Saturday, September 21, 2013

Beauty: Summer to Fall Beauty Transitions

The autumn equinox is officially tomorrow, September 22! Goodbye heat waves, ice flake sundaes, soft-serve ice creams, lounging on blankets at the park by the river, pool parties and bikinis! Hello pumpkin pies, red and orange leaves, brown leather riding boots, colorful scarves, and steaming hot chocolate! And while I'm in Germany, I of course cannot forget the magic that is Oktoberfest! I will be writing a fully detailed blogpost on the ins-and-outs of my Oktoberfest experience, so stay tuned for that next week!

I thought I'd take this time to show you how I'll be making the transition from summer to autumn in makeup, skincare, nails, and fashion.

Summer: My makeup during the summer tends to be super minimal because there is nothing I hate more than sweating your makeup off in little rivulets on your face. I accentuate eyes with eyeshadow and eyeliner, dab Nars SPF Skin Smoothing Face Prep on the face to minimize pores, and maybe a dab of Nars Illuminator in Laguna for some golden cheekbones, but that's it!

Fall: Crisp fall weather makes me think of rich autumnal colors like olive green, champagnes, navy blues, and maroons. This translates to both face and fashion. I like to use YSL's Pure Chromatics Eye Shadows in Palette #9 (specifically, the colors silvery taupe and charcoal) and #10 (deep olive shimmer and forest green shimmer) for my eyes, and of course a stronger winged eye is a must, thanks to MAC's Long Liquidlast Liner and the MAC slanted eye brush. I also like to lightly brush the bottom of my lower lash line with a soft bronze or eggplant eyeliner to give a subtle but sophisticated color. Autumn is also when you should put away the bronzers and go for a wind-blown flush, thanks to Nars Orgasm blush applied to the cheekbones.

Summer: Of course, besides the SPF focus, my skin needs constant buffing and scrubbing during the summer months to keep it smooth and the tan optimized. I use a lot of body and face scrubs, some of which I've covered on the blog, such as the Korres Watermelon Scrub (my definite summer fave as seen in my review of it here), Fresh Brown Sugar Body Scrub (my review here), and Melvita Apiscoma Scrub (my review here). All of these I left in Korea, so I picked up a bit of Body Shop Honeymania Body Scrub to do the trick here. For my face, I alternate between Origins Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion (I haven't reviewed it yet!) and Origins Charcoal Mask (my review here) to balance the oiliness on my T-zone and cheek sensitivity from too much sun exposure.

Fall: The transition periods from hot to cool weather always takes a toll on my face. Scrubs are not exactly the best things to put on my face as it gets maximally sensitive during this time, particularly my cheek area. I like to use soothing masques like Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Masque (haven't reviewed it yet!) and Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Masque (my review here)- nothing that will pull and stretch my skin too much. For my body, anything that imparts loads of moisture to my drying skin is a plus, such as Origins Drinkup Intensive Overnight Mask or Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Face Cream, both of which I totally use on my body regardless of whether they're supposed to be for face or not. This is obviously quite pricey, so I'm thinking about substituting in Korres Body Butter in Fig. I'll let you know how that works out in a review, as I've just picked one up.

Summer: During my first time scuba diving, I did an intro course where they would videotape my descent and time underwater. I remember that I had on these neon coral nails on my toes and a skittle manicure of all the Nars Thakoon colors, and it looked spectacular against the brightly colored fish swimming around me. Sine then, I love nonly bright colors for the summer. A bright coral like Orly's "She's a Savage" is perfect for the fingernails, and you can't go wrong with any of the colors from Nars Thakoon collection (my review here). Sometimes I'll go off the tried and true path by painting my nails white to offset my tan, or go with a fun glittery party like Deborah Lippmann's "Candy Shop", but beyond that, I don't gravitate much from my bright and neon colors for this season.

Fall: Naturally, I am inspired by the change in the colors of the leaves for fall. Burgundies, pumpkins, butternut squash, bronze golds, and moss green, like Chanel's Alchimie, all take top spot in my nail polish drawer during this fall. As the weather gets cooler, I am inßpired by luxe wintry colors like mink whites and oyster greys, seen in the gorgeous YSL "Gris Underground" I picked up the other day.

Summer: I literally lived in crop tops, bikinis, breezy summer dresses, and brightly-colored short shorts all summer long. I threw in the occasional jumpsuit (playsuit) here and there but for the most part, kept it light due to the massive heat wave in Korea and the sweltering non-stop sun in Croatia. 

Fall: Ooh I can't wait for this crisp weather to force me into big slouchy sweaters thrown over a pair of leggings, or a big chunky knit pared with khakis or olive green skinny cargoes. Definitely one of the best parts of fall is the layering that you can do with your clothes that adds another dimension of fun (or stress!) to your dressing process. The leather jackets, the scarves, and poofy vests look amazing with leather skirts, cut-off shorts paired with tights, and an amazing bowler hat or floppy hat to pull the entire look together. I'm obsessed with my little bowler hat at the mo, wearing it over a bad hair day to instantly turn whatever I'm wearing into chic. I'm also venturing into new territory by experimenting with full-length bodysuits, a fashion "don't" for petite girls usually, but I've found some perfect ones that accentuate my height rather than fight against it. I'll do an OOTD post on a jumpsuit that I am absolutely obsessed with soon.

What about you? What are some of your go-to fall trends that you keep returning to year after year?

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