Fall Beauty Faves

Fall is one of the best times of the year, and one of the reasons I love it so much is the trends! All the dark, glam shades are the best.
It’s also a signal of changing things up beauty-wise. I tend to be more experimental with my colors and go for more drama and reach for different products. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites lately!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

  Primer is beyond essential, no matter what time of the year. It helps smooth out skin and creates a great canvas for makeup. Texture-wise, it’s a very non-oily formula and feels more lightweight than the other heavier primers in my makeup box, but still does its job while feeling hydrating. It’s also paraben-free!

Covergirl Outlast Foundation

This is my current fave foundation! I’ve tried a handful of different brands and formulas- especially since my summer color is fading-  and this one is by far my favorite. I think that just in general Covergirl is one of the best drugstore foundations- I’ve never come across one I didn’t love. The color matches my skin really well (my shade is Soft Honey) and it stays on for hours. It’s a 3 in one combo-  the foundation with added concealer, primer and SPF! It doesn’t feel cakey and is very blendable with medium coverage.

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The Best At-Home PSL Recipe

Happy happy Friday!

I’m so ready for the weekend. And what better way to kick it off than with a Pumpkin Spice Latte?! It is fall after all, and speaking as a millennial woman, it wouldn’t be fall without shotgunning these until I can’t stand the smell of pumpkin.

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 But that autumnal joy comes with a price tag- a hefty one if you’re drinking a few week. Which is why I want to share this delicious, financially guilt-free PSL recipe! I stumbled upon this- where else- on Pinterest! I tried a few recipes this week, and this one from Inspired Taste is hands down the winner in all categories. It’s stupid easy to make and tastes amaziiiiiiing.
So let’s get to the dirty deets:

 

PumpkinSpiceLatteRecipe

Crazy easy right?! I’m obsessed!

Will I still pull through a Starbucks drive through or grab a PSL from my fave local coffee shops while out? 100%. BUT now I can feel less guilty splurging on it once every two weeks and making it at home the rest of the time. Sounds like a win/win for me and my bank account!

Let me know what your thoughts are if you give this a try! Also taking suggestions on how to DIY any other delicious seasonal drinks!

xo,
M

3 Ways: Casual Oversized Cardigan

Sweater weather is here! But as much as I love a good fall weather sweater, I’m more of a fan of fall cardigans. The comfier and more oversized the better, in my opinion. It just feels like wrapping yourself in a comfy but stylish blanket. I wear mine to death and am definitely on the hunt for some new ones for this season.

 Cardigans are also great because they are so versatile! So today I’m styling one of my favorite die-hard cardigans from Forever 21 in 3 casual styles.

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Top/Leggings/Bag/Shoes

 This is my weekend errand-running uniform for chilly days. Grocery shopping, quick coffee run, farmer’s market- you name it.  I’m a sucker for all-black, especially in the fall, and I love having this creamy neutral oversized cardigan to pull it all together. This outfit is always on repeat because it’s lazy girl chic at it’s finest- somewhat pulled together but oh-so comfy! I got this t-shirt from Target and I swear I’m going to go back and buy 3 more in assorted colors- it’s so soft! 

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Dress/Bag/Shoes (Similar)

 This look is perfect for us California girls who have to deal with half cool/half still-warm days. This dress is so versatile and comfortable and it’s the perfect length to wrap up in the cardigan. I’ve also dressed it up with a statement necklace and nicer heels. Short booties elevate this to a look you can wear meeting friends for lunch or on a day date.

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Nail Faves: Fall Edition

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of my biggest pet peeves is having chipped nails. It drives me crazy- it looks messy and makes me feel like I’m not put together. (You can find more of my fave polishes in this post). 

Fall Nail
Because of this, I’m constantly painting and touching up my manicure. I love to switch up the colors depending on my mood or the season. I’m starting to trade in of my pinky-nudes and summer whites in favor of more moody burgundy and other dark fall colors. 

OPIGray
The color I have on currently is unfortunately part of a discontinued collaboration between Sephora and OPI. I’ve had it for a few years and I didn’t realize it was no longer available until this post. This is a similar OPI color. I love a good grey color for the beginning of fall- it’s a great transitional shade from bright neutrals to darker ones and is a very stylish color.

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DIY Chai Tea

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Well, we had fall weather in California for a minute, but now it’s back to the heat. For now- apparently the weather is going to dip again next week but we’ll see.

Regardless, I’m already in full-on fall mode. So today I’m sharing the best DIY Chai recipe! My aunt has made this tea for years and it’s the best. It’s delicious and insanely easy to make once you try it a few times.


You will need: Cardamom seeds, black tea bags and evaporated milk. SO easy!

First, slightly crack open the seeds. This helps to infuse all the cardamom flavor into the tea. The ration is one seed per cup of water but if I want a little more of the spice I’ll add two. Then add the seeds to a cup of water and bring it to a boil. After a minute or so, add the black tea bag (I recommend Lipton). Let that sit for a minute in boil. Try not to let it boil for longer than that- it can make the tea more bitter. Pour into your mug and add evaporated milk and sugar as needed to sweeten!

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