How To Prepare Your Home For Fall

How To Prepare Your Home For Fall

It will still be summer where I live for a while, but I might start prepping for fall anyway, especially after reading this article in Career Girl Daily.

How To Prepare Your Home For Fall


There are so many reasons to be excited for fall, from cosy evenings todelicious homely food and our favourite TV shows returning. One of our favourite things about fall is preparing our home for the darker evenings. Whether you need some inspiration for your dorm room at Uni or whether you’re lucky enough to have the whole house to yourself, there are so many cute ways to dress up your space this season!

In summer, we love light, bright, airy rooms with fruity scents and thinner sheets, but it’s time to switch it up a little bit. There’s nothing better than coming in from the cold, shivering and clinging to your jacket, and strutting into a room that oozes comfort, warmth and seasonal goodness. Strip off that soaking raincoat and enjoy these ways to prepare your home for fall.

#1 Start with the scents

We love clean, citrus scents for summer, but there’s nothing better than coming home to warm spiced smells in the fall. You can opt for a warm, fruity diffuser like Dr vranjes chinotto pepe diffuser 250ml from The Conran Shop that contains citrus, bergamot and mandarin with spicy cardamom, nutmeg and saffron and will continue working in your home while you’re at work. Or you can invest in a gorgeously scented candle to light when you get home like this Incense & Embers candle from Jo Malone.

#2 Wall decorations

Don’t underestimate the power of wall decorations, girls. They can make your room feel like an entirely different place! Invest in a cute piece of wall art like this LOVE print by CloudWalkerStudios on Etsy, or cut or tear out your favourite bits from magazines. In the cold weather you can’t beat a twinkling st of fairy lights, either. You can always get some from a local discount store or invest in these cute and affordableMagic Gem Fairy Lights from Urban Outfitters. String them up on your wall or around your bed frame for instant twinkly goodness.

#3 Bedding

We all have our favourite bedspreads, but you might want to get a new quilt or throw for the season. As well as being super warm and cosy, they can update your old favourite sheets. Try this Houndstooth Blanket from Zara Home if you need extra cosiness in the evenings or purchase this amazing Sheepskin Rug from Oliver Bonas and use it all year round, draped on a desk chair or for extra snugness lay it out across the floor.

#4 Accessories

Of course you can always DIY your own home decor, stringing paper chains together, spray painting vases bronze and marbling jewellery dishes are all the kinds of things a crafty girl could easily put their hands to. We like to try our hands at stringing things up and using glue, but when all else fails you can’t beat a beautiful flower in an even more beautiful vase, like this Small Glass Vase From H&M Home. We love this ring dish from Kate Spade, too. Accessories can be anything from cute perfume bottles to shells you collected on the beach in summer.

Decorating your home for fall can be one of the most fun parts of adapting for the new season. Even if you just look for cute free bits and bobs to put on your shelves and string a few leaves together, scents, sights and sounds that change to reflect the season will help you jump out of bed in the morning and have you heading for home with a spring in your step.

West Face East – How To Layer Your Skin Care, Korean Style

West Face East ~ How To Layer Skin Care, Korean Style

I’m shamelessly obsessed with Korean women and their world famous, spectacular skin. 

Ob. Sessed.


South Korea is recognized as being light years ahead in research and development of skin care products, and is known to have the very best, most high performing products in the world. 

American companies to go South Korean to buy technologies for their new products, but don’t have access to everything, just some things.

The technological advances in Korean skin care, and the obsession of Korean women with having and maintaining exquisite skin run unparalleled

Stateside women typically don’t think about their aging skin until there is a problem, at which point they run to the department store and buy overpriced skin care products and inject every filler and toxin they can into their faces to try and recapture youth.

Asian women see their faces more holistically. They start beauty regimens at an early age, see skin care routines as an investment in themselves. Rather than pile on heavy makeup they prefer to see exquisite skin, and the enhance it with light makeup.

It’s Utopic to me.

Korean women use a famously intricate 10 Step skin care program, compared to the average American woman’s 1.5 – 3 step program. Personally if you try to sell me a skin system that involves 3 steps I will run for the hills. Tell me there are 10 or 12 steps and you will have my undivided attention.

If you do use multiple skin care products you might enjoy this guide to layering your skin care like a Korean beauty queen.

STEP ONE: Eye Makeup Remover

Use an eye makeup remover to break down stubborn mascaras and waterproof eyeliners, gently dissolve eye makeup and clean the delicate eye area.

This is also fantastic for removing long wear lipsticks or any lip stains or colors that are difficult to remove.

STEP TWO: The Cleanse

Korean women use 2 step cleansing, one to remove makeup and the second to clean the skin.

My favorite is to use an oil cleanser to dissolve makeup, and if I have time use my clarisonic to do a second cleanse.

When you are cleansing your skin it is important to take time to really massage the face, which improves circulation and helps breathe new life into the skin.
Missha Near Skin Liquid To Foam is gentle and also balances the skin’s pH

Missha Near Skin Liquid To Foam

For non foaming cleanser try Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Cream. It has capsules containing carbonated ingredients to get a deeper clean.

Soda Pore Cleansing Cream

STEP THREE: Exfoliate

But just don’t overdo it. For most people every 2 weeks is plenty. Personally I’m not a fan of skin care lines that tell you to exfoliate everyday – I think that’s too harsh on the skin, and creates perpetually roughed up texture.

If you are using a scrub look for one with fine grains, not big chunky particles. Or opt for an enzyme mask that gently eats away the dead surface cells.

STEP FOUR: The Refresher

This is what we in America would call “toning”, but where most toners feel like skin strippers to all but those with oily complexions, Korean Refreshers actually do leave the skin feeling softened, supple and ready to accept the treatment and moisturizing products. The thought behind it is to help remove pollutants as well as any residue from your cleanser.

Try Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Freshener ($23)
This refresher has collagen as its main ingredient, keeping the skin firm and moisturized, but also is alcohol free, making it ideal for all skin types.

Moistfull Collagen Facial Freshener

STEP FIVE: The Essence

Korean women consider this to be the most important step. What it does is speed the cell turnover rate, which makes skin smoother and brighter. Essence provides multiple intensive ingredients in just a single drop, and takes them deep deep into the skin where they go to work.

Personally I have noticed a remarkable difference to my own skin by adding in Essence. I’m currently using the Dragon Blood Essence ($27) from the Memebox website, but also look at the world famous Missha Essences.

Missha Near Skin Moist Capsule Essence gives double moisture benefit, plus protects skin from environmental pollutants, while leaving it sleek and soft.

Missha Near Skin Moist Capsule Essence

STEP SIX: The Ampoule 

The Ampoule is like a super condensed version of the essence. You can use ampoules to target specific skin issues – dry skin, clogged pores, uneven skin tone, excess oil – whatever the condition you want to treat there is an Ampoule or serum for it.

Missha Time Revolution Ampoule energizes, repairs and restores skin, is super nourishing and delivers intense moisture that regular skin care just cannot do!

Missha Time Revolution Ampoule

STEP SEVEN: Emulsion

Korean women understand the importance of hydrating the skin, and typically do two layers of moisturizer. 

Stateside women are always telling me that they don’t moisturize because they have oily skin (which basically means a shiny T Zone). Asian women generally have more oily complexions, but still understand the importance of keeping the layers below the surface treated and hydrated. An oily surface is no excuse!

So the first layer of moisturizing is the lightweight emulsion.
For rejuvenation, nourishment and anti wrinkle concerns try 
Holika Holika Black Caviar Anti Wrinkle Emulsion ($36)

Black Caviar Emulsion

To lift skin, tighten pores, hydrate without feeling greasy, and leave skin super soft try IPKN Hydro3 Cube Emulsion ($39)

Hydro3 Cube Emulsion

STEP EIGHT: Moisture Cream or Sleeping Pack

This is your heavier moisturizer, designed to seal in all the goodness you have layered so far, as well as treat any other specific needs, from pore minimizing to whitening to plumping to deep hydration. 
For dry skin that needs an extra boost of nourishment try
Elisha Coy Moist Up Super Hyalurone Cream ($27)

Moist Up Super Hyalurone Cream

For a dewy, healthy glow, to even out skin tone and tighten up pores try SNP Pore Contraction Whitening Cream ($25)

Pore Contraction Cream

Today I am ordering this one –
SNP Diamond Water Sleeping Pack. (Or I might order the gold collagen one.)

SNP Diamond Water Sleeping Pack

STEP NINE: Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are a fabulous addition to your skin care regime, specifically treating issues, from brightening to firming, to hydrating to clearing – you name it! Every time I go on the Memebox website I end up buying more sheet masks. They only cost from $1 to about $8 on average, so are not expensive, but make a huge difference to your skin. They are wonderful to travel with too.

The cotton sheet holds the treatment product against the skin, helping it to be more effective.
Try Deep Sea Water Skin Food Mask

Deep Sea Water Skinfood Mask


Sun damage ages your skin faster than anything else, so Korean women wouldn’t even consider venturing outdoors without a full layer of potent SPF on their skin. 
Try the Missha All Around Safe Block SPF 50

Missha All Around Safe Block SPF 50

Bonus step: STEP ELEVEN: Mist

I love this one! Facial mist can be used at any time. You can breathe life back into tired looking makeup with a quick spritz, you can revive your skin at any time, (especially wonderful if you sit in front of a computer all day) I often start my entire skin care process with facial mist. Facial mists are fabulous for every day use as well as being magic on long haul international flights!

It’s Skin Facial Solution Water Mist

All products in this blogpost are available through Memebox.
Click on any product link or on the advertisement below.

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5 Makeup Trends For Fall

I really love fall.

I love the soft light, I love the soft hair

and I love these 5 major makeup trends for fall 2014

fall 2014 makeup trends

1. Metallic Touches

Don’t you just love soft gold and bronze metallics around the eyes?

Everyone looks gorgeous in them.

image via fashion

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2. Glowing Skin

Always, always my most favorite thing is a gorgeous, glowing complexion.

fall makeup glowing skin

3. Lots of Lashes

This is the season of the big lash.

And I love a season with a big lash!

big lashes at Gucci

4. Bold Lips

After soft glossy summer lips its fun to venture out into a big, bold lip again.

bold lips for fall 2014

bold lips fall 2014

5. Color

This season you can add a pop of color, like a bold mascara or a vibrant eyeliner.

Cara Delevingne blue eyeliner