5 Super Easy Fall Makeup Trends

So if you’ve been round these parts more than once or twice recently, you’ve probably caught that there have been a lot changes happening in my world this year, namely having a baby six months ago! Slipping under the veil of parenthood is legit. I’ve been feeling a tad out of touch with day to day life so when Amanda Holstein of Advice from a 20 Something talked to me about doing a little content exchange – her perspective on the latest and greatest trends, while I attempt to impart a little wisdom on her site – I jumped at the chance. I could use all the “in the know” advice I can get right now. The whole living in a cave with a newborn syndrome has proven to be a bit rough.

For our first post, Amanda is offering her best beauty tips for fall. I’m taking notes.


With a busy schedule and almost no time for pampering, it makes sense that the latest makeup trends may not be top of mind as you enter your thirties and beyond. As a twenty-something spending a large chunk of my time on blogs and social media, I thought I’d share what I’m seeing this season when it comes to beauty. And since I know your lives (especially you new mamas) can get crazy, I’ve picked out only the easiest of trends that you can apply in those thirty seconds before running out the door.


1. Lived-in Makeup
You may already be wearing this trend without even realizing it, but lived-in makeup is becoming very in-season for Fall. And applying it is just as easy as it sounds! The look calls for smudged eyeliner and barely-there blush. Simply apply your liner per usual, on the top lash line or both top & bottom, and use your finger or a Q-tip to create that smudged effect. Use a cheek & lip stain, like Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain in Rose, to create a naturally flushed look.


2. Mauve Lips
A lip color that keeps you on trend is the simplest of all makeup solutions. This season, the 90s are back in play, but since deep dark lips may not be realistic for most of us, go for a mauve shade.


3. Bronze/Blush Combos
Combine two steps into one? Yes, please! Ditch your bronzer and blush, and opt for a combo that allows you to apply both in one quick motion. Plus, the warm hue helps bring in those fall colors seamlessly.

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4. Matte Skin
Soft, matte skin is on-trend this fall, and the best way to achieve the look? Use a mattifying finishing powder. It not only keeps you in style, but also helps blend in your makeup for a more natural look and allows it to last longer, too! I’m a huge fan of Amazing Cosmetics Velvet Mineral Powder Set as well as Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder. You can’t go wrong with either!


5. Bright Eyes
A no-fuss, barely there look you can wear everyday is the bright eyes trend. Use a highlight or pale shimmer color on the inner corners of your eyes, swipe on some mascara and you’re done! Super easy and it adds a natural glow.

Head over to Amanda’s site to check out my advice on managing your finances in your 20’s. I’m still having to remind myself of these lessons a daily basis!

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What’s In My {Mom} Bag + A Giveaway!

There are lot of “mom” things out there. Mom jeans, mom hair, mom cars. While pregnant I swore I wasn’t going to succumb to “mom style.” There were two things in particular that I adamantly refused to give up – my heels and my bags. They’re part of my signature look!  If I’m being honest, the heels only make cameos these days, but I’ve yet to purchase a diaper bag and I’m proud of it! You can in fact cart around what you need for your little without resorting to a 50-compartment duffle.


The key to staying stylishly organized is an oversized tote. Since you’re going to be hauling everything from dirty diapers to breast milk you don’t have to break the bank. I picked up an inexpensive little beaut. Ain’t no shame in that game. The next thing you need is zip pouches. In multiple. They’re how you can avoid frantically digging for your phone or keys. I have one zip pouch for all diaper changing necessities, another for wallet, keys & such and one more for my makeup.

Thankfully, I recently discovered a great makeup line that is designed specifically with overloaded moms in mind.


Stowaway provides the essentials you need for the five-minute mom face {did I just invent another mom-thing?!}. Their BB cream, concealer, lipstick, pot rouge, mascara and eyeliner are in pint sized packages because the founders realized we hardly ever go through our makeup before it expires! So rather than slather your face with something gross, why not buy exactly the amount you need? And since the products are designed to be finished before they expire, they don’t need harmful preservatives, parabens or phthalates. That passes my mama-safety test.

I’m a sucker for good packaging so I loved the Stowaway line at first sight, but what’s inside is also fab too. They have the perfect red lipstick- a must in my book. And the entire kit is equivalent to the size of my phone! I swear I cut a full pound out of my bag by ditching all my old makeup. PS, scroll down because you can win a kit of your own! 


The other secret to holding onto your style as mom? Edit. You don’t need every single baby accessory on the planet. I’ve narrowed my mama-must have list down to the following:


01. All Natural Wooden Baby Toy
02. Burts Bees Baby Burp Cloths
03. The Honest Company Diapers
04. Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream
05. Gold Rose Marbled Notebook
06. Soothie Pacifier

I’ve quickly learned that the easiest way to stay sane as a new mom is organization. Thankfully, Stowaway helps me keep a few makeup favorites at hand so I can look like I may have showered today!

BIG NEWS: Stowaway is giving away FOUR customizable makeup kits to Apartment 34 readers. You’re going to want to jump on this.

Enter the giveaway here and click here to get a special offer just for Apartment 34 readers.


original photography for apartment 34 by suzanna scott

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Why It’s Time to Give Natural Makeup a Try

Sure, we’ve all heard that we need to be cautious about what we put in, on or even near our bodies, but how seriously do you ever really pay attention? Yes, I switched my water bottle to glass, I eat organic and I stopped buying things made with parabens. All that made me feel pretty dang good about myself. Then I got pregnant.


Suddenly the stakes became a lot higher. When I saw that little pea during the first ultrasound I began to wonder how anything even slightly toxic might affect something so tiny. Turns out I was right to become a lot more concerned! Did you know that 60 percent of what you put on your skin reaches your bloodstream?? Needless to say, I went on a mad beauty product purging spree when I learned that, ditching all the offensive lotions, hair products, cleansers, sprays, body washes, gels, nail polish, nail polish remover – everything I could think of. Again I was feeling really good about myself. But I skipped one important step. I just couldn’t quit my tried and true makeup products. Having to give up wine, chocolate and my favorite concealer?? That just felt like too much.


Until I started doing even more reading. I was rather dismayed to discover that the European Union currently bans 1,328 chemicals from its cosmetics but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 11! Cosmetics made in the US include lovely things like plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Petroleum-extracted cosmetics ingredients, commonly found in mascara, may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN recently released a report calling endocrine disruptors a “global threat” to fertility and the environment. propylene glycol, methylparaben, and propylparaben, all of which are considered endocrine disruptors and are often found in foundations. They say women eat 7lbs of lipstick in their lifetime. Most of that is filled with parabens, harmful dyes and petroleum. Joy.

Even though I loved the bag of makeup tricks I’ve gotten comfortable with over all these years, now that I’m breast feeding, I realized the easy way out is just not worth it. Thankfully, no less than three people recommended the natural, organic makeup line W3ll People. I’ve been taking the line for a test run these last few weeks and have to say I’m pretty happy with the results!


What I ditched:

> Mascara
> Tinted moisturizer / BB cream
> Lipstick
> Cream & Powder Blush
> Eyeliner
> Concealer

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W3ll People is made of a botanical complex of aloe, chamomile and green tea intended to move and breathe on the skin and eliminate the creasing you get with a lot of makeups. It doesn’t contain any of the baddies; fillers, parabens or petroleum-derived ingredients. But enough about all that – I know you’re asking does the stuff work??


I give the line an enthusiastic two thumbs up! There are a few products I’m particularly smitten with. I’m far from a makeup aficionado so I like anything that’s fool proof – and that describes the Narcissist Foundation Stick to a tee. It offers just enough coverage but in that subtle, no makeup kind of way. It also doesn’t crease! For a mama with her fair share of exhaustion lines I really appreciate that. Similarly, the Brightener Stick offers its only little magic touch. A swipe across the check bones and down the bridge of the nose offer just the right amount of glow to make you look refreshed – not overly sparkly.


The Multi Sticks for Eyes, Cheeks & Lips are super convenient – no need to carry a ton of products. The Hypnotist Eye Pencil goes on really easily and stayed put pretty well. But if I had to pick, my favorite item out of the whole line is  Expressionist Mascara. Mascara is part of my daily uniform. I feel naked without it. The W3LL PEOPLE mascara still gives me the thick, dark lashes I crave. They also give you a nice little curl – love that. Sure, it might smudge a bit more than my old chemical laden waterproof mascara but the inconvenience of double checking the mirror once or twice a day is worth the peace of mind.

So I say to all of you holding onto your favorite makeup products for fear of not finding something “good enough,” consider your fears assuaged. You can get “eco makeup” that makes you feel just as lovely as the stuff stuffed with “baddies” as W3LL PEOPLE calls them. And because you’re doing something good for your health you’re going to feel and look good inside as well as out. That alone is worth making the switch!

How about you guys? Have you tried “natural” or organic makeup products? Have you found any clear winners? Now that I’m on this bandwagon I want to build out my entire makeup bag!


images 1 and 2 via here // original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick // styling by bianca sotelo

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