Fall Beauty - Feeling Strong With Easy Makeup

start with your skin

Oh my.  It's fall.  I'm not sure why...

The turning of the fall season always feels more impactful for me than all the rest.

In the past, I've welcomed the cooler temperatures and shorter days with a happy sense of chaos.  

I mindlessly moved through the seasons, and it always felt as though time was moving too quickly. 

While I do find myself joyfully entrenched in the change of this particular season, I've definitely felt a pang in my gut this year with the ending of summer.

It was - after all - the first summer in five years I spent actually enjoying myself.


My days are really awesome right now.

I feel lucky because I get to spend most of my time working on my business and on my craft - on the things I absolutely love - and I know it's not always going to be like this.  

I know I'll have periods of my life where things are more busy and less about me - so I don't think there's anything wrong with being hyper-aware of my solitary and present opportunities. 

I am just trying to enjoy them.

A big part of my sense of self-nourishment right now is definitely my skincare routine.

It's become pretty indulgent...


That's also because the more I develop this blog, the more I realize my tool for communicating strength and positivity might just be my personal outlook on beauty and my resulting work in the industry.

Our skin is our biggest organ.  

Yes, that's true. 

It also happens to be our biggest protector.

In the past, I was under the impression that I took pretty good care of my skin.  

That meant I washed my face about three times a week and only casually removed my makeup in the evenings.  It meant that I barely listened to my body.  I didn't consider my skin to be my biggest indicator of my overall internal health.

It meant that I told myself a really good story about my skincare habits.  And a good story of how I took care of myself in general.

What I didn't do was practice any rituals of any kind, and it affected my skin negatively.  When I am consistent with my routines, my skin is much different than when I yo-yo.

The biggest changes I've made that have improved the overall condition of my skin have had very little to do with the products I put on my face - although good products definitely do help!

The two biggest culprits for me were food and alcohol.


Once I started eating a clean diet and drinking very little - especially wine - I began to notice how my skin communicates with me.  Anything that aids in creating inflammation makes my skin terribly unhappy, and I learned that you have to listen very carefully to your body. 

By all means, find the right anti-aging cream.  Find the right serum and the right moisturizer and the right mask.  Find all the healthy beauty products in the world.

In fact, I'll be the first one in line to help you do just that.

Just do me a favour and understand two things first... 


Your skin is your biggest communicator.  

It will clearly, consistently and forcefully narrate the story of how you treat yourself.  



We do the most damage to ourselves internally - with our triggers.

You have to scare away the ghosts of your bad habits with the ghosts of your good ones.

You can't eat healthy twice a week and expect to see results - and if you haven't made the connection between what you're doing to yourself on the inside and what you're dealing with on the outside, you must.  

Like, now would be preferable. 

That doesn't mean you can't drink a glass of wine here and there.  It just means you have to outweigh the good with the bad.  And I guess that goes for everything in life.

From my experience, it takes a lot of failed attempts to make good habits stick.


What products am I obsessed with right now?

For me, fall means pre-emptive healing.

I want to treat my skin with kid gloves so I can smoothly make the transition from hot sun to cold wind. 

I have really dry, sensitive, reactive skin.

Right now - as always - I love Viva Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  

There is just no serum like it.

My only wish is that Viva Organics would change the packaging of this serum.  The dropper creates waste and it hurts just a little more than usual, because this product is THAT good.  

You don't want to waste any.  


Not only that, but every person I've ever recommended this serum to has eventually told me the sad story of being slightly clumsy with the dropper and tipping over the entire bottle.

I can't even describe to you the pain of losing half a bottle of hyaluronic acid serum.

It just hurts too much!

I'm also obsessed with Zorah Biorganic's STRUCTURE serum - which I am using at night before applying my moisturizer.  I'm going to be blogging about this product at length in an upcoming post but essentially, it stimulates collagen and elastin  production overnight to repair damaged skin - and the results are intense.

Speaking of moisturizer, I am obsessed - and I say this with all seriousness - with Lalogy’s The Hangover cream.  It arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and I literally have used it every single day since.  It balances my skin so beautifully... It is also the perfect morning moisturizer for daily makeup wear because it has a yellow base.  

I am writing an entire post on this stuff shortly so stay tuned.

I love Leah Lani Skincare's Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner - which I use both morning and night immediately after cleansing my skin.  It just smells incredible, and it feels amazing to apply.  The packaging is beautiful and you feel special when you use this product.  

Leah Lani Skincare is masterful at creating this feeling with all of her products. 

It calms irritation and reduces redness while deeply hydrating your skin.

Finally, I am in love with Juice Beauty's Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer - which I use regardless of whether I wear a foundation or tinted moisturizer or any base at all.

It creates an even glow on the skin, and you really don't need much else.

nudes never go out of style

I designed all the looks in this collection to be easy.  


I re-created each of them several times over - and on different days - because I wanted to make sure I wasn't living in a dream world of editorial photography.

It can be far too easy when you're creating art to spend an hour applying a dark lip - just to make sure everything is perfect.  

And while I love my art, I can understand and relate to the real life time crunch.

I also feel like I've grown up a lot in the last year, and I am finding myself spending far more time tending to my health than I am on applying loads of makeup to cover the tracks of my bad habits.

I wanted my fall beauty editorial to reflect an ease and sophistication - because I am starting to feel unstoppable in my own spirit and it feels kind of weird.  I want all of you to feel the same way.  

My goal with these looks was to use less.  

I wanted to work with versatile products in unique ways to communicate a quiet confidence.

And of course, I had to include a nude look.  

Because in my opinion, nudes never go out of style. 

I recently discovered Rituel De Fille Ash + Amber Eye Soot in Golden Age.  I originally learned about this product from makeup artist, Lyz Plant.  She used to own Louche Lily and is in my opinion, one of the most talented makeup artists in the clean beauty world.

We met for drinks several months ago and she was raving about this company.

I am so thrilled to agree with her, because this eye soot is seriously awesome.

It's intensely pigmented, easy to apply and work with, layers well, isn't too stiff or crumbly once set and looks beautiful on every skin tone.

It also works beautifully at an eye primer and base for a smokey eye.

I liked this product a lot because it was quick and painless to work with.  I literally tested it by using it in every way I possibly could - as a shadow, applied with my fingers, as an eyeliner, wit and dry, etc etc etc. 

It did not disappoint.

I am now going to go and buy all of the colours for the holiday season!

I've also become completely obsessed with Jane Iredale's Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral Foundation


This foundation is epic.

Epic because you have to be careful applying it.  You don't need very much product for such an intense pigment.  I spent a lot of time playing with various combinations.  I mixed this foundation with different oils, moisturizers and even applied it with a wet sponge.  

It is just so versatile and fun to wear.

This foundation is absolutely perfect to travel with - because you can get varying degrees of coverage out of it depending on how you use it.

I've never jumped on the Jane Iredale bandwagon before... I'm not sure why.  

I'm just so excited that I finally did.


into the deep

I think my biggest act of beauty rebellion this fall is my determined avoidance of mascara.


Because I'm lazy.

That, and I've always disliked the feeling of mascara as my work day wears on.

I wanted to create impact in my fall beauty looks without focusing too much on the eyes.

This meant I had to seriously embrace a strong lip.

I feel like a lot of women out there shy away from a strong lip, but as a content producer and creator, I've seen a strong lip literally change a women's energy.  

If you want to feel fierce this fall, check out my following recommendations.

I spent a good deal of time playing around with various finishes when it comes to creating a statement lip.  And I loved mixing Urban Decay's new bold lip-line - which is a serious undertaking because there are a hundred shades - with RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer.

The trick to a lasting strong lip is the following...


I know I know I know.  These looks are supposed to be easy.  But trust me, when you're not busy applying layers of eyeshadow and mascara, you can fill your time by mastering dark lipstick!

I am such a huge fan of RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer.  

It's just soooo good. 

In the  above look, I used it as a thin veil overtop of my finished makeup to create high-impact shine.  I also concentrated the product on my lips and brows.

Then, I followed up with Juice Beauty's Hydrating Mist.


from good to bad

Finally - and I am so excited to share this look - I discovered Axiology Beauty's lipstick

I purchased two lipsticks by this brand in Portland, Oregon but I wanted to feature BAD - because I experimented with it endlessly and really enjoyed the versatility of this product. 

It's also the perfect lipstick for fall.

The final three photos in this collection are all the same lipstick - just applied in various ways.

I started by using a fluffy lip brush to gently sweep a small amount of colour across my lips.  My goal was to create a barely-there stain with this concentrated and highly pigmented lipstick.

And when applied in this manner, the colour shifted slightly from warm to cool - which I loved.

I started my second application a day later by first applying a clear gloss, working the product well into my lips before following up with BAD.  

This time, I concentrated the product in the middle of my lips, sweeping outward with a lip brush that was slightly more dense..

It ended up looking like a think gloss and I think it looked absolutely gorgeous against Charlotte Tilbury's Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow in Verushcka.

embrace your bad self

My third application was a little more creative.

I've been experimenting with 100 Percent Pure's Creamy Long Last Eyeliner in Dark Cacao as a lipliner.

I've tried this eyeliner combined with several different topcoat products to create custom colours, and I really love this versatile product for both your eyes and your lips.

It is also the perfect lipliner for BAD.

I carefully lined the outer edges of my lips using 100 Percent Pure's eyeliner, and used any additional product left on my lips to strain the inside of them as well.  I did this two times over to create generous stain of colour before following up with two coats of BAD.

I feel like Axiology Lipsticks warm with your body heat, because every time I applied this lipstick, it looked slightly warmer or cooler than the time before.  It behaved kind of like a mood ring for me, and I really really loved that aspect.  

I'm not sure if it was purposeful or not, but I did make the product feel extra special.


fall forward with me

I really hope you enjoyed these looks.  My goal moving forward is going to be to create one editorial featuring my favourite products every season.

It will be an opportunity to push myself creatively and see what I can do - because as we move into the end of 2016, I’m setting my hard sights on 2017 with big aspirations.

If you're a makeup company and would love to work with me, I am always happy to test new products and endorse brands I absolutely love.

Just contact me and we can work something out.

For me, beauty is about self-expression and empowerment.  

I know there’s a lot of bull-shit out there, but what I’m talking about here is genuine.

Whether it's complicated, artistic, easy, hard, moody, sad, dark, pretty, joyful, sexy or healthy - I believe in using beauty as my tool to create a vehicle for working through feelings and emotions.

I think we need to embrace our costumes as part of our strengths.

Right now, I'm feeling full and fluid.  I am feeling streamlined and strong.

The makeup I am loving right now reflects my current overall sense of vitality.

For me, fall has always signified a return to roots.  A grounding...  This season though, I am determined to step into balance in a new and interesting way, rather than fall back into old habits.

My goal is to fall forward.

With my art, with my life and with my work.  And I hope you'll join me.