Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas trees are popping up, and according to every mall in America, winter is here. But according to our calendars, there’s still about 20 days of Fall left (the first day of winter is December 21, who knew?), which gives me just enough time to round up some of my favorite fall beauty finds of the past year! Beauty posts are sparse arounds these parts, but these little gems were too good not to share…
–Chapstick 100% Natural Lip Butter: I originally received these Chapsticks free for testing purposes, but I can honestly say they’re now one of my favorites. My testing kit came with three tubes, so I now have one in my work bag, my dance bag and my everyday shoulder bag, just so I’m never without one! The Chapstick glides on smoothly and stays on without needed reapplication ever 10 minutes, which is huge for me (I have a bit of a chapstick obsession). And my favorite flavor of this bunch? “Sweet Papaya.”
–Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick in Almond Nude: I had been hearing about this color stick from a while from various magazines and beauty bloggers, so when I was on the hunt for lip color to use specifically for my role in “A Chorus Line” (the 70s were all about nude lips; see below…), I saw this option and scooped it up. The verdict? “MoistureSmooth” is right. I barely have to re-apply throughout the course of my 2.5 hour show, and the color glides on really nicely.
–Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Shine in Whisper: I’m more about chapsticks and lipsticks than glosses these days, but I do appreciate a good light pink gloss. I picked this gloss up on a whim from RiteAid, and in true Burt’s Bees fashion, the quality is great. It’s a bit “sticky” but it looks great on. Great for everyday wear.
At the beginning of October, Mike took me to the Navy’s 241st Birthday Ball in Coronado. And since I was going to ball, I went to Sephora to get my makeup done — something I haven’t done since maybe… high school prom? Eep. Anyways, it was a lot of fun. I’m always astounded by the creativity and skill of makeup artists. I told her I wanted something “classic but glamorous.” Here’s the end result:
The look featured an ombre lip (which was SO cool!) using the following two products:
–NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal: I’ve been a fan on NARS lip pencils for a while. The pencil format makes it easy to apply, and the color stays on foreverrrr.
–Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Hex: I’m not a huge lip-liner person, but this one worked perfectly for my Navy Ball look. More than anything, I loved the sharpened tip and how easy it made to define lips cleanly. And, true to its name, it stayed on almost all night, even through dinner and drinks!
–Mac Eyeshadow in Shroom: This was another product I bought for use in the show, and I actually took this recommendation directly from the beauty tutorial video below. It’s a very light shadow, but gives surprisingly good coverage.
–Bare Minerals Lasting Line Eyeliner in Eternal Bronze:: I picked this eyeliner up on a whim at the Navy Exchange, of all places (that place is worse than Target for unplanned purchases, I swear). I only really wear eyeliner when I’m going out or performing, and I typically stick to black, so I figured I’d try a brown for a softer look. I love the effect so much I even (occasionally) wear it to work! The “Bronze” color provides a more natural look that’s flattering to any eye color.
When I was doing costume research for “A Chorus Line,” I happened upon a few clutch 70s hair and makeup tutorials. Check them out below!
For “sexy 70s waves” (AKA perfect Farrah Fawcett hair), click here
For an easy-to-follow 70s makeup (think big eyes and lots of bronzer) tutorial, click here
So, what do you think? Have you tried any of these products? Or do you have any you’ve discovered lately that are winners?