Fall Neutrals | Revisiting Holy Grails Plus New Discoveries

Back to my holy grail foundation. I know it’s easy to get sidetracked when you own and test a host of products that will probably last you for ten or more years. But as the adage goes, why fix if it ain’t broke so after I have returned another Estee Lauder foundation that didn’t work for me, I switched back to what used to be my go-to foundation back in the day, the ever reliable Estee Lauder  Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup. But here’s the catch ladies, I know it’s supposed to stay matte all day but I notice slight dewiness on the 6th or 7th hour. Has there been a change in the formula? Not that I am complaining because I do love the dewy effect because it makes my skin look great under certain lighting conditions.

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estee lauder double wear stay in place tawny swatch review

My shade is Tawny which compliments my medium yellow skin tone. Since this foundation dries quick, you need to apply it with a fast hand. Between brush and beauty blender, the latter translates to a more flawless and even result, at least based on my experience.

estee lauder youth infusing brightening serum and concealer review swatch

A new favorite, the Estee Lauder Youth Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer has become a staple  in my day to day essentials. One side is a retractable cream concealer, the other a tinted brightening serum. The shade Light Medium Warm gives my often-tired under eyes a much needed quick fix. I use the serum as base then the concealer for add-on coverage if need be.

arbonne it's all in the eyes eye shadow duo swatch review

In time for Fall, I am delighted to discover Arbonne It’s All In The Eyes Eye Shadow Duo from a new-to-me brand Arbonne. The palette I received is called Sequoia, very earthy and neutral, just the kind of shades I am inclined to these days. The case is supposed to be refillable and interchangeable. Retailing for $40, the quality vis-a-vis packaging somewhat reminds me of Marc Jacobs minus the heft.

ssl rouge pur couture le nu review swatch

While plum is a fall mainstay, neutral is not too far behind because the forthcoming season is all about minimalism. Clean to put it bluntly. For today’s look, I revisited one of my favorite neutral lipsticks, the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Nu. The new holiday limited edition has the same hue albeit a redressed version (featuring stars on the tube itself). After 10 years (or more I believe), my trusted Shu Uemura eyelash curler crossed the underworld. Sad and desperate (okay I’m exaggerating here, haha!), I tried Laura Mercier after reading some reviews online. Relatively cheaper, it is made from plastic and while it curls my lashes, it was no match to Shu. I mean it’s decent but I miss my Shu so I am going back to my first love.

Finally, here’s the look I came up with using all the aforementioned products:

ysl rouge pur couture le nu

tom ford illuminating powder duo moodlight
I used Tom Ford Illuminating Powder Duo Moodlight on the side of my cheeks &  temples (full review here

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  1. September 9, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Wow, this is a blast from the past for me. I used to wear Double Wear all the time! I should rediscover it!

    • September 11, 2016 / 12:40 am

      if your skin type changed, you can mix it with your favorite face oil- it works like magic!

  2. September 10, 2016 / 2:37 am

    I wore EL DoubleWear for years! I don't know how it would work with my dry skin, I wore when I was still oily.

    • September 11, 2016 / 12:41 am

      Try mixing it with your favorite face oil, it works like magic. Today I tried it with Ahaha Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter, OMG! I am so in love with the longevity & dewiness!

  3. September 10, 2016 / 2:54 am

    What a pretty look. It's easing into fall but in a summery sort of way.

  4. September 10, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I'm loving those earthy tones right now, but I keep going after dark greens, too.

  5. September 27, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    The eyeshadows are wonderful on you!!

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