We’re still in between seasons, but my skin has already started to feel the force of fall!
I have a love-hate relationship with this time of year… As F Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” – something about the air and changing leaves send quivers through my body, but that means my skin suffers a little – it just needs more loving. Light-weight moisturizers, ordinary concealers, and powders simply won’t do. My skin becomes excessively dry, sucking up any ounce of hydration that grazes it, so I’m really grateful to have foraged through many products as of late. I think I’ve nailed down a really great edit in preparation for the colder months and wanted to share my updated beauty rotation.
To start, I’ll for sure be on this gentle two-step cleansing routine and then follow up with the below…
I really love exfoliating toners, but they’re not practical as soon as fall barges in. Although it took me a while to finally discover this Lancome toner, it’s become such a life-changer that I use it 6 months out of a year. It’s a thicker, gel-like consistency that doesn’t absorb into a cotton pad immediately. However, as you rub it across your face, it melts into the skin, removing excess dirt and grit gently. It also smoothes out any dry patches (which I get quite a lot of) and mitigates any sensitivity I get from the cold.
Tatcha continues to amaze me over and over. This serum concentrate is so unique – it’s got a pudding/jello situation going and even requires you to use a little spatula to get the product out. But I’m not complaining… At first, it seems like it just sits on top of your skin, but by morning, it’s fully absorbed and your skin will be much softer and appear more radiant.
The area under my eye gets ridiculously dry to the point where wearing concealer feels like a crime! In the summer, I can get away with almost any eye cream, but now’s about time I start treading carefully. The only eye creams that have given me the moisture I need are from Lancome. Without them, I don’t think I’d dare wear makeup in the winter…
Moisturizers are usually hit or miss for me, and this one (again) by Tatcha was a hit! It feels really light-weight on the hand, so I was expecting to be disappointed, but the reverse happened. Don’t you love when that happens? When applied, this product feels really velvety and keeps my skin silky and smooth.
This is the first foundation I ever bought, and for the most part, I still love it as much as I did then. When I’m needing a tad more coverage, but still want to appear dewy, this is the foundation I reach for. It isn’t the most hydrating, but if your moisturizer and primer are on point, you’ll have no problem. My favorite thing about it is that it looks like skin – a little more and certainly nothing less.
I’m sure you remember me advocating 2 concealers – a heavy duty + highlighting one; however, I shy away from this as much as possible in the winter. This Charlotte Tilbury highlighting concealer has become the best thing for me. Don’t expect it to mask your blemishes or hyper pigmentation, but it will blur out redness and, most importantly, brighten up your complexion and reduce the appearance of dark circles. It doesn’t accentuate any dryness and just makes me look really luminous.
I’m notorious for neglecting my hair, but ever since I’ve got it colored, I’ve become more attentive to it. I’ve used this Marula Oil hair mask for almost a month now and I’m happy with the results. I feel like it reverses all the damage from heat products and color treatment instantly. My hair feels much softer and healthier after each treatment (I use it 2x per week). I also feel better about blow drying my hair as often as I do knowing this sits on my top shelf!