trend report | fall 2012 beauty trends

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On Monday, I made my live television debut. You guys have been so supportive of me, and I am very grateful to have several ways to connect with my readers!

Here, I’d like to outline the trends I talked about on-air in a little more depth. I also want to share a few of the products with you that I wasn’t able to talk about because of time — luckily on my blog, there is no limit! Enjoy :)


Trend 1: Dewy skin on fresh, natural faces on the Valentino and Vera Wang runways

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{Fresh faces at Valentino. Photos Courtesy}

Get the look: Darphin Aromatic Renewing Balm ($70, also available at Halls in Kansas City); Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream with SPF 25 ($48, also available at Roca Salon & Spa in Kansas City)

There’s two ways to get this look: First, you’ve gotta take care of your skin. Use the EcoCert-approved Darphin Aromatic Renewing Balm every night to repair your skin with 12 different essential oils, but also, dab some onto the apples of your cheeks mid-day for a little glow.

Second, to really let your skin appear flawless, try the amazing mineral BB cream from Jane Iredale. I just started using it (I wear BB5), and it offers a fantastic full coverage without feeling heavy. I apply it with a dampened wedge sponge by pressing it into my skin and then smoothing it down my jawline. Perfection!

Trend 2: Ox blood-color, vampy lips on the Gucci runway

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{Bold lips at Gucci. Photos Courtesy}

Get the look: Lancome Advanced Replenishing & Reshaping Lipcolor in Jezabel ($29.50, also available at Halls in Kansas City); Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Black Currant ($20, also available at Roca Salon & Spa in Kansas City)

Ox blood…so…specific…and kind of creepy…but I like it. It’s the new take on burgundy, but a bit deeper, and a bit sexier.

While I’m not a big lipstick person (I prefer glosses and lighter-wash lipsticks), this trend intrigues me. Sexy lips always make a statement, but it takes a good lipstick to really pull it off. Lancome may not be the quintessential natural brand, but man, do they make some fine lipsticks.

Yes, I’m cleaning out my beauty bag.
No, I don’t wear a lot of lipstick.

But for a big color payoff…sometimes a conventional lipstick is your best bet. (See, I’m not perfect and have my weaknesses).

If I want to be realistic, though (I mean, am I really going to wear this trend every day? Probably not), I’ll spring for a truer-to-my-beliefs ox blood lip gloss from Jane Iredale. I’m still tiptoeing into the trend!

Trend 3: Dark nails, autumn leaf-inspired nails on the Naheem Khan and Alexandre Herchcovitch runways


{Deep and shimmery gel nails. Photos Courtesy CND}

Get the look: Chanel Nail Color in Vamp ($26, also available at Halls in Kansas City); Zoya Nail Colors in Angelina, Salma, Penny and Blair ($8 each, also available at Roca Salon & Spa in Kansas City)

For me, nail polish is where it’s at. I geek out when the new season collection come out (look for a post very soon!), but sometimes it’s fun to comb through past collections and pick colors that just make sense for fall.

Hello, rusty leaf colors.
Hello, deep, vampy colors.
Hello, Chanel.

As I said on-air, Chanel Vamp is an instant classic that belongs in every woman’s nail polish collection. Piece of trivia: This is the color Uma Thurman wore in Pulp Fiction! Vamp has inspired tons of deep, dried-blood colors in other brands’ collections (think Essie “Wicked”), but there can only be one Chanel and there can only be one Vamp.


Trend 1: Sleek ponytails on Jason Wu runway

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{Sleek ponys trotted down the runway at Jason Wu. Photos Courtesy}

Get the look: Kiehl’s Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate ($25, also available at Halls in Kansas City); Shu Uemura Cotton Uzu ($38, also available at Shelby Herrick Salon in Kansas City)

I love that the ponytail is getting a sleek update for fall 2012. Instead of haphazardly throwing your hair into a pony, take a few extra minutes to comb it and slick some flexible hold product into it for a fine, put-together look. I tried the Shu Uemura Cotton Uzu, and while it may not be the most-natural product I’ve ever used in my hair, it’s definitely not the worst (um, AquaNet, early 90s, done). It tames flyaways yet didnt’ weigh down my fine hair. Win and win.

And if you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know that I love oils for hair, skin, nails, whatever. Though I prefer pure-grade ingredients (aka I have a big jar of coconut oil in my pantry that gets used for beauty and cooking purposes), it’s convenient to have a spray-style oil that allows you to get a finer application of the ingredients. Use a spritz of this oil to get the sleek look, but also, apply some to your ends to help temporarily seal split ends.

Trend 2: Statement hair accessories on the Oscar de la Renta runway

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{Jeweled headbands added a sweet look to Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2012 ready-to-wear show. Photos Courtesy}

Get the look: Jeweled headbands (vintage styles available at Donna’s Dress Shop in Kansas City)

The style made popular by Blair Waldorf a la Gossip Girl isn’t going away — it’s just a little less schoolgirl and a little more chic. Make a statement on the weekends (or hell, during the day) with high-sparkle headbands, clips and barrettes that add a touch of glamour to your hair. may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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