I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States during the autumn. Leaf peepers come here in droves to see our beautiful foliage.
In the next state, New Hampshire, in the college town of Keene, there is the largest pumpkin festival with at least a thousand lit jack-o-lanterns. It’s an incredible sight.
And Halloween here in the ‘hood, my subdivision with a million kids, used to be a ton of fun when the kids were little and we had neighborhood Halloween parties.
However, I mostly dislike fall. It makes me sad. I looked back in my photo collection for some fall pix for this post, and I discovered that I have tons of summer and spring pictures, and a few winter pix, but almost no fall photos. That’s telling. The days are getting visibly shorter. And this year, September seems to be the coldest one I can remember. It has been freezing, so cold that I almost need to turn on the heat.
In spite of the fact that I love summer and the beach, there is something to be said for fall fashions and makeup. The fabrics are richer, and the hues are deeper and more brilliant.
To keep my spirits up, lol, I’ve been eying and occasionally buying new makeup for fall.
Fall Makeup Color Trends
The fall color trends that interest me most are:
- wine shades
- jewel tones
- metallics: silver, copper, bronze, rose gold, gold, burnished gold
- greys and navy blues
- deep mauves.
Fall Makeup 2014
My Fall Makeup
Here’s just a few of the products I got for fall so far: an assortment of affordable brands.
Milani has just launched a limited edition collection called Bedazzled, made up of eyeliners, nail lacquers and matte lipsticks. Earlier this week, I reviewed the three jewel-toned and shimmery, easy to apply gel eyeliners – Lapis, Emerald and Black Opal. Check out my full review here. In addition to being available at select CVS and Walgreens, the Bedazzled collection is available on the Milani website.
In that same review, you’ll get my thoughts on this stunning garnet nail lacquer from Milani. This polish definitely says autumn to me. It’s so rich and brilliant. Seek this one out at select CVS and Walgreens stores or online at the Milani website. It’s priced at $3.99. There are two other shades, Enchanted Sapphire – a deep blue and Enchanted Emerald – a deep green, that I haven’t tried. In the bottle, at least, the garnet seems to be the most beautiful of the three.
Part of the Bedazzled collection, Milani’s new LE matte lipsticks are Enchanted Ruby that I just purchased, Enchanted Topaz (nude) and Enchanted Amethyst, a medium purple shade. Enchanted Ruby is matte but not at all drying. I love the deep blue-red shade. The price on this at CVS was $6.29, but on the Milani website, it’s priced at $4.19 – big difference but there’s shipping. It should also be available at select Walgreens.
I also acquired two other wine/jewel toned lipsticks for fall in shades very close to the Milani Enchanted Rudy. What was I thinking!
- Hikari Lipstick,$13, in Cabernet, a rich red wine, that I got in my September ipsy bag
- Wet ‘n Wild Limited Edition All Access Beauty MegaLast Matte Lipstick in Urban Night, a deep red wine, available at select Walgreens for $1.99. I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago here.
In Milani’s new permanent collection of Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadows that was introduced in July (reviewed here), there are lots and lots of shades that are great for fall: metallics, lots of brown shades, greys, jewel tones etc. At $3.99, they are an easy way to freshen up your fall makeup stash.
I adored the original Zoya Naturels collection, and I knew I had to have some of the new Naturels 2 for fall. So far, I purchased Madeline, a muted rose cream, and Aubrey, a medium mauve, that are deeper versions in the same color family as mauve Brigitte, that I bought during the spring. I have to find time to do a gradient mani with the three shades.
On my Wish List is camel-colored Spencer that’s also part of the Naturels 2 collection that will be a great addition to my collection of nude polishes.
Zoya Naturels 2 are $9, 0.5 fl. oz. and are 5-free.
Fall is all about pumpkins…and apples, of course! So it was appropriate to finally pick up theBalm’s cream lip and cheek palette with its ode to apples. I received a sample in a single shade, Pie, from Kohl’s during the spring, and it is one of the blushes I reach for most often. I like the fact that this collection has deeper shades and shades that tend to caramel that will be just right for cooler weather. Priced at $32.
Wet ‘n Wild Limited Edition Smoke & Melrose Coloricon 5-Pan Palette
I passed on Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, so I was thrilled to see that Wet ‘n Wild’s limited edition Smoke and Melrose at Night were just about dupes for some of the UD shades. As I mentioned, metallics are on trend again for fall, and I adore rose gold. The Smoke & Melrose that I found on sale for $2 at Walgreens was a steal. It’s buttery and easy to apply. Find ’em before they’re gone. Here’s my review.
My Fall Wish List
Not surprisingly, my Wish List is made up of prestige brands that I am waiting to buy during Ulta’s 20% off event in November or through Sephora.com using ebates or, if I’m really lucky, that I’ll receive as a gift!
I have dry eyelids so I love cream shadows. But I loved cream shadows even before I had dry eyelids. And I fell in love with the three cream shadows as well as the unique green and gold nail varnish, Melange, from Illamasqua’s romantic new Once Collection. Maybe it was the redheaded model that caught my attention,
or maybe it was the fact that the palette is muted and golden. I love it. Unfortunately, Sephora doesn’t sell Illamasqua any longer. It must be purchased on the Illamasqua website site, and it can be priced out in US dollars or British pounds. The cream shadows are $26.77 and the gorgeous nail varnish, Melange is $23.77.
photo credits: Illamasqua
Although I think this shadow palette from Urban Decay is a little too bright for me, I think it’s a beautiful and versatile palette that fits in with the trend toward deep, jewel tones this fall. I haven’t seen it in person yet — why didn’t I look at it today when I was at Ulta?
It has 20 shades including shades great for fall like burgundy or smokey red black. It’s priced at $60. And I love the look and design of its case.
I have a lot of Urban Decay eyeliner pencils, but I love them and I use them almost everyday. I would love this new set because it has colors that I don’t have and I think will be great for fall and for the holiday season.
And they are the shorter length. For me, that’s a plus. I will never use up a full size gold or teal pencil. These are perfect. The shades are Perversion (blackest black matte), Glitter Rock (metallic pink w/pink multidimensional sparkle), Moonspoon (metallic gray w/silver sparkle), Vacancy (bright metallic teal), Faint (warm taupe matte), Gonzo (electric blue matte w/tonal shimmer), Smokeout (rich taupe-black satin), Mugshot (light metallic taupe w/slight pink shift), Stargazer (soft metallic gold w/dimensional sparkle) and Voodoo (bright metallic purple w/dimensional sparkle). The price is $52.
As you can tell, I’ve got a trend going. I love the neutral-ish brown, gold, rose gold shade. And Smashbox has one for fall. Even the name, Cherry Smoke, appeals to me. $39 for 8 shadows that are a mix of mattes and shimmers. Yum.
MAC Rocky Horror Collection
Last but not least, I must have a lipstick from MAC’s Rocky Horror Collection that is launching in MAC stores and online on October 2. There are four gorgeous shades of red in exceedingly fun tubes with the RH logo, each $17.50. Although I love all four shades, I covet Dr. Frank-N-Furter because I will never forget Tim Curry in his prime.
I have no idea how to actually succeed in getting a MAC limited edition before it sells out, but I will give it a try.
So these are my recommendations. What have you bought so far for fall? What’s on your fall Wish List?
This is my first time participating in a new group of beauty bloggers, The Beauty Council, each of whom has her own unique POV.
Today’s theme is Fall Beauty Buys. Below, you can click on the links and get to meet the group and get their recommendations for the Best Buys for Fall!