fall beauty faves

fall beauty faves

the air is getting a little crisper… are you ready for fall?! i so am!  the cooler weather means it’s my fave time of the year. wrapping myself in cozy knits, making use of my scarf and poncho collection (…that my hubby absolutely detests. “do you really need another scarf”… short answer is always YES), and rocking dark and moody lippy.

ah yes, fall is here!

i thought it would be fun to share my fave fall beauty picks! i’m all about getting things exfoliated, hydrated and happy all year long, but in the fall, there’s just something about getting into a proper routine, and each of my picks have that cozy element.

eos lip balm in strawberry sorbet: i keep this near my bed and apply it before bed and when i wake up. totally into the fact that they are 100% natural. annnd, it’s a drugstore find!

may lindstrom the clean dirt: i keep this in the shower, and apply it a few times a week at the start of my shower, letting it soak in as a mask. the grainy texture lends really well as an exfoliant, so it does double duty as a natural and organic exfoliator.

bobbi brown nude on nude palette and NARS and god created woman eye kit: both of these are perfect to get that soft and smokey fall eye. both of these palettes are full of warm shades you’ll gravitate to again and again. 

mac nail lacquer in impassioned: i’m all about a red mani and pedi for fall and winter. mac just reformulated their polishes – smaller more precise brush and a better formulation means a more pigmented and longer lasting result. love!

one love organics vitamin c body oil: i’m in love with this stuff, and for fall, it’s still my go to. i use those on me décolletage after the shower and before bed to keep things hydrated and tight.

share yours with me in the comments below… would love to hear your go-to products!


beauty: splurge vs. save


as part of an ongoing series with megbiram.com, i’m sharing where i like to splurge, and where i save when it comes to spending on my beauty routine! find out my picks alongside other well known beauty bloggers here - you might be surprised with our advice (and might save a few dolla bills along the way!)

by the way, i’m selling my 3.1 phillip lim pashli bag for a swell price. it’s the large size, worn 6 times or so, and i’m letting it go for $650. click here for an image and email erin@thesparkle.net if you’re interested!

forever summer in pretty peach

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the other day, i was getting ready and noticed that i had somehow gravitated to peach everything for the day – nails, cheeks, lips. this got me thinking about how maybe what i was really craving was an extended summer!

peach is based in orange, which is based in yellow, making it a warm tone (as opposed to cool shades, think pink and mauve which are blue based). it’s perfect for that bronzy thing we all want to duplicate thanks to the infamous j-lo glow.

i don’t adhere to all of those skin tone rules – i say give it a go, and you’ll be able to tell very quickly whether you look good in a shade. the one rule is to match the undertone of your blush, to what’s on your lips. so, if you’re going for a peach or coral blush, stick to a complementary tone on the lips (think orange red lipstick, neon coral, or pastel peach).

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i’m love, love, loving this benefit cha cha tint on the cheeks. it’s super long lasting, and looks like a very natural flush, leaving behind a build-able glow. application can be tricky, but once you master it, you won’t put it down. the nail polish-esque brush is supposed to be applied right to the cheeks and blended out, but i prefer to keep the application more controlled, applying on my fingertips, and dotting on, blending with my fingers. i’m not saying i look like j-lo, but i am saying i feel pretty glow-y!

pretty in peach

the other items you see here: benefit ultra plush lip gloss in poutrageous | m.a.c lipstick in sweet & sour (LOVE this shade!) | essie in serial shopper | seche in effortlessly styled

p.s: also all about the heavy brow! don’t over draw them, just let them grow in a bit and fill them in with powder. don’t overdo it with the pencil (can look harsh and false)  - keep them looking plump and natural because i swear, it makes you look so much more youthful!

wedding week beauty prep

wedding week beauty

calling all brides to be! leading up to my wedding, i was stressed about a lot of things, and one of them was definitely looking my best. there’s so much pressure to look like “the most beautiful bride ever” – glowing, ethereal, like the best version of yourself. no big deal, right?  read more…

spa package giveaway: chi at the shangri-la hotel

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if you’re a reader of this blog, you know giveaways don’t happen often around here. they have to be pretty amazing to be worth your time. well, this one i’m running on instagram sure is!

i spent some time with my hubby-to-be at shangri-la’s CHI spa over the weekend and had such an amazing time being pampered, simply relaxing and enjoying their divine pool. to celebrate the launch of their brand new sea therapy facial, i thought it would be fun to giveaway two pampering packages so you could enjoy a spa day with a friend or lovah, too!


what the prize includes:

two sea therapy facial packages which includes an aromatic steam shower to start, and sparkling wine following the treatment valued at $250 each

the giveaway is happening on instagram only, so click on over, and enter! choose a friend that you think could use a little TLC.

good luck – the winner will be chosen on monday july 21st.