Autumn is an easy season to like: mainly moderate temperatures, crimson leaves and various holidays to keep things festive. But as lovely as fall is, its often hectic schedules and launch of cold season can do some-not-so-pretty things to our looks. And with big-ticket holidays on the horizon as well as plenty of other expenses, who wants to spend a fortune on beauty products? There’s no need, though, for the season to “fall” out of favour. Check out these 3 affordable beauty and style finds for fall:
1. Smooth operator
For some reason, I often feel more tired at this time of year. Not sure if it’s adjusting to the cooler weather or the picked-up pace after summer. Whatever the reason, my eyes always show the first signs of fatigue. (So much for being the windows to the soul…) And if I’m fighting a cold, the hangdog eye situation gets critical.
This fall, though, I’ve found a new weapon: Nuance Salma Hayek Anti-Aging Wrinkle Filler Eye Serum. While I’m usually dubious about beauty products from celebrities thinking they should be the province of skin-care experts there’s a lot of thought put into the Nuance line.
Hayek was influenced by her Mexican grandmother who made her own beauty products from natural products. This eye serum also takes that natural approach, using acacia Senegal gum (from the acacia tree) to help tone the delicate skin under the eye, and vitamin C to brighten. While my fatigue isn’t erased, I find my eye area looks smoother with use. Plus, the product is paraben- and cruelty-free and a reasonable $19.99 US. Downsides? You may feel a slight tingle upon application via the product’s tiny roller ball, so be especially careful if you’re also using retinol on the area. Also, it’s only sold at CVS drugstores in the U.S., or through online sources.
2. Flattering framers
Fall is the big season for wardrobe updates, but have you considered changing your look with the help of eyeglasses? At often $500 on up for prescription frames, how often can you afford to do that, you ask?
Well, thankfully, there’s Warby Parker. Started in 2010 as an online eyewear retailer, the NYC-based Warby Parker has shaken up the optical industry by offering most of their funky vintage-inspired frames for $95 US (including prescriptions). They now have a few U.S. brick-and-mortar locations and sell to Canada, alas where the basic price is raised to $120 Cdn, plus a flat-rate for shipping.
In addition to offering stylish and affordable glasses, with each pair sold Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need via non-profit partners. They’ve even caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey, who as, we know, can afford eyewear much pricier than this. (I know this because last month, while in Manhattan, I spotted her at Warby Parker’s Upper East Side locale, trying on pairs with bestie, Gayle King, and longtime hairstylist, Andre Walker.) Gayle talked delightedly about the price, while Oprah seemed focused in on the varieties of styles. By the stack of specs each had piled up, it looked like both ladies were going to be taking home several pairs.
3. Fine finisher
The biggest time drain in my grooming regimen is washing and styling my hair every day. My hair is baby-fine, and if I don’t wash it (or at least rinse it in the shower) daily, it looks oily and flat. So, I was intrigued to hear about the release of Living Proof Prime Style Extender Spray, formulated for fine hair, and free of parabens, sulfates and phthlates.
If you aren’t familiar with Living Proof, it’s a hair-care company founded by scientists from MIT. (Why they decided to use their brain power to develop hair-care products is an intriguing question, but I leave that to someone else to ponder…)
One of their breakthrough ingredients is OFPMA, a molecule that purportedly coats each strand with a weightless, protective shield that also repels dirt and oil. Prime spray contains this molecule, and the folks at Living Proof claim that it can extend fine-stranded hairstyles two times longer, as well as keep tresses smooth and detangled.
My verdict? While I have to use a flat-iron on the second day to smooth bed head, the fact that I can get to a second day sans shampoo is a minor miracle. So my fine-haired friends, while at $20 US ($25 Cdn) for 100 mL, this product isn’t cheap, I think the time-saving it affords makes it a “pretty” good deal.
I hope these 3 affordable beauty and style finds for fall make this time of year even more attractive to you. Do you have any new beauty or style discoveries? If so, I’d love it if you shared them in the comments section.