Fall Beauty Haul 2014

Finally crawling out from under my rock. I finally, finally got to see a neurologist today so I am praying that we can finally get these migraines under control so I can finally open my black out curtains and spend more than ten minutes in front of the computer screen without wanting to cry.

I will put up a post tomorrow with all the details of the visit and plans moving forward so I wanted to hop back in the blogosphere with something light-hearted so I wanted to share about my fall beauty haul and give some mini-reviews of the goodies I picked up on a blissful afternoon out of the house. I had just completed a project so I had a little fun money so I decided to do a little fall shopping.

 

Fall Beauty Hall 2014

 

I will start with September’s Ipsy bag. I have not shared the last two months because honestly, there was nothing really in either bag worth sharing. The only standout from July or August was a deluxe sample of the new Urban Decay Perversion Mascara which was amazing. I really didn’t want to like it but I really loved how black it was and how it made my lashes look. I just cannot talk myself into spending $22 on a mascara (even for a special occasion like my birthday).

Here are the September goodies:

September 2014 Ipsy Bag

 

I was actually very excited about this bag. The bag itself was adorable (hello, studs and gray? LOVE). Here is info on the items I received:

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush: This was a nice brush. I don’t really use the crease end but I use the shadow end often and its really soft and does a good job blending out eyeshadow.

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct: I am a fan of lip gloss and like nude glosses but as a very fair girl, I have to be very careful with the shade I use or else I look dead. This is one of those shades that make me look dead. The formula of the product is nice and the gloss felt nice on my lips but the shade was off for me personally.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: Considering the abuse I put my hair through between lightening and coloring, I am always up for trying products that help repair some of the damage and keep my hair as healthy as possible. This mask was nice. I don’t dislike it but I can’t say that I am wowed by it either. It is hard to compare to the awesomeness of the NYC*EVA hair mask I received in a bag a few months ago (I promptly went out and bought the full size. That is how amazing it is).

NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Velvet: I am a huge fan of NYX. They have great products at great prices. This color is a perfect transition/crease shade. Love these shadows.

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine: I had received an eyeshadow duo from Pacifica in an Ipsy bag a few months ago and wasn’t really impressed but I really like this nail polish. The formula is nice, was easy to apply and the color is absolutely perfect for fall.

 

On my afternoon beauty shopping trip, the first stop I made was at Sally Beauty because I really wanted to find a product to both repair and protect my hair. Like I said before, I know I can be pretty rough on it and now that I am trying to grow it back out, I need to try to keep it as healthy as possible.

Sally Beauty Healthy Hair Products

When I went in Sally Beauty, I picked up two products from the brand Zotos Professional. I had never heard of the brand before but I thought I would try it out (there was a buy one get one free sale so it didn’t hurt to give it a try!). I picked up the 180Pro Heat Rescue Leave-In Hydrator and the 180Pro Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment. So far I really like them and I have no complaints. Once I have been using them awhile, I can make a better judgement but so far so good!

 

The last stop of the afternoon was Ulta. I have only recently discovered Ulta (in the last six months or so) but I am hooked. I love that they have both drugstore and high end brands (even though, let’s face it, I can only shop on the drugstore side but it can be fun to browse!). I like to shop online to take advantage of Ebates but afternoon trips to Ulta have become a fun girls’ day outing with Abby and my surrogate niece/daughter/family Taylor.

These were some of the goodies (the second picture shows swatches of colors from left to right):

Fall Beauty Hall 2014

FALL BEAUTY HALL 2014

 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria (actually picked up at CVS): This was actually the first lipstick I have ever tried from Milani but have heard raving reviews. I love their blushes, eye liners, and lip glosses so I was excited to finally try a lipstick and the color is perfect for fall.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Berry Tempting (CVS): This is third lip gloss I have tried and I love it just as much as I love the others. Beautiful shade for fall!

ELF Studio Eye Refresh (Target): Eh, not too much to say. Glad I only paid $3. Thumbs down.

NYX Lip Pencil in Blackberry: Not sure why the color swatches so weird. It looks brown in the picture but its really just a darker berry color. Points lost on my end for not noticing sooner. Apologies.

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Crayon in She Devil: These lip crayons are AMAZING! I am loving the darker, vampy colors for fall so when I saw that NYX put out a new line, I was super excited. Unfortunately I was not the only one that was excited because there was only one left in the entire collection in store. The sales associate said they few off the shelf. I was only able to pick up She Devil in store but have recently ordered three more online when Ulta had a NYX 40% off sale last week! I picked up Temptress, Covet, and Bewitched and they are just as gorgeous!

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara: Stores sure know how to market and put just the right products in the checkout line to catch your attention. I have never tried any of the Ulta brand makeup but needed a new mascara so I picked this one up as it was on sale for $5. Its not a bad mascara but I’m not wowed. I like really black, really dramatic lashes so this didn’t quite reach that bar. It is a drier formula (which many people like) but its just not my preference, especially for top lashes. I will definitely use it up for either a base coat or my lower lashes but I probably wouldn’t repurchase this particular formula.

Prestige Cosmetics Brow Builder: I’ve never tried a gel eyebrow product before so I wanted to give this a shot. I tried it a couple different times to try to get the hang of it before making a judgement but this will be going back. I don’t think its necessarily the product that is the problem but its more of a color issue. This shade (medium/dark) is definitely too red for my brows. I may have better luck with the eyebrow pencil which has a wider color range.

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Liners in Deepest Black and Daring Green: These eye liners are amazing. I am definitely not a pro at putting on eyeliner. These liners have a smooth texture that just seems to glide on. I don’t think they would be the best option for winged liner but are otherwise fantastic and great for the waterline.

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Shadow in Hocus Pocus: O-M-G. This has to be one of the most gorgeous shadows I have ever tried. The duo chrome finish is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for fall. This shadow reminds me a lot of the Shade Shifter Shadows from Kat Von D which I love (but it looks like they may be getting discontinued). This shadow is very close to KVD’s On The Road. I most definitely want to try out more of these Prestige shadows! The eyeshadow swatch below Hocus Pocus is the NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Velvet and the lip gloss swatch to the right is the Cailyn lip gloss in Basic Instinct.

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Make Waves: I haven’t tried this yet but I thought the color was absolutely beautiful! I originally found a similar shade in a Zoya polish but didn’t want to pay $9 for a nail polish so I am glad I found a cheaper alternative!

Revlon ColorStay Makeup in Ivory: Like one of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus says, I am a pale princess. In a society that likes to equate beauty with a tan, I am happy to embrace my paleness. It just stinks sometimes trying to find a foundation that is light enough. There is no makeup sin worse than wearing foundation that is too dark or that just doesn’t match. Because I battle redness and the attractive butterfly rash, I prefer full coverage foundations and this one gets rave reviews so I am excited to give this a try.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light: Going into menopause at 26 has not been too kind for my skin and I feel like I’ve lost some of my youthful glow. This product comes in four different shades which can be mixed into your foundation for an allover glow or you can use a sponge or stippling brush for specific areas you would like to highlight such as the tops of your cheekbones. Being fair I found this product perfect of my skin tone and would be interested to try the other pink and peach shades!

 

My apologies for the length of this post but I hope I have been able to show off some fun products to try out or add to your collection for fall! Is there an awesome product that you love for fall that I should check out? 

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014

Disclosure: One item in the Fall Lookbook was sent to me by FitClubDesigns on Etsy to facilitate a review but all other items featured were purchased by moi. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

I cannot even begin to put into words how excited I am that fall is right around the corner! Cooler, crisper weather. The beauty of the changing leaves. The return of one Leroy Jethro Gibbs on Tuesday nights. Candy Corn M&Ms are back.The smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere. My birthday is on its way. There are just SO many things to look forward to!

I am in the process of overhauling my wardrobe. I have been pulling out things that either don’t fit anymore or things that I don’t need anymore because I am no longer working in an office so I have 2 massive bins of clothes that I need to list on Poshmark! In turn, I have picked up some new pieces when I’ve found good deals or have been inspired. I have definitely been on a journey of figuring out what my style is and being able to truly own it so I am very excited to open my closet and put some new outfit ideas for fall! While out shopping last week, I had one of the store employees compliment my style. Not my earrings or top but my overall style. That felt so good! I feel like I have finally arrived and finally feel like I know my style and can now fully own it. Its taken some time and trial and error even a few fashion flops but the endgame is worth it. If you are in the midst of trying to figure out your own style, hang in there. You will find it and when you do, the fierce confidence that comes along with it is such an amazing surge of energy. When you have chronic illness, it is so easy to lose yourself in the midst of treatments, doctors visits, and yoga pants but it is all part of the journey and the ups and downs are what grow us into stronger people and the moment you own that, you are on your way!

I have created 3 different looks for the first edition my Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014.

Look #1: Casual Fall Glam

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014 - Casual Fall Glam

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014 - Casual Fall Glam

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014: Casual Fall Glam

Outfit Details:

Black Blazer ~ Ebay

Disney Princess Tank ~ FitClubDesigns

Rockstar Skinny Jeans in Plum ~ Old Navy

Necklace & Earrings ~ ShopMissA.com

Quick Mini-Review: I had been searching for a Disney Princess shirt and when I came across this “I’m 99.9% sure I am a Disney Princess” I knew I needed it in my life! The variety of tanks and tshirts created by FitClubDesigns is amazing. This tank is a workout tank but since I haven’t been able to work out lately, it was perfect to pair with a pair of skinny jeans and a black blazer for a laid-back glam that is perfect for fall. The material of the tops is perfect, not too thin to be see-through but not too heavy to make you a soggy mess after a workout.I have worn and washed mine several times and have not had any issues. I hang dry mine because I was right on the line between a medium and a large and went with the medium but probably should have gone with the large. The “girls” would have liked a little extra room! LOL! Next time I will get the large because I know I will definitely be adding another to my collection!

Look #2: Feminine Edge

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014: Feminine Edge

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014: Feminine Edge

Outfit Details:

Black Moto Jacket ~ Old Navy

Blush Chiffon Maxi Skirt ~ Ebay

White T-shirt ~ Old Navy

One of my favorite things that I love to do is mix feminine pieces with more edgy pieces. I love to feel girly and feminine but I also like to keep my edge and spunk mixed in as well. I think the soft chiffon maxi skirt in the color blush was the perfect counterbalance to the black moto jacket. A simple top was all that was needed but you can also try swapping the plain white shirt for a graphic tee for some extra spunk. This look also leaves a lot of freedom to try different types of jewelry such as a statement necklace or a long, layered necklace. Definitely make time to play around and find what best shows off your fierce personality!

Look #3: Leather & Lace

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014: Leather & Lace

Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014: Leather & Lace
Fall Fashion Lookbook 2014: Leather & Lace

Outfit Details:

Moto Jacket ~ Old Navy

Lace Chiffon Dress ~ Forever21

Tights – Walmart

Lace-up Booties: Forever21

Abby’s Outfit Details:

Ever After Dress ~ Kmart

Denim Jacket – Old Navy

Boots ~ Marshalls

It would be hard to pick a favorite out of these three looks but if I was forced to choose, I think it would be this one! Again, I love the mix of feminine and edgy with the leather jacket (well, faux leather jacket) and the lace paneled chiffon dress. I liked adding a belt as it shows off a more defined waist and it adds some personality in lieu of not wearing a necklace or bracelets.

Here are the mood boards from these 3 looks that may be helpful making some modifications to make this look your own!

Casual Fall Glam

Casual Fall Glam by anewkindofnormal featuring h&m skinny jeans

Feminine Edge

Feminine Edge by anewkindofnormal featuring a chiffon maxi skirt

Leather & Lace

Leather & Lace by anewkindofnormal featuring nylon tights

Which of these looks was your favorite? What looks are you looking forward to rockin’ this fall? Are there any new trends you want to try that may be a little out of your comfort zone but you want to go for it anyway?

Disclosure: One item in the Fall Lookbook was sent to me by FitClubDesigns to facilitate a review but all other items featured were purchased by moi. As always, opinions are 100% my own.