It’s Friday, early fall. Around the country, NMDL readers are unpacking sweater-boxes and buffing their boots for the season ahead. At least that’s what we imagine. We also imagine you’re itching to shake up your skincare staples in anticipation of the changing season, which is the reason we’re bringing you this NMDL exclusive promotion from Marie Veronique Organics!
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Want to know more about how much we love Marie Veronique Organics? Check out Rebecca’s review of the MVO Vitamin C Treatment. As you can see from Siobhan’s review, she loves the whole line! What have you tried from MVO?
Unless you’re living under an Internet-free rock (which you aren’t since you read our blog!), you know that New York Fashion Week just wrapped up, leaving all fashion and beauty related bloggers and readers with tons of info on new trends and colors.
Interested in what the hot NYFW looks were, but don’t care to rummage through all the blogs and slideshows and tweets yourself? You’re in luck: We’ve got a quick summer-to-fall transitional beauty guide, complete with NYFW-approved trends and just generally good-to-know beauty info. Enjoy!
Lips: If summer was all about the fuschia matte look, fall deepens things with burgundy lips. You’ve probably already seen the glossy or matte versions of the deep red lip everywhere – time to try it yourself with Osmia Organics Luster gloss. With its color derived from beets, Luster’s burgundy gloss avoids dyes and scary ingredients to bring us a lovely red shade with moisturizing staying power.
Eyes: Colored eyeliner that throws back to the good ol’ 80s and 90s is all over the place for the fall. Bright teal, neon purple, electric blue – you name it, you can find it. Try picking a shade that complements your eye color (teal or emerald for greenies, purple for browns, bright blues for blues). I’m a big fan of Jane Iredale’s Mystikol liners (not too dry, not too smudgy) and her line has colors galore.
Eyebrows: Not a big colored-liner fan (or just not ready to bite the bullet on a color you’re not sure will be in next month)? Fall’s trend is leaning even more toward big brows with natural skin (we’ll get to the skin in a minute). I promise you, if there’s one of these transitions to try, enhancing your eyebrows is one of them. Defining your brows with a little powder can instantly change your face, and since your brows are naturally darker than your hair color, adding a little color to them doesn’t feel cray cray. Try W3LL PEOPLE’s Capitalist Versatile Mineral Brow Pigment with a short, flat brush for application. And trust me on this one: get a shade lighter than you think.
Skin: Clean, natural skin is the way to go this fall. For those of us who don’t have perfect, makeup free skin, a tinted moisturizer is key. We’ve raved about Juice Beauty’s CC Cream on the site before, and I’d definitely recommend it as a base for your face. If you’re looking for a little more coverage, try 100% Pure’s Healthy Skin Foundation. I used it for my wedding and I still couldn’t be happier with it. Top it off with a luminizer (RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer is in all our makeup bags, but ILIA Beauty’s luminizers kill it too) to get the natural-glowing-skin that’s in.
Nails: Nail trends are going in two separate directions this fall. The first is natural nails, which gives us all a great reason to buy RGB’s nail foundation. It comes in an array of colors for all skin tones and it’s meant to give you polished look without color on your nails. If you’re looking for color, you’re going to want to check out a mossy gray-green, a grayish navy blue or a metallic silvery gray. Use any of these colors to do a solid base – or try out the half moon mani that was all over runways.
What trends did you see that you’re in love with? What other recs do you have for the fall season?
Mine sure has been. And while I’ll get into some theories tomorrow, I know that the arrival of vata season (a.k.a. fall in ayurvedic terms), with all of its loveliness and nostalgia, is also likely to aggravate anyone prone to stress (me! you!). So, while we’ve already covered the ayurveda angle, it all bears repeating and today Well+Good has an interview on the subject with one of our favorite practitioners. If you read the book (aw, remember the book? It feels so long ago now!) you will surely remember the part when Siobhan was washing her face with dried sticks and going to ashrams in search of the perfect acne cure. Well Pratima was one of the first alternative docs that really set her straight in those early days when we were both still using stuff like benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid.
So let’s hear from Pratima, but first: How has your skin been faring this fall?
From the piece:
Got some dry patches and breakouts with the dip in temperature?
The cause of your contradictory complexion is par for the course, says Dr. Pratima Raichur, an Ayurvedic physician and owner of Pratima Spa in Soho. It’s Vata season.
The Ayurvedic calendar says October through February is a time when our bodies—and skin—are plagued by imbalances and change, says Dr. Raichur, who has made skin health her specialty.
Want to conquer Vata season’s beauty vices? We asked Dr. Raichur to explain how in layman’s terms:
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old healing science. What is its take on skin, particularly this time of year?
Vata is both a season, and one of three Ayurvedic constitutions called doshas that apply to people.
Vata-dominant people will typically have dry skin and hair, be prone to premature wrinkles, and lack skin luster. This time of year, it can worsen and so can health symptoms like insomnia, constipation, and mental blockages.
Even if Vata is not your primary dosha, all of us are prone to these right now.
What diet or lifestyle changes help fend off Vata season’s effects?
I always recommend doing a detox but dietary changes help. Try to avoid cold or raw food, and opt for steamed or stir-fried dishes. Organic soups and grains like quinoa, basmati rice, seitan, and amaranth are excellent, and adding ghee to your meals helps nourish skin cells.
To keep digestion in check, add spices such as ginger, fennel, cumin, and coriander to your meals.
And most importantly, drink six to seven glasses of room temperature water or herbal tea each day to stay hydrated.