The Fall Lip Edit

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It seems like the weather is clinging to summer for dear life here lately, but I've already started changing up my makeup and have been going full Fall Mode. The biggest change has been in lip products - I've gone from subtle pinks to more brown and berry tones. I still am reaching for the same types of formulas for everyday wear - normally with a bit of a sheen and on the sheer side.

T-B | Leo, Billie on the Bike, Bansar, Craving, Bond Girl, Liberator

T-B | Leo, Billie on the Bike, Bansar, Craving, Bond Girl, Liberator

My everyday favorite once the weather starts cooling down is definitely the Glossier Generation G in Leo. It's the perfect hint of brown, and it's sheer so it lets your natural lip shade come through a bit. On me this makes it look a little bit like a subtle brick red. I have all the shades of Generation G's, but if I had to get rid of them all and only keep one, I think it would be Leo. The next brown-ish shade that's a little stronger than Leo is the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar. Again, I have a whole handful of these NARS Lip Pencils, but Bansar is my favorite. It's the perfect mix of pink and brown, and the formula is lovely. It has a satin finish obviously, so it's not drying, and the subtle sheen makes the lips look fuller. I find it doesn't slide around on me, and it gradually fades evenly. For more special occasions, I go for the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl. This is more of a true matte formula, but it's still quite creamy and comfortable. Bond Girl is the best of both worlds here, being described as a "Brown Berry." It's a little neutral, and yet a little bold, which is exactly what I want from my fall look.

The berry shades I've been reaching for make more of a statement of course. The Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Liberator is the prettiest subtle berry shade. The formula of these is beautiful - so creamy and comfortable. They're a bit on the sheer side but can be built up to a more opaque color easily. Another buildable lipstick I can't stop wearing is the Rodin Olio Lusso Luxe Lipstick in Billie on the Bike. It's such a beautiful purple shade that makes your teeth look really white. On an everyday basis, I pat this on over a lip balm to sheer it out, and it makes the perfect stained color, like I've been eating blackberries or something. I'm definitely eyeing a few more shades of these (Red Hedy will be mine!). The most opaque of the berry tones I've been gravitating towards is the MAC Amplified Lipstick in Craving. As an Amplified formula, it's creamy and super pigmented. Despite not being a bold shade, it gives a bold look because of its opacity. The color is a stunning berry-toned pink that adds a bit of a plum vibe to any makeup look. This one is great for patting on over lip balm, too - it becomes a really complexion-brightening shade.

What are your lip picks for fall?


Five to Try

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These kinds of posts are some of my favorites to write - I just love discovering new products that I love and want to recommend. I'm happy about how much healthier my spending habits have been lately, but I still do miss trying new things all the time. 

Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream* | This month Glossier launched Body Hero, a duo of body care products to give you that "Glossier Glow" on the other 90% of your body. Buying the Duo saves you $5, but my favorite product of the two (and the standout for me) is the Daily Perfecting Cream. It's a rich, buttery texture - think Priming Moisturizer Rich, but in a tube - but it sinks in really quickly. It has the loveliest orange blossom neroli scent that isn't overpowering and stays close to the body, and it also has the teeniest bit of shimmer to give you a dewy glow. I used to only moisturize my legs after showering, but I love this stuff so much that I actually use it all over. You can get 20% off your first Glossier order through my rep link.

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Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip LuminizerAnother huge launch this month was that of Fenty Beauty - I tried a bunch of products from the line, and actually the standout to me has been the gloss. I love that she started with just one shade, and it really does seem universal. It's a warm rose nude with a bit of shimmer that looks just beautiful. It makes the lips look fuller without being too over the top, and the formula is comfortable and moisturizing rather than sticky. I love the scent too. You can read my thoughts on the other products I've tried in my Fenty Beauty Review.

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask* | I've heard so many great things about this mask over the years, so I was so excited when it was sent to me this month. I'm all about exfoliating masks to brighten my skin, so I knew my skin would love this. It's a smooth, creamy consistency that spreads over the skin easily, and it smells really citrus-y. It contains glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids to dissolve dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin. I love this one because it's not harsh on my skin - I can use it in the morning with no leftover redness, and it makes my skin super smooth.

Laneige Lip Sleeping MaskThis is another cult-favorite I finally got my hands on this month. My lips are a little weird and react to random lip balms, so it took me awhile to stray from my Balm Dotcom in the day/Bite Agave Lip Mask at night routine, but this one has fit in nicely and hasn't given me any reactions. It's not quite as thick or sticky as the Bite lip mask - it actually feels quite smooth and soft on the lips. It still manages to stick around all night, and I can still feel it on my lips when I wake up in the morning. I love that it smooths my lips so well overnight without even having to use a lip scrub. It's a great one for lazy nights when I just want to get in bed for sure. Plus, it smells like pink Starbursts (the best flavor), so you really can't go wrong.

Dr. Dana 9-Free Nail Color* | Along with curbing my spending, keeping up with gel manicures went out the window, so the new nail system by Dr. Dana has been perfect! My nails were in rough shape, but the Hydrating Base Coat* has really helped too. They've come out with a line of six shades, all created by strong women - a collection I can get behind. They're all beautiful colors, but my favorites have been Gayle (King), the perfect nude, Judy (Joo), a classic deep red, and TheSkimm, which is their bespoke blue shade. The polishes apply well and aren't streaky, and they have the BEST brush ever. It's so easy to apply to the nail quickly and neatly.

Have you tried anything new that you love lately?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information. This post contains affiliate links.


LaFlore Skincare | The Power of Probiotics

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This post contains sponsored content by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Do you ever feel like your skin maybe isn't fuctioning at its best? Maybe it's a little dull and lackluster, irritated, or just tired-looking. Making the switch to probiotic skincare could be the fix for you. LaFlore Skincare has just brought out a brand new 3-step skincare system that will help "train" the skin to take care of itself, leaving a glowing, bright complexion. The probiotics work to enhance the "good flora," or microbes that live on the skin, which strengthens their defenses so they're able to heal and and protect the skin. They really work to target skin dysfunction at its core. The best part is that once the good flora are restored, the skin can be permanently healthy. LaFlore Skincare uses only active biomolecules at clinical strengths as well as natural plant-based ingredients - it's all about balance. They use a variety of different probiotics to target different skin concerns and provide the skin with the nourishment it needs all day long. The line currently consists of three products: the Probiotic Cleanser, Serum Concentrate, and the Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer.

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LaFlore Probiotic Cleanser | This cleanser has a creamy consistency that works to gently exfoliate the skin as it cleanses. It contains Pineapple Extract to exfoliate, antimicrobial essential oils, Perilla Seed Oil for redness relief and for calming inflammation, and LaFlore's Probiotic Cocktail A for cell renewal and hydration. This cleanser left my skin feeling smooth and cleansed, but not stripped or tight. It feels slightly cooling on the skin, and I did notice a reduction in the redness in my skin quite quickly. This is meant to be used at night, applied to dry skin and rinsed off. It can also be applied to clean, dry skin and left on as a mask for about one minute. 

LaFlore Serum Concentrate | This is my favorite product from the line. It's a lightweight serum that packs a serious punch in terms of hydration and nourishment. It contains a lot of skin-loving ingredients like Aloe, Hemp Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, St. John's Oil, Avocado, Jojoba, Squalane, Beta Carotene and LaFlore's Probiotic Cocktail C. This really helped to soothe my skin and relieve redness, as well as keeping it nourished all night. It instantly gave a dewy glow to my skin and helped to brighten my skin over time.

LaFlore Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer | This moisturizer is more lightweight than what I'm used to, so I was really surprised just how moisturizing it was. It plumped up my skin and left it so smooth and even. It works to strengthen the skin's defenses against pollution and other common stressors, leading to healthier skin over time. It contains Aloe, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Bisabolol Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, and another Probiotic Cocktail (B). This keeps my skin nourished all day and creates a beautifully smooth canvas. It also subtly enhances the skin's glow with pearls.

One thing I love about the products is that the main ingredient in each of them is aloe, not water. This makes them so soothing and healing on the skin. The line is free from petrolatum, silicones, dimethicones, soy, gluten, mineral oil, parabens, and sulfates. They are plant-based, organic, and cruelty-free. After using the three products together for about a month, I've already seen great improvement in how my skin functions. It gets over breakouts more quickly, I haven't had much redness, and it doesn't dry out throughout the day. My skin's texture has also improved - the smoothness of my skin is one of the biggest changes I've seen.

You can get 20% off your purchase at laflore.com with the code PRIMP20.

Are you interested in this new line? Have you ever tried probiotic skincare before?


Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

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T-B | Absolute Strobe Light, Pure Strobe Light, Lucent Strobe Light

T-B | Absolute Strobe Light, Pure Strobe Light, Lucent Strobe Light

Hourglass always manages to draw me in with their holiday releases - I'm so surprised I managed to resist ordering their Ambient Lighting palette in the marble packaging last year, and this year, I was so close to getting the new rose gold one. But when the new Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette was released, I knew that was the one for me. I have a few blushes, a bronzer, and one of the original powders, so I don't really need the whole edit. But a palette of three beautiful highlighters in a brand new formula? Color me intrigued.

The Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette builds on their popular Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders and contains three unique shades in a new, more intense formula. The three new shades are Absolute Strobe Light, a rosy champagne, Pure Strobe Light, a white gold, and Lucent Strobe Light, a copper-y bronze shade.

The new Metallic Strobe formula gives a more brilliant finish than the original Strobe powders on the skin. The powders themselves feel like literal velvet - so smooth and soft. They kick up a little bit of powder when you swirl a brush in them, but it's nothing major. They smooth over the skin beautifully and give a dewy-looking sheen. They really do mimic the look of a cream. For this reason, they've been amazing for layering over cream products to ensure a longer-lasting highlight. They can be applied with a light hand for a sheer, more subtle finish, or they can be built up to an intense metallic sheen. Although intense, they do not appear glittery or powdery on the skin. I don't have too much texture on my cheeks, but I haven't noticed these emphasizing pores or texture.

My favorite way to wear all three shades is by mixing Absolute and Pure for a more neutral champagne sheen on my cheekbones and on the inner corners of my eyes, and then I've been using Lucent as an eyeshadow - all three shades are truly stunning. I really hope they release this formula in singles, as it's quickly become a favorite, along with the Ambient Lighting Blushes.  If you're a highlighter fiend like me, I'd definitely recommend picking this up before it's gone!

Have you tried any of this year's holiday releases from Hourglass?


Glossier Body Hero | Review + Discount

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Whenever Glossier comes out with a new product, you know I have to review it. Just last week, Glossier launched Body Hero, a duo of two bodycare products - think of it like the Phase 3 set. The new products are the Daily Oil Wash, an oil-based body wash, and the Daily Perfecting Cream, a rich and luxurious body cream. The products are fantastic, of course, but I also am so in love with the Body Hero campaign. It's so refreshing to see such a diverse group of women featured, and the message is empowering. You are a Body Hero, and you're beautiful the way you are. 

Onto the products, after using them just once, I immediately ordered backups. The Daily Oil Wash reminds me a bit of the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - it's a thick, "cushion-y" oil that gently froths up when it comes in contact with water. It spreads easily over the body, so I find I need about the same amount as any other body wash - a pump for both arms, a pump for my torso, one for my legs, and one for my back. It rinses away completely without leaving a film on the skin, but it does leave a lovely, moisturized feeling. A lot of body washes I've tried really strip my skin (which then leads to breakouts on my back), but I've noticed since this one is nice and moisturizing, I haven't been breaking out as much.

The Daily Perfecting Cream is probably my favorite product of the two. It has a rich, buttery texture, quite like the Priming Moisturizer Rich, but it sinks into the skin amazingly fast. I normally skip out on moisturizing my body aside from my legs because I just can't stand the sticky feeling, but I've actually been using this all over. In the winter I might have to pair it with a body oil on my legs (because they're just next-level dry), but for the rest of my body, it gives the perfect amount of hydration. It also contains a teeny tiny bit of shimmer to give the skin a beautiful dewy look - so now you can have that Glossier Glow all over your body.

Let's talk about the scent: amazing. It's a subtle orange blossom and neroli scent - I'm terrible at describing scents, but it's gentle, earthy, and fresh all at once. It reminds me of a scent that might be used in baby products. The scent is stronger in the Daily Oil Wash than it is in the Daily Perfecting Cream, and I feel like I notice a slight increase in sweetness in the scent of the cream. The scent stays close to the skin and dissipates over the course of the day - I can really only smell it if I press my nose to my skin for the first few hours.

You can get the Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream separately or as a Duo - you save $5 with the duo, and you'll get free shipping too. You can shop through my rep link at glossier.com/reps/kelsey for 20% off your first order - orders through my link make it possible for me to be sent the new products early, so I'm always so grateful for your support. I also make a small commission on orders through my link, so if that makes you uncomfortable, feel free to just shop through Glossier's website.

Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information. This post contains affiliate links.


Fenty Beauty Review | Pro Filt'r Foundation, Match Stix, Killawatt, Gloss Bomb

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Ok, I fell for the hype hard. I wasn't even planning on getting anything from Fenty Beauty, but when it launched, I realized how beautiful everything looked, how well it seemed to fit with my own makeup goals, and how it wouldn't be a scramble to look around on the website and get something before everything sold out. I wanted to get a good representation of the line for the purpose of a review, and I made sure to stick to products I'd still actually use. I don't always listen to Rihanna's music, but I'm a big fan of her as a person, so I was super excited to see what she'd bring out. I love seeing how involved she was in the process, and it seemed like a true passion project rather than a celebrity money-grab. 

Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear FoundationI've been on the glossy, dewy train for so long that I was starting to think I needed just one foundation in my collection that wasn't. I was going to go for the Milk Makeup one, but then this dropped and I had to have it. I was nervous at first because my skin is quite dry, but oh my goodness I'm obsessed with this foundation. I do have to make sure my skin is prepped properly to prevent it catching on any dryness, but I find that a layer of Glossier Priming Moisturizer mixed with a drop or two of rosehip oil makes a perfect base. When first applied, it doesn't look great. But as it sits on the skin, it transforms to such a beautiful finish. It lets the perfect amount of my natural oils through and looks velvety and luminous after just an hour. It continues looking lovely on the skin for such a long time - usually my skin drinks up foundations within a few hours, but this one lasts all day (around 8-10 hours). I did end up getting a shade that's too light, but the undertone is spot on. I can make it work with light coverage, but I think I'm going to order another shade at some point for mixing so I can build it up more. Also, it's amazing to see so many different shades included, especially in an initial launch. It's been so nice to see people online and in Sephora so excited to see a shade they can actually use. Rihanna really paid attention to undertones as well as bringing out actual wearable deeper shades, something I hope the rest of the beauty world sees and follows suit.

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Full Bodied Foundation Brush 110I picked up the brush to go along with the foundation because I couldn't get over how beautiful it looked. It's quite soft and dense, and it's a bit of a hybrid between an old-school paddle foundation brush and a buffing brush. It's a similar shape to the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, actually, which is one of my favorites. This brush really gives a flawless, high coverage finish. I'm not used to applying my base with a brush so I do tend to go over it with a damp sponge once applied, but I can definitely still see myself using this brush for foundation application and perhaps blending out contour. I'm super intrigued by the highlight brush as well - if you've tried it, let me know!

Match Stix Matte & Shimmer Skinsticks, 'Amber' & 'Starstruck' | I thought these were going to be the stand out products for me from the line, seeing as I love anything in stick form. The contour shade (Amber) is beautiful and perfect for my skintone - it's quite an ashy brown, and it creates such a natural-looking shadow. Both shades are drier than I was expecting, but Amber has a bit of a silicone "slippy" feel that makes it super easy to blend. It doesn't break me out, either. Starstruck is a beautiful pink champagne with lots of silver shimmer, but I find it's a bit too dry to use on my cheekbones - I have a hard time getting it to blend out without dragging glitter all over my face. I do love it on my eyelids and inner corners though, and the dry texture lends itself well there - it doesn't move around at all.

T-B | Girl Next Door, Chic Phreak, Starstruck, Amber, Fenty Glow

T-B | Girl Next Door, Chic Phreak, Starstruck, Amber, Fenty Glow

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, 'Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak' | I think I was most drawn to these beauties out of everything that was released. I love the packaging, and the idea of having a duo of subtle and intense highlighters really appealed to me. I got the Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak shade thinking the pink-toned shades would work well on my cheeks as well as eyes, but these are actually less pigmented than I thought they'd be. Rather than showing up super pink like they do in the pan, they give the skin more of a sheen without color. This isn't a bad thing at all - it's one of my new favorite highlighters for sure. The more subtle side (Girl Next Door) looks just like a cream product on the skin, so it'll be one I reach for when I want something more longlasting than a cream, but still want the cream look.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, 'Fenty Glow' | I've been super into glossy lips lately, and this one stole the show and is definitely my favorite product out of everything I got. It's a lightweight, comfortable formula that isn't sticky, gloopy, or runny. The shade is a lovely warm rose nude with a bit of golden shimmer, and it really seems like it would be a flattering shade on anyone. It lasts well throughout the day, even after eating and drinking. I love the scent (it's fruity and reminds me of something from my childhood), but I wish it faded more quickly. I do love that it makes my lips look a little more pouty and full, without even having to line/overline them.

Overall I'm quite impressed with the products I picked up, and I can't wait to see what's in store for Fenty Beauty next.

Did you pick anything up when they launched?