Fall Makeup Look (Plums and Taupes and Mauves, Oh My!)

Fall is here! (Not really! It’s 90 degrees outside today! #eyeroll)

I do love autumnal tones in makeup and warm weather will not hold me back, you hear? Check out this look featuring some oldies and newbies.

Beautycounter Tint Skin in Light – I was a huge fan of Beautycounter’s Tint Skin when it was released (it makes my skin look so even!), but when I realized it had Phenoxyethanol in it, I stopped using it. Well, sound the trumpets because Beautycounter removed it and I can wear it again! REJOICE. This has always evened out my skin so well, and I’m thrilled to have it back in the rotation.

**Before we go into the other products used in this look, I do want to state my personal stance on Phenoxyethanol. First off, the CliffsNotes version on the chemical is this: it’s a preservative used in personal care products that is safer than conventional preservatives like parabens, but it can cause lung and skin irritation as well as nervous system toxicity in higher doses. However, studies have shown it is safe in concentrations up to 2.2%.  Phenoxyethanol is used in the European Union and Japan in concentrations up to 1%. (If it is used in a Beautycounter product, it is always less than 1%.)

As a practice, I stay away from Phenoxyethanol in products that are meant for large surfaces of my body, and foundation fits into that category for me. However, if I have a gorgeous lipstick or eyeshadow that I wear on occasion that contains the chemical in a very small percentage, it isn’t a dealbreaker for me personally. It’s all about finding what works for you, my friends!

Clove + Hallow Conceal and Correct in shade 3 – this is quickly becoming my favorite concealer. It has great coverage, doesn’t make my undereye area look crepey, and I always prefer a liquid concealer in a tube opposed to a pot. I use shade 3 in the warmer months when I have a bit of a tan, but will probably use 2 in winter.

Beautycounter Palette in Romantic – Ladies. Have you tried the reformulated Beautycounter eyeshadows?! Let me be the first to say that I was not a fan of the original shadows. The color payoff was lame and the shades didn’t really do anything for me. However, these shadows? HELL YES. They glide on like a dream, have plenty of punch, and aren’t weird and chalky. I love them so much I’ve already bought two of the palettes. (In this look, I wore Cameo and Dusk on the lid, and Smolder as a liner.)

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance – This is a plummy taupe with an iridescent finish. Absolutely gorgeous. Makes my cheeks look slightly bronzed as well.

Maya Chia Highlight of the Day in Golden Hour – You all know how much I love my Highlight of the Day! I usually use Afternoon Delight which is a pinky-peach, but Golden Hour is perfect for a fall vibe. Warm, champagne-like…just a bit on the tops of my cheekbones and I’m good to go.

Clove + Hallow Lip Velvet in Sugarbear – First off, anyone out there looking for a long-lasting, clean, non-toxic lipstick, LOOK NO FURTHER. These Lip Velvets by Clove + Hallow do NOT budge. Nope, no sirree bob. Now, these lip velvets are totally matte, so don’t expect a luminous finish. They were developed to be smudge-proof and budge-proof so you can eat, drink and be merry without needing touch-ups at all. However, they are infused with coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E that keeps your lips from feeling dried out. (They also don’t crack or flake.) I’m wearing Sugar Bear in the photo, but another favorite is Napa, which I’m wearing here.

That’s the look! What are your favorite fall makeup shades?

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Odds and Ends

1. Um, online jigsaw puzzles are a thing? Hell yes.

2. PLEASE tell me you watched this 2-year-old’s baking show. I just can’t with the cuteness.

3. Feeling so many of these female 70s icons, but why the Pat Benatar’s 80s getup? #oneofthesethingsisnotliketheother

4. A record-breaking 100 female candidates may be house-bound. (And not *that* kind of house.)

5. How to prevent election day regret. This is important.

6. These (reformulated) eyeshadows are rocking my world. (Already bought two palettes, Romantic and Statement.)

7. Don’t mess with females. Seriously.

8. Childhood cancer survivors marry at St. Jude. Cue the waterworks.

9. I am loving the new collection by Annahmol. So gorgeous and affordable. (Annah also makes my favorite insect brooches!)

10. “Our job isn’t just taking selfies: it’s admin, accounts, business plans, schedules, meetings, shoots, the list is endless and it is definitely not easy.” PREACH. I wish more people knew everything that goes into blogging.

11. Powerful discussion about gender inequality and feminism. Check your boys <- YES to that.

12. Neurodiversity (ADHD, autism) shouldn’t be considered a disability. There are so many gifts and advantageous attributes found in neurodiverse people. Great video.

13. On this week’s Selfie episode, we’re talking sensory issues (specifically light sensitivity), how I’ve felt like I’ve had something stuck in my sternum for 2 months, and being stretched way too thin as working moms. Oh yeah, we have major G-string judgment.

Happy Friday! Hope you enjoy the weekend.

image credit: etel adnan


Two Fall Style Essentials

When I feel just the slightest twinge of chill in the air, my mind goes straight to two things. Jackets and boots. The quintessential sartorial indicators of Fall, right? I’ve spent the past few years curating a hand-picked menagerie of boots and it felt almost complete, however, I’ve always daydreamed of the perfect gray pair of boots. #tallorder

But then. THEN. The clouds parted, the angels sang, and the Greatest Pair of Gray Boots Ever appeared right before my eyes. The Condori Lace Up. I mean, will you look at that gray for a second? Not too green-gray, not too purple-gray, just the best neutral gray ever. (I think a lot about gray. #obvi)

And the heel height! The suede! The black leather laces! Plus, they are made by ABLE, one of my favorite brands. I’ve written about ABLE before, but if you are new to the brand, they give impoverished women the opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that keeps them trapped. Armed with multiple studies illustrating how the employment of women benefits and strengthens the entire community, the ABLE team has set out on a mission to end generational poverty, one job at a time. (By the way, we have an interview with founder Barrett Ward coming up on Selfie in a few weeks, and it should not be missed. He is such an inspiration.)

What I’m saying is…if I can find an item I truly love *and* it’s from ABLE, it’s the ultimate win-win.

Another win-win, this denim jacket is such a fetching shade of blue with just the right amount of distressing. I’ll be wearing this constantly in the upcoming months. If you’re in the market for a jean jacket, look no further.

I love ABLE’s mission and the brand as a whole (my daily computer bag/tote is also from the line), and I want you to get to know the brand as well. Use the code WHOORL for 20% off your first purchase through September 19, 2018. As always, if you have any questions about the brand or items, hit me up in the comments!