I love fall: The crisp, cool weather, the changing leaves--all the clich stuff that happens. Why do you think Winona Ryder and Richard Gere agreed to do a sappy movie (I'm talking about Autumn in New York, of course) about it ? For me, a change in seasons never meant much of a difference in my routine until the city air completely dried out my pale, sensitive skin last year. So this September, I'm upping my game from "no maintenance" to "low maintenance" with the help of moisturizing makeup and colorful accessories.
One of my goals for fall is to inject a little color into my all-black wardrobe. I recently decided that colorful scarves are totally the way to do so (no, I will not consider buying more colorful clothing--that's just silly). This two-toned cashmere/silk scarf in "folkstone grey" ($88, nordstrom.com) goes with everything I own, and it's perfect for the cooler weather that's on its way.
Since accessories aren't my fort, what with forever choosing 20 extra minutes of sleep over pulling myself together, I like to show my personality through brightly colored nail polish. And since Megan heard that I don't own base or top coat, she was kind enough to locate these BECCA polishes ($15, beccacosmetics.com), which don't require either of those superfluous things. Thanks, Megan!
I'm strictly a wash-and-go girl when it comes to my hair--I've even been known to come into the office with my hair soaking wet. I recently chopped three inches off my strands, though, so wearing it loose is annoying now that I have shorter pieces around my face. I love birds, so this Free Bird Hair Clip ($8, fredflare.com) is perfect for keeping my hair out of the way. Once it dries, of course.
According to the release, "The new Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream ($75 for 50 mL, shiseido.com) uses the power of bio-technology to restore skin's youthful appearance and prevent the first stages of wrinkle formation." You had me at "prevent the first stages of wrinkle formation," Shiseido.
Working at Daily Makeover has opened my eyes to many new areas of the beauty world, but I still have trouble physically opening my eyes some mornings. As much as I love being told I look tired, it's time to take action. This bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 palette ($20, available October 2011) is perfect for the "no makeup" makeup look I need to appear less tired. The key is actually the crease contour color, which creates the illusion of depth to aid tired, swollen eyes.
Ever since my (fictional) hero Liz Lemon wore an initial necklace on 30 Rock, I knew there was one in my future. This fall, though, it's all about layering when it comes to jewelry. The Delicate Initial Necklace from Urban Outfitters ($18, urbanoutfitters.com) is the perfect way to combine the current trend with the initial necklace I've been coveting for years.
This is my spirit animal, the hedgehog*, on a chic jewel-encrusted cocktail ring from Topshop (8.50, topshop.com) that's totally on-trend for fall: It's big, it's bejeweled and it's got an animal on it. How soon can I have it on my finger?
Here's the thing about makeup brushes: They die sad, spidery deaths. Not only that, you're supposed to take care of them to prolong their lives. That sounds like effort I don't want to make, so my current ones look like preschool paintbrushes in May. This starter brush kit from Revlon ($12, revlon.com) is ultra soft, all-natural and comes in a purse-friendly portable pouch for on-the-go touch-ups.
I don't mind wrinkles--they're a sign of wisdom in most cultures, but why oh why must I have a chasm on my forehead before I hit 30? Makeup gets stuck in there, and I'm just not equipped to handle drastic changes to my daily toilette. The new Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector ($84, lancome.com) from Lancme promises to "recreate the look of beautiful skin by correcting the appearance of wrinkles, pores and texture." Sold.
Even though I don't wear a lot of makeup, I still can't wait to take off whatever I did put on that morning the second I'm finished with work. These Nuance Salma Hayek Detoxifying Facial Cleansing & Toning Towelettes ($6.39, cvs.com) are great to throw in my gym bag to avoid working out in pore-clogging makeup. They're also very gentle if you have sensitive skin, and the texture allows you to get in every nook and cranny where makeup might hide.