How excited are you that fall is almost here?!? I cannot get enough — the sweaters, colder weather, the fall colors — it’s all so incredibly gorgeous. Just like fall is my favorite season, fall – inspired makeup is my all-time favorite of life! The warm neutral shades with deeper tones of browns and reds are just fabulous. To start off my Fall Series, I did this look based off of a picture a friend sent to me. The eyes are more cool toned grays with a hint of pink and a dark cranberry lip. Let me tell you… this lip color is definitely something I’d consider dying for.

  • Okay ladies, as always the most important part of starting face makeup is using a primer! I’ve decided the Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer is my favorite. It’s so smooth and really makes a huge difference in the application and longevity of your makeup.
  • To get a flawless foundation, I used my Chanel Perfection Lumiere in shade 40 Beige. For this look I wanted something that was very matte because the eyes and lips are already so dramatic.
  • Under my eyes I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20. To keep it all in place, I used Bared Minerals Well-Rested powder, and as always I set my whole face with a loose powder.
  • For a little bit of a contour, I went in with Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and dusted that just under my cheekbones.

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  • Starting with the eyes, I grabbed Maybelline Color Tattoo in 35 Tough as Taupe. This is going to act as the base for our eyeshadow and give the eyelid a little more depth. By no means does this have to look pretty or even blended out yet, so don’t worry if you look a little weird.

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  • Next, taking a fluffy brush and any cool grey/brown color, blend out the edges of the base. (I used NYX eyeshadow in Bare my Soul) I took the color up pretty far, you want to make sure you’re able to see it when you’re looking straight forward.

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  • Picking up two deeper toned grays, one matte and one shimmer, I mixed the two together and repeated the same blending process. You want to lightly go over the lid but try to keep it lighter than the crease. I used Lorac shadows Cool Gray and Chrome for this step

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  • For the last shadow, I used a soft pink toward the tear duct area. This just lightens up the eye and brings a tiny bit of color so the whole eye isn’t too boring. IMG_6420

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  • To thicken the lash line the tiniest bit, add a THIN line of black eyeliner. This will make the lashes look fuller and hide the band of the false lashes if you choose to add them.

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  • SERIOUSLY OBSESSED with adding fake eyelashes to my looks now. It’s like a whole new world has opened up and I’ve been gifted with bigger, sexier eyes. Might be a little dramatic, but hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it okay? I just cut up some Eyelure Naturalites and put them towards the outer part of my eye.

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  • You could totally stop here and have a gorgeous eye look, but we’re gonna get a little crazy from here on out. Take any black eyeliner and put it in your waterline and right below your lashes. Then with either one of the grey shades you used on the eye, smoke out the bottom lash line as far as you’d like. (It’s not pictured, but make sure you put mascara on your bottom lashes! Without it, they will get completely lost in the eyeshadow as they are in the picture on the right.)

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  • Now for the lips! With a dark red lipliner, like NYX liner in Dark Red, outline your lips and fill them in just a little bit.

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  • For this illusion to work, you want to make sure your lip liner is a shade or two darker than the actual lipstick. If you’ve filled in a little of your lips as above, you shouldn’t have any problems with the gradation from dark to light(er). I used NYX lipstick in Chaos which is a gorgeous deep cranberry color.

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  • If you want an even more dramatic look, you can add any deep burgundy or even black eyeshadow color towards the outer corners. If you do this you really need to blend and go over with the dark red color. The subtle transition from red to the other color will not look good if you do not constantly work on creating a seamless transition.

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Here’s the completed look! I hope you guys love it just half as much as I do! Remember, you can always customize the look to fit your style! If you don’t want this dramatic of an eye, skip the shadow on the lower lash line! And if you’d rather have a lighter lip, a light pink would look gorgeous and bring out the pop of pink in the eyes!

I also created an Instagram specifically for my makeup, so if you’d like to follow it the name is alexisdecarufel_makeup 🙂 Thanks so much for reading, let me know what you think!

I know I’ve gotten pretty bad about putting these things up on a regular basis, but I’m trying my best! Since I don’t have class on Friday’s I think this will be my blog day from now on! Anyways, I wanted to do something neutral with a bright lip and I was completely inspired by this orange-y coral shade. I’m a sucker for lipsticks that don’t make your teeth look yellow and this one is just that!

 

FACE:

  • First I started out with a moisturizer and applied my Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer all over my face
  • To get my perfect shade, I mixed Chanel Vita Lumiere in shade 50 Beige and MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1 and applied those all over my face. The Chanel provides a full coverage with the MAC adds a little bit of dewiness. I love this combo! Sadly I’ve been getting some breakouts so I need the extra coverage the Chanel provides.
  • For the under eyes, I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC 20. I blended this all out with my damp BeautyBlender
  • To set everything in place I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder in Light
  • Next, I took Wet n’ Wild bronzer in Ticket to Brazil and placed it on my cheeks, temples, and down my neck. To deepen the contour I took Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder in 330 Toffee Caramel and placed it directly in the hollows of my cheeks.
    • A great way to get a precise contour is to place a flat edge right under the cheekbone and buff the color up and out. Today I just used an old ID card I had.
  • To finish the face, I used Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blush in the shade Captivating on the apples of my cheeks

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EYES:

  • I primed the eyes with Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  • Taking Light Brown from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette, I swept the color in the crease area. Make sure to go from inner to outer corner so you don’t have any lines! This is super easy to do, just use windshield wiper motions back and forth until the edges blur out
  • With Bare Minerals eyeshadow in Nude Beach, I packed the color all over the lid. I sprayed my brush with MAC Fix+ to make the color more vibrant, but it isn’t necessary to use it wet! I just think it gives the color some more opacity and really makes it shine.
  • Mascara time! I swear this makes the whole look come alive. I used my new favorite drugstore mascara, Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous. This mascara comes with 2 separate wands and seriously makes your lashes gorgeous. It’s been my go-to for a week or so now and I’m absolutely loving it
  • Today I decided to add some false lashes, but if you want the look more natural you can totally skip it! I’ll probably have a blog post or video to go along with my lash routine sometime soon so look out for it!
  • As always,  I filled in my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate and topped them with Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

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LIPS:

  • These lips are super simple and gorgeous! To prep my lips, I just dabbed some concealer all over to give off the true color of the lipstick.
  • I used NYX Lipstick in Haute Melon all over. This formula is really creamy and glides on effortlessly
  • For a little added drama, I topped the whole look off with Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss in Mandarin Rapture

photo 3Okay guys that’s the whole look! Thanks so much for reading, I think I might put up a video on this soon!

Believe it or not, I actually have interests other than makeup. Crazy, I know. Nothing compares, but lemme tell ya, food comes in a pretty close second. My dad taught me how to cook starting around the time I was eight so eleven years later I’m happy to say I’ve come a long way.

Living alone presents many challenges, yet finding a way to cook enough food for only one person has been one of the toughest things yet. It’s so strange to cook a meal for just one, but I do not plan on living off of left overs for weeks at a time. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been coming up with some new recipes and trying some out-of-the-box things just for the sake of being different. I have had my fair share of boringly bland chicken and ramen noodles so it was definitely time for a change.

Since I’m able to choose exactly what I want when I go to the grocery store, I tend to lean towards fresh fruit and vegetables. I’m so sick of processed foods and fruit/vegetable “flavoring”… come on, I’d rather have the real stuff! I also stock up on chicken breasts because they are almost always on sale and so ridiculously easy to make! I’m definitely not a chef or even a great cook by any stretch of the imagination, I’ve just found way to work with what I’ve got and I’d love to share that with you guys!

Processed with RookieI’m not saying this just because I made it, but doesn’t this look gorgeous?! I’m such a sucker for vibrant colors and contrast on a plate. It instantly makes everything come to life and look fresh and delicious!

** These recipes are not going to be precise at all simply because I don’t measure many things when I cook, I just throw it all together and taste along the way.

Chicken:

1) Preheat oven to 325 F. While heating, take a small amount of softened butter and rub on the outside of the chicken breast. Coat both sides evenly with butter, salt, and pepper. Squeeze half of the juice of a lemon over the top.

2) Place chicken on baking sheet and cook for 35 minutes.

Potato:

1) Take fork and poke holes into a baking potato. Place potato in microwave and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes depending on the size.

2) Put the potato on the same baking sheet as the chicken and let bake for the same 35 minutes.

3) Take it out and put whatever toppings on you want!

Green Beans:

1) Bring water to a boil and add green beans. Cook for 6 minutes.

2) Drain green beans and blanch them in ice water. (All this means is that you will place the beans in a bucket of ice water to stop the cooking process)

3) In the same sauce pan that you boiled the green beans in, add 1 clove chopped garlic, 1/2 tablespoon butter, and the remaining juice from half of a lemon. If you’d like to add extra lemon flavor, zest the lemon directly over the green beans. If you don’t like really lemon-y food, I suggest skipping this step.

4) After a minute or so, drain the green beans again and cook them in the garlic lemon mixture for another 3-5 minutes until the green beans are soft and tender.

Caprese Salad:

1) Slice a tomato to desired thickness.

2) Take mozzarella cheese (the fresher the better) and slice to same thickness as tomato.

3) Drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the salad. For extra flavor, add salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.

 

I hope you guys try this! I promise it’s super easy and takes just 35 minutes! If you’d like to see more of the things and recipes I come up with, let me know!