Beauty Best Bets for Fall 2014

I know it doesn't feel like fall in Fresno yet, but that doesn't mean a girl can't use, "getting ready for fall!" as an excuse to add a few new, fun friends to her beauty toolbox, right? Right! (I knew you'd be with me!)

I gathered a few of my favorite items that I think will carry very well into fall, that you may also enjoy. Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Mac Tinted Lipglass in Pure Fiction
It looks like the Radiant Orchid trend is going to continue to influence things throughout fall, as there are many purple-hued lip products coming out right now. Pure Fiction has enough pink to it, that it doesn't look odd on the lips, but enough purple that it doesn't look light a mega-bright summer shade. It's classy, shiny and long-wearing. Pure Fiction is from Mac's limited edition "A Novel Romance" collection, so if you want this shade, snatch it up quick!

2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute
If you're open to a bit bolder purple, check out this affordable berry lipstick from Revlon that looks great on almost all skin tones. It goes on creamy, is long-wearing and doesn't bleed. I purchased this color last winter, and plan to wear it again this fall.

3. Lorac Pro 2 and Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes
I couldn't choose just one of these palettes - I'm sorry, but you can't make me! Both are simply stunning and lend to the creation of SO many looks from day and work appropriate to super smoky for a night out. The Lorac Pro overall is a bit cooler in tone, and the shadows are extremely silky and soft. The metallic shades in the palette feature shimmer that is so fine, it can be used even on mature skin. The shade "beige" in that palette is one I've been turning to as a lid shade almost every day. The Chocolate Bar palette offers some of the most gorgeous warm browns and golds I've ever seen, as well as a few pops of color (purple!) and um IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE. Yup. Either palette is a total win and would get you through fall even with no other shadows to supplement.

4. Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
I've recently discovered this foundation to be all that and a bag of chips! In all seriousness, this foundation claims to be primer, concealer and foundation in one - and what I see is just fantastic, long-wearing coverage.  I would even go so far as to say this gives my LONG time favorite Estee Lauder Double Wear a run for its money (and at almost 1/3 the cost!). If you like a non-cakey, full coverage, long-wearing foundation - run, don't walk to your nearest Target and pick this stuff up.

5. Benefit's Rockateur Blush
Can I just say, right off the bat - I LOVE the way Benefit's boxed blushes and bronzers smell? Such a pretty, light fragrance... Beyond that though, Rockateur is SUCH a gorgeous color for fall! A plummy rose gold with just a HINT of sheen that keeps your face looking glowing (not shiny - I didn't say shiny, calm down) this color is just perfect with any fall eye or lip look. Benefit's blushes aren't cheap, but they'll last you YEARS. Worth the money, I promise!

6. Mac Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Ever Amethyst
This purple shadow duo is just a tad on the maroon side, so it will help light eyes pop when applied with the dark color closer to the lashes and the light in the crease. The mineralize shadows are easy to blend and almost foolproof and will last a long, long time. You can also apply this duo with a wet brush for a more intense look.

7. St. Ives Timeless Skin Moisturizer
This $5 jar of face moisturizer is so amazing, absorbs so well and moisturizes so thoroughly that sometimes I cheat and slather it on my legs too. You may have to hunt for it - it's usually on the very bottom shelf at Target, but it's worth the trouble. This is a cult favorite and really seems to firm and plump the skin. As the summer starts to wane, skin will need more moisture to avoid looking flaky by winter, so don't neglect your skincare routine!

8. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze
Ok, so this isn't the cheapest product at $33, but, as far as primers go, you get SO much more in quantity than other brands that you'd pay the same price for - so I'm still saying there's somewhat of a value happening here. Beyond that though, this primer makes your skin look fresh and though it's glowing from the inside out. You're going to need something to ease you from your summer tan to your paler, cooler weather self and using this primer either before or mixed with your foundation will keep you looking healthy and lightly sun-kissed.

9. Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara
Holy moly I have saved the best for last. (Let's just get past the oddity of feeling like we're calling our eyelashes perverts, ok?) This mascara has become my HOLY GRAIL mascara over the last month. DARK, dark black lashes that instantly build up on the very first coat both in length and volume. It doesn't flake, it doesn't smudge and it holds a curl. The wand is large, but easy to maneuver and packs a lot of product to make your work quick. If you buy this at Sephora you'll also receive a free deluxe trial of the Subversion primer. I don't feel the primer is necessary myself, but hey - if you can try it free, why not, right? Seriously, if you love giant lashes but hate applying falsies, you'll LOVE this mascara.

I hope you enjoyed my list of favorites for fall - I'd love to hear yours! Give me something to go and try - feed the makeup beast! lol! <3>

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