Favorite fall lipstick colors

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I love experimenting with lip colors during fall! Here are some of the colors that I can’t lie without this season:

top left: Sexy Game (#12): Having a neutral pink is a necessity for fall. I love that this color is subtle but still buildable.

bottom left: The Red (#04): Red lipstick will never go out of style. Opt for a deeper red this season for a bold upgrade.

top right: Truth or Dare (#41): A dark purple is perfect for those who want to try a unique, fall color.

bottom right: Mr. Lover (#10): This bold, fuchsia lipstick will brighten any fall date you have this season.

All lipsticks are the Rogue Cream lipstick from Sephora.com for $12.50.

What are your favorite fall lipstick colors for this season? Make sure to leave a comment below or tweet them to @BlissBrunette. I hope you all enjoy your day and I will talk to you on Wednesday.

Fight the fall flu

Fight Fall Flu

Although this is my favorite time of year, it can be the an unhealthy time with flu season. Luckily, I haven’t caught the flu bug this year (knock on wood) so I wanted to share my top tips on how to stay flu free this fall.

Running: I’m shocked with my health since I began running. Running helps build your immune system, which fights the flu. It’s also good for your mental and emotional health by decreasing stress. Running is easy to incorporate in your routine to see the benefits. Try 15-20 minutes a day and you’ll improve your health significantly.

Water: Specifically fruit-infused water is great for your body. Water will keep you hydrated and flush out any toxins while keeping your skin clear! Double up on water this fall to fight the flu. Adding fruit increases your intake of antioxidants, improving your overall health.

Sleep: Don’t skip out on this important necessity! It has been proven that your immune system weakens if you don’t have a regular sleep schedule. Opt for eight to nine hours a night consistently and you’ll see a change in your mood and health.

Green tea, honey and lemon: This is a flu-fighting miracle. Green tea has a long list of health benefits. Adding honey and lemon only enhances those benefits. If you’re a coffee lover (like me) try tea for a relaxing change. Green tea will not only help your metabolism, but also overall immune health.

Wash your hands: I don’t think I need to explain myself here, but if you increase the amount you wash your hands, you won’t get sick. I wash my hands a lot more this year and believe it’s the main reason I haven’t been sick.

What are your flu-fighting tips? Make sure to leave a comment or tweet your tips to @BlissBrunette! Enjoy your weekend and I will talk to you on Monday.

OOTD: cozy for fall

I’m overwhelmed with the amount of positive feedback I received from you guys on my last OOTD post, and I can’t wait to continue posting these for you more frequently. Make sure to like this post if you want more OOTD posts like this!

Autumn here at New York is beautiful in every way. This is my favorite time of year for fashion and I am lucky to be able to share my outfits with you all. These photos were taken again by Melissa Scott. You can check out her awesome blog filled with her photography here.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft

Sweater: Forever 21

Leggings: Old Navy

Boots: DSW

Oct15-1 Oct15-2 Oct15-3 Oct15-4 Oct15-5(c.) for all photos by Melissa Scott.

I hope you enjoy the day and I will talk to you on Friday.

Updated skin care routine 2014

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I am thankful I found a list of products that work well for my skin type. I have sensitive, combination skin, which means I have some dry patches, oily spots, etc. I also have a history of stress acne.  It’s important to find out what type of skin you have and purchase products for that type.

I use six products on a daily or weekly basis (pictured above). Beginning at the top left corner is the Epiduo spot treatment. I apply this at night when I have noticeable breakouts on my skin, which (thankfully) isn’t often anymore. With this product, you must have a doctor’s prescription. Although it’s expensive, it has changed my skin for the better.

The next product I use every night is the Lancôme bienfait multi-vital cream. Although this product is a little pricey ($46) I have noticed a huge difference in my skin with softness. You can purchase this at any store where Lancôme products are sold.

The Estēe Lauder pore minimizing skin refinisher is a product I use every morning along with the Day Wear moisturizer ($50) also by Estēe Lauder. Both products are great for my skin because they don’t leave it feeling oily, but they also don’t dry my skin out.

On a weekly or bi-weekly basis, I apply regular honey to my skin because honey has amazing beauty benefits, especially for fighting acne. I recommend using honey to anyone who has acne problems. You will notice a difference in a few weeks.

The last product I use twice a day is the Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. This product has received numerous awards for its acne-fighting agents. It also leaves skin soft after washing. I have used this cleanser for around five years now, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s very inexpensive ($8) for a large quantity and it never fails to keep my skin clean, clear and controlled.

What are your favorite skin care products right now? Make sure to leave your skin care routine below in the comments or tweet it to @BlissBrunette. Enjoy your day and I will talk to you on Wednesday.

Foods for weight loss

You know about the foods you shouldn’t eat to lose weight, but  do you know about the foods you should be eating? We assume all fruits and vegetables are perfect options for weight loss. But, it’s about what specific foods help trigger your metabolism. It’s important to select the top foods for weight loss and add them into a regular diet.

index    Berries like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are fat-burning foods for weight loss because they have few carbohydrates and are low in sugar compared to other fruits. Berries eliminate toxins and other harmful materials, which detoxifies the body. Berries also promote heart health by removing bad cholesterol from the body. The fiber content in berries slows down the digestion and absorption of added sugar.

Porridge with berries (1)Oatmeal consists of complex carbohydrates. It’s also one of the super foods for weight loss because consuming complex carbohydrates burns more fat rather than eating simple carbohydrates. Oatmeal decreases your appetite by keeping you full longer with it’s high-fiber content. Eat oatmeal one to two hours before working out will help you to work out for longer, which helps with weight loss. Oats are also rich in protein, which increases strength and lowers body fat.

bananasBananas are filled with soluble fiber that prevents eating comfort foods. Starch in bananas also prevents the absorption of carbohydrates in the body. The body burns fat instead of carbohydrates. Potassium in bananas helps to build muscles, which also burns fat.

Cucumber on WhiteCucumbers are one of the best low-calorie foods for weight loss. They contain high amounts of water and are amazing for your skin because they reduce puffiness (prefect for under your eyes). Cucumbers are a great source of silica, a mineral required for strengthening the connective tissues.

indexLemons remove toxins from your liver. Maintaining your liver is essential for the body’s ability to metabolize and burn fat. It tastes acidic, but can alkalize the bodily fluids and tissues. Drink a glass of lemon water daily morning to prevent fat build up. If you drink warm lemon water, you’ll rev up your metabolism, too.

What super foods do you want to add to the list? Make sure to comment or tweet any suggestions to @BlissBrunette. I hope you all enjoy the weekend and I will talk to you on Monday.

OOTD: Black and Blue

I love the month of October because it’s a beautiful time for change. With colorful leaves changing while temperatures begin to cool down, this time of year is my favorite. Make sure to like or comment if you want more OOTD posts like this!

I’m planning to do more outfit of the day posts with better photography. My amazing and talented friend, Melissa will be taking more photos for my blog consistently. Here are my most recent pictures taken by her. Make sure to visit Melissa’s blog here!

Skirt: GAP

Top: Ann Taylor Loft

Shoes: TOMS

Unfortunately, the top and skirt are no longer available for me link for your guys. Apologies!

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(c.) Melissa Scott for above photos.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and I will talk to you on Friday!

Guest Blogging

Hi everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend.

The last week has been crazy with three guest blogging opportunities I’ve received from some wonderful bloggers! Today’s post will explain my upcoming posts on their blogs with you.

Today, I have a guest blog post featured on Leather & Lipstick by Kelsey Vickers. The post, titled, “How to De-Stress Your Life” tells you some simple ways to take the stress out of your life. Make sure to check out these tips here on Leather & Lipstick! you can follow her Twitter @VickersKelsey

Tomorrow, I will have a second guest blog post features on Sasha Hope.com, which features beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts. I wrote a blog post featuring titled, “The beauty Benefits of Honey.” The post will go live tomorrow on October 7. Make sure to check out Sasha Hope on Twitter @SashHope.

The third guest blogging opportunity I had is with Ana Gusso on First Time Foreigner.com. Her blog features different traveling experiences around the world. Sometime this week or early next week, I will have a post titled, “Beauty and Fashion Traveling Essentials.” Make sure to follow Ana on Twitter @Gusso_Ana.

Thank you to these three lovely bloggers for giving me the opportunity to write for their blogs! I hope you all enjoy my upcoming posts, and I will talk to you on Wednesday.

Foods that fuel your body

We all have bad weeks where we don’t have motivation to eat healthy or work out consistently. But it’s important to find foods we love that also fuel our bodies. Once you jump start your metabolism, you’ll find it easier to work out and eat healthy.

Lean-ProteinLean protein: This includes: chicken, fish, eggs, dairy and soy. If you’re vegan/vegetarian, make sure your soy products are organic and don’t contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Choose protein wisely, but include it in every meal.images

Yogurt: Consuming calcium through yogurt may reduce the fat absorption of other foods, making it harder to gain weight. Be sure to check how much sugar is in your favorite brand. Opt for Greek yogurt because it’s contains more protein, which fuels your body longer and contains less sugar.

getty_rf_photo_of_mixed_berriesBerries: The antioxidants found in strawberries helps your body fight against diabetes and nervous system disorders. The sweetness in strawberries and blueberries can trick your taste buds to decrease your cravings for sugar.

Spinach: This leafy green has more health benefits than other greens. It’s a powerful source of spinachfolate, a B vitamin that helps with weight loss. It contains nutrients linked with fighting cancer, preventing Alzheimer’s, and protecting your liver. Another benefit, it’s loaded with potassium, which helps your muscles. Get your Popeye on!

I hope you all find the motivation and inspiration from this post to fuel your bodies with energy, nutrients and love. Enjoy the weekend and I will talk to you on Monday.

The ultimate acne-fighting face mask

honeyjarAs we move into the beautiful fall season, you might notice changes in your skin. Dry, lifeless, acne-prone skin seems to be a beauty problem for those during this time of year. The good news is there is a simple, inexpensive DIY face mask you can create at home to fix these problems for your skin.

You’ll need:

  • five uncoated aspirin tablets
  • one teaspoon witch hazel
  • one teaspoon honey

Aspirin dries up blemishes because it contains salicylic acid, which fights acne to the core. Witch hazel, I recommend Dickinson’s brand, will work together with the aspirin to tighten pores while the honey gives your skin hydration as it fights acne with its natural-based ingredients. Beauty tip: try to use raw honey. It makes a difference, I promise! Crush the aspirin tablets in the witch hazel and then combine those two ingredients with honey. 300

If you find that you have a lot of acne, use this DIY mask twice a week for a month, then switch to once a week for a month. Make sure to keep this three-ingredient recipe in your beauty DIY arsenal for the next time you see acne break out on your skin.

What DIY face masks have you been loving recently? Make sure to comment any recipes or tweet @BlissBrunette. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day and I will talk to you on Wednesday.

Beauty tricks using Vaseline

vaseline-450x450_tcm72-298021I’m always on the lookout for specific products that can be used for multiple purposes. Vaseline is one of those products that can be used for many different beauty hacks. What’s great is that you can buy a large container for pennies at a drugstore. This multi-purpose product will make big changes in your beauty routine.

1. Eye makeup remover: If you want an inexpensive makeup remover that won’t be harsh on your eyes, Vaseline is the perfect option. Simply place some on a cotton pad and gently remove eye makeup.

2. Eyelash conditioner: Conditioning your lashes with Vaseline has a lot of benefits, especially for those looking to strengthen them for bold eyelashes. Use a cotton swap and using a mascara-applying motion to cover your lashes.

3. Hide split ends: In between hair cuts, rub a bit of Vaseline in your hair to protect it if split ends begin to show. This is keep your hair looking polished between salon visits.

4. Cream blush: Apply Vaseline with your favorite lip color to create the perfect crème blush for your cheeks. Vaseline isn’t harsh on skin, so you’ll have a mini moisturizer and blush in one.

5. Perfume treatment: Dab Vaseline on the spots you plan to spray perfume before you leave the house. Vaseline has properties that along the product to last longer throughout the day.

If you have another beauty trick using Vaseline, make sure to share your tips in the comments or tweet me @BlissBrunette. I hope you all enjoy your day and I will talk to you on Wednesday.