FALL'S MUST TRY MAKEUP TRENDS

Ok ladies it's time to get excited and a little bit brave! Why brave?

Well, this latest round of beauty trends is one that may push you outside of your comfort zone ever so slightly, but also one that I am so excited about and I think you should be excited about as well.

Fall 2015 is all about embracing change, and giving your beauty routine a swift kick in the pants

. But that being said, none of these trends are so 'out-there' that they aren't wearable for the everyday woman. 

Today I am stopping by Studio5 TV to give you a run down of the beauty trends you should try this season. They are fun and flirty- so let's

take a look.

Wearing: Watch- Jord Watche |  Shirt- Mindy Mae's Market

Warm Metallic Eyeshadow 

Embrace your golden goddess with a warm bronze, gold, or rose gold shadow this season. These colors are universally flattering (unlike cooler silvers and blues, which can be hard to wear) and they add a beautiful light to your eyes.

Graphic Eye Liner

Amp up your liner with a dramatic cat eye, or half lined eye like those worn on so many runways this Fall. It's bold and flirty, and wears perfect with a sleek pony tail and nude lip.

90's Berry Lipstick

Bring back your inner grunge-mama with this 90's beauty trend. Opt for a deep berry tone that has a brown or purple base color for a major moment that is right on trend.

Let me know which [if any?] of these trends you are excited to try in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading and watching! xo

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THE HOTTEST NAIL COLORS FOR FALL 2014

This seasons hottest nail colors for Fall 2014

From Top:

Estee Lauder- 

Diva Moment

Essie- 

The Perfect Cover Up

OPI-

Skating on Thin IceLand

Zoya-

Thea

Revlon-

Bordeaux

Zoya-

(Matte Velvet) Posh

Butter London- 

Dubs

Essie-

Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low

I've been scouring the

latest Fall 2014 nail color collections

from all my favorite brands, and I've rounded up this seasons hottest colors. It's all about rich pigment with a Holiday flair- and I love the idea of it all!

I feel like I am able to keep up with my manicures much better in the colder months, because I am not outdoors swimming or working in the yard etc. My polish isn't nearly as prone to chipping off during this time of year, so it gets me more excited to play with new colors frequently. I am loving the jewel tones in all of the collections, they are so sophisticated and perfect for upcoming Holiday parties. If you are looking for a new color or two- stick with these for maximum ooh-la-la factor and compliments from your friends.

Thanks for reading- you guys are the best, and I love you all! Be sure you come back Friday for a Halloween inspired round up of my favorite facial masks with Studio5 TV.

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HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION // METALLIC GYPSY

Halloween is right around the corner, and it's one of my favorite holidays of the year! I wanted to share with you a fun Halloween tutorial that you can recreate at home if you are in need of some costume inspiration. The look was inspired by this striped dress from Shabby Apple. It's not a 'costume' at all, but it would work for so many outfits like a pirate, a witch and of course, a gypsy. If you have a striped dress at home, all you need is to add a few accessories and makeup, and it can be a quick and easy costume too. Everything else in my costume just came from my own closet, and I didn't have to venture in to a high-priced costume store...winning!

Here's a quick

video

of how I created this gypsy look, let me know what you think.

Wearing:

Purple Striped Dress

 c/o Shabby Apple

Rope Twist Tutorial

Makeup:

Blue Shadow

Pink Shadow

Gold Shadow

Plum Gel Liner

Contour Foundation

Liquid Shimmer

Liquid Blush

Brow Gel

Lip Gloss

Metallic Flake

Happy [early] Halloween! Let me know in the comments below if you liked this video, and what you are gonna dress up as for the holiday. Thanks for stopping by, xo

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ADD THIS TO YOUR NYC MUST-DO LIST: CUSTOM LIPSTICK AT THE BITE LIP LAB

Custom Lipstick Colors and Flavors with Bite Beauty

Clockwise: Pigment 'chocolates'  |  Lipstick cooling in molds  |  Flavor oils

I had a mission when I was in New York earlier this month: '

Get your booty to the Bite Lip Lab, Megan! ' I gave myself that order, however... no one was really yelling that at me! ha.

I've been a Bite fan since the first day of their arrival in the US, at Sephora stores. And I've written about some of my fav Bite products on this blog in the past, but I hadn't yet experienced their custom lip color creation process, that only happens in NY.

Lucky for me the stars aligned and I was able to create my own color while in New York. The process is seriously so cool, and it made me want to experiment creating my own lip colors at home. But, that's another story for another time.

make your own lipstick

If you are in The City anytime soon, you must make a trip to the Lip Lab for yourself- you won't regret it! I watched in awe as the ladies of Bite worked to combine colors, melt down the pigments, hand stir in the flavorings and gloss options- then carefully pour the liquid into lipstick molds. Then the molds are super-chilled to set the lipstick in the perfect shape, and lastly the mold pops off and the applicator tube slides on into position.

I went with a rich orangey-red color for Fall, and I added coconut and mint as my flavorings with a satin creme finish. I love the way it turned out, and I also love the all of Bite's products are natural, and in fact healthy enough to eat... although I don't think I'll be consuming my lipstick anytime soon.

If you won't be in New York in the near future, you can still scoop up your own Bite products at Sephora. My favs include their Matte Lip Crayons, and their Lush Lip Tint. Now's the perfect time to switch your lip color up for the new season. Thanks for stopping by today, xo

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SECRETS FROM MY GARBAGE CAN // THE PRODUCTS I USE TO THE BITTER END

the beauty products I use to the bitter last drop, empties

You know that ONE product that you have been a relationship with longer than your husband? The one that you use on repeat, and always need a spare bottle of? Yup, those are the best kind of beauty products- the ones that you use to the bitter last drop!

I call these my EMPTIES because they always seem to be empty, and I am always looking for a refill on them

.

Check out my

Fall 2014 edition of empties

, and see what goodies I have used up recently. Maybe there will be a new discovery here, that will soon become one of your empty-loves too!

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THE BEST BEAUTY FROM BACKSTAGE AT NYFW

hair, makeup, nails, NYFW, New York Fashion Week Beauty

Happy Monday! Today I am excited to share with you my backstage coverage from New York Fashion Week. It was such a thrill to be backstage at a handful of shows this year- the energy and excitement is like nothing I have felt before.

Imagine

15 gorgeous models, 30 makeup artists and hairstylists, and 5 manicurists... all doing their jobs at once,

 plus about 20 members of the press (that's me... 'press' :) trying to photograph and video ALL AT THE SAME TIME! In a tiny backstage area, I might add! It is chaos at its' finest.

In the

video

below, I put together some of the beauty looks that I was able to witness first hand, as well as some of my other favorites from shows I wasn't able to attend this season. It gives you just a glimpse of the beauty you can expect to see trending come Spring 2015. The majority of the designers all opted for sleek/wet hair looks on their models, and mostly natural looking makeup. But, there were of course a few outliers that went for bold lips, crazy nail art, and even pierced eyebrows! Take a look:

Featuring looks from:

I hope you find some beauty inspiration in these looks! I know I did, and I'll be bringing you some '

Inspired By'

posts over the next couple months, where I'll showcase some of my favorite looks, and how I would achieve them at home. Stay tuned for those, and be sure you come back later this week for a recap of what I wore while in NY, and for my

Mascara Wands 101

class with Studio5 TV. xo

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THE FRENCH-GIRL SCENTS YOU'LL LOVE FOR FALL

french parfume favorites, Dior Dune, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia

Illustration by

Melissa Bailey

My fascination with France started young. My favorite book of all time was Madeline, and a read it religiously as a child. I can still quote many of the brilliantly worded rhymes from the stories. And those illustrations! Don't get me started on the beautiful images found in those books, I still treasure them to this day.

When junior high came around, I chose to take French as my foreign language- much to my parents' dismay. (They thought Spanish would be much more useful in life... and they were right- I don't get much practice speaking french, but who cares!?!) I took six years of French class to be exact, but I only remember the basics, sadly. But that six years of hard work, was enough to warrant a trip to France when I was 17, and I'll never forget it! The magic of France is still with me, and I can't wait to go back.

That long tangent there, was really just to tell you about two of my newest perfume collection additions. I feel like Fall is the perfect season to change your scent, and nothing changes a mood more than fragrance. I know it's still warm outside and you are hanging on to Summer just as much as I am, but cooler weather will be here soon, plus I had to speed up my process when my 2-year-old kindly shattered my Summer perfume bottle on my bathroom floor recently. I went searching for a new fragrance and wound up with two- both French. No complaints here. 

The first, Dune by Dior

is full of warm citrus and vanilla notes and just a hint of the ocean mist. I have been wearing this in the day time, and the staying power is legendary. It's perfect for early fall when you are just starting to add layers and the nights are cooling down.

The second scent I'll be wearing this season is Lys Soleia by Guerlain. Guerlain is the ultimate beauty label in my mind, and I love everything I have ever tried from the French design house. If you haven't shopped their makeup counter before, put that on your list of must-dos. This scent from their Aqua Allegoria collection is very robust and sensual, with a spicy musk note, and a Lilly kicker. This scent lends itself beautifully to night time wear, and is quite strong so stick with only 1-2 sprays.

If you are looking for a new parfume in your life- I hope you'll check out these two! We can be smell-twins... yes, that's a real thing. I just made it up. xo

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*samples for were requested by the beauty snoop and fulfilled by fragrencenet.com