Thursday, September 29, 2011

GUEST POST -- My Red Lip Gloss' Fall 2011 Beauty Trends

This is the first time I’ve been asked to write a guest post and I was soooo completely tickled for a couple of reasons: One, beauty products are without a doubt my passion so anytime I get the chance to talk about them, I’m a happy girl (check out my blog Red Lip Gloss) and two, Mandy is the author of one of my favourite blogs.  Her blog is loaded with style, insightful posts and heaps of fun!  She has become a fantastic friend of mine in a short time and I always look to her blog for nail-related expertise….Honestly, she’s a gem!

Needless to say, when she asked me to share my knowledge and inspiration pertaining to fall trends, I jumped at the chance.   Fall is, by far, my favourite time of year PLUS, this year in particular, there are some wild beauty trends that can’t be missed:

Fake a Tan: Bronzer
Bronzer will never be a passé thing and when paired with a bright bubblegum pink lip, you are golden for sure.  Since I am a paste-y pale girl, bronzer is my go-to product in the morning.  I always gravitate towards shimmer bronzers as they seem to add something special to your cheeks.  My faves are Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Sunkissed Bronze Instant Self Tan Lotion with Tint (for body) and Gosh Cosmetics Giant Sun Powder (for face).  I use both of these products every day and highly recommend them to everyone.

Neon Nails
Sigh, neon and I have a very special bond.  See, being born in the early 80’s means that neon was THE thing to wear at that time.  Whether it was slouchy neon socks or neon pink fanny packs, you were certainly a trendsetter if you chose bright colors.  Needless to say, I am STOKED that neon is back with a punch for both nails and eye shadow/liners.  This fall choose yellows, bright blues, oranges, bright purples and bubblegum pinks.  Either choice is a good one, as you’ll definitely stand out in a crowd! OH, I should probably mention that nudes are still popular so, if you’re like me and favour a lighter nail, choose mocha shades.  My favourite line currently is OPI’s Touring America.  I am soooo loving all the browns, taupes and bright pink shades!

Talk of the Town: The Bold Lip
Bright lips are, quite possibly, my favourite beauty trend on earth.  Nothing says “hey, look at me” like a gorgeous bright fuchsia pink or red pucker.  Plus, I’m happy to report that both of these shades are still very popular plus other colors like bubblegum pink (perfect for almost all skin tones), burnt orange (cross between a red and orange) and scarlet red (almost a blood-like color).  Let’s just say that you won’t go wrong with a bright pink or bright red.  REMEMBER: when picking a red color, you must choose one that’s perfect for your skin tone.  Fair = blue based, olive/yellow = warm based.  Since I’m fair, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect red color for me and it’s MAC’s Lady Danger.  I know I don’t talk about MAC too much as I don’t really like all their products but this lipstick is a must for me.  I am also focused on fuchsia colors too and adore JOE Fresh Lipstick in Fuchsia. 
Shimmery Eyes: Metallics
Ha, I’ve been wearing metallic colors on my eyes for years so I’m super stoked they’re popular again.  Shimmery eyes are the perfect way to add color to a color blocked outfit AND for a night out on the town.  The neat thing about metallic eyes is you can have a base of any color and add the shimmer on top to create many different looks.  With this fall trend though, stick with metallic greys, blues, greens and even oranges to create the perfect look.  (NOTE: Oranges are very tough to wear on fair skin tones.  Trust me, I’ve tried.  If you want to dabble in it, try mixing it with a bronze shadow color OR using the orange as an eyeliner instead.) Some of my faves are Wet N’ Wild’s new trio colors or their Nutty single eye shadow shade, LORAC’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trios (these are phenomenal!!!) and Sleek Cosmetics’ Molten Metal Eye Shadow Duo.

Cool as a Tangerine?: Orange Blush
Thank you, oh fashion and beauty trendsetters, for allowing us to continue with the orange/coral blush theme.  I just started using these two shades at the beginning of spring and I’ve been using them ever since then.  (I have no idea why it took me so long to try them out BUT thankfully I did.)  I adore using a bright blush while wearing a minimal eye with some coral shade of lipstick as I feel so completely glamorous.  It’s quick, easy and you look so put together.  Some of my faves are NARS’ Taj Mahal (which I totally picked up by mistake and adore) and Illamasqua’s Rude Cream Blush.  Sigh, gorgeous.

Remember, the cool thing about trends is that they’re guidelines only so feel free to wear the colors and styles that you love.  But, if you’re going to follow the pack, why not try something fun like one of these bad boys…..XO Christina (aka Red Lip Gloss)

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Many thanks to Christina for taking time out of her busy schedule (and wedding planning!!!) to write a post for MandysSecrets! I'm so glad she did her favorite current beauty trends because these are all really hot trends for fall, but not ones that I would have focused on. That's what I love about blogging.. everyone's voice and insight is so unique!

If you have time, please be sure to check out Christina's blog! I promise you'll love it! :)

Lastly, don't forget... You have until 11:59 PM EST TOMORROW to enter my 6 Month Blogiversary Giveaway!


  1. Love the post. I am really liking the nail polish...great post...visiting her blog now

  2. I love metallic eyes! Great guest post :)

  3. Great guest post Christina! Thanks for introducing us the this great blog!! xo

  4. Yay! Thanks to Brownen and Vintage makeup for stopping by! And again, many many thanks to Christina for her awesome post! ♥

  5. Thanks again, Mandy, for the chance to do a guest spot. And thanks to jojo, Bronwen and my pal Vintage.


  6. Great Post! I bought the Lorac Eyeshadow the day after this article was posted and I still use it all the time and it still looks brand new. it lasts  a long time because they are baked!!! i totally reccommend it!!