Fall Beauty Bag

Every season I go through my mediocre beauty bag and weed out eye shadows I’ve hardly worn, mascaras that are technically a biohazard, and lip-glosses that have definitely seen better days. I’m the first to admit that I am not big on make-up. I’d much rather lay in bed pretending I could sleep sleep in 10 more minutes than spend them putting eyeliner on, only to wipe it off when I realize I don’t know how to put make-up on. I’ve been trying to master the cat eye, winged tip for TWO years now. I’m a goner. But, my ill fated attempts do not deter me from lusting after the latest beauty products that get released. Sephora is like the ultimate candy shop for me. It would only get better if they served complimentary coffee and red velvet cupcakes. Seriously, Sephora, think about it.

This fall, I think I’m finally ready to move in to a regular beauty routine. I’ve done pretty well applying foundation, lipgloss, and mascara most mornings. I am nearly 30 after all and since I love make-up so much, I should actually try using it on a daily basis instead of letting it become petrified in my make-up bag. Since I finally have a few brands that I regularly purchase and use, I put together a little must have list that may inspire you to head out and go to your nearest Sephora or Ulta or Target (whatever floats your boat and is within your shopping distance radius) to stock up on some lush fall colors.

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
I use this for my everyday look. My shade is walnut and I recommend going to Sephora and having an expert help you find your proper shade. I was super happy to finally find my appropriate shade. It’s been a battle, but I am very, very pleased with Laura Mercier.

2. Nars lipstick

This lipstick was my first lipstick purchase ever. I bought it from Bath and Body Works and I have never looked back. Since it’s fall, I plan to stock up on a rich burgundy or plum and a velvety mocha or chocolate.

3. Maybelline Mascara

I love Maybelline mascara and have yet to find one that works better and is as cost effective. You can’t beat $5 mascara.

4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

I got this gem as a sample a few years ago and I’ve never looked back. I’ll admit I don’t use it every day, but when I have a date (haha) or a wedding or party (most likely to happen) I like to use this under my foundation because it will make you look flawless.

5. Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation

For a fuller coverage, I opt for Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Supreme Foundation. It offers a matte finish with oil control and it comes in a variety of shades. Kinda perfect. Actually, it is perfect.

6. Sephora Collection IT Palette in Nude

Great colors that compliment my skin tone and enhance dark eyes.

7. Sephora Collection IT Palette in Smoky

Great colors for a night out that add pizazz and spunk. Plus, do you not love those cases? I mean come on!

8. Marc Jacobs‘ Lola

I just love this scent and I honestly wear it all year round.

9. Tocca‘s Stella

This is a recent love. I spent a gorgeous afternoon sampling every fragrance in Anthropologie with a good friend and sure, we may have overdone it a bit, but it was totally worth it.

10. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

I first read about this product on Refinery29’s website and I knew I had to have it. I am slowly letting my over plucked eyebrows grow in a little (*cough*Lily Collins *cough*). Yay, full brows!
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