DRESSING FOR FALL FUN!

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The cool, crisp air of fall along with the changing shades of falling leaves all signal the beginning of the holiday season. I can’t even believe that it is only 1 week away from Halloween, crazy!. We thought this would be the perfect week to treat you to some of our ideas for maximizing fall fun, while at the same time giving you some tricks for staying stylish during every activity. Take a look at some of our favorite Autumn activities and how you can dress the part for every occasion.

VISIT A FALL FESTIVAL 

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Fall festivals are always a fun way to expose yourself to some down home, local flavor and an excellent excuse to indulge in those carbohydrate rich treats we do not allow ourselves anywhere else; can you say funnel cakes and deep fried oreo’s? When venturing into a haunted house, perusing a pumpkin patch, or opting for amusement park pandemonium one thing is for sure; comfort is key. You can’t go wrong in a chic pair of skinnies, a cozy sweater, and ankle boots to keep you warm, also this outfit makes it easy to outrun any ghosts or ghouls that may cross your path.

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Leggings will suit you just as well with your oversized sweater and cozy scarf.

Check out our favorite jeans and leggings to keep you warm AND stylish:
Pascalla Ultra Suede Black Leggings
Jepson Black Leggings Black Leggings
Nico Black Skinny Jeans

 HOST YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Boo! Make your own fun by hosting your own Halloween party. Check out our favorite Halloween Snacks you can easily create at home and don your favorite black dress for a “hauntingly” good time! Entertain your guests by creating your own haunted house, or settle in for a “scary movie” night. Some of our favorites are “Scream,” “The Shining,” or the classic thriller “Psycho.”

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Click below to start shopping our favorite black dress styles you can use. Just accessorize with a “witch” hat and black tights, and you’ll be the perfect “haunted” hostess.

“Witch” Black Dress styles:
“Cinderella” A Line Black Dress
“Urban Fancy” Black Knit Dress
“Flutter” Black Silk Dress

ENJOY FALL’S COLORS ON A CRISP WALK

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Don’t let the Season pass you by. Get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful colors around you. Go for a hike, get a little exercise, and break for the perfect picnic.

No need to forgo fashion and dress up like a lumber jack! The key to keeping warm is to layer. Why not try a jogger pant, paired with a long sleeved shirt and vest, and comfy hiking sneakers to keep you fit and free. Check out our other favorite hiking options below:

Our other top hiking choices:
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Black Leggings
“Roxanne” Brown and Black Stretch Leggings
“Rylie” Black Satin Jogger Pant

BAKE EVERYTHING PUMPKIN

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Now is the time to bake everything pumpkin. From breads, to pies, to cookies, to candy, to coffee, pumpkin is IN. We love The Bitter Side Of Sweet’s pumpkin popcorn balls. They’re perfect for children and adults this season.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups popcorn
1 (8 oz.) bag pumpkin spice marshmallows
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans.

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INSTRUCTIONS

In a large microwavable bowl. Melt marshmallows for 1 minute on high.
Stir. Then add in cinnamon and stir again.
Add in popcorn and stir.
Coat hands with cooking spray or butter and roll popcorn into balls.
Sprinkle with pecans and ENJOY!

 

TAILGATE YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM

It’s the season to vote on your favorite team. Pack up a stash of goodies and tailgate your favorite football team. What to wear? We’ve got you covered. How about a chic little dress paired with a denim vest and your favorite comfy booties.

Get the look here:
“Sandra” Long Sleeve printed Dress
GAP “Icon” Denim Jacket
Lucky Brand “Honey” Bootie

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However you dress this week, remember we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

 

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FALL INTO SIMPLE HEALTHY HABITS FOR BODY AND HOME

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Just as spring is a time for rebirth, autumn is also considered a transitional season. The weather turns brisk, the leaves on the trees change from dull brown to a firestorm of color,  and darkness settles in a little earlier. For many, it is a favorite time of year, but for others, it can be a trigger to falling off the health and fitness wagon. After all, how can you be expected to ignore pumpkin spice lattes? The key is to set goals BEFORE the new year, not over a drink as the clock strikes midnight.
“Fall … is a great time to start a (health and) fitness program because you’re going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months,” says Justin Price, owner of Biomechanics a personal training and wellness facility in San Diego.
Not only is Fall a good time to plan a strategic exercise regime, but also to change your summer skin care, eating habits, and stress management. Take a look at our four most important “wellness” points you can focus on this Season to help keep you energized, healthy, and happy.

TASTY & TRIM

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It’s so hard to resist those spicy pumpkin lattes or warm delicious hot cocoas. Well, you can still enjoy your favorite cold weather beverage. Our helpful tips when you are out:
(1) Use milk (3% milk fat) rather than the heftier half-and-half (18% milk fat)
(2) Opt for the “skinny” version, made with skim milk rather than whole
(3) Forgo the calorie rich whipped cream
(4) Order a small, rather than large

Or, make your own at home with our favorite low-cal pumpkin spice latte recipe:
You need:
1½ cups unsweetened cashew milk or other non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 teaspoons regular vanilla
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 pack Starbucks VIA instant coffee (or favorite brand)

Directions:
(1) Place cashew milk, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin a small saucepan and bring to a simmer
(2) Stir in instant coffee
(3) Transfer to a mug and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

CLEAN HEALTHY MEALS

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While we all look forward to Halloween’s scrumptious candies and the holidays’ luscious turkey, ham, and pumpkin pie, there is a way you can still indulge yet stay trim throughout the entire Season. The key is to not deprive yourself so much that you overcompensate later. We like model Gigi Hadid’s motto: “Eat clean to stay fit, eat a burger to stay sane.”
On your regular days, start with a small healthy breakfast like whole grain oatmeal, fruit, eggs, or cereal to kick start your metabolism. Curb your mid-day slump with a healthy salad of greens and protein. Finish the day off with a light dinner of chicken or fish, and vegetables. Maintain this daily routine on normal days.

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When you are out on the town, no need to sacrifice your regime. You can still order your favorites, just order dressings on the side, limit heavy breads, opt for lean meats or salads, and stay hydrated with water. Spending a little extra time on what you eat throughout your normal routine, means you can indulge a little on the special days without “falling off the bandwagon.”

KEEPING SKIN CLEAN

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As the warmth of summer’s sun fades and we go into the “hibernation” Season, sometimes our skin takes a backseat to the busy-ness of Fall’s activities. With the crisp cool air, skin can easily lose moisture so it is vital to change your daily skin care regime. Take a look at some of our favorite tips from top designers and dermatologists.

AT HOME EYE REMEDIES

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The simplest way to look energetic throughout this busy time of year is to keep your peeps bright and alert. While a comforting facial is always beneficial, we don’t always have the time in our busy schedules. The easiest way to stay fresh is with a quick at-home eye treatment right before you go to bed, or just when you wake up. In addition to reducing salt, hydrating with water, and preventing allergens, these are our favorite “quick tips:”

(1)  CUCUMBERS (containing antioxidants and flavonoids): Place a cool slice on each eye and take a rest for 30 minutes. Afterward you’ll feel nice and refreshed.
(2) RAW POTATO SLICES: They stay cool longer and contain an astringent that helps remove the water from under the eyes. Lay over the eyes and reap the benefits.
(3) WITCH HAZEL: Chill witch hazel (a well-known astringent to reduce swelling and redness) and apply a bit to cotton pad; let sit on closed eyes for 5 minutes.
(4) COLD WATER: Refresh your face with a cool water wash first thing in the morning. If your eyes feel extra puffy, dip a washcloth in cold water, squeeze out excess and lay over eyes.

NEW SKIN CARE REGIME

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With the fluctuating weather, it is extra important to slough off dead cells and keep skin hydrated against the Season’s uneven temperatures. Make sure you lather up with an additional amount of non-comedogenic hydration. Instead of relying on chemical ridden products, why not make your own easy nourishing face and body scrub at home to use throughout the Fall months ahead:
DIRECTIONS:
In a small bowl mix: One tablespoon of brown sugar
A generous squeeze of honey
A teaspoon of olive oil
Mix until one paste. After removing any makeup, massage this concoction all over your face for a minute or so and then rinse with warm water. (Make a larger quantity for full body exfoliation).

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SIMPLIFIED FALL MAKE-UP IDEAS

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With the new Season comes new beauty trends. Even though the leaves turn darker and the nights come sooner, that doesn’t mean that make-up must follow. This year, counterbalance warmer colors with a fresh-faced, simple make-up care routine you’ll sure to appreciate, especially on those busy days.

Click her to check out this quick “how to” on daily make-up you can start today:
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And when you DO feel like dressing up a bit, just swipe on this Season’s most glamorous lip colors in power reds, 90’s browns, or liquid berry.

BE CALM AND REJUVENATE

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During the hectic Season, take a little time to calm, cleanse, and rejuvenate. Our favorite way is through aromatherapy, the most natural way to release stress. The methods of use are what makes aromatherapy one of the most beautiful and indulgent of all the complementary therapies. From vaporizing, to massage, to bathing, to foot baths, there are so many ways to enjoy the captivating aromas of our pure essential oils.

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Our favorite way to relax is vaporisation, the most popular and versatile method of use in Aromatherapy. Once the particles are inhaled, the essential oil vapors may alter moods and balance emotions within seconds.

How to:
Fill your vaporiser with water to the level indicated. Add 6-9 drops in total of pure essential oils to the water and light the candle at the base of a Ceramic Vaporiser or switch on your Electric or Ultra Sonic Vaporiser.

Don’t stop with just your home. You can stay calm throughout the day in your car with lemon infused oils to reduce anxiety and stress or revive during the mid-afternoon  slump with coffee or cinnamon reviving scents.

And finally, end the day in peace with a indulgent warm bath. Bathing is the most beautiful and nurturing method of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. All the senses are engaged in this practice and the mind and body are totally relaxed as the pure essential oils enter the body.

How to:
Add 3 drops in total of chosen oils like Rose or Lavender to one teaspoon of Sweet Almond Massage Base Oil and disperse into bath water. Agitate the surface of the bath and then immerse body and relax for 10 minutes.

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SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS CREATE LIFETIME MEMORIES

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The year would not be complete without the celebrations that fill the Season, creating pockets of joy to last a lifetime. No need for extravagance; let nature take over and provide the perfect backdrop for your Fall party. Whether you are planning a Halloween masquerade, gearing up for Thanksgiving, or hosting a casual get-together, go simple this Season.

Fill a glass urn with pine cones and colorful leaves from the back yard or make a centerpiece with pumpkins from your local pumpkin patch. Enhance your house with cinnamon essential oils for a calm environment, and add a couple of plaid throw blankets over chairs. If the weather permits, end your party with an old fashioned marshmallow roasting and snuggle into your warm blankets for an entertaining evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

Added bonus, hosting your own gathering means you get to pull out your favorite party wear, and stay cozy and warm without having to step foot out of the door. Make it easy on yourself by having guests bring their favorite Fall goodies, and stir together a simple apple cider that young and old alike can enjoy.

Check out our favorite Fall party wear to try:
“Sparkling” Black Sequin Pullover Sweater
“Pullover” Pale Blue Knit Sweater
“Miranda” Novelty Floral Lace Crochet Sweater

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In this hectic time year, you can find ways to detox and decompress throughout your daily activities. Whether you opt for a “skinny” latte, relax with a natural scrub, overhaul your makeup routine, or calm with essential oils, enter the Season refreshed and revived rather than tired and stressed. Look for ways to get out and enjoy the fresh crisp air and the colorful changes in nature, inspiring you to try a few new things this Fall. Comment below and let us know which refreshing ideas appeal to you!

Remember no matter what we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

FALL STYLE: TOP HAIR, MAKEUP, COLOR, AND ACCESSORY TRENDS

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October has begun and the Fall Season is underway, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about changing our beauty routines and styles to reflect the cooler temperatures. With this time of the year’s crisper weather and chillier air, it’s time to invest in a beauty regime that will nourish the skin and enhance the Autumn Season. We’ve selected our favorite hair, make-up, color and accessory trends with different ways to implement the styles to suit your personality and taste. Peruse our top picks below and try something new this Fall.

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MINIMALIST

Fall is all about expressing your unique style and individuality. Bend the rules this Season and go with the flow. No need for flashy accessories or overdone color. This Season look for understated jewelry, classic handbags, natural makeup, “undone” hair, and a simple wardrobe. Start your Fall beauty regime each day with Ren’s global protection day cream, formulated to protect skin against the environment’s harmful elements. Build a classic natural face with Bare Minerals’ tinted hydrating creamTartelette’s Amazonian Clay Matte eyeshadow, free of harmful chemicals, and finish with Bite Beauty’s all natural cinnamon plumping lip oil. Accessorize your Fall wardrobe with classic family vintage pieces, meaningful to you. Or help support creative artists around the world by shopping unique and handmade items on Etsy. We especially like the brass dagger necklace from Natura Metallum or the minimalist black leather handbag from LimorGalili. Wind down your day with natural face and body products from Edel Beauty Shop for your own little at home “spa” treatment. If simple, clean, classic beauty is your style, this is your Season to shine.

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70’S FRINGE

As mentioned in our previous blogs, 70’s Boho fringe is here to stay. Look for fringe on jackets, handbags, ankle boots, blouses, skirts, and even jewelry. You can take the look further and update your “do” with a 70’s shag haircut and fringe bangs, one of this Season’s top trending hairstyles. Start your “Boho” look with Hale Bob’s orange short sleeve shirt with fringe, AC Collection’s flare jeans, Topshop’s floppy wool hat, and fringe leather handbag from Rebecca Minkoff. Accessorize your style with unique feather fringe earrings from designer Fiona Paxton or a metal fringe leather cuff from Cynthia Desser. Carry your “Boho” look into the evening hours with BCBGMAXAZARIA’s elegant gold fringe collar necklace paired with the Henna embossed fringe and leather  clutch. However you choose to style, be sure to include a little “Boho” fringe into your wardrobe collection this Fall.

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MARSALA

It’s wine with everything this Fall. Named the Pantone 2015 color of the year, “Marsala” is this Season’s most popular Autumn hue. From Monique Lhuillier to Rebecca Minkoff to Oscar de la Renta, the runways were buzzing with this color of choice for Fall fashion. Not only can you add a “Marsala” top or skirt to your wardrobe collection, but also look for the color in makeup and beauty trends. The next time you go for a mani/pedi, go with the look and ask for Butter London’s “Afters Patent Shine” nail lacquer. Or try a natural, “minimalist” makeup paired with a bright “Marsala” colored lipstick from Bobbi Brown. Looking for a hair color change? Ask your stylist about incorporating a hint of “Marsala” highlights to your natural color or take the plunge and go for an all over dye. Subtle or bold, be sure to include 2015’s color of the year to your beauty style.

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JEWEL TONES

A second color trend for Fall 2015 is bright jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, and ruby red. From Balmain to Altuzarra to Michael Kors, jewel tones glittered down the runways this Season. Now is the time to bring out your favorite blue sapphire ring or deep ruby earrings to sparkle in style. Accessorize your Fall wardrobe with a classic Dooney & Burke emerald green bucket handbag, Hale Bob’s purple printed silk scarf, or Calvin Klein’s red ankle boots for a splash of color at the office. Spruce up your Fall evening wear by treating yourself to a ruby bracelet from Kay Jewelers or create your own gemstone necklace with your choice of favorite jewels. Switch up your mani and go with Opi’s NEW Fall 2015 Venice Collection of jewel toned nail lacquers from crimson red to deep purple to blue sapphire. Don’t be afraid to live bold and bright this Fall and Winter Season.

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BLUSH PINK

A third favorite color trend for Fall 2015 is soft, blush pink. In contrast to bright “Marsala” and bold jewel tones, powder pink is the perfect counterbalance. Incorporate the look into your daily beauty routine with Too Faced’s “Boudoir Eyes” eyeshadow in soft pinks, a sweep of Nars‘ iconic glittery pink blush, and Dior’s Addict luscious pink lip polish. Brighten up the dreariest days ahead with Liberty Garden’s new powder pink pleated sweatshirt paired with Hale Bob’s ivory suede leggings and powder pink ballerina flats from Tod’s. If pink is a little too “girly” for your taste, try accessorizing with a Saint Laurent mini “Paris” clutch, delicate tourmaline stud earrings from Anthropologie, or a warm scarf from Missoni.

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ANKLE BOOTIES

If you only add one new piece to your wardrobe collection this Fall, choose the ankle boot. From wedge, to fringe, to oxford, to fur trimmed, to vintage, the ankle bootie is your “go to” shoe of the Season. With just the right accessories and style, your ankle boots are versatile enough to take you from work to play to cocktail hour. Try Calvin Klein’s “Charlaine” wedge ankle boot for classic style and all day comfort. Go “Boho” with Steve Madden’s fringe suede “Countryy” pointy toe booties or vintage with Phillip Lim’s “Harleth” lace-up bootie. One of the newest styles to hit the runways this year is the Loafer bootie. We loved Opening Ceremony’s marbleized loafer booties on the runways from Fall Fashion Week 2015. Get a similar look with the “Zan” black leather loafer bootie from Opening Ceremony at Nordstrom or go with Tod’s slip on loafer boot with trending “Marsala” ombre color. There are a variety of patterns, colors, and shapes to choose from as you shop your favorite ankle boot style.

Fall hair, makeup and accessories

Which will you choose to try this Season? A new shag haircut or a sapphire  blue manicure? A blush pink clutch or ankle booties? “Marsala” lip color or fresh faced look? With Fall’s variety of hairstyle, make-up, and color choices, anything goes this year. Be bold. Try one of our top selections this Season and modify to suit your style. Be your own fashion stylist and live everyday being you, being fabulous and always being feminine.

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FALL 2014 MAKEUP TRENDS

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Get ready for the cooler months with our take on this season’s most popular Fall Makeup Trends for 2014. From fresh, natural skin to theatrically dramatic eyeliner to multi-colored eyeshadow, designers kept us guessing this year on the runways. This season, be bold and  try one of these fashionable Fall Makeup trends.

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This Fall 2014, designers like Narciso Rodriguez, Valentino, and Givenchy went for a clean, natural Fall Makeup Trend, contrasting the intricate Fall fashion designs. To get the fresh face, natural look pictured from Hale Bob, try Bobbi Brown luminous foundation, Nars tinted blush, Votre Vu chocolat pencil eyeliner, and Rihanna’s NEW Viva Glam neutral lipstick from MAC.

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This season, designers went with neutral beige and soft browns for an updated take on the “smoky eye” for Fall Makeup 2014. Try this “smoky eye” look on your next night on the town with just launched Make-Up Forever’s NEW  Artist’s Palette in soft browns and jewel tones perfect for Fall Makeup 2014,  or the tried and true Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. Complete the “smoky eye” look with Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara for a glamorous Fall 2014.

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Celebs like Kate Hudson, Kourtney Kardashian, and Jessica Alba all were spotted recently sporting the Fall Makeup Trend of bold red lips. This season, designers from Rebecca Minkoff to Max Mara to Ralph Lauren paired the bold red lip with minimal, natural face makeup and purple accent colors. Don’t miss NARS Cosmetics debut of The Audacious Lipstick Collection for this Fall 2014 in 40 shades of berry and red.

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DRAMATIC EYELINER

From NYC to Paris, the runways went hot with dramatic bold eyeliner. From the 60’s cat eye, to bold “Punk Rock,” to futuristic designs, the dark bold eyeliner is back in a big way. Designers for Fall  Makeup 2014 paired the dramatic eyes with clean, bare face, and neutral lip for a fresh approach. Go bold this Fall 2014 and try the look with YSL’s Eyeliner Baby Doll.

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SILVER METALLIC EYES

The Runway went for a “futuristic” look for Fall Makeup 2014 with silver and gold metallic eyeshadows. Make-up designers everywhere are debuting new metallic shades which feature light enhancing pigments for a multi-dimensional eye. Just debuting for Fall 2014, check out Chanel’s NEW Les 4 Ombres, Too Faced Cat Eyes Eye Collection, or Smashbox’s Travel Size Full Exposure Palette for your holiday travels.

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THICK DEFINED BROWS

Model sensation Cara Delevingne raised eyebrows on the catwalk this Fall 2014 with thick, defined eyebrows at Burberry, Topshop, and Matthew Williamson shows. To achieve this Fall Makeup Trend, start by shaping and plucking brows, then follow with Tom Ford’s Beauty Brow Sculptor, Anastasia’s Brow Duality Highlighter, and finish with Nars’ Brow Gel. Fluff the natural shape of your brows, and taper to a fine point to achieve Fall 2014’s natural, fresh face look.

7bcc5fe76dfa421f81a145149e6c771bFrom bold brows, to defined eyes, to metallic colors, Fall Makeup 2014 definitely screams “bigger is better.” Designers redefined the 60’s “cat eye,” the 70’s natural look, the 80’s silver and blue metallics, and the 90’s “Punk Rocker” and combined with a bare, natural face for a fresh take on the Makeup Trends of past decades. Be Bold. Be You. And try one of these fabulous Fall Makeup  Trends this season.