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Makeup Monday: How Does Fall Change Your Look?

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Chunky sweaters and never-ending scarves are right around the corner. As wardrobes shift from summer to fall, I find myself reaching for deeper shades of lipstick, sultrier eye shadow colors, and mascara — something I often ditch in the summer. Though I can’t wait to revisit some of my favorite colors from last fall/winter, like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Diabolique, I am equally excited about the barely there makeup looks that have been trending.

Do you reach for different makeup in the fall? What fall makeup looks are you excited about?

You can share with us in the comments, and we’d also love to feature your makeup bag in our Makeup Monday series. Just tell us what’s in your makeup bag and send a snapshot of your bag to nomoredirtylooks@gmail.com — here’s a fun throwback from the series.

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Help! When Should You Exfoliate Your Face?

Do you exfoliate your face? Do you use a physical exfoliator that scrubs your skin clean with ingredients that grab ahold of and sweep away goop? Or do you use a chemical exfoliator that contains something like fruit enzymes or naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids, which dissolve and eat away the dead skin cells? Most of you who practice exfoliation will likely have strong opinions about what type is best for skin (some of you may shun it entirely), but what about the best time of day to exfoliate? That’s what one of our readers, Christine, wants to know. Here’s her question:

I am wondering if you all have an opinion on when to exfoliate your face. I have always heard that your skin is more sensitive in the morning so it is better to exfoliate at night, however I find that in most of your “Morning Routines Exposed” people seem to exfoliate in the morning. Do you have thoughts on this?

Personally, I am a morning exfoliator, and I tend to exfoliate every other day. That may be too much for sensitive skin types, but I find a light, gentle exfoliation really preps my skin for the day and gets my blood flowing. It creates a smooth canvas, so to speak, so that everything I apply afterword—from sunscreen to foundation or powder—goes on without a hitch. Three exfoliating products that are in constant rotation at my house include One Love Organics Brand New Day, May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt, and Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator. I’ve listed these from the most gentle to the most intense. Another reason I exfoliate in the morning is because I oil cleanse in the evening. Exfoliating in the evening would probably invigorate my senses at a time when I’m trying to wind down.

So when do you exfoliate? Does it matter to you what time of day you do it? Why? Tell us in the comments!

Whether I’m heading to out for an evening with friends or an important business meeting, I inevitably reach for the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask as part of my preparation. This beta-hydroxy mask is like a reset button for my skin, but it is gentle and calming, so I don’t need any down time between removing the mask and walking out the door. It isn’t the least bit messy, so I can wear it while donning nice clothes or styling my hair. The unique jelly-like texture dries clear and wipes clean with minimal effort. While application and removal is a dream, it’s the effect on my skin that keeps me coming back. Time and time again, the Resurfacing Mask gives my skin the perfect boost — a little glow and fresh, refined features. While it’s equally lovely in the context of an at home spa treatment, this little baby is my going out into the world quick skin fix.

To my delight, Tata Harper has begun to make limited edition versions of the classic Resurfacing Mask that incorporate seasonal ingredients. Last fall it was the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask, which I reviewed along with the original. The latest edition is the Soothing Apricot Resurfacing Mask, and this may be my favorite one yet. Apricot stem cells are the star ingredient, which helps reduce redness and promote an even skin tone. Ultra hydrating coconut water is also included, which helps lock in moisture and keep skin smooth and soft. I would eat this mask if I didn’t know better, and the calming, slightly sweet scent of apricot is the icing on the cake.

We want you to experience this treat, too! So guess what? Tata Harper is giving one No More Dirty Looks reader the chance to win the Limited Edition Soothing Apricot Resurfacing Mask!

The details: From now until midnight next Friday (like when the clock changes from Thursday to Friday) you can enter to win. You have a few options for how to enter, but the more you complete, the more chances you have to win: follow Tata Harper or No More Dirty Looks on Twitter or like Tata Harper or No More Dirty Looks on Facebook, or tweet about it. You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win. Good luck!

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Coup of all coups, La Bella Figura has formulated a small makeup collection with ingredient lists that read like high performing skincare products. We’ve all been hip to makeup that multitasks like BB creams and blushes, and it’s not uncommon to see some stellar botanical ingredients in some of our favorites. But what if makeup was truly made to nourish as much as adorn? Like, nourish in the same way that your night cream or treatment serums do? Look no further, ladies. The ingredients in LBF’s new collection tell the story.

La Bella Figura designed their 100% vegan and gluten free More Than Makeup collection on the premise that getting gussied up doesn’t have to be a surface-level endeavor. Each piece in the collection is naturally enhanced with vitamins, minerals, omegas, and breathable waxes. Ingredients include some of the most antioxidant-rich, glow-inducing botanicals around, like Acai, Kakadu Plum, and Rooibos extracts. A blend of hydrating butters and oils (hello again, wondrous Barbary Fig seed oil) allow the makeup to spread and melt into the skin for a dewy affect, while rose flower wax keeps the formulas petal-soft and ethereal. The highlighter even contains arnica and watermelon seed oil. Bonus: it’s also free from some ingredients we frequently see in clean cosmetics that can be troublesome for some skin types, like coconut oil and beeswax. Are you getting the picture? This isn’t just makeup!

Let’s get real, though, because if we want to wear it like makeup, it needs to work as such.  Here are my thoughts on two items from the collection that I’ve dubbed my “cheeks for days” look thanks to the fresh-faced effect of the duo.

Radiant Crème Blush – Just Jenna: Described as an orchid pink hue, this color leaves the most natural flush on my cheeks—not too purple or pink, just fresh. The blend is emollient, almost like a balm, but never waxy or too shiny. It applies sheer but builds for more intense color without becoming heavy on the skin. In fact, this blush is really hard to screw up thanks to how easily it blends into skin. With its gorgeous color and texture, I am 100% in love with Just Jenna and carry it everywhere for touch ups throughout the day. Touch ups are necessary, but I love reapplying something so effortless and nourishing to my cheeks.  I also dab Just Jenna on my lips, which brings them to life instantly, again without looking too made-up.

Golden Corrective Highlighter – Brazilian Denise: The effect of this highlighter is so subtle yet transformative. Of all the highlighters I’ve tried, the Brazilian Denise gives the most lit-from-within glow, like a softening halo for the face. Highlighters have not played much of a role in my makeup routine until now because the colors I’ve tried are usually too obvious or shimmery and shiny, which makes me feel more glaring than glam. To be honest, the first time I applied Brazilian Denise, I almost couldn’t see it. Then I stepped back and compared my highlighted cheek with the un-highlighted cheek, and I finally realized what this highlighting business is all about. Like the Just Jenna blush, Brazilian Denise feels gorgeous going on and blends seamlessly with whatever it sits atop. I swipe it over my blush and dab it around my orbital area. I also love to use it on bare eyelids, which really enlivens the eyes.

La Bella Figura’s Radiant Crème Blush and Golden Corrective Highlighter are super portable and go from day to night without a hitch. The formulas are gentle, nutrient-dense, and elegant. The colors are made to work on any skin tone and go from sheer to bold with ease. Never fussy, always fun. There’s one more thing that makes the LBF More Than Makeup collection stand out. Each compact has a light fragrance that’s fresh and subtle — a bit powdery, floral, and green. Maybe I smell the rose flower wax, and maybe a little of the lavender extract. I love that I’m creating olfactory memories with every application. The scent is already familiar and comforting, like a favorite scarf or the scent of your best friend’s hair when you hug.

Have you tried something from the More Than Makeup collection? Do you plan to? We’re featuring La Bella Figura in a special deal this Friday!

Sometimes our best intentions can complicate life. (Of course I want to get up early, but I also want to stay up late! And I’ve been trying to find the time to make this loaf of bread for weeks, but… sheesh. You can relate, I’m sure.) One of our readers, Susannah, wrote to us about this very subject — bumping into logistical challenges in pursuit of health goals — and we aim to help her figure this out. We’re recruiting you, too. Here’s the challenge:

Please help! I have just started a new exercise program and aim to attend every weekday – the only downfall is I am a SWEATY SWEATY girl and all this health and fitness is ruining my hairdo. I have long, thickthickthick curly hair and I used to wash only 1-2 times a week. Now I am either forced to wash daily or wear a sweaty bun all day. I cannot forgo washing and just rinse either because I air dry my hair and that can take all night long. Dry shampoo only takes me so far because I literally have to blow dry the sweat from my hair beforehand, and I can’t really comb the dry shampoo through either because then I am left with a frizzy, yucky mess. Am I alone in this or are there other sweaty girls out there trying to get fit and have nice hair at the same time? 

What’s a lady to do? We know some of you must have already found the ideal strategy for this lifestyle conundrum. Help a sister out!