Beauty Picks for Fall 2014

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The fall is one of my favorite seasons. Yeah, towards the end when everything is dead it can be depressing but the transition of colors, fall flowers, the scents, flavors, the weather… I just LOVE Fall. Unlike the other three beauty seasons, fall tends to get the least amount of love because the Holiday collections usually launch within a month of fall actually settling in and the shift focuses to the Holiday deals and steals. Before the holidays take over our lives pick up some of my Fall 2014 Beauty Picks and enjoy everything that the fall has to offer. ebblo fall 2014 picks 1.) LORAC Pro 2 Palette $42.00 – I have already raved about this and the Pro 2 is the perfect collection of neutrals and jewel tones for Fall 2014 with the added extra bonus of a mini eye shadow primer as well. A budget friendly alternative would be the Wet n Wild Limited Edition Fall 2014 Melrose palettes. 2.) Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick $44.oo – I rave about this every month and the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is the BUSINESS. I can fake trained estheticians when wearing this foundation that is how much it mimics actual skin. It is long wearing but emollient enough to not dry your skin out as the air gets drier. This foundation stick wears/covers well on its own, is easy to apply and has INSANE lasting power when paired with a primer/setting spray. 3.) Make Up Forever Mist & Fix $12.00-$29.00- This is a recent discovery of mine and I have been reaching for it more than my trusted MAC Fix+. The fall is a transitional season so depending on where you live experiencing summer like weather into November can be expected. Make Up Forever Mist& Fix will set your makeup for the humid days and it will also add some moisture to your skin on drier days. You can get a travel sized bottle for $12! 4.) Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation $26.00 – If you prefer a powder foundation this is going to be your holy grail. The Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation applies beautifully, looks like skin, doesn’t cling to dry skin and it is available in a variety of shades. This is hands down my favorite powder foundation and I typically don’t like them. 5.) Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Berry $21.00 – Berry and red shades are hot for Fall 2014. Melted Berry is hands down my favorite dark lippie of the moment. It is long wearing, doesn’t bleed, glossy, not drying on my lips and leaves a very pretty stain behind. Pro Tip for wearing a dramatic lip: If you have drier lips, exfoliate your lips first and then follow with a light layer of lip balm before you apply your makeup. By the time you’re ready to do your lips they will be hydrated and ready for color. Also, darker colors should also be applied with a lip brush. 6.) Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners $3.99 – Waterproof, available in a staggering amount of colors, easy to apply, easy to find and affordable. What’s not to love about the Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliners. Optimal colors for fall: Black, Brown, Purple, Taupe, Nude and Deep Blue. 7.) Milani Eye Primer $5.99 – This is the best eyeshadow primer on the market right now if you ask me. If you’re going to be rocking some funky Halloween makeup, on trend smoky eyes, graphic liner, etc Milani’s Eyeshadow Primer is going to be your new best friend. Pro Tip: If your foundation/concealer is creasing no matter what you do, try a little bit of eyeshadow primer underneath your foundation/concealer. What are your go to beauty products for the fall? Is there any Fall 2014 beauty trend you are just dying to try? Ashley

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Wet N Wild Fall 2014 Melrose 5 Pan Palettes

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Wet N Wild Fall 2014 Collection should be in your local drugstores/KMart by now. There are two separate displays: nail/lipsticks (six matte nail polishes and four Megalast Matte Lipsticks) and eyeshadow/mascaras (four new five pan Color Icon shadow palettes and Mega Impact Extreme Black Mascara).  For this purpose of this review I am going to be focusing on two of the four limited edition five pan Color Icon palettes: Smoke and Melrose and Melrose at Night. Each palette contains .21 0z of product and they retail for $3.99 each.

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Melrose at Night

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Smoke and Melrose

I think it’s safe to say that if it’s neutral eyeshadows in palette form I will more than likely buy it, especially when they are below $5.00. I’ll be honest, I’ve read some not so stellar reviews about the Color Icon five pan palettes, so I really have avoided them. These two however were so beyond hard to avoid. Smoke and Melrose is the warmer toned bronzy neutral palette,  while Melrose at Night leans slightly cooler and definitely in the brown/taupe family. Both palettes contain a mix of satin and shimmer finish shadows and no true matte shades. >sniffle<

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Melrose at Night L to R: Browbone, Base, Definer, Eyelid, and Crease

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Smoke and Melrose L to R: Browbone, Base, Definer, Eyelid and Crease

Between Smoke and Melrose and Melrose at Night, Smoke and Melrose is the clear winner. All of the shadows included in Smoke and Melrose are soft, easy to blend, very pigmented and wore for eight hours plus over primer. Four of the shadows included in the Melrose at Night palette proved to be in the same category as the shadows in Smoke and Melrose. The dud in Melrose at Night is the crease shade. It’s truly awful but over a primer it’s really not bad. That being said if I had to suggest one of the two I would pick Melrose at Night and I’ll tell you why: the brow bone shade is the prettiest shadow ever! This Taupey purple is the best shade between the two palettes. It applies beautifully and it is a pretty unique shade as it is a taupe but it comes off almost light purple. Loving the brow bone shade in the Melrose at Nigh palette. If purples are NOT your thing than Smoke and Melrose is your best bet.

I also want to take this time to get on my makeup soapbox! Dear Wet n Wild can you PLEASE label your shadows correctly! I feel like in both palettes the Browbone and Base shades should be swapped out. Both brow bone shades are way to dark to highlight. I can see maybe using the brow bone shade in Melrose at Night on a darker skin tone but that is pushing it.

At $3.99 a piece these are an absolute drugstore STEAL! I say SKIP the Maybelline Nude Palette and hunt these limited edition treats from Wet n Wild down before they are gone! The two of them are roughly $2 cheaper and perform better than any shade in the Maybelline Nude palette. And you might be able to grab these on BOGO!

Ashley