Heading back to work in October meant some major changes for me in my beauty routine. Now I have to worry about having an efficient and effective morning beauty routine. I don't want to waste my time with crappy or ineffective products. So I was happy in October to try a few new products that have made the cut.
As you may have already heard, I absolutely love having painted nails. Now that I'm back to work, I wasn't sure if I'd still find the time to paint my nails a few times a week like I did over my maternity leave. But thanks to a top coat that dries in just 45 seconds, I can paint my nails before bed without worrying about scuff marks. I totally love the Kensington Caviar quick-drying top coat from Nails Inc. It's ten dollars, so it's on the pricier side of top coats; but I think it's completely worth it since it works so well. And besides drying my polish super fast, it gives this awesome glossy shine. As for the colors I painted my nails in October, I'm loving nudes, dark neutrals and dark reds for my fall nails.
The look on the left is Essie Recessionista, a creamy dark maroon red from their fall 2012 Stylenomics collection. It's a tricky shade in that it looks much darker on the nails than in the bottle. It's such a beautiful creamy color on the nails and is just dark enough without ever looking black. I have a couple of polishes that look similar in the bottle, but none of them dry to this pretty shade.
The middle look is Modern Love by Deborah Lippmann, just released this fall. For an unexpected twist, I am wearing it as a French manicure with black tips instead of white. I absolutely love wearing nudes and prefer polishes like this that are fully opaque. This one has a beautiful mauve-ish almost-greige look to it, which makes it feel updated. It would be gorgeous on its own but I love this edgy French.
The look on the right is OPI Wooden Shoe Like to Know, from the spring 2012 Holland collection. It is far and away the prettiest brown shade I've ever worn. It's the perfect medium-tone brown with gorgeous gold micro-shimmer. The gold shimmer gives it so much dimension, especially when it hits the light. This has now become one of my favorite OPI shades ever.
This month I started using a new eye product that has quickly become a new favorite: the Revlon ColorStay liquid eye pen in blackened brown. I haven't worn liquid eyeliner since high school and never thought it looked very good on me. Turns out the problem was the tip applicator in the tube style liners; they're just too hard for me to apply. But the pen style? For me, it goes on so smooth and even. When I want a defined eye that doesn't smear or wear off throughout the day, this is the answer. The blackened brown is dark without being harsh, so I love it with light eyeshadows as well as smokey looks. I found myself reaching for this eyeliner almost every day.
And for lips, this past month I pretty much constantly wore the nude shade in my new Smashbox Image Factory Lip Enhancing Gloss duo. The nude color is called "chic" and it's the perfect shimmery neutral for my skin. The red "luxe" color is also gorgeous. And though luxe is a really deep color, I like it because it's buildable; one thin coat gives the perfect hint of color for day and a thicker coat is great for an evening look. I am really impressed with the formula on these glosses. They feel moisturizing and decadent on the lip without ever feeling sticky; plus there's no weird smell or taste to these glosses. I'll definitely be purchasing other Smashbox glosses.
So those were my must-have products for the month of October. Have you tried any new beauty products recently? Anything you love?