Happy first day of fall! The nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter; is there anything more comforting than the change of season?

A few days ago I shared my favorite blushes for this time of year. Now I’ve gone through my collection and picked the eyeshadow shades that I gravitate to as the leaves start to change.

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Shown (from bottom left): Burberry Chestnut, Burberry Mulberry, Dior Golden Savannah, NARS Galapagos, Chanel Fauve, Paul & Joe 076

You will notice a theme as you look at the products I selected. Warm tones, burgundy, brown and taupe. I really enjoy khaki tones and browns that lean warm/orange. They are effortlessly appropriate for the season. I believe the Dior and Paul & Joe palettes were limited edition but the rest of the shades are readily available. You can never go wrong with Burberry shadows and these two colors paired together or used alone are stunning.

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Swatches L-R: Dior Golden Savannah, Paul & Joe palette, NARS Galapagos, Burberry Chestnut, Burberry Mulberry, Chanel Fauve

You can see just how perfect any or all of these shades are!

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Shown (clockwise from bottom): MAC Fluidline in Rich Ground, Chanel New Moon, Giorgio Armani #28

One of my all time favorite gel liners is Rich Ground from MAC. It’s a perfect coppery-bronze shade that has a slight red undertone to it. Chanel’s New Moon is not for the faint of heart. It’s extremely glittery and shimmery. It’s a night time shade for me but the effect is gorgeous. Armani’s eyes to kill shadow in #28 is a blend between rose gold and copper. It’s wearable for daytime looks for me.

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Swatches L-R: Chanel New Moon, Giorgio Armani #28, MAC Rich Ground

You can see that the Giorgio Armani shade has more pigment and a sheen where New Moon is quite glittery and more sheer. Rich Ground has amazing payoff and a shine to it that just makes my eyes pop.

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Shown (clockwise from bottom) MAC Outre, MAC Saddle, MAC Cranberry, MAC Sable

Finding an eyeshadow palette to use throughout the fall can be difficult, especially if you have something very specific in mind. I would recommend putting together some of your shades from MAC or Inglot (or any brand with single shadows) and making something that’s all your own. That’s one of the reasons I love Z palettes. I love having the ability to switch and swap colors as my mood or season dictates. I picked a few colors from my MAC palettes that I reach for this time of year.

I hope you enjoyed my selections and got some new ideas for shades to try. I have two more Autumn picks posts left- lips and nails, so watch out for those in the next few days. Let me know some of your favorite eyeshadows for fall; I’m always on the hunt for a gem!

The first day of Autumn is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. While I enjoy the summer, it’s been quite hot and humid here for about as long as I can tolerate. I prefer the fall with the cool breeze, changing colors and warm soups! I love the weather when you need to throw a sweatshirt on to go for a walk at night.

In celebration of fall I went through my makeup and picked out the shades for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails that I always wear this time of year. I am going to start with my favorite- blushes!

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Shown: NARS Madly, Hourglass Mood Exposure and Laura Mercier Mocha Spice

In the fall I tend to go for similar colors for lips and cheeks. Nudes, berries and rosy tones make up the majority of my choices for both categories. I think I reach for nudes more because I tend to amp up my eyes more in the fall. These three shades are all very nude, in my opinion. None of them are completely matte, which I like. Nude shades can be harder to blend into the skin without a satin finish or a bit of sheen. It makes it more skin-like.

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Shown: Tarte Blushing Bride, MAC Stark Naked, NARS Mata Hari, NYX Raisin

Not all berry shades have to be intimidating. They can be a berry pink, have a mauve tone, etc. that make them easier to wear. MAC Stark Naked was limited edition (NARS Sin is somewhat close) but the rest are readily available. Mata Hari was a surprise for me when I bought it years ago because I expected it to be a summer color. While it does look great with a tan, Mata Hari is a chameleon. It has just enough mauve/murkiness to it mixed with the right amount of berry pink. It’s a must have for me.

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Shown: Illamasqua Sin, NARS Mounia, Becca Raspberry/Opal

While you can certainly use more sheer tones, it’s also fun to throw in some of those really pigmented colors that can imitate the effect of the cold. Illamasqua Sin and NARS Mounia are perfect for the fall. NARS Mounia was discontinued awhile back, but try a shade like NARS Taos or MAC Ambering Rose for a similar effect. Becca’s Beach Tint Shimmer in Raspberry/Opal is also worthy of fall must-have status. It’s the only cream product that made my list- but for good reason. The color gives a nice, refreshing berry tint while the highlighting aspect leaves behind a warm and wearable gold sheen. The two paired together are perfection and the formula is wonderful with excellent staying power.

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Swatches from L-R: Illamasqua Sin, NARS Mounia, NARS Mata Hari, Tarte Blushing Bride, MAC Stark Naked, NYX Raisin, Hourglass Mood Exposure, NARS Madly, Laura Mercier Mocha Spice, Becca Raspberry/Opal

Also worth noting are the two highlighters I reach for in the fall season.

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Shown: Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous and Guerlain Parure de Nuit

Both of these majestic (yes, it’s that serious) highlighters were sadly limited edition. Try another highlighter from Guerlain, like their meteorites perles. MAC has released a highlighter called Superb that is pretty spot-on for Rose Rendezvous. I have some comparison swatches of similar highlighters done here. If you ever spot one of these in a blog sale definitely snatch it up!

That wraps up my favorite cheek products for the fall. I’ll be doing eyes next!

It was hard to narrow this down, but I feel like these shades are really too good to pass up!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

It’s no secret that all of us beauty lovers tend to obsess over a particular shade or type of product until we move on to another, seemingly more interesting obsession. Sometimes I go into phases where I want every bright pink blush or every coral lipstick. Over the past few months that focus was easily on bronzers. Perhaps it was the long and almost tortuous winter we had here in Chicago, but I couldn’t get enough of the bronze glow on my face all spring. Now that summer is nearly here my obsession appears to have paid off.

Favorite Bronzers 2014

Bronzers come in many forms but on a day-to-day basis I definitely reach for powder products over cream or liquid versions. They just seem to be easier to use and less difficult to overdo. I usually choose a satin or matte finish, but I do have some with a slight sheen or shimmer. I almost always use the same brush to apply my bronzer- the MAC 138 tapered face brush. It applies the right amount of product and the tapered shape allows me to dust my temples, jawline and cheekbones with ease. I would recommend getting the MAC version of this brush over the Sigma version. I had the Sigma one first and it shed everywhere! I had to discard it it was that bad.

Favorite Bronzers 2014 2

Aphrodite’s Shell from the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection is my newest edition. The packaging is absolutely stunning, isn’t it? It’s my current go-to shade. My most used is definitely Laura Mercier’s Ritual- a product I’m nearly devastated to say was limited edition. The only cream bronzer I’ve been using lately is Daniel Sandler’s Fiji. It has an amazing texture and has the perfect red undertone to it. It really does create a stunning, believable tan on the face. Bobbi Brown Natural 1 is like Fiji in powder form. The powder is smooth and pigmented and the color is perfect. The Bare Minerals compact is relatively new and I’m quite impressed with both the presentation and actual product. It adds a nice glow without looking heavy or overdone.

Favorite Bronzers 2014 Swatches

Swatches L-R: Daniel Sandler Fiji, Chanel Les Beiges in 30, Laura Mercier Matte Baked in 02, Bobbi Brown Natural 1, Laura Mercier Ritual, MAC Aphrodite’s Shell, Becca Duende, Bare Minerals The Beach is Waiting, Dolce & Gabbana Glow Powder Shimmer 6

The Dolce & Gabbana powder is actually touted as a highlighter- but I bought it to use as a contouring product and it works well for that. The powder is incredibly soft and velvety. I’m still warming up to the Chanel powder. I find it a bit light so I have to layer it to get the correct color. Becca Duende is a great color, but the formula isn’t as smooth as I would prefer. It’s not noticeable in application but it is when I touch the powder with my fingers. Having said that, I don’t apply it with anything other than a brush so, maybe it doesn’t matter. Laura Mercier Matte Baked Bronzer in 02 has a nice texture and color, and for some reason I had totally forgotten about it! I’m glad to have it back in rotation.

There you have it! My picks for getting your glow on this summer, and throughout the year!

Tell me, what bronzer or bronzers have you been using lately? Why are they your favorite?

 

 

Well, it’s that time again. Another MAC Collection is being released. Normally I take a look at the collection, sigh a little with boredom and move on. However, this collection absolutely took my breath away.

Meet the packaging:

MAC Alluring Aquatic Haul

The Alluring Aquatic collection contains new Extra Dimension eyeshadows and blushes, as well as new lipstick, lipglosses and nail polishes. It also introduces Extra Dimension bronzers and some repromoted bronzers in the limited edition packaging. When I fall, I fall hard. The aqua packaging along with the faux water droplets (yes, you can feel them on the packaging) make the items in this collection pretty irresistible.

MAC Seduced at Sea

MAC Seduced at Sea

MAC Sea Me Hear Me

MAC Sea Me Hear Me

MAC Aphrodites Shell

MAC Aphrodite’s Shell

MAC Refined Golden

MAC Refined Golden

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick

MAC Enchanted One

MAC Mystical Lipstick

MAC Mystical

MAC Goddess of the Sea

MAC Goddess of the Sea

MAC Clear Water

MAC Clear Water

MAC Silver Sun

MAC Silver Sun

MAC Lorelei

MAC Lorelei

MAC Sea Worship

MAC Sea Worship

MAC Fathoms Deep

MAC Fathom’s Deep

First, Let’s look at the blushes.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Swatches 1

Swatches L-R: MAC Autoerotique, MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sea Me Hear Me, MAC Seduced at Sea

If you already own Fiery Impact, I don’t see the need to get Sea Me Hear Me. They are close enough to be almost dupes. Seduced at Sea is more orange in tone than my other extra dimension blushes, and more bronze. Both of the new shades are pigmented and smooth.

MAC Goddess of the Sea Comparison

Goddess of the Sea was more purple than I expected. It’s pretty, and not very similar to what I already owned.

MAC Goddess of the Sea Swatches

Swatches L-R: MAC Courting Lilac, MAC Feel My Pulse, MAC Goddess of the Sea, MAC Heavenly Hybrid, MAC Daddy’s Little Girl

Goddess of the Sea is more plum than several of the other lipsticks I have from MAC. It’s more purple than Plumful and not as bright as Rebel. It’s a more wearable plummy-purple for sure.

MAC Mystical Comparison

Mystical is somewhat similar to others in my collection, but it still adds a nice touch having this everyday shade in such beautiful packaging.

MAC Mystical Swatches

Swatches L-R: MAC Apres Chic, MAC Mystical, MAC Morning Rose, MAC Gem of Roses

Mystical falls directly between Apres Chic and Morning Rose. It’s a nice, easy-to-wear rosy red shade that’s slightly subdued.

MAC Enchanted One Comparison

I really struggled to find something that compared to Enchanted One. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I don’t have anything that’s even close.

MAC Enchanted One Swatches

L-R: MAC Betty Bright, MAC Ravishing, MAC Hue, MAC A Perfect Day, MAC Enchanted One, MAC Mehr, MAC Spice

A Perfect Day is the closest I could find, but it’s still significantly lighter. The formula is matte so I wanted to compare it to Spice and Mehr, both of which have a similar formula and feel on the lips.

MAC Lorelei Comparison

Lorelei and Sweet Heat

MAC Fathoms Deep Comparison

Grand Galaxy, Fathoms Deep, Blue Orbit

MAC Alluring Aquatic Swatches 2

Swatches L-R: Grand Galaxy, Fathoms Deep, Blue Orbit, Sweet Heat, Lorelei

Fathoms Deep is more blue toned than Grand Galaxy and significantly darker than Blue Orbit. Lorelei surprised me because I thought I would fall in love at first swatch. I was surprised to see that Sweet Heat was so similar, and actually more reflective. Depending on your taste you may like Lorelei better if you thought Sweet Heat was too shimmery.

MAC Sea Worship Comparison

Warm Thunder, Silver Sun, Modern Pewter, Sea Worship, Silver Dawn

MAC Alluring Aquatic Swatches 3

Swatches L-R: Warm Thunder, Silver Sun, Modern Pewter, Sea Worship, Silver Dawn

Silver Sun is similar but darker than Modern Pewter. Sea Worship is more golden and olive than Silver Dawn.

All of the eyeshadows are smooth, pigmented and absolutely worth it.

It was the packaging the won me over, but the products inside made it worth it. I will swatch the bronzers in a separate post, but they are both lovely as well.

What do you think? Is packaging something you’re willing to spring for?