With the exception of the holiday season, the transition into fall is one of my favorite times of the year. In fact, everything from September on is usually my cup of tea. But this year has been something out of a strange fable: 80 degree weather in October, hot and humid days that seem to never end. It’s an anomaly.
That’s exactly why my August and September favorites looks more like mid-summer favorites. But, to be completely fair, I’ve made do with the weather that this unseasonable warm “fall” transition period has given me. And in result, I’ve been rocking a very subtle, natural look for the past two months: soft pink blush, nude lips, chardonnay highlighter. It’s a look I’m very familiar with and verrryyy happy to continue wearing. So before I whip out my seasonal berry lip and golden eyeshadows: a toast to the end of summer. May these hot 80 degree days come to an end, and may these coveted beauty products take me into the fall with one unfaltering swoop.
Rarely do I find a product I’m willing to buy over and over again, but here I am, on my third bottle of Rosarco Milk. This leave-in conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and detangled, but — here’s the best part — the formula doesn’t weigh my wavy and curly bits down at all. I like to sprtiz evenly on towel dried hair before I add my other hair products. The resulting effect: smooth, playable hair that doesn’t get knotty throughout the day.
This deluxe-sized sample blush comes in the Sephora birthday gift this year for reward members. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted it, but at the last second, I decided to stop by and get the little set during my birthday month. Boy am I glad I did. The matte pink blush is the most flattering color — and the formula doesn’t fade overtime. As well, with all the traveling I’ve done over the past couple months, I’ve been really enjoying the smaller size. I’m so used to using blush in big palettes, but this guy is easy to throw in my bag for use on-the-go.
In 23 years, I had never met a lip gloss I would wear every single day for the rest of my life — that was until I met this Fenty Beauty lip gloss. Yes, I did jump on the Fenty Beauty train like everyone else. And, yes, it is worth the hype. This lip gloss happens to be the most amazing gloss. It’s actually moisturizing, so I never feel like my lips are dry and chapped with a gooey outer layer. But it’s also hella pretty. The light pink shade has golden reflects and a natural-looking finish. It’s a bit pricey at $18, but it’s worth every single penny in my books.
I have used cream highlighters at three or four times the cost, but I’m here to tell you that none of them stand up to this $8 formula. The shade “Chardonnay Shimmer” is ridiculously flattering on what I can only imagine to be almost any skin tone. And it’s ideal for transitioning from the hot days of summer (where skin is always shining and illuminated) to fall, where an illuminating stick is oh so necessary to maintain a “lit from within” highlight. To apply, I sweep on to the high points of my face and diffuse with my fingers. Bonus: this color is so pretty as a quick fix eyeshadow too.
This potted anti-aging concealer is so so good under the eyes. Even though it’s potted, the formula is creamy and blendable. Plus it’s a buildable coverage so I can swipe it on for a fresh look or pack it on when I need it more. I don’t necessarily love this for acne spots — I still stand by my Nars concealers for redness. Unfortunately, I can’t find this anywhere online. But I did link out to what appears to be Korres’ newer formula, which I’m sure is just as good.