Makeup Shades That Transition From Summer To Fall

I am so excited that fall will be here soon!  It is my favorite season.  But, as it still is summer, very dark makeup isn’t appropriate yet (for me).

So, I have been playing with color for eyes and lips and am still enjoying the contouring and strobing trends.  Below are my current favorite products.

Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon
Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon

Palladio the Definer Contour and  Highlight Crayon ($12 USD) — A unique two-sided super-soft contouring jumbo crayon that is the perfect tool for defining and refining facial features. It helps contour any face shape to create a more defined appearance.  It thins a round face, softens a square jawline, narrows a wider nose and defines cheekbones.  It contains a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften shadows and a darker shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think: contouring and strobing are such hot trends right now. This affordable crayon works so well for both.  I draw lines with the darker end to areas that I want to thin, like my jawline.  The lighter end can be used to strobe on the cheeks, which really brings attention to the cheekbones!

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Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard ($9 USD) — Perfect your red lip for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend with  Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, For a truly beautiful matte lip color in a modern crayon you can stand out on your holiday weekend. The lightweight moisture gives for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil your lips will stay moisturized.

What I think:  What a perfect color for summer and fall!  It looks great with a neutral eye.  It’s very moisturizing and feels amazing on and gives lots of fun color!

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 Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor
Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor

Add a little shimmer and sparkle to your Labor Day weekend by applying Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor ($18, ) for an instant glow to your eyes. 50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.

What I think:  This is so interesting.  When first applied, its cool and light, but it dries down to a long lasting shadow in about a minute.  I like to blend it with my finger before it dries for a softer look.  So pretty!

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NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow ($2.99 USD) — Incredible staying power inspired by the city that never sleeps! Want round the clock color that never fades or creases? This chubby, waterproof eye shadow delivers vibrant color for up to 24HR wear! In eleven on trend shades perfect for any look, just twist, glide and go!

What I think: I think these are pretty great for under $3!  My favorite is Central Park Tulips, the purple shade from the photo above.  It’s a gorgeous grape that when blended gives a softer look, but I think it will be a really fun pop of color for fall!  The lightest shade, Murray Hill Champagne, is a great highlighter with the purple.  Apply it under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye for a gorgeous look!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.


Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara
Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara

Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara ($8.99 USD) — The latest mascara from Rimmel London makes it easier than ever to camouflage missed beauty sleep. New Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara with Cucumber & Vitamins is like an energy boost for your lashes, perfect for hiding tell-tale signs of that late-night party. Infused with cucumber extract and bursting with vitamins, the nourishing formula helps lashes feel perfectly conditioned throughout the day. The cleverly-designed Precision Brush pushes lashes up and out from the lash line, delivering smooth, clump-free, totally uplifting volume. Define each and every lash with eye-opening volume. Its light and refreshing cucumber scent instantly refreshes your eyes, and its unique formula gives you a morning energy boost!

What I think:  I have short, straight lashes so I always need a lash curler.  But, I thought I would try this mascara without one.  I was surprised to see that it lifted, lengthened and gave volume to my lashes!  And it’s a drugstore mascara.  I am so impressed. The cucumber scent is fun.  The brush is hourglass shaped and is a little awkward to use, but after a few tries, my lashes look amazing!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

What are you loving now for makeup?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Brighten Your Look With Fun Summer Makeup

There are so many choices if you want to switch up your makeup look this summer.  From soft and shimmery to fun and bright, you can easily achieve the look that you want!

My current summer look includes bronze skin, a pop of color on the eyes and soft lip colors, but I like to experiment, too.  Below are some of my new favorites this summer:

Bobbi Brown Telluride Collection
Bobbi Brown Telluride Collection

Bobbi Brown’s late summer collection, Telluride, inspired by one of her favorite destinations that is famous for its natural beauty. Each product in this collection is designed to deliver the gorgeous glow that the late afternoon sun in Telluride casts on the skin. Featuring shades of dusk—tawny nude, rose gold, and pink bronze—Telluride, makes it easy to achieve that sought-after natural, sun-kissed glow. This look is perfect for summer and transitions beautifully into fall.  

I have been loving the Telluride Eye Palette ($52 USD) as it features seven earthy shadows in a variety of brown, soft blush and mauve hues, and is a fresh take on a neutral eye— a major makeup trend from fall 2015 NYFW. The palette includes a sleek Dual-Ended Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush for on-the-go application. You also can’t go wrong with the new Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink as it’s the perfect pick-me-up for day or night.

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Herbal Matte Shadow Duos ($7.00 SRP): Created with a silky, smooth formula that glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly. The shadows deliver an ultra-velvety, matte finish of highly pigmented color combination to make eyes pop.

LOL, Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners ($.700 SRP): Full-on shimmering shades with an ultra-precise brush that allows for super thin wisps of color to thicker, dramatic ”notice me” lines, perfect for creating any look!  Intense pigments combined with micro-pearls create bold, shimmering colors to enhance the eyes for high voltage defining color with a super shimmering metallic finish! A special fine brush tip enables fine application to create a variety of looks from classic super thin lines to vivid streaks and geometric shapes. 

Lash Obsessed Mascara ($10.00 SRP): A mascara for true lash lovers who crave amplified volume, lavish length and lash fullness for an eye-look that’s obsessive!

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FACE Stockholm Summer 2015 is inspired by Norrland, the Northern part of Sweden which is known for its wide forests, large rivers and untouched wilderness.

The above eye and lip colors are shimmery and soft, perfect for days at the beach or the lake.  The eye shadow is available for $19, the lipstick $22 and the lip gloss $19 at

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20
Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20 ($24 USD) — infused with anti-aging, lip filling peptides, is designed to:

  • Repair daily damage.
  • Boost volume and moisture content.
  • Protect from UVA/UVB sun damage.

I have this in Coral and it is gorgeous for summer!  Purchase at

Palladio Cosmetics Part 2 — More Great Herbal Cosmetics!

I have reviewed the herbal, vitamin enriched and very affordable Palladio beauty products before. I have recently tried some different products from this great line and wanted to share!  

The Rice Paper ($4.00) is one of Palladio’s most ingenious and bestselling products. This is a very unique, oil-absorbing two-sided, tissue that is made with natural rice.  The matte side (without powder) is for blotting to absorb the excess oils and the powdered side is for finishing. This neat product is packaged in a pull out tissue packet that is will fit in even the smallest handbag. It comes in Translucent, Natural for lighter skin tones and Warm Beige for darker skin tones. This is great for mid-day freshening up.

For lip products, I love the Lip Ink ($6.00)  and the Plump n’ Shine Lip Gloss ($6.00). The lip ink is like a marker for the lips. It is touted as hydrating and waterproof, but it actually makes my lips a little dry. I do love the stained look it give. I tried Rose, which is like my lips, but brighter! To keep lips moisturized, I like applying the Plump n’ shine gloss over the Lip Ink. This gloss has a collagen and maxi lip formula for luscious plumped up lips. It includes a brush applicator and is enriched with herbal ingredients. This is not a plumper that stings, it naturally enhances lips.

Herbal Mascaras ($6.00) — are uniquely packaged with a brush and lash separator on one end. They are fortified with panthenol and vitamin B5 to strengthen and  thicken lashes. They are also enriched with 5 beneficial herbs: ginseng, green tea, gingko biloba, chamomile and aloe vera for conditioning. The mascara are available in Lengthening, Thickening and Waterproof formulas. I have the thickening mascara and it does thicken my lashes and doesn’t run.

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Palladio — Natural Cosmetics at an Affordable Price

Palladio Beauty creates affordable makeup that is actually good for you. The products are enriched with herbs and vitamins and come in quite a variety of products and shades.

Some of the products I have tried are:

Herbal Lipstick ($6.00) — This vanilla-scented lipstick’s formula contains “diamond clusters” that are touted to create an irresistible look of frost and glimmer on the lips. Out of the 40 shades, I tried Precious, a rosy pink. It is shimmery, but not glittery and the color was subtle and was moisturizing too.  

Mosaic ($10.00) — is five harmonizing hues of pinks, tans and browns combined in one powder kit. They can be used individually or blended together to create a single shade to match your skin type. They can be used as an overall bronzer, blush, eye shadow or an overall face highlight. I tried Sun Kissed, a light bronzer. It is very soft and pretty, and is available in 8 kits of blush or bronzer.

One of may favorite Palladio products are the Baked Eye Shadows ($7.00 for single colors; $8.00 for trios). These are highly pigmented, shimmery and last longer than regular shadows.  They are available in 12 single shades and 8 trios. I love the glimmer and choices of colors that these shadows offer. Fun!

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