Setting the Tone for Fall With Lancôme

Brands love jewel shades for fall, and Lancôme is no exception to that rule! Today I’ll be showing you how to create an everyday fall look with some of Lancôme’s new products with the help of Sephora and Influenster. I received these items complementary to test, review, and enter into a Sephora beauty contest.

Lancôme’s new Le Monochromatique for eyes, cheeks, and lips in the shade Haute Couture (retails at $25) reminds me of the ruby red maple trees locals look for in Appalachia come September. I used the product on my eyelids for this everyday fall look.

The product is very buildable, but also highly pigmented. I’d suggest doing some swatches on your arm to determine how much product you want on your brush and how much force you use when applying to get just the right shade. It took me a few tries to get it just right, but I found that using a lighter concealer on my lids and light application of a small amount of powder on the center of my lid and blending it out towards the corners of my eyes gave me a nice, although subtle, ruby color.

Lancôme also came out with a new mascara, which I also used to complete this look. The Monsieur Big waterproof mascara (retails at $25) is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates (chemicals commonly found in mascara), but still allows for 24 hour lash volume. The formula left my lashes feeling soft, instead of crunchy.

The only problem I have with this mascara is how big the brush is. I poked myself in the eye trying to get all of the smaller lashes covered. I’m not a makeup pro by any means, but I’m good enough to not have poked myself in the eye with a mascara wand since middle school. The brush is big and fluffy, which may work for some people, but for those of us with pesky smaller lashes or smaller eyes I would suggest using a smaller applicator.

At the end of the day, after taking all the makeup off, I use Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl™ Eye Illuminator Youth Activating Concentrate (retails at $69) to help my eyes relax and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow. While I don’t need any help looking youthful (thanks 22!), I do love that the formula is cool on my skin and that it comes with a patented massage applicator. It’s definitely soothing after a long day of law school studies.

This is definitely going to be my staple look for fall. Not only is it super easy to throw on before class, it’s simple enough to be suitable for office wear. I wore it nearly every day last week, and for my last post about decorating my new room!

As I said before, I received these items complementary to test and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

Let me start this post by saying that I’m not a makeup guru. I hardly ever wear more than foundation and mascara. That being said, I love Tarte cosmetics for many reasons, their Shapetape foundation and concealer being one of them!

Tarte is not only vegan, but makes products especially for sensitive skin. My skin likes to have allergic reactions to things off and on. Sometimes I’ll use a foundation for a few months and then boom! allergic reaction. This hasn’t happened with Tarte’s Shapetape line (I’m praying I don’t jinx myself as soon as I hit publish…).

When they sent me a free sample of their Drink of H2O hydrating boost moisturizer from their Rainforest of the Sea collection for my birthday, I was ecstatic. My skin is both very oily and very dry. Go figure, right? I’ve been doing my best over the past year to really rethink what I put on my skin and how the weather is going to make my face react to different product combinations. The winter months are usually when my nose and cheeks get flaky while the rest of my face decides to repel any and all moisturizer in favor of a nice sheen of grease. It’s great. In comes Drink of H2O. I’ve been using it under my foundation off and on since school started back and while there is still some shine on my forehead, it’s not nearly as bad as usual. The driest parts of my face are no longer dry! Mission success!

There are two sizes available. The 1.70 fl oz can be found here, and the 0.5 fl oz can be found here. The price point seems a little steep, but I would consider it well worth it for the quality of product you’re getting. My skin almost immediately lets me know if something’s irritating it. I have not had an allergic reaction, itchiness, or a major breakout since beginning to use this moisturizer and coming from me, that’s a pretty good track record!

I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Tarte cosmetics – e.g. this post is not sponsored – I just really loved this product! (but I do receive a small percentage if you buy a product through the Amazon links)

If you want to read any of my other beauty product reviews, you can check them out here.

Product Review: Biore Charcoal Pore Strips

I went home the other weekend and decided to treat myself to a little at home spa day. I put coconut oil in my hair, did my nails, and thought really hard about doing a facial. For some reason I always manage to get the facial goop in my hair (or in my eyebrows…yikes) so I typically avoid them. One way to clean out blackheads, dirt, and oils from problem zones without all the hassle of a facial or face mask is a pore strip!

With all the hype surrounding them, I figured I’d try Biore’s charcoal pore strips. I’d used their charcoal face wash in the past and absolutely loved it, so I hoped these cute little black strips lived up to the challenge…


The before picture is on the left

The after picture is on the right

Needless to say, there was no difference, other than a slight black residue left on the top of my nose. I’m pretty sure my blackheads were rejoicing, although I was not.

Their product also claims to keep oiliness at bay for 24 hours. Keep in mind that I have fairly oily skin, but my nose was greasy by dinner that night.