Fall has officially made its mark here in NYC. The leaves are starting to fall, the days are getting shorter, and the nights cooler. It’s starting to get darker earlier and earlier as the days and weeks go by and it’s easy to feel a bit down and lackluster as a result. I decided to share a few ways I go about finding comfort and bringing in some joy during these colder months!
PLAY WITH COLOR
When you live in NYC, it’s easy for everything to be black on black on black. While I love the simplicity and thoughtlessness of a head-to-toe black ensemble, adding a pop of color can be easy and make all the difference. For years, I’ve had a strict “no black bag” policy (okay, not that strict! I’ve made exceptions…) and upon a quest for the perfect everyday handbag, I found this raspberry gem…
Another fun experiment for me has been colored mascaras. Take a break from basic black and try a few coats of blue or purple instead. You can go as subtle or as bold as you like, even apply some to your false lashes. If you’re worried about ruining your falsies, I’ve already done a video showing you how to clean them quickly and easily.
TAKE IT OFF!
Chances are, if you’re a beauty-lover like myself, you spend a lot of time in front of the mirror getting ready. If you’re like me, you take your time and put a lot of care into how you apply your makeup and try to do your best to blend your way to a more glamorous version of yourself. The thing is, while the methods you use to apply your makeup matter, it’s just as important to take the same kind of care when taking it all off. How you remove your makeup and all the dirt and buildup from the day is crucial in getting your skin to look and feel its best. The better the quality of your skin, the better your makeup with go on and the better you’ll feel. I decided to take a moment to show you how I go about removing my makeup.
A little bit about my skin: It’s combination. I get dry around my cheeks and oily around my nose or “T-zone”.
Some people go straight in with their facial cleansers but oftentimes you’ll have to use too much product and scrubbing around your eyes too much. You want to get most of the mess off your face so that you can focus on cleansing your skin. Most makeup removers break me out but it’s necessary for everyone to have something strong enough to remove most of their makeup before they go about using their cleansers. If you have the same problem I do, I recommend looking for what’s commonly referred to as a “cleansing water”. I start by soaking a cotton pad (okay, usually it’s more like 3-4 depending on how much makeup I’ve got on) with the solution and gently pressing it over the eyes to break down the tough stuff like mascara and eyeliner before I start wiping things away.
My skin is on the oilier side so I tend to get away with exfoliating more than someone that has more sensitive and thinner skin. I like to use something gentle on an everyday basis, but at least 2x a week I go in with something a little bit stronger. I’ve always loved St. Ives and have recently fallen for their Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub. It has 100% natural exfoliants. Lemons & oranges are known sources of Vitamin C which you all know is an ingredient I swear by for getting brighter and more even looking skin. I’ve read that whatever you do to the skin on your face you should continue to do down onto your neck and chest so I often use this along my neck, chest, and shoulders.
The reason I’m such a fanatic about exfoliation is that it helps to get rid of the dead skin that builds up over time. Dead skin can end up trapping dirt and oil in your pores and a regular cleanser can have difficulty getting in there and doing it’s job of cleansing the skin. Cleansers, while they can remove some makeup, aren’t makeup removers; they are meant to clean the skin.
You don’t want to over-exfoliate though so always pay attention to what your skin needs on a day by day basis. Also, don’t use too much pressure when using a scrub. Let the exfoliating particles do the work, all your hands should be doing is guiding them in the right direction. Speaking of direction, another little trick that I’ve found has worked great for my skin may sound a little OCD but it helps me make sure I do a nice even job is I alternate between gently massaging the product in 3 clockwise and 3 counter-clockwise motions. I’ve noticed this gives me smoother results.
As the weather gets colder, staying in becomes the new going out! Staying in when the weather is beautiful and warm can be disappointing, but when the temperatures drop, it can be a real treat! You have the option of being alone and snuggling up with your blanket or you can invite a special someone to join. Either way, a nice pair of socks, cute and comfy loungewear, snacks and a good book or a marathon of your new favorite Netflix series is all you need.
Also, setting the mood and creating the right ambiance is key. Think layers of blankets, an assortment of fluffy pillows, candles, and string lights for a snuggly haven that you’d never want to leave!
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