Fall Favorites Tag

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I LOVE me some fall weather, fashion, activities, & movies!

Fall is right up there with Christmastime in terms of most exciting times of the year in my book! One of my favorite YouTubers, Jaclyn Hill, started the “Fall Favorites Tag” a couple of years ago and since then, hundreds of other YouTubers have done the tag. Since I haven’t ventured into the YouTube world, I thought it would be fun to do the tag in blog form!

 

1. Favorite Fall Candle

Alright, confession time: I’m kind of a fall/winter candle FREAK. I’ve done my absolute best to narrow it down to just one fall candle, but I couldn’t choose between these two!

I’m big on the Bath & Body works candles and my favorite for the colder seasons is Marshmallow Fireside. I don’t know exactly how to describe it except that it’s not exactly what I was expecting. It’s not sickly sweet or smoky. Call me crazy, but it smells just like you’re cuddled up in a warm blanket, sitting by the last campfire of the season with an ooey gooey s’more pressed up to your nose. If it were at all possible for that scenario to have a smell, this candle would be it.

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My other favorite fall candle is a Brookside candle called Harvest Spice that I got from TJ Maxx a couple years back. It’s a warm, spicy, sweet pumpkin scent and it’s so inviting and cozy. I burn it almost every day in the fall and even into the winter months. This scent just makes my house smell like home to me and I love it! (I can’t find this candle anywhere online! So sad!)

2. Favorite Fall Lip Color

I’m so incredibly indecisive (personality flaw) so I have 2 favorite fall lip colors, too!

My first fave is Wet n Wild’s Megalast Lip Color in Black Cherry. It is so vampy and beautiful and the undertone compliments my skin and eyes really well. Sometimes I wear it with a full face for a more glam look, but I usually wear it with “barely there” makeup (just brows, mascara, and concealer). It puts a fall twist on whatever look you’re wearing which I love, plus vampy fall lip colors excite the heck out of me. (And did I mention this is only $1.99?!)

My second fave is Ofra x Kathleen Lights Liquid Lipstick in Miami Fever. It’s a super pretty spiced pumpkin color that looks completely different on every single person I’ve ever seen wearing it. (Search #miamifever on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean!) I love to wear it by itself, but I also love to mix it with red lip liner for a deeper, more spiced look. Simple face makeup + winged liner + mascara + Miami Fever = perfect fall makeup look.

3. Favorite Fall Drink

I never feel like it’s truly fall until I have some mulled hot apple cider. My mom used to make it when I was growing up so the smell of it reminds me of being in my childhood home. Warm, spicy, and sweet… it’s by far my favorite thing to drink in the fall!

4. Favorite Fall Blush

I love the e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette in “Dark” for fall. It ranges from peach-toned to berry-toned which is perfect the the transition from summer to winter. I especially love to mix the top-left shade with the bottom-right shade.
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5. Favorite Fall Clothing Item

I might be totally cheating here, but fall accessories are my favorite. Scarves, hats, boots, jackets… yes, please! I just love all the cozy accessories fall brings. You can take any outfit, throw on some fall accessories, and bam! – You’ve got yourself a fall outfit. Give me ALL of the beanies, knit scarves, leather jackets, and suede booties. That is my happy place.

6. Favorite Fall Movie

My ALL TIME favorite fall movie is Halloweentown. I probably watch it close to 10 times every fall season because I just love it that much. I love Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, and Halloweentown High. (I’m not a fan of Return to Halloweentown though. Sorry, Sara Paxtson, but you ruined it for me.)

P.S. I may or may not have just ordered this shirt for myself this morning

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7. Favorite Fall TV Show

The two fall premieres I am counting down the days to are This is Us and Law & Order: SVU. I could watch these shows every day of the year, but they’re premiering later this month and I’m super excited! And if you haven’t watched these shows yet, well… 10/10 highly recommend.

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8. Favorite Thanksgiving Food

My mom’s sweet potato casserole. Hands. Down.

(I hadn’t even thought about my first vegan Thanksgiving until this very moment! Cheat day or no cheat day, that is the question… update to come.)

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9. Favorite Halloween Costume

In kindergarten, I was the pink ranger from the Power Rangers and that’s probably my favorite costume I’ve ever been. (Wish I could find a picture!)I’m not big on parties or anything like that, so as an adult, I never really have a reason to dress up on Halloween!

 

If you enjoyed this Fall Favorites Tag, I encourage you to do it yourself! It’s fun! Here’s the list of faves:

Favorite Fall Candle

Favorite Fall Lip Color

Favorite Fall Drink

Favorite Fall Blush

Favorite Fall Clothing Item

Favorite Fall Movie

Favorite Fall TV Show

Favorite Thanksgiving Food

Favorite Halloween Costume

 

Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope to see you again soon!

xoxo Emily

A Lazy Girl’s Nightly Skincare Routine

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Okay, okay… I’ll admit it. When it comes to skincare, particularly in the evenings, I am incredibly lazy. Going from a 9-5 job to an evening job, then finally going home to have a late dinner, clean up the house, and prep for the next morning, the very last thing I want to do is spend 15+ minutes using ten different products on my face. I’m sure there are tons of you who can relate!

But skincare is really important to me! You get one face and you wear it everywhere you go for your entire life, so it only makes sense to take care of it, right? Right. So when it comes to skincare products, I’m picky. I need products that serve more than one purpose because well… I’m lazy and using one product that only benefits my skin in one way just sounds like a waste of time. Leave it to your grade A lazy girl to come up with a foolproof way to take good care of your skin without exerting too much energy at the end of a long day.

 

Step 1: Remove Makeup – Rodan + Fields Redefine Eye Cloths

Some days I hardly wear any makeup and other days, I go full-on glam. Either way, I can count on these babies to get the job done with no fuss. One cloth removes all my makeup, even on my most cake-faced days (waterproof mascara and all!). I’ve tried lots of other makeup removing cloths in the past and some left a sticky, stinky film on my skin which made me feel like I had to rinse my face before bed after using them (totally defeats the purpose in my opinion), but these aren’t like that! Looooove these guys! The best part about these is that they have anti-aging peptides in them. So even though I’m being lazy, I’m actually doing double duty!

Take off makeup  √

Fight aging √

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Step 2: Moisturize – Rodan + Fields Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream

Okay, first of all, this stuff smells soooo nice and clean which is exactly the kind of thing I want going on my face right before I hit the hay. A little bit goes a long way, which is awesome for your wallet’s sake. This moisturizer goes on nice and smooth and it feels really hydrating right away. When I wake up in the morning, it’s fully absorbed into my skin and my skin looks fresh and hydrated. Even after I wash my face in the A.M., the moisture doesn’t go away. This cream has a ton of anti-aging ingredients in it, so you’ll probably notice that fine lines and wrinkles will start to disappear as you use this stuff. My forehead wrinkles are much less defined than they were before I started using the R+F Redefine products and I couldn’t be happier about that!

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Step 3: Bye, Bye, Bags! – Rodan + Fields Multi-Function Eye Cream (a.k.a. Eye Crack)

Pretty sure I prayed to thank God for this incredible invention after I first used it. Yes, you will be addicted to using this stuff once you try it out, just take my word for it. This is one of the first skincare products I ever tried that gave me actual visual results. Because let’s face it, not only am I interested in preserving my skin, but I have a few things I’d like to improve about my skin and well, this eye cream does just that. Say goodbye to under-eye bags, dark circles, and crow’s feet. Working two jobs and running an at-home business, sleep is usually the last think on my mind throughout the week. I used to hate when people would look at me and say “Wow, you look exhausted” or “Are you feeling ok? You don’t look so good.” Thanks to this stuff, my exhaustion doesn’t show on my face anymore. (Well, at least not through my eyes. I have yet to find a skincare product that takes care of my sleep deprived RBF). I use this at night and in the morning because it’s hydrating and moisturizing enough for nighttime repair, but it’s not heavy or greasy, so I’m able to apply my makeup right over it in the morning without it causing any break-up or patchiness in my foundation, concealer, powder, etc. Oh, and did I mention that this product also has anti-aging ingredients? Hallelujah!

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And that’s it! Skincare complete. Yes, just 3 steps and I’m done for the night.

This entire routine takes about 4 minutes, 5 tops if I have a ton of makeup to remove that day. Four minutes to remove my makeup, moisturize, prevent dark circles and bags under my eyes, AND fight the signs of aging… I can handle that even on my laziest nights.

 

Some things I should mention:

  • I do this routine 4-5 nights a week. The rest of the time, I go through a full regime of washing my face, then using toner, treatment, and moisturizer.
  • My skin is normal to combination and it’s not particularly problematic or sensitive.
  • I am a consultant for Rodan + Fields. However, even if I wasn’t, I would use these products because I have personally had great results while using them and I stand behind them 100%.
  • This post is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Rodan + Fields. These are the products I personally use with an honest account of what I like about them and what they’ve done for my skin.
  • Rodan + Fields products can only be purchased through a consultant, so if you’re interested in trying these products or seeing what other products are available, please send me an email at emcala08@gmail.com.