Fall beauty products I’m obsessed with.

According to this 80+ degree weather, we have not quite made it to Fall yet. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a full beauty regime in place and ready to go should mother nature decided to change her mind. These 7 products will have you looking and feeling your best by the time the leaves start changing.

Renpure Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner

Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint

Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner can remedy even the most damaged Summer hair. The non-sulfate formula keeps your follicles moisturized and soft to the touch. Not to mention that killer price. You could probably go away for the weekend with the money you save on shampoo and conditioner.

Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner

Target 6.99

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil

Of all the brow pencils I’ve ever tried, this by far gives you the most natural results. The creamy formula effortlessly blends into your brows, and the built-in brush spreads the product for an even application. The most experienced eye brow filler will be impressed by this user friendly product.
Please be warned , you will never leave your house without it on.

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil at Sephora 20.00

MAC Studio Fix Power Plus Foundation

The Summer is for the dewy completion, but the rest of the year, go matte. This two-in-one miracle covers imperfections with no added shine.

Mac Cosmetics 27.00

Sephora Collection Classic Red

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Time to put the pinks and nudes away, the bold lip comes back with vengeance the first sign of cooler weather. This color of all vixens is a must for any woman wanting to make her presence know this season. Or just wear it to bed? Either way, this cream lipstick is beyond.

Sephora 12.50

Essie Skirting the Issue

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One of my all time favorite Essie colors. Skirting the Issue is the perfect everyday dark mauvey/red/brownish color available. If I could only choose one nail polish for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Essie 8.50

Lush Dark Angels

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Use this coal black sugar scrub as a daily face wash or weekly mask. Either way, the unique formula exfoliates all the gunk and grime off you face leaving it baby soft. Coal has actually been proved to force out bacteria which may lead to acne.

Lush 31.95

Tanwise

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I know you may be wondering what a tanning lotion is doing on a list of Fall beauty products, but before you huff and puff, please let me explain. My greatest loss every Fall is the natural Summer-time glow from those long days of Sunshine. Tanwise’s natural hue allows you to keep the charade going, if only for a little while longer. Put some on when you start to long for those marathon beach days.

Sally Beauty Supply 9.00

Happy (almost) Fall.

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Feel the burn, my first experience in a tanning salon.

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Let me take a moment to fully express my shame. As an advocate for being skin cancer free, I never thought I would spend time, and a considerable amount of money, in a tanning salon. As a fair-skinned lady I have grown to love, or more likely accept, that I would never have a natural Jlo glow. Nope. Not me. I was destined for the more blotchy sunburned/ mildly darker look.

Of course I dabbled into the fear-inducing world of self tanner (June through August all my bath towels take on a light brown hue) and for the longest time that was enough. Enough until a few weeks ago when the harsh reality of 4 days in the Tennessee sun sent me into a panic. After MONTHS of snow and indoor entertainment, I was the fairest I’ve ever been. My first venture outside was going to be the most exposure I had ever had to the solar goddess. What would become of me?? So after much deliberation I decided it would be the responsible thing to gradually develop a base tan, making my milky complexion just a little more prepared for what was to come.

So here’s what happened.

Part 1: The Stakeout

After the decision to get tan was made I needed to find a salon in my area, this proved to be easier than expected. I found out there was a popular little salon in a shopping center right around the corner from my house. On the way back from the dry cleaners I stopped in for a preliminary check. The salon was well decorated and the young girl behind the counter seemed nice and offered a variation of suggestions based on my needs. I filled out a questionnaire which quizzed me on my skin and past medical treatments. The first thing I noticed was the prices, the bed I was recommended was $19 per session, go ahead and do the math, take deeps breaths as to avoid fainting. For those of you not in close proximity to a calculator, shit is expensive. Who knew so many people where spending hundreds of dollars a month on a faux glow?

Part 2: Virgin Huecides

The first time I actually used the salon I opted for 8 mins in the bed which was originally suggested. I made sure to let the girl know it was my first time and some instruction would be necessary. She led me into a private room which contained a tanning bed and a small stool for my belongings. On the bed was a towel shaped as a monkey and tanning goggles. She said I could wear as much or as little as I was comfortable with in the bed. For me that meant underwear and no bra. The thought of being butt naked just didn’t seem sanitary. Once I was comfortable, I needed to pull the top down and press a green button. They register the time at the front desk, so the bed automatically turns off after the 8 minutes is up. The first few moments of tanning required some composure, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in an illuminated coffin. After the initial moment of discomfort I relaxed. The bed did heat up quite a bit but the built in fan certainly helped a lot. After about 5 mins I started to get antsy, I hate the thought of burning, and paranoia was settling in. Just when I was contemplating an early escape the lights went out, it was over. I was pleased to see a barely noticeable deepening of my skin tone, after bidding farewell to that helpful employee I was already planning my next visit. I was almost certain I was now addicted and would probably end up looking like the tan mom.

The actual images of her were too horrible, Kristen Wig was the better alternative.

The actual images of her were too horrible, Kristen Wig was the better alternative.

Part 3: Get Cocky

Three days later I stopped in again, as a seasoned pro, I decided to try my luck with 10 minutes. This time around I was much more relaxed, I knew what to expect, and since I was already satisfied with the outcome, my burn-paranoia was nowhere to be found. After the time was up I again noticed a slight deepening, but as I went about my day I started experiencing some sensitivity on my chest and legs. After a close inspection I discovered some burning in certain (errr) sensitive areas, nothing too bad, but enough to make me reevaluate my decision. After an emergency conference with one of my good friends, we decided I got a little too ambitious. If 8 mins worked for me, then that’s where I will stay. She also suggested the indoor tanning lotions, which most places sell for an insane price.

No one looks like this, your ass sweats.

No one looks like this, your ass sweats.

Part 4: The Tannest of them all

I am waiting for the burned areas to calm down before I venture back in. This time for 8 mins and covered in protective lotions. I still crave that summer tan for Bonnaroo and I already spent too much $$$ to give up on it now. That being said, I know this will not be something I will continue with, health risks aside, being a chronic tanner is not cheap. One month of unlimited visits could easily cost $150 and up, and for that price I will stick to covering myself in Tanwise every other week.

Sally Beauty $10

Tanwise

Happy summer sunning.

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