipsticks from the collection, Bloodroses Noir, which is a deep brown/red, and Twilight Lotus, a very cool-toned mauve. I am kind of obsessed with them. They apply like a dream, have great color payoff, and are ultra hydrating.
*see true color swatches here.

Next up is The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss. Now, I know what you're thinking, "this is for editorial looks, it could never work for everyday use." Usually you'd be right, but I've seen my co-worker rock this on a clean lid, with lots of mascara and a bold lip color, and guys, I'm telling you-- it. is. STUNNING! It's a non-sticky formula and literally feels weightless on the eye. Just try it, trust me.

Finally, I picked up The Volume Mascara and The Precision Brow Pencil. The mascara is a tubing mascara with a skinny wand that I finally broke down and bought because we literally cannot keep it in stock at our store. Customers buy 2-3 of them at a time! I had to see what all the hype is about, but I'll have to report back because I tried it for the first time today and wasn't that impressed, but to be honest I usually hate every single mascara the first few times (I don't know why). We shall see. The brow pencil is a given, it's skinny and firm to create hair-like strokes, the ash blonde color is nice for us gray/cool toned blondes, and it has a spooly built in-- yes, please.

What are your latest Beauty buys? Have you tried the BLOODROSES COLLECTION Yet?


Easy Sunday Makeup

Easy like Sunday morning...a makeup look that is quick, fresh, & perfect for an easy going Sunday. As a little update, my skin is going through a serious dry spell. I can't seem to get enough moisture so wearing lots of makeup/powder hasn't been so good for me. Today I stuck with hydrating, creamy, and radiant products to keep my skin from looking dry and dull, and I must say, my skin really did look (and feel) better. Obviously this makeup isn't just for Sundays, but could work for lots of different occasions.

Sunday Makeup | Blush + Soul









*Becca Champagne Glow Palette is currently out of stock on Sephora's website. Shown is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl.