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5 Fall Beauty Essentials


Now that our wardrobes have been updated for fall, it’s time to overhaul the makeup bag. While some products are mainstays in our routines, we do like to add a few newbies at the start of the season. Here are five products we’re loving lately:

  1. Winged Liner: Chic all year round, but there’s something about that perfect wing that looks so chic paired with a faux fur vest (a staple this season!).
  2. Greige nails: This season’s version of baby blue – more exciting than a classic red but not too crazy.
  3. Natural blush: As the summer bronze fades, play up rosy cheeks with a simple color that compliments your complexion.
  4. A deep lip: For those dark mornings when you hit snooze one too many times. Draw attention away from the bags under your eyes & onto your plum pout.
  5. Soft curls: Summer is all about the fishtail braids & top buns to beat the heat. Now, take advantage of the brisk weather and channel your inner Lauren Conrad with soft, carefree curls.

How do you refresh your beauty routine for the fall?


Products featured: Benefit “They’re Real!” Push-Up eyeliner // Essie “Take It Outside” nail polish // Bobbi Brown “Desert Pink” blush // Jouer “Dahlia” tint // Hot Tools curling iron

What I’ve Learned from “The MM & L Show”


I have a confession: “The Bachelor” used to be a weekly ritual of mine in college. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy indulging in the drama of the girls in the house, but Brad was pretty dreamy, right? The clever editing quickly had me obsessed with contestant Michelle Money – she provided me with hair, makeup and fashion inspiration each week! After some Googling, I stumbled across her YouTube channel with her best friend, Laura Armstrong. I’ve been hooked ever since, and have learned some of the best tips and tricks from the duo. Read/watch on for my favorites!


Mix the very casual with the very fancy.
Both Michelle and Laura have great casual style. They always wear cool, distressed t-shirts, but to keep them from being too casual, they style them up with great layered necklaces and statement jewelry. See their t-shirt distressing video here.

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 Yes, you do have facial hair.
And yes, you might need to get rid of it. MM has a no tolerance approach when it comes to facial hair. She introduced me to these facial razors, which I highly suggest to everyone. Be proactive and remove it before anyone notices your peach fuzz in the sunlight. Btw, it doesn’t make you have stubble, nor does it grow back in a wiry beard! Watch the video here.


Go bold or go home.
Michelle is a hair and makeup artist by trade, and Laura is an aesthetician, so they have a handle on skincare and makeup products. These two taught me the power of a bright, scary-looking blush to give you that fresh-faced flush and gorgeous glow we all desire. (“Desire” by Nars happens to be my personal favorite.) Here’s their blush tutorial.


The importance of great eyebrows.
MM has the most striking eyebrows I’ve ever seen. I’ve always wanted to have eyebrows of that caliber, and while they aren’t anywhere near hers, they have come a long way! Michelle taught me the importance of leaving them alone and leaving the shaping and maintenance to a professional.  See the video here.


How to wield a curling wand.
This video is a total game-changer. If I’m in need of a more dramatic version of the ‘do I rock on a regular basis, I’ll follow these rules. The products she uses are spot-on – plus, her tutorial makes the scary clip-less curling iron far less intimidating.

Who do you learn your tips & tricks from?


Katie Bina: Nail Obsessions

As a self-described nail polish addict, I’m a sucker for a great nail blog (Nailed It and FYeahNailArt are a couple favorites). Few things can turn my day around like a great manicure and pedicure, and while I’m certainly guilty of getting stuck in a color rut—and wearing OPI’s “Miami Beet” on repeat—I love discovering the more creative, daring nail art people are wearing these days.

A few of my personal spring faves from around the web:

An update on the classic French tip. I love this animal print version that is playful and fun! (photo via)

The reverse French manicure is subtle, but still edgy with a pop of luxury! (photo via)

From checkers to chevron, I love adore patterned nails. Best of all, a lot of them are easy to do yourself, too! (photo via)

Jessica Biel sported this caviar look at a red carpet premiere last fall, and I still can’t get over it – the perfect way to dress up your nails for a special occasion! (photo via)

When it comes to prettying yourself with a little polish, are you more daring with your digits, or do you like to keep it beautiful and basic? 


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Katelyn’s Wishlist

We can’t be the only ones who love seeing what items other people are lusting over, right? Today, creative director Katelyn Koepke Lewis gives us a glimpse of ten items that are currently on her wishlist:

1. Society Social Madison Mixer: For months, I have been searching for the bar cart to trump all bar carts. Let’s just say I am stalking this site until this baby pops back in stock.

2. Eberjey Gisele PJ Set: It’s a mission of mine to upgrade my PJ portfolio; these are irresistibly soft!

3. Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. Muse Brass Place Card Holders: I would throw a party solely to show off these brass beauties.

4. Kate Spade Black Tie Optional Bracelet: Kate Spade. Bows. Done.

5. russell + hazel Quips+Queries Cards: Since returning to Skirt, I’ve become secretly (now, openly) obsessed with desk supplies. These perky pink cards make jotting down notes much more exciting!

6. Equipment Signature Blouse: I fear my closet is overflowing with too many silk buttoned blouses, but this is just mint to be (couldn’t resist…)

7. Tibi Isosceles Sleeveless Dress: If I wasn’t craving spring badly enough already, this graphic pastel sheath seals the deal. (And let’s talk about Tibi’s serious comeback these days!)

8. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel: I can 100% guarantee this will be on every list I compile until it somehow finds its way into my possession. (I hope my husband or Phillip Lim is reading this.)

9. Zara Leopard Print Ankle Boot Sandal: This is quite the unexpected pick for my generally prepster (read: “I could singlehandedly keep J.Crew in business”) style—to be honest, I’m still on the fence, but there’s something about their don’t-mess-with-me attitude that I’m digging…

10. M.A.C. LIPMIX in Crimson: For as often as I gobble up M.A.C. lip products, it’s shocking I haven’t tried the Lipmix yet. An opaque cream base to customize any color? Genius.


What’s on your current wishlist?




A Very Merry Manicure: Holiday Nail Polish Faves

Whether you like to keep it simple or make a statement, an amazing nail color is the best accessory – at least we think so.  In honor of the holiday season,  we’ve chosen six polishes that are sure to make for a very merry manicure!

You can’t go wrong with red nails during the holidays, when everything from Starbucks’ cups to Reindeers noses are red.  (“Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi”, Nicole by OPI)

Ten golden fingers definitely trumps “five golden rings”.   (“The Old Bill”, butter LONDON)

Who doesn’t love a little tinsel?  (“Justa’ Pinch of Glitter”, Sephora by OPI)

A Christmas tree-inspired mani is the perfect reminder that the holidays are near. (“Emilie”, Julep)

A manicure the Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairies would appreciate.  (“Skirting the Issue”, Essie)

A dark red hue is a little naughty, a little nice.  ( “Vixen”, Revlon)

What colors are you loving this holiday season?

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