Fall Must Haves 2013

We have had some beautiful days this October and I think most of us were still mixing some of our Summer attire with our Fall gear.  Well, Fall is upon us!  I can most certainly feel it!  Which means my cozy sweaters are coming out and my fall makeup and skincare routine is going to make an appearance.  Today, I am going to give you my Fall favorites to get your skin through this transition.

Exfoliating:  Many of us put exfoliating to the side in the warmer months.  I think it’s just because our skin stays so moist that we tend to forget.  I exfoliate 3 times a week regardless of the season.  My preference is to do it while in the shower because the heat from the water acts as a sauna for your face, neck and decolletage (not to mention the entire body).  There are so many exfoliators to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to two that in my opinion are THE best:  Budget vs. Splurge.

St. Ives Facial Scrub   This scrub is not relatively new to my makeup routine.  I have been an absolute fan of this product since my late teens.  Reason being it really works and it is an inexpensive beauty find that delivers splurge results.  As the years have come and go I still return to this product and they have launched several different kinds to accommodate all skin types – which I think is really amazing.

It’s not too harsh on the skin, like other exfoliators on the market that will leave your skin feeling sensitive and sometimes even raw, which is another reason why I love it.  All you need is a dime size amount, then lather it in to your entire face and neck while in the shower.  When you are nice and dry and ready to start you’re A.M. skin routine (which I know you all do lol) you will immediately feel and see the difference in your skin.

 

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder  When I first heard about Tatcha I was intrigued by its information.  For those of you who know me, know how I love when products have a medical background or incorporate some type of in depth clinical background to a product.  The story behind this company is that their products are based on the knowledge they have from centuries going back to the geisha.  They also incorporate a Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex which includes Green Tea Complete DNA Extract, Okinawa Red Algae Extract, & Japanese Rice Bran Extract which helps against harmful UV induced damage to the skin.

Now let’s get to the fun stuff!  Unlike a facial scrub, the Rice Enzyme Powder is an exfoliant without an abrasive additive.  It’s a powder that is activated with a small amount of water that turns into a cream.  You rub it together with both hands and then massage it into the face (avoiding the eyes) for about 1 minute.  The result is smooth and bright skin.  Your skin will be glowing from this product which contains rice powder, papaya, and there Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex which is gentle on the skin yet VERY effective.  I am hooked on this product and I know that you will be too!

Moisturizer:  It’s difficult to find a facial moisturizer that delivers moisture and benefits without the greasiness!  So I went on a quest to give you the most accurate information for a great daily moisturizer.   Well my loves, here you have it:  Tatchas Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream.  This facial cream is truly amazing!  I put all of my other skincare products away for a few weeks to give this facial cream the attention that it deserves.

Upon the first day, I applied a pearl size amount to my entire face.  It truly glided on to my skin like a gel.  I was a little nervous that it wasn’t going to deliver enough moisture because it was so lightweight.  But I gave it the benefit of the doubt and boy am I so happy that I did.  Not only did my foundation apply effortlessly, but my skin was literally glowing!  It was so radiant that I was even contemplating eliminating my foundation.  As the day went on the moisture that I received from this one product was unbelievable.  I really didn’t expect to see these types of results because it’s so hard to find them in one product.  And as the days went on I began to fall even deeper in love with this facial cream because it really delivers what it says “Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream”.   The reason why it delivers such a great response is because it contains liquid silk, squalane, royal jelly and its amazing Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex which work together with your natural skin factors rejuvenating them.    But what makes me even more excited is that the liquid silk acts as a facial primer allowing your makeup to glide on effortlessly and stay on luminously!!!  Need I say more!!!  Therefore, it will be part of my personal and professional makeup kit!!

Powder Foundation:  Fall is all about matte skin but not everyone can benefit from matte liquid foundations.  But there is one product, in my opinion that works well for everyone, especially if you are on the go but need good coverage:  Mac Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation.  I stumbled upon this product many years ago and have not found anything that comes close to the longevity of this powder.

 

It is a full coverage powder foundation that is lightweight leaving your face with a flawless finish without clogging it up!!  I apply this to my entire face using a MAC #134 Brush or you can apply it with the sponge that it comes with for a fuller application.  My tip to finding the perfect match with this powder foundation: Go one shade darker than what you would buy.  I promise it’ll match perfect!

Lips:  Who loves a bold lip?  I know many of you do!  I don’t always showcase it because I love light colors on myself but Fall is the best time to bring out those bold colors.  If you are like me and a little nervous to make the plunge, but still want a bold color, then have I got such a great find for you:  Vitality Lip Flush by It Cosmetics.

 

The Vitality Lip Flush is really an amazing product because it is a lipstick stain that gives more than a hint of color without the drying effects of a matte lipstick/stain.  I find this to be a perfect lip product for fall because it contains so many natural ingredients such as aloe, shea butter and cherry oil that will condition your lips on those brisk days but also contains anti-aging antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E that will aid in reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the lip.  It’s a keeper in my makeup bag as it now replaces my balms.  I absolutely love the way it glides on my lips like butter but is packed with a nice punch of color!  My go to color for Fall is Pretty Woman!!  The name alone makes me want to wear it all Fall!!!

So there you have it!  These are my 5 Fall Must Haves!!!  Are any of these YOUR Fall faves???

 

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And you can continue reading about MY Fall Beauty Must Haves on 24-7 Styles Blog.  I sat down with owner Laura Yoder and gave her some more details on Tips To Create a Fresh Face for Fall!!!