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.

Spring / Summer Skincare Essentials

I don't think I've ever been so excited to write about skincare before-- I'm actually giddy over here, you guys! Today I'm talking about some seriously dreamy products that I've been using at night that have brought my skin back to life. If you already have a skincare regimen that you're totally obsessed with, don't leave just yet. I'm sharing a couple of products that you could easily incorporate in with what you're already using, AND will make your other products perform better-- uh-huh, you read that right!

-  T H E   B R A N D S-

The Products  -

1. Thermal Cleansing Balm*
2. Omoressence
3. Queen of Hungary Mist*

Therapy Systems
4. 10% Sensitive Glycolic Formula

5.Premier Cru The Cream*

My Routine

On a dry face, massage the cleansing balm all over the skin in circular motions (even the eyes) to remove makeup & impurities. Wipe clean with a warm washcloth.

Spray Face with The Queen of Hungary Mist to Tone and hydrate the skin.

Shake out 3-4 drops of the Omoressence into the palm of your hand, rub together, pat over face and neck. Allow time for absorption before applying other products.

Apply a pea sized amount of the Therapy Systems 10% Glycolic cream to face and neck (avoid eye area). Only use every other day, or every third day if you are extremely sensitive. Allow time for absorption.

Finish with CaudalÍe Premier Cru all over face and neck to fully hydrate the skin. Spray The facial Mist over the face one more time (bc i'm obsessed), and done!

Why I Love It

Thermal Cleansing Balm*
I have normal/dry skin and this product leaves my skin feeling so smooth and radiant, and my favorite part, you apply it on a dry face anddd it can be used on the eyes, win, win in my book.

Queen of Hungary Mist*
Basically, i'm obsessed. use in the am/PM, or throughout the day. Before makeup and after too. I use this all day long TBH.

OK this is everything, y'all! The essence helps prep your skin for serums and creams, helping them to penetrate deeper and perform better. Use it AM/PM.

Sensitive 10% Glycolic Formula*
I'm loving glycolic at the moment for the way it retextures any dull, unhappy skin. If you are in your mid to late twenties+ and aren't using a glycolic, you definitely should start!

Premier Cru*
I've been using it for about a year now and absolutely love it. It's anti-aging, hydrating, firming...come on, what's not to love? I have my eye on the Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturizer next!

This is a fairly new skincare routine that I've been doing but I am so impressed with my skin. I'm a normal to dry skin type and it wasn't until I started using these products (together) did I get my dryness/texture (even a couple of wrinkles!!) under control. I mean this humbly, but I get complimented on my skin almost daily at work, sometimes multiple times a day. That's pretty amazing if you ask me. It's not about the makeup, it's allll about the skin.

My final thoughts on skincare is this: Our skin is the largest organ on our body, why would we not invest in it and take the best possible care of it? We invest in our hair, clothes, shoes, bags, MAKEUP... why not our skincare? Besides, great makeup starts with the good skin, am I right??

If you're interested in trying any these products, I linked them. But for all my Nashville gals, The Cosmetic Market at the Brentwood Hill Center carries all of these products, so go get some samples & try them out!

Tell me what you guys are using to keep your skin healthy, young, & glowing? I want to know!


Skin Revival - Treating Dry / Dehydrated Skin

Skin Revival - Treating Dry / Dehydrated Skin

This one's for all my dehydrated, normal-to-dry, or dry skin type readers. I'm one of those "lucky" people that has normal-to-dry and dehydrated skin. When I get out of the shower, before any skincare, I feel like scratching my face off-- it's tight, itchy, & a tad flaky. Anyone else deal with this or is it just me? Luckily, over the years I have found products that revive my skin by hydrating, moisturizing, and soothing my skin even before a moisturizer is applied.