The weather has changed, and while I’m glad it’s wintery, my skin is not so happy.  My face is in desperate need of moisture, but I also need to be careful not to go too heavy or I’ll break out. Lame, I know.  Since loading up on a heavier night cream is out of the question, I’ve opted for a face oil instead. Most face oils are light enough to use year ’round but I’ve found my favorite one that not only gives me moisture but also balances my skin so that break outs are a thing of the past.

Beautycounter’s Lustro Face Oils smell and feel amazing.  They even have 3 different formulas designed for different skin types, and are completely void of any harmful chemicals linked to human health issues. Score! I opted for number three, which aids in balancing out skin tone and helps with everything from acne, to rosacea and eczema. The second face oil is more of an anti-ager and for people with very dry skin.   And their number one face oil is geared towards the super sensitive.

All three are thin enough to apply morning and night but you can reapply throughout the day for added moisture.  I even use it as a makeup primer – leaving my skin supple and soft – the perfect canvas for foundation. pdp-faceoilcollection_selling-shot_528x962


Most people that know me, know that Halloween is my fave holiday. I love all the festivities from the costumes to the pumpkin carving, to the haunted houses.  I usually give my costume quite a bit of thought, but this year, I’m putting most of my efforts into my son’s, since it’s the first year he’s gotten really excited. So I’ll most likely be pulling together something last minute.  I realize for many, the last minute costume is the route of choice, so I’ve picked a few makeup kits that require little thought and are super easy to use.

Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Palette
The most expensive of the bunch, but the colors are so amazing and you can mix them into any configuration. You can use it for everything from mixing lip colors, to painting your whole face.


Graftobian Vampire Makeup Kit
This easy, classic kit is great for yourself or a couple’s costume.

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Black Cat Face Decal
Does it get any easier than slapping on some face decals? Add some lashes and you’re done!



Broken Doll Makeup Kit
Another easy to use kit, with a freaky edge. You can also skip the decals to keep it cutesy.




Fall is pretty much here (except for the 90 degree heat in SoCal right now).  Pumpkin spice lattes are abundant, and Halloween stores are stocking up for the holiday. I’m all about fall makeup and while a dark lip can be worn year ’round, I tend to break it out more in the cooler months.  Groomed brows and dark lashes are all you need to pull off bold lips. It’s appropriate for day as well as night, and can be sheered out by blotting if you’re not quite ready to commit.  I’ve rounded up my current faves from balms to glosses.


From top left:
ILIA Lipgloss in ‘Gypsy’
Bésame Classic Color Lipsticks in ‘Red Noir 1930’
Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow in ‘Apollo’
Beautycounter Lip Sheer in ‘Raisin’
RMS Lip2Cheek in ‘Diabolique’