I seem to be gravitating towards anything cozy and comfortable this fall. This outfit is basically my fall uniform – skinny jeans, an oversized, cozy sweater and a perfect pair of low-heel OTK boots. I can wear this on the weekends, to work or even for a night out. It’s a no-fuss outfit that literally anyone can pull off.
I went back and forth on these OTK boots but finally settled on keeping them and I’m so glad I did. I think I’ve worn these boots more than any other boot in my closet! They hit at just the right place on my thigh creating an illusion of longer legs, which in my case is a must. These boots also have the perfect heel height at three and a half inches. They provide extra lift while still remaining comfortable. I can actually wear these all day!
Anytime I dress down or more casual, I like to elevate the look with makeup. This matte lip cream by Real Colors is the most perfect brown lip color for fall. If you haven’t heard of this brand from Sally Beauty, you have to check it out. They’re highlighting powder is also a new favorite (Champagne Pop who?)! I’ve also been rocking these clear nerdy aviators far more often than I would have anticipated. I purchased them thinking it would be a one time thing, but find myself reaching for them to wear with every outfit. They add a fun, vintage vibe to any look. And for under $20… why not, ya know?
Just as I do with my wardrobe and beauty routine, I like to switch up my perfumes for fall and winter. Here are my top five fall fragrance picks that I’m currently loving for fall.
Mojave Ghost by Byredo Parfum is a scent that’s almost difficult to describe, but exudes everything about fall. I have yet to take the plunge on this musky perfume, but I’ll shamelessly admit I’ve gone back for several samples. Described as a woodsy composition with a light and graceful character, the amber, magnolia and sandalwood all remind me of cool winter nights. Appropriately named after the Mojave Desert, Mojave Ghost seems to embody the bohemian spirit. It’s an absolute must for fall.
Midnight Fleur by Nest Fragrances is so good, almost hypnotic. Exotic wood, patchouli, black amber, jasmine and vanilla orchid make this scent a fall favorite for me. The smell is sensual and alluring without being overpowering. It’s no wonder Nest refers to this perfume as “The Vixen.” And besides the incredible scent, this is the most gorgeous perfume bottle I’ve ever laid eyes on. Not sold? Read the reviews to be convinced.
Wood Sage and Sea Salt by Jo Malone London is one of my go-to scents. This perfume reminds me of cooler nights at the beach. It’s just the right amount of that ocean breeze smell with a hint of masculinity for a refreshing and light scent that lasts all day. Bergamot, driftwood accord, white musk, sage and sea salt give this perfume an earthy fall feel as if you were standing on a beach with toes in the sand and wind in your hair. Maybe it’s the California girl in me, but this smells like pure bliss.
By the Fireplace by Replica is another fragrance that I keep going back for samples (I swear I eventually buy them). Perfumes are so tricky and smell different on everyone, so I really like to make sure it wears well on my skin and clothes before purchasing. I should probably preface this by saying that I prefer masculine scents. By the Fireplace definitely leans more on the masculine side, but it’s a smell that I can’t get enough of. Think winter campfires in the woods snuggled in your favorite blanket.
Black Orchid by Tom Ford is probably the sexiest smell of the bunch and definitely the most luxurious. This perfume has a rich, woodsy scent offering hints of black truffle, black orchid, black plum, and patchouli. I wouldn’t call this an everyday perfume, but it’s perfect for a night out or special events. A little goes a long way with this scent and the longevity is impressive.
Let’s face it. The internet is a big place. A place where one can find themselves lost and stumbling upon the same search results over and over and over again. So when I found out about Octer, I was excited that there was a site that houses all the best beauty and clothing brands all under one roof and directs you to the best retailer to purchase from. You can even filter by price range and retailer! Super easy right?
Octer houses over 8,000 brands to shop from on your phone (and desktop!) and show you the closest matches. You might even discover stores you’ve never heard of. The site allows you to compare the price and style of products against hundreds of stores, and you can sign up for sale alerts!
When it comes to fall dressing, layering is key. So I love to put together different pieces from a variety of brands and retailers for the perfect curated look.I paired this slip dress, found with Octer, over this striped bell sleeve sweater and topped it with a camel wool coat. While the temperatures seem to be like a roller coaster in Texas, I rely on layers like this to keep up with the changing weather. Booties are also great for transitional dressing to give you that fall feel without overheating.
So try Octer for yourself! Not a bad way to search for gifts for friends and family, as well.
I am constantly looking for the next best foundation so when Estēe Lauder sent me their new Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup in a variety of shades, I was pretty excited to try them out. The Estēe Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick ($39.50 for 0.47oz) is the brand’s most recent foundation release and is the more light-weight, hydrating version of the cult favorite Double Wear Stay-in-Place.
The Double Wear Cushion Stick is a liquid foundation and applicator in one. The formula is said to provide eight-hour wear with a sheer-to-medium buildable coverage. The product dispenses by twisting the base of the stick until the first drop appears. And I love that if too much makeup is released, you can twist the base back instead of wasting product.
This foundation is supposed to be used with the cushion applicator but you can actually remove the cushion altogether. This is also beneficial for cleaning purposes! I’m a perfect mix of 2N1 and 3N1 so I was able to mix the two shades by removing the cushions from both foundation sticks and dispensing them onto the back of my hand. I found a Beauty Blender applies the makeup perfectly for an even and more-airbrushed look. But I have to admit, I actually liked the cushion applicator better. I was pleasantly surprised after using it that I preferred the coverage it provided when blended with the cushion versus the Beauty Blender. The cushion provided more of a medium coverage while the Beauty Blender sheered it out to a light coverage. I did have to go over a few areas with the Beauty Blender such as around my nose and under the eyes to blend better in hard-to-reach places, but overall I liked the way the cushion applied the product better. If applying two coats of the foundation,
I did dot the product on my face as instructed, however I preferred to use the blotting/dabbing motion with the cushion rather than buffing and swiping as the brand suggests. I found this method to appear streaky, where as if I used the blotting method, it effectively blended the product.
Overall, I love the formula of the Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick and find it perfect for those not-so heavy makeup days. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorites! Because I have drier skin, I didn’t find a need to set it with powder, however for those with oilier skin, a setting powder may be best to keep it in place all day. It is a little on the lighter side coverage wise, but is definitely buildable. This would ideally be a great foundation in the summer, but I think the formula also works well in the winter when my skin is drier. The cushion applicator also makes this foundation perfect for traveling! I found it convenient to throw in a makeup bag without having to worry about bringing a foundation brush, or even worse, a Beauty Blender which can be a pain to travel with – there’s never an easy way to pack them!! I’d also give a thumbs up to the longevity of this product as it indeed did last around eight hours with a setting powder. Without a powder, it started to settle into fine lines and by the end of the day it had rubbed off a little around my nose and chin area (I touch my face a lot though – bad habit).
I put together a review/demo so you can see the Double Wear Cushion Stick in action. I applied the foundation on one side of my face, blending with the cushion applicator, then blended the other side of my face with the Beauty Blender. To hear my thoughts, watch the video below!
PSA: Today is the last day to save 20% of for the Sephora VIB Sale! This is my favorite sale of the entire year where I can stock up on products I love and finally buy the products I’ve been eyeing but hesitated splurging on. With 20% off everything, I can finally buy this palette that I’ve been dying to try for less. Even this lust-worthy hair dryer is almost $80 off!
This sale is also the perfect time to pick up gifts for the beauty lovers in your life. Palettes and gift sets are always a safe bet for gifts that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. They even have some great sets for men that you can get for 20% off!
Featured above are all my top picks for the VIB sale – all items I either own and love or have been on my wish list for a while, like this curling iron set.
Be sure to check out the full sale details here. And for those who aren’t VIB members and don’t get to utilize the discount, you can still get free 2-day shipping with code nov20vib16!
Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you picked up from the sale!